Weekly update: 22nd October, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and happy Sunday – I hope you are having a good weekend and for those taking part in the Dewey 24 Hour Readathon, you managed to get some sleep.  I took part for the first time this week and didn’t do too badly – two books read, one on the way (so I know I’ll have things to review next week!).Read More »

Weekly update: 15th October, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday – I hope you’ve had a good week. Mine was good, pretty relaxing.  And the sun shone, which was nice to see, even when the days were cold.  I’ve been trying to winterise the garden – taking advantage of the lack of rain – and am pretty much done.  I have maybe a day left so keep your fingers crossed for me that my luck continues!

Other than that, there hasn’t been much going on, which feels kind of nice.  I got a fair bit of reading done, stuck to my plan to not pick up any new books this week (avoiding NetGalley like the plague), and caught up a little on the reviews I was behind on.  I should be completely caught up by the end of next week if I can keep the reading rate up but we’ll see.

This meant last week I got three reviews posted…

It was nice to have three so different books as well.  Lie to Me by J. T. Ellison is a psychological thriller, so right up my usual reading street.  It was a good read, keeping me guessing right to the end as to just what was happening.  It had a bit of a sense of humour too, which you don’t normally find in this type of book, and I liked that.

The Flexible Vegetarian by Jo Pratt is a cookbook (probably obvious but I like to be clear), one that shows you how to make meatless meat with meat if needed to meet the needs of a variety of tastes.  It worked well in my house where I’m the sole veggie.  I made two recipes from it, one of which I can safely say was one of the best soups I have ever eaten – making the book a winner for me!

Queens of the Conquest by Alison Weir is the first of four books looking at the Queens of England / Britain.  This one focuses on medieval queens – a lot of whom (all?) seem to be called Matilda.  I found the fact that so many of them had the same name but other than that really enjoyed this book, which was well research, well written, and shed light on a group of women I knew very little about but whose actions helped shape my country.

And that was it post wise, other than sharing my most recent read in the Tuesday Intro: The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo.


And that’s it for me this week.  How about you – how was your week, reading and otherwise?  Let me know, I’m nosey!

Emma x

This week, I’m linking in with Kimba at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and her Sunday Post and with 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.


Weekly update: 8th October, 2017

Weekly update


Morning all and welcome to another Sunday – I hope you’ve had a good week.  Mine was a lot better than the one before, in large part because I think I caught up on the sleep that I have been missing these last two years.  I feel rested and relaxed and that is a lovely thing.

Not that it was all smooth going as I transition into my new life – I had a few panicky moments – but for the most part, I am convinced I’ve made the right decision, especially after taking a training course Friday and seeing that, whilst I may not have the formal qualifications, I definitely have the skills…now I just need to get some work!  If you do want to know more about how my new life is going, I wrote about it on my non-book blog hereRead More »

Weekly update: 1st October, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly update.  It’s been a bit of an odd week for me I have to say.  Last week, my aunt died, with the funeral this Monday just gone.  It’s been sad and also shocking as she got ill and passed very quickly and I’m not sure anyone in my family has really gotten their heads around it yet.

Add to that this was my last week of work and I spent three days in London handing over to my replacement and I have felt completely out of sync with life.  The good news on that front though is, after months and months (I worked a five month notice period!) I am finally done and able to start my new life come tomorrow – I can’t wait for this but with my aunt it feels like I haven’t been able to get as excited as I might…hopefully that will come.  Read More »

Weekly update: 24th September, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and another weekly update.  I hope you had a good one.  Mine wasn’t bad at all if I do say so myself.  I was back in the blogging swing after a week off to catch up on reading (which was much needed and gave me a bit of my oomph back as I had been feeling a bit flat about the blog if I’m honest).

I also did my final proper week of work, which felt strange but also pretty good.  I’m still employed for another week but the rest of my time will be taken up training up and handing over to the “new me”, so there won’t be much real work involved – I won’t have a laptop or phone after Wednesday for a start, which will make it kinda difficult to do anything! Read More »

Weekly update: 11th September, 2017

Weekly update

Hi all and welcome to a slightly later than normal weekly update.  We were away this weekend – camping in the rain and away from all WiFi – and I wasn’t organised enough to get my post pre-written and scheduled.  So, I hope everyone had a good weekend and Happy Monday!

Last week was a good one for me and the camping, despite the wet and the cold, was actually a lot of fun because we got to spend it with friends we don’t get to see that often since we moved.  Work wise, it’s still quiet as I plan my exit so I’m just preparing for my replacement with a big handover list.  And new life wise, I just registered as self-employed which was a gulp but in a good way. Now I just need to get some work in!

33845132On the blog, I posted four times.  First up was my review of Close to Home by Robert Dugoni, one of my favourite detective series with one of my favourite female detectives (Tracy Crosswhite).  Here she is trying to solve a seemingly simple case of hit and run but things get complicated quickly when the Navy get involved.

imageI also reviewed Follow You Home by Mark Edwards, which I’d been looking forward to reading as it was my first book by the author, who I know other bloggers out there rave about.  Unfortunately, this just didn’t hit the spot for me.  I got confused by a plot with one too many twists and I couldn’t get away with the characters, meaning I found it harder to care.

34452770Following on from my naming Tracy Crosswhite one of my favourite female detectives I decided to name my top five on Wednesday.  They weren’t in any particular order and people’s comments made me realise I should have gone for a top ten as I missed out some really good women on there!

And finally, on Friday, I joined in with Billy at The Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer with his book blogger hop, writing about how I do choose books for their covers.  This is something I have written about before so here I just shared some of my latest favourite covers.

And that was it for this week posting wise.  Book wise, I managed a trip to the library where I loaned out way to many books (clicking on the covers will take you to goodreads to find out more)

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Not sure where I’ll start but they all look good so maybe it doesn’t matter?

What about you – what have you been up to this 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 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.


Weekly update: 3rd September, 2017

Morning all and welcome to another Sunday and September, with the start of school and cooler days. I’d say I’m going to miss summer but it doesn’t feel like we’ve really had one here. Thankfully we haven’t had the rain and flooding of recent years but the sun just doesn’t seem to have shone for long enough or hot enough. Hey ho!

With the very British moan about the weather out of the way, I will now make a very British apology for not having gotten to visiting people’s blogs or replying to comments from the last few days…because I have been on holiday. I hope to catch up this week with everything.

Unlike my last holiday, this was a staycation with my in-laws visiting. We had a great time visiting some of our favourite places like York Minster and Richmond Castle. We also ate too much (mainly in the way of cake) and I am determined to be good this week and start the much planned for plan to get my weight under control. I also read too little, only finishing one book which is due for review tomorrow – Close to Home by Robert Dugoni – and posted only three times…Read More »

Weekly update: 27th August, 2017

Weekly updateMorning all – I hope you are having a good weekend.  I am writing this feeling a little worse to wear (having forgotten I needed to get ahead of myself yesterday) because I went out last night to see a band I haven’t seen for over 20 years, The Wonder Stuff. I have to say, I’m now feeling my age thanks to a smidge too much beer and a lot of jumping up and down.  Part of me wonders what it must be like for a band that is writing new music again to have a group of people there just to listen to the hits…but the other (bigger) part of me is just so happy to have heard the songs live again.  It was so much fun!  For those who haven’t heard of the band (and I’m sure that’s a lot of you), here’s a taster…Read More »

Weekly update: 20th August, 2017

Weekly updateHi all and happy Sunday.  I hope you are having a good week and a good weekend.  Today, the sun is shining so I am happy – it’s been very up and down this summer and I am starting to panic we won’t be getting the weather we need to BBQ again before winter roles around (sorry to sound so depressing!).

Saying that, I doubt we will get to cook out today as we have too much to do.  My in-laws are visiting next week and my spare bedroom looks like a bomb has hit it and I daren’t even go into my daughter’s bathroom – which they’ll be sharing – so I will be spending the day tidying  Maybe if I get all more chores done there will be a veggie burger and a beer at the end of it?Read More »

Weekly update: 13th August, 2017

Weekly update

Morning all and welcome to my first weekly update in a month.  I hope everyone is doing well and the summer is treating them kindly.  Despite being back a week, I am still in a bit of a holiday mood – which is lovely – and have now started counting down the day still I am done with work and ready to start on my new life of (hopefully) gainful self-employment.

Because this was the “back from holiday” week there isn’t a lot to report.  I spent a lot of time doing laundry and sleeping late trying to get over jet lag and I also went back to work – which wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be.  We came back to rain (which is apparently what the UK had the whole time we were gone) so there wasn’t much chance to get back outside but I am hoping this week will be different and I will be able to get out and get back to my 0 to 5K plan and efforts to get fit.

On the blogging front, it was nice to get back to visiting people and catching up with their posts, though I didn’t get to as many as I would have liked, and I managed to post every day during the week (though some were actually pre-written reviews so there was a bit of cheating in there).  Here’s what I wrote…Read More »