Sunday Post – 4/30/2023

April 30, 2023 Sunday Post 7

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!

Last Week

In real life: I’ll be here with my parents for another week while my stepdad recovers. He’s doing really well, but won’t be fully healed for another 6 to 8 weeks. Still, he’s now mobile enough, and we’ve got enough systems worked out, that we think Mom can handle everything with occasional help from my sister and brother-in-law, or from friends. So I’ll be heading home next weekend.

On Friday and Saturday, I attended a virtual indexing conference… or at least, as many of the sessions as I could, given the need to be present for my parents. Saturday evening, we celebrated Mom’s birthday with a family party over at my sister’s house. (It’s not actually her birthday, but it was the first opportunity we’ve had to celebrate it.)

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Looking Ahead

What I’ve Been Reading/Watching

Reading: I finished rereading Tribute by Nora Roberts (reviewed 2017.) Then I thought I should reread Identity (Nora Roberts; ARC), because it’s coming out in May, and although I read it in March, so much has been going on since then that I need a refresher to write the review!

I was able to borrow Unraveling (Peggy Orenstein) from the library here, so I should be able to finish it before I go home. I also started several other books, both of which I am enjoying: The Sweetheart List (Jill Shalvis; ARC) and The Lord of Stariel (A.J. Lancaster; it’s one of my #23in2023 books.) And to fall asleep at night, I’m rereading Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts (reviewed 2017.)

Listening to: I have had very little time for listening, but I did listen to an Articles of Interest episode on the history and design of the pointe shoe. As a former ballet mom, I found it fascinating, and very accurate in describing ballet culture around both pain and pointe shoes.

Playing (occasionally): Things, Cacao, and Wingspan (with family), plus Wordle, the NYT Spelling Bee, and Pokemon Go (on my own.)

Watching: Watching movies or TV shows has always been how my mom relaxes. (She loves books, but for relaxing, prefers a visual medium.) And of course, my stepdad is spending a lot of his time in a recliner. So we watched a lot of shows this week. We finished up Sense and Sensibility (the 2008 BBC television version, which is excellent.) Then we watched The 4:50 From Paddington (the 1987 version starring Joan Hickson as Miss Marple) and The Franchise Affair (a 1988 British TV movie based on the Josephine Tey novel; it was decently written and acted, but the music was not well-suited at all.) We followed those up with two episodes of the Alleyne Mysteries, series 1: “A Man Lay Dead” and “The Nursing Home Murder.” And I went over last Sunday to spend the evening with Robin; we watched Tangled together. It’s more TV/movie watching than I usually do in three weeks, let alone one!

Added to the Hoard

Purchased or Free (Kindle, print, or audio)

Print: Child of the Northern Spring (used; Friends of the Library bookshop)

Kindle: Savage City; A Study in Mischief; Lessons in Enchantment

Audiobooks: A Short History of the World According to Sheep

(Click title for Goodreads page.)

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

7 Responses to “Sunday Post – 4/30/2023”

  1. Yvonne @ Socrates Book Reviews

    I’m glad your stepdad is doing well. I hope he continues to recuperate. I have Identity to read and review. It looks good and my first Nora Roberts in many years. I used to love her books and this sounds like a good one. Hope you have a great week!
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  2. Katherine

    I’m so glad your stepdad is getting more mobile and that you’re getting systems in place. I’m sure you’ve enjoyed your time with them but I bet it will feel amazing to be home. It’s been awhile since I read Tribute but I remember enjoying it and Stars of Fortune was one I really enjoyed. I’m about to start Identity and The Sweetheart List and am really looking forward to both. Have a wonderful week!