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.