Weekly check-in

Saturday, July 25, 2015 Permalink

It’s been an unusual week for me as I’m getting used to some additional commitments and attempting to develop some new routines. #Spoileralert… I’m failing badly so can really only improve!

What I read

Reading-wise everything was pretty normal. I really only read at night and it’s a bit of an end-of-the-day / pre-evening ritual for me so as planned I started the week with Lisa Jackson’s Never Die Alone before picking up Tania Carver’s Heartbreaker which I very much enjoyed!

I really really enjoyed Linwood Barclay’s upcoming release Broken Promise, which I’ll be blogging about in a day or so and finally I read Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica. I missed her novel The Good Girl, which everyone RAVED about… so didn’t want to miss this one!

book blogger reading

What I wrote

Very little. In fact, I only posted twice during the week although I started three other posts I just didn’t get back to. I hope I get my act together a little this coming week.

I reviewed two books in Goodreads, starting with Lisa Jackson’s Never Die Aloneย which I struggled with because it came part-way through a series and assumed a lot of knowledge. I also reviewed Michael Robotham’s The Night Ferry on Goodreads. It was an accidental re-read which I very much enjoyed.

I ended the week by reviewing Heartbreaker on the blog and my only other post for the week was one in which I contemplated the idea of some inexpensive renovations to my apartment (and shared my penchantย for both industrial minimalist and boho chic. Which may, or may not, be mutually exclusive!).

What I did

I started my new part-time job. It’s really just Saturday mornings but I filled in on Monday as well and then didย about a day or soย from home to transcribe stuff and do some admin duties. The project management work I’m doing also kicked off this week but didn’t involve a lot of hands-on time.

Next week I’m filling in on the part-time job for three days so I’ll need to get my act together time-wise. I can’t believe I once worked full-time, had a long commute, gymmed every lunchtime and still blogged for 5-6 days a week. Having said that writing book review posts take much longer than the brain farts blog posts I shared in my Diet Schmiet blog days. ๐Ÿ™‚

What I plan to read

I had a stack of new books arrive last week, including 6-7 new hardcopies.

new books reading

A heap of the books on my to-be-read pile areย being released in August and I have to admit I can’t even decide where to start although (as usual) it will be chronological!

What’s on your agenda – reading or otherwise?

Linking up again for a book blogging check in with Kimberley from the Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the Sunday Post.

80 Comments
  • JodiGibson (@JFGibsonWriter)
    July 25, 2015

    Some good books there. I’m trying to get into a book that I’m reviewing from a new Australian author. I’m having trouble getting stuck into it, but I can see the potential. Hopefully it kicks in soon.

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Oh yes… I know that feeling… hope it kicks in soon!

  • Jess
    July 26, 2015

    So much happening! I am sure you will fall into a routine soon!

  • laurelrainsnow
    July 26, 2015

    I often fantasize about space makeovers, but because I am somewhat limited by being a renter, I satisfy it by moving stuff around and getting new accessories.

    When I had my own house, I realized some fantasies by converting a detached garage into a guest house. We enjoyed it for thirteen years before I sold the house and downsized. I am envious of ocean views. I also love warehouse spaces and lofts.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Ah yes if renting you’re really reliant on cosmetic changes… mind you that’s probably all I’ll get to at the moment but I should add the brick wallpaper to my wishlist!

  • Stormi D Johnson
    July 26, 2015

    You got a lot of interesting books to read this week, I can’t wait to see your reviews. I am also interested in your Broken Promise review as I have it to review. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Stormi
    Week in Review

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      I drafted my Broken Promise review yesterday so it will probably go up tomorrow, just before the launch the following day. I really enjoyed it!

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    July 26, 2015

    Last week I read First One Missing by Tammy Cohen. Did you recommend it? You probably did. You’re where I source most of my reading material. It was brilliant. I couldn’t put it down. This week I’m reading The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. Looks like I’ll be reading Pretty Baby after that eh?

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Yes, First One Missing was one I read and reviewed. I haven’t read The Good Girl but everyone raved about it. I’ll need to get to it at some stage. I enjoyed Pretty Baby… not quite as predictable as you’d think!

  • Elizabeth
    July 26, 2015

    Ii’m pretty sure industrial minimalism and boho chic are pretty exclusive, but I like them both also. My house is more traditional/cottage.I am loving the Murderer’s Daughter. It isn’t an Alex Delaware book and the MC is a woman, so it’s something different from him.

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      I’ve felt the Delaware books are getting a bit ‘old’ and sameish Elizabeth, so I’m keen for something different and looking forward to this one.

  • Jo
    July 26, 2015

    I’m reading an oldie by Nick Earls- Bachelor Kisses. I picked it up in a 2nd hand book shop when we were on the Sunshine Coast earlier this year. It’s written in the days of mixed tapes before cell phones.

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      I’ve actually got that one and I don’t have many Nick Earls books. I bought my niece a YA novel he wrote though and read that – about a boy in the holidays before heading off to Uni. It was quite funny as the boy in question loved the lead singer of Frente. When I heard Nick speak at something he said he’s wondered whether to change the band and ‘crush’ to make it someone more current when re-releasing it.

      • Jo
        July 26, 2015

        My husband used to have a crush on the lead singer of Frente too- Angie Hart…although he’d deny it… I’m a bit of a Nick fan- Analogue Men was one of the funniest things I read last year.

        • Debbish
          July 26, 2015

          I used to struggle with his stuff because it was based around Brissy and I hated reading anything quite that familiar!

          PS. As an aside, I’m sure Angie used to appear on Buffy on stage at The Bronze!

  • danielaark
    July 26, 2015

    I loved your makeover post! my favorite non-bookish so far ๐Ÿ™‚

    You’ll settle on a routine soon and will feel productive again. I say “feel” because I think you ARE already very productive ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to your review of Pretty Baby!

    I hope you visit my Sunday Post. I’ll be up in 40 min. I did some blog make over too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Looking forward to your Sunday Post and thanks for the lovely comments re my makeover post. I hope I feel more productive soon as I feel a bit like I’m flapping about and getting nowhere at the moment!

  • Book Splurge
    July 26, 2015

    I want to read The Murderers Daughter, it looks good. Great makeover post!

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Yes, I hope to get The Murderer’s Daughter soon (must check the publishing order!!!!).

  • Greg
    July 26, 2015

    Congrats on the new job! Both Broken Promise and Pretty Baby sound good.

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Yes… I’m a little behind, but hope to finish my review of Broken Promise tonight. It’s the start of a new series and I’m excited about that.

      Deb

  • Kathryn
    July 26, 2015

    It will be different fitting in some hours of scheduled work. Less time for reading but hopefully it will all work out for you. Heaps of books to read for you around that. I’ve seen heaps of people reading the Mary Kubica book but it doesn’t look like my type of read – more yours!

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Definitely mine – insanity and mayhem Kathryn!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • amyh90
    July 26, 2015

    Hi Deb!
    Congratulations on the part-time job! It’s hard enough to get jobs at the minute (I assume it’s the same everywhere) so congrats ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope your routine smooths out a bit too.
    Are you feeling better now? Sorry I feel a bit daft asking because I feel like I’ve missed a post maybe, so sorry if I’m making you repeat yourself *blushes* I remember you were quite unwell last time we chatted. Are things getting better? I wish you all the best anyway ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy health and all that! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Have a great week,
    Amy x

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Hi Amy and yes I’m much better now. I had a couple of things all at once… vertigo and diverticulitis. But am fine now… thanks for remembering!

      • amyh90
        July 26, 2015

        That’s a relief ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad your feeling better ๐Ÿ˜€ x

  • Karen Blue
    July 26, 2015

    I loved Pretty Baby, but I still think you should get your hands on The Good Girl. It was amazing! I am looking forward to reading your reviews for The Murder’s Daughter and The Marriage of Opposites. Happy reading!

    • Debbish
      July 26, 2015

      Thanks Karen and yes… I just need a little break in my reading commitments to read non-new-releases!!!

  • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    July 26, 2015

    I want to read Pretty Baby – it sounds so good. Loves the makeover post! Enjoy all your new books!

  • Because reading :) (@Limabean74)
    July 26, 2015

    Jumping into a new routine can be challenging, sometimes it’s not easy but you will get it.
    You got a lot of good books this week! I do hope you enjoy them all!

    Have a great week, Deb! Happy Reading!

    • Debbish
      July 27, 2015

      Yes… I always expect too much from things (including myself) and it’s only week 1 of the new ‘stuff’ so I’m sure I’ll settle down.

  • fangswandsfairy(alt)
    July 27, 2015

    Congrats on the new job! Sounds like it is something you will enjoy!

  • Emma
    July 27, 2015

    I have heard Pretty Baby is good so hope you enjoy. I really want to read it. And good luck on your work routine – something I always struggle with.

    • Debbish
      July 27, 2015

      Yes Emma same here obviously. I’m hoping I settle into it soon!

  • Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    July 27, 2015

    Great book haul! I’ve been wanting to read The Good Girl but have been wanting to pick up Pretty Baby as well. Both sound fantastic. Sounds like you’ve had a busy week! I desperately need to get on a routine as well. I feel like I’m spinning in circles with not much getting done but I’m hoping that will change when the kids go back to school in a couple of weeks. Have a great week!

    • Debbish
      July 27, 2015

      I’ve felt very much the same Katherine – in terms of spinning in circles!

      And I really must get The Good Girl because I enjoyed Pretty Baby and it wasn’t what I thought it would be… (I was worried it was going to be predictable when I first started, but it wasn’t.)

  • My ParaHangover
    July 27, 2015

    You, my dear, are a voracious reader!!!!! I can’t believe all the reading you can do! And I wouldn’t sweat the time management stuff just yet – you need to get a few weeks on routine under your belt before you can even guess what to do when, IMHO ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great week this coming week!!!

    • Debbish
      July 27, 2015

      Oh yes, I hope that’s the case. I’m not a good sleeper and I think that’s been problematic as well as I’ve been overly tired on a couple of days.

  • Christy
    July 27, 2015

    Yeah, I know a lot of people really like Kubica’s books, but I haven’t read any yet. Yay for the new job! Hope all goes well with it.

  • Angelized1st
    July 27, 2015

    Congratulations on your new job!

  • Harvee
    July 27, 2015

    The Allende book looks fascinating. Enjoy!

    • Debbish
      July 27, 2015

      I have to admit I’ve not read any of her books before, so hope my kinda-prosaic tastes can cope with this one!

  • Elsi
    July 27, 2015

    I’m horrible at developing routines. Good luck with that. I had to laugh when I saw The Amazing True Story of How Babies are Made in your new books stack.

    • Debbish
      July 27, 2015

      You’ve reminded me I must get onto reviewing that. It’s targetted at an older age group than I initially imagined so my ‘test guinea pig’ is way too young!

  • Teddyree
    July 27, 2015

    People keep telling me the busier you get the more you fit in?? Not sure I buy that one but I guess I do waste time being ‘productive’ on pinterest and the like lol. I know it takes me a lot longer to do review posts than say Paris in July posts … I also know which ones are more fun. Sigh … I need to get my act together. Good luck with getting organised and enjoy your reads.

    • Debbish
      July 27, 2015

      Thanks Teddyree. I actually think it is true – we’re more productive when we’re busy as we’ve got no choice…

  • signourney
    July 27, 2015

    Sometimes it is surprising to look back and see what you were able to do during certain times, and realize how far you pushed yourself to keep things going. I hope this week you will be able to find some balance between blogging and working. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Debbish
      July 28, 2015

      Thanks Signourney – mostly it’s pressure I put myself under and of course the thought of my #ToDo list is always worse than the list itself!

  • yvonne473
    July 27, 2015

    I recently got a part time job after years of working full time. I was looking for full time, but nothing was available and this part time was all I could get. It turns out I’m working more and more all the time, but I got used to part time and liked it ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know how I did full time all those years either ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good luck with the job and enjoy your books. They look like good ones.

    • Debbish
      July 28, 2015

      I think when time is limited you make the most of it…something I could improve on at the moment…

  • divabooknerd
    July 27, 2015

    I’ve actually been looking around for something part time too, something where I can still flounce about and be fabulous, but also have a book fund coming in. Sounds like you’ve got a lot on your plate this week Deb, but I can imagine thoughts keep drifting to that potential makeover. I love boho. I’ve got a bit of boho infused with my Balinese type decor at our house, dark reclaimed timbers, bright artwork. There’s even a bit of a Moroccan influence in there. I LOVE home design, I’m such a junkie when it comes to home reno shows. Now you’ve got ME excited to redecorate, and my house is only almost five years old. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Debbish
      July 28, 2015

      I usually get really enthusiastic when I first move and buy heaps of magazines (of course now you can just look online!) and make all of these plans… I do one or two things before losing my motivation.

  • Aj @ Read All The Things!
    July 27, 2015

    Congrats on the new job, and I hope you enjoy all of your books.

  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    July 27, 2015

    What a great stack of books! And good luck with your new job(s) and developing those routines. I’ll be honest, sticking to a routine is a lot harder when you work from home; I wish you luck (sincerely, not sarcastically.) Have a great week!

    • Debbish
      July 28, 2015

      Thanks… and it’s very true that working from home has its negatives as well as its positives. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
    July 28, 2015

    Congrats on the new job, Deb! I hope it will be a good one, and that you’ll be with nice colleagues as well as having something hopefully interesting to do while you’re there.
    Great new books this week, too, enjoy!
    Have a fantastic week and happy reading.

    • Debbish
      July 28, 2015

      Thanks Lexxie… I think it’s good to get out of the house every so often. The hours are a bit uncertain at the moment but I’m sure that will settle down.

  • A Voracious Reader
    July 28, 2015

    I’m sure you’ll get it all together. And I love the brain farts line. I have those all the damn time. lol I hope you have a fantastic week!

    • Debbish
      July 28, 2015

      Ah yes… when I had my diet blog I wrote in it daily (or 6 times a week for a LONG time) and so I just wrote whatever came to mind.

  • shannonmiz
    July 28, 2015

    Hopefully this week is a bit easier than last so far! It’s always hard to get into a new routine, but I am sure it’ll be working out great in no time! Hope you enjoy all the books you plan to read, and have a great week!

    • Debbish
      July 28, 2015

      I think I was dealing with a bit of a backlog of stuff Shannon so hopefully once the next week or so is over I should be on top of things… (Of course then it might all drop off and I’ll be complaining!)

  • bemomstrong
    July 28, 2015

    Wow I need this blog to remind me to even pick up a book that’s not intended for 3 year olds!
    emma
    http://www.bemomstrong.com

    • Debbish
      July 29, 2015

      Glad to be of assistance Emma!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
    July 28, 2015

    I’ve been really curious about Kubica’s books – they’ve definitely gotten a lot of buzz. I’ll be interested to see what you think! Hope your new schedule falls into place for you!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

    • Debbish
      July 29, 2015

      Thanks Nicole and I enjoyed Pretty Baby, but still must get hold of The Good Girl.

  • Michelle @ In Libris Veritas
    July 29, 2015

    Congrats on the new job! I hope you can get everything squared away and in order, having an out of whack schedule can really suck sometimes.

    • Debbish
      July 29, 2015

      Yes… I’m still struggling but hoping it improves soon!!!

  • amyh90
    July 30, 2015

    Hi Deb ๐Ÿ™‚
    Iโ€™ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award! Have fun with it ๐Ÿ™‚ Hereโ€™s the link: http://www.anovelstart.com/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/
    I figured it’s something a little different lol. It’s my first award so just leave me a note if you don’t want to be linked again. I wasn’t sure if you did them or not but thought what the hell ๐Ÿ™‚ why not?
    Enjoy x

    • Debbish
      July 31, 2015

      Thanks Amy – will check it out!
      Deb

  • yinyangmother
    July 31, 2015

    Good to hear about the part time work and the project management work. I really need to get back into reading – I’ve let it be the thing that gives in my schedule. I’m sure you’ll sort your new schedule out and reclaim that on-top-of-things feeling you’ve had before. x

    • Debbish
      July 31, 2015

      Thanks Kathy… I hope to get my act together soon!

  • Monique@The Urban Mum
    August 3, 2015

    I plan to be very focused this week and not disappear down too many rabbit holes…I have had lots of books on the go post holiday – need to ease up a bit because hours can be lost…keeping it to night reading for a while…going to start Harper Lee’s new/old offering this week x

    • Debbish
      August 3, 2015

      Oh yes, enjoy Go Set A Watchman. Will be keen to hear what you think Monique.

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