Weekly Wrap-Up (January 19)

What a week it’s been. I’ve been completely out of sorts and rather grumpy. Actually, let’s just call a spade a spade. Bitchy. I’ve been extremely bitchy! Everything and everyone got on my wick like you wouldn’t believe. Massive thanks to my sounding boards (the shallow tribe, pea in a pod, kindred spirit and my book pimp aka the rather annoying one ๐Ÿ˜‰) for letting me rant and rave and just quite generally being the best friends a girl could possibly have.

On top of that, last week I made the mistake of mentioning Winter. That pesky cold season that seemed a tad elusive at that point, which my big mouth obviously summoned like magic. Ugh! Cue hail, snow and freezing temperatures at a time when I’m actually starting to count down to Spring. Not cool Mother Nature!

Reading-wise, I actually thought I’d been incredibly productive once again. But no. By the time Friday arrived, I realised I had only finished one book. I even checked Goodreads to make sure. I have no idea what happened but at this rate, I’ll be behind schedule again instead of ahead and that just won’t do. Seriously, because February is utterly mental! ๐Ÿ™„

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Well. That could have been a whole lot worse, I suppose. And at least, all three were brilliant. But still. Must do better. Reminds me of my school report cards. Ah, nostalgia. ๐Ÿ˜

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Oh, dear. Although … I personally didn’t buy any. But my book pimp (the rather annoying one) took me virtually shopping and we hit various charity shops and my goodness, it was sheer heaven! Drop me off in one of those shops and you won’t see me for hours! We got some very nice goodies, let me tell you.

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

One request that was actually approved for a change (Closer Than You Think). I was on a negative run there for weeks and considering a Netgalley boycott out of protest *. The other two I was invited to read.

(* : No, I clearly did not think that one through because obviously it would hurt me a hell of a lot more than it would hurt them)

| BOOKPOST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP |

Beautiful Bad by Annie Ward, with thanks to Quercus, for a blog tour. Yes, that’s my hand. Don’t get too excited. I’m looking at you, Zoรซ ๐Ÿ˜‚

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Shared an extract for my stop on the blog tour for The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

Wednesday : Joined the blog tour for Only A Mother by Elisabeth Carpenter and shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Red Snow by Will Dean

Friday : Joined the blog tour for Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb

Saturday : Took a day off.

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Review | Bridge to Burn by Rachel Amphlett

Tuesday : Review | Blackberry and Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

Wednesday : This Weeks in Books

Thursday : Review | Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox

Friday : Blog tour | Review | The Woman Inside by E.G. Scott

Saturday : Blog tour | Review | A Promise to the Dead by Victoria Jenkins

Sunday : Blog tour | Extract | In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter
Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

I say I’ll be posting reviews but well, let’s just say my review pile hasn’t exactly gone down so if they don’t get written, there will obviously be no posts. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Question of the week : Prompted by a conversation earlier this week, I’m wondering about star ratings and rounding up or down. I only use star ratings on Goodreads, Netgalley and Amazon because I don’t have a choice. I’d rather not use them at all. I’d like to think my reviews give you a fairly good idea on what I thought of a book, so I don’t use them on my blog.

Up until now, I’ve been rounding up. But the rather annoying one made a very valid point a few days ago. It’s rare but it happens ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Let’s say you give a book 4.5 stars. I have been rounding that up to 5 but others would turn it into a 4. The reasoning is, if you really loved the book that much, you’d give it 5 stars and not 4.5. So there was something that held you back from finding it “perfect”. Thus, round down to 4. That makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Yet, I can’t seem to do it. I’ve always rounded up. I’m pretty sure it’s what I was taught in school, although that was such a long time ago that my memories could be slightly blurry. So, what do you do? Up, down, don’t care? These are serious questions, people!

Right. Enough babble. Must read! If I’m even more quiet than usual around various parts of the internet this week, don’t worry. I’ll either be reading, trying to catch up. Or I’ll be trying not to shoot my mouth off and hurt people’s feelings. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Hope you all have a fabulous week! See you next time! Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (January 12)

Oh, January. Why are you so dreary, miserable and long?! Although, has anyone seen Winter? It feels as if we’re stuck in a never-ending Autumn and as much as I hate the cold that Winter brings, I kind of miss it.

Anyway, I thought I had been hugely productive this past week but looking back as I write this wrap-up, it turns out I wasn’t. But at least I’m still reading! Let’s just not talk about the pile of reviews that keeps stacking up.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

I know, I know, six isn’t bad at all but I honestly thought I’d read more than that. At least I finished my first ever audiobook! Go me! ๐Ÿคฃ

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Book buying mojo still working like a charm! I may also have somewhere in the region of 14 pre-orders but who’s counting?

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

One for a blog tour, one I was invited to read and one because it was a “read now”. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Nada

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour For The Missing by Lina Bengtsdotter

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for The Man With No Face by Peter May and shared my Week in Books

Thursday : Joined the blog tour for Tell Me A Secret by Jane Fallon and re-shared my review for Too Close to Breathe by Olivia Kiernan for paperback publication day.

Friday : Author Sibel Hodge visited my blog on the blog tour for The Disappeared to talk about her writing day.

Saturday : I had a day off.

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Extract | The Liar’s Girl by Catherine Ryan Howard

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | Changeling by Matt Wesolowski

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | Only A Mother by Elizabeth Carpenter

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Red Snow by Will Dean

Friday : Blog tour | Review | Deep Dirty Truth by Steph Broadribb

Saturday : Day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Hm. The talk I had with myself regarding blog tours was obviously hugely successful ๐Ÿ™„

Right, I get to spend a wonderful (note the sarcasm) afternoon with the mother-in-law. Somehow that still sounds more pleasant than writing reviews though. ๐Ÿค”

Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend! Have a fabulous week and I wish you lots of happy reading! Until next time! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (January 5)

Hello and welcome to the first weekly wrap-up of the shiny new year. First, let me wish you all an incredibly fabulous 2019! May you all be surrounded by love, friendship and books! And wine. Just me? Okay.

Hold on to your seats because yes, I have actually been reading! Not a lot over the holidays though. I spent almost two weeks on what’s basically a novella and I admit, I was getting slightly worried there. But things seem to be on the up this week. Now if only my reviewing mojo would cooperate, I’d be golden!

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Hm. Not exactly impressive but I’ll take it! I say that because two of those are so short, they should have been a breeze. And for the curious amongst you, it was Miss Marley that took me so long to finish. Not because it was bad. I just kept getting distracted by other things that seemed much more fun at the time.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Book buying mojo INTACT! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Two of those are pre-orders : The Hunting Party and After The End. The Jane Austen is a Knickerbocker Classics set and I’m totally in love with it. I bought the Charles Dickens one last year as well. Some I was told to get by my very own evil enabler and finally, The Snowman is a …. wait for it … audiobook. For entirely obvious and shallow reasons, as it’s narrated by Richard Armitage. ๐Ÿ˜

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

None. My requests keep getting denied. Why do they hate me?! ๐Ÿคฃ

No book post either so let’s quickly move on!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

A slow one after my break.

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : I shared some of my most anticipated books of 2019

Friday : My first blog tour of the year was The Illumination of Ursula Flight

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Nothing planned

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | For The Missing by Lina Bengtsdotter

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | The Man With No Face by Peter May

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Tell Me A Secret by Jane Fallon

Friday : Blog tour | Guest Post | The Disappeared by Sibel Hodge

Saturday : Unless I am on a blog tour, this may become a weekly day off.

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Good thing I’ve managed to sign up for less blog tours, eh? ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚

And that’s it for the first week of January. I have a New Year’s dinner to attend later on that I’m not looking forward to at all. But there will be wine, so there’s that. Fair warning (and apologies in advance) to those I send messages to when I get bored. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚

Alright, 2019! Let’s do this! See you all next week! Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (December 23)

Hear ye, hear ye! (I don’t know, just go with it)

This will be my final wrap-up of the year. That’s right, I’m taking a wee break. Considering the past few weeks, I doubt many will notice a difference but I figured a fair warning was the least I could do. I am determined to get a head start on my January reading schedule. Which would quite frankly be going a heck of a lot better if I didn’t accidentally read from my February schedule instead ๐Ÿ™„

I won’t be disappearing completely. I’ll still be around sharing your posts, popping up on social media from time to time. But most of all, I shall be reading and spreading the Christmas germs. Cheer! I meant cheer! ๐Ÿคง

Yes, yes, blah blah, Eva, have you been reading lately though? The answer to that burning question is yes. But not that much. As you will see below, bearing in mind my last wrap-up was on December 2nd. Oops.

| BOOKS I READ THE PAST FEW WEEKS |

Bit sad, isn’t it? One of those took me almost two weeks to read and it wasn’t even a bad one.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THESE PAST FEW WEEKS |

Looks like someone is collecting some classics.

| ARC’s RECEIVED FROM NETGALLEY |

And only one of those is for a blog tour! Go me!

I’m not doing a round-up of my posts from these past few weeks and since I’m taking a blogging break, there’s nothing to look forward to either ๐Ÿ˜„

Normal service will resume on January 2nd, when I will be sharing some of my most anticipated books of 2019.

In the meantime, all that’s left for me to do is to say thank you! Bookish and blogging wise, it’s been an absolutely fantastic year and a lot of that is down to you, dear readers and fellow bloggers. You’re a brilliant lot! I have made some new friends and I’ve grown closer to some older (not a reference to age) friends. I’ve been interviewed, was nominated for a blogger award and (in case you missed it) got my 200 reviews badge from Netgalley. I completed the 20 Books of Summer Challenge, desperately battled my blog tour addiction (and failed miserably) while dealing with a reading mojo that was up and down like a yo-yo. But through it all, there was you. And you. And even you! With support, with reading recommendations, with tips and more importantly, with laughter. So, THANK YOU! โค๏ธ

I wish you all the most wonderful Christmas, a fabulous 2019 and as always, lots of happy reading! xx

My Top 20 Favourite Reads of 2018

What an absolutely amazing year for books it has been!ย 

Just like last year, I thought splitting things up between series and stand-alones would help narrow down the list but nope. A Top 10 was never going to happen here. Despite the fact that my reading mojo was up and down like a bloody yo-yo all year, I still managed to read 250 books. Sure, that’s 50 less than last year but do I care? Clue : no, I don’t ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, I present to youย My Top 20 Favourite (stand-alone) Reads of 2018. With apologies to the authors/books I had to drop from the list.

In no particular order, except for the Top 5, here we go!

Phoebe Locke – The Tall Man [my review]
Louise Voss – The Old You [my review]
Linwood Barclay – A Noise Downstairs [my review]
Mark Edwards – The Retreat [my review]

Ane Riel – Resin [no review]
Joanna Cannon – Three Things About Elsie [no review]
Gillian McAllister – No Further Questions [my review]
Shari Lapena – An Unwanted Guest [my review]

Lesley Kara – The Rumour [review to follow]
Karin Slaughter – Pieces of Her [my review]
SJI Holliday – The Lingering [my review]
Elly Griffiths – The Stranger Diaries [review to follow]

Gill Paul – The Lost Daughter [my review]
Louise Beech – The Lion Tamer Who Lost [my review]
Rachel Rhys – Fatal Inheritance [my review]

Top 5

5. C.J. Tudor – The Chalk Man [my review]
4. Ruth Ware – The Death of Mrs Westaway [my review]
3. Liz Nugent – Skin Deep [my review]
2. Elizabeth Haynes – The Murder of Harriet Monckton [my review]

My favourite book of the year is …

I don’t think this comes as a huge surprise. When I read this back in February, I said it would take something insanely special to knock this off the top spot. Skin Deep and Harriet Monckton came awfully close but in the end, “Agatha Christie on crack” won out. [my review]

A massive thank you to all the authors, publishers and Netgalley for making 2018 so spectacular! And to you, my fellow bloggers and readers, huge thanks for the support, for visiting and for commenting! โค๏ธ

My Top 20 Favourite Series of 2018 (part two)

Welcome to part two of my favourite series of 2018. If you missed part one yesterday, you can find it here.

Let’s get to it. Once again, these are in random order. Except for the last one which is most definitely my favourite this year. 

| Stuart MacBride – Logan McRae |

No list is complete without the inimitable Stuart MacBride. This one is incredibly dark, disturbing and harrowing. Yet true to form, MacBride manages to infuse a healthy dose of humour that had me chuckling at the most inappropriate moments and that’s exactly what makes him stand out from the crowd. [my review]

| Fredrik Backman – Beartown |

Sheer magic. The Scandal was my favourite book last year and my expectations for this follow-up were insanely high but boy, did Backman deliver. [my review]

| Carol Wyer – DI Robyn Carter |

I’m not sure what I can say about Carol Wyer that I haven’t said before. I’m just such a fan of her writing and her dark side and this series will always remain a firm favourite. [my review]

| Matt Wesolowski – Six Stories |

Without a doubt, one of my most anticipated books of the past year, which was luckily published back in January because the wait would have been excruciating. Fiction with such a creepily delicious true crime feel to it, it left me reeling for days! [my review]

| Joseph Knox –  Aidan Waits |

Joseph Knox’s debut told me he was an author to watch and with this second book, he firmly cemented my belief and put himself out there as one of the best crime writers of today. [my review]

| Steve Cavanagh – Eddie Flynn |

This book probably deserves the award for best tagline of the year. It’s also the reason I grabbed this one as soon as it was available, not realising at the time it was part of a series. Thankfully, it read perfectly well as a stand-alone and I had no doubt it would end up on my list at the end of the year. [my review]

| Rachel Amphlett – Detective Kay Hunter |

No list is complete without the fantastic Rachel Amphlett and her brilliant Kay Hunter series! [my reviews here and here]

| Steph Broadribb – Lori Anderson |

Hard-hitting action from beginning to end with a kick-ass female protagonist! What more could you possibly want? [my review]

| Thomas Enger – Henning Juul |

The final instalment in the fantastic Henning Juul series can’t be missing from this list. Such a bittersweet moment, seeing everything coming together masterfully but also realising I was at the end of the line with this series! Thomas Enger was my first introduction to the Scandi-Noir genre and for that reason alone, the Henning Juul series will always hold a special place in my heart.  [my review]

| Sharon Bolton – The Craftsman |

This one was initially way up on my other list of favourite books until I realised it is the first one in a trilogy so it made its way onto this list instead.  The Craftsman is without a doubt my most favourite book from a series this year and Sharon Bolton firmly holds on to her spot on my list of go-to authors. Needless to say the follow-up, The Poisoner, is one of my most anticipated books of next year. [my review]

And there you have it. My favourite series of the year. 

Now is your chance to kick my bum (virtually, thank you) and tell me which series I’ve left out. Are there some you don’t agree with? Are there any you can’t wait to read? 

Hope you find something you like here and I’ve given you some ideas. Next week, I’ll hopefully be sharing my list of favourite stand-alones of 2018. That one is still a work in progress.

Until next time! Happy reading! xx

My Top 20 Favourite Series of 2018 (part one)

What an incredible year for books 2018 has been! I remember back in January already thinking compiling these end-of-year lists would be an impossible task. So just like last year, I’ve split things up. My favourite stand-alones will follow at a later date but in this post, I’m focusing on my favourite series. At least it will give me the opportunity to highlight more books.

Some of these may not have been published this year but since I read them this year, I mention them anyway alongside their most recent additions.

Because the list is so long (I had no idea I read so many series!), I’m splitting this post up into two parts.

So, in random order, My Top 20 Favourite Series of 2018 – Part One!

| Sarah Hilary โ€“ DI Marnie Rome |

I said it last year and I’ll say it again : Sarah Hilary’s writing just keeps getting better and better and this series is one of the strongest out there! [my review]

| Helen Fields – DI Luc Callanach |

Again, a corker of a series! I’ve loved this series from the very beginning and any crime fiction fan, of the not faint-hearted variety, should most definitely be reading this! [my reviews here and here]

| David Jackson – DS Nathan Cody |

An absolutely brilliant addition to an already outstanding series that I feel more people should be talking about! [my review]

| Angela Marsons – DI Kim Stone |

Was there ever any doubt these would be on the list? Still going utterly strong after nine books and still a series I’ll happily drop everything for when a new book publishes. [my review here and here]

| J.D. Barker – 4MK |

I’ve found that I’m leaning more towards books set in England lately but I gladly make an exception for the 4MK Thriller series because it just blows my mind! I’m incredibly excited to see how J.D. Barker wraps things up in the final instalment. [my review for The Fifth to Die]

| Johanna Gustawsson – Roy and Castells |

Modern crimes combined with historical fiction? Don’t mind if I do! If you’re looking for addictive page-turners, this is it! [my review]

| Cara Hunter – DI Adam Fawley |

One of those series that just hooked me from the first page. I thought Close To Home was amazing but In The Dark was even better! I can’t wait for book three! [my review for Close to Home]

| Sarah Ward – DC Connie Childs |

I’ve been reading this series from the beginning but have never reviewed it. These books tend to be published right before I leave on holiday in September and they are the first book I pick up when I’m settling down by the pool in Tuscany. I can never find the words to them justice and so don’t review them but consider them my very own special treat. So good!

| Alison Weir – The Six Tudor Queens |

Few people do Tudor fiction the way Alison Weir does and The Six Tudor Queens brings that era to life in the most fascinating way. [my review]

| Daniel Cole – Detective William Fawkes |

Slightly misleading to call it the second book in the Detective William Fawkes series since he’s not actually in it. Personally I didn’t really miss him all that much because of another character but I know other people did. Still, another gripping and exciting book that makes you anxiously await the next instalment. [my review]

So there we have it. Part one of my favourite series of the year. Anything here you’ve read as well? Enjoyed? Didn’t like at all? I’d ask you to mention which books you’d add to the list but since there’s more to come, we’ll leave that for now. Be sure to come back tomorrow for part two!ย 

Weekly Wrap-Up (December 2)

So, December. Ugh. I have no idea where the rest of the year has gone. I feel like I just sat through all that Christmas malarkey last week and now the season to be jolly is upon us once again. Bah humbug!

I set out with good intentions this week. I had plans. Plans that involved finishing my blog tour reads for the year and getting a head start on the ones for January. By Tuesday, I had read two books and felt incredibly accomplished. And then …. someone (okay, me, obviously) fell into the black hole that is Netflix and I haven’t found my way out just yet. I’ve been binge-watching Hannibal and have come to the conclusion that there is a huge difference between reading and imagining gore/gruesomeness and actually seeing it play out on a big screen in front of you. But I’m enjoying it immensely. In between gagging bouts and watching from behind my fingers. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Needless to say, the list of books read this week is short. At least it’s not zero, though. 

Books I read this week

Two. I hardly recognise myself these last few weeks. Months? The force of the slacking off is massive.

Books I bought this week

One. And it’s a pre-order. It won’t even be published until February. I’m beginning to worry about myself.

ARC’s received via Netgalley

Peter May and Jane Harper are for January blog tours. The other one just sounded good. ๐Ÿ˜„

Bookpost that landed on my doorstep

I’ve been horribly remiss in taking pictures again lately. These two are also for blog tours, with thanks to Michael Joseph and Avon.

On the blog this past week

A quiet week once again.

Monday : Kicked off the blog tour for The Cold Years by Joel Hames

Tuesday : Nothing.

Wednesday : Shared my Week in Books

Thursday : Again, nothing.

Friday : Joined the blog tour for Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

Saturday : Nothing to see here.

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Next week on Novel Deelights

Monday : I don’t have anything planned.

Tuesday : Blog tour | Guest Post | Facing A Twisted Judgment by K.J. McGillick

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | The Silent Dead by Graham Smith

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | The Memory by Lucy Dawson

Friday : Blog tour | Extract | Into The Night by Sarah Bailey

Saturday : I’m taking the day off ๐Ÿ˜‚

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

In other news, I managed to get my hands on the 200 reviews badge on Netgalley, which was one of my goals this year so despite my other goal of cutting down on blog tours being a massive fail (๐Ÿ™„), I still feel rather accomplished.

Right, I’ll be spending the next few hours trying to compile my list of books of 2018. Wish me luck!

And that’s it for another week. Next week’s wrap-up may either be delayed or not show up at all. I have a huge 50th birthday party to attend on Saturday evening and I have no idea at what time I’ll be home or what condition I’ll be in ๐Ÿ˜‚

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

Weekly Wrap-Up (November 25)

Hello, hello!

The eagle-eyed among you may have noticed that there was no wrap-up post last Sunday. There were two, in my opinion, very good reasons for that. One, I was under the weather but more importantly, I didn’t actually have anything to wrap up. No books read, no books bought, nothing from Netgalley. No, hell did not freeze over but I’m sure it came pretty close ๐Ÿ˜‰

Things went a little better this week although my reading mojo is still up and down like a bloody yo-yo. My “I must read these” list currently consists of three books due for blog tours in December. And that’s it. Why yes, I do feel rather accomplished. Thanks for asking ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, what have I read this week? Let’s take a look.

Books I read this week

Four. For me, on the slightly disappointing side. In general? Progress! I’ll take it!

Books I bought this week

Actually, books I’ve bought the past three weeks. Kind of sad. ๐Ÿ˜„

I already owned The Secret Wife on Kindle but wanted the paperback too. The Snow Girls was a bit of an accident as I didn’t realise it was the seventh or eighth book in a series. And The Other Queen is my first ever audiobook! Because … Richard Armitage. Yes, I am that shallow. No, I’m not sorry at all.

ARC’s received via Netgalley

Three for blog tours, although one of them isn’t until next year, and one because I could.

On the blog this past week

Monday : Joined the blog tour Mavis and Dot by Angela Petch

Tuesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for The Lingering by SJI Holliday

Wednesday : Joined the blog tour for Good Samaritans by Will Carver

Thursday : Hosted a cover reveal for The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes

Friday : Nothing to see here

Saturday : Closed down the blog tour for And So It Begins by Rachel Abbott

Sunday : Joined the blog tour for The Merest Loss by Steven Neil and posted my Weekly Wrap-Up

Next week on Novel Deelights

Monday : Blog tour | Review | The Cold Years by Joel Hames

Tuesday : Nada

Wednesday : This Week in Books (provided I read any ๐Ÿ˜‚)

Thursday : Nothing

Friday : Blog tour | Review | Cuckoo by Sophie Draper

Saturday : Again, nothing

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up  

And that’s it. These aren’t getting much more interesting, are they? ๐Ÿ˜‚

Question of the weekย : The new WordPress editor. Let’s discuss. I’ve been using it for a few days now and I must say it’s not as daunting as it first looked. I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve actually seen some of the plus points as well. Reusable blocks are the bees knees! So what do you think? Have you given it a go yet? Hate it? Love it? Let me know!

I’m off to spend the afternoon with my mother-in-law, who wants to visit a Christmas market and buy some decorations. What on earth did I do to deserve that?! ๐Ÿ˜ญ

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend! Wishing you a wonderful week and lots of happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (November 11)

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Pretty uneventful week this week. So why not get right to it and see how my reading slump is going?

Booksย I read this week

Five books read this week. In the grand scheme of things, that’s awesome! But I haven’t actually read a single page since Thursday evening. The next book I have to read for a tour isn’t due for a while yet and the OH is working ridiculous hours (and all weekend) which means I am actually allowed to hold the remote control for a change ๐Ÿ˜‚. I’m quite enjoying this break once again but getting back to the books seems to be getting harder and harder.


Booksย Iย bought this week

Sigh. None. I’m beginning to fear for my sanity.

….

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ARC’s received via Netgalley

One. For a blog tour. I have quite a few pending but the Netgalley fairies aren’t being cooperative. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Bookpost what landed on my doorstep

Also one. And also for a blog tour. At the very beginning of the week because since then, our not-so-fabulous postal service has been on strike. ๐Ÿ™„

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On the blog this past week

Monday : I visited the lovely Emma at damppebbles with three of my recommendations for the year. You’ll be seeing these again nearer the end of the year when I compile my list of top books of 2018. Which is still growing. At this rate, it may need to be a top 50 ๐Ÿคฃ

Wednesday : I joined the blog tour for Her Last Move by John Marrs with a fab guest post and also posted My Week in Books

Thursday : I shared my review for the absolutely brilliant The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes


Next week on Novel Deelights

Mondayย : Blog tour | Review | Die Cold by Graham Smith

Tuesdayย : Review | None So Blind by Alis Hawkins

Wednesdayย : Blog tour | Review | Secrets Between Us by Valerie Keogh

Thursdayย : Review | The Winters by Lisa Gabriele

Fridayย : Possibly nothing

Saturdayย : Definitely nothing

Sundayย : Weekly Wrap-Up

Considering the last few weeks, that’s actually quite a busy schedule ๐Ÿ˜‚

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And that’s it. I don’t even have a question of the week. I know, I’m totally slacking off. The fact is that I did actually think of something I wanted to ask but I’m old and if I don’t write things down immediately, I forget them ๐Ÿ˜‰

So all that remains for me to do is to wish you all a great week and I’ll see you next time for another wrap-up, which will most likely be even more (and by more, I mean “less) exciting than this one ๐Ÿ˜œ