Weekly update: 15th October, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday – I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine was good, pretty relaxing.  And the sun shone, which was nice to see, even when the days were cold.  I’ve been trying to winterise the garden – taking advantage of the lack of rain – and am pretty much done.  I have maybe a day left so keep your fingers crossed for me that my luck continues!

Other than that, there hasn’t been much going on, which feels kind of nice.  I got a fair bit of reading done, stuck to my plan to not pick up any new books this week (avoiding NetGalley like the plague), and caught up a little on the reviews I was behind on.  I should be completely caught up by the end of next week if I can keep the reading rate up but we’ll see.

This meant last week I got three reviews posted…

It was nice to have three so different books as well.  Lie to Me by J. T. Ellison is a psychological thriller, so right up my usual reading street.  It was a good read, keeping me guessing right to the end as to just what was happening.  It had a bit of a sense of humour too, which you don’t normally find in this type of book, and I liked that.

The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt is a cookbook (probably obvious but I like to be clear), one that shows you how to make meatless meat with meat if needed to meet the needs of a variety of tastes.  It worked well in my house where I’m the sole veggie.  I made two recipes from it, one of which I can safely say was one of the best soups I have ever eaten – making the book a winner for me!

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir is the first of four books looking at the Queens of England / Britain.  This one focuses on medieval queens – a lot of whom (all?) seem to be called Matilda.  I found the fact that so many of them had the same name but other than that really enjoyed this book, which was well research, well written, and shed light on a group of women I knew very little about but whose actions helped shape my country.

And that was it post wise, other than sharing my most recent read in the Tuesday Intro: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo.


And that’s it for me this week.  How about you – how was your week, reading and otherwise?  Let me know, I’m nosey!

Emma x

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with 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. It’s cool and sunny here, too, and that’s one of my favorite things about fall 🙂 I’m glad you had a good week, and cross my fingers you’ll be able to finish preparing your garden for winter.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

  2. We are still in the 90’s here in south Texas, but there’s supposed to be a cold front coming early next week.

    Lie to Me sounds quite interesting. Glad you enjoyed it!


  3. It’s nice you had a cozy and slow week. Mine was quite busy, but mostly work-wise – so I don’t feel like I did a whole lot! Not much reading, anyway. Hope you have a great week 🙂

    1. It is lovely to have these type of weeks. Helps I’m not working x

  4. Aren’t you good getting the garden up together? Though still coping with this wretched flu means I’ve forgotten what my garden looks like, though the echium seedlings have gone mad in the mild weather we’ve been having… I hope you have a good week, Emma:) My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/10/15/sunday-post-15th-october-2017/

    1. Only because my dad keeps nagging me!

  5. It’s funny how we all need to stay away from NetGalley 😀 I wonder if NG every thought that we would have such hate/love reactions to them.

    I love slow and cozy weeks. Lot’s of time for reading and blog related stuff.

    Have a great Sunday!!

    1. I know. I was so good when I started – now I am click happy!

  6. The sun is finally making an appearance after a dark, foggy and very wet Saturday. You’ve read some great reads. LOL, I only go onto NetGalley and type author or title I am looking for, then back out nice and slow..but now pubs email me and waive the dang titles and covers at me. Ugh. Have a lovely week my friend.

    1. Searching for specific books would help. I go hell for leather – no slowly backing away for me !

  7. Reading your review of Lie to Me last week reminded me that I have the book…and I moved it up on my queue. I hope to read it this week.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy your week!

    1. Oh I hope you enjoy x

  8. These all look really good. I like the eclectic mix!

    1. They were – more varied than my usual reads 😊

  9. Wish I had your willpower when it comes to Netgalley…lol. 🙂

    Happy reading and have a great week!
    Week in Review

    1. It is hard – I spend a lot of time talking myself down from the ledge x

  10. Glad it was a nice week! The flexible Vegetarian and Queens of the Conquest both look like books I’d like. And I do like a sunny cool day in the fall. 🙂

    Have a great week ahead!

    1. I feel like this might be my mantra at the moment – lots of good weeks 😀

  11. Lie to Me looks like a great read. I hope you enjoy reading your books!

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

    1. It really was. Well worth a read.

  12. I really like Allison Weir, but I haven’t read that book yet.

    1. She is very good and making the past seem present I think.

  13. The Flexible Vegetarian sounds so interesting—it must be hard to be the only vegetarian in the family, so I hope the book helps!

    1. It was good to read a book that gave that ability to flex. We’ve been doing it for so long we are used to it but someone is always missing out with whatever I cook.

  14. Thank you for sharing The Flexible Vegetarian cookbook – I’ve only been vegetarian for 3 months now, however I am the only veggie in my household, and whilst I more than happy being a vegetarian, often times making two separate meals can be a pain! I’ll have to look into that one.

    Happy reading and a lovely week to you!

    1. It’s harder when you start out too I think. Lots of pasta and cheese were my go to’s. This is good though in you can make the veggie and the non-veggie without the two meals. Good luck!

  15. Good luck catching up and staying away from NetGalley. All of your books are new to me but sound interesting. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. Thanks. I have managed another book today…only two more to go!

  16. Noticed your blog on the twitter thread for book blogger appreciation. I’ve been here before as a part of the Sunday Post gang – I didn’t manage to link up this week though.

    Good luck catching up and staying ahead of the ARCs! NG can be the devil, right?

    Hope you have a great week!

    1. Thanks for coming by. I am slowly visiting other blogs…there are a lot! NetGalley is evil…but in a warm, snuggly, way 😜

  17. I hope you’ll be able to finish it as planned. Enjoy your books and have a wonderful week. 😁❤️

    1. Me too…we just need Ophelia to pass us by.

  18. You did really well to have such a varied reading week.

    1. I know! I try to do this more often than I succeed but when it works it makes me happy x

  19. They’re all new to me. Have a good week. Come see what I’m reading

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