Sunday, 27 December 2020

Weekly Update #133

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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!

Christmas came and Christmas went and, all in all, it was a very nice week.

It wasn't a typical Christmas - obviously - but it was lovely just the same. We had my mum on video call for most of the gift opening and we had her on video for after-dinner games so it felt like she was a part of the day even though she couldn't be here in person (for the first time in over 15 years!)
My father-in-law was over for dinner and it was nice seeing him as we hadn't seen him in about 6 weeks. He's technically bubbled with us but he's been having lots of hospital visits and we've been keeping our distance as we've still been at work/school and didn't want to risk giving him anything if we caught covid/a bug. 

I got some lovely presents and was generally spoiled... In fact, we all were. Especially the little dude. I think people went a bit nuts this year on the gift front to compensate for not being able to see each other and do all the usual things we'd be doing (which was unnecessary but sweet just the same). 
We've been very fortunate that our jobs haven't been affected by any of the covid-chaos but I know many others haven't been so lucky therefore I'm doubly grateful for the Christmas we had. 

The week surrounding Christmas was taken up by getting ready for Christmas! Prepping food, tidying the house, and generally playing lots of computer and board games together. It's been wonderful not being at work and being able to shut off from it all for a while.

I hope you all had a wonderful week - however you spent it - and Happy New Year for when the time comes!

I'm cruising towards tight controls on my book buying next year (totally necessary to actually READ the books I have!) but until then I'm clicking when I see the deals!

ebook sales & freebies

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven
Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
Ruthless King by Maya Hughes
House of Earth and Blood Sarah J Mass
All I Want For Christmas by Joanna Bolouri
The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
Bad Prince by Lilian Monroe

(House of Earth and Blood I already had on hardback but the thing is so huge my wrists ache trying to read it so I had to nab the kindle sale otherwise it's never getting read!)


The professor decided to break out from my traditional amazon "book card" for Christmas and also buy a couple of random novels he thought I may like... He's not wrong that The Raven Boys is one I'll probably enjoy but I'm really not sure about Wonderland... I'll give it a try though!


When the Lights Come On by Katia Rose

I didn't have time, wasn't in the mood, and generally couldn't choose what to read even when I did have time and was in the mood.
Hopefully, this week, that'll change. 

We saw Wonder Woman 1984 last Monday and it was... Okay? Perfectly enjoyable film, a nice way to spend a couple of hours but... I dunno. It felt completely unnecessary. Nothing was gained by it and nothing lost in terms of origin story, character development or wider story arc for the DC-verse (if that is even a thing... At this point, who knows?).

We also watched some more festive movies such as Home Alone, A Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas etc.

Bookish Thoughts: 12 Dates of Christmas & Christmas Every Day
Movies: A Netflix Christmas (Take Two!)
Bookish Thoughts: The Christmas Pact, The Little Christmas Shop On Nutcracker Lane & Duffy The Christmassy Dragon

Favourite Reads of 2020
2020 Reading Wrap Up

Have a great week all!


  1. Sounds like you have a lovely holiday and made the best of it with the restrictions. You know I giggled when I read about you getting tight controls on book buying. It's a phrase I utter all the time myself. I hope we both read more of the books we own in 2021

    1. I wish us both all the luck with that! :)

  2. What a lovely holiday week! I'm glad you have been fortunate in this crazy time. Those are awesome choices for sale books! Happy New Year!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  3. "We've been very fortunate that our jobs haven't been affected by any of the covid-chaos but I know many others haven't been so lucky therefore I'm doubly grateful for the Christmas we had."
    I'm glad that there's at least someone who can say so! I think the number of people who lost their job/had to shut up shop/were on wages guarantee funds during this godforsaken year surpassed by much the number of people who got the chance to go on with their life.

    "I'm cruising towards tight controls on my book buying next year (totally necessary to actually READ the books I have!) but until then I'm clicking when I see the deals!"
    That sounds awfully similar to my "I'll start studying for that 2022 examination in January" πŸ˜‚ πŸ˜‰ Good luck with your resolution! And happy new year! πŸŽ†

    1. Thank you, I need all the luck with it! πŸ˜‚
      Happy New Year to you too!

  4. Glad to hear you had a nice celebration even with the restrictions. I'm also thankful for still having a job because I know so many haven't been as fortunate. Have a wonderful week and New Year, Nicci! :)

  5. Glad you were able to have your mom on video- it's so weird this year, isn't it? And yeah about the presents- we got more stuff this year too, I think you're right!

    I know a friend who saw the new Wonder Woman and they said much the same. Not bad but not... great?

    Have a happy New Year!!!

  6. I haven't really been reading well this year, even though I finished a lot of books. I can't settle into most books. I hope things get better in 2021.

    Glad you had a good Christmas!

    I am pretty careful about buying books. When I see a sale, though....

    1. Sales are my kryptonite. I can be strong then I see it for under £1.99 and I can't stop clicking!

  7. I'm glad you had a good Christmas and was able to video call with you mom! I have The Raven Boys but I haven't had a chance to read it yet. I do love Maggie Stiefvater's books though so I'm sure it good! Have a great week!

    1. Thank you! I'm sure I'll enjoy it when I get to reading it. :)

  8. So glad your Christmas was a good one... even if it wasn't the norm. That seems to be the general consensus from most my friends - different but good. Nice that your father-in-law was able to be there in person. I'm sure he appreciated that. And hooray for the time away from work!

    1. I'm loving the time away from work! I don't want to go back into the stress of it come January! :(

  9. Our Christmas was definitely very different as well, but I am so glad to hear that yours was a good one, all things considered. Ours was really good too, even though it was so different. Eleanor and I were able to come home to my mom's house for Christmas break. We didn't have our big get-together like we normally do with my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. We did visit my grandparents wearing masks and social distancing. I was really unsure of doing that, but I am glad we did because I think it helped raised their spirits AND Eleanor's.

    1. Mental health matters as much as the physical. :)

  10. Sounds like you had a nice Christmas. I think everyone's has been a little different this year. Hopefully, next year we will be back to our usual celebrations. I thought WW84 was cute, but not a great movie. "Ok" describes it well :) Have a great week and Happy New Year!

  11. My resolution is also to buy less and read more of what I already have or borrow from the library. I thought WW84 was meh, nothing compared to the first one. Maybe this was targeted to a younger audience? Enjoy the rest of your week!

    1. The first one was definitely better, I agree.

  12. I’m glad you found a way to involve your mum in your Christmas Day celebrations.
    Enjoy those book bargains :)

    Wishing you a great reading week, and a joyous new year

  13. Glad you had a wonderful Christmas! I remember the days when my kids were little and there were mounds and mounds of presents under the tree. It's easy to go overboard with little ones. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog even though I somehow mixed all of my dates up!

    It sounds like a nice Christmas. Ours was pretty nice, no complaints.

  15. I'm glad your Christmas went well, considering the circumtances. Good luck for your book buying ban - I'm more or less trying to subscribe to the same purpose... except for sales ! Have a great week and happy new year :)

  16. I'm glad you had a nice Christmas!

    My husband will usually choose at least one book that he thinks I might like. When we first got married, he chose some duds but he's gotten better as time has passed. He's probably even chosen some of my favorites for each year!

    Enjoy your week!

  17. It's hard to stay away from sales and things though! I've already ordered a few books I just have to have (as you do) so they'll come in the next week! Happy New Year!