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!
You may have noticed that I was AWOL all last week. We spent a week (Thursday to Thursday) in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with Mr. Bookwyrm’s family: his sister and his brother and their spouses and (mostly adult) kids. The weather was cooler there than at home — only in the 60s most days, thank goodness! And it was great to spend time with my brothers- and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. We took two short cruises, one to see the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore at sunset, and the other to see shipwrecks in a glass-bottomed boat. We hiked about 6 miles, about 2 miles of it bushwhacking our way around (and over, and through) deep mud and standing water — but it was totally worth it for the views halfway and for the walk back via a different route, which was lovely. We also visited several waterfalls and a bookstore, played games, and took turns cooking for the horde. One night my nephew and I started a fire and the whole crew toasted marshmallows and ate s’mores.
All the family togetherness and the tight quarters (13 people in one largish cabin/house) meant I had very little time for reading, however. And while I knew before we left on the 21st that we wouldn’t have internet in the cabin, I didn’t realize we would not have cell phone reception either — nor that the wireless internet up at the main lodge would be on the fritz. So I was completely offline the whole time, and wasn’t able to post to the blog at all, which I hadn’t anticipated. It felt really good to unplug, though!
We got home late Friday night, just in time for a jam-packed musical-theatre weekend. Last night we saw Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first musical, In the Heights, in Richmond. It was fabulous! Today we take Robin to the airport, then drive up to Baltimore to see Finding Neverland. I’ll let you know what I think of both musicals when I have time to write down my thoughts. Monday I plunge back into indexing again.
Last Two Weeks on the Blog
- Falling Awake (Jayne Ann Krentz)
- Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start (But Haven’t Yet)
- Summer Fun (Sunday Post – 7/02/2017) – this post
Upcoming on the Blog
- A Summer Stardance by Emily March – tour review
- All Signs Point to Murder by Connie di Marco – tour review
- Other posts TBD
- Sunday Post – 7/09/2017
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I’m trying to get back to reading ARCs, both current and backlog. I’m reading All Signs Point to Murder (Connie diMarco, ARC) and A Stardance Summer (Emily March, ARC), both for upcoming tours. During our vacation, I mostly reread a few of Stephanie Laurens’ backlist historical romances.
Listening to: I’m hoping to start Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier soon — either that or Neil Gaiman’s . On our drive to Michigan and back, we listened to a lot of podcasts: The Allusionist; Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me; 99% Invisible; RadioLab; Imaginary Worlds; and Science Friday. And of course, we listened to the Broadway cast recording of In the Heights, to familiarize ourselves with the music and story before seeing a regional production last night.
Watching: Without internet in the lodge where we stayed, we couldn’t stream anything. But this weekend’s live theatre trumps movies or tv in my book!
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
Many thanks to Ballantine (Random House)!
Purchased for Kindle
All of these are books I’ve read before, with the exception of Discount Armageddon, the first in a series I’ve been meaning to start.