Sunday Post, 3/20/2022

March 20, 2022 Sunday Post 10

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

We had several rainy days this week, but Friday was gorgeous! I got out for a walk for the first time in a couple of weeks. In the neighborhood, the daffodils are blooming; so are hyacinths, phlox, and a few cherry trees. The Bradford pears will probably hit peak blossom sometime this week. Our own little bunch of daffodils bloomed, then were broken or bent by the storms that blew through, so I brought some indoors to brighten up the house. We have a few azaleas and a wild dogwood that will bloom later. One of these years, I need to learn to garden, and put in some more flowering trees and shrubs.

Here’s one of the cherry trees I saw on my walk:

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Looking Ahead

  • – Top Ten Tuesday; tentative
  • – review, tentative
  • Sunday Post – 3/27/2022

What I’ve Been Reading/Watching

Reading: I finished The Hare and the Oak by Celia Lake, and went on to read Sailor’s Jewel, Pastiche, and Outcrossing. I’m currently reading Goblin Fruit. (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

Listening to: I’m listening Index, a History of The, which I am thoroughly enjoying. My library hold for Daughter of the Deep (Rick Riordan) came in, and so far it is very good. It’s supposedly a retelling of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and I kind of wish I had reread the Verne novel first; I haven’t read it since I was a kid. I did google the plot to jog my memory, and also the plot of the sequel, The Mysterious Island. So far, I have picked up only a few references to the Verne books, but I’m only a couple of chapters in, and I expect many more references to come. Meanwhile, I have ordered a copy of what is supposed to be the best translation of Verne’s novel, without the abridgements of the version I read as a child.

Watching: We finished Star Trek: Discovery Season 4. It was good, but the ending felt rushed. I’m also watching Partners in Crime (the 1980s version, with Francesca Annis and James Warwick.)

Added to the Hoard this week

Library Haul

Library books: Daughter of the Deep

Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)

Print books: Lavender and Old Lace. My grandmother had a copy of this, which I used to read when I visited her. When she died, I inherited her copy of Pollyanna Grows Up (thank you, Dad, for saving that one for me!), but Lavender and Old Lace went to one of my cousins. I’ve been on the lookout for a replacement for years. This is the first edition, though probably not the first printing. (Not my photo, but mine looks just like this. It’s in surprisingly good shape for a book that’s 120 years old.)

Kindle: Bitterblue; Where Shadows Dance; In the Company of Witches; The Glamourist; Sailor’s Jewel; Pastiche; Outcrossing; Goblin Fruit; Magician’s Hoard (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

Audiobooks: The Glamourist (Click title for Goodreads page.)

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

10 Responses to “Sunday Post, 3/20/2022”

  1. Anne - Books of My Heart

    I’m so happy for spring. I spent the last two years planting all my favorite perennials so now I can enjoy. Of course, some won’t work out where I planted them but the beds are all organized and I can change plants if needed. Things are just starting to bloom. It’s also much nicer for walking Lulu. I hope you get more time to enjoy blooms! In MN as soon as the lilacs bloomed there would be a big rain storm and they would be gone.

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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I am so not a gardener, although I wish I were. But I’m thinking I could at least plant some bulbs this fall, for next spring. I’d like more crocuses scattered about, and some more daffodils, and some shade-tolerant flowers along the edge of the trees and in the back (which is shaded much of the day.) And I should think about perennials that might do well… and be deer-resistant.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I do tend to binge-read when I find a new author I like, but I have really been enjoying them. She advertises her books as “kind and gentle historical fantasy,” and that’s a fair description. They aren’t perfect, and could occasionally use slightly better editing (not proof-reading; on the whole, that’s pretty good), but they are quiet, gentle, and often thoughtful books on the whole, and a very welcome respite from the stress and heartbreak of current events.

  2. Nicole @ BookWyrm Knits

    Great haul! I love the covers on those Celia Lake books; they all look really fun!

    I love spring as well. I have in the past tried to garden, but I am not a fan of the bugs that come with a garden, so I usually didn’t last long before the plants got abandoned. Maybe I’ll get back to it someday… I do love flowers, so maybe at least I can have flowering plants in pots or something.
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  3. Angela

    We have some daffodils blooming here, but that’s it so far – looking forward to all the other flowers, trees, and bushes that will be blooming soon!

  4. Katherine

    Daffodils are my favorite flowers. They’re so cheerful looking. Our daffodils didn’t do so well this year but they did make me smile the few days they were out. How wonderful to get a copy of Lavender and Old Lace. I’ve never heard of it but I love the cover. I was able to get most of my grandmother’s books and they’re so special. I hope you are having a wonderful week.