Weekly Wrap-Up (October 14)


What a week. Crap here, shit there and at the end of it, I was left to wonder what we’re doing it for. That may be slightly vague but I really don’t want to get into it. Let’s just say I’ve often been telling myself this week that this whole blogging malarkey is supposed to be fun and sometimes, it just really doesn’t feel like it. Don’t be surprised if you see (even less) of me around social media. Those places really are cesspits.

Moving on. My reading took a massive hit this week. Granted, two of the books I read were close to 500 pages but that’s not much of an excuse, is it? Let’s see what the damage is, shall we?

Books I’ve read this week

Yep. Three. That’s it. Oops.

On the other hand, I had a whale of a time chatting to fellow book bloggers and even virtually (sort of) attended the brilliant Quercus event on Wednesday. I was given some more Instagram master classes, rearranged a book shelf, wasted a few hours trying to buy an exclusive from Goldsboro whose website kept crashing and even managed to squeeze in some ironing. It’s not like I didn’t DO anything 😂

Books I’ve bought this week

Just the one and it was all because of peer pleasure, quite frankly 😉


ARC’s received via Netgalley

For blog tour purposes. I requested two more but they’re pending.


On the blog this past week

Monday : I posted my review for Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty and I shared an extract for my stop on the blog tour for Trap by Lilja Sigurdardottir

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for Palm Beach Finland by Antii Tuomainen

Wednesday : I reviewed Bring Them Home by D.S. Butler and posted my Week in Books

Thursday : Hosted a stop on the blog blitz for Our Little Lies by Sue Watson

Friday : Joined the blog blitz for The Warning by Kathryn Croft

Saturday : Shared an extract on the blog tour for Without Rules by Andrew Field

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Next week on Novel Deelights

You may want to sit down for this one. 😉

Monday : Blog tour | Review | The Lost Daughter by Gill Paul

Tuesday : I don’t know

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Not a clue

Friday : Review | Fatal Promise by Angela Marsons

Saturday : Look at all these gaps in my schedule!

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Are you all feeling okay? 😂


Question of the week : Blog tours. Yes, I know they’ve pretty much been discussed to death but this isn’t about how successful they are or whatnot. What I’m interested in this time around are the actual posts, reviews and content. I’d like to know if there’s something you never read. Personally, I skip promo posts because I find them a waste of time and I never read extracts. I will, once in a blue moon, read a guest post or a Q&A. It depends on the author or the topic they’re talking about. As for reviews, if I still have to read the book myself (and we all know how close I cut it sometimes), I won’t read it because I don’t want to be influenced in any way.

So, what about you? Do you like content posts? Do you feel they add something to a tour? Which ones are your favourite to read? Which ones do you pass on?

And that’s a wrap, once again. I have an insanely busy weekend ahead of me. I’m writing this early on Saturday morning. Later on, I have friends coming over who will be spending the night. There will be wine and limoncello. 🥂 We have elections here tomorrow (Sunday) morning (boo hiss!) and I also have a birthday dinner to attend. Fingers crossed I’ll be awake (and sober) enough to get this post out.

Wishing you all a most wonderful week and lots of happy reading! See you next time! xx

  36 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (October 14)

  1. October 14, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Oh Eva! Sending you hugs. I understand completely. Step back a bit as I find it really works! xx

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  2. October 14, 2018 at 11:17 am

    Ah I’m sending you big squidgy hugs lovely! I know what you mean about reading. It’s becoming a bit more a chore then fun. It’s all I do and when I’m not reading I’m thinking about the reading I have to do. Probably doesn’t help with all my migraines!
    I love blog tours as I have found so many books I wouldn’t have normally known about and I have gone and brought books on the back of it. I am doing more content now because I am trying to cut back on tours as I want to read my backlist more. (Sorry rambled on!) xx

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:13 pm

      That’s it, I think, yes. It’s been an insanely overwhelming couple of months. I’m really not even surprised I only read two books on holiday. I just didn’t feel like it and that is something I’m really not used to. I really need to take on less so I can give myself a break from time to time, without getting in trouble with deadlines 😄

      Ramble on, sweets! I love me a good ramble 😉

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      • October 17, 2018 at 5:52 pm

        I just need to learn to say no! I still haven’t learned but have taken a huge step back. I am like you losing a bit of passion, and want to read on my own terms again. Yes these pesky deadlines lol. Hope you are ok lovely! Don’t want you to lose your sparkle for too long! xx


  3. October 14, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    I’m trying to cut back on blog tours so I can get some of my own books read. If someone asks and I don’t want/can’t accept the book for review I offer a guest post in the hope it’ll bring some publicity their way. Short extracts I’m ok with but longer ones I don’t tend to read. I agree about reading reviews for books on your list, I prefer not to be influenced.

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    • October 14, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      PS sorry you’ve had such a horrid week 😘

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      Same. Please don’t laugh. 😄. But that is also why I sign up for content. And sometimes I just really want to help an organiser fill a slot.

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      • October 17, 2018 at 4:31 pm

        Not laughing at all….just a little snigger 😉Yes, exactly. It’s just another way to help out.


  4. October 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    I take a pass on all but review tours unless it’s an author I love and want to support. After feeling like I wasn’t reading for pleasure anymore I took a step back. I reduced the weekly number of review posts and try to only commit myself to a few arc’s a month. I feel so much better now that I can read some older books that have been sitting on my shelf. It’s so important to keep why I started blogging (for fun and because I like reading and talking about books!) the focus. Sorry for unloading! Lol. Obviously this has been on my mind. Great discussion post!

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Unload away! I don’t mind one bit.

      I seem to have developed some kind of blog tour addiction that’s hard to beat 😄. But I’m going to have to because I often find myself not wanting to read at all lately and that’s not right.

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  5. October 14, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Sorry it’s been a bad week and hope you’re having a good weekend. xx

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  6. October 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    I’ve become really picky about those where I’ll participate. First, it has to be for an author I really enjoy, perhaps an auto read. Second, I weigh whether my audience will be interested. Lastly, the details of the tour have to be appealing to me. If it meets those criteria, I believe I can make it compelling and exciting for my visitors. Your enthusiasm makes a difference and I can always tell when the blogger’s heart isn’t in it. The post will only have a lot of details with no added input or flair from the blogger. I’ll give it a “like” but often won’t read the details.

    I think tours are valuable but only if the blogger really puts her/his touch on the post.

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:19 pm

      That’s a very good point and I must admit I often don’t add that personal touch when I post content. Sometimes that’s because I’ve been way too busy to even read what I’ve been sent. It’s just not right but I’ve been way too overwhelmed. And that’s completely my own fault.

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      • October 17, 2018 at 3:42 pm

        Oh, Eva, I’ve been there. I’m determined not to fall into that trap again.


  7. October 14, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    Sorry you have had a bad week. I do read the various content posts, though not all. I do like a good Q & A or Guest Post, and I have bought books after reading an extract.
    Im having to get a bit more selective with blog tours and really thinking hard about the ones I accept. At the moment I’m settling into my new job and it has varying hours, with a couple of night shifts as well as quite a lot of training courses. This makes sharing my own posts on a bit of a problem. I also would love to read some of my own books 📚 😊

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      I have to do the same and I have been a lot more picky lately. Now I just need to learn not to feel bad when I don’t sign up for something, which is hard!

      Best of luck with your new job! 😘

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      • October 17, 2018 at 3:58 pm

        I feel so guilty when I can’t accept an invite to a tour, and it’s good to know I’m not the only one xx


  8. October 14, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I don’t do promo posts on my own blog. Like you, I can’t see the point of them and I have to admit that when I share others’ promo posts I find myself looking for the main event, if you know what I mean. I read bits of extracts, and Q&A and guest posts that interest me.

    I hope not everyone doesn’t bother to read the posts though otherwise it does make me wonder why any of us bloggers bother!

    Hope you have a better week next week ❤

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      I know exactly what you mean!

      I’m sure some people do read some of the content. I do myself, from time to time. But once in a blue moon, when I have a look at my stats, I’m pretty sure content posts are my least popular ones.

      Much better week so far, thank you! Hope you’re having a good one too! ❤️

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  9. October 14, 2018 at 9:18 pm

    I’m sorry your week was crap. At least, you can wave it bye now! Sending lots of love and hugs!
    I want The Cry!!!!!!!!!! But I can’t get it here, it’s so weird!
    Tours… I try to cut down but I like supporting authors. At the same time, some posts don’t interest me, if it’s pure promotion….

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  10. October 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    I’m afraid I don’t usually read extracts or content posts. Will read first couple of reviews if it’s a book I’m interested in, will read some Q&A’s. Probably not what people want to hear, but I make my mind up quickly about a book. I’m happy to share blog posts, but don’t follow a tour to read the changing content. Hope you have a better week this week Eva.

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Oh, so do I. Sometimes all it takes is two sentences from a description. Whatever works for us, I say. And really, who among us has time to read absolutely everything? I sure don’t.

      So far, so good. Hope your week is going well too, Jill. xx

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      • October 17, 2018 at 3:35 pm

        All good here thanks. Looking forward to the Dead Good Day at East Riding Festival of Words on Saturday. xx


  11. October 14, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Haha, is it weird that I love this weekly wrap up despite a lot of shit occurring! And I applaud your three books because it’s three more than I’ve read, and despite reading little (compared to normal), you still had a very bookish week. I’ll let you off for not posting on Instagram this weekend as you have guests visiting, but I expect the normally level of commitment next week. Wednesday was the first time I had a limoncello, and it was divine!!!!

    As for blog tours – “discussed to death” is an understatement 😂

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  12. October 14, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I read extracts when I’m really interested in a novel and I like the occasional Q&A’s too.. I don’t always read guestposts, only if the title really sounds inviting. I’ve never done a ‘promo post’ on a tour because I don’t really see the point ;-). At least you haven’t lost your reading mojo, that’s the most important thing. You always take on so much, I get why you need a break! Take your time, I hope it’ll do you well lovely!

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      I’ve been close though. Definitely lost my reading mojo on holiday. Weirdest feeling 😄

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  13. October 15, 2018 at 9:47 am

    Sorry about your crappy week Eva. I hope that things will be better this week.

    As for tours, I only read the review posts and yes, they do influence whether or not I will get the book especially if the posts are by bloggers that I trust and have similar interests with. I never read extracts though.

    Have a good week ❤

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    • October 17, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      I read reviews from trusted bloggers when I’m unsure about whether I should buy a book or not. Or when it’s one I’ve never heard off. Extracts to me are spoilers and I hate spoilers.

      Hope you’re having a good week too, Diana! 😘


  14. October 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    Hugs hugs hugs. Hope next week is better with not so much drama!! 😘

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