Sunday Post – 2/02/2020

February 2, 2020 Sunday Post 18

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimberly, 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!

Last Week

I spent most of the week planning this season’s choir concert: choosing music, scheduling rehearsals and the concert, and starting to think about publicity. Other than that, it was a fairly quiet week.

Last Sunday’s fiber prep class was fun, even if it was more of a get-together than a class. I had the opportunity to “pluck” an angora rabbit, and they are incredibly soft! They shed their coat every four months, but you have to gently pull the loose (unattached) fur away from the shorter coat that’s growing in underneath. It doesn’t hurt the bunny, I promise! In fact, she snuggled happily in my lap the entire time I was plucking her; the only thing that bothered her was when the cat came by. I also got to spin a little of her fur, and card some Shetland wool (from the owner’s sheep.) I came home with half an alpaca fleece in a lovely chocolate caramel color, so there’s some washing, carding and spinning in my future!

Last Week on the Blog

This Week on the Blog

  • The Backlist Reader Challenge 2019: Wind-up and Giveaway Winner
  • Memories and Murder by Lynn Cahoon – buddy read review
  • News & Notes – 2/08/2020 – tentative
  • Sunday Post – 2/09/2020 – tentative

What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: I finished A City of Bells for the Elizabeth Goudge Book Club readalong (reviewed back in 2015), and then reread the sequel, The Blue Hills (UK title: Henrietta’s House.) I also finished His Bride for the Taking , a novella by Tessa Dare. Now I am reading A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Brigid Kemmerer) with Nadene of Totally Addicted to Reading for the COYER Buddy Readathon. I’m rereading The Serpent’s Shadow (Mercedes Lackey), which I reviewed back in 2012. And I’m still working my way through Decluttering at the Speed of Life (Dana K. White; library.) (Click titles for Goodreads or my review links.)

Listening: I still haven’t decided on an audiobook. I keep dithering between Shades of Milk and Honey, which I’ve read but want to reread before continuing the series; One Good Dragon Deserves Another by Rachel Aaron, because I liked the first book; or maybe The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax because I love that whole series and it’s been a while since I read it.

Watching: Mr. Bookwyrm has been working a lot of late nights, so we haven’t watched much, just an episode or two of Warehouse 13, Season 3, and a few Star Trek Shorts.

Added to the Hoard

For Review or Review Consideration

Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books and Kensington! Click to see on Goodreads: Mums and Mayhem; The Bachelor

Library Haul

Click to see on Goodreads: The Mystwick School of Musicraft, Race to the Sun, Absolutely Truly. I have an ARC of Mystwick, which is what I will read (so I can count it for COYER), but I wanted to take photos of the cover for Instagram.

Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)

Click to see on Goodreads, or my review: Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (Kindle); One Good Dragon Deserves Another (Audible); One Hex of a Wedding (Kindle freebie).

Have a great week!

18 Responses to “Sunday Post – 2/02/2020”

  1. Juli @ A Universe in Words

    I absolutely love your header for this meme, it’s lovely! ‘A Curse So Dark and Lovely’ looks so beautiful, I’m dying to read it. I hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend and have a great week coming up! Do pop by my round-up post if you have the time 🙂 Juli @ A Universe in Words

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ve worked with sheep wool; one of my young singers gave me the fleece sheared from his 4-H lamb. (Sadly, it’s turning out to be too short to spin well.) But I’ve never worked with angora bunnies or their fur before, except for knitting some commercially-prepared yarn. She was a very sweet bunny!

  2. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    Plucking the bunny sounds weird but I understand what you mean! 🙂
    Good luck with the concert planning!

    I’m hoping to read A Curse So Dark and Lonely this month. I started reading it last year (and was enjoying it) but then hit a slump and abandoned it. Definitely want to return and read it all the way through!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That’s exactly what happened to me with A Curse So Dark and Lonely! Yet what I read was good, so I’m looking forward to finishing it this time.

  3. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I haven’t been it a fiber festival in awhile. I hope to get back to things once the house is more organized. It’s fun to see all your books; we really share a lot of the same ones. I also have loved the Mrs. Pollifax books. I just finished purchasing the Rachel Aaron series on audio, now to listen to it. Yay for COYER buddy reads. I have been enjoying them.

    Have a great week and enjoy your reads!

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  4. Bea's Book Nook

    I also got the Galenorn book. The Bowen book looks interesting as does Mums and Mayhem. I vote for Mrs. Pollifax for your audio listen but I have mad love for those books. Having the bunny in lap while ‘pulling’ its fur sounds absolutely delightful, lucky lady.

    Enjoy your reading and have a good week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I ended up choosing Shades of Milk and Honey, but I’m holding Mrs. Pollifax in reserve to listen to later this year, because I am definitely due for a reread!

  5. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Oh that’s too funny about the bunny! It sounds quite nice actually so I can see why the bunny enjoyed it. That Amanda Flower book is tempting me but I’m trying to refrain because I already have several of her books that are unread. Have a great week!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ve been enjoying that series. But I know what you mean; there are other ARCs I’m tempted by but I’m avoiding requesting them because I have too many unread ARCs to get through. (Though there are a few books I would break that ban for!)

  6. RO

    I’ve never heard of an Angora Bunny, and I sure never knew they needed to have their hair plucked. Thank goodness they love it, because it sure sounds like it would be the pits.(lol) Hugs, RO

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Some angora breeds don’t molt and do have to be sheared, but Julie had rabbits of one of the breeds that shed (or “blow”) their coats. (She had English or French Angoras; I can’t remember which.) Since you are pulling out the older, molted fur, you aren’t pulling the shorter fur that’s still attached. So it doesn’t hurt the bunny: not like getting your hair pulled. It’s more like brushing your hair and ending up with hairs in the brush—except there are a LOT of them.

  7. Haley @ Stuck in the Stacks

    My husband is getting ready to go back to school for music education. My mother in law retired from directing choirs after about thirty years just last year so its always fun to find other music lovers!

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on A Curse So Dark and Lonely. I still have A Heart So Fierce and Broken sitting on my nightstand. Really hoping to get to it this month but I’m trying to embrace life as a mood reader so it will just depend on where my reading whims take me.

  8. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

    I haven’t plucked a bunny for the Angora fibers before, but I knew that it (like shearing a sheep) didn’t hurt the bunny. I even makes sense that it enjoyed it — I know I wouldn’t want extra fur hanging around! It must eventually itch. (I have spun Angora fiber before, and it’s just so soft and yummy. Warm, though.)

    Enjoy your reads! I have the Audible version of Mystwick School of Musicraft, and I’m hoping to get to it soon.

  9. sjhigbee

    It sounds as if you’ve had a lovely creative week. I’m also reading the Rachel Aaron series, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed so far. Have a great week:)