Sunday Post – 7/26/15

July 26, 2015 Sunday Post 20

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

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

Cover: Sefton_Purl Up and Die


Next Week on the Blog

Cover: Robyn Carr_Wildest Dreamds
  • 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

For Review

 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.)

Have a great week, everybody, and happy reading!

20 Responses to “Sunday Post – 7/26/15”

  1. Greg

    what a nice performance, she plays very well. I enjoyed that clip! I d ogo to Renaissance fairs and feativals whenever I can, and do enjoy hearing that kind of music.

    A busy week for you, hope this one is good. And thank for the book rec- I appreciate those! 🙂
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I’m glad you liked the clip! The Haas sisters did the recording sessions with her, too. Glad you enjoyed the recommendation as well. Have a great week! 🙂

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Laurel-Rain! I think Night Moves is an earlier book; I also think it’s one they made a TV movie of, some years back. I hadn’t seen it or read it, but it looked interesting.

  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Sounds like you’re going to be busy! Last time we went to DC I had the Spy museum on my wishlist but it ended up not happening. Can’t wait to hear what you think about it. It looks really fun! Your niece is fantastic! Best of of luck to her. I hope Robin’s driving is going well. It’s so hard to know when they’re ready because there’s so much you have to learn while driving on your own. Have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Spy Museum was fascinating and a lot of fun, but now I’m exhausted! Thank you for the good wishes for Maria – I agree, she’s terrific! Robin’s driving is going pretty well. Her visual issues make it more challenging but she’s coping. She’s cautious, which I applaud – so much better than the alternative, particularly for a young and inexperienced driver. I hope you have a great week, too!

  3. Michelle @ Because reading

    She is fantastic! Good Luck to her 🙂

    Looks like you are going to be very busy week! The Museum sounds like so much fun. Need to get down there to see a few Museums my kids have never been yet. This I might take them to NY in the winter.

    Enjoy all your new reads.
    I hope you have a wonderful week! Happy Reading! oxox
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Michelle! I’m kind of spoiled, living fairly near to DC with all its museums – and I lived even closer when I was growing up, so I’ve been to some of the museums more times than I can count. If you ever get down here, let me know. I’ll give you suggestions and maybe we could meet somewhere.

      Have a great week!

  4. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    Busy, busy! Have a good trip.

    I wonder if those Haas girls are related to my cousins in Alexandrai VA. Sami does Irish step dancing and competes internationally. That would be neat! Good luck to your niece, I hope she makes her goal.

    Oh, the Spy Museum. That sounds both fun and fascinating! I need to do that on a future trip.

    Have fun!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That would be cool! These Haas sisters are reasonably well-known in Scottish fiddling circles; the cellist has toured with Alisdair Frasier, and he’s one of the top names out there. Incidentally, Maria does Irish dancing too – and has competed internationally also. I wonder if she and Sami have met? But there are three “schools” or organizations of Irish dance, so unless their local schools happen to be in the same governing organization, they wouldn’t have run into each other.

  5. Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    I enjoyed The Iron Daughter, but the further I’ve gotten into the series the less I find that I really care about what’s going on. I hate when that happens. Maybe you’ll like the series better than I have. Hope you enjoy your visit with your parents!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I liked The Lost Prince, which is really the only one I’ve read so far. I started The Iron King at one point, but ran out of time (it was a library book.) I’ve since picked it up as a Kindle book, so I will get around to them eventually.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The first one is fun, but Peter comes off a little shallow, so bear in mind that the character really deepened and developed as time when on. And once he meets Harriet Vane, he begins stripping away a lot of the affectations and masks he has used to hide himself from the world. I wish I could go back and experience these books for the first time! But they are now old and trusted friends.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Spy Museum was a lot of fun. If I have time, I’ll put together a blog post about it (but I am so swamped with freelance work right now, it may not happen.) Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Deborah

    Stacks of new books there most of which I’ve not heard of but I’m sure they’ll be great!

    And a Spy Museum?! What a fabulous idea… I can’t wait to hear more!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Spy Museum was cool – lots of stuff about real spies and real spy gadgetry. They also had a special exhibit on Bond villains (from the movies more than the books.)

  7. Jan

    I’m so excited I won the journal, Lark! Thank you and congratulations again on your blogoversary.

    It sounds like you’re very busy, but you’ve got some fun stuff coming up. I hope you enjoy the Spy Museum. So nice you get to visit while Robin is still home. And so exciting your niece is recording her first CD. Good luck to her. Hope you have a really good week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Spy Museum was really interesting – I learned a lot, and also had fun, especially with the hour-long adventure scenario. I was the one who figured out how to [mmmmf blrffff] – oh, that’s right, we’re not allowed to share anything about it! 😉

      Have a great week!