What a week it’s been. I’ve been completely out of sorts and rather grumpy. Actually, let’s just call a spade a spade. Bitchy. I’ve been extremely bitchy! Everything and everyone got on my wick like you wouldn’t believe. Massive thanks to my sounding boards (the shallow tribe, pea in a pod, kindred spirit and my book pimp aka the rather annoying one 😉) for letting me rant and rave and just quite generally being the best friends a girl could possibly have.
On top of that, last week I made the mistake of mentioning Winter. That pesky cold season that seemed a tad elusive at that point, which my big mouth obviously summoned like magic. Ugh! Cue hail, snow and freezing temperatures at a time when I’m actually starting to count down to Spring. Not cool Mother Nature!
Reading-wise, I actually thought I’d been incredibly productive once again. But no. By the time Friday arrived, I realised I had only finished one book. I even checked Goodreads to make sure. I have no idea what happened but at this rate, I’ll be behind schedule again instead of ahead and that just won’t do. Seriously, because February is utterly mental! 🙄
| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |
Well. That could have been a whole lot worse, I suppose. And at least, all three were brilliant. But still. Must do better. Reminds me of my school report cards. Ah, nostalgia. 😏
| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |
Oh, dear. Although … I personally didn’t buy any. But my book pimp (the rather annoying one) took me virtually shopping and we hit various charity shops and my goodness, it was sheer heaven! Drop me off in one of those shops and you won’t see me for hours! We got some very nice goodies, let me tell you.
| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |
One request that was actually approved for a change (Closer Than You Think). I was on a negative run there for weeks and considering a Netgalley boycott out of protest *. The other two I was invited to read.
(* : No, I clearly did not think that one through because obviously it would hurt me a hell of a lot more than it would hurt them)
| BOOKPOST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP |
Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward, with thanks to Quercus, for a blog tour. Yes, that’s my hand. Don’t get too excited. I’m looking at you, Zoë 😂
| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |
Monday : Shared an extract for my stop on the blog tour for The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard
Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for Changeling by Matt Wesolowski
Wednesday : Joined the blog tour for Only A Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter and shared My Week in Books
Thursday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Red Snow by Will Dean
Friday : Joined the blog tour for Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb
Saturday : Took a day off.
Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up
| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |
Monday : Review | Bridge to Burn by Rachel Amphlett
Tuesday : Review | Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton
Wednesday : This Weeks in Books
Thursday : Review | Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox
Friday : Blog tour | Review | The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott
Saturday : Blog tour | Review | A Promise to the Dead by Victoria Jenkins
Sunday : Blog tour | Extract | In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter
Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up
I say I’ll be posting reviews but well, let’s just say my review pile hasn’t exactly gone down so if they don’t get written, there will obviously be no posts. 😂
Question of the week : Prompted by a conversation earlier this week, I’m wondering about star ratings and rounding up or down. I only use star ratings on Goodreads, Netgalley and Amazon because I don’t have a choice. I’d rather not use them at all. I’d like to think my reviews give you a fairly good idea on what I thought of a book, so I don’t use them on my blog.
Up until now, I’ve been rounding up. But the rather annoying one made a very valid point a few days ago. It’s rare but it happens 😉.
Let’s say you give a book 4.5 stars. I have been rounding that up to 5 but others would turn it into a 4. The reasoning is, if you really loved the book that much, you’d give it 5 stars and not 4.5. So there was something that held you back from finding it “perfect”. Thus, round down to 4. That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Yet, I can’t seem to do it. I’ve always rounded up. I’m pretty sure it’s what I was taught in school, although that was such a long time ago that my memories could be slightly blurry. So, what do you do? Up, down, don’t care? These are serious questions, people!
Right. Enough babble. Must read! If I’m even more quiet than usual around various parts of the internet this week, don’t worry. I’ll either be reading, trying to catch up. Or I’ll be trying not to shoot my mouth off and hurt people’s feelings. 😂
Hope you all have a fabulous week! See you next time! Happy reading! xx