Weekly update: 12th February, 2017

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly round-up.  Whilst this one started off a bit crazy for me (work again – no point in even going there, it just never seems to end) it ended in a very lazy way because, as of Friday, I am now on holiday for a week.  It is much needed and, even though we aren’t going anywhere warm, we have lots of fun day trips planned ending with a long weekend away with friends.

Hopefully, I will find some time to do some of the “admin” I need to do on my blog – the nice to do list runs to pages at moment.  At the very least I will get some reading done, a good thing as I have a fully loaded kindle at the moment with library books, ARCs, and purchased books.  This week I added (clicking on the covers links to goodreads)…

Perfect Remains (D.I. Callanach, #1) Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone, #2) Let the Dead Speak (Maeve Kerrigan #7) What She Knew Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen

I know I said I was going to stretch myself this month and not read so much crime fiction but at least there is one non-fiction book on there. Have you read any of these – where should I start? I have to say I’m tempted to go for Angela Marsons as I have been wanting to read Evil Games forever and know I’m so far behind in the series.

Reading wise, I did o.k. this week thanks to lots of time on trains.  Plus I managed to post each day again (I’m going to have to stop patting myself on the back for this as I’ve managed it every week since Christmas)…

On Monday, I reviewed The Breakdown by B. A. Paris, which I really enjoyed.  Here a young woman is murdered on a country road on a stormy night.  The only possible witness, another young woman, is scared to tell and scared of life as she becomes convinced the killer is after her – if only she could get someone to believe her.

On Tuesday, I shared my latest read The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander which is part of my attempt to not read quite as much crime / mystery this month.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Captive on the Fens by Joy Ellis, the sixth in the Nikki Galena series.  Here Nikki (Lincolnshire Detective) is on the hunt for a man who is kidnapping and torturing young women.  It’s a tense read with great twists and turns.  Plus Nikki is a great character.

On Thursday, I reviewed All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford, which I really struggled with thanks to multiple timeframes and an unreliable narrator that I just didn’t like.

On Friday, as part of Feature and Follow I wrote about my favourite re-read – there is only one for me, Dracula by Bram Stoker.

And that was it for my week – how was yours – what di you read? what did you do?

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 by clicking on their badges below to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

The Sunday Post

  1. Love your style. I, myself am a new book blogger who just participated in the Sunday post. I would love for you to check it out.

    1. Thank you. I will hop on over.

  2. Glad you have a week off and I hope you get a chance to unwind – Himself is also on holiday, though we aren’t going anywhere either. You had a really good blogging week last week and fingers crossed you get a chance to do that admin we all have to attend to as well as enjoying yourself – the most important consideration! My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/sunday-post-12th-february-2017/

    1. I am already feeling relaxed knowing I don’t need to wake up early tomorrow and I won’t have to pick up a phone and talk to anyone for a week…heaven!

      1. Himself is feeling pretty much the same way…

  3. Have fun on your vacation and I hope you read lots of good books as well. They all look like good reads but I haven’t read any of them. I would go with the one that you are really wanting to read. 🙂

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Week in Review

    1. I intend to. Just not having to work is heaven. I might even get more than my usual two books read!

  4. I’ve only read two of these and them loved both (Evil Games, which I rated 6/5, and Perfect Lies). But I don’t think you’ll go far wrong with the selection you have as the others look very tempting too. 🙂

    1. 6/5 is pretty impressive. I don’t know why I’ve waited so long to read it.

      1. Hands down it’s my favourite of the series so far. But whichever book you choose I hope you enjoy the read, and have a lovely break too 🙂

  5. Oh, yay for a holiday week! Even though I haven’t gone to a traditional job for a few years (retirement!), I am still very excited by a break from the normal routine. I took one like that last summer and had a road trip up north with my granddaughter.

    Enjoy yours, and as for your books, I really loved What She Knew.

    I also want The Breakdown, but I must stop moaning about that, as it doesn’t come out here until June…and I didn’t get it from NetGalley (UK preference).

    As we know, time flies and it will be here soon enough. Meanwhile, I have other books to enjoy.

    Thanks for sharing, and have a wonderful week….and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. The break from the ordinary is the nicest thing…and knowing I don’t have to go to work tomorrow. I am feeling very chilled. The downside of the kindle age is not being able to share books – if I could I would send you my copy.

  6. Yay for train rides contributing to good reading time! I always plan on mixing up my genres a bit but so far have not had the best luck with it. Basically all your crime books this week have ended up on my TBR. Enjoy your holiday and getting to your admin work. I definitely understand the multi page To Do list. I’m right there with you. Have a great week!

    1. The reading is the only plus side with work at the moment – if only I could figure out a way to read for a living! I swear I used to read more widely before I began blogging but now I find so many books in the crime / mystery genre I probably wouldn’t have come across before that there never seems time unless I force myself.

  7. Enjoy your week of relaxing! You deserve it.

    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by x

  8. Enjoy your holiday! Captive on the Fens does look tense. I’ve been loving the twisty reads lately. 🙂 Hope you have a fabulous week.

    1. Thank you. I plan on enjoying every minute. Joy Ellis is fast becoming a favourite author – she likes to throw spammers in the works with her plots and what you think is going to happen.

  9. So many great books Emma and a week off! Yay! I hope you have a great time and get to rest a little! xx

    1. Thanks. I intend to join every minute of it. And get lots of sleep,

  10. Enjoy your time off! The Break Down sounds good.

    1. I intend to. The Breakdown is definitely worth reading.

  11. I adore Bram Stoker’s Dracula! Very worthy of a reread, and I’ve yet to come across a film adaptation that does it justice. 🙂 Looks like you have a great week coming up in books, enjoy!

    1. I agree with you on the films. They never hit the mark with me. Thanks for stopping by – have a good week too!

  12. You sound organized to me. How fun to have a Kindle loaded up of great reading. I didn’t post last week as our crew was busy running back and forth to the city. I was exhausted and had to recover. But in today’s post I took care of business and talked about the five books I’ve finished so far over the two weeks. I currently have a fantasy and a cozy mystery on my Kindle. I seem to be into mysteries, mostly cozies and historical ones, lately.

    1. I couldn’t live without my kindle. Or my library who keep me in a constant supply of books. I read mainly mysteries but not many cozies though I keep saying I should give them a try. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. I hope you’re enjoying your week vacation and get the time you want on your blogging. Looks like you’ve read some great books this past week.
    Have a great week!

    1. I have enjoyed it thoroughly and intend to make the most of the last few days. I really don’t want to go back to wor! Thank for visiting.

  14. Hi Emma! Hope you’re having a lovely week off and getting to do ALL the reading and blogging that you wanted to do.

    I hope you love your new books!

    1. Thank you – it’s been a great week and I did get lots of reading done – not much else blog wise but I’m o.k. with that as I feel very chilled.

  15. Have fun with your time off. Spontaneous little trips and events are such fun. I have the last week of March off and plan to just wing it. LOL

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