In real life: Still working on my indexing project. It’s a very interesting book, but slow going. I know it looks like I’m complaining about it in the “What I’m Reading” section down below, but I’m really fascinated; it’s just requiring a lot of time and focus.
My Fitbit broke, so I had to order a new one. The actual tracker still works, but the shell broke right where the strap connects, so the strap doesn’t stay connected on that side. A wearable tracker is not much good if it won’t stay on your wrist! The new one should arrive today or tomorrow.
It looks like the unseasonably cool weather from May has broken (alas!), and we’re headed into the summer heat.
- Why You Should Preorder Books
- One Perfect Rose, by Mary Jo Putney – review
- other reviews TBD – very tentative
- Sunday Post – 6/11/2023
What I’ve Been Reading/Watching
Reading: I started Psyche and Eros (Luna McNamara; ARC), but I wasn’t in the right mood, so I switched to Gryphon in Light (Mercedes Lackey; ARC.) I enjoyed it, but was mildly irked when it ended on a cliffhanger—something I’ve really never seen Lackey do before. Still, I’m always happy to spend time in Velgarth (the world of Valdemar)!
Given the amount of mental energy the index is requiring, I wanted something familiar and predictable next. Rather than reread, I pulled out my ARC of Mary Jo Putney’s Silver Lady way ahead of schedule. I was surprised but pleased to see she is wading back into the historical-fantasy-romance pool with this book. It’s not nearly as rich and immersive as her early books, but I liked it, and will enjoy seeing where the series goes next. There are several siblings who deserve romances of their own.
Still in the mood for familiar and predictable with a touch of magic, I decided to reread The Marriage Spell, an earlier (and better) historical fantasy romance also by Putney. After that, I started A Fatal Illusion by Anna Lee Huber (ARC), but ran into the same lack-of-mental-energy problem, so I set it aside and pulled out One Perfect Rose, book 7 in Mary Jo Putney’s Fallen Angels series, one of my favorites. I finished in in the wee hours this morning.
A Fatal Illusion and Psyche and Eros both got off to good starts, and I’m still looking forward to reading them. The problem right now is very much me being mentally exhausted, not any issue with the books themselves. I’ll get back to them as soon as I can focus on something other than work. I’ll also get back to The Lord of Stariel one of these days.
Listening to: I didn’t finish Tricked by Kevin Hearne. It’s book four in the Iron Druid readalong, and the discussion is this afternoon, but I’m not going to make it, because (are you sensing a theme here?) I need to work. I have been listening to A Short History of the World According to Sheep by Sally Coulthard; I listen in short spurts while I’m getting ready for bed, because it’s better for winding down with than the Iron Druid book!
Playing (occasionally): the NYT Spelling Bee
Watching: We watched the finale of Picard Season 3 and absolutely loved it. It’s totally fan service, but in the best way. I have loved seeing the Next Gen crew back together again, and everything they did with the characters, both in-show and in terms of the characters’ stories over the intervening years, was just perfect. Just thinking about the final scenes brings a smile to my face.
I also re-watched Campion: “Look to the Lady”, a two-part adaptation of one of Margery Allingham’s novels. I love the series, and this is one, or rather two, of my favorites episodes.
Added to the Hoard
For Review or Consideration
Many thanks to Minotaur (St. Martin’s) for The Curse of Penryth Hall! This book won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, a competition for unpublished mystery writers, and it sounds really good.
Purchased or Free (Kindle, print, or audio)
Kindle: Penelope Pops the Question (author freebie); Winds of Change (with Kindle Points credit); A Matter of Class; An Impossible Imposter; The Golden Enclaves. The only two I haven’t read before are Penelope Pops the Question and The Golden Enclaves. Everything was on sale.
Audiobooks: The Work of Art (on sale.)
(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)