Books Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up July 3rd

Hey everyone,

After no wrap up post last week, I’m making up for it this week with ELEVEN blog posts for you to catch up on this week! 😂

Firstly, I was on two blog tours Monday and Wednesday for The Caller and Valentina respectively!

Blog tours:

The Caller by Mel Comley and Tara Lyons *Blog Tour*

Valentina BY S. E. Lynes *Blog Tour*


I was kindly nominated by fellow bloggers Joanne and Kerry for the Liebster Awards, which were fun posts as you have to answer questions, give random facts about yourself (😱) and list some questions for others to answer. I love stuff like this because you get to learn more about people! 😊

Liebster Awards posts:

The Liebster Award #1

The Liebster Award #2


I’m pretty much all caught up with reviews too, bar The Road by Cormac McCarthy which I finished today! Some of these reviews were for books I read in recent weeks and only just got to write up. And then there’s Blackout 😊❤️ I bought, read and reviewed it in the space of 24 hours because I was so eager! I’m a Ragnar Jónasson superfan so it had to be done! 😂 You can catch all my recent reviews by clicking the links below!

Books reviewed this week:

As White As Snow by Salla Simukka

As Black As Ebony by Salla Simukka 

Tag, You’re Dead by J. C. Lane

Dodgers by Bill Beverly 

The Silent Dead by Tetsuya Honda

Blackout by Ragnar Jónasson 


Lastly, I was very restrained with my book purchasing and ARC’s in June, so I had a relatively small book haul in comparison to recent months. I only got 40 books, which is a smudge under half of what I got in May! 😂🙈

Monthly book haul post:

June Book Haul 


That’s been my week, how was yours?  Tell me all the books you’ve read or added to your TBR! 😊📚

Books Liebster Award

The Liebster Award #2

The Rules are:

Post the award on your blog.

Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.

Answer the questions assigned to you.

Give 10 random facts about yourself.

Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the award.

Ask 10 questions to your nominee.

Thanks to the lovely Joanne @ mychestnutreadingtree for my nomination 😊
1. Dogs or cats?

I would be inclined to say dogs. But I have had both as pets at one time or another many years ago!

2. Kindle or real book?

Both! I love reading books, but I read faster on a kindle and sometimes that suits me better. The convenience of a kindle is not lost on me! But I have hundreds of books on shelves too 😊

3. Favourite drink?

Coffee I think! I’m not a big alcohol drinker, but at a push I enjoy a vodka soda and lime occasionally!

4. What’s your favourite thing to cook?

I’m not the biggest fan of cooking to be honest. My husband is a great cook though, and his lasagne is to die for!

5. What makes you cry?

I don’t cry that much. I well up sometimes but tears rarely fall unless there’s something wrong!

6. What made you want to blog?

I didn’t want to keep boring my family and friends with my raving about books! 😂 And blogging is a community, so you’re never alone if you want to talk about books!

7. Favourite cheese?

We’re very much a cheddar and mozzarella house, but occasionally a nice Manchego makes an appearance! I’m a sucker for Laughing Cow on toast too!

8. Sandals or boots?

Boots! I hate feet, and I don’t do heat well! At a push it would be flats, but you won’t get me in sandals, ever!!!

9. Last time you laughed?

I laugh daily as my kids (6 years old and 18 months old) are comical these days! It’s like living with The Odd Couple!

10. Sunshine or snow?

Snow, always snow. I love the cold, the stillness, the beauty that snow creates. I’m basically Wednesday Addams 😂

10 (more) random facts about me:

  1. I’m adopted
  2. I love a can of Coke with a bag of Tayto cheese and onion crisps
  3. I binge watch tv series (currently on Sex & The City for the umpteenth time)
  4. I love to look at the stars at night
  5. My favourite number is 13 (born on and married on the 13th)
  6. I am a bear if I don’t sleep well
  7. Black is my favourite colour
  8. I am a huge mascara junkie, I have over 50
  9. I used to play electric guitar and bass in my teens
  10. I have a degree in Heritage Studies


The other 5 nominations carried over from the first Liebster Post:

  1. Emma @ damppebbles
  2. Aoife @ prettypurplepolkadots
  3. Chelsea @ The Suspense Is Thrilling Me
  4. Donna @ chocolatenwaffles
  5. Annie @ themisstery



My 10 bookish questions for you all:

  1. Short or long chapters?
  2. Favourite reading spot?
  3. Best bookish moment?
  4. Most books by one author?
  5. Bookshop or online?
  6. Bookmarks or page fold?
  7. Library or buy the book?
  8. Let people borrow or guard with your life?
  9. Favourite book of all time?
  10. Best book to movie adaptation? 

Books Liebster Award

The Liebster Award #1

The Rules are:

Post the award on your blog.

Acknowledge the blogger who nominated you.

Answer the questions assigned to you.

Give 10 random facts about yourself.

Nominate 10 deserving bloggers for the award.

Ask 10 questions to your nominee.


First things first, thanks to Kerry at Chat About Books for my nomination 😊

1 – Chips or Jacket potato?

It has to be chips for me! Possibly with some garlic mayo!

2 – Seaside or countryside?

Seaside without a doubt. Nothing sounds better to me than the sound of waves and water.

3 – Do you have a holiday booked? If so, where are you off to?

Sadly not. I’d love to go but it doesn’t seem to want to happen this year, maybe next year!

4 – Do you have pets?

No pets. It’s been a long time since I had any. The last I had were two fish called Google and Zap when our son was a baby! They have gone to the ocean in the sky though!

5 – What’s your favourite sport to play?

Is competitive reading a sport? Because if it is then I’m great at that! 😂  If not, then no sport because it’s just not my thing!

6 – What’s your favourite sport to watch?

I don’t mind watching football. It wasn’t always this way though. Our honeymoon coincided with the 2014 World Cup so we followed the whole thing and I developed quite an interest in it by the end!

7 – Do you have a favourite author?

I have many, and I don’t know how I could possibly just pick one! It wouldn’t be fair to try and narrow it down!

8 – If you could meet any author, who would it be and what would be the first question you would ask them? 

Ooh, that’s a tough question. I would quite like to meet JK Rowling. I’m pretty sure I’d lose the power of speech though as I’d be so starstruck. In all likelihood my first question would probably be did I just faint?! 😂

9 – Your favourite restaurant?

It’s called Milano here, but Pizza Express. I could eat their food for the rest of my life and live happily ever after in a food bubble.

10 – Ice-cream or cake?

I would have to say cake. I’m not the biggest fan of ice cream, and I’d never readily choose it of a menu.


10 Random facts about me:

  1. I have 7 tattoos
  2. I have to have a cup of coffee first thing in the morning
  3. I collect pens, of any description
  4. I love the sound of rain
  5. I hate feet
  6. My daughter is named partly in tribute to Belle from Beauty & The Beast due to my love of reading
  7. I love The Chase tv quiz show
  8. I’m an only child
  9. I love going for drives
  10. I smell books before I read them



My 10 blogger nominations (are going to be split between this post and the second Liebster post because 20 is an awful lot! 🙈

My 10 questions are:

  • Why do you blog?
  • What’s your favourite movie?
  • Most famous person you’ve met?
  • Favourite holiday you’ve taken?
  • Best dish you can cook?
  • What’s your favourite number? 
  • What song guarantees you start dancing?
  • Books or people? 😂
  • Desert island book?
  • Silence or darkness?