Sunday Post, 2/20/2022

February 20, 2022 Sunday Post 20

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!

This Week

It’s been a good week! I hope you all had a happy Valentine’s Day on Monday—or Galentine’s Day, if you celebrated that instead. We kept things low-key because, while numbers are down, the Omicron variant is still circulating pretty freely around here. (Frankly, it’s going to be a long time before I feel comfortable going out to eat or see a movie or live entertainment.) But we had a nice dinner at home, with cheesecake for desert, exchanged cards and chocolates from a local independent candy shop, watched a movie, and got phone calls from both my mom and our Robin. It felt very celebratory and “warmed the cockles of my heart,” as my mom used to say.

Spinning is going well, and my current indexing project is both interesting and enjoyable. Today will be sunny and chilly, but tomorrow looks to be gorgeous, and it’s a federal holiday, so we’ll probably go out for a walk or go to a park or something.

Recent Posts

Looking Ahead

  • – Top Ten Tuesday; tentative
  • – review, tentative
  • Lightning in a Mirror, by Jayne Ann Krentz – review, tentative
  • Sunday Post – 2/27/2022

What I’ve Been Reading/Watching

Reading: I finished An Impossible Imposter (Deanna Raybourn; ARC), read When She Dreams (Amanda Quick; ARC), and reread Searching for Dragons (Patricia Wrede.) I also started The Becoming by Nora Roberts, and All the Queen’s Men by S.J. Bennett (ARC.) I still need to get back to This Poison Heart (Kalynn Bayron.) (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

Listening to: I finished listening to Wild Magic and Wolf Speaker by Tamora Pierce, and went on to Emperor Mage, which I’ll probably finish today. Next up is The Realms of the Gods, the fourth and final book in the quartet. I love this series; it’s my third time through in audio (I think.)

Watching: The American President has become almost a Valentine’s Day tradition for us. Later in the week, we rewatched a Foyle’s War episode (S4 E4) and watched the most recent episode of Star Trek: Discovery. But it hasn’t been a big TV week for us.

Added to the Hoard this week

For Review or Consideration

Many thanks to Berkley for When She Dreams and Remember Love!

Library Haul

Library books: The Silver Bullets of Annie Oakley

Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)

Kindle: Foundation and Empire; I’m Only Wicked With You; The Ex Hex (reviewed 2021); You Had Me At Hola; Half a Soul; The Emperor’s Soul; Rainshadow Road (reviewed 2012); Murder at Queen’s Landing; (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

Audiobooks: Wolf Speaker; Emperor Mage. (Click title for Goodreads page.)

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay kind… and may you find books a haven in the coming weeks.

20 Responses to “Sunday Post, 2/20/2022”

  1. SJ

    I’ve seen When She Dreams on two blogs now and I think I’m going to have to check it out. You have a lot of good looking books I think I’ll have to check out actually. Thanks for sharing and have great week.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      When She Dreams is the 6th book in a series. You could read it as a standalone, but there are some minor characters that appear in earlier books. Also, while I really enjoyed it, I thought the first couple of books were more suspenseful. If you want to start at the beginning, the first book in the series is The Girl Who Knew Too Much.

  2. Mia @ Genre Books and Me

    Our weather has been up in the air, but I see the sun out so maybe a brief walk will lift my spirits. I just don’t like the month of February.

    So many interesting titles here that I’m copying down. I read Rainshadow Road by Kleypas. I’ve only read contemporary books by her, but I’ve heard her historicals are really good. So, maybe?
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I love Lisa Kleypas’s historical romances… more than her contemporaries, TBH. I hope you enjoy them! And I hope that walk lifts your spirits. 🙂

  3. Angela

    Aww, your Valentine’s Day sounds very sweet – and very similar to ours! We decided to celebrate at home, too. Enjoy the holiday tomorrow!

  4. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I’m glad you had a good Valentine’s Day! Yesterday, I went to a restaurant for the first time since the summer. I prefer eating outside when restaurants are crowded, and yesterday was finally warm enough to do that.
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  5. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I’m glad you had a lovely Valentine’s Day and a good week. We don’t like to go out any and I’m a bit uncomfortable when we do. You got some great reads. The weather is supposed to be warmer this week but rain off and on, but I hope we will get in more walking.
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  6. Greg

    Glad it was a good Valentine’s Day! It’s been sunny and chilly today here too, and it was nice- melted the snow. Hope yours was a good one. 🙂

    The Raybourn books look good. I’ve looked at those many times. Should probably give em a shot.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      No, I read the Foundation trilogy several times, back when it was just a trilogy. I had paperbacks, then replaced them with a hardcover omnibus version. The print is too small for me now, so I gave it away and have been watching for the series to come on sale on Kindle. So far, I’ve gotten two of them. I may reread it before watching the series.

  7. Katherine

    I’ve been doing puppy playdates and puppy class but those are in open areas and outside so it doesn’t feel quite as nerve wracking. St Jude gave us a movie gift card for a “Parents’ Night Out” which is really sweet but the idea of sitting in a theater does make me a bit nervous. We will probably pick a really off time and wipe everything down.

    Your Valentine’s day sounds nice and I’ve gotten where I prefer an evening in to going out. Socks and leggings beat out heels and all that any day! Have a wonderful week.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Our last date pre-COVID was for Valentine’s Day, but I think we celebrated it a few days later for that very reason. Well, crowds and also the fact that my husband often has to work late.

      Thank you, and I hope you had a really good week!

  8. Berls

    Yeah I understand how you feel about COVID. We did go out for date night the Friday before Valentine’s – but we choose our restaurant very carefully (rules on distancing, mask wearing, etc). Souds like y’all had a really nice day though – and week!

    We had a beautiful day Monday and I enjoyed going for a walk – I hope you got one in too!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you were able to get out for a date night! I think we (Mr. Bookwyrm and I) are more cautious than a lot of the people we know—probably over-cautious. Some of that comes from the fact that we’re in an area with a significant anti-mask and a smaller-but-vociferous anti-vax contingent, so we feel less safe than we would in an area with higher vaccination rates and more mask compliance. Some of it comes from our age and underlying conditions; we’re in our late 50s. And some of it, TBH, is due to the fact that I struggle with anxiety, which makes it harder for me to distinguish between sensible precaution and overreaction due to anxiety. We have barely been anywhere for 2 years, and I mean that literally. (Other than our trip to New Mexico and Utah, during which we avoided public places as much as possible.) But now that case numbers and hospitalizations are coming down in our area, I’m willing to start pushing myself out of my comfort zone a little, within the bounds of common sense.