First things first… I have to apologise for not getting around and reading as many posts (as usual) last week. I was travelling on the Sunday and then tied up for a few days so I’ve been a very slack blog reader this past week.
What I read
I’ve done little reading – only picking up a book on 3-4 nights over the past 10 days. I enjoyed time with family however, so am not particularly worried about my slackness and the lack of attention given to my to-be-read (TBR) pile.
I was struggling with a couple of books I SHOULD have started so kicked off the week (mid week!) with Jonathan Kellerman’s The Murderer’s Daughter... a book I very much enjoyed. It wasn’t at the top of my chronologically sorted TBR pile, but meh, #whatevs. It was just what I needed at the time.
I ended the week with The Bit in Between by Claire Varley, which I’ll be reviewing shortly.
What I wrote
Again I wrote very little. I shared my thoughts on The Crushing Season by Peta Jo, an author based in the same regional town as me; and I posted my review of Jonathan Kellerman’s The Murderer’s Daughter just yesterday.
And I very belatedly completed my interview as part of the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers’ Award offered by Amy, from A Novel Start, in which I share a little about some of my favourite reading fodder.
What I did
As mentioned last week, I travelled to Brisbane to watch my niece perform in an exhibition (three times a day over a 10 day period) and celebrate her birthday. The show was great and we watched all three performances on the day we attended. My feet were killing me in the end but I survived the outing with minimal whinging and only one glass of champagne to fortify myself against the crowds. My niece is a bit sensitive about me sharing pics so here’s one of my mother and a prize-winning pumpkin. I should mention (as I’m an intolerant sod) I would never willingly go and look at the produce or cakes or craft.
As planned, I attended the Brisbane Bloggers’ meet-up and it was fabulous to put some faces to names and I was surprised by the number of bloggers and breadth of topics covered by those there. I’m coeliac so didn’t get to partake in the delicious goodies on offer at The Greek Club, but apparently they were fabulous.
What I plan to read and do
I didn’t go to the post office to collect any mail (ie. books) last week, but I’m hoping to get back into some semblance of a routine this coming week. I will try to avoid any exciting new arrivals and stick with my plan.
First on my agenda is The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau. Then, The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman. For some reason I’m feeling some antipathy towards this novel as it’s set in the early 1800s and I dislike historical fiction. I’m not sure why. I used to say the same about Australian novels but I’ve grown to enjoy reading about my own backyard, so you never know…
On the other hand I’m really looking forward to Sandra Brown’s Friction. She’s an author who usually offers a great balance of romantic suspense, with the emphasis more on the latter than the former.
And… if there’s time I plan to get to Adrian McKinty’s Gun Street Girl. It’s the 4th in a series which worries me, but I’ve heard good things, so…
I also hope to revisit my writing priorities as I’ve done nothing about my dream of feature writing for over a month or so.
What’s on your agenda this week?
Linking up with Kimberley at The Caffeinated Book Reviewer for the Sunday Post.