Sunday Post – 4/17/16

April 17, 2016 Sunday Post 24

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, 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!

My Week

I finished my index on Monday, and another one’s schedule has slipped, so I had the rest of the week “off.” Well, off from indexing, anyway — there always seems to be more to do than I have time for! I had a dentist appointment, took the cats to the vet, worked on music (that took a lot of the time), got a few blog posts written, went to two rehearsals, filed my quarterly taxes… and there are still about 80 gazillion other things on my to-do list.

The kitties are holding their own. Tasha’s under-the-tongue tumor hasn’t gotten much bigger, which is surprising, given that the kind of cancer she has is usually aggressive. It bothers her sometimes, but she’s still eating and seems OK, not in pain. Thomas has ulcers in his mouth, and those are getting better after steroid shots a few weeks ago. They go back for another checkup in two weeks, but we’re very happy that they’re doing OK for now.

I’ve been sleeping better this week, so I didn’t get as much reading done. I know the sleep is important for my health, both mental and physical, and I’m grateful that I’m not up for half the night — but I wish there were a way to fit both into my schedule without cutting out all the other stuff I do!

The huge biennial library booksale started Friday, and of course I was there… with strict orders to myself not to go overboard. You can guess how well that worked! Actually, I only bought one box of books and a small pile of paperbacks, and some of those were for Robin. Still, it was quite a haul.


 Last Week on the Blog

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Upcoming on the Blog

  • Mon. 4/18:  Reunion Pass (Emily March) — tentative
  • Tues. 4/19: ‘Til Death Do Us Part – Excerpt – Release day spotlight!
  • Wed. 4/20: In the Dragon’s Eye: Only Beloved
  • Thur. 4/21 or Fri. 4/22: Death Mask (Ellis Peters) — tentative
  • Sat. 4/23: News & Notes 4/23/16
  • Sun. 4/24: Sunday Post 4/24/16


What I’m Reading/Watching

I finished reading An Unhappy Medium (Dawn Eastman, ARC), along with Death Mask (Ellis Peters) and Flawless (Heather Graham, ARC.) I’ve started Riverbend Road (RaeAnne Thayne, ARC.) I also reread Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me. And I need to get back to listening to the Great Courses lecture series on Great World Religions: Judaism — I’ve still got 1 lecture to go, out of 12.

We’re still watching season 5 of Poirot, and we started  a documentary series called Raiders of the Lost Art. I’ve only seen the first episode so far; it was interesting, but not quite as engrossing as I’d hoped.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

 For Review or Review Consideration
 Thanks to Kensington, Harlequin, and Tor!


Purchased for Kindle

I haven’t read any of these. I’ve been meaning to try Tanya Huff’s Quarters series for a while. (I realized after I bought it that I have it in mass-market paperback, but the print in the book is pretty tiny, so that’s OK.)


Purchased in Print

I absolutely loved Lloyd’s A Snicker of Magic, so when I saw she had a new book out, and my library didn’t have it, I had to buy it! Below are the titles I bought for myself at the used book sale at the library. (There are too many to show images, and I didn’t include Robin’s books.)


I wish you all a terrific week, and happy reading!

24 Responses to “Sunday Post – 4/17/16”

  1. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    That’s quite a haul there! The Invisible Library sounds especially fun. I just finished Midnight Riot (aka Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovich, and it was quite entertaining. Hope you have a good week and your kitties continue to feel OK.
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  2. Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic

    You got some great books at the library sale, Lark! So nice you had a bit of a breather this week from your indexing–even if you still stayed busy. Sounds like you would have had all those things to do as well as indexing. Plus you got more sleep so that’s also very good.

    I got The Invisible Library this week, too. Looking forward to it. And I got the second of the Quarter books by Tanya Huff. I hope your cats continue to feel okay, Lark. So hard when they’re sick.

    Hope you have a good week.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Jan, you’re right — if I’d been working (after Monday), this week would have been crazy! I hadn’t thought of it that way. 🙂

      Have you read the first Quarters book? I’ve always been curious about them. Anything that combines magic and music is right up my alley.

      Thanks for the kind words on our kitties. I keep reminding myself that they’re almost 12 (we remembered they were a year younger, but the vet had their birthdates in his records.) Not bad for cats, though I know sometimes indoor cats can live longer. Thomas’s condition is apparently chronic/recurring, but manageable, so he may have quite a few years left. Tasha… well, we’ll just treasure her for however many weeks, months, or (unlikely, but you never know) years we have her.

  3. Lola

    Whew sounds like a busy week with lots to do even though you didn’t have to go indexing. I just did my yearly and quarterly taxes as well in the past two weeks. The quarterly ones aren’t as hard, but the yearly one always takes some time.

    I am glad to hear your cats are doing okay for now. That tumor sounds nasty, but it’s good it isn’t growing so far. Can’t they remove that type of tumor? Not sure how that works with cats as I’ve only had rats and they got a lot of tumors, but usually they could be removed well.

    Nice haul you got this week! I hope you’ll enjoy your new books and have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I wish they could operate on Tasha, but the tumor is on her frenulum (the part that connects your tongue to your mouth.) Surgery would take out part of her tongue as well and, according to the vet, she would end up pretty much unable to eat. Her quality of life would be pretty bad. She doesn’t take well to any kind of restraint, so trying to tube-feed her isn’t an option. And also, because this is usually an aggressive cancer, the surgery probably wouldn’t buy her all that much time. So the vet’s advice is to make her as happy and comfortable as we can for as long as we can, and let her go when she’s either in too much pain or can’t eat. He was surprised she was still doing so well, to be honest.

      • Lola

        Sounds like a nasty place to have a tumor then. I am sorry to hear they can’t operate. I hope you can have her be happy and comfortable for a bit longer. As long as she’s still doing fine now that’s what most important, so that’s good to hear she’s still doing okay. And at least you can spend some extra time with her.
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        • Lark_Bookwyrm

          Yes, not a great place. It hurts to watch her paw at her mouth sometimes… and then she’ll give her head a shake and settle down for a nap or come over to be petted, and she won’t appear to be bothered by it for a while. And she has become more snuggly, which is really nice because she used to be pretty standoffish. She still has a low tolerance for being petted, though. She’ll enjoy it for a little while and then turn on you, hissing, and whack you with her paw. But she’s always done that.

  4. Rita @ View From My Home

    Oh my goodness! Library sales– love them! You got an amazing haul there and some titles I would like to read. I read A Court of Thorns and Roses, and I loved it.

    So sad about your cats being ill 🙁 We had a beloved cat once who had a tumor growing on the side of her nose from her nasal cavity and we gave her extra vitamins and holistic drops but it came time to put her down and we let her go. Your kitties sound like they still can eat and enjoy life, so that’s wonderful news. We just had our elderly Shih Tzu operated on for a benign tumor that grew on her eyelid and started rubbing on her eyeball, ugh! Thank goodness for credit cards, but since the surgery (and they removed a few rotten teeth while she was under) she is perkier and happier and we are so relieved.

    Thanks for sharing your bookish news!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s really easy to over-indulge at our library sale. It’s the library’s theater space (including the stage) filled with tables of books, and more books in boxes under the tables, plus two smaller rooms of overflow. I tried to keep things reasonable, but there was just too much temptation!

      I’m glad your poor pup is doing better after her surgery. I wish they could operate on Tasha’s, but it would leave her worse off than she is now, because they’d have to remove part of her tongue. So… we just try to keep her happy and eating well.

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Lots of fun-looking books! I enjoyed a RaeAnne Thayne book at Christmas, so I want to read more. I’ve never read Heather Graham, but I see her books throughout the blogosphere, too, so I must give her a whirl.

    Enjoy your week…and thanks for sharing. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks, Laurel-Rain! I like Graham’s “Krewe of Hunters” series — it’s romantic suspense with an ESP/paranormal twist. Flawless is pretty straightforward rom-suspense, though; it’s not part of the “Krewe” series.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Then you’ll enjoy it! You can read it without reading the other Haven Point books, but if you can get hold of the first three, they’re worth reading, too.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Laura! I go around the sale with two reusable grocery bags, and when I fill them up, I find an empty box and get the cashier to watch it for me while I go look at the tables and rooms I haven’t perused yet. It’s so much fun — like a treasure hunt, almost!

  6. Charlie @ Girl of 1000 Wonders

    Poor kitties! I hope they continue to improve. I am going through a sleeping adjustment. I have started a new sleep aid, and it has been marvelous. I’m still adjusting, finding the exact timeframe that I need to take it, but it is very fast-acting. I keep falling asleep with my glasses on and phone in my bed! You had a very productive week! I wish I could say the same! lol

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That sounds pretty powerful! So far, my insomnia rarely lasts more than a week or so, unless my anxiety levels are pretty high, so I haven’t had to take any sleep meds yet. My doctor suggested melatonin, and my mom’s had some success with it, so if it comes back, I’ll probably try that.

  7. Angie@Angela's Anxious Life

    Sleep problems are the worst. There was a long time there where I struggled with it. I am sorry to read about your cats. My cat Merry has a sore on his nose that could be skin cancer. It’s been there like 6 weeks so I took him in. The vet gave me some meds to put on it but said if it doesn’t go away it’s skin cancer and there isn’t much we can do about it. Well… there is but he’s old and I’m not going to cut off his nose when he’s 16. Love that damn cat… hard to see him get old.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It is hard to see them get old and/or sick. I hope Merry will be OK… and you, too. It sounds like maybe your sleep problems are in the past? I hope so. 🙂