Weekly update: 14th May, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday.  I hope you’ve had a good week / weekend.  My week was a bit same old same old with work (I really should by shares in Virgin I spend so much time on their trains!) but also a bit shorter than usual as I had Friday off and got to spend the night with some really good friends.  It was just what I needed to recharge my batteries and a reminder I should do those type of things more often.

I also experienced one of those it could only happen to me occasions where the sink in my hotel room started to basically gush water from the overflow pipe and flooded my hotel room.  It’s something that isn’t easy to describe and was rather bizzare to see. Thankfully it happened before I went out and they did change my room but the next morning when I was leaving (early because a fire alarm had woken me up at 6 – I know!) the whole of the corridor was also flooded.  A story to tell the grandkids.

Anyhow’s back to blog related things – here’s what I posted last week…

On Monday, I reviewed Tarot Court Cards for Beginners by Leeza Robertson, which I thought was a great introductory book into the subject for those wanting to learn to read cards. This wasn’t my normal read (no one was murdered for a start) but it’s something I’m interested in and have been trying to learn on and off for years so it’s a welcome addition to my bookcase.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read Tuesday intro: Dead Calm by Inge Lohnig, which I’m about half way through (it’s long!) and am so far enjoying, even though it’s darker than I maybe thought it would be.  It’s only my second foray into German fiction and seems to be working for me.

On Thursday, I reviewed New Boy by Tracy Chevalier , a modern retelling of Othello which I thought was excellent.  Set in 1970’s Washington DC and the school playground, this one was an accessible read and could easily be read even if you don’t know the play.

On Friday, I wrote about whether I give authors a second chance if I haven’t liked a previous book as part of the book blogger hop.

And that’s it for me.  A good, bizarrely exciting, week all things considered.  How was yours, 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. Yikes what a hotel experience! The hallway flooded- yeesh! And Dead Calm does look dark, especially with a tagline like that.

    Hope you’re having a great weekend!


  2. OMG, sorry about your hotel experience. I can’t imagine how you might have felt. You’re right it was an awesome story to tell grandkids and everyone. Hehe

    Your books sound great. I hope you enjoy them all. Have a wonderful week and happy reading. 🙂


    • Yes, I am laughing about it and it really could only happen to me…I have a track record with hotels. In one, a TV fell off the wall and in another, water ran down a wall like a waterfall.


  3. Oh my goodness! You don’t expect that kind of nonsense in a hotel… I hope you got some sort of voucher or rebate. I heard Tracy Chevalier talking about this one on Radio 4 this week – it was interesting listening to hear discussing her thinking about writing it. Maybe you can catch it on iplayer… In the meantime, I hope you have far less eventful week, Emma:). My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/05/14/sunday-post-14th-may-2017/


    • Oh I will check out iPlayer. I would be really interested in hearing that. Seeing another comment on my review, it sounds like it’s got a mixed reaction. As for the hotel, nothing but an apology 😒

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  4. I was afraid there would be flooding in my condo this weekend, as the maintenance crew found water outside our units, and the managers talked of having to vacate for the plumbers to work. As it turned out, my unit was not affected.

    But years ago, the bathroom flooded in my house, just before I got ready to sell it, and there was a lot of work drying out the carpet, etc. So I hate even the hint of flooding….LOL. Glad yours was taken care of, and your things were not damaged.

    Enjoy your new week, and thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


    • It was just incredible – almost as bad as when I was alone at my in-laws and their bathroom flooded thanks to a leaky toilet….and that’s a story for another day!


  5. Wow that hotel sure had a big snafu. Sure is a story to tell. Yes re Goodreads authors, I ‘ll be doing a double check on some too. I did notice that one author has been linked to another by the same name.


    • I have had more than a few odd hotel experiences, especially with travelling for work so much but this was one of the strangest.


  6. Sorry about the hotel mishap. I’ve had a couple of nightmare stays myself. That sink issue it was flooded our bathroom a couple of months ago that we just finalized the fix! Would have rather had it happen while I was in a hotel. LOL. Hope you get lots of reading time this week.


  7. I’m so sorry! I am so far behind on blogging right now after a severe technical failure and I’m only managing to visit you back almost THREE WEEKS later! I will hopefully be caught up and back on top of things within a week!


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