Sunday Post – 2/04/2024

February 4, 2024 Sunday Post 10

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.

The Past Week

In real life: I had three more Zoom meetings this week for the fiber guild. (That’s unusual; I rarely have more than one or two per month.) I have another Zoom this afternoon, this time a social with some musical theater/light opera friends from college. Other than that, I’ve been trying to catch up on a lot of stuff, from email to to-do lists. The weather this weekend is cold but clear; we went for a walk yesterday, and plan on another one this evening, after my social.

Writing accountability: My writing goal is 250 words every day (fiction or other creative writing; book reviews don’t count.) In the past week: I wrote 2 days this week. Word count for the week: 863 (out of 1750.) I am using 4theWords to gamify my writing sprints and motivate myself when I feel intimidated.

Recent Posts

Looking Ahead

  • TTT – Ten Quick Books to Read When Time Is Short – Top Ten Tuesday
  • The Lily of Ludgate Hill, by Mimi Matthews – review, tentative
  • The Bright Spot, by Jill Shalvis – review, tentative
  • The Curse of Penryth Hall, by Jess Armstrong – review, tentative
  • other reviews TBD
  • Sunday Post – 2/04/2024

What I’ve Been Reading/Watching

Reading: It turned out to be a rereading week, for the most part. I finished rereading Pastiche by Celia Lake, and continued on to The Fossil Door and the novella Four Walls and a Heart. Both full-length novels feature members of the Edgarton family (the parents and the son, respectively), while the novella deals with two members of their larger chosen family. Daughter Charlotte Edgarton’s romance is due out in a few weeks, and I wanted to refresh my memory of the family first. But those led me on to another of my favorites, Eclipse, and the two “extras” (collections of extra or related scenes) that go with it, Tea and Meetings and With All Due Speed. (Both collections are around novella length when you put all the scenes together, so I’m counting each as a book.)

I also continued with Emily Wilde’s Map of the Otherlands by Heather Fawcett (ARC.)

Listening to: The Writing Excuses podcast (season 8.)

Playing: Same old, same old: NYT word games (Wordle, Connections, and the Spelling Bee); and Pokémon Go.

Watching: We didn’t have much time to watch TV, given that I had meetings on three evenings. But we did watch Groundhog Day on Groundhog Day.

Added to the Hoard

For Review or Consideration

Many thanks to Berkley for People in Glass Houses!

Library Haul

Inheritance (for fun); 19th-Century Fashion in Detail (for research)

Purchased or Free (Kindle, print, or audio)

Print: I bought two 2-in-1 paperback collections from the Friends of the Library used book sale: From Dusk to Dawn (contains Nightshade & Night Smoke); Small Town Dreams (contains First Impressions & Less of a Stranger). I plan to read them and then donate them back so someone else can enjoy them.

Kindle: It was a big week for Kindlebook sales. I picked up The Eye of the Beholder; Free-Range Knitter: The Yarn Harlot Writes Again; The Fairy’s Return: And Other Princess Tales; A Secret Affair; Murder at the Merton Library; Into the Bargain; Winds of Fury; The Canopy Keepers (my February “First Reads” pick);

PLUS, I picked up ten of the #FaRoFeb 99-cent Book Blast titles on Kindle (pictured below) Mr. Darcy’s Enchantment; Under Darkened Skies; Miss Bennet’s Dragon; Haunting Miss Trentwood; The Borderlands Princess; A Reflection of Shadows; Heart of Fire; The Enchanted Bird; To the Stars; The Cupcake Witch

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

10 Responses to “Sunday Post – 2/04/2024”

  1. Katherine

    I remember really enjoying Mary Balogh’s A Secret Affair but remember very little about it. I’m hoping to read some books by her this year and a reread of that one might have to be on my list. I loved Inheritance and am debating buying my own copy as I do think it’s one I’ll enjoy rereading. I hope you have a wonderful week with a few less Zoom meeting!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      According to my Goodreads rating, I didn’t love A Secret Affair quite as much as some of the other books in the series, but I’ve never read a Balogh book I didn’t at least like! As my eyes age out of mass-market paperbacks and we start thinking about moving sometime in the next 10 years, I’m replacing my romance paperbacks with Kindlebooks whenever they go on sale, and the Huxtable series is definitely one I will want to reread.

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