Sunday Summary – 20th February 2022
Good evening everyone and welcome to this week’s Sunday summary post!
My blogging schedule didn’t quite go to plan this week. I started off well with sharing a review of Clockwork Magpies by Emma Whitehall. I recently read this book and given that it is a new launch, I wanted to feature it on my blog whilst it was still a recent event!
Later in the week things fell off the wagon. I had fallen behind from scheduling posts in advance (at least in part) as my sister has been over visiting. As a result, my Shelf Control post wasn’t prepared or shared in advance and it wasn’t done on Friday due to illness. I’ve got a cold for the first time in about 3 years, and on Friday I was suffering particularly badly. After a rough night’s sleep the day before, I just didn’t have the energy to draft my post that night. Sorry guys!
Even now I am still not 100%. Normally I would dictate these posts to draft them, but I’m having to manually type them at the moment as I’m plagued by an awful cough and hoarse throat. Don’t worry, it’s not the dreaded C word (I’ve been testing throughout so as not to risk passing it to my family… and I’ve been keeping as much distance from them as possible even still), but I can assure you I’m looking forward to the day my body decides to purge this cold. It can’t come soon enough!
My main reading focus this week has been to finish Son of Mercia by MJ Porter, for reasons that will become apparent later in this post. As of my last Sunday Summary update, I was 60% through the novel. I finished this with more than enough time to spare! It’s a great historical fiction read (especially if you already enjoy Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom series as I do) and I am sharing my thoughts on this book for a blog tour imminently.
Later in the week I started my first mood read of February’s TBR – The Diary of a Young Girl written by Anne Frank. I was able to read just under a quarter of this in just one sitting. It’s really easy to get into and I am glad I picked this up. The narrative is a lot easier to read than I was anticipating, and I’m looking forward to making further progress with this over the next week!
Whilst my sister has been over visiting I confess that I walked into a couple of bookstores… but it was only from one that I made some purchases. Look at me and my discipline hey?! Haha!
I purchased a copy of a book already on my TBR (so not technically an addition) – Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. It’s a classic that I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time, and I’m sure it’s the kind of book I’ll appreciate in paperback!
I also treated myself to something not on my list – Pandora by Susan Stokes-Chapman. I was initially drawn to the book by the cover, but the synopsis christened it for me as a purchase. The synopsis is as intriguing and full of mystery as the novel purports to be, and I can’t wait to dive in! This was an impulse purchase, but I’m sure one I won’t regret!
I have partly caught up with drafting some of my blog posts ahead of schedule, but mostly out of necessity. I am taking part in the blog tour for Son of Mercia tomorrow, and so I have spent this evening committing my review to a blog post. I just about managed to dictate this part, with no small amount of editing to rectify what my indistinguishable croaks should have been! This is all ready to go live tomorrow, so I hope you can take a look at that when it’s live!
Later in the week I’ll be back what should have been this week’s Shelf Control post. I’ll try and get it prepared nice and early to give myself some of that breathing space I lost back.
And finally, I’ll be rounding off next week with another Sunday Summary update with all my latest reading news.
Thanks for bearing with me this week! What have you been reading?