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. I love the idea of the cat’s birthday party, Emma:). What a good idea! Hope you have fun with your reading this week – especially if you manage to dig up a couple more books from the bottom of your TBR. My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/sunday-post-19th-march-2017/

  2. I will have to check out The Dead Room I love books set in my hometown! I do love the cat’s birthday party idea! I hope you have a good reading week!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    1. I am pleased to say they went better than I thought they might. I have to test them now…hopefully no allergic reactions.

  5. 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.

    1. Time just flies doesn’t it. 2014 is only 3 years away right 😉

  6. A Birthday Party for the cat.. I love that!! And how awesome: a tuna cake. I think my cat is jealous right now!
    The Dead Room, sounds like a good read. I have to check that one out!
    Have a great week and happy reading!

    1. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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.

    1. It’s the type of thing you can only enjoy with children and not feel silly. Good luck on your first author interview.

  9. 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!

    1. 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).

  10. 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

    1. I have just posted my review of The Stranger – I really liked it so hope it appeals and you do too. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  11. My digital books … sob. So many good ones, but out of sight, out of mind for me.

    1. They are so neglected aren’t they.

  12. 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!

    1. You’re right it is a lack of urgency. They don’t call to me like books on the shelves.

  13. The Dead Room sounds amazing! I hope you enjoy your books.

    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

    1. It was a great read. I will be reading more…hopefully not in another five years!

  14. Happy birthday to your cat. We’ve celebrated our cats’ birthdays too. I’m joining up in the fun again and I’m hoping you’ll stop by to my new domain.

    It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

    1. Thank you – glad I’m not the only one that does this.

  15. A birthday party for the kitty sounds so cute.

    Your books look good…The Stranger looks like something I’d enjoy.

    Have a great week!

    1. It was cute, and fun. We will definitely be doing again next year. The Stranger was really good, a recommended read!

  16. 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!

    1. It was heaven. McDonalds isn’t bad if it’s once in a while and you are chatting with friends. Plus it’s cheaper than our usual venues!

  17. HA! Oh my goodness I love the idea of the birthday party for the cat! 😀

    1. Sometimes you just have to be silly!

  18. I love the idea of a cat party, very creative. And I bet the grandparents thoroughly enjoyed it. Hope there was more to eat than a tuna cake!!

    1. It could only have come from the mind of a child. I am so glad we did it though. anything for a party!

    2. Oh and yes, we had red velvet cake!

  19. Reading days are the best! And a cat birthday- how fun! I’m sure the cat appreciated the tuna cake. 🙂

    1. They really are – I wish I had more of them! He loved the tuna but did spend the rest of the day turning up his nose at regular food.

  20. Sounds like a fun cat party. 🙂 Have a great week!

    1. It was – a bit different to say the least – you have a good week too!

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