Blog update #Bookreviews and a bit more

Hi all:

You might remember that after wishing you a Happy New Year (February 2017 already!) I decided to disappear for a while and try and see what I would do with the blog.

Well, you’ll wonder if I’ve come to any conclusions. I’m afraid not that many. Before I left I had been thinking about coming up with an elaborate schedule sharing a variety of things every day. After having some time to think and realising I enjoyed the freedom of not blogging so regularly (and also of being able to dedicate a bit more time to reading what others were saying), I’ve decided not to do that. I enjoy the interaction blogging allows, but I can get that from blogging less regularly and from commenting on other people’s blogs. I do enjoy writing, but I’m not a great improviser (one of the reasons why I admire people who join in writing challenges but I usually don’t), and I prefer to have a bit more time for my translations and my writing projects. I might eventually use more platforms such as Wattpad that seems less plagued with constant changes of settings and where the emphasis is mostly on the writing (but we’ll see).

I know book reviews are very useful to authors and readers alike, and I love reading and belong to several review groups, so I’ll continue to share reviews. I have quite a few to catch up, but after that, I’ll share as I finish the books and have an occasion. I have many great reads lined up, so I hope you’ll keep visiting for that.

I might do the odd post about other things as my inspiration strikes me or if there’s something that particularly calls to me. Yes, I’ll keep you informed of my own projects as they are ready and I’ll thank you for your support spreading the word and if I have any promotion of my translation work or my books I’ll let you know too.

I’ve taken the chance during this time away to update a bit my old blog at I never deleted it and people keep finding it every so often and following it, although at the moment it consists mostly of links to my new posts in this blog. As it resisted all attempts at terminating it (a bit like my Christmas cactus that was flowering when I arrived back in the UK last Friday although I hadn’t watered it or tended to it since I left on the 30th of October) I’ve decided it deserves to live and I’ll use it to reblog (as I can’t do it here) interesting posts I see. I don’t have the comments open there, but please, feel free to comment on the original post. That will be another way to share content I enjoy. I haven’t changed what it looks like, because to be absolutely honest with you, as much as I enjoy pretty things when I’m reading something I don’t care that much about fancy stuff around it that I sometimes find distracting. (I know a Spanish poet whose blog has hearts dropping from the sky, bubbles going up and down, music playing… I told him I found it impossible to read anything with all that going on and he told me people enjoy it. Well, it’s not me.) And it might be that if I don’t find a better use for this blog, I’ll end up just going back to the old one.

And now, I thought I’d leave you with a couple of trailers for movies I’ve really enjoyed.

La La Land

Hidden Figures,/strong>

Thanks for reading and just in case you’ve forgotten, please like, share, comment and click!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

28 replies on “Blog update #Bookreviews and a bit more”

Thanks for the trailers Olga. Both look like my kind of movies, I haven’t seen either one. And we love your book reviews so you keep blogging just as you have been. We know what to expect to find when we come here. 🙂

Thanks, Debby. I recommend both movies (I watched them with my mother in Barcelona and she enjoyed them too, so they cover a good range of ages. There were a lot of people of a certain age watching La, La, Land. I had the feeling we all missed a good musical). Thanks, Debby. We’ll see what the future brings. And of course, the review of your book is also due a post in the next few weeks.

We’ve been friends quite a while now Olga, even pre-Hay. It will come as no surprise for you to hear I’ve missed you and it sounds like I’m going to miss you more. I hope you find plenty of occasions to comment on blogs or to write your opinions on what’s happening in the World. Most of all take care of yourself and be happy.
xxx Mammoth Hugs xxx

Thanks, David. Indeed. I also miss your previous style of posts, but I know can stressful it can be to have to keep up to a pressing schedule. I’ll be around for sure, but perhaps more behind the scenes. And living the moment. Love to Mike and to all the family.

I’m so glad you decided not to blog a variety of things every day. I live in dread of someone else posting every five minutes! It’s impossible to keep up and it means there are some people’s posts that I just delete (there are special exceptions) – five, six, seven…stop right now!

I know what you mean, Sarah. I have some blogs I subscribe to, that as much as I enjoy them, I’ve changed the notifications to only once a week, and I know that day I can have a look and pick up the topics I definitely must read, rather than try to catch up on everything as they come out. I don’t want anybody stressing over my blog or feeling they have to comment. If something is interesting or useful, or curious, go for it. And if not, there are plenty of blogs and we’re all very different people. I always know I’ll have something beautiful to share when I get your posts. I hope your eyesight gets better soon (or progressively better).

At least you are not going to disappear completely. That would cause me great sadness.
Take time for yourself, and do what makes you happy. You have been a huge help to other writers, and a great supporter of blogs. Maybe time to take a seat nearer the back, and have a rest? I will always be around, whenever you ‘pop up’.
Best wishes as always, Pete. x

Thanks so much, Pete. You’re very kind and very right. I am one of those people that will happily join somebody on something that sounds like a great idea and then be left there to carry it while the other person moves on to something else. Routine is good but flexibility is also good and keeps the mind going. I think the seat near the back is the perfect metaphor. I hope things are settling down a bit for you. I’m a big believer in doing things to keep the mind occupied, but sometimes we need to invest time in silence and being with ourselves. And of course, you have my e-mail if you ever want a longer conversation.

Glad you are not going to be disappearing completely Olga as I really enjoy your posts, especially your reviews. I am delighted to see you on Mondays.. and have found that the round up and cutting back on reblogs by putting several into one post has relieved the burden on my regulars.. catch up soon… xx

Thanks, Sally. I look forward to your posts and although I catch some during the week I am ready to “borrow” from the selection, especially when I’m preparing my radio programme (I shared some of your pun collection yesterday). Thanks and keep enlightening us!

Thanks. Still checking on the stories. I need to get the rhythm again before I dare try anything adventurous! (I usually only get between 10 and 12 minutes to talk per hour, and that’s including introduction, saying goodbye, etc…)

Olga, you need to go the way that works for you. Love your reviews. If you like doing them, I’m happy to read them as it takes anywhere from two to four weeks for me to read a novel. I still feel I can keep up on what’s available by reading reviews.
I’m ready for another push back myself as life has become rather overwhelming on almost all fronts Ugh. 🙁

Thanks, Tess. I hope things take a turn for the better. For the last two years, I kept telling myself that the year would be better than the previous one but it didn’t work, so now I don’t, although at least I like the number 7.
Not to worry, the reviews will keep on coming. I have the same feeling about reviews, and I’m happy to read reviews on genres I probably wouldn’t read myself but I enjoy being up-to-date. Takes lots of care.

Olga, I think you have it all worked out. Just do what works for you, what you enjoy. The Internet abounds with advice — thousands of people know what we *should* do; each has a magic formula… I say do what you enjoy. It seems that you have come to the same conclusion. Once I get my motivational posts caught up (for my “library”) I will go back to posting once a week. It’s just too hard to keep up with more. I’m working on a Valentines short story. LOL, Every where I turned I was giving a spoiler to the Atonement stories, but I think I finally worked out a story that avoids spoilers.
Wishing you a relaxing, fun, satisfying weekend. Mega hugs.

Thanks, Teagan. I’m sharing a couple of reviews next week but then I’ll be away for a short break and will restart again when I’m back (no point in worrying about being able to reply to comments or running around like a headless chicken). I know how difficult it is to talk about books without revealing any spoilers (some books are a nightmare for reviewers too, but as an author, I’ve scratched my head many times trying to find something I could share that was interesting without giving too much away). Looking forward to your story, although I happen to be travelling to Paris on Valentine’s day (nothing romantic about it, but catching up with my friend and her family after almost two years). ♥

Olga, I’m sure you’ll find the way to blog in a way that suits you. Blogging should be fun and not a chore. I always enjoy your reviews. I haven’t seen La La Land yet but am looking forward to seeing it soon.

It’s always lovely to see you on planet Blog, Olga. I’ve been told so many times by other bloggers “do what you like doing” and I’ve stuck by that. One the biggest things about blogging is how different all these blogs are. I’ve always loved variety and that’s why I’m still here after (almost) three years. I came here to have fun and for enjoyment. I nearly fell off Planet Blog once, but found my niche.

Thanks, Hugh. I fell into it just a bit by accident. And I kept going. The people makes all the difference, but I must confess that although I’d like the blog to reach people who might enjoy it, studying matters like analytics, what time of the day to post and all this… Not for me. I love your blog. 🙂

Hello Olga! You have to do what makes you happy and what you’re truly passionate about. Thank you for continuing to do the book reviews and for sharing the movie trailers. I wish you all the best––always. 🙂 xx

I have only just seen this! I find blogging very worthwhile, but a balancing act in terms of fitting it into ones’s life. We rarely see films, but have seen both of these. Hidden Figures, particularly, gave us enormous pleasure.

Thanks, Hilary. Blogging has some unexpected pluses, although I tend to find everybody else’s blogs more interesting than mine. When I’m in Barcelona with my mother we try to go to the cinema once a week (on Wednesday and Thursdays is cheaper) so I managed to catch up with some. Here, lately I only go to watch whatever comes to Penistone but sometimes I’m too busy.
Don’t miss the review of your book this Friday!

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