Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 22/03/20

Well this will be super short as, I think like most folk around the world, my mind has been on things other than reading this week. But I’m not stopping as I think now, more than ever, we need to be pulling together, finding the positives, supporting our independent bookshops and small publishers and making sure we all make it safely through to the other side, whatever that may look like. Public sermon over, here’s what I’ve been buying, reading (norra lot) and doing this week. But first, for those of you who fluffed their way through a very subdued and strange Mother’s day yesterday … here’s a puppy in a teacup.

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So. One bit of book post this week but it was a cracker, and more than I was expecting right now to be fair. A lovely signed copy of Deep Dark Night by Steph Broadribb along with a keyring and some chocolate gambling chips. And if you want to know why, ya best gey buying a reading, hadn’t you?

Being maudlin and distracted didn’t stop me from preordering books. I went to and preordered me a few Orenda Books physical book books. The festivals and events I had planned to attend may have been cancelled, but it doesn’t stop me from buying the books. And ordering through Hive, my local bookshop can benefit too. Bonus. They were The Creak on the Stairs by Eva Björg Ægisdottir, Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen and Blood Red City by Rod Reynolds. I’ve Hinton Hollow Death Trip by Will Carver and The Waiting Rooms by Eve Smith on wishlist too.

Some new Netgalley downloads: Happily Whatever After by Stewart Lewis; Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh; The Heatwave by Katerina Diamond and The Soul Killer by Ross Greenwood.

A couple of Kindle preorders too – The Shrine, the brand new DCI Ryan thriller from LJ Ross and Bedlam, the brand new Dr Alexander Gregory thriller, also from LJ Ross. And why not 😉

I think that’s it, but trying to do my bit to keep books flowing … IN the meantime, here’s a happy cat.

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Books I have read

The Silence by Daisy Pearce

She’s broken. She’s vulnerable. She’s just what Marco was looking for.

Stella Wiseman was a child TV star, but there’s nothing glamorous about her life now. Alone in her thirties, she’s lost her parents and her friends and she’s stuck in a dead-end job. But just as she hits rock bottom she meets Marco, a charismatic older man who offers to get her back on her feet. He seems too good to be true.

Is he?

She appreciates the money he lavishes on her. And the pills. But are the pills just helping her sleep, or helping her avoid her problems?

With Stella’s life still in freefall, Marco whisks her away to a secluded cottage where she is isolated from everyone except him. But the closer he pulls her, the worse she gets. He tells her it’s all in her head, and she just needs time away from the world.

No longer sure what’s real and what’s not, Stella begins to question whether she was wrong to trust Marco. Was she wrong to trust herself? Is the one person she thought was fighting for her survival actually her biggest threat?

That’s it. Hopeless, I know but hey. Them’s the breaks. Busy week on the blog though and the recap is below:

#Review – Block 46 – Johana Gustawsson
#Review – The Unbroken – Alex Caan
#Review – Deep Dark Night – Steph Broadribb
#Review – Black River – Will Dean
#Review – Clover Cottage – Christie Barlow

We’ve a full enough week ahead too with a mixture of reviews from me and Mandie. We’re also up on the blog tours for Mexico Street by Simone Buchholz and East Side Hustler by Leopold Borstinski.

Stay happy, stay reading, stay inside, stay safe peeps. Enjoy the quiet time, the madness will be upon us all soon enough. I have the joys of working from home 3-4 days a week to look forward to. My home office is set up but I’m not relishing the prospect as finding my routine will be hard. As will keeping the cats arses off my desk … But enough shop talk, here’s a cute baby penguin …

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It’s not all bad. I can look out of my front window for a reminder that Spring has finally sprung. But now I’m off to join Luna. We’re both hoping that if we just cover our eyes, then none of this crap is really happening (if only, huh?)

Jen xx