Weekly Highlights is a feature that I used to do a few years ago that I have deicded to revive and revamp! So on Sunday’s (hopefully every one but it may be every other!) I plan to do a Sunday Summary, detailing what books I have read or am reading, what posts I posted, what books I received or bought and what posts/books are upcoming next week.
It is inspired by The Story Sirens In My Mailbox, Books, Biscuit and Tea’s Showcase Sunday, Kimba Caffeinated’s Sunday Post, and the British Letterbox Love, and Kris’ Wednesday Weekly.
Posts From the Week
I’ve been a bit lacking of motivation for the blog lately so I’ve not got many posts that went live this week but hopefully this well get a bit busier as we go forward! So this week I posted three times:
The first was a review of Brexit XXL by Vincent Pluchet, you can read my review here.
The second was an interview with the lovely Angela Wiggins, which you can read here.
And lastly, I updated you all on my current health issues. Find out more here.
Books I Read
Brexit XXL by Vincent Pluchet
Title: Brexit XXL Author: Vincent Pluchet Publisher: UK Book Publishing Published: 19th August 2018 Pages: 212 Format: ebook Source:: Review Copy from Author Add It:Amazon UKGoodreads. Summary:Plunge into post-Brexit Britain and follow Prime Minister Tracy Meller in the biggest struggle she has ever faced, as the country is hit by a huge crisis and her opponents leave her no respite. Meet ordinary people caught up in the storm. Visit Chequers and historical places where the action takes place.
London, 2022 Tracy Meller, the UK’s Conservative Prime Minister, is facing an unprecedented crisis.
Having halted the endless negotiations to leave the European Union four years earlier, Prime Minister Meller chose the most uncompromising of all possible exits, a “Brexit XXL” with serious consequences. The economy is at a standstill, the financial markets are panicking. The opposition Labour Party launches an attack on the Prime Minister with a promise of a return to the European Union. The country’s morale is at rock bottom: everyone is afraid for their jobs and losing faith in the future. As for Scotland, its thoughts are increasingly turning back to independence. Prime Minister Meller herself is beginning to doubt the wisdom of her decision…
Will the UK survive this historic crisis? Brexit XXL is a work of fiction about the most risky Brexit scenario, based on a detailed analysis of British political culture. Both realistic and instructive, the plot of the novel has a particular resonance today, encouraging reflection on the sovereignty of nations and the future of the European project.
Books I’m Reading
Title: The Lilith Gene Author: M. Cassol Publisher: Clink Street Publishing Published: 29th November 2018 Pages: 232 Format: ebook Source:: Review Copy from Author Add It:Amazon UKGoodreads. Summary:Vesna, a Serbian PhD student in Art History living in Tuscany, is a master rock climber. The only thing she can’t get a grip on is her love life. Beset by terrifying panic attacks that strike every time she allows herself to be intimate with another woman, she strives to avoid the so-called mermaids in her life. Olga is a widened-eye nurse trainee in Sarajevo. It’s 1912 and Olga is all too keen to document her life and the world changing around her in her diaries. Olga’s passion for nursing is only rivalled by her love for her anguished boyfriend Gav. The arrival of the obscure Patient J.D. 347 at the hospital is about to change everything for Olga. Everything will change for Vesna too, when she meets the compelling art restorer Rafaella Guaritore. Rafaella holds the key to Vesna’s research into influential women painters of the Renaissance and the metaphorical Lilith Gene that all the rebellious ladies in art are believed to share. Will Rafaella hold the key to solving Vesna’s mysterious recurring dreams and find the root of all her anxiety? Or is the answer to Vesna’s problems hidden in Olga’s diaries?
Title: Missing, Presumed Author: Susie Steiner Publisher: Harper Collins Published: 25th February 2016 Listening Length: 13 hours and 15 minutes Format: audiobook Source:: Bought Add It:Amazon UKGoodreads. Summary:Mid-December, and Cambridgeshire is blanketed with snow. Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw tries to sleep after yet another soul-destroying Internet date – the low murmuring of her police radio her only solace.
Over the airwaves come reports of a missing woman – door ajar, keys and phone left behind, a spatter of blood on the kitchen floor. Manon knows the first 72 hours are critical: you find her, or you look for a body. And as soon as she sees a picture of Edith Hind, a Cambridge post-graduate from a well-connected family, she knows this case will be big.
Is Edith alive or dead? Was her ‘complex love life’ at the heart of her disappearance, as a senior officer tells the increasingly hungry press? And when a body is found, is it the end or only the beginning?
Title: Who Let the Gods Out Author: Maz Evans Publisher: Chicken House / Nudged Audio Published: 2nd February 2017 Listening Time: 7 hours and 16 minutes Format: audiobook Source:: Bought Add It:Amazon UKGoodreads. Summary:Elliot’s mum is ill and his home is under threat, but a shooting star crashes to earth and changes his life forever. The star is Virgo – a young Zodiac goddess on a mission. But the pair accidentally release Thanatos, a wicked death daemon imprisoned beneath Stonehenge, and must then turn to the old Olympian gods for help. After centuries of cushy retirement on earth, are Zeus and his crew up to the task of saving the world – and solving Elliot’s problems too?
Here are the books that I’ve received this week!
Rosie loves Jack. Jack loves Rosie. So when they’re split up, Rosie will do anything to find the boy who makes the sun shine in her head. Even run away from home. Even cross London and travel to Brighton alone, though the trains are cancelled and the snow is falling. Even though any girl might find that hard, let alone a girl with Down’s syndrome. See the world through new eyes in this one-in-a-million story about fighting for the freedoms that we often take for granted: independence, tolerance and love.
I received this one from the publisher as I’ll be reading it and reviewing it as part of the blog tour this month. I’ve been eyeing it up for months and after hearing Mel Darbon talk a few months ago, I’ve been even more interested in it. Keep an eye out on the blog for more information about it!
Reverse Your Diabetes provides all the information and support you need to take control of type 2 diabetes and, potentially, to reverse it. Based on the latest research and proven results, this clear and effective programme outlines the key steps you need to take to turn around your health: watch what you eat, get more active, monitor your progress and commit to change.
Written by diabetes expert Dr David Cavan and in association with diabetes.co.uk, the UK’s largest online diabetes community, Reverse Your Diabetes also tackles the myths and misinformation about type 2 diabetes. This is an essential book that will empower you to take control of your diabetes and maximise your health for good.
I bought this one after I was recommended to read it by someone who had also received a pre-diabetes diagnosis. So far it has been a very helpful book and I would also highly recommend it!
All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn’t feel so guilty…
To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare.
Each of the guests have a secret but one of them is lying – about who they are and why they’re on the island. There’s a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they’ve set their sights on Anna.
Seven strangers. Seven secrets. One deadly lie.
Someone’s going to sleep and never wake up…
As soon as I saw this on Netgalley, I knew I had to request it. I am a huge C. L. Taylor fan. Many thanks to Avon for accepting my request! I cannot wait to dive into this one!
The next three books have all come from the lovely Nine Star Press, a new publishing company I have just found out about. The reason I requested three books (and am very glad they accepted them all) is because they are all LGBTQ stories and the last two are both Christmassy too! Very much looking forward to diving into these!
Jeremy Warsh has been in off-mode ever since his grandpa’s death a couple years ago. He set aside their shared passion, comic art, and hasn’t looked back. As an introvert from the other side of town, he fully expects to spend his boring life bagging groceries until, maybe one day, he’s promoted to store manager.
Yet, his two best friends, Kasey and Stuart, are different. They’re not afraid to demand more out of everyone. When Kasey comes out, Jeremy’s inspired. He picks up his colored pencils and starts drawing comics again, creating a no-nonsense, truth-talking character named Penny Kind. Who speaks to him. Literally.
The friend group set in motion Stuart’s plans for a huge Homecoming prank, and if they can get Penny’s comic trending, they might be able to pull it off. Could this be a stepping-stone to a future Jeremy’s only dreamed of? And after he kisses a boy at a college party, will Jeremy finally face what he’s been hiding from?
Azariah Bell is a nervous wreck. He isn’t prepared to spend the final week of the year with his best friend, Ky O’Sullivan, lead vocalist for their pop rock band, Moving Insignia—especially after the fight he caused before they parted ways two weeks ago.
Afraid of not being taken seriously by Ky, Azariah was concerned about what confessing his feelings would do to their friendship, or the band. He tried to keep his emotions in check, but instead, he exploded in anger over some petty issue, and now he’s potentially lost Ky forever.
Ky is looking forward to the band’s annual writing retreat for a week of songwriting and recording at a secluded mountain resort. Spending Christmas with his family gave Ky time to reflect on how he’d handled Azariah’s epic meltdown. It wasn’t good, and Ky is determined to uncover the true nature of Azariah’s unusual behavior. They didn’t keep secrets from each other, or so he believed.
Expecting to see the rest of the band when they arrive by helicopter, Ky and Azariah are shocked to learn they are alone at a deserted lodge. When they discover they’ve been set up by their bandmates so they can “sort it out,” their choices are few. But it’s critical for them to resolve their problems if they have any hope of enjoying the new year together, let alone make that new album happen.
Last Christmas, Daniel Wu found a place to call home with Jeff and his adopted daughter Abby. A year later, they confirm his place in their family with a surprising and warm gift. However, when Abby’s biological father returns making demands, Daniel’s happiness is threatened.
With the worsening weather, a much more urgent problem arises when Abby goes missing. Will Daniel and Jeff be able to find her before the storm sets in, and will they manage to keep their small family intact?
I am trying to get better at this blogging thing again so I’ve scheduled a few posts that should *hopefully* appear on the blog! I’m also sharing the next book(s) I’ll be starting too!
Monday – Review of Where the Missing Go by Emma Rowley Wednesday – Review of The Lilith Gene by M. Cassol Friday – Hydrorider Experience Sunday – Review of A Good Death by Michael Bagley
To Read Next
I will be reading and finishing, A Good Death by Michael Bagley.
And I really hope to start reading The City of Second Chances by Jane Lacey-Crane too!
And there you have it, my Sunday Summary!
What Did You Get This Week? What Cool Blog Posts Did You Write? What Are You Reading This Week?