Another week, another complete lack of anything remotely interesting happening in my daily schedule. I took a couple of pictures of the sunrise one morning, bought a hot chocolate or two and found the new Malteaster Orenda Bunny (yes I know – it’s too early for Easter) but that is about it. Read some books, half of last weeks tally sadly, but they were good so I am happy enough. Did some blog prep. Gave the occasional thought to doing some blogmin. Slept. We’re out of the full lockdown now but I’m more of a hermit than ever – typical me. Good news though – we have book Christmas day lunch at the Indian Restaurant. Yippee. Cannot wait.
No book post this week – no one loves me anymore – so I bought my own. Mandie and I have been running giveaways on Twitter though to keep sharing the booklove. My two bits of self sponsored bookpost were a signed copy of Fallen Angels by Gunnar Staalesen, which I’m quoted on too, and a copy of Hold Your Tongue by Deborah Masson.
Two new Netgalley books this week – My Mother’s Secret by Julia Roberts, and Two Wrongs by Mel McGrath. I also pre-ordered Two Wrongs plus One Half Truth by Eva Dolan; The Nameless Ones by John Connolly and Out For Blood by Deborah Masson. Because I’m nice to me sometimes, I also decided to treat myself to The Christmas You Deserve by Paul Finch and The Dictionary of Crime by Amanda Lees.
Books I have read
What I Did by Kate Bradley
Lisa is running.
She has taken her child, Jack, and she has run from his father.
Lisa thinks she’s safe.
She’s found a remote house where no one will be able to find them.
Lisa is about to wake up in her worst nightmare.
And now she must face what she’s tried to escape.
Risking everything to protect her little boy, Lisa knows that in order to survive she will have to fight, but it’s hard to face someone you loved, especially someone you still love, who knows who you really are – and what you are really capable of.
Family is everything. What would you do to protect it?
The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor
500 years ago: eight martyrs were burnt to death
30 years ago: two teenagers vanished without trace
Two months ago: the vicar committed suicide
Welcome to Chapel Croft.
For Rev Jack Brooks and teenage daughter Flo it’s supposed to be a fresh start. New job, new home. But, as Jack knows, the past isn’t easily forgotten.
And in a close-knit community where the residents seem as proud as they are haunted by Chapel Croft’s history, Jack must tread carefully. Ancient superstitions as well as a mistrust of outsiders will be hard to overcome.
Yet right away Jack has more frightening concerns.
Why is Flo plagued by visions of burning girls?
Who’s sending them sinister, threatening messages?
And why did no one mention that the last vicar killed himself?
Chapel Croft’s secrets lie deep and dark as the tomb. Jack wouldn’t touch them if not for Flo – anything to protect Flo.
But the past is catching up with Chapel Croft – and with Jack. For old ghosts with scores to settle will never rest . . .
And that was it. I’m dipping in and out of short stories collections, but not a lot of reading being done. My brain is work fried. Busy week on the blog though as the #bookvent countdown has begun – recap below.
#Review – Single – KL Slater
#Review – Betrayal – Lilja Sigurdardottir
#Bookvent – Day 1 – Three Hours – Rosamund Lupton
#Review – Snare – Lilja Sigurdardottir
#Bookvent – Day 2 – Bury Them Deep – James Oswald
#Review – Trap – Lilja Sigurdardottir
#Bookvent – Day 3 – Power Play – Tony Kent
#Review – Cage – Lilja Sigurdardottir
#Bookvent – Day 4 – The Creak On The Stairs – Eva Björg Ægisdottir
#Bookvent – Day 5 – The Waiting Rooms – Eve Smith
#Bookvent – Day 6 – Bedlam – LJ Ross
The week ahead is full of more #jolabokaflod fun and a blog tour review of the latest Ari Thor novel from Ragnar Jónasson on Saturday. Plus my #bookvent countdown continues so do stop by to see who is in my list this week.
I’m hoping to get some reviews written this week (9 behind and counting) and some decent reading time set aside too. Who knows? I might pull it off, right?
Have a wonderful week all. Stay safe and happy reading.
2 thoughts on “Rewind, recap: Weekly update w/e 06/12/20”
Jen, can I just say a HUGE “Thank You” to both you and Mandie for all the work that you put into your blog/s. Your joint posts are almost a book in themselves each year, and I’m sure are universally appreciated by all your readers
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Thank you. That’s very kind. We love doing this.
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