Weekly update: 12th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday post.  I hope you had a good week and weekend.  Week wise, I didn’t do much if I’m honest though I also don’t know where the time went as all of a sudden it was Friday and I was jumping on a train to London – but not for work (yay!).

Every year a group of us who used to work together get together and have a girls night out.  We’ve been doing it for six years now (after we all got made redundant at the same time) and it’s always a blast.  I laughed more than I have in a long time and drank way too much wine – you couldn’t ask for more really.  Another plus side is two four hour train journeys, which made for a lot of reading!

Blog wise, because I was away I didn’t join in with Stacking Shelves yesterday but I did post the rest of the week….

How much can the heart hold   The Relive Box   30689335

On Monday, I reviewed How Much the Heart Can Hold: Seven Stories on Love, which was a bit of a mixed bag of short stories (the downside of a collection by different authors). A few of these stories I loved, one I really couldn’t get away with, and the rest were somewhere in-between.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel, which has been on my kindle for what seems like forever.

On Wednesday, I reviewed The Relive Box and Other Stories by T. C. Boyle, another collection of short stories but a more successful one as T. C. Boyle is such a good writer, though these stories are pretty dark so won’t be for everyone.

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On Thursday, I wrote about my tendency to read books with women walking away from me on them and shared some of my favourites.

On Friday, I reviewed The Birthday Girl by Sue Fortin, which I really enjoyed with it’s twists, turns and unreliable narrators.


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. I have noticed that trend for women walking away on covers too. I kind of love it, and it always draws me in to see what the book is about. I envy you hopping on a train to London, sounds fun. It has been too long since I made a trip to London, and I just love it there.

    1. It is a great place to visit…now that I’m not there for three days a week with work!

  2. Your girls’ night out sounds great 🙂 it’s really cool to catch up with friends like that, especially if you get to also get away from your typical haunts and go out on the town 🙂
    I hope your next week is as cool as this one has been 🙂

    1. It was a lot of fun. It’s nice how we have managed to keep in when we all live in different parts of the country and have such different lives now x

  3. Sounds like you had a fun time with friend and had a really good blogging week! 🙂

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Week in Review

    1. I did. It’s good just to catch up and have a laugh!

  4. The Girls Next Door looks very tempting…and so does The Birthday Girl. I enjoyed The Roanoke Girls. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    Again…there are a lot of book titles with “girl” in them! LOL

    1. An idea for a post – judging a book by its title?

  5. Hope you enjoy all your new books.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

    1. Me too!

  6. Ooh The Birthday Girl looks good and tense. Have to look at that one. And I love that montage of covers- what great picks. Who knew women walking away was such a thing?

    Hope the rest of your weekend is great!

    1. It was a great, fast read. Yes, these women…they torment me!

  7. Girls’ night out sounds fabulous, Emma, I’m glad you had such a good time in London!

    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

    1. It really was – much needed !

  8. How fun that you’re still doing the girl’s night! I love traditions like that. And sometimes you just need to get out and enjoy life!


    1. It is fun and I am so happy we keep doing it. We went through a lot as colleagues but now it’s good to be just friends.

  9. That sounds like such a great girl’s weekend and six years?!? That’s awesome. I used to have a similar girl’s weekend experience with a group of friends from school. It was tough to get EVERYONE together for those weekends out though, so we only pulled a few off. Glad you had fun and got some reading in on the side 🙂

    1. It really was. We haven’t all made each one but the majority of us do turn up. Texting makes life easier too as we kind of know what is happening in each other’s lives.

  10. Your girls’ night out sounds great fun. Have a wonderful week, Emma:)

    1. It really was…I am still recovering!

      1. That’s the kind of night you need every so often:))

  11. I’m glad you had fun in London! I’d love to go there someday. I hope you have a good week and enjoy your new books!

    1. Me too – though I ate and drank so much I may never eat again!

  12. Glad you had a fun time with friends and that you’ve managed to stay connected!!

    1. It was great. I am always slightly amazed we have become friends after being colleagues but it is a good thing 😀

  13. I see quite a few that I want to read. Nice to be able to get away with friends. Have a great week.

    1. It really was nice – you have a good week too x

  14. Sounds like a fun gathering of friends. I seldom notice covers since I do a lot of my reading on my Kindle. But now that you have called the trend to my attention, I’ll be more aware. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. It really was great. Covers are how I choose most of my library books x

  15. What a wonderful get together and lots of train time for reading. Sounds perfect!

    1. It was great. I do like the uninterrupted train time for reading (now I don’t have to dig out the laptop and work!)

  16. It sounds like you had fun. Come see what I’m reading this week.

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