Sunday Post – 1/22/17

January 22, 2017 Sunday Post 11

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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

It’s been a packed and emotional week. I turned in an index and immediately flew out West for our friend’s memorial service, which was on Friday. The service was very moving. Since we knew him mostly through the time our families spent together, I had not realized how many people’s lives he had touched for the better in his 50 years. It was heartwarming but also a time of mourning for a light snuffed out too soon. It’s been devastating for his wife and children, but thankfully they have a lot of support from my extended family and in the wider community.

I’ll be here for a few more days, returning home mid-week. Then I have to dig in and finish a really long indexing project that’s due in early February. My business has picked up and it’s getting harder to find enough time for the blog (let alone all the other things I like to do!) I don’t want to give the blog up, and don’t plan to… but I may have to scale back a bit. One of the things I’m thinking about cutting back on is News & Notes, but I know a lot of you enjoy that and miss it when I don’t post it. So I’ll have to think about that some more. Maybe I could do it every other week instead of weekly. I may also streamline my Sunday Post — I will still do it, but I might not include all the sections I currently do, like the challenge updates and/or what I’m reading now. I’ll be experimenting a bit over the next few months, trying to find a balance that works for me.

Apropos of which, I didn’t post anything at all this week. (I had one post scheduled, but I goofed on the date so it didn’t actually post. I wasn’t checking the blog so I didn’t realize it until today.) So I’m skipping the “Last Week on the Blog” and “Upcoming on the Blog” this week, until I have something to put in them.

 

Challenges

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The Backlist Reader Challenge 2017: 4/24

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The Backlist Reader Challenge runs all year (and is hosted here on The Bookwyrm’s Hoard.) It’s a chance to focus on those older titles you’ve been wanting to read. You can check out all the rules by clicking on the image above.

I’ve read five books so far in January that qualify for The Backlist Reader Challenge. (They won’t show up in the progress bar until I’ve reviewed them.) That puts me ahead of my goal of 24 books for the year.

  1. Spin to Knit by Shannon Okey
  2. The Hexed by Heather Graham (Krewe of Hunters #13; I’m not reading them in order.)
  3. The Next Always by Nora Roberts (Inn BoonsBoro #1)
  4. The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts (InnBoonsboro #2)
  5. The Perfect Hope by Nora Roberts (InnBoonsboro #3)

 


COYER Blackout (2016-17): 6/12

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COYER Blackout began December 17 and runs through Mar. 3. It’s hosted by Berls of Fantasy is More Fun, Michelle of Because Reading, and Stormi of Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!  The rules are strict: only ebooks you owned or had requested prior to Dec. 17, that cost $0.99 or less.  My goal is 12 books.  Since the challenge started, I’ve read 5 books that count toward COYER. (They won’t show up in the progress bar until I’ve reviewed them.)

  1. A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle (ARC)
  2. Sacred Evil by Heather Graham ($0.99)
  3. A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (ARC)
  4. Death and the Gravedigger’s Angel by Loretta Ross (ARC)
  5. Somebody Like You by Donna Alward (ARC)

 

What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading:  I finished the last book of the Inn Boonsboro trilogy, The Perfect Hopeplus two ARCs: Death and the Gravedigger’s Angel (Loretta Ross — I love this series!) and Somebody Like You (Donna Alward).  Because it’s been such a rough week, I’m re-reading one of my comfort books, Aunt Dimity’s Death, for the umpteenth time. I also made some progress with Respect the SpindleI’ve been using my drop spindle while watching TV.  I put The Elusive Elixir (Gigi Pandian; ARC) on the back burner for the moment, along with Tempest (Valdemar anthology; ARC.)

Listening to: A few podcasts: 99% Invisible and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. I also got to attend the Choral Society concert that my sister and mother were singing in; my brother-in-law played in the orchestra.

Watching: Murder Must Advertise, a four-part miniseries based on the Dorothy Sayers mystery featuring Lord Peter Wimsey (played by Ian Carmichael.)

 

New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Thank you to Random House and Kensington!

Purchased for Kindle

 

Have a wonderful week, and happy reading!

11 Responses to “Sunday Post – 1/22/17”

  1. Stormi Johnson

    Sorry to hear about your friend, sounds like your going to be pretty busy as usual. I am sure people will understand if you decide to scale back some things and don’t do them all the time even though they enjoy them. I think you could totally scale back your Sunday post and just do an update on what’s going on, what you read and what your reading. Leave out the challenge stuff and pick and choose just a few books to show when you get them. I don’t always show all the books I got. 🙂
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  2. Berls

    I’m glad you were able to make it out for the memorial service and to stay and spend some time with the family. Loss is so hard, but it can also be heartwarming when you see all the people that care and get to remember with them. Something to ease the pain a bit, I guess.

    That’s awesome that your indexing business is going so well. Don’t worry about the blog – you do what you have to do and we’ll be here! I learned that over the past year and a half as I tried to find my work-life-blog balance. 🙂 Have a great week and safe trip home!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Kimba. I really appreciate that. And it did; I got back midweek and felt really dragged out for the rest of the week, but I’m starting to get back into things now.

  3. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    So sorry to hear about your friend but I’m glad the memorial service was so well attended and you were able to spend time with people who loved him. The times that has happened has really been healing for me and I hope the same for you. Sounds like the indexing has really exploded. Don’t worry about us! We’ll see you when we see you. Have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Katherine. It was healing for many of us who attended, I think, but also hard.

      Yes, the indexing has really taken off! (Hence my brief and belated replies to comments recently, among other things.)

  4. Charlie

    I am glad you were able to get back for your friend’s funeral. I hope you shared some great stories about him and heard even more during your stay.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I heard so many wonderful stories and tributes! It was bittersweet: lovely to see how many lives he had touched, but so sad to know he’s gone.

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