Sunday Post – 9/10/2023

September 10, 2023 Sunday Post 4

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimberly, the Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news, recap the past week, take a look ahead, and showcase our new treasures—I mean books!

This week I’m also participating in The Sunday Salon hosted by Deb at Readerbuzz, and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality.

Last Week

In real life: I have been in Utah for the past week, visiting my dad and stepmom. Mostly, it’s been a quiet, restful visit. One of my cousins came over for an afternoon, and we spent several hours catching up. Dad and Stepmom’s car needed some maintenance, so I was their chauffeur for several days, ferrying them on errands and to appointments. The rest of the time, we have just hung out, chatting and/or watching TV. They are sports fans, so we saw a bunch of Colorado Rockies games, and a couple of college football games…not my thing, but they enjoyed them. They both nap a lot, especially my dad, so I kept my phone, Kindle, and knitting handy for whenever they nodded off. I didn’t have much focused time for writing, though (neither reviews nor creative writing.)

In my sporadic “me” time, I spent some time updating my book journal, which I haven’t been keeping up with. (Mostly just adding titles and reading dates; I’ll have to go back and add notes or paste in reviews later.) I drove down to Weller Book Works while my stepmom was at a women’s group meeting, but didn’t find anything I couldn’t live without. I did find a gorgeous PaperMates journal in a nearby high-end stationer’s, though. Another day, I went to The King’s English bookstore and had a lovely time wandering around, but left with only one slim volume: A Psalm for the Wild-Built in hardcover. (There’s a distinct lack of space in my suitcase and carry-on, and likewise on my shelves at home; that helped me rein in my usual impulsiveness in bookstores. I’m also trying to limit my physical book-buying to books I really, really want for my shelves.)

The King’s English bookstore, Salt Lake City

I head home in a few days. I’ll miss my folks, but I will be very happy to see Mr. Bookwyrm after three and a half weeks apart. (I’ll also be glad to be home, but being with my husband matters most!) I have a bunch of routine medical appointments lined up in the next few weeks, and there’s a lot to do around the house, too.

Minor WordPress gripe: The latest update to WordPress (Gutenberg block editor) took away the simple toggle I always used to make sure external or internal links opened in a new tab, so you didn’t lose your place if you clicked the link. I gather there is still a way I can make that happen, but it’s cludgy and annoying to get to, and will be too time-consuming given the number of links I often have on a page. So in future, the links on new posts (including this one) will no longer automatically open in a new tab. From now on, if you, the reader, want to open a link without losing the page you are on, you’ll have to either alt-click the link, or right-click it and select “open in new tab.”

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Looking Ahead

  • Reviews and other posts TBD (if any)
  • Sunday Post – 9/17/2023

What I’ve Been Reading/Watching

Reading: I reread Seven Sisters and Fool’s Gold by Celia Lake, and started The Hare and the Oak. I’m partway through both Claws and Contrivances by Stephanie Burgis and Anything with Nothing, a Valdemar anthology that includes a novella by Mercedes Lackey (both books are ARCs.) I also started Role Playing by Cathy Yardley, for the Recommend Me a Book readathon for COYER.

Listening to: I started Shattered by Kevin Hearne, but since I was trying to finish it before today, I alternated listening and reading the Kindlebook. (In the end, I did not finish by today, but since I won’t be able to make it to the chat this afternoon, I guess that’s OK.)

Playing: Wordle and the NYT Spelling Bee, and Pokemon Go.

Watching: Bits and pieces of various PBS shows, and parts of more baseball games than I can count. (Okay, probably not more than 5 or 6.)

Added to the Hoard

Purchased or Free (Kindle, print, or audio)

Print: A Psalm for the Wild-Built

Kindle: Because I Could Not Stop For Death (reviewed 10/13/2022); Doctor’s Orders; (all books on sale)

(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

Stay kind and hopeful… and may your books bring you joy this week!

4 Responses to “Sunday Post – 9/10/2023”

  1. Nicole @ BookWyrmKnits

    Enjoy returning home! There’s nothing quite like sleeping in one’s own space.

    I’ve been considering buying physical copies of the Monk & Robot series. I love them so much that I might want physical copies for my shelves, too.
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