Sunday Post: All Hallows (11/01/2015)

November 1, 2015 Sunday Post 21

Sunday Post_206x275The 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



I hope you all had a happy Halloween! I got treats — my Avon Addicts box arrived Friday, with books and a tote bag and even some candy! We spent Halloween getting the house ready (yeah, I know, we’re very last-minute), including adding some solar lights along the path to the house, because people couldn’t see it in the past. We got about 20 trick-or-treaters — fewer than I expected for a Saturday night. I think the neighborhood has changed, with fewer young kids, plus a lot of people do trunk-or-treat events instead of going to the houses of people they don’t know. But we saw some great costumes, especially in the young teenage set. There was a very creative Mad Hatter.

I did pretty well with the Blog Ahead Challenge, ending the month with 22 posts scheduled for November and beyond. While it would have been nice to reach the 31-post goal, I’m pleased with what I got done.


Last Week on the Blog



This Week on the Blog

  • Mon. 11/02: Marry Me at Christmas (Susan Mallery) – review
  • Wed. 11/04: In the Dragon’s Eye: Winter – Waiting on Wednesday
  • Thurs. 11/05: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan) – review
  • Fri. 11/06: Garden of Lies (Amanda Quick) – review
  • Sat. 11/07: News & Notes – 11/07/15
  • Sun. 11/08: Sunday Post – 11/08/15


What I’m Reading/Watching

It wasn’t a great week for reading, for some reason. I’m still listening to  The Night Circus occasionally. I read Newt’s Emerald (Garth Nix), and just last night I finished The Sword of Summer, the first book in Rick Riordan’s new Magnus Chase series.

I watched Gaudy Night, the last of the Lord Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane series that I’ve been watching, and a few more episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine with Mr. Bookwyrm — a pretty average week, TV-wise.


New Additions to the Hoard

For Review


For Review Consideration


Avon Addicts box

A Ghostly Murder (Tonya Kappes), My American Duchess (Eloisa James), Broken (Cynthia Eden), The Match of the Century (Cathy Maxwell), Forbidden (Beverly Jenkins), Lady Bridget’s Diary (Maya Rodale) — and a fabulous tote bag! Thank you, Avon!!! Most of these are for review, plus 5 copies of Broken to give away.


Purchased for Kindle


Have a great week, everybody, and happy reading!


21 Responses to “Sunday Post: All Hallows (11/01/2015)”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I will, Lory! And yes, the Lazarus Gate looks interesting, though heaven knows when and if I can squeeze it in. (It was an unsolicited ARC, along with the other two next to it.)

  1. Lola

    Halloween isn’t as big of a thing here, although it’s getting more popular. It also really depends on where you live. In our current neighbourhood there aren’t many people who do trick or treat, but in the city we lived before this we did see some trick or treaters every year. I saw some costume pictures on social media from those in the US and it’s great to see all the costumes, most looks really good!

    You did great with Blog Ahead! I didn’t reach the goal of ending with 31 posts more than I started, but I did end the month with 40 posts scheduled and wrote 26 posts that counted. Have a great week and enjoy your new books!
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  2. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    The Avon addicts box looks amazing! I love Eloisa James though I haven’t read nearly as much of her books as I want to (story of my life) and I have a Tonya Kappes that I’m really looking forward to reading. You got some amazing books this week! I want to read more Sarah MacLean and Mary Balogh. Somehow I’ve never read any of her Christmas books! I’m really looking forward to your reviews this week. Both the Susan Mallery and the Amanda Quick look interesting. We didn’t have many trick or treaters but our neighborhood never does because it’s super hilly and is quite a hike. Plus the weather was beyond bad. Have a great week!
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  3. kimbacaffeinate

    Your Avon box is awesome, I loved when those arrived. We didn’t have nearly as many kids. I am thinking a lot of parents did the early mall and shop then stayed in or went out. Always good to see Amanda Quick, I have two of her books and hope to read them during Coyer.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I actually read Garden of Lies months ago and drafted the review, which then languished in my drafts file for months. So Blog Ahead was really good for me – it got me to finish up some of the reviews I had drafted or even just in notes form. 🙂

  4. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    You had a good book week. 🙂 I can’t wait until my Avon box arrives, darn UPS. 🙁 It looks heavy on the historical romance which is not a genre I read but the rest of it looks good.

    You got more trick or treaters than I did. The kids in my condo complex go elsewhere so I never get any, not even the kids across the hall.

    Have a good week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I saw on FB that you’d gotten your books — have fun with them! I think it’s sad that families don’t trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods as much as they used to.

  5. Berls

    Congrats on blogging ahead – that’s a great amount to be ahead, even if it’s not the 31 you were shooting for! Our Halloween was more mellow than usual, though we stil ended up with plenty of trick or treaters. I saw lots of Elsas 🙂

    Have a great week!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      We didn’t see a single Elsa! There was a great Mad Hatter, though, and a genderbent Batman cosplay that was pretty good as well.

  6. Greg

    I’m curious about the new Riordan and have it on my list to (hopefully) read by the end of the year, so I’ll be anxious to see your thoughts. And there weren’t many trick or treaters here either- it seems like every year we get less.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I need to get that review written before I start forgetting details! It was a lot of fun, and despite some similarities between Percy and Magnus, the latter isn’t just a Percy rehash. He’s a bit more of a pessimist, for one thing.) Re the trick-or-treat thing, I think some of that is that there are so many Halloween parties and trunk-or-treat events at churches, schools, community centers, and YMCAs. People feel safer taking their kids to those than letting them go around to stranger’s houses. . . which is rather a pity, when you think about it.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I loved the Magnus Chase book – but but but how am I going to wait for four more years for the rest to come out? (That’s why I refused to read the Heroes of Olympus series until it was complete.)

  7. Nise'

    Congrats on your Blog Ahead success. Love the Avon box. Many of your new books are really good. Have a great week.