Sunday, 19 January 2020

Weekly Update #95

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

It was another sub-standard week to be honest. 
I felt super fatigued this week (probably triggered by last week's pressures) and that made the day-to-day a bit of a slog. Then I fell ill towards the end of the week with a fever that made me feel so dizzy, sick and nauseous... I don't recommend. I'm feeling pretty much back to normal today though. 

A massive storm hit Mon/Tue and it dumped so much rain that some rivers burst their banks and drainage systems overflowed so the village had some flooding! 
Honestly, it was bound to happen sooner than later. 
We've had flood warnings since before Christmas because of the water levels in the rivers. Fields are flooded and so many areas looked like one good rainfall would tip them over the edge... And so it did! Luckily, it was not near my house but getting the little dude to school was super fun for a few days! ๐Ÿ˜ณ
The environment agency has been working on the drains and clearing river debris so things are back to normal now.
It all just happens and resolves so quickly! It kinda hurts my brain... 

We also had some cat drama as Vesta spent a good few days limping due to a muscle strain. 
We had to try and get her to rest and not jump. Have you ever tried to control a cat?!
It was so frustrating! When she spent time sleeping or sitting with you (aka resting) she would get up and be noticeably better while walking, even losing the limp, but after being on it for a while she'd start limping again. Every now and then you'd hear the noise of her jumping down from somewhere and then she'd appear with an incredibly pronounced limp having obviously aggravated it and you'd want to scream. 
We were going to have to crate her until it healed but luckily it's eased off now and she's walking (and jumping!) normally.
Cats... You've gotta love 'em. 

I'm looking forward to a much better week this week. I'm determined it's going to be a better week. 
So... I guess we'll see!

Guys... This week, I lost my book lovin' mind!
I bought seven (yes, seven!) paperbacks. 
I added another arc. 
I got four newsletter freebies. 
That's 12 books. 
I need a book acquiring embargo!!


I went a bit mad in Waterstones. I blame Daisy Jones and The Tattooist of Auschwitz on bookish peer pressure and A Heart So Fierce and Broken on the amazing cover!!!

I blame this on curiosity and the fact the boxset (all four books) was on sale for only £5!!!


This cover!!! ๐Ÿ˜ OMG, this cover... 
The book sounds good too but it was the cover that had me clicking! (Even though I said I wasn't going to!)

Newsletter Freebies

I was happy and surprised when KA Linde's newsletter dropped into my inbox with book funnel download links for copies of these books!
I'm not sure about Something In The Way but King and Letters to Molly have been on my TBR/Wishlist for a while so this was a nice treat!

Then I got Devney Perry's newsletter and she had a free download link for K. Bromberg's Faking It so that was another new addition to the TBR.

(No idea when I'll read them all. But oh well...)

Staff of Serapis - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Crown of Ptolemy - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Two audiobook novellas and that's it for this week!

I've been working my way slowly through Katia Rose's new book, Glass Half Full, but haven't really been in a reading headspace this week.

S3 of The Good Place & S2 of You.

The Good Place is nice light entertainment perfect for background noise/viewing but You requires you to pay attention and is so unbelievably twisted... I kinda love it.

Mini Reviews: Tracker's End & Dirty Ride by Chantel Fernando
Giveaway Hop: Best of 2019
Review: Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan

This is all that's currently scheduled but I've a few things almost ready to publish so I may have another post up too.

Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black
It's Wednesday: Hood & Kill The Queen
Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Have a great week all!


  1. Oh god, cats! You're so right; mine ate a plastic ribbon last week, and boy was that a fun time for all involved /o\ He's fine now but oooofffff

  2. I don't blame you for Mageborn! That cover would totally get me too. Sorry to hear about your not-so-good week! I hope you and your kitty have a better week ♡

  3. That sounds like quite the catastrophe. Hope things get better. Things have been horrid in Minnesota too, temperatures down below zero and I'd like to take the time to honor a few people in Shakopee who lost their lives recently to the weather. amen.

  4. I'm getting sick of all these bloody storms-it has been non stop since November! Thankfully we haven't had any issues with flooding. I'm glad your house wasn't affected though.

  5. My sister in law had the same thing happen to her cat. The vet told her to get a large carrier and put him in it for a few days. The cat wasn't happy but the limp went away. I got sick this week too. Not fun at all.

  6. We need to just not have a repeat of last week. Eeek! How many misfortunes can come your way? I hope you are feeling better, and that Vesta has learned her lesson, and stops doing whatever she is doing to harm herself. Stay dry!

  7. I'm glad to hear she's doing better. I agree, it's near impossible to keep a cat on all four paws and resting.

  8. Praying for a great week ahead.

  9. I'm finding the author newsletters really have so many goodies. It's a great way for me to try new authors, much like the freebies. It's low risk to them because they are things I mostly wouldn't buy and often they are not at the library, although some are in KU. I like being able to try them though. That's why I have to stop taking as many ARCs! It's very hard though.

    I hope this week is healthy and happy and amazing! I'm having a very good weekend and technically we have MLK off tomorrow but I filled it with medical appts. Enjoy all your new reads!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  10. i hope you are feeling better. I got hit with a nasty whatever this is I got but I am getting better.
    You got lots of pretty reads this week, I hope you love them all.
    My cat sneezed in my coffee today and it's very hard to keep them both from running around and jumping so when vets say stuff like that I am like "Are you serious?"

    King is AMAZING! I still need to read Preppy. That series is an intense read! I hope you enjoy it. :)

    Have a great week, Nicci! Happy Reading!

  11. I would have been curious about that DC comics box set too - that's an awesome price! I haven't read any of them, but I do think a couple sound particularly good.


  12. Sorry you've been under the weather. Get well soon!

  13. Cats are SO independent- I've had that too where they have a limp or you can tell they're hurting but then they go and jump up on something, or jump down, and you just wince because you can tell it hurts! Dumb cats lol. Seriously though, hope Vesta is feeling better soon. And you too! Being sick= no fun.

    The flooding sounds terrible. Yikes.

    Love the graphic at the end of your post haha

  14. I’m glad you’re feeling better! I’ve never tried to control a cat, but I have failed at controlling a dog after her leg surgery. I guess animals don’t understand the need for rest. I hope you have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  15. Wait wait wait what?!? There are Percy Jackson novellas??? OMG how did I not know this?

    Also, I preordered Mageborn thanks to you. Hehe.

  16. Phew, happy to hear you weren't flooded out! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    I want to read the Tattooist of Auschwitz, too. ๐Ÿ‘✨

    I hope you had a great start to your week. ๐ŸŒž

  17. I’m glad you weren’t affected by the flooding.
    Your new books all look wonderful , I hope you enjoy them

    Wishing you a great reading week

  18. Sorry to hear you weren’t feeling well. Feeling feverish can make you feel so all-over miserable. :( And hopefully this week is much better all around. The flooding sounds terrible. I desperately want a copy of Daisy Jones but all the copies on Amazon and in local bookstores have that stupid “Reese’s Book Club” label on them that can’t even be removed and in infuriates me! I do *not* want a book with her dumb book club label on it. Gah! Even the ones on Book Depository (with the U.S. cover) show the stupid label. So annoying. I really want to read Letters to Molly. I’ve had it on my Kindle for a while and seems like one I will love.

  19. Glad you are feeling better and poor Vesta. Yes, I imagine it would be hard to keep a cat from jumping. I'm glad the flooding didn't reach you. We've had really cold temps but so far all is well. I can't blame you for grabbing that box set. What a great price!

  20. Yikes! That does sound like quite the week. I hope this one is much better! I've been debating watching You. I have the book and always feel kind of guilty if I don't read the source material first. I'm weird that way. Happy reading!