Sunday Post – 12/18/2022

December 18, 2022 Sunday Post 6

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!

The Past Two Weeks

I missed posting last Sunday, because we had been on the road since Thursday and were still traveling. We had intended to spend last Sunday in New Mexico before heading to Utah with Robin to visit my dad and stepmom. Our Sunday rest day disappeared when we looked at the weather forecast and realized that if we didn’t get to Salt Lake City by early Sunday evening, we would be battling snow as we crossed the mountains. So we literally spent about 12 hours at Robin’s house before heading out before dawn last Sunday. Thankfully, we made it through the mountains and to my dad and stepmom’s house before the snow started.

We didn’t do anything particularly exciting; it was enough just to spend time with Dad and Stepmom, who are getting on in years. We spent the week conversing, reminiscing, and doing a few jigsaw puzzles together. I got some knitting done, but no writing or blogging. Yesterday, we said our farewells and headed back to New Mexico, where Robin’s cats were ecstatic to see us. (At just over a year old, I suppose they aren’t technically kittens anymore, but they still act like it. And they’re adorable!) We will spend the Christmas holidays with Robin, my mom and stepdad, and my sister’s family.

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Looking Ahead

What I’ve Been Reading/Watching

Reading: I haven’t been reading a lot this month. Most of my time has been spent either getting ready to travel, driving across the country (I can’t read in the car), visiting with family, or Christmas shopping (online.) But I did read Shenanigans (ARC), a collection of Valdemar short stories edited by Mercedes Lackey, and enjoyed most of the stories. All Is Bright, a sweet Christmas romance by RaeAnne Thayne, sensitively pairs a hero who uses a wheelchair after a spinal cord injury and an architect who specializes in inclusive (universal) design. Gigi Pandian’s The Christmas Caper was a fast, fun novelette set in Edinburgh; it’s a sequel to Under Lock and Skeleton Key, which I read last March and really enjoyed. I also reread several collections of Mary Balogh’s Christmas historical romance novellas: Under the Mistletoe, Christmas Miracles (reviewed 2015), and Christmas Gifts (reviewed 2015).

Currently, I am reading Without a Summer, the third Glamourist Histories novel by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Hibernating: There are several books I have started but I’m not actively reading right now, though I’ll probably return to all of them eventually. I am partway through The Mabinogion, a collection of medieval Welsh stories in a new(ish) translation. I’m 20% into Better Than Fiction (ARC) by Alexa Martin. And I should get back to The Reluctant Countess by Eloisa James (ARC), but I’m irritated with the hero, and it’s making it hard to keep reading.

Listening to: Season 3 of the Writing Excuses podcast, a lot of Christmas music, and The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien, read by Andy Serkis.

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Many thanks to Berkley for What the Hex!

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

6 Responses to “Sunday Post – 12/18/2022”

  1. Katherine

    Sounds like a busy week though a fun one! I love kittens and cats that act like kittens! I’ve been severely tempted to get a kitten a time or two recently but between my allergies and our cat Comet I’ve talked myself out of it. I think everyone else here (including the dog) would be thrilled though. I really enjoyed the RaeAnne Thayne. She does such a great job with situations that could be really difficult. I hope you have a wonderful week and a very merry Christmas!