Weekly Wrap-Up (November 17)

Miserable, miserable week. Cold and dark and wet and blah. Is it Spring yet?

Nothing much else to report. The other half is coming up to the busiest time of year at his job which means long, long hours and lots of alone time for me. And apparently the people in my life have simultaneously decided that three weeks is way more than enough time to spend grieving over the loss of your pet and it’s time to start socialising again. Double blah. So that’s what I’ll be doing this afternoon. With the in-laws. I feel like I’m being punished for something πŸ˜‚

Reading-wise, you know, I didn’t have such a bad week. Buddy reading is such a great way to keep me motivated because I’m apparently incredibly competitive (who knew?!) and I get a kick out of reaching the checkpoints first. I even wrote a review but Netgalley screwed me over by saying the book I reviewed was published in October when it’s not actually coming until late December. πŸ™„

So, which books left the TBR pile this week?


Okay, four isn’t all THAT impressive but I’ll take it. I thought about reviewing The Outsider but to be honest, my buddy (reader) Janel did a much better job than I ever could so have a look at her thoughts right here. Furious Hours was unfortunately a huge disappointment and went right onto the charity pile. Non-fiction and I, let’s just say it’s not exactly a match made in heaven. πŸ˜‚. Keep your eyes pealed for the new Jo Spain, coming early next year. It’s a goodie! As is The Guardians, which I may attempt to review next week.


I had pre-ordered this months ago. It’s so incredibly pretty! With the jacket on, with the jacket off … gorgeous πŸ₯°


This book …. I mean, I’ve only read about 100 pages but if things keep going as they are, it may just kill me.


Yep. Still the same audiobook. Granted, it’s really long (have I mentioned that? 🀣) and I since I was actually reading, I didn’t have much time to listen to this one but I’m still only at 43%! Good though, really really good!

Which leads me nicely into some things I’ve been thinking about lately regarding this here blog of mine. Saying “no” to blog tours has been a lot easier than I expected and this in turn is freeing up lots of time to spend on my own TBR. A TBR that holds quite a few classics. Some of which I’m sure I read some time in the dark ages but don’t remember anything about, some that have just been sitting pretty on my shelves since the day I bought them. I think the time has come to tackle them and I fully intend to read at least one of them each month, starting in January. Think The Picture of Dorian Gray, Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, Tess of the D’Urbervilles and many more. I’m ridiculously excited about this. Plus, it’ll give me a chance to step away from the new and shiny books from time to time, which quite frankly, in my most humble opinion, are beginning to sound a lot alike lately. As if people have run out of inspiration. Or maybe I’m just reading the wrong books πŸ€”

Also coming up in the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my favourite stand-alone books of the year and my favourite additions to series. As soon as I can make sense of my messy lists, that is. I may actually be able to get it down to a Top 10 this year. Maybe.

Right, that’s enough babble for this week. Time for some lunch and to mentally prepare myself for the arrival of the in-laws. Hope there’s wine. πŸ˜‚

Wishing you all a fabulous week! Until next time! xx

  26 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (November 17)

  1. November 17, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Love the sound of you reading your classic books. I’ve got quite a few Dickens on audio plus Wuthering Heights!

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:00 am

      I need to round them up. I’m not even entirely sure which ones I have laying around πŸ˜„


  2. November 17, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Seeing you mention your intention to some classics made me wonder, if you’re not already a member, if you’d enjoy joining the Classics Club https://theclassicsclubblog.wordpress.com/members/join-the-classics-club/ You create a list of 50 classic books you want to read within a period up to five years.

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:01 am

      I’ll definitely check that out. Although, it sounds a bit too much like a challenge to me (even if 5 years is plenty of time) and I’m not sure I want to tie myself down to anything because you know, my middle name is “fickle” 😳


  3. November 17, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    I can recommend reading North and South, then maybe watch the BBC adaptation πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:02 am

      I totally forgot about that one! I like the way you think! πŸ˜‚

      Liked by 1 person

      • November 20, 2019 at 3:58 pm

        I do have good ideas. On the odd occasion anyway πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


  4. November 17, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    A pet can be just as much mourned as any family member. I still miss mine years on! xx

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:03 am

      It’s mostly people who’ve never had a pet that don’t seem to understand that. xx

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  5. November 17, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    It’s been miserable here too, so depressing. What I wouldn’t give for a snowy, crisp December β˜ƒοΈ
    There’s no time limit on grieving for pets, even now although I have a dog, I still miss previous ones πŸ’”
    So glad you enjoyed The Guardians – it will be going on my list 😁Also looking forward to acquiring the new Jo Spain.

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:03 am

      It’s SO COLD today! My garden looks white, but it’s not snow. Frost. At least the sun is out for the moment.

      I had a feeling Grisham would make it onto your never-ending TBR πŸ˜‚

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      • November 20, 2019 at 10:27 am

        The cold continues πŸ₯Άno sun either…or snow, not even a frost…just wind. Still, more reading time πŸ˜ƒ

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  6. November 17, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Same re books. I’m starting to read off my own pile also Eva. I did buy them for a reason!!! Also just purchased 3 x Agatha Christie books and a Shirley Jackson book with Jamaica Inn also awaiting my attn!! Need an injection of the classics!! x

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:05 am

      Exactly! Although, I must admit that I actually got rid of some a few weeks ago. Books I couldn’t quite remember why I bought them because they didn’t appeal to me at all πŸ˜³πŸ˜‚

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  7. November 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    The Home will definitely kill you, it’s a given. I hear what you’re saying about books being so alike, I’ve been thinking the same thing. I’ve started reading a bit more YA lately cos all my thrillers are starting to merge into one dull blob πŸ˜‚
    I try to read a classic now and then but most don’t agree with me πŸ™ˆπŸ˜‚
    You’re allowed to grieve as long as you need btw πŸ€— Also, ugh socialising, so overrated πŸ˜…

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:06 am

      I knew it would. I have no idea how to review that but I do know I need something fluffy. Or a lot of alcohol. πŸ˜‚

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      • November 20, 2019 at 8:21 pm

        Do both, no half measures πŸ˜‚


  8. November 18, 2019 at 2:09 am

    oh pooh on them. You don’t get over a beloved pet in a few weeks. They are never far from your heart, including the dog we had when our kids were little–over 40 years ago. Anyway, you are doing just fine, tho I can understand the feeling of “being punished.” πŸ˜₯

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:07 am

      Thank you! It seems to be mostly people who’ve never had a pet who don’t seem to understand how big of a loss it is.


  9. November 18, 2019 at 3:17 am

    Ooh, if you’re going to read a classic every month, why don’t you join the Classics Club?? It’d be great to have you joining in on the spin reads, and I do find it motivates me to keep going back to the classics instead of reading a constant diet of new releases. Sorry you didn’t enjoy Furious Hours – it’s definitely you, though, and not the book… πŸ˜œπŸ˜‚

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:10 am

      See, now, someone else mentioned the Classics Club and I just went with but coming from you, it almost sounds as if you’re just wanting to set me up to fail πŸ˜‚

      Not the book but me? That’s completely unheard of! 😜

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      • November 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm

        Hahaha! But think of the fun of making a list… πŸ˜œπŸ“šπŸ“šπŸ“š


  10. November 19, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Eva, four books IS impressiveπŸ’œ

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    • November 20, 2019 at 10:12 am

      Aw, I know! I keep comparing to previous years. I once read 300 books. Now I’m struggling to get to 200. Apparently I’m in competition with myself πŸ˜‚

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  11. November 19, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Socialising? Awful! xD Sending you hugs!!!
    I received Six Wicked Reasons today and I couldn’t be happier! xxx

    Liked by 1 person

    • November 20, 2019 at 10:12 am

      You are a lucky duck! I get nothing. I think I’ve been blacklisted everywhere 🀣


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