Sunday Post – January 24, 2020

January 24, 2021 Sunday Post 6

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!

This Week

Thankfully, the inauguration went smoothly. Personally, I loved Biden’s speech, and thought he spoke with deep sincerity. I teared up when Kamala Harris took the oath of office. And wasn’t poet Amanda Gorman amazing?! Also, the Bernie-in-mittens memes have been a lot of fun, regardless of where you sit politically.

I hope that DC (the city) can soon go back to something like normal, and stop looking like a war zone. It’s been really hard on those who live in or near the city (including several of my friends), and distressing to those of us who love it. I grew up in the DC area; DC is “my” city in a way no other city ever has been or ever will be. It grieves me to see photos and TV footage of the Mall, the Capitol, and the downtown area surrounded by barriers, fencing, and armed soldiers. I hope that the Mall, museums, and monuments will soon be open to the public again.

In my personal and work life, I’m working on an indexing project that’s due this week. I took an online workshop on blending and spinning unusual and upcycled fibers. And we celebrated the birthdays of my sister, my niece, and a close family friend with a party over Zoom.

The Backlist Reader Challenge

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2021

The Backlist Reader Challenge sign-up linky is live, and it’s not too late to sign up. Come join me in 2021 as we read books that have been on our TBR lists or piles for a good long while.

Last Week on the Blog

Looking Ahead

  • New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2020 Top Ten Tuesday, tentative
  • Sunday Post – 1/31/2021 – tentative

What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: I didn’t read many books this week; I spent too much time reading and watching the news. But I’m reading and sometimes listening to The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg. It’s a buddy read with Tarissa of In the Bookcase, for a COYER readathon where you read something from a friend’s TBR list. I have also started Wild Rain by Beverly Jenkins, which I am buddy reading with Sophia Rose of the Delighted Reader blog.

Listening to: The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (see above.)

Watching: Discovery, season 3; Aerial Ireland; Aerial Britain (episode 1.)

Playing: Carcassonne, Merge Magic, DragonVale, and Pokemon Go, and the NYT daily crossword and Spelling Bee game.

Added to the Hoard

Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)

Print: Kindle: A Song Below Water; Shuri; Spellswept; Merlin’s Mirror; Journey to the Center of the Earth; Audiobooks (Audible,, or Chirp): (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay kind… and may you find books a haven in the coming weeks.

6 Responses to “Sunday Post – January 24, 2020”

  1. Anne - Books of My Heart

    My favorite narrator does The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes. I hope you are enjoying him. I agree with everything about Biden, Harris, Amanda Gorman and the mitten memes. What a joy to have adults, truth and fun back in the capitol. I just hope there are consequences for the sedition or it will be happening again. It’s really an ideal buddy read time when we are reading from others’ tbr lists. Stay well!

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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The narrator is good; I particularly like that he doesn’t push the women’s voices into high falsetto. I have mixed feelings about the book itself. It’s entertaining, but there are anachronisms and mistakes that bother me. And, well, I’m a bit spoiled when it comes to Sherlock Holmes pastiches; Laurie R. King’s books are so good that they leave a lot of other pastiches in the shade.

      I agree that there need to be consequences to ensure democratic norms are followed going forward — fair consequences, reached through careful investigation and evaluation of the evidence. I’m not sure that it will be possible to do that, though, given the current political climate in Congress.

  2. Angela

    I have family in DC, too, so it was really nerve-wracking there for awhile. I agree, the Bernie memes have been such a bright spot!

  3. Nicole @ BookWyrm Knits

    I loved how normal the inauguration was. It was such a relief! (I don’t mean normal for the usual schedule of inauguration ceremonies of course, but normal as in the whole tone of the thing.) Amanda Gorman was incredible.

    Enjoy Spellswept! I recently finished that series, and really enjoyed it. I hope you like A Song Below Water, too!

  4. Katherine

    Oh how I hope DC goes back to normal soon. The Bernie memes may be my favorite thing in quite some time. Every time I think I’m burned out on them I see another one that makes me laugh. I haven’t read Sherlock’s Daughter but that reminded me that I need to get back to the Laurie R King series. I’m planning on listening to The God of the Hive soon but it’s been so long since I read the early books that I feel like I really need to go back and read them. But I don’t really have reading time to go back and read them but I don’t feel like I really remember what happened. And that is the endless loop my mind goes in when I think about that series! Hope you have a great week and a quiet restful one.