Weekly Wrap Up (June 18)


The weather is up and down like a bloody yo-yo which annoys me no end. Today promises to be a scorcher though! Today is also my 18th wedding anniversary, which I’m spending with … my in-laws. Thank goodness there will be lots of wine!

Also, when we moved here, we were the last house in a dead-end street next to a massive corn field. The field was sold and now has houses on it. So we went from having no neighbours, to having six in one go. Goodbye peace and quiet. To make matters worse, two of those neighbours have now removed a whole row of trees which means there isn’t a single spot in my garden where I can go sit down and relax to enjoy the sunshine and actually have some privacy. Totally ruined my week, let me tell you.

Anyway! The fact that the Alison Weir book is almost 600 pages long, means I’ve only read 6 books this week. For shame. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Books I read thisย week :


Books I bought this week :

I obviously can’t help myself although two of these are pre-orders so they don’t count. ๐Ÿ˜œ


ARC’s received via Netgalley :

Just the one. Okay, actually three. But the other two are still pending so again, they don’t count. ๐Ÿ˜œ



This week’s book post :

A signed copy of Rachel Amphlett’s Scared to Death which I won in a giveaway on crimebookjunkie’s blogย and an order from the book depository that almost made me wet myself from sheer excitement.


On the blog this past week :

Monday : Shared my review for the brilliant From the Shadows by Neil White

Tuesday : Reviewedย Liar by K.L. Slater

Wednesday : Posted “This week in books” and hosted a stop on the blog tour for the amazingย Shadows by Conrad Jones

Thursday : Shared my review forย The Good Widowย and was let loose on Lorraine’s blog with my answers to her Top 5 Thursday questions.

Friday : Posted an extract fromย Promised Lies by Marguerite Ashtonย as part of the blog tour and my review forย This Family of Things by Alison Jameson

Saturday : Shared my review forย Two Sisters by Kerry Wilkinson

Sunday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for He Made Me by Oliver Tidy and posted my weekly wrap up.

Nextย week on noveldeelights :

Next week, I will be hosting stops on five (I think I need an intervention) blog tours including Wolves in the Dark, Safe With Me and Guilty. I actually have my whole week planned out. I know, you’re impressed. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Question of the week (please don’t think this will be a regular thing, I’m not that imaginative!) : Do you change your book genre preference for the (hopefully) hot Summer days? For instance, if you’re a crime fiction addict, do you now leave those aside and read only the lighter and fluffier stories that come with those cutsie covers? Do you pay attention to Summer and beach reads?

That’s it for today! Wishing you all a fabulous week and lots of happy reading! xx

47 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap Up (June 18)

  1. Come winter, autumn, spring or summer, I read crime fiction! I see a lot of people reading more chick-lit in the summer but there’s so many sub genres within crime fiction, I’ve got plenty of variety. All though I do read the odd book from another genre every now and again ๐Ÿ˜Š
    And sorry to hear about your neighbours, that must suck. Maybe you should start a book club with them haha ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  2. Wow, six books in one week and one that was 600pages is amazing. I have no idea how u managed that I struggled on three, I have a Corner thing in my garden you could say its like a sofa that I love to sit on with a massive cushion its so relaxing.

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  3. 6 books my you are slacking even including the 600 page book ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ happy anniversary to you both I beat you on something it’s my 29th wedding anniversary this year ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ

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  4. My garden is about 3meter square and completely open to the neighbours with no fencing. You can guarantee if I go sit outside to read at least one neighbour will come along and join me for a chat. Drives me nuts!

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  5. Happy anniversary! Did you know you could meet Karin Slaughter this week cos she’s visiting Belgium?! I’m already looking forward to your review of The Good Daughter but can’t imagine she ever writes anything that I won’t like ;-). I might be a bit inclined to read something a little lighter when it’s really warm and sunny but it won’t last all that long either, but then neither does the weather here so I have no idea if it’s related :-). Good luck with your busy schedule next week !!

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  6. Congratulations to you both on your anniversary although commiserations on the neighbours ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I read the same genres all year round although I do include a few more summery reads at this time of year – not that we usually have much of a summer in the UK! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Yes! completely. I didn’t even realise that I did this, I read the heavy crime in winter and fluffy chick lit in summer, I have no idea why. I suppose it’s good to hop through different genres. I read biographies in any season. Well done on the very busy week of reading.

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    1. A lot of people seem to do it so you’re not alone! I never even really knew it was a thing. I just read what I feel like and if that means taking a Stephen King book or something to the beach, then so be it ๐Ÿ˜„

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  8. Congrats on your anniversary! Sorry to hear you lost your trees I would be totally disappointed by that as well. I like Janel’s idea of you starting a book club with your new neighbors though:) In the summer I do add some lighter reads into my tbr, especially Elin Hilderbrand which I just got her new one so I’m excited about that

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    1. Thank you! And yes, quite disappointed. We’re now worried the other neighbours will follow. I’d be horrified if that were to happen.

      I’ve heard of Elin Hilderbrand but I’m not sure I’ve read a book by her. May go check that out.

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  9. Happy Anniversary!
    Loved this post, apart from your neighbourhood woes ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
    Six books a week!!! Wowser ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    To reply to your question Dee – I read crime fiction summer & winter but do slip in more lighter reading in the summer.

    Caryl x

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  10. Congrats on your anniversary! And so many books this week as well; they sound great! A shame about the neighbors though…
    And to answer your question: I read mystery/thrillers all year long, although I do tend to pick up even more of them during the cold winter months (and horror! I normally save that genre for the cold weather). It’s actually almost winter here so you will be seeing even more crime than usual coming up haha.

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  11. Shame about the trees! No, I don’t change my reading for seasons much, except that I tend to stop reading horror stories over summer – somehow light nights and ghosties don’t go together! But crime goes on all year round… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  12. I don’t really change my preferred genres in the summer. Year round I like to alternate my favorite crime thrillers with women’s fiction, historical fiction &/or literary fiction. That being said, I like to read books that are set in the summer IN the summer AND I like to read books set in the winter IN the winter. I know…. I’m strange. I might write a blog post about my seasonal preferences.

    Don’t know how you do so many blog tours. I have made a conscious decision to NOT do any blog tours over the summer. The deadlines are just not comfortable for me in a season when I’m outdoors so much and company could pop in at any time.

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    1. Oh yes, me too! There’s something really weird about reading a Winter story in Summer. That just makes no sense to me at all. And like you, I switch genres all year around and don’t really pay attention to the seasons.

      As for the blog tours, I have actually turned some down. But I need to do a bit better. Sometimes the pressure of having to read before a certain date gets a bit too much.


  13. Happy anniversary! Sorry about the neighbors situation. I hope it works out. So many great books on your list. I have heard great things about the Karin Slaughter one. All the best this week. So impressive that you can handle so many tours in a week ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. I’m hoping to read The Good Daughter soon as I’ve just been approved on NetGalley. I’m really looking forward to it as I haven’t read any of her books for ages.

    In response to your question, I’m a crime/thriller girl at heart but every now and again I switch things up and throw a fantasy or romance book into the mix, although that could happen at any time.


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