My Week – er, Weeks
I’m sure some of you have been wondering where I’ve been for the last three weeks! The obvious answer is “not on the blog.” Actually, I spent a frantic week madly indexing and packing. Then we set off for a lovely week in a cabin in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (upstate Minnesota) with Mr. Bookwyrm’s siblings and their families, followed by several days in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (U.P.) and several more on Mackinac Island before returning home. I’ve literally had no time to write posts or answer comments, and for the last two weeks, I’ve had almost no Internet access, either. But it was a wonderful vacation! I’ll try to write up the high points in the coming week, and share a few of my photos. And I’m planning spotlight posts on the two bookstores we visited, Snowbound Books in Marquette, Michigan, and Island Books on Mackinac Island.
Mr. Bookwyrm’s birthday took place while we were on the road, so we’re celebrating it properly tonight. Robin is baking him a cake, and I’m fixing quiche because we’re all feeling weighed down by all the delicious but rich and heavy food we ate on vacation!
The Last Three Weeks on the Blog
- Mon. 6/08/15: The Religious Body, by Catherine Aird (review)
- Thur. 6/11/15: Finding eBook Freebies and Bargains
- Fri. 6/12/15: A Match for Marcus Cynster (review)
- Mon. 6/15/15: Kiss Me, by Susan Mallery (review)
- Thur. 6/11/15: Frank Godwin, Artist and Illustrator
- Mon. 6/22/15: A New Hope (Thunder Point), by Robyn Carr (review)
- Sat. 6/27/15: News & Notes – 6/27/15
Next Week on the Blog
- Tues. 6/30/15: Redemption Bay, by RaeAnne Thayne (release-day review)
The rest of the week is TBD – I’m working on several reviews as well as some vacation-related posts. Stay tuned!
What I’m Reading/Watching
I finished Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman (ARC), as well as Nora Roberts’ The Liar and Amanda Quick’s Garden of Lies, both of which finally came in from the library! I also read Only a Promise (Mary Balogh) and Dressed to Kill (Lynn Cahoon – ARC), and reread both Mary Stewart’s The Moonspinners and Jim C. Hines’ Libriomancer – the latter because we spent two days in the Upper Peninsula, where much of the book takes place. Just before we left, I bought a cozy mystery set on Mackinac Island (Geared for Murder), but I had a hard time sticking with it – the heroine kept being roped into doing things she knew weren’t smart, and that irked me.
I’m still working my way slowly through Victorian Fairy Tales. Next up are The Case of the Dotty Dowager by Cathy Ace (ARC; tour) and Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George (ARC.) Oh – and I’ll be beta-reading the second draft of our daughter Robin’s first novel!
Again, we were too busy (and mostly too far from civilization) to watch anything during vacation, but last night we started The Theory of Everything, the movie about Stephen and Jane Hawking. It’s wonderful but emotionally wrenching. I’m really impressed with Eddie Redmayne’s performance. We’ll probably finish watching it tonight or tomorrow.
New Additions to the Hoard
Many thanks to Harlequin, Sourcebooks, and Kensington!
Purchased in print (on our trip)
We got the lighthouse book because we visited or photographed several lighthouses. And Murder at Cherokee Point is by a Mackinac Island resident and takes place partly on the island; Island Books had autographed copies, so I snagged one. And the middle book was just too gorgeous to resist; I bought it at Snowbound Books in Marquette.
Purchased for Kindle
For someone without much access to the internet for two of the last three weeks, I managed to buy quite a few books!
- At Wolf Ranch (Jennifer Ryan)
- Geared for the Grave (Duffy Brown)
- Only a Promise (Mary Balogh) (review to come)
- Clockwork Angel (Cassandra Clare) (for Robin as well as me)
- Magic Marks the Spot (Carolyn Carlson)
- Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (Jennifer McQuiston)
- Inherit the Word (Daryl Wood Gerber)
- The Mysterious Island (Jules Verne) – free!
- The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexander Dumas) – free!
- The Color Purple (Alice Walker) (for Robin for college)
- The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way (Bill Bryson)
- Made in America: An Informal History of the English Language in the United States (Bill Bryson)
- The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, Vol. 6 (J. Strahan, ed.)