Weekly Wrap-Up (April 22)


What a glorious week it’s been! A mini heatwave hit my area and I could almost imagine being in wonderful Italy. Well, apart from all the noise courtesy of screaming kids, various electric gardening tools and neighbours who insist that I listen to their dreadful music whether I like it or not. Still, being able to stock up on that all-important vitamin D makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

Reading wise this week, well, not too bad since I was off doing other things. I built a Lego set of Tower Bridge, did some gardening and just sat in the sunshine and chilled. I would have been reading but since I read via the kindle app on my iPad, I couldn’t see a bloody thing. 🙄

Books I’ve read this week

Five books read this week and all are corkers in their own right. It’s been a good week.

Books I’ve bought this week

Only one. I’ve been a very good girl. 😊


ARC’s received via Netgalley

Three for blog tours and one I dropped everything else for in a heartbeat!

Bookpost that landed on my doorstep this past week

It’s been an absolutely amazing book post week! I feel incredibly lucky!

On the blog this past week

Monday : Joined the blog tour for The Key to Death’s Door by Mark Tilbury

Tuesday : Shared a guest post for the Amy Lane Mysteries by Rosie Claverton blog tour

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Shared an extract on the tour for The Body in the Boat by A.J. MacKenzie

Friday : Joined the blog blitz for The Girl With No Name by Lisa Megan and author Ed James visited the blog for my stop on the blog tour for In For The Kill

Saturday : Joined the blog blitz for White Lies by Lucy Dawson

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Next week on Novel Deelights

No blog tours whatsoever.


Bahahahaha! Just kidding! Of course there are! Every day of the week, except Friday, when I’m hoping to finally share my thoughts on Hangman by Daniel Cole. But first, I’ll be kicking off the week with my review for The Fear by C.L. Taylor. So yes, another busy week on the blog. Still loving every second of it.

Question of the week : How important are blog stats to you? Are you someone who checks them multiple times a day? Do you use tools like Google Analytics or just rely on what WordPress or Blogger tell you? Do you frantically search the web trying to figure out how to get your stats up? Or do you just not care and do your thing no matter followers or views?

That’s it for another week! My plan to go sit outside has just been thwarted by the arrival of a thunderstorm. Just my luck. Comfy sofa and a book it is then. There are worse things.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week and I wish you lots of happy reading! xx

  28 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (April 22)

  1. April 22, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Great roundup. In response to your question, I probably check my stats less than I did in the beginning 😀. Now I just like to see my view stats month on month, hopefully maintaining the same number or if possible increasing. The most important thing for me is that people enjoy my posts enough to comment on them. That’s the most rewarding thing.

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    • April 22, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      Very true. I mostly check the amount of visitors as it’s something a lot of publishers ask for on Netgalley and that doesn’t seem to move as much as I’d like to. But like I told someone else in the comments, if it means changing what I’m doing, I won’t even consider it.

      I do sometimes think I should interact more. I just don’t have the time to most days.

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      • April 22, 2018 at 11:27 pm

        Same here, I’d love to spend more time commenting on other’s blogs but most days just have to confine myself to liking and sharing posts on Twitter. I try to devote some time on a Wednesday to visit other bloggers who take part in the WWW Wednesday meme, commenting on their posts. It helps I’m always nosy to see what others are reading.

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  2. April 22, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I check my stats often, sadly – I love to see them increase over time. But I don’t really do anything much to push them up, except make sure I use sensible tags and stuff. And I don’t chase followers – I already follow as many blogs as I can comfortably read and only seek out new bloggers to follow if some of my old favourites stop blogging. Happily as a wordpress.com user I can’t get Google Analytics, so at least I’m saved from that bit of addictive geekery… 😉

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    • April 22, 2018 at 10:56 pm

      I’m wary about following more blogs as well. I can barely keep up as it is.

      I check my stats via WP and try hard not to do it every day. I don’t want to become obsessed with them. Especially because I feel my blog isn’t growing enough, which then makes me think I’m doing it wrong 🤣

      Tags are a good tip though. I don’t think I’m using those well enough.

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  3. April 22, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    I think vitamin D is a great supplement to take. Its also a great pick me up to make you feel abit more positive.

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  4. April 22, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Love your new blog look, it’s stunning! I do look at my stats but only on WP and I go through phases of looking a lot and then forgetting to look. What about you?

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    • April 22, 2018 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you, Nicki! Been meaning to change it for a while already but I was worried I’d mess something up.

      I check stats via WP and try not to look at them every day. I’d like them to be higher merely for Netgalley appprovals 😂

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  5. Berit&V@Audio Killed the Bookmark
    April 22, 2018 at 5:38 pm

    Finished White Lies in the middle of the night and my head is still spinning!😮😵

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  6. April 22, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    What a great week it has been, difficult to choose what to wear because I wanted to wear every summery thing I had in my closet! I’ve soaked up the sun this weekend too and I’m waiting for the thunder now. You’ve had quite a good week as well with other things on your mind than buying books it seems :-). Do you look at your stats a lot? I look at them on my WP viewer but I don’t do anything special to increase numbers. I like the increase to be natural and organic instead of doing lots that is making it more difficult for me to live upto again. Have a great week lovely!

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    • April 22, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      We had a very tiny and short thunderstorm here earlier. Didn’t make much of a difference except for the humidity.

      I also only use the WP stats and try not to look at them every day. I’d like the numbers to be higher but I don want to change what I do just to get there 😄

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      • April 23, 2018 at 10:43 am

        I think you’re doing great, I see how many likes you get and I think you have reason to be proud already! I have noticed that other posts than reviews usually get most views but reviews are why I started blogging so I’m keeping the way I’m going.

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        • April 24, 2018 at 9:04 am

          Aw, thanks! And yes, me too. I’m not very good at discussion posts anyway. I’d like to think my not-so-regular question of the week is a good alternative though.

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  7. April 22, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    I look at my stats at the end of most days but on WP only

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    • April 22, 2018 at 10:49 pm

      I only ever check WP as well. Trying not to do it on a daily basis though. They seem to move rather slowly which always makes me think I must be doing something wrong 😂


  8. April 22, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Yay for the sun, we went for a long walk yesterday and the woods had that sense of change about them with the sun beaming down.

    Stats…I pay little to no attention to my stats. A few reasons, one i work in digital marketing so i spend my working hours pouring over website data and i just don’t want to be doing it in my spare time as well. The other is my stats suck, they are absolutely pants, but I love what I do with the blog, i love how i do it, it brings me pleasure and a sense of peace and I have a good group of people who read my blog and interact with me so I choose not to get hung up on the numbers and invisible people I can’t do anything about. I know incould improve my stats, i know how to improve my stats i just don’t want to because it means doing things differently and i like what i do.

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    • April 22, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Ooh, I love the sun shining through the trees in a forest. There’s something so magical about that.

      Love your answer to my question! You are so right. Personally, I have no idea how to improve my stats but if it means needing to change how I blog, I wouldn’t even consider it.


  9. April 23, 2018 at 1:58 am

    Although I do watch frequently to see how many blog followers I have, I just go by what WordPress tells me. I wouldn’t have a clue how to use Google analytics. I post quite often and find that that keeps my stats/hits on an upward trajectory.

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    • April 24, 2018 at 9:05 am

      I’m the same though I try not to do it too frequently. It’s easy to get obsessed with them, I feel. And I don’t want to lose track of why I’m doing this. If that makes sense?

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  10. April 23, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Great posts! Wow that’s a lot of blog tours! For your question, I’m not fussed by my stats since they’re consistently low being a new blogger 😂 I like getting new followers and comments though! I check my stats on wp if I remember to do so!

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  11. April 23, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    I look at my stats pretty much daily on WP but I try not to get too obsessive or worried about them. I’m also trying to get better about commenting and interacting as there’s so many lovely people in our community (hello YOU!). As long as I keep enjoying what I’m doing I’m not going to try not to worry about followers and the like. 😊

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    • April 24, 2018 at 9:07 am

      Aw, hello YOU too! ❤️

      I’m trying to interact more as well. It’s not always easy as there are only so many hours in the day but it seems weird being part of a community and then not talking to people 🤣

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