Weekly Wrap-Up (August 25)

Summer is back with a vengeance and I’m loving it! Meanwhile in Italy, they’re on their second week of continuous thunderstorms and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon. Fingers crossed Mother Nature gets her act together and my holiday won’t be a complete wash-out. Eek.

Other than that, it’s been a bit of a frustrating week. I’ve had people on my case trying to force me to do this, and that, and go there and wherever, not comprehending that it’s just not possible with a doggie that isn’t 100% and most definitely not in 33C degrees heat. I kind of accept (but not really) this behaviour from people who’ve never had a pet but not from the other half, who should bloody know better. Anyway, he’s off for the day and doggie and I have the house all to ourselves. I’d say we’re partying like there’s no tomorrow but she prefers to nap and as much as I’d like to think I’m the boss, I’m really not πŸ˜‚

Reading-wise, it’s been a good week. Helped enormously by fun buddy reads with Janel. Some more successful than others as apparently fantasy and moi don’t seem to mix very well. Oops. Today’s buddy read is non-fiction. I’ve not had much luck with those in the past either but so far so good. Somewhere in England, a certain someone is walking around with a smug smile on her face πŸ˜‰

So, what have I read this week?


Two review copies, four just because. Obviously these days I read faster when I decide not to review a book. I almost forgot how much fun that is but now that I have been reminded, I am determined to remain as commitment free as I can possibly be.

For those who enjoy the guessing game, there is one 5 star read in that lot.


I haven’t read a Philippa Gregory book in years but I liked the blurb of this one. Also, the cover is really pretty. So there’s that.


I haven’t read on Kindle in ages but I’ve been waiting for this final instalment in the 4MK Thriller trilogy and the hardback is insanely expensive. So as it was a “read now”, I just couldn’t resist.


Monday : Joined the blog tour for Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Tuesday : Reviewed Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Nothing to see here

Friday : Planned post moved to Saturday

Saturday : Shared my thoughts on The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

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Monday : Blog tour | Review | Dead Inside by Noelle Holten

Tuesday : Review | The Retreat by Sherri Smith

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Review | Rewind by Catherine Ryan Howard

Friday : Review | My 20th book of summer, title to be determined πŸ˜‚

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

My last relatively busy week, if I can help it. I really look forward to taking things a lot slower, to read when I want, to review when I want or not to when I don’t want, to *gasp* maybe do something other than reading.

So, one more book to go for the 20 Books of Summer challenge. Still. I obviously could have reviewed one of the books I read this week but I didn’t feel like it. What’s a girl to do?

I’ve also spent more time this week staring at the bookshelves in an attempt to decide what to take with me on holiday. The pile has risen to …… 3. πŸ™„
I don’t know why this is so hard. The other half says it’s because I have too many options. I say it’s because I don’t have enough of them 🀣

Please feel free to recommend something to me! I obviously need help here! πŸ˜‚

And that’s a wrap! Wishing you all a glorious week and lots of happy reading! Until next time! xx

  31 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (August 25)

  1. August 25, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Ooh is The Family Upstairs your 5 star read?

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  2. August 25, 2019 at 10:57 am

    I’m sure the weather will be fine once you get to Tuscany 😊 Sorry it’s been a frustrating week! I hate it when people trample all over my boundaries and can’t accept no for an answer. I had to make excuses this week too and once again I wondered why the hell I needed to explain myself when a simple no thanks should suffice πŸ˜• Want to move to a desert island with me? πŸ˜‚ I’m going to guess the 5 star read is… Rewind?

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    • August 26, 2019 at 11:26 am

      Yes, exactly! I hate having to justify myself!

      A desert island sounds wonderful! Although, I don’t like water. And also, do they deliver books there? πŸ€”

      Excellent guess! You win … nothing 🀣

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      • August 26, 2019 at 11:31 am

        You can stay on land πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ Think we could get Book Depository to drop the books from a plane with a little parachute? πŸ€” (Yes I did plan ahead πŸ˜‚) Whaddayamean I win nothing!? Tssss. I finally get to play and I win nothing, your contests suck 🀣

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        • August 26, 2019 at 12:09 pm

          Oh! Drones! Sorted! πŸ˜‚

          What? What do you mean my contests suck?! So rude! 🀣

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          • August 26, 2019 at 12:13 pm

            How did I not think of drones, I know a drone pilot πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ Okay when are we off? You don’t have to talk and you can bring the doggie πŸ˜‚ Speaking of, how is she doing?


  3. August 25, 2019 at 11:08 am

    So annoying when you have to explain yourself, I always feel like saying ‘I am a grown up and I can say No if I want to!’
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for good weather when you’re on your hols xx

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    • August 26, 2019 at 11:28 am

      Yes, exactly! There shouldn’t be a reason other than “I don’t bloody want to!” πŸ˜‚

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  4. August 25, 2019 at 11:35 am

    I hope your doggy feels better soon, I wouldn’t be without my wee furry friend.

    Great selection of books!

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    • August 26, 2019 at 11:29 am

      Oh, I hope so too but she’s 15 and a half years old so this is just the way it is and we need to adjust to that, I find.

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  5. August 25, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I don’t really enjoy fantasy either! Hope you enjoy your holiday (when you get there!)

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    • August 26, 2019 at 11:29 am

      I loved the Game of Thrones books. Read them all in under two weeks. But apparently that doesn’t mean fantasy and I get along. Who knew? πŸ˜‚

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      • August 27, 2019 at 9:51 am

        Wow! That is some achievement! I read and enjoyed the first one and I like Harry Potter which I guess is fantasy but that is about it!


  6. August 25, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    I’ll be interested to see what you think of the Philippa Gregory book, I haven’t read her for years either. Enjoy your downtime today. I’ll guess Rewind for your 5* (only because, minus the Howard, it’s my name πŸ˜‰) 🀞🏼for the end of Italian thunderstorms!

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    • August 26, 2019 at 11:31 am

      I only read about 60 pages and put it aside. I’m not sure that bodes well πŸ˜‚

      You are correct! And from now on I’m going to be thinking she added the Howard so as not to get confused with you πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

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      • August 26, 2019 at 5:41 pm

        Oh no! Enough said πŸ˜‚ Shame though, it sounded good.
        Of course she did 😬

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        • August 26, 2019 at 5:57 pm

          I will pick it back up again though. There was quite a lot of description about the landscape and it was just β€œI get it! Tidelands! Enough already!” 🀣🀣

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          • August 26, 2019 at 8:13 pm

            Ah, yes I see. Labouring the point πŸ˜‰


  7. August 25, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    Is it cheating if I guess the five star read πŸ€”, and Oliphant better be in that holiday pile!! Your first few run ins with nonfiction weren’t a success but you persevered, I think fantasy deserves at least 2 more chances too!! And I think you mean, somewhere in England someone has a smug grin because they reach all the checkpoints first 😜

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    • August 26, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Yes, it’s cheating.
      No, Eleanor is not in the holiday pile.
      I look forward to trying fantasy again. Not really 🀣
      And obviously the checkpoint thing is a big fat lie!!! VICTORY! 😏

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      • August 26, 2019 at 1:25 pm

        You reached 2 out of like 8 checkpoints first, I don’t think it’s quite time to celebrate yet 🀣. I just don’t understand why you have forsaken Eleanor πŸ˜”


  8. August 25, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    I just read Tidelands and I loved it! Happy reading!

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    • August 26, 2019 at 11:32 am

      Oh, brilliant! I only managed about 60 pages at the weekend but hopefully I’ll get to read some more today!


  9. August 25, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    It’ll be the Lisa Jewell, I bet…

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  10. August 25, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    no contest–must be Rewind–but have to admit i haven’t read the others.

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