Monday, September 20, 2021

This Week..

I'm reading....

I mentioned last week that I was reading The Black Swan of Paris which I finished during the week. I did like it. Whilst I read a lot of historical fiction set in WWII and Paris, this did have more of a thriller feel so more fast-paced. I liked it, and if Karen Robards writes another historical set thriller I will give it a go!

Now my dilemna is what to read next - there are so many options. I could read my bookclub book, which I think is The Last of Apple Blossoms by Mary-Lou Stephens. I could start the RIP XVI readalong book which is The Sundial by Shirley Jackson. I could read a Netgalley book (several options but lets go with with The Vanished Days by Susanna Kearsley as one of many options) or I could just read something fun. 

What would you choose?

I'm watching...

The main thing that I wanted to do during our week off was to get all caught up on watching the available episodes from season 2 of Ted Lasso which we did. It is such a fun show! If you haven't watched it yet, I highly recommend it. In effect we have watched the whole thing as we did rewatch season 1 last weekend from beginning to end.

My big binge watch this week was Midnight Kitchen. It is was mentioned in a Discord group that I am part of and I thought it sounded like fun and I ended up watching a season and a bit. You can see more about it in my Weekend Cooking post.

We also finished watching Jack Whitehall's Travels with my Father. It's a little bit sad that there aren't going to be any more travels as we have really enjoyed settling in and watching this series on Friday nights over the last couple of months. We even had a pub meal and a beer while watching these last couple of episodes. Not a meal at the pub but rather a meal from the pub at home.

I forgot to mention last week that we have started watching Great Kenyan Bake Off. I found it when I was flicking through the channels last week, and if you need a Bake Off fix you need a Bake Off fix right?

We also started watching See starring Jason Momoa last night. We are two episodes in so far. Not sure if we will watch thefull two seasons or not because it is a bit unusual and dark but we will see.


We had this week off work so we have had nothing but time. What do you do when you have nothing but time when there is also a hard lockdown? Well, you start culling your books and packing up books ready for you move house. No, we don't have a build start date yet, which means we don't have a move date but we can start packing anyway? You also bake some delicious things, sleep a lot, watch some quiz shows. 

We did leave the house a couple of times. We went for a couple of walks, including to the local weir which is somewhere I had never been despite having lived her for many years!

The other reason I left the house this week was to return some books to the library and pick up some more This could provide my next read to! Please note the avocado plant in the background. This is my husband's baby which he has lovingly tended from seed. It took a lot of attempts before this one. He tells me that it is another ten years before we can expect an actual avocado so I guess we are playing a long term game here.

It does feel like I should have done more during this week but the whole point was to have down time. I do feel like I am not mentally drained like I have been. Anyone want to place a bet how long it will take before I am super stressed and not sleeping through the night again? Luckily this week is only a four day week as it is a public holiday on Friday and I am taking a couple of days next week so hopefully that will help manage my stress and sleep issues for a bit longer.

Top Ten Tuesday: By the Numbers

Music A-Z: P

Weekend Cooking: Midnight Diner

The Riviera House by Natasha Lester

I've linked this post to It's Monday, what are you reading? as hosted by Book Date


  1. Im looking forward to Bake Off is starting again next week!
    On Binge they currently have a season or two of Canadian and New Zealand bake off, as well as the Kenyan bake off. I’ve just finished binging the 2 seasons of Making It (US) they have .
    I enjoyed Last of Apple Blossom, I think you would too.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    1. Which Bake Off starts next week Shelleyrae?

      We have watched all of those ones, and watched both seasons of Making It too. Did you watch the Australian version of Making It which started last week? It isn't too bad.

  2. I love the look of the pub meal!

    Enjoy your reading and your shows, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Sounds like you had a nice week. It is good to be able to do what you want when you want to do it. I hope your next read is great no matter what you pick. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. The Karen Robards book looks really good. I hope you have a great week!

  5. Sounds like you had a great week off work. I may've lived under a rock, but I hadn't heard of Ted Lasso until this past week, honestly. Then again I hardly ever watch anything. Hope you enjoy your reading, whichever book you end up choosing.

  6. Glad you are getting the rest you need. There suddenly seems to be a lot of books about Paris recently.

    1. There's always a lot of books about Paris in my world Cindy!

  7. Way to go to get ahead of the packing! Hope there are some great books in your library stack.

  8. I just started watching Ted Lasso last night! I upgraded my phone yesterday and I have a 3 month trial to Apple TV, so I thought I'd better jump on the wagon!

  9. What did you decide to read next in the end? I am glad you enjoyed The Black Swan of Paris. I look forward to reading it. I do love Ted Lasso. Such a good show!

    You week off sounds lovely--even with the lockdown. I hope you are able to keep that stress at bay. The struggle is real, I know. My stress is affecting my health and I know I need to work on alleviating some of it somehow. I hope you are having a great week and enjoy your weekend!