Sunday Post – 11/24/13

November 24, 2013 Sunday Post 24

The Sunday Post is a meme sponsored by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It’s a chance to share news.  A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

The big excitement for this week actually takes place tonight, when the children’s and youth choruses I direct and the adult chorus in which I sing present our fall concert.  We had a good “dress” rehearsal this morning (much too early this morning!), and I’m really pleased.  It should go well.

This coming Thursday is, of course, Thanksgiving for those of us in the U.S.  Mr. Bookwyrm and I will be celebrating Thanksgiving with just the two of us, but we have so much to be thankful for, it will be no less heartfelt for being quiet!  The various branches of our families are all pretty far away, and it just didn’t work out to get together this year.  I’ll still be fixing a turkey dinner with all the trimmings, though.  A smaller turkey than the behemoths I’m used to cooking, but a turkey nonetheless.  Our daughter, who is in college three-quarters of a continent away, will spend Thanksgiving with one set of my parents and my sister’s family (along with a few of her college friends), so she’ll be surrounded by family even though we can’t be there. We’ll see her about two and a half weeks later, when her winter break starts!  
What about you? If you’re in the U.S., are you planning a big family get-together, or a quiet Thanksgiving like ours?  However you plan to celebrate, I wish you a very happy, very blessed Thanksgiving!  I also wish a very happy Hanukkah to those of you celebrating that holiday!

Last week on the blog:

The coming week:

  • Mon. 11/25/13: REVIEW: Bastion (Collegium Chronicles) by Mercedes Lackey
  • Tues. 11/26/13: Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Bookish Things I Am Thankful For
  • Fri. 11/29/13: REVIEW: A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage (audio review)
  • Sat. 11/23/13: News & Notes 11/30/13

New additions to the hoard:   

For review:
Thank you, Scholastic!

Purchased or free for my e-reader:

 From the Library:


I’m participating in the year-long NetGalley Challenge sponsored by Red House Books.  I still need to get a bunch of reviews linked up to this.

Clean out your E-reader Challenge Sign-up

I’ve signed up for the Clean out your E-reader Challenge hosted by Fantasy is More Fun and Because Reading is more fun.  The focus of the challenge is ebook freebies and bargain books, whether downloaded from a retailer like Amazon or received for review through NetGalley or Edelweiss.  I’m hoping this will help me get through some of those Netgalley review copies!  I’ve read about 5 books this month so far, which isn’t as many as I’d hoped.  I’m in a bit of a slump, I’m afraid.  It doesn’t help that my e-reader has slowed down to near-glacial pace, so it takes twice as long to turn a page as it used to.

24 Responses to “Sunday Post – 11/24/13”

  1. readerholicnotes

    I hope you and Mr. Bookwyrm have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope your fall concert is wonderful, too!

    Have a great week and I hope you have more time for reading and find some good books.

  2. Sandy Farmer

    Congrats on the dress rehearsal and good luck with the real performance! I keep seeing Defy around and it’s catching my eye. I can’t wait to see what you think about it. The cover reminds me of Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    SP &STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Thank you, Sandy! I think we’re in pretty good shape for the concert, but I always get a bit edgy on the actual day.

      I was surprised; I really expected Scholastic to deny (pun intended) my request. I’m looking forward to reading it.

      Have a great Thanksgiving!

  3. Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow

    Sometimes quiet Thanksgiving celebrations are just what we need to “recharge” our batteries. Mine usually are, although this year, I will be joining my daughter and one son, with their partners, and then two days later, celebrating with a few more family members.

    So sorry to hear about Doris Lessing’s passing…she was an awesome author.

    Enjoy your week! Here’s MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      It was a tough week for losing good authors. Charlotte Zolotow wrote one of my absolute favorite children’s picture books, and she was a fantastic editor besides. Though I know from her daughter’s blog that she had memory problems in recent years.

      Have a wonderful celebration with your family. Family is the best part of the holidays – any holidays!

  4. kimbacaffeinate

    I am so glad you picked up Extracted and I hope you bought it on the one day it was 1.99 Good luck tonight I am sure it will be lovely. My children will all be home for the holiday and bringing dates. My girls have been seeing their young men for a while, so they have become regulars at our table. I am making a 20lbs bird and making extra stuffing since both girls requested take home bags..hahaha!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Sounds like you’ll have a wonderful celebration with your children! I wish you a very blessed Thanksgiving!

      We’ll enjoy our quiet Thanksgiving, but I’m also looking forward to Christmas and Boxing Day. We’ll be at my parents’ for the former, and then we all get together at my sister’s house the next day for a second Christmas dinner and big family party.

  5. Bea

    Good luck with the concert tonight; I hope it all goes smoothly. Also, Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mr Bookwyrm. I’m also having a quiet holiday, which suits me fine. 😀

  6. A Voracious Reader

    Ohhh…I’ll need to look at An Edible History of Humanity.

    It’ll be a quiet Thanksgiving here. Just the 3 youngest at home. We’ll watch football, eat then as we do every year kick off the Christmas season by watching Scrooged. lol Thanksgiving weekend is our time to decorate and pick out a tree. 🙂

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I don’t think we’ll be doing a tree this year, because we’ll be away for Christmas. But I do plan to put up some of the Christmas decorations around the house — the ones the cats can’t ruin, anyway!

      Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      It’s hard to be so far from family. We used to have my husband’s parents nearby, but they both passed away in the last five years, so now it’s just us. I have cousins about 2 hours away; I should try to see them more often.

      Have a lovely Thanksgiving, and thank you for stopping by!

  7. Greg

    Hope you and the mr. have a great Thanksgiving! We’re having it at our place this year, with the in- laws coming to visit so that will be nice. Murderous Matrimony looks interesting since I like ren faires, and I’ll have to check out Cheryl’s book as well.

    Looks like a good week coming up too.

  8. Harvee

    I’d join the e-reader challenge but then I’d have to read 1,000 books! And I still prefer paper books! Happy holidays!

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Let’s just say that I am seriously falling down on the job on this COYER challenge. Partly it’s because my e-reader has slowed down so much, it takes too long to get through the books. But I have a huge backlog of unread books on their, and an embarrasingly large number of them are ARCs, freebies, and bargains.

      Enjoy your holidays, too!

  9. Pamela D

    I look forward to your review of A History of the World through Six Glasses. I have seen that book at the library, and it looked interesting.