Weekly update: 8th January, 2017

Hi all and welcome to my first weekly update of 2017. I hope everyone had a good Christmas and new year and, for me, that this year doesn’t go by quite as quickly as 2016, though I’m not holding put too much hope. This first week of the year was a short one for me as we had a bank holiday on Monday so was a nice way to start back at work. Unfortunately it was also a week of travelling and I was away two days, not my favourite thing but part of my job. Still, with a bit of pre-planning over the holidays I managed to post each day…

On Sunday I joined in with Sheila at book journey and a ton of other bloggers to share my First book of the year, The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurðardótti which I really enjoyed and will be reviewing this week.

On Monday I reviewed my last read of 2016, Duplicity by Sibel Hodge, which I also really enjoyed and was a great way to finish off the year.

On Tuesday I introduced my next read, which I’ll be reviewing tomorrow, Good Me Bad Me.

On Wednesday my reading luck changed with my review of The Missing by Caroline Eriksson which I didn’t enjoy nearly as much as I thought I would thanks to a confusing story and frustrating characters.

On Thursday my next review felt like much of the same with a book I thought would be right up my street. Unfortunately Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis just couldn’t keep me engaged and, like The Missing, had characters I couldn’t click with.

On Friday I joined in with Feature and Follow to share  Most Anticipated Read of 2017, only I couldn’t pick just one so settled on my most looked forward to read of January.

On Saturday I didn’t post anything but did pick up three books (links to goodreads)…

The Adventure of English: The Biography of a Language Liar Liar (Helen Grace, #4) Injured Parties: Solving the Murder of Dr Helen Davidson

And that’s it for me this week. What about you, has it been a good one, reading and otherwise?

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 read The Missing last week, and I also thought it had potential but the story was too confusing. I normally like books with lots of twists and turns but I think it wasn’t done well enough to work.

    1. It was confusing. I did wonder if it was the translation but, no, I think it’s the plot…too twisty if that’s possible.

  2. Happy 2017! 🙂 Duplicity looks interesting, sorry to hear a couple of the other reads weren’t quite great. Two Days Gone does look like one that would be good, too bad it didn’t click. I hope your reads this week are good.

    1. To you too. It’s been an up and down reading year so far but with last two books am hoping I’m on the upswing…fingers crossed!

  3. Sorry to hear you’re back travelling with work but you’ve managed to post a great deal despite that! I’m looking forward to your review of Good Me, Bad Me.

    1. Me too! I should have known I wouldn’t be lucky enough to have a slow January after a low December, work doesn’t work like that does it? I’ve now posted my review for good me, bad me – and now going to check out your review too 😀

  4. Happy New Year! Sounds like you still had a busy week with the traveling. Sorry to read you didn’t really have great books to start the year with. I hate it when I can’t connect with the characters.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

    1. To you too. I am a bit bummed about my reads this last week but I’m on my second of two good books back to back now so fingers crossed that continues. Thanks for visiting 😀

  5. Can’t wait to see what you think of Liar, Liar!!! I so can’t wait for the next book in that series to come out in the US!! 🙂 Happy reading!

    Week in Review

    1. So far so good. A really good series.

  6. It always disappointing when a book doesn’t click, isn’t it? I had a DNF this week, which hasn’t happened in a while and another one that I’m not going to bother to review. I just hope it isn’t a precursor of things to come as 2016 was an awesome reading year (though dreadful in many other ways!). Let’s hope we both have a better reading week, Emma!

    1. It is. It’s worse because it was two books back to back for me this week. None that I haven’t finished so far though. I hope your poor reads aren’t a precursor to the year of reading…the only way is up as they say.

      1. That’s the way I choose to look at it! Fortunately since then, I’ve read a marvellous book and just started another that I know I’m going to love – phew!

  7. I had hoped to enjoy The Missing, as well, but my frustration grew to the point that I set it aside…I even sent the e-book back to the Cloud…which definitely means I’m done. At least for now.

    Now I am eyeing Liar Liar…and Duplicity. Thanks for sharing, and have a great week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. I wish I hadn’t finished it…I just kept hoping for more. Thankfully it only cost 99p. I am enjoying liar liar so far – just a great series.

  8. I heard the same type of comments about the Missing from others, so don’t feel too bad. Hope you are done traveling for a while and that the week ahead is an easy one!

    1. I am glad I’m not the only one. I just feel so disappointed in it the more I think about it. I wish the travelling was over but there are two days this week and three next…and not much pre-planning on the posts this week so it’s going to be a scramble!

  9. We have such similar tastes (other than the non fiction book/s in your last grouping!!!) and there are a few books there I really like the look of Emma. (And a few I’ve read!)

    1. Great minds think alike! I am trying to stretch myself with non-fiction this year. I used to read loads, now I hardly read any.

  10. The Adventure of English sounds right up my alley! I hope it’s as fascinating as it sounds!

    1. I hope so too. It was recommended and I loved the cover of the version I got too – bright red.

  11. Looks like you had a good week. I’m glad I don’t travel for my job. My daily commute is 3/4 mile to my farthest school. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. 3/4 mile is lovely. I shouldn’t complain too much as when I’m not traveling I do work from home but the early mornings are really my least favourite thing.

  12. Minus the travel, it sounds like the new year is treating you well so far – I hope that continues. M.J. Arlidge is an author I’ve heard good things about, not read anything myself though. Happy reading; have a great week!

    1. So far, it is. This is the fourth M. J. Arlidge book and the other three have been great so fingers crossed on this one! Thanks for stopping by 😀

  13. Ooooo….I see two books I have read and enjoyed!!

    Liar, Liar and Two Days Gone were very good.

    I hope you are having a good reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

    1. I’m read Liar Liar at the moment. Loving it. You have a good week too.

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