Weekly update: 28th November, 2016

Morning all and happy Sunday. I hope you’ve all had a good week (and thanksgiving for those state-side). Mine has been good and pretty relaxed, just what I need in the run up to Christmas. If I’m lucky it will continue right through to Christmas itself as my work schedule, which normally involves lots of travel, has really calmed down. Meaning I get to work from home most days, have a work-life balance for a change, and am managing to find time to cross things off my personal to do list – I’ve even bought my first few presents…yay!

Blog wise this week, I posted two reviews. Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris was one I had rea lots of good reviews of earlier this year and enjoyed. It was a real page turner though I could have done with a bit more in the way of characterisation. There was nothing I needed more of in Find Her by Lisa Gardner, which hooked me from the first page and didn’t let me go. Gardner really is an author I should read more of.

I also joined in the book blogger hop this week after a few weeks off, writing about what books I would be willing to fight for on Black Friday and managed to do some work on the blog, creating page of all my reviews by author (at least I think it’s all, there were a lot so I hope I haven’t missed any).

Book wise I finished Local Girl Missing (from my Tuesday Intro) and Her Final Breath by Robert Dugoni, the second in the Tracy Crosswhite series, plus I picked up three books this week (covers will link you to goodreads)….

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And that’s it for me.  What have you been up to and what have you been reading?

Emma x


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 really like Yrsa Sigurdardottir’s books. I hope you like The Silence of the Sea.

    1. I read my first one in the last few months. I loved it so had to pick this up when I saw it at the library. Thanks for visiting and have a good week.

  2. Glad that things are calming down workwise so you can focus on Christmas preparations. I’m not so organised… I’ve got some major birthdays coming up first which need taking care of. Have a great week:). My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/sunday-post-27th-november-2016/

    1. Birthdays in December are the worst. I have two on New Year’s Day but thankfully won’t be seeing people till mid January so don’t need to worry till then!

      1. As a family, we make a speciality of it… my mother, my daughter and granddaughter all have December birthdays!

        1. Wow! Still plenty of party food and good gifts out there.

  3. Yay for getting a few Christmas gifts bought. I read the first in the Tracy Crosswhite series, My Sister’s Grave, and liked it tremendously. I look forward to finally reading Her Final Breath.

    1. It does make me feel somewhat organised. I only read the first in the series this year and feel I need to catch up,quick. I enjoyed this one more because Tracy is more solid. Well worth a read.

  4. I am not ready for Christmas, it just gets a big bah humbug from me. I have one little gift bought and that is all, I hate shopping. I am glad I don’t have to buy for many.

    All your books look great, I hope you enjoy your new ones!
    Week in Review

    1. I’m not either but I do enjoy it once it’s here. I will feel more festive come the first when I can listen to Christmas music (I refuse until then)! Have a good week.

  5. I always enjoy Lisa Gardner, too, and from your new books, Local Girl Missing has caught my eye. Lying in Wait looks good, too. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy your week!

    1. Local Girl Missing was good. All told it was a good reading week last week – now to write the reviews!

  6. Glad to hear it was a good week! And less travel= good! Hope your month leading up to Christmas is relaxed and peaceful. I haven’t started shopping yet but I’ve got some ideas, so that’s a start! Glad to hear Behind Closed Doors was good, I’ve been eyeing that one after seeing it around a bit, and Silence of the Sea looks good.

    1. I do hope it continues…it’s needed as December is crazy no matter how hard I try to be organised. I would recommend Behind
      Closed Doors – enjoy if you get a copy. Have a good week.

  7. I really enjoyed Lying in Wait – good to hear you are having a bit more of a restful time – bought my first presents this week 😊

  8. Oh, so many books I like the look of there Emma!

    And I’m really glad you’re getting some work / life balance and that work has calmed down a bit. I hope it continues until at least the end of the year and you get some well-deserved ‘you’ time! xx

    1. I hope it does too. I know you travel a lot too and there are points when I just think “no more”. The good thing is my job tends to be quiet this time of year…am determined to make the most of it!

  9. I hope things continue to be calmer leading up to the holidays… so nice not to have to travel this month and be abe to work from home. I’m planning to read Behind Closed Doors in Florida this winter.

    1. It is so lovely to not be up earlier than the birds and stood on train platforms in the cold. Enjoy the book…and Florida!

  10. I like the sound of Wedlock, I really enjoy historical nonfiction, especially when it includes interesting female protagonists who were ahead of their time!

    1. I do hope it’s good. I have heard some of the story before through to shows but not the whole thing.

  11. So many good looking books! I’m going to be adding a couple (read:probably all) of the books you mentioned especially Local Girl Missing and The Silence of the Sea. I hope you enjoy your reads.
    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

    1. I hope they all end up as good as they look. I feel like I am on a reading roll at the moment and don’t want it to end.

  12. So nice not to have to travel so much and to start being organised for Christmas! Looks like you have some great reading on the go.

    1. It really is. A much less stressful time than the same time last year.

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