Weekly update: 19th March, 2017

Morning all and happy Sunday…hope everyone is having a good weekend and has had a good week. Mine wasn’t too bad, busy with work but there were some fun things in their too, including a day off on Friday where I did absolutely nothing but chill and read, finishing a whole book (The Escape by C. L. Taylor). This was followed by dinner with friends…not the most exciting venue as the kids picked McDonalds but we did manage to stay there for two hours!

Yesterday, my daughter decided to hold a birthday party for our cat, who is now a year old. She invited the grandparents, made a cake out of tuna, a playlist for a party…slightly over the top maybe but it was fun and I think the car involved it for the time it took him to eat his tuna before going outside again. And today, we are attempting to make bath bombs, which I’ve been told are easy but you never know…wish me luck!

Back in the world of blogging, I didn’t have a bad week, though missed my target of five posts. I did manage four, though, so not too shabby for me. It included two reviews…

The Dead Room by Chris Mooney, book three in a series involving a Boston forensic investigator who also seems to be quite handy with a gun and has a habit for getting herself into danger. A new author and series for me, I can see myself reading more.

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, who has become one of my favourite authors in the past year with her slightly spooky version of Nordic noir. This was another great read, nice and dark and gritty – just how I like them!

Other posts…

…introduced my latest read, Tuesday Intro: The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson, which is now finished and with a review to follow (fingers crossed to getting it written today). I don’t think I am giving anything away by saying I really enjoyed it.

…talked about my belated realisation that I have a lot of ebooks unread (including The Dead Room, which I had owned since 2012) and my determination to finally read some of them.  I picked the three oldest and you can see what they are here. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has books sitting their gathering dust (digitally speaking or otherwise). What is the book that has been sat on your shelves longest?

And that’s it for me. How has your week been, 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 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 the idea of a party for the cat -😂
    I do hope the bath bombs are successful!!

    I’m glad The Stranger is good – I have loads of books to read before 6 April so am prioritising so the heads up was a timely one!


  2. Good luck with the bath bombs. I’ve never made them though I’ve seen several recipes on Pinterest. Might have to try it as a craft for the library sometime.

    The birthday party for the cat sounds cute. My sister had birthday parties for her dogs when they turned one and invited over some doggie “guests”. I think they had fun.

    It is nice to be able to spend a day reading. Glad you enjoyed your books. Hope you have a great week this week!


  3. I have a handful of books purchased in 2014 waiting, unread…and a book called The Life List has been there the longest (March 2014).

    I do have pages on my Curl up and Read blog where I document what I purchased, received for review, and read in each month/year from 2014 to the present. That helps me see what I’m doing.

    Kudos for dusting off those books…and enjoy the new week. Thanks for visiting my blog.


    • I may never be able to feed him regular food again and now he has more toys than any cat should have. Hope you enjoy The Dead Room, can’t believe it took me five years to read it!


  4. Appears that you had a fun week. I love those days off. Feels like I’m skipping school. LOL I used to have birthday parties for my critters. Now we just celebrate the holidays together. probably cheaper the other way! LOL

    My Sunday Post


  5. Aww, kitty birthday.. That is very cute! I believe we used to hold doggie birthdays for our dog as well, when I was little.

    I’m not doing a recap post, but this week I’ve set up plans for my first author interview (yay!) which is in its last stages and will be coming out next week! And I’ll also be doing my first giveaway. Excited!

    I also have a lot of ‘dusted’ ebooks, but what’s worse – dusted review drafs…. Grr.


  6. LOL the cat birthday party is hilarious! Sounds like fun! Do post how the bath bomb making goes. I’ve been wanting to make them but keep chickening out. I’m catching up on all the posts from last week and will be visiting your others soon. All the books look fantastic and I’m sure they’ll end up on my TBR. Have a great week!


    • It could only have come from a six year olds brain. The bath bombs went well – better than I expected. I’ll post a picture next week (with a report of any allergic reactions).


  7. I’m keen to read your review on the Stranger, I have enjoyed books by this author in the past.

    The Dead Room looks interesting too – I will have to check it out!

    Have a lovely week and happy reading!

    Amanda @ Mrs B’s Book Reviews


  8. Unread ebooks are a problem for me too. Hiding on my Kindle, they lack the urgency of the piles of unread print books scattered around my house. Come see my reading week here. Happy reading!


  9. Ooooooof day off with nothing but chill and read.. HEAVEN! So happy for you Emma 🙂 ugh McDonalds.. LOL! Sorry to hear that 😛 but hey you did get to have a cat party, that btw, sounds so cute!


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