Sunday Post – 5/17/15

May 17, 2015 Sunday Post 22

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

Robin is home! I am a very happy Mum. Also, I finished the second of two indexing projects (which received glowing praise from the author, bless him!) and turned it in, plus made some minor changes to the previous week’s index at that author’s request. And I got the program for tonight’s concert designed and written, and yesterday’s dress rehearsal went well. I’m really proud of my singers; they’ve worked hard and they sound pretty darned good! So it was a good week, if very busy; I’m in good spirits all ’round. The concert is tonight; I expect to be proud, happy, and thoroughly exhausted by the time I get home tonight.

However, between the indexes and everything I needed to get done before the concert, the blog got pretty short shrift this week. I did post two reviews, both written months ago, and a Top Ten Tuesday post. But there just wasn’t time to get a News & Notes post done this week. I’m sorry! I know some of you look forward to it, and I always enjoy pulling it together.

This coming week, I’ll be starting a new indexing project and taking Robin out for lots and lots of driving practice. The goal is to get her license by the end of July. She and I will also be watching Avatar: The Last Airbender (the TV show) and Doctor Who and drinking lots of tea… and hopefully knitting and reading aloud together, too. Oh, and getting everything ready to leave on a family vacation in about three weeks!


Last Week on the Blog



Next Week on the Blog

Very much a work in progress at this point, so wait and see!


What I’m Reading

I seem to be reading more mystery and fantasy than romance, these days, but still a bit of each. This week, I re-read Robin McKinley’s Rose Daughter and Catherine Aird’s The Religious Body. I’m also making my way through Uprooted, by Naomi Novik; it’s wonderful! I’m listening to The Story of Human Language, by John McWhorter – not a book but a lecture series from The Great Courses (which used to be The Teaching Company.) It’s really good, but at 18 hours of lectures, it’s taking me a long time to get through it.


New Additions to the Hoard

For Review

Thanks to Amulet Books (ABRAMS Kids)


Purchased for Kindle


Purchased in Print

I’ve read and reviewed Shadows, but I finally bought my own copy for the hoard!


Have a great week, everybody, and happy reading!

22 Responses to “Sunday Post – 5/17/15”

  1. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    You’ve been busy! I know you’ll enjoy having Robin home for the summer. 🙂

    The Story of Human Language by John McWhorter sounds wonderful. Maybe I can do it later this summer. I signed up for an online course about the mind and then I jump into an online course children and technology.

    The Pilcher books have lovely covers, so tempting. Enjoy!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      A lot of the Great Courses’ lecture series are really good, but they also tend to be really expensive. However, every single one goes on sale at some point in the year – and sometimes libraries have them. (I think you can also now get some of them through Audible.) I actually borrowed the McWhorter course from my sister. There are some courses that work better on DVD than audio – the architecture courses and the astronomy courses, for starters. We used a fair number of the courses when we homeschooled Robin.

  2. Red Iza

    I bet you’re going to have a great time tonight with the concert, enjoy ! I didn’t know Roddy Doyle wrote books for children, but I remember reading a few Rosamund Pilcher many, many years ago and absolutely enjoying The secret garden. Have a fun time 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Secret Garden is one of my all-time favorite children’s books, especially with Tasha Tudor’s illustrations. It’s rare to find the illustrations included in a Kindle book (unless it’s a picture book), so I was excited to find this one. And I love Pilcher’s books; the ones I picked up are all favorites, for my “travel library.”

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I love Pilcher’s books…I have The Shell Seekers on DVD, with Angela Lansbury portraying Penelope.

    Now I think I may have included my Pilcher books in my last library donation! Oh, rats! Being a hoarder who turns purger…does have its downside.

    I can always get the books from the library to reread! Yay! But that’s why I gave them away…no time to reread.

    Enjoy your week…and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I would love to watch The Shell Seekers! Especially with Angela Lansbury; I think she would do a good job, though I admit I pictured Penelope as more like Maggie Smith.

      That’s always my fear when I purge – that years later, I’ll want to read the books and won’t be able to find copies. I do re-read a lot; it’s comforting when I’m tired or stressed. But I did refrain from buying all the Pilcher books that were on sale, and just went with my favorites. Unfortunately, they didn’t have Coming Home on sale.

  4. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Great for you having Robin home-yea! Also your success on your indexing jobs and your concert. I’m sure you will be exhausted tonight but it will be great fun too.
    I just read your review of Shadows and the essay by Jemison about magic and about how it doesn’t have to make sense. If it made sense it would be science not magic! I enjoyed this.
    I do have to say I missed your News and Notes yesterday 🙂 I love this Saturday feature as you know. I’m curious to see your thoughts on Uprooted; I am considering this one. Thanks for sharing and enjoy tonight and the week.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you for checking out the Shadows review – I’m glad you enjoyed it! And while I love well-thought-out magicals systems, the idea of magic without rules has its attractions as well. McKinley is particularly good at the latter.

      I knew you would miss News & Notes, and I’m sorry. I felt bad when I realized I just couldn’t fit it in, but Friday and Saturday were incredibly busy until pretty late in the day Saturday, and by then I was just wiped out. Next week, I promise!

  5. Amy

    I really loved A Secret Garden, I hope you do too 🙂 It’s my first time here but I found this post really welcoming and heart-warming too. Can I just say, I LOVED Avatar (the last airbender) the movie, I was gutted when they didn’t do a second one. I swear I’d be the first in line if they did the second! I watched a few of the cartoon a few years back but never could get the timing right and kept missing it. I hope you have a good week and enjoy your family vacation when it comes around 🙂
    Happy reading,
    Amy x
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Secret Garden is one of my all-time favorite children’s books, so much so that I re-read it every few years. I was so excited to see an ebook version with the Tasha Tudor illustrations that I grew up with!

  6. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Yay on Robin being home! Good luck with the driver’s license. It was a bit nail biting with Eleanor and she got her license just a few days before she left for college. We were really starting to panic since the town her university in basically has no public transportation so she’d be at the mercy of others anytime she needed to do something not in walking distance. So many great Pilcher books! I love Wild Mountain Thyme and Winter Solstice. I don’t remember Snow in April so I’ll have to go look that one up. Have you read the 2 short story collections? I love those. They’re just wonderfully sweet. Have a great week and enjoy your time with Robin!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I think I’ve read just about all the Pilcher novels and short story collections at some point, but some of them so long ago that I don’t really remember them. I discovered her just after college, when I was working in (and then managing) a bookstore. I pruned down my print collection to just my favorites, and these are four of those in ebook format – perfect for vacation reading!

      Robin has had to deal with 2 years of no car at school so far. Luckily it’s a pretty walkable town, at least the downtown area (which is right near the campus), and the school runs shuttles to Walmart and grocery stores and such every Sunday afternoon. This year, she and her friends will be renting about a 15-20 minute walk away, but one of them will have a car. She’ll still be doing a lot of walking, though.

      It’s great having her home!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I was trying really hard not to request books just because they looked good, but Brilliant looked too interesting to pass by!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m reveling in having her home! I really love Robin Pilcher, especially The Shell Seekers, Winter Solstice, and Coming Home.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks! She’s doing well so far. And I think the same on The Shell Seekers. Maybe I’ll squeeze it in this summer.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I create back-of-the-book indexes before books are published – mostly scholarly books, and some general-market titles as well. I work freelance for several publishing clients, and sometimes directly for an author. It keeps me busy!