Weekly Wrap-Up (March 31)

And just like that, we’re on the last day of March. How the hell did that happen?!

Spring has finally sprung! So have the weeds, so I’ve been outside doing a spot of gardening and enjoying the sunshine to the fullest. During a somewhat odd burst of energy, I even tackled my windows. Completely overdid it so also spent some time on my sofa like some eighty year old granny. But at least the windows are clean so there’s that. One more final word about the arrival of Spring : achoo! Bloody hay fever πŸ™„

Reading-wise, I’ve had a weird kind of week. My concentration levels apparently decided to take some time off and while I felt I was reading up a storm, there were days where I managed about 30 pages in the space of two hours, which really isn’t productive.


Hm. That’s not too bad, I suppose. When I wrote this wrap-up, there were only four. But I managed to squeeze in a fifth one late last night. Still, must do better! By the way, great reads! And one of them may just find its way onto my list of “books of the year”.


None! Totally nailed it! But I have my eye on lots of goodies that are published on April 4th so don’t get too excited! πŸ˜‚


With thanks to Penguin and Headline!


Monday : Took the day off

Tuesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Shared my review for Whatever Happened to Betsy Blake by David B. Lyons

Friday : Joined the blog tour for She Lies in Wait by Gytha Hodge

Saturday : Took the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up


Monday : Review | Run Away by Harlan Coben

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Publication blast |Review | Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Friday : Don’t know yet. Maybe nothing. Maybe something.

Saturday : Once again taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

This week shall be known as the quiet before the storm because I had a look at my schedule for April and I’m not entirely sure what happened, but it’s just slightly out of control. 😳

Things what annoyed me this week : authors and thank you’s. Getting acknowledged by an author for a review you wrote is of course fantastic. Are they obliged to thank you? No, they’re not. But I’m sure we all appreciate it when they do.

What annoys me are the authors who cherry-pick. Especially on a blog tour. Personally, I feel you either thank everyone individually, post a blanket thank you for everyone or just not thank anyone at all. But to pick and choose and ignore others, I don’t think that’s right. We’ve read this author’s book, we’ve posted our review, we are sharing it like mad all over on a tour that’s all about promoting the author and their book. And when they ignore a review, it’s hard not to take it personally. Someone tweeted something last week about being kind and supportive to authors. I think that works both ways.


I may make this a regular thing. Things (and people) often annoy me πŸ€”. It’s good to get it out, right?

Time to get to grips with some reviews. Wishing you all a fabulous week and I’ll see you next time . Happy reading! xx

  31 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (March 31)

  1. March 31, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    I agree with you on the author / blogger thing. No, they don’t HAVE to thank us but considering the time we invest it’s just common decency. A blanket thanks is fine and takes like 3 secs. And yes, leaving out one blogger sucks, I would definitely take that the wrong way even though the author probably doesn’t even mean it that way. Also: I often get annoyed by things and people too. It’s not me, it’s them πŸ˜‚

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  2. March 31, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Definitely good to get it out…and I agree about the author thing. Deep calming breath before heading into April πŸ™ˆ

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    • April 2, 2019 at 11:21 am

      Oh, deep breathing, yes. I was thinking wine. πŸ€”

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      • April 2, 2019 at 11:42 am

        Well yes, wine goes without saying. Just thought the deep breathing might help as well πŸ˜†

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  3. Karen
    March 31, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    I can’t believe you haven’t bought anything! I agree on the blog tour thing. It doesn’t bother me at all if an author ignores my random review, I know they are busy but I’ve had my review ignored by an author on a recent blog tour and when I saw her sharing everyone else’s, I had to wonder what was so awful about mine. It was a short tour with a poster – not hard to keep up with. The downside of blog tours!


  4. March 31, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    β€œStill, must do better!” I think 5 books a week is more than good enough!! That’s only one less that I read all month 🀣


  5. March 31, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Yup that is annoying, also publishers who don’t respond to emails when you send them links to your review.

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  6. March 31, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I’m in awe of you not only gardening but doing the windows, too!!

    Looking forward to your reviews of those books next weekπŸ’œ

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  7. March 31, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Gardening and windows! You have had quite the week!! x
    Finding Dorothy sounds fascinating!
    So which one may end up on your favorite reads of the year?? Inquiring minds want to know πŸ˜‰

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  8. March 31, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Get it all out, love! pick and choose is definitely a no-no!!!

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  9. March 31, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    I like if I get appreciated for the amount of time I invest in reading and reviewing, but i don’t particularly see if athour thanked me or mentioned me in comments or on social media and when it’s a blog tour I hardly check. But It’s good manner to thank someone for sharing or promoting your work.

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  10. March 31, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Well you know my thoughts πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ No cherry picking allowed!! Also fab reading can’t believe you overtook mebso quickly beep beep 🀣

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  11. Yvo
    March 31, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Wow you are killing me with your recent reads! The Passengers, The Librarian Of Auschwitz and Run Away are all very high on my wishlist. πŸ˜‰

    Also, you are completely right about the whole author thing… I mean, thanking only certain bloggers and leaving other (most likely less popular) bloggers out is just a big no no. I mean, it doesn’t really incentivize us to keep joining blog tours and help sharing the love, does it? Support goes both ways; we should make a banner out of it. πŸ˜‰ Have a wonderful week! xx

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  12. April 1, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Definitely annoying! And quite frankly, rude! I can’t help but notice you have bought zero books this week and will bear that in mind next time you pick on me and my poor TBR… πŸ˜‰

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    • April 2, 2019 at 11:23 am

      Hang on a minute! Because the 20 I bought in the previous weeks don’t count, do they?! 🀣

      Liked by 1 person

      • April 3, 2019 at 12:26 am

        πŸ˜‚ Nope! That’s soooooo last week!


  13. April 6, 2019 at 10:54 pm

    Totally agree about either thanking everyone in a tour or a general thank you, support definitely should go both ways.


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