Weekly update: 27th August, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all – I hope you are having a good weekend.  I am writing this feeling a little worse to wear (having forgotten I needed to get ahead of myself yesterday) because I went out last night to see a band I haven’t seen for over 20 years, The Wonder Stuff. I have to say, I’m now feeling my age thanks to a smidge too much beer and a lot of jumping up and down.  Part of me wonders what it must be like for a band that is writing new music again to have a group of people there just to listen to the hits…but the other (bigger) part of me is just so happy to have heard the songs live again.  It was so much fun!  For those who haven’t heard of the band (and I’m sure that’s a lot of you), here’s a taster…

The rest of the week hasn’t been quite as exciting.  With me finishing up at work soon things are really quiet (especially when you throw in the school holidays); I can’t start anything new and my travelling has pretty much ground to a halt (yay!).  I used the “spare” time to get the house ready for my in-laws who arrive this afternoon for a week and take some time for myself – something I never normally do – just sitting in the garden whenever the sun was shining and reading (heaven!).

Blog wise, I posted every day this week, with three reviews (a record for me I think)….

On Monday, I reviewed The Ballroom by Anna Hope, which is so out of my comfort zone as it’s historical fiction and a romance (though not a soppy one so I survived).  It was part of a reading round robin I’m doing so wouldn’t have been my pick but I have to say I ended up really enjoyed it.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, The Thirst by Jo Nesbo.  This is the 11th book in the Harry Hole series and it is nice to be back with characters I have come to love, even if the gore element is a bit higher than I’m used to reading nowadays.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Nothing Stays Buried by P J Tracy, another series where I have come to really like the characters.  This one includes a team of IT gods who help the police, an interesting twist on your standard police procedurals.

On Thursday, I reviewed 99 Red Balloons by Elisabeth Carpenter, which had me flashing back to the 80’s with the title, even though the book is set in the hear and now.  It involves a missing child and the search for her, plus a whole load of family secrets that make it more difficult than it seems to find her.

On Friday, I wrote about crime series I’m officially given up on catching up on…, not because they aren’t any good but because there are just too many for me to read (especially if the author keeps going).

Yesterday, I shared the books I’d added to my shelves with Stacking Shelves – a much quieter week this week than last and I managed to stick to my net galley break (go me!).

And that’s it for my week.  How was yours, reading and otherwise?  I’m nosey so please let me know!

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. Glad you enjoyed the concert. Jumping up and down and drinking a tad too much beer – yay for doing that whenever you can:)). I hope the visit by your in-laws goes well – it looks like the weather will be playing ball for a while – we had a lovely day yesterday and today, so I hope you too are enjoying the warm spell. Have a great week, Emma:). My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/08/27/sunday-post-27th-august-2017/


  2. There is nothing like a live concert. I haven’t been to one in far too long. Thanks for sharing the video.

    Enjoy your reading, and I do love a good series, and enjoyed the two books I read in Louise Penny’s Gamache series, but I’m sure I’ll never get around to them all.

    I’ve been reading Grafton’s books for years…and I’m glad I did keep up from the beginning.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


    • There really isn’t anything like it. I’ve kept up with Sue Grafton too but I think it helps there are gaps between her books that give me time to stay caught up.


  3. I love seeing a favorite band that’s still going, sounds like a fun time! 99 red Balloons looks like an interesting mystery, and I hope you like Truly Madly Guilty. I thought it was pretty good.


  4. Wow, it must have been fun. I haven’t been to any live music for years because I don’t like the crowds. Glad to hear you had fun. Yay for 3 books a week. I only manage two a week when I’m not busy so it’s awesome. I hope you have a wonderful week. Happy reading. 😁❤️


    • I love gigs but to see a blast from the past was great. Three books is rare and only because work is so quite I am finishing dead on time and no longer too tired to read at night.


  5. I’m glad you had fun at the concert, even if you felt it later. I haven’t been to a concert since the nineties. Jewel came to Nashville around the time she signed her first record deal. That was the last show I saw.
    Have a great week!
    My Sunday Post


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