Sunday Post – 2/16/2020

February 16, 2020 Sunday Post 16

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

The weather has turned cold again. My poor crocuses are very confused. They bloomed, and now they’re nearly freezing. My friend V came over on Thursday for tea and spinning (wool), which was lovely. Mr. Bookwyrm and I went out for dinner on Valentine’s Day. Also, we are watching Picard and loving it!

Last Week on the Blog

  • Sunday Post – 2/09/2020
  • News & Notes – 2/15/2020
  • Sunday Post – 2/16/2020 – this post

In case you missed the announcement last week, The Backlist Reader Challenge review linky is live! I had a bit of a glitch with it initially, but it’s working now and open to link your reviews if you’re participating in the challenge.

This Week on the Blog

  • Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas – review, tentative
  • The Last Passenger by Charles Finch – review, tentative
  • News & Notes – 2/22/2020 – tentative
  • Sunday Post – 2/23/2020 – tentative

What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading: I reread The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie, and Wildfire at Midnight by Mary Stewart. I’m about halfway through The Last Passenger (Charles Finch; ARC.) And I’m slowly working my way through Decluttering at the Speed of Life (Dana K. White), and starting to put some of the principles into action around the house. (Click titles for Goodreads.)

Listening: I’m listening to Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal. Or rather, I should be, but instead I’ve been listening to The Sheepspot podcast, and to Steeleye Span (a British folk-rock band from my youth) on Pandora.

Watching: As I mentioned above, we started watching Picard this week. I also watched another Miss Marple mystery, The Moving Finger. (Then I decided to reread the book, to compare them. Surprisingly, I like the TV adaptation better — and that’s not something you’ll hear me say very often!)

Added to the Hoard

For Review or Review Consideration

Many thanks to PUBLISHER! Click to see on Goodreads:

Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)

Click to see on Goodreads: The Hollow of Fear; The Voyage of the Golden Rule.

The Voyage of the Golden Rule (Kindle) is a reissue of a 1959 book about four men, including my father, who planned to sail into the Eniwetok Proving Grounds to protest US nuclear weapons testing there. They made it as far as Hawaii, where they were arrested and jailed for several months before being released. While in Hawaii before their sentencing, their conversations with the Reynolds family (who were moored nearby) inspired the family to complete the voyage aboard their own boat, Phoenix of Hiroshima.

Have a great week!

16 Responses to “Sunday Post – 2/16/2020”

  1. jessicabookworm

    Lark, sorry to hear about your poor crocuses. The weather has taken a cold, stormy turn here, too! I really hope you enjoyed your re-read of Mary Stewart’s Wildfire at Midnight – You are putting me in mind that I need to read another of her books soon!

    Here’s what I have been up to this week: 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I hope your weather warms up soon — though not too much! I did enjoy rereading Wildfire at Midnight, though it’s not among my favorite Mary Stewart novels. (Airs Above the Ground, This Rough Magic, Touch Not the Cat, and The Gabriel Hounds jointly hold that distinction.)

      Thanks for stopping by, and have a great week!

  2. sjhigbee

    I’m green with envy at your being able to watch Picard – it sounds amazing. He is such a fine actor. I had the pleasure of watching him and Ian McKellen in Waiting for Godot – and it was absolutely brilliant. What an amazing story behind the book The Voyage of the Golden Rule – you must be so proud of your father! Have a great week:)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Oh, that must have been amazing! Not only are they both such fine actors, but such good friends that I they play extremely well against each other, each supporting the other’s strengths. I hope you get a chance to see Picard. It’s extremely well done. They have given Sir Patrick a lot of creative control, and he’s been insistent on staying true to the character and to what the fans will and won’t believe.

      Yes, I am very proud of my dad. It took courage to stand up for his principles in such a committed and public way. And the legacy continues. In the last four or five years, a group called Veterans for Peace restored the Golden Rule and are now sailing her from place to place, speaking of the need for peace and nonproliferation. They are currently in Hawaii and plan to sail next to Hiroshima via the Marshall Islands. I am not personally a pacifist (I believe that in some situations, it’s necessary to defend oneself, one’s country, or those who cannot defend themselves), but I honor the character and convictions of those who stood/stand up against unnecessary violence, aggression, and weapons proliferation.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It is indeed! It takes place 20-some years after NextGen. There have been some big changes in the Federation. Picard has retired from Starfleet and the Federation’s affairs, but when a young woman comes to him for help, he deals himself back in (in a way.) The season is more of a miniseries telling a larger story than the usual sort of one-story-per-episode series characteristic of most of the previous Star Trek series. And they’re doing a brilliant job so far. (I’ve seen 3 episodes.)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Picard is streaming on CBS All Access in the US. I don’t know where or when (or even if) it will be available to view outside the US, but I imagine it will be. If you’re a Star Trek fan, I highly recommend it.

      Have a lovely week!

  3. Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books

    I’m not a Star Trek fan but my husband is so we’ve been watching Picard and I must admit that I AM enjoying it! It’s the first one I’ve really got interested in… It’s also funny to see how many characters and references I get for I’ve watched most of the back catalogue by default of living with my husband for 16 years! lol

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I read it way back in 9th grade, when I first found out about Dad’s involvement. (From my uncle… Dad didn’t talk about it for years.) But I’m looking forward to reading it again, and expect I will get more from it as an adult.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m kind of envious of your snow, to be honest. We barely had winter this year. A couple of cold snaps, a dusting or two of snow. Hope you’re enjoying your time indoors and staying cozy!

  4. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

    We’ve been looking at options for watching Picard, though I think we’ll be waiting until we can buy the series on iTunes or something.

    It’s interesting, sometimes I think that murder mysteries make the best TV adaptations. I think it’s something about the way the visuals work in a mystery show.
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