Sunday Post – 11/08/15

November 8, 2015 Sunday Post 24

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!

My Week

Phew, it’s been a busy week here! In addition to work, I finished putting together the rehearsal CDs for my choruses to practice at home, voted on Tuesday, and tackled Mount Washmore. Next week is going to be really hairy, because I’m behind schedule on my indexing project, and I’ll have to catch up to make the deadline.

I’ve been wanting to get back to exercising and eating better, and I made a little bit of a start this week. I got in a couple of walks, and cut back on the sweets now that the Halloween candy is out of the house. It’s not a lot yet, but it’s a start!


Last Week on the Blog



Upcoming on the Blog


  • Mon. 11/09: Home by Nightfall (Charles Finch) – review
  • Tues. 11/10: Ten Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To – Top Ten Tuesday
  • Wed. 11/11: In the Dragon’s Eye: Away in a Manger – Waiting on Wednesday
  • Thurs. 11/12: TBD
  • Fri. 11/13: Reading Speed and the Cost of Books
  • Sat. 11/14: News & Notes – 11/14/15
  • Sun. 11/15: Sunday Post – 11/15/15


What I’m Reading/Watching

Early in the week, I was having a lot of trouble settling down to any particular book. I did finish Forever Your Earl (Eva Leigh), which was quite enjoyable. I finally got back to listening to The Night Circus, and I’ve made really good progress with that. I started Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier — I’m feeling a need to get back to adult fantasy. It’s wonderful so far (thank you to my lovely sister, who gave it to me!) But late in the week, due to work-related stress, I also needed the comfort of a familiar friend, so I re-read Catherine Aird’s The Stately Home Murder. And when insomnia paid me a visit two nights running, I ended up plowing through two more of my ARCs:  A Cold Creek Christmas Story (Raeanne Thayne) and The Last Chance Christmas Ballan anthology of related stories by a number of historical romance writers.

It hasn’t been a big television week.  I watched an episode or two of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with Mr. Bookwyrm, but that’s about it.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.


For Review

Many thanks to Sourcebooks for this one! I have a signed copy, but they put a “Read Now” copy on NetGalley because the book was nominated as for a Goodreads Choice Award in historical fiction. Since it’s easier for me to read at night on my Kindle (and I selfishly want to keep my signed copy nice!), I downloaded it.


Purchased for Kindle

Heartsong Cottage was preordered months before I was given an ARC. The others were all on sale, except the Shana Galen book*, which is currently free on Amazon..  Open Road Media put about half their Catherine Aird titles on sale*. Since she’s one of my favorite mystery writers and I love to re-read her, I snapped them all right up! There is another sale on backlist romances by RaeAnne Thayne* — mostly Christmas titles that I haven’t read yet. I bought a few of those, too, but I didn’t have time to pull up all the covers before this post went live. (The Aird and Thayne books were on sale as of Saturday night, and the Galen book was still free.)

*text links go to Amazon


Have a great week, everybody, and happy reading!


24 Responses to “Sunday Post – 11/08/15”

  1. Deborah

    It sounds like you’ve made a good start on the exercising and eating healthier front. Well done. Start as you plan to continue is my motto and I try not to do anything I can’t sustain. I see so many friends suddenly join a gym and go twice daily and then within a month they’re never going at all!

    Of course I need to take a leaf out of your book and do those things as well as I’ve been really bad on the exercise front!
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  2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I hope you’ll be able to catch up on your indexing project, Lark. It’s tough when you fall behind a little bit and then feel a bit stressed about meeting a deadline.
    You know, even changing small things both when it comes to exercise and when it comes to eating is great! Little by little you’ll make big changes that way 🙂
    Your new books look great, and I hope you’ll enjoy them all.
    Have a fantastic week ahead and happy reading.
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  3. Stormi

    Hope you get caught up on your project for your deadline. You got a lot of mystery books! 🙂 I haven’t read that series so I picked up the first one to try. If I would have had more spare money to splurge I might have grabbed more…lol.

    Have a great week!
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  4. Lily B

    That pesky halloween candy, I put mine away hoping the whole out of sight out of mind works, alas… not really.
    Home by Nightfall looks good, can’t wait to see your review.
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  5. Lola

    Sounds like a busy week! I hope you can catch up on your indexing project and finish it in time.

    We watched the first 8 or 9 episodes of Deep Space 9 so far and I am enjoying it, so many quirky characters. I really like Odo and Quark. And the comander is a nice character as well. I am not a fan of Kira so far though, but I am hoping she’ll grow on me.

    I also got Early Just Want to Have Fun this week as it was free! The Postman Always Purls Twice sounds like a good one. Have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you’re enjoying DS9! Kira does grow on you as she grows and deepens as a character. I hope you have a wonderful week, and thanks for stopping by!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I can’t tell you how excited I was to see that sale! I’ve been trying to get Kindle copies of favorite books and authors because sometimes I do a lot of re-reading either at in bed at night or when I’m traveling, when print books are less convenient. So to have so many Aird books go on sale at once was great; she’s one of my favorite mystery writers.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I have a tendency to think I’m too busy to exercise. But it’s important; I need to make time for it. Heartsong Cottage was good. Actually, I’d already read it as an ARC, but had preordered the book before I got the ARC. I reviewed it here.

  6. Steph from

    Christmas books often have the best titles: Mischief and Mistletoe is really cute. I read Kearnsley’s new book a while back – it was a bit meh for me – but ‘literature’ often is.

    We were traveling and eating all kinds of bad stuff. But, I just don’t have bad stuff (unfrozen) in the house. I got some cookies and put them in the freezer for a day I either work out or if we have our dinner out night and forget dessert.

    If I have to go out for high calorie or sugary food I am much less likely to eat it.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I have to be in the right mood for more serious literature, but I loved the one (early) Kearlsey book I’ve read so far, and she’s a wonderful speaker as well.

      Good ideas on controlling the sugar intake. If it’s in the house, I’ll probably eat it, so like you, it’s best not kept in the house. I’m not sure I’d be as good about avoiding frozen goodies, though.

  7. Berls

    Sounds like a good week – but Busy! You and Lola keep taking me back to when I was a teenager, mentioning Startrek – we watched deep space nine and voyager with me mom and I haven’t really watched it much since. Just the movies really. Everyone’s killing me with the Shana Galen book – I paid for it months ago 🙁 but I also read it and it was really good so I won’t complain… Too much lol. Have a great week and good luck getting caught up.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Mmm, Doritos! I don’t eat them often because of a tomato allergy, but I can tolerate them in small doses. So enjoy them for me, please! And have a terrific week!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I tend to like Aird’s earlier books better than the later ones, but I picked up some of both, including one or two I haven’t read yet. Now if they’ll just put the other half on sale sometime… 😉

      Thanks for the good wishes!

  8. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Must not go buy all the Aird and Thayne books, must not go buy all the Aird and Thayne books!! I want them all!
    It sounds like you’ve had a crazy week and a crazy week coming up. Hopefully the insomnia will disappear because crazy busy on not good sleep for me usually ends with a cold. I’m trying to eat better and exercise more as well. This weekend would not have shown that but I’m dusting off the Barre workout DVD tomorrow and cutting my portions down! Every little bit helps. Have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The way I look at it, I know I’ll re-read all the Aird books at least once more, and some of them probably more than once. So at $2, it’s worth splurging on a bunch. But I wouldn’t do that for just any author — just the ones I love!

      Thank you for the good wishes! I kind of blew the healthy eating last night, and it’s raining so no walk for me today, but hopefully tomorrow. I also hope the sleep starts working better for me. Crazy-busy plus no sleep for me either results in a cold (doubly so if it’s around the holidays) and/or an anxiety episode, and I’d rather not do either. So here’s to both of us taking better care of ourselves!

  9. Literary Feline

    Good luck this week! I hope you are able to find some time to breathe. I still need to get the Halloween candy out of the house. I meant to bring it to the office today, but I left it sitting on the kitchen table. Oh well. At least I’m not home to eat it all day. That’s something, right?

    So many good books to look forward to! I love Kearsley’s writing. I really must read more by her.

    I hope you have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      When we realized how few kids were coming, we started giving it out by the handful. We got rid of a lot of it and, I’m embarrassed to say, ate the rest. But it could have been a lot worse. 😉 I’m looking forward to reading the Kearsley book!