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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Weekly round-up: 5th February, 2017

Morning everyone, welcome to another Sunday – the first in February – and a slightly less exciting one for me than last week, when I was off for afternoon tea. This one will be spent running errands  unfortunately, not something I like to do on a Sunday but as yesterday was spent at birthday parties there is no choice if I want food in the fridge for the week. There might also be some painting and baking taking place if I can get motivated enough…it’s a big IF today though I must admit because last week felt like a long week (thank you again for that work) and really all I want to do is relax.

Despite work, I managed to post each day…my plan this year was to do that Monday to Friday as much as I could and so far I’ve managed it. Here’s what I wrote…

On Monday, I reviewed Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, the latest instalment featuring her much-loved characters Quincy and Rainie – this time they are searching for the brother of their adoptive daughter, who might also be a killer.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read The Breakdown by B. A. Paris whitch I’ll be reviewing tomorrow so I’ll say no more about for now.

On Wednesday, I reviewed A Deadly Thaw by Sarah Ward, a really clever novel  with a dead body turning up and turning out to be that of a man thought to have been dead for 12 years.

On Thursday, I posted my monthly round-up for January – bar a couple of books it was a good month if very crime heavy. I know it’s my favourite genre but I must add a bit of variety this month.

On Friday, I linked up with Feature and Follow again, sharing book worlds I could live in.

And that’s it for my blogging week. Reading wise, I didn’t do much, finishing one book  –  Captive on the Fens by Joy Ellis, though I did pick up a few to read (links to Goodreads)…

Perfect Remains (D.I. Callanach, #1) Mary Tudor: England's First Queen Where My Heart Used to Beat

Which is where I will leave this week – how did yours go? what did you do, what did you read?

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

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Weekly update: 29th January, 2017

Hi all and happy Sunday – I hope you’ve had a good week and a good weekend. I’m writing this at the end of a weekend away which was a lot of fun though I think I have eaten enough to put on about 20 stone! It started with dinner at friends on Friday night, followed by lunch with other friends yesterday and will end with afternoon tea today (before a long, and no doubt sleepy, drive home….don’t worry I won’t be the one driving!).

It’s been really nice catching up with everyone, who we don’t see or speak to enough since we moved away and a reminder that I need to be better about keeping in touch with people. I know quite a few people reading this live away from family and friends and wonder if I’m the only one who finds it hard to keep in touch? I imagine I’d be much worse without the joys of modern technology – Skype and FaceTime are saviours.

Talking of modern technology, here’s what happened on my blog this week…

On Monday I revisited and old favourite to see if it stood the test of time nearly 25 years after it was first published – A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton. Re-reading a book you loved first time round is always a risk but thankfully here it was one worth taking. I am pleased to report it’s still a good book and I still want to grow up to be Kinsey Millhone.

On Tuesday I introduced one of my latest reads, All These Perfect Strangers which I have to admit having mixed feelings about. I’ve yet to write my review but fear it will not be as positive as I thought I might be during the first third or so of the book. It needed up being a bit of a struggle to read if I’m honest.

On Wednesday I wrote about Simplifying my blog following ways and how I have developed a plan for making sure I get to visit and read all my favourite blogs, including posts I seem to be missing at the moment. Now I just need to carry it out!

On Thursday I reviewed Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt , one of my favourite authors. This was the second outing for her new detective Eden Berrisford. The subject matter isn’t my favourite, violence against women and domestic abuse, but the way it was handled and story itself were excellent and I can really recommend the book.

On Friday I took part in feature and follow and listed my tips for helping me blog – there aren’t many and I’m guilty of not following them nine times out of ten but if I could get organised enough to out them into action I think they would definitely help me.

In between the blogging, I read little (again) – I wouldn’t say I’m in a reading slump but things seem to be getting in the way of me and the pages but did pick up a couple of books (click on the covers to get to goodreads to read more)…

Captive on the Fens (DI Nikki Galena #6) Writing Home

And that’s it for me. What about you – how was your week, what did you read?

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

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Weekly update: 22nd January, 2017

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and weekly update post. This week has been a pretty good one for me if I ignore waking up on Friday with a 24 hour cold (how/why do these things happen, waking up feeling awful one day then great the next). I had to travel less which means more time for reading and life in general. Plus much less stress and much more sleep.

It also means that rather than spending the weekend trying to catch up on chores etc. we get to have fun. Yesterday we went to the movies, today we’re going swimming and then off to a local restaurant for Sunday Lunch which I’m hoping will fill me up for the day. You really can’t be a good Sunday lunch. What about you, what are you up to this weekend?

If you have time, and haven’t seen them already, you could always check out my posts from earlier this week…

On Monday I reviewed Liar Liar by M. J. Arlidge, the fourth in the DI Helen Grace series of books. Helen is a great, strong, female character with enough demons to keep her interesting. This time round, she is on the hunt for a serial arsonist who always seems to be one step ahead of her.

On Tuesday I introduced my latest read, Right Behind You by Lisa Gardner, which I have already read but not reviewed, though it won’t be a hard review to write as I really enjoyed it – another classic Gardner story.

On Wednesday I signed up belatedly for the Cloak and Dagger Challenge 2017, which seemed a perfect fit given my love of all things crime and mystery related. I have gone for the highest reading level so wish me luck!

On Thursday I reviewed The Trapped Girl by Robert Dugoni, the latest Tracy Crosswhite novel with Tracy looking to find out what happened to a missing woman who she relates to more than she maybe should.  I really, really, like these series and can’t recommend it highly enough.

On Friday I joined in with Feature and Follow again, this time talking about books I am looking forward to turning into films in 2017 – or rather books I now want to read before I see the film.

And that’s it for my blogging week.  Book wise, I picked up nothing because I have a stack of books I need to read and ones I got for Christmas I haven’t even put on the bookshelf (and I’m sure I’m not the only one).  What about you? What did you read and what did you blog about?

Have a good week!

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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Weekly update: 15th January, 2015

 

Hello All and welcome to another Sunday.  I hope everyone’s had a good week.  Mine wasn’t too bad.  I was away a couple of days with work but no overnight stays or really long days, which makes me happy.  On the home front, we finally got snow this week, which I was very excited about because I love the stuff. Unfortunately, it wasn’t the downfall promised and was gone in a day.  Still, it was nice to wake up to and I’m hoping for more this week.

There’s also an unfortunately when it comes to my reading this week – I got hardly any done thanks to the fact that all my favourite TV shows seem to be back on air.  There’s Sherlock, Silent Witness, Grimm and Nashville (my guilty pleasure is country music, I just can’t help myself) plus a new Tom Hardy show called Taboo that I am really enjoying.  Who has time to read?  Hopefully me this week!

I did, however, manage to get some reviews and other posts written…

On Monday, I reviewed Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land, one of the “it” books of the moment I think.  I really enjoyed it, though it is a hard read given the subject matter that includes child abuse and murder.  Told through the eyes of the killer’s 15 year old daughter it was an interesting take and also a chilling one.

On Tuesday, I introduced my latest read Liar Liar by M J Arlidge, the fourth in the Helen Grace series.  I did manage to finish it in between TV shows and enjoyed it with a review to follow this week.  It’s a great series with a great central character who I am slightly in love with.

On Wednesday, I reviewed Wedlock by Wendy Moore, the true story of Mary Eleanor Bowes and how she escaped an abusive marriage during a time (Georgian England) when women were considered their husband’s property.  This is a story that you would say was too far-fetched if it was presented as fiction, which makes it all the more fascinating because it all happened.

On Thursday, I reviewed The Silence of the Sea by Yrsa Sigurdardottir, which was nice and spooky and also a real page turner as a lawyer looks to discover just how the crew and passengers of a luxury yacht disappeared without a trace whilst it was at sea.

On Friday, I took part in Feature and Follow – a great way to find new bloggers to follow – and shared my Best and Worst Reads of 2016, perfect timing as I’ve been working on a new page that reviews books based on my ratings.  There were plenty of books fresh in my mind as a result – though it was hard to narrow it down to the best.

Book wise, I was really excited to get Quieter Than Killing by Sarah Hilary in the post this week…always a nice surprise when a book shaped envelope arrives.

img_0065Sometimes staying silent is the only way to survive

‘You only ever ask that. Why did I do it? You never ask what they did.’

The winter cold is biting, and a series of assaults is pulling DI Marnie Rome and DS Noah Jake out into the frosty, mean streets of London far more than they’d like. The attacks seem random, but when Marnie’s family home is ransacked, there are signs that the burglary can have only been committed by a child – and someone who knows all about her. It will take a prison visit to her foster brother, Stephen, to help Marnie see the connections – and to force both her and Noah to face the truth about the creeping, chilling reaches of a troubled upbringing. For how can a damaged child really leave their past behind them?

I also went on a bit of a 99p binge on amazon, picking up three books (links to good reads)

A Deadly Thaw (Inspector Francis Sadler #2) Look Behind You The Accidental Life of Greg Miller

They are all books or authors that have been on my TBR for a while now so I am looking forward to reading all of them.  What about you – what has your week (reading and otherwise) been like?

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

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