Sunday Post – 8/30/15 – Arizona and home again!

August 30, 2015 Sunday Post 16

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

We got Robin moved into the house she is sharing with three other girls. There were a few complications, including a blocked sewer pipe that had to be bored out (tree roots are a problem with old sewer and water pipes.) But when we left, they were happily settled in and had even decorated the walls with posters and fabric hangings. Robin has just finished her first week of this semester’s block class (4 credits in 4 weeks!) and seems to be doing well… but she misses our cats.

Mr. Bookwyrm and I had a really fabulous four days in Sedona after we left Robin – a romantic getaway to celebrate our 25th anniversary. (A few weeks late, but that’s how the schedules worked out this year.) We stayed in a beautiful B&B inn with a gorgeous view out our balcony (see below), and we unplugged from the world – turned off the computers and just spent time together. We did a little walking and a lot of sightseeing: Sedona’s famous red rock formations and cliffs, some amazing Native American ruins, and sunsets from the airport mesa-top. We even took a 40-minute helicopter ride – just the two of us and the pilot, with the doors off so we could really see everything. It was amazing! I was worried about going because I’m usually scared of heights, but I wasn’t afraid at all, only a little nervous once or twice. If you’re ever in Sedona, I highly recommend doing a helicopter ride.

Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona

Canyon Villa Bed and Breakfast Inn (Sedona, AZ). View of Bell Rock from balcony

We arrived home on Thursday and as you can imagine, we’ve been playing catch-up ever since: unpacking, doing laundry, and trying to get through all the email, blog comments, and other stuff I missed while we were in Arizona. My apologies to everyone who left a comment in the last few weeks – I will get them answered and return visits as I fast as I can! But it will take me weeks to get completely caught up with reviews and such…

Last Two Weeks on the Blog





Next Week on the Blog

  • Mon. 8/31/15: The Hidden (Heather Graham) (review)
  • Other posts TBD
  • Sat. 9/05/15: News & Notes – 8/22/15
  • Sun. 9/06/15: Sunday Post – 9/06/15


What I’m Reading/Watching

As busy as I’ve been, I did manage to read Killer Run (Lynn Cahoon), The Fleet Street Murders (Charles Finch), Even Vampires Get the Blues (Sandra Hill – an Avon Addicts title), Rescued by the Ranger (Dixie Lee Brown – another Avon Addicts find), and Threads of Evidence (Lea Wait.) I’ll be reviewing most of them, and touring Threads of Evidence on Sept. 10.

Mr. Bookwyrm and I watched Kingsman on Friday night, which was violent and full of profanity but also a lot of fun. It’s sort of a tribute to the whole James Bond/Jason Bourne subgenre of spy films. Now that we’re home, we’ll probably get back to watching the occasional ST:DS9, Doctor Who, and Avatar: The Last Airbender episode.


New Additions to the Hoard

Cover links take you to Goodreads.

For Review

Many thanks to Minotaur for The Adventuress and to author Emily March for Heartsong Cottage!



This is terribly embarrassing, but somehow I deleted the email telling me I won, and now I don’t remember whose blog the contest was on… so thank you very much, whoever you are!


Purchased for Kindle


Have a great week, everybody, and happy reading!

16 Responses to “Sunday Post – 8/30/15 – Arizona and home again!”

  1. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    That view from your balcony was gorgeous! Arizona is lovely,amazing country. I’m glad you and Mr Bookwyrm got some time away and were able to celebrate. Happy anniversary!

    You got a good amount of reading done, even dealing with tree roots. 😀 I hope Robin enjoys her year.

    Welcome home!
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  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m so glad you got Robin settled in and what a trip it sounds like you and Mr. Bookwyrm had! I haven’t been to Sedona but it’s on my (very long) travel list! It looks absolutely beautiful. I really want to watch Kingsman. It looks great and I love that genre of movie. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      We’re getting a bit more familiar with it now that Robin is in her third year of college there! We’ve taken her out to get her set up every year so far, plus we went for a quick visit to see her dance concert last spring. I like the cooler, more mountainous/high plateau parts around Prescott & Flagstaff, and Sedona is gorgeous. Phoenix is just plain too hot, at least from May to August.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I am too! I pushed myself because I don’t want to let my anxieties rule my life, and it was so completely amazing. Now I feel more confident about trying a few other scary-to-me things, too.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I just tore through Heartsong Cottage last night, and it was really good. I needed a break and it had just arrived in the mail (thank you, Emily!) Now to dive into catching up: on reviews, on blog visits, on answering comments, on my next indexing project, on choosing music for my choruses, on decluttering my house… Yipes.

  3. Stormi

    I love Kingsmen! It’s was really fun and full of lots of cool action! You got some good books read and picked up some more good ones to read. Enjoy!

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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thank you, Stormi! Yes, I really enjoyed Kingsman despite the violence (and the swearing, of which there was a copious amount!)

  4. Jan

    Sedona looks beautiful, Lark. The SW is so beautiful. So glad you got to get away for a few days and in such a beautiful area.

    It’s so nice you were able to take Robin back to school and get her settled in to her new apartment. I love to see where my kids live so I can picture them there when they’re far away.

    Anyway, welcome back, Lark, and don’t worry about comments, get to them when you can.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Sedona was breathtaking. And yes, it was a lot of fun to see Robin settling in to her apartment. Thank you for the kind words about comments – I’m trying to get to them, but it feels like I’m behind on everything!