Sunday Post – 7/16/2017

July 16, 2017 Sunday Post 12

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!

Sunday Post

The dog days of summer are here with a vengeance. It was beastly hot and humid all week; the air is so thick you can practically chew it. Thursday and Friday it got up to 97 F, with heat indexes above 100. Ugh! Thank goodness for air conditioning.

Mr. Bookwyrm and I were supposed to go to his high-school reunion this weekend. Unfortunately, a looming project deadline and a mini-crisis with my eyes collided, and I ended up staying home. Don’t worry, I’m OK! But I’ve been having difficulty with reading and focusing my eyes at near distances, especially with small fonts. I could hardly get any work done (or any blogging, for that matter. And thank goodness for my Kindle with its adjustable fonts, or I wouldn’t have been able to read, either… though it’s been a struggle.) For a while now, I had thought it was just that my eyes were tired and I was spending too much time on the computer, but there’s been an actual change in my prescription—enough that trying to use my existing glasses was causing the eye strain, especially at the computer. I will be getting new bifocals in a week or two, when the frames come in. But in desperation, I ended up having an emergency pair of computer glasses made up on Thursday, just so I could work. The index is still going slowly because it’s a challenging book, but at least now I can see what I’m working on, without it being blurry or having double images! I’m sad to miss the reunion and the time with Mr. Bookwyrm, but we decided together that it made more sense for me to stay home and work.


Last Week on the Blog


Upcoming on the Blog

  • A Summer Stardance by Emily March – review, tentative
  • TOUR: Killer Party by Lynn Cahoon
  • News & Notes – 7/22/2017
  • Sunday Post – 7/23/2017 – tentative


What I’m Reading/Watching

book cover: The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick
book cover: A Study in Scarlet Women, by Sherry Thomas
book cover: The Greatest Challenge of Them All by Stephanie Laurens
book cover: The Westing Game, by Ellen Raskin, audiotape edition

Reading: I read The Paid Companion (Amanda Quick), A Study in Scarlet Women (Sherry Thomas), and The Greatest Challenge of Them All (Stephanie Laurens; new release.)

Listening to: I had been planning to start Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier, but decided to revisit The Westing Game instead. I’ve also been listening to music, mostly show tunes, via Pandora.

Watching: Early in the week, we watched another episode of the 1980s Agatha Christie series, Partners in Crime; we also finished the second season of Father Brown and started on season 3.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review or Review Consideration

Book cover: Artemis by Andy Weir

Many thanks to Crown Publishing for Artemis! I’m really excited to read it—The Martian was a page-turner, and I have high hopes for Weir’s SF take on a heist novel. . . though from the description, I suspect it will turn out to be more than that.

Purchased for Kindle

book cover: Shadows by Robin McKinley
book cover: The Girl at Midnight
book cover: A Study in Scarlet Women, by Sherry Thomas
book cover: Locked Rooms (Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery #8) by Laurie R. King
book cover: Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz
book cover: Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly
book cover: The Greatest Challenge of Them All by Stephanie Laurens
book cover: Death to the Landlords (Felse Investigations #11) by Ellis Peters
book cover: Rainbow's End (Felse Investigations #13) by Ellis Peters

All were on sale except Locked Rooms, which I bought with an Amazon Prime Day deal, and The Greatest Challenge of Them All, which was a preorder. I have read Shadows, Locked Rooms, Dream Eyes, and Rainbow’s End before but will doubtless read them again at some point.


Have a wonderful week, stay cool, and happy reading!

12 Responses to “Sunday Post – 7/16/2017”

  1. Laura Thomas

    I know my prescription has changed but my eyesight is bad and it’s very expensive to purchase new glasses. I have trouble focusing when using the computer and then trying to read or watch TV. I’ll eventually have to cave and get new glasses. Lots of great books. Hopefully your new glasses will be ready quickly and you can enjoy them.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      It’s expensive, but as my husband says, “you only have one set of eyes.” And since it was impacting my ability to work, I figured even the emergency pair was worth the expense. But I’m looking forward to getting my new bifocals, too.

  2. Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

    I spend all my time looking at a computer (for work and blogging) so my eyes have been bothering me too. I’ve been putting off making an eye appointment but you are reminding me to finally do it lol. I bought some of those books because they were on sale. It’s too hard to resist the deals lol. I can’t wait to read A Study in Scarlet Women so I hope you are enjoying it. I hope you have a great week and enjoy all your new books.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      If you don’t have computer glasses — optimized for the distance your screen is from your face — you might want to ask about them. You can get them with coatings that cut down on glare and blue light, and having them set for the right distance lets your eyes relax a bit. Just be sure to measure that distance before you go to the eye doctor.

      A Study in Scarlet Women was fun and I really enjoyed the main character. But it did leave me with some unanswered questions and the feeling that some characters’ motivations or actions hadn’t been explained. I’m wondering if some of that will be cleared up in the next book.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks, Ronyell! The computer glasses are helping. Given that I’m spending about 12 hours a day on the computer right now, that’s a good thing.

  3. Charlie

    It’s been humid as heck here. I can’t do the heat like I could ten years ago. I am so sorry about your eyes! I’m sure we all spend way more time in front of a computer or screen than is good for our eyes. I’m glad you’ll be able to work until the real glasses come in. Good luck working on the index!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I can’t take the heat and humidity, either. I’m so glad I don’t have to work outside, but it also means I can’t go for walks.

  4. RO

    I can imagine that was quite a scare, because as readers, our eyes are our lives. Thank goodness for the new prescription! I had a similar situation where my vision became randomly blurred, and I was nervous. Come to find out I had diabetes, which is now controlled thank goodness. I can’t imagine a world without blogging, reading or watching movies. The weather here has been humid too, and we haven’t even hit August yet. YIKES! Feel better and HUGE Hugs…RO
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Gosh, yes—definitely scary! I’m terrified of losing my sight, or losing it enough that I can’t read, knit, or work on the computer. I’m already having to give up some of my books with teeny-tiny, crammed-together print, both paperbacks and omnibus editions.

  5. Nise'

    That was always my first clue that my prescription is changing not being able to see the computer or to read. Hope the glasses help quickly!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I think I might have caught on sooner, except that I was sick all spring. Also, I think the change in prescription sort of accelerated in the last two weeks! The new computer glasses are helping a lot, but I definitely need the bifocals for everything else.