Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 20/08/17

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So I know what you’re all thinking (well the two of you reading this post). You are late. This is not the morning. You suck at this weekly update stuff. Well… yes, yes and that’s a given, but I have an excuse, albeit a pathetic one. I was too busy to post yesterday as I was in London enjoying the sun and basically not blogging. By the time I got home I only had about six hours until I had to get up for work again so I figured I’d prioritise rest.

I know, I know, I know. How can I prioritise me over books? I am ashamed and shall flog myself later but if you think this post being late is bad, wait until you see how many books I actually read this past week… In my defence, I did visit many bookshops while on my travels, so they were never far from my mind. First up was my home from home and one of the best shops in London, Goldsboro. And yes I bought a book.

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I also made a trip over to Waterstones Piccadilly where my friend bought three books and I spotted this little beauty, out in the wild for the very first time.

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The Sister isn’t due out until Thursday but it was fab to see this in bookshops and I’m sure Louise Jensen must be terribly excited too. Such a great development for her in such a short space of time.

I didn’t only do books and bookshops. We spent Saturday evening watching Kinky Boots which was superb and Sunday morning visiting The Tower of London as my friend had never been before. Rounding off Sunday afternoon we popped into the Moomin Shop in Covent Garden, where still thinking books, I tracked down Finn Family Moomintroll which was one of Abbie Rutherford (Bloomin’ Brilliant Books) Booklove choices. And then as a final treat before heading home we went to Ole & Steen on Haymarket for a delicious Danish treat. I can heartily recommend the Blueberry pie and mini chocolate mousse cake, and their cinnamon social slices are to die for. Yum-tastic.

I did partake in some booky bloggishness this week… but not a lot to be fair. Reading wise I was quite pathetic as I think my long working hours and random schedule is starting to catch up with me. I read … one and a half books. Yep. One and a half. Could only have surpassed myself by staying in bed and reading nothing at all. Still, I beat nothing at all (just) so I’ll take that. I did however over induldge in lovely pre-orders, got some delicious book post and treated myself at Goldsboro, so I’m not a completely failed blogger. Just a mostly failed one.

Book post was two fold with a lovely gift from Reader’s First for signing up to their review website. Lost for Words by Stephanie Butland was my reward for that one and I can’t wait to read it. I also received an advance copy of Maria in the Moon by Louise Beech from Orenda Books. I am so chuffed to receive that and dying to read it but have a couple of priority reads first. Not only was this some brilliant book post but I’m quoted from my review of The Mountain In My Shoe and mentioned in the acknowledgements too. Thank you so much Louise and Karen.

Pre-order wise, I may have gone a little nuts but in my defence most aren’t out until next year :D. I ordered the following:

The Last Resort by Steph Broadribb (which I forgot to mention last week); Perfect Death by Helen Fields; The Gathering Dark by James Oswald; Logan McRae book 11 by Stuart MacBride (so new there’s no cover or title); My Little Eye by Stephanie Marland; The First One To Die by Victoria Jenkins; Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell; Bloody Scotland by Various; He by John Connolly and at Goldsboro I picked up a copy of The Marsh King’s Daughter by Karen Dionne.

And to top everything off, I’m only on a banner! Yup. My review of The Big Dreams Beach Hotel, which is, by the way, fabulous, has been turned into a banner. I’m literally in the pink (well the quote is) πŸ˜€

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So. For someone who did nowt bloggish all week, I’ve not done too badly really. Sort of. If you ignore the reading bit.

Books I have read (won’t take long…)

Cover ImageThe Ashes of Berlin by Luke McCallin

1947 and Gregor Reinhardt has been hired back onto Berlin’s civilian police force. The city is divided among the victorious allied powers, tensions are growing, and the police are riven by internal rivalries as factions within it jockey for power and influence with Berlin’s new masters.

When a man is found slain in a broken-down tenement, Reinhardt embarks on a gruesome investigation. It seems a serial killer is on the loose, and matters only escalate when it’s discovered that one of the victims was the brother of a Nazi scientist.

Reinhardt’s search for the truth takes him across the divided city and soon embroils him in a plot involving the Western Allies and the Soviets. And as he comes under the scrutiny of a group of Germans who want to continue the war – and faces an unwanted reminder from his own past – Reinhardt realizes that this investigation could cost him everything as he pursues a killer who believes that all wrongs must be avenged…

This was the only book I completed last week but I like to think it’s a bloody good one. My review was out this morning and can be found here. A stunning murder mystery set in post war Berlin, this is atmospheric, brooding and beautifully written. If you like historical crime fiction then I would absolutely recommend it. You can order a copy here.

And… that was it as I’m not going to lay claim to the book I am currently half way through. I’ll save it in case I fail this week too.

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But dag nabbit, if I wasn’t super busy on the old blog anyway, in spite of my pathetic attempt at reading. Posts every day and a very bad chapter four published too. Go me.

Killer: Chapter 4 – Or why are you still reading this? Seriously. It’s pants …

Review: Burned by Thomas Enger

Press Release: Bloody Scotland – Crime In the Spotlight

#Booklove: Anne Coates

#BlogBlitz: The Good Sister by Jess Ryder

Review: The Big Dreams Beach Hotel by Lilly Bartlett

#BlogTour: Behind Her Back by Jane Lythell

#BlogTour: Dead to Me by Stephen Edger

#Booklove: Noelle Holten

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The week ahead is full too. Alongside today’s blog tour post, I’ll be spreadng the #booklove with Mike Sahno and CJ Harter and reviews for some absolutely cracking books, including Chris Whitaker’s new release, All The Wicked Girls, so do stop by.

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I’ll be working on my reading in a bid to stay ahead of the growing TBR and also on chapter five of Killer. I have no idea what will be in it but I am thinking it too will be pants. I have a few Management training courses to deliver moving forward, Bloody Scotland to look forward to in a couple of weeks, but other than that, normal service should be resumed.

Whatever that looks like.

After all this build up you were expecting something more weren’t you? I read one flipping book. Ya can’t expect miracles πŸ˜‰

Have a fab week all.

See you next Monday.

JL

6 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 20/08/17

  1. What a busy week no wonder you didn’t get time to read much, although your lack of reading does make me feel better for some reason, you can join my “one a week club” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜˜

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