I’m now back home after four days with my niece in Brisbane. I had thought I’d get stacks of reading done but somehow managed to procrastinate superbly during the past week and did little. I did enjoy the time with my niece however… but more on that later.
What I read
I didn’t pick up a book until this past weekend and chose solely on the basis of publication date, but was chuffed that choice was Hush Hush by Laura Lippman. This is the twelfth in the Tess Monaghan series and it wasn’t until I opened the book I realised I’d missed number 11 but fortunately it didn’t matter and I was happy to again spend time with the reporter-turned-private detective.
What I wrote
I published my review of Nicholas Sparks’ novel, The Longest Ride early in the week and capped the week off with my thoughts on Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. However I also published a review of what is (to date) my favourite book of the year…. I Let You Go, by Clare Mackintosh. Check. It. Out!
I was also featured over at Agent Mystery Case and interviewed about blogging. In the interview I talk a little about book blogging vs book reviewing. I’m wondering if other book bloggers agree?
What I did
It’s been a busy week for this little hermit. I travelled the 300+km to Brisbane to spend time with my niece after she returned from NZ (leaving her parents to continue their holiday with other rellies). I stumbled at the first hurdle however… arriving late to collect her from the airport. Her international flight was in 30mins early which seemed almost unheard of and I didn’t even think to check online before leaving. D’oh!
Our time went smoothly. She had commitments at University and other classes and training sessions. I was reminded how much I hate city traffic, but found it bearable knowing it was for a short period of time.
During one of her 4hr training sessions I took the opportunity to meet a couple of my besties at my favourite Chinese restaurant. I then bought heaps of takeaway for my niece and I in order to avoid grocery shopping and cooking. I cemented my superior role model status by serving leftover Chinese for breakfast the next day. And the next.
I didn’t arrange any other catch-ups or plans while away—knowing my time was limited and wanting to be available to my niece as much as possible… and I have to say it was lovely to have some alone-time with the (now) 18.5yr old.
And only hours after my arrival home, as I was feasting on hot chips (ie. fries), I lost a filling. I was supposed to have it repaired ages ago and now there’s a big gaping (sharp!) hole to remind me.
What I’m planning to read
I’m hoping to get back into a bit of routine now that I’m home and the next book on my reading list is One Summer in Venice by Nicky Pellegrino. It’s not my usual fare but I liked the idea of a book about a woman’s search for happiness amidst a mid-life crisis. And no… I’m not seeking my own answers… #ummm #wellmaybe
And then I’ll be reading Only We Know by Australian author Victoria Purman. This will be my first novel by Purman who has a half a dozen books under her belt, I’m hoping for a good balance between the romance and suspense genres.
And finally I’m hoping I’ll get to David Baldacci’s Memory Man. Unless something else pops up of course…. 🙂
Oh, and there’ll also be a visit to the dentist in my near future!
What’s on your agenda this week?