Sunday Post — 4/21/13

April 21, 2013 Sunday Post, Sunday Salon 23

The Sunday Post is a meme sponsored by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  It’s a chance to share news.  A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

As we all know, this was a difficult week — for us here in the US, with the bombings in Boston and the fertilizer plant explosion that flattened much of West, Texas, but also for other countries: China suffered a major earthquake, while Baghdad experienced the deadly bombing of a cafe.  So many lives lost, so many injured or mourning loved ones…

At times this week, it seemed almost frivolous to go on with my everyday life in the midst of so much tragedy.  But truthfully, there is little I can do directly for the people in Boston, West, Baghdad, or China except pray and donate to disaster-assistance charities.  What I can do is live my life fully and joyfully, bringing as much happiness and love into the lives of those around me as I can in hopes that they will spread it further still.  It’s my small way of lighting a candle against the darkness, perhaps.

The past week on the blog: 

The coming week:

  • Tues. 4/16: Top Ten Tuesday:
  • Sat. 4/06: News & Notes
  • reviews of The River of No ReturnThe Rose Throne, and Ten Reasons to Stay


New arrivals:   

For Review: 

Many thanks to V. V. Wedding for giving me a copy of her historical fantasy, An Uncivilized Yankee, to review!  I ran into her today for the first time in probably ten years; last time we talked, I knew she was writing, but she has self-published two books and a short story since then.  I’m excited to read this one, a historical fantasy set during the Civil War.  I’m also delighted to have been approved for Debbie Macomber’s second Rose Harbor book, due out in August.

Bought at the Friends of the Library book sale:

 Changing the World (Valdemar short stories) ed. by Mercedes Lackey; The Princess Bride, by William Goldman (because “Robin” appropriated my copy!); Almost Home, by Susan Mallery; Finding Perfect, by Susan Mallery; Mending Fences, by Sherryl Woods; The Icebound Land (Ranger’s Apprentice 3), by John Flannagan; The Raging Quiet by Sherryl Jordan; Seventy Seven Clocks and Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler (both in the Peculiar Crimes Unit series); Wicked, by Gregory Maguire.  
Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith, by Anne Lamott; Dyer Consequences (A Knitting Mystery), by Maggie Sefton;  Once Upon a Time Vol. 2 (The Snow Queen, The Sleeping Beauty, and Beauty and the Werewolf), by Mercedes Lackey; The Little Country, by Charles de Lint; The Moor (Mary Russell mysteries), by Laurie R. King.  

I’ve read the three stories in the Lackey book, but didn’t have copies of two of them.  Ditto the Maggie Sefton, and my previous copy of The Moor is a beat-up paperback.  All the others are new to me.  Lucky me!
Thomas felt it incumbent upon him to get into the photo, though he would not deign to turn his head toward you.  Being possessed of a serious, contemplative nature, he is more often found curled up deep in thought on a bed or chair or (by preference) in a laundry basket (he also feels it his duty to anoint all clean clothing with his fur.)  However, he does sometimes venture to sit in the window, watching the antics of the birds and squirrels, and he was not going to be put off by something so trifling as blog photography.
May we all have a blessed, happy, and above all peaceful week.

23 Responses to “Sunday Post — 4/21/13”

  1. Bryan G.

    We all have to keep lighting our candles. I almost didn’t want to write a Sunday Salon post either, but I did somehow…I had never heard of The Sunday Post until now. Hmmm. Interesting (like I need another thing to join 😉 ).

  2. Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow

    Rose Harbor in Bloom looks lovely….and I like the photo with Thomas in it.

    I agree that the best thing to do in the wake of such tragedies is to live a life that is helpful and loving…

    Which is why I am appalled at how the news reporters seem to revel in the events, showing them on and on throughout the day, with nothing new to report. Just a rewind of the events, which makes them even more horrifying.

    They are probably justifying this as news feeds for those just tuning in….but they could handle it all so much better! IMO.


    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I totally agree. I gave up watching news reports a few years ago. I check headlines every day or two — usually via CNN and/or BBC — and only read the article if I really need or want to know more. I find it’s better for me mentally; I’m informed, but I’m not bludgeoned by all the bad news.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      The Friends of the Library booksale is held twice a year at our library, and it’s HUGE. My daughter looks forward to it at least as much as she does Christmas; she was quite dismayed to realize that she will miss both booksales next year while she’s away at college.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Space… ah, the perennial problem! Now that I’m done homeschooling, it’s time for me to go through all the books and see what we can pass along to someone else who needs it. I need the shelf space!

      And yes, I love to borrow library books, too!

  3. Bea

    It was a bad week globally for sure and very stressful. I am hoping that this week will calm, peaceful and safe for everyone.

    That’s quite a pile from the library sale. I love library sales, they are wonderful; so many books at such cheap prices. Thomas sounds just like a cat and he’s a handsome boy. 🙂

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      I love library sales, too. Used book stores are great, but there’s a special thrill to spotting a book you’ve been wanting amid tables and tables (and boxes and boxes) full of books — or finding a new-to-you book at a price you can’t resist.

      Thomas is a lovely cat. I wish he were more of a lap cat, though. He won’t sit on laps nor stick around very long to be petted, but he loves to be near one of us if we’re sitting down or working at the computer.

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Library sales are great. It’s not so much the library discards, though there are some of those — lots of people donate their books throughout the year, and the Friends of the Library organization sorts them and holds a booksale twice a year. I think most libraries only do it once a year, if at all. But do check if your library has one!

  4. Jan

    I also felt the way you did this week. I do think you’re right that we need to live our lives as joyfully as possible.

    You found some great books this week. I hope you enjoy them…it looks like Thomas enjoyed them, too!

    Thanks for a good post!

  5. carmens007

    I fully agree to your statement that the best thing to do in the wake of such tragedies is to live a life that is helpful and loving.
    I also live in a highly seismic area in Europe and fear what may come in this year of the Water Serpent, according to the Chinese Zodiac. It’s a year of disasters. It proves to be true, until now!

  6. Rachel Bradford

    That’s such a cute picture of your cat. I can never get mine to sit in interesting places like that. But I guess you probably just propped the books up to an already sleeping cat. 🙂

    • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

      Actually, I put the books down on the empty table, and the cat jumped up and squeezed himself onto the end of the table behind them, pushing them forward. I don’t think he wanted to be in the picture. He just wanted it clear: that was HIS sitting place. 😉