Sunday Post – 6/26/2022

June 19, 2022 Sunday Post 9

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!

NOTE: Last Sunday’s post failed to post as scheduled. Apparently the scheduling function didn’t work yet again; it has been flaky for a while. My apologies, and I’ll keep trying to figure out why some scheduled posts go up on schedule, and others don’t. I have included last week’s books and comments in this week’s post.

The Past Two Weeks

I stopped by the used bookstore two weeks ago with a couple of boxes of books to sell. They took about a box of them. I browsed quickly for vintage, antique, and collectible books, but didn’t find any that I was interested in. After that, I took the remaining box to the library bookshop to donate the books. There, I picked up a few books on impulse, including an annotated edition of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. I had first learned this edition about a few months ago, when I researched the book before reading Rick Riordan’s Daughter of the Deep. I wanted to get a copy then, but couldn’t find one at an affordable price. So this was a great find!

I hope you had a happy Father’s Day, if you celebrated it. I couldn’t be with either of my dads on the day, (biological and step-), but I sent cards and called them. And of course I had a card for Mr. Bookwyrm, who is such a wonderful dad to our Robin! I also hope you had a good Juneteenth.

The weather has varied between hot and humid, drier and temperate, and cool and rainy. I’ll take the latter two, but not so much the first. It was gorgeous last weekend, perfect for a nice walk, but it’s back to hot and humid this weekend. When it’s hot, I tend to stay indoors; I don’t handle heat well. Thank goodness our air conditioning is working!

Like many in the US, I am dismayed by recent Supreme Court rulings and their implications for the future. And dismayed by the current state of our politics and democracy as well. It’s hard not to give in to despair. But I will continue to try to make my voice heard, not only by voting but by contacting my elected representatives to let them know my views.

Recent Posts

  • Sunday Post – 6/12/2022
  • Sunday Post – 6/26/2022 – this post

Looking Ahead

  • Books On My Summer 2022 To-Read List – Top Ten Tuesday; tentative
  • reviews TBD
  • Sunday Post – 7/03/2022

What I’ve Been Reading/Watching (past 2 weeks)

Reading: I finished Remember Love by Mary Balogh, the first in her new Ravenswood series, and read three more ARCs: You Were Made to Be Mine by Julie Anne Long, Sound of Darkness by Heather Graham, and The Littlest Library, by Poppy Alexander. I also read (or rather, reread for the first time in 15 or 20 years) Murder in Mesopotamia for #ReadChristie2022, and I reread Losing Ground by Catherine Aird. (The latter is one of the few Inspector Sloan books I didn’t really like the first time I read it. I reread it to see if my opinion had improved. It has not.)

I’m currently reading Aunt Dimity and the Enchanted Cottage by Nancy Atherton and The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews.

Other books technically “in progress” but currently on hiatus are Miss Percy’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons by Quenby Olson and The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip, which I really want to get back to.

Listening to: I finished A Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers. My second hold on Invisible Women by Carmen Criado-Pérez came in, so I was able to finish this week as well.

Watching: About a week and a half ago, we finished Around the World in 80 Days (the 2021 series starring David Tennant), and are now watching Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. We’re about 5 episodes in, and enjoying it so far. And last night, we streamed The Lost City, which was fun.

Added to the Hoard (in the past two weeks)

For Review or Consideration

Digital review copies: Many thanks to Little, Brown for The Drowned Woods, Berkley for The Secret of Bow Lane, and Del Rey for Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries!

Library Haul

Library books: Aunt Dimity and the Enchanted Cottage; Book Lovers

Purchased (Kindle, print, or audio)

Print: [Gentian Hill; A City of Bells] Northanger Abbey; Pride and Prejudice; No One Noticed the Cat; Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (The Annotated Jules Verne); A Book of Love (poetry anthology with art)

Kindle: Three Nights With a Scoundrel; The Uninvited; The Fire in the Glass; The Book of Candlelight; Any Way the Wind Blows; The Last Chance Library; The Near Witch; Hit Me With Your Best Scot; Scandal Above Stairs (Click title for Goodreads page.)

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

9 Responses to “Sunday Post – 6/26/2022”

  1. Berls

    It’s always great when you make awesome finds at the bookstore or library!

    Yeah, like you I’m very upset and dismayed by the state of our country. I’m trying to stay focused on the positives – like my Dante – and the things I can do to be part of the fight – vote, call representatives (not that it makes much difference here in Texas), and work campaigns to hopefully change who holds power.

    I hope you have a good week!

  2. Anne - Books of My Heart

    So many great reads you have there. Yes I’m very upset about Roe. I am continuing to vote, make calls to express my choices and hopefully others who have been passive or not voting will be encouraged to at least vote.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  3. Jenni Elyse

    I’m also dismayed by the SCOTUS ruling and feel disheartened about the politics in the US right now. It feels kinda hopeless right now, but I hope things will get better this November.

    I also hate the heat. It feels so oppressive. I wish spring and fall weather lasted longer.

    I hope you have a great week.
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  4. Greg

    I agree with you about the Supreme Court ruling and the broader situation as well. So disheartening. Congrats though on the annotated edition! I bet that’s neat. I love used bookstores and we have so few of them here now…

    I need to read the latest Chambers. And I’ve enjoyed Ellery Adams in the past as well. I still need to start Strange New Worlds…
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  5. Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

    What a great find with the annotated book! I’m like you, I do not tolerate the heat well at all. If I’m out in it for any length of time I get fatigued and lightheaded. Wish I could skip summer this year. LOL

  6. Katherine

    You got so many wonderful books! I really need to pick up the more recent Heather Graham books. They’re such fabulous escapist reading. I will keep my expectations low when I get to Losing Ground by Catherine Aird. I’ve really enjoyed her books by far but not every book can be a winner. I hope you are having a wonderful week.