Weekly check-in

Saturday, January 21, 2017 Permalink

It’s supposed to cool down here Sunday and everyone I know in my part of Australia will be breathing a sigh of relief. Our media’s been talking about ‘heatwaves’. I can’t remember if it was this hot when I was a kid or if we just weren’t used to airconditioning and the like and just kinda expected to be lying around in pools of sweat.

But enough of this obligatory chit chat about the weather and onto important stuff like books and book blogging.

What I read

I had a wonderful reading week – in terms of quality anyway, not necessary quantity, but did read three books. I kicked off the week as planned with The Nowhere Man, the second in Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X / Evan Smoak series. And I loved it.

I moved onto Natasha Lester’s Her Mother’s Secret, which isn’t out until April or so, but I had a bit of a gap in terms of what was due out so decided to allow it to leap to the top of my TBR pile.

On that note and as a little aside, can I suggest o/s readers keep an eye out for Lester’s previous book, A Kiss From Mr Fitzgerald, along with Jane Harper’s The Dry;  two good Aussie reads from 2016 which are now being released in UK and US markets.

And finally I’m almost finished Her Every Fear by Peter Swanson… very much ‘my’ kind of book.

What I wrote

I didn’t blog as much as I have been as I’ve been struggling a bit with motivation. And direction. Which interestingly was the topic of my post on Thursday… about quitting vs surrendering and my habit of developing huge ‘to do’ lists or having goals that I’m not really sure I want to pursue.

That post actually grew out of another I wrote about my home study. I’m struggling to make it into a place that I find inspiring and I started to wonder if it’s me and not the room. #sorryRoom

I reviewed just the one book, The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz, which I already think – along with Candice Fox’s Crimson Lake (read last week, reviewed next week) – will be one of my favourite reads of the year.

What I did

I was obviously maudlin and ponderous. For a bit anyway.

I also binge-watched the TV show Sense8 on Netflix which I found surprisingly enjoyable. It was made in 2015 and I note the second season is coming out this year.

And as you read this I’m at my mother’s (in her nearby town) re-watching the first three seasons of the TV show Continuum so I can watch the newly released fourth (and final) season on Netflix. She’s got a friend visiting Hervey Bay, so she’s at my place and I’m at her’s. #houseswap

What I plan to do

January 26th is a public holiday here for Australia Day. It’s a difficult subject because it’s now (of course) been proved / acknowledged that the country was invaded rather than settled and many of the Indigenous population killed and their land taken.

Until there’s a day / name change it is what it is though, and it falls on a Thursday this year which is exciting for me. I only work Tues – Thursday so NEVER get any public holidays on Mondays or Fridays… so could quite possibly go the entire year without one. But, this Thursday’s the public holiday, so I’m irrationally excited about that.

I got a heap of new books this week and am yet to sort them into publication date order. I’ve actually already read two of them and a couple weren’t books I requested, so I’ll need to see if they’re of interest. It’s weird that some publishers are more forthcoming than others. I keep missing out on books from one publisher in particular here in Australia, and can’t even work out how to get stuff from another. Whereas others are very generous.

books and book blogging

I’ve done nothing about pitching reviews or other pieces to paid sources but am sending a few to the Weekend newspaper I regularly wrote for last year. They don’t pay but I’d gotten out of the habit after a change of editor, so have got a few reviews coming out there soon and am keen to get that writing mojo back.

And that’s about it for me on the books and book blogging front for this week.

What do you have planned for the week?

As usual I’m linking up with Kimberly from The Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Kathryn from The Book Date.

62 Comments
  • Stormi D Johnson
    January 21, 2017

    Our weather has been a bit weird for winter but I am enjoying it cause it’s warm…lol. You got a nice stack of books, so I hope you enjoy them all! 🙂

    Stormi

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2017

      Thanks Stormi. I started on one but was rudely interrupted by the need to binge watch Continuum, so hope to finish it today!

  • Nise' (Under the Boardwalk)
    January 22, 2017

    We are experiencing June weather in January (for maybe 2-3 days) and enjoying every second of it before winter returns. The Dry has been getting lots of buzz. Her Every Fear sounds like my kind of book too. Have a great week.

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2017

      Ah yes I think I saw Reese Witherspoon rave about The Dry somewhere, so I hope it does well.

  • Greg Hill
    January 22, 2017

    Her every Fear looks awesome, I love a good thriller. So it’s hot hot hot over there eh? We actually warmed up today it was actually quite balmy, no coat required- pretty rare here in January! Opened some windows and had sunshine- it was shocking lol.

    I’ve got a Gregg Hurwitz book on my TBR but it’s a dystopian type- he musr write different things. And Continuum *nods*- love that show. 🙂 Enjoy your reads!

    I’ve heard about the indigenous people issue over the years and I remember bands like Midnight Oil publicizing it too. It’s hard to reconcile those things. We have our own issues of course with how the Native Americans were treated.

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2017

      Yes, I read a few Hurwitz books before and think he has a YA novel out from memory.

      Am up to s3 of Continuum…. just watching episodes I recall include useful info / context for s4!

  • Laurel-Rain Snow
    January 22, 2017

    I’ve been ogling Her Every Fear…and, as you know, I got The Dry this week. I also enjoy Joanna Trollope’s books, and haven’t read this one.

    Your home study post was great…I love creating a new look in a space, and for me it is always an ongoing process, with bits and pieces added, a little at a time.

    Then, when I think I have it all sorted, I will change it.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Debbish
      January 22, 2017

      I’ve put the rug back in my study Laurel and am thinking I might move the desk around and then look at getting a large plant.

  • Jo @ Booklover Book Reviews
    January 22, 2017

    I’ve not seen the Peter Swanson title before Deb (will have to check it out), and the Hilary Spiers one looks fun – enjoy!

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      I didn’t read Spiers’ previous novel so I’m hoping that’s not a problem!

  • Maree
    January 22, 2017

    Looks like you’ve been very productive, reading wise. Have a great week!

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Thanks Maree. It started well, but I got a little sidetracked at the end of the week as I went to the movies and then to my mother’s for the TV binge-watching!

  • Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews
    January 22, 2017

    The news talk about heatwaves in the summer here, too and I think it has gotten a bit warmer. We don’t have airconditioning, so I always feel like I can hardly breathe…
    Your new books look fantastic, Deb! And what a colorful pile that is 🙂
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Oh, it would be hard without airconditioning though the previous owner of my (new) house didn’t have it and in reality I’m on a hill and there’s a nice breeze most of the time. So it would be possible to do without!

  • Emma
    January 22, 2017

    I’d say the weather was down to climate change but according to the Donald apparently it no longer exists. I love bank holidays, always great to have an extra day. Enjoy!

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Gotta love the Donald’s ‘alternate reality’. 🙂

  • Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight
    January 22, 2017

    Quality over quantity, always a good way to do things. I haven’t written many blog posts lately either. I’ve written reviews for books I’ve finished, and the other day I managed to write one other post, but that’s been it for weeks, I think. Thankfully I have enough scheduled ahead that it’s not a problem yet. Enjoy your houseswapping and Thursday holiday!

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Thanks Kristen. I’m a little behind in my reviewing but not too badly given my reading slump over Christmas and the New Year. Thankfully the books I’ve got to review aren’t out for another week or so!

  • divabooknerd
    January 23, 2017

    It sounded like a brilliant week of reading Deb, three incredible reads is positively bookgasmic. I rarely request books anymore but still receive a lot of unsolicited copies from our lovely publishers, but I think some might be reigning back on the amount of review copies being sent out especially when bloggers get swamped and they’re not as reliable with reviews. Present company excluded of course. Have you tried putting your name down a few months in advance? That’s worked for me in the past.

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Yes, I try to put in my request when the new release listings come out. Although having said that I think I saw May’s come out last week and I haven’t responded yet!!!

  • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
    January 23, 2017

    Hope it cools down for you!! I have herd of Sense8 but haven’t seen it. I am in need of new binge so I will check it out. Hope you have a great week!!

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Thanks Grace. I hope you enjoy Sense8 if you check it out!

  • Kathryn
    January 23, 2017

    You’re like us there is lots of discomfort over that national holiday, that still needs to be sorted but as you say it is what it is and sometimes I just wish we could celebrate who we are anyway. Great to see you putting in a plug for Natasha Lester she is a wonderful new Australian author.

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Ah yes Kathryn, I’ve just read Lester’s next book (out April / May), My Mother’s Secret!

  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    January 23, 2017

    Sense8 sounds interesting. That’s the second time in two days I’ve read about it. I love me a good sci fi. It was actually chilly here last night and I had to put on a blanket. Let’s hope the heat wave is finished.

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Sense8 reminds me of the early days of Heroes, which I enjoyed. (Initially!)

  • Christina T @ Reading Extensively
    January 23, 2017

    I’m kind of curious about The Dry. My sister is reading it currently. Her Every Fear will be popular at my library too I think. I am purchasing copies of both for our collection.

    Here we have the controversial Columbus Day which I wish we’d get rid of. My library usually closes that day but the board voted that we be open and instead we get the day off after Thanksgiving. I am glad you get a public holiday day off though. I am always happy when we are closed on a Monday (like Presidents’ Day next month) because that is my night to work 🙂

    Hope you have a great week and cooler weather.

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Ah yes, it feels like a waste having a public holiday when you’re not working. Everyone else is happy, but to me they’re just like any other Monday or Friday… but with more people around!

  • charliegirl
    January 23, 2017

    I hope you enjoy your holiday off! I look forward to the few we actually get (as teachers). It is the decision of the school districts about holidays due to the number of instructional days and calendar they want to keep for the year. It is only in the last two years that we have been given Veteran’s Day as a holiday (and only after “honoring heroes” was the district theme two years ago – guess you’d like like a hypocrite if it wasn’t made a holiday)

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Yes true. We have a similar day for ANZAC day here – most things close for at least part of the day, even pubs!

  • adventureswithabooknerd
    January 23, 2017

    Yay for Thursday holidays! A lot of the holidays in the US are on Mondays which is nice, but not so much when you have a lot of classes on Monday! I love that your reviews get posted on websites and newspapers! That is so cool. Have a good week, and happy reading! 🙂

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      I’d like to get paid for the reviews I write elsewhere and am hoping that’s the case down the track, but at the moment I do them for free but I had quite a few published last year so probably need to stop using that ‘I need more experience and exposure’ line!

  • Christy LoveOfBooks
    January 23, 2017

    I would welcome your heatwave. 🙂 I have Her Every Fear, but put it on the back burner. I’ll probably read it soon, though. And I totally hear you about the motivation. Anyway, have a great week!

    • Debbish
      January 23, 2017

      Thanks Christy. I was keen to read Her Every Fear and kept seeing it everywhere, so was relieved when it appeared in my letterbox!

  • The Lovely Pages Reviews
    January 23, 2017

    I’m so jealous, I haven’t been able to read anything. Yay for Sense 8!!! Have a great week

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2017

      I started the week well, but didn’t get quite as much reading done later in the week.

  • Christina
    January 23, 2017

    All of these books are new to me, so I will have to check them out. I also have been interested in checking out Sense 8. I hope you enjoy your holiday!

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2017

      I enjoyed Sense8 and wasn’t sure if I would, so that was good. I initially tried ‘Expanse’ but stopped after only about 10mins as it just didn’t appeal. I’ll probably go back to it at some other time and give it another try though.

  • yvonne473
    January 23, 2017

    What a great line up of books! Enjoy them! I don’t think I’ve heard about Sense 8. I’ll have to check it out. Have a great week!

  • Di @ Book Reviews by Di
    January 23, 2017

    Deb Obligatory chit chat made me laugh.

    Hope you have an awesome holiday – yay for it being on one of your work days!

    Publishers can be very mysterious but I’m glad that you’ve got some good looking books coming in!

    Hope you have a good week and I hope it’s not too hot! 😉

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2017

      The weird thing about the publisher in question Di is that I do get some books from them and engage a lot with some of their PR people, but I’ve missed out on a few books I’ve requested (when I’ve gone back and checked). Perhaps I don’t get in early enough or something.

  • Maureen Beatrice
    January 24, 2017

    I still feels strange to me when I read your blog and see the word ‘heatwaves’, while it’s freezing here! The world is a funny thing! 😀 LOL!!
    Good to hear you had a good reading week. I hope it continuous this week! 😉
    Have a great week!

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2017

      Oh yes, it’s weird isn’t it – the weather thing. And the time thing. I get up to find comments on my blog from overseas readers – which appear at night while I’m sleeping! 🙂

  • Jane the Raincity Librarian
    January 24, 2017

    I have been struggling with motivation and direction myself recently, too. Of course, it doesn’t help that it’s winter here in the northern hemisphere, so all I want to do is curl up in a ball and hibernate…

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2017

      Oh I love winter, but of course winter in my part of Australia is very mild – no snow etc… so it’s quite pleasant!

  • Silver's Reviews
    January 24, 2017

    Huge stack of books.

    ENJOY!!

    Have a great reading week.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

  • Kristin Clifton
    January 24, 2017

    I’ve been watching the Australian Open and your weather is absolutely wacky! One day it’s in the 90’s (F), the next it’s in the 60’s. But it sure is beautiful! I hope it doesn’t rain on you this Thursday – it would be wonderful to just sit outside and read. Don’t sweat the blogging goals. Just do it when you want 😀 Enjoy the week!!!

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2017

      Oh yes, Melbourne is famous for it’s weird weather. There’s a whole ‘Four seasons in one day’ moniker attached to the place.

  • SweetMarie83
    January 24, 2017

    I haven’t heard of any of these, but they sound interesting so I’ll have to check them out. I hope the weather cools off for you and that you enjoy your holiday!

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer
    Here’s my It’s Monday What Are You Reading

  • kimbacaffeinate
    January 24, 2017

    Her Very Fear sounds like my kind of book too Deb. Your weather is weird, and so is ours. It was in the high 40’s Saturday and folks were out and about with no coats and shorts. Hope the week ahead brings you joy!

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2017

      Yes, it seems as if it’s been hot all around the world of late.

  • Michelle @ In Libris Veritas
    January 24, 2017

    The weather has been warm here as well…which is weird because it’s supposed to be the middle of winter and we’re in Spring weather patterns already. It’s dipping back down thanks to a few storm systems, but I’m hoping it levels out soon.
    I want to start Sense 8! I think I watched an episode but I’ve forgotten what happened and need to give it a try again.
    I hope this week goes well for you!

  • Maria Behar
    January 24, 2017

    I think that HOT weather is such a BUMMER!! I HATE sweating!! Unless I’m at the gym, of course, and even then, I don’t like it, but I do know it’s for a good cause — losing weight. Lol. We don’t really have seasons here in South Florida. It’s basically summer all year long, with a few ‘cold’ days either in late December or early January. Lol. So I sympathize with you!! 🙂

    You read THREE books last week? Oh, I wish I could read THAT fast!! I can usually read ONE a week. That’s it. 🙁

    I’ll be checking out your review of “Nowhere Man”. I need to look up that one on Goodreads.

    I also want to read your “Quitting vs Surrendering” post, as I can relate to what you’re feeling…..I’ve often thought of not blogging anymore, myself….

    Nice stack of acquisitions there! I’m not familiar with any of them, but heck, what’s Goodreads for? Lol.

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my own “Sunday Post”!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Debbish
      January 24, 2017

      Hi Maria and the climate – where I am in Queensland, Australia – is a bit the same as you in Florida… it can get hot but it never gets very cold. We complain about the cold weather but there’s no chance of snow or anything like that!

  • Lampshade Reader
    January 24, 2017

    I don’t know what I would do without air conditioning, but like you, I don’t remember complaining too much about the heat when I was younger.

    The weather is cold and dreary, but that’s winter I guess. LOL ~Aleen

    • Debbish
      January 25, 2017

      Perhaps we just didn’t know any different then. Aircon was not common and we just assumed it was gonna be hot!

  • Lola
    January 28, 2017

    I hope this week will be cooler where you live. Here in the Netherlands many houses don’t have air conditioning, so when it get warm like it did last summer it’s hard to cool down at times. Here we have cool weather now as it’s winter. Glad to hear you had a good reading week. And yay for having a free day this week!

    • Debbish
      January 28, 2017

      Thanks Lola. It’s been a little cooler, but not much. I hope it isn’t TOO cold there!

  • Drangonfly
    January 29, 2017

    It has been a pretty mild winter here in the US too so I guess it’s warmer all over huh? scary. I really want to get to Orphan X ! Enjoy your holiday!

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