Sunday Post – 11/13/16

November 13, 2016 Sunday Post 24

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

The US election results this week surprised and disheartened many of us. I don’t want to discuss the election or politics in general on the blog at this point, but I may mention my own reactions occasionally. I do want to say, in case I haven’t made it plain by implication before now, that I welcome all readers and book-lovers to this blog, regardless of political affiliation, nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, orientation, or genre preference. That includes you, no matter who you voted for. Here, (to paraphrase the words of a wise friend this week) people will always be treated as people. And to my friends who are fearful or depressed, I offer what comfort and support I can, and all the virtual hugs you need.

Work’s about to get crazy again for a week or two, and the concert is next weekend, so I’m going to be pretty busy… but hopefully not too busy to squeeze in time for reading, knitting, and watching a few shows! (And sleep. Sleep is good.)


Last Week on the Blog


Upcoming on the Blog

  • Mon. 11/14/16: “One Snowy Night” (Jill Shalvis) – HoHoHoRAT review
  • Wed. 11/16/16: HoHoHo RAT Wrap-Up (2016)
  • Thur. 11/17/16: The Inheritance (Charles Finch) – review
  • Fri. 11/18/16: Goodreads Choice Awards: How Do You Vote?The Bookwyrm Wonders
  • Sat. 11/19/16: News & Notes – 11/19/16
  • Sun. 11/20/16: Sunday Post – 11/20/16




The HoHoHo Read-A-Thon is on! My goal is to read at least 2 holiday-themed books and listen to one audiobook (A Christmas Carol.) The books are going well — I finished The Holiday Gift and posted the review already, and I’m working on One Snowy Night. I haven’t been finding much time for the audiobook, though.

I’m also hosting one of the challenges for the Read-a-thon, so if you like holiday book covers and jigsaw puzzles, I hope you’ll check it out! (You have to be participating in the #HoHoHoRAT to enter the giveaway, but you can play the puzzles without entering the giveaway.)


What I’m Reading/Watching

I finished up The Hammer of Thor (Rick Riordan; purchased). For the HoHoHoRAT, I read  The Holiday Gift (RaeAnne Thayne; ARC; reviewed) and One Snowy Night (Jill Shalvis; purchased), and I’m working on A Yorkshire Christmas (Kate Hewitt; purchased.) I also reread the Protector of the Small quartet by Tamora Pierce (my review); in the aftermath of the election, I found solace and inspiration in Kel’s determination to protect and defend those in her care.  The Inheritance (Charles Finch; ARC) and Shades of Milk and Honey (Mary Robinette Kowal; purchased) are on hold until the HoHoHoRAT is over Tuesday night.

I changed my mind and decided to listen to A Christmas Carol (read by Jim Dale) for the HoHoHoRAT after all, but I only started last night. It’s short, though, so hopefully I can finish it.  Made in America is on hold again until after the HoHoHoRAT.

As for what we’re watching, we finished up the Poirot mysteries with “Curtain” on Sunday and Monday. It took two nights because something went wrong at Netflix the first night, and we couldn’t watch anything. Instead, we re-watched “Look to the Lady”, a Campion episode (which we own), and later in the week got back to our Harry Potter rewatch with The Goblet of Fire. On Friday, since Mr. Bookwyrm had the day off, we went to see Dr. Strange, which was fun. I may post thoughts on it later, but no promises… I’m not sure I can do so without spoilers.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Thank you, Berkley!


Purchased for Kindle

Tamora Pierce is a favorite author I love to re-read, so I buy her books for Kindle whenever they go on sale. The Mary Balogh and Jill Shalvis titles were both preorders.


Have a great week, and happy reading!


24 Responses to “Sunday Post – 11/13/16”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      As Rita suggests in her comment, if we try to reach out to those around us in love, compassion, and kindness, we counteract some of that prejudice. And if we can listen to each other, really hearing what people are feeling and trying to understand why, maybe we can solve some of the problems that give rise to (or at least offer fertile ground for) prejudice and anger in the first place.

  1. Rita @ View From My Books

    I loved reading this post today. We are still feeling an “election hangover” and not sure what to make of anything. I think all we can do at the small grassroots level is to show love, compassion, kindness and empathy to everyone we meet. It isn’t hard, it’s free and it’s definitely worth it!

    My daughter has a few friends with relatives from Mexico (should we “wall” them off?!) She has a few gay friends– should we shove them back in the closet? I have a relative who uses “Obamacare”. Should they lose health benefits when they need it the most?

    Ah, now more than ever I need to lose myself in a great fiction story and try to relax! Thank goodness for the wonderful book blogging community. We are diverse and far-flung and yet we share a common bond that makes us all friends. Hope your week goes well and your concert rehearsals go smoothly!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Indeed, reaching out to friends and neighbors in “love, compassion, kindness, and empathy” is the best response, not just at this time but whenever tensions seek to divide people. I have faith in the book blogging community, that we will seek to emphasize the things that unite us and be accepting of the ways in which we’re different.

  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I am in need of the comfort that A Yorkshire Christmas conjures up…for me.

    I am also curious about the Amanda Quick books, which I’ve never read, but since I love one of her alters (Jayne Ann Krentz), it might be time.

    Thanks for the virtual hug! I needed that.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Aww, thank you for the hug, Michelle! And right back at you. Yes, a very strange week. This year has been… *shakes head*… I don’t know. So many deaths, and so much rancor in the election campaigns. It’s sad.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Me too — but before that, we get the second Trials of Apollo book, which should also be fun. Did you catch the little sideways reference to a god falling to earth in The Hammer of Thor? And it’s pretty clear that the Greek/Roman and Norse series are going to interact in more ways than just having Annabeth pop up on the periphery. I can’t wait!