Weekly Wrap-Up (October 7)


Once upon a time, there was the first week of October in the year 2018. And then it was gone. If you blinked, you missed it. Poof.

What I didn’t miss, however, are signs that Autumn has arrived. Although we had some glorious blue skies and lovely sunshine. Still, meh. I’m missing Summer already.

Anyway, boring. Things are returning to normal at Casa Eva so let’s see how many books I’ve managed to read this week.

Books I’ve read this week

Seven isn’t too bad and I’ve managed to get a bit more ahead of schedule. Which means today I’m treating myself to something from my own TBR for a change. Woohoo!

Books I’ve bought this week

Okay, so, well. I wasn’t doing too shabbily, actually. I had Graham Norton and W.C. Ryan on pre-order and was determined that that would be it. But then, a certain someone who shall remain nameless, mentioned the Sharkland series.

Now, we all know I need a new series like a hole in the tooth.

So obviously, I bought the whole thing in one go. As you do.

ARC’s received via Netgalley this past week

For blog tours. Of course. 🙄

On the blog this past week

Monday : Shared my review for In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards

Tuesday : Joined the blog blitz for One Perfect Witness by Pat Young

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog blitz for Tell Nobody by Patricia Gibney and posted my Week in Books

Thursday : I was on the blog blitz for The Paris Secret by Lily Graham

Friday : Joined the blog tour for Lies Between Us by Ronnie Turner

Saturday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Next week on Novel Deelights

Monday : Blog tour | Extract | Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | Palm Beach Finland by Antii Tuomainen

Wednesday : Review | Bring Them Home by D.S. Butler

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Our Little Lies by Sue Watson

Friday : Blog tour | The Warning by Kathryn Croft

Saturday : Blog tour | Extract | Without Rules by Andrew Field

Sunday : Weekly wrap-up

I swear there will be less blog tours at some point. Honestly! Stop laughing!


Question of the week : Chapter lengths. How important are they to you? I find the length of a chapter can really influence the pace of a story. And of course, shorter chapters lend themselves far more easily to the whole “one more chapter” thing. I’m sure we’re all familiar with that. Does it depend on the genre? For instance, does a psychological thriller benefit from shorter and punchy chapters, while historical fiction allows you to get immersed more if the chapters are longer? Thoughts? Do share!

And that’s a wrap. If anyone needs me, I’ll be on my sofa with a blanket, a nice cuppa and a great book.

Have a great week and lots of happy reading! xx


  16 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (October 7)

  1. October 7, 2018 at 11:04 am

    I like short chapters as well as chapters ending with suspense that makes me want to read more. It boost the pace and i like it if chapters keep me engaging not giving time to pause. I don’t think it differs with genre for me but I have noticed historical fictions with long chapters makes it slow and boring to read.


  2. October 7, 2018 at 11:51 am

    But there are less blog tours! You haven’t got any on, er…two days next week.

    On your question, I agree it depends on genre. Short chapters can inject additional energy into a fast-paced novel. I can’t say I’m a fan of really long chapters. Just from a reader’s perspective, it’s good to have a natural break. On a related subject, chapters provide lots of opportunities for authors to show their skill at writing compelling opening and closing lines.

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    • October 7, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      😂 Thank you for pointing that out. But really, it’s going to get better. You’ll be surprised 😉

      Yes, I agree. My question was prompted by a psychological thriller I read recently. I actually thoroughly enjoyed it but some of the chapters felt quite long and I wondered if I would have loved it even more if the chapters had been shorter and packed just that little bit more punch.

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  3. Karen
    October 7, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Seven books read isn’t too shabby (and its 5 more than me !!) On chapter length, I always prefer shorter ones. I hate having to end a reading session partway through a chapter and much prefer to start with a new chapter.

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 7, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Goodness me, am I surrounded by folks in a reading slump?

      I agree with you. Again. Getting boring 😉. But I hate stopping midway too and will always force myself to reach the end of a chapter before a break. Which is awful when you need to pee 🤣

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  4. October 7, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    Chapter lengths… If it is a faster paced book then shorter chapters work well for me, it keeps the story moving. For slower paced I dont think it really matters on the length. Longer chapters can give more detail though xx

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    • October 7, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      True about the detail and that’s sometimes really important. In thrillers though, I think I prefer shorter chapters, packing a punch, ending on a cliffhanger maybe. So that when you’re forced to stop reading, it hurts 😄


      • October 7, 2018 at 4:14 pm

        They definitely work better in thrillers x


  5. October 7, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I love shorter chapters in a thriller…really keeps up momentum for me. In general shortish chapters do benefit when I need to stop reading and collect child/cook dinner/do some work etc….

    Liked by 1 person

    • October 7, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      I think we can all relate to that. I hate having to quit in the middle of a chapter.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. October 7, 2018 at 2:27 pm

    I tend to like shorter chapters, but it does depend on the genre. I prefer shorter chapters for suspense novels and psychological thrillers.

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  7. October 7, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I must admit I get bored if chapters are too long unless of course I’m so caught up in the story that I don’t notice.

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  8. October 8, 2018 at 12:30 am

    I really hope you like the Sharkland series, that’s quite a commitment since you haven’t read one yet 😂 However, I do want to read Dissolution, so maybe we could add it to our buddy read list?

    And I definitely prefer short chapters, no matter the genre, then I can read the book in-between doing other stuff, because I hate to put a book down mid chapter.


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