This Week, Next Week: 18th September, 2016

Wow! Another week gone…and where? I really have no idea. I know quite a lot of time has been spent travelling for work but I feel I must have done something else. Other than reading and watching TV though I’m not sure I did.  It’s not completely from lack of trying more from circumstance and bad planning. So I had a class in fiction writing yesterday but had managed to book a hair appointment in for the same time – unfortunately the class had to go as my hair was seriously too long – and then I tried to go to a heritage market, only to find that I had the wrong day!  Here’s hoping to a more interesting week this week.

Blogging wise, I posted four times including two review – Blind Side by Jennie Ensor which was a much more complex story than I had expected when I first got sent a copy. It’s a thriller set against the tense backdrop of the 7/7 bombings and cleverly done. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins which, I am pleased to say, did live up to the hype. It’s a well written and fast paced piece of crime writing with lots of twists and turns. I also wrote about my occasional daydreams of writing fiction for the Book blogger hop: novel ideas.


Unfortunately with so much travelling I didn’t get much blog visiting done or add any other books to my to read list. Probably a good thing as I’m behind on my book reading. Any thing I should have read or posts I’ve missed?

So instead of ending this weeks post with a list of books added to shelves I thought I’d end with a song which has been pretty much on repeat on my long drives this week. It’s a few years old but I find the message one I need to remember. Enjoy and have a good week.


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 also behind with my reading and blogging schedule – I’ve been tempted by The Girl on the Train, which my mother also enjoyed. But right now, I’m all but swamped! I’m playing your song – she’s got a great voice:). Hope you have a great week. This is my Sunday Post –

    1. I just felt I had to read it. I thought I might be the only person who hasn’t but it seems not. It is good but can wait as long as you don’t watch the movie and know the twist.

  2. Sorry to hear you’ve had a bit of a frustrating time this week and here’s hoping you’ll have a better one next week. Reading and blogging are the first thing that gets squeezed here too. It’s a vicious circle because if I don’t read I have nothing to blog about 🙂

    1. So far, Monday has been great. Here’s hoping it continues. Thankfully for once I am ahead I reading which makes reviewing easier but that won’t last at the rate I’m reading.

  3. I’m struggling to find the time I used to have to visit and comment on other people’s blogs. It is time I’d rather spend reading sometimes. Whoops.

    It sounds like you had a super busy week though. I hope this week will be a bit calmer for you. 🙂

    1. I find if I visit I read lees, read more and visit less. Hard to find the balance. It might not have been s bad if the book I was reading hadn’t been so dull.

  4. Sounds like a busy week, but I’m impressed you still managed to post four times! Any spare time I had last week was spent reading Germinal and my blog was mostly ignored.Will try harder this week..

    1. It was but I am determined to try and blog even when I’m busy. Not sure how long it will last. And then my reading did suffer. Something always has to give it seems.

  5. Some weeks are definitely full of unexpected events and happenings, most of which we would love to forget.

    I’m listening to the song while I read and type. Thanks! It’s nice, and I realize that I need to listen to more music. I used to listen to my car radio (or CDs) when commuting, but these days, my drives are usually short, within 5 miles of home.

    I’m glad you liked The Girl on the Train…I know I did, and I read it a while ago. Looking forward to the movie!

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.

    1. I’m glad you like the song. I remember listening to it a lot a few years ago and the other day I woke up singing it. Think I was trying to feel more positive and in control of my life! I really did enjoy The Girl on the Train, more than I thought I would and will be looking for the movie too. Have a good week.

  6. Glad you liked Girl on the Train. I read that one too and I’m very anxious for the movie- it looks great! And I like that song!!

    1. Glad you liked the song. It was the pick me up I needed after sitting in a car for three hours. I am excited for the movie too but hope they haven’t changed it too much.

  7. I hope this week isn’t so busy and you can relax. Sometimes it’s good to be a bit busy so you don’t add to your TBR pile. 🙂

    Happy reading!
    Week in Review

    1. So far so good. I finished work on time and am actually relaxing as I type. Fingers crossed it continues.

  8. Alway tough when there are conflicts with the schedule, but a girl’s got to look good right? Hopefully this week goes slower and is less hectic!

    1. Always. And now I have no hair to worry about. I have gone short short and loving it!

  9. Glad you loved Girl on the Train. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounds really, really good. I’m scared to check out your review, though, since I haven’t read it….

    1. I am too as the hype made me nervous. I don’t think there are spoilers in my review but completely understand skipping reviews till you’ve read a book. I do it all the time.

  10. Sounds like you’ve been very busy. I’m trying to adjust to my post-vacation schedule and realizing that I don’t have the time to keep reading at my summer pace. I need to make some changes. Come see my past week here. Happy reading!

    1. Too busy to think. Thankfully this week is much calmer. I wonder if the end of summer is why so many people are reporting reading slumps?

  11. I’m glad you’re so excited about the next Miss Peregrines. I mentioned last week that I wasn’t sure I would continue with book 2 but you’ve convinced me and now reinforced the idea this week. 🙂

    Sorry about the planning mix ups this week!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and I hope you have a lovely week ahead!

    1. I really am. But I’m a sucker for a trilogy. I can’t help it!

  12. We should form our own separate club and call it “We are behind on blogging and reading but we love each other”. Don’t worry – it happens. You do sound rather confused in you opening paragraph – sure you’re not pregnant or something? Just joking! Hope the upcoming week will be good and that you will have lots of time for reading. Here’s my Sunday Headlines:

    1. I’m often confused I can usually just edit better 😄. Will happily join the club!

  13. Always a tension between blogging and reading and reading has to win at least part of the time! I know about turning up to a market on the wrong day, so annoying! Enjoy your books this week.

    1. There is – reading is winning this week (but that’s also because I’m sat on trains!)

  14. The entire month of September has flew by before I knew it! Glad you enjoyed Girl on the Train. I look forward to seeing how it translate to the big screen. Hope this is a great reading week for you.

  15. It can be really hard to find that balance. I want to blog regularly, but at one point I found myself dreading blogging – it started to feel like work, and not like fun! So, I’ve had to pull myself back too sometimes, just to refresh and remind myself why I started writing in the first place! 🙂

    1. It’s a good idea to pull back. I never want blogging to be a chore. Thanks for visiting.

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