Weekly update: 26th February, 2017

Morning everyone, hope you are having a good weekend. Mine was a long one as I was off Friday (meaning a four day work week as well – yay!). My mom and I went on a much delayed trip to York for shopping and then afternoon tea at Betty’s – one of my favourite places for cake on the planet. We finished it off with a glass of champagne and it couldn’t have been more perfect. It was lovely to have a “me” day, especially as yesterday was definitely a “her” day due to children’s birthday parties and play dates and bedroom painting today. I was exhausted by the end, though the little one was still going strong (probably due to the amount of sugar she’d consumed!).

My day out Friday and an incredibly busy week running up to it meant I didn’t post on the day, though I did have posts scheduled for the rest of the week so I didn’t disappear completely from my online world. Here’s what I posted…

On Monday was my review of a much belated read – Evil Games by Angela Marsons. I had loved the first book in this series staring DI Kim Stone but never gotten round to reading the second.  Until now and I am very glad I did but also slightly annoyed at myself for having waited so long because it was brilliant.  Kim Stone is a great character but the plot was so clever and the whole book so well written.  I really enjoyed this one.

On Tuesday I introduced by latest read – Human Acts by Han Kang.  I loved Kang’s The Vegetarian, which I read last January and has stayed with me as one of my best books of the year and possibly favourite books ever read despite it’s dark themes.  Human Acts sounds like it will be just as dark and I have put off reading it now till this week as I wanted to concentrate and I couldn’t do that sat on trains.  I have high hopes for it when I start reading Tuesday.

On Wednesday I reviewed Perfect Remains by Helen Fields, another excellent read – especially as it was a debut novel.  Like Evil Games the “bad guy” here was a brilliant psychopath, one who was focused on their end goal and determined not to be caught.  Set in Edinburgh with a French detective this was a real page turner and kept me up well into the night.

On Thursday I reviewed Unlocking Italian with Paul Noble, which I was lucky enough to win a copy of and helped me get over my fear of speaking a language I can read and understand.  I’m not sure anything will stick but it will definitely be brought out again if I get my much longed for trip to Rome later this year.

As I said I didn’t post anything Friday but I did pick up a few books I’ve had my eye on (links to goodreads)…

You (You, #1) The Passenger What She Knew The Escape

 

 

 

Escape is the only Arc as I have quite few review books now to read and I don’t like to have too many on the go – I aim for one review book a week tops but a lot seem to be coming out in one go so I have called a halt to requests till I catch up.

And that’s it for this week.  What about yours?  How has it gone, what have you read?

Emma

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32 thoughts on “Weekly update: 26th February, 2017

  1. Haha, I wish I had the self control for just 1 ARC! *never gonna happen* lol

    Interested in that other Han Kang book, although I haven’t read The Vegetarian myself yet (a bit squeamish about but the whole darkness thing)

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  2. How lucky you are to be able to read and understand Italian! I hope you can get into the speaking part as well. I’ve been trying to learn German but I keep getting distracted and spending long periods not doing anything…which does not work well in the language department.

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  3. I love going to tea (though we have few options where I live in the States) and it sounds like you had a wonderful time with your mom.

    I hope you get the opportunity to go to Rome and try speaking Italian with the locals 🙂 Rome is on my bucket list but I don’t really know the language.

    I have heard good things about What She Knew. I don’t read much suspense but I have seen the explosion in popularity of psychological suspense after Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

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    • No I think it’s very much an English thing, though we don’t do it nearly often enough. I hope What She Knew is good. The reviews suggested it was but I always feel nervous about books that say they are the next Gone Girl.

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    • I wish I could post more. Some people I follow post more than once a day. My me day was lovely but after the last few days at work I feel like I need another! Thanks for stopping by.

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