I'm just about recovering from my weekend away with the family in Inverness. It takes just less than 8 hours to get up there and so I was pretty knackered when I got home on Sunday. Add to that the fact that I was in the company of somebody (or many people) for the whole weekend (except for half an hour when I got up before everyone and had a quiet breakfast) and I was ready to scream from lack of time to myself! Still, it was nice to see the Scottish side of the family because we don't get to meet up very often.
This week was also my daughter's 11th birthday. She had a great day and we took her out for a meal at a nice pub restaurant.
My Reading Week
Well once again it's been a total fail. The weekend away meant that I only got half an hour's reading time for three days and so I only actually read two books and four shorts during the whole week. It's a good job that I read Handle With Care last week otherwise that review wouldn't have happened!
I did start two other books this week and stalled at the half way point. One was not a great book, if I have to be honest, and one was good but I wasn't sure I liked where the story was heading. I'll go back to both of them this coming week and see if I can finish them. I seem to have been reading quite a lot of books with either intense themes or lots of angst, so I hunted through my TBR pile to find something I thought might be short and light and came up with this one:
A Big Hunk O'Love by Hunter Raines
It turned out not to be as light and fluffy as I'd hoped but was still a decent read. It tells of Jared who, on a weekend retreat in Alaska, comes to the conclusion that he's probably bi and in love with his best friend Aidan. I liked both guys but was slightly puzzled that we find out more about secondary character, Vance, than we do Aidan. In fact I thought Vance the most interesting character in the book and went to look and see whether there was a sequel involving him but came up empty. Shame. Some of the emotions were a little overwrought and the angst sometimes seemed forced. It annoyed me that Jared ran away from his problems but everything was good in the end. A quick diverting read but nothing too special. Grade: Good.
The reviews here this week were the delightful Handle With Care by Josephine Myles, who also popped by for a blog post on her love of the first person narrator - comment on that post for a chance to win a big prize - and Hell Dog's Squadron by AR Moler. Over at BER I reviewed Dragon Whisperer by JB McDonald; Flipped by Olivia Brynn; and Spirit by PA Friday. There are lots of other great reviews of shorts over there this week so do go over and have a look-see.
It's a quieter week here next week with just a couple of reviews and the round up post. I'm definitely going to review Seeking the Balance by AR Moler but I haven't decided on the other book yet. I have a couple in my review pile which have been there for a few months. I'm a bit embarrassed about how long it's taken me to read those so I will probably do one of them this week. Then this time next week will be the round up post which I'm hoping will have more books in it!
Have a great weekend everyone. I'm taking four pre-teen girls to see Mirror Mirror at the cinema tomorrow, so wish me luck with that!