Weekly update: 3rd September, 2017

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and September, with the start of school and cooler days. I’d say I’m going to miss summer but it doesn’t feel like we’ve really had one here. Thankfully we haven’t had the rain and flooding of recent years but the sun just doesn’t seem to have shone for long enough or hot enough. Hey ho!

With the very British moan about the weather out of the way, I will now make a very British apology for not having gotten to visiting people’s blogs or replying to comments from the last few days…because I have been on holiday. I hope to catch up this week with everything.

Unlike my last holiday, this was a staycation with my in-laws visiting. We had a great time visiting some of our favourite places like York Minster and Richmond Castle. We also ate too much (mainly in the way of cake) and I am determined to be good this week and start the much planned for plan to get my weight under control. I also read too little, only finishing one book which is due for review tomorrow – Close to Home by Robert Dugoniย – and posted only three times…

The Thirst by Jo Nesbo was my only review. ย I thought this was a great book, the 11th in the Harry Hole series, with Harry and Nesbo back on form after a few recent outings. This was a clever, if slightly gory, plot with lots of twists, turns and red herrings. Plus, there is the dark grittiness you get in Scandinavian crime writing.

Follow You Home by Mark Edwards was supposed to be my next read. I got through about 50 pages! Not because it isn’t good but just because time was against me. I hope to get back to it today.

And, finally, I recapped my August reads, which were pretty good if I do say so myself – not one dodgy book amongst the, and that rarely happens. My book of the month was a difficult one but I finally settled on Nothing Stays Buried by P J Tracy.

And that’s it for me this week. How about you – what have you been up to?

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 belowย to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.





  1. So glad to hear you’ve had a good break Emma and eaten lots of good cake. It’s funny because although the school terms no longer have any relevance to my life there is something about this time of year which heralds a marking point in the year. I am trying to cut down on the treats too!

    1. So much cake! The fit bit is back on to give me motivation. To think until 3 years ago school terms were a distant memory. Now they seem to rule my life!

  2. September! Ack, hard to believe. But what can you do? And I do like autumn, so there’s that. Hope you had a nice holiday! Follow You Home looks like it could be good…

    1. I like autumn too…I jus would have liked a little more sun before I got here!

  3. I’m 100% with you on the weather we’ve had (or not had!) this summer but I LOVE autumn so I’m happily waving goodbye to summer and skipping towards my hoodies, trying to find logs for my fire (cause apparently it’s “too early” for them to be readily available) and drinking my weight in hot ribena and hot chocolate.

    1. Yes, my sweaters are now out. I haven’t heard of hot ribena…

  4. Sounds like you have had a lovely break!

    Are Jo Nesbo books generally gory? I’ve not read one yet. I love crime/thriller novels but not when there’s too much gore.

    1. It really was. This one wasn’t too bad but I’m a whimp. I would say previous books have had more graphic scenes than this one.

      1. I’m a bit of a wimp with gory things too.

  5. Glad you have a great staycation and break. It’s so hard to believe it’s already September!

    Have a great week!
    Week In Review

    1. Isn’t it just? I have just been invited to a Halloween event…it’s all going to fast!

  6. Sometimes a Staycation is the best way to relax. Especially with family, and visiting some places near home that visitors always enjoy seeing. It reminds me of mine with my son and DIL, visiting two summers ago (has it been that long?), from Berlin. Now they live in Prague.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog. I enjoyed your post on your new blog.

    1. It was relaxing you are right. I remember the photos of your sons visit…has it been that long?

  7. It is hard to believe that it is already September. Our weather here has been okay, been rainy from the feeder bands from Harvey but nothing severe. Glad to hear you had a nice time with the in laws. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jenea’s Book Obsession’s Sunday Post

    1. Isn’t it. Having seen Harvey on the news I couldn’t imagine it. Scary.

  8. I’m glad the staycation was such a success – plenty of cake… yum! I’ll echo your sentiments regarding the disappointing August. Fingers crossed we have a lovely sunny September – I reckon we could do with a lovely Indian summer. I’m delighted the reading was so good last month – it’s always a joy when you get a run of great books, isn’t it. I hope this week continues in the same vein, Emma:).

    1. Not sure where the Indian summer is yet…I hope it picks up as I’m going camping this weekend!

      1. Yes… I’m very much missing it, too. Normally at this time of the year the weather is beautiful with that lovely golden sunshine you get in September. I’ll keep my fingers crossed it all returns this coming week-end!

        1. Fingers and toes…the weather channel has a cloud with lightening!

          1. I know…:(. I was thinking of you when I heard the w/end weather forecast. That said – the last couple of time they have forecast rain we haven’t had it.

  9. We didn’t have a lot of hot days either… but I do enjoy autumn too ๐Ÿ™‚ have a great reading week!

    1. I do like autumn I just wish it hadn’t come so soon x

  10. “With the very British moan about the weather out of the way”… That made me laugh. ๐Ÿ˜€ I wish we could say the same about the weather here in the Southern US! It has been so terribly hot, and is finally cooling down over the past week or so. Bring on Fall!!

    1. We do nothing but say it’s too hot, too cold, too wet…it makes us happy. Strangely we had two weeks on the west coast earlier in the summer where it was mid-80s and it was my mother in law who is from Florida complaining it wasn’t hot enough ๐Ÿ˜‹

  11. Yay, vacation. Glad that you had a great time. It seems to me you had a wonderful staycation with your in laws too. So happy for you. I hope you enjoy your books and have a wonderful week. Happy reading. ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

    1. It was a really great time…never long enough!

  12. Sorry you haven’t had a decent summer, but nice you have had a bit of a staycation. I remember visiting York Minister thousands of years ago, well not really but was back in the early eighties when I was visiting some relatives who are now back home in New Zealand again.

    1. It’s the way of the world on this side of the planet- did you like the Minster and your trip.

  13. I need to get back to the Harry Hole series — it’s so good.

    1. It really is. Hard to maintain but he’s managed it.

  14. A staycation sounds like the best sort of vacation…doing exactly what you want and not spending lots of money with the people you love.


    1. It really was. I like showing my favourite places off ๐Ÿ˜Š

  15. Our summer wasn’t one for the memory books either. It was too cold and rainy. I like the idea of a staycation. It is also good to spend time with family. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. Can someone say climate change? It was nice to have family here but I am now enjoying having the house to ourselves!!

  16. Glad to hear you had a good month. Slowing down in commenting to spend time with those you love is the best reason to not be commenting, haha.

    1. A really good month. I either read a lot and comment a little or the other way round ๐Ÿ˜Š

  17. The last two days were too hot and too bright here in California. It was so hot outside that the inside wall to my bedroom was hot to the touch. Come see what I’m reading

    1. Yeah, that’s pretty hot!

  18. I’m happy to feel an autumnal air with the arrival of September – I think summer in the UK is just a pain to be honest… At least you know what you’re getting with the colder months.

    All in all sounds like good week – happy reading!

    1. A total pain. Though I was hoping for that promised Indian summer as I’m going camping for the first time ever this weekend!

  19. Glad you had a nice holiday! I think we’re allowed to moan about the weather when it’s dismal, so you have my permission. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It’s the British way – we wouldn’t talk to each other otherwise ๐Ÿ˜Š

  20. I agree! This summer wasnโ€™t long or hot enough! Hey ho! Glad to hear you enjoyed your staycation with your in-laws

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