Weekly update: 9th July, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to a lovely, sunny, Sunday.  I hope you are having a good weekend.  Given the weather, we spent most of ours outside, partly on chores (the garden needed some serious neatening and we are still battling to take down a wall of ivy the previous owners let run wild), but also on just hanging out and chilling.  These last few weeks, with all the rain, I’d forgotten how nice that could be.  Today there are plans for more of the same before I have to jump on a train for work (yes, on a Sunday!) so I plan to make the most of every minute of freedom.  So, without further ado, here is my week in review(s)…

On Monday, I reviewed Sometimes I lie by Alice Feeney, which I really enjoyed – more than I thought, though I had heard it was good. There were lots of twists, turns and a great – unreliable – narrator (my favourite kind with this type of book, as long as I don’t dislike them).

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read Buried on the Fens by Joy Ellis, which I’ll be reviewing this week.  I won’t give much away but I have to say I do love the main character, Nikki.

On Wednesday, I did the Mid-year freak out tag which has been making the rounds; I’ve really enjoyed reading people’s mid-year updates so wanted to join in….then realised it’s much harder to pick your favourite book or best debut or fictional crush or, or, or (you get the picture). Here’s just a selection of books that made the list…

On Thursday, I reviewed The Silent Kookaburra by Liza Perrat which was part thriller, part coming of age.  I really enjoyed it but have to say there was some scenes that made me uncomfortable and which I don’t think I was prepared for.

On Friday, I joined in with the book blogger hop for the first time in a month or so, sharing the sentence that summed up my passion for reading.  I have a bit of a thing for collecting quotes on reading so I decided to use one of my favourites.


Finally, on Saturday, I shared the books that I’d added to the shelves this week as part of Stacking shelves – all of which I’m excited about and one of which was a complete surprise when it turned up in the mail this week.

And that’s it for me this week.  How was your week, reading and otherwise – what books should I be adding to stacking shelves next week or avoid like the plague?

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’ll be doing a mid-year freakout tag as well, when I find the time! 🙂

    1. It’s fun…will look out for your lists.

  2. The Radium Girl was one of the best reads I read last year (I think it was arc)! Shocking and heart-breaking and once again a piece of history I didn’t know of. Happy Sunday 🙂

    1. I felt the same way. It is a book that made me feel so sad and still haunts me.

  3. I Found You is really good. I am looking forward to reading The Stolen Marriage. I’ll look out for your review!

    1. I have been wanting to read it for a while. I have high hopes for both books. Thanks for stopping by x

  4. You had a great week on the blog and the new books you got look great too!

    Week in Review

    1. Not bad at all…and a great start to this week too with Two Nights….long may it continue.

  5. Great week! I am tempted by Sometimes I Lie and The Chalk Pit. I requested The Stolen Marriage from NetGalley….hope I get it!

    Enjoy your new week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. Fingers crossed on The Stolen Marriage…it looks so good!

  6. We had some rain yesterday, but other than that it’s just been really hot and sunny.

    The Mid-Year Freak Out Tag sounds like fun. 🙂

    Hope you enjoy your books to read and have a great week.

    1. I am being very British as the moment and complaining if it’s too rainy and now it’s too hot. I wasn’t high 60’s all day every day 😀

  7. We haven’t had any rain worth the name for over a week now and each day seems to be getting hotter… It’s been too hot to enjoy the garden (that’s my excuse, anyhow). Have a great week and I hope you enjoy your reading:). My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/07/09/sunday-post-9th-july-2017/

    1. I am stuck in the hottest hotel room on record at the moment and I am missing the rain!

      1. Oh dear:(. Whereas here, it’s turned windy and chilly – but still no rain and boringly the garden could really do with it.

  8. Oh you do have a lot of good books there! I feel a visit to NetGalley coming on!!

    1. I would tell you to fight it but I am too weak!

  9. Sister, Sister looks interesting. Glad you are enjoying some time outside. Have a wonderful week!

    1. I hope it’s as good as it looks – fingers crossed!

  10. I was approached to read The Silent Kookaburra. Still on the fence as I already have so many review books. It rained for two weeks but it’s been sunny for the week of the 4th. That worked perfect as I’m on vacation. Also spent a lot of time outdoors and working in the flower beds. Enjoy your new books:)

    My Sunday Post

  11. Ivy- I made the mistake of planting some years back and now it is pretty much a losing battle! I have the Diane Chamberlain book to read, hope it will be her usual good read.

    1. It will be the death of me I swear. We had someone give us a quote to remove it but I’m too broke so need to do it ourselves. It is a nightmare.

  12. I’m freaked out by the mid-year freak out…not sure if it will make me worry too much about what I haven’t read!

    1. I know – but it is nice to look back…

  13. I can never pick my favorite books — it’s so hard to pick just a few. We did a little yard work too — weeding = audiobook time!

    1. I have no trouble picking them but the regret hits straight away as I realise I should have picked others. I struggle with audio books but haven’t thought about listening whilst gardening,..I might try.

  14. Great assortment of books. I always have trouble if I have to pick “bests” because I enjoy most of what I read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. Bests are hard…I regret my choices as soon as I make them 😀

  15. I checked out a couple of your links. I like your post about blogging rules and your tag post. Lots of great ideas!

    1. Thanks for checking them out…I don’t think I could ever follow the rules!

  16. I Found You is on my wishlist. We’re in the last few days in our current place. It seems like the work to move will never end. Come see what I’m reading when I’m not packing.

    1. Moving is one of those things…I did a lot in my twenties. Now I’m in my 40’s I never want to do it again!

  17. Oo lots of great looking books here. Radium Girls, I Found You, and The Chalk Pit are all heading to my TBR. Have a good one!

    1. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy 😀

  18. What wonderful books! I really want to read the Lisa Jewell book and I loved the first in the Elly Griffiths series. I need to get back to it. I love the Mid Year Freak Out Tag! I started to do it but you’re right about it being much harder than it looks! It might take me a bit longer to get it finished than I had thought! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on Buried on the Fens. It sounds like something I’d enjoy. Have a great week!

    1. Thank you. It took me ages to start on Lisa Jewell because I had in my head that she wrote romances – then I read one and started making my way through the back catalogue. I reviewed Buried on the Fens today – loved it!

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