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!
We flew home from New Mexico last Sunday. Since then, it’s been a week of unpacking, working, and trying (with mixed success) to catch up on everything I need to do, in real life as well as on the blog. It’s been hard to refocus; my mind feels like the dog in Up who is easily distract—SQUIRREL!
I spent a little time this week (well, more than I should have, honestly), learning to use Google Sheets and setting up my 2019 reading and challenge tracker spreadsheets. I’ve always done them in Excel before, but I like the idea of being able to look at them when I’m not on my laptop. I haven’t set up any data-crunching stuff yet, just the sheet to enter the books I’ve been reading, sheets to keep track of my ARCs, reviews, and challenges, and a list of the POPSUGAR challenge prompts.
The snow seems to be chasing us. We’ve only been back from New Mexico (where we got about three feet of snow spread over three storms in one week), and now it’s snowing here in Virginia Depending on whose forecast you look at, we could get either 4-7 inches or 5-10 inches by the time it stops tonight. I’ll be staying cozy and warm at home today, alternating between working, curling up with a cup of tea and a book (or my husband!), and maybe taking down the Christmas decorations.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post –1/06/2019
- Most Anticipated New Releases, January–June 2019 – Top Ten Tuesday
- Adding Another 2019 Challenge… Or Two
- Sunday Post –1/13/2019 – this post
Upcoming on the Blog
- The Best of Us (Robyn Carr) – tour, review
- Top Ten Tuesday – tentative
- WIP Wednesday – tentativeNews & Notes – 1/12/2019- tentative
- Sunday Post –1/13/2019 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I had a really bad reading week in terms of time spent and pages read, though I enjoyed both books I was reading. I finished Cyanide with Christie (ARC),the third in a cozy mystery series I discovered last year. And I started A Curse So Dark and Lonely, an imaginative retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a portal-fantasy setting and a disabled heroine (with cerebral palsy.)
Listening to: Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts
Watching: I actually watched quite a few movies this week: Spiderman: Homecoming and The Darkest Hour were first-time screenings for us, and we also rewatched Thor and The Avengers. The Darkest Hour was excellent. All the actors were well-cast, and Gary Oldman’s performance was impressive. He really nailed Churchill’s mannerisms and emotions…though he may have overdone it slightly on the unclear diction and mumbling. (It might have been better, perhaps, to go for a shade less less realism and a tidge more clarity in the diction, for the sake of the audience’s understanding.)
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
Some of my library holds came in! I’ve wanted to take a look at the new Pern novel by Anne McCaffrey’s daughter, and I enjoy listening to Neal deGrasse Tyson talk about astrophysics, so I’m looking forward to both of these.
Purchased in Print
On impulse, I grabbed a used copy of this on Amazon for practically nothing (except shipping.) It arrived last night, so I haven’t had much chance to dip into it yet.
Purchased for Kindle
I was very good and limited myself to only 2 Kindle books this week, both on sale.
You have some great books to stay warm with. I think the cuppa tea and the husband are both great to snuggle up with. LOL Stay toasty:)
My Sunday Post
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Thanks, Laura! In fact, that cuppa is calling me — time to get off the computer and make a pot of tea.
Urg – snow… which I hate. Thank goodness you have plenty of tea and a warm husband to snuggle with. Stay safe and have a great week.
I love snow! Looks like I’ll be doing more working and less snuggling, though, because I’m behind on my work. I hope you have a good week, too!
Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic
Oh, you got some good books this week! I’ve already downloaded Neil deGrasse Tyson from my library and going to look for the Pern book next! I know what you mean by feeling like the dog in Up, Lark. I’ve been feeling that way since early December and I haven’t even gone anywhere during that time! I hope by this next week you feel a little more caught up.
The Tyson book is nice and short; I’ll enjoy it and it will count for the Audiobook challenge. Thank you for the encouragement. I hope I feel a little more on top of things by next weekend, too.
Michelle @Because Reading
The storm didn’t come up far enough to hit us. South Jersey got the most snow, we had a little less than a dusting and it’s all gone now. I really want just one nice Snow storm.
Coming back from being away is always more crazy than going away. I need to find a way to keep track of my challenges and stuff better. As much as I LOVE technology, I am still very much a pen and paper type of person but that doesn’t mean I can’t make what I need on the computer 🙂
Have a great week, Lark! Happy Reading! xx
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I love the idea of bullet journaling, but so far I haven’t been able to stay consistent with it. The computer is easier in some ways, because I’m on it all the time anyway.
The snow is nice, but so far we haven’t gotten quite as much as predicted. That’s good news for those who have to shovel (or go to work tomorrow), but I do enjoy a nice deep snow. 🙂
Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookworms
I love staying inside with a good book when it’s cold outside! It’s the prefect way to spend a Sunday 🙂
I hope you won’t get too much snow!
Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry was one of my favorites from last year! Wow, that is a lot of snow! It seems like it’s snowing everywhere but where I am! Not that I’m complaining, lol.
Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
We ended up with around 7 inches and its bitter cold. Thankfully, I took my decorations down in-between New Year and Christmas. But being snowed in is the perfect time for hot tea, a good audiobook and a nice clean.
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It’s difficult when you’ve been gone to catch up on everything again once you get back. I use an excel document to track what I am reading, but putting it on google sheets is a good idea too. We haven’t had any snow this year yet and I am actually kinda hoping we’ll get some snow later still. It’s nice to stay inside when it’s cold and snowy outside.
A Curse So Dark and Lonely sounds unique with how it’s a retelling with a disabled heroine. Your two new print books you got this week look great, I recently read a review for book 2 in that series. It sounds like a good one. Have a great week!
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I really liked Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. I hope you do, too!
Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra
I’m in Virginia too and I think we’ve ended up with about 5-6 inches, enough to cancel school for tomorrow but it remains to be seen if I have to go to work or not, lol. I hope you enjoy all of your new reads!
Enjoy some cozy reading time with your latest haul as the snow falls.
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Oh my gosh you got The Devil’s Daughter?!?!?! I’m so jealous!!! We got snow here in SW Ohio. They originally said 3-5 and we got about 4!
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Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Boo to all the snow. I am super interested in A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I need to set up some spreadsheets to track my reading but I am too lazy!!! Have a great week!
Aj @ Read All The Things!
I should probably learn to use Google Sheets for the same reason. I’ve always used Excel, but I only have it on my laptop. I hope the snow isn’t too bad. Have a great week!
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I know you’re glad to be back home, and I can totally relate to the unfocused thing causing me to not zero on any really good reading. Then add to that being sick, and it was just a yucky week.(lol) Gary Oldman is one of those actors who can do just about anything on screen, so it sounds like a pretty good movie. Aren’t superhero movies just plain fun? I love them all so much! As always, the books you’re reading look really interesting. Hugs…RO
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Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits
Welcome home! I hope the snow doesn’t cause you too much trouble.
Those sound like some great books. I’m curious to see what the consensus is about Gigi’s take on Pern. I was hopeful when Todd started writing them that we’d get good new Pern books, but I didn’t like his style. Maybe Gigi’s style is what I wanted from new Pern books. *fingers crossed*
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Oh well you bring up a good point. I use Excel for a current list of ARCS and library books with dates to be reviewed, but they are deleted after I read and review them. It would be nice to have that sheet in Google since I could access it on my phone. I already access Goodreads and my shared Google calendar for the blog on my phone. But this is the final piece. I primarily look at it when I finish a book to see what I’m going to read next or update it when I get a new ARC. I’ll have to think about this.
Well it takes a bit to get back in the swing after the holidays. We are doing perhaps better than I expected. Have a better reading week! Anne – Books of My Heart
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Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books
I’m going to be starting A Curse So Dark and Lonely this week in preparation for it’s release. I’m quite looking forward to it which is a victory as I’ve been in a ‘meh’ mood when it comes to reading.
Can’t wait to hear what you think!
P.s I’m envious of all the snow talk. I hope we get some snow this year… Last year was the first snow we’d had in about 4 years so I’m not holding my breath. 🙁
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Melissa (My World...in words and pages)
Here’s to a great week. Bummer the snow is following you though. Stay warm. 🙂