Morning all and happy Sunday. I hope you are having a good weekend. Ours can be summed up in one word – clean. I have been travelling so much for work recently (though not last week, which was a lovely change) that by the time the weekend rolled around I had no desire to do any work on the house. This week, probably because I hadn’t been travelling, I had the cleaning itch and if there is a word for spring cleaning in autumn, that’s what we did yesterday. All day. Now my house is spotless, bulbs have been replaced, pictures hung…I feel very happy and very satisfied. Now I plan on doing nothing today, the perfect Sunday!
Being home meant I also got to work on my blog and posted every day – something that happens rarely. This included a big change for me, something I’d wanted to do for a while, which was change my blog name. I am Once Upon a Littlefield no more but One Reader’s Thoughts instead. I wrote about why I made the change here and have to say that, it’s only been a week but I’m happy with my choice. I also wrote two reviews…
The Exit by Helen Fitzgerald was something I had had on loan from the library for nearly two months and had to read before the fines started rolling in. I was also looking forward to it because I had really enjoyed Fitzgerald’s The Cry, which I’d read a few years ago now. And, whilst I did enjoy The Exit, I was also disappointed and frustrated by it, mainly because of one scene which pulled me out of the story and after which I couldn’t find my way back in.
Stalker on the Fens by Joy Ellis was the fifth in a series staring a female detective (Nikki Galena) who I am really starting to like. It’s only the second in the series I’ve read though and whilst the last one could definitely be read as a standalone I did feel I missing something in this one because characters from the past made an appearance and I didn’t understand their significance. However, I still really enjoyed the book because it was well written and the characters are well drawn.
Stalker on the Fens was my last book of October, and I did a monthly round-up last week too. It was a good month for me, with three books I loved and which are all still rattling around my head and being used for comparisons with what I’ve been reading, which includes…
Hag-seed I had as my Tuesday Intro this week so you can read more by clicking here. I really enjoyed it but it did take up a lot of brain cells. Afterwards, I wanted something that didn’t require so much attention and The Redemption of Galen Pike was a good choice as it’s a collection of short stories (some very short) that I could pick up and put down. I’ll be writing a review this week but you can read more on GoodReads by clicking here.
I finished Galen Pike last night so now I have to decide what to read. I have the new Mel Sherratt, The Girl Next Door, which people have been raving about and came out in the last couple of weeks but also picked up a couple of James Sallis books, one of my favourite authors and these are calling to me.
What about you? What’s on your reading list this week? I hope it’s a good one whatever you pick.
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.