I started my Christmas shopping this week. I’m doing it early and all online, because of the pandemic. I figure that shipping will be slower than usual because so many people will be shopping online. I think we are all in for a very rough winter. Please do everything you can to protect yourself, your family, and everyone in your community—especially health care workers.
I have some Christmas projects to finish making in the next week or two. Then I need to clear the kitchen/dining table of my projects so we have somewhere to eat our Thanksgiving dinner! We will be celebrating it alone, but that’s nothing new; it has been just the two of us on Thanksgiving since Robin went off to college 7 years ago. We enjoy cooking together without worrying about a schedule—we just eat whenever everything is done!
Yesterday, we had a belated birthday party with my family, via Zoom. It was the first weekend everyone was free and had no conflicting virtual events or work projects or classes. Of course we talked about the pandemic, because one does. But we also talked about TV shows (I’m told I should watch The Queen’s Gambit); our new car; home remodeling and redecorating (my sister’s family just redid my niece’s room, including laminate flooring, doing all the work themselves); my new “position” (I’ve been elected VP of my local Spinners & Weavers Guild); computer issues (several people had had them recently); and we told jokes and watched funny videos over the shared screen, and generally had a great time.
Last Week on the Blog
This Week on the Blog
- Facsimile Dust Jackets for Vintage Books
- Characters I Would Name a Pet After – Top Ten Tuesday, tentative
- WIP Wednesday – 11/18/2020 – tentative
- reviews TBD
- News & Notes – 11/21/2020 – tentative
- Sunday Post – 11/22/2020 – tentative
What I’m Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished rereading Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I for the Bridgertons group read on Instagram, then reread The Viscount Who Loved Me, which is one of my two favorites in the series. Today, I hope to start An Offer from a Gentleman. (I’m a little behind; I should be reading book 4, Romancing Mister Bridgerton.) I am also reading Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert (ARC.)
Listening: I started The Windsor Knot, a mystery by S. J. Bennett featuring Queen Elizabeth as the amateur detective. And I have been listening to podcasts, mostly Harry Potter and the Sacred Text and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, with a smattering of The Allusionist.
Watching: We finished our Harry Potter rewatch and returned to watching Warehouse 13.
Added to the Hoard
Will you look at all these amazing goodies?! I hardly know which one to read first!
For Review or Consideration
A bunch of my requests were approved this week! Thank you to Crooked Lane for The Art of Betrayal, The Unkindness of Ravens, and Reserved for Murder. And thank you to Avon for I’m Only Wicked With You, to Berkley for An Unexpected Peril,to DAW for Jolene, to John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books for The Conductors, to Minotaur for An Extravagant Death, and (Click title for Goodreads page.)
(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Kindle: I couldn’t resist picking up a bunch of Kindle books on sale this week: Like Lovers Do (ARC reviewed); The Worst Best Man; HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act at a Time; The Gryphon Chronicles, Books 1 & 2; The Navigator; Art in the Blood; 9 From the Nine Worlds; The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)