Saturday, 13 January 2018

Chuckles Weekend Roundup


Welcome to my new feature Chuckles Weekend Roundup where I will be looking at what books I've received, anything interesting I've done or bought or watched and other random stuff. I'll be taking a look back at what happened in my blogging world too, sort of like The Sunday Post that some of you do! 

Please note that I'll be visiting your STS/SP as normal, but I don't follow or leave comments on blogs run by Google Plus, or DISQUS as I refuse to join something just to leave comments, and I won't allow DISQUS to follow new people, update my profile or post tweets 'on my behalf'. I am the only one who does that on my social media! I won't comment on any blog that makes me sign in using another account. Sometimes, I have problems leaving messages on blogs hosted by Wordpress-they try to block me because I deleted my account with them but I will persevere as it only happens the odd time!

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How can we be close to halfway through January already??? Still, it has already been a great reading month for me and by this morning I've completed 14 books, a mixture of novels and novellas, a couple that were started before New Year but finished after, the rest all done since. I've managed to do something towards 2 of my 4 challenges so I need to fit in some horror and a couple of paperbacks so that I've made progress on all four. I'm happy with things so far. I have bought a few books in series I'm following which is exciting and a few horror offerings from an author I enjoy. Happy!   

The Aussie Flu is racing through our area according to my doctor on Thursday (just my regular check up, nothing to worry about) and she advised my dad and I not to go out unless necessary, which is kind of worrying. I have the food supplies to last us but it is concerning for a doctor to say that. With my dad and I having other health issues, I think we better follow orders! Is it just me or does it feel all end of days with the Rocket Man jibes, all the natural disasters including the fires and mudslides in California, the more frequent bad storms, pandemics...maybe I started the prepper posts at the right time...or maybe I'm reading too many apocalypse books and getting paranoid!!!

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Chuckles Blogging World
On the blogging side of things, this week was ok. I launched my new Prepper feature which seems to have gone down well. I am four weeks ahead in almost all of my regular features, which is good. I've been able to keep up quite well with comments and blog visits and I've found a couple of new blogs to follow which look promising. Overall I'm happy.
 
Book Reviews
I am happy to put a few reviews up this week! 
 
Robert Brown-The Last Blade of Grass

Robert Brown-Barren Fields
 
Sonya Bateman-Wrong Side of Hell

Sonya Bateman-Dance of the Dead
 
Regular Posts 
This week along with sampling and going around the blogs, I launched my Prepping With Chuckles posts. The idea is to help with the basics of prepping, giving hints on everything from gardening-alternative medicine, food storage to security and a lot more. Hope you can join us for that as there are lots of topics that might help you get ready for natural or manmade issues. I also did Simone Pond on Cover Love, Top Ten Tuesday was about books I want to read this year that I didn't do last year and Can't Wait Wednesday was all about The Tudors.
 
Chuckles Cover Love

Chuckles Goes Sampling
 
Prepping With Chuckles

Around The Blogs With Chuckles

Top Ten Tuesday
 
Can't Wait Wednesday

Discussion Posts
This week Chuckles Chat was all about the different ways we use our e-readers and Game of Thrones Gossip looks at Robb Stark.
 
Chuckles Chat
 
Game of Thrones Gossip

Film Reviews
none this week
 
Special Posts 
none this week
 
Book Tags/Blog Awards 
 
What Makes You Happy Book Tag
 
Book Challenge Updates 
 
Goodreads Challenge-14/200
 
TBR books I own but haven't read-845
 
Currently Reading/Up Next 
 A great reading week! I finished A Dance With Dragons (yea!), read a full length Kitty Norville book, and fitted in three novellas and the three Carrie Fisher memoirs, which wereappointing but short. All in all, eight books read! This week I'm trying to fit in a few apocalypse and zombie books. These are up next...


Next Week on the Blog
 There will be a samples post and I'll be going around the blogs as usual. Prepping With Chuckles looks at the Bug Out Bag, Cover Love is Simone Pond again, Top Ten Tuesday is Bookish Goals, Can't Wait Wednesday is Gordon Brown, Chuckles Chat looks at Films Based On Books and Game of Thrones Gossip is Jaime Lannister.

20 comments:

  1. January can’t be half over! I’ve only finished 3 books, and I have a ton of work stuff to do! Congrats on finishing A Dance With Dragons. It’ll probably take me months to read that book.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I think the key with books that size is being able to devote a few hours at a time to it so you instantly see progress! Of course, finding those few hours over a few days or a week are easier said than done!

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  2. Please do take your doctor's advice - especially with other health issues. This time of year is so scary, extra so right now. Every day it seems like there are more reports of little ones dying due to the Influenza B, it is scary and heartbreaking.

    Whenever I am on your blog I feel like such a slacker, you are a busy busy bee!

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    1. I'm feeling a bit off today but hopefully it's just a minor viral infection. Maybe reading all these pandemic apocalypse books at the moment isn't such a great idea! Ah don't feel bad...I have all day to blog so that's the secret of my success!

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  3. Wow, you've read a lot and like you, I can't believe that it's almost the middle of January. I hope you and your father both stay in and away from all the sickness. Sounds like a doctor's excuse to read and binge watch TV.

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    1. Time seems to be flying at the moment...it's unnerving! I intend to stay in until this flu thing calms down even if that means waiting for March!

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  4. I'm not too worried about the Aussie flu yet, though there are a couple of signs I'm keeping an eye on. I wish there was an effective flu shot this season, though!

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    1. The paranoid prepper part of me is trying to fight its way out of me at the moment and I'm trying not to run around screaming PANDEMIC! *giggles*

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  5. Looks like you are off to a great start this year! I've been enjoying your posts. And I have got to check out The Tank! Sharks!! LOL

    My Sunday Post

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    1. I saw that woman v shark thing and just had to buy it! I've enjoyed most of his other books so I'd like to sneak this into my reading sometime this year...

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  6. I only just this evening heard a news report about the Aussie Flu and how bad things are getting! Take care of yourself and your dad, Chuckles.

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    1. I'm officially in hibernation, don't worry!

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  7. I can't believe we are this far into January already either. You guys take care!

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    1. Time is going too fast! Other than blogging and reading I plan to hibernate!

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  8. I can't believe that it is already the middle of January either! I hope that you will be able to avoid the bug going around in your area. My husband is sitting on the other side of the couch sick right now and I have my fingers crossed that he can keep his germs to himself. Have a great week!

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    1. I hope Mr Carole will be feeling better soon...there's nothing worse than feeling ill like that. I'm hoping to avoid this flu as it sounds really nasty!

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  9. I totally agree it feels like the end times are near all we need is a pandemic. I have to stop watching the news and reading Twitter! I hope you stay healthy. We have a nasty flu here too. I'm doing my best to avoid people.

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    1. I am getting paranoid about the state of the world. Even my dad sits and talks now about what to do if a nuclear blast happens! This pandemic is a nasty one and I'm hiding in the house at the moment.

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  10. Ugh. Stay healthy! You are rocking the books already and we still have a few days to go in the month! Have a great week.

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    1. I'm happy with progress so far...trouble is I'm feeling pretty tired at night so not reading much but I'm trying to read in the mornings instead!

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