Weekly update: 23rd April, 2017

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday. I hope you are all having a good weekend. We’re just finishing up a long weekend away, which has been lovely. We rented a cottage right by the sea and have actually had good weather, despite it still being April…I even caught the sun a little!

It comes after a great Easter, where I took a short blogging break to reduce stresses from thinking about posting when I knew we’d be out, about and with family a lot. Now, unfortunately, it’s back to reality and school/work tomorrow. I’m trying not to think about it too much.

In the meantime, here’s what I wrote last week on my blog…

On Tuesday I introduced my latest read, The Dinosaur Feather by Sissel-Jo Gazan, which has sat on my kindle longer than any other book I own (for more on that see here). It’s taken me a while to get into but I think I’m there. Now I need to decide if I’m enjoying it.

On Wednesday I reviewed He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly, a dark, twisted thriller where I wasn’t sure where the truth lay. Very clever.

On Thursday I reviewed The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh, another clever story with lots of twists, turns and great characters…if you can’t tell from the title it’s crime fiction.

On Friday I wrote about whether I stop reading books I disagree with as part of the book blogger hop.

So, all in all, not  bad week. I didn’t buy any books but did read a few including…

Her Every Fear Before the Fall The Red Hunter

Clicking on the covers will take you to Goodreads and reviews should be up this week.

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 (a little early) 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: 9th April, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly update.  I hope you’ve had a good week and a good weekend.  For those in the UK, I hope you are also enjoying this amazing weather.  Hard to believe it’s only April and yet last night we were sat out in the garden until past 9 without the need for thermals…heaven!  Long may it continue.  It meant the weekend was (and will continue to be) spent outside, pottering in the garden yesterday and going to see my husband’s baseball game today.  In between I might do a bit of reading 🙂

Here’s how my blogging week went…

On Monday I posted my review of Fell by Jenn Ashworth, a book that I was in two minds about because it was so beautifully written but the story was confused.  I still can’t decide just how much I liked it.

On Tuesday I introduced my latest read, Driven by James Sallis, the follow up to one of my favourite books (Drive) by one of my favourite authors.  It was a quick, fast-paced and powerful read that I will be reviewing tomorrow hopefully.

On Wednesday I reviewed The Lauras by Sara Taylor which didn’t really do it for me if I’m honest.  Like Fell, it was confusing to read but, unlike Fell, it didn’t have the language to life it up for me.

On Thursday I reviewed What Goes Around by Julie Corbin and finally got to say I really enjoyed a book.  This was a thrilling read about two women who love (or loved) the same man and one’s plan for revenge.  Definitely recommended!

Friday I posted nothing as I was travelling for work and I hadn’t been organised enough to plan ahead.  Still, three reviews is a bit of a record for me so I’m still pleased with how the week went.  How was your week, reading and otherwise?  What books should I be adding to my TBR?

Emma x

 

 

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) 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 round-up: 2nd April, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly round-up.  I hope you are having a good weekend and had a good week.  Mine (as often seems the case) was full of work, late nights and early mornings, so not that much fun at all.  However, the weekend has been a lot better.  It’s my daughter’s birthday today so yesterday we had her party (bowling, very “grown-up”) and today we go for her afternoon tea birthday party.  We’re also celebrating my dad’s birthday, which was earlier in the week, so it should be lots of fun.

Other than that, with the whole work thing, there isn’t much to report (maybe that the sun is shining as I write this, which is always nice) so I’ll go straight onto my posts for this week…

On Monday, I reviewed Human Acts by Han Kang which is also my book of the month.  It’s not the most uplifting story, set during an uprising in 1980’s South Korea and then following some of the protestors through the years, but it is beautifully written, brilliantly translated and gives so much food for thought as to who we are as human beings (which sometimes seems not much) that I couldn’t put it down and couldn’t recommend it highly enough.

On Tuesday, I shared the intro to my latest read The Lauras by Sara Taylor, which took me longer to get into than I thought it would, though I really liked the writing.  I may not have quite been in the mood when I picked it up.  I now need to write a review, which should be up tomorrow.

On Wednesday, I reviewed The Murder Game by Julie Apple, an author also known as Catherine McKenzie (who I love).  This is her writing as a character from her last book – though the two really aren’t connected and this can definitely be read as a standalone.  It’s a cracking piece of crime fiction and legal drama and I really enjoyed it.

On Thursday, I was ahead of the game (unusual for me) and posted my monthly update for March, which was a pretty good month (bordering on excellent) with me liking most of the books I read a lot and having two outstanding reads – Human Acts mentioned above and Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey.

On Friday, I joined in with the book blogger hop again, writing about visiting blogs on linky lists and my slightly strange but pretty effective system for making sure I visit as many as I can.

This week, I’m hoping to get a fair few reviews posted as I managed to request books that are all due for release on 6th April – I have four (three read, one almost done but no reviews written because I kept running out of time)!  That will teach me to not really have a system for reading review copies.  Wish me luck.

And that’s it for me.  What are you reading or what have your read that I should keep my eye out for and how has the rest of your life being?  Let me know – I am nosey!

Emma x

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) 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: 26th March, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly update.  I hope you are all having a lovely weekend and a happy mother’s day to everyone out there in the UK.

My day has been very nice so far, with a lie in followed by breakfast in bed (which only happens once a year so I saviour it).  Later, my mom will be coming over and we’re doing afternoon tea, which means I’m about to start baking but that’s o.k. because I quite like turning into Mary Berry once in a while, though I have never quite mastered her scones.

It’s the end to a nice weekend that included a trip to the seaside yesterday, making up for a slightly rocky week as I haven’t been feeling too well.  Fingers crossed I’m over that now though and will be fine this week.

Blog wise, it was a good week, with five posts including three reviews – a bit of a record for me.  Here’s what I posted…

 

On Monday I reviewed The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson, which I really enjoyed and was a refreshing change in a familiar genre with a recent widow trying to rebuild her life at the same time as she is trying to unpick the secrets and lies of the two men she has started to have feelings for.

On Tuesday I shared the start of my latest read Fell by Jenn Ashworth, which I have to admit I haven’t gotten into enough yet to know how I feel because I forgot to take it with me on my travels this week so ending up picking another book instead.  The bit I have read though leaves me with high hopes for a spooky and suspenseful read.

On Wednesday I reviewed The Escape by C. L. Taylor, an author I have wanted to read for a while and whose latest book I really enjoyed.  This was a fast-paced read with lots of twists, turns and action.  Highly recommended.

On Thursday I reviewed The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, a book I have been putting of reading for fear it wasn’t as good as Ware’s debut and one of my favourite books of last year, In a Dark, Dark, Wood.  Thankfully my fears were unfounded.  This was a great book that had shades of Christie in it’s cast of potential suspects.

On Friday I joined wrote about handling negative comments on my blog as part of the book blogger hop – thankfully it’s not something I’ve had to really do but I tried to think about what I would do if I did.

So, all in all a good week.  It was also a good week book wise.  Added to my shelves were (clicking on the covers takes you to good reads) …

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Before the Fall is a bit of a wild card as I remember hearing good things but not what when it first came out last year.  The other two though I have high hopes for – I haven’t read a bad review for the Roanoke Girls and I love the Erika Foster series.  Fingers crossed I am not disappointed with either.

And that’s it for this week.  What about you – has it been a good one, reading and otherwise?

Emma x

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) 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: 19th March, 2017

Morning all and happy Sunday…hope everyone is having a good weekend and has had a good week. Mine wasn’t too bad, busy with work but there were some fun things in their too, including a day off on Friday where I did absolutely nothing but chill and read, finishing a whole book (The Escape by C. L. Taylor). This was followed by dinner with friends…not the most exciting venue as the kids picked McDonalds but we did manage to stay there for two hours!

Yesterday, my daughter decided to hold a birthday party for our cat, who is now a year old. She invited the grandparents, made a cake out of tuna, a playlist for a party…slightly over the top maybe but it was fun and I think the car involved it for the time it took him to eat his tuna before going outside again. And today, we are attempting to make bath bombs, which I’ve been told are easy but you never know…wish me luck!

Back in the world of blogging, I didn’t have a bad week, though missed my target of five posts. I did manage four, though, so not too shabby for me. It included two reviews…

The Dead Room by Chris Mooney, book three in a series involving a Boston forensic investigator who also seems to be quite handy with a gun and has a habit for getting herself into danger. A new author and series for me, I can see myself reading more.

The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, who has become one of my favourite authors in the past year with her slightly spooky version of Nordic noir. This was another great read, nice and dark and gritty – just how I like them!

Other posts…

…introduced my latest read, Tuesday Intro: The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson, which is now finished and with a review to follow (fingers crossed to getting it written today). I don’t think I am giving anything away by saying I really enjoyed it.

…talked about my belated realisation that I have a lot of ebooks unread (including The Dead Room, which I had owned since 2012) and my determination to finally read some of them.  I picked the three oldest and you can see what they are here. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has books sitting their gathering dust (digitally speaking or otherwise). What is the book that has been sat on your shelves longest?

And that’s it for me. How has your week been, reading and otherwise?

emma x

 

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) 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: 12th March, 2017

Morning all and happy Sunday. I hope the day is finding you well and you’ve had a good week / weekend. A lot of mine seemed to be spent on trains this week (again!) so I haven’t been very connected and done as much blog reading or commenting as I would have liked. I did manage to catch up a bit yesterday, visiting some of my favourite blogs and will hopefully be doing more of the same today…I’m sure there are lots of things I’ve missed.

Because I’m getting better with my planning and scheduling, I did manage to post each day last week (yay!) a well, Monday to Friday as I see Saturday as my blogging day of rest. Here’s what I wrote…

On Monday I reviewed You by Caroline Kepnes which wasn’t- unfortunately- as good as I’d hoped, I think in part because I had waited to long to read it and built it into something more than it was in my head. The central character was also hard for me to read – his voice wore me down, Based on goodreads, I’m in the minority here though, so you shouldn’t necessarily take my word for it.

On Tuesday I introduced my latest read, The Legacy by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors. I haven’t gotten as far along as I would have liked with this one but so far it is shaping up really nicely for being a great read.

On Wednesday I reviewed Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey which was a much more successful read for me than You. Here DS Maeve Kerrigan was looking for not only a potential killer but also a potential murder victim…such a clever story and so far one of my favourite books of the year.

On Thursday I did my first Classic Club Spin in a while, hoping to reinvigorate my classic club reading challenge…and ending up getting the one book I was dreading!

On Friday I wrote about how I normally read review books sooner rather than later even when release dates are a ways away.

Reading wise, I read The Dead Room by Chris Mooney (link to Goodreads), which has been sat on my kindle since 2012 as well as starting The Legacy.

Book wise, I got …

Fell by Jenn Ashworth…A haunting and otherworldly tale of the impact on one family of a guest with seemingly magical powers, who alters the course of their lives in ways neither they nor he foresee.

The Stranger by Saskia Sarginson…We all have our secrets. Eleanor Rathmell has kept one her whole life. But when her husband dies and a stranger arrives at her door, her safe life in the idyllic English village she’s chosen as her home begins to topple.

Both are books I’m excited to read. What about you, how has your week been reading and otherwise?

Emma

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) 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: 5th March, 2017

Hi all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly update. I am sat here writing with the sun shining – it feels like spring is finally on it’s way and whilst I would have liked to see a little snow this winter I am also happy to see flowers starting to come through and not wake up to rain most days. Plus, sunshine always makes people happier and I like happy people. I feel pretty happy myself after a week of no travel work-wise and a couple of days catching up with old friends. Here’s how the week went blog wise…

On Monday I reviewed The Accidental Life of Greg Miller by Aimee Alexander which I really enjoyed despite it being outside my normal genre.

On Tuesday  I introduced my latest read, Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey which has been a cracking read and I’ll review it next week.

On Wednesday I posted my Monthly round-up for February which had some good books in it and so shaped up quite nicely.

On Thursday I reviewed Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary which was much more my style of read and a really good one at that.

On Friday I joined in with the book blogger hop for,the first time a while and talked about my preference for books opening with a bang.

Reading wise, I finished You by Caroline Kepnes as well as the Jane Casey mentioned above. Book wise I stuck to my plan to not request ARCs but did pick up a couple of deals on Amazon (images link to good reads)…

Find Me The Murder Game

I am especially excited about The Murder Game as it is written by one of my favourite authors, Catherine McKenzie under the name of a character from one of my favourite books from last year, Fractured.

And that’s it for me. How was your week, reading and otherwise?

Have a good one!

Emma x

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) 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: 26th February, 2017

Morning everyone, hope you are having a good weekend. Mine was a long one as I was off Friday (meaning a four day work week as well – yay!). My mom and I went on a much delayed trip to York for shopping and then afternoon tea at Betty’s – one of my favourite places for cake on the planet. We finished it off with a glass of champagne and it couldn’t have been more perfect. It was lovely to have a “me” day, especially as yesterday was definitely a “her” day due to children’s birthday parties and play dates and bedroom painting today. I was exhausted by the end, though the little one was still going strong (probably due to the amount of sugar she’d consumed!).

My day out Friday and an incredibly busy week running up to it meant I didn’t post on the day, though I did have posts scheduled for the rest of the week so I didn’t disappear completely from my online world. Here’s what I posted…

On Monday was my review of a much belated read – Evil Games by Angela Marsons. I had loved the first book in this series staring DI Kim Stone but never gotten round to reading the second.  Until now and I am very glad I did but also slightly annoyed at myself for having waited so long because it was brilliant.  Kim Stone is a great character but the plot was so clever and the whole book so well written.  I really enjoyed this one.

On Tuesday I introduced by latest read – Human Acts by Han Kang.  I loved Kang’s The Vegetarian, which I read last January and has stayed with me as one of my best books of the year and possibly favourite books ever read despite it’s dark themes.  Human Acts sounds like it will be just as dark and I have put off reading it now till this week as I wanted to concentrate and I couldn’t do that sat on trains.  I have high hopes for it when I start reading Tuesday.

On Wednesday I reviewed Perfect Remains by Helen Fields, another excellent read – especially as it was a debut novel.  Like Evil Games the “bad guy” here was a brilliant psychopath, one who was focused on their end goal and determined not to be caught.  Set in Edinburgh with a French detective this was a real page turner and kept me up well into the night.

On Thursday I reviewed Unlocking Italian with Paul Noble, which I was lucky enough to win a copy of and helped me get over my fear of speaking a language I can read and understand.  I’m not sure anything will stick but it will definitely be brought out again if I get my much longed for trip to Rome later this year.

As I said I didn’t post anything Friday but I did pick up a few books I’ve had my eye on (links to goodreads)…

You (You, #1) The Passenger What She Knew The Escape

 

 

 

Escape is the only Arc as I have quite few review books now to read and I don’t like to have too many on the go – I aim for one review book a week tops but a lot seem to be coming out in one go so I have called a halt to requests till I catch up.

And that’s it for this week.  What about yours?  How has it gone, what have you read?

Emma

Weekly update: 19th February, 2017

Good morning. I hope everyone has a good week and weekend. I’ve been off this week so it’s definitely been a good one for me. We didn’t go away, other than a long weekend in Oxford, but did lots of day trips. It was lovely, sleeping in and then just deciding where to go depending on the weather (which was thankfully pretty warm most days).

Blog wise, I didn’t get as much of the admin I wanted done, settling for updating my reviews by authors page but I am happy to have managed that plus two reviews…

I started the week with The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle, which I didn’t enjoy as much as I hoped not just because I kept picturing screen versions of Sherlock and the story but also because the plot left me having to makes leaps in logic I struggled with.

I ended with Where My Heart Used To Beat by Sebastian Faulks, which was a sobering read with it’s focus on the impact of war and lost love but was also fascinating with it’s historical look at how people with mental health issues were treated. A recommended read.

In between, I introduced my latest read – Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary – talked about the only book I remember making me cry And read two books, both of which I  enjoyed and should get reviews up for this week (links to goodreads)…

Perfect Remains (D.I. Callanach, #1) Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone, #2)

And that’s it for me this week. 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 (a little early) 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: 12th February, 2017

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly round-up.  Whilst this one started off a bit crazy for me (work again – no point in even going there, it just never seems to end) it ended in a very lazy way because, as of Friday, I am now on holiday for a week.  It is much needed and, even though we aren’t going anywhere warm, we have lots of fun day trips planned ending with a long weekend away with friends.

Hopefully, I will find some time to do some of the “admin” I need to do on my blog – the nice to do list runs to pages at moment.  At the very least I will get some reading done, a good thing as I have a fully loaded kindle at the moment with library books, ARCs, and purchased books.  This week I added (clicking on the covers links to goodreads)…

Perfect Remains (D.I. Callanach, #1) Evil Games (D.I. Kim Stone, #2) Let the Dead Speak (Maeve Kerrigan #7) What She Knew Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen

I know I said I was going to stretch myself this month and not read so much crime fiction but at least there is one non-fiction book on there. Have you read any of these – where should I start? I have to say I’m tempted to go for Angela Marsons as I have been wanting to read Evil Games forever and know I’m so far behind in the series.

Reading wise, I did o.k. this week thanks to lots of time on trains.  Plus I managed to post each day again (I’m going to have to stop patting myself on the back for this as I’ve managed it every week since Christmas)…

On Monday, I reviewed The Breakdown by B. A. Paris, which I really enjoyed.  Here a young woman is murdered on a country road on a stormy night.  The only possible witness, another young woman, is scared to tell and scared of life as she becomes convinced the killer is after her – if only she could get someone to believe her.

On Tuesday, I shared my latest read The Accidental Life of Greg Millar by Aimee Alexander which is part of my attempt to not read quite as much crime / mystery this month.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Captive on the Fens by Joy Ellis, the sixth in the Nikki Galena series.  Here Nikki (Lincolnshire Detective) is on the hunt for a man who is kidnapping and torturing young women.  It’s a tense read with great twists and turns.  Plus Nikki is a great character.

On Thursday, I reviewed All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford, which I really struggled with thanks to multiple timeframes and an unreliable narrator that I just didn’t like.

On Friday, as part of Feature and Follow I wrote about my favourite re-read – there is only one for me, Dracula by Bram Stoker.

And that was it for my week – how was yours – what di you read? what did you do?

Emma x

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) 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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