Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 29/03/20

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Well – a lot can happen in a week. Or a few hours as it happens, as less than a day after I posted my last weekly update, the UK entered it’s inevitable lockdown and the countdown began.

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It’s a strange feeling being in an enforced isolation and working from home. I mean, I have no symptoms so can still go out for my ‘permitted walk a day’ should I choose to, and as an introvert of the most anti-social nature, not seeing people and just communicating by text with a very small number of folk is something that comes very, very naturally. It’s not as hard for me, yet, as it has been for some to adjust, but I am sure that feeling of complete isolation and loneliness is to come, and it is still weird, even for me, knowing that my daily commute now involves merely walking to the next room. For now, I have binge watched far too many junk series on Netflix, and read far too few books, something I am working to remedy.

So, enough about me. How are you all coping? It’s a strange old world we live in and if I’d known that 2020 was going to work out quite this badly, I’d have made very different plans. I’m still finding it hard to fully focus on books, like many people I am sure, but I think as things settle and we get used to the ‘new normal’ that will change. I hope you all have your support networks and coping mechanisms to get you through as I fear we are here for the long haul. I did manage to double my efforts this week, and I’ve written up some reviews so I’d say that was progress, right?

I’ve not had any book post this – not really a surprise and not really expecting any given the circumstances. That said I have picked up some stuff from Netgalley and treated myself to a book from Hive, just because. Netgalley it was While You Slept by R.J. Parker and The House Share by Kate Helm. My book from Hive was Holy Island by LJ Ross, the fifth anniversary edition.

No other orders this week – trying to be good as I have loads of books to read already.

Books I have read

Pierced – Thomas Enger

A Convicted Killer: Despite always maintaining his innocence, Tori Pulli, once a powerful player on Oslo’s underground crime scene, has been found guilty of murder.

A Loose End: Scarred reporter, Henning Juul, is contacted by Pulli, who claims that if Henning can help clear his name he can give him details of who was responsible for the fire which killed his six-year-old son, Jonas.

A Double Threat: Desperate to continue his own search for justice, Henning realises that the information Pulli promises is life threatening, to both of them and to others. As events take a deadly turn, Henning finds himself on the trail of two killers for whom the stakes have never been higher…

The Murder Game – Rachel Abbott

A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’s wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea.

But no one was married that day.

Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin?

He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin.

What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

So that was it. Two books, but. that’s one more than last week and with all that has been happening, I’ll take that. The roundup of our bloggish week can be found below:

#Review – The Devil Wore Black by Mark L. Fowler
#Review – Keeper by Johana Gustawsson
#Review – Marked for Death by Tony Kent
#Review – The Second Hostage by Jeffery Deaver
#Review – Mexico Street b
y Simone Buchholz
#Review – East Side Hustler by Leopold Borstinski
#Review – Little Disasters by Sarah Vaughan

We’ve a full week ahead with a mixture of reviews and tour posts. I start today with a Q&A with Amy Engel and a review of her latest novel, The Familiar Dark. Then I’ve tour reviews for Chris Whitaker’s We Begin At The End, Carol Wyer’s The Secret Admirer and C.L. Taylor’s Strangers.

So that was my week and my week ahead. I’ll be spending a lot of time in my home office this week so I’ve designated myself a ‘colleague of the day’. The first batch did a good job keeping me company, although they didn’t add a lot to the team meetings …

I hope you all have a good week, are able to get into some good books and, above all else, stay safe.

See you next week.


6 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 29/03/20

  1. It’s not a lot different here to be honest Jen. Except that we should be in India on holiday so I count my blessings we’re home. The only thing we are not doing is going for a walk which we normally do every day, but are using our gym more and only Steve goes to Tesco! I haven’t been out of the house except to take Mum her shopping, keeping 2m away from her at all times!

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    1. Crazy days, huh? I’m planning on breaking out the old wii fit tonight to see if it still works. If so I will get my steps in that way lol. Exercise bike will be getting a hammering for the next few weeks too. I know we ‘can’ (for now) go for a walk but I don’t see the point in risking it. Too many people out there not doing the right thing still.

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      1. Absolutely. Took some groceries to Mum yesterday and saw 47 people on the way with 36 on the way back and she only lives a mile away! More people out than I’ve ever seen before, including a group of lads playing football…

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  2. It is weirdly comforting to know that we are all going through the same experience – at the same time. Bizarre and unsettling as it is. Knowing that we’ll have at least two more months of this may scar my psyche. My son (who works for Air Canada) has had to take a massive pay cut. With a young family and a mortgage it will be difficult. My daughter, who had cancer surgery in January, is moving to a new apartment tomorrow. The worst possible time, but it has been planned for months.
    And did I mention that I haven’t seen my grandson in over 5 weeks. 😢
    We all have to face our own personal challenges while also dealing with the larger problem with everyone else.
    It is nice though that we can still communicate via email and social media.
    Pat those lovely kitties of yours from their auntie in Nova Scotia.
    Stay well Jen. ❤

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    1. Troubling times, hey Lynne? It’s going to be so hard for so many, not just because of the isolation and separation but the financial impacts too. I keep hoping that people will start to understand what is happening, and a good majority do, but so many here in the UK seem to lack the basic discipline to ask themselves ‘is what I am doing/seeking/pursuing essential?’

      Sorry you are separated from you family for so long. But you’re right that we are very fortunate to have to experience this in the high tech era so at least we can still be together, even if only virtually.

      Kitties wave a paw and say meow to you😸

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