Sunday, 5 July 2020

Weekly Update #119

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 had (mostly) a blissfully quiet week!
The little dude spent the week at his granddads (we've buddied up under the new lockdown rules) and he was so freaking happy to be able to spend that time with his granddad... He's already informed us he's going back for another week next week (the last week of "school" before summer) so I guess I have only to survive this final week of homeschooling before the schools return in September! 
(You know, assuming they will and a second spike won't shut us down again...)

Beyond that, our patio was finished last Sunday. 
My mum has a trapped nerve in her neck/shoulder (and is currently off work because of it) and the physio she was assigned to help resolve it is being a pain in the ass rather than remotely helpful. Even my mum's GP is mystified as to the proposed approach. Sigh.

I'm still in a bit of a reading slump. It's not that I don't want to read, I do, it's just that I can't find anything to hold my attention or make me want to pick it up. When I do find one (aka the Lost Talisman's ARC), I inhale it in one bite and then am left searching for the next thing that maybe appeal. It's getting on my nerves. I blame the chaos of life at the moment. That and the professor stomping around like a joy thief... Even though he has his reasons, and I sympathise with those reasons and try to be as supportive as I can, it still grinds on my gears. I'm tempted to book him a flight (even if it gets cancelled) just so he feels less adrift and has a date in the diary he can get to his mum. It would be easier if we had an exact date for her next surgery though... Knowing my luck, I'd book the week just before it or something! ๐Ÿ˜–

Two Newsletter freebies: 
Tell Me To Stop by Charlotte Bird and Unruly by Cora Brent.
One 99p sale: 
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
(I'm finally one step closer to reading this! Let's see what the fuss is about...)
One ARC: 
Lost Talismans and a Tequila by Annette Marie

Just one but it was amazing!


Amber discusses how she'd change ARC distribution.
Sam discusses forgivable infidelity.

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga
OMG... This movie is absolute rubbish! Truly, extraordinary rubbish... But I really enjoyed it. And the songs are still in my head a week later.
 It made me laugh - sometimes for all the wrong reasons and sometimes for all the right ones - and smile and left me feeling happy. I'm not sure how well it will translate in countries that don't have Eurovision baked into their psyche but I definitely recommend watching it anyway for the giggles.
Dan Stevens' character is a particular gem. I loved him!

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
Discussion of this one appear in my twitter feed lately and it sparked a need to rewatch.
I still like it and I really like Jamie Campbell Bower's take on Jace... and Lily Collins as Clary.

The Book Blogger Hop - 2020 Collection #2 
June - Month in Review

Review: Lost Talismans and A Tequila by Annette Marie (Guild Codex: Spellbound #7)
Mini Reviews: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
Book Blitz: Lead Me Back by CD Reiss
TTT: Authors I've Read The Most Books By 

Have a great week all!


  1. Is granddad doing the home schooling? If so, that's awesome! And how fantastic that your son is enjoying their time together so much. Warms my heart!

    1. Yep! We printed off all the materials and sent them with him alongside a laptop and they had a great time... I must admit, I wish that the little dude was as cooperative with me when it comes to getting it done! He was in the beginning now it's a battle. I guess the novelty of it doing it with granddad hasn't worn off but he's thoroughly fed up of me! lol

  2. Glad the little guy enjoyed the visit - and how awesome that his grandfather is going to do the home schooling! Nice. Hooray for the finished patio! I have such a love/hate thing with The Mortal Instruments movie. I thought some of the changes were awful and made no sense, and a few things were cringey... but I still can't help myself from watching it. LOL

  3. I am waiting for the audio but even more excited to hear it was amazing. Your poor mum. Sounds like the little dude is happy. Have a great week!

  4. I just haven't had time to read until bedtime and with the puppies I'm EXHAUSTED and fall right to sleep lol

    I have a longer drive tomorrow to the vets so I'm hoping to make a dent in my audiobook.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

  5. That's awesome that the little guy can hang out with his granddad like that and learn too. Fun! Congrats on the patio too!

    Good luck to your mom with the nerve. Sorry to hear the physio is not being as helpful as they could... hope that gets better.

    I'm in a reading slump too, haven't touched a book in like a week lol. Maybe this week will be better? Who knows haha? Hope your week is a good one!

  6. It's all kind of crazy so you are not alone. I am trying to keep on top of things. But I am a moody reader. I have trouble starting books but once I'm reading I'm fine. It's great he had such a good time at his granddads. Yay for finishing projects; that's tough going right now also. Enjoy your week!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

  7. So glad your little dude has had a chance to spend time with his grandfather - I know we have really, really missed our grandchildren. I hope that has given you a chance to recharge your batteries, too. Let's hope the coming week is better weatherwise! Take care, Nicci.

  8. I’m glad you got some quiet time. I hope your mom feels better soon and you get out of your slump. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. I've varied wildly from reading nothing to doing nonstop reading (one day last week I read three novels!) I don't like either of those extremes and I blame this odd reading behavior on our world.

    My sister and I decided last night to plan out a road trip for November. It's unlikely we will actually be able to go through with it, but at least we can plan for it. It will give us something to look forward to.

  10. That's great that your son got to hang out with his Granddad and that you got a little peace and relaxation as well. I hope your reading slump ends soon. Those are just the worst.

  11. I'm so glad your son was able to visit with his grandfather. I can just imagine how excited they were to have that time together. I hope your mom is healing well and isn't in too much pain. Have you been able to enjoy your new patio?

    I hope you are able to settle into a book soon. I've been there too. I haven't been reading as much as I would like.

    I hope you have a great week! Stay safe and well.

  12. I hear homeschooling is tough so nice that granddad is helping! Hope your mom gets her health issue sorted. That can be trying.

    Being in a book slump sucks. I kept switching books last week. Couldn't find one I wanted to commit to. Finally found one I'm enjoying now.

  13. I’ve avoided Fire Saga on the grounds it looked like rubbish but as much as I hate the Eurovision Song Contest I watch it every year so I can here the scores and the frequent nil points to the UK - I’ll give it a try, I do love Will Ferrell!

    That’s good you where able to buddy up, the rules are changing so quickly, I’m up in Scotland and it seems to change for day to day.

    Stay safe and have a nice week.

  14. Sorry for laughing, but "Joy thief"!!!!! I love that.

    Glad you got to enjoy a quiet week while your son got to enjoy time with grandad. Everyone needs a break from each other from time to time, no matter how deep the love.

    Maybe reading on the new patio will cure the reading slump?

    Hope your mom's neck is better soon. WTF, Physio???? Jeez...

  15. Grandparents are so important for kids. Glad your little one can go spend time with his granddad. Eurovision Song Contest was so funny and I loved the songs. It was a feel-good movie that came at the right time. I hope you get your reading mojo back.

  16. It seems like many are in reading slumps. I go back and forth. I really think it's because of all the craziness going on in the world. I hope you start reading again and have a great week!

  17. I adore TMI and I really enjoyed what I've seen of the show, but for whatever reason, I refused to watch the movie. Idk... I think I'm gonna do it one of these days.

  18. It must be so frustrating for the Prof to not be there for his mum. I do hope he can get to be there for the surgery. It sounds like going to that phsio is a right waste of your mum's time and energy. I'm not a Eurovision fan so I can't see me going near the film!