Weekly Wrap-Up (22 May)


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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.


It’s been a busy week for me this week, which has really taken it out of me but it’s been worth it.

The best part about the week was that I finally managed to have my hair cut for the first time since my surgery. I had really long hair but when you can’t wash it, or even brush it yourself it starts to feel like another burden so I decided it would be better for me to have it cut off. It took me a while to persuade my hairdresser to cut it as short as I wanted it as she was worried it was too drastic but I’m really happy with how it looks now. My head feels lighter, which has got to be better for my neck, and it’s going to be so much easier to look after. It’s made me realise that I need to start looking at where else  changes can possibly be made in order to try and make life easier.

I’ve managed to get a post up every day this week, which feels like an achievement. They were all scheduled in advance where possible and otherwise were done in stages as I felt up to it.

The biggest news this week is that my blog has been nominated for a Bloggers Bash award!! I’m up for Best Book Review Blog 2016 and I’m still utterly gobsmacked. Thank you to whoever it was that nominated me, you’ve made me so happy! I’m up against some incredible blogs that are much more established than me so I know I won’t win but I feel like I’ve already won as it’s such an honour to be nominated. If you’d like to vote for me I’m listed as Hayley in the Best Book Review Blog category, you can also vote in all the other categories at this link: Bloggers Bash Awards 2016

A lot of you will know that this blog started off as a little hobby as I was recovering from major spinal surgery last year but as it became apparent that my disability would remain severe my blog has become so much more to me. I don’t know how I would have got through this without having my blog to focus on and all you lovely bloggers that have followed me and supported me.

This week I’ve managed to read two novel and two short stories:

The Treachery of Trains by Sylvia Ashby

This Secret We’re Keeping by Rebecca Done

The Boy with the Board (Meet Cute series) by Katey Lovell

The Boy at the BBQ (Meet Cute series) by Katey Lovell

 I’ve blogged ten (plus one reblog) times this week:


Weekly Wrap-Up Post


My Bookish Memories/Review of After You’d Gone by Maggie O’Farrell (linked to the 3 Quotes Challenge)


My Bookish Memories/Review of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (linked to the 3 Quotes Challenge)



My Bookish Memories/Review of The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (linked to the 3 Quotes Challenge)

WWW Wednesday Post


Review of The Treachery of Trains by Sylvia Ashby

Guest post about making something happen in your novel by Sue Fortin, author of The Girl Who Lied for the Blog Tour

ReBlog: Bloggers Bash Awards Nominations Announcement


Review of The Boy with the Board (Meet Cute series) by Katey Lovell

Book Beginnings: The Trap by Melanie Raabe


Stacking the Shelves Post

Coming up on my blog this week:

Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up Post

Monday: Interview with Sylvia Ashby, author of The Treachery of Trains

Tuesday: Review

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday Post

Thursday: Review

Friday: Book Beginnings Post

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves Post

This is what I’m currently reading:

My Favourite Manson Girl by Alison Umminger

Sockpuppet by Matthew Blakstad

Where Did I Go? by Polly Williamson



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. :)

31 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (22 May)

  1. Congratulations on the nominations, it is well-deserved! You’re doing an awesome job with your blog. And yay for cutting your hair. Now your mind and your head feel a bit lighter and it will do you good 🙂
    Another busy week for you! I should take your example and start scheduling and stop taking three hours for one single post!

    • Thank you so much, I appreciate that. 🙂 I’m really happy I got my hair cut, although it is taking some getting used to – every time I put my hand up to my neck I get a shock that my hair’s all gone! Haha!
      I’d definitely recommend scheduling posts, I usually only do a few days or a week in advance but it’s made the world of difference to me. I still take ages to write my posts but I plan in blocks of time to do them now so I’ll maybe write a review (which always takes me ages) and then part write one of my regular memes, or put together a Q&A or blog tour post, which are a bit less time consuming.

      • It happened to me too when I cut my hair before going to Japan! I woke up and put my hand to my neck and I panicked because I did not remember going to the hairdresser. It took me a few seconds to recall the cutt, haha.
        Thank you for the advice 🙂 I will try to schedule a bit, because this summer is going to be busier than planned and I won’t have time to write and post every day like I’m doing now.

        • Haha! That’s what happened to me too!
          It took me a little while to get in the routine of scheduling as before that I was writing posts and sharing them straight away, but once you get into the habit of it it makes things so much easier – especially if you like to have posts on your blog regularly. If you need any help figuring any of it out, please just give me a shout. x

  2. Congrats on the nomination!
    I wear my hair long and let it go for a year or so before getting a few inches off. This year it was down to my bellybutton so I cut it myself just so I could put it up in a ponytail again and gosh I love how light it is now. I’m thinking about finally going short. I just don’t have time to get to a salon!

    • Wow, your hair was super-long! My hair wasn’t as long as that but it was between my shoulder and elbow and now it’s almost jaw-length at the front but with lots of layers, and it’s much shorter at the back. It’s hard to describe. It’s a big change for me but I really like it, my head feels so light. My hairdresser was reluctant to cut it so short in one go in case I hated it but I’m so glad I persuaded her to go ahead.

  3. Ten blog posts is amazing and congrats on the nomination!

    I understand what you mean re your hair. Mine hasn’t been that long but longer than it had been in years and washing it was proving to be a hassle as it took ages to dry and it was falling out more than I’d like. So I’ve gone shorter.

    I hope this next week is a bit quieter for you!

    • Thank you so much. 🙂
      Are you pleased with your shorter hair? Mine was a really drastic change but I’m really happy with it… plus, it’s such a relief to know it’s not going to be a pain to have washed and dried anymore. Thanks, it should be a quieter week so hopefully I can have time to catch up on some reading. Hope you have a good week ahead too.

  4. Congratulations, well done on being nominated and very much deserved! I’d love to see your hair, you have the face for both short and long hair so I bet it looks great.

    • Thank you 🙂
      I’ve not got a photo of my new hairdo yet, if I remember to get one taken I might be brave and put it on FB. I’ve had short hair in the past but it was when I was younger and had more confidence. This time it was more out of making life easier than because I wanted short hair but I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

  5. Congrats on the nomination….and I’m glad you are finding ways to make life easier.

    Enjoy your books…I like the look of This Secret We’re Keeping. Have a great week!

    • Thank you so much 🙂
      This Secret We’re Keeping was a good read but it does leave you feeling quite conflicted over the rights and wrongs of teacher/student relationships. I like that it made me think though while also being an enjoyable read.
      Hope you have a great week too. 🙂

  6. I had long blonde hair when I was fourteen and went to the hairdressers and had it cut really short – and I’ve never had it long since. Sometimes it gets a bit shaggy and wild, then I go and have it chopped properly short, but it always surprises me how reluctant my hairdresser is to really go for it:). I hope you enjoy the freedom it brings! Again, HUGE congratulations on your nomination and I’ll keep my fingers crossed, having voted… Are you getting any benefit from the injection you had last week, yet? Hoping this week is easier painwise and that you have an enjoyable one.

    • Wow, did you? I have had short hair before – on my 18th birthday I went and had my very long hair cut short and shocked everyone at my party! I loved it but eventually I grew it long again. This time the cut was more for practical reasons but I’m really pleased with how it looks and am so glad I had it done. It does feel very freeing.
      Thank you so much, I appreciate that. I’m just so happy to be nominated, it was so unexpected but has given me a much-needed boost this week.
      No benefit as yet from the injection as yet but I’ve read that it can take having it done 2 or 3 times before there is any benefit so I’ll see what my consultant says when I see him again next month. Thanks, I have a quieter week this week, which will be good. Hope you have a good week too.

  7. Congratulations! Good for you and that’s awesome. I think The Boy with the Board and The Treachery of trains both look interesting- the Board one kinda makes me want to go to the beach lol.

  8. Congratulations on the nomination and for all of the blog posts. I like your books this week. Most I’ve not heard of before and a lot of new authors for me. I used to have hair so long you could sit on it. It gave me a lot of headaches. I had to force my hairdresser to cut it short. She cried. LOL I still have the pony tail she cut off. It’s so nice to wash and go in seconds and really is better for your neck and spine:)
    My Sunday Post

  9. Congrats on the nomination. That is great! And sometimes having a drastic change in hair (or in other parts of your life) is what we need sometimes. 🙂

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