I’m posting my weekly check-in a little early this week. And I swear it’s not because I can’t be bothered writing something ‘else’ for today. I swear. *Crosses fingers behind back*
It’s been a kinda challenging week this week and time seems to have conspired against me. In fact my mood was such that on a couple of days I hated everything and everyone. Sorry ’bout that. (I’m pretty sure I’ve forgiven you now.)
What I read
I had several nights ‘off’ reading as I let myself get behind in my reviewing. It stresses me when that happens because I tend to forget the detail far more easily than I should. I remember the book once I flick back through it, but sometimes I’m reading so many books I struggle to remember key plot elements or character names of any I’ve completed just days before.
Nevertheless, it was an okay reading week despite the breaks to catch up on The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest.
I read an Aussie outback romantic suspense novel, Sapphire Falls by Fleur McDonald, which I enjoyed. And because I was in the mood for that sort of book I skipped forward through my TBR pile to Jayne Ann Krentz’s, When All The Girls Have Gone – which isn’t out until late November. (Which – of course – means I can’t review it until closer to the publication date.)
I listened to a (free) audiobook and very much enjoyed The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, but hadn’t looked at the detail and while normally I’d love an audiobook that only lasted 2.5hrs, I was on a 6hr drive and hoping to be entertained for the entire journey.
And finally I’ve just started on Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante… the second book in the new (young) Jane Tennison series.
What I wrote
I didn’t post much this week. There were some book reviews, of course:
IQ by Joe Ide – I adored the lead character IQ and think Ide’s narrative and plot development will get stronger as he continues this series
The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly – the latest novel in the Harry Bosch series. Number 24 in fact… and a goodie
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi – (reviewed in Goodreads) narrated by Zachary Quinto about a not too distant future when people can’t be killed. #longstory
And I didn’t actually blog other than that… I think I’ve been feeling oppressed. Not by any dastardly tyrannical regime, but by my own mad monkey mind.
I did however vlog. About why I didn’t blog. Which made sense in my world. It’s a mammoth 2mins 30seconds if you’re sufficiently bored.
What I did
Like I said… I worked. It wasn’t overly arduous but disruptive to my non-working life when I go to meetings or into the office on my days off. And I’ve already mentioned the loooong drive. As the audiobook only lasted one way I listed to a heap of podcasts on the return trip, which I enjoyed. I seemingly subscribed to some at one point and promptly forgot about them.
In other exciting news, I’ve been to the gym a couple of times AND done a beach walk, so feel I am deserving of a medal or similar.
What I plan to do
I’ve got another long drive ahead of me this week, but it’s for some medical appointments so not work-related.
I’ve got a big work thing coming up in early November and then hoping the rest of the month is kinda quiet and involves minimal travel and commitments as I’m planning to take part in the National Novel Writing Month event again. I’ve talked about NaNoWriMo in the past and was so spectacularly unsuccessful last year I’m dusting off that project (which I didn’t progress) for this year.
And I suspect there will be some reading. I’ve had a few new arrivals in the past couple of weeks I’ve not shared here…
And that’s it for my reading and blogging this week so it’s over to you….
Have you done any reading?