Weekly Wrap-Up: 4-10 July, 2022

I will be linking this post to Kimberly’s Sunday Post Meme.

Well, it has been an uneventful week. I didn’t get a lot of reading done – only picked up some pace Friday evening onwards. It’s cloudy, chilly and raining outside, so dull and dark that I wasn’t in the mood to read. I spent a lot of time singing nonsensical songs to Peppy so this can be considered as ‘highlights of the week’ right? If Peppy could talk, she would have surely asked me to shut up and not sing… like, forever!

I did a bit of cooking so I did something at least! Pats on the back. It started with a three course Indian meal on Sunday – chocolate mousse for desserts, YUM! Mushroom pulao (made with coconut milk and spices) mid-week and a honey-ginger no-bake pie on Friday. I followed Marion Todd’s recipe (she had posted it on twitter) and gosh, the pie turn out to be absolutely delish!

My friend’s been suggesting I start a recipe blog. If I remember it right, IJK also suggested me to share recipes on blog. Hmm, something to ponder about…

I finally finished watching Man Vs Bee. Why did they make it 10-minute-each episode? They could have made it into a two-episode thingummy, right? 10 minutes per episode sounds too less. (Well, approx 10.) I have also started Star Trek: The Next Generation. Q makes his first appearance in the pilot episode. Since I watched Star Trek: Voyager previously, I am familiar with the Q continuum. I have to say though, Jean-Luc Picard is not one of my favorite Federation Starship Captains.

This is also the series where Wesley plays a role. Wil Wheaton – Sheldon Cooper’s arch nemesis – plays the role of Wesley. If I was Sheldon, I would be jealous of Wil. One must be quite lucky to get a chance to play a role in Star Trek. What say? If you could be a Star Trek character, whom would you choose? I would be Spock. No wait, Q sounds interesting. Can I be both?

Enough shop talk, let’s talk about books.

As I said before, my reading has been a tad slow this week. I read 5 books – barely; struggled through two. I finished Keep Them Close by Sophie Flynn on Monday. It’s about a mother who shares her deepest secrets to a stranger on the internet. What happens next is, the stranger stalks her. This story was relatable – we do come across people who (overly) share with strangers on social media and end up being stalked. Gave me the creeps, I tell you!!

The next book I read was The Lost Children by Michael Woods. Not a book for the faint hearted as the story is about child abuse and pornography. Reading this book reminded me of another series I read a while ago – The Missing Children Case Files by M.A. Hunter. The Lost Children is the ninth book in DCI Matilda Darke series. One of my favorite police procedurals and a series I would follow till the end.

Just The Way You Are by Beth Moran is about an adult wanting to move out of a toxic parent relationship and start her life afresh. Another eye-opener and relatable read for me.

I took almost three days to read Impact by Mark Mills. Nothing wrong with the story or the writing, it’s just that I stumbled into a reader’s block. Solution? I watched Boss Baby: Family Business and Sing 2. Nothing like a good animated movie to bring you out of a reading slump, eh?

Reviews on the blog this week:

Keep Them Close by Sophie Flynn

Old Bones Lie by Marion Todd

The Lost Children by Michael Wood

Just The Way You Are by Beth Moran

A Lady’s Guide to Gossip and Murder by Dianne Freeman

The Little Cornish House by Donna Ashcroft

I am painfully behind on my 20 books of Summer reading challenge. I am just 4 books through and have 16 more to go!! Hopefully I will get some reading done this coming week.

That’s it for this week. Have a nice Sunday! Or, should I say Sundae? *wink*

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