Weekend Wrap-Up: 07/08/2021

Weekend Wrap-Up: 07/08/2021

The Weekend Wrap-Up offers a little look at what I’m reading, the new books that came my way, and anything else I may have gotten up to this past week. I will be linking up to Stacking the ShelvesThe Sunday Post and It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? and hopping around your blogs a little to see what the community has to share too!

My Week

I began my past Sunday exhausted because I was up late on Saturday. Yes, I was having trouble getting tired enough to sleep and that is entirely my excuse, but I also found myself unable to stop reading Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism which I read in 3 sittings, super-duper fast for me! I can’t wait to review this one… it receives the honour of being the first book, to my memory, that made me actually cry. So naturally, I need to get my hands on the rest of Hendrix’s work now, somehow. Next up, I started reading The Liar of Red Valley which I talk about a little more below under ‘Incoming’.

While on the topic of reading, I really can’t decide what to choose for my Prime First Read this month. It feels like a lot of contemporary fiction and thrillers which aren’t usually my thing, but I like to grab at least one because well – free book! What did you all choose this month? I’m open to ideas, else I’ll end up choosing at random and I’ll probably choose wrong, haha. Plenty, A Quiet Place to Kill, and All Our Darkest Secrets are least interesting to me, at least.

On Sunday, we played D&D. The Lost Mines of Phandelvar group had to save their kidnapped friend which they managed to do so without killing the two guards in the jail room… although one is currently injured at the bottom of a pit trap and the other is facing death by monster chomp as the party met a maddened creature deeper into the cellar of the place they’re in who has them quite unsettled. Excited to see how the next part goes in a week’s time!

Honestly, I feel like I just spent a lot of time mindlessly browsing for horror book recommendations, horror content creators and communities, and resources for sniffing out solid indie fiction, this week. It’s been one of those weeks where you blink and you find several hours missing. That said, I have finally settled on a host for the blog and I am now in the process of getting my hosted blog set up so I can import this one and open it up so keep an eye out for that! I’m very excited to redesign the place and have much more functionality.

On the Blog

I’m pretty proud of myself for managing to kick out some content on the blog! We’ve got the usual weekly memes, a little introduction to Blaugust, and some ponderings about my love of Brandon Sanderson I’ve been having recently. And I have drafts for many more discussion posts and two reviews, plus some other bits as well. We love to see it. Here’s what you may have missed this week:


I came across a few free ebooks this past week! I’m most excited about the Emaneska series which I’ve been meaning to read for a few years now.

I pretty much reloaded my Kindle Unlimited list when I found myself in a big horror mood. I have this feature until September and I haven’t actually read anything on it yet so here’s what I grabbed. I’d particularly like to get around to A Head Full of Ghosts and perhaps The House of a Hundred Whispers.

Found both Green Rider and Skyward on sale for 99p on Kindle.

I also took a chance this week and requested 2 NetGalley books, not really expecting either to come back with approvals, so imagine my surprise when one of them did. When I was reviewing back in the early 2010’s I made the mistake of requesting and requesting but never really getting through anything, so I need to fix my ratio. I’m super grateful to Solaris for taking a chance on me and I promise I am now older and wiser and have already started on reading it!

the liar of red valley by walter goodman review dragons and whimsy

Next Week

It’s hard to say what next week holds for me. My sleep schedule is all out of whack so I’m super exhausted. I have a couple appointments, hopefully my D&D games will run so long as I’m not too wiped out to run them, I’ve got plenty to work on getting my hosted blog set up, and it’d be nice to get through The Liar of Red Valley. I also have some posts to get written up, but we shall see how things go!

How have your weeks been? Been reading anything interesting? Let me know in the comments!

12 thoughts on “Weekend Wrap-Up: 07/08/2021

  1. Nice pile of horror books! I need to read The Last Final Girl, since I’m on a SGJ kick. And I also have The Liar of Red Valley to read, but probably won’t get to it until September. Hope you have a good week😁

    1. Yeah! I.. may have to actually pay for KU when I get a chance to read them, I got the 3 months free and it ends in September and I know there are a few other things I want to get to first. We shall see!
      Hope you enjoy it when you get around to it! And you too. <3

  2. Sounds like you’ve had a nice productive week! Well done. I can’t help with the book suggestions, as I don’t read horror, and haven’t heard of any of your suggestions. I hope that whatever you do choose you enjoy!

  3. Good luck with the blog set up! Your books all look pretty promising. I kinda like the look of A Quiet Place To Kill.

    Oh my gosh it’s been a while since I read the Britain book.

    1. Thanks! I forgot how much work it is to choose the right theme and beat it into something that works for me. 😅

      Yeah I think that and maybe the scifi one about cloning could be frontrunners… not sure!

      I used to own a copy but it was second hand and ended up with actual mold on it so I.. never got a chance to read it. 😬 So it’ll be nice to have the opportunity!

  4. Nice looking pile of books! I’m waiting to see if I’m approved for a couple of books I really want to read on NetGalley. My fingers are crossed. You sound like you are keeping busy in a variety of areas too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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