Weekly Wrap-Up (December 15)

Diiiiiiiid ya miss me? 🀣

Technically, I suppose this is more of a monthly wrap-up because it’s been a while. That pesky socialising crap got in the way of writing up these posts. That would have been somewhat okay if the weekends of socialising had actually been the best time ever but no such luck.

One I spent struggling through a migraine, which meant painkillers and no wine and really, being around people without alcohol to drown out the stupidity is tough. The second one ended with blisters on both feet, resulting in yours truly not being able to walk properly for three days and telling those who asked about the odd limping thing that I had sprained my ankle because that sounded infinitely cooler. The third one was spent with … kids. I don’t have any. To be honest, I’m not even particularly fond of them. Yet they seem to gravitate towards me like magnets. On a good day, I can handle these two I’m talking about just fine. But that day, they were proper little germ factories, tad whiny, puking all over. I mean, hey, fun! *facepalm*. Last but not least, weekend of socialising number four. That didn’t start out so well as we arrived to a party quite late and everyone was drunk. Some drunk people are fun. Here though, one couldn’t stop crying because my dog has died and it was really hard not to join in with her. Her husband has wandering hands and I spent most of the evening trying to bat those away. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I despise that kind of behaviour. At least I was in charge of the music so I was just sort of having my own wee party on the sidelines πŸ˜‚

In the midst of all of that, the other half hired some decorators to paint our downstairs ceiling and walls. No hassle for him since he was at work all day. For me though? I spent three days upstairs in my bedroom because obviously our furniture was covered in plastic sheets and I couldn’t actually sit anywhere! And at the end of those really long three days, I realised I didn’t like the colours we picked. 😳

Anyway! To the books because yes, I have actually been reading! My competitive self refuses to fail at the annual Goodreads challenge. If I make it, I will have read 50 books less than last year and a 100 less than the year before that. I’m stunned. I know my reading mojo was as hormonal as it gets but struggling to get to 200 books in the middle of December is utterly shocking for me.


I’m still (only) averaging about four books per week but I’ll take it. After all, it’s way better than nothing, right? I’m quite enjoying not reviewing most of them too. Bad blogger πŸ˜‰. Bar one or two, these were all fantastic books and you might just be seeing some of them again at some point.


That’s quite a low number for me. These were all bought in the last two weeks as well. I was close to putting out an alert for the return of my book buying mojo πŸ˜‚

I’m totally in love with those special Agatha Christie editions and just had to have them. As for Stephen King, apparently I’m supposed to read more of his books. A very wise person said so. 😜


As a thank you for helping out with the cover reveal, the lovely people at Headline sent me a proof copy of Heatstroke.


Hm. Well, I’ve been quite good at keeping up with the “This Week in Books” posts every Wednesday but other than that, it’s been a tad quiet around here. I’m pretty sure that the reviews I’ve posted in the last month or so can be counted on one hand. To be honest, I don’t see that changing any time soon because I am really enjoying grabbing a book from my shelves and just reading it for pleasure. I do have one review coming up before Christmas but that’s it.

Next week, I will be sharing my top 20 favourite stand-alone books of the year. And at some point, I’ll be sharing my most anticipated ones for next year but that list keeps growing on a daily basis and I may need to split it up into parts. If you thought 2019 was a fabulous bookish year, just you wait for next year! It’s going to be awesome! (with regard to books anyway, let’s not even think about all the other shit). I apologise upfront for your out-of-control wish lists πŸ˜‚

That’s a wrap for this week! I have just realised it’s only ten days until Christmas (how the hell did that happen?!) and I haven’t written a single card yet so I suppose I should get on that right away.

Wishing you all a fabulous week and lots of happy reading! xx

  18 comments for “Weekly Wrap-Up (December 15)

  1. December 15, 2019 at 11:39 am

    I hope you enjoyed The Familiars, I loved it! I hope you have a better time socialising iover Christmas and can avoid though those wandering hands and puking children!

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    • December 15, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Adults only over the festive period. Not entirely sure about the wandering hands but there will be cutlery and I’ll put it to good use if I have to πŸ˜‰

      The Familiars was fantastic. Spoiler : you may be seeing it again next week πŸ˜‰


  2. December 15, 2019 at 1:12 pm

    I’m going to fail my Goodreads challenge as well this year (by about 20 or so books) although I kept the target the same and surpassed it last year. Can’t really work out why I’ve been getting through books at a lower rate but I’m not going to obsess about it, just set a lower target for next year!

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    • December 18, 2019 at 10:53 am

      Weird how that happens. I lowered my target so this year should have been a breeze but it really wasn’t. I do love your attitude towards it though. After all, it’s all supposed to be fun, isn’t it?

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      • December 18, 2019 at 2:19 pm

        Yes, it is supposed to be fun…although that didn’t stop me looking through the books in my TBR pile to see if there were enough short ones I could read in the next couple of weeks to hit the target. Answer: no πŸ˜€


  3. December 15, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Puking kids and wandering hands…oh my 😳Can do without that, for sure!

    I’m loving the Agatha Christie’s as well. I’m sure I’m not averaging more than four books as week either, but that’s normal for me…not as fast as I used to be πŸ˜‚Definitely only doing the bare minimum when it comes to blog tours next year, there are too many books on my bookshelves waiting to be read. I think when there’s no pressure we enjoy reading much more.

    Have a lovely week and I hope you start to love the colour on your walls!

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    • December 18, 2019 at 10:54 am

      I definitely enjoy reading more when there’s no pressure or the need to review. I do have some blog tours penciled in as well but so far, we are talking a grand amount of 5 spread over two months. Personally, I think I’m winning πŸ˜‚

      Hope you’re having a wonderful week, Cathy! 😘

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  4. December 15, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    I couldn’t help but laugh at this! What a time you’ve had. Brilliant post x

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    • December 18, 2019 at 10:55 am

      In hindsight, it’s all pretty funny. At the time, I may have been a tad grumpy πŸ˜„ xx

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      • December 18, 2019 at 4:36 pm

        I’m not surprised (I don’t ‘do’ children at all if I can help it!)


  5. December 15, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    Jesus! What a way to spend your time 😳 Let’s focus on the books! Those Agatha Christie editions are gorgeous and now I want them too πŸ˜„ I’m a King fan but Elevation was not for me, and neither was Doctor Sleep (which sucks cos I adore the cover). Anyway, here’s to hoping the next few weeks treat you a little (or a lot) better than the previous ones πŸ˜„

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    • December 18, 2019 at 10:58 am

      You should get the Agatha Christie books. It’s Christmas after all. /evil enabler.

      I thought Elevation was okay but I’m not a fan of short stories. On the other hand, if I had more books with a mere 130 pages, I wouldn’t have landed myself into trouble with my goodreads challenge πŸ˜‚

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  6. December 16, 2019 at 4:08 am

    Oh dear, puking children is always so hard for parents to deal with. I hope all is better now. You have quite a nice mix of books here. some I will be checking out.

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    • December 18, 2019 at 10:59 am

      My friend was a little rattled at the time. Especially because her daughter had been fine until the minute she went to bed. She was fine the next day though!

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  7. December 17, 2019 at 11:47 am

    I have kept my average of 2 books a week. This year, I set my Goodreads challenge 80, 20 less than last year as I failed to reach 100 books a year goal last year, moreover I knew my little one would need more attention, but this time I finished challenge. I guess it will 85 total by the year end.
    Have a great week with no puking kids!

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