Sunday Post – 10/29/2023

October 29, 2023 Sunday Post 9

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: The current index is interesting, but going slowly, which means I now need to work evenings and weekends, too. As a result, I haven’t gotten much—well, really, any—writing done.

We celebrated my birthday quietly, with a mini cake, a few presents, and cards from family far away. (See below for the special treat from Mr. Bookwyrm!)

The blog: Because work has piled up so much, I won’t be around in the blogosphere much for the next couple of weeks. I’m sorry, and I’ll come visit as soon as things lighten up!

In the last week and a half, I have had seven review ARCs approved! That’s quite a few more than I was expecting, to be honest, though I can hardly complain since they are all books I’m excited to read. As of now, I have eight January releases to review. (I read one of them this week, and made notes for the review.) Luckily, the other months aren’t quite as packed; I have six ARCs for November (several already read or in progress, thank goodness); two ARCs for December; and three for February. Side note: I’ve never figured out why so many good books come out in January. You would think the publishers would bring them out in time for the holiday shopping season. On the other hand, I suppose having a lot of new releases in January keeps the publishers’ sales from plummeting after the holidays… and it gives readers something to do with their gift certificates.

Recent Posts

Looking Ahead

  • Halloween Books – Top Ten Tuesday, tentative
  • Sunday Post – 10/22/2023

What I’ve Been Reading/Watching

Reading: I finished reading Always Remember (Mary Balogh, ARC) and Anything with Nothing (ARC), a Valdemar anthology that includes a novella by Mercedes Lackey. I reread Sleep No More by Jayne Ann Krentz so I could start the second book in the series, The Night Island (ARC); I finished it as well. I started reading the new Percy Jackson book, The Chalice of the Gods (Rick Riordan), which I borrowed from the library. I also read another chapter of Babel: An Arcane History, which I’m buddy-reading with a friend, and another chapter of The Curse of Penryth Hall (Jess Armstrong; ARC.)

Listening to: I continued with Shattered by Kevin Hearne. I’m also listening to Season 7 of the Writing Excuses podcast.

Playing: Wordle, Connections, and the NYT Spelling Bee, and a little bit of Pokémon Go.

Watching: We watched the final episode of America Outdoors with Barathunde Thurston, Season 2, and Season 1 of Native America; both are PBS shows. We’re also watching Stephen Colbert occasionally, now that he’s back from his recent bout of Covid.

Added to the Hoard

For Review or Consideration

Many thanks to Crooked Lane Books for Smoke and Mirrors, to Minotaur (St. Martin’s) for Of Hoaxes and Homicide, and to Ace (Berkley) for Chaos Terminal!

Birthday gift

Boxed set: The Lord of the Rings, in three hardcover volumes, illustrated by Alan Lee (US edition)

Mr. Bookwyrm knows me well; he gave me the The Lord of the Rings boxed set, in hardcover, illustrated by Alan Lee, to add to my Tolkien collection. (I now have several LOTR editions.)

Purchased or Free (Kindle, print, or audio)

Kindle: On sale: Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries (reviewed in Feb. 2023); The Holiday Gift (reviewed in 2016). NOTE: If I enjoyed a book I read as an ARC, I will often buy the book later, especially if it goes on sale. I do this for two reasons: as a small thank you to the author, and because I may want to read it again. That’s particularly true when it is a book in a series I enjoy, because I will often go back and reread the previous books to refresh my memory before a new book in the series comes out.

(Click title for Goodreads page or my review.)

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

9 Responses to “Sunday Post – 10/29/2023”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I loved the first book in the MidSolar Murders series, so I can’t wait for this one! (But I kind of have to, because if it’s like the first book, I need more focus and concentration than I have available right now.)

  1. sjhigbee

    I love that cover of Anything With Nothing – Lackey is a favourite author of mine:)). The Lord of the Rings boxed set looks fabulous – and a belated Happy Birthday. I love the look of Of Hoaxes and a Homicide and hope you aren’t too snowed under at work. Have a good week!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Lackey is a favorite of mine, too. Anything with Nothing is mostly by other authors, though, since it’s an anthology. Thank you for the birthday wishes!

  2. Nicole @ BookWyrm Knits

    I still need to read the first book in that Mur Lafferty series! I’m with you on buying copies of books that I get review copies of, though I almost never do reviews anymore.

    Happy birthday! Sometimes the quietly celebrated ones are the best.
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  3. Katherine

    I’m super excited about the Jayne Ann Krentz book and the Mary Balogh book looks gorgeous. She’s an author on my Must Read list for 2024. Happy belated birthday! I’m a fan of any holiday celebrated with mini cakes. I hope work isn’t too crazy and you’re able to get some down time in.
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