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!
On Tuesday, I attended a talk and signing by Jamie Ford, author of The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet and the recently-released Love and Other Consolation Prizes. He’s a terrific speaker: warm, relaxed, and funny. I really enjoyed it. (And yes, of course I got books and had them signed!)
I’m still struggling to find the focus and motivation to read my review books, write reviews, and blog, but I think — I hope — it’s beginning to bounce back… just in time for my new indexing project, which arrived Friday. Who knows? Maybe having a project I have to work on will make writing all those reviews I’m behind on feel like a welcome break instead of a looming weight!
Other than that, it’s been a pretty uneventful week, at least personally — not so much on the national and international front, though. I’m grateful that none of my friends are directly threatened by the fires in California, but praying for all those who are in harm’s way, or whose homes and livelihoods are gone or at risk. And I hope the situation in Catalonia can be resolved without bloodshed.
Something on Sunday
Something on Sunday is hosted by Gin Jenny at Reading the End. The idea is to counteract the gloom and anxiety many of us feel by “writ[ing] about something that kept you on your feet that week… something that matters to you.”
Making music is one of my lifelines, one of the things that lifts my spirits, feeds my soul, and keeps me going. I may have lost my church choir, but I still have music in my life: the children’s and youth community choruses I direct, and the adult chorus in which I sing (all three are part of the same organization.) Last weekend’s Junior and Youth rehearsals went well, and I’m looking forward to today’s rehearsal. And Wednesday night’s adult practice was a pleasure from start to finish. I’m also considering singing in the annual Messiah concert in our nearest city.
Last Week on the Blog
- Sunday Post – 10/08/2017
- News & Notes – 10/14/2017
- Sunday Post – 10/15/2017 – this post
Upcoming on the Blog
- TOUR: Death Overdue by Allison Brook – reveiw & character guest post
- other posts TBD
- News & Notes – 10/21/2017
- Sunday Post – 10/22/2017
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I managed to get back on an even keep enough to read two review books this week: Deck the Halls (Donna Alward; ARC) and Death Overdue (Allison Brook; ARC.) I also continued rereading Robyn Carr’s Virgin River series — this week, books 14 through 17. I’m stopping there; I don’t plan to reread the final book right now. I still intend to get back to Murder, Magic, and What We Wore and The Waking Land someday, as well as my growing (virtual) pile of forthcoming releases.
Listening to: I finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and started in on Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Watching: We finally finished up Sherlock Season 4. It turns out I was at least partially right when I wrote about my theory way back in 2014. Despite the satisfaction of having gotten at least some of it right, though, I didn’t enjoy this season as much as the first three. Regardless of their reasons, it was hard seeing both Sherlock and John fall apart. And the final episode was so fraught, it left me feeling shaken and wrung out.
We also watched episode 4 of Star Trek: Discovery, which is continuing to evolve into a very good show. (I’m going to stop saying, “despite the Klingon redesign.” I still really dislike it, but there’s no point in continuing to kvetch about it. It is what it is, to quote John Watson.) We’ll probably watch episode 5 tonight. It feels weird to be back to watching something that airs weekly again, though. I’ve gotten too used to plowing through an entire show at my own pace. Being limited to an episode per week seems… archaic.
Speaking of watching at my own pace, we also saw a few more episodes of Father Brown this week.
New Additions to the Hoard
Cover links take you to Goodreads.
For Review or Review Consideration
Thanks to Bea of Bea’s Book Nook! I remember thinking when this book first came out that I’d like to read it. Now I can!
Purchased in print
I bought these when I went to Jamie Ford’s author event — one for me and one as a gift.
Purchased for Kindle (in the last 2 weeks)