Weekly update: 13th August, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to my first weekly update in a month.  I hope everyone is doing well and the summer is treating them kindly.  Despite being back a week, I am still in a bit of a holiday mood – which is lovely – and have now started counting down the day still I am done with work and ready to start on my new life of (hopefully) gainful self-employment.

Because this was the “back from holiday” week there isn’t a lot to report.  I spent a lot of time doing laundry and sleeping late trying to get over jet lag and I also went back to work – which wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be.  We came back to rain (which is apparently what the UK had the whole time we were gone) so there wasn’t much chance to get back outside but I am hoping this week will be different and I will be able to get out and get back to my 0 to 5K plan and efforts to get fit.

On the blogging front, it was nice to get back to visiting people and catching up with their posts, though I didn’t get to as many as I would have liked, and I managed to post every day during the week (though some were actually pre-written reviews so there was a bit of cheating in there).  Here’s what I wrote…

On Monday, reviewed The Binding Song by Elodie Harper, which is billed as a thriller / horror but I thought was just a really good ghost story, the type of spooky book I like to read – just enough scare to keep me up at night, minus the gore that puts me off horror books in the main.  Plus, it has one of my favourite covers of the year.

On Tuesday, I shared my latest read Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker, which came out this week but which I’m slightly behind on because of being away.  A review should be up tomorrow so I won’t say more now other than I enjoyed it.

On Wednesday, I reviewed All The Little Children by Jo Furniss, which was scary for the fact it felt like it cold happen – a terrorist attack which releases a virus that kills most of the population and leaves a few people trying to figure out what has gone on and how to survive.


On Thursday, I wrote about genres I rarely read and asked for suggestions to help me give them a fair shake and broaden my reading.

On Friday, I joined in the book blogger hop and wrote about reading challenges and readathons and whether I take part.

And that was it for me.  I didn’t do stacking shelves this week as I ran out of time and, if I’m honest, I am not actually sure what I received through netgalley because a batch of approvals came through I forgot I’d asked for.  I plan to get those sorted today (at which point I will hopefully be doing the happy dance not sobbing into my ipad as I realise they are all due for release in the next week of so) and then I will do a double update next week.

How was your week?  What did you get up to, reading and otherwise?  And what should I be looking to read?

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.


  1. I have a couple of genres I rarely read (romance, mainly) but I don’t want to change, I think! I love that idea for a post.


  2. Welcome back from vacation, I know how it is trying to get back into routine and jet lag. Enjoy any books you might be reading this week! Oh and good luck on your self employment venture!

    Happy reading,
    Week in Review

    1. Thank you. It really is painful…though always nice to have your own bed! Am really enjoying my latest read…even though not my normal read but part of a book round robin.

  3. I’m glad you had a great vacation…and coming home and resuming the regular routines is always hard.

    I hope you enjoy the new week…and thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. Really hard! In a way it’s a good thing though – I am holding onto the holiday feeling for as long as I can!!

  4. Welcome back:). And no… it’s not cheating, it’s called forward planning and it’s awesome. Yes… *sigh* I’d love to report that we SIZZLED all the time you were away, but it would be a lie. It’s rained most days – coming down in sudden torrents so if you’re caught out in it you are drenched in minutes. Perhaps you’ve brought a slice of sunshine back with you! My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/08/13/sunday-post-13th-august-2017/

    1. Yes, most of my plants have drowned while we were gone. At least it peeked up here today and I was able to try saving them.

      1. Yes – we had a lovely day here, too:)

  5. Welcome back from your vacation. Hope it doesn’t take long to get back in the swing of things. 🙂

    Jenea’s Book Obsession’s Sunday’s Post

    1. Thank you – I hope so too – though work is a drag!!

  6. Welcome back, hope you had a great vacation! It’s nice to carry that holiday mood back into real life a bit. 🙂

    I just Emma in the Night recently and liked it, can’t wait to see your review!

    1. It really is nice though I must stop the holiday drinking as that bit’s not so good 😊

  7. Those books look like my kind of books! All the Little Children looks very intriguing. I hope you enjoy your reads!

    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

    1. All The Little Children is growing on me even more as I think on it. Great book.

  8. Welcome back. I love having pre-scheduled posts ready to go when I’m busy. I try so hard to get reviews done and scheduled a couple of weeks ahead. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. Thanks. Re-scheduled posts are the best – I just wished I could do more.

  9. This week we’re going on holiday — a road trip to Wyoming because of the eclipse. Come see what I’m reading.

    1. I’ve seen a few comments re: the eclipse – sounds like a great thing to see.

  10. It’s amazing how you find time to schedule posts for every day 🙂 really impressive!

    1. Thank you…though it doesn’t happen often enough!

  11. Coming back from vacation is tough. It looks like you didn’t miss a thing on the blogging front with scheduled posts. I kinda wish I did that. I want to, but then I have so many things going on I barely find time to get to my computer (although I hope to change that soon because I am loving this new one). Have a great week!

    1. It really is. A week later and I’m still struggling. I need a vacation to get over my vacation. I am not the greatest at scheduling posts but I try really hard to get book reviews for their release date so for once I pre planned. It did make life a bit easier but whether I can keep it up is another question!

  12. I haven’t been able to do many updates in the summer either! Glad to hear you are enjoying your summer and in a holiday mood! I added the Binding Song to GR! Look at that cover OMG!

    1. Where do the days go…oh that’s right, my daughter is off school and wants attention 😀

  13. I always end up needing about double the time of my vacation to recover from my vacation and seriously the laundry seems to just grow all on it’s own. It’s craziness! NetGalley is bad about dumping all the approvals on you at once. Looking forward to seeing what all you got! Have a great week!

    1. That’s how I feel. I still can’t get in the groove. As for laundry, it’s finally done (could we really have worn that many pairs of shorts?). I am now on a net galley ban as I am panicking about how many books are on the list. Timeframe wise they are fine but it feels too much still.

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