Sunday Post: July 20

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!


Chihuly Glasshouse Sculpture 27 x 100 x23′

Last Week


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Seattle has been so much fun. We went to a movie, ate lots of seafood, had wonderful whole wheat cinnamon rolls for breakfast several days and saw Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado. Seattle has a Gilbert and Sullivan Society which is 60 years old this year! They produce a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta every July. My husband and I really enjoy G&S so we try to come to Seattle to visit in July when we can!

Chihuly ball reflecting Seattle Space Needle
Chihuly glass ball reflecting Seattle Space Needle

We also went to the Space Needle in Seattle (built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair). We hadn’t visited for several years and planned to go up to its revolving restaurant. A lot of other people had that plan and there were no seats available so instead we ate at a restaurant at the base. Very good food and we had fun. Next door to the restaurant is the Chihuly Garden and Glass which we went to after lunch. It features the glasswork of Dale Chihuly. There are glass sculptures both inside and outside (mixed in with a garden). It is all fantastic!

Mille Fiori by Dale Chihuly  (reminds me of glass garden in Stolen Songbird) 10 x 58 x12'
Mille Fiori by Dale Chihuly (reminds me of glass garden in Stolen Songbird) 10 x 58 x 12′

Some of the glass pieces even reminded me of the glass garden in the book Stolen Songbird!

I managed quite a few posts this week which was great. I’m whittling away on my review backlog. Also I got another Saturday Shorts posted!

 Blog posts


What I’m reading

Break In by Dick Francis (audiobook)

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

Unhinged by A. G. Howard (audiobook)

What I read this week

Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

E-books & Audiobooks bought (or free)

Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron

The Suffragette Scandal by Courtney Milan

Hard Spell by Justin Gustainis

And the Miss Ran Away with the Rake by Elizabeth Boyle


The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline by Nancy Springer

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

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 17 – July 23

THE CASE OF THE CRYPTIC CRINOLINE by Nancy Springer, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren (Recorded Books)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES II by Arthur Conan Doyle, Narrated by David Timson (Naxos AudioBooks)

July 24 – July 30
HEADSTRONG by Patrick Link, Performed by Deidrie Henry, Ernie Hudson, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine and Scott Wolf (L.A. Theatre Works)
THE STRANGE CASE OF DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE by Robert Louis Stevenson, Narrated by Scott Brick (Tantor Audio)

Check out the entire Sync schedule.

  • Amazon’s new Kindle program–Kindleunlimited

Jane @Dear Author wrote about this new program this week and gives a good synopsis. I’m very tempted! What do you think?

I wish it was going to be part of Amazon Prime since that has increased in price. It will cost $9.99 a month. It doesn’t have any of the big publishers’ books so I’m going to have to get an idea how many books I would be interested in.

Next Week

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We’re on our way home on Monday. We had a great time in Seattle. I have another trip coming up at the end of the month so lots to do when I get home. I don’t usually travel this much. Some of the trips were last minute and some planned several months ago.


  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: The Golden City by Danielle L. Jensen
  • Review: Splintered by A. G. Howard
  • Sunday Post

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

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21 thoughts on “Sunday Post: July 20”

  1. Oh Glasshouse Sculpture seems like something that came out of Stolen Songbird. That glass garden in the book is my fave place there and I can add this to my imagination now. You’ve got some really great books so I hope you’ll enjoy them. Great post.


    1. Thanks, Tanja! So many of the Chihuly glass pieces made me think of Stolen Songbird. I love the glass garden in the book, too.


  2. Seattle sounds and looks amazing – I’ve been wanting to visit the city for years now. Unfortunately it’s quite a trip to Seattle from Finland, but maybe one day, hopefully!
    I definitely need to check your Top Ten Tuesday post from this week since I loved going through the favorite movie/tv shows posts.
    I hope you have a good week! 🙂


    1. Seattle is a wonderful city–in fact, all of Washington and Oregon are wonderful. (I’m biased since I grew up in Oregon!) I think Finland must be pretty wonderful, too.

      The TTT posts were especially fun to read this week. I got some tips for some good shows and movies!

      Thanks for coming by.


  3. Your Seattle trip looks like it was seriously awesome! Love those pictures too! And that cool how little things can remind you of something in a book. 😉 Ohh, Unhinged was awesome! What did you think?! That author is fast become my favourite of this year.
    My Sunday Post!


    1. We’ve really enjoyed Seattle. Yes, I love when I see something and think of a book because of it. I’m loving Unhinged though I’m not too far into it. I just haven’t had much opportunity to listen this week.


  4. Chihuly’s glasswork is so gorgeous. Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh had an exhibit a couple years ago and I was fascinated by his work. Seattle is on my list of places to visit one day. I missed an opportunity about five years ago because of a horrible sinus infection and ear infection. Can’t really fly with those! Thankfully the company I work for agreed and made me stay home. One of these days I’ll get there though!

    Have a great week!

    My Sunday Post!


    1. Thanks, Kim! I hope you do get to Seattle. It’s one of my favorite places and since my husband’s sister and family live here we are able to come more often than we would otherwise. And I totally agree about sinus and ear infections–can’t fly with those. Chihuly’s glass is so awesome. So glad we got to see this in Seattle.


  5. I have the Milan and I love the look of the Elizabeth Boyle. I’ve been tempted by the Amazon program as well but with all the books I already have I decided to give it a pass for awhile. I’ve never been to Seattle but it’s definitely on my list of places to go. Looks like you had a great time! Have a great week!


    1. I love the title of the Elizabeth Boyle book and it does look cute. Yeah, I’m going to think about the Amazon program a little more before I decide. Thanks, Katherine! Seattle was lots of fun.


  6. Sounds like a great trip, and I’ll bet The Mikado was neat. I haven’t been to Seattle but do look forward to seeing the Space Needle one of these days…


    1. The Mikado was very well done. We really enjoyed it. I hope you get to Seattle some time, Greg. It’s a great city to visit.


  7. Sounds like Seattle has been a good trip! I went there years ago – gosh like 15 years ago now – to visit my aunt when she lived there and to this day it stands out as one of my favorite trips and favorite cities. I don’t like the cold, but I would brave it to live in Seattle. I remember visiting the Space Needle, which was a blast. My favorite was Pike Street though, such a fun area with the markets and right there on the water. Enjoy the rest of your visit!

    Looks like you also picked up some good books! I forgot sync this week I need to run over and grab those! Thanks for the reminder. Have a great week 🙂


    1. Seattle isn’t very cold usually in the winter (although probably colder and certainly rainier than Texas!) Pike Street Market is great.

      I’ve already read one of the books I got last week so that’s good!


  8. The glass looks gorgeous, and you actually managed to be in Seattle when it was sunny! 😉

    I already knew we were kindred spirits, but now I’m absolutely positive. I love Gilbert and Sullivan, and performed in quite a few of them during my high school and college years. Sadly, no one seems to be doing them in my area; I’d have to go up to DC, and that’s a long way to go for rehearsals (though I’d love to catch a show once in a while.)

    Re the Amazon Kindle Unlimited program: Not one of the Big Five publishing houses has signed up (and they may not, given their prickly relationship with Amazon.) That puts some pretty severe limits on “unlimited”. I went looking for my favorite authors and very few were on there, because most are published by the Big Five. Plus, most of the smaller publishing houses aren’t putting new releases in the program, just some of their backlist. So for now, I’m holding off on signing up.


    1. I know, Lark! We’ve been trying to go out to Seattle each July since they do a G&S each summer.

      And I agree about Amazon Kindle for now. The Audible connection might be very good, but I’m still holding off for now.


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