My Week in Review(s)

So it looks like I spoke too soon about getting back in the swing of book blogging when I posted my first weekly update in over a year a few weeks ago.

This time, though, it wasn’t due to a lack of interest in reading. My daughter went back to school and brought back a big bag of germs that saw me laid up with a heavy cold (not Covid, thankfully) for over a week.

Which meant I was back binge watching Netflix and the books went back on the shelf (or the kindle on the bedside table) for a while.

I was much better by the middle of last week (which was a good thing as I had the week off) and managed to finish and review two books, one of which I loved, one of which I wasn’t too keen on.

First up was The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb. This was the one I loved, despite the fact it was a ghostly love story (so not up my street if you’d have asked me). Everything about it worked: the setting, a small, friendly, town on the shore of Lake Superior; the characters, each one of which I warmed to from the first time I met them; and the plot, which wasn’t too sickly sweet (on the love side) or too spooky (on the ghost side).

The second review was for Girls of Brackenhill by Kate Moretti. On paper, this sounds much more like my type of book – a thriller with a young woman tormented by her past and the secrets it holds. In reality, I wouldn’t have said it was a thriller. In fact, it was another ghost story. Unfortunately, this one didn’t sit as well with me, mainly because I didn’t like the central character, Hannah; no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t warm to her.

This week, I’m back in my ‘wheelhouse’ with The Doll by Yrsa Sigurdardottir. A couple of years ago, I read three of her books back-to-back and enjoyed every one of them. She then slipped off my radar till I saw a review copy of The Doll on NetGalley. Based on what I’ve read so far, I’m very glad I was approved 🙂 Hopefully, there won’t be anything that stops me finishing it!

What about you, what are you reading? Or are you taking a break to enjoy your Easter?

Have a good week!

Emma x

Joining in with the Sunday Post and Kimberly, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer


  1. Urg. Sorry to hear about the nasty cold, Emma! I have been wondering how robust our immune systems are with all this social distancing and avoiding each other – I’m guessing they’ve got a tad flabby! I hope you feel much better in the coming week.


  2. Ooh some spooky reads! Glad you’re feeling better though. It’s so hard now when getting sick because you automatically worry about Covid! Anyway hope you are well and had a good weekend. 🙂


  3. Yuck on the nasty cold. I’m glad it wasn’t Covid but a bad cold is still no fun. I’ve not had good luck with Kate Morretti even though her books always sound so good. I’ve finally come to the conclusion her writing just isn’t for me. Have a great week!


    • That may be the case with me, some authors just don’t ‘fit’ I suppose and we all have them. I’m glad it wasn’t COVID too as we’ve been so careful. I think it knocked me for a loop because I haven’t done so much as sneeze for a year so my immune system wasn’t prepared!


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