I’m Back! (Sunday Post – 6/28/15)

June 28, 2015 Sunday Post 18

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 – 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






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

For Review

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!


Have a great week, everybody, and happy reading!

18 Responses to “I’m Back! (Sunday Post – 6/28/15)”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I know; I can hardly wait to dive into that book-history book! It’s not a read-straight-through sort of book, though; I’ll be dipping into it here and there for weeks or months. Thanks for the birthday wishes – I will pass them on!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Yes, it will take me at least a week to recover and catch up on everything (probably two!) LOL. I’m looking forward to both the Susan Wiggs and the Robyn Carr; they write really good contemporary romance that focuses on character, not steaminess. 🙂

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Switzerland, how gorgeous! Oh, please take lots of photos and post them when you get back – I want to go there vicariously, since I can’t afford to go in person just yet.

      Robin has been writing since about 6th grade. She’s been working on this fantasy novel for several years; this is the first time she’s been ready to let anyone look at it, though she’ll probably do at least several more drafts before she starts submitting it.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The lighthouse book is useful, though it’s a bit out of date. It lists all the Great Lakes lighthouses, by lake, with information on how to get to them (or near them) and whether they’re open to the public. It even has boxes to check off when you’ve visited each one. But the interior photos are B&W, so it’s not really a picture book, more of a useful resource.

  1. Laurel-Rain Snow

    What fun! A vacation is always a good thing…I can’t remember my last one, but since I get to do what I want in my post-retirement life, I feel happy right at home.

    But I must get to the beach this summer, and my youngest son lives near one…so I must definitely go.

    Enjoy your new books…I like Susan Wiggs…and I have a Robyn Carr book to read, and then she will be a favorite, too, I’m sure.

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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Enjoy your beach trip – and the chance to see your son! And if you like Susan Wiggs, I think you’ll really enjoy Robyn Carr. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Welcome home! Sounds like you had a nice time and what fantastic reading you got done! I haven’t gotten my hands on The Liar yet but I want to! Can’t wait to see your thoughts on it and the other books you’ve gotten through. I can’t wait to see what you thought of Redemption Bay! It’s one I’ve been really looking forward to and hope to read in the next couple of books. Have a great first week home and happy late birthday to Mr. Bookwyrm!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Actually, I had to squeeze in The Liar and Garden of Lies before we left, because they were library books and my turn on the hold list came up about 4 days before we left. I couldn’t take them with me, so… I stayed up late to finish each one. Thanks for the birthday wishes – I will pass them on to Mr. Bookwyrm!

  3. Greg

    Hi Lark! Looking forward to hearing about your vacation. And your spotlights too- I’ve never been to Snowbound Books so that one wil be new for me. Thanks also for the Book Scavenger recommendation- I may be getting that one. And I’ve been thinking about Dotty Dowager- so will watch for your thoughts on that one.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Book Scavenger was fun; I hope you enjoy it. The bookstore spotlights will probably pop up later in July. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you! I’ll try to get the vacation post up soon. I need to sort the photos first (and do the laundry, catch up on reviews, finish unpacking… I need a week off just to catch up!)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I will pass on your birthday wishes! Yes, we had cake – Robin made it. (We have fudge from Mackinac Island, too. There is so much chocolate in this house, I will never lose my vacation pounds!) Vacation was lovely; I hope to post photos soon. 🙂