Sunday, 20 October 2019

Weekly Update #82

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!

I've been feeling really low and overwhelmed this week so it's been a tough one!
It hasn't been any one thing in particular but a little bit of everything that's piled on top and gave me that smothered "I'm being crushed!" type feeling.
It sucks royally.
However, I managed to get blog posts up, some visits done (I know I'm a bit hit on miss with visiting at the moment, sorry!) and I managed to get up, showered and going about life business every day so I'll take it as a win and hope this coming week is a better one.

My mum is coming to visit on Tuesday and staying for a week and a half throughout half term so that'll be nice. We have some fun activities planned and I'm off work from Friday for a week so I'm counting down the days!

Between now and Tuesday, I hope to tidy the house and get the ironing done! OMG you should see the state of the ironing... I've avoided anything outside of school uniforms for about three weeks and we're reaching a point where we have clean clothes piled everywhere but nothing (including underwear) in the drawers/wardrobe.
(After reading that back, I need to clarify that I don't iron underwear, lol. I just haven't sorted the clean laundry to put anything away so it's all lumped together and near impossible to find anything!)

(Yes, all of them!)

I listened to Red Winter on audiobook and it was a great book packed full of Japanese mythology and interesting characters. I can't wait to continue with the series.

Dean Man's Hand was my only Fraterfest read and is book two in the Octavia Hollows series. It was a shortish novella but delivered an interesting mystery alongside its brand of weirdness and snarky humour.

Slaying Monsters For The Feeble I binge read the second it hit my kindle Saturday morning. I thoroughly enjoyed it and OMG the plot thickens! For every reveal, there are more questions! I don't think I can bear the suspense! Waiting until the third book releases sometime next year may kill me!


I'm not 100% sold on this one but M.E. Carter is a RARE 2020 author (that I haven't read) and it is a football romance which I tend to enjoy so... Why not?


Crush The King,  I requested on a whim and had no idea I'd been approved! I was approved a couple of months ago too and I had no idea as I got no email! I guess I better get reading the first two, hadn't I?!

Slaying Monsters For The Feeble is the final Guild Codex release for the year and it's back to Robin and Zylas! I don't think I need to say how excited I was to receive this.

Sophie explains what people need to know to date a reader.

I finished the Hunger Games movies with Mockingjay Pt. 1 on Friday and Mockingjay Pt. 2 on Saturday. I liked them both. I think this is one movie franchise that really did the books justice.

I started a rewatch of Once Upon a Time this week too. 
I wanted something I could have on in the background but not have to pay too much attention to like I would a new series. It turned out to be a fantastic move as I'd forgotten how much I liked the show and it provided a nice background distraction.

I also watched some Lucifer.
I'm still on S3 of that but it's one of the shows I'm determined to get fully caught up on this autumn.

Family Adventures: Neolithic Sites & Avebury Manor
Mini Reviews: Diamond Fire & Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
Blitz: The Alchemist and An Amaretto by Annette Marie
Bookish Memes: Zombie Apocalypses, Haunted Houses and Queens of Nothing
The Spooktacular Giveaway Hop

Family Adventures: Cornwall (Eden Project & Bodmin Jail)
Review: Slaying Monsters For The Feeble by Annette Marie
Reading Challenge: Read A Series In A Month (November)
Bookish Memes: I Name Thee, Shatter The Earth and Books to Scary Movies

Have a great week all!


  1. ((HUGS)) Just take it one day at a time, and celebrate all your accomplishments, no matter how small. That's sometimes all you can do. I read Change of Heart a while back. It was sappy, so you know I liked it.

  2. Don´t ask me how my household looks *lol* There must be something in the air that keeps us from doing things the way we usually do them. Hang in there. And don´t worry, I am a bit behind commenting back too. Have a great weekend and new week and happy reading.

  3. Oh, I do remember those days of too much to do and everything seemingly overwhelming. Your upcoming visit with your mom sounds nice. We moms do enjoy those get-togethers. LOL.

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  4. Love your meme :D ! And don't talk to me about ironing! My pile must be higher than the Himalaya!!! And I get the feeling of being slow or under water. This period of the year is my most dreaded and I always take some weeks off work!

  5. Having your mom in town is fantastic! Hope you rehash a lot of the good stuff.

  6. I'm glad to hear Red Winter was a great read for you. That's one I'm hoping to get to this fall.

  7. Oh no, hope you're feeling better. That crushing feeling can be tough, for sure, but it sounds like you have a nice visit upcoming. I hope this week is a better one!

    Slaying Monsters for the Feeble- another fabulous cover for that series!

    I agree about the Mockingjay movies.

  8. Sorry it's been such a rough week, Nicci. That totally overwhelmed feeling is awful. That happened to me this time last year (well, last Nov/Dec). I felt like I could not handle one single thing more. I had a couple crying jags and went in to the office and said I was taking a week off. I've made a conscious effort this year to try not to let myself get to that point again. I'm laughing at the thought of you ironing underwear. LOL And I agree that the Hunger Games movies were very well done.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

  9. Sorry to hear it's been a rough time for you. I know how that feels and hope you're doing better now.

  10. Hopefully things get better! I know that feeling all too well!! And I agree about The Hunger Games-the did well honoring the books for sure!

  11. I am so sorry you are feeling overwhelmed, Nicci:(. If it's any consolation, I used to have sign on my back door 'Dull women have immaculate houses' and my current excuse is - My house was tidy last Friday, sorry you missed it.

    I hope you can get a bit of peace and a chance to regather. Have a better week, Nicci.

  12. Some weeks you have to just hang on and do the best you can. I have the new Annette Marie coming on audio so it's late this month and November and I'm looking forward to them. I LOVED the first 2 books and also got Crush the King; I hope you love them too. I wash all the laundry but my daughter has a basket in her closet where I put the clean things and she has to put her own away.

    I really hope this next week is better and then you have a week off! YAY! Happy reading!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  13. *sends you hugs* Hang in there. There are days when we just don't know what to feel and things get really overwhelming, and that's okay. It's a challenge but let's never forget to push through, be positive, and take a breather from time to time. I hope you'll feel better and things will be smooth soon. Hope having your mom with you will take the stress off, even for a bit ๐Ÿ’• Lucifer's one of the shows I wanna binge. My family enjoys the show and I'm just intrigued. AND YES ABOUT THE THG FRANCHISE!! The movies are pretty close to the book.

  14. Glad you aren't ironing your underwear. Did you get the audiobook for Journals Of Octavia Hollows I sent? Enjoy the visit with your Mom and feel better.

  15. Sorry it's been a rough week. I know that feeling. I hope your mom's visit goes well though!! I still need to watch Lucifer, but hopefully I can start that soon. I'm currently trying to finish iZombie.


  16. I feel ya on the crushing feeling. I'm having it on and off and hope I fully come out the other side soon. {hugs}

    I need to catch up on the Estep series. I've only read book #1.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  17. Awe don't worry we have all been in the space and place you are feeling at the moment. Just remember this too shall pass <3 I think it is just that time of the year where we need a break and that December holiday. I love the sound of all the books you are reading. Congrats on the Jennifer Estep ARC!!!
    We still watching Big Bang and I started Charmed (the new one).
    Hope you feel better soon!
    Chanzie @ Free To Be Me

  18. I understand the feeling overwhelmed. That's me too lately. Laundry is a pain, and one of my least favorite things to do also. It looks. like you had a good reading week, with solid 4 star reads :)

    Lindy@ A. Bookish Escape