Weekly Update: 13th May, 2018

Hi All and happy Sunday.  I hope you are having a good week and good weekend.  Ours has been pretty good, though I have been fairly quiet on the blog.  For me, it started with a glorious bank holiday, which also happened to be my birthday and a visit to a nearby museum/stately home and picnic in the grounds.  It ended with a trip to a small Scottish village for a friend’s 60th birthday and much drinking and dancing.  It’s probably no wonder I didn’t get much blogging done!  In fact, I only posted twice.

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: 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: 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: 12th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday post.  I hope you had a good week and weekend.  Week wise, I didn’t do much if I’m honest though I also don’t know where the time went as all of a sudden it was Friday and I was jumping on a train to London – but not for work (yay!).

Every year a group of us who used to work together get together and have a girls night out.  We’ve been doing it for six years now (after we all got made redundant at the same time) and it’s always a blast.  I laughed more than I have in a long time and drank way too much wine – you couldn’t ask for more really.  Another plus side is two four hour train journeys, which made for a lot of reading!

Weekly update: 5th November, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday.  I hope you’ve been having a good weekend and have had a good week.  Mine has been a bit up and down, the down mainly because my cat got quite a nasty cut on his leg this weekend – cue late night trip to the vet and lots of worry.  Thankfully, he’s alright though how he’s going to cope with not being able to go out for the next five days I’m not sure – I expect lots of whiny crying.  Until then, it was going quite well.  I got to spend time with friends and also hit the 3K mark on my journey to 5K so was feeling quite chuffed.  If we get enough sunny days I should be hitting 5K by the end of November – yay!

Blog wise, I changed site hosts this week so that’s a bit all over the place.  Not all my previous posts transferred over and I have had to change blog theme.  I knew I’d have to do that but I am not happy with the one I’ve chosen so I need to keep looking for one that works for me.  I figure it will be a bit of a work in progress for a couple of weeks and just got on with reviewing mainly, doing a little bit to get things where I want them each day.

Weekly update: 9th October, 2016

Hi All – happy Sunday, hope you are having a good week and weekend.  Mine involved a lot of travel again this week for work – three days on trains back-to-back which was more tiring than it might sound as the starts were very early.  The plus side is that, whilst I work on the train on the mornings, I read on the way home so I got my Tuesday intro, Small Great Things finished and started on my next book, Dark Water by Robert Bryndza which I was lucky enough to get a review copy of (link to goodreads).

We also went to the pictures this week to see The Girl on the Train. I was a late comer to this book but really enjoyed it and, whilst I don’t normally go to see films of books I like, felt I had to go see the film.  I’m now in mixed minds about whether that was a good idea.  It wasn’t a bad film at but it wasn’t great and I think I might have expected too much.  The fact that it was set in a different country didn’t help as it completely changed the vision I had in my head.  Then there were bits of the story missing that I felt would have helped it make more sense or just more compelling.  I now feel the need to re-read the book though to remind myself of how good I thought it was (you can read my review here).

In between all this, I managed to write two reviews. One was for Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, the last of the Miss Peregrine trilogy.  I have really enjoyed this series of young adult books which include a series of vintage photographs that really helped the characters come alive.  It was a fitting end to the trilogy with all the ends tied up.  The other was for Fractured by Catherine McKenzie which is in the running to be my favourite book of the year.  It was well written and cleverly done, slowly revealing a story of neighbourhood conflict with a tragic result.

I also wrote about what stories scare me and signed up for a Halloween read-a-thon, which starts tomorrow and I’m looking forward to.  First up or the read-a-thon is a ghost story, The Mist in the Mirror by Susan Hill…

25853382For the last twenty years Sir James Monmouth has journeyed all over the globe in the footsteps of his hero, the great pioneering traveller Conrad Vane. In an effort to learn more about Vane’s early life–and his own–Sir James sets off for the remote Kittiscar Hall on a cold and rainy winter night. But he soon begins to feel as though something is warning him away at every turn; there are the intense feelings of being watched and the strange apparitions of a sad little boy. And as he learns more about his hero’s past, he discovers that they are only the beginning, for Kittiscar Hall is hiding terrible secret that will bind their lives together in ways he could never have imagined.

I love a good ghost story and this sounds perfect.  And that’s about it for me.  What about you? What have you been up to and reading?

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 to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

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This Week, Next Week: 29th November, 2015

Hi there – and a belated Happy Sunday. I’m hoping those in the states got to enjoy their long thanksgiving weekend. With my husband being from the states we celebrated Thursday but because we live in the UK there was no day to recover from over eating. It was back to work, which has been really busy for me as I’m changing roles (same company) and trying to do both my new and old jobs…which will be the case through the end of December unfortunately.

Still it’s a challenge and one I probably need to be honest because I’ve been doing the same job for 8 years now. When I wasn’t working, I spent a fair bit of time just vegging in front of the tele. I am now hooked on Jessica Jones and we’ve been watching quite a good show on Sky called The Last Panther which I can recommend, not just because it has John Hurt in it who I love.

This did mean, though, that I didn’t get much time for books or blogging. I managed two posts all week, one a Tuesday Intro for a book I’ve only just managed to finish today (The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Parrick Ness) and one review for a book I have to say is more disappointing in hindsight than I thought at the time – Little Girl Gone by Alexandra Burt.

It also meant I didn’t get a chance to add any books to the piles, though this is probably a good thing as the pile might fall over! This week coming, I’m determined to turn off the TV and read some of them. I also plan on posting a review for the Patrick Ness book this week and November 9, which I finished over a week ago now (I’m in danger of forgetting what happened!)

What about you, what are you reading this week?

Emma

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with (a little early) with Katherine at Book Date for It’s Monday, What Are you Reading? Head over to see what other bloggers have read, written about or just added to their shelves.

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