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Sunday Wrap-Up ~~ 2022 Week #3

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

We started the week with the sad news that my husband’s aunt had passed away. It wasn’t unexpected but she was much loved and will be missed.
The rest of the week seemed to be going well until Wednesday when our washing machine developed a fault. It’s almost 6 years old and is used at least twice a day, so rather than spend good money seeing if it could be repaired we ordered a new one straight away. It won’t arrive until Tuesday but thankfully we have a washing machine at work, so I’ve been able to at least keep us supplied with clean underwear.


Last Weeks Books

Taken was a Netgalley arc and deals with how a couple survive and process the trauma of being kidnapped by sex traffickers. It was a gripping read though it missed some opportunities that would have made it an outstanding story.

A Shot of Sin was a Buddy Read, I had read the book before, many years back. This time around I was not so impressed – the story lacked depth, with too much telling rather than showing. Mastering Her Senses was a quick read that I picked because I just wanted something fairly mindless and easy to get through.


Currently Reading

I’m almost finished with this one and already looking forward to reading book #3 (sadly it’s not out yet but is due to be written this year)

Demons.
Can’t live without them.
Can’t unsummon them.


I tried living without him. I lost my powers. I slogged through days of dust. I couldn’t do it.
I called him back and he rose through the Gate on wings of flame. Wings no fire demon has ever had before.
I don’t know who I am anymore. I don’t know who he is. But I know some very powerful entities do not want us to be together.
As above, so below. War is coming, to both our planes.


Publisher’s Note: Blood Yellow is not a standalone. Neon Blue should be read first for most enjoyment. Blood Yellow contains themes and situations that are for mature readers only.


Looking forward to…

… lighter mornings – we had 8 hours of daylight this week, roll on those lighter nights.

… only 20 more get-ups until my next week off.

… my new washing machine being delivered (fingers crossed!).


Blog Posts Worth Reading

Read a great book review from Tessa Talks Books here, Suzy’s Cosy World shares some of her favourite 2021 books here, Dani talks about Book Buying Bans here and Jen has a review of an audio book here.


On the Blog Last Week

Monday – Book Review On A Night Like This by Lindsey Kelk ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tuesday – 2022 New Year Resolutions with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – 2021 Favourites
Thursday – Throwback Thursday Review Isak & Red by Cari Silverwood ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Friday – Bookish Artwork with Book Blogger Hop
Saturday – Book Buying Embargoes with Let’s Talk Bookish


2022 Reading Stats
Books read – 5 (2)

Re-reads –  1 (0)
Owned books from TBR list read – 0 (0)
5 Star reads – 0 (0)
DNF’s –
1 (1)


Meme

Sunday Wrap-Up ~~ 2022 Week #2

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

Well, the reading year started with a DNF, thankfully it was a library book so it was no great loss. It was also back to work after a very relaxing and pleasant Christmas break. However beautiful sunsets and rainbows were welcome treats from nature.

It was back to work on Tuesday and despite having only a few students in things were as busy as ever. I did stick to my goal of leaving work at work and even if it means staying late I can still totally switch off my brain when I get home. We’ve had a mixed bag of weather, going from having doors and windows open a week ago to ice and snow on Friday. Today has dawned with clear blue skies so hopefully, we will get some time outside.


Last Weeks Books

I was really looking forward to a Cornwall based romance but sadly the pace was lacking and the author definitely had a habit of telling rather than showing, so I ended up DNF’ing An Endless Cornish Summer.

I enjoyed the other two books, Neon Blue in particular is one I would recommend for those who love PNR/Urban Fantasy.


Currently Reading

Demons.
Can’t live without them.
Can’t unsummon them.


I tried living without him. I lost my powers. I slogged through days of dust. I couldn’t do it.
I called him back and he rose through the Gate on wings of flame. Wings no fire demon has ever had before.
I don’t know who I am anymore. I don’t know who he is. But I know some very powerful entities do not want us to be together.
As above, so below. War is coming, to both our planes.


Publisher’s Note: Blood Yellow is not a standalone. Neon Blue should be read first for most enjoyment. Blood Yellow contains themes and situations that are for mature readers only.


Looking forward to…

… choosing where to go for our first short break in 2022.

… all the wonderful adventures that 2022 has in store.

… celebrating my MIL’s birthday.


Blog Posts Worth Reading

Tessa’s review of Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves. Lori at Fifty-Two looks back at her blogging (half) year. A seasonal read from Budget Tales Blog, and some more great reviews by Down The Rabbit Hole, One Thousand and One Books, Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Hannah’s Book Blog 101.


On the Blog Last Week

Monday – Book Review The Final Masquerade by Ariana Nash ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Tuesday – 2022 Blogging Goals with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – Book Review Anomaly by Nicolina Martin ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Thursday – Throwback Thursday Review Sin & Lightning by K.F. Breene ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Friday – New Genres with Book Blogger Hop
Saturday – Reading Goals with Let’s Talk Bookish


2022 Reading Stats
Books read – 2

Re-reads –  0
Owned books from TBR list read – 0
5 Star reads – 0
DNF’s – 1


Meme

Sunday Wrap-Up ~~ 2022 Week #1

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

Happy New Year and may 2022 bring you peace and happiness. Do you make resolutions? I don’t as it feels as though I am setting myself up for disappointment and failure. Instead, I think in terms of goals I would like to achieve. One of my bookish aims is to have at least 12 fewer books on my TBR list by the end of the year, the other is to only buy books I have the time (and intention) to read straight away.

My target on Goodreads this year was to read 150 books. I completed 148 but also beta read somewhere around 10 books, plus half-read another dozen or so more before DNF’ing them. So even though I didn’t officially reach my target, I’m more than happy with the total I achieved.


Books Read Last Week

I’d seen On A Night Like This mentioned on a few blogs. It was available as an e-book at my library – which was definitely a bonus! I adored this book and it was a lovely feel-good read, perfect for when you need a pick-me-up.

The Rising Wave series is proving very successful with me. I’ve read better fantasy in terms of complex, layered plots, but the author has a beautiful writing voice that just captures your attention and immerses you into the story.

Technically I finished Find Me about an hour into the New Year, but I’m counting it as a 2021 read since most of it was completed pre the chimes of Big Ben.


Currently Reading

A library book chosen simply because it is set in the UK.
Rose Vernon is headed to a quiet Cornish village – to find the man who saved her life.
For Rose, every day is a gift. She narrowly survived a life-threatening illness and owes everything to her anonymous donor. Determined to thank him, Rose follows a trail of clues that lead her to the little Cornish fishing village of Falford.
But things become complicated when Rose is drawn into local life, becoming involved in the legendary Falford Regatta and meeting the handsome Morvah brothers – one of whom might just be the man she’s looking for. But which one?
Can Rose find the answer she’s searching for, or will she lose her heart before the summer is over?


Looking forward to…

…all the good things 2022 has in store.

…the days getting longer.

…new book releases.


On the Blog Last Week

Monday – Book Review His Keepsake by Cari Silverwood ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tuesday – Favourite Reads of 2021 with Tell Me Something Tuesday
Wednesday – 2022 TBR Book Challenge
Thursday – Throwback Thursday Review Deadly Dreams by KJ Sutton ⭐⭐⭐.5
Friday – Bookish Gifts with Book Blogger Hop
Saturday – 2021 Review with Let’s Talk Bookish


2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 148 (144) 
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 20 (20)
5 Star reads – 35 (34)
DNF’s – 23 (23)


Meme

Sunday Wrap-Up ~~ 26th December

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

Happy Boxing Day, if you celebrate Christmas, happy Sunday otherwise! It’s been a week of reading, relaxing and then rushing out for last-minute Christmas purchases. Having spent far too many years last-minute wrapping I now use (and re-use) gift bags, making the whole process a lot easier and quicker.

Yesterday was spent with all our offspring, one of their partners, my parents and my husband’s mother. It’s been a few years since we were last all together so it felt pretty special!


Books Read Last Week

What a dismal reading week it was – whilst I read two great stories I also had three DNF’s!

Song of Dragons and the prequel novella The Rising Wave were both hugely entertaining fantasy romances.

The first two books were NetGalley arcs that just failed to hold my attention, the rom-com was a library book that had so much potential but just lacked, well, a plot if I’m being honest!


Currently Reading

Within days of wishing she could change her life, Fran Cooper is acting assistant to a celebrity, on a yacht in the Mediterranean, and en route to a tiny Italian island and the glittering Crystal Ball, along with the world’s rich and famous.
When she – quite literally – bumps into a handsome American called Evan, a man able to keep his cool in the face of chaos, the magic really begins.
Evan makes her a promise: no last names, no life stories, just one unforgettable night. Yet Evan belongs at the Crystal Ball and Fran is a gatecrasher. They may be soulmates, but their homes are an ocean apart, and their lives a world apart. They’ll never meet again – unless, on a night like this, everything can change forever…


Looking forward to…

…reading the next two books in The Rising Wave series.

…visiting with family and friends.

…getting blog posts scheduled for next year!


Blog Posts to Share

I really must update this section of the post as I actually visit blogs as trying to remember which great posts I’ve read over the course of a week is somewhat beyond me😂.

I loved this meme idea by Budget Tales Book Blog and if you love romantic suspense then check out this review by Reading Tonic. Check out some great Christmas book-to-movie adaptations with Tessa Talks Books, Lori @ Fifty-Two shared how many books she has read this year and finally I loved reading Hayley’s thoughts on why some people don’t read on her blog here.


2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 144 (142) 
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 20 (20)
5 Star reads – 34 (33)
DNF’s – 23 (20)


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Sunday Wrap-Up ~~ 19th December

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


It’s been a week of daily Lateral Flow testing, cancelled social events, a pared-down dance show and a wisdom tooth extraction, which seems to have developed something called dry socket because life loves to throw curveballs at me!

We have two decorated trees and a wreath on the door, but most of the Christmas decorations are still in boxes waiting to be put up/out. This shouldn’t take me too long to complete since term ended for me on Friday.

My youngest child, and only daughter, celebrated her 19th birthday yesterday. Last year we were in a local lockdown, this year it just felt safer to celebrate with a meal from her favourite Chinese takeaway rather than a meal out. Her favourite aunt joined us for the celebrations.


Books Read Last Week

The Final Masquerade is an absolutely stunning read. If you don’t mind your fantasy very much R-rated.


Currently Reading

Some curses can’t be outrun.
The secret to Redd’s past is locked away in a 400-year-old box that mysteriously appears every year on her birthday. For her entire life, her mother has kept them running from whatever lurks inside it. But Redd’s had enough of not knowing who she is. So when the box shows up where only she can find it, she opens it…and awakens a link to the evil her mother fought to keep dormant.
John lives in an old-fashioned village, a place of exquisite beauty and abundance. But such splendor demands that the villagers commit dark and unspeakable acts. When the link with Redd is unlocked, the village council believes they have an alternative. John is sent to find the one girl who could possibly save them…by making the ultimate sacrifice.
Eleanor sets off from England to America in 1587, pregnant and desperate to leave her ties with the devil behind. But when the captain of the ship refuses to take her and the other settlers further than Roanoke Island, what should be the beginning of a better life turns into a horrendous struggle to survive. Eleanor’s desire to see her daughter live at any cost will curse her and everyone around her for centuries to come…
Follow as Redd, John, and Eleanor’s stories twine together in a mash-up of dark contemporary and historical fantasy. The Curse That Binds Us delves into the nuances of good and evil, the price of loyalty, and the extremes we will go to for those we love.


Looking forward to…

…relaxing.

…festive food and treats.

…family time.


2021 Reading Stats –
Books read in 2021 – 142 (139) 
Re-reads in 2021 –  7 (7)
Owned books from TBR list read – 20 (20)
5 Star reads – 33 (32)
DNF’s – 20 (20)