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!
Music and books and bears, oh my!
I spend most of the week working on concert season prep for my two choruses: choosing and ordering music, contacting our fabulous accompanist, sending out emails to singers, and starting to get the rehearsal parts recorded. The latter would be so much easier if I could play the piano well, but I’m not very good. So I write out all the parts in Finale (a software program) and record them from there.
The Tackle Your TBR Readathon began Monday. So far, I’ve read 2 books and written the review for both. Writing reviews has been tough for me this year for some reason, but I’m working on it!
There was a little excitement at my parents’ house in New Mexico on Monday. Friends of Robin’s from our hometown were in the state visiting relatives, and they drove up to spend the afternoon with Robin. While they were all having tea and talking, a bear walked the entire length of the back terrace, climbed over the little knee-high wall, and strolled on into the neighbors’ back yard. Thank goodness the weather was iffy, so they were all indoors! It’s not totally unexpected; the town has a bit of a bear problem, especially since the wildfires of 2000 and 2011 burned a lot of the forests above the town. The bears wander into town looking for food from trash cans. And my parents’ house is on the edge of the canyon, on the farthest edge of town, so it’s not surprising that they see a fair bit of wildlife. But it’s the first time they’ve actually seen a bear on their property. Coyotes, sure, and rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, birds… even a bobcat occasionally. (They are so beautiful!) But the bear was a first. I think I’ll be a bit more cautious when I’m out for a walk, next time I visit there!
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 9/10/2017
- Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany – review
- Snowspelled (The Harwood Spellbook #1) by Stephanie Burgis – review
- News & Notes – 9/16/2017
- Sunday Post – 9/17/2017 – this post
Upcoming on the Blog
- Top Ten Books on My Fall TBR List
- Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne – tour review
- rest of the week TBD but hopefully at least one more review
- News & Notes – 9/23/2017
- Sunday Post – 9/24/2017
I’ve read 2 books for the Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon, and started a third, but got distracted into rereading a trilogy. But I realized that last week, I made my goal of 24 books for The Backlist Reader Challenge! I still need to write up a lot of the reviews, though, which is why I started rereading that trilogy—I meant to just skim the books and write the reviews. (Oops.)
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished Body on Baker Street (Vicki Delany; ARC) and Snowspelled (Stephanie Burgis, ARC & Kindle purchase), and posted reviews for both. (Click title links for reviews.) I wanted to review some of the Backlist Reader Challenge books I read last winter, so I decided to skim Dance Upon the Air (Nora Roberts) and ended up rereading both it and the sequel when I realized I didn’t remember it well enough to review. I also started Murder, Magic, and What We Wore, which is a YA historical fantasy spy novel: light, witty, and charming. I hope to get back to The Waking Land by Callie Bates later this week, and then finish East by Edith Pattou.
Listening to: The Secret Garden (the Broadway musical cast album) from my collection, and film scores on Pandora. But mostly I’ve been listening to lots of recordings of new choral pieces that I’m debating whether to buy for my two choruses. There’s some lovely stuff out there, and some very mediocre stuff as well. The trick is finding pieces that are good but not too complex, so they can be handled by a teen or children’s chorus with only 8 or 9 hours of rehearsal time.
Watching: We are rewatching Sherlock seasons 1–3 so we can remind ourselves of all the clues before we watch Season 4; we’ve gotten through the first 4 episodes (Season 1, and Season 2 Ep. 1.) We’ve also watched one or two episodes of Father Brown. Next week I also plan to continue with Avatar: The Last Airbender as well.
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
Purchased for Kindle
I kept the purchases down again this week. Two were on sale. The Katherine Ashe novella was free but is now back to $1.99.