Make a Joyful Noise! (Sunday Post – 6/12/16)

June 12, 2016 Sunday Post 20

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

It’s concert weekend again, this time for the adult chorus. I sing in this one, rather than direct, so it’s less responsibility than my children’s and youth choruses. But it’s so exhilarating to sing really good music with a wonderful group of musicians. We’ll be singing the  St. Cecelia Mass by Charles Gounod. We have three wonderful soloists, and our director was able to put together a full chamber ensemble: strings, flute, oboes, trumpet, horns, bassoons, harp, and tympani, plus organ. This Mass isn’t as long as some, so the first half of the program will showcase the instrumentalists. Dress rehearsal was yesterday morning, and the concert is tonight. It’s going to be glorious!

Update 6/13/16: The concert went really well and the instrumentalists — all professional musicians — were fabulous. I’m still on cloud nine!

About the coming month: I have way too much indexing work at present. I am going to be working flat out, extra-long days for the next 4 or 5 weeks. I will try to keep up with the blog but it’s going to be tough, so please don’t worry if it takes me a while to reply to comments or visit back.


Last Week on the Blog


Upcoming on the Blog

  • Sun. 6/12: Make a Joyful Noise! (Sunday Post 6/12/16) – this post
  • Mon. 6/13: The Invisible Library (Genevieve Cogman)  – review
  • Tues. 6/14: 12 New Releases I Can’t Wait to Read (July-Dec. 2016)  – Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wed. 6/15: Make Me Read It! (a read-a-thon) – sign up post
  • Thur. 6/16: TBD
  • Fri. 6/17: TOUR: Tea Cups and Carnage (Lynn Cahoon) – review & tour-wide giveaway
  • Sat. 6/18: News & Notes 6/18/16
  • Sun. 6/19: Sunday Post 6/19/16


What I’m Reading/Watching

I finished The Invisible Library (Genevieve Cogman; NetGalley ARC) as well as Tea Cups and Carnage (Lynn Cahoon; ARC) and  Deadly Fate (Heather Graham; ARC.) Currently, I’m reading Dead Heading, a Sloan and Crosby mystery by Catherine Aird (purchased.)

In audio, I’m listening to Great World Religions: Islam and Bill Bryson’s Made in America. When I finish those two, I think I’m going to listen to Leonard, William Shatner’s memoir about his friend and acting partner, Leonard Nimoy. I’ve been a Star Trek fan since I was in middle school!

At Robin’s insistence, we watched the live-action Disney Cinderella on Monday night. As she promised, it is simply gorgeous: the dress, the overall design, everything. (Given my costume construction experience in college, I was utterly in awe of the dress!) I enjoyed how the writers and directors stuck very closely to the original Disney storyline, but were still able to give Cinderella some backbone and agency and the Prince some character. I have to say, though, that it was the secondary characters who really shone: Cate Blanchett as the stepmother, Derek Jacobi as the king, and Helena Bonham-Carter as the slightly wacky fairy godmother.

I’m also back to watching Avatar: The Last Airbender; I just started season 2.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Thank you to Berkley, Harlequin, and Minotaur!


Purchased for Kindle

I’ve already read both titles in Double Knit Murders, as well as The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax and Fellowship of Fear. But I enjoy all three series enough to reread them, so I wanted them for my Kindle library. I read Cheaper by the Dozen in high school and wonder if I’ll still find it as funny as I did then. The others are all new-to-me titles.


Purchased in Print

Why yes, I did buy this one in both Kindle and print (used). It’s a Tolkien I’ve never seen before—we needs it, we does, preciousssss!


Have a wonderful week, and happy reading!


20 Responses to “Make a Joyful Noise! (Sunday Post – 6/12/16)”

  1. Literary Feline

    I bet the concert was amazing. I wish I could have been there. You make me miss my choir days. 🙂 I was really impressed with the live action version of Cinderella too. They did a great job with it. I need to watch that one again . . . Maybe tomorrow. But then I’ll want to watch Ever After too.

    I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great week!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It hasn’t happened yet – it’s tonight (Sunday) at 7:30 Eastern Time (Greenwich + 5, since I’m not sure where you are. But it’s going to be good!

  2. Annika @ Hiding Books

    GOOD LUCK WITH THE CONCERT! That sounds like so much fun. It makes me really miss my old choir!
    I wanna hear your thoughts on The Invisible Library! I’ve really liked them so far and now I’m just waiting for the third one… I think that comes out in December.
    I like Locke Lamora but it took me a really long time to get through that one! Something I just read that reminded me of it was Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell. In case you get addicted to Locke Lamora 😉
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The first Invisible Library is only just coming out in the US. I’m already eager to read the next one, though I had mixed feelings about the first one. The review is no longer “tentative”; I finished it and it will go up tomorrow (Monday), so you won’t have long to wait to see what I thought. 🙂

      Thanks for the suggestion about Traitor’s Blade; I’ve seen that around but haven’t heard much about it yet. And I hope you can find a choir or chorus to sing in, since you clearly miss it!

  3. Michelle Parsons

    Good luck with the Concert. If I could sing I would totally join a choir but trust me you don’t want me signing, I do enjoy doing it in the car, by myself 🙂

    I hope you have a great week Lark! Good luck with the indexing. Happy Reading!!! ox

  4. Greg

    Good luck with the concert. Sounds very nice. And I’ll be watching for your review of The Invisible Library as I’m hoping to read that this week. I thought they did a nice job with the Cinderella movie too. The supporting characters really did shine in that one.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Greg! I think a lot of people are excited about The Invisible Library. It isn’t perfect, but it is good — and the second book is coming soon (in September) so I don’t have to wait too long to find out what happens next.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I read a bunch of the early books in the Psychic Eye series, but then my library stopped getting them and I moved on to other things for a while. But I’m excited to jump back in.

  5. Rita @ View From My Books

    I’m so happy to hear that your concert went well and you enjoyed it! It must’ve been wonderful to hear, but unfortunately your blog is not in audio, lol 🙂

    You have some nice cozy titles listed above and I’m scribbling some of the names down now. Thanks for sharing them and try not to stress during your busy week ahead.

  6. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    How exciting! I developed an appreciation for the various arts as a college freshman. My University Seminar teacher made us attend nine different types of events and write about them. I remember I went to an art gallery, a jazz concert, several plays, and even a dance event in combination with Julliard.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Sounds like a wonderful way to expose students to the various arts! I used to be really involved in the arts; I’ve always sung, but I was a theater major and my parents took me to concerts and dance performances throughout high school. I’d like to start going to more concerts and cultural events again, and maybe singing with more than one group. We live in a semi-rural county, but we’re only about an hour and a half from DC. And our nearest small city has a college; they have a college/community orchestra, a drama department, and they invite in guest lecturers. Plus there are a few art galleries in the historic downtown, and a top-notch dinner theater on the outskirts. So I really have no excuse for not doing more!