Weekly Wrap-Up (May 26)

I know I keep complaining about the weather like some old woman but seriously, what is going on? It doesn’t feel like May at all! One day I’m outside in a short-sleeved t-shirt basking in the sunshine and the next I’m having to turn on the heating.

The reading slump, I’m sad to say, continues. When pulling weeds in the garden sounds more appealing than a book, I know I’m definitely in trouble. So, I watched The Hobbit trilogy. Yes, again. And the behind the scenes footage as well. I’m not even sorry!

Am I getting in trouble with my schedule? Why, yes but also no. There’s nothing quite as stressful as finishing a book the evening before your blog tour stop and writing your review the morning of, though, is there?


Utterly pathetic ๐Ÿ˜‚. The Slaughter / Child collaboration doesn’t even count. It’s only about 85 pages. At least I’ve not missed a tour stop so far. Yet. I was hoping to add another one to that, which is for tomorrow’s blog tour but I’ve not finished it yet ๐Ÿ˜ณ


I really enjoyed Alice Feeney’s previous book so I Know Who You Are was a no-brainer. And I’ve been hearing so many good things about The Dangerous Kind that I just had to buy it.


One for a blog tour, one a proof copy. With thanks to Michael Joseph and One World Publications.


Monday : Nothing

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Breakers by Doug Johnstone

Friday : Forgot what I wanted to post here so didn’t post at all ๐Ÿคฃ

Saturday : Took the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Anyone else missing the days where I posted every day like a mad woman? Just me? Okay then.


Monday : Blog tour | Review | Your Deepest Fear by David Jackson

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | The Wartime Midwives by Daisy Styles

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Nothing

Friday : 20 Books of Summer Challenge

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

I have a few busier weeks coming up the next few months but not as particularly crazy as I’ve been known to do. Which is good thing because as you can see from Friday’s post, I will be joining in the 20 Books of Summer Challenge again this year and I will, like last year, be reading those 20 books on top of my other commitments. Nothing like living a bit dangerously, especially in the middle of a reading slump ๐Ÿ˜‚

This afternoon, I shall be finishing the book I’m currently reading for tomorrow’s blog tour. And then I’ll probably not be picking up another book for a few days and try not to worry about that or my schedule. But first, it’s civic duty time and voting.

Question of the week : Another easy one for you this week. What is your favourite book so far this year? I’ll even allow you to split your choices up into genres, if need be.

For me, it would be “The Taking of Annie Thorne” and in the historical fiction genre “Finding Dorothy”. Your turn!

That’s it! Wishing you all a fabulous week and lots of happy reading! xx

  34 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (May 26)

  1. May 26, 2019 at 11:27 am

    The Taking of Annie Thorn, really? OK, that’s made the decision of what book from my own TBR to read first a whole lot easier! I hope you snap out of the slump soon! It’s a good thing that you thrive under stress though ๐Ÿ˜„

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    • May 26, 2019 at 11:42 am

      Oh, dear, the pressure! Now I’m all worried you won’t like it ๐Ÿคฃ

      Also, don’t think I didn’t notice you didn’t actually answer the question ๐Ÿ˜œ


      • May 26, 2019 at 11:46 am

        I loved her previous book so I’m bound to at least like Annie Thorne. Well-spotted! I have no clue!! No clue whatsoever! Ask easier questions and you’ll get an answer ๐Ÿ˜œ

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  2. May 26, 2019 at 11:38 am

    I haven’t a clue what my favourite book is so far as I’ve read so many good ones. I’m on a tour later on this week and still reading the book so I totally understand where you’re coming from. I hope I’ll have the review written a few days before the tour though! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • May 26, 2019 at 11:43 am

      I make a list as I go along. Otherwise I’d be in serious trouble in December when I do the “favourite books of the year” thing.

      I’m sure you’ll be fine! I’ll be cheering you on!


  3. Karen
    May 26, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Despite not having many tour reviews in May because of holidays I’ve managed to get behind schedule for early June tours and feeling the pressure atm ๐Ÿ™„I have a few favourites this year but probably The Puppet Show tops the list so far.

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:24 am

      Oh, yes, that was a brilliant one! I can’t wait for the follow-up. Sorry to hear you’ve fallen behind again though. I feel your pain ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  4. May 26, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Sorry you’re still in a reading slump ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I honestly don’t know how you manage so many blog tours…and writing your review on the last minute would (not that I can tell, your reviews are always so good) but it would send me into a tail spin.
    I’m having a listening slump atm, just can’t seem to stick with an audio.
    As for favourite books… so far I have about 8 listed including Out Of The Silence and The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter.

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:26 am

      It’s a tad stressful. I don’t recommend it ๐Ÿ˜‚ (and thank you! ๐Ÿ˜˜)

      As for the blog tours, I don’t know. I’m probably just addicted. Someone should start a blog tour rehab and I’ll be the first to sign up. I was doing quite well in cutting down at one point. But judging by my June and July schedule … well, let’s just say my good intentions didn’t last long. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  5. May 26, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    I feel like you, talking/complaining about the weather all the time. I used to think growing up, why do my grandparents gripe and talk about the weather so much and now, I sound like them!! This has got to stop! Then, when we finally get some sunshine or nice weather, I run outside and do as much as I can before we are hit with another storm. Back inside, Iโ€™m running around trying to get all my inside projects done in hopes of sunshine days and therefore, my reading is so far behind, Iโ€™m ashamed to even look at my books. I think my books now need to be dusted -ha.
    Iโ€™ve vowed to turn this around this week, I said this last month but May slipped between my fingers and now June is before me. I donโ€™t want summer to pass me by. Grab a book, a cold beverage and Iโ€™ll meet you out under the sun ๐ŸŒž

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:29 am

      Yes! Exactly that!

      Can you believe June is right around the corner? I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything since Christmas. Time needs to just stop for a while ๐Ÿ˜‚


  6. May 26, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    You donโ€™t sound like an old woman complaining about the weather. Weโ€™re in the middle of some sort of heat wave and itโ€™s SO HOT here in NC. ๐Ÿฅต Iโ€™ve been complaining about that.

    All the best with the reading challenge. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Iโ€™ve read a few really great books this year. Itโ€™s hard to decide which one I liked best. ๐Ÿค” Iโ€™ll have to think about that one. But Iโ€™ve read some really great non-fiction books. Loved Trevor Noahโ€™s Born a Crime and Bad Blood by John Carryrou about the Theranos scandal.

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:31 am

      I quite like the heat but I’d probably complain about a heatwave as well because then I can’t sleep at night ๐Ÿ˜‚

      Oh, I’ve heard some great things about Trevor Noah’s book. I don’t normally read that genre but I’m tempted.

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      • May 29, 2019 at 3:28 pm

        I donโ€™t get along with the heat. It just wears me out.

        Iโ€™ve been hitting a home run with non-fiction books lately. Trevor narrates his own book and does an incredible job. I was all broken up over the things he endured by the time I got to the end of that book. It really was excellent!! (I didnโ€™t like the cussing though.)

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  7. May 26, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Iโ€™m really sorry your reading slump continues. My hope is you find whatever it is you need to do to reignite that joy of reading. Been there๐Ÿ’œ

    My favorite book read this year (so far) is Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. It will probably end up being my favorite of the year.

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:31 am

      That so very nearly made it onto my 20 Books of Summer Challenge list. May need to take it on holiday with me though.

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  8. May 26, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Sounds sensible to take a short break if you are in a reading slump. Reading is after all meant to be fun ๐Ÿ™‚ . I don’t read many new books, the only 2019 book I can think of is James Oswald’s Cold as the Grave, so that has got to be my answer to your question.

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:32 am

      I wish I could be more like you, to be honest. I have so many brilliant books on my shelves, some of which have been there for years, and yet I always seem to be reading the latest releases.


  9. May 26, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Oh it’s all a matter of perspective.. if I were to read 3 books in a week I would have an amazing week. I’ve been looking enviously at The Dangerous Kind too, and I still haven’t read Feeney’s first novel, which is waiting for me as an ecopy (which is probably why it’s still waiting). But great choices, I love to hear how they go! As for my fav this year, in my top 10 I definitely want to list The Doll Factory (historical fiction) and The Passengers (sci-fi fiction (yeah it’s basically a thriller and not really sci-fi but it’s cool to pretend I read one sci-fi novel this year).

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:34 am

      The Passengers is fantastic and The Doll Factory is on a shelf somewhere.

      True it’s all about perspective. For someone like me, who regularly read 7 or 8 books a week, 3 is quite low but I’ve lowered my standards for now ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  10. Vicki_cosybooks
    May 26, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    You’ve done pretty well by my standards, reading slump or not! I’m nearly always right up to the line with blog tour books but Ive actually read this weeks! I just need to write the reviews ๐Ÿ™„
    I read I know who you are this week. It’s good but just not quite as good as Sometimes I Lie if I’m honest. To be fair, Its a hard one to live up to I guess.
    Favourites for me so far this year would be My Lovely Wife (thriller) Those Who Are Loved (historical) and The Flight Of Cornelia Blackwood just because it’s so beautifully written. It’s a heartbreaker though (my best books always make me cry ๐Ÿ˜Š)

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    • May 26, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      My best books make me cry too, Vicki.

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:35 am

      I never reviewed Cornelia Blackwood because I just couldn’t find the words to do it justice. I didn’t cry but I came pretty close and that’s saying something for me. ๐Ÿ˜‚


  11. May 26, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Sorry you’re still in a reading slump, Eva. I wonder what will get you out of it. Perhaps if I send Richard round to read to you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ve already got 12 favourite books this year and we’re not even half way through. I’d have to say The Six Lives of Billy Binns as my overall favourite as it’s actually going to be one of my favourite books of all times. Historical fiction = The Doll Factory, although The Conviction of Cora Burns comes close.

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Oooh, I like the way you think! Yes, please! ๐Ÿ˜‚

      I hear you! It’s another amazing year for books! I really need to read Cora Burns. I’ve had it for ages!

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  12. May 26, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    I must’ve seen The Hobbit films dozens of times and I haven’t got bored of them yet. Gad to see you’ve got The Dangerous Kind, you’ll really enjoy it, Eva.

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:38 am

      So glad to hear I’m not alone, Jacob! They’re such fabulous movies and the first one just makes me smile. Martin is just fantastic!


  13. May 26, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    The Flatshare without a doubt!

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    • May 29, 2019 at 10:39 am

      Ooooh! I have it, even though I’m not entirely sure it’s my thing but if you rate it that highly, I might already stuff it in my suitcase for my holiday in September ๐Ÿค”

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  14. May 27, 2019 at 11:49 am

    It’s good you managed to read 3. I never read more than 2 per week, ‘without reading slump’. If i have reading slump I won’t read any! ๐Ÿ˜‚
    Best book so far – The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth .
    Genre – Chick-Lit / women’s Fiction. I have read more book in this genre this year than I have ever before.

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  15. May 29, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Crime: Cruel Acts by Jane Casey. New Fiction: Night Theatre by Vikram Paralkar. Classics: The Fair Maid of Perth by Sir Walter Scott.

    Hope you stop slumping soon, especially with those 20 Books to get through… ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ“š

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    • May 29, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Fully intend to catch up on that Jane Casey series. I have two books so far, none of which are the first one ๐Ÿคฃ

      If I fail the challenge, I can blame the slump and not myself ๐Ÿ˜‰


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