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

Weekly Wrap-Up (March 10)

Once upon a time there was a week in March and then it was gone. There were a lot of dark days, lots of rain and high winds. Twas also not a productive one, yet full of books and some delightful procrastinating courtesy of Netflix. I binge-watched Harlan Coben’s Safe, which is brilliant, and also took the advice of a fellow blogger (thank you, Jacob) and finally started watching The Crown.

Reading-wise, my week was all over the place. A few misses, a few “meh” and a few corkers. Let’s see what I read this week.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

This is not as impressive as it looks. Two of those (Until The Day I Die and Closer Than You Think) were DNF’s and will not be reviewed on the blog. I blame me and not the books. I’m in a mood and I need books that start with a bang and grab me by the collar and not let go. When I find I start thinking of other things I could be doing, it’s time to move on to another book.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Technically, none. I did pre-order the three below but pre-orders don’t count, right? πŸ€”

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

None! I’ve only visited there to drop off some reviews and that’s it. I’m increasingly struggling with reading on Kindle lately so my Netgalley days might just be over.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Excited doesn’t even begin to cover it! Huge thanks to Bonnier Zaffre, Michale Joseph, Avon UK and Headline!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Reviewed The Shape of Lies by Rachel Abbott

Tuesday : Posted my review for Looker by Laura Sims

Wednesday : This Week in Books which I didn’t stick to 😭

Thursday : Shared my review of Now You See Her by Heidi Perks for paperback publication day celebrations.

Friday : Shared an extract on my stop on the blog tour for The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for Punch by Kate North with a guest post.

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Review | The Secret Child by Caroline Mitchell

Tuesday : I don’t know yet

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | Only Daughter by Sarah A. Denzil

Thursday : Maybe nothing

Friday : Not a clue

Saturday : Might take today off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Look at that empty schedule! I’m part proud of myself for cutting down and part completely panicking because I’m worried I forgot to write something down πŸ˜‚

Question of the week : Prompted by my two DNF’s this week, how do you feel about not finishing a book? When do you decide to just admit defeat and move on to something else? Do you have a specific cut-off point, like 100 pages or 20%? On a scale of one to ten, how bad do you feel about not finishing a book? Is there a difference between not finishing a book you’ve bought, received via Netgalley or a publisher? What are the odds you’ll pick this book you’ve not finished up again in future and give it another go?

That’s it for another week. Hopefully next week the sun will be out and the glorious blue skies will return to lift our moods. Wishing you all a fabulous week! Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (March 2)

Hello, March! It’s good to see you! Although why you had to announce your arrival with dark, wet and miserable weather is a mystery to me. Still, we’re another step closer to Summer so I’m not complaining. Much.

I am horribly sleep deprived. The most sleep I had in one night was about 5 hours and it wasn’t even in one go. That said, I have been oddly productive as evidenced by the fact I tackled my pile of ironing at 8 o’clock in the morning. Totally scared myself there. Self and I had a good long talk and agreed this can never happen again.

Reading-wise, I was able to squeeze in a few new releases as a treat to myself. So, what did I read this week? Let’s see.

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Not as impressive as it looks since Looker is only 180 pages long. But! I do have a few other things still on the go that I wasn’t able to finish this week (one of which is almost 500 pages) so you know, it’s okay. I’ll take it.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Just two. Which according to the OH is still too much. Huh? Does not compute.

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

Apparently After She’s Gone is the second in a series, which I wasn’t told when I was invited to read it. πŸ™„ Run Away, well, I don’t quite remember requesting that one. Immense lack of sleep will do that to a person. But I’m thrilled I got it!

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Another good week at Casa Novel Deelights. Huge thanks to Penguin, Headline, Agora, Avon and Ebury!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Inborn by Thomas Enger

Tuesday : Reviewed Dead Memories by Angela Marsons

Wednesday : Shared my most incoherent review ever (!!!!) when I joined the blog tour for The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor and posted My Week in Books

Thursday : Shared my review for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

Friday : Reviewed Between The Lies by Michelle Adams

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for The Blameless Dead by Gary Haynes

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Made it! Bye-bye, frantic February!

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Review | The Shape of Lies by Rachel Abbott

Tuesday : Review | Looker by Laura Sims

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Review | Now You See Her by Heidi Perks

Friday : Blog tour | Extract | The Rainwatcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

Saturday : Blog tour | Guest Post | Punch by Kate North

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Well, would you look at that! Not a single review blog tour! I know, you’re impressed, aren’t you? πŸ˜‚

Now, I do remember saying that March was going to be slow. Famous last words. Some last minute additions and a glance at Netgalley publication dates and well, let’s just say there is no Hobbit trilogy binge-watch in my near future. But that’s okay! I have it all under control! Really! Where’s the wine?

Right, that’s it! My Sunday afternoon shall be spent writing some reviews and reading up a storm! Hope you’re having a lovely weekend, however you’re spending it. Have a great week! Until next time. Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (February 17)

After the longest January ever, February is positively flying! We’re currently having some lovely sunshine and Spring temperatures and that just makes all the difference, doesn’t it?

I can’t say it’s been a productive week though. Unless you count the three hours I spent on cleaning my oven. Yes, it was necessary. The hubby, who’s also the chef in our house, made a right mess of it. After all these years, I still haven’t managed to add “cleaning” to his list of duties πŸ˜‰

Reading-wise, well …. why don’t we take a look?

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Well. Erm. I don’t even have an explanation. In my defense, I have been listening to an audiobook which takes a lot longer to finish obviously. But somehow that doesn’t seem like a sufficient excuse to end the week with two finished books under my belt. Must do better.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

None. I didn’t even realise until I started writing this post. All the books I really, really, really want to read aren’t published yet.

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

All The Little Lies for a blog tour, courtesy of Killer Reads. My Lovely Wife was a wonderful present from Michael Joseph. I’ve had my eye on that one for a while already so I was very excited to get that one!

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Ooh yes, it was a good week at Casa Eva. Huge thanks to Transworld, Atlantic, Headline, OneWorld and Pan MacMillan. That’s probably it until Summer πŸ˜‚

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Shared my review for The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for East of England by Eamonn Griffin with a guest post by the author.

Wednesday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon and shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Joined the blog tour for Flowers over the Inferno by Ilaria Tuti

Friday : I was going to post my Silent Patient review but a) I didn’t want to interfere with the blog tour and b) I haven’t actually written it yet. 😳

Saturday : Nothing

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Review | All The Little Lies by Chris Curran

Tuesday : Blog tour | Truths and Lies | The Shape of Lies by Rachel Abbott

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | Apple of my Eye by Claire Allan

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | My Last Lie by Ella Drummond

Friday : Blog tour | Review | The Glovemaker by Ann Weisgarber

Saturday : Social Media Tour | Review | To Kill the Truth by Sam Bourne

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

It’s fine! Everything is fine! I have it all under control! πŸ˜¨πŸ˜‚

In other news, thank you so much to the wonderful person who nominated my blog for the Best Book Blog award at the Blogger Bash thingamajig. It’s very much appreciated and I’m truly grateful. I don’t stand a chance in hell but for once it’s true what they say, being nominated is fabulous enough as it is.

That’s all I have for this week. I have reviews to write (three to begin with) and books to read (also three and that’s just for the upcoming week) so I should probably get to it. Although …. mmmm, lunch. πŸ€”πŸ˜‚

Wishing you all a wonderful week and lots of happy reading! Until next time! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (February 10)

This week’s wrap-up is a bit on the short side as I’m expecting friends really soon and I suspect they’d like me to be dressed in a more appropriate way than I am right now.

Another week of potential tongue-biting but instead I’ve just been rolling my eyes a lot and have found the best way to deal with seeing people showing their true colours, is to laugh about them in private.

Live and let live, people. It’s not rocket science.

Thank goodness for books, eh? I mean, sure, wine provides a good escape too but my liver prefers the book option. πŸ˜‰

So, how did I do this week?

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

And another six books bite the dust. I was aiming for seven. Not entirely sure what happened. πŸ€”

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Confession time. I just really wanted to buy something. Anything. I wasn’t even picky. In The Night Wood caught my eye because of the cover. A River in the Trees as well but since I’m on a historical fiction kick lately, that was a bonus. The Companion has been on my wishlist for ages so I fixed that.

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for You Belong to Me by Mark Tilbury

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for What Happens in France by Carol Wyer

Wednesday : Shared My Week in Books

Thursday : Hosted a stop on the blog four The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Friday : Shared an extract from Stalker by Lars Kepler for the blog tour

Saturday : Joined the blog tour for The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : It seems this spot is empty. I’m as surprised as you are.

Tuesday : Blog tour | Guest Post | East of England by Eamonn Griffin

Wednesday : Blog tour | Review | Where She Lies by Michael Scanlon

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | Flowers over the Inferno by Iliara Tuti

Friday : Review | The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelidis

Saturday : Might take the day off

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Well, that’s a surprisingly quiet week in the midst of the February chaos. Either that or I forgot something. Eek.

Right, that’s it. Told you it would be short today. I haven’t even been able to think of a question of the week. I’ll try and do better next week πŸ˜‰

Have a fab week and lots of happy reading! Until next time! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (February 3)

Hello February! So good to see you! I’m so delighted I’m welcoming you with a whole bunch of sneezing and sniffling. You’re welcome!

Nothing much else to report. This week was a much better one than last week. Staying away from social media really works. The less I know, the better. And I am now officially in “countdown to Spring” mode. Which would go a heck of a lot easier if it would stop snowing but at least the days are slowly but surely getting longer.

On to the books! What did I read?

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Once again, I thought I read more than this. My wrap ups are disappointing me πŸ˜‚. I know, I know, six is good, blah blah blah. I just really need to get my head down because have I mentioned February is mental on the blog? I think I have. It bears repeating.

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

In case you missed the news, Harlan Coben’s The Stranger is coming to Netflix, starring the hotness that is Richard Armitage, so of course I had to buy the book so I can read it before the tv adaptation airs sometime this year. Then said hotness that is Richard Armitage completely threw me off by saying he recommends you read the book beforehand but NOT the last two chapters. Say what now?! Terribly sorry, your hotness, but it’s all or nothing. πŸ˜‚

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

One to read early and one I was convinced I wouldn’t get so I went ahead and requested it, confident that it wouldn’t mess up my shelf. Ha! Oops.

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

Annie Thorne! Yay! Courtesy of Michael Joseph and for the blog tour at the end of the month. I must admit I’m slightly puzzled about the other one πŸ€”

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : I kicked off the week by sharing an extract for my stop on the blog tour for I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler

Tuesday : Joined the blog tour for the brilliant The Chestnut Man by SΓΈren Sveistrup

Wednesday : Author Owen Mullen visited my blog with a fun guest post for my stop on the blog tour for Out of the Silence. I also shared my Week in Books.

Thursday : Shared my review for Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke

Friday : Another fab guest post. This time from author Alex Dahl for the blog tour of The Boy at the Door

Saturday : Accidental double booking day. I joined the blog tour for The Last by Hanna Jameson and shared an extract for my stop on the tour for Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz.

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Review | Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | What Happens in France by Carol Wyer
Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | You Belong to Me by Mark Tilbury

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Blog tour | Review | The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Friday : Blog tour | Extract | Stalker by Lars Keppler

Saturday : Blog tour | Review | The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

This isn’t so bad. I’ve got this. I think.

Fun things around the internet.

Over on Twitter, Vintage HQ is asking who you’d like to see in a remake of An Affair to Remember, which originally starred Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. The options are Richard Armitage & Kate Winslet, Matthew Goode & Carey Mulligan or Tom Ellis & Claire Foye.

Also over on Twitter, Penguin Books UK is asking you to vote on your favourite love story.

Nominations are now open for the Annual Blogger Bash Awards so go forth and nominate your favourite book blog.

And that’s it. I have a huge pile of reviews to get through and then reading to go. Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend and I wish you a fantastic week! See you next time! Happy reading! xx

Weekly Wrap-Up (January 27)

Oh, January, you’re killing me. First of all, if you could stop with the white fluffy shit or rain falling from the skies, that’d be brilliant. A girl needs some sunshine. Desperately. (Like seriously, I don’t have enough light to take pictures for Instagram. This is just not on!)

If I thought last week was making me grumpy, this week things went to a completely different level altogether. I’m not the most diplomatic of people so I kept my mouth shut and bit my tongue so much I was worried I’d lose a piece of it. It all resulted in a bit of an existential blogger crisis and words of wisdom from someone who “talked me off the ledge”, so to speak. This blogging community, for all its talk of being loving and supportive, is often anything but. And when it shows its true colours, I feel like running a mile. It’s quite sad. As if there isn’t enough drama in the world, and yet some people feel the need to create extra when there is no call for it at all.

So, time to make some changes. I don’t like most people at the best of times. It’s why I spend so much time surrounded by books. That is where my focus will be. Ignore everything and pretty much everyone else. Sounds like a good plan.

Now if WordPress could get its act together and stop deleting stuff from my posts after I’ve saved the drafts, that would be great and maybe I can finally find some Zen again!

| BOOKS I READ THIS WEEK |

Sadly, I’ll Find You was a DNF at 46% so I don’t feel that counts. But I’ll gladly consider the other five a major accomplishment, especially since The Chestnut Man was over 500 pages long. I’m on the blog tour for that one on Tuesday but let me tell you right, it’s an absolute corker!! And Janel and I flew through Dirty Little Secrets yesterday because it’s awesome!

| BOOKS I BOUGHT THIS WEEK |

Nothing. Not due to lack of trying, mind you. It seems all the books that are calling my name aren’t published yet. What you see here is my haul from last week’s virtual shopping with Janel. Fun times!

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

One for a blog tour, two I was invited to read. My shelf is slowly getting out of control, although I’m still hanging on to the 90-91% approval rating. Still, when they send you books, what’s girl to do? πŸ˜‚

| BOOK POST THAT LANDED ON MY DOORSTEP THIS WEEK |

The Glass Woman courtesy of Michael Joseph for the blog tour in February. Breakers and Call Me Star Girl were sent to me by Orenda. Totally excited!

| ON THE BLOG THIS PAST WEEK |

Monday : Reviewed Bridge to Burn by Rachel Amphlett

Tuesday : Reviewed Blackberry & Wild Rose by Sonia Velton

Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Reviewed Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox

Friday : Joined the blog tour for The Woman Inside by J.P. Carter

Saturday : Hosted a stop on the blog tour for A Promise to the Dead by Victoria Jenkins

Sunday : Shared an extract on my stop for the blog tour for In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter and posted my Weekly Wrap-Up

| NEXT WEEK ON NOVEL DEELIGHTS |

Monday : Blog tour | Extract | I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler

Tuesday : Blog tour | Review | The Chestnut Man by SΓΈren Sveistrup

Wednesday : Blog tour | Guest Post | Out of the Silence by Owen Mullens
Wednesday : This Week in Books

Thursday : Review | Don’t Turn Around by Amanda Brooke

Friday : Blog tour | Guest Post | The Boy at the Door by Alex Dahl

Saturday : Blog tour | Review | The Last by Hannah Jameson
Saturday : Blog tour | Extract | Beton Rouge by Simone Buchholz

Sunday : Weekly Wrap-Up

Let the insanity of February commence! πŸ™„

Question of the week : Book jackets. This is a serious and obviously very deep question. When you read a book, do you take off the jacket or not? I’ve seen people mention they don’t because they want to protect the book. Now, I do take it off because I want to protect the jacket, which is ultimately what you see when you peruse my bookshelves. Thoughts? If any? πŸ˜‚

That’s it for another week! Time to get my head down and fly through an enormous stack of February books to read. I may not survive this month!

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

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 πŸ˜‰) 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! πŸ™„

| 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. 😏

| 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, ZoΓ« πŸ˜‚

| 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. πŸ˜‚

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 πŸ˜‰.

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. πŸ˜‚

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! 🀣

| 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 πŸ™„

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. πŸ€”

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! πŸ˜‚

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. 😍

| ARC’s RECEIVED VIA NETGALLEY |

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

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? πŸ™„πŸ˜‚

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. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‚

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