This week has been another quiet week but I’m slowly having a de-clutter of the kitchen, which is proving very satisfying. I’ve discovered that I’m inadvertently a collector of jars – there were jars shoved in the back of a lot of cupboards and I had no idea I’d kept so many. They’ve now gone for recycling and we now have more space to put things away! Isn’t it funny how you don’t even realise the way your hoarding tendencies are playing out until you see the evidence for yourself?! Ha!
It was also an exciting week this week as my cousin has released his debut album. He lives in America so it’s wonderful that we live in an age where I can buy his album on iTunes in the UK on the day it was released! I’m so proud of him – his late mum and me were very close and I just know she would be bursting with pride at how he’s following his dreams.
This week I’ve finished reading three books:
The Hidden Legacy by G. J. Minett
This has been on my TBR ever since it was first published so I made it one of my choices for the #20BooksofSummer challenge and I’m so glad I did. I found myself really engrossed in this novel and very much enjoyed reading it.
Guilty Innocence by Maggie James
This book caught my eye on my kindle last week and I immediately started reading. I got completely wrapped up in this novel and am still thinking about it now, a week after finishing it. I highly recommend this one.
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
This was another of my #20BooksofSummer picks and I adored this novel! I’m not the biggest fan of Pride and Prejudice but this modern take on it was brilliant. It’s a great read for the summer and I definitely recommend it if you haven’t already read it.
This week I’ve blogged four times:
Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up post
Wednesday: WWW Wednesday post
Friday: Guest post by author Emily Benet on her ideal hen party as part of The Hen Party blog tour
Saturday: Stacking the Shelves post
This is what I’m currently reading:
My Sister Milly by Gemma Dowler
I bought this book after seeing Gemma on This Morning last week and I started reading it right away. It’s a tough read because you see the pain the family were in when Milly went missing and you know it’s not going to have a good outcome. This is a very powerful book, I recommend it.
A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson
This is my current audio book – I picked it on a whim and it’s an okay listen. I’m about 20% in and it’s lacking something for me at the moment but I’m intrigued enough to keep going for now so hopefully it will pick up a bit soon.
The Child by Fiona Barton
I’ve had to leave this to one side this week as I just haven’t been able to turn the pages of a print book. I was really engrossed in the novel though so I really hope I can get back to it soon. If all else fails I’ll look at getting the ebook or the audio so I can carry on with it.
The End We Start From by Megan Hunter
This is a book that has got to me in ways I wasn’t expecting when I started reading so I’m now reading it much slower and savouring it. It’s a beautiful book though and one I’ll be recommending.
Baby Lost by Hannah Robert AND The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Both of these books have been on hold again this week. I feel like I need to add them here as they are on my currently reading shelf and I do hope to continue with them soon. Both are brilliant reads, it’s just not been the right time for me to read them recently.
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: 1973
Books bought/received for review/gifts: 9
Books read this week: 3
TBR Books culled this week: 0
TBR now stands at: 1982
How’s your week been? I hope it’s been a good week, I’d love to hear what you’ve been up to and what you’ve been reading over the last seven days. If you do a wrap-up post please feel free to share a link below.
9 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up! (2 Jul)”
I finally got a copy of The Child…now to find the time to slip it onto my reading list! I like the look of The End We Start From.
Enjoy your week!
I’m also a jar collector xD it’s more like just… shove them there and try to forget, deal with them in two years when they’re crawling out of the cupboard 😀
Here’s my June update if you’re curious 🙂
I’ve been missing your comments here and I hope you’re feeling alright 🙂
So happy for your cousin! I hope the album does very well. And you do have some good books on at the moment. Just from the title, the Sittenfeld looks intriguing.
I have The Devil in the White City as well! Went to Chicago and my co-worker recommended it to me! Very curious about the book.
The jar issue is ironic haha. I was cleaning last night and realized I had an accumulation of mason jars. The plan was to convert them to glasses, but apparently that fell through and they have been sitting in the cabinet 😛
Congrats to your cousin and best wishes on the debut album!
I desperately need a declutter – I shudder to think what I’ll find at the back of my drawers and cupboards… As ever, I fascinating selection of books – I really enjoy reading what you’re reading:). I was very heartened to read your response of Eligible – I’ve recently bought it so it has been duly bumped up the TBR pile. Have a great week, Hayley:)
I’ve got some honey jars I need to give back to my friend who gives me honey from her bees – but I never seem to be able to!
I had an OK reading week last week and got back into blogging again after a weird pause. Currently about to start book 9 of 20Books, which pleases me as I do like to not have a mad scramble at the end!
I was just talking to my mom today about some things she’s been sorting lately. A few things I need to go through, and she was telling me she was going to box up all the little egg cases that pantyhose came in in the 80s and 90s and put them in the attic. She was adamant that she would not get rid of them. Any of them. WHY? At least they’ll be boxed up for us, I guess. I am proud that she is getting rid of stuff. My grandmother was a hoarder, and the house was never fully gone through when she died in 2003. Add both my hoarder parents and my brothers and I will have a very large project on our hands one day. I’m trying to get my act together and get rid of stuff myself.
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