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Sunday, 13 April 2014
The Sunday Post

This is is Meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and here are the rules.

It is your chance to re-cap your bookish week, what did your review last week, any new purchases, what will be coming up in your blog next week or generally anything you feel you would like to share with the blogging community.

So, what did I do last week?

We've had quite nice weather this week, with temperatures in the 60's. I've decided that I will start walking again - walking as an exercise / sport. At the end, it's free and you can do it almost everywhere. I'm not very sporty, and stopped going to the gym (too expensive, too much effort driving up there etc).   I now started walking in my lunch hour, and working in Central London, I get some fantastic views of those landmarks - just have to push the tourists out of my way :) Here is a view from my lunchtime walk.

Blog-wise:  I did it - I installed Disqus. Was very straight forward to install and so far, does exactly what it promised to do - making communication much easier on the blog, and I can now reply to every comment individually. So much better - I was always grateful for every single comment and felt like I'm ignoring the visitors to my blog. 

I also took part in my first Book Blitz this week  - yay! Hosted by Lola's Blog Tours - see my review of His Hometown Girl 

On my blog last week




I finished: His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock (Book Blitz) and a short story for review Dr Caine's Body by Khalid Patel
I started: Watchers of the Night by Matthew Keith

Around the Blogosphere / Bookish News

Added to my stash

Here is my (small) haul from one of the local thrift shops. Had to wait for hubby and used to time to pop into the shop, and just happen to find Millennium III which was still missing on my list. :) 

No Kindle Freebies again - I'm doing good here.

The Girl who kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson 

This is what I'm planning for next week 


Dr Craine's Body by Khalid Patel (a short story)

Write your Life Story by Michael Oke (non-fiction)

The Green Mile by Stephen King
(continuing my weekly King feature)


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

Memes / Features

The literary connections of the area where I live/work - South East London and East Kent

First Chapter First Paragraph Intro hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesday at MizB at Should Be ReadingWatchers of the Night by Matthew Keith (Book 1 of The Watchers

Free on Kindle at the moment, but please check before downloading. 

Feature & Follow hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read 
This week:
Spring Break. Where would be your favorite destination spot if you could join the Spring Break festivities?

Have a great week my bookish friends
Peggy x 


Greg Hill said...

Not a bad view for a lunchtime walk! Glad you're happy w/ Disqus so far- I need to go either that route or Intense debate soon...

I have A Walk in the Woods also I need to get to it at some point, it looks good.

Red Iza said...

I'm also interested by the curious incident. It's a nice view you have and congrats on your first Book Blitz ! Have a great week ;)

Farzy @ Books Keep Me Sane said...

If I had that view everyday then I'd surely take a walk more often. It's my dream to visit London (okay I sound like a total tourist lol)
my sunday post:

Milka Väinämö said...

That is quite a view on a lunch walk. I've been to London a couple of times, and loved it, and I'm actually traveling there again at the end of May, this time with my mom... Desperately trying to figure out some mom-friendly activities to do at the moment :)

Have a good Sunday and happy reading! :)

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I feel the same way about gyms...I belonged to one for years, and at first, went regularly. But then they moved to a different location, and the drive, etc., made it challenging. Plus I hated going! LOL

Walking is something I'm always vowing to do more of...and I'm inspired by your walking tour. I don't think mine will be nearly as interesting, though...

Enjoy your reading! Here's


Jenea Whittington said...

We have a Kinect for our XBox 360, and now that I am cleared for exercise, I am going to start using it. They make some really good exercise games for it. Enjoy your week. The pic is gorgeous!

Jenea @ Books Live Forever's Sunday Post

My Home of Books said...

Love that photo of London! My brother and his family went there a few years ago and just loved all the sights. Sounds like you had a good week. Curious as to your take on the Hornets Nest series, and congrats on snagging a used paperback which you needed to complete it. I am one of those who know about it, but have just never read any of Larsson's books.
Green Mile was a good read for me years ago.
Thanks for sharing all your book news!

A Voracious Reader said...

Pushing tourists out of the way should be good arm exercise to go with your walking. lol Have a great week!

Michelle P said...

I can't wait to start walking again but my view isn't as nice as yours :) I love walking after dinner. Glad you had a good week!

Enjoy this week!

kimbacaffeinate said...

Ya for Discus, now make sure you have it set up to sync comments to blogger..that way if you ever decide to switch hosts or commenting systems your posts will appear on blogger. I missed this step and when I was moving to WordPress I was able to sync them back on to blogger...but if you look at my older posts comments and replies are out of order and a few posts have hundreds of comments from where I

Tanja said...

Oh god! I love that picture of London and that's one of the cities I'd love to visit. :) Please share more pics with us :) I really hope you'll enjoy the third book in Millennium series. I loved it :) Great post and thanks for stopping by :)

Bea @ Bea's Book Nook said...

I would like to visit London some day. :) Lucky you to be able to take your walks there. :) I need to get out and walk more; now that spring is here motivation will be easier to find. I was NOT going out in the winter. Brr

Congrats on installing Disqus, I hope you like it. :)

happy reading!

Peggy Farooqi said...

I love walking/hiking, and the Appalachian Trail is a kind of dream…one day.

Peggy Farooqi said...

It was so straightforward with disqus, I wonder why I didn't do it a long time ago!

Peggy Farooqi said...

Thanks, I was initially a tiny bit nervous about the Book Blitz, but the book was a pleasure to read, so all was good. :)

Terri M LeBlanc said...

I miss London! I was there for a short time in 1999 for a college study abroad trip. It was amazing.

I look forward to your thoughts on The Green Mile, Peggy. It's one of two King books I have read and I loved it. I loved the movie as well. One of the few adaptations that does the book justice.

Peggy Farooqi said...

As so often, when you actually live (or work like me) in the city, you don't 'see' the sights any more. Hope you will come to visit one day :)

Peggy Farooqi said...

There are quite a few things to see for every taste really, she will have to do the touristy stuff i.e. Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. Weather should hopefully be really good in May as well.

Peggy Farooqi said...

That's exactly what's happened to my gym. it closed down for refurbishment (for 1 year!) All the others are either too far, too expensive (I refuse to pay £80 - about $130 per months!) or pure bodybuilding gyms with men posing in front of mirrors.That could be a good look in a nice book maybe, but not in a gym when I turn up to sweat it out lol.

Peggy Farooqi said...

My friend does it and she loves it. If I can wrestle the XBox of my boys :)

Peggy Farooqi said...

Thanks It's strange, when you see those sights every day, you don't see them any more, if you know what I mean. ,I love noosing around thrift shops and managed to put together quite a few different series that way… my hunting instinct :)

Peggy Farooqi said...

lol love that! first I thought people must think who is that mad woman walking like crazy… but there are quite a few people power walking /jogging by the river.

Peggy Farooqi said...

I agree, and walking just before bedtime actually is nice. Takes some effort to get going, but boy, does it get you tired.

Peggy Farooqi said...

Ah, ok thanks so much. I can set this when signing into discus I guess? The signing up and installing was straight forward, thanks goodness!

Peggy Farooqi said...

Thanks so much, it is actually motivating as well to take maybe just one picture or so on every walk.

Peggy Farooqi said...

Fully agree, The Green Mile book and movie both were amazing. Usually movie adaptations have lots to be desired, but this one was really good. And I do like Tom Hanks as an actor.

Peggy Farooqi said...

That was my motivation as well - now that spring is here and summer near, I need to get moving a bit.
I do love disqus, it was so easy to install, should have done it ages ago!

Christy (Love of Books) said...

Walking is always good. You'll have to start listening to audiobooks while you walk. :)

Kat Morrisey said...

I am becoming quite obsessed with walking, something I never thought would happen. It helps that I listen to audio books as I do--sometimes I don't realize how far I've walked while listening. lol And you have awesome views while on your walks. (I only have cars and houses to look at...not exciting at all.) I so want to go to England...maybe someday I'll get there! *fingers crossed*

I hope you have a great week and happy reading!

Julie @ Manga Maniac Cafe said...

It finally got warm enough for me to venture outside and walk, too! We have a park behind the sub with 20 miles of hiking trails, and now that I finally have a rec pass to go, I have decided that the pups and I are going to explore the whole park! Enjoy your books and your lunchtime walks!

Yvonne said...

We're having nice weather too. Walking is always good exercise. I've been using my exercise bike and an exercise DVD at home. I decided against a gym...way too expensive.

Hope you have a great week.

Kristin @ My ParaHangover said...

I'm kind of curious of what you'll think of A Walk in the Woods - these are actually real people and I really wanted to walk the AT when I was younger. I don't know if my parents would have been trust worthy enough to send out my packages of food and goods, tho ;)

LOVE the view of your lunch break walks!! Keep the pics coming!!!

Have a great week!

Michelle@ Book Briefs said...

I missed most of those around the blogosphere posts so I am off to check them out now :) thanks for sharing them. I am a new follower of yours :)

My Weekly Wrap Up Post

Happy Reading!

Michelle @ Book Briefs

Finley Jayne said...

I'm a big fan of walking and try to do it at least 2-3 times a week, once the weather gets above 40 degrees :) Looking forward to your thoughts about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time!

Peggy Farooqi said...

Great idea actually. I never really managed to get into audio book, but if I start to walk a lot (hopefully!) than that might be a solution.

Peggy Farooqi said...

I'm so pleased that so many of us seem to enjoy walking, it is quite a motivation for me. I never got on with audio books, but than, I've never tried whilst walking - so especially if I want to take up walking more 'seriously' I shall give audio books another try.

Peggy Farooqi said...

Thanks Julie. Wow, great to have a hiking trail. Where I live isn't that beautiful view I have to say, only at lunchtime at work... I do have a dog, but she is quite old and I have to drag her with me :)

Becki Weston said...

I'm a fan of walking, you get to see some amazing things and find places you'd otherwise miss. Both of your books look great and I hope you enjoy reading them. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. I hope you have a great week.

Peggy Farooqi said...

looking at the prices of gyms here too… an exercise bike might be a very good investment.

Peggy Farooqi said...

I'm looking forward to it - a bit different to my usual reads, but it was intriguing me!

Peggy Farooqi said...

Thanks Michelle, I always spend ages on other blogs on the Sunday Post :)

Peggy Farooqi said...

I'm surprised how popular walking is amongst us book bloggers :) Hope you don't still have below 40s...

Peggy Farooqi said...

True, I discovered a lot of interesting buildings / architecture whilst walking along roads which I normally drive through.

Peggy Farooqi said...

Thanks Lola, it was a bit of a milestone for me to take part in the Book Blitz and I did enjoy it.

Naomi Hop said...

Wow... that is a nice view! Enjoy the reads you picked up!!

Thanx for visiting My Weekly Wrap-Up!

Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

Sophia Lin said...

Nice photo! :) Apparently Disqus doesn't make my life easier, so sorry if I can't hop by and comment back quickly (tis blocked at school)! I'm not exactly sure how long my laptop will last if I keep using wifi and unable to charge it continuously (aka discharging A LOT) >_<
Write Your Life Story looks very familiar... maybe I'm thinking of a book I have that's really similar to this one.
We had hot weather this week; mind sending some nice weather towards me? :D?

Camille said...

Love your picture above :) And congrats on your first book blitz :) Happy reading this week :) Thanks for dropping by my Sunday Post :)

Pabkins said...

I'm jealous of your walks at lunch! I'm such a hermit I barely go outside. But hey at least I sit near the window =)

Tanya Davis said...

Oh you have such an awesome view! I'm thinking of joining the Feature & Follow this week. We shall see what I can pull together! Have a great Easter!

brandileigh2003 said...

Beautiful picture and books sound good.