Happy Easter! (Sunday Post, 3/27/16)

March 27, 2016 Sunday Post 12

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!

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Happy Easter!

A very happy Easter to those who celebrate it, and happy spring to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!

We had a fantastic time last weekend celebrating my Mom’s birthday. It was a laid-back, family-togetherness house party for three whole days, and it was wonderful. None of us wanted to leave.

This week has been busy with rehearsal and all the Holy Week services to sing. I’ve been at church every night since Wednesday, plus this morning — but I love it. Easter is one of my favorite seasons in the Church calendar. And the weather is really cooperating this year. It’s been gorgeous and sunny and just warm enough (low 70s) without being too hot. The flowering pear trees are past peak, but the redbuds are beautiful and the cherry blossoms burst into full bloom yesterday. The forsythia are also rioting, and my daffodils are trying, but I think the bulbs are getting too old, or maybe the moles got to them. I need to plant some more this fall. …I realize that made it sound like we have flowering trees around our house; we don’t, but there are tons in the area, so I see them when I’m driving around. Someday, I will plant some redbuds, since they do well along the edge of the woods.

Next week I’ll be working really hard on an indexing project, plus getting rehearsal CDs ready for my choruses. And I’m feeling the itch to spring-clean!


Last Week on the Blog



Upcoming on the Blog

  • Mon 3/28: Best of My Love (Susan Mallery)  – review
  • Wed. 3/30: Coloring for All Seasons: Spring  review
  • Thurs. 3/31: Monthly Wrap-Up – March 2016
  • Sat. 4/02: News & Notes 4/02/16
  • Sun. 4/03: Sunday Post 4/03/16


What I’m Reading/Watching

I re-read Anne McCaffrey’s The RowanI finished The Cracked Spine (Paige Shelton; ARC) and The Clue in the Stew (Connie Archer; ARC), as well as Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library (Julie Gassman, ARC, picture book — very cute.)  I read a short story, “The Marriage of Mary Russell”, in preparation for The Murder of Mary Russell (Laurie R. King, ARC), which I’m reading now. I’m also starting Because of Miss Bridgerton (Julia Quinn.)  And I’ve been listening to a Great Courses lecture series, Great World Religions: Judaism — I’ve got 2 lectures to go.


New Additions to the Hoard

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 For Review or Review Consideration
Thank you to Avon and St. Martin’s Press!
Purchased for Kindle

The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins looks so much like a Beatrix Potter book that I had to try it. And I had almost the entire Iron Fey series, except this one and The Iron Traitor; now I’m only missing The Iron Traitor. I’ve read one of them, and plan to read the rest of the series once I have the set.


Have a wonderful week, and happy reading!


12 Responses to “Happy Easter! (Sunday Post, 3/27/16)”

  1. Rita @ View From My Home

    I love your discussion of your garden 🙂 Something I miss in the current climate I live in.

    Also I applaud your study of other religions. My son took a Comparative Religion course in college a few years ago and discussed some of it with me. Very interesting!

    Despite having a family get-together you did read many books and good ones at that! Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy your chorus prep and performances.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Rita! I had to laugh about the “garden”, though. I’m the world’s worst gardener. Bulbs are easy; you stick them in the ground and ignore them. But the rest of our landscaping is pretty much a wreck. I keep promising myself that one of these years I’m going to get better at this!

      The Judaism lectures have been interesting — it’s introductory, of course, but I’ve learned a lot I didn’t know, and gotten a better sense of Judaism as both religion and ethnicity/nation. Great Courses has a whole set of introductory “World Religions” courses, so I plan to make my way through them this year.

  2. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    Wow, you had quite the reading week! And your mom’s birthday and Easter too. Sounds like a wonderful week all around. I studied different religions at college (philosophy and religion major) and loved those classes. I hope you enjoy your other “World Religions” courses; I’m tempted to check them out.

    Happy Easter!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      If the remainder of the World Religions courses are as good as the first one, I will learn a lot! It was more on the history and nature of Judaism than on specific articles of faith, although those of course come into it. My husband was also a philosophy/religion major for almost 4 years, before changing tracks and getting his degree in computer science.

  3. Kat Morrisey

    That is an awesome looking book haul! Yay for all those books! Today is such a nice day here in upstate NY–I can just feel (and smell) the beginnings of spring in the air. I love this season, so much, for so many reasons! 😀 I need go check out that Charis Michaels book and that cover is awesome. I just love historicals! Have a great week and happy reading!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ve heard really good things about the Charis Michaels book from the other Avon Addicts, so I’m really looking forward to reading it. So many books, so little time! Happy spring – enjoy the warmer weather, if you’re having any. 🙂

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    You got Reunion Pass! I knew you would. I can’t wait to read it. I’m considering breaking my no new books rule because of the Julia Quinn because well it’s a Julia Quinn and a Bridgerton at that! I love redbuds. We have a couple around the house and I want more. I also have this plan of planting dogwoods too but so far that’s more plan than actuality. I’m glad you had such a nice time for your mom’s birthday and I’m seriously intrigued by the Great Courses. I’m getting nervous with the Tornado starting school full time in August. I plan to volunteer a good bit but it will still give me more free time than I’ve had in years. Have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I was so excited to get Reunion Pass! But I can’t read it for at least a week because of other book commitments. Can you borrow the Julia Quinn from your library? I’m about 40% in and it’s good – I’m loving the interactions between Billie and George.

      Re the Great Courses: Most are good, and many are terrific, at least the more academic ones. (I can’t comment on most of the “lifestyle” ones as I haven’t experienced them. No, wait, I’ve seen a little of one of the photography ones, and it was good.) We used them a lot in homeschooling, mostly to supplement the textbooks since Robin’s preferred learning styles are kinetic and auditory. For instance, when Robin studied Ancient History (Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome), we watched a series on Egyptian pharaohs, and listened to two series called “Famous Greeks” and “Famous Romans.” (Incidentally, anything by J. Rufus Fears is fantastic.) For English, she or we listened to everything from a series on classical mythology to a course on human language (The Story of Human Language by Prof. John McWhorter, also fantastic) to a series on speculative fiction — and of course several on Shakespeare. Now that she’s off at college, I decided I needed to keep listening/watching to them for my own enrichment and enjoyment.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I had mixed feelings about it, but on the whole I liked it. If the narrator does a good job with the Scots accents, I’m sure it will be fun!