Sunday, 7 February 2021

Weekly Update #136

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

Well, it's been 3 weeks since I last posted a Sunday Post and I honestly don't have much to say or update on. Things are the same: working from home, home schooling, everything closed. We go to bed late, we get up late, we go for a walk (only allowed one a day!) and we do something together in the evenings like watch a movie, tv show, play computer games or boardgames. I'm sick of everything, my family is sick of everything.... Even the cats are fed up with us disrupting their routine with our lack of one for even though our daily activities are consistent our timekeeping is all over the place! Not to mention having to actively check what day of the week I am on several times a day because they all blur together now.

Ah well, at least we're safe! I keep reminding myself that we have a lot to be thankful for and this will end before too long... I hope life is more interesting for you all!

I've added a lot of books which looks really bad when stacked up against my book-buying restrictions for this year but I don't care. I'm in budget, they were free or on sale, and I just need to ensure I read more books than I acquire before the end of the year... Plus, it's three weeks worth and they were too good to ignore!
(Well, except Grey. I should have 100% ignored that one and I already know that before I've even read it...)

The Wedding Game by Meghan Quinn (Free - Prime Early Read)
A Stitch In Time by Kelley Armstrong (Sale - 99p)
Arctic Bite by NJ Walters (Sale - £1.24)
Blood and Honey by Shelby Mahurin (Sale - £1.99)
Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (Sale - 99p)
The Roommate by Rosie Danan (Sale - 99p)
The Queen's Assassin by Melissa de la Cruz (Sale - £2.49)
Must Love Dogs and Hockey by Kelly Jamieson (Sale - £1.49)
Romancing Mr Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (Sale - 99p)
Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (Free)
Play to Win by Kelly Jamieson (Sale - 99p)
Stroke of Midnight by K. Webster (Sale - 99p)
Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (Sale - £1.89)
We Hunt The Flame by Hafsah Faizal (Sale - 99p)
Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor by Max Pemberton (Sale - 99p)
Grey by EL James (Sale - 99p)
The Jackal by JR Ward (Sale - 99p)

I've only read three books since my last update... Playing Stardew Valley has taken over my reading time (and most of my everything else time too) and I'm okay with that. It's soothing to the soul.

Lancelot by Giles Kristian
(OMG, this book killed me! Major book hangover! I'm not over it. I'll never be over it.)
To Kill A King by CS Wilde
To Kill The Dead by CS Wilde
(The CS Wilde books were enjoyable... I look forward to the final book later this year.)

We have a weekly date with Disney+ and WandaVision on a Friday and we're really enjoying it.
Modern Family continues to keep up thoroughly entertained and we've now hit season 8. 
We've started a Marvel re-watch with Iron Man and I'm looking forward to To All The Boys: Always and Forever releasing on Netflix this week. 

3 posts in 3 weeks... Wow. I've been so productive, lol. 

Top Ten Tuesday: New To Me Authors 2020
Blitz: Bjorn Cursed by NJ Walters

No idea! Obviously, I'm demotivated and distracted. 😐

Have a great week all!


  1. Keeping a routine has been really important for me during this time. Some days I have to force myself to stick to a schedule, but I know it's what I need. Hang in there! At least you got a bunch of great books. I read 5 in your haul, all good, and I just got the new Quinn too. Looking forward to it. Hope you find lots of hits in there.

  2. Sorry to hear these last few weeks have been so tough on you and your family. And poor cats with how their routines get disrupted too. Hopefully things will get better soon. You got a great haul this week! I recently read A Stitch in Time and really enjoyed that one, I hope you'll enjoy it too! How fun to hear you've been playing Stardew Valley, I like that game, it's so fun and relaxing. I hope next week is a better one!

  3. Only one walk a day sounds tough! I hope the strict lockdown helps keep people safe where you are. No lockdown here, but we're fortunate to have a governor still requiring masks in public places. In some states it's anything goes!

    Hang in there, and enjoy your new books!

  4. I am sorry lockdown is so tough! But you're right-we have to look at the big picture and keep pushing through it! And that is a pretty amazing book haul! So many great deal.

  5. Our viewing keeps me on track for the days of the week...sort of. Weekends tend to blur! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Routine is so important, we are not locked down but not working has messed me all up. I have no idea what day it is and the weekends go by so fast.
    I sometimes miss weeks of the sunday post especially if I have nothing to really report. I might take a week off next week since I just need a break.

    I hope this with is good for you, Nicci! Happy Reading!

  7. I've been pretty bored with everything too. We do get out every so often, but you still have to be so careful, sometimes it's not even worth it. At least we have books and TV :)

    I hope you have a good reading week!

  8. A friend and I were talking yesterday about how much we want to get out and do something--go somewhere different. Our days are fairly busy, but we're going stir crazy almost always being home. Hang in there, Nicci. There's an end to this somewhere, although I am not sure when.

    I hope you enjoy your new books! I really want to read a few of your new ones and am looking forward to your thoughts on them.

    I hope your February is better and you have a great week. Take care!

  9. I think the Wedding Game looks like a cute read. I decided on the fantasy for my prime pick but I marked the Wedding Game so I wouldn’t forget to add it to my KindleUnlimited borrows when it comes out. And I share your sentiments about the sameness and the just being tired of it all - tired of the restrictions, tired of the press, etc... freaking out whenever a holiday or tradition comes up where typically people gather πŸ™Œ. Hopefully soon the light at the end of the tunnel will brighten, Have a good week!

  10. Yes we are all screwed up and only know the day of the week because of Sunday posts, Thursday doc appts, and my daughter's class assignment due dates. Yay for book deals. Enjoy your reads!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  11. "only allowed one a day!)" Wow see here everyone just does whatever they want. :) I shouldn't joke but it's kind of anything goes here. Oh well. It does get old though, I hear you. and same! I think our cats are like "why are you here so much" lol???

  12. We're not on lockdown but I think we should be. My daughter is still doing homeschool but they might have the kids back in in person school by March which is crazy. I think they should wait until most of the kids get the vaccine. Things are open here though. Casinos, restaurants, playgrounds, parks, recreation places. Everything is open and new cases are still increasing.I'm staying home.

  13. Love all the contemporaries. I've read at least five of them and it always makes me proud when I can see someone's book collage and give them a virtual nod, 'I agree, great book.'

  14. Given current circumstances, a book splurge is totally appropriate. I really hope restrictions are loosened for you soon.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  15. Yes, life at the moment can definitely make you feel bad. I also try to look at the positive stuff.. and mostly I succeed. But boy do I miss being able to just go outside and do stuff.
    Your new books look great. I'm glad you got them. We all need some more books in our lives at the moment. ;)
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  16. Winter can be a drag in a good year, it's much rougher this year. You have so many good books you'll be enjoying. I'm looking forward to the last movie in the To All The Boys trilogy too!

  17. So glad to hear you are safe even though I know this is such a hard thing to be going through. When will the lockdown be lifted? People are getting really lax in the US and especially in my state (because we have an idiot governor who never called for a lockdown, and wanted to sue the mayor of our capital for issuing a mask mandate) because our numbers are dropping, but we have yet to get the wave of the UK variant and the South Africa variant, so when that happens I hope people finally wake up to how long this will last if they don't do what they're supposed to do - though I am honestly not sure that will happen.

    Enjoy your new treasures, happy reading!

  18. Why only one walk a day?

    You got some great books, I love that cover for Romancing Mr. Bridgerton.