Weekly update: 25th February, 2018

Hi All and Happy Sunday – I hope you are having a good weekend.  This is my first weekly update for a few weeks and it’s nice to be back.  There’s been no reason for my absence other than not getting organised enough to write a post.  Life keeps getting in the way!  I have been lucky to get more freelance work (yay!) and we’ve also had friends visiting (more yays!) and half-term in there.  Now, though, life is back to something like normality so I hope to get reading and posting regularly again this week.

Still, I didn’t do bad with three posts last week – all reviews…. 

the killer is dying

The Killer is Dying by James Sallis didn’t start the week off too well as it was a book I really wanted to like – it is by one of my favourite authors – but just couldn’t.  The characters didn’t click and that is a bit of a kiss of death for me when I read.  A shame.

Thankfully, it got better with my next couple of books.

Bring me back   Everything lies

Everything is Lies by Helen Callaghan was one of those books that didn’t end up being what I thought it would be. It told the story in a clever way, keeping it interesting, and was full of twists, turns and red herrings – which I love in a book.

Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris was another book with twists and turns and a great ending I didn’t see coming.  Paris is fast becoming a favourite author as her books are always a surprise.

And that’s it for me this week, not much to report.  What about you? What have you been up to, 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. Good to have a wrap up from you Emma and it’s so good to hear life is going well for you 😊

  2. Yay for getting more work! I hope you’ll have enough time to post stuff too though 🙂 have a great week!

  3. The B.A. Paris book is on my wishlist, looks so good! Sorry you didn’t enjoy your other book too much. It happens, even from beloved authors. Have a good week ahead!

  4. Welcome back! Life has been keeping me from blogging lately, too.

  5. Delighted to hear the freelancing is really taking off – and you’re right – the half term break does mean there is a lot less structure in our lives… Looking forward to embarking on our reading project together – read the first 20 pages/2 chapters and post our thoughts during the week, before continuing?

  6. I will have to go check out Everything is Lies. Looks like I might really like it. I hope you have a great week!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #7

  7. Sounds like you’ve had some good times, with visitors and new work. I can’t wait to get my hands on the new B.A. Paris. Everything is Lies looks very tempting. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. I am glad your getting more work, but hope it doesn’t get to stressing. Kind of curious what you do. 🙂 Hope you get some good reading done as well!

    Happy reading!
    Week in Review

    1. I am too but I feel like there is no routine which is hard. Even when I worked full time and worked a lot I knew what I was doing each day. I want the flexibility but it scares me too. I write bids for a live bag but am trying to move into proofreading so I’m doing a bit of both at the moment.

  9. I’ve seen Bring Me Back popping up all over, and I may have to get that one. I just read my first BA PAris recently and liked it.

    1. Yes there is a big push – worth the hype though!

  10. I hope you have lots of fun with your friends!

    1. It was a jolly good time. Still recovering!

  11. Both of those books sound great.

    1. They were. Thankfully x

  12. I too like BA Paris — I haven’t read the new one yet. Glad it’s good.

    1. I hope you enjoy when you do.

  13. Your books are all new to me. I’m also fond of books with twists and turns and endings I don’t see coming. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

    1. I can’t resist twisty turny books.

  14. Emma thank goodness for good books, especially after one that just doesn’t do it for us as a reader. All the best for this week.

    1. I know! I felt relieved x

  15. Sounds like you’re reasons for not blogging are pretty great! It’s too bad when a favorite author disappoints you though I do try to remind myself that everyone has an off day. Hopefully that’s the case here and not the start of a trend! Have a great week!

    1. Yes, getting the work is good but it is also unpredictable – I need to get into a routine of some type.

  16. It looks like you had some good reading. Donna from Girl Who Reads

    1. I did – I was very happy 😊

  17. Welcome back Emma! UGH Real Life huh? 🙂 Glad to hear Everything is Lies was a nice surprised 🙂

    1. I know! It keeps getting in the way 😜

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