The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimberly, 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!
I had a lovely time at my college reunion last weekend! (Other than the weather, that is. It was hot and muggy, and the dorms aren’t air-conditioned.) I spent time with several good friends from my college days, and connected with some people I knew mainly through the alumni group on Facebook. Many thanks to Mr. Bookwyrm for being extremely supportive and putting up with a lot of conversations in which he knew neither the participants nor the people and experiences we were talking about. (Not to mention carrying things for me, because of my shoulder.)
Tonight I’ll be singing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass with the community chorus I’ve sung in for the past 20 years or more. It’s the second time we’ve sung this one, and it’s a fun piece: just challenging enough, but not overwhelming. There are moments of breathtaking beauty, some complex fugues, and a whole lot of power and bombast. For a small, semi-rural/exurban community to be able to present music of this quality and on this scale is nothing short of amazing! The director brought in four terrific soloists, and the instrumentalists are all top-notch. The professional instrumentalists for this concert include 2 violins, viola, cello, bass, 2 oboes, trumpet, and tympani, plus a really good organist. They and the soloists have come from as far as 2 hours away to perform with us (though some are closer, of course.) The chorus itself is only about 30 people this year, and rarely more than about 40. Singing with them is a wonderful experience.
Last Two Weeks on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 5/20/2018
- With This Ring (Amanda Quick) – review
- News & Notes – 6/02/2018
- Sunday Post – 6/03/2018 – this post
Upcoming on the Blog
- In the Dragon’s Eye: June 2018 New Releases
- News & Notes – 6/09/2018 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 6/10/2018 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finally finished Murder on the Flying Scotsman by Carola Dunn (ARC)—a cozy historical mystery, number 4 in the Daisy Dalrymple series (recently reissued with a new cover.) I read it over a decade ago, but had completely forgotten it, so I’m counting it as new-to-me. I also continued rereading the Celta Heartmates series by Robin D. Owens, finishing books #9–14: Heart Search, Heart Secret, Heart Fortune, and Heart Fire. After that, I started reading Heart Legacy, #15 in the series, but just like the last time I started it, it’s not really pulling me in. So instead, I switched to rereading The Wounded Sky, a Star Trek (original series) novel by Diane Duane. And I still need to get back to Someone to Care by Mary Balogh (ARC), and The Underwater Ballroom (anthology ARC), which I set aside during the stressful weeks when I was struggling to finish 3 indexes.
Listening to: I finished Lady Knight, which brought my relistening to Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small series to a close. Now I’m debating whether to go back and finish Wildwood Dancing in audio, or just read it and listen to something else instead. On our 8-hour drive to and from my alma mater, Mr. Bookwrym and I listened to quite a few podcasts: Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!; RadioLab; 20,000 Hertz; The Allusionist; and 99% Invisible, for the most part.
Watching: Mr. Bookwyrm gave me Thor: Ragnarok for Mother’s Day, and we had fun watching it this week. Next up is Black Panther.
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
SYNC Audiobooks (free)
Purchased for Kindle (last two weeks)
First Time at Firelight Falls was a preorder. The two Ngaio Marsh books were bought with a gift card, a thank you from the mother of one of my chorus kids. The rest were all on sale. I’ve read the Ngaio Marsh books and The Murder of Mary Russell before, but they are both in series I love and want to have available on Kindle as well as on my shelves.