Weekly update: 23rd October, 2016

Morning all and happy Sunday. I hope you are having a good weekend and have had a good week. Mine ended with a long weekend, three days off, which has been lovely though there was a not so great haircut from a new hairdresser in there (I won’t be going back again). It couldn’t spoil having that extra day off work though and I have the same planned for this week too. Four days then I’m off again – yay!

The reason for next week’s is that we are going away for Halloween – friends have a party and we are doing a ghost walk. Halloween is one of my favourite holidays but I have to say that this year I’m not as excited. It feels like it’s been a long time coming and Halloween stuff has been in the shops since August. Then it’s already being replaced with Christmas stuff, another holiday I’m just not ready for either. Why oh why do the shops want us to wish our lives away?

Alright, moan over, on to my blogging week, where I managed to post three reviews again (also yay!)…

First up was Dark Water by Robert Bryndza, the third in the Erika Foster series, this one is as good as – perhaps better than – the last two. Erika is a great character and this was a great story, a cold case involving a missing child.

I followed this with a ghost story as part of my Halloween read-a-thon, The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill. Hill does traditional ghost stories so well, with lots of bumps in the night, chills and spooky feelings. This one wasn’t as good as The Woman in Black (though that is hard to do) but it was still nice and scary.

Then I ended the week with Pop Goes The Weasel by M. J. Arlidge, another crime series, this time staring Helen Grace. This is the second in the series and I am three behind but enjoying them. Grace is a strong female lead and the story has lots of twists and turns.

Next week I’ll be reviewing Himself by Jess Kidd, which featured in my Tuesday Intro and really enjoyed. I didn’t read it as part of the read-a-thon but it fits in as it’s full of ghosts and supernatural happenings. I also finished The Mistake I Made by Paula Daley which, again, I enjoyed and wasn’t quite what I expected (link to goodreads).

Pop Goes the Weasel and The Mistake I Made were from a stack from the library I will need to be returning soon so I’ll be reading another of these this week, though not sure what.

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What about you – what are you reading and what are you up to?

Emma

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.

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40 thoughts on “Weekly update: 23rd October, 2016

  1. Love 3 day weekends. 🙂 Why don’t we always get those lol? It looks like you are getting the scary reads going- I was just thinking how I wanted to read some scary stuff this month and largely I have not. Behind on my reading I guess. I’m glad someone is getting to the scary reads. 🙂

    Have a great week and enjoy the long weekend!

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    • It would be nice if we could always wouldn’t it but then I’d be asking for four day weekends no doubt. I have done well with scary reads but all but one were a fluke…not complaining but also very lucky. Have a good week.

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  2. Sorry to hear about the hair cut, but yeay for extra days off. Halloween isn’t really a thing here so what little stores have for it are shoved in a small corner. It’s hard to get excited for that. I’ll just watch Scooby movies with baby haha. Have a great week!

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    • At least hair grows back right? We always did Halloween in the uk but it’s become much more americanised and a bigger thing than when I was little. I got hooked from years living in the states so happy this has come over now.

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  3. Ooh, I LOVED The Mistake I Made…and I am happy to have the author’s new book, The Trophy Girl.

    The Exit is another one I have on Pippa…just waiting. Soon! I have heard good things about Dark Water.

    Sorry you hate your new haircut….I’ve had a few of those over the years.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    • I enjoyed her first book but not necessarily enough to pick up this one had I not heard such good things. I am really glad I did. It felt like a much more accomplished author this time round and so I would like to read her new one. The good thing about my hair is it’s short – it will grow back quickly!

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  4. Yippee for 3-day week-ends – it does make such a difference to the working week:)). And sorry that the haircut wasn’t up to snuff – I desperately need to get mine cut… Right now I could star in the Dulux Paint ads instead of that shaggy old English sheepdog. The Mistake I Made looks intriguing – hope you have a great reading and blogging week and take care:)

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    • I do enjoy them – though I enjoy anything that involves me not having to work 😄 I think when you have short hair not having it cut regularly makes it worse. The Mistakes I Made was really interesting and worth a read.

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      • I agree about the hair – it’s simply being a case of finding the time! But it’s now becoming a major priority… Thank you for the recommendation regarding The Mistakes I Made and have a great week, Emma:)

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  5. Going to a new hairdresser is so scary. I’ve only been to a handful in my entire life!! The only good thing about a bad haircut is that it will grow out. Stores rushing the holiday season is a pet peeve of mine, too. I purposefully put off buying Halloween candy so I won’t eat it, but now I can only find cant canes. Glad you’re having such a nice three day weekend…. with so many good books 🙂

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    • I know I’ve had two hairdressers in the last ten years but the one I found when I moved only works three days so I can never get an appointment. I have only just bought my candy today – not Halloween themed just lots of bags of haribo to make my life easygoing!

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  6. Sorry to hear the haircut wasn’t quite what you intended! You have some great books (as always) I need to start the Robert Bryndza series and I love Paula Daly’s books although The Mistake I Made wasn’t quite what I expected either.

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  7. Haircuts are so scary – you never know quite what they’re doing till it’s too late! I’ll be reading Himself very soon, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it – I hadn’t realised it was kinda spooky.

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    • I say short is better because it grows out quick but you can also see the mistakes. I am making a lot of use of hair bands at the moment to hold things in place. I do home you enjoy Himself. I hadn’t realised it was spooky either but that is probably because I have had it on the shelf for so long.

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  8. I’ve read something by Paula Daly but will have to check out what it was. It wasn’t the one you have!

    Yay for long weekends. I don’t usually work Mondays or Fridays which I love – of course the part-time wage is the flipside of that but it’s definitely worth it!

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    • I wonder if it her first one What Kind of Mother Are You? I thought that was ok but not brilliant but this is much better, more accomplished I think. I would love a part time job and am lucky with my husbands work we could manage it but they are so few and far between where I live it’s almost impossible to find *sigh*

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  9. I try to give myself a three day weekend every week. Ha ha. I get a work packet ob Mondays, and I try to finish it by Friday. It doesn’t always work, but most of the time it does. The store where my son works part time had Christmas items out in early September! Hopefully going to some special events will respark your holiday spirit. Have a wonderful week.

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    • I wish I could do that. Technically I work from home and have time in lieu so I should have plenty of flexibility but it doesn’t work like that. I do hope I get in the Halloween spirit. I did start making my costume yesterday which helped.

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  10. Shops really spoil all the big season holidays I think by making it a ‘we’re after your money’ way too early. Enjoy the Halloween event anyway. Don’t let them suck the power!

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  11. Nice looking assortment of books. I agree that stores do bring out merchandise too early for holidays. I wouldn’t need reminding more than a week or two in advance. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  12. I’m forever comparing other ghost stories of Susan Hill’s to The Woman in Black and I have yet to find a match there! Glad you enjoyed all your recent reads. The cover of Himself is super creepy!! Look forward to hearing your thoughts on that one.

    I hope you have a great week – sounds like you have some fun plans ahead.

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  13. As you say it feels like Halloween has been a long time coming – 2 weeks ago I even thought I had got the date wrong 😦
    I loved The Small Hand by Susan Hill though it creeped me out, not sure if my constitution can cope with something more frightening than that!

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