This Week, Next Week: 31st July, 2016

Happy Sunday all and what a glorious one it looks like it’s going to be (just like yesterday). The sun is shining and we have already been up and out in it for an hour. Plus I managed to make a fairly decent batch of croissants for the first time (I really should have taken a picture they looked so tasty).

It’s also been another pretty good week, though busy. I’m onto my last insanely busy week at work in order to get ready for my holidays. This included giving a presentation for a leadership course I’ve been doing. I hate presenting but it went well and now I just have three essays to submit befor I get my qualification. It feels like the heavy lifting is done though…yay!

Blog wise, I posted three times. On Friday I wrote about why I rarely give books as gifts (you can read about why here) and I posted two reviews, both for books I loved.

First up was Salt River by James Sallis, one of my favourite authors. This was the final book in a trilogy featuring Turner, a complex character who I have grown to care about despite him being complicated and damage. Here he starts to learn to say goodbye to people he has loved.

This was followed by Blame by Nicole Trope, an author I’ve never read before but who I will be reading more of if all her books are as good as this. Here, she weaves together the stories of two best friends following a tragic accident that leaves them more like enemies. It is a really human story about love, loss and motherhood.

Reading wise, I didn’t get to The Trap from last week and that’s on the list for this one instead. It’s because I got completely drawn in by Lost Girls by Robert Kolker.


Award-winning investigative reporter Robert Kolker delivers a humanizing account of the true-life search for a serial killer still at large on Long Island and presents the first detailed look at the shadow world of online escorts, where making a living is easier than ever, and the dangers remain all too real. A triumph of reporting, a riveting narrative, and “a lashing critique of how society and the police let five young women down” (Dwight Garner, The New York Times), Lost Girls is a portrait of unsolved murders in an idyllic part of America, of the underside of the Internet, and of the secrets we keep without admitting to ourselves that we keep them (from Goodreads).

I rarely, if eve, read true crime but this one caught my eye at the library and I’m glad it did. How about you – what have you been reading? How has your week been?


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. I’m familiar with the Lost Girls story but haven’t read the book yet. It sounds like a book I should pick up. While I watch a lot of true crime I don’t read all that much for some reason. Blame looks really good and I’m curious about Salt River. I’m impressed with your croissant making! I’ve been too intimidated to give them a try but maybe it’s time to face my fears. Have a great week!


    • I think the familiarity is why I picked it up. I remember a 48 hours or similar show and I wondered if this would finish the story. I have about fifty pages to go to find out.


  2. Croissants are so good. Best breakfast around! And your books look good. I don’t read a lot of true crime either but it can be quite compelling! Have a great week and hope your weather stays nice- the sun is out here too, hopefully it stays!


  3. Oh my word – you baked croissants! I saw them being made on The Great British Bakeoff and it looked an almighty fiddle – however I LOVE eating them and can only imagine just how yummy homemade ones are *sigh*. Glad you’ve had sunshine – though it started fine and sunny, it became windy and overcast as the day wore on… It looks like you had a great reading week and hope this coming one is as successful:) My Sunday Post –


  4. I don’t read true crime at all, but I love to watch it! Perhaps I would like it. Yay that the heavy lifting is behind you! I can stand in front of kids and teach all day, but put me in front of my colleagues and I might as well be qualified to be a mime.


  5. Oh croissants. Now I want some, haha. Yeay for the last insanely busy week. I always hated presentations throughout my school years. So yeay for surviving that!


  6. All the best for the final count down I bet you will be so happy to be finished and be qualified. Just going to read why you never give books as gifts. For me all I can say is readers are so different.


    • I will be thrilled. It feels like it’s been a long year getting there! It’s all down to personal tastes…I never get book buying right!


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