Weekly Update: 10th December, 2017

Weekly update

Morning All and welcome to another Sunday and, for the first time in weeks, a week update that I’m actually publishing on the intended day!  How come I’m so organised?  I’m not really, I’m just not away this weekend.  Instead, I’ve been spending it at home, getting ready for the big day…only 14 more sleeps!  I’m officially excited.  The presents are bought bar a few stocking-stuffers, the turkey ordered, the tree up and ready to be decorated today and I have Christmas music on repeat (there really is no such thing as too much Slade at this time of year in my humble opinion).  In between I even got some blogging done – though I had ground to a halt by Friday….   

On Monday, I posted my delayed weekly update.

On Tuesday, I shared my latest read – Beneath the Skin by Caroline England, which was not what I expected (but in a good way) and I hope to review this week.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots by Sarah-Beth Watkins, which was a shorter than expected look at the life of Henry VII’s older sister, a rather controversial figure.  I enjoyed the book but wish it had been longer and more detailed.

On Thursday, I reviewed another short read – Bongo Fury 2: Holiday for Skins by Simon Maltman, but this time I was happy with the length as it was a perfectly formed novella that made me laugh despite there being a serial killer on the loose.

And that was it for blogging.  Book wise, I have done o.k. with the reading, finishing Killman Creek by Rachel Caine (link to Goodreads) and picking up a few review copies as well as library books and books bought (clicking on the covers will take you to Goodreads).


And that’s it for me – a good old week, with the only downside being that we seem to be the only part of England not getting snow despite it being promised for the weekend.  How about you – how was your week, reading and otherwise?

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. A great week for you! I still need to finish my Christmas shopping. So much to do. Love to listen to Christmas music aswell. So much fun. Gets me right in the mood.

    Have a great week!


  2. Sounds like a good week and you are looking forward to Christmas getting here I am looking forward for it being over. 🙂 I have listened to a few Christmas songs but mostly just the ones on the shows I am watching. It’s definitely not on repeat in this hous. 🙂

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Week in Reviews


    • I will be ready for it to be over once it gets here but for now – so exciting! I appreciate Christmas music isn’t for everyone – it is so cheesy.


  3. Yay for Christmas music! Hard to believe Christmas is so close. 🙂

    I liked the Lying Game, hope you do too, and Can You Keep A Secret looks awesome too.


  4. I am not at all ready for Christmas. I haven’t even mailed out any Christmas cards or put up a single decoration. I was going to put up my tree over the weekend and decided not to do a tree since Christmas is so close and I’ll be gone all of Christmas week and part of the week before. I may put up a wreath though. Glad you’re enjoying the holiday season and on top of your planning.

    I have heard great things about The Dry. I may be reading that with my book group next year. Hope you enjoy it! The Margaret Tudor biography sounds interesting. I love Tudor history.


    • That is normally me but this year, with not working this last month or so, it’s been a breeze! We used to always go away for Christmas so I did a small artificial tree. Now people come to us so I can have a lovely real tree.


  5. Enjoy all your Christmas preparations. Sounds like you have a handle on it. I liked Killman Creek too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


  6. You sound pretty organized to me! I’ve got some scrambling let to do to be ready for Christmas! As usual you have some great thrillers! I really want to read The Dry and Can You Keep A Secret and anything by Joy Ellis look fantastic. I’ll be interested to see what you think of The Lying Game. I love Ruth Ware but am still a bit undecided on how I feel about that one!


    • It’s not happened before but with not working at the moment I actually get things crossed off my to do list. I haven’t started the Ruth Ware yet but now I’m intrigued. I will be bumping it up the reading list and let you know.


  7. Glad you have Christmas under control – I wish I did! Sorry – I may have wished your snow away in my FOCUSING it now to arrive here as I HATE the white stuff. Have a great week and hope a few flakes swirl your way:))


    • It’s a first (the joy of not working!). We got a little snow but not enough to stay around. It makes me wish I still lived in Birmingham.


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