My play-reading group met on Wednesday (via Zoom) to read through Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia. I had neither seen nor read the play before, and I am really enjoying it. I’m reading Lady Thomasina Coverly, a brilliant teenage mathematician modeled after Ada Lovelace. We got through Act 1, but realized that finishing the play would take us until 10:00 (EDT), which was a bit late for some of the group, so we will continue with Act 2 in two weeks.
I’ve joined the two-monitor club. Most of the books I index are smaller than an 8.5×11 page, so I can crop and enlarge the PDF to get the font to a comfortable size whether I’m working on paper or onscreen. But my current project is a larger format, with small margins, double-column formatting, and a small font. Working on standard letter-size paper is out of the question; my eyes can’t focus on print that small for very long. So I have borrowed one of the monitors from my husband’s home office for a month or so. We’ve set the second monitor up to the left of my main screen, in portrait rather than landscape mode to give it the height as well as the width to enlarge the PDF to a readable size. But it sure takes up a lot of room on my desk! Luckily, I have a full-size office desk. I don’t know if this two-monitor setup will be permanent; I’ll have to see how it goes.
- Sunday Post – 7/24/2022
- A Duchess by Midnight, by Charis Michaels – review
- Books From My Past TBR Lists I Still Haven’t Read – Top Ten Tuesday
- News & Notes – 7/30/2022
- Sunday Post – 7/31/2022 – this post
- Monthly Wrap-Up: July 2022
- In the Dragon’s Eye: August 2022 New Releases
- Books Set In Places I’d Love To Visit – Top Ten Tuesday; tentative
- WIP Wednesday – spinning and knitting; tentative
- reviews TBD
- Sunday Post – 8/7/2022
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I finished buddy-reading The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (ARC), with Lenore of Celebrity Readers. I read Mooncakes, a graphic novel by Suzanne Walker with art by Wendy Xu, which has been on my TBR list for a couple of years. Both books were wonderful! I also finished rereading Once Upon a Dreadful Time by Dennis McKiernan, and I reread A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie for the #ReadChristie2022 challenge. (July’s theme was “a story which takes place on holiday.” The official book was At Bertram’s Hotel, but I reread that one back in early 2020, so I chose to revisit A Caribbean Mystery instead.) And I reread Guild Boss by Jayne Ann Krentz, just because I wanted to.
Watching: Not much, but I did watch two episodes of All Creatures Great and Small Season 1.
Added to the Hoard this week
For Review or Consideration
Purchased (Kindle and audio)
Kindle: The Duke Undone; Well Matched; The Body in the Garden; Silence in the Library; A Death Long Overdue; Deadly Ever After; Magic Lost, Trouble Found; The Knowledgeable Knitter (Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)