Weekly Wrap-Up (April 1)


Happy Easter to those who celebrate! Happy Chocolate Day to those who don’t!

Well, I don’t know about you but I have no idea where the first three months of the year went. How is it April already? Didn’t we just have Christmas last week?! On the positive side, looks like Spring has finally arrived! Which basically means one day of sunshine and five days with rain with a freaky thunder storm thrown in, but at least the temperatures are going up. 😄

Reading-wise, I had quite the weekend at the start of the week, which meant I spent three days on one book. Now that I’m writing my wrap-up, I realise I haven’t read as much as I thought I did.

Books I’ve read this week

Books I’ve bought this week

Okay, so. While I was preparing this post yesterday, I had just the one book and I felt totally okay with that. And then … well, I don’t know what happened. I checked my kindle and poof, there they all were. 😳

ARC’s received via Netgalley

Only two. Not to worry. I’ll catch up next week. 😄. One I was invited to read, the other one is of course for a blog tour.


On the blog this past week

Still as busy as busy can be and loving every minute of it!

Monday : Reviewed The Sandman by Lars Kepler

Tuesday : Joined the blog blitz for the fantastic Dark Lies by Nick Hollin

Wednesday : Joined the blog blitz for Last Night by Kerry Wilkinson and shared my week in books, although I don’t know why because that entire list went right out the window.

Thursday : Joined the blog tour for the brilliant Dead North by Joel Hames

Friday : Joined the blog blitz for the fabulous The Child Next Door by Shalini Boland

Saturday : I tried to put into words why Come and Find Me by Sarah Hilary is awesome!

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Next week on Novel Deelights

There may be a few blog tours. Okay, yes, there are definitely a few blog tours. I’m also hoping to write my reviews for Lullaby/The Perfect Nanny and The Darkness. But I seem to have lost my review writing mojo where those two books are concerned, so I’m not sure how that’ll pan out.

Question of the week : Prompted by a comment left on last week’s wrap-up from Lynne.  Are you at all concerned that your incoming titles (bought, received, Netgalley, …) outnumber the amount of books you read? For instance, if you’ve hauled ten books in a week but you’ve only read 3, does that bother you? Does it induce a massive panic attack? Does it make you say “that’s it, no more, I’m sticking to what I have!”? Maybe even on a temporary basis, so you can reduce that insurmountable TBR? Or are you like me and have you long ago accepted you won’t be reading all the books you’ve bought but that doesn’t stop you from buying more anyway?

That’s it for another week! Have a great week and lots of happy reading! xx

36 thoughts on “Weekly Wrap-Up (April 1)

  1. Half the time I think like you, then sometimes I feel a little overwhelmed (but that passes fairly quickly) I never count my TBR pile so have no idea how many books are still unread. Those which I’ve committed to are at the top, it’s a bit like an iceberg 😂 I’m sure if I knew the true extent I’d faint from the shock!

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    1. I may breathe a little funny when I walk by my bookshelf and see all the psychical copies I still need to get through 😂. But I don’t have a clue how many books I have on my Kindle and I refuse to look. I just worry there will come a time when it’ll say I ran out of space 🤣

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    1. I have my Netgalley shelf reasonably well under control. For the moment, anyway. It’s my Kindle that may explode some time soon. But like you, if a book pops up that I really want to read (at some point 😂), I’m totally going for it.

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  2. I thought you were getting a paper copy of Our Kind Of Cruelty! Only two Netgalleys though, I’m not used to that :-). I also have this book by Alex Marwood but I think I bought the Dutch version because it was all that I could find… so who knows when I’ll read it ;-). If all goes well and I can hitch a ride I’ll go the Boekenfestijn next week (in Leuven) so yeah here’s to buying more books :-). It would be foolish of me not to buy a cheap book if I see one right :-).

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  3. I went through a panic as at the start of the year I had nearly 30 books on Netgalley and am now working through them and have a firm list set of books I’ve wanted to read for so long to get to after that. I’m reading away but submitting a ms too so barely blogging and at some stage am going to have to sit down and write review after review!

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    1. Now that would stress me out fiercely! I made a deal with myself that I would have 5 books on the Netgalley shelf and not request a new one until I’ve reviewed one first. It worked really well for a while. It’s just because of blog tours I’m on that it’s gone a bit manic but my approval rating is still in the 90’s so I can’t complain.


  4. Of course one of the Netgalleys was for a blog tour! My monthly book haul out numbers my books read every single month lol, I have moments of panic but I’ve accepted it, as long as I meet promised review deadlines, I’m happy 😊

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  5. Some good books there. I admit I do panic a little when I see how many books I take in and the speed I read. ( definitely not as fast). But it’s because I feel bad for accepting the books off the authors or publishers. So I try not to look at netgalley until my review requests are a bit in order. That never happens though. I’m feeling like I need to get my physical books read more so at the moment. My Easter hols are perfect timing for that.
    Happy reading.
    Amanda xx

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    1. That’s one of the reasons I stopped accepting review requests. It quickly became ridiculously overwhelming. I do make the odd exception sometimes but not often. I have enough on my plate already.

      Have a great holiday and lots of happy reading! xx

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  6. Keeping my prized 80% feedback ratio on NetGalley helps my discipline where that is concerned. I have a rule for myself now with Kindle books and Amazon deals (hello, April monthly deal, how are you?) that I can only purchase books that are already on my Want-To-Read shelf on Goodreads. That all makes me feel I’m in control, which, of course, I’m not really…

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    1. Hahaha, it’s the though that counts. 😄

      That 80% feedback ration does help. I was shocked when I first got that badge and then it vanished as I went below the ratio. I didn’t realise they’d take it back. So not going to happen again! 😂

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  7. I’ve been struggling with writing up reviews this past week, although I think I’m passed the worst of it now (which hopefully isn’t me jinxing it!)
    I do try to keep the number of books acquired below the number I’ve read, but sometimes it doesn’t always happen e.g. when I win a giveaway, or something like that :p

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  8. Oh dear, I hope your problem with reviewing The Darkness isn’t because you hated it, since I’ll be starting it any day now! 😱 Haha! I panic, but I still seem to acquire books anyway. Still, I’m sure panicking is good for you – keeps you alert! 😉

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  9. It sounds like you had such a great week! I wish I could read that fast haha. And as long as I don’t know/see the exact damage, I tend to ignore the mountain of unread books and happily add new ones to the pile. Ignorance works well to keep indulging ourselves right? 😉

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