**Weekly Wrap Up**


Well another week over and done with,  and I’m thrilled to report I’ve read two books this week (yes you’ve read that right!) and I’ve actually started on my third. I would like to thank fellow blogger Dee over at http://www.noveldeelights.com who has shown great sympathy for my plight, NOT! For some reason my reading slump has caused her a great deal of merriment, I wonder if that’s because I was about to rename my blog “the one book review café” 😂😂

Just in case anyone thinks I’m worried about the amount of books I’m reading I’m not. It doesn’t matter if I read one book or ten in a week, it’s still a book read. I must admit cutting back on blog tours has given me a sense of freedom, it’s liberating to pick up a book I want to read rather than having to read. I’ve actually turned down 15 blog tours this week for May,  June and July but I’m determined to give myself a break from them.


I’ve also lost my fellow guest reviewer Jo who has finally decided to set up her own blog over at http://overtherainbowbookblog.wordpress.com, please check out her blog and give her a follow. I wish Jo all the best with her blog and would like to take this opportunity to thank her for the reviews she’s allowed me to share, the lovely Dee has offered to help out on the weeks I can only manage to read one book a week 😂😂

Books I’ve read this week

I just started reading Exquisite by Sarah Stovell and I’m already hooked. I also read He Said She Said and The Night Visitor, I loved one of these two books,  and the other one I struggled with on so many levels. To find out which one it was you can check out my reviews for both books next week.

ARC’s I received this week


Book description

A happy child.

Every parent knows the world can be scary. Lawyer Jen Sutton knows it better than most. And she’ll go to any length to protect her son from what – and who – lies outside their front door.

A loving mother.

Some might say she’s being over-protective. But isn’t it a mother’s duty to protect her child from harm?

A family built on a lie.

Jen has kept her secrets safe. Until the postcard arrives, signed by the one person she hoped would never catch up with her… and her new case begins to feel a little too close to home.

One thing is clear: Jen has been found.

Now, she faces a choice. Run, and lose everything? Or fight – and risk her son discovering the truth.

Don’t Say a Word is the electrifying new psychological thriller from AL Bird – perfect for fans of CL Taylor and Sue Fortin.



Book description

One night three years ago, the Tanner sisters disappeared: fifteen-year-old Cass and seventeen-year-old Emma. Three years later, Cass returns, without her sister Emma. Her story is one of kidnapping and betrayal, of a mysterious island where the two were held. But to forensic psychiatrist Dr. Abby Winter, something doesn’t add up. Looking deep within this dysfunctional family Dr. Winter uncovers a life where boundaries were violated and a narcissistic parent held sway. And where one sister’s return might just be the beginning of the crime.


Book description

Seven year old Tony has two choices: to live or to die.

Tony Bruno just wants to fit in, but the bullies at his school are cruel and relentless. At home, he leans on his mother Teresa for strength and comfort, but she’s no match for his father, Carmen. His father, a fighter and bully himself, hates Tony. He is embarrassed by the child for not fighting back and wishes that Tony was never born.

Then as a teen, in one act of blind courage, Tony fights back shifting the balance of power with his peers. Even after Tony sets things straight with the neighborhood boys, his father continues to terrorize him.

At school, Tony is now respected by his classmates. One day he stands up for a bullied kid named, Salvatore, and the boys become friends. One night, Salvatore commits a horrific crime and Tony suffers the consequences of his friends’ actions. Tony’s punishment changes the course of his life.

All alone and nowhere to call home, Tony sets out to find the life he longs for, one filled with love and acceptance. But nothing comes easily for him, and he is forced to draw upon strength from deep within to survive.

From the dark world he lives in, Tony does unimaginable things to leave his unwanted life behind.

Mean Little People is a haunting story of one bullied child deprived of love and taunted by corrupt individuals along his journey. Tony’s story will make you question the balance between good and evil.

Book Post I received this week

Twist Of The Knife by Becky Masterman

The Friend by Dorothy Koomson

The Killing Grounds by Jack Ford

Last week on the book review café

**Blog tour** Not Your Average Nurse by Maggie Groff #Bookreview #Guestpost

#TopFiveThursday with #BookBlogger Jen Lucas aka jenmedsbookreviews

Sweet Pea by C J Skuse #Bookreview #Guestreview by @JoannaLouisePar

Next week on the book review café

He Said She Said by Erin Kelly #Review

The Night Visitor by Lucy Atkins #Review

#TopFiveThursday with another awesome book blogger

**Blog tour**  Reconciliation For The Dead by Paul E. Hardisty #GuestPost

Other news from the book review café

IMG_1980I’m thrilled to have been nominated for the Best Book Blogger Award in the 2017 ANNUAL BLOGGERS BASH AWARDS, and if you happen to be reading this and nominated me “thank you”😘😘. I can honestly say “hand on heart” I really don’t expect to win, have you seen who I’m up against? Some truly awesome bloggers/blogs, but it’s given me such a huge boost to be nominated.

I also think there are some hugely awesome book bloggers out there who aren’t up for the awards but should be, they put their heart and souls into their blog and probably lots of tears too (if there anything like me), although these awards are great I do feel they can have a negative effect on bloggers who don’t get the recognisation they so deserve and make them question why that are blogging. A word from the wise (it happens once in a blue moon😂)to these bloggers, keep doing what you are doing, share your love of the books you love and most of all carry on with your awesome blogs, awards aren’t everything, when I first started blogging I never got nominated for anything.


If you would like to vote for your favourite blogger I’ve included the links, there are numerous different categories to choose from and if I could I would vote for everyone of them.


32 thoughts on “**Weekly Wrap Up**

  1. cleopatralovesbooks

    Firstly I’m dying to see which of He Said/She Said and The Night Visitor you struggled with – both are favourite reads of 2017 for me and I love to see opposing views.
    Secondly congratulations on your nomination, it’s well-deserved and I agree with your comments, hopefully those who weren’t nominated don’t feel too despondent, I was thrilled to be nominated but my motivation for blogging are the readers who visit and read my thoughts and share my love of books. Good luck 😊

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  2. noveldeelights

    It was, erm, reverse psychology! Yes, that’s what it was! You know, so you’d say “Ha! I’ll show her!” and you did because you read two books this week so it worked. 🤣

    (The offer still stands! 😂)

    Congratulations on your nomination and good luck! Very wise words, btw. We should frame them since you say it happens rarely. 😄


  3. lollyrugs Post author

    If you say so Dee 😂😂 it is rare for me to have wise words so I would frame them as it isn’t likely to happen again anytime soon & congratulations on your nomination too x

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  4. nat@theowlonthebookshelf

    Congratulations on your nomination! And thank you for your words about those of us not nominated, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little bit disappointed- I just tell myself I’m that much of a hidden gem no-ones knows to vote for me! 😂

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    1. lollyrugs Post author

      Thanks Nat I really get why bloggers would be disappointed in not being nominated, so many put so much time and love into their blogs yours included, and your right your blog is a hidden gem x

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    1. lollyrugs Post author

      Thanks Nicki I use to read all Dorothy Koomson’s books, but admit it’s a while since I’ve read one by her to many books, to many choice and not enough hours in the day 😂🙈

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  5. chocolatepages

    Congratulations on your nomination, what an honour. I’m glad you agree that there is no need to worry how many books you read, its about enjoyment rather than pressure. I have started taking less requests now too, and its a good feeling. I will go and check out Jo’s new blog now. How lovely that we will see more reviews from Dee here too.

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  6. Donna | Chocolate'n'Waffles

    I can’t decide if I should congratulate you for the award or for reading two books first xD CONGRATS ON BOTH!! I love what you said about the effects awards can have and I absolutely agree. I admit I did not know it existed until I saw all those nominations xD
    I cannot wait to read your thoughts on Exquisite! I remember every word of my review because I loved it so much! (the book, not the review, hahahaha)

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  7. Yvo

    I’ve heard so many great things about Exquisite; I hope you will enjoy it! And the stress is probably one of the reasons I’ve never tried a blogtour before.. I’m afraid it will take up too much of my readingtime. 😉 I hope you will enjoy your books this week and happy reading!

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  8. Emma

    Congratulations on your nomination. I normally average two books a week unless I am travelling a lot – which may not do much for my sleep deprivation but does help my quiet time for reading.

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    1. lollyrugs Post author

      Thanks Emma I never use to sleep very well, so I got a lot of reading done early morning, but since I’ve changed jobs I sleep like a baby and I can’t read on my commute as I ride a bike 😂😂

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      1. Emma

        That must mean you like your job (says a woman who has many sleepless nights because of work). As for reading and riding, yes, might be a bit dangerous!

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    1. lollyrugs Post author

      Thanks Danielle for your lovely words as always, I haven’t got a hells chance of winning as there are so many awesome bloggers nominated for this category but just to be nominated has made my week. Hope you are feeling better 😘😘😘

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