Sunday, 6 January 2019

Weekly Update #42

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Now that's explained, it's on to my weekly recap!

Firstly, happy New Year all!

Secondly, what a freaking week this has been!
As I quickly type this up this fine Sunday morning, I desperately just want to go back to bed, pull the covers over my head, and nap for another week. It's been so stressful.
On New Year's Eve, my mum woke up with one side of her face completely drooping, slurred speech, vision problems in one eye... Immediately, I thought stroke but she didn't exhibit any other weakness, she wasn't unbalanced or confused so I hoped it was just a nerve issue but phoned an ambulance anyway as you don't wait around with that stuff. If it was a stroke, who knows how many hours it'd been since the event (as she went to bed normal and woke up like that) and every hour after the occurrence affects recovery. Anyway, the ambulance came, took her to the hospital and after many tests, scans and doctors she was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy (nerve issue) and she was discharged with a load of steroids and eye ointments.
Phew! But still sucky.
We spent new years eve night at home - as we'd planned to anyway - but it was a far different evening than usual as she tried to work out how to eat/drink when she only had control of one side of her face. It was heartbreaking to watch over the next couple of days but she will heal. It just takes time. She went home on Wednesday and it's so frustrating not being close enough to help out but my aunt is popping round and taking her out (as she can't drive at the moment).

The other crappy news from this week as that it was back to work on Thursday despite the little dude being on school holiday until the following Tuesday.
Being back to work was very blah but I'm sure this week will be better as normalcy fully descends on all rather than just a few.

My hope for this week is to settle back into a normal rhythm without drama and finish a book! I haven't managed to clock up my first read of this year and it feels a little bit sad.
Plus, I have an ARC review to post tomorrow so I need to finish that one today... Sigh.

Some of my new year's blog resolutions are fewer events, less review books, more doing whatever I want and more blogging ahead!



Kulti is a Mariana Zapata I haven't read and when I saw it on another bloggers Best of 2018 list, I decided it was time I changed that!

Shades of Wicked - I have so much to catch up on with Jeaniene Frost's books but when I saw this was 99p - and the first in a new series even if the character has featured in others - I had to grab it!

Drakon's Promise - Paranormal Romance, Dragons... Freebie. I don't know when I'll read it but it sounds interesting for when that particular mood strikes.


So, I found this series via fan-videos made from the movie adaptations on Youtube.
Yeah, there are German movies of the books. They look pretty cool...Anyway.
The series was written originally in German so the books are translated versions as my German may be enough to get me by wandering around Berlin but it's not good enough to read a book.
They're YA, fantasy, focused around time travel.
I ADORE the covers and am pretty excited to see whether the books like up to the tingly excited feeling the movie clips and covers give me!

We're less than a full week into the new year and I'm already despairing at some of the stuff happening in book land. Subjective opinion pieces assassinating the character of Jennifer L. Armentrout, cover models going on 'fat people are disgusting' rants... Really makes you feel cheerful and happy to be a part of the community. 🙄

Oh! And lets not pass over this nugget from Pottermore...

This week's watching has been dominated by Netflix's You and Series of Unfortunate Events Season 3.

You is something I'd never heard of until it popped up in my Netflix feed. I watched the first four episodes back-to-back and loved them, decided the professor would probably enjoy it too so when he came home from work I re-watched those first 4 episodes with him and then continued on to finish episode 6. I'm hoping to binge watch the rest of the season with the professor this week. If I was watching it on my own, it'd be finished already! It's so good, weird, creepy, wrong and addictive!

A Series of Unfortunate Events is something we've been watching as a family since the first season dropped. We love it and are gutted it's almost over. Thankfully, we've only finished the first 'book' of S3 so we still have 5 episodes left to enjoy!

The video is absolutely random but the song is awesome.

I had a lazy week on the blog...

Book Blogger Hop: What books are you looking forward to in 2019?
Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books of 2018

I'm still working on getting stuff written! But two things that will be posted are:

Review: Finding Alexei by Kendall Ryan
Movies I'm looking forward to in 2019

Have a great week all!


  1. How scary about your mom! I'm so glad it wasn't a stroke. My brother-in-law had a bout with Bells Palsy last year. (They thought is was a stroke at first, too.) He was on meds for a while and it actually took several months but it did finally pass. I'm glad your aunt is able to look in on her. Sounds like a rough week all around. I hope things are much smoother this week! The drama with JLA got me so riled up I had to just step away. I was glad to see Cora Carmack's responses, though.

  2. As soon as you said it I knew it was Bells. I had that a few years ago and thought I was having a stroke but then I realized it was only my face and then figure Bells. It took a few months to heal. I think the worst part is when the nerves start up again. That hurts a little.

    I hope this week is better for you, Nicci! Happy Reading! xx

  3. Sorry to hear about your mom, but glad they were able to quickly treat her. I hope she has a speedy recovery. I actually read Kulti. I will say, I loved the ending.

  4. Oh no- sorry to hear about your mom, but thankfully it wasn't a stroke. That is so scary! Hope she's doing well.

    I see YOU getting lots of attention, I may need to try that one!

  5. I woke up with Bell's Palsy about 10 days after the birth of my daughter - drooping side of my face and a non-functioning eyelid. I had to suck everything through a straw. I refused steriod treatment as I was breastfeeding. It took a couple of months, but it did pass on its own though it was stressful.

  6. I hope you're mom gets better soon. That is such a scary thing to happen. I'll be keeping your mom in my thoughts. I hope she has a speedy recovery.

  7. Oh, your mom's condition sounds frightening, and while the prognosis is good, dealing with it has to be frustrating.

    Enjoy your upcoming weeks...hopefully with better happenings.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  8. That must have been scary for you and your mother. I'm glad to hear it was Bell's and that she will heal with time. I'm back to work tomorrow and kind of ready for it. I need to get back into a routine. Enjoy all of those wonderful books and Happy New Year:)

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  9. That is so scary about your mom, but I'm glad to hear that she will recover from this in time. I hope that her recovery goes smoothly and that you all get back into a more normal routine soon.

  10. I'm sorry it was such a tough week. Hopefully this week will get back to a regular schedule. I saw your 2019 books and of course, anything by Ilona Andrews is an auto-buy. Here's to a bit of time to read and relax this week. Anne - Books of My Heart

  11. I'm glad to hear it wasn't a stroke with your mom, but that's a whole lot of worry and time! Sorry to hear it was so stressful!

    Hope you enjoy Kulti as much as I did!

    I read You, and was disturbed, but entertained and fascinated by it! Can't help but feel guilty that the only character I liked and was rooting for was Joe! I haven't had a chance to watch the series yet, but I can't wait!

  12. My dad had a bout of Bells Palsy right after my grandfather {mom's dad} passed away and it was super scary for us! Thankfully he healed fully, as I am sure your mom will as well!
    I never saw the original piece about JLA, but I saw Cora Carmack's tweet thread about it. I really, really wish people would subscribe to the notion if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all.

  13. That would've been a very scary thing for all of you to deal with. I'm glad it wasn't as serious as you feared. I hope she is back to full health soon. That stupid Harry Potter thing really bugged me-it's revolting! What about the kids who haven't learned vanishing spells-what exactly do they do??? Gross. I liked the original Pottermore site but never joined the new version.

  14. I'm glad it wasn't something worse with your mom but that's still stressful and scary.

    We're catching up with S2 of Unfortunate events then on to S3!

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  15. I hope this week is better for you. What a scare with your mom. We went through that with my dad too. He ended up with Bell's Palsy as well. Thank goodness it was just that, but it shook us all up.

    I am so out of the loop. I hadn't heard anything about Jennifer Armentrout or the current rash of fat shaming. :-(

    Take care of yourself! Have a great week.

  16. I have Drakon's Promise on my Kindle right now too. Glad to hear your mom will make a full recovery in time.

  17. Yikes.. Sorry to hear about your mom. That must have been very scary. Thankfully it will get better!
    I hope the upcoming week will be a lot less stressful.
    Happy Reading!

  18. I'm so glad it wasn't a stroke! Hope you're all better. That's a lot of stress. I hope your 2019 is better :)

  19. Well, that is crappy. My father-in-law had some issues with half of his face and body after removing a tumor in his brain. I can relate in some ways to that even though they're different situations. I hope she heals quickly and that this week goes much better. Thanks for stopping by!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

  20. I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I hope she's doing okay. We've been watching You, also, and enjoying it. Have a great week!

  21. OMG what a fright with your mom!!! I hope she feels better now, really!

  22. My mom has bell’s palsy, too. She’s had it on and off since she was a teenager. It is scary. I’m glad your mom is okay. I hope this week is less stressful! I saw that Pottermore thing and rolled my eyes. Why wouldn’t they have outhouses or chamber pots like a normal old building?

    Aj @ Read All The Things!