Sunday, 26 August 2018

My Week In Review to the 26th August

Dragonfly Cafe, Tavistock 
I am linking up with The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly at The Caffeinated Reviewer.

I'm also linking up again with What Are You Reading at The Book Date:
Yesterday I finished I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith, one for my Classics Club Challenge. I hadn't read it before - or seen the film - and it wasn't at all what I had expected, but I did love the story.
Now I am reading C H Clepitt's newest novel, Curtain Call.

We popped over to see our friends Chris and Marta (and Banksy the Cat) in Tavistock this week. It was great to catch up with each other's news and we finally got to see the lovely Dragonfly Cafe in the town where Marta now works and organises the perpetual art exhibition. The tea is excellent and I enjoyed briefly wandering around looking at the art. Chris even sold one of his quirky Fishing Boat automata models while we were there so the purchaser got to meet the artist which was fun! Of course, if I were a more organised blogger, I would have snapped a photo of the moment for you! In lieu of that, there's three examples of Chris's work on the shelf in this photo:

I got a lovely tweet from publishers Endeavour Quill:
If you like Saxon-Viking era historical fiction and didn't spot Conrad Monk And The Great Heathen Army on NetGalley, take a look at my review which will be blogged on Thursday. Great historical research and a fun adventure storyline!

There was bizarreness for the We Only Saw Happiness giveaway winner picking on Friday. I had to invalidate the first Gleam pick because that person claimed to have completed the Daily Comment entry over about eight days - one of which was picked - yet hadn't left a single comment on any day. This is only a one-person blog - did they really think I wouldn't notice their deceit?! Grrr! I've never had that situation before.
Still, Gleam allows me invalidations so now let's all congratulate Susan T who Did complete the entry she said she had! (Check your emails Susan!)

Giveaways closing soon:
26/08 INT: The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh HB book
31/8 INT: Literary Flits Spotlight post (free book promo!)
31/08 UK: 1 of 5 copies of Twenty Theatres To See Before You Die by Amber Massie-Blomfield (link goes to Official London Theatre website)
31/8 INT: Journey to the Center of the Earth, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and The Gin Thief PBs (link goes to S C Barrus' website)
1/9 USA and Can: Signed PB of The Love Fool by Lorenzo Petruzziello

Posts on my blogs this week were:
My Week in Review to the 19th August
Artisan Rainbow - Bookmarks

Heidi by Johanna Spyri review + #FreeBook + #cake #giveaway
Revolutions: Parabola by Mateusz Skutnik graphic novel review
The Last Plantagenet? by Jennifer C Wilson short story review + Excerpt
Desirable Body by Hubert Haddad - Frankenstein retelling review
The Tale Of The Missing Man by Manzoor Ahtesham DNF review
The High Mountains Of Portugal by Yann Martel review
The Dead Wake Anthology by Ellie Douglas spotlight

Around the blogosphere:
Sherry Jolly reviewed Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
vvb32 reviewed A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Jovita at Inky Impressions considers The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins for her Books From The Backlog

Have a great week :-)


  1. Looks like you had a nice visit! And Conrad Monk and the Great Heathens looks like a very intereting book. Nice tweet from Endeavour! :)

    1. Conrad Monk is fab! I think you would like the humour Greg :-)

  2. I bought a beautiful copy of I Capture The Castle last summer but still haven't got around to reading it!
    I really need to start reading some of the 'classic' books...

    1. Mine's just a 50p charity shop paperback, but I loved the writing and the story. For some unknown reason I was expecting a boys own type adventure story about children literally capturing a castle!!

  3. I've received a few really good books from Netgalley so far. .

  4. I love the tweet that is cool. I got a few books read this week and reviewed for tours. Come check out my post! Have a great week of reading!

    Mary my Sunday Roundup 33!

  5. It is always nice when a publisher or author really appreciates a review like that. That looks like a neat little shop. Cool that your friends sold a piece while he was there! Have a great week!

    1. I still get overexcited when they shout out my reviews!

  6. It's great when a publisher responds to your review!! Sounds like you had a great week!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  7. That café is cute. The art looks pretty cool, too. I hope you have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. It's so pretty there, they've done a great job with the decor :-)

  8. I can't believe someone would be dumb enough to cheat on the giveaway like that. Well actually I can because people do stupid things like that, but you know what I mean! How nice that you got appreciated by the publisher! I always get a shock when authors retweet my review as I never expect them to see it!

    1. It's a great buzz isn't it - authors know I exist!

  9. The Dragon Fly Cafe looks like a nice place to sit and read a good book. The artwork must be amazing to look at. Have a great week ahead.