Weekly Wrap-Up (May 19)

*insert long rant about how crappy this week has been here*

Thank you for all the well-wishes on twitter. I’m fine. There is just a whole lot of family shit going on, which came at me like a speeding train and I felt completely overwhelmed by everything. On top of that, I seem to have landed myself in a reading slump and I’m suffering from a crisis in confidence, partly brought on by being the only blogger who wasn’t thanked by an author for her review on a blog tour. I know I shouldn’t let that get to me but man, it’s hard not to take that personally. (Thank you, shallow tribe! You know why! 😘)

Luckily, Line of Duty came to the rescue. I binge-watched all 5 seasons and am all caught up, ready for more! What a brilliant show. I can’t believe it passed me by all this time. It’s extremely impressive how a show where lots of scenes are just played out around a table can be so bloody thrilling!

Those wonderful days were quickly followed by picking up numerous books, reading a few pages and putting them back on my shelf. Nothing, absolutely nothing was grabbing me. No reading for me today as I have company and for once I’m actually glad about that. But tomorrow, I’m going to have to force myself to read a book for a blog tour and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.

So, what did I read this week?


I don’t even care. I’m okay with this. That could easily have said just the one book, which I needed to read for a tour.


Adding some more books to my Harlan Coben collection. These have the most wonderful colourful spines and look so pretty on my bookshelf. Little Darlings was one I’ve been waiting for and should hopefully get around to reading soon. (That’s actually one I picked up and put back after 10 pages 😳) The other one, I don’t have a clue where I saw it or why I wanted to buy it, but since I wrote it down I must have had a reason so here it is. 😂


Courtesy of Avon and Orenda, both for blog tours.


Monday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Thursday : Joined the blog tour for Tell Me Where You Are by Moira Forsyth

Friday : Shared my review for Anna of Kleve by Alison Weir

Saturday : Took the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Nailed it 🤣


Monday : Nothing planned

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Breakers by Doug Johnstone

Friday : There may be something but probably not

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Note to self : This is good. We like this. Try and keep it up. Even if we still have to read the one for Thursday 🙄

Fun little question this week because I’m curious as heck about the answers that’ll pop up. Brought on by little old me saying she’d never read a Michael Connelly book before Dark Sacred Night.

Name an author (or two) whose books you’ve never read. If any of you say Karin Slaughter, I might just hurt you! 😂

My answer would be : Lee Child. It’s a name I see mentioned quite a lot, yet somehow it’s not one that’s made its way onto my bookshelves. Have you read any of his books? Am I missing out something extraordinary?

That’s it for this week’s wrap-up. Wishing you all a fabulous week, preferably with sunshine (not looking good here). Until next time. Happy reading! xx

  44 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (May 19)

  1. May 19, 2019 at 11:25 am

    I would have thought an author would thank everyone for their time – a lot goes into reviewing 👍💕

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      You would, wouldn’t you? But not all do. I don’t even mind that. Thank everyone or thank nobody. It’s the picking and choosing I have a bit of an issue with.


  2. May 19, 2019 at 11:41 am

    *raises hand very slowly* erm, Karin slaughter 🙈 Also, Lee Child like you.

    Also, I totally get the author thing! It happened to me once and it sucks to be honest, esp when everyone else gets that small mention!

    Hope you get out of your book slump soon, Eva x

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:44 pm

      😲 Good thing I’m not a violent person. Also, from the comments that came after yours, you are not the only one so if I’d have to hurt everyone, I’d have some awful injuries 😂

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  3. May 19, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I know what you mean about the crisis of confidence. Sometimes I’ve poured heart and soul into a review for a book I adored and the reaction seems a little lukewarm. Anyway, not to worry as all your reviews are fabulous. Hope you have a better week this week and can get on with that reading you need to do.

    Can’t believe you’ve watched all of Line of Duty already. That is serious binge-watching. I’m doing an episode a day in the week and wish I could fit more in. You’re right, so much is round that table and yet it’s absolutely compelling viewing.

    I haven’t read any Lee Child either and honestly don’t think his stuff is my thing. I have read one or two Karin Slaughter though (phew!).

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:45 pm

      Aw, thank you. I know what you mean though. Some reviews I’m actually quite proud of, which doesn’t happen often, so to see them ignored is pretty upsetting.

      Cookies for having read Slaughter!


  4. May 19, 2019 at 11:55 am

    I haven’t read any Karin slaughter , please don’t hurt me, but I tried a Lee Child and couldn’t work out what ll the fuss was about, not my thing at all. I’d also be really gutted if I didn’t get a mention so completely understand you feeling like that. Hope the family situation improves xxx

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  5. Karen
    May 19, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Get your confidence back missus, your reviews are fab. I wish mine were as half as good as yours.

    On the author thing, Michael Connolly, Lee Child and …..don’t hurt me, 😳 Karin Slaughter (although I started collecting her books years ago!) 🤔

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      Ha! And I wish mine were half as good as yours! We’re never happy with what we write, are we? 😘

      I’ll go easy on you because you’ve at least started collecting them 🤣


  6. Jo
    May 19, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    It seems that I’m not alone in having never ready any Karin Slaughter! Or Lee Child, for that matter.

    Hope you’re feeling more yourself soon – your reviews are excellent x

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:47 pm

      You aren’t. I’m shocked there are so many of you! Haven’t I been shouting about her enough? 😂

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  7. May 19, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Well you know I got a Karin Slaughter for Christmas that you recommended. Although I’ve not read it yet, 🤦🏻‍♀️ don’t hurt me! 😂

    Plus totally get the binge watching seeing as though I’m working my way through Supernatural 😉 although at a much slower pace 😂

    Here’s to a better week Eva! 😘

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      But you’ll be reading it soon, right? Since you’re ahead of schedule and all? Sam and Dean can wait for an evening 😉😂

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  8. May 19, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    I have read Karin Slaughter (phew…). And some Lee Child. The quality of the latter is not quite consistent, but I would recommend ‘Gone Tomorrow, the very first Jack Reacher book I came across. Never read any Stephen King though.

    Don’t let your confidence be affected by not being thanked. Perhaps it was an accidental oversight, or perhaps the author is just an ungrateful person, whom you should stop supporting. In any case there are so many more important things in life and having a popular block and supportive followers should hopefully boost your confidence.

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      Very wise words. Thank you. It’s not like there aren’t any more important things going on in the world.


  9. May 19, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    Sorry to hear about your reading slump but I’m sure it will end soon. The book that will do it is out there somewhere just waiting for you….

    As to your question, excuse me a moment while I don body armour: Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Stephen King, J K Rowling… I could go on 😁

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      At this point in my comments, the Karin Slaughter thing doesn’t even surprise me anymore 😂

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  10. May 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    The author probably overlooked your review or something, it can’t have been a conscious decision because your reviews are ace! Hope you get your confidence back soon cos honestly what hope is there for the likes of me when reviewers like you lose confidence 🙈😂 It took me a while to get into Little Darlings as well, but I ended up loving it so come back to it when you’re back from your slump. I haven’t read Lee Child but of course I have read Karin Slaughter (seriously how brilliant was Pretty Girls?!) There are loads of supposedly fab authors I haven’t read yet, at this point I’m just happy that I read Inborn and therefore don’t have to tell you I haven’t read Thomas Enger 😂

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:59 pm

      🤣😂 You do crack me up! Your reviews are fab!

      Thank goodness you’ve read Karin Slaughter! Pretty Girls was fantastic! I can’t wait for June when her next one is out.

      Not having read any Thomas Enger would have been really bad. I’m breathing a sigh of relief here 😂

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  11. May 19, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Lee child’s need to be read! I’m on a break with him though! I am so glad you got Myron series!
    We will always be here for you lovely ❤️

    Well you tell me off for the authors I haven’t read yet 🤣

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  12. May 19, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    Here’s to a better week coming up…hope the family stuff is sorted and let’s hope it was an oversight on the author’s part 😘
    I haven’t read any Lee Child either although I do have Past Tense on my bookshelves because I was assured it could be read as a standalone. Hope you enjoy All the Hidden Truths and thanks for more Harlan Coben’s to add to my list 🙈😂

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  13. May 19, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I’m so sorry you have such a crap week. I know exactly what you mean about writing reviews though. I panic and worry myself over them all the time. I never think I can do a brilliant book the justice I think it deserves. I love reading your reviews ❤️

    I have Angela Marsons still to read and also LJ Ross, I do own several of each authors books.

    I really hope you have a better week. Tons of hugs and love to you 💕🤗

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:55 pm

      Oh wow, I didn’t realise you hadn’t read any Angela Marsons books yet. They’re so good! Hope you get around to it soon. I read one of LJ Ross’s and decided the series wasn’t for me but it’s hugely popular apparently.

      Hope you have a great week too, lovely! ❤️

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  14. May 19, 2019 at 8:56 pm

    I hope you’ll have a better week than the last! Your reviews are always fabulous so I’m sure the author didn’t mean to ignore you! I’m a Karin Slaughter fan and I think they were one of the first series I read… as for Lee Child, my OH has the whole series and has read 20. I always ask about the story and I know enough to know it’s not for me… even when he’s in the middle of the novel there hasn’t happened anything spectacular yet, so definitely a slow beginning and then he always has sex with some woman he meets in the local town or a colleague, and then there’s all the shooting where everyone is getting killed. I love the movie but I’ll pass on the books. I haven’t read Frederik Backman yet or Steve Kavanagh but hope to change that soon.

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

      That doesn’t sound like my kind of thing at all. I feel much better about never having read any of them now.

      I have a few of Backman’s books to catch up on but I loved The Scandal and Us Against You so much, I’m worried giving them a go. If that makes sense.

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  15. May 20, 2019 at 1:16 am

    Chin up, Eva💜 I’ve been there with that author snub only to later learn it was unintentional. Go that direction and you’ll shake it off and feel better.

    I’ve read the first two books in the Jack Reacher series and I liked them but believe they might not be your cuppa. Read the first chapter using the Goodreads sample and you’ll know for certain. He’s an unusual character.

    An author I haven’t read that everyone else seems to have…Rachel Amphlett! I just can’t get to her yet but am collecting her books😍

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    • May 20, 2019 at 4:52 pm

      Shaking it off! Until it happens again, probably 🤣

      Lee Child doesn’t seem to be a huge favourite amongst my blog followers. That’s interesting.

      Ooh, Rachel. Yay for collecting them and hopefully you’ll get around go reading one of them soon!

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  16. May 20, 2019 at 1:53 am

    I’m sorry about your rough week, Eva! I hope this week is a much better one. I also understand about the author snub. Sending lots of love and good wishes for the family stuff. ♥️

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  17. May 20, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Looks like you are going to hurt so many including me! 😂 I haven’t read any book by Karin Slaughter, Lee Child, Agatha Christie and many other authors that I wish to read.
    I’m sorry you had rough week. I hope this and all coming weeks are better.

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    • May 24, 2019 at 10:58 am

      I’m almost sorry I mentioned Karin Slaughter. I didn’t expect this response at all 😂

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Yvo
    May 21, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    I hope you get your reading mojo back soon! I can send Austin Powers to the rescue if you want? 😉 Also, your reviews are wonderful so don’t listen to anyone who says otherwise or fails to thank you. And it looks like we are Breakers blog tour buddies on Thursday! ❤ Those UK paperback copies of Harlan Coben are so wonderful by the way; I love the colorful spines! I really need to get more of them ASAP but I still need to get a bookcase first haha.

    As for your question: I only ever read one Lee Child book and I wasn't impressed, so I might not be the best person to judge. There are a lot of authors I haven't tried myself (find any author with books with shirtless dudes on the cover and I'll pass immediately haha), but to answer more seriously and name a few others: Tana French, Rick Riordan, any Bronte sister, Nicolas Sparks… The only one likely to be crossed off that list any time soon would be Tana French. 😉

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    • May 24, 2019 at 11:00 am

      Reading mojo still missing. I have tours on Monday and Tuesday and no desire whatsoever to actually read the books 😱

      Liked by 1 person

      • Yvo
        May 25, 2019 at 10:42 pm

        Oh dear that’s horrible! Fingers crossed things will improve soon… Have you tried rereading an old favorite to see if your mojo comes back?


  19. May 29, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Tell me who that author was and I shall prepare a special green blancmange to drop on her head!! Nobody disses our Eva and gets away with it!! 😡

    Liked by 1 person

    • May 30, 2019 at 11:24 am

      Seems like a waste of a perfectly good dessert. Unless you’re really bad at making it, in which case go for it 🤣

      Liked by 1 person

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