Most of the week was spent working (me) and practicing Robin’s driving (Robin and me.) This afternoon, the three of us are headed up to DC to visit the Spy Museum, which should be a lot of fun. There’s even an hour-long thing where you get to try to figure out a puzzle as if you were the spies!
This coming week, I’ll be working on an indexing project and trying to get ready to leave for a visit with my parents before Robin heads back to college, so I’m going to be pretty busy! I’ve got the review posts for the week all scheduled, but not the memes (TTT & Sunday Post) and News & Notes – I can’t prepare N&N ahead, of course. I may be a bit tardy in answering comments, depending on how busy the day is, but I’ll get to them eventually!
Oh, and before I forget: Congratulations to Lola of Lola’s Reviews and Jan of Notes from a Readerholic, who won the 6th Blogoversary giveaway! The gift certificate goes to Lola and the reading journal to Jan. I’ll be in touch with both of you via email.
Scottish fiddler Maria Jones
Our niece Maria, a very talented Scottish fiddler and composer, is recording her first CD and has a Kickstarter to help with the recording, design, and production costs. Please don’t feel obligated! But if you’re a fan of Irish and Scottish music and want the debut album of someone I really think is going to make a name for herself someday, feel free to check out the Kickstarter here. Below, I’ve embedded a video of Maria playing with professional musicians Natalie and Brittany Haas in 2014.
Natalie Smith/Donald Mcleod’s Reel/The Lambing Storm/Runaway Roxy. Maria Jones (center, first fiddle) with Brittany Haas (fiddle) and Natalie Haas (cello). Sierra Fiddle Camp, 2014. The tunes start slow and get more energetic as they go. Natalie Smith and Runaway Roxy written by Maria Jones.
Last Week on the Blog
- Mon. 7/20/15: Purl Up and Die (Maggie Sefton) (review)
- Tues. 7/21/15: Ten Books With Diverse Major Characters (Top Ten Tuesday)
- Tues. 7/21/15: Mini-Review: Harmonized (Mary Behre)
- Thur. 7/23/15: Blood Magick (Nora Roberts) (review)
- Sat. 7/25/15: News & Notes – 7/25/15
- Sun. 7/26/15: Sunday Post – 7/26/15
Next Week on the Blog
- Mon. 7/27/15: Wildest Dreams (Robyn Carr) (review)
- Tues. 7/28/15: Ten Characters Who Are Fellow Book Nerds (Top Ten Tuesday) – tentative
- Thur. 7/30/15: Aunt Dimity and the Summer King (Nancy Atherton) (review)
- Fri. 7/31/15: Upcoming Releases – August 2015
- Sat. 8/01/15: News & Notes – 8/01/15 –
- Sun. 8/02/15: Sunday Post – 8/02/15 –
What I’m Reading/Watching
This week, I finally finished Serafina and the Black Cloak (Robert Beatty), along with Harmonized (Mary Behre; review.) I’m halfway through Murder at Barclay Meadow, which is pretty good so far. We watched The Prince of Egypt as well as some more of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Doctor Who.
New Additions to the Hoard
Nothing, which is fine with me – I’m swamped. (Luckily, there’s no pressure to read the books I bought!)
Purchased for Kindle
All of these except Harmonized were $1.99 or less. Amazon did a big “beach reading” Kindle sale on Saturday, and I snapped up the bottom five romances. The other books – Sayers, Wrede, and Kagawa – might still be on sale. (Cover links take you to Goodreads.)