Sunday Post: July 6

rp_sundaypostmeme13.jpgThe Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading. This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!



Last Week

I hope everyone in the U.S. had a Happy Independence Day on the 4th!

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Sad to watch the U.S. v Belgium game this week. The U.S. played pretty well, but Belgium certainly played better. We’ve watched several other games during the week. We flew into Chicago early Thursday and drove to Iowa for the 4th of July weekend. The weather has been beautiful–sunny and not too hot. We’ve all crowded into the TV room and watched some of the games. We’ve also celebrated several birthdays with a barbecue and lots of desserts! Plus a trip to the theater to see The Wizard of Oz!

I’ve had a couple of tech mishaps this week. First, my daughter drove over my cell phone after I dropped it! Not her fault at all since I didn’t realize I’d dropped it. The screen is badly cracked though it still works. I have to see if I can get it repaired when I get home. Then, my tablet which I bought for travel stopped connecting to the internet. I tried to fix it and one of my tech whiz daughters also tried. Then we called tech support. They couldn’t get it to work either so they’re sending a new computer. Which is great, but didn’t help me get this post written. I had to borrow a computer to do that.

After combining my book review index into one list last week I decided to divide it in two by author and title this week. Not so confusing that way. I participated in a few COYER activities, but it was a busy week and I wasn’t able to do as much as I hoped. I haven’t posted any reviews yet for the COYER. I still have a few older reviews to post so I’ve tried to get through those.

Blog posts


What I’m reading

Break In by Dick Francis (audiobook)

Firebird by Keri Arthur

What I read this week

The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney

E-books bought (or free)

Bloodshifted by Cassie Alexanader

The Escape by Mary Balogh

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

Fireborn by Keri Arthur

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie


Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor

Unhinged by A. G. Howard

METAtropolis by Jay Lake

Around the internet

  • Sync downloads

Sync is a site for young adult audiobooks. In the summer (beginning May 15 to August 20) they offer two free audiobooks each week.

July 3 – July 9

TORN FROM TROY by Patrick Bowman, Narrated by Gerard Doyle (Post Hypnotic Press)
PETER AND THE STARCATCHERS by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Narrated by Jim Dale (Brilliance Audio)

July 10 – July 16
CLAUDETTE COLVIN: Twice Toward Justice by Philip Hoose, Narrated by Channie Waites (Brilliance Audio)
WHILE THE WORLD WATCHED by Carolyn Maull McKinstry with Denise George, Narrated by Felicia Bullock (Oasis Audio

Check out the entire Sync schedule.

Next Week

Home & blog

We fly home on Monday. I’ve got another busy week ahead of me. We’re going to visit some of our family in Seattle the week after next so I need to get quite a bit done during the week.


  • Review: These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer
  • Review: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson
  • Review: Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?

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.

11 thoughts on “Sunday Post: July 6”

  1. The Assassin’s Curse looks good. I love the font on the cover! I love SYNC but I always find their selection hit and miss for my tastes. I guess they try to offer something for everyone. I think I’ve already downloaded all of the ones I’m going to this summer from them.


    1. Yes, I thought the cover was very nice for The Assassin’s Curse. I go ahead and dl all the SYNC books and figure I will try them if the mood hits me…LOL.


  2. Jan, it sounds like you’ve been having a terrific time with your family – how lovely! I’m sorry about your tech problems, though. That can be so frustrating.

    I love that you’re reading (or listening to) Break In. It’s one of my 10 or so favorite Dick Francis novels. How’s the narrator? (For that matter, who is the narrator?)

    Have a great week and enjoy your new books! I just finished The Escape and really liked it.


    1. We have had a wonderful time with everyone. The weather has been wonderful (unusual for July…haha!)–low humidity and cool. The humidity came back today so we’ve closed up the house.

      I’m loving the Dick Francis book. The narrator is good. His name is Simon Prebble, I think. I haven’t listened to anything else by him, but I like his narration. I want to go back and read or listen to many of the Dick Francis books since I originally read them so long ago.

      Glad you liked The Escape!


    1. No, we weren’t friends at all! I’m back home now so I have my other computer so that feels good! Still need to try to get my phone repaired. Lots to do this week…lol


  3. I was pretty bummed by the US vs Belgium game too… then France lost, the other team we were rooting for. The games have been good though for the most part, they’ve been fun to watch. I didn’t get any COYER reviews out this week either, though I have a few coming… hope the week ahead is good, and safe travels!


  4. I have The Escape but have yet to read it. Really looking forward to it though! The US/Belgium game was rough. I hate that the US is out. I haven’t read any Dick Francis or Georgette Heyer in AGES. Hope you’re enjoying the audio and I’m looking forward to your Heyer review tomorrow. Have a great (and less chaotic) week!


    1. Thanks, Katherine. I’m a little slow off the mark today since we arrived home late last night, but I hope to get my review posted a little later today.


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