Weekly Wrap-Up and Stacking the Shelves (19th December)

I wasn’t going to do a wrap-up post this week as I’ve not been reading much and don’t have a lot of bookish news to share but I wanted to post an update and this seemed a good chance to do it.

Yesterday I posted a book review, which was the first post I’ve published in two weeks. Up until a fortnight ago I’d managed to blog every single day for over two months but then I came down with a very severe infection and have been really unwell. I was on two kinds of antibiotics and told to stay in bed and rest. I felt so ill that I couldn’t focus my eyes and I was so sick, all I could do was sleep. I’m feeling better now but am still suffering with the after-effects of being ill so I’m still not reading anywhere near as much as usual. On top of this I had a breakthrough in my physio just before I got ill with this infection and I’m now working hard to get back on track with that, which is exhausting.

I miss blogging though, it’s become such a big part of my life so I’ve decided to get back to it but I’m just going to be posting as and when I can until I’m feeling better – I don’t want to put pressure on myself with a schedule until I know I’m up to reading at my normal pace again. I did finish a few books before I was ill and have my notes on those so I may be able to get reviews typed up and posted this week then after that my blogging schedule will depend on how much I manage to read until I’m feeling better. Please bear with me in the meantime.

So, back to the books!

I’ve read two books in the last couple of weeks and have managed to post reviews for them this week (please click the links below the images to read my reviews):


The Theseus Paradox by David Videcette

The boy Under the Mistletoe by Katey Lovell




I’m also joining in with Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga’s Reviews), which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week – ebooks or physical books, and books you’ve bought or borrowed or received an ARC of.


Over the last couple of weeks I’ve hardly been online so I’ve not bought many books or requested many for review. I did get a few books though!

Books I’ve bought over the last two weeks:


Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Death at Seaworld by David Kirby

Dickens at Christmas by Charles Dickens

Then You Were Gone by Lauren Strasnick

High Dive by Jonathan Lee


Books I’ve received for review:


My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

One of Us by Asne Seierstad

The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse

After the Last Dance by Sarra Manning


Books that I’ve won in competitions that have arrived recently:


The Double Life of Liliane by Lily Tuck

The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood



What have you been reading this week? Have you bought any new books? Please feel free to link to your wrap-up post, or if you don’t have a blog please share in the comments below! 🙂




11 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up and Stacking the Shelves (19th December)

  1. Some of these infections can be really horrific. I hope you will be better soon and can get some proper rest and maybe some book therapy. Take care of yourself and I hope this week is better for you.

    • Thank you so much. It was scary for a while but thankfully the hospital got me on antibiotics very quickly, which made the difference. I’ve barely read anything for a couple of weeks but I’m starting to feel like getting back to my books again now.

  2. Oh, I do hope you feel better soon! Even sick, though, you’ve accomplished quite a bit. I am eager to read My Name is Lucy Barton….and I’m curious about Then You Were Gone. Have a great, healthy week!

    • Thank you. I did nothing at all the first week I was sick but the second week I started to feel a bit more human again. I can’t wait to start My Name is Lucy Barton, it sounds really good.

  3. You certainly have a lot here to be getting on with, and I do hope you’re feeling back to yourself very soon.
    This week I read a review copy of a really good, LGBT-friendly young adult novel called Reasons to Love A Nerd Like Me by Becky Jerams. I also read The Taxidermist’s Daughter by Kate Mosse, which I had looked forward to such a lot but found really disappointing! Reviews will beon my blog soon…

    • Thank you so much. The YA book sounds really good, I’ll definitely look out for that one, thanks. What a shame that The Taxidermist’s Daughter was disappointing. I hope the next book you read will be much better. I’ll look out for your reviews.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s