Weekly Wrap-Up (June 23)

Boy, am I glad to see the back of this week. So much stress and anxiety, tis not good for the soul.

On Tuesday, the ball-and-chain and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary. Condolences welcome πŸ˜‰. Now, you’d think that after 20 years, he would know that a) I don’t like surprises and b) I don’t like being the centre of attention. So naturally, he organised something behind my back that “involved other people”. I didn’t know where we were going, what I was supposed to wear, when I was supposed to be ready, nothing. And I hated every single minute of that day. Turns out we just went to a fancy restaurant with his stepbrother and stepbrother’s wife. And it was fantastic, had a really good time, sat outside until midnight, ate great food, drank fabulous wine and a cheeky limoncello or two.

But I could have done without the added stress as doggie wasn’t well again and I hated having to leave her behind with my mother-in-law, the babysitter. Yoshi was incredibly unsteady on her paws, almost toppled over a few times. She wouldn’t eat, she slept a lot. All in all, just not the kind of behaviour I’m used to from her. She’s also started walking into furniture as her sight is going. Anyway, stressful! For those wondering, she seems to be a bit better now but I’m obviously watching her like a hawk.

Obviously, all of this took a massive toll on my reading. I knew those 7 books last week would be a fluke but I wasn’t prepared for this week’s downward spiral. πŸ˜‚


Yep. Three. That’s it. Apart from a book where I got to 200 pages and then abandoned it. Two absolute corkers up there though! I’m sure you’ll be able to guess which ones πŸ˜‰


Of course I was going to get a hardback of The Whisper Man for my shelves! While browsing, I stumbled upon Allen Eskens and I really need to get caught up on his books so there is one. Charlie Donlea is someone I keep hearing lots about. I’ve only read two of his books so far, although I do have the others.


Black Summer was a book I chose in a giveaway I won. The other two are for blog tours, kindly forwarded on by Zoé 😘


Monday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Death and Other Happy Endings by Melanie Cantor

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for Forget Me Not by Claire Allan

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for The Serpent’s Mark by S.W. Perry

Thursday : Reviewed Beneath the Surface by Jo Spain

Friday : Joined the blog tour for The Whisper Man by Alex North

Saturday : Took the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

I’m impressed with myself for getting this all out there on the right days and on time, considering the week I’ve had.


Monday : Review | The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

Tuesday : Review | After the End by Claire Mackintosh

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Blog tour | Don’t Ever Tell by Lucy Dawson

Friday : Review | The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Look at that! Just the one blog tour! Do you need a minute? Feel a tad faint? πŸ˜‚

My next blog tour isn’t until July 3rd. But I’ve only read 5 books from my 20 Books of Summer list so far, so I really need to get a move on. This upcoming week promises to be HOT AS HELL with temperatures of 38Β°C coming our way. The perfect excuse for doing absolutely nothing but read. Hopefully by the weekend, I’ll have another 7 books under my belt because this silly 3 just will not do!

Right, I have one review to write. I know, you’re jealous. Then I might browse around, possibly buy some more books as I still have a tiny bit of room left on my shelves and it looks stupid πŸ˜‰.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week! If you’re caught up in a heatwave as I am, stay cool and drink lots of water. If not, erm, sorry πŸ˜‚. Until next time! Happy reading! xx

  33 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (June 23)

  1. June 23, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Well three books is one more than me this week. Glad your anniversary dinner went well, although the run up to it doesn’t sound good. And congratulations by the way xx

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    • June 23, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      Thank you!

      Well, you had company so two books isn’t so bad in the grand scheme of things! I’m sure you’ll catch up on holiday!

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  2. June 23, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    I am hating this heatwave!!
    Sending my biggest hugs to Yoshi!
    I’m glad you enjoyed your 20th anniversary! x

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  3. June 23, 2019 at 1:41 pm

    A belated happy anniversary! Glad you enjoyed the evening if not the dayβ€”it sounds excellent, just my type of night out 😁 Hope Yoshi continues to improve. Far from a heat wave here…why can’t we have a happy medium!!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 8:33 am

      Thank you!

      I don’t know why we can’t have a happy medium. These temperatures we’re having this week are not normal for our region, yet they’re happening more and more. I’m running on two hours of sleep today. This will not end well πŸ˜‚

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      • June 25, 2019 at 10:21 am

        Nothing worse than tossing and turning all night because it’s too hot πŸ₯΅ My sister’s just invested in an air conditioning unit, it’s been so bad where she is – combined with the fact she lives in a new build that holds the heat.

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        • June 25, 2019 at 10:59 am

          I’ve been trying to convince the hubby we should do that too. Hasn’t worked so far πŸ™„

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          • June 25, 2019 at 3:18 pm

            Men don’t seem to be as bothered by the heat as we do….keep trying 🀞🏼


  4. Karen
    June 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    Congrats on your anniversary, I don’t like surprises either if they involve other people. I hope Yoshi is ok. Our ‘heatwave’ has buggered off after a day of 🌞yesterday!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 8:34 am

      I don’t like surprises in general. I specifically don’t like them when the OH organises them because they tend to be things HE wants/likes and not me. πŸ˜‚


  5. June 23, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Three is not that bad! Well for you it is but us mere mortals are really quite happy when we’ve read three books in a week πŸ˜‹ Poor Yoshi, I hate that she’s been so poorly, I hope you can keep her somewhat cool in these temperatures!

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    • June 25, 2019 at 8:35 am

      I hate it too. It’s hard to see but considering her age, I guess it’s something we’ll have to deal with on a daily basis.


  6. June 23, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    Congratulations on 20 years. I hate surprises too so I would have been thoroughly miserable waiting for it as well. Sorry to hear about Yoshi though 😦

    Wondering what the book you DNFd was. I’m jealous of you getting your hands on Black Summer already. I think I will wait for the paperback.

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    • June 25, 2019 at 8:36 am

      I’m a hardback addict so I just couldn’t wait. And I had the previous one from Goldsboro’s Book of the Month so it looks weird on the shelf if I had waited for the paperback πŸ˜‚ (that’s my excuse)

      The DNF was A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas. Have you read it?

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      • June 25, 2019 at 8:49 am

        And it’s a fine excuse. I have the paperback of The Puppet Show and I do prefer paperbacks generally.

        No I haven’t read A Good Enough Mother. I have it on my Kindle and do fancy reading it but probably never will.

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        • June 25, 2019 at 8:56 am

          I try so hard not to break the spine on paperbacks that I get cramps in my hands, hence the hardbacks πŸ˜„


  7. June 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    Congratulations of 20 years! We are celebrating 21 soon and I’m sure he wouldn’t dare surprise me! Hope doggy feels better x

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  8. Jo
    June 23, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Love that you’ve read Black Summer already! πŸ˜€ And happy anniversary! x

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    • June 25, 2019 at 8:37 am

      It arrived so quickly, I was sure it was a sign to say I should read it immediately! πŸ˜‚

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  9. June 23, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    Never mind – they say the first twenty years is the worst! πŸ˜‰ So sorry to hear about your wee dog – I do hope she improves and has some good times ahead.

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  10. Yvo
    June 24, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Poor poor Yoshi! I hope she feels better soon… I can’t wait to finally read The Puppet Show next month so I can hopefully get a copy of Black Summer soon after. πŸ˜‰ And that heatwave sounds terrible!! Do you want me to send some of the cold front that’s coming here tomorrow to you? Have a wonderful week and stay cool! xx

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    • June 25, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Erm, well, no, thank you. I’d like something nice in between my extreme heat and your cold front, if that’s okay πŸ˜‚

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      • Yvo
        June 26, 2019 at 9:03 pm

        Haha wouldn’t it be nice to live somewhere where it’s 20Β°C and nice weather most of the time? xD

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        • June 26, 2019 at 9:08 pm

          That’s too cold! 🀣

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          • Yvo
            June 26, 2019 at 10:12 pm

            25Β°C then? Anything above the 12Β°C max we are having today would already work for me haha.

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  11. June 25, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I got all mentioned lol always a pleasure! So glad the anniversary meal went well 🀣 x

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  12. June 25, 2019 at 9:05 pm

    How did I not know you were celebrating your wedding anniversary!! Glad it didn’t turn out to be a traumatic event for you πŸ˜‚. Also, love limoncellos!!!! Clearly, you need me around to hit that 7 book target 😁

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