Sunday Post–August 18

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

A look back at my last week and forward to the next week:


Last Week

Around the House

I got quite a bit done this week: read two books, wrote three blog posts, some housecleaning, organizing in my craft room, laundry….


I’m trying out a new type of review on my blog. I’m calling it a bullet point review. As I stated on the review: When UI started my blog I wanted to write fairly short reviews…that’s why it’s called “Notes…lol. I read a blog post at the On Starships and Dragonwings blog about doing list reviews.

My review for The Proposal is my first bullet point review (list review). I plan to do a few more of these reviews before I decide whether to adopt them for all my reviews. Check it out and let me know what you think–even if you hate it!

Sunday Post–August 11

Top Ten Tuesday–Urban Fantasy Favorites

Review: The Proposal by Mary Balogh

Book read

One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire

Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson

What I’m reading

E-books bought

sugar-daddySugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas

Audio books downloaded (from Sync for free)

SoldMcCormick_G-214x300Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre

let-me-stand-aloneLet Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week–the last week for this summer:

Aug 15 – Aug 21, 2013
Sold by Patricia McCormick, read by Justine Eyre (Tantor Audio)
Let Me Stand Alone by Rachel Corrie, read by Tavia Gilbert (Blackstone Audio)

Next Week

Around the house

My oldest daughter came home this weekend. She’s starting graduate school at the end of this month in Illinois. She’s got an apartment now so she’s coming here to pick up the rest of her stuff including her two cats we’ve been taking care of! They’re great cats and I’ll miss them. I’ll also miss having her closer (she was in North Carolina and spent some time with us this summer).

I’m also starting another online class. This one is about using to set up your own hosted website/blog. The first class I took (with the same instructor) about using was great.

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Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

17 thoughts on “Sunday Post–August 18”

  1. I’ll have to check out your bullet point reviews. That’s not a bad idea. Good way to keep it short and not overwhelm readers.

    I totally wish I had more time to do some online classes and stuff like that. Time just isn’t there right now. Hope you enjoy it though.

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know


  2. You’re bullet point review is a neat idea – I went and checked it out, and it does make it easier to skim through a review quickly. I’m not good at being super brief- my reviews tend to be pretty lengthy actually- but maybe fully embrace it by making the bullets themselves a little less packed? I think it’s definitely something to play around with, especially seeing as (like you said) your blog is called NOTES from a Readerholic. That does imply brevity.

    I’m so glad you mentioned sync again – I keep forgetting it! I went over there and grabbed the books last week and even forgot to include them in my new books this week on my Sunday Post.

    Thanks for stopping by – have a great week 🙂


    1. Oh and I forgot to mention – good luck to your daughter in grad school! Where is she going? What is she studying? I’m at grad school in St. Louis, so just across the river from Illinois – I’ll be heading back from Texas next weekend to get started. Ok that’s it – see what I’m saying about not being good at brevity? LOL


      1. She is at a small college just south of Chicago (Lewis) and is going to major in information security. I’m hoping she’s going to enjoy it. What is your major? One of my nieces went to college in St. Louis and really liked it there.


    2. Thanks for checking out my review. I would like the bullets further apart…that’s what my theme does and I don’t know how to change that! Probably have to change my theme, but I may be doing that if I change to self-hosting.

      I know…I posted about sync each week and still forgot to download a few times! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

      (And I don’t think you’re too lengthy…as you said–embrace it–and I love getting comments!


  3. Can you share the deets to your on-line a link to sign up and get details. I do like the bullet reviews, and am always looking for ways to keep my reviews short. I break mine up into intro, brief set up, characters and world-building opinions on pacing etc. then a closer..LOL It helps keep me from rambling or revealing too much. Have a wonderful week and I hope your daughter gets settled in nicely.


    1. The first online class I took which was Creating WordPress Websites I (using was through my community college here in southern Maryland, but was actually a class from My community college isn’t offering Creating WordPress Websites II (using so I went straight to the ed2go site. Here is the address for this class:

      The first one was excellent so I’m really looking forward to this one. The classes are offered every four weeks which makes them very flexible! Let me know if you decide to take the class.

      And thanks for the thumbs up for bullet reviews! It’s good to organize reviews and I like the way you’ve organized yours.

      Thanks for stopping by!


  4. Enjoy having your daughter home, Jan! And if you miss those kitties too much after she leaves, I’m sure you could find a few more at the nearest shelter! 😉

    I think your online classes sound great. Thanks so much for providing the link. I may need to take a few of these. I’ve just commented on your bullet-point review on that post, so I won’t duplicate my comments here. And I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Sugar Daddy, which I’ve never read. I love Kleypas’s historicals (well, most of them), but haven’t been as pleased with some of her contemporary romances, so it put me off reading this one. I’d love to be told I’m wrong!


    1. Thanks, Lark! It’s been a good visit, And full disclosure…I already have cats of my own [hanging head sheepishly!]

      I will let you know what I think of Sugar Daddy when I get to it (don’t know when!), but I have liked both her historicals and her contemporaries so I might not be the one to tell you you’re wrong…sometimes things just don’t work for us for whatever reason, but work great for someone else. (As I’m sure you know!)

      Thanks for taking time from your vacation to come by my blog. I appreciate it!


      1. Always glad to spend a little time with you, Jan! No hurry on Sugar Daddy; you’ll get to it when you get to it. (Or if, as the case may be. I’ve bought my share of books I still haven’t gotten around to!)


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