Happy Independence Day to those of you in (or from) the U.S.! I hope you had a wonderful and safe celebration.
My week started on a somewhat anxious note due to an abnormal test result that required a biopsy, but on Thursday I got the welcome phone call: the results were benign. Huzzah!!! That really made me feel like celebrating! However, we ended up spending the Fourth pretty quietly. Given the heat and humidity and the thunderstorms that started rolling through around 6:00 pm, we decided to stay home. We watched National Treasure (instead of 1776, my first suggestion) and I finished a sock I’ve been working on (and off) since last fall.
Also, I’m getting a new computer. Mine has been getting flaky, and things keep breaking – we’ve replaced the hard drive twice already. Windows 8 will pretty much disappear from new machines by the end of July, replaced by Windows 10. The indexing software I use runs on Windows XP, 7, and 8, but not yet 10. So we decided to upgrade my computer while I can still get a good machine with Windows 8 on it. (My current machine still runs Windows 7.) I’ll also be upgrading from Office 10 to Office 13. I’m anticipating a whole lot of learning curve while I make the switch – not only adjusting to a new OS, but also to new versions of Word, Outlook, and Excel, all of which I use a lot. But I’m also really looking forward to a faster processor and a whole lot more memory. We bought the new computer this week, but my IT guy (aka Mr. Bookwyrm) is still configuring it and transferring my data files. Can’t wait to start using it!
Tomorrow is my 6th blogoversary. Can you believe it?! I’ll be celebrating with a blog post and a giveaway, so be sure to stop by.
Last Week on the Blog
- Tues. 6/30/15: Redemption Bay, by RaeAnne Thayne (release-day review)
- Tues. 6/30/15: Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2015 (So Far) (Top Ten Tuesday)
- Wed. 7/01/15: TOUR: Dressed to Kill, by Lynn Cahoon (guest post by the author; review; giveaway)
- Sat. 7/04/15: News & Notes – 7/04/15
Next Week on the Blog
- Mon. 7/06/15: The Bookwyrm Turns 6! (6th blogoversary post)
- Wed. 7/08/15: TOUR: The Case of the Dotty Dowager, by Cathy Ace (review and interview)
- News & Notes – 7/11/15
- Sunday Post – 7/12/15
- other posts TBD
What I’m Reading/Watching
For years, I’ve been meaning to read Susanna Kearsley, and this week I finally got started, with Named of the Dragon. (Sourcebooks will re-release it in October, but I have both an e-ARC and out-of-print paperback – I didn’t realize I had the paperback when I requested the e-ARC!) It was really good, and reminded me a bit of Mary Stewart, which was rather fun since I had re-read Stewart’s This Rough Magic just before starting Named of the Dragon. And I’m currently in the middle of The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace (ARC; tour), Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George (ARC), and Thrill Me by Susan Mallery (ARC.)
We finished watching The Theory of Everything, which was wonderful but emotionally wrenching. Time to get back to Doctor Who and Avatar: The Last Airbender!
New Additions to the Hoard
Many thanks to Kensington!
For Review Consideration
Thank you to Titan for sending me these.
Purchased for Kindle
These were all on sale for $1.99 or less – The Valley of Fear was free (and may still be.) I really want to read Hero; I loved the first book in the series. I’ve read the bottom two in the past, but grabbed them for my Kindle library, since I love re-reading classic mysteries.