My Week in Reviews: 28th November, 2021

Happy Sunday everyone! For those in the states, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. For those in the UK, I hope you weren’t too battered by Arwen. We lost our pergola but otherwise our house survived unharmed (unlike my neighbour, who lost most of her fence and a shed). I hope this isn’t a sign for things to come weather-wise…I really don’t like wind and rain!

Blog wise, I’m patting myself on the back for making it through another week of getting reviews posted regularly – I know it’s only two weeks in a row but given my track record the last few years, it’s a start. Plus, I started to get into the habit of visiting and commenting on other bloggers’ posts – I think the community is something I missed more than writing reviews.

Write I did, though. I got two reviews written and posted. First up, was These Toxic Things by Rachel Howzell Hall, which I liked but didn’t love – mainly because I couldn’t get away with the main character Mickie (she drove me potty!). Then I reviewed Americanaland by John Milward – a very different type of book as it looks at the history of Americana music, something I’ve come really enjoy over the last decade (after spending most of my life as an ‘indie kid’). It’s a really interesting book but so full of facts that I feel like I need to re-read it to get the full benefits of Milward’s knowledge.

Next up for me is A Familiar Sight by Brianna Labuskes, and after that I’m not quite sure. I made the mistake of going onto Netgalley earlier in the week and requesting a few too many books (assuming I wouldn’t get approved for them all given how long it’s been since I’ve logged on – oh how wrong I was!) so I may need to start on at least one of those. Who knows though. One thing I’m determined to do is not get bogged down in review copies as I think that put me off reading at the start of ‘the slump’.

What about you – what are your plans, reading and otherwise, for the week?

Emma x

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


  1. I haven’t opened Netgalley in months. Been a bit swamped with school work and other reviews. But I miss that pretty little Christmas box quite a lot. Next year!

    Have a good week and happy reading!

    Elza Reads


  2. I have only 2 or 3 new releases to read for December and then I hope to tackle some of the books I didn’t get to earlier. I requested way to many books the first few months of the year and I’ve been trying to play catch up the rest of the year. I don’t think I will get them all read before the end of the year, but I’m being more careful about next year. Check out what I read at Girl Who Reads.


  3. I have heard Americanland is fantastic and want to read that one so badly. I love seeing the unique side of culture.

    Good for you keeping up on reviews, it can be a challenge at times for sure.

    Happy Sunday.


  4. I have gotten overwhelmed with review copies now and then and I’ve had to pull back. It’s especially difficult for me during Cybils season (now!) when I have committed to trying to read over 250 picture books.

    And I agree completely…it’s the community I most love about blogging. When I first started, I was told to try to post once a week and to visit ten blogs. That’s a good ratio, I think.


    • That’s a lot of books, even if they are picture books. I try to visit three blogs a day and find one new blogger to follow each week, though it doesn’t always work out that way. Also, I’m currently having issues with Google. It will only let me comment on blogger posts through my phone?


  5. I love going on Netgalley and requesting books but then I am terrible at getting book reviews done. I still need to catch up on some reviews from the Spring! Good grief. And, agree, I’ve been blogging for so long and when I’ve had moments of wanting to call it a day, it’s always the community that keeps me going. Have a wonderful week ahead!


  6. Oh no- sorry to hear about your pergola! Yikes. I’m glad it wasn’t worse but that’s bad enough!

    Interesting about the Rachel Howzell Hall book as I was going to read an earlier book of hers- they All Fall Down- but I haven’t gotten to it yet.

    Hope you have a great week!


    • Looking at other people, it could have been worse! I’d be interested to maybe read another Rachel Howzell Hall book. Hopefully her central character isn’t as spoilt 😀


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