It’s time for my first weekly wrap up of 2016! Firstly, I’d like to take the time to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me as I found my feet in the book blogging world, I am more grateful than I can say. Starting this blog was one of the best things I did in 2015. I never expected that people would read my reviews or follow my blog, and I never knew that I would make genuine friends as a result of becoming a book blogger. It’s really not an understatement to say that starting this blog has changed my life already.
I last did a weekly wrap up post on 19th December so I’m going to use this post to recap all that has happened since then. My reading pace has slowed down massively since I was poorly at the start of December. I’m still not 100% well and due to my physio schedule becoming more intensive I’m exhausted and in increased amounts of pain a lot of the time and reading is near impossible when I feel like that. As a result of illness I barely blogged in December and I’m not going to be back at full blogging speed for a while yet. I am planning to post regular posts from now on though, they just won’t be daily as they were before.
Anyway, my recent posts have included:
My Christmas Novel Recommendations, where I shared my favourite Christmas reads of 2015.
My Favourite Ten Books of 2015, which was so hard to compile as I’ve read so many great books this year.
I also shared the 2015 Year in Review post that WordPress emailed to me.
Yesterday, I posted about My Most Anticipated Books of 2016, where I shared some of the books I’m most excited about reading when they’re released this year.
I’ve read five books (since 19th December) and have so far managed to review three of them, I hope to review the other two soon (click on the links below the images to read my reviews).
Snowed in for her Wedding by Emma Bennet
The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson
Every Time a Bell Rings by Carmel Harrington
Asking For It by Louise O’Neill
Mrs Scrooge by Carol Ann Duffy (which was my first read of 2016!)
I’m also joining in with Stacking the Shelves (hosted by Tynga’s Reviews), which is all about sharing the books that you’ve acquired in the past week – ebooks or physical books, and books you’ve bought or borrowed or received an ARC of.
For Christmas I received four books, which was fab! Three were from my husband and the fourth was a gift from the publisher HarperImpulse.
My husband gave me:
Spectacles by Sue Perkins (which I’ve been wanting to read since it was published back in October, so I’m very happy to have a copy now)
Mrs Scrooge by Carol Ann Duffy (this is a gorgeous, illustrated poem that I adored. I now want to collect her previous Christmas poems!)
In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (I have an ebook of this but haven’t read it yet as I’ve been saving it – as I often do with books by favourite authors – I’m thrilled to not only now have a hardback copy but it’s also signed by Judy!)
HarperImpulse sent me a copy of Miracle at Macy’s by Lynn Marie Hulsman, which was a lovely surprise!
Books I’ve bought since 19 December:
Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith
Jihadi by Yusuf Toropov
The Green Road by Anne Enright
We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
A Daughter’s Secret by Eleanor Moran
A Line of Blood by Ben McPherson
Love, Love Me Do by Mark Haysom
Books I’ve received for review (since 19 December):
The Chimes by Anna Smaill (print copy)
One More Day by Kelly Simmons (ecopy)
The Girl You Lost by Kathryn Croft (ecopy)
What have you been reading this week? Did you get any books for Christmas? Have you bought any new books? Please feel free to link to your wrap-up post, or if you don’t have a blog please share in the comments below! 🙂