Weekly Wrap-Up (5 Jan 20)!

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This week has been a quiet one for me due to additional medical issues so I’ve been escaping into books.



I’ve developed something of a superstition in recent times around the first book I read in a new year – being that if it’s a fabulous read then I’m going to have a great reading year. Thankfully my first read of 2020 was Wham! George and Me by Andrew Ridgeley and I really enjoyed it. I read it all in one afternoon on New Year’s Day and it was a perfect start to the year.



I then read the final third of a book I’d been reading on and off since Christmas – It’s A Wonderful Night by Jaimie Admans and I also really enjoyed this one. It’s festive but not so much so that I couldn’t still enjoy it after Christmas. This is definitely one I’d re-read one year over the festive period.



The next book I finished was also one I’d started at the end of 2019 and I loved getting lost in the world of The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale. I’d had this on my TBR ever since it was first published and I’m so glad I finally got to it, it really is a gorgeous read.



After finishing that I picked up The Choice by Claire Wade and I pretty much read it in one sitting. It’s a really gripping, thought-provoking novel. I’ll be reviewing it this week so look out for that!




As for blogging I always love the first week of a new year when I share all my favourite books of the past year and reflect on my reading.



First I posted my Christmas Book Haul as I was very spoilt with books over the festive period.

Then I shared my Reading Bingo post. I always enjoy putting this post together every year as it’s a chance to reflect on my reading and to share some of the books I’ve read.

Up next was the start of my Favourite Novels of 2019 countdown (I had to split it into two) with the first half of my Top 40 books!

I followed that with my final Top 20 Novels of 2019.

After that I shared my Top 20 NonFiction books that I read in 2019.

On Friday I posted my 2019 Reading Stats post. I love putting this post together and getting the chance to really look at the breakdown of my reading over the year. It’s always so interesting to me to see how my bookish year went.

Yesterday I shared a book haul of the books that I’ve managed to acquire since the beginning of the year!


So health-wise it could have been a better week but I’m thrilled with the books I’ve read and the posts I’ve written and shared on my blog so all-in-all I’m happy with how 2020 is going so far! 🙂 How has your week been?



14 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (5 Jan 20)!

  1. I hope things start to go better for your health. In the meantime, it’s good to hear that you started the year off with some great reads, Hayley. It certainly gives the year a good vibe, doesn’t it, if it starts out on a good note like that. Here’s wishing you excellent reads all year long!

  2. I hope you feel better this week and forward. I like your superstition about first books…and I think that is definitely true. I always choose old favorite authors with new thrillers, lol.

    Enjoy your week!

    • Thank you 🙂 That sounds like a good plan for picking a first read in a new year. I often save a book that I got for Christmas (one that I’ve been eagerly anticipating) to read on the first day of the year. Hope you have a good week! 🙂

  3. I hope you are doing better, Hayley. I too choose carefully when selecting my first read. Unfortunately, I chose wrong and had to move on to the next choice.

  4. I hope you feel better soon Hayley. I am so far behind reading posts that I need to catch up on all your recommendations. Can’t wait to add to Mount TBR.

  5. I am sorry about your health issues 😦 It looks like the beginning of the year is terrible for us all health-wise. I hope things get better soon.
    Like you, I am a bit superstitious about my first read of the year, but I wasn’t disappointed so it’s a good sign! xxx

    • Thank you 🙂 I’m really struggling at the moment but just got to keep going.
      I’m sorry you’re going through a rough time too. I really hope life settles down soon.
      I’m glad your first read of the year was a good one, I hope the rest of the year holds lots of amazing books. 🙂 xx

  6. Sorry to hear about the pain – such a draining thing to have, which I don’t think people realise. My first book of the year was a good one (have you seen my Paul Magrs giveaway on my review of his “Aisles”? and I’ve finished two more since and am gulping down the fattest of my Christmas reads to save a bit of shelf space. Hope you start to feel better soon.

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