Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 27/01/19

So. After a promising start last weekend, the week has conspired against me and I have done no writing whatsoever this past week. Well … I’ve written up a few reviews but now sure that counts. I have had quite the week at work, but that’s no excuse. The reality is, I just haven’t been feeling it. Hopefully that will all change this coming weekend as I am away for a few days with a writing buddy to try and make a serious dent in my WIP, but as I’m mostly just messing, it probably won’t mean much anyway.

There’s something about not having any pressure, for me at least, that makes me very lazy. It’s why I enjoyed doing blog tours in the past as knowing I had to read to a schedule made me more likely to stick to it. I am disciplined that way. It’s when I freestyle or I have literally no obligation to anyone or anything that I struggle. Which is where I’m at with my writing as I am doing it only for me, with little to no expectation (for that read none whatsoever) that anyone else will ever read it. I’m just playing at it because I can. If you’ve seen the state of these weekly posts and my reviews, you’ll know why I take none of this very seriously. Shakespeare I am not, nor Bronte or Austen or Hemingway or Marsons or even MacBride. I mostly write a pile of tosh, but have fun doing it so that is all that matters.

For everything else, there is the kitty pic :D. Cute huh?

Me – well I’d like to be like this guy below, but reckon I’m more of the kitty above. Just without the ability to do cute or cuddly …


If you’d rather see my pair of Kitty Cats, here they are. Asleep as usual …

So. Indulged in very little bookishness this week. One bit of book post, the rather fabulous The Follow by Paul Grzegorszek, courtesy of Killer Reads. I found out that my review was quoted in Where No Shadows Fall by Peter Ritchie too, so that’s nice. And that’s as far as my literary prowess extends I’m afraid lol.

Only one order this week and that was for The Dare by Carol Wyer, the latest Natalie Ward thriller which is due for release in April. One Netgalley book, All The Little Lies by Chris Curran, which is for a blog tour next month.

Books I have read

All The Little Lies – Chris Curran

After a lifetime of secrets how far would you go for the truth?

An unputdownable new psychological thriller, full of twists you won’t see coming, from Chris Curran.

Your whole life has been a lie…

One email is all it takes to turn Eve’s world upside down. It contains a picture of her true birth mother, Stella, and proves that Eve’s entire life with her adoptive parents has been a lie.
 
Now she must unravel the mystery of Stella’s dark past. But what Eve finds will force her to take enormous risks, which put her – and her new-born baby – in immediate danger…

I love Chris Curran’s writing and All The Little Lies is yet another gripping psychological thriller, full of mystery, lies and tension as Eve tries hard to find out the truth about what happened to her birth mother, Stella. A really pacy read, I powered through this one in a day, which given my inability to concentrate lately, is a testament to how gripping a story this was and how much I wanted to see Eve find out the truth. The book is out next month when I’ll be sharing my review with you all but in the meantime you can order a copy here.

The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides

ALICIA
Alicia Berenson writes a diary as a release, an outlet – and to prove to her beloved husband that everything is fine. She can’t bear the thought of worrying Gabriel, or causing him pain.

Until, late one evening, Alicia shoots Gabriel five times and then never speaks another word.

THEO
Forensic psychotherapist Theo Faber is convinced he can successfully treat Alicia, where all others have failed. Obsessed with investigating her crime, his discoveries suggest Alicia’s silence goes far deeper than he first thought.

And if she speaks, would he want to hear the truth?

Billed as one of the must read books of 2019, can the story live up to the so-called hype surrounding it? Well … you’ll have to wait until 12th February for my thoughts on this particular book but I will say that this is an intriguing look at not only the patient, Alicia, but the Psychotherapist, Theo, as he tries to get Alicia to speak and tell him once and for all why she murdered her husband. If you’re as intrigued as I was, you can preorder a copy here.

And that was it reading wise. Not very impressive really but I was doing lots or really important things like … nope. I got nothing. Very slow week on the blog and the limited recap is below:

Among The Ruins – Ausma Zehanat Khan

The Reach of Shadows – Tony J Forder

The Puppet Show – MW Craven

The week ahead isn’t much busier, but I will try and bang some reading in where I can. We have blog tours for Changeling by Matt Wesolowski, where I try in vain to find anything original to say about this fabulous series of books; The Six Loves Of Billy Binns by Richard Lumsden and The Manor on the Moors by Liz Taylorson.

Well. I’m off. Hope you have a fabulously bookish week full of reading delight. Apparently I have little to no signal where I am going next weekend so, assuming I don’t get snowed in or otherwise waylaid, I’ll see you all same time next week.

Jen

4 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 27/01/19

  1. Hope you have a productive week Jen.
    You are SO right about the pressure thing… perhaps that is why my NetGalley feedback ratio is so much better than my ratio on Edelweiss. I feel more pressure to submit reviews on NetGalley. Blog tour deadlines are more pressure than this old retired girl can take. LOL
    Again, thanks for the kitty pictures. 👍💕🐈🐱

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