Weekly Update 4th-10th May 2020

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General and Reading Update

Hi guys,

This is just going to be a very quick post this week because I am beyond shattered both physically and emotionally.

The first part of the week was fairly okay but my dog’s gastrointestinal issues really began to flare up on Wednesday. But I know what to do, how to treat her because this is a long-term problem she has so I was not too concerned and she did begin to improve. But on Friday morning something in my gut told me that I needed to sew a few homemade face masks in case I needed to leave the house someday soon. Fast forward to 3am Saturday morning and my dog got really sick and her demeanor totally changed. She was unresponsive to normal cues that get her attention… so I had to phone the vet for an appointment.

I explained to them what was wrong with my dog and expressed my own fears about leaving the house because I am immuno-compromised and they were really understanding. They told me all the precautions they were taking and I felt reassured. So I left my home, complete with face mask, gloves etc., for the first time in 8 weeks and made my way to the vet practice. I handed over my dog to the vet in the car park and she examined the dog inside while I remained in my car with the vet talking to me over the phone.

Luckily my dog did not have to stay at the vet and just received an injection and some other medication but the last 24 hours monitoring her has been very stressful. Even this morning she was still very unresponsive but by about midday she began to perk up a little bit much to my relief.

She is definitely on the road to recovery but the next day or so I am sure will be a little bit fraught with stress and worry. I haven’t even picked up a book since Thursday night and honestly can’t remember much about the two books that I did read in the early part of the week. So I must apologise for neither blog hopping nor replying to comments over the last 48 hours or so. Things will hopefully be back to normal service in a day or two and I will then be able to catch up with all of you.

Much love everyone,

xo Emer

Book Reviews

The following are the book reviews I posted to my blog this week:

Other Bookish Posts

And Finally

If anyone wants to make their own homemade face mask then I recommend this YouTube video. It is extremely easy to follow and though the masks are a little finnicky to make they really do fit well and I felt a lot more confident going out wearing one rather than not when I went to the vets.

April 2020 Reading Wrap Up

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So April happened…

WHAT A MONTH!!!

An entire month in which I did not step foot outside my front door and saw no one other than the supermarket delivery man… YAY SELF ISOLATING ALONE!!!!

So you’d think I would read as many books as I read in March because I had nothing better to do…

Apparently not!

In March I read twenty books, in April that was down to twelve. I feel like I read A LOT of average style books this month which kinda sucks.

But then…..

I READ MEXICAN GOTHIC AND IT IS THE MOST AMAZING BOOK AND I LOVE IT WITH EVERY FIBRE OF MY COLD DEAD SOUL!!!!!

Just imagine the most perfect blend of creepy with compelling yet delicate writing, fantastic characters and a story that will keep you hooked (and hoodwinked) until the very end. I have read fifty-seven books so far in 2020.

MEXICAN GOTHIC IS WITHOUT A DOUBT MY FAVOURITE OF ALL OF THEM

Now is the time when I would be linking my review of it but….

….errr….

…#awkward….

I’m on the Quercus/Jo Fletcher blog tour for it in June so my review has to wait. Sorry guys!

I was super excited when they emailed me and asked me to be a part of the blog tour. I don’t really do blog tours all that much… I’ve done one so far and that was a case of filling in for someone who pulled out at the last minute so this really feels like my first official blog tour… is it weird to get excited over publisher-organised blog tours????

So yes, Mexican Gothic is AMAZING and y’all need to add it to your Goodreads shelves and get reading it once it comes out later this summer.

As for other books I read this month…

My second favourite book I read this month was It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood

OMG THIS BOOK JUST MADE ME FEEL ALL THE FEELS AND I CANNOT COHERENTLY EVEN BEGIN TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH I LOVED IT AND YOU ALL SHOULD JUST READ IT NOW!!!!!!

I did really enjoy my eARC of Sara Barnard’s Destination Anywhere, I awarded it four and a half stars at the time of reading …

But then you guys…. there was twitter drama and she got involved in a discussion she should not have and was defending an author who was not respectful of diversity (and then joked about it!!!) and I feel all muddled up inside. You see I love Sara Barnard’s books, and I mean LOVE, but it doesn’t feel great supporting an author who defends blatantly racist attitudes …. so I’m feeling very downbeat about that. I just can’t see myself reading her books in the future because it feels like I would be supporting her harmful viewpoints. It’s just sad when you realise that an author you loved isn’t as tolerant of others as she should be.

Award for my most hated book of the month goes to Love at First Like by Hannah Orenstein… WHAT A HOT MESS!! This book promised me fake dating (which I love) but instead gave me deceitful dating because both people involved in the relationship were not on equal footing as only one of them knew it was fake dating!!!! Ugh just no…

The following is a list of all the books I read during April in chronological order of when I read them (if you click the book title you will be taken to my full review discussing that book):

According to Goodreads my current average rating is a pretty positive 3.4 and I have read 20,093 pages across fifty-seven books… but I know some page counts are missing because they are eARCs with unknown page numbers.

That’s it for another monthly wrap up! How many books did you get through in April? Let’s chat in the comments below!

Weekly Update April 27th – May 3rd 2020

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General Update

This week in gifs:

Monday had me like >>>

But then by Wednesday it all got to be a bit too much…

Friday just would not end!!!

And by Saturday… well…

But I made it to Sunday!!!

Barely….

Life of a spoonie you guys, it is so difficult to constantly be dealing with my chronic illness and the physical and emotional pain it brings. Plus the loneliness of self isolation just adds to the general rubbishness of the whole experience. This week is one to be forgotten….

BUT THEN THIS HAPPENED LATE LAST NIGHT!!!!!

I’m overwhelmed.

When I started my blog last summer I never thought that anyone would want to follow me not to mind 1000 people!!

Just thank you all so much.

This blog means the world to me. It has kept me going these past few months; your comments, your likes, your support… When I’ve had sad days or days when my chronic pain just feels like it’s too much, I have been able to turn to my blog and to blogging in general and have found nothing but your open arms welcoming me into this blogging world with genuine friendship and kindest support. It truly means everything to me. It has made me feel a lot less lonely. I am simply lost for words and cannot express my gratitude enough.

Reading Update

I finished one book this week.

It was not good.

It did not help lift my spirits like it was supposed to.

Ergo there will be a rant calmly thought out review coming…. (yeah who am I kidding it’ll be a rant….)

Book Reviews

The following are the book reviews I posted to my blog this week:

Other Bookish Posts

And Finally

Tune of the week is an old one from Mree. It gives me all those warm feels which is what I have been much in need of this week.