Weekly Wrap-Up (3 April 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 good week for my blog. I was thrilled to notice in my blog stats that March was my best month ever for views and likes; it beat my previous best which was back in November. I also wrote a blog post, which I don’t often do anymore, about how I’d realised I was keeping a lot of my books for the right moment but then because I’d had them for so long the pressure was really on for that right moment to be perfect. It ended up being one of the most popular posts on my blog so that was a real boost for me. You can read that post here. I’m now trying to come up with a way of challenging myself to make sure I start reading those books as and when – if you have any ideas about this, please share in the comments below.

I’ve had an up and down week otherwise. I’ve been told at the hospital that I’m overdoing things and need to cut back on some of my activities so this is something I need to work on. It’s hard for me as reading and blogging are my main activities and I really don’t feel like I want to cut back on either of them as they give me such a sense of achievement in my day. Having said that, my pain is affecting my concentration and a couple of days this week I didn’t manage to read anything at all so I definitely need to find a better balance. If you have any ideas about managing time better then please share those in the comments below too.


This week I’ve finished reading three books:

The Good Mother by A.L. Bird

This was a really good read; it was fast-paced and very difficult to put down. I hope to have my review ready to post this week at some point.

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

I enjoyed reading The Stylist but had hoped for more from it. You can read my review here.

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish

I only finished reading this late last night so haven’t fully processed what I thought of it as yet but it’s definitely a book not to be missed! It’s a real page turner. I hope to review this book on my blog in the next week or so.



I’ve blogged eight times this week:


Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up Post


Monday: Blog Post: Keeping Books for ‘Best’!

The Missing by C. L. Taylor

Tuesday: Review: The Missing by C.L. Taylor

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Wednesday: WWW Wednesday Post

The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

Thursday: Review: The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

Monthly Wrap-Up

Thursday: March Wrap-Up Post


Friday: Q&A with Jannie Lund (author of Vintage Dreams)

Stacking the Shelves

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves Post


Coming soon on my blog:

I have a couple of reviews and interviews almost written up that I hope to share on my blog this week. I don’t have a definite schedule though as a lot is happening this week and I’m not sure how much I’ll be able to post.


Here’s what I’m currently reading:

In The Light of What We See by Sarah Painter

Dear Dad by Giselle Green

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


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. :)

29 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (3 April 2016)

    • It would be perfect to read in the garden on a warm, sunny day. I swear I could feel the heat in this book even whilst reading it shivering on a miserable, cold spring day though – it’s such good writing. It’s a great book, possibly her best so far!

  1. The only thing I can recommend for you is scheduling 🙂 I usually pick a day where I get a lot of blogging done, so I could have a post a day set up without having to worry about whether or not I can get online. It saves so much time for me, and makes me way less stressed about my blog!

    • Thank you, that’s good advice. I tend to only schedule the following day’s post but it’s a good idea to write a few posts when you have time and then to schedule them straight away for through the week. I think I’ll start and do this, thanks 🙂

  2. It seems to me that you’ve had a great blogging week. So sorry to hear that you are having health problems and hope that you soon feel a lot better, especially as the weather starts to get warmer… In the meantime, happy reading and take care.

  3. yay! very few things can beat good blog stat! congrats!
    Sorry to hear about your health issues. Take it easy 🙂
    Now off to read that famous post!

  4. Congrats on upping your most views ever, Hayley! That’s always nice 🙂 I need to check out that blog post, of course 🙂
    Have you tried listening to books for a change of pace? When I first started listening, I didn’t really like it all that much, but now I love it! I still get to enjoy a good story, but with less effort in some ways 🙂
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

    • Thank you – I’m still a newbie blogger really so it’s a really nice feeling to see my little blog growing a bit more. 🙂
      I do listen to audiobooks but not very often, I think I’ll take your advice and try and listen to more – thank you for suggesting it. 🙂
      Hope you have a great week too. 🙂

  5. I’m glad your “best” post was so popular. I enjoyed it very much! As for reading those books, I recommend setting up your own systematic TBR Jar that allows you to have a little choice. I used colored strips to represent different categories in mine, like NetGalley books, physical books, Amazon freebies, etc. You can check out my post about how I did it here: https://girlof1000wonders.wordpress.com/2016/03/03/consequences-and-chaos-my-tbr-jar/

    Like you, I get such a feeling of accomplishment from my blog. Have you tried audiobooks instead of reading? It might help cut down on the overdoing. You can listen AND work on the blog simultaneously. How’s that for cutting back? 🙂

    • I loved your post about making a TBR with coloured strips so I think I’m going to do that, thanks so much for sharing that idea.
      I used to listen to audiobooks but haven’t for a while, I hadn’t thought about listening while working on my blog though – I might try that. I have quite a few audiobooks on my audible account so I’m going to pick something to listen to soon. Thanks. 🙂

  6. Blogging takes a lot of time, no doubt about it, and with working full time yeah it can be hard. I don’t really have any good advice other than do what makes you happy- I spend time blogging when I could do other things because it’s a creative outlet for me, and I enjoy it. But I know where you’re coming from i think. 🙂

    And congrats on the March stats! Nice.

  7. Have you tried audio books? They can sometimes be less tiring than having to actually hold a book and physically read it… though they do have a terrible tendency to induce naps! And I’ve tried these software programs for dictating reviews rather than typing them. I’ve never found one that works perfectly but sometimes editing the errors is less tiring than typing the whole thing…

    • I do like audio books but have got out of the habit of listening to them – I think I’ll give them another go. I have a few still to listen to from my Audible account so I’ll start today. 🙂
      I’ve found dictation software to be a pain in the past, which has put me off but you’re right that even if I have to correct mistakes, it would still be easier on my than typing out the whole thing. You’ve convinced me to give it a go, thank you.

    • Thank you, it makes the hard work worth it when you can see your blog growing in some way, doesn’t it? It’s so hard to find balance and to manage time well, as you say you just get it right and then something changes. Hope you have a great week too.

  8. I like the look of The Good Mother, so keen to see your review on that.

    Well done on your stats! Mine don’t seem to change a lot. Ever!

  9. I tend to be a ‘one post ahead’ kind of person, but the few times when I have managed to write a few posts in one go and schedule them, it has been incredibly helpful. So certainly a strategy worth pursuing (if you can). But also, be gentle with yourself, forgiving, if you don’t get to do as much as you plan to.

    • Thank you so much, that’s definitely advice I need to remember. I’m going to try and be more organised and schedule posts in advance where I can. I do need to learn to put less pressure on myself in most aspects of my life… I’m working on it.

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