Each Sunday I will be rounding up my week and linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberley @Caffeinated Reviewer as well as The Sunday Salon meme hosted by the wonderful Deb @Readerbuzz. Do please pop by their blogs and show them a little love 💗.
Life Last Week
This week was just as hectic as the last one, but thankfully it was also fairly stress-free. A huge thank you to you all for your kind words of support last week, the blogging world is so wonderful. The weather continues to be unseasonably mild here in the UK, we still have a few summer flowers in the garden, despite it being well into autumn.
I had my booster jab, I did have some side effects but they were fairly minimal. A half day of shivering and feeling cold to my bones then a half day of feeling very hot and sweaty is much better than a hospital stay, or worse! I managed to develop an abscess on a tooth, the tooth was already dead but the abscess was still painful. Thankfully the dentist saw me the same day and a course of antibiotics seems to have brought the inflammation and swelling under control. I now have a retained root and tooth that need to be removed and that is planned for the 22nd December – liquidised turkey here I come!
On our walk last week we spotted black smoke in the distance, it turned out to be a fire at a unit storing old lorry tyres. It had just started when we first noticed the smoke, by the time we got home it was drifting across quite a stretch of sky and only got worse as the day progressed. There were 70 firefighters at the height of the blaze, with some of the crews came from neighbouring counties.
Books Read Last Week
I didn’t actually finish a book this week, that hasn’t happened since I got my kindle 6 years ago. I did start but abandon two books and am hoping to finish the third “startee” today.
Dark Desires wasn’t bad, but it just didn’t hold my attention, despite being part of a Buddy Read. It was a freebie so no harm no fowl.
The other book was an arc, the author has taken a new direction so I was hoping a familiar face would ease me into an unfamiliar genre. However I just couldn’t get into the book as I didn’t particularly like the main protagonist.
Having seen lots of positive reviews for this book, and feeling in need of some festive preparation, I requested a copy of the book from Netgalley. The first few chapters were a bit of a struggle because I found Flora to be irritatingly naïve, pathetic and dense. Perseverance looks to be paying off though as I am definitely enjoying the story more now. It’s totally schmaltzy but isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
Looking forward to…
…more beautiful autumn walks.
… a food and drink festival in our town this weekend.
… it may still be a few weeks away but I can’t wait to decorate the house for Christmas. (There I’ve said the “C” word!)
Tessa Talks Books has some wonderful discussion posts and a couple of great reviews. This book here is definitely going on my TBR. Fifty-Two discusses if, how and why they prioritise reading over other hobbies here whilst Bibliosini and Down The Rabbit Hole both discuss Blogging Breaks here and here.
On The Blog This Week
Tuesday – Author’s Behaving Badly with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – Review of Karma’s Return by Elin Peer and Pearl Beacon⭐⭐⭐.5
Thursday – ThrowBack Thursday review of Shoot The Messenger by Pippa DaCosta ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Friday – Recording your Reads with the Friday Book Blogger Hop
Saturday – A Blogging Hiatus with Let’s Talk Books
2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 133 (131)
Re-reads in 2021 – 7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 20 (20)
5 Star reads – 30 (29)
DNF’s – 19 (17)