Weekly Wrap-Up (May 19)

*insert long rant about how crappy this week has been here*

Thank you for all the well-wishes on twitter. I’m fine. There is just a whole lot of family shit going on, which came at me like a speeding train and I felt completely overwhelmed by everything. On top of that, I seem to have landed myself in a reading slump and I’m suffering from a crisis in confidence, partly brought on by being the only blogger who wasn’t thanked by an author for her review on a blog tour. I know I shouldn’t let that get to me but man, it’s hard not to take that personally. (Thank you, shallow tribe! You know why! 😘)

Luckily, Line of Duty came to the rescue. I binge-watched all 5 seasons and am all caught up, ready for more! What a brilliant show. I can’t believe it passed me by all this time. It’s extremely impressive how a show where lots of scenes are just played out around a table can be so bloody thrilling!

Those wonderful days were quickly followed by picking up numerous books, reading a few pages and putting them back on my shelf. Nothing, absolutely nothing was grabbing me. No reading for me today as I have company and for once I’m actually glad about that. But tomorrow, I’m going to have to force myself to read a book for a blog tour and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t worried.

So, what did I read this week?

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

I don’t even care. I’m okay with this. That could easily have said just the one book, which I needed to read for a tour.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Adding some more books to my Harlan Coben collection. These have the most wonderful colourful spines and look so pretty on my bookshelf. Little Darlings was one I’ve been waiting for and should hopefully get around to reading soon. (That’s actually one I picked up and put back after 10 pages 😳) The other one, I don’t have a clue where I saw it or why I wanted to buy it, but since I wrote it down I must have had a reason so here it is. πŸ˜‚

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Courtesy of Avon and Orenda, both for blog tours.

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Thursday : Joined the blog tour for Tell Me Where You Are by Moira Forsyth

Friday : Shared my review for Anna of Kleve by Alison Weir

Saturday : Took the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Nailed it 🀣

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Nothing planned

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | Worst Case Scenario by Helen Fitzgerald

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Breakers by Doug Johnstone

Friday : There may be something but probably not

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Note to self : This is good. We like this. Try and keep it up. Even if we still have to read the one for Thursday πŸ™„

Fun little question this week because I’m curious as heck about the answers that’ll pop up. Brought on by little old me saying she’d never read a Michael Connelly book before Dark Sacred Night.

Name an author (or two) whose books you’ve never read. If any of you say Karin Slaughter, I might just hurt you! πŸ˜‚

My answer would be : Lee Child. It’s a name I see mentioned quite a lot, yet somehow it’s not one that’s made its way onto my bookshelves. Have you read any of his books? Am I missing out something extraordinary?

That’s it for this week’s wrap-up. Wishing you all a fabulous week, preferably with sunshine (not looking good here). Until next time. Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (May 12)

The May weather is not playing nice. Dark days, wet and miserable, hail and random thunderstorms … what is this fudgery? All I see when I look out of the window is a garden that is slowly starting to resemble a jungle but I can’t get out there to do anything about it.

Luckily, I have books! Which came in especially handy when I was suddenly confronted with an hour long power cut. I was determined to get ahead of schedule again because my Line of Duty box set is on its way so guess what I’ll be doing next week! Somehow, I have still managed to remain completely spoiler free. It’s an absolute miracle!

So yes, getting ahead of schedule. How did that work out for you, Eva? Well, not so good because for some reason, I ended up with a bunch of books in a row that went over 400 pages and I may also have squeezed in one of my own TBR because … why not?

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

I’ll take that. That’s not too shabby at all! Now if only I could get the reviews written πŸ™„

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

I love the Six Tudor Queens series and had Anna of Kleve on preorder for what felt like forever. So obviously, when it finally arrived, I dropped everything to read it. The Doll Factory … I’ve been going back and forth on that one for ages but ultimately, it was sprayed edges envy that won out πŸ˜‚

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

As you know, I don’t normally read on kindle anymore these days but I was sent a widget for this one by the publisher and by golly, I just couldn’t resist. It’s Tammy Cohen! I love her books! Why yes, I did already read it too.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

What a week! Sure, these are all for blog tours because I just can’t help myself but whatever. Look at The Whisper Man! One of my most anticipated books of this year and it’s finally arrived! I can’t wait to read this one. May need to turn my schedule upside down again. πŸ€” (With thanks to Headline, Orion, No Exit and Michael Joseph)

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Joined the blog tour for The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen with a guest post.

Tuesday : Took the day off

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Night By Night by Jack Jordan and shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Reviewed With Our Blessing by Jo Spain

Friday : Took the day off

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for In Two Minds by Alis Hawkins

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Review | Never Be Broken by Sarah Hilary

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | Dark Sacred Night by Michael Connelly

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Tell Me Where You Are by Moira Forsyth

Friday : Review | Anna of Kleve by Alison Weir

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

See the blog tour on Thursday? Yep, still have to read that 😳🀣

In other news, I am having some technical difficulties lately which are extremely annoying. My mornings are usually spent on my laptop, where things works relatively normal. Not all of it, but I found a way around it so that’s okay. But for the rest of the day, I am on my iPad and for some reason WordPress does not play nicely. This means, I am constantly logged out and despite numerous attempts to log in, it just won’t let me. So I have to visit blogs via the WordPress Reader and like/share from there. However, being logged out means I can’t comment! In case you thought I was ignoring your wonderful posts, I’m really not.

Guess what I’m doing today! If you think it’s lounging on the sofa with a good book, accidentally having a nap … you’re wrong! Bloody stupid socialising crap for me again. There should be a law against this stuff. I’m so tired, I feel as if I haven’t slept for a week and I worry I’ll end up with my face in a bowl of soup. I can’t even get the tiniest bit excited about there being wine. Oh dear.

Anyway, I should probably try to write a review of two (five) before I have to get ready. So, that’s it for another week. Hope you all have a great one and lots of happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (May 5)

May? How is it May? What happened to all the other months between January and May? Where did they go?

Speaking of where things went, what happened to Spring? Feels more like Autumn. Quite chilly, lots of rain, even some hail … I so not approve. Meanwhile the weeds are taking over my garden because I can’t get out there. I mean, I can. I’d just get wet. Which I don’t approve of either πŸ˜‰

This week’s excuse for not reading as much as normal is : I have no idea what happened. I’ve had one of those weeks where one book took me three days to read. And I was actually enjoying it!

So let’s take a look at the books that can be taken off the TBR pile this week.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

There may not be many but boy, they’re good! Now I should probably also stop squeezing in books I don’t have commitments for because the big gap I managed to create in my schedule is getting smaller. 😳

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Once in a while, the OH will drive to this big shopping centre we have, which is the only place relatively near us that has a bookshop which sells English books. He’ll take pictures, send them to me and I’ll just say “that and that and that”. This was the result. Do I have a clue what these books are about? Nope. There’s even one, Impossible Saints, that I’ve never heard of. I just liked the cover 🀣

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Courtesy of Hodder, Michael Joseph, Avon and Headline. Her Last Promise was such lovely surprise book post. How pretty is that? I didn’t want to unwrap it!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Nothing

Tuesday : Again with the nothing

Wednesday : Shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Joined the blog tour for The Innocent Ones by Neil White

Friday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for No Way Out by Cara Hunter

Saturday : Took another day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Another quiet one. Can I keep it up? πŸ€”

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Guest Post | The Lost Letters of William Woolf by Helen Cullen

Tuesday : Nothing planned

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | Night By Night by Jack Jordan

Thursday : Review | With Our Blessing by Jo Spain

Friday : Nothing planned

Saturday : Blog tour | Review | In Two Minds by Alis Hawkins

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Proof that the gap in my schedule got smaller. See that book on Saturday? Yep, still need to read that one. But I have read quite a few that are due in the weeks after so technically, I’m still ahead. πŸ˜‚

Reminder that I won’t be around much on Twitter tomorrow in order to avoid spoilers for Game of Thrones and Line of Duty.

Off to spend the afternoon with friends. I dare you to ask how much I’m looking forward to that. πŸ™„

And that’s it. Hope everyone has a great week! Until next time. Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (April 28)

Bit of a blur again, this past week. I can’t quite figure out how April is almost over. This year is flying!

Spent the Easter weekend socialising (ugh), drinking wine (yay) and enjoying the warm sunshine (woohoo). Then I decided to see what the fuss about “Line of Duty” was about so I hit up Netflix and started watching. About halfway through the second episode, I realised I was watching season 3 because for some reason our Netflix doesn’t have the show from the start. But by that time, I was already so hooked on it that I kept watching. I’m now trying to stay away from all things spoilers until my box set arrives. Between that, The Avengers Endgame and Game of Thrones, I may just have to avoid the internet altogether.

Why am I telling you all this? Well, because obviously that had an impact on my reading. As you will see below.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Oops. Oh well, I’m so ahead of my May schedule that I’m really not bothered. And I’m quite enjoying reading some books from my ever-growing TBR instead of books for blog tours all the time.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Just these two. Although I’m running out of space on my shelves. I did tell myself to read a few books first and then buy new ones. Then I laughed.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

With thanks to Atlantic. Review coming in May on the blog tour.

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Joined the blog tour for Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

Tuesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre

Wednesday : Reviewed The Dare by Carol Wyer and shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Shared an extract of Envy by Amanda Robson for my stop on the blog tour

Friday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Picture of Innocence by T.J. Stimson

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for Sleep by C.L. Taylor

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Whew! That was a busy one!

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Nothing planned

Tuesday : Again, I don’t have anything planned

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | The Innocent Ones by Neil White

Friday : Blog tour | Review | No Way Out by Cara Hunter

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

I could get used to a schedule like this. πŸ˜‚

That’s it for another week. Time to tackle some reviews. Wishing you all a great week and lots of happy reading! Until next time! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (April 21)

Happy Easter!

It feels like Summer and I’m loving every single second of it! Gorgeous blue skies, glorious sunshine, weeds popping up all over the place and hay fever kicking my arse. Okay, wait, those last two aren’t fun but we’ll take the good with the bad and enjoy it while it lasts.

Of the bad, all that sunshine made me realise how dirty my windows were, mostly due to an inconsiderate other half. So of course I had to clean them. Again! I swear my house would be so much cleaner if I were single πŸ˜‚

Reading-wise. Hoo boy! What a week it’s been! Let’s have a look at what I read.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Best week EVER! There are four 5 star reads on that list! The books I’ll be reading next week have a lot to live up to!

I’m not even worried about “only” reading 6 books because the books in that C.J. Sansom series are just getting bigger and bigger. 650 pages, devoured in less than two days. If you love crime fiction and historical fiction and the Tudor era, this series NEEDS to be on your shelf! SO GOOD!

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Nada! Zip! My other half is pleased. Little does he know I fully intend to catch up at some point πŸ˜‰

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Just the one but what a corker it is. Enormously pleased.

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Took the day off

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for The Passengers by John Marrs and shared a guest on the blog tour for White Leaves of Peace by Tracey Iceton

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe and shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Joined the blog tour for The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans

Friday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Liberation Square by Gareth Rubin

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for Perfect Crime by Helen Fields

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

And breathe! What a fun week that was! Thank you for all the shares on Twitter. I lost track of my notifications at some point and may have missed some people. Apologies! The glorious sunshine made me do it 🀣

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Review | Call Me Star Girl by Louise Beech

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Blog tour | Extract | Envy by Amanda Robson

Friday : Blog tour | Review | Picture of Innocence by T.J. Stimson

Saturday : Blog tour | Review | Sleep by C.L. Taylor

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

So much for slowing down, huh? Have to say though, I do so love being this busy. And I’m even ahead of schedule. I have one review left to write for this upcoming week but as far as reading the books is concerned, I’m reading for May. I feel quite accomplished. 😊

Question of the week. Which I totally stole from the lovely Kate at Portable Magic. If you have blog tours scheduled, do you ever read out of order?

Take me for instance and the books I read this past week. First I read one for a blog tour on May 27th, then I read one due May 2nd, to be followed by one due May 13th. One isn’t even for a blog tour at all (hello, Sovereign!). All the while I seem to be skipping over the one that’s due May 1st. πŸ˜‚

Is that something you do as well? Or do you stick to your schedule and just basically try not to panic?

Friendly reminder that voting is still open for the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards

Feel free to ignore the other 64 names on the list and vote for me (Novel Deelights, in case you wondered) πŸ˜‚

That’s it for another week. I have a few reviews to tackle before my mother-in-law arrives for a fun afternoon of board games, sunshine and stuffing our faces full of chocolate. Or ice cream. Or hell, both! Diet? What diet?

Hope everyone has a fabulous week! Until next time! Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (April 14)

First things first! Many, many thanks for all the positive vibes you guys sent my way here and over Twitter regarding my doggie. The news was altogether pretty positive and she’s out of the woods for now. Unfortunately, it looks like it might turn into a recurring problem. She’s old after all. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. For now, she’s being spoilt rotten … erm, even more so than before.

Yohi would very much like to point out she looks amazing for her age

What the hell happened to Spring?! It’s been so cold this past week, with a few nights even going below freezing point again and I do NOT approve! Still, that does mean I can ignore my garden for a little longer and stay nice and warm on my sofa, surrounded by books.

So, what have I been reading this week, I hear you ask.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Another six off the shelf! I’m happy with that amount because that C.J. Sansom series is one doorstop after the other. This one was a mere 576 pages, although it didn’t feel like it.

I also finished an audiobook but since I started it weeks ago, I didn’t feel it should count 🀣

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

I’m continuing with my collection of Harlan Coben books, of which I apparently read more than I thought πŸ™„. I also went ahead and bought the three books in the James Marwood series by Andrew Taylor because of Kate. If you love historical fiction, you should definitely follow her!

These are the April 4th preorders that finally arrived. Why yes, I have already read two of them.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Lucky, lucky blogger. With thanks to Orenda Books and Penguin!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Reviewed The Bridal Party by J.G. Murray

Tuesday : Shared my review for My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Shared an extract from Suddenly Single by Carol Wyer on the blog tour

Friday : Nothing

Saturday : Took the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

I didn’t get any reminder emails so it’s safe to say I didn’t forget to write anything down in my schedule and at least I managed to fill in some of the gaps. Let’s just call it the quiet before the storm. πŸ˜‚

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Nothing planned

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | The Passengers by John Marrs
Tuesday : Blog tour | Guest Post | White Leaves of Peace by Tracey Iceton

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe
Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | The Garden of Lost and Found by Harriet Evans

Friday : Blog tour | Review | Liberation Square by Gareth Rubin

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Told you things would get back to normal soon πŸ˜‚. Still ahead of schedule though. I’ve read all of them, I just need to write one more review.

In other news, voting is now open in the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. I’ve been nominated for Best Book Blog, alongside 64 other amazing book bloggers. I don’t stand a chance of winning but if you feel so inclined to cast a vote my way, please do. I don’t know if they rank everyone but if they do, I’d quite like to avoid coming last πŸ˜‚ . You can vote here

Question of the week : Short versus long books. Yes, of course this was prompted by the Shardlake series by C.J. Sansom. Does a high amount of pages put you off starting a book? What is your cut-off point, if you have one?

I personally don’t care. I mean, I read the Game of Thrones series. Some of those went over a thousand pages and it didn’t bother me at all. Obviously I’d need more time in my schedule to tackle something like that than I do now. And preferably someone to hold the book up and flip the pages for me. πŸ˜‚

Speaking of Game of Thrones, the final series starts tonight/tomorrow, depending on where you are. I will be disappearing off social media every Monday until I’ve had the chance to watch the episode myself so don’t worry if I’m late with sharing your posts or just not interacting. Should probably say, interacting even less. I just know the second I go online, there will be spoilers and I will do anything to avoid that. I so can’t wait!

Right, enough babble for this week. Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend. Have a great week and I’ll see you next time. Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (April 7)

Bit of an odd week, this one. Lots of laughter, which is always a good thing. But also some stress and worrying and not particularly good news regarding my doggie. An emergency visit to the vet’s brought some relief with painkillers and antibiotics but it’s very much a game of wait-and-see, especially considering her age (15 years). We have a follow-up appointment on Thursday so if you have any positive vibes you can send our way, it’d be much appreciated.

To the books! What did I read this week?

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Normally I wouldn’t at all be happy with this but since I was a bit distracted and one of those books was 554 pages and another one was 440, I’ll take it. I don’t know why this always sounds like I’m defending myself πŸ˜‚. I’m so ridiculously pleased I was finally able to get started on the Shardlake series and since I’m nicely ahead of blog tour reading, I’m hopeful I’ll be able to squeeze in book 2 really soon. For now, Leah can breathe a sigh of relief πŸ˜‰

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Still none. I had a few preorders but since they haven’t arrived yet, I’ll show them next week. So far I have the withdrawal symptoms relatively well under control but I’m not sure for how much longer. Getting a wee twitchy.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

All for blog tour purposes and boy, am I excited! With thanks to Quercus, Avon, Michael Joseph and Dome Press.

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Reviewed Run Away by Harlan Coben

Tuesday : Shared my review for The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Joined the publication day blast for the absolutely wonderful Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Friday : Took the day off

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for the fabulous 55 by James Delargy

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : I don’t know

Tuesday : No idea

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Blog tour | Extract | Suddenly Single by Carol Wyer

Friday : Not a clue

Saturday : Taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

You can’t possibly imagine how insanely worried I am that I forgot to write something down in my schedule πŸ˜‚. I have one or two (ahem) reviews to write so there may still be something but … so quiet. Things will be back to normal soon, you’ll see πŸ˜‰

That’s it. The sun is out (yay!), I have reviews to write (boo!) and books to read (woohoo!). Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

I will leave you with this delightful find from my dear friend Rae, which cheered me up immensely these past few days. πŸ˜‰

See you next week! Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (March 31)

And just like that, we’re on the last day of March. How the hell did that happen?!

Spring has finally sprung! So have the weeds, so I’ve been outside doing a spot of gardening and enjoying the sunshine to the fullest. During a somewhat odd burst of energy, I even tackled my windows. Completely overdid it so also spent some time on my sofa like some eighty year old granny. But at least the windows are clean so there’s that. One more final word about the arrival of Spring : achoo! Bloody hay fever πŸ™„

Reading-wise, I’ve had a weird kind of week. My concentration levels apparently decided to take some time off and while I felt I was reading up a storm, there were days where I managed about 30 pages in the space of two hours, which really isn’t productive.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Hm. That’s not too bad, I suppose. When I wrote this wrap-up, there were only four. But I managed to squeeze in a fifth one late last night. Still, must do better! By the way, great reads! And one of them may just find its way onto my list of “books of the year”.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

None! Totally nailed it! But I have my eye on lots of goodies that are published on April 4th so don’t get too excited! πŸ˜‚

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

With thanks to Penguin and Headline!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Took the day off

Tuesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Shared my review for Whatever Happened to Betsy Blake by David B. Lyons

Friday : Joined the blog tour for She Lies in Wait by Gytha Hodge

Saturday : Took the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Review | Run Away by Harlan Coben

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | The Killer in Me by Olivia Kiernan

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Publication blast |Review | Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts

Friday : Don’t know yet. Maybe nothing. Maybe something.

Saturday : Once again taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

This week shall be known as the quiet before the storm because I had a look at my schedule for April and I’m not entirely sure what happened, but it’s just slightly out of control. 😳

Things what annoyed me this week : authors and thank you’s. Getting acknowledged by an author for a review you wrote is of course fantastic. Are they obliged to thank you? No, they’re not. But I’m sure we all appreciate it when they do.

What annoys me are the authors who cherry-pick. Especially on a blog tour. Personally, I feel you either thank everyone individually, post a blanket thank you for everyone or just not thank anyone at all. But to pick and choose and ignore others, I don’t think that’s right. We’ve read this author’s book, we’ve posted our review, we are sharing it like mad all over on a tour that’s all about promoting the author and their book. And when they ignore a review, it’s hard not to take it personally. Someone tweeted something last week about being kind and supportive to authors. I think that works both ways.

Thoughts?

I may make this a regular thing. Things (and people) often annoy me πŸ€”. It’s good to get it out, right?

Time to get to grips with some reviews. Wishing you all a fabulous week and I’ll see you next time . Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (March 24)

This has been one of those weeks that went by in a flash and I can’t remember a single thing about it. Apart from a gloriously sunny day on Friday and feeling like just maybe Spring has indeed finally arrived.

Other than that though, I’ve got nothing. I lead such an exciting life. πŸ˜‚

So, on to the books. That’s why we’re all here anyway, right.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Not bad, eh? Look at me squeezing in books from my own TBR. I’m also almost halfway through the new Harlan Coben and have finally started the C.J. Sansom series in between. I’m also listening to an audiobook over breakfast each morning. Slow going but it works for me as one or two chapters is apparently as far as my attention span will stretch.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Why yes, I am collecting Harlan Coben books. Why do you ask? πŸ˜‰

I’m also not buying any more books until April 4th. Really. After that, all bets are off.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

So excited about these. All for blog tours and as you can see up above, already read one of them. Huge thanks to Riverrun, Quercus and Simon & Schuster.

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Took the day off

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog blitz for A Body in the Lakes by Graham Smith and shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Joined the blog blitz for Toys in the Dust by N.M. Brown

Friday : Shared my review for Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward

Saturday : Took another day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Two reviews per week? I can live with this. πŸ˜‚

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Nothing planned

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | Nobody’s Wife by Laura Pearson

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Review | Whatever Happened to Betsy Blake by David B. Lyons

Friday : Blog tour | Review | She Lies in Wait by Gytha Lodge

Saturday : Nothing planned

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

For once, I’m actually ahead. I have one of these reviews still to write but other than that, I’m totally winning! πŸ˜‚

I had a huge rant planned for today but I don’t have the time to write it up anymore so maybe another time. My in-laws are on their way over for a fun an entertaining afternoon (note the sarcasm, people). I should probably get ready.

Hope everyone has a fabulous week! See you next time. Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (March 17)

What a miserable week it’s been. Storms raging all over the place bringing lots of high winds, hail and rain. At one point it looked like my garden pond may have flooded but that potential crisis was luckily avoided. I wasn’t quite looking forward to searching for fish in the grass. As it is, we had one casualty. Not a fish but my pretty bird bath, which toppled over and broke in two pieces. RIP bird bath. You will be missed.

Reading-wise, things are going pretty well. I probably could have squeezed in one more book if I hadn’t spent a few hours rearranging my bookshelves. Under duress, I might add. 😜. Now I can’t find anything. It’s all very fine to sort books alphabetically by author but when the only thing you remember is a title, …. πŸ™„πŸ˜‚

Anyway, let’s see which books went from the TBR shelf (downstairs) to the “read” shelf (upstairs) this week.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Sadly, The Dollmaker was another DNF at 72%. Netgalley has been letting me down lately. It’s probably not a bad thing I won’t be using it anymore soon due to my struggles with reading on a kindle. πŸ˜‚

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Oops. But! 🀣 Lizzie Borden was a preorder that arrived this week. And I already owned the Jo Spain books on Kindle so they don’t count, right? 😳

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

Nothing! I thought it would be hard to stay away from there but so far, it’s actually been a breeze.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Also, nothing. But I am expecting at least one goodie next week so it’s all good!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Joined the blog tour for The Secret Child by Caroline Mitchell

Tuesday : Nothing

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Only Daughter by Sarah A. Denzil and shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Shared my review for The Girl Next Door by Phoebe Morgan

Friday : Nada

Saturday : Zip

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Quiet week. Felt pretty good. We all know it won’t last though, right? πŸ˜‚

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : I don’t have anything planned

Tuesday : Blog tour | Guest Post | Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | A Body in the Lakes by Graham Smith

Thursday : Blog tour | Toys in the Dust by N.M. Brown. (I don’t know what I’m posting since I haven’t received it yet 🀣)

Friday : I don’t have anything written down

Saturday : Definitely taking the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Another relatively quiet one. I could get used to this.

That’s it for another week. I have the whole day to myself and a pile of reviews to tackle. If I can stop procrastinating for long enough, I may even be able to finish my current book. Which, in case you wondered, is The Night Olivia Fell and it’s so good!

Wishing you all a fabulous week. Until next time! Happy reading! xx