Sunday Post – 11/15/15

November 15, 2015 Sunday Post 28

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

It’s been a very difficult week. The violence in Paris, Beirut, and Bagdad is tragic, the more so since it all appears to stem from the same terrorist group.  Closer to home, my indexing project is kicking my you-know-what. And we learned Thursday that our  beloved Tasha-kitty has squamous cell carcinoma in her mouth; the prognosis is pretty bad. She’s still at the vet’s, getting treatment to try to alleviate the symptoms and give her a little better quality of life for whatever time she has left. It has really hit us hard.

Today’s the last rehearsal for our concert next week (except next Saturday’s dress rehearsal.) Last week’s rehearsals went well, so I hope this one will also, for the kids’ sake as well as mine — I think we could all use a boost right now. The theme for our music is “freedom, justice, and peace” — picked well before the horrific events of Thursday and Friday. It seems very apropos.

There were two spots of happiness in all the gloom. Winter came out, and Minotaur Books called my review of Home By Nightfall “brilliant”!


Last Week on the Blog



Upcoming on the Blog


  • Tues. 11/17: Closer to the Heart (Mercedes Lackey) – review
  • Wed. 11/18: HoHoHo Readathon Wrap-Up
  • Thurs. 11/19: TBD
  • Fri. 11/20: TBD
  • Sat. 11/21: News & Notes – 11/21/15
  • Sun. 11/22: Sunday Post – 11/22/15

The TBD posts are spots I’m saving for #HoHoHoRAT reviews. . . but if the index leaves me with no time to pull them together, I’ll post one of my “emergency” reviews — the ones I’ve saved up for when I really need them.

What I’m Reading/Watching

I reread two mysteries by Catherine Aird, Last Respects and His Burial Too, plus three Christmas anthologies and a short story for the HoHoHo Readathon: Christmas Gifts and Christmas Miracles (Mary Balogh) and The Heart of Christmas (Balogh, Cornick, and Milan), and That Silent Night (Tasha Alexander.)  Dreamer’s Pool (Juliet Marillier) is on hold while I plow through Winter (Marissa Meyer.)  All that reading means I’ve pulled ahead in the Goodreads Challenge, after months of being behind! I guess insomnia is good for something!

I’m still listening to The Night Circusbut because of my work load, the weather, and the kitty, I haven’t gotten out for a walk this week, so not much listening got done. I did watch a pair of Doctor Who episodes early in the week, though.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review

Many thanks to Kensington, Avon, and Storey Publishing!


Purchased for Kindle

I preordered Winter almost a year ago. The others were on sale.

*text links go to Amazon


Wishing everyone a better week, and plenty of good books!

28 Responses to “Sunday Post – 11/15/15”

  1. Red Iza

    I’m sorry about your kitty, I hope the vet helps her with the pain. And thanks for mentioning Bagdad and Beirut as well as Paris, I’m starting to feel guilty hearing everyone talking about us but not them… Home by nightfall looks good, I wish you a peaceful, restful week-end 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you so much. It feels so wrong, not having her around the house. She’s been losing weight but we didn’t know she was really sick. I appreciate the wishes for a restful weekend but I don’t think that’s going to happen for a bit — I’ve got a lot of work to get through! I should get a break mid-week, though.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Finch mysteries are excellent; I hope you get a chance to read them. And yes, music is one of the better responses when the world seems dark.

  2. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    You were able to get the McLean book to download?

    It was a horrific few days for news; my heart goes out to the people in Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris. And to you for your cat. *hugs*\

    That’s awesome about your review of the Finch book! Congrats!

    Good luck with your indexing project and have a good week.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I downloaded the ePUB to my computer, but I’m still hoping for a decent Kindle file. And thank you for both the sympathy re Tasha and the pat on the back re the Finch review. It was a lovely surprise to see them laud it in a tweet.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you for the sympathy; it means a lot. I’m sorry about your kitty. I gather from research that none of the treatments for this type would buy her much time and would probably make her feel awful, so we probably won’t go that route. But we’re still thinking it through.

  3. Mandy

    The recent Tragedy’s are heartbreaking but the way people are coming together I see Hope. I’m sorry about your cat hopefully this week will be better. Fingers crossed. It looks like you have a lot to keep you busy. I hope you enjoy your new books. Happy reading.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you for your sympathy, Mandy! I agree; it’s encouraging to see people pulling together after a tragedy. I hope you have a good week, and thank you for stopping by.

  4. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. I know the outlook isn’t good but hopefully her quality of life can be good for a little while longer.
    That’s awesome news about your Charles Finch review! How exciting! Sarah MacLean is an author I definitely need to read more of. I absolutely loved the one book but somehow I’ve never revisited her even though I own several of her books.
    Hope this week is better and Tasha is home soon.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That’s what we’re hoping: to give her as much good time as we can. We hope to bring her home Monday, but we’ll see what the vet says.

      I’m looking forward to the Sarah MacLean. I’ve only read one of her books before (maybe two?) but I really liked it — just have been so swamped with other review books that I haven’t gotten around to reading the MacLean books I have. I figured the start of a new series was a good place to jump in.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you for your sympathy, Charlie. It’s hard, especially with her still at the vet and knowing how much she must hate that. Hopefully we can bring her home Monday and give her some good weeks or months before the end.

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Poor Tasha-kitty, it’s so sad when our pets are ill, with their days numbered.

    I keep seeing Winter everywhere…so far, I haven’t been intrigued enough to add it to my stack, but who knows?

    Congrats on your review of Home By Nightfall, which sounds intriguing.

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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Laurel-Rain. If you decide to read Winter (which is wonderful!) I recommend reading the first three books first, because it’s very much a series, and Winter is the fourth and final book.

  6. Stormi

    Oh so sorry to here about your kitty. 🙁 I still need to read Cress or rather listen as that is how I have done this series. I knew Winter was going to be one I seen on almost everyones post today. 🙂 Enjoy your new reads! 🙂
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  7. joann downie

    I am sorry to hear about your cat. I like your Sarah Maclean novel-now on my list, as I read her Nine Rules to Break when Romancing A Rake, which is excellent. I hope the next week is better for you.
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  8. Deborah

    Your music choice for the concert does sound quite apt as it happens….

    I’m so sorry to hear about your cat. I hope you’re all able to cope with what comes next as best as possible.
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  9. Literary Feline

    Recent world events have been very tragic. I can’t even imagine what it has been like for those impacted by the violence and hate. And I am so sorry to hear about your cat. Big hugs to you. We were lucky my Parker’s tumor was in his hip and the vet was able to remove all the cancer. Know that I am thinking of you and Tasha-kitty.

    Good luck with the concert! I hope it goes well.

    Here is hoping this week will be a better one. I think you are due for a good one.
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  10. RO

    I am so sorry about your kitty and can only imagine how you feel. Sending Big Hugs your way. What a wide assortment of books on your pile for fun and review. Love that!

  11. Lola

    I am so sorry to hear about your kitty being sick, it’s so hard to go through that. I lost my rats earlier this year and I still miss them so much. I hope the vet can help her have a beter quality of life for the time that remains. And you can spend a little bit more time with her. Have a great week and good luck with your indexing project!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I remember how devastated you were when your rats died; I felt so bad for you. I know I’m going to have a hard time when Tasha goes, too. I’m really grateful that she held on through Christmas and is still doing OK as of mid-January. (Not great, but OK.)