Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 10/11/19

How on earth have we got 1/3 of the way through the month already? Feels almost as though you blink and you miss it.

How has your week been? Mine has been full of all things bookish – from delightful book post, to an evening of bookish celebration – and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve spent a lot of the week writing rather than reading, so don’t expect a very long list of books read from me (one – I finished one). Still, I managed to fit in a trip to London. Mandie and I did a lot of walking (12 miles) and has a lot of fun doing it.

Part of our day was spent visiting the King Tutankhamun exhibit at the Saatchi Gallery. We both love history and saw the exhibition at the O2 a few years ago. As this was the last time the items would be on tour in the UK, it seemed like an opportune moment to reacquaint ourselves and marvel at how much the ancient Egyptians were able to achieve.

The evening was spent being very bookish. It was a return visit to the Icelandic Embassy for the launch of Little Siberia by Antti Tuomainen and Cage by Lilja Sigurdardottir. This was jointly hosted by the Finnish and Icelandic embassies and is probably one of my favourite launches of the year. Only a small group of us this time as a decidedly below par train service put paid to several people’s plans, but we still had a great evening.

So happy to pick up a signed copy of Cage to add to my Orenda Collection (I picked up Little Siberia at Capital Crime in September). The lovely Karen Sullivan also gave me an advance proof of Death Deserved by Thomas Enger and Jorn Lier Horst which was very literally hot off the press (arrived 20 minutes before Karen left home!) Obviously this made me very happy.

As if that wasn’t enough, when I arrived home I found a copy of Black River, the latest Tuva Moodyson novel by Will Dean, waiting for me. And then on Friday I came home from work to find a signed copy of Impostor by LJ Ross on the doorstep. I am definitely spoiled as a blogger.

I also received an advance copy of When Stars Will Shine anthology which is raising funds on behalf of Help For Heroes. Couldn’t resist tucking into it and from the first few stories it’s going to be a cracker. One Netgalley book – Liar Liar by Mel Sherratt. Can’t wait to read it. One pre-order – Shadow Sands by Robert Bryndza, and one book book purchase, The Hummingbird by Kati Hiekkapelto and four e-book purchases – The Conviction of Cora Burns by Carolyn Kirby, The Crying Season by DK Hood, Killer Christmas and Cut Short by Leigh Russell.

Books I have read

The Home – Sarah Stovell

A gritty, dark and devastating psychological thriller centring around three troubled girls in a children’s home, by the bestselling author of Exquisite

When the body of pregnant, fifteen-year-old Hope Lacey is discovered in a churchyard on Christmas morning, the community is shocked, but unsurprised. For Hope lived in The Home, the residence of three young girls, whose violent and disturbing pasts have seen them cloistered away…

As a police investigation gets underway, the lives of Hope, Lara and Annie are examined, and the staff who work at the home are interviewed, leading to shocking and distressing revelations … and clear evidence that someone is seeking revenge.

A gritty, dark and devastating psychological thriller, The Home is also an emotive drama and a piercing look at the underbelly of society, where children learn what they live … if they are allowed to live at all.

So that was my one book. Not planned but I couldn’t resist. A full enough week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – Shut Up and Dance with Me – Monique McDonnell
#Review – Ghoster – Jason Arnopp
#Review – Death’s Door/Death House – Paul Finch
#Review – A Christmas Wish and a Cranberry Kiss at the Cosy Kettle – Liz Eeles

We’ve quite a busy week ahead starting with a blog tour review of A Deathly Silence by Jane Isaac today. We also have tours for The Bowery Slugger by Leopold Borstinski and The Quiet Girls by J.M. Hewitt.

Hope you all have a brilliant weeks. I’m off to do a bit more writing, a bit more reading (norra lot) and another launch. See you next week.

Jen

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