Weekly update: 6th May, 2018

Hi all and happy Sunday.  I hope you are having a good weekend.  I am busy enjoying the sun (writing this in the back garden feels so good!) and not much else.  It’s quite nice after a pretty busy week.  I’ve been gardening, decorating and knocking on doors to try and get people out to vote in the local council elections.  Oh, and work – I am now an expert on the new data protection legislation that is coming out for those in the EU in a couple of weeks.  I am not sure what I thought I’d be doing when I started working for myself but this wasn’t it.  Still, it’s been fun learning something new and I’ve been working for a great client so I really shouldn’t complain (though I will, just a bit).

On the reading and blog front, I feel like I’ve finally gotten my mojo back, enough to write my first weekly update in nearly two months at any rate.  Here’s what I posted…


On Monday, I shared my April reads (a mixed bag in general but some real gems in there)

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw.

On Thursday, I reviewed Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough, which I really enjoyed.

On Friday, I finally ‘accepted’ my One Lovely Blog Award and shared seven things about me that you might not otherwise know.

And that’s it for me.  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. Happy Sunday! Glad to hear the weather’s nice there! We’ve finally warmed up as well. It’s about time! 🙂

    The Things We Learn When We’re Dead certainly looks interesting!

    1. It really is about time we had some nice weather. I was tired of grey days.

  2. Ugh, the data protection thing is a pain in the ass. Everywhere is making me re-read policies and agree (including my kid’s school!) and it’s roasting my nuts… But hey-ho!
    Enjoy the bank holiday weekend and lovely weather!

    1. It is but I do like the idea of being forgotten.

  3. Hmmm…The Things We Learn When We’re Dead sounds very interesting. I think I need to check out your review.

    Good for you, encouraging people to vote. Good job!

    1. It is good so far but a slower read than I thought it might be.

  4. Yay for getting your reading Mojo back! Kudos for getting out the vote. I hope the week ahead is lovely.

    1. I feel released. It’s been a long few months!

  5. I’m glad you are enjoying your books again! I hope your work becomes more interesting as well. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    1. Me too! On all counts 😜

  6. Lovely to hear that you have your reading mojo back, Emma:). And isn’t the weather fabulous right now?? A pity I seem to be stuck indoors busy editing. Oh well – it could be worse… I’m looking forward to having an extra day off tomorrow. Have a great week.

    1. It is amazing. Can you edit from the garden?

      1. Sadly, no. I’m stuck indoors!

  7. Sounds like you have been busy! I was just thinking how I need to get out and dust off the furniture on our patio so we can spend some time out there now that the weather seems to be settling into some sort of consistency. And good for you being active and encouraging people to vote! We just got our ballot books in the mail. I am not too thrilled with this election’s choices, but I will definitely be voting. I am glad you have your reading mojo back. I hope you have a great week, Emma! We’re having a lazy day today after all our running around yesterday. It’s back to work tomorrow . ..

    1. Spending time outside is the best. I hope to do more today before the weather changes back to rain!

  8. I’m glad the weather is warming up and you got your mojo back. Have a great week!

    1. Me too on both counts!

  9. Your work sounds challenging — in a good way. I echo everyone else: yay for reading mojo!

    1. Yes it is good. I love being able to work for myself. Also love having my mojo back. It feels good!

  10. Sorry work isn’t quite as exciting as you’d hoped it would be, but it’s good that you have a great client. Funny the things we end up doing that we don’t plan on, right?

    1. No I really shouldn’t complain – it pays the bills and I am still getting to work for myself!

  11. Nice assortment of books. All are new to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. Emma, I’m curious, what do you do for work?

    We are now researching on businesses to start up so I can work from home. I’m a mother to a 3 year old but feel I must do something on the work front.

    Your books sounds very interesting. The Things We Learn when we are dead sounds very interesting and so does Cross my heart. Hope you have a wonderful week.

    Paperback Princess

    1. Hi there – I write, mainly grants and tenders for the charity sector but I’m moving into more general writing and editing. It is not so much a business but it does allow me to work for myself. I saw an article recently re home businesses for working moms. I will see if I can find it and send you a link.

  13. Sounds like a lovely week! Despite all the EU regulation learning though you’re right that it’s fun to become an expert on new things. Hope you’re having a great week!

    1. It was actually and yes new things are good to learn. Life would be very boring without learning new things.

  14. Yay! Mojo! 🙂 Glad you got your reading mojo back! 🙂

    1. Me too!

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