Weekly Wrap-Up (19 Feb)

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This week has been much improved from last week for the most part. I finally got a replacement Kindle Voyage sorted out under warranty and that arrived early in the week, which cheered me up. I’ve been reading a lot on my kindle this week as I was so happy to have my ereader back.

I had another spinal injection mid-week as part of a regime of trying to get my pain levels under better control. Unfortunately this injection has left me in a lot of pain – more than last time so I’m having to take things easy. I’m still hoping I will get the benefits I got last time once the initial pain has worn off. Fingers crossed!

My husband is on holiday from work this week so it’s been lovely having him home with me. We haven’t done a huge amount but it’s just nice having the time together.

 


This week I’ve finished reading six books:

Final Girls by Riley Sager

This book was one of those books that I just couldn’t put down once I started it. It was very gruesome in places and genuinely freaked me out (I was glad I wasn’t home alone whilst reading but I am a wimp!). I’ll be reviewing this book at some point soon so please look out for that.

The Child Who by Simon Lelic

This book has been a lesson to me in why I need to read more from my TBR as this has been on my Kindle unread for five years but when I started reading it this week I just got completely engrossed in the story. It’s a novel about a child murderer and how the solicitor defending him deals with the case. 

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

I enjoyed this novel – it was fast-paced and kept me hooked right to the end. It wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping it would be but it was still an enjoyable read.

Watch Me by Angela Clarke

I loved Follow Me so was really looking forward to this follow up book and I wasn’t disappointed. It didn’t have me on the edge of my seat in the way Follow Me did, but it really got to me in a different way. I already can’t wait to see where this series takes the characters of Nad and Freddie next!

A Game for All the Family by Sophie Hannah

I’m going to be reviewing this novel as soon as I can so I won’t say too much here. I did find this novel completely and utterly engrossing all the way through and read it in two sittings over last weekend!

The Age of Bowie by Paul Morley

I’ve been reading this biography on and off for a few weeks now (due to me struggling to hold the book as it’s a heavy hardback) but have very much enjoyed every single page. I think this will be a book I re-read in the future, and it’s certainly one I’ll be putting on my favourites bookcase in my living room.

 


This week I’ve blogged three times:

Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up where I share all of my bookish, blogging and real life news from the last week

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday where I share what I’m currently reading, what I’ve recently read and what I plan to read next

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves where I share my book haul from the last seven days – this week I had a splurge on a favourite publisher’s books as they had a sale on so it was a big book haul!

 


This is what I’m currently reading:

The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola

I started this book yesterday and it’s so good. I’m very intrigued by Sarah and really want to know how much she was involved in the murder and what, if anything, she’s hiding. 

Everything but the Truth by Gillian McAllister

I only started this book last night but I’m already really drawn into this plot and want to know what’s going on and whether Rachel’s suspicions are justified. I can’t wait to read more of this novel!

Blue Light Yokohama by Nicolas Obregon

This novel is a little different than I was expecting but it’s still really good. It seems to be a slow-paced novel, but the beautiful writing has me engrossed.

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

I started listening to the audiobook version of this a couple of days ago and I’m loving it. I can’t believe I’ve waited so long to read it. The descriptions of grief have taken my breath away at times, the pain is palpable and I know how much it hurts. I knew this aspect of the book would grab me but I wasn’t expecting to love the story of the hawks quite as much as I do. I recommend this book to everyone.

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawikama

I had to put this book on hold for a week with being kindle-less but now I have my kindle back I’m hoping I can get back into this novel as I was enjoying it.

And the Sun Shines Now by Adrian Tempany

This book is still really interesting and I’m enjoying reading it. Again, like the above book, I’ve not had much chance to read it over the last week or so with not having a kindle but I’m definitely going to get back into this very soon.

Days Without End by Sebastian Barry

This is such a beautiful novel – I think it may well become a new favourite of mine!

The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla

The essays in this book are really eye-opening. I’m continuing to read one  essay and then put the book down so that I can mull over what I’ve just read. I definitely recommend this book though.

 


Update on my TBR…

TBR at the start of January 2017: 1885 (see my State of the TBR post)

TBR in last week’s Wrap-Up: 1900

Additions:

Books bought/received for review/gifts: 21 (See the books I added this week in my Stacking the Shelves post)

Subtractions:

Books read this week: 6

Books I’m currently reading: 8

TBR Books culled this week: 0

Total:

TBR now stands at: 1912

 


 

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.

 


How has your week been? What have you been reading? Please share in the comments below. If you write a wrap-up on your blog please feel free to share the link. 🙂

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17 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (19 Feb)

  1. I’ve got Final Girls but it’s not due out here for a while yet so it’s on the backburner for me, but I’m glad you liked it and I’ve got it to look forward to!

    I didn’t like the main character in The Woman in Cabin 10 so found it really hard to care about what happened to her (and I know that sounds horrible!).

  2. So glad to hear you were as engrossed with A Child Who as I was when I read it – I now have his upcoming book on the TBR – I do hope the pain eases to a more manageable level soon x

  3. So happy to hear the new Kindle arrived! I remember that when I bought my Paperwhite, it arrived broken and I just lost it, haha. Amazon sent one right back and it was delivered the next day but the wait felt like a punishment, especially because I did not have any physical books around.
    I’m sorry to hear the spinal injection did not have the effect it was supposed to have but it’s so sweet that you get to spend time with your husband 🙂
    Haha, I guess I won’t be reading Final Girls, I’m too much of a wuss!! The Child Who has an original take I think, it’s nice to have so change. The Woman in Cabin 10 was around so much that I decided to pass and get it if I ever found myself with nothing more to read! I’m hoping to get Follow Me soon, I’ve only heard great things about it. A Game for All the Family sounds so good, I can’t wait to read your thoughts on it!
    I’m halfway through The Silent Wife and making progress with Loving the Life Less Lived 🙂 I should finish the first today and the second tomorrow! xxx

  4. Glad you’re sorted with your Kindle and hope the desired effects of the injection kick in soon. You had a bumper book haul this week so plenty to keep you going. Happy Reading ☺

  5. I’m really glad you now have a replacement Kindle – I’d be lost without mine! Sorry to hear the injection hasn’t helped your pain level and I hope you feel better soon, though it must have been a relief to have your husband off work. Himself also had the week off, though it didn’t line up with my half term break as I initially thought it would. Have a good reading week, Hayley:). My Sunday Post – https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/02/19/sunday-post-19th-february-2017/

  6. Glad to hear your new Kindle arrived! Those things can make all the difference, can’t they? And I hope your pain level goes down, too. You do have a nice lot of books there, and I look forward to your reviews of them when you get to it.

  7. My goodness, those covers… Yes, I am shallow!

    Sorry to hear you were in pain, I hope you feel better now.

    All of them seem amazing but I am particularly drawn to the first three.

    Hooray for a brand new Kindle!

  8. Final Girls looks very tempting….and so does Watch Me. I love Sophie Hannah, and have had A Game for all the Family on my list for a while.

    Spinal injections don’t sound good…I had cortisone injections when I was having back issues, but not into the spine. Eventually they did surgery…which mostly worked. I still have back flare-ups, but nothing like I once had.

    I hope you feel better soon.

    Have a great week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  9. So glad it worked out to replace your Kindle! I would DIE if my Kindle died. I’ve had mine now since 2012. I guess I should start thinking of getting a replacement one eventually? What is the life expectancy? I hope you are able to find something better to help with your pain management. Back pain has brought me to tears before I got treatment.

  10. Glad to hear you’re enjoying the audiobook of H is for Hawk! I’ve been considering listening to it (it’s free on Audible for Amazon Prime members), and now I think I will!

  11. Glad you are feeling a bit better and hope that improves! Your kindle breaking was not good but I’m glad that is over! Phew! hehe I do love your book maths! The only maths worth doing in my opinion x

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