Sunday, 2 September 2018

My Week in Review to the 2nd September

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 Dark Paradise by Gene Desrochers, billed as a Caribbean noir thriller. I liked the Caribbean setting, but thought it primarily an action thriller which wasn't very noir at all! I'm about to start Princess Bari by Hwang Sok-Yong which, hopefully, will be my fifth South Korean-authored book to complete that country's WorldReads post.

We are now back on our Chef Boutonne riverbank for a few weeks so I am very happy! We got a Brittany Ferries boat from Plymouth to Roscoff on Friday which meant a 5:30am start and a six hour drive across France. We were pretty exhausted by the time we arrived here at 10pm, but fortunately didn't have to do much before collapsing into bed! We spent yesterday unloading the car and finding homes for pretty much everything we brought over here. Today I've taken the strimmer over our riverbank 'lawn' so it's all looking as neat as it ever will ready for guests we have arriving on Wednesday.

The photos illustrating this post were taken at the old granary in Chef Boutonne which has now been converted into a little museum. Tableaux include a school room, domestic rooms and a blacksmiths. The cockerel right at the top of the post is brilliant - it's entirely made of upcycled bicycle parts and there's a bench in the granary also made from bike bits. The laundry tableau is just over the road in what used to be the Chateau de Javarzay lavanderie.

In giveaway news, my The Wrath And The Dawn hardback was won by Lauren O, and August's Spotlight blog post winner is Dead Men Do Come Back by Steven C Levi.
Congratulations to both of you :-)

Giveaways closing soon:
02/09: Bakerdays letterbox cake
04/09: $20 Book Depository book from Read All The Things
06/09: $20 Amazon gift voucher
4x Susi Osborne novels
A Clean Teen Publishing mystery book box

Posts on my blogs this week were:
My Week In Review to the 26th August
Starting a new year's #DecadeChallenge - sign up post
State Of The ARC - August 2018
A Month In Books - August 2018

Of Faith And Fidelity by Evan Ostryzniuk DNF review
The Danes by Clarke graphic novel review
The Gravediggers' Bread by Frederic Dard review
Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae + #Giveaway + Excerpt
Conrad Monk and the Great Heathen Army by Edoardo Albert review
Angelica Stone by Susi Osborne review + #Giveaway
Hiro Loves Kite by Lauren Nicolle Taylor + #Giveaway + Excerpt

Around the blogosphere:
Murder, She Reported by Peg Cochran is reviewed by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews
Olivia at Olivia's Catastrophe turns herself into an octopus to show off her latest book haul
Laura at Blue Eye Book reviews The Darkest Part Of The Forest by Holly Black

Have a great week :-)


  1. I love looking through old places that are converted into museum types - but I'll admit to being mildly creeped out when they include the mannequins.:)

    1. Some of these mannequins were particularly 'quirky'!

  2. Sounds like your having a good time/

  3. Thanks for sharing the photos. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time.

    My Sunday Post

  4. Ooh a Caribbean noir does sound good- sorry to hear Dark Paradise didn't quite fit that bill. Glad you're situated now for a while and sounds like you're settling in after a long ride. :)

    Thanks for sharing the pics, those are neat.

    1. I want to find more Caribbean novels as I love reading about the island cultures and landscapes

  5. Some of those museum figures look kind of creepy! If I was a security guard there at night I'd be freaked out!

    1. It would make a suitably spooky horror setting after dark!

  6. What great pics! Hope you have a great week.