Last Monday (May 16), I had tea and a book discussion with a college friend over Zoom. We talked about The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, and we have very different opinions, so it made for a lively and interesting discussion. We each provided our own afternoon tea, complete with tea sandwiches and sweets. I made cucumber sandwiches, curried chicken sandwiches (with cranberries, apples, and pecans: delicious!), and cherry scones using dried cherries. I had a pile of delicious strawberries, and a small dish of chocolate truffles that Mr. Bookwyrm gave me for Mother’s Day. I also bought a bag of Milanos, because I hadn’t had them in years. I served it all with (decaf) Earl Grey tea, using my favorite tea set. It was so much fun to have a proper tea party; I haven’t done that since before the pandemic.
If you’re wondering where I was last weekend, we went up to my aunt’s memorial service. (She passed away on Halloween, but the service was put off due to the Delta and Omicron surges.) We decided to go despite our reservations about public gatherings, because I really wanted to be there for my cousins. Mr. Bookwyrm and I are both recently boosted, and we wore masks during the service, as well as outdoors afterward. It was a lovely service, and set up so that people could Zoom in if they couldn’t be there in person. My aunt was a teacher at a private school (in fact, she was my 9th-grade teacher), and some of her former colleagues and students gave really moving tributes to her and her impact on their lives.
My mom flew in for the weekend, and we stayed in a hotel near where my cousins live (about 100 miles from here) so we could spend time with them and their families, as well as my only remaining aunt and uncle. I hadn’t seen any of them since a couple of years before the pandemic, and it was so good to be together! There were two extended-family lunches (one Saturday and one Sunday), which were both unmasked, so I’m praying that no one gets Covid. It’s been a week, and Mom, Mr. Bookwyrm, and I all seem to be in the clear, so hopefully everyone else is, too.
This past week, I’ve just kind of been chilling and trying to get some stuff done around the house… without much success. Maybe I’ll be a bit more focused in the coming week.
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- Fantasy Books I Couldn’t Wait to Get – But Still Haven’t Read – Top Ten Tuesday
- Returning Ebooks After Reading Them? Seriously, No.
- News & Notes – 5/28/2022
- Sunday Post – 5/29/2022 – this post
- Desperately Seeking a Duchess, by Christi Caldwell – review
- – Top Ten Tuesday; tentative
- other reviews TBD
- Sunday Post – 6/05/2022
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I have had two slow reading weeks, and I don’t really know why. I finished Point to Point by Celia Lake, which counted toward the continue-a-series readathon for COYER. I read Desperately Seeking a Duchess by Christi Caldwell (an ARC) and A Stitch in Time by Kelley Armstrong (a Christmas gift from my sister.) I’m still reading The Forgotten Beasts of Eld in tribute to Patricia A. McKillip, who died on May 6 of this year.
Listening to: Invisible Women by Carmen Criado-Pérez. Unfortunately, my library check-out ran out, so I will have to finish the last 15-20% on Kindle.
Watching: We watched Benjamin Franklin by Ken Burns. It’s very good, which is no surprise; I love Ken Burns’s documentaries. This one had the added bonus of Mandy Patinkin voicing Franklin.
Playing: The Last Campfire on Steam, and Penguin Isle on my iPad. (And Pokemon Go on my phone, but that’s kind of an ongoing thing.)
Added to the Hoard in the past 2 weeks
For Review or Consideration
Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)
Print: Semicolon (Click title for Goodreads page.)
Audiobooks: (Click title for Goodreads page.)