My Weekly Wrap-Up (14 Jan)!

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This week I am finally starting to feel human again after a horrible flu virus that floored me for a couple of weeks. Now my headache has gone I’ve been able to catch up on some blogging and to get some reading done. It’s nice to be back blogging again and I hope to have regular reviews and other posts up from now on as it’s been a while since I was in a routine with it.


This week I’ve finished reading four books:

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

I read this book in just two sittings because I didn’t want to put it down. It grabbed me from the opening chapter and kept me hooked all the way through. I’ll hopefully have my review up on my blog this week.

An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

This is such a powerful novel and one I definitely recommend. I’ve already reviewed this so if you’d like to know more of my thoughts on it please click on the title above.

South and West by Joan Didion

I read Blue Nights towards the end of last year so I was keen to read this new book by Joan Didion. It was a really interesting book and I’m glad I read it.

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker

I’ve had this on my review TBR for quite a while now but I finally picked it up in the week and I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping to get my review finished and posted this week so please look out for that.


This week I’ve blogged seven times:

My Favourite Novels Read in 2017

My Favourite Non-Fiction Read in 2017

2017 Reading Reflections, Bookish Plans for 2018 & The State of my TBR!

WWW Wednesdays

Reading Bingo Results from 2017

Review of An Act of Silence by Colette McBeth

Stacking the Shelves with my Christmas Book Haul!


This is what I’m currently reading:

Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan

This book is so good! I started reading it yesterday morning and had to force myself to put it down otherwise nothing would have got done. I then waited until I could sit down for the evening so I could just read and read.

Winter by Ali Smith

This is such a brilliant novel. I want to devour it but I’m reading slowly so that I can take in everything. I loved Autumn but I think Winter is possibly even better!

Out of Orange by Cleary Wolters

I started this listening book the other day and wasn’t initially sure that it was for me but I’ve actually been hooked listening to it over the last couple of days. It’s an interesting book and one that fans of Orange is the New Black will likely enjoy.

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

I do love a book about de-cluttering and this is my latest pick. I’m enjoying this because it re-affirms what was in Kondo’s previous book and is motivating me all over again.

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin by Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin

I haven’t read much more of this book this week but it’s definitely properly back in my currently reading pile and I will be reading more of it in the coming days.




The State of the TBR:

So as I posted in my Reading Reflections post this week I’m going to try really hard to work on reducing my TBR this year. At the start of 2018 my owned books TBR totalled 2756 books. As of writing this post it’s 2753 so it’s going in the right direction so far! It’s hard to resist buying new books but I’m trying to keep in mind that I should wait to buy a book until I’m ready to read it. We’ll see how it goes!



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. 🙂

25 thoughts on “My Weekly Wrap-Up (14 Jan)!

  1. You’ve got a nice mix of fiction and non-fiction here, Hayley. And it sounds as these were fine reads, too, which makes it that much better. I’m very glad you’re feeling better, and hope you continue to get well.

  2. I’m glad that you have finally overcome the flu! I hope you continue to enjoy your wide range of books – I do like the look of Winter… Thank you for visiting my blog:)

  3. Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

    I loved Anatomy of a Scandal. Still haven’t written my review though because I just can’t find the words.

    Have a great week! xx

    • Thank you 🙂 I’m loving Anatomy of a Scandal, I just wish I had more hours in the day to read! I think I’m going to struggle to review it too – it’s always harder to review the books you love, isn’t it? Hope you have a great week too 🙂 x

  4. I recently read Autumn and am intrigued by what Winter will bring. Glad you’re feeling better and getting back into your reading and blogging swing.
    I’ve been reading nature essays by Kathleen Jamie and just finished a nonfiction title A Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell, so now I’ve gone for something lighter in Sarah Perry’s The Essex Serpent, which is great so far/

    • I loved Autumn but I think Winter is even better so far, so I definitely recommend it.
      Thank you, I’m so glad to be feeling better than I was – that virus was horrible.
      I hope you enjoy The Essex Serpent – that’s on my TBR for this year and I’d like to read it soon. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.

  5. Glad that you’re feeling better! I can’t wait to read Friend Request. I may have to read it ASAP after your comments!

  6. Sorry to hear about the flu, but well done for working on the TBR! I usually pick all the easy books off my shelf when I’m poorly, which does get through them (I will never again equal the 22 books read post-op in May … I hope!). I am going to wait till all the Ali Smiths are out, I think, and read them in one go.

    • Thank you, it was a really nasty virus so I’m glad to be finally shaking it off. I think it’ll be lovely to read the Ali Smiths once they’re all out. I’ll definitely re-read them in the future – possible ahead of the fourth one being published. Wow, 22 books in one month is very impressive!

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