This Week by Proxy: 03 – 09 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: 03 – 09 August 2020 |

Another hot and sunny end to a busy week spent indoors! Yesterday we took an expedition along the canal to feed the ducks, and my stepdaughter took us on a detour down some wooded paths to find some fairies where, by (not unintended) chance, we came across Rapunzel’s tower. Now it is, in fact, either a folly or what was meant to be a chimney for an unfinished mining ventilation shaft but it suited a three year old’s imagination very well. We then spent the rest of the day in the garden, watering plants, playing with the bunnies and reading books. Not a bad weekend at all!

I hope you are all well and have had a wonderfully, bookish week! 

| Books Read |

This week I finished Sharp Ends by Joe Abercrombie and Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey and they were both wonderfully entertaining reads in very different ways. It has taken me an awfully long time to get round to reading Sharp Ends, so I’m particularly happy to have finally read it, and Leviathan Wakes really was an incredible start to a series that I cannot wait to continue. 

| Currently Reading |

This week I started The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor, a historical crime fiction novel set in the year of The Great Fire of London. It is an excellent read so far, very detailed and beautifully written with interesting characters and details – Taylor’s writing is most definitely a feast for the senses. The architect in me is particularly enjoying the ties to Christopher Wren’s vision of London and the rebuilding of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

I have also started listening to the audiobook for The Doors of Eden, which I try and squeeze in any time I can, and have finally (hurrah!) picked up All Systems Red, the first novella in The Murderbot Diaries.

| Upcoming Reviews |

I am still slogging my way through the review list, making slow and steady progress. Now that a few deadlines are out of the way at work I’m hoping the time I spend doing unpaid overtime is finally going to be minimised and I can spend more of my time writing reviews! 

| Watching |

The other half and I have finally finished the second season of The Order, which was both silly and highly entertaining, and have started watching the second season of The Umbrella Academy. I have also made it to the third season of Humans, which I am enjoying very much. 

| Gaming |

I submitted to peer pressure this week and started playing GTFO, a survival horror cooperative first-person shooter which is both a challenge and brilliantly entertaining. I hadn’t expected to enjoy it as much as I am doing and , seeing as the other half is playing it while I write this post, it will probably be top of the list for the coming week too! I have also played limited amounts of both Apex Legends and No Man’s Sky, both of which I am still thoroughly enjoying.

| Posts |

Review: Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler

Music Mondays: 0:59

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

Teaser Tuesdays: Leviathan Wakes

Waiting on Wednesday: The Doors of Eden by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Friday Face-Off: Action

Friday Firsts: The Ashes of London

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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23 thoughts on “This Week by Proxy: 03 – 09 August

  1. Sounds like a wonderful week of books, viewing and time spent with your stepdaughter. 😊 I keep hearing good things about The Umbrella Academy, so I really must put that one my wish list. This week I indulged in comforting re-watches of Austen adaptations! 😁 Take care and happy reading in the coming week.


  2. That sounds like a wonderful weekend! Feeding the ducks is always fun, and of course unexpected discoveries are as well. 🙂

    I’m seriously thinking of trying The Umbrella academy, everyone seems tobe loving it! Humans is a great series too, I miss that show.

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    1. It was a really good one, thank you 😀 And much needed after a busy week!

      The Umbrella Academy is great! Absolute crazy drama but a lot of fun too. If you try it, let me know what you think!


  3. Sounds like a great weekend.
    I’m so eager for more of the Order. The way it ended made me want to know what’s going to happen with the female werewolf girl (I forgot her name).
    …I wish the werewolves were smarter. I enjoy the show but wish it took itself a little seriously.

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    1. Yeah, it actually has a really good plot but there are so many silly bits in between. I thought they unnecessarily rushed Alyssa’s story for one… They could have made it more of a thing a long time ago and I wouldn’t have questioned her sudden uncompromising loyalties 😂

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  4. Audiobook… this reminds me to maybe do one of my planned buddy reads for September as audio. I want to use up my audible credits and I am horribly overbooked for September… have ti check my list…

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      1. I just looked at my reading plans and the most likely candidates will be Sourdough or Axiom‘s End. When I have a few quiet moments, I will listen to the samples and decide which narrator I prefer…

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            1. I really enjoyed listening to the audiobooks of Anne Leckie‘s Imperial Radch trilogy. The audiobooks of The Expanse are well done. And Aaronovitch‘s Peter Grant novels are excellent in audio.

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            2. I’ll have to check some of them out! I love the Peter Grant series but I’ve never read any of Ann Leckie’s novels so maybe I should have a listen to one of her audiobooks!

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