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?


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?


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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This Week, Next Week: 8th November, 2015

Hi All – hope you are having a good weekend. Ours was full of bangs – literally – as it was Bonfire Night Thursday and our neighbours decided to wait till last night to let off the million fireworks that usually accompany the 5th November. It was great to watch actually and I’m kind of hoping they go all out again on New Years Eve to save us having to track any displays down (yes, I’m lazy!).

imageThe rest of the week wasn’t quite as exciting and book wise a bit of a mixed bag. I got my review of Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica posted and read and reviewed Girl Meets Boy, a short story by Ali Smith and part of the Canongate Myth series, which I really enjoyed. I loved Ali Smiths style of writing and sense of humour.

2547263Then I read The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse, which I’d been looking forward too. Unfortunately it wasn’t what I had hoped. I’ll review it this week but it left me feeling a bit flat and struggling to read anything else.

Hopefully I’ll get my writing mojo back after picking up these, both books I’ve heard good things about…


The Ice Twins…A year after one of their identical twin daughters, Lydia, dies in an accident, Angus and Sarah Moorcraft move to the tiny Scottish island Angus inherited from his grandmother, hoping to put together the pieces of their shattered lives.

But when their surviving daughter, Kirstie, claims they have mistaken her identity—that she, in fact, is Lydia—their world comes crashing down once again.

As winter encroaches, Angus is forced to travel away from the island for work, Sarah is feeling isolated, and Kirstie (or is it Lydia?) is growing more disturbed. When a violent storm leaves Sarah and her daughter stranded, Sarah finds herself tortured by the past—what really happened on that fateful day one of her daughters died?


Little Girl Gone….A baby goes missing. But does her mother want her back?

When Estelle’s baby daughter is taken from her cot, she doesn’t report her missing. Days later, Estelle is found in a wrecked car, with a wound to her head and no memory.

Estelle knows she holds the key to what happened that night – but what she doesn’t know is whether she was responsible…

Keep your fingers crossed for me. What about you? What are you reading this week?


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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This Week, Next Week: 25th October, 2015

So, today has been officially crazy and, as a result, I’m running rather late with my This Week, Next Week post. It’s been crazy in a good way though – we have family visiting again (that’s what happens after you move into a new house I guess) and so, as per usual it seems, I’m running behind with positing.

image17860826Still, I’ve done better with the blogging itself during the week, getting reviews up for both Eeny Meeny and The Sudden Departure of the Frasers. Both of which I really liked, though in different ways and for different reasons and both are authors I will be reading more of.

The Sudden Departure of the Frasers had the added bonus too of being the first fiction audiobook I’ve ever listened to without it feeling like a struggle and persuaded me to keep trying with format.

One last both was that they were from the library, which is the same with all the books I’ve picked up this week.  It really is all about the #librarylove with…

902743Fair Play by Tove Jansson

Mari is a writer and Jonna is an artist, and they live at opposite ends of a big apartment building, their studios connected by a long attic passageway. They have argued, worked, and laughed together for decades. Yet they’ve never really stopped taking each other by surprise. Fair Play shows us Mari and Jona’s intertwined lives as they watch Fassbinder films and Westerns, critique each other’s work, spend time on a solitary island, travel through the American Southwest, and turn life into nothing less than art. 

2547263Fair play has an introduction by Ali Smith, who is the author of the next book I picked up – Girl Meets Boy.  I actually had this on loan once before but didn’t get to reading it so hope to this time.

Girl meets boy. It’s a story as old as time. But what happens when an old story meets a brand new set of circumstances? Ali Smith’s re-mix of Ovid’s most joyful metamorphosis is a story about the kind of fluidity that can’t be bottled and sold. It is about girls and boys, girls and girls, love and transformation, a story of puns and doubles, reversals and revelations.

7575266The Bed I Made by Lucie Whitehouse is a book I had been looking for for a while after reading Before We Met earlier in the year so had to pick up it. It sounds good so here’s hoping.

One stifling night in a bar in Soho, Kate meets Richard – powerful, sensual Richard. Going home with him that night is reckless and exhilarating, their connection electric. Now, eighteen months later, Kate is fleeing London for an old coastguard’s cottage on the Isle of Wight, determined to forget Richard for ever.

25718437And then there’s Eat, Nourish, Glow which was recommended to me by a colleague who has been doing this diet for a few weeks and says she feels great.

Replace fad diets for good with 10 easy steps to your rejuvenated future; from nutritional therapist and healthy eating expert Amelia Freer. Amelia Freer brings a fresh and unique voice to the field of holistic health. In this, her first book, she explains her 10 steps and provides over 25 enticing recipes to get you started on your path to optimum wellness. Amelia guides you gently through her 10 steps: how to detox your pantry and restock with alternatives, how to understand the differences between good and bad fats, the dangers of hidden sugar in the food we eat and how to dump the wheat (one of the demons!) from your diet.

I won’t be starting this next week as we are away for half term but will be trying to plan out the week after as I have a feeling that it will take some planning.  Still, hopefully, I will be able to report good results in a few weeks!

And that’s it for me this week – how about you – what are you reading and doing this week?



This week, I’m linking in (rather belatedly) 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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