Weekly update: 7th May, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all and welcome to another Sunday and weekly update on my life, blogging and otherwise. I have to say this has felt like a long week, despite having a bank holiday on Monday and so only having to work for four days. I just couldn’t seem to get into a routine and everything felt like a chore, including blogging. I did manage to post this week four times but only one review, and not because I only have any to write…I had three books to write reviews for I just couldn’t get motivated. Does anyone else feel like this after a long weekend?

Here’s what I managed to post…

On Monday, I reviewed The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, which looked at the lives and painful fates of the dial painters, women who painted watch and instrument faces with paint made from radium in the 1920s. This is a well researched book which made me sad and angry in equal measure and also grateful for the women who came before me and fought for my workers rights.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, New Boy by Tracy Chevalier, a retelling of Othello set in 1970’s New York.

On Wednesday, I posted my monthly update for April, which was a mix of great, good, and a few I wish I hadn’t picked up. My book of the month – The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh, though there were a few to choose from.

On Friday, I wrote about blogging rules (a.k.a. myths) I’m not very good at following – there are probably more but these are the five that perplexed me the most when I started out.

Yesterday, I felt like I turned a corner and life got back on track with a great fun Saturday (my daughter is addicted to bowling so we did that followed by food, food, and more food it felt like) and today we’re off to Sunday lunch at a really nice pub down the road (what was I saying about food). We’re also supposed to be going to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy later if we’re not to stuffed. What are you up to today? And how has your week been?

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. It sounds like you are having an amazing weekend. Bowling and Guardians of the

    1. So far, definitely so good. Though sat on couch now wondering if we can make it to movies…am very comfy here.

  2. I often feel like that after a Bank Holiday Monday, but thankfully not this time. Sounds like you have a fun weekend planned though.

    1. It has been lovely but bit bummed it’s almost over. Hoping I am slump free this week.

  3. I think I need to read something by Emma Kavanagh…I’ve heard such good things, and the reviews are tempting me.

    Your day sounds great…and food always accompanies some of my best events. I was planning to do more work on the patio today, but it’s raining! Should I be happy, or sad?

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. I haven’t read everything she’s written but I haven’t read a bad one yet. Hard to say on the rain…if you can sit in doors and do some reading maybe good?

  4. I hate when my motivation leaves me. I spent Friday catching up on reviews I put off all week. I need to start Radium Girls. Glad you enjoyed it and found it well researched. Have a lovely week 🙂

    1. I felt really crabby. Much happier this week!

  5. Everyone feels like that from time to time 🙂 nothing to worry about. I find that work often demotivates me from blogging, but oh well. By the way! Totally checking out your Radium Girls review. I have just interviewed the author! I don’t have a direct link right now, but it’s like the second post from the top on http://avalinahsbooks.space if you’d like to check out Kate’s answers. It was a touching interview. I also really loved that book.

    1. If only we didn’t have to work! Will check out the interview. Can imagine it was a great interview. Such a powerful book.

  6. You know I always think the week goes by slower AFTER a long weekend, no idea why. The Killer on the Wall certainly looks interesting…

    Have fun if you see Guardians of the Galaxy! I hope it’s good (judging from the trailer it looks very fun). 🙂

    1. Glad it isn’t just me. Last week just dragged. Today already felt quicker. Didn’t make the movie in the end…next week!

  7. I’m the same way after a long weekend or sometimes just because! Did you enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy 2? I really liked the first one but haven’t seen the newest one. The Radium Girls and The Killer on the Wall look really great. Have a fantastic week!

    1. I feel much less blah today. We didn’t make the movie in the end. Ouch was great but then we all got an afternoon slump. We’ve put it off till this weekend.

  8. Can’t wait to see Guardians 2. Baby Groot looks so cute. LOL I think I’m one of the few out there who hasn’t read Radium Girls. Got to check out your review.

    My Sunday Post

  9. I have gotten in the habit of writing by review as soon as I finish a book and before starting the next. It keeps my from getting behind and a new book gives me incentive to get it done. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I normally do that but I just don’t feel motivated by the books. They were ok but not brilliant. Will head on over.

  10. I still haven’t watched the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie but I’ve heard it is a lot of fun. Two of my coworkers saw the new one this weekend so I’m sure I’ll be hearing all about it. Sounds like you had a fun weekend.

    The Radium Girls sounds fascinating and sad. It is horrible that they suffered like that and were lied to about the safety of radium.

    Hope you have a great week!

    1. The first one was fun. We didn’t make it to the second in the end (too tired and full of food) so hopefully next week. The Radium Girls was really sad. It was also shocking. Hard to believe people could ever be that heartless.

  11. I have New Boy on my list for listening … I’ve seen mixed reviews. Hope I like it.

    1. I haven’t read any reviews. Am about a third of the way through and so far, so good. It feels more accessible than Hag-Seed.

  12. My kids really want to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie–but I have to see the first one all the way through, first! I’ve seen bits and pieces of it, but I have yet to actually sit through it. If I get a chance to do that, we might go see the second one next weekend.

    1. I really enjoyed the first one but saw it on Netflix or something like that, that’s why I want to see this one at the pictures.

  13. I have reviews written for days when I don’t feel like writing reviews. It was another busy week but I did manage to finish some books. Come see what I’m reading.

    1. I need to do that…I never seem organised enough to get ahead.

  14. I think there are always times when we feel we’d rather give the blog a miss… It takes an amount of mental energy for starters. It sounds like a lovely Sunday you’ve got planned:). Have a lovely week, Emma.

    1. Absolutely- you have to write when you feel like it I think (unless you are getting paid that isn’t!)

  15. I read another article about The Radium Girls and I am so keen to read it!

    1. It really is fascinating – and only £1.49 on the kindle if you’re in the UK.

  16. It isn’t hard to get behind in reviewing. I try to write down my thoughts immediately, but it doesn’t always work. The Killer on the Wall looks intriguing.

    1. I’m normally so good but this last week…it doesn’t help I have mixed feelings about the books.

  17. All my weeks feel long in Springgedon 🙂 Ugh why RL has to get in the middle of blogging right?? But Emma! four times in a week is great! I don’t know how you do it and it’s great you still had time to have fun bowling and out eating with your daughter! hope you did get to go to Guardians of the Galaxy 🙂

    1. I have been lucky work hasn’t gotten in the way too much recently- there have been times when I managed one post in a week. We didn’t make it to the movie. Plan is for this week.

  18. I haven’t been posting as much written reviews but I’ve been reading a lot. Thanks for the reminder to get cracking on my reviews.

    1. I never seem to find the balance – read or write, write or read?

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