Halloween has come and gone (Sunday Post – 11/05/2017)

November 5, 2017 Sunday Post 22

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

Work isn’t going well, and I’m staring at several more weeks of 12+-hour days. Blrgh. Also welp. So I probably won’t be around the blogosphere much this week. Or next, darn it.

Speaking of the blogosphere, some of you know Greg at the Book Haven blog. He’s recovering from major surgery, and posted today for the first time in several weeks (other than a few scheduled posts.) Stop by and wish him a speedy recovery!

Halloween was fun, though we didn’t get as many trick-or-treaters as we used to. I think they go to a different neighborhood these days, one with sidewalks, streetlamps, and houses closer together. I dressed up as a sort of generic wizarding world witch in all black, complete with hat and wand. (I’m not wearing my glasses in the photo – there was too much glare from the lenses.)

Me in my witch hat. Photo © K. Pekar/Bookwyrm’s Hoard 2017

A Hogwarts professor, perhaps? Photo © K. Pekar/Bookwyrm’s Hoard 2017


Something on Sunday

Something on Sunday is hosted by Gin Jenny at Reading the End. The idea is to counteract the gloom and anxiety many of us feel by “writ[ing] about something that kept you on your feet that week… something that matters to you.”

Halloween was fun, but one of the best parts of this week was a long conversation with Robin over the phone about books and TV shows and lots of our fandoms and writing and all the stuff we love to talk about… it was great. Another thing that keeps me going is how supportive Mr. Bookwyrm is while I’ve got all this work on my plate. He’s amazing. As hard as he’s working himself, he still brings me tea, goes to the store for me, makes dinner when I don’t have time, cheers me on, and always, always has a big hug or a shoulder when I need one. I am so blessed!

Today’s rehearsals will also lift me up. They always do, and the kids have made so much progress over the last two weeks that I’m sure this is going to be a great rehearsal.


Last Week on the Blog


Upcoming on the Blog

  • Other posts TBD
  • News & Notes – 11/11/2017 – tentative
  • Sunday Post – 11/12/2017


What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: I’m still on my Nora Roberts binge, so read the In the Garden trilogy: Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, and Red Lily. I also reread River Road by Jayne Ann Krentz (so maybe it’s more of a romantic suspense binge than a Nora Roberts binge.) And I reread Catwings by Jane Yolen, which took me all of about 15 minutes. I picked up on sale for Kindle, just to see if it is as charming as I remembered from when Robin first discovered the series. (It is.) Now I’m reading Terminal Alliance (Jim C. Hines; ARC) and Someone to Wed (Mary Balogh; ARC.) Oh, and if you’re wondering how I’m getting any reading done when I’m working so many hours, I can tell you in one word: INSOMNIA.

Listening to: I finished up Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on Halloween, and  started HP and the Goblet of Fire, but I haven’t gotten very far yet!

Watching:  Not much. On Halloween, we watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was fun to see it with the book so fresh in my mind, and compare the two. I think, on the whole, Guillermo del Toro and the screenwriter did a terrific job of adapting that one. We also squeezed in another episode of Star Trek: Discovery later in the week. But mostly I’ve been working.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Many thanks to Kensington!

Purchased for Kindle

It seems like so many good books go on sale at the beginning of each month! Some I’ve read before: Tamora Pierce’s Trickster series, Secret Sisters, Orchid, but wanted Kindle copies for portability and/or to replace paperbacks. I picked up The Forgotten Door to see if it has held up since I read it as a child, and Catwings to see if I still like it as much as when Robin and I read it when she was little. Most of the rest were somewhere on my want-to-read lists, except the two Cornish Castle mysteries, which just look like fun. Everything was on sale except Red Lily, and I needed that one because I had finished reading the first two in series, and didn’t have time to get to the library for the third. (Besides, the library isn’t open at 1:30 in the morning…)


Have a good week, and happy reading!

22 Responses to “Halloween has come and gone (Sunday Post – 11/05/2017)”

  1. Michelle @Because Reading

    You look so cute! We don’t get any trick or treaters since our doorbell doesn’t work and the door is in the back of the house but the kids had fun going out and running around to the house in the next town.

    You sound like you will be busy, I hope you will have time to rest in those 12+ hours!

    Have a great week, Lark! Happy Reading! ox
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Michelle! I’m sorry you don’t get any trick-or-treaters, but I’m glad the kids had fun.

      I won’t get a lot of downtime for the next couple of weeks. But that’s how it goes sometimes. 🙂 At least I’ve got work!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you like the hat! I was so excited when I found it. And yes, it’s good to have Greg back. I didn’t know why he was in the hospital until I read his post, only that he was, and had been for a while. So I was relieved to see his post today, though sorry he had such a rough time.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Ronyell. I work at home, so at least I don’t have a commute or anything on top of it, but this project is really challenging and taking a lot more hours than I anticipated.

  2. RO

    What an absolutely gorgeous Halloween outfit, Lark! I was absolutely horrified to hear about Greg, and had noticed I wasn’t seeing him around. I was sad to hear that he suffered so much pain and discomfort, but thrilled that he’s feeling so much better. I used to read Nora Roberts like crazy, then stopped. Meanwhile, I still have stacks and stacks of her books on my TBR pile from back in the day. I hate that you have to work so many hours, but ultimately, I hope that you find some time to relax and get rest when you can. Sending HUGE Hugs your way and wished for a fantastic week! RO
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, RO! I had fun dressing up. Greg seems to be well on the road to recovery, thank goodness. I’m still working hard, but trying to squeeze in at least a little blog time and knitting time here and there.

  3. Geybie's Book Blog

    I just heard of Greg. I’ve been so busy the past week and haven’t been on twitter other than sharing new posts. He is such an awesome blogger and an inspiration to me.
    Anyway, I hope you enjoy your new books and have a wonderful week. ❤️

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thankfully, Greg seems to be on the mend. I enjoy his posts, too. Thank you for stopping by, and sorry it took me a while to reply — your post ended up in the spam folder for some reason.

  4. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    Your costume turned out wonderfully! Too bad more trick or treaters didn’t get to see it.
    Thanks so great that your husband is so supportive. I also have a very supportive spouse and it’s such a blessing to have someone to lean on and someone who can truly be counted on. Hope you manage to find some good reading time despite the busy work week ahead.
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  5. Charlie

    Oh, I love your Halloween outfit! Definitely a Hogwarts professor. What a great costume idea! I live in the furthest part of the neighborhood, so I don’t think anyone came around. (Of course, I was at Urgent Care during prime trick or treating hours.) I’m sorry your turnout was not that great this year. The year of my unengagement, a married couple invited me to spend Halloween with them and for a long time we sat out on the front lawn doling out candy until the bugs got too bad. Maybe a thought for next year?

    I’m sorry to hear about your long and stressful days ahead. I am in the same boat with you and I kind of hate it. I want a different job. It is so wonderful to have a supportive spouse like your husband. Bravo for him!! Isn’t it amazing to have someone to lean on and know they will take care of you and other things that need to be done? I hope you find a little time for yourself this week.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Our neighbors did the sit-out-in-the-yard thing, with a portable firepit and everything, and I don’t think they had any more trick-or-treaters than we did (though they had a wonderful time!) But it’s a thought.

      I agree; it’s wonderful to have someone you can lean on when you need to, and be there for when they need you. I’m sorry your job is so stressful, though. I hope you can find something or somewhere that brings you more joy.

  6. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    The hat is amazing! Our neighborhood doesn’t really get any trick or treaters at all. The lots are huge, the lighting is bad and basically everything is uphill so you’d hike 2 miles for maybe 20 houses. We took the Tornado to a nearby neighborhood that has sidewalks and streetlights and he got insane amounts of candy. That’s stressful to have all those 12 hour days looming ahead. Hopefully there will be a break soon. You’re doing some fantastic reading. I really loved the In the Garden series. When I first read it I really identified with Haley (sp?) but when I reread it last year I really identified with Stella. I suppose next time will be Roz.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks! Our neighborhood isn’t as hilly, but the lots are around 1/3 to 1/2 acre, the whole development is wooded, some lots are still not built (the development dates back as far as the 1970s, but not all the lots perk for septic) and as I said, no streetlights or sidewalks. So it’s not as attractive for trick-or-treating as the newer development a couple of miles away.

      I related to Stella more than Hayley, and especially to Roz (I’m older than she is by not quite a decade.) It was so refreshing to have a romance heroine over the age of 45! I don’t mind reading about 20- and 30-somethings, but people in their middle years and older have romances, too.

  7. Lola

    I am sorry to hear your work isn’t going well and you have to work so many hours each day :(. Good luck with the work! Your witch outfit looks great! That’s too bad you didn’t get too many trick or treaters. Your list of new books looks great! Have a great week!
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