Weekly update: 5th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday.  I hope you’ve been having a good weekend and have had a good week.  Mine has been a bit up and down, the down mainly because my cat got quite a nasty cut on his leg this weekend – cue late night trip to the vet and lots of worry.  Thankfully, he’s alright though how he’s going to cope with not being able to go out for the next five days I’m not sure – I expect lots of whiny crying.  Until then, it was going quite well.  I got to spend time with friends and also hit the 3K mark on my journey to 5K so was feeling quite chuffed.  If we get enough sunny days I should be hitting 5K by the end of November – yay!

Blog wise, I changed site hosts this week so that’s a bit all over the place.  Not all my previous posts transferred over and I have had to change blog theme.  I knew I’d have to do that but I am not happy with the one I’ve chosen so I need to keep looking for one that works for me.  I figure it will be a bit of a work in progress for a couple of weeks and just got on with reviewing mainly, doing a little bit to get things where I want them each day.

Here’s what I posted:

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On Monday, I reviewed The Real Guy Fawkes by Nick Holland, a book that filled in a lot of the blanks and debunked a lot of myths for this pretty significant historical event (well at least significant in the UK).  It was pretty timely too with the 5th November coming up.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, a novella that is beautifully written (review to follow) and has the most beautiful cover – The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough.

On Wednesday, I shared my list of books read and reviewed in October – or at least some of them as I realised after the fact that a few were missing because of the moving of site hosts.  I will update it this week I hope.

On Thursday, I reviewed Queens of Georgian Britain by Catherine Curzon, which was a great introduction to the women who were married to our many King George’s and life in Georgian Britain.   It’s whetted my appetite to find out more about the period I know little about.

On Friday, I reviewed The Vanishing Box by Elly Griffiths, which took me back to the 1950s and the world of the theatre with police on the trail of a killer who likes to pose his victims to play out scenes from history.  A great read from an author I’ve not read before.

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On Saturday, I shared the books I’d added to the shelves this week – breaking my NetGalley ban but for good reasons (I think!).

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.



31 thoughts on “Weekly update: 5th November, 2017

    • I’ve not done it before so, even though I thought I was prepared, I obviously wasn’t. I’ll get there, though, slowly but surely.


    • He’s fine if a bit out of sorts. I think the anaesthetic took it out of him and he doesn’t understand he can’t go out now. This is our first late night trip (but it’s also my first cat since I was a child so no surprise there).


  1. Oh, I hope your cat heals quickly. They sure can let you know when they want something. LOL I remember when I moved to self hosting. I stayed with my same theme though. Here’s to not to much trouble getting things the way you want:)

    My Sunday Post


    • Me too! He’s all out of sorts because he has to wear a collar bless him. I wanted to stick with my theme but it doesn’t seem to be available anymore. I will continue to try and track it down and hunt for similar ones as well – wish me luck!


  2. Glad to hear that your cat is ok now. Oh I went through what’sgoing on with your blog. I had to change the theme. All my pictures weren’t transfered I had to manually do it. And it was so exhausting. I hope everything going smooth with the Blog theme hunting. I recommend nose graze theme. It’s what I use.

    Anyway, enjoy your new books and have a wonderful week. 😁❤️


    • Me to! I was so, so, stressed. I’ll check out nose gaze as I need to get one that feels right and the one I have now doesn’t which just frustrates me.


  3. I love M.J. Arlidge’s series although I think I’m only up to the 4th book on it. So, so good! I broke my NetGalley ban this week too. I’m horrible when it comes to my self control and that site! I really, really need to read the first book in Rachel Caine’s series as I’ve heard good things. You have lots of really great reading ahead of you. Enjoy!


    • I have been, not stuck, but stalled at book four for what seems like ages. Glad to be reading more. I love Netgalley and it’s hard, you are right, to not request books.


    • He’s been a misery too. Yes, the themes o.k. but it does strange things with the photos etc. I’m finding work arounds at the moment. I like the “magazine” element vs. a list of posts but not much else in the putting the posts together!


  4. Oh my word – best of luck with the changeover. I’ll be willing you to find the ideal blog theme. Sorry to hear about your cat’s injury. I’m SO impressed with your 3K total and I hope you have a smoother week, Emma:))


  5. Changing blog hosts and blog themes sounds like a lot of bother. I hope things work out for you. Sorry to hear about your cat. Hope he heals quickly. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


    • More bother than I thought but it was cheaper than WordPress which is why I made the move. The cat is surviving though not his best self bless him x


    • More than I thought but hey ho! Our cat is going stir crazy not going out but we have to keep him in for five days. We had foxes where we used to live which always panicked me but I thought we were ok here – I guess not!


  6. Changing hosts and blog theme would create quite a bit of work to get it all to your satisfaction. Nice variety in all your books. I noticed Guy Fawkes was lower key here this year. We are trying to move towards a fireworks night more meaningful to New Zealand. Morning tea is exactly same as afternoon tea, and NZers just about all stop for it!


    • It’s more work than I thought but I am looking at the silver lining of learning something new. Yes, I think celebrating guy fawkes night anywhere else might be a bit strange x


  7. Oh no!!!!!!! I’m so sorry to read about your cat. It’s so awful when they get injured and you just can’t explain that everything that you’re doing is to actually help them 😦

    I like the look of the blog right now! Well done on moving everything and keeping it all together! It’s a TOUGH move!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you’re having a great week so far!


    • I know. Good news is he’s ok if a little antsy as he can’t go out for another four days. I don’t mind the blog but it doesn’t do everything my old one did with things like photos. Saying that, I haven’t found anything I like better yet.


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