Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 09/08/20

Well what a week that was. Not one in which I achieved a fat lot, only read a couple of books and prepped a couple of posts, but it was so hot I’ve been struggling to sleep and struggling to concentrate. That’s my excuse anyway. I don’t know. Never satisfied are we? Too hot, too cold. The only highlights were getting out on a couple of nice walks and having a great view of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars on Saturday, as well as a pretty cool view of the moon both in the day AND at night. Oh – and I saw a squirrel. He/she was quite cute.

Managed to get in a couple of good walks this weekend, just over ten miles in total. On Saturday, Mandie and I went for a walk out to Edgmond and back home along the canal, all before it got too hot. Sunday saw me heading back to Kinver, this time to meet author and friend Abbie Osborne for a quick trip around the Edge. We didn’t do the big route this time but it was still pleasant and not too warm which was a bonus. And I saw coos both days so I was happy. It’s the little things …

Colleagues of the day

Because it has been so warm the past few days I have been struggling with both sleep and concentration. As a result I’ve been pretty poor on the reading front. I’m still enjoying it but also enjoying napping, and the latter is not conducive to a productive read. Not to worry – the books I have read have been very good so nothing lost. Three new Netgalley books this week, one of which is a blog tour read, two of which are ‘because I want to read them’ reads. I have them all on pre-order too so it’s all good. They are The Life We Almost Had by Amelia Henley; The Killing Choice by Will Shindler (DI Alex Finn book two) and Stolen Children by Michael Wood, the next Matilda Darke novel.

Bought and preordered a few books and audiobooks this week. First purchase was a pre-order of the audio book of The Dirty South by John Connolly. I also bought the three books in the Ziba MacKenzie series by Victoria Selman, Blood For Blood; Nothing to Lose; and Snakes and Ladders. I also have a preorder in for the new David F. Ross novel due out later this year in e-book. One final purchase but it was a good one – an early paperback copy of Southern Cross Crime by Craig Sisterson direct from the publisher.

Books I have read

The House Share by Kate Helm

When you’re sharing a house with seven murder suspects, you can’t lock the danger out . . .

Immi think she has found the perfect new home in central London: a shared warehouse with luxury accommodation, a rooftop terrace and daily yoga, all with a surprisingly affordable price tag. The Dye Factory is a ‘co-living’ community, designed to combat the loneliness of big city life.

But soon after she moves into her new haven, Immi realises that it’s not quite as idyllic as it appears. No one seems to know who is behind this multi-million pound urban experiment. And her housemates may be hiding a dangerous secret.

Then, as a series of pranks escalates into something much darker, Immi is left questioning whether, in this group of strangers, she can ever really be safe . . .


Jihadi: A Love Story by Yusuf Toropov

A former intelligence agent stands accused of terrorism, held without charge in a secret overseas prison. His memoir is in the hands of a brilliant but erratic psychologist whose annotations paint a much darker picture. As the story unravels, we are forced to assess the truth for ourselves, and decide not only what really happened on one fateful overseas assignment but who is the real terrorist. Peopled by a diverse and unforgettable cast of characters, whose reliability as narrators is always questioned, and with a multi-layered plot heaving with unexpected and often shocking developments, Jihadi: A Love Story is an intelligent thriller that asks big questions.

Complex, intriguing and intricately woven, this is an astonishing debut that explores the nature of good and evil alongside notions of nationalism, terrorism and fidelity, and, above all, the fragility of the human mind.


And that was my lot this week. I’ve had a good run though! With work super busy, it’s probably no wonder I am struggling to keep up the pace, but it does mean I am now down to only four unread Orenda titles from all books ever published so I will take that. Busy week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – The Cliff House – Amanda Jennings
#Review – Dead Man’s daughter – Roz Watkins
#Review – One Eye Open – Paul Finch
#Review – A Dark Matter – Doug Johnstone
#Review – Invisible Girl – Lisa Jewell
#Review – Inge’s War – Svenja O’Donnell

Two tours this week. Book two in The Skelfs series by Doug Johnstone, The Big Chill and a very local to me based story, The Last To Know by Jo Furniss.

I’m hoping to get in a little more sleep this week, heat permitting, that and a touch more reading. Not sure what my walking plans will be other than I will do some. I’m not planning that far ahead yet.

Have a fabulous week all and I will see you same time, same place, next Monday.

Jen x

4 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 09/08/20

    1. I’ll be honest it took me a while to get into because of the styling. The story is very clever the ending and all that builds to it unique, but it took me ages to get beyond the fact that I can’t stand the Beatles so all the track references put me off lol

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    1. It’s been a quiet week for me by my normal standards lol. I’ve some cracking book there though so looking forward to devouring them. Eventually.

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