Time flies when you’re having fun. Apparently. I’m not sure that’s the best way to describe the past week, but it’s definitely disappeared in a hurry. Which is (hopefully) a not-too-prosaic way of saying it’s Monday already and time to share my weekly reading and similarly exciting things.
What I read
My reading week started slowly as I wasn’t allowed to start anything until I’d gotten my reviewing under control. When I did eventually see some light at the end of the reviewing tunnel I started the week with TR Richard’s What She Left which… I have to confess, I didn’t love.
I read my first ever Nicholas Sparks novel and am currently deciding whether to review The Longest Ride here, or just in Goodreads. Obviously the book’s been out for a few years but I received the movie version tie-in. It’ll be a 3-star review for me, so… okay. In summary—great characters but predictably predictable. 🙂
And finally I polished off a new arrival, Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight. I haven’t heard of US author McCreight before but enjoyed this book which was released this month.
What I wrote
I kicked off the week musing on whether it’s appropriate to comment on someone’s weight loss. Or (overthinking it) whether that’s perpetuating the perception that one’s only okay when they near their ideal weight.
I posted my reviews of Nora Roberts’ The Liar, which is due out any day now; along with a review of Missing You, by Aussie author Kylie Kaden. I liked the latter a lot and my review formed part of a blog tour. Check out that post for other participants.
As for What She Left, given my antipathy I just posted my review in Goodreads.
A post I wrote was also featured on US blogger and writer, Carla Birnberg’s site (of the same name). It was about loneliness vs aloneness and I referenced a favourite author of mine, Anita Brookner who writes (beautifully) about both.
What I’m reading this week
I’m actually heading to Brisbane (my state’s capital city and my former hometown) for a few days this week to hang out with my niece while her parents are overseas. She’s almost 19 so it’s not like she needs a babysitter but she’s got a heap of commitments and I’ll help ferry her around. Which means I have no idea what this week will hold.
I do plan, however, to do a bit of reading as I received seven (yes 7!) real books last week (including Where They Found Her). They’re all due for publication in April and May, so I need to get cracking.
What’s on your agenda this week?
* I’m again joining the ‘It’s Monday’ weekly reading linkup.