Sunday Post: Sep 28


The 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

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My niece had a baby girl last night–Liv Tallula. The names marry their Scandinavian and Irish roots. Erik (the dad) has already sent a long email announcing the birth. I’m so happy for them!

My husband got home from his trip and it’s great to see him. We are sorting through things this weekend–getting stuff ready to go to Goodwill. Plus I’m sorting through books. Some I’m going to donate to my library, some I will try to sell at a used bookstore and some which are in bad condition I will need to throw away. It’s hard for me to throw books away so we’ll see how I do with that. I’m also thinking of offering giveaways of some books on my blog. I’ll have to think about that–most of my books are pretty old and people may not want them!

I’m trying to use the library more for the books I want to read. I’ve used libraries extensively through the years, but when I started reading e-books four or five years ago I embraced e-books so thoroughly I had trouble reading a paper book!

In fact, until this week I hadn’t read a fiction book in paper format for at least two or three years. I have found a few e-books and audiobooks from the library during this time, but most of the books available are older. I just can’t spend $8 or more for very many e-books each year so I’ve decided to try reading paper books again!

It’s interesting–I’m reading Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz and I’m finding it slow going at first. Two things I miss (beside the Kindle itself!): having a built-in light and highlighting portions of the book which I do when I read on my Kindle. I use the highlighting when writing my reviews and for the pull quotes I use in my reviews. I’m trying to keep a notebook with me or use my computer to take notes, but that pulls me out of the book. I’ve also found myself trying to swipe the page to turn the page…LOL.

Blog posts


What I’m reading

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz

A Share in Death by Deborah Crombie (audiobook)

What I read this week

The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

Books, E-books, Audiobooks–library, purchased or free

Vampires of Manhattan by Melissa de la Cruz (library)

Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick (library)

The Wizard Hunters by Martha Wells (e-book)

A Heart of Ice by Hailey Edwards (novella)

A Kiss of Venom by Hailey Edwards (novella)

Next Week

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It’s hard to believe October is almost here!


  • TTT
  • October books on my radar. . .
  • Review: The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
  • 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.

21 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Sep 28”

  1. Congratulations on the new addition to your family! And good luck with your sorting- I always enjoy looking through old paperbacks, I had boxes of books that I would pick up at used bookstores but never read- some I gave away and some I kept. I probably will never get to them all, and many I no longer want to read that much! Oh well… πŸ™‚

    That’s funny about “swiping” the pages too…


    1. Yes, whenever I pick up the book I still find myself swiping the page at first…LOL. I have boxes of books and while I will keep a few I’m determined to shed many. When my husband retires we have to downsize so I’m working on that to make it possible!


  2. I use my library though not as much as I did before I started blogging. I’m fortunate that my library has a decent ebook collection and it’s part of a consortium from which I can borrow both ebooks and print books.

    I still read both e and print books but like you when I read the print I miss the built-in light and the highlighting feature. I prefer my review books to be kindle just for the highlight feature. πŸ˜€


  3. I agree, Bea. I’m finding it frustrating reading this book, but I’m going to persevere and read some more from the library. I am always excited when I find an e-book I want to read available from my library!


  4. Congratulations to your niece! I love when names reflect heritage like that. I’ve been trying to use the library more and then NetGalley has cut down on new paperbacks. Good luck with your cleaning out! Have a great week!


    1. Thanks, Katherine! I love that the dad wrote a long e-mail to all the family and told the whole story about their trip to the hospital, the delivery, emergency c-section and sent beautiful photos, too. So nice.

      I’ve been considering whether to use NetGalley and get a few books. Yes, I need lots of luck to keep myself on task…lol.


  5. Congratulations on your new great-niece! I’m glad she is here safe and sound.

    I still love print books and borrow them from the library as well as buying (used, mostly, and some new). But I have the same trouble with occasionally trying to swipe to turn the page. And I miss the backlight on the nights when I have insomnia.

    Pruning your stuff is hard, especially books. I wish you luck! I’ve been slowly going through mine, too. I need to pick up the pace – the library booksale is on the 18th, and I can’t buy books unless I make some room for them. I’m beginning to think I need to put a moratorium on book buying and ARCs next year so I can concentrate on what I have – but there are new books coming that I really, really want to read!


    1. Thanks, Lark! It’s always so exciting to have new births in the family! I have way too many books and I have a lot I know I’ll never read again so it’s time to prune, but the collector (hoarder) in me says “NO!” I’ve already got several boxes ready to leave the house….

      I know all about wanting the new books. That’s my downfall these days.


  6. Congratulations on your new family member. What a lovely name. Have a great reunion with your hubby. Sounds like you’re both getting busy.
    I’ve always loved the physical books most and visit my local library to purchase some from their used books and I have a favorite used book store I go to a lot. I can swap or buy there but I usually buy as I can’t bear to part with my precious books. LOL Needless to say I have overflowing bookshelfs everywhere!


    1. Thanks, Laura! Isn’t it a great name? It’s great to have my husband home.

      When I go to used bookstores these days I usually only buy old childhood books or other old hardcovers. That’s one way my digital book buying has helped so I don’t add too many books to my bookshelves!


  7. Congrats to your niece and your family! That’s a very cool name for the new baby πŸ™‚

    And yay for paper books. A few years ago, I was also 99% digital. I’ve started reading more physical books because of review copies and also, there are some really good cheap sources of books – book outlet, used book stores, libraries, etc.


    1. I’m excited to see our new addition to the family! We’re hoping they will all come to our Thanksgiving celebrating in Iowa.

      I really think I need to start loving paper books again. I’m slowly adapting!


  8. My Miguel made me get rid of almost all of my books when we made our first moved in together. “Ebooks!” he said. Then he bought me a kindle fire. I have no real collection of physical books, except my beloved Anne Rice collection, (which he can dispose of only after my death!). I like the idea of donating to a library. I sold some of mine to a rare book seller and she gave me credit, which I used to buy children’s books. Can argue against a large collection of books for the kids, right? Miguel doesn’t realize how many free books are on their way in the mail right now, no sense in ruining his piece of mind. Being a book blogger, he is just gonna have to get over it.
    Congratulations to the new parents! A baby is so special.


    1. I love that, Karen–“…he can dispose of only after my death!” I have a few books like that, too. I don’t tell my husband about all my book acquisitions either–and sometimes he buys more than I do…LOL. And I agree no one can argue about children’s books.


  9. Liv Tallula’s a lovely name!

    I loved Cinda Williams Chima’s Seven Realms quartet, though I think the first book was probably the most uneven, so look forward to reading your take on it.

    I hate throwing books away, so completely understand. I’m a lot happier donating them!


    1. I liked the first book in the Seven Realms series quite a bit so I will look forward to the others. Throwing books away is painful. 😦


  10. Oh that’s funny trying to swipe the pages πŸ™‚ I’m using the library more recently too. Or trying to! I use these little sticky tabs that are like post its but way thinner when I’m reading a paperbook to mark those quotes and such. Works out pretty nicely!

    Congrats on the new addition to the family! That’s so exciting πŸ™‚


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