Hi all and Happy Sunday – I hope you are having a good weekend. Mine hasn’t exactly gone to plan as I ended up working yesterday – the result of a week that didn’t quite go to plan either. Whilst I was working from home all week (yay!) and should have gotten lots of work done, the entire house (me, hubbie, daughter) came down with a stomach bug that is doing the rounds. Which meant time off work feeling sorry for myself and time off work trying to be super-mom and taking care of the little one. Thankfully we are all well again – I just need to try and catch up with life.
The lurgy didn’t just slow me down, it slowed down my blogging, visiting and reading. I got some of each done, but not as much as I would like. All told, I posted three times in the end – two reviews and my usual Tuesday intro (for Find Her by Lisa Gardner, which I really enjoyed and will be reviewing this week).
The reviews were…
Both were books I really wanted to read, and very different from each other.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult was a book that took time to read and time to digest. It tackled a big subject, race relations in modern day America, and for the most part did so very well. However, it didn’t hit all the marks with me because – at times – I felt the message it was looking to get across was used to beat me over the head a bit.
The second book was a much easier, and quicker, read The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt – a favourite author of mine. This started with a shocking scenes that have definitely stayed with me and introduced an interesting new detective into my life. It also made me feel slightly like a grumpy old woman however as I struggled to not get annoyed at the main teenage character.
For all my lack of reading and reviewing, I did manage to start to stack my shelves again after a few weeks of not adding anything at all (clicking on the cover should take you to goodreads)…
Amanda Prowse and Joy Ellis are both authors I know and enjoy reading. Caroline Mitchell is new to me but I have been reading some really good reviews of her latest release these last couple of weeks so wanted to give her a go and fingers crossed I’ll enjoy.
And that’s it for me this week. How about you? What have you been up to and been reading?
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.