Week in Review – 7 May 2017

This week has been a bit of a shock to the system, after several very busy weeks I got hit quite hard with a dose of mania and psychosis coming back this week. A warning shot from the bipolar that I was doing too much, and when I saw my support worker on Friday she told me as much as well, reminding me that I knew better and had to look after myself. So I’m re-evaluating what I am doing with my time, how much time I’m spending running around, volunteering, helping family etc so that I don’t end up really sick again and totally incapacitated because that’s just not good for anyone.

Friday evening saw me tootling over to Bath for the Robin Hobb event I’ve been rather excited about. It was held in Christ Church which despite my lack of religion and dislike of the uncomfortable seating was a really nice venue for this type of event. There was an hour of “in conversation” with Jane Johnson who is the Publishing Director over at Harper Voyager, she’s pretty much a legend herself given she launched the imprint and Robin Hobb, thanks Jane! It was a wonderful conversation covering Robin Hobb’s books, characters, writing processes, life, and family. There were many funny moments and many relatable moments and as someone who started reading her books right at the beginning when the first one was launched twenty years ago it made me feel nostalgic to go back to the beginning and start again, maybe I should!

At the end of the evening there was a signing and the chance to meet the lady herself, along with the fantastic jacket illustrator Jackie Morris.

Now I may have mentioned before that I have a problem with going mute when I really admire someone’s work. I used to do this a lot with bands I had to interview, and yes, it happened with Robin Hobb. In all honesty it’s a great privilege to whoever I meet if I go mute, it means I think very highly of them! I managed to squeak out a “It’s a great honour to meet you” asked to get a photo then scuttled away! Some people stood there talking for ages, I envy those people greatly! All those things I wished I could say but my voice was broken…thanks anxiety!

So, onto my bookish update this week… (as always click on the covers for more info/to see the posts)

Book of the Month

It’s time for me to announce my Book of the Month for April, I had a few in the running and I couldn’t decide between two so I’ve doubled up this month because of that.

dragon-of-ash-stars the-last-days-of-magic

The Last Days of Magic was also my most visited post during April so you guys obviously enjoyed it aswell so thanks for that!

Currently Reading

The many colours of us

What I’ve Read

Cry Wolf - Greta Stone  

New Books

My no adding to the TBR fell apart this week… but I have got some brilliant new books on there!

Bought / Freebies


Book Post

Holiday In the Hamptons - Sarah Morgan 


Shifter_Clans_Series_Box_Set   The Second Chance Cafe in Carlton Square - Lilly Bartlett 


There Is Always More To Say - Lynda Spiro Memortality - Stephen H. Provost HEX - Thomas Olde Heuvelt

Other Posts

This week Kate Coe was featured on The Bookshelf and was the first blogger to take part. I hope you enjoyed her answers, I came out the other end with a huge list of books to go on my wish list!

Into The Heat - Tamara Lush The Bloggers Bookshelf Logo


  • 1 Signed Copy of Memortality (International Tour-Wide Giveaway) Rafflecopter

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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.

22 thoughts on “Week in Review – 7 May 2017”

  1. It sounds like you have had an eventful time recently. I loved seeing the photo of Robin and Jackie. What a treat to meet them in person!
    Wishing you well with your health and I hope you find time to relax and look after yourself as well as others.

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    1. Ah yes that book is beautiful and huge and just everything you would expect from Robin Hobb. I was looking at it on my shelf yesterday thinking I would need a good couple of weeks to work through it! 😂 And yes meeting her is definitely not something I thought would ever happen! I mean she’s Robin Hobb!! 😲

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      1. I’m thinking of re-reading both trilogies first which is a bit of an undertaking, but as I started them when they were originally released it would be a nice refresh. 🤓

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  2. It sounds like you had a brilliant night at the Robin Hobb event this week! I’m the same as you and find that I can’t speak at all when I meet someone I admire – I did that when I met Jeffery Deaver at a book event years ago! I don’t really read fantasy but I like the sound of the Robin Hobb series so I may give the books a go one of these days.
    I’m sorry that you had such a bad time with your bipolar this week. I hope you can ease up a bit and that it is back under control soon. It’s so frustrating when your illness flares up to remind you that you can’t just get on with your life, I know what that’s like all too well. Sending you a hug x

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    1. Oh I can imagine meeting Jeffrey Deaver was just as nerve wracking! He was my late Grandad’s favourite author so is held in very high esteem in my eyes.
      Yes it doesn’t seem to matter what the illness is when they decide they are making themselves known you are just a passenger aren’t you?! I’m doing what I can to reign things in so hopefully I will feel a bit better soon. Sending hugs back and hope you are doing Ok.

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      1. It was so nerve-wracking! I still feel embarrassed when I think of it – his assistant found it very amusing.
        Yep that’s just how it feels – I often say it’s like being a prisoner in my own body when my illness is at it’s worst and then there are those times when it doesn’t seem to matter how hard we try, it will always find a way of reminding you it’s there. I really hope you manage to balance things and start to feel a bit better soon. x

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  3. Looks like you had a fabby week but please take care of yourself too. You have worked hard to find a ‘balance’. I find saying NO is the hardest thing to do ever! But we are the ones who suffer if too much is taken on. Have a great week xx

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  4. Pace yourself and look after you! I worry about you ❤ I know it can be hard. I am in the middle of re-prioritizing and adjusting time management as well to save myself. But I would much rather know you are getting the much needed rest and self attention.

    The signing sounds incredible! Was there a particular reason for choosing a church as the location? I have never heard of such a venue. Interesting indeed! Love the pic 🙂 I also tend to close up when excited.

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    1. Thank you so much such lovely words and I am being very good, my family are being very strict with me!
      I think the church is a regular choice for book events, it’s the first time I have been there but I have seen several advertised there over the years. It’s very close to the bookstore who orgsnise them so that may have something to do with it.

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