(Belated) Sunday Post – 8/27/2017

August 27, 2017 Sunday Post 6

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures—I mean books!

(Belated) Sunday Post

Did you see the eclipse last Monday? I thought there would be too many clouds, but they parted just in time for us to see it… or rather, to see the 76% eclipse that was visible from where I was in New Mexico. Even though it wasn’t a total eclipse, it was still really amazing. It’s the first solar eclipse I’ve seen personally, rather than on TV.

I had a wonderful week in New Mexico with Robin, my mom and stepdad, and my sister and her family. We missed Mr. Bookwyrm and my nephew, both of whom had to work and couldn’t come visit, but we had fun anyway: family meals at one house or the other, board games (Robin introduced the family to Carcassonne, and I’m hooked), and just hanging out and talking about books, movies, and TV shows. The weather was wonderful, despite the often-overcast skies and afternoon/evening monsoon rains, which just kept the temperatures relatively cool.

Rainbow at sunset, over the canyon behind my parents’ house. (New Mexico)

 

It was also a very fiber-y week. Robin, her friend Owl, and I found a great yarn shop in Santa Fe called Yarn and Coffee, and I bought some yarn for myself and some for a gift I want to make. I made progress knitting a scarf from angora wool I brought with me, and I borrowed Robin and Owl’s spinning wheel to spin 6 ounces of a merino-silk blend that I had bought back in May. I still tend to overspin a lot, and I can’t yet keep an even thickness, but I’m learning. And the unevenness makes it a thick-and-thin art yarn, right? [winks] Below is my knitting project; I don’t have good photos of the handspun yarn yet.

Current knitting project: Misty Garden scarf pattern, in Louisa Harding “Kimono Angora” yarn. It’s a gift for someone, but I can’t say who!

 

I left New Mexico early Saturday morning, arrived at my dad and stepmom’s house in Salt Lake City, and promptly got sick. (Something I ate, I think. I’m mostly better now—now being Sunday night.) Between packing and spinning on Friday (into the wee hours—I had to finish spinning all the wool, then ply it), traveling most of the day on Saturday, and feeling sick on Saturday night and today, I didn’t get News & Notes or this Sunday Post up in time. I’m sorry!

 

Last Week on the Blog

Upcoming on the Blog

 

What I’m Reading/Watching

book cover: East, by Edith Pattou

Reading:  I finished two ARCs: Dirty Dancing at Devil’s Leap, which was really good, and Wicked Deeds by Heather Graham, which was fun but not as suspenseful as the previous two books in the Krewe of Hunters series.  I didn’t get far with East by Edith Pattou, not because it’s not good—it most certainly is—but because I haven’t had much time to read, what with all the knitting, spinning, game-playing, and hanging out with my family. I also started The Waking Land by Callie Bates (ARC), which so far is really good, but I haven’t gotten far into that one yet, either.

Listening to: Nothing this week. Oh, wait; that’s not true; I listened to the cast album of The Secret Garden musical while I was spinning one night. I love that musical!

Watching: Robin and I watched five or six episodes of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and the last night I was there, we went over to my sister’s house for a “dinner and a movie” night of stew and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which I liked just as well the second time around.

 

New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Many thanks to Berkley and Harlequin! I’m so excited for the third Veronica Speedwell novel!

Purchased for Kindle

Book cover: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Ken Liu story collection is mostly for Robin, though I may read it eventually. I read Melissa Mullet’s Single Malt Murder as an ARC, but thought I might revisit it before reading the sequel. I’ve also read Second Sight, but I like the series and sometimes reread them.

 

Have a wonderful week, stay cool, and happy reading!

6 Responses to “(Belated) Sunday Post – 8/27/2017”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That was smart; little ones aren’t always good about following directions. Best to protect those precious little eyes! Have a wonderful week!

  1. Michelle

    What a pretty rainbow! I adore Amanda Quick’s book. I recently found out that she has written books under other names too.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yes, she has three main writing “personas” (Jayne Ann Krentz for contemporary romance and romantic suspsense; Jayne Castle for futuristic romantic suspense; Amanda Quick for historical romance and historical romantic suspense.) She also wrote under a few other names back when she was writing “series romance” — as in, the Harlequin and Silhouette romance lines that came out monthly.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ll try to photograph the handspun when I get back from my trip. As for The Waking Land, I’m only about 1/5 of the way through so far, but I’m enjoying it. It’s written in first person present; I’m not generally a fan of present tense, but it’s working and I find I don’t mind it in this particular book, as it lends a sense of urgency to the narrative which enhances the pace of events thus far.

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