Weekly Wrap-Up (21 May)

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This week has been a strange week. I was meant to switch my pain meds last weekend but the NHS cyber attack last week has held that up. I’m hoping to be able to get started on this in the couple of days or so though. So, as I said last week, I may be around less in the coming days, so please bear with me if I miss replying to any comments, or sharing posts etc.

I also had an appointment at home with my lovely neuro-physio and we’ve been talking about changing to a less-cumbersome leg brace now that my foot is holding a better position. I will need to wear my old one some of the time but it’s really fab to think that I might be able to change to something more comfortable.


This week I’ve finished reading six books:

The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis

This book has taken me longer to read than I thought it would and I’m not sure why because I really loved it. I think it was just a bad time for me to pick it up. It’s a brilliant read though, I recommend it.

The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

I adored this book – it’s such a beautiful novel and one that will really stay with me for a long time to come. I reviewed it on my blog yesterday so you can read that here if you’d like to.

Becky by Darren Galsworthy

I saw this on my audio book site this week and decided to listen to it. It was such a moving read. I’m sure many people remember the news when teenager Becky Watts went missing a couple of years ago and it turned out her step-brother had murdered her. Her dad is so open in this book and I really admire his strength and openness.

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

This book has been on my TBR for ages and if I’m to be honest I have no idea when or why I bought it. I’m trying to read through some of my TBR this year so decided to give this a go. It was actually a good read, but because I’m older then the target audience I don’t think I got as much out of it as others may do.

Fragile Lives by Stephen Westaby

I really enjoyed reading this memoir. Stephen Westaby is an esteemed heart-surgeon in this book he shares some of his most memorable surgeries and patients. I’ll be reviewing this book soon but I highly recommend it.

Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

This is yet another book that has been languishing on my TBR. I actually bought this the day it was released and then never got around to reading it. I’m kicking myself about that now though as very much enjoyed this book and now am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series which is out soon.


This week I’ve blogged seven times:

Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up

Monday: Review of The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

Tuesday: Review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday post

Thursday: Review of Final Girls by Riley Sager

Friday: Review of The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves post

This is what I’m currently reading:

Making Space by Sarah Tierney

I’m almost finished reading this book and have really enjoyed reading it. I’m on the blog tour for this book later this week so look out for my review on Thursday (25th May).

Eleanor by Jason Gurley

I spotted this on my TBR this week and decided to make it my next read. I have to be honest and say that sci-fi isn’t really my thing these days so I’m enjoying the parts of this book set in the present reality more than the other parts but it is a really engaging read so I’ll keep going with this.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I’m enjoying this book so much – I’m trying to savour it because I know I’ll feel bereft when I get to the end of Eleanor’s story. It’s such an excellent novel.

How to Survive a Plague by David France

I haven’t read much more of this week but I will be getting back to it as soon as I can. It’s such a powerful book.



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: 1932


Books bought/received for review/gifts: 9



TBR Books culled this week: 0


TBR now stands at: 1941

Oops! My TBR has increased this week after two weeks of keeping it fairly stable… ah well!


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. 🙂


37 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (21 May)

  1. Hayley, I fell exhausted having just read your weekly wrap up. I hope you sort out your foot soon and the meds. I’ve not seen reading stats like that before… Oh my god, that is amazing! 😀

  2. You’ve got some great reads there! And it’s good to know that so many of them worked for you. I was really glad to read, too, that you may be switching to a more comfortable brace. That’ll make everything that much easier, I think.

  3. Sorry to hear your med change got delayed but glad you have a more comfortable brace. Hopefully the meds will come soon. Looks like a good reading week, too.
    I finished two more books last night / this morning and am still behind with my reviewing. I had two bad days in my recovery in a row Fri and Sat and didn’t get a review typed up Fri. I did get quite a lot of reading done Sat once I’d got over being fatigued and having to have a nap! Anyway will review two books by one author today and the two slightly disappointing ones (I have finished Jools Holland, finally, and the book about all the bookstores in not enough detail) on Monday then I might be able to keep up with myself.
    Reading Greg Rutherford’s autobiography at the moment, pretty honest and interesting.
    And I just ordered three books with a possible fourth to come – an older friend and I needed to exchange audible and book tokens but she’s not hugely mobile and I got confused by audible so we agreed to buy ourselves £x worth of audio books / print books ourselves “from” each other instead! So watch my blog for a Book Confession soon!

    • Thank you. 🙂
      I’m sorry that you had a couple of bad days in your recovery last week, I hope you’re feeling a bit better now.
      I’m slowly catching up with reviews but it’s taking me a while. I find that once I get behind, it’s so hard to catch up as I’m reading so much at the moment. I’m behind on reading and commenting on blogs so I’ll be over to your blog later to catch up on your reviews.
      I like the sound of Greg Rutherford’s autobiography. I was tempted to buy it this week as it’s on offer on Kindle.
      Oh dear at the confusion over the exchange of audible and book tokens. I’ll look out for your confession post soon.

      • I’m all caught up now, phew! I have done a lot better recovery wise, too, thank you, and think I’m pretty much back to normal now, even contemplating a gentle (accompanied!) run tomorrow. I bought my books and they arrived and there are confessional pictures and the Greg review so you’ll pick up on some of those when you’re through your med change, no doubt.

    • Thank you. I didn’t think I’d be able to move to a more comfortable brace just yet so I’m happy to even be talking about the possibility.
      The Keeper of Lost Things is a wonderful book, I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
      I’m really behind with commenting on blogs but I’ll make sure to get to your post today.

      • Thank you Hayley! Fingers crossed with the new brace. I’m hoping to get to The Keeper of Lost Things in the next couple of weeks. I’m a bit behind with my commenting and keeping up with my Inbox, too!

  4. I hope you’re able to try the meds change soon, that cyber attack was a weird thing and targeting hospitals is beyond my comprehension. Also, I’m happy if you can be more comfortable with something new for your leg, any comfortable tool is welcome!!
    I’m happy you enjoyed Missing, Presumed and The Honeymoon as I’m planning to read them and I was waiting for your opinion 😀
    I admire the fact you manage to blog so much! xxx

    • Thank you 🙂 I’m really hoping to get an appointment for an assessment about a new leg brace soon. I’ve been wearing this one 24/7 for the last 18 months and it’s not a nice thing to wear so I’m happy that I can even begin to think about trying something more comfortable.
      The Honeymoon is great, I really enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it as much when you read it.
      Aww thank you. I’m being more organised these days and scheduling a whole week in advance and then I just tweak the posts as I need to. xxx

  5. The cyber attack was really scary. Sorry you were affected. Hope this week gets sorted for you. I’m off to check your review of The Keeper of Lost Things. I have it but can’t even remember why I bought it!

  6. I can imagine what you mean about last week, it’s kind of like suspended animation, isn’t it? You morally got ready to get knocked out last week, but it never happened. Well hey, I hope this week goes well. I’ll be knocked out along with you, getting those wisdom teeth pulled 😀
    I’ve finished a lot of books this week as well! Almost like you. That’s probably because I listened to a lot of them on my app while I was cleaning and doing stuff like that 🙂 so I’m glad! Nearly made my week’s ARC plan! That never happens 😀
    Playlist for the dead? Wow, that is one hell of a name.

    • Yes it’s just like that – I was preparing myself for a horrible week as my meds got changed and then it didn’t happen. I’m hoping it’ll now be in the next couple of days.
      Hope all went/goes ok with having your wisdom teeth pulled.
      Listening to books is definitely the way to keep on top of things, I listen to so many books now. 🙂

      • Thanks, the teeth went alright, finally enjoying the ability to brush teeth again (we honestly don’t ever think how much of a luxury that is 😀 it was terrible not to be able to brush for a day and a half… eww :D)
        Getting a blog make over, BTW! Now it just looks kind of weird (WIP), but still!!

  7. I hope you are able to make the med transition soon and wishing you the smoothest possible outcome! I am also very excited for your news regarding the brace 🙂 You manage so much that I am sure everyone can truly understand when you are away fro periods. Sending love and good vibes always!

  8. I’m so sorry to hear that the cyber attack meant you couldn’t switch your medication 😦 I don’t understand these hackers. What exactly is the point they’re trying to make? I don’t understand how people can actively seek to bring so much chaos and suffering to the NHS and its patients. As if it’s not under enough strain as it is! I hope the transition between your pain meds is quick and easy, though. Wishing you the very best of luck with it 🙂

    You’ve read some pretty awesome looking books this week 😀 ‘The Honeymoon’ might have to be added to my TBR list…it sounds interesting and that front cover is gorgeous in its contrast between the blue of the sky and the ocean and the darkness!

    Also, that’s a mahoosive TBR list 😛

    • Thank you. It’s scary how quickly the NHS systems were hacked but things seem to be back to normal now.
      The Honeymoon was really good, I recommend it. The cover is stunning, isn’t it?
      I know, my TBR is out of control! Haha!

  9. Making Space looks good! I have Missing Presumed on my TBR and now I’m adding Fragile Lives. I hope the medication issue gets sorted out soon. How frustrating to have a hold up like that that has nothing to do with you. Good luck with the more comfortable leg brace as well! Have a great week and enjoy your reading!

    • Thank you so much. 🙂 My meds are getting sorted out now, and I’m really happy to be at the point of possibly changing to a more comfortable leg brace.
      Making Space was a fab read – I’ve reviewed it today if you’d like to know more about it. Fragile Lives was brilliant.

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