Sunday Post – 8/20/2017

August 20, 2017 Sunday Post 26

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!

Sunday Post

I spent half the week preparing for my usual end-of-summer trip to see both sets of my parents, which we often combine with celebrating Robin’s birthday. I left Thursday for New Mexico, where I’ll be for the next week or so. Mr. Bookwyrm couldn’t come with me because he has to work. I really miss him, and I know Robin does, too.

Robin and I had a lovely time Friday morning wandering around Santa Fe a little, before and after picking up Robin’s good friend and college roommate Owl from the train station. Robin, Owl, and I are all knitters and spinners as well as fantasy geeks (and Pokemon Go players), and both of them are accomplished writers and I’m an aspiring writer (sort of), so we’ve had lots of fun just hanging out and talking about all those things. Saturday we celebrated Robin’s birthday after the fact with my sister’s family, my parents, and Owl.

Trompe l’oeil mural on the side of a building near the light rail train station in Santa Fe, NM.

I’ll be here in northern New Mexico for the eclipse on Monday, and yes, I’ve bought eclipse glasses. We’ll only see about 75-85% of the sun eclipsed, depending on which charts you look at, but back at home, Mr. Bookwyrm should get a slightly better look at around 85-90%. In a way, I wish we had made plans to travel into the path of totality, but it just didn’t work out.

COYER: I’ve missed some of the daily COYER Photo Challenge this week, but I’ve been trying to post them even if I’m late. You can see my photos over on Instagram (I’ve also reblogged some on Tumblr.) It’s going to be more challenging from here on in, because I don’t have my physical books with me.

COYER Photo Challenge: Outside. I thought this was the perfect cover for the theme.

 

Last Week on the Blog

 

Upcoming on the Blog

  • rest of the week TBD
  • News & Notes – 8/26/2017 – tentative
  • Sunday Post – 8/27/2017

 

What I’m Reading/Watching

book cover: The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean (book 3 of the Scandal & Scoundrel series)
book cover: Finding Perfect by Susan Mallery
book cover: East, by Edith Pattou

Reading: It’s really appalling how little reading I’ve gotten done this week. I finished The Day of the Duchess (Sarah MacLean; ARC) and Susan Mallery’s Finding Perfect (bought for Kindle.) I started East by Edith Pattou, but I haven’t gotten very far yet.

Listening to: Imaginary Worlds podcasts from back in 2015. I also listened to a few episodes of The Allusionist, a podcast about words.

Watching: We watched a few more Father Brown episodes before I left; we’re halfway through season 3. And I’m finishing up Season 2 of Avatar: The Last Airbender.

 

New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

book cover: Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines
book cover: A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford
book cover: Someone to Wed by Mary Balogh (Westcotts book 3)
book cover: Lilac Lane by Sherryl Woods
book cover: Second Chance Girl by Susan Mallery
Five of my pending requests came in this week! Many thanks to DAW and Berkley, and to MIRA and Harlequin.

Purchased for Kindle

book cove: Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
book cover: The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag
book cover: East, by Edith Pattou
book cover: City of Gold and Shadows by Ellis Peters
book cover: Garden of Lamentations by Deborah Crombie

I managed to keep from buying too many new books this week!

 

Have a wonderful week, stay cool, and happy reading!

26 Responses to “Sunday Post – 8/20/2017”

  1. Greg

    Good luck with eclipse viewing! Santa Fe is supposed to be a cool city, hope you have a great time visiting.

    I’m thinking of trying Father Brown one of these days.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Santa Fe is a great little city, especially if you’re into art. I’m not staying there, though; my folks live in Los Alamos, about 50 minutes away. Another great little town!

      I hope you enjoy Father Brown if you try it!

  2. Evelina

    That’s a mural? Wow, that looks like a broken wall 😀 is it all just a picture? Insane.
    Glad you had fun! I was on vacation the week before this one, but of course I wish it had been longer! Typical 🙂
    Have fun reading this week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Isn’t that a lovely cover? I can’t wait to read it! Alas, it was a library book so I had to give it back before I left on my trip, but I plan to read it this fall sometime.

  3. Rita @ Paging Through Books

    Sounds like you are enjoying your time in New Mexico with family and friends.

    I assume that East is a retelling of “East of the Sun” which I read and enjoyed. That’s a refreshing tale to read in the hot N.M. sun, lol.

    Enjoy your vacation there and hope you get to see the eclipse. My family bought the glasses to view it– I have no interest in it because of a vision-loss phobia (I blame Burgess Meredith for dropping his eyeglasses in the Twilight Zone episode, if you are of an age to remember that one!).

    Have a good week ahead!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Indeed it is, with elements of The Snow Queen thrown in for good measure. As for the eclipse, I made sure to get NASA-approved glasses, but we may not have much chance of seeing it anyway. The forecast is for cloudy with thunderstorms. I remember seeing the end of that Twilight Zone episode, and I’ve read the screenplay (or the short story it’s based on, I can’t remember which.) I agree; loss of sight is one of my nightmares.

      Have a lovely week!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I just checked the weather and it looks like we may be rained out. Oh, bother (as Pooh would say.) But I’m having a lovely time with my daughter and parents and sister, BIL, and niece.

  4. Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

    It sounds like you are having a fun trip and I love that mural! There are murals being painted right now in downtown Sacramento and we plan to take a walking tour of them. I love Susan Mallery and I’m currently reading her book You Say It First for a blog tour. I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s a great mural—I love the trompe l’oeile effect. You Say It First was fun, so I hope you’re enjoying it. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m envious—I hope you get a great view of the eclipse! I just checked the weather report and it looks like we’ll be overcast with possible thunderstorms. Well, it’s monsoon season in NM…

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you for the recommendation! And I really like ATLA. Robin introduced me to it a few years ago, but I put it on the back burner for a while. Now I’m trying to finish it up.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Oh, I’d forgotten about that series! I picked up the first one a while back when it was on sale, and meant to get around to reading it. Well, one of these days!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I thought A Spoonful of Magic looked like fun. I’m looking forward to reading it! And yes, we did get to see the eclipse. The clouds parted enough for us to see about 15 minutes of it. Not the total eclipse; we were too far from the path of totality for that. But we saw about 76% of the sun’s disk covered up. It was pretty cool.

  5. Charlie

    Oh, that is SO sweet and cool that Robin and her friend have things in common with you and you get those moments together. We got 70% of the eclipse. I went out and saw it at lunch and then on my conference period at the peak where I was. Super cool! Glad I did it. Enjoy your trip!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Robin and Owl are both really amazing and interesting young women. I feel blessed to be Robin’s mum, and lucky to know and be friends with both of them.

      I’m glad you got to see the eclipse. It was really cool, even if we could only see part of it! The clouds did clear enough that we got a good view for a bit, including the peak coverage for where we were.

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