Sunday Post — 4/28/13

April 28, 2013 Challenges, Sunday Post, Sunday Salon 24

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.

The most exciting news for this week is that our daughter “Robin” was accepted into this summer’s Alpha workshop for teen writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.  Only 20 writers are accepted each year, so she’s in pretty elite company!  The story she submitted was amazing.  The workshop runs for 10 days; the kids will be working with four published authors, including Tamora Pierce and Scott Westerfeld.  Robin is over the moon.  When she got the email telling her she had been selected, there was much squealing and jumping up and down (and not all of it was hers.)  This is so cool!  (Pardon me, I’m just a little excited for her — can you tell?)

After the workshop, the students attend Confluence, a literary SFF convention in Pittsburgh.  I think I might go, too.  It’s been several decades since I went to a con, and I miss them.  I just hope I don’t feel too out of place.

The past week on the blog: 

The coming week:

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book
  • News & Notes
  • reviews of Clockwork Mafia and The Apple Orchard


    I’m joining the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge for May, hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Kimberly at The Windy Pages.   The challenge is to read as many ARCs as possible during the month of May.  (Reviews don’t have to post during May.)  Since I have (ahem) about 12 e-ARCs and review copies in-house at the moment, and a hefty indexing project scheduled for mid-May, I’d better get cracking!

    I’m also still participating in the NetGalley Challenge sponsored by Red House Books.  I read the following NetGalley ARCs or review copies in April (so far — there are still a few days to go before the end of the month!):   

    Not too bad, I guess, but I hope to do a little better in May.  That might prove difficult, though, with the aforementioned indexing project.

    New arrivals:   

    For Review: 

    I requested these through NetGalley a while back, along with Robyn Carr’s The Wanderer.  I’d pretty much given up hope — I even bought The Wanderer when it came out, and reviewed it in early April.  Then whoosh! all of a sudden I got approval for all four.  Huzzah!  I’m excited to read all three of these.

    I also recieved a review e-copy of Grasping at Eternity, in anticipation of the release of the second book in the Kindrily series,  Taking Back Eternity, at the end of May.


    I’ve been concerned about bees for a while. Bees are crucial to our food supply, and they are under threat from pesticides and Colony Collapse Disorder.  When the ebook went on sale at Kobo and elsewhere, I grabbed it.

    I picked up four more books from the library booksale (for a total of $0.50!  They have dollar-a-box day on the last day of the sale.)  I didn’t take a photo to show you this time, but the titles are The Family Trade (fantasy by Charles Stross), Jacquard’s Web (a book about how the Jacquard loom led to the computer industry, by James Essinger), Ancestors of Avalon (Diana L. Paxson), and The Body in the Bookcase (a mystery by Katherine Hall Page.)  Doesn’t the latter sound irresistible?



    I wish you all a very peaceful, happy week of reading!

    24 Responses to “Sunday Post — 4/28/13”

    1. Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow

      Congrats to your daughter! What an honor…and I can see why there was a lot of squealing!

      I’m always working on sweeping those ARCs off my stacks…I usually try to read them first.

      I’ve been turning down more of them lately…and I’ve even been working on the rest of my TBRs.


      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        I’ve been trying to read my ARCs first, too. As a result, I’ve only read one library book in the past month. I need an extra 3 hours each day to read, I think! Good for you for focusing more on your existing TBRs — it’s always a tough to balance the two.

    2. kimbacaffeinate

      How exciting for you daughter!! You must be so proud and I hope she enjoys the experience. Grasping at Eternity has a lovely cover and ya know I love Woods, but its been years since I read one of her I am looking forward to those reviews! Have a delightful week Lark 🙂 The Sunday Post

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        Thanks, Kimba! We are indeed very proud of her. I hope to get those Woods reviews up in a week or two, depending on how things go this week. And I wish you a wonderful week, too!

        BTW, sorry to be so late responding; I’ve been up to my ears in non-blogging stuff that’s got to get finished ASAP.

    3. Rachel Bradford

      Congrats to your daughter! That’s so exciting. And good luck trying to clean out your ARC list. I’ve got 6 at the moment…I’ve gotta do some catching up too!

    4. Melissa (My words and pages)

      Oh Congrats to your daughter!!! That is amazing! 😀

      Oh, if you go to Confluence, you should let me know. I have an author who’s asked me if I’ll go over the years, but I’ve not made it. It’s an hours drive, but it’s totally do-able for one day. 🙂 I’ve thought about going but not made it.

      Hope you have a great week this week.

      I too posted a Sunday Post, if you’d like to stop by:

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        I will try to let you know if I plan to go! I used to love going to cons; Balticon was my first, and I went several years to one in the DC area whose name temporarily slips my mind (at various times it was held in Silver Spring and in Alexandria, depending on where they could get hotel space.)

      • Melissa (My words and pages)

        Awesome. 🙂 I talked with my brother and if nothing else comes up, we might go to Confluence for Saturday. And I LOOOOVE Balticon! I started going last year, and will be back this year. 😀 The people there are amazingly kind. I hope to make it every year, as long as I can afford it and have someone to go with me. 🙂

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        Thank you, Catherine, and thanks for coming by! I actually stopped by your post earlier today, before I had a chance to reply to comments. You’ve got some interesting books going on!

    5. Becki @ The Flutterby Room

      Congratulations to your daughter! That is an amazing opportunity. I hope she has fun at it.

      I really enjoyed your Top Ten Tuesday post. It was a really interesting read. And I totally agree, The Colour of Magic is a meh book.

      It sounds like you got some really interesting books this week. I hope you enjoy them.

      Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    6. Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings

      Yeah for Robin! That is fantastic news. Wow! all those good books for $.50 can’t beat that. I was eyeing that Susan Wiggs book. I hope it is a great read! Have a wonderful week!

      • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

        Thank you on Robin’s behalf! The workshop is in July, so it will be a while, but I’ll definitely let you all know how it went. In fact, if I can talk her into it, I’ll ask her to write a guest post.