Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 22/11/20

Stop the presses. This week I went for a walk. I repeat … I went for a walk. Just the one and not very far, but hey – I took (awful) pictures. And here they are.


So have you been? Good? I’ve had another full on week at work and do not mind admitting that by half way through the week I had hit a complete physical and mental (figurative) brick wall. By wednesday evening onwards, all I wanted to do was sleep, but my sleep has been somewhat disturbed of late and so even when in bed by eight, it didn’t help me feel any better. It meant reading slowed to a trickle, but I did manage to finish a couple of books over the weekend, so it’s not too bad. I guess we have all been, and continue to be, in the same boat at some point over this most memorable of years.

Colleagues of the day

So, despite not reading a lot, I did buy quite a few books and received a few lovely books in the post too. Some of the books I can;t tell you about as while they are there on Amazon, they haven’t had their official reveals yet, so I don’t want to steal anyone else’s thunder. I will say that they sound bloomin’ awesome though so yay. Book post was a mix of ordered and gifted. Ordered was my signed copy of The Coral Bride by Roxanne Bouchard that arrived on Tuesday, just in time for the launch that evening. I’m even quoted on the cover which is really exciting. Gifted books were Deity by Matt Wesolowski from Orenda Books; Single by KL Slater from Sphere; and The Art of Death by David Fennell from Zaffre.

Books I have ordered that I can tell you about include … Everything Happens for a Reason by Katie Allen; The Source by Sarah Sultoon and Firewatching by Russ Thomas.

And that was it. Not too much, not too little. Doing my bit to keep publishers and authors in penny sweets.

Books I have read

The Coffinmaker’s Garden by Stuart MacBride

A village on the edge…
As a massive storm batters the Scottish coast, Gordon Smith’s home is falling into the North Sea. But the crumbling headland has revealed what he’s got buried in his garden: human remains.

A house full of secrets…
With the storm still raging, it’s too dangerous to retrieve the bodies and waves are devouring the evidence. Which means no one knows how many people Smith’s already killed and how many more he’ll kill if he can’t be found and stopped.

An investigator with nothing to lose…
The media are baying for blood, the top brass are after a scapegoat, and ex-Detective Inspector Ash Henderson is done playing nice. He’s got a killer to catch, and God help anyone who gets in his way.

The Fourth Man by Kjell Ola Dahl

In the course of a routine police raid Detective Inspector Frank Frølich of the Oslo Police saves Elizabeth Faremo from getting inadvertently caught in crossfire. By the time he learns that she is the sister of Jonny Faremo, wanted member of a larceny gang, it is already too late, he is obsessed.

Suspected, suspended, and blindly in love, Frølich must find out if he is being used before his life unravels beyond repair.

And that was it. Two books. I’m impressed by that to be fair as by 8pm on Saturday evening, I’d only managed to finish one … I’m actually 75% through a third too, but more on that next week. Busy enough week on the blog – recap below:

#Review – A Year of Orenda – A Suitable Lie – Michael J Malone
#Review – A Year of Orenda – House of Spines – Michael J Malone
#Review – A Year of Orenda – After He Died – Michael J Malone
#Review – A Year of Orenda – In The Absence Of Miracles – Michael J Malone

#Cover Reveal – The Mystery of Montague House – Emma Davies
#Review – A Year of Orenda – A Song Of Isolation – Michael J Malone
#Review – Torment – Mark Tilbury

So that was my week in a nutshell. Not very impressive I’m afraid but then it is what it is. The week ahead is quite busy and we’re kicking off with a couple of tours. Today is Kill a Stranger by Simon Kernick – first time I’ve read any of his work (shocker!) and tomorrow is The Chalet by Catherine Cooper, a killer snowbound mystery. And then I can’t believe we are nearly in December. I need to get busy this week, preparing my bookvent and end of year posts. It comes around so quickly … And also not. You know what I mean.

That’s me over and out. I’ll leave you with a picture of the cats, Dumb and Dumber, who decided I was to be held prisoner in bed on Saturday and took up position on top of my feet. Not as comfy for me as they look …

Have a lovely week all.

Jen x