Weekly Update: 11th June, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly update, my first in a while. I haven’t had much time for writing or blogging these last few weeks and this post has been one of the casualties. Hopefully, though, all is now right with the world again and I will be back to posting each week.

My absence has been a real combination of things. Work, as always, has played a part but I was also doing my bit in the local elections, knocking on doors and giving out leaflets, in my spare time instead of spending it reading,


It’s the first time I’ve done this and it was scary but also fun…and I’m looking forward to doing it again in about six months given the outcome (being slighly saracastic here as another election is the last thing any of us probably want right now!).

In between it all I managed to come down with one hell of a cold, knocking me out for about three days. I know others find that they can read while lying in bed feeling sorry for themselves but not me…though I have the feeling sorry for myself down pat!


It all meant that if a post wasn’t already scheduled or at least drafted, it had no chance of making it into the world.  Here’s what did get published in the last couple of weeks though…

The People at Number Nine by Felicity Everett, which wasn’t what I had hoped or expected.  I was left a little disappointed by a story that started so well but, for me, flagged by the mid-way point.

Roots, Radicals, and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg, which won’t be for everyone but I think is a must for music fans out there.  It’s a detailed and fascinating look at a two year period in our musical history, without which we might not have had the Beatles.

The Dinosaur Feather by Sissel-Jo Gazan, which I read weeks ago as was part of my personal challenge to read the books I’ve owned the longest.  It took me a while to review it because I needed time to recover – it was a long book and sooooo not for me.

Jane Austen at Home by Lucy Worsley, which I loved.  It took me into the everyday world of Jane Austen, an author I knew little about and had a lot of misconceptions about (it turns out)..

I also shared my Monthly update: May, 2017 and too part in a couple of book blogger hops on which authors I’d like to meet and the fun side of blogging

As I look at it now, then, not as bad as I thought – though my book choices could have been a bit better (June’s update will not be as positive as May’s!). I just be more organised than I thought 😀.

How about you – how have your weeks been (and is anyone in the UK reading this suffering from the same election hangover I have?).

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. Aw, it’s really too bad you got that nasty cold and couldn’t even read :/ I find it hard to read when I’m sick too. Headaches, meh.

    BTW, I was also considering the Roots, Radicals and Rockers book! But I was just so swamped with review copies that I think I didn’t hit that button. Or maybe I got disapproved xD but it sounds totally interesting and I’m curious about your review.


  2. So sorry to hear you went down with a nasty cold. Probably all that electioneering in the wind and rain! And congratulations on that – I’m so impressed that you choose to give up your time to support a political party and ensure our democracy stays healthy:). I’m always very pleased both my children are very interested in politics and current affairs, even if I don’t always agree with their choices. I will get hold of Jane Austen at Home – I’ve just requested book vouchers for my birthday:).


    • Thankfully I’m feeling much better. I don’t think I was the only one energised this time round…it just felt like I had to. I do love politics but it was nice not to be a spectator…though I may have infected my 7 year old with my politics bug 😳

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  3. I can’t always read when I’m sick either. Hope you’re feeling better! And lol about the election- I’m not an expert by any means in UK politics but I did enjoy reading about and watching some of the coverage. So much turmoil in the political world these days.

    Sorry to hear that a couple books didn’t quite work last week. Hopefully this week is better! 🙂


  4. I’m still suffering from “election hangover” here in the States…I’ll bet you can guess why! LOL.

    I’m sorry you were disappointed with The People at No. 9. I have that book, waiting…maybe I will wait a little longer.

    Enjoy your week, and feel better! Thanks for visiting my blog.


  5. Bummer about Number 9 it looked good. Yay for working the elections. So sorry you were ill. I cannot always read, but I do listen to audio while moaning in my pillow! Hope this week is a good one!


  6. I have been watching the news reports on the Election in Britain. I am traveling to London on Friday. The process there is similar in a lot of ways to the US, but different enough there were times I was googling info to figure out what was up!
    Hope you feel better soon!


  7. I hope that the cold is better now. I like the idea of reading what I have owned the longest and, if I ever get caught up on my review books, I’ll look for my oldest unread book. I did have a goal to read old TBR mountain books but it got swept aside for review books. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  8. Oh I was thinking local – local elections but I guess you mean your recent national election? Of course it is on our news here in NZ each day as things get sorted. So much upheaval. Good on you for getting out there. Sorry about the cold, no I couldn’t read in bed with a cold like that, radio, music or an audiobook though most likely. Be well.


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