This week I’ve been trying to keep my mind occupied so have been reading lots of books and have blogged every day. It’s the anniversary of my mum’s death this weekend and I always find January a month that drags me down as a result. I always make a conscious effort to keep myself busy as much as I can. It’s not easy because I still miss her so much but dwelling on pain and sadness doesn’t help.
Yesterday I managed to get out for the first time this year, in fact the first time in a month so that was nice. We spent an hour (unsuccessfully) shopping for a shed and then got a Subway on the way home. These days I value any time I manage to spend out of the house so I really enjoyed it. It was a lovely sunny day, which is always nice.
This week I’ve finished reading six books:
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest
This is a fairly short poetry collection. I’ve not read much poetry at all over the last couple of years and reading this collection reminded me how much I used to love it. I’m definitely going to try and read some more poetry this year.
Howards End is on the Landing: A Year of Reading from Home by Susan Hill
I’ve been dipping in and out of this book for the last week or two and have very much enjoyed it. It’s inspired me to try and keep focused on the books I already own rather than constantly looking to acquire more. It’s also made me consider the books I do own and whether I still want to read them as much as I did when I bought them or whether the moment has passed.
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr (review ebook)
I really enjoyed this YA book and plan to review it soon, hopefully this week sometime.
Loving the Life Less Lived by Gail Marie Mitchell (review book)
This is a non-fiction book that I was sent for review. I’m on the blog tour for this book tomorrow so please look out for my review then if you’d like to know more.
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
I can’t believe this book languished on my TBR in various formats since it was first published almost twenty years ago. It’s been a lesson in not leaving books for so long as from the very first few pages of this book I was hooked and I loved reading it.
Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson (review ebook)
This is a review book that I finished reading on Monday and I’ve already reviewed it. You can read my review here if you’d like to. I very much enjoyed this novel though, it really unnerved me and I loved that about it.
This week I’ve blogged seven times:
Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up (15 Jan)
Monday: Review of Lies by TM Logan
Wednesday: WWW Wednesday (18 Jan)
Saturday: Stacking the Shelves (21 Jan)
This is what I’m currently reading:
Rattle by Fiona Cummins (review ebook)
I deliberately kept this book to read over this weekend whilst my husband would be home as from what I’ve heard about it I knew it was likely to really scare me. So far it’s just quite creepy but the tension is beginning to ramp up. I hope to finish this today but it depends how scary it gets and whether I need a break at any point !
The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (review book)
This review book was sent to me as a total surprise and I was very happy to receive it. I’ve only read the first three chapters so far but I’m enjoying it. It’s not always easy for me to read print books (due to my disability) so that sometimes slows down my reading of print books.
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
This book is wonderful. It’s one of those books that I want to read slowly so I can savour it but at the same time I can’t stop thinking about it and want to just sit and read it all in one go.
The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (review ebook)
This is another review book and one that I’m completely and utterly adoring. It’s just everything I love in a story.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
This book is such a fun read and I’m loving all of the 80s references throughout.
Update on my TBR
TBR at the start of January 2017 (as of my State of the TBR post): 1885
TBR in last week’s Weekly Wrap-Up: 1887
Books added this week: 8 (find out which books I bought in my Stacking the Shelves post)
Books got rid of this week: 10
TBR now stands at: 1880
I realise that I’m not going to be able to resist buying books on occasion so I’m trying to balance any new books coming in with culling a few from my shelves that I know I’m not going 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.
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