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 IRL: Life is Full of Ups and Downs
It’s been a crazy two weeks. I was out of town two weekends in a row for family gatherings: my aunt’s memorial service and our niece’s wedding. My scant time home has been punctuated by far too many medical appointments (mostly physical therapy and routine check-ups), two separate rounds of a stomach bug, an author signing, preparing for the fall choral season, and worrying about our cat Tasha.
I saw an orthopedist, who says I don’t need surgery for my shoulder. Yay! He said to continue the physical therapy, since my shoulder is improving, but that it will take up to a year to completely resolve.
The most exciting part of this week, after last weekend’s wedding, was going with a writer friend to see Deborah Harkness talk about her books at Politics and Prose on the Wharf, in downtown DC. I’ve been a fan of Harkness’s All Souls trilogy since I first read A Discovery of Witches in 2011, a few months after it came out. I’ve been waiting for years for a chance to go to a signing. She is delightful; I would love to have had her as a teacher in college (although since she is two or three years younger than I am, that wouldn’t have been likely.) She signed my well-loved copy of A Discovery of Witches as well as her new books, Time’s Convert and The World of All Souls, both of which I can’t wait to read.
Our kitty Tasha has not been doing well. Her mouth lesions have been bothering her more, so she has been eating less (barely at all for several days.) We took her to the vet on Friday. He gave her steroid shots in her mouth, which have helped reduce the pain and inflammation in the past. She is eating a little better now, but we will see how it goes over the the next few weeks.
My choruses start up this afternoon, so I won’t be online much today. But I’ll try to get around to everyone’s blog in the next few days.
Last 3 Weeks on the Blog
- Sunday Post –9/16/2018
- Top 20 Books on my Fall 2018 TBR – Top Ten Tuesday
- It’s Time for Blog Ahead 2018! – Challenge
- News & Notes – 9/29/2018
- Sunday Post –9/30/2018 – this post
Upcoming on the Blog
- Top Ten Authors I’d Love to Meet—And Some I’ve Met – Top Ten Tuesday
- ARCtober 2018 Reading Challenge Goals
- Why Not Tonight? (Susan Mallery) – review
- Other posts TBD
- News & Notes – 10/062018 – tentative
- Sunday Post –10/07/2018 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I haven’t done much reading in the past two weeks — not by my usual standards, anyway. I finished Why Not Tonight (ARC) and A Very Merry Princess (novella), both by Susan Mallery, and Season of Wonder (ARC) by RaeAnne Thayne. I also read The Bookshop Book, which alternates between vignettes of real-world bookshops and interviews with authors about their experiences with bookstores. It was fun, and I will be going back through to make a note of bookshops I want to visit.
Currently, I’m in the middle of The Alton Gift, the next book in the Darkover series (this one by Deborah Ross, who now writes the series.) And yesterday, in a fickle mood, I started rereading The Unlikely Ones by Mary Brown, which I haven’t read for 20 years or more.
In ongoing books, I really need to get back to The Underwater Ballroom (anthology; ARC), and I’m still slowly working my way through Year of Wonder: Classical Music for Every Day (ARC.)
Listening to: The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley.
Watching: Swallows and Amazons (BBC movie, on DVD), and a couple of episodes of Cadfael, “One Corpse Too Many” and “The Leper of St. Giles.”
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
Purchased in Print
Time’s Convert and The World of All Souls are signed by the author. I now own The Calculating Stars in print, Kindle, and Audible editions, so I have no excuse for not starting it soon! I picked up The Stone Fey at the Friends of the Library bookstore at my library.
Purchased for Kindle