Weekly Wrap-Up! (11 Jun)

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This week has been a quiet-ish week but a tiring one. I’ve been feeling really unsettled after hearing about the death of my great-aunty last week, and when I feel like this it’s always so much harder to read. It’s frustrating that at the times I most need escape I struggle to read but it’s just the way it is with me.

I had a really difficult but ultimately very positive appointment this week to do with my PTSD. I’ve long considered myself better but there are still triggers that I have to be mindful of and by chance I’m having a treatment that is making a real difference. I don’t want to talk in any detail but it is an amazing experience when the wonderful memories that have been blocked by the trauma suddenly come flooding back. It made for a very emotional day but a really good step forward.

This week I’ve finished reading three books:

Fabrice Muamba: I’m Still Standing by Fabrice Muamba

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a long time so this week when I picked it out of my TBR jar I decided to read it. It was a really moving and inspiring read. Fabrice Muamba has had such an interesting life and it was really enjoyable to read about his childhood. It’s incredible to read about his more recent years and to know just how amazing it is that he survived his cardiac arrest.

The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig

This is such a brilliant novel. I honestly loved it from the first chapter all the way through and I highly recommend it. I’ve already reviewed it on my blog so you can read that here if you’d like to know more.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I finished reading this last weekend and really enjoyed it. I think I preferred The Girl on the Train but I would definitely still recommend this one.


This week I’ve blogged five times:

Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up Post

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday post

Thursday: Author Kate Vane guest posted about the title of her new novel, The Former Chief Executive

Friday: Review of The Lie of the Land by Amanda Craig

Saturday: Stacking the Shelves post


This is what I’m currently reading:

Baby Lost by Hannah Robert

This is such a sad and moving memoir but it’s a book I definitely recommend. It’s about a woman who was in a car accident when 8 months pregnant and her baby died, she then had to deal with the horrendous legal fact that her baby wasn’t considered a person because she wasn’t born at the time of the accident. I haven’t read much of this book this week as I haven’t felt up to reading an emotional book. I will be getting back to is as soon as I can though.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

I also haven’t read any more of this book this week as I just haven’t been in the mood to read it. I was very much enthralled in it so will be getting back to it once my reading mojo returns.

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

This is another book that’s been left to one side this week but again I will get back to it soon.

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

I’ve read a bit more of this book over the last few days as it’s been easier for me to concentrate on this and has been a good distraction.

Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

This book has fallen by the wayside a bit too this week but it’s entirely down to my mood and nothing to do with the book. I’ll be picking this up once I feel brighter but I want to leave it until then as I don’t want my current slump to affect my opinion of this brilliant 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: 1948


Books bought/received for review/gifts: 13


Books read this week: 3

TBR Books culled this week: 0


TBR now stands at: 1958



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. 🙂

13 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up! (11 Jun)

  1. Fingers crossed then that your PTSD counselling continues well and is really helpful. Sounds like you’ve had a good mix of books this week, and I can completely understand that you may need to leave some of them for a while, depending on your mood.

  2. I am so sorry for your great aunt, sending you love, my dear Hayley ❤ I am glad this treatment gave you access to happy memories, it must have been so good to feel those things again and see those images of the past 🙂

  3. I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. But it sounds as though your PTSD treatment is helping, and that’s wonderful. I hope you’ll continue to benefit from it. And in the meantime, you’ve got some solid reading there. I look forward to your thoughts on the Larson, especially.

  4. Sorry to hear what a rough week it’s been and I hope that the coming one is easier for you. I’m also hoping some of those books you have can take you away into a different place and help you heal… Have a better week, Hayley. Thinking of you.

  5. Sorry to hear about your great aunty, always a shock when something like that happens and not great when you can’t take refuge in books – which sometimes you can’t. I’ve had a tricky week myself, with a big job I had been booked in for getting cancelled and some Doing Too Much getting done, but also some nice times. My reading has slowed to normal but my acquisitions have got scary – more on my blog later today. Oops (not oops).

  6. So sorry you’ve had such a rough week. PTSD is a rough uphill battle, I know what you are going through. Glad you’ve found a treatment that seems to be working. Sending you lots of love and light to continue to progress.

  7. Hi Hayley, I’m very sorry to hear of your Aunty. But I am happy for you that the counselling has been positive, I hope it continues to be so, and you remember more happy memories.
    I look forward to your thoughts on the Paula Hawkins book.

  8. So sorry about losing your great-aunt. In times of loss, or when the people we love are not near by, it is hard to read.

    I loved The Nest…hope you do, too. I’m glad you enjoyed Into the Water, as I did, too…and it has definitely been one with mixed responses.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  9. I am so sorry about your loss Hayley. Glad treatment is going well and I pray that it will continue helping you.

    Glad to hear that you recommend Hawkin’s new book. It has so many negative reviews but your recommendation has given me hope.

    Have a good week.

  10. Oh man, I don’t remember if I’ve checked up on you or not this week 😀 everything is just blitzing away! Please don’t mind me if I’m double commenting and if you just haven’t approved my last comment yet 😀 Although I don’t think I did… #oldageproblems :DDD

    Sorry you’ve been having a tough time. I’ve also been struggling with a throat infection that I’m realizing I’ve probably had for years and… yeah, need to make decisions. Meh!

    But at least I got a lot of reading done!

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