This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.
It’s been madly busy and great fun… Yes – I know I used that line last week, but it also nicely sums up this last week. Himself was working until 10 pm on Christmas Eve, so it was something of a blur to get presents wrapped and all the cooking done. My son arrived on Christmas Eve, just in time to start tucking into the homemade vegan mince pies and we had a lovely natter together. Christmas morning was spent cooking – Himself was in charge, despite struggling with a terrible cold. My sister and nephew joined us for lunch and stayed for the evening. We had a lovely time – Rob and Michael hadn’t seen each other for far too long, so were able to have a good catch up. After lunch was eaten and cleared away, we opened presents and played a couple of cracking games – Ticket to Ride and Scotland Yard.
On Boxing Day, we were due to drive over to my daughter’s for the afternoon to play yet more games, when she phoned me to say the conditions on the A27 were horrendous and she didn’t want me driving over. So they bundled into their all-weather terrain jalopy and came to us, instead. She then made a meal for eight in my kitchen before we played the Present Game and I subjected the family to my Christmas Quiz. So much laughter – the walls rang with it…
We have been taking it easy since, while Himself is trying to recover from his cold. He is off work until New Year’s Day, which is a real treat. Rob went back to Cambridge yesterday evening, so the house is a lot quieter… I can’t quite believe it’s all over.
Last week I read:
The Zig Zag Girl – Book 1 of the Stephens and Mephisto mystery series by Elly Griffiths
When the body of a girl is found, cut into three, Detective Inspector Edgar Stephens is reminded of a magic trick, the Zig Zag Girl. The inventor of the trick, Max Mephisto, is an old friend of Edgar’s. They served together in the war as part of a shadowy unit called the Magic Men. Max is still on the circuit, touring seaside towns in the company of ventriloquists, sword-swallowers and dancing girls. Changing times mean that variety is not what it once was, yet Max is reluctant to leave this world to help Edgar investigate. But when the dead girl turns out to be known to him, Max changes his mind.
I’ve enjoyed reading some of the Ruth Galloway series by this author, so was intrigued by this series set in a city I know quite well. This entertaining, historical whodunit did not disappoint. Review to follow.
Recursion by Blake Crouch
‘My son has been erased.’
Those are the last words the woman tells Barry Sutton before she leaps from the Manhattan rooftop. Deeply unnerved, Barry begins to investigate her death only to learn that this wasn’t an isolated case. All across the country, people are waking up to lives different from the ones they fell asleep to. Are they suffering from False Memory Syndrome, a mysterious, new disease that afflicts people with vivid memories of a life they never lived? Or is something far more sinister behind the fracturing of reality all around him?
I was lucky enough to win this lovely hardcover edition from Tammy of Books, Bones and Buffy in one of her international giveaways. I tucked into it as a Christmas treat and despite not having all that much time, once I opened it, I couldn’t put it down. It truly is an addictive page-turner… Review to follow.
My posts last week:
*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Borderline – Book 4 of the Hive Mind series by Janet Edwards
Friday Faceoff featuring Across the Universe – Book 1 of the Across the Universe series by Beth Revis
Christmas has come early – thank you so much, Tammy!
Sunday Post 22nd December 2019
Huge apologies – with all the festivities and my son staying over, I simply haven’t been online enough to interact, comment or be able to recommend any articles. Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week.
It sounds like you had a lovely holiday. I hope your hubby’s cold doesn’t linger too much longer though. Those are never fun. And yay for Recursion! I look forward to reading your review for that one. it’s one of my favorite reads of the year.
Thank you, Suzanne. Oh yes – Recursion gripped me and wouldn’t let go until the very last page…
Your holiday sounds absolutely wonderful…laughter is the best present of all. Happy New Year!
Yes – it was the best Christmas I’ve had in quite a while… And a Happy New Year to you, too, Kimberly:)
I love seeing your holiday photos! Sounds like you enjoyed Recursion, looking forward to your review😁
Oh, I really did enjoy Recursion:))
Good to see that you like this Elly Griffiths series. I need to try this one, too, as I love her Ruth Galloway books!
She’s really good at writing layered, complex characters, isn’t she?
Yes, she is!
The phrase about walls ringing with laughter is indeed a delightful one, and it goes well with the overall mood for these holidays… Many more of these!!! 😊
Oh, yes please!
We both had wonderful holidays! How blessed we are. Here’s hoping 2020 brings you and yours only GOOD things and that you start a new decade with new goals and happy thoughts, both personally and professionally.
Thank you for your kind good wishes, Rae:)). I very much hope the same for you, too!
Your Christmas sounds wonderful! Glad you were able to get together despite the weather.
I like the look of The Zig Zag Girl, as I’ve enjoyed Elly Griffiths (in the Ruth Galloway series).
And yikes, isn’t the Block Editor system horrific? Even when the support team send links or try to show how it works, I can’t seem to figure it out.
Luckily, I only resort to it occasionally.
Why do the techie people always fail to actually communicate how to wade through their processes? Oh, yeah, they are “technical,” but can’t actually interact with people. LOL.
Have a great New Year!
Thank you, Laurel! Yes – I hate Block Editor and am clinging to the classic editor for as long as I can… And you are right – so many tech-clever folks are poor communicators! A very Happy New Year to you:))
It sounds like you had a fun Christmas! Mine was pretty quiet. I mostly spent it playing with the baby. Have a great week!
Family time and games, lots of laughter- sounds lovely. Glad you had a nice Christmas! And wow New Year’s is now rushing upon us! Hope you have a great one.
Recursion was so good!!
Sounds like a great Christmas for you! Happy New Year and have a great week!
What a wonderful holiday you had! And I agree with you—it seemed to fly by.
Recursion—lucky you. I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it.
Here’s to a wonderful new year!
I’m so happy to hear you had such a lovely family holiday! We usually play games but alas, my dining room table is still covered with artwork which I hope to get hung in the next 2 days. It’s the last room which has had no attention since the move. I can’t believe the year is nearly ended.
Happy New Year and I wish you health, peace and joy!
Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post
Thank you, Anne:). You have done a fabulous job with getting everything unpacked in good order – perhaps once you have everything sorted, you have have a special celebration Games Night, instead!
It is always so nice to read about your family coming together and enjoying some quality time. Have a wonderful New Year´s Eve and a wonderful start into 2020.
Thank you so much, Vi. It was a real treat – because my son spends a lot of time in the US, we don’t often get together like that. I hope that 2020 is a fabulous year for you, too. And yes – it was a quiet New Year’s Eve, but really enjoyable:))
I also recently read RECURSION as an audiobook and LOVED it. Great scifi thriller! Happy New Year!
Looks like a lovely holiday for you all, Sarah. Here’s to a happy New Year!
I had a lovely Christmas, very quiet on the blog and reading front but great times with the family and it looks like you had a fabulous time too.
So glad that you, too, had a lovely Christmas. Special times with family make memories that help us through those tougher moment, I think:)
Ah, a lovely Christmas, indeed! When it can be just a nicegathering, a time for fun and laughter, then it’s a good holiday. So happy the weather didn’t keep your family apart! xxxxxx
Thank you, Jean. It was one of the best Christmases we’ve had in years… Let’s hope that 2020 is equally awesome:))