Sunday Post – 6/04/2017

June 4, 2017 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

Our new mattress and box spring were delivered last weekend, so we spent the holiday weekend spring cleaning our bedroom, shopping for new linens, and redecorating. We now have new curtains and bed linens, including a new coverlet. It’s lovely to have a fresh, new look in our bedroom! I’m still working on the declutting; progress is slow but it’s happening.

I tried out a new meme this week, called Cover Characteristic. I’m not sure if I’ll keep participating, because memes can become a time sink, but I’ll probably join in whenever the theme appeals to me. That’s what I’m doing with Top Ten Tuesdays, as well: only joining in when the topic sounds like fun. I’ve been feeling burnt out on blogging for a while, especially since I got sick, so I’m looking for ways to take the “chore” out of blogging and get back to the “joy.”

Speaking of which, this week I finally got back to reading and answering comments, as well as visiting other blogs. It was great fun seeing all the “anticipated books” for the rest of 2017! And I managed a full week of posts, though most weeks I’ll be happy with three or four.


Last Week on the Blog


Upcoming on the Blog


What I’m Reading/Watching

Reading:  I finished up The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart (Stephanie Burgis; ARC), which is truly delightful. I also enjoyed The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Amanda Quick; ARC)—and managed to write and post reviews of both books. I’ve been on a Jayne Ann Krentz binge recently, so I read an older title that I borrowed from the library, Falling Awake, and also reread When All the Girls Have Gone. Toward the end of the week, I started The Girl With the Make-Believe Husband (Julia Quinn; ARC & preorder) as well as Only Skein Deep (Maggie Sefton; ARC.)

Longer term, I’m slowly making my way through From Holmes to Sherlock (ARC), a long and slightly-too-in-depth history of everything remotely to do with Sherlock Holmes. And eventually I’ll return to The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre (Gail Carson Levine; ARC.)

Listening to: Hidden Figuresby Margo Lee Shetterly. I’m over a third of the way through.

Watching: We’re still watching the Father Brown mysteries, having finished season 1 and started in on season 2. And we watched Moana for the second time (the first was in theaters.) It’s every bit as wonderful as I remembered, and this time, I caught a few of the jokes and moments that went by too quickly the first time I saw it.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Many thanks to Avon!

Purchased for Kindle

The Girl With The Make-Believe Husband was a pre-order, and The Slow Trail Home is by a friend of mine, the long-awaited third book in her series of historical-fantasy-romance novels. Everything else was on sale.


Have a wonderful week, and happy reading!

22 Responses to “Sunday Post – 6/04/2017”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Laura! Yes, it’s nice sleeping in new sheets, and even nicer sleeping on a new mattress. The old one lasted 26 years, but it was getting too squishy.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That’s good to know (about TTT); I’m glad I’m not the only occasional participant.

      I really like Amanda Quick/Jayne Ann Krentz. It’s not high literature but it’s darned good entertainment!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I agree; good MG books are a lot of fun. I don’t know if it’s the teacher in me or what, but I still love them.

      Hidden Figures has been great, but be warned; there are a lot of names to keep track of.

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I want to get The Girl with a Make Believe Husband but I have 2 Quinn books that I haven’t read yet so I’m making myself wait until I catch up on those before I get the newest. It’s torture! I can definitely understand the Krentz binge. I’ve been feeling a pull towards all romantic suspense lately and Krentz/Quick is high on my list! Yay for the new mattress and freshened up bedroom! That’s always so fun! We’re in the midst of painting the bedroom right now and I have the coverlet picked out but I’m agonizing on curtain decisions. Have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It probably would have been more accurate to say I was on a romantic suspense binge, since it started a bit ago with rereading some Nora Roberts books and series, but in the last month it’s been almost entirely JAK/Quick/Castle.

      Painting! We probably should have painted before putting the room back together, but honestly, I didn’t have the energy. But that certainly makes a room look brighter and prettier.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’ll be enjoying them more when we get the bedframe fixed! Right now, the mattress and box spring are on the floor.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Memes can be a real time-sink, and take time away from reviews, let alone reading. But sometimes they’re fun to do!

  2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Your new bed and mattress sounds like heaven, Lark! I’m glad you’re happy with both 🙂
    It’s hard sometimes to keep the blogging fun, and it really should be – it’s our hobby, not our job 😉
    Have a wonderful week ahead and enjoy your new books!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      You’re right, it’s definitely a hobby, not a job. I’m trying to get back to the fun and find ways to minimize the things that make it sometimes feel like a chore. 🙂

  3. Literary Feline

    I bet your “new” bedroom is lovely! I hope you are enjoying your new bed. I probably should buy a new mattress for my mom’s room/guest room, but mattresses are so expensive . . . I think if she stayed with us longer and more often, I would be more eager to do it.

    I hope you are feeling better. I am taking a break from doing the Top Ten post more regularly too. I need to slow down for the summer anyway because I’ll be so busy offline.

    I am glad you enjoyed The Girl Who Knew Too Much. I am looking forward to reading that one too.

    I hope you have a great week, Lark!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Mattresses are indeed expensive! We bought one for our daughter’s room about 6 years ago, but that didn’t prepare me for the sticker shock when we replaced the 26-year-old mattress in our room. Ouch.

      I hope you’re having a great week, and reading some wonderful books!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I hope you get your hands on a copy soon! I really liked it but didn’t quite love it; I’ll post my review soon, once I figure out why.

  4. Rita @ Paging Through Books

    Enjoy your bedroom setting in time for summer; it sounds so nice! When we move, I plan on not getting caught up in the clutter I have in this small home now– I just can’t deal with it as I get older 🙂

    You have so many good-sounding books there! I’m jotting down a bunch of titles to check out further today. I understand the blogger burn-out, and memes and full reviews get in the way of enjoyment when it becomes a chore. I am being vigilant with only requesting one or two NG books a month from now on and the rest are titles from my own sources, such as library books. That way I can post when I want, review when I want… and I only take part in memes when the mood hits. Perhaps you have too many review-for-request books on your plate at the moment?
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I probably do have too many ARCs on my plate at the moment. But they’re so hard to resist, especially when I’m really excited to read them. My library often doesn’t get new books in, cataloged, and shelved for weeks after they come out (sometimes months, in the case of less popular or well-known authors.) I don’t blame the library staff for that; they’re dealing with a reduced budget and thus, a reduced staff, so there is less money for books and fewer people-hours for cataloging. Plus, it’s a big library system, and for some books, I end up 34th or 78th on the hold list. (Admittedly, when it’s that bad, they usually order more copies, so I might be 78th in line for one of 20 copies, but still.)

      But yes, I do need to request and accept fewer review books, and give myself more room for mood reading. 🙂