Weekly Wrap-Up (May 27)


Three words that wrap up the week perfectly : hot, thunderstorms, books. Apart from the thunderstorms, sheer bliss. I do so love summer! Although I could do without the hay fever.

BBQ with the in-laws today. There will be wine. Yay! Sadly, no reading. Boo! Still, I didn’t do too badly at all this week.

Books I’ve read this week

You see? Dropped everything when a wee Scottish birdie let me know that the new Stuart MacBride was on Edelweiss. Bit of a headache figuring out how to request it but it was all worth it in the end.

Read the first Mark Hill as I’m on the blog tour for the second one next week. And also managed to squeeze in The Retreat because the FOMO was seriously kicking my bum.

Books I’ve bought this week

Slowly but surely catching up on the Roy Grace series.

ARC’s received via Netgalley / Edelweiss

This is fine. Three is fine. Especially since I read all of them already. 😄

Bookpost that landed on my doorstep this past week

Courtesy of the marvellous Orenda Books for an upcoming blog tour.


On the blog this past 

One day I’m going to look back on all of this and wonder how I survived 😂

Monday : Joined the blog tour for The Man Who Lived Twice by David Taylor

Tuesday : Hosted a stop on the blog blitz for Three Secrets by Clare Boyd

Wednesday : Joined the blog tour for Wrong Way Home by Isabelle Grey

Thursday : Hosted a stop on the blog blitz for The Chosen Ones by Carol Wyer and also joined the blog tour for That Summer in Puglia by Valeria Vescina

Friday : Joined the blog tour for The Cathy Connolly Trilogy by Sam Blake and author Simon Hall visited the blog as part of the blog tour for The TV Detective

Saturday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Next week on Novel 

Well, let’s see. Could there possibly be a blog tour in there somewhere? 🤔

Of course! Kicking off the week with the blog tour for Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling. Also to come : Tony J. Forder’s If Fear Wins, Faceless by Rob Ashman and It Was Her by Mark Hill. And a few other things. Okay, seven in total. But who’s counting 😜


Question of the week : Netgalley vs Edelweiss. Which do you prefer? Do you use both, one or none? Personally, I feel Netgalley is way more user friendly and I’m not sure Edelweiss is worth the hassle. 😄

That’s it for another week. I can’t believe June is right around the corner. Three months until Tuscany. Yes, I’ve started my countdown. I can’t bloody wait!

Have a great week, everyone, and lots of happy reading! xx

  25 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (May 27)

  1. May 27, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I totally agree that NetGalley is so much easier that Edelweiss, I’ve only had 3 books from Edelweiss and I don’t think I’m going to request anymore as I can’t really remember how it works! 😀

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    • May 27, 2018 at 10:56 am

      Janel shared an excellent tutorial a while back, which was a great help but I’m pretty sure I don’t have the patience to faff around with this stuff every time I want a book. And like Nicola says in her comment, Netgalley offers us more than enough to keep us busy.

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  2. May 27, 2018 at 10:45 am

    I joined Edelweiss but can’t make head nor tail of it so I’ve never requested anything. But I have more than enough from Netgalley, which is a dream to use.

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    • May 27, 2018 at 10:55 am

      Yes, I really didn’t need another place to get books from but the Stuart MacBride one wasn’t (yet) on Netgalley and I’m a very impatient person when it comes to my favourite authors 😄

      It’s really confusing though. It doesn’t mention regions or anything. I actually thought I’d accidentally requested a hardcover too.


  3. Karen
    May 27, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    I tried registering with Edelweiss years ago but couldn’t make head nor tail of it. At the time I thought it was just for US residents but maybe that’s changed.

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    • May 27, 2018 at 1:42 pm

      I have no idea but I assume so since it worked for me. It doesn’t mention regions like Netgalley does. I got this book by doing a search for it but I have no idea how else to go about it. It made my head hurt and I probably wouldn’t have bothered if it hadn’t been Stuart MacBride. 😄


  4. May 27, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    I found Netgalley and found it really user friendly. A few months later discovered edelweiss, registered and struggled so haven’t been back. I feel that I should give it a go and spend some time trying to find my way around, but I’m comfortable with NG x

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    • May 27, 2018 at 10:54 pm

      My opinion? No, you don’t 😂. Save yourself the headache!

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      • May 27, 2018 at 11:03 pm

        Went and had another look today and it’s now so confusing so will definitely stick with Netgalley 😁

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  5. May 27, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Wow what a great week coming up for you again! I signed up for Edelweiss two years ago but never even requested a book (or maybe one). I know they already changed their interface since then but it still not really very attractive to look at so no not going back unless Netgalley kicks me out :-). Only 3 more weeks and you’re off.. you can start the countdown! xxx

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  6. May 27, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    There’s like a million books in the Roy Grace series, I’ve got some serious catching up to do there!

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 27, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Technically, there’s 14, not a million. Drama queen 😉🤣

      I’ve only read three so far, so yes, I hear you.

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      • May 28, 2018 at 2:39 am

        Blah, blah, blah, you always gotta nitpick, haha! You’ve read three more than me. I think I own the first and few random one’s in the series as I get them when they are on offer on Kindle (for free, lol).

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  7. May 27, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I think I registered with Edelweiss and that was about it. I’m happy with NetGalley. And, let’s face it, I don’t really need more places to get tempted by books.

    Seven blog tours? Makes me anxious just thinking about it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 27, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      Neither do I. Since I can’t stop buying books anyway, I doubt I’ll ever run out 😄


  8. May 28, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Never used Edelweiss as I’ve heard not great things about it but am a huge fan of Netgalley! Too much of a fan maybe…need to sort out that ratio!! 😱

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  9. May 28, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    I have never used Edelweiss but definitely a big fan of NetGalley. I seem to be constantly struggling with over-requesting so joining Edelwiss will kill me with an ARC overload lol. Great post! Have a wonderful week and enjoy your books.

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    • May 29, 2018 at 11:02 am

      I really habe Netgalley down to a fine art, if I do say so myself. Never have more than ten books on the shelf and try to stay above the 90% approval rating. Works really well, so far.


  10. May 28, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    Seriously???? Tuscany for three months. I’m green with jealousy.

    Re your question. I use NetGalley and Edelweiss almost equally now. I have more reviews for NetGalley as I began using their site earlier. NetGalley has many good points. Their site seems more visually appealing and is easy to navigate. The feedback ratio is a good way to keep readers in check.
    Edelweiss has become more user friendly as of late. Once you catch on to how everything there works, it is no hassle at all. I moderate a Goodreads group for Edelweiss reviewers and would be delighted if you joined us Eva.

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    • May 29, 2018 at 11:01 am

      No, no, I wish! I’ll be going in three months but only for two weeks.

      I’m very tempted but for now, I’m going to stick to Netgalley. I’m drowning as it is 😄

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  11. May 29, 2018 at 12:47 am

    NetGalley! I find Edelweiss unusable – I’ve gone in a few times and got so fed up I’ve left without requesting anything. Ugh! Anyway, do we really need another source of books… 😂

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