Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 06/10/19

And relax …

Yes. this week I have done nothing. No festivals. No book launches. Went to work every day for five whole days (!!!) and did important work type stuff and everything. Read a few books, not as many as I would have liked but enough to keep the blog running for a couple of days at least. caught up on some sleep …

It’s been quite nice really.

How has your week been? Following on from the madness of the past two weeks I have literally nothing to report. Been making progress on my 2020 planner – all coming along nicely thank you very much – but little else. Might have bought a few books in my bid to have a complete collection of all 85 published Orenda Books before the end of 2019, but other than that it’s been all coffee and contracts. and I’ve been indulging in a little of this.

Yes folks. I have done so little I don’t even have photos to share with you so will be inundating your feed with Bitmojis instead 😀

I am falling very quickly into the realm of ‘no blog tours to read for’ which is actually quite nice as it means I can sneak in some me reads rather than pressure reads. I actually have only about seven books left that I have agreed to read between now and Christmas so anything else is 100% for me and I’m loving it.

A couple of bits of book post this week. A Dark Matter by Doug Johnstone which I am very excited about, and Nine Elms by Robert Bryndza, which is a fabulous book and highly recommended.

I bought a couple of other books too because I am that way inclined. The first was a pre-order of Perfect Kill, the next DI Callanach thriller from Helen Fields. But I also ordered the following to top up my Orenda book collection: In Her Wake by Amanda Jennings; Epiphany Jones by Michael Grothaus; We Shall Inherit the Wind by Gunnar Staalesen; The Last Days of Disco by David F. Ross; The Defenceless by Kati Hiekkapelto and The Last Stage by Louise Voss.

Now, obviously, I need to get those signed before I will be very happy, but I am still quite content. I now only have three books that I don’t own in either bought copy or ARC, although I intend to convert the 9 ARCs to owned as well, with three being replaced with signed owned copies at the launches in November. I also have one 2020 ARC now – A Dark Matter – but I will deal with the purchase and signing of that next year. One step at a time.

So what do you think of my Orenda Shelfies? I am quite proud. The first is my signed only, the second is the full collection (bought/proof – signed/unsigned copies) give or take the CWA Anthology which is on another shelf. (It’s Orenda but not exclusively Orenda and I’m quite anal about my shelf organisation). As you can see, I need more shelves, and with a possible 24 books to collect next year, I’m thinking a new unit altogether.

Two Netgalley books this week – one for a tour, one less so at the moment but probably will be. I Dare You by Sam Carrington and The Blossom Twins by Carol Wyer.

Books I Have Read

The Perfect Dress – Louisa Leaman

Fran’s wedding dress shop isn’t like any other. A treasure trove of history, filled with gowns from every decade for every type of bride. But not as you’d expect.

Something bold for the shy and retiring.
Something simple for the woman who is unafraid to stand out.
And something dazzling for the bride who wouldn’t normally dare to be different.

No matter your expectations, you’d never guess your own perfect dress. But Fran knows… she feels the wisdom woven into every gown, a gift from the previous owner waiting to be handed down to the next bride.

When Fran finds a dress that seems to be perfect for her she can’t wait to know its complex history which starts with her getting to know the son of the previous owner…

Borderlands – LJ Ross

When the gods made man, they made a weapon…

After uncovering a fresh wave of corruption within the ranks of Northumbria CID, Detective Chief Inspector Ryan was looking forward to an uneventful summer. But, when a young woman is shot dead on the remote army ranges of the Northumberland National Park, Ryan is called in to investigate.

Meanwhile, violent crimes are being committed across sites of historic importance in the North East, the perpetrator leaving only a graffitied symbol as their calling card. As the body count rises, Ryan and his team must unravel the mystery behind its meaning – before it’s too late…

Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.

And that’s it. I’ve started another book, but nothing to tell you about yet as it’s not finished. A mixed week looking back – recap below:

#Review – After Jessica by Morgen Bailey
#Review – One by One by DW Gillespie
Capital Crime Round Up
#Review – Cradle to Grave by Rachel Amphlett
#Review – Bad Turn by Zoe Sharp
#Review – The Family by Louise Jensen

So that’s it from me for this week. We’ve got a few tours and such coming up this week, A House of Ghosts by WC Ryan; The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen; Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen; and Don’t Get Involved by FJ Curlew but other than that it’s all relax and read. Can’t wait.

Have a happy week of reading all. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one.


8 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 06/10/19

  1. Thanks again Jen for the lovely review of BAD TURN at the weekend for the blog tour. I really appreciate your time and effort. You’re a star.

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  2. Oh, the release from the shackles!! Isn’t it wonderful – I felt like that when I retired, and now am busier than ever. Thanks for all the effort you put in on your blog, I often buy my ‘library’ based on your recommendations, so you are appreciated.

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