Weekly Wrap-Up (13th March 2016)

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I’m linking this post up to Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Sunday Blog Share.  It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.


This week has been a much better for week in terms of reading, I finally feel like my mojo is really, properly on its way back. I’ve finished five books (most were books that I’ve been part way through for a while, only one was a book I started and finished in the same week), I’ve started some new books and most importantly when I’m not reading I look forward to getting back to my books! It’s wonderful to feel like this again. Now I just need my reading speed to pick up as I’m not used to reading so slowly but I’m sure that will come back soon now I’m excited about reading again.

My real life has been up and down this week. I had an appointment on Monday that was important but it was very hard on my body and triggered off the very severe pain that I get. I had to spend the rest of the day flat on my back in bed as I could not move. It’s taken a couple of days for things to begin to ease but I’m finally back at a more normal level of pain for me now.

I’m excited for this week as I’m due to have my stairlift installed and I just can’t wait, I feel like a small child waiting for Christmas to arrive and I’m practically counting the minutes down now! I don’t want to have a stairlift but I do want the freedom to go downstairs in my own home when I want to.

This week I’ve finished reading five books:

Apart from Quicksand, which I did read within the last seven days, I’ve been reading these books for a while now and just managed to finish them this week.

Quicksand by Steve Toltz (I was on the blog tour for this book on Friday and I shared my review so please check that out here.)

Sally Ride by Lynn Sherr

A Mother’s Reckoning by Sue Klebold

The Art of Wearing Hats by Helena Sheffield

A Proper Family Christmas by Chrissie Manby

The four books that I haven’t reviewed yet are on my list to review so hopefully I’ll get those posted on my blog in the next couple of weeks or so.


I’ve managed to blog six times this week, which I’m very pleased about.

Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up post

Tuesday: Review of Sisters and Lies by Bernice Barrington

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday post

Thursday: Review of Time to Say Goodbye by SD Robertson

Friday: Blog tour and review of Quicksand by Steve Toltz

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves post


Coming soon on my blog:

I don’t plan a set schedule for my blog unless I have blog tour scheduled in but I do usually know what I’d like to post on each day, health permitting! This week I will definitely have an interview with author Andy Owen about his new book, East of Coker. I also plan to review two or three of the books I’ve finished recently. And, of course, I’ll still be joining in with my regular WWW Wednesday, Stacking the Shelves on Saturday and on Sunday will be my Weekly Wrap-Up post.


Here’s what I’m currently reading:

Truth, Lies and O-Rings by Allan J. McDonald and James R. Hansen

I’m still finding this book to be fascinating but it’s quite technical so I’m just reading a chapter here and there. It’s also over 800 pages long so I reckon this will be an ongoing read for quite a while.

When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen

This is another fab book by Tammy Cohen, I’m now 62% through it and have got my suspicions about certain characters! I want to keep reading but real life keeps interrupting.

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

This book was gifted to me on Net Galley a while ago and I’ve been really keen to read it but somehow haven’t got around to it until now. I’ve only read three chapters so far but I’m hooked and can’t wait to see what happens next to Amber Green!

The Day of Second Chances by Julie Cohen

This is another Net Galley book that I was so keen to read when I was approved for it but then real life got tough and my reading mojo upped and left. Now it’s back I couldn’t resist choosing this for my next read. It’s such a good book, I just wish I had more hours in the day to read!


What have you been reading this week? Please feel free to link to your weekly wrap-up post, or if you don’t have a blog please share in the comments below! I love to hear what you’re all reading. 🙂

23 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (13th March 2016)

  1. I loved The Stylist Hayley and I’m sure you’ll continue to enjoy it. Just finished Jenny Colgan’s latest perfect book for book lovers. Pleased you’ve got your reading mojo back. Hope you have a good week X

    • That’s good to know. I’m really enjoying it so far and can’t wait to read more of it later on. I’ve now bought the Jenny Colgan book as it sounds like a book I’ll love so I’m really pleased I saw your review of it today. 🙂 It’s so good to be reading again, I was starting to think that slump was never going to end! Hope you have a great week too. x

      • So pleased I’ve encouraged you to buy The Little Shop of Happy Ever After although we don’t need much encouragement were book buying is involved. Take care xx

  2. I’m glad you are getting your reading mojo back. Great news about your stairlift. I’m hoping I never get to that point. Have a great week.

    • Thank you, it’s such a relief to be reading again. I’m still a bit slower than normal but it’s just so good to be able to escape into a book. I can’t wait to get my stairlift in now, it’ll be amazing to be able to go downstairs on my own again. Hope you have a great week too.

  3. I hope the stairlift really helps and I can understand why you’d be looking forward to it.

    Sorry you were in some pain last week!

    And yay that you’ve got your reading mojo back. Mine’s okay but my writing mojo is AWOL!

  4. I hope you continue to feel better. Exciting news about the stairlift! You have me curious about the Julie Cohen book so I’m off to look it up on NG. Have a great week. I’m hoping for more time to read this week. I think I read 10 pages last week.

    • Thank you, I can’t wait for the freedom it’ll give me – it’s ten months since I was last able to go down or upstairs without my husband helping me. The Julie Cohen book is really good, I recommend it. I hope you get a lot more time to read this week.

    • It really can and nothing seems to control my pain at all so sometimes I end up curled in a ball just willing it to go away. I’m counting the hours until my stairlift is installed, it’ll be wonderful to be able to go up and down stairs independently again. I’ve just finished When She Was Bad today and it was good – I’ll be reviewing it in the next week or two. Hope you have a great week 🙂

  5. Excellent to hear your reading mojo is returning and that installing the stairlift will give you the freedom to go downstairs when you want to.
    This week I read The Children Act (Ian McEwan) and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves (Karen Joy Fowler). I loved both of them. I’m currently drafting my reviews to post on Amazon and Goodreads (I don’t have a blog), but as it takes me a while to write and then tinker with what I’ve written, it’ll take a week or two for me to post them.
    Looking forward to reading your posts this week. Take care.

    • Thanks so much. I’ve got The Children Act on my TBR and hope to read it soon, I’m such a fan of Ian McEwan. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is a great read, I absolutely loved it.

      • I’ll be really interested to hear what you think of The Children Act. I was a huge fan back in the 1980s and 90s, but then feared it was all going wrong with Saturday. Very relieved when On Chesil Beach was so superb. 🙂

  6. When She Was Bad looks intriguing, sounds like a good mystery. I’ll have to look for that one. Glad the reading bug is back, I always hate it when a slump happens and the books pile up. 🙂

    Have a super week.

    • I just finished When She Was Bad today and it was a really good read, I hope to get a review written in the next week or so. This reading slump lasted weeks and weeks so the books really did pile up – my mojo is back now though so I’m trying my best to catch up! Hope you have a great week too.

  7. I’m glad to hear your pain is easing and you stair lift will soon be there. Looks like you have plenty of shiny new reads now that your mojo is back:)
    My Sunday Post – Laura @ fuonlyknew

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