Weekly check-in

Sunday, May 24, 2015 Permalink

I’ve been sick this past week so spent much of it wallowing and sharing self-pity-ridden updates on social media. It’s still flown by nonetheless so already time to check in on my reading and blogging.

What I read

I started the week with Julian Leatherdale’s Palace of Tears.  At 560 pages it took three baths nights to read. Fortunately it didn’t drag and I didn’t struggle with its length despite not usually reading historical fiction.

I then tackled Judy Blume’s latest, In The Unlikely EventI was raving last week about how I’d never read any of Blume’s earlier work but when I looked at her bio I realised I had—at some point—read, Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret. I had no idea she’d written that and am not really sure when I read it…. although it was definitely years after it came out in 1970.

in-the-unlikely-event

What I wrote

For reasons unknown to even me, I pondered on whether it’s possible for us to be both cat AND dog people. I’m struggling to publish anything too personal at the moment, so my non-book related posts are all a bit obscure. I’m not sure when that will change. When I feel a bit better, I hope.

As suggested by someone a week or two ago, I shared an interview with self-published author Joanne Tracey about the process. Like me (in my pre-seachange life), Joanne’s a project manager (IRL) so developed a very useful project plan, but also shares info on how to select an editor and the difference between structural and copy edits. And so forth.

And finally I blogged about Palace of Tears, which is out here in Australia in a couple of days. I enjoyed the book and really really really love the richness of its cover.

Other stuff

I’ve been sick. Oh….? Did I already mention that? I felt so miserable mid-week I thought about escaping to my mothers so I had someone to whinge to, but decided it would be irresponsible to share my illness with my 71 year old mum… so settled for self-pity tweets and depressing Facebook updates instead.

I’ve actually just had a cold. Sore throat, sinus pain, cough etc. I’m hoping it’s just a short and sweet change-of-season cold and doesn’t hang around long as I’d forgotten how tired one gets when sick.

What I’m reading this week

Next on my reading agenda is Mark Billingham’s Time of Death. I’ve not read any of his novels before and have no idea why, but am about to rectify that oversight.

Time of Death

And then I’m planning to read Kathleen MacMahon’s The Long Hot Summer. I’m a tad worried it’s a bit too saga-ish for me. The tag line is, “Nine Lives. Four Generations. One Family.” I am however, trying to appreciate books which feature stuff other than murder and mayhem, so….

the long hot summer

And then… a book I’ve had sitting waiting for me for MONTHS… What Doesn’t Kill Her by Carla Norton.

what doesn't kill her

And that’s it on the book blogging front for this week. I’m hoping my cold disappears and I’m a tad less miserable on my next check-in.

In the meantime… what’s on your agenda?

Linking up with the Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the Sunday Post and Book Journey, for It’s Monday!

66 Comments
  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    May 24, 2015

    Sagas are definitely not my kind of book. On another note, I just bought Mary Norton’s The Borrowers series on my Kindle and plan on reading them to my class. I’ve already read two of the Narnia books, 3 Roald Dahls and Pippi Longstocking among a few others to them. I love introducing all my childhood favourites to a new generation. As for me, I’m going to tuck in to a new Liane Moriarty this week. Have a great week Deb 🙂

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      I was a Pippi Longstocking fan! But do you believe I’d never heard of Roald Dahl as a kid?

    • Suzie
      May 27, 2015

      I adore The Borrowers, they’re just so magical. Good on you for sharing the love with your class!

  • Stormi D Johnson
    May 24, 2015

    You have some great sounding books to read, I hope you enjoy them all. 🙂

    Stormi
    Week in Review

  • Bec.
    May 24, 2015

    Poor old you! On the road to recovery I hope.
    I appreciate your move away from murder and mayhem – albeit temporarily, I’ve done the same this week. In between planning my days, doing nothing and generally staring in to space I’ve been listening to Karen Whites’ new book The Sound of Glass. I’m enjoying it, a bit of mystery, bit of history, possibly a murder, a tale well written.
    Meanwhile, I’m determined to get my hands on “The Invisible Woman: Taking on the Vintage Years” by Helen Walmsley-Johnson, she writes a great column for The Guardian, about older women, book not published here until June. Be nice to have a real book, made of paper! Meanwhile, I haven’t posted a single review!

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      I had a slow review week as well Bec. I’m a bit ahead for a change and got stuff already drafted for this coming week!

      Deb

  • Jo
    May 24, 2015

    That doesn’t sound anything like a cold to me…I think it could be diagnosed as something much more serious…man flu! Wishing you well soon…

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      Oh yes, man flu. I felt a bit like that yesterday when I went to try and help my mum sort out some home phone issues and nothing seemed to be going right. I was tempted to curl up into a ball and cry. I’m pretty sure that’s a symptom of man flu! 😉

  • Greg
    May 24, 2015

    Hope you feel better! I’ve had a sore throat all week but luckily it didn’t get any worse than. Hope the reads are good…

    I’m a cat person I guess, have two but I like dogs too. I’m just too lazy to take their ass out every 5 mins, so there’s that. But there are times I’d like to have one. That was a fun post. 🙂

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      Thanks Greg. On the whole, the general agreement seems to be that cats are lower maintenance pets.
      Deb

  • Kathryn
    May 24, 2015

    Oh dear! Hope you rid yourself of that change of season cold etc. Hot toddies might work! With lemon of course. Always enjoy and smile at your posts! The family sage book looks up my alley, will still wait and see what you think though as I have so many shelves weighted down already!

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      I have had some medicinal Cabernet Sauvignon the last few nights Kathryn… Just to help clear the sinuses! 😉

  • laurelrainsnow
    May 24, 2015

    I am eager to get my hands on the new Judy Blume book…and I am curious about the new Carla Norton. I read something by her fairly recently and enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      I don’t think I’ve read any of Norton’s previous work Laurel, but this looks like the kind of book I’ll enjoy.

  • Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
    May 24, 2015

    I’m glad you’re feeling a little better, Deb, and hopefully, you’ll feel great before the weekend is over. It sucks being sick, so I completely get the self-pitying tweets and depressing FB updates!

    What Doesn’t Kill Her looks amazing, and I hope you’ll enjoy it!

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      Thanks Lexxie. Given my #meh mood I’m tempted to start with the Norton book though Billingham’s looks like it’s gonna be action-packed.

  • Trish @ Between My Lines
    May 24, 2015

    I’m always full of the self-pity when I’m sick too. I want everyone to know just how bad I am and I want all the sympathy 😀 I loved Judy Blume back in the day, I think I’ve read all her books and can’t wait to read the new one. Enjoy your new books.

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      Thanks Trish. I live alone so have no one to garner any sympathy from at home… hence the reliance on social media. Although perhaps I’d do it anyway!

  • Elizabeth
    May 24, 2015

    I remember when sagas like The Thorn Birds and Evergreen were all the rage and I couldn’t get enough. I’ll try this one, for sure, as well as the thrillers.
    Hope you feel better soon, maybe take a day from work and just sleep!
    HERE’S MY POST

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      Ah yes, Colleen McCullough and The Thorn Birds. I used to read a lot sagas back in the day as well and I’m not sure when that changed. And if I don’t get better soon I think I will have a day away from my desk and stay in bed. At the moment I’m bouncing between the two. Given I’m not working though I’ve really no excuse for not resting.

  • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    May 24, 2015

    Sorry about being sick – It is the worst! Here is to getting to 100%! What doesn’t kill her looks pretty interesting – Have a great week!

  • Sofia
    May 24, 2015

    I hope you’re feeling better now! Have lots of tea and read some books that you’ve meaning to if you feel up for it – make the best of being sick! 😉 Have a lovely Sunday!

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      When my throat was really sore Sofia I was drinking hot water with honey and lemon juice and I think that helped.

      Deb

  • readerbuzz
    May 24, 2015

    Oh my. Yes, let’s wish away that awful cold. (My sister told me a secret cure for the cold yesterday…haven’t tried it yet, but I’ll share it with you…Put Vicks Vapo-rub on the bottoms of your feet and then put on socks. Supposedly makes for soft feet, too.)

    Here’s my Sunday Salon.

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      Someone else suggested that Deb but I’m yet to try it. I have been smothering my chest (and throat and neck – for good measure) in Vicks though so perhaps that’s helped!

  • fangswandsfairy(alt)
    May 24, 2015

    Vicks or pure eucalyptus oil (I prefer Vax brand from Australia) on the feet does help. Especially at night. My post is http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/2015/05/yard.html

    • fangswandsfairy(alt)
      May 24, 2015

      BTW – hope your cold finishes up and leaves your body!

    • Debbish
      May 24, 2015

      I can’t help but think how hot and sticky my feet would be (in socks) but I’ll do anything to help!

  • bluekaren
    May 24, 2015

    All of your new books look really great. I have had Time of Death and What Doesn’t Kill Her on my radar, I hope they are as good as they look. I am so shocked Judy Blume is now writing adult novels. I would love to check out her new stuff. Have a great week, I hope you are feeling much better!

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      Judy Blume’s written three other adult novels (from her blurb) but not for 20 years… This book’s written from the point of view of a 14-15 year old so could almost slip into YA territory.

      Deb

  • daphnel23
    May 24, 2015

    Feel better soon! Being sick is terrible. Have a good week.

  • Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library
    May 25, 2015

    Yuck! I hate being sick and it never fails to put me in a bad mood. I’ve read some Judy Blume (including Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret) but it’s been years! I’d love to give her another try to see what I think as an adult. Have a great week!

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      Oh yes, I’ve been a misery guts all week. EVERYTHING sucks when you’re sick and it’s hard to pull yourself out of that rut. I’m hoping to do better this week!

      Deb

  • Mysterious Bibliophile
    May 25, 2015

    As a young teen, I loved Judy Blume. She was practically the only YA fiction writer going in those days. 🙂 I hope you’re feeling better soon.

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      I really don’t know how I missed her growing up… though I was more of a Trixie Beldon and Nancy Drew fan before moving straight onto Earl Stanley Gardner (Perry Mason) and Agatha Christie!

  • Laura Thomas
    May 25, 2015

    Ooh, I like all of your books this week! We definitely have similar taste. I just finished two huge books. Sometimes, I look for a book that’s long, just so I can stay with those characters for a while longer. LOL

    My Sunday Post – http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/05/24/whats-new-on-my-bookshelf-110-and-the-sunday-post/

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      Laura, I feel the same about mini series on TV. If I’m loving the characters I’m glad it’s not a movie—cos I get to have them for longer—but relieved it’s not a series in which there may be no closure for years!!!

  • amyh90
    May 25, 2015

    Hi Deborah,
    I hope you get well soon! I had something similar last week and I felt awful 🙁 I can totally relate and am sending bunches of sympathy your way.
    Get well soon!
    Amy x

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      Oh, thanks very much Amy. Much appreciated.

  • brandileigh2003
    May 25, 2015

    Great haul. Time of Death sounds intriguing. Have a great week!

  • Fairlie
    May 25, 2015

    I’ve just spent two days sitting in sessions at the Sydney Writers’ Festival – so I ‘ve come home with a HUGE number of titles to add to my TBR list! Too many books, too little time…

    I LOVE family sagas. The Long, Hot Summer sounds great!

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      Oh Fairlie I was following the festival from afar (and with much envy!). I went to a brief book blogging thing last year, but stayed away from the ProBlogger Event so this year have been craving contact with like-minded people. I’m cash-strapped at the moment but hope to make it to something (a Writers’ Festival or blogging event some time this year!).

      Deb

  • Daniela
    May 25, 2015

    Deb, thanks or visiting my weekly wrap up. I’m glad you find the “Writing Desk” section helpful. Your “At 560 pages it took three baths (nights) to read”. made me smile. I’m definitely checking Joanne Tracey and her project plan. Thanks for sharing

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      Oh yes Daniela, as a (former) project manager (and lover of lists) I appreciated Joanne’s project plan – it gives a great overview of the timeframes involved in self-publishing.

      Deb

  • Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    May 25, 2015

    I had/have that cold, sinus thingy too. I do feel better today though. Hope you feel better quick. I always want my “mommy” when I don’t feel good. She lives too far from me.

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      I’m lucky Nise’ as my mum’s only about 40km (30mins) drive from me now. I’ve lived away from family most of my life and without my own (partner, kids etc) I treasure my mum more than most probably!

      Hope you feel better soon as well.

  • Teddyree
    May 25, 2015

    Touch wood, I haven’t picked up any sinus/cold/sore throat things even though I usually get everything and everyone around me has been sick. I’m putting it down to my ‘kefir’ health kick … it’s a gross-but-worth-it fermented probiotic I’ve been making myself and I’ll happily send you some kefir starter if you want some 😉 Feel better soon Deb
    Looking forward to your thoughts on What Doesn’t Kill Her and I love sagas so I think The Long, Hot Summer would do it for me … happy reading outside your comfort zone 🙂

    • Debbish
      May 25, 2015

      Umm…. not too sure about that kefir probiotic Teddyree! But well done on staying healthy so far. Have a great week!

      Deb

  • Erin @ Quixotic Magpie
    May 26, 2015

    I think people can definitely be dog and cat people. 🙂 I have three cats, and up until recently also had a dog. (She passed away a few weeks ago and broke my heart.) I never thought I really liked cats until I started volunteering at the animal shelter, and over the course of a year adopted three cats. Lol. Dogs and cats are just good for different moods, and really each individual animal has their own little personality. At least mine do. 🙂

    I hope you feel better soon!!

    • Debbish
      May 26, 2015

      Thanks Erin and I am so sorry to hear about your dog. x

  • Michelle @ In Libris Veritas
    May 26, 2015

    I hope you start feeling better soon Deborah! I’m going to stop by your dog & cat post! Here’s hoping you have a great week this week!

    • Debbish
      May 26, 2015

      A lot of people seem to relate to the Cats vs Dogs post, that’s for sure!

      Deb

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    May 26, 2015

    Love your weekly check in.
    Hope you’re feeling much much better.

    • Debbish
      May 26, 2015

      Thanks Leanne. I enjoy the weekly check-in. I’ve thought in the past about doing a newsletter (as many bloggers do) but my week really isn’t that exciting. The check-in is great though as it allows me to do a bit of a wrap up and include other (inane) stuff I’ve been up to.

  • jessicadub
    May 26, 2015

    I hope you are feeling better! My kids are sick it seems like someone has been continuously sick since the air got cooler. Loved that post about self publishing!

    • Debbish
      May 26, 2015

      Self publishing is a complicated process isn’t it!? Deceptively so!

      Hope your kids improve soon!

  • Char
    May 26, 2015

    I have very fond memories of Judy Blume. She’s the author who sucked my youngest into reading. I quite clearly remember walking down the hallway to his bedroom to find out why he was laughing so hard only to find he was lying on his bed reading Superfudge or one of its sequels.

    • Debbish
      May 26, 2015

      Oh perfect Char. Getting kids to read is all-important!

  • Nyze
    May 26, 2015

    Awesome books you got there. Have a wonderful week ♥
    WeeklyWrap@EverythingNyze

  • Suzie
    May 27, 2015

    Sorry to hear you’re not well. You need some chicken soup and possibly some ginger tea.

    • Debbish
      May 27, 2015

      I’m at my mother’s now so I could probably request chicken soup!

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