This Week by Proxy: 20 July – 02 August

Welcome to This Week by Proxy. Join me as I link up with the Caffeinated Reviewer to look back on the past week and see what I’ve been reading, posting, watching and playing!

| This Week by Proxy: 20 July – 02 August 2020 |

This week’s post is actually a two-week post, as last week my weekend was so chaotic that I didn’t find any time to wrap up anything! I did, however, do some gardening with a three year old, read many a children’s book, drank copious amounts of wine, and had an insanely lengthy trip to Ikea where I spent a veritable fortune on items that I hadn’t planned on buying in the first place! But such is life.

I have also managed to enjoy several socially distanced meet ups with both my parents and my partner’s parents, which was a lovely change to my somewhat house-bound working week. However, both their areas have now gone into an extended lockdown period and we will be unable to meet up until restrictions have been lifted again.

I hope you are all safe and well and I can’t wait to catch up on your bookish posts during the week!

| Books Read |

I finally finished Ashes of the Sun, the first in a new fantasy series by Django Wexler, which proved to be a beautifully wrought and complex tale of siblings who find themselves on opposite sides of a war that has lasted the ages. This was a joy to read from beginning to end and has me itching to see what else Wexler has to offer.

I also finished Becky Chambers’ novella, To Be Taught, If Fortunate, which tells the tale of the crew of the Merian as they explore, study and catalogue their findings of strange, new worlds. While not in the same league as the Wayfarers series, this was still an enjoyable tale which explores several interesting concepts.

I also completed my second Jeeves novel, Right Ho, Jeeves, which I rather enjoyed, and a collection of Blandings short stories, Lord Emsworth Acts for the Best.

| Currently Reading |

I just can’t cope with how in love I am with Leviathan Wakes. If a book can be devoured, then every time this one is opened up it is a feast for the mind. The worlds, the ships, the people – they’re all so clearly and wonderfully wrought that I feel lucky to be reading it.

I have also finally gotten around to reading Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie which, for some unknown reason, I’ve left high and dry on my bookshelf – pristine signed hardback looking down at me in stunning blue. I am thoroughly ashamed! With short tales of new and familiar characters, I couldn’t be happier to be back in the world of The First Law.

| Upcoming Reviews |

I am definitely struggling to stop myself from reading and start reviewing at the moment. I partially blame my excessive hours behind a computer whilst working from home but, in all honesty, everything I’m reading is so exciting that I’m too eager to go onto the next thing before I’ve given myself some time to process. I will, however, be playing a bit of catch up this week (as I certainly don’t want to fall any further behind!) and should have all the above reviews out in the next two weeks.  

| Watching |

The other half and I are slowly making our way through The Order in between bouts of gaming, while I’ve been watching Humans, an addictive science fiction series about AI and synthetic consciousness. I first started watching Humans when it was first released and, for some unknown reason, failed to continue – so I have plenty to catch up on!

| Gaming |

For the past two weeks I have been playing copious amounts of No Man’s Sky and Red Dead Redemption 2, interspersed with Apex Legends. No Man’s Sky is a beautiful and expansive game of planetary exploration which I now believe I’m slightly addicted to. Likewise, Red Dead Redemption 2 is a stunning, chaotic and wild ride across the Wild West. Had I not already chosen my Top Ten Games of the Past Two Years, which will be posted next week, these two would almost certainly be featured.

| Posts |

Review: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Music Mondays: Huggin & Kissin

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Book Festivals in the UK

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten… Books with Red in the Title

Teaser Tuesdays: Ashes of the Sun

Teaser Tuesdays: To Be Taught, If Fortunate

Waiting on Wednesday: Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Waiting on Wednesday: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

The Friday Face-Off: Framed

The Friday Face-Off: White

Friday Firsts: Leviathan Wakes

I hope you all have a wonderful, book-filled week!

What have you been reading, watching and playing this week? Have you accomplished any goals?

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24 thoughts on “This Week by Proxy: 20 July – 02 August

  1. Alcoholism and Shopping addiction in one sentence, I‘m worried!
    Sharp Ends is waiting tbr on my shelf, and I‘ve got the beautiful hard cover. Alas, my schedule is stuffed with my Netgalley addiction arcs. Can’t help it and I’m waiting for it to wear off.

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    1. Ah but it was necessary after the week I’d had at work! 😂 Three successive fourteen hour days pushed me over the edge.

      Haha! I have so many to plough through too! I’m just going to go with the flow and read whichever grabs me first 😀

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  2. Glad you were able to meet up even if lockdowns are in effect again. It is hard not being able to see loved ones.

    I liked To Be Taught as well. I need to get back to the Order and I liked Humans a lot- I miss that show!

    No Man’s Sky looks awesome and I remember wanting to play it when it came out. the idea of an open world exploration game like that sounds so fun!

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    1. It is indeed! I still see my parents quite often but it was nice not to just be dropping round shopping on the doorstep!

      It is really fun! I’m enjoying it a lot 😀 you’re almost thrown in the deep end when you first load in but the storyline soon picks up! You can also just explore and build as you want too!


  3. No Man’s Sky was so fun and addicting when I first played! It got repetitive after a while, but this was when it first came out. If I had to do it again I probably would have waited and not paid new release price but there’s definitely great content and gorgeous graphics, plus an excellent soundtrack.

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    1. I hear it has improved considerably since release, though I can’t confirm myself! I’m really enjoying it so far but I can see how it might get a little repetitive after a while playing… and the flight sim makes me a little queasy too! The soundtrack is excellent though and he graphics are beautiful! 😀


    1. Probably! The queues are probably not worth it but we’ve been in desperate need of some furniture since moving into our house late last year!

      Hope you have a great week too! 😀


  4. Oh wow, you have been busy, Proxy. Sorry to hear your parents and grandparents have had to go back into lockdown – I hope it won’t be for too long. Thankfully we seem to be okay around where I live. Also great to see your catching up with watching Humans, I loved that show. Take care and happy reading. 🙂


  5. I do dislike falling behind with reviews but I go through stages, I’m either reading lots and falling behind, or reviewing lots and fitting in very little reading time. I need to find a happier balance somehow.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. Oh I am completely unbalanced! 😅 I doubt I’ll ever find a happy medium… As much as I love blogging and reviewing the reading is always the most fun part 😀


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