Sunday Post – 8/19/2018

August 19, 2018 Sunday Post 20

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!

My Week

Two Sundays ago, I went to an author event featuring Susanna Kearsley. It was wonderful! She talked for about an hour about her books and her writing process, and then answered questions from the audience for another half-hour. And she took time to talk with everyone who had books to be signed. She very graciously signed not only 4 copies of Bellewether (one for me and three for gifts), she also signed a bunch of her older titles that I bought at the event or brought with me. I don’t have quite all her books signed now, but I’m close.

 

Last weekend, Mr. Bookwyrm and I celebrated our anniversary.  Then I flew out to New Mexico to spend some time with my parents (one set), Robin, and my sister and her family. We’re having a lovely time together. Next week I’ll be headed to Utah to see the other set of parents. Unfortunately, Mr. Bookwyrm didn’t get to come this time; there’s just too much going on at work right now.

 

Last Two Weeks on the Blog

 

Upcoming on the Blog

  • WIP Wednesday – tentative
  • Other posts TBD
  • News & Notes – 8/25/2018 – tentative
  • Sunday Post –8/26/2018 – tentative

 

What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: It’s been two weeks with a lot of reading time! I finished reading Once a Scoundrel (Mary Jo Putney; ARC, forthcoming) and The Corpse in the Crystal Palace (Carola Dunn; ARC; review here.)  Then I read Tortall: A Spy’s Guide (Tamora Pierce) and Pale as Death (Heather Graham), both from the library, so I could return them before leaving town. I reread The Girl Who Knew Too Much and The Other Lady Vanishes (Amanda Quick),so I could write my overdue review for the latter. I also reread The Liar and Whiskey Beach, two of my favorite Nora Roberts romantic suspense novels.  Then it was on to The Governess Game (Tessa Dare; ARC), followed by a reread of Once a Rebel (Mary Jo Putney), which I neglected to review last summer. Now I’m reading Deadly Dram (Melinda Mullet; ARC).

In ongoing books, I read a few more short stories from The Underwater Ballroom (anthology; ARC), and I’m still working my way through Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day (ARC.)

Listening to: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley. The book is great; the narrator is above average.

Watching: Robin and I are trying to finish Season 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Before I left town, Mr. Bookwyrm and I watched some Father Brown episodes from season 6.

 

New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Thank you to Berkley, Crooked Lane, and St. Martin’s Press!

Library Books

Purchased in Print

Bellewether (my review) and about 6 of Susanna Kearsley’s older titles, all of which she signed!

Purchased for Kindle

There are too many to show you all the covers, so I’m just going to list them. All were on sale when I bought them, except the two Nora Roberts books and Shadows Beneath.

  • Nimona (Noelle Stevenson)
  • Truly Devious: A Mystery (Maureen Johnson)
  • Spindle Fire (Lexa Hillyer)
  • Kat, Incorrigible and Stolen Magic (Stephanie Burgis)
  • Victory (Susan Cooper)
  • Archer’s Goon; Cart and Cwidder; Eight Days of Luke; Stopping for a Spell; and Witch’s Business (all by Diana Wynne Jones) – for Robin
  • Anything But Sweet (Candis Terry)
  • One Dance with a Duke (Tessa Dare)
  • When All the Girls Have Gone (Jayne Ann Krentz)
  • The River Knows (Amanda Quick)
  • A Palm for Mrs. Pollifax (Dorothy Gilman)
  • A Conspiracy in Belgravia (Sherry Thomas)
  • The Wild Child (Mary Jo Putney)
  • Life in a Medieval Castle (Joseph Gies)
  • Captivated and Entranced (Nora Roberts)
  • Shadows Beneath (Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, et al.) – for Robin

 

Have a good week, and happy reading!

20 Responses to “Sunday Post – 8/19/2018”

  1. Lark

    That’s so cool that you got to meet Susanna Kearsley!! And I hope you enjoy your trip to Utah. (It’s where I’m from.)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Cool! I didn’t grow up there, but my dad grew up there. Most of his family stayed there, and Dad’s been back there for decades. So I’ve visited quite a lot over the years.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m on the hold list at the library for the next Graham book—I mean, the one after Pale as Death. They are such fun to read, because she almost never goes too dark and creepy or gory for me… and as you know, my threshold for “too dark” is pretty low. 😀

  2. Rita @ View From the Books

    Happy congrats to you and your husband!
    A very nice photo of you and Ms. Kearsley. I’m in the middle of Bellewether, reading not listening, and enjoying it very much. It’s wonderful when authors go above and beyond to please their fans at outings. Have a nice week!

  3. Northwoman

    I’m enjoying all your pretty books and so fun about the book signing. I just started collecting the Graham books on audio. I haven’t started them yet. It’s an unusual way for me. Usually I read and love before I buy. Happy anniversary! Anne – Books of My Heart

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Graham “Krewe of Hunters” series is fun, though occasionally there are leaps of logic, especially in the early books. I haven’t read them all; you can read most of them as standalones, though there’s usually a little continuity of characters, particularly Jackson Crow and his wife Angela, and Adam Harriman, the Krewe’s founder and patron (mentioned if not present.)

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Happy anniversary and what a great bookish week! How lovely to meet Susanne Kearsley. You got so many lovely books. I’m excited about the new Victoria Gilbert and I just checked out Pale as Death from the library this week too! I’m really looking forward to it.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Katherine! I read Pale as Death but the last two weeks have NOT been good for writing reviews, so I haven’t reviewed it yet. Hopefully I can catch up a little bit this week. I hope you enjoyed the book!

  5. RO

    Happy belated anniversary Lark, and what a cool and kind author! I haven’t read any of her books, but she looks like someone I need to put on my radar. Spending time with family is always great! Hugs and Happy Wednesday! RO

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, RO! Susanna Kearsley is a wonderful writer, definitely worth reading. I suggest starting with The Winter Sea, because it’s one of her best. (And the audiobook is really well done.)

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