Week in Review – 5 March 2017

I’ve decided to start doing a review post each week…hopefully it will last but I think it’s nice to see what’s been happening and I always enjoy others posts like this! I’m not 100% on the layout of this post yet, I may tweak it a bit over the next few weeks while I get my head around how I want it to look but hopefully it will settle in! Clicking on the covers will take you to their Amazon page or the blog post, depending on the section they are in.

I’ve been having a few issues with the old bipolar this week so haven’t read as much as I would have liked as I’ve been on extra medication to sedate me which doesn’t help but I’ve still managed to get through a few! I also had a day out with Hubs at Warwick Castle, it wasn’t as good as I expected, I kinda feel like Merlin have ruined the castle vibe a bit (I really like my castle’s) with all their trying to turn it into a low-key theme park. Honestly I like going to a castle and crawling around all over the castle sucking in the atmosphere and learning about the history. Anyway it was nice for Hubs and I to get some time together before he heads off and starts his new job next week.

the-ninth-rain-quoteThis is technically from last week, but as I wasn’t doing these posts then I’ve put it in here. My pre-ordered copy of The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams arrived and there on the first couple of pages was a quote from me! This is the first time I’ve had a quote in print and it just happens to be in my current favourite author’s book so pretty much a striking gold moment!

I’ve also booked tickets to go and see Wonderland the musical with some of my family this week. It isn’t until May but it does look quite magical so I’m looking forward to that.

I’m now planning my blogiversary celebration next month and what goodies I can giveaway to you lovely people! If any authors reading (or even you crafty type people) want to get involved hit me up as I’m always happy to talk collaboration for these things!

Book of the Month

I’ve also decided to pick a book of the month which I’ll include in this post, I’m hoping this will help me at the end of the year when I do my Top 10 as it took me literally hours to narrow it down last year! Now as I wasn’t doing this before I’ve included January aswell so without further ado here are my books of the month for January and February, with links to the reviews if you click on the covers…

runemarks-joanne-m-harris the-ninth-rain-jen-williams

Currently Reading

When the floods came clare morrall

What I’ve Read

Considering I’ve been quite ill this week I’ve done fairly well this week, I’m only counting three of these given the Ladybird book took me five minutes!

curse-of-stars norse-mythology the-ladybird-book-of-the-zombie-apocalypse celtic-fire-liz-gavin

New Books

I’m still gaining more books than I’m getting through each week! I know, a common problem but still, we need some brakes to go on here people!


dragon-of-ash-stars serve



Book Post



the-vets-at-hope-green-pt3 the-last-days-of-magic lost-rider-harper-sloan the-idea-of-you-amanda-prowse


Dark Promise was the first paranormal romance I’ve read in quite some time and it was awesome, The Year of Saying Yes is turning into an enjoyable chick lit novella series, and The Zombie Apocalypse Ladybird book had me in stitches and was a great gift from my Niece!

dark-promise-nikki-landis the-year-of-saying-yes-hannah-doyle the-ladybird-book-of-the-zombie-apocalypse

Other Posts

a great mix of fantasy book blitzes this week, and I launched The Bookshelf a weekly Q&A feature, it will be for bloggers and authors, this week it kicked off with author Kierney Scott who had some awesome answers and a bookshelf to die for!

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I'm BrizzleLass, I have Bipolar and have been dealing with mental illness in one form or another since childhood, I was first diagnosed with depression at nine. It's not easy speaking out about my experiences, some of them are extremely painful, but if I can help even one person then I have succeeded in sharing my story. This is where I talk about my mental health among other things that interest me. I enjoy walking, PlayStation, reading, heavy metal, and spending time with my Niece.

20 thoughts on “Week in Review – 5 March 2017”

  1. I really enjoyed reading your post 🙂 I love writing a weekly wrap-up as it’s nice to reflect on the week and to have a place to link to the posts you’ve written and the books you’ve read. How fab to open a book and find your quote in it, especially as it’s an author you love reading. I hope you adapt to your med changes soon, it’s hard every time there’s a change, isn’t it? x

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    1. Aw thank you! I really enjoyed putting this together I think I’ll definitely continue it. Yes the med changes are really hard, I’m so foggy at the moment I tried reading last night and only read a few pages, so frustrating!

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      1. I’m glad you’re going to continue to write a regular wrap-up post. I hope the symptoms from the med changes ease up soon. I’m at the other end of the scale at the moment – I need to get off my current pain meds before I can start new ones so I’m on a reduction plan that leaves me feeling awful for quite a few days every week. It’ll be worth it but it’s still hard. It’s horrible when you can’t concentrate to read – have you tried audio books? When I feel really awful I like to listen to the audio of a book I already know so I can relax and still feel like I’m escaping into a book without too much need to concentrate.

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      2. I haven’t got on with audio books in the past but haven’t tried with one I know well. That seems like a good idea. There’s been a complete cock-up (for want of a better word) with the new meds this week meaning I have to go back to the old ones at the weekend so will be feeling like crap from a sudden change so may try that.

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      3. It was through listening to books I knew well that my brain seemed to adapt to audio books a bit more and now I listen to a lot more books and can follow them ok. I’m sorry to hear there’s been such a mix-up with your meds, it’s an absolute nightmare when that happens. I really feel for you. I hope maybe listening to an audio book that you know well might help you relax/rest a little. Sending hugs x

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  2. Great weekly roundup and I’m HUGELY impressed you get a review quote in The Nineth Rain – which I’m hoping to get hold of very soon… Have a good week and I hope you soon feel better.

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  3. Hi Claire,
    Thanks for including The Last Days of Magic in your list. Hope you enjoy the read!
    I am happy to contribute to your blogiversary celebration. How about a custom tarot deck plus a copy of the new paperback edition (just released on Tuesday)? You can see the cards on Penguin’s post here: http://bit.ly/PenguinTarot


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