Sunday Post, 4/19/2020

April 19, 2020 Sunday Post 32

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimberly, 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!

Last Week

I’ve actually left the house twice this week — my first ventures out in six weeks, except for socially-distanced walks. The first trip was to mail my estimated taxes at the outdoor mailbox by the Post Office. The second trip was to replace the frame on my glasses. The earpiece started breaking a week ago, so I called my eye doctor’s optical shop and asked them to order an identical frame. The new frame came in on Friday, so, I drove into town (the nearest city) to pick it up. A masked and gloved technician came out to the car, collected my glasses on a tray, took them inside and swapped my lenses into the new frame and made adjustments based on my old pair, and brought them out to me in a bag. (I wore a mask, too.) Unfortunately, when I tried to restart the car, the battery was dead, so Mr. Bookwyrm had to drive all the way there to jumpstart my car!

We got out for a walk on Saturday, and watched some good shows this week. And I’m almost finished with sock #2! I hope you’re all healthy, and managing to do or read or watch things that help keep your spirits up.

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog

What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: I finished rereading Close Up (Amanda Quick; ARC) and Swallows and Amazons, and then read Watson on the Orient Express (Anna Elliott and Charles Veley; both ARC and Kindle purchase.) Now I’m rereading Once a Soldier by Mary Jo Putney (reviewed in 2016.) (Click title to view book on Goodreads, or read my review.)

Listening: I finished listening to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and started Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Watching: I am watching the Lord Peter Wimsey series starring Ian Carmichael; so far, I’ve finished Clouds of Witness and The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club. We finished the last episode of Star Trek: Picard, which was quite good and very satisfying. And we watched the 25th Anniversary production of The Phantom of the Opera, filmed at the Royal Albert Hall in 2011, which was on “The Shows Must Go On” (YouTube.) Wow! We loved it!

Added to the Hoard

For Review or Review Consideration

Book Cover: Watson on the Orient Express, by Charles Veley and Anna Elliott

Many thanks to Wilton Press for Watson on the Orient Express! They approved the ARC almost a week after I bought a copy, but that’s OK.

Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)

Kindle (all on sale): Rebel; To Be Taught, If Fortunate; The Book Jumper (Click title for Goodreads page.)

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay kind… and may you all find books a haven in the coming weeks.

32 Responses to “Sunday Post, 4/19/2020”

  1. sjhigbee

    Yes… I gave my car a run for the first time in nearly a fortnight and was worrying about the battery. I hope the glasses are now more comfortable – there are things that CANNOT wait until after the lockdown lifts! Glad you are enjoying the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I loved the books so much, I couldn’t get to grips with the character on the screen, though I think he does a solidly good job. Have a peaceful week:))

  2. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    It’s been a couple of weeks since I went anywhere other than my once a day government sanctioned walk… I never thought staying home would be so exhausting!

    Enjoy your books and hope you have a good week!

  3. Mary

    The Book Jumper has been on my to-read list for months. Not sure why I haven’t tried it yet. Also unsure why I haven’t watched Picard, since Patrick Stewart is just wonderful and my boyfriend’s actually considering a paid subscription service to watch this show (this is very serious, indeed).
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Right now, you can stream Picard for free, according to the ads I’ve been seeing — so you might look into that! (That’s if you’re in the US and can stream on CBS all access. If you are elsewhere, you probably have to subscribe to Netflix or something.) Anyway, I hope you watch it, because it was amazing!

  4. Angela

    I’ve been trying to at least start my car once a week, because I’m so afraid it’s just going to die in the driveway!

  5. Nikki @ The Bibliophibian

    I had to have my glasses fixed this week too! I was so worried it’d just end up being impossible, but the whole situation was actually really well set up. Glad you got yours, too!

    I really liked To Be Taught, If Fortunate — I hope you do too!
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  6. Berls

    I hadn’t even thought about starting my car – I hope it’s okay after 5 weeks of not being driven! I’ve gone out a few times over the past 5 weeks, but always in my husband’s car, so mine hasn’t been touched.

    I take a walk or 2 daily, but since I live in an apartment, it’s just through the parking lot. Far from exciting or even pretty. But a chance to get out and stretch my legs is still nice.

    Stay safe and have a great week!

  7. Lola

    What bad timing for your glasses to break now, at least it seems they took the necessary precautions to keep you and themselves safe at the store. And then your car battery being empty as well, that’s nice your husband could drive over to jump start the car at least. It is nice weather for walks here too and I’ve been out for some walks as well. Have a good week and stay safe!
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  8. Ashley @ BookishRealmReviews

    So glad that you got the opportunity to get out of the house! I don’t think I’ve really left the house in a while. I try to keep myself and the baby in the house as much as possible except when we go on our afternoon walks. Great post!

  9. jessicabookworm

    Lark, it all sounds like a very organised and professional visit to the opticians, in light of the current social distancing! Shame your car let you down though! Sod’s law that is! 😅 I am also pleased you have found books and TV shows to keep your spirits up. I have been reading in the garden, cooking some new recipes and watching a lot of films to keep my spirits up.

    I hope you and yours stay safe, happy and healthy this coming week! 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It was reassuring that they were taking such good precautions. I hope you have a good week, too. Reading in the garden sounds lovely!

  10. Anne - Books of My Heart

    oh no! I had my own car issues to fix this week. I have nobody but AAA so I have to be careful. I don’t enjoy going out at all. I do appreciate how some businesses have made it easier to distance though. (Discount Tire)

    I have managed to knit for a year now with moving and now this. Soon! I’ve managed some sewing and quilting at least.

    Stay safe and have a great week!

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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      We considered calling AAA, and of course if I were on my own, I would have. But it was nice to know my husband could come rescue me without me having to contact anyone else. I’m glad you were able to get your tires taken care of!

  11. Katherine

    What a mess getting the glasses fixed must have felt like! I’ve killed a battery or two and it’s so frustrating but glad you were able to get it remedied quickly. I’ve been doing a Wentworth reread and I’m always reread Christie so lately I’ve been thinking I need to pay more attention to Sayers. I’ve only read a couple and I think Lord Peter Wimsey needs more attention! Stay safe and have a great week!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The glasses are two years old, so I was really thankful that they were able to order me a duplicate frame. I did NOT want to try on frames or go into the office, so if they hadn’t been able to get the frames, I would have been ordering glasses online.

      I highly recommend reading more Lord Peter books! Especially the four with Harriet Vane — Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, Gaudy Night, and Busman’s Honeymoon. But I love most of the books, to be honest.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I can’t read without my glasses, or see the TV clearly, and I wouldn’t want to drive without them, either. So I was relieved they could order me an identical set of frames to transfer my lenses into!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      They really can’t start filming again until it’s safe for people to gather in large groups. And I doubt anyone want to risk Patrick Stewart’s health. So I expect it will be quite a while.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s great that you have a back yard! Our yard needs a lot of work and I am NOT a gardener. (Plus, I hate hot weather.) But once restrictions ease a little, I may see about getting some work done on it.

  12. Bea's Book Nook

    I need to take my car out for a spin. I also need to pick up a prescription. I tried to get it delivered but no luck so I’ll pick it up and exercise my car. I’m glad you were able to get your frames, car trouble and all.

    I listened to the first Harry Potter and really enjoyed the narration. I hadn’t read it in years and there was so much I’d forgotten.

    Enjoy your reads and take care of yourself!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s good to take your car out once in a while, if only to discourage critters from moving in! Bang on your hood first, so anything that might be hiding in your engine there gets out. Does your pharmacy have a drive-through window? That would minimize any contact.