Weekly update: 21st May, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and happy Sunday.  I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend.  Ours has been sunnier than the weatherman led us to believe. which was wonderful.  Today promises more of the same so we’re off to the seaside in a bit to enjoy it…I quite fancy a bag of chips walking along the seafront today vs. our usual Sunday lunch.  Nice and unhealthy!  What are you up to today?

For the rest of the week, it was a mixed bag and – as usual – work got in my way a little bit.  I feel like I dropped off the radar mid-week due to deadlines and so haven’t been visiting or commenting on people’s blogs the way I would normally.  Hopefully, I’ll be back to normal this week.  In the meantime, I did manage to get some posts up, mainly because they were already drafted.  Here’s what I wrote…

On Monday, I posted my review of Mercy Killing by Lisa Cutts, a thoroughly enjoyable police procedural where the team is front and centre vs. a lone detective risking life and limb.  A bit different for me but in a good way.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, Forgotten by Nicole Trope, though it’s a review copy I won’t be reviewing until July. With a case of a missing child, it won’t be everyone’s choice of book but I couldn’t resist starting it though after enjoying last years Blame so much.  Plus, it’s she’s one of the authors I challenged myself to read more of in 2017 so it’s a win here too.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Dead Calm by Inge Löhnig, a German translation which I thought would be darker than it was but was really good nonetheless.  Here a Dr. is found brutally murdered…with his family lining up to be the main suspects, leading to plenty of twists and turns.

On Friday, I reviewed Viral by Helen Fitzgerald, which puts one of the nightmares of our modern age front and centre when a young girls sexual distraction goes viral on the internet.  A ripped from the headlines story that had me turning the pages and wondering if I should cancel my Facebook and Twitter accounts.

And that’s it for me, though I was also lucky enough to get a few review copies in to replace the books I’d read. One randomly turned up in the post…

51W0o7zGjYLMy name is Irini. I was given away.

My name is Elle. I was kept.

All her life Irini thought she was given away because her family didn’t want her. What if the truth is something worse?

Two sisters. Two separate lives.

One family bound by a harrowing secret.

The second I was lucky enough to be asked to review after enjoying the authors last outing (Deliver Her)…

51DtlH7OsaLAfter a childhood as unpredictable as the flip of a coin, Faith Sterling has finally found her comfort zone in the kitchen of an upscale Manhattan restaurant. A workaholic chef, at least there she’s in control. So when her free-spirited and often-gullible mother, Connie, calls to announce that she’s won a bed-and-breakfast on the Jersey Shore, Faith’s patience boils over. Convinced the contest is a scam, she rushes to Wave’s End to stop Connie from trading her steady job for an uncertain future.

 

clicking on covers will take you to amazon.

And that’s it for me.  How about you, 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: 14th May, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday.  I hope you’ve had a good week / weekend.  My week was a bit same old same old with work (I really should by shares in Virgin I spend so much time on their trains!) but also a bit shorter than usual as I had Friday off and got to spend the night with some really good friends.  It was just what I needed to recharge my batteries and a reminder I should do those type of things more often.

I also experienced one of those it could only happen to me occasions where the sink in my hotel room started to basically gush water from the overflow pipe and flooded my hotel room.  It’s something that isn’t easy to describe and was rather bizzare to see. Thankfully it happened before I went out and they did change my room but the next morning when I was leaving (early because a fire alarm had woken me up at 6 – I know!) the whole of the corridor was also flooded.  A story to tell the grandkids.

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Weekly update: 7th May, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all and welcome to another Sunday and weekly update on my life, blogging and otherwise. I have to say this has felt like a long week, despite having a bank holiday on Monday and so only having to work for four days. I just couldn’t seem to get into a routine and everything felt like a chore, including blogging. I did manage to post this week four times but only one review, and not because I only have any to write…I had three books to write reviews for I just couldn’t get motivated. Does anyone else feel like this after a long weekend?

Here’s what I managed to post…

On Monday, I reviewed The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, which looked at the lives and painful fates of the dial painters, women who painted watch and instrument faces with paint made from radium in the 1920s. This is a well researched book which made me sad and angry in equal measure and also grateful for the women who came before me and fought for my workers rights.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, New Boy by Tracy Chevalier, a retelling of Othello set in 1970’s New York.

On Wednesday, I posted my monthly update for April, which was a mix of great, good, and a few I wish I hadn’t picked up. My book of the month – The Killer on the Wall by Emma Kavanagh, though there were a few to choose from.

On Friday, I wrote about blogging rules (a.k.a. myths) I’m not very good at following – there are probably more but these are the five that perplexed me the most when I started out.

Yesterday, I felt like I turned a corner and life got back on track with a great fun Saturday (my daughter is addicted to bowling so we did that followed by food, food, and more food it felt like) and today we’re off to Sunday lunch at a really nice pub down the road (what was I saying about food). We’re also supposed to be going to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy later if we’re not to stuffed. What are you up to today? And how has your week been?

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: 30th April, 2017

Hi all and welcome to Sunday – here’s hoping you have been having a good weekend.  Here in the UK, it’s a long one with a bank holiday Monday so today feels lovely and relaxing and stress-free given I don’t have to go to work tomorrow.  It makes up for yesterday a bit which, with parties and play-dates saw me spending the entire day as chauffeur and watching the clock.  What we’ll be doing today I have no idea but I do know we’ll be doing it slowly.

For my blogging life, I posted every day last week (bar Saturday, my current “day of blogging rest”)…

On Monday, I reviewed The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger with a young woman seeking revenge for the murder of her parents and an older woman getting caught in the crossfire.  It was really well written and so much more than I expected having read the blurb.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read, Mercy Killing by Lisa Cutts, which I couldn’t resist after seeing it on the library shelf.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Before The Fall by Noah Hawley which looks at the aftermath of a plane crash and the impact on the survivors.  A really clever book I can’t recommend enough.

On Thursday, I reviewed Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson which I was really excited about reading but was left disappointed by.  I know I’m in the minority here but I think I was expecting too much.  Can’t win them all I guess!

On Friday, I joined in with the book blogger hop again, writing about whether I re-read books (the answer is once in a while).

I also “picked up” a few books – one purchased, the rest ARCs (clicking on the covers will link to Goodreads)…

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I have to say I’m excited about every one of these books and feeling very lucky for having been approved for all these ARCs…now to read them all!

And that’s it for me, what about you – how has your week been? What are you reading?

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: 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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