Weekly Update: 8th July 2018

Hi there and Happy Sunday.  Welcome to my first weekly update in what seems like forever, but in reality has been about a month.  Life just seems to keep getting away from me and – if I’m honest – I’ve been in a bit of a book blogging slump.  It’s been happening on and off since the Spring and I’m not sure I’m over it yet.

I thought it was because I felt swamped with review copies but they are all done now and I’m completely caught up so I’m actually reading books I’ve bought again – and it’s still made no difference.  With the school holidays almost upon us, I’ll see if the change of pace makes a difference.  If not, I may just take a break.  Oh the woes of being a book blogger 😉

Anyhow, on with my week and what I wrote / reviewed…

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On Monday, I wrote a review of Her Watchful Eye by Julie Corbin, which I really enjoyed because it was full of unreliable characters and twists and turns.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, Do Not Disturb by Claire Douglas, which is due out in August so not long to go for my review.

On Wednesday, I recapped on the books I’d read in June, the majority of which were 4+ star reviews so made me very happy.

On Friday, I reviewed Murder in Slow Motion by Rebecca Muddiman, a book set in / around my home town with great plot twists.

And that’s it for me – a short and sweet post. 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.

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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…

Weekly update: 11th March, 2018

Morning all and happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day to everyone in the UK and anywhere else in the world celebrating motherhood today. Mine was supposed to start with a lie in and breakfast in bed. Unfortunately, the cat had other ideas and decided the best mother’s day present would be a live bird flying around the living room. Cue my six o’clock wake up and a very tired me. Hopefully afternoon tea this afternoon will perk me up a bit. It will be a nice end to a busy-ish week, one that didn’t see me do much blogging beyond reviews – though, I still got three of those in so I’m not complaining….

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…. 

Weekly Update: 11th February, 2018

Morning all and Happy Sunday – I hope you have all been having a wonderful weekend.  Ours has been rather quiet so far, though we do have a children’s charity party to go to this afternoon so that will be fun I think, especially followed up by a late Sunday lunch.  The week was quite quiet for me too, with only a bit of work on and one day of excitement where I went to a professional development day and got to meet new people – all of whom were very nice, which made it a good day.

It was quiet on the blog and reading wise as well.  I just couldn’t find any energy after posting the first few days of the week.  I think it’s because I was reading a book that I wasn’t completely enjoying and that always makes me a bit flat.  I’ve finished it now though, so hopefully, this week will be a bit more energised.  Here’s what I did post:

Weekly update: 28th January, 2018

Morning all and welcome to the last Sunday in January. It’s hard to believe the month is almost over, but given time goes quicker the older you get and I’m not getting any younger, it’s probably no surprise. Still, for me, it’s been quite a good month – getting my first freelance jobs was a big and brilliant thing. This week, it was also a tiring thing as I took on two jobs afraid to say no. I am sure that will change as I become more confident the work will come and I figure out my limits but it meant this week I had later nights that I have had for a while. Still, it’s better than week-in-week-out 9:5 so I’m not complaining (honest!).

The work did impact the blog a little bit, with posts early in the week but then nothing until Saturday, with my stacking shelves post – which was nice and short because I only picked up two books this week.

Weekly update: 14th January, 2018

Morning all and welcome to my first weekly update in a month…time flies when you are celebrating Christmas and New Year I guess – and then have another week of school holidays to contend with.  I still don’t feel like I’ve quite gotten over the holidays, even though technically this week everything was back to normal for us.

Hopefully next week will be better and I’ll be back into some type of routine.  What that will be I’m not sure as I picked up my first batch of freelance work this week (yay!) and I don’t know till Monday just what or how much time that will involve.  Still, it’s exciting and a bit of a relief to know that there is work out there and that my leap of faith into the world of self-employment is paying some dividends.

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….

Weekly update: 27th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another weekly update post, though this one is being posted on a Monday rather than a Sunday. I’m a bit behind with my posting because I was away this week, visiting friends (which was lovely) and, thanks to a slight blogging slump last week, hadn’t gotten round to writing up my post in advance.  It was drafted though so I thought I would get it up anyway and check in with all you lovely people out there and see how you were doing…good, I hope?

Weekly update: 19th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday post.  I hope you had a good week and weekend. I am not sure where my week went, though I didn’t get up to anything much.  I went running, electioneering and did some work on my management qualification and suddenly it was Friday night.  Still, I’m not complaining because I also don’t think I moaned once about anything I had to do, which is a nice place to be.

The one thing that definitely happened to me this week is I realised that Christmas is fast approaching and, no matter what I did, that wasn’t going to change.  Which means time to get organised and start buying presents.  I’ll be doing some of that today in-between shopping for my daughter’s Christmas parties outfit (yes, parties – she has a better social life than I do!).  Before I head out to do that though, here’s a round-up of what I did on the blog this week…