Weekly Wrap-Up (12 Nov)

Weekly Wrap up SQUARE copyrighted

This week has been one of those weeks that has disappeared and I’m not sure where it went. My husband had a week off, which was nice. I also had a Grey’s Anatomy marathon starting last weekend as I saw an ad for season 14 and realised that I hadn’t seen Season 13 (it’s because we had a year away from Sky)! So as the episodes were only going to be available until Tuesday I had to get them seen. I’m caught up now but have series linked the new series as my brain needs a small TV break before I watch the new episodes! All the TV watching has eaten into my reading time but I have still managed to finish some books this week.


This week I’ve finished reading three books:

Good Night and Good Riddance: How Thirty-Five Years of John Peel Helped to Shape Modern Life by David Cavanagh

I’ve been dipping in and out of this book for a few weeks now but this week I got so engrossed in it that I finished the last third of the book in one sitting. I really enjoyed this book, but it was sad to get to the end and be reminded all over again that John Peel is gone.

The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddharta Mukherjee

I read the whole of this book this week and it was brilliant. It’s quite a long book, and it does have a lot of detail and yet it doesn’t feel heavy-going. I found it utterly fascinating and am now planning to read the author’s book on genes in the coming months.

It’s Not Yet Dark by Simon Fitzmaurice

I’ve had this book on my TBR for a while and hadn’t picked it up because there was a brief time when MND was considered as a possible cause of my symptoms, and just the thought of it was terrifying. This book is incredible and is one that will really stay with me. It’s both sad and uplifting, and it’s always inspiring – I recommend it.


This week I’ve blogged three times:


Sunday: Weekly Wrap-Up Post

Wednesday: WWW Wednesday Post

Thursday: Review of Aches and Gains: A Comprehensive Guide to Overcoming your Pain by Paul J. Christo


This is what I’m currently reading:

The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

I’ve had this on my TBR for ages and finally started reading it last night and I’m loving it. I’ve been reading bits out to my husband and now we both want to move to Denmark (and I’m only on chapter two!). I’m enjoying how this is a personal exploration of Jutland but includes info and stats about Denmark as a whole that really add to the reading experience.

A Single Breath by Lucy Clarke

I did say that I was only going to read non-fiction this month but Friday was a bit of a day so I needed escapism and my non-fiction picks weren’t cutting it. I’m enjoying this book, it’s been a good book to get lost in.

The Everything Store by Jeff Bezos

I have only read a couple more chapters of this book this week as I focused on the other books I was reading but I am still finding this really interesting and so will get back to it properly this coming week.



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. 🙂

16 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (12 Nov)

  1. There’s something about a good TV marathon, isn’t there, Hayley? Even if it does cut into the reading time, it can be fun. And I know what you mean about needing a bit of escapism. Sometimes non-fiction can do it; but often, fiction’s better for that.

  2. I agree with your comments about needing non-fiction to escape. I used to read almost exclusively non-fiction because I wanted to focus on learning, but I found that there was a part of my brain that was not being exercised. I have since really embraced non-fiction, though I tend to focus more on literary classics. I am currently reading Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger and am loving it so far.

    • I’ve always read a mix of fiction and non-fiction but do tend to read more fiction. I’ve been trying to read more non-fiction over the last couple of years and am really enjoying it. I think reading a mix of things really works for me. Oh, I love Franny and Zooey too – I hope you continue to enjoy it.

  3. We recently finished our marathon viewing of all the Game of Thrones programmes to date – it’s been fabulous… Once again, I’m impressed with the range and variety of your reads – this week I’ve become a bit stuck on a single book. I hope the coming week is a good one, Hayley:)

    • It can be fun once in a while to watch a whole TV series in a fairy short space of time. I remember watching the final series of Breaking Bad in one go – we just kept saying ‘one more episode’ and finally finished it and got to bed at about 3am! I hope you managed to finish the book you were stuck on. I’ve slowed down a bit in my reading this week but I’m still enjoying the (mainly) non-fiction books I’m reading this month. Hope you have a good week ahead too 🙂

      • Oh exactly – that’s how it was with us when watching GoT – we’d look at each other and say ‘Just one more…’

        I’ve been fairly flat out with organising my next blog tour and we are still filming, so chunks of my week-end are not available to work, either. So I tend to fall asleep the minute I go to bed instead of read! Thank you for swinging by and I hope you, too have a great week:)

  4. I’ve been watching The Andy Griffith Show lately. I caught sporadic episodes growing up, and of course Matlock when Andy Griffith was older. It’s funny how characters are just disappearing as the series goes on and there’s no explanation why. It’s like they never existed. I hope you have a great week!

  5. I’ve slowed down a bit this week and got a bit behind, which is annoying. I finished my first Iris Murdoch OK, then finished Angela Thirkell’s “The Headmistress” outside the reading week it was for (you had one job, etc.) and NOW I’m only just starting a book I said I’d review for Shiny New Books at the weekend. But all’s good. I’m struggling on with my Angela Carter biography but thoroughly disliking her herself, which is a shame! I’ll save your review of Danishly as it will still be a while until I get to it!

    • Hope you get caught up on your reading – I’m often a bit behind or rushing to finish a book at the last minute. It’s a shame about the Angela Carter biography, I hope you manage to finish it soon and that your next book is much more enjoyable.

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