This Week, Next Week:26th June, 2016

Happy Sunday everyone, hope you have had a good week. Mine has been busy, as was the week before. Mainly it’s been work but I have been trying to take full advantage of the nice days to work in the garden and chop down trees that have been blocking light into my kitchen. It’s been a distraction from blogging but one I needed I think as I felt a bit blah about things the last few weeks, including reading, which I’ve done very little of.

In total, I’ve posted four times in the last two weeks, two of which were reviews: Closed Circles by Viveca Sten, the second in a police procedural series set on the gorgeous sounding Sandhamn island in Sweden. It was a really good read, though you probably need to read the first book in order to fully enjoy it I think.


I also reviewed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs which I enjoyed much more than I expected, in part thanks to wonderfully drawn characters and photos of them included throughout the book, which really brought them to life.

Two seems to have been my magic number. I also read two books and added two books to my shelves…

The first caught my eye on Bibliophile Book Club.

imageTracy Crosswhite has spent twenty years questioning the facts surrounding her sister Sarah’s disappearance and the murder trial that followed. She doesn’t believe that Edmund House — a convicted rapist and the man condemned for Sarah’s murder — is the guilty party. Motivated by the opportunity to obtain real justice, Tracy became a homicide detective with the Seattle PD and dedicated her life to tracking down killers.

When Sarah’s remains are finally discovered near their hometown in the northern Cascade mountains of Washington State, Tracy is determined to get the answers she’s been seeking. As she searches for the real killer, she unearths dark, long-kept secrets that will forever change her relationship to her past — and open the door to deadly danger.

The second turned up in the post thanks to mumsnet – a forgotten request for a copy but a nice surprise.

imageWhen Rachel marries dark, handsome David, everything seems to fall into place. Swept from single life in London to the beautiful Carnhallow House in Cornwall, she gains wealth, love, and an affectionate stepson, Jamie.

But then Jamie’s behaviour changes, and Rachel’s perfect life begins to unravel. He makes disturbing predictions, claiming to be haunted by the spectre of his late mother – David’s previous wife. Is this Jamie’s way of punishing Rachel, or is he far more traumatized than she thought?

As Rachel starts digging into the past, she begins to grow suspicious of her husband. Why is he so reluctant to discuss Jamie’s outbursts? And what exactly happened to cause his ex-wife’s untimely death, less than two years ago? As summer slips away and December looms, Rachel begins to fear there might be truth in Jamie’s words:

‘You will be dead by Christmas.’

I have high hopes for both and that they will get me back in the reading swing of things but with Wimbledon around the corner, who knows. What about you? How has your week been, reading or otherwise.


This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) Katherine at Book Date for It’s Monday, What Are you Reading? Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

The Sunday Post

  1. The Fire Child looks creepy/good, so I want to know more. I didn’t read much this past week, either; only ONE book! The first time ever, I think.

    Enjoy your week, and I am amazed at you chopping down trees. I did some clipping back of the weeds in my patio and felt that was pretty strenuous…lol.


    1. There really is something in the air with people not reading much…I hope for a bit more this week but we’ll see. Have a good week x

  2. I have a copy of My Sister’s Grave on my kindle, sadly unread as yet. Sounds like a good find to distract you once you have finished with your tree cutting.

    1. that’s what Kate had said too. Funny how some books sit on the kindle and just never make it to the top of the list. I have a few myself.

  3. Sometimes a break is good and summer goes by so fast you almost have to take the time to do the outside stuff while you can. I didn’t read a lot last week either… I’m looking forward to the Miss Peregrine’s movie, not sure if I’ll read the book but the trailer looks good!

    The Fire child looks interesting!

    1. The Fire Child has started well so fingers crossed. I need to check out the trailer for the movie. I would be nervous in case it isn’t as good as the book.

    1. Thanks. Will head on over.

  4. I really need to read the Peculiar Children book and I have it on my kindle somewhere…lol. That other one looks good too as well as the two you picked up and I hope they are great reads!

    Week in Review

    1. I am so glad I found it at the library. Is a quick read too. Enjoy!

  5. I enjoyed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and own book two but I have I read it? *hangs head* Oh Mt Sister’s Grave has me curious. I hope things are cool your way and you enjoy your new books!

    1. I got the second book from the library and hope to read it before it has to go back. I am curious as to what will happen next.

  6. Oh, My SIster’s Grave and The Fire Child both look great Emma!

    And I’m the same with you – 4 book reviews in 2 weeks and that’s it on the blog. Am ‘hoping’ this week is a bit better!

    1. I just started The Fire Child and it is a bit of a page turner…long may it continue. I might even get a review of it written. Fingers crossed we are both more productive this week.

  7. Sometimes it is good to do something completely else than blogging even if it means you do less of it than normal. I hope you will feel better with reading and all this coming week. <3

    1. You are right. It keeps things fresh I hope. These last few days have already felt better reading wise.

  8. Some very interesting books there- have read a couple.

    1. Thanks. I hope they are good!

  9. I try to take advantage of the nice weather too — rather be outside and active than inside on my computer.

    1. It is definitely a better way to live life…and our summers are too short not to take advantage!

  10. There are so many distractions from reading this time of year… it’s hard to resist being outside and active when the weather is so beautiful. I’ve had my eye on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for a while. The cover is striking. Hope you have a good week!

    1. It really is hard to focus! And it’s hard not to take full advantage of the sun when we have had so many rainy days. The cover of Miss Peregrine’s got me too, and the photos inside. It’s definitely worth a read.

  11. I enjoyed My Sister’s Grave. I had Miss Peregrine’s… on my stack for a while but donated it to my High School Media center when I did a recent purge. It’s there if I ever get the urge to read it. Come see what I read last week. Happy reading!

  12. I just had some big tree chopping done and it is amazing how much sun I am now getting on these winter mornings. I had to get professionals in as the trees had got beyond me. Enjoy your reading week.

    1. I think I should have gotten a professional given how much work it was…but at least I burnt off some calories!

  13. My garden is going to rack and ruin this summer – far too many slugs, far too much rain and not enough time to deal with both! Best of luck with the tree. As for Wimbledon… yep. I’m taking some time out to watch:). Have a great week’s tennis! This is my very belated Sunday Post!

    1. That was me last year. I was infested with slugs. With moving I haven’t got any plants for them to eat. Just lots of trees that have never been pruned. My job this year is just to get it under control.

      1. I also need to get my garden under control – I just don’t have the excuse of having moved…

  14. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is on my TBR, I have to read it before I watch the movie, so excited!

    1. I definitely can recommend it. Not sure I’ll watch the movie in case it spoils it for me!

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