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!
The Last Two Weeks
I had a busy week leading up our vacation, trying to get my index done before we left for an annual get-together with my husband’s siblings and their families. This year we returned to the same place in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula that we stayed in last year, which was probably a good thing. I ended up taking the index with me and worked on it through the week while the others went on walks and hikes, but when I wasn’t working, I had a good time. I was able to enjoy being with the extended family in the mornings and late afternoons and evenings. I even managed to squeeze in a couple of outings with them, including a repeat shoreline cruise to see the cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The weather was cool and lovely — and positively frigid out on the water! — but the mosquitoes were fierce. (So were the black flies, but fortunately there weren’t too many of them near the lodge we were renting.)
We got home Thursday and took Friday off to recover from the two-day drive. On Saturday, we went up to DC to explore two museums we hadn’t been to before: the National Postal Museum, which was fascinating, and the Folger Shakespeare Library Museum. The latter had an excellent exhibit on books as physical objects: how they are constructed (by hand) as well as how old books are conserved and repaired today. I was the only one of the three of us who had previously visited the Folger Library, and that was back in high school, on a field trip, so I enjoyed seeing it again. Sadly, they didn’t have a genuine First Folio on display (they own several), but they did have a facsimile that we could touch and read. I will try to put together a post about the Folger’s book display in the next week or two.
All in all, Saturday was a good day, despite being beastly hot — especially after the cool temperatures we had in the UP the previous week.
Robin is home with us for the remainder of the week. Yay! We’re soaking up the time together. Because of that, I don’t know how many posts I’ll get written this week, but come the following weeks, I hope to catch up and start scheduling posts ahead.
Last Two Weeks on the Blog
- Happy Father’s Day! (Sunday Post – 6/17/2018)
- News & Notes – 6/30/2018
- Sunday Post – 7/01/2018 – this post
Upcoming on the Blog
- In the Dragon’s Eye: July 2018 New Releases
- Dragon Books: A Master List
- News & Notes – 7/07/2018 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 7/08/2018 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
What I’m Reading: I went on a Nora Roberts fantasy romance rereading binge, starting with the Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy: Dark Witch (review), Shadow Spell (review), and Blood Magick (review); followed by the Guardians trilogy: Star of Fortune (review), Bay of Sighs, and Island of Glass (reviews to come.) I’m also working my way day-by-day through Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day (ARC; due out in the US next November; it was released in the UK last October.)
Listening to: The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. Plus a whole lot of podcasts on the long drive to and from the UP: The Allusionist, Twenty Thousand Hertz, 99% Invisible, Radiolab, and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. And I’ve been listening on Spotify to the Year of Wonder playlists that go with Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day, though given the slow and spotty internet and total lack of cellphone reception at the lodge, I didn’t listen to the playlists during the vacation week.
Watching: The Princess and the Frog (Disney), which somehow we had never managed to see. It’s delightful and engaging. I love classic 2-D animation. And we rewatched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them while we were in Michigan, with most of the extended family. Some of them hadn’t seen it before, so we had the fun of introducing them to it.
Playing: Settlers of Cataan, which we’ve owned for about 6 years and haven’t played until now. We’re still in the learning stages, so I’m not sure if we’re going to like it, love it, or hate it.
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
Purchased for Kindle
Not too many for two weeks, so that’s good.