Weekly update: 19th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday post.  I hope you had a good week and weekend. I am not sure where my week went, though I didn’t get up to anything much.  I went running, electioneering and did some work on my management qualification and suddenly it was Friday night.  Still, I’m not complaining because I also don’t think I moaned once about anything I had to do, which is a nice place to be.

The one thing that definitely happened to me this week is I realised that Christmas is fast approaching and, no matter what I did, that wasn’t going to change.  Which means time to get organised and start buying presents.  I’ll be doing some of that today in-between shopping for my daughter’s Christmas parties outfit (yes, parties – she has a better social life than I do!).  Before I head out to do that though, here’s a round-up of what I did on the blog this week…


On Monday, I posted my review of Tonight You’re Dead by Viveca Sten, which I really enjoyed.  It’s the fourth in the Sandhamn series and I loved going back and visiting some of my favourite characters.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read – Tuesday Intro: Hide and Seek by M. J. Arlidge – the sixth in the DI Helen Grace series, which I love, and which I am trying to catch-up on for my Cloak and Dagger reading challenge.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Return of the Magi by P. J. Tracy, a short story and a change for an author that usually writes about murder.  This was a Christmas tale of a terrible thief (in that he kept getting caught) and the two elderly sisters who gave him a chance to finally redeem himself.


On Friday, I reviewed The Foster Child by Jenny Blackhurst, which didn’t hit the mark for me as much as the (only) other book of hers I’ve read (How I Lost You).  It was a good plot, with a slightly supernatural twist, but I just couldn’t get away with the characters.

On Saturday, I shared the books I’d added to my shelves this week – all from NetGalley as my self-imposed ban is over and all, I am hoping, are good based on other reviews I’ve read (fingers crossed!).

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. Yep, I had a good week, although I can agree with you that I’m not sure where my week went either 🙂 however, that’s usually a sign of the fact that you’ve been quietly working in the background and doing your stuff well, cause when everything’s more or less stable, you don’t tend to notice, I guess 🙂

    I should also start buying presents! Gah.

    Congrats on being done with your NetGalley ban though 🙂

    I hope you have a great week 🙂


    • I like that idea, that I have been working and not stressing like I used to. I need to change my mindset a bit I think! I picked up my first present today and ordered some more. I feel organised!


    • You are right it probably is. I think it’s getting used to this world of working for myself – or retraining to work for myself. I am used to being frazzled and aren’t anymore.


  2. Enjoy getting ready for the holidays! There is nothing better than a book haul to add something special…your books look very tempting. I have Genuine Fraud and hope to read it soon.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.


    • I normally do all my shopping in one day but I just ordered a batch of presents so I’ll be seeing how that goes. I’m hoping it will be stress free.


  3. I had a similar moment this week – I can’t believe the Holidays are going to be here so fast!?! We started pulling together Christmas lists last night because I know everyone is going to start asking at Thanksgiving this week. Good luck with the shopping and hopefully it doesn’t get too stressful! I’m not a huge fan of crowds 🙂


    • Yes, I saw a sign saying 44 sleeps or something like that and thought I needed to get organised! I have had a bit of an online binge today, taking advantage of pre-Black Friday sales. I am hoping it will be stress free!


  4. Haven’t you done well with your self-imposed ban! Now that it’s over, I hope you can thoroughly indulge yourself. I haven’t given Christmas a thought yet – and I still have FOUR major birthdays between then and now (daughter, mother, granddaughter and mother-in-law…)


    • I’m going to try and be better this time and have no more than a book a week to review. I got overwhelmed last time. Not as overwhelmed as I would be by four birthdays before Christmas! Good luck x


  5. Yeah, I can’t believe that Christmas is coming soon as well. Yay, time does fly. I have mini trips at the end of this month and have to do all the shopping before that for gifts and stuff. Anyway, I hope you enjoy your books and have a wonderful week. ❤️😁


    • Good look with the shopping and enjoy your mini break. We go away at the end of the month too but thankfully I just have one 40th present to buy!


  6. Ooh Hide and Seek and Tonight You’re Dead both look good. And I’ve been hemming and hawing over whether to get genuine Fraud. I think I may. I too cannot believe it’s time to start Christmas shopping. Yikes a new year is right around the corner. Crazy. 🙂

    Have a super week.


  7. Yay for the NetGalley ban being done! I keep thinking I’m going to do that but have yet to actually do it! It is hard to believe how fast Christmas is approaching. I’ve got a few presents bought but there is so much more to do. Have a great week!


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