Sunday, 26 January 2020

Weekly Update #96

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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!

It's official: My poor brain is broken. 
My body is broken. 
I'm just feeling... A little bit broken.
It's one of those death by a thousand paper cut situations. There is not one big thing that's weighing me down and stirring up anxiety but a million little things that are conspiring to crush me and I spend a good portion of my days wondering what the hell I was supposed to be doing and panicking about all the things I think I've forgotten even when I've forgotten nothing. 
It'll pass. 
It always does and this time of year is always bad because work gets beastly and that bleeds over into everything but I'm just so tired, you know? 
But anyway... I'll just medicate myself with books that are (hopefully) utterly engrossing or certified brain fluff. And if that fails, there are at least a dozen TV shows waiting for me to catch up on!

I don't have anything else to report here for it's been a quiet week. An eat, sleep, work, repeat kind of week. I'll take that as an improvement on some of the other weeks lately!


The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare was on sale for £1.99 so I nabbed it. The mood for historicals is growing...
Gypsy King by Devney Perry was on sale at 99p and sounds like my kinda thing so I grabbed it.

Hung Up on You and Sweep With Me were both purchased last week but I forgot to add them onto last week's post because of all the other books that were on there!
(I guess last week's book-buying total was actually 14, not 12... ๐Ÿ˜ณ)


This book packed a lot more emotion than I was expecting and was a harder read in many respects compared to some of Katia Rose's other books but I liked it.


Hate The Game was a KU impulse download as I've been craving brain fluff.
I'm pleased to say, it did its job and let me switch off for a while.

I discovered that the release date, title and cover for the final Alex Craft book has been revealed and it made me super happy (and sad because it's ending).
Check it out!

I finished S3 of The Good Place and am halfway through S4!
I'm kinda sad it's ending this season but I guess something like this can't go on too long before it loses all it's sparkle and becomes hideously repetitive.

I also started watching Good Omens and I love it!
It's so quirky and random and Tennant and Sheen together is gold.

One foot in front of the other/one step at a time are pretty much my mottos at the moment so this song is my current anthem/therapy song rolled into one!

Review: Glass Half Full by Katia Rose
Review: The Wicked King by Holly Black
It's Wednesday: Hood & Kill The Queen
Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Mini-Review: How Winston Delivered Christmas
January: Month in Review
Review: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs
Review: The Arrangement by Sylvia Day et al
Task It Tuesday: February Edition
Review: The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

Have a great week all!


  1. ((HUGS)) sorry to hear work in causing you so much strife. Maybe we can medicate with books together? Fluff is always the answer for me.

  2. Stress is the worst, I hope you get a break from it soon. Medicating with books or shows sounds like a good plan! I can get behind that lol!

    Curious about your Holly Black reviews coming up as I really want to read that series at some point.

    1. Thanks Greg. I'm getting there.

      The Cruel Prince etc were awesome! I'm going to read book three this week. I took a break to build anticipation, lol.

  3. {{Hugs}} so sorry that you're having a hard time! Stress and anxiety are the worst, especially when you feel like there's not a "good" reason. Take care of you, like you said, it will pass.

    I'm excited about the Alex Craft book - I need to catch up. I was current and then she went all those years with no book and I really just need to reread the series. So I'll plan on binge reading the whole thing when the last book comes out.

    Enjoy The Good Place - I was sad to learn there wouldn't be more (and I personally do not think they ended it with any clue that they wouldn't be coming back, so it feels unresolved for me) but it was a fun show while it lasted.

    I hope this week is good for you!!

    1. Thanks Berls, I appreciate it.

      The Alex Craft series is awesome! I binged all 6 last year for Read A Series In A Month. Will want to do a quickie re-read for the final book too. :)

      The final episode of the good place made me feel all teary!

  4. Anxiety and stress can do that to anyone. I hope things get less stressful and you can relax a little this weekend.

  5. I start to envy all the countries who don´t have fixed book prices as we have here in Germany. Glad you could get some books you hopefully enjoy. Happy reading.

    1. It sucks that your book prices are fixed! :(

  6. Nicci it seems that we are indeed unfortunately in sync! If I recall properly you work in the same field as me and that person that I saw for burn out told me that right now she seems to have a "type" of client: women our age, working in that same field and often doing it because their father did (don't know if it's your cas but it's mine). But ...We will survive! Sending all the hugs your way!

    1. Lol, we do seem to be twinsies in many things! :)

      And you are correct - We'll survive! And not only that, we'll find a way to thrive too.

  7. Sorry to hear you're really going through it right now, Nicci. :( My time of year for this madness/stress is November thru mid-December. Work is so insane and stressful during that period that I just feel like I'm trying to keep my head above water. I go into survival mode and everything else falls to the wayside. I sure hope this period passes quickly for you.

    I'm looking forward to starting that Devney Perry series. It looks fantastic. And I like that song by Walk the Moon.

  8. So sorry that this time of year is so exhausting and draining for you. I always feel a bit of slump at the end of January, though mine is not job-related or anything of that nature. Just comes with the season I suppose, even though I truly love winter. I always self-medicate with books also, and I think we both know it is the only way to get through! *Hugs*

    1. Books are the best things to self medicate with.

  9. So sorry about all the anxiety. You must truly be working hard and its going to pay off, even if you don't realize it yet.

  10. I'm sorry things are a bit rough right now. I hope that it gets better for you soon - but I totally get where you're coming from. I hope you have lots of great books and TV shows to make you happy!!! I watched half of Good Omens, and I really need to watch the rest. Ooh love that song from Walk the Moon. They're a local band! :)


    1. I like quite a few of their songs, this one just hits the mark for me at the moment. :) Do they play a lot locally?

  11. I am so sorry that you are having a tough time right now. I hope that you get the escape you need in your books. I still need to pick up the newest Ilona Andrews and hope to do so soon. I hope you have a great week!

  12. I'm sorry to read you've been feeling so broken and tired. * Sending you a virtual hug * Life can definitely be challenging at times. I hope you'll books give you a distraction this week.
    Happy reading!

  13. I've felt tired all month-mentally and physically, and feeling sorry for I have sympathy for how you are feeling. Have you thought of a blog break for a week or two to maybe catch up on stuff, get some fun things happening? I find I need a blog break every couple of months!

    1. I'd love a break from everything for a couple of weeks! But I'll get there. I always do. :)
      Hope your tiredness passes soon!