Weekly update: 25th June, 2017

Weekly updateHi all and happy Sunday. I hope you have had a good week and are having a good weekend. I have to admit to having been a bit grumpy this week and I’m not quite sure why. The sun has shone (for the most part)and other than Monday I haven’t had to travel for work at all (a minor miracle for me), meaning plenty of time for my family and to do things I want to do.

Maybe it’s because I’m less than a month away from a lovely holiday and I just want to be on the plane then by the beach or only a couple of months from finishing work and starting my new ventures but nothing has set quite right and I feel like I have been very much “grumble, grumble, mutter, moan”. I suppose the fact that I am aware, though, is a good sign and I am determined to try and feel a bit more cheerier today, even if going to see The Smurfs movie might mean it will be a stretch.

Meanwhile, on the blog I managed to post every day (my new if possibly unachievable goal)…

On Monday, I reviewed Guiltless by Viveca Sten, the third in the Sandhamn murder series, where a lot of people seem to turn up dead on an island that is home to only a few hundred people.  Despite that, I still think I might visit as it sounds beautiful, sitting of the Swedish coast, as it does.  I am slightly in love with this series, having read all three books, and the characters – who I wouldn’t mind as friends.

On Tuesday, I shared my latest read, Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney which doesn’t give much away in the blurb and is – so far – shaping up nicely, though I haven’t read as much as I would like.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Black Hornet by James Sallis, one of my favourite authors.  His stories are dark, gritty and – for me – addictive.  I love the noir style and the cut back writing.

On Thursday, I wrote about The oldest book on my shelf – not only because of when it was written (1892) but when I bought it (1984).  It doesn’t necessarily fit with anything else on the shelves but I love it and could never give it away.

On Friday, I reviewed Buried Secrets by Lisa Cutts, which got published quite late in the evening as I got my scheduling confused between AM and PM (duh!).  This is the second in the East Rise series and I really enjoyed it, with it’s focus on the role of a family liaison officer and just how hard that job is (not something I’d realised before)

On Saturday, I shared the books I’d added to the shelves this week – three in total and all of them ones I’m looking forward to reading (including the latest by Diane Chamberlain, one of my favourite authors so VERY excited about getting approved for that).

And that’s it – back to today and my grumpy self.  How about you? How was your week, what did you read?  Did you manage to do what I didn’t and keep a smile on your face?

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. Sorry you’re feeling a tad grumpy and good luck with finding The Smurfs cheer you up – I took along my grandson and promptly fell asleep when I realised how dire it was… At least this coming week the miserable weather will provide you with a solid excuse:). You clearly had a successful blogging week and let’s hope it’s more of the same for the coming week. My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/sunday-post-25th-june-2017/


  2. It sounds like you have a wonderful vacation to look forward to. It can be difficult to go through a waiting period before big changes or exciting things like a vacation. Hope this week finds you feeling more yourself.

    Posting every day in the week is challenging. I did that for awhile during the first year of my blog but it wasn’t easy. Good for you!

    I loved The Smurfs as a kid in the 80s but I don’t think I’d enjoy it now either. 🙂 I am going to watch the new Wonder Woman movie this afternoon. I’ve heard it’s good though one of my coworkers said she didn’t care for it.

    Hope you have a great week!


    • I think that’s partly what it is. I want to get excited about my “new life” but there is still too long to go to do that it feels like. Plus, I’m disconnecting from work and everything feels like a slog. I was quite lucky this afternoon as my daughter changed her mind at the pictures and we went to see Wonder Woman instead – I really enjoyed it, if a little long – hope you do too!


  3. I’m usually feeling the same when I have something fun coming up. I just want to fast forward to it. I hope the time passes quickly. And it looks like you’ve had some good reads and more to come while you wait:)

    My Sunday Post


  4. I’ve been totally grumble grumble myself! I swear. Today’s the first day I got enough sleep. And people have been kind of grumpy as well, just in general. Moon phases? Sun storms? Maybe?
    But I read The Ocean At The End Of The Lane. So that’s the highlight of the week. It was just so great.
    Have a good week!


  5. Sorry to hear you’ve been feeling a bit grumpy! I can totally imagine it comes from only having to work for a view more weeks before your vacation. I always feel off when my vacation is coming closer. I hope it goes better this week! 😉
    I’ve been having a nice slow reading week. I wish all weeks could be like this! 😀
    Have a great week and happy reading!


  6. I hope the mood passes. I too am counting down the days until I can unplug and bury my feet in the sand. The kids plan on taking Princess Sophia to see the Smurfs and we will be watching the Prince.


    • Me too! We count sleeps – 25 more to go. Thankfully we didn’t go see the surfs in the end. I do long for the days where animation is no more in my life as so not a fan!


  7. Wow, posting every day, I think I would burn out completely. Good for you. Its always tricky waiting for holidays to happen, don’t let it get you down too much.


  8. Hope the grumpiness passes soon. I hate when I get in a mood like that. I know I’m in a bad mood but there’s not much I can do to fix it! I’m sure vacation will help when it finally arrives! Good luck with the posting every day! I’m a big fan of memes to take the pressure off a few days a week and that makes it easier to get enough reviews for the rest of the days. Have a great week!


    • Me too. I think the fact I know I’m grumpy is making it worse if that makes sense? I just need to chill out and breathe deeply. I do like memes and you are right, they do take the pressure off (though why I’m putting the pressure on I’m not sure!)


  9. Oh I hope the time goes fast, it’s always tough waiting for holiday! And hope the Smurfs movie is good! 🙂 I haven’t seen it…

    Sometimes I Lie sounds kinda awesome.


    • Me too…I am now counting sleeps. Thankfully my daughter decided she would rather watch Wonder Woman instead….never have I been happier! (And the movies was good)


  10. Sounds like you are winding down to a holiday and tired, that can sure make you grumpy. Hang in there. I noticed the new Diane Chamberlain book on NG today so put in a request for it.


  11. The Binding Song looks really good and I’m going back to check out some of your posts I missed. I was really grumpy a few days weeks ago so I can totally relate to the feeling. Hope you have a great week!


    • I think that’s what I’m going to start next. I am so intrigued by the cover and I need a physical book I think. Thanks for stopping by.


  12. You sound like me a few weeks ago 🙂 Hopefully you’ll be at the beach in no time grumpy friend 🙂 I hope you read TONS of books. and please post pictures of your trip 🙂


  13. I’m a little stressed about the upcoming move. I feel like all I’m doing is packing and at the same time, I feel like I’m doing enough. It’s been a busy week with a cracked toilet, day camp, and paperwork for cross country. Come see what I’m reading


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