Booking Ahead/Weekly Wrap Up

Sunday Post

I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing a round-up of the week just completed and also take a look at my plans for the forthcoming week.  I rather got out of the habit of doing this last year but I would like to reinstate this type of post as I feel it keeps me on track.  So, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post over at Kimberly’s  Caffeinated Reviewer.  Without further ado:

Last week:

Still very busy last week but I’m pleased to say that I’ve started to catch up with blog hopping, if I’ve not visited you yet I have made good progress and this week hopefully will get to everyone.  On the reading front I’ve read two books, both a little spontaneous and off plan – but, never mind – The Blacktongue Thief which I really enjoyed and Later by Stephen King which was also very good.  I do need to get back to The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter and The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper.  Both of those were not quite working their magic for me so I will try again this week.  I also will be reading the next instalment of the second Discworld book later this evening.

Complete The Helm of Midnight and The Wolf Den as mentioned above. I will also make a start on The Broken God by Gareth Hanrahan.

  1. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  2. The Shadow of the Gods by John Grynne
  1. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  2. The Ikessar Falcon by KS Villoso
  3. Later by Stephen King
  4. The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

Booking Ahead/Weekly Wrap Up

Sunday Post

I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing a round-up of the week just completed and also take a look at my plans for the forthcoming week.  I rather got out of the habit of doing this last year but I would like to reinstate this type of post as I feel it keeps me on track.  So, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post over at Kimberly’s  Caffeinated Reviewer.  Without further ado:

Last week:

So this week.  I finished the SPFBO competition.  My final read was The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson, which was coincidentally also the winner of the competition.  My review is here.  I also completed The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence which was a very good second instalment and I enjoyed that it took us back to a world that Lawrence fans are already familiar with.  I’ve made a start on John Gwynne’s The Shadow of the Gods which has pretty much already grabbed my attention.  I’ve also made a start on The Helm of Midnight by Marina Lostetter which is interesting. And, I seriously need to catch up with some reviews so hopefully I’ll manage to get three of four out this week.  Finally, I’m hoping to get back on track with blogging and blog hopping and see what I’ve been missing out on.

Next Week

Complete The Shadow of the Gods and The Helm of Midnight.  Also make a start on the second Discworld book and maybe make a start on The Wolf Den by Elodie Harper.

Reviews Posted since last Sunday:

  1. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  2. The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin
  3. The Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson

Forthcoming Reviews:

  1. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  3. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  4. The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence

Booking Ahead/Weekly Wrap Up

Sunday Post

I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing a round-up of the week just completed and also take a look at my plans for the forthcoming week.  I rather got out of the habit of doing this last year but I would like to reinstate this type of post as I feel it keeps me on track.  So, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post over at Kimberly’s  Caffeinated Reviewer.  Without further ado:

Last week:

So this week.  I’ve finally caught up with the first Discworld book – just need to put some thoughts down for that one and settle down to discuss it with my buddy.  I haven’t managed to get back to The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner because I’ve been concentrating on my SPFBO books (it being the last week – no, I’m not panicking).  I’ve completed The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin – my review for which should be posted tomorrow (fingers crossed and all going to plan) and I’m about 20% into Justin Lee Anderson’s The Lost War.  I think I’m on track although the finish line is fast approaching.  I’ve also made a start on The Girl and the Mountain which I’m about halfway through.

 

Next Week

Complete The Lost War, The Girl and the Mountain and The Light of the Midnight Stars.  Doddle.

Reviews Posted since last Sunday:

  1. The Two Faced Queen by Nick Martell
  2. Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Forthcoming Reviews:

  1. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  3. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  4. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  5. The Combat Codes by Alexander Darwin

Booking Ahead/Weekly Wrap Up

Sunday Post

I’m trying to get back into the habit of doing a round-up of the week just completed and also take a look at my plans for the forthcoming week.  I rather got out of the habit of doing this last year but I would like to reinstate this type of post as I feel it keeps me on track.  So, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post over at Kimberly’s  Caffeinated Reviewer.  Without further ado:

Past two weeks:

I missed last week’s wrap up post so I’ll post two week’s worth today. Surprisingly, given the last week I had I’ve been reading quite a bit – I find that concentrating on a book takes my mind off other things.  I do need to catch up with blog hopping and comments though because all of that has gone straight to hell in a handcart.  I’ve finished my buddy read of a Darker Shade of Magic this past week.  I can’t deny I didn’t love this as much as I hoped and my review will be up soon.  I’ve also made a start on the first Discworld book that I’m also buddy reading. Early days but just up to chapter 4.  I also read Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone, The Two Faced Queen by Nick Martell, Ariadne by Jennifer Saint, Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw and started The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner.

Next Week

Hoping to complete The Light of the Midnight Stars.  Possibly one of my two remaining SPFBO finalists and The Girl and the Mountain by Mark Lawrence.

Reviews Posted since last Sunday:

  1. The Drowned City by KJ Maitland
  2. Black Stone Heart by Michael R Fletcher
  3. Such Pretty Things by Lisa Heathfield
  4. Last Memoria by Rachel Emma Shaw

Forthcoming Reviews:

  1. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  2. A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
  3. Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
  4. The Two Faced Queen by Nick Martell
  5. Ariadne by Jennifer Saint

Wondrous Words and Can’t Wait Wednesday : The Hidden by Melanie Golding

Can't Wait Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that was originally created by Breaking the Spine.  Unfortunately Breaking the Spine are no longer hosting so I’m now linking my posts up to Wishful Endings Can’t Wait Wednesday. Don’t forget to stop over, link up and check out what books everyone else is waiting for.  If you want to take part, basically, every Wednesday, we highlight a book that we’re really looking forward to.  This week my book is : The Hidden by Melanie Golding.  I loved Little Darlings and so have been waiting to see what the author would come up with next and The Hidden has an excellent description:

Melanie Golding’s newest folkloric suspense is a spine-tingling twist on Celtic mythology.

One dark December night, in a small seaside town, a little girl is found abandoned. When her mother finally arrives, authorities release the pair, believing it to be an innocent case of a toddler running off.

Gregor, a seemingly single man, is found bludgeoned and left for dead in his apartment, but the discovery of children’s toys raises more questions than answers.

Every night, Ruby gazes into Gregor’s apartment, leading to the discovery of his secret family: his unusually silent daughter and his mentally unstable wife, Constance, who insists that she is descended from the mythological Selkies. She begs Ruby to aid in finding the sealskin that Gregor has hidden from her, making it impossible to return to her people.

DS Joanna Harper’s investigation into Gregor’s assault leads her to CCTV footage of the mother-daughter pair from town. Harper realizes she knows the woman almost as well as she knows herself: it’s her estranged daughter, Ruby. No matter the depth of Ruby’s involvement, she knows she will choose her daughter over her career.

Steeped in local legend and exploring the depths of what it means to be a mother, Melanie Golding’s newest novel is a lyrical and atmospheric folktale for the modern age.

Expected publication : November 2021

WWW

This meme was first created by Kathy over at Bermuda Onion Blog and has now been adopted by Elza Reads.

Wondrous Words Wednesday is a weekly meme where you can share new words that you’ve encountered, or spotlight words you love.

No rules just enjoy and for further info check out Elza Reads.

This week my word is:

TARADIDDLE

A taradiddle is a petty lie or pretentious nonsense.

What a lovely sounding word it is. I had a little look into the word.  It may have first been used in the 18th Century although the origins aren’t known.  There are a few myths out there about where and when the word came into use but it appears that these rumours are ‘taradiddles’ in themselves.

If you break the word up –

Tara – is an exclamation; and

Diddle – can be to cheat or swindle

So, put the two together and you have a cheating exclamation!  Which could be a little lie if you think about it.

Whilst I was looking into this I also came across an interesting little snippet for Harry Potter fans.  Apparently the word was used by Cornelius Fudge in JK Rowlings Order of the Phoenix “‘We haven’t got time to listen to more taradiddles, I’m afraid, Dumbledore.’”

Anyway, the book I was reading when came across this word was The Drowned City (which I enjoyed, my review here) by KJ Maitland:

Drowned City

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