Sunday, 8 March 2020

Weekly Update #102

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'm going to start this by saying sorry: Sorry guys! I suck right now. 
I'm falling so far behind on blog visits, I'm barely getting through people's Sunday Posts and I'm generally a little blogging shambles at the moment. However! I've managed to sort out the posting side (finally) so now I just need to get back to a commenting pattern and then I'm back on track. 
I say "only" but that's going to be the trickier part for I'm so tired during the weekday evenings that I struggle to pick up my laptop and get any visiting done but I'm thinking my phone and my lunch breaks might be an option... You know, if I stopped actually working through my lunch breaks... 
*big sigh* 

In life news, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer this week. 
It's super early stages, and they can surgically remove it and follow it with some radiotherapy to ensure they get it all but it's still scary. Combine it with Covid-19 and it's a bit of a nightmare as the hospitals where she is in Ireland are talking about restricting outpatient appointments (like the one she has to talk through and prepare for the treatment) so we're having to prepare for short notice travel and last minute cancellations of stuff and when we're in the UK and trying to organise work/childcare so the professor can go over to support his mum with the surgery, it's a frigging nightmare. 

In other news... The world has gone mad and I'm so done with the level of stupid flying around regarding Covid-19 that I'm ready to self-isolate just so I don't have to witness it. 
Toilet paper, antibacterial anything, bottled water, pain/fever relievers, dried pasta, tinned foods... Everything is selling out and supermarkets are being forced to limit the number of purchases. WTF? 
Be sensible people! 

In other other news, it's the kid's birthday next weekend and I'm excited to go feed some penguins!

The Flat Share - Paperback
Dear Ava - Kindle Unlimited
The Birthday List - Newsletter Freebie
Neanderthal Seels Human Box Set - Free via Amazon

The Rich Boy & The Wallflower Wager

Two five-star reads this week! Both very different and both wonderful.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

The little dude loved this audiobook and I'd never read the story so give it a listen and it is the most random thing I've ever encountered. That's about the best I can say about it. It was entertaining but absolute nonsense.

I watched Horrible Histories: The Movie - Rotten Romans with the little dude and it was actually fun. It's funny and completely irreverent while still being educational as the horrible histories stuff tends to be. I didn't know if the horrible histories format would work as a movie but we were entertained so I'd say it did.

I also caught up with Young Sheldon and watched this week's Picard but that's about it for TV stuff this week.

RARE 2020: Preparing For Rare - Sorting Through The Authors
Cover Reveal: Dark Prince by Michelle Hercules
Review: Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs
It's Wednesday: House of Earth & Blood and The Darkest Star
Review: Protect The Prince by Jennifer Estep
February: Month in Review

Blog Tour & Review: The Rich Boy by Kylie Scott
It's Wednesday!! Magic Misfit & The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Review: Crush The King by Jennifer Estep
Release Blitz: The Rich Boy by Kylie Scott

Have a great week all!


  1. Sounds like you have a lot going on at the moment so of course blogging/commenting is going to take a back seat for a while and everyone understands that. I'm glad they caught the cancer early, that's really good news.

  2. Sorry to hear about the MIL, but glad they caught it early. Yes, the world is in chaos, and it doesn't help that the media are fanning the hysteria. And, do you really need toilet paper to battle a virus? *sigh* I liked the Flatshare, and eyeing DearAva, and absolutely adored the Neanderthal books. Enjoy your haul, and the penguins.

  3. So glad your MIL's cancer was caught so early. I too am over this Covid-19 panic. Seriously though why does everyone need to stock up on TP?? Why do you need that much TP? Do you think amazon won't deliver that stuff? Its insane.

  4. Breast Cancer is scary, but I am so glad that they caught it early. That makes a huge difference. Two of my aunts have had it, and my husband's aunt had it too. I'm glad that your MIL has you and your husband to support her through this. I'm tired of all things Coronavirus. We're dealing with the actual fear of virus, and then on top of it the fear of people acting irrational, and making everything worse. It's like one of those crazy movies, where people are fighting for a shortage of supplies, only we are the ones causing the shortage. It looks like you have a pretty good haul there! I loved Dear Ava! It was a 5 star read for me.

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your mother in law, and with all the panic of coronavirus too, it can't be easy dealing with hospitals and the like. I hope her treatment goes really well though! I'm definitely behind on commenting to blogs and just posting in general - I'll figure it out someday. LOL


  6. I am so sorry for your mother in law! Sending good vibes Nicci. And please don't be sorry for not blog hopping. I know how hard it can be after work especially in winter because I do struggle myself. Be kind with yourself, YOU are the priority! And yes, people are going crazy with the Covid!

  7. I am sorry about the news of your mother-in-law - and don't even think about not blog-hopping right now. As for the coronavirus idiocy - people are frankly losing the plot. I hope the coming week is a kind one, Nicci. x

  8. I'm sorry about all the health stuff. It's a rough time. You can only do what you can so don't worry about the blog visiting, just do what works for you. We all have our times.

    You certainly are reading some great books! I'm glad to see the new Kylie Scott book is a good one.

    I hope you have a wonderful, healthy week and enjoy your new reads!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  9. I understand about the blogging stuff. I can post regularly - or I can blog hop and comment. But keeping both going usually feels near impossible. Scary news about your MIL but I'm so glad it was caught early. With the virus stuff,people do love to panic, don't they? And immediately jump to worst case scenarios. To heck with being sensible and responsible. I have The Birthday List and want to read it soon(ish). I have a feeling that Perry is going to be one of those special authors for me (Based on nothing LOL). I'm excited for The Rich Boy!

  10. Hey Nicci, think it's my first time visiting. Nice book recommendations. My favorite is the Dear Ava one, because of the cover, haha! The dude on it is frequently featured on the Hot guys blog, actually. Anyways, keep up the great work and, hope to see you around! ^.^

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your MiL. That's hard. People are being crazy. It hasn't hit my city too hard...yet. Hope this week is easier. Happy reading!


  12. Yes, corona virus is making this world crazy! It is scary, but I wish people wouldn't go nuts at the grocery store. Our store is kinda cleaned out. I hope your mother-in-law doesn't have any delays in treatment! Glad to hear she caught it early. Sending positive thoughts and best wishes to you and your family, Nicci!

    Yay for loving The Wallflower Wager! So good! And I'm thrilled you enjoyed the new Kylie Scott. I'll check out your post. Stay safe, Nicci! :)

  13. I am so sorry about your mother in law. It's just crazy how people are getting so paranoid and stupid. I just can't deal with it. Yesterday I was looking for the tiny hand sanitizer because I always carry some with me but all the stores I went to are sold out!

  14. My thoughts are certainly with your mother-in-law at this time. All the uncertainty with coronavirus must be so unsettling. My dad is due a knee replacement and we expect that to be delayed until at least the summer but surely cancer related appointments should be regarded as priority!

    Penguins are always good for stress relief! They are such funny little guys!

  15. I’m so sorry to hear of your MIL’s diagnosis.
    We have a bunch of hoarding nutters here too, I’m really hoping things will settle soon.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  16. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother in law. I'm sure it's stressful even though she was able to catch it early.

    I'm near the epicenter of the COVID outbreak here in WA. Kevin is going to be working from home for awhile but locally (I'm way outside any big city) no one is going too crazy buying things other than purell.

    I buy a few things a t a time to stock up but not go wacky about it.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  17. I'm sorry to hear you have so much going on in your life. Glad to know that the doctors caught your mother-in-law's cancer early and I hope she'll be able to easily get the treatments and support she needs without the Coronavirus panic impacting her.

  18. I'm so sorry to hear about your mother in law. I'm glad they catched it early! But the whole Corona thing makes it even worse. There just so much drama spreading around it because of it. I work in a hospital here in The Netherlands, and it's definitely crazy. I'm allowed to wash my patients, but not allowed to give them a hand.. Frustrating.
    Sending you a virtual hug.. and don't worry about the commenting! We all struggle with it at times.. you'll manage! ;)
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  19. Ooof, I hope things calm down for you soon. Everything is quite crazy right now. I'm sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. Catching it that early is a great thing, though. I'm sure she'll be in tip top shape soon. πŸ‘✨

    I was sick from The end of November until midway through February and I got waaaaay behind with my blog and blog hopping, but I've been chipping away at it a little bit at at a time. Don't stress yourself out about it. πŸ’»

    I hope you have been having a better week this week. 🌞