Sunday Post: Oct 26

rp_sundaypostmeme13.jpgHappy Halloween!

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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A few years ago my daughter carved a pumpkin for her grandpa!
A few years ago my daughter carved a pumpkin for her grandpa!

My husband returned from Oklahoma City on Friday. My sister-in-law has been in town all week at a conference so we met her for dinner in Washington DC. It is always fun to spend time with our family and have a good dinner, too. The rest of the weekend has been quiet.

The weather is cooler and we’ve had lots of beautiful sunny days, but it’s hard to believe the end of October and Halloween are nearly here.

I finally bit the bullet and requested some books from NetGalley. I had signed up a year or so ago, but never actually requested anything. When I got an email this last week inviting me to request the latest Mary Balogh book–Only Enchantment. I definitely wanted it so I requested that and three other books which caught my eye. I didn’t think I would be approved any of the books, but I got all four of them! I’m trying to get Only Enchantment read and reviewed before the book comes out on Tuesday.

Blog posts


What I’m reading

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Codex Born by Jim C. Hines

What I read the this week

A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

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

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Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristi Charish

Undercity by Catherine Asaro

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King


A Finer End by Deborah Crombie

Turn Coat by Jim Butcher

The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas

Library e-book

And Justice There is None by Deborah Crombie

Kindle e-book

My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni



Around the Internet

  • I’m participating in the Ho-Ho-Ho Read-a-thon hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Jennifer @ The Book Shelfery (formerly Bawdy Book Blog) which begins November 6. I love Christmas books so it’s a good way to get started!
  • I’m also participating in Blog Ahead during November hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup where the goal is to increase our pre-scheduled posts by 30. I’m not sure I’ll be able to do quite that much, but I do plan to do as much as I can.

Next Week

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Halloween this week! We don’t do anything special, but when our kids were little they had lots of fun dressing up. Our son has been in New York City during October, but will be back in the DC area on Halloween and we’re hoping to get together.


  • Review: Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review: Leave the Grave Green by Deborah Crombie
  • November books on my radar…
  • 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.

22 thoughts on “Sunday Post: Oct 26”

  1. Weird I had written a comment and then I lost it. And, it was BRILLIANT! Seriously, I would love the Marry Ballough book but I am on a NG/Edelweiss diet. I must reduce my backlog. I have had few books denied and just a couple of requests ignored. Their loss!

    My Sun Po seems to come up automatically below, but if only I can see it here’s the link:


    1. I’m sorry you lost your comment. That happens to me sometimes and it’s so frustrating. I understand about the NG diet. I’m being very careful not to request too many!


  2. Ha..when I fist joined NetGalley I requested a 1/2 dozen thinking I would be lucky to get one and Bam I got them all. Ooops! Be careful. It is a great source for finding review books and from that you will get on to publishers lists. Enjoy the last bit of fall, before you know it that white stuff will appear!


    1. Yes, I was really surprised when I got all the books…LOL. We haven’t even had a frost here yet. Kind of amazing, but I think that changes next week.


  3. Yay for getting approved for all four books you requested on Netgalley! When I just signed-up for Netgalley I got rejected a lot and I still get happy each time when I get accepted for a book on Netgalley.
    We had some cool weather here as well, but I keep feeling like normally it’s much colder around this time. I am not planning anything special for Halloween either, it’s not that popular here yet. I do like seeing the costumes and decorations around halloween.


    1. Thanks, Lola! We are still having very nice weather considering it’s the end of October. We haven’t even had a frost yet. Halloween has really changed in recent years here in the U.S. More people take their children to parties or just to friends’ homes. Since we moved here two years ago we haven’t had any trick or treaters.


  4. I’ve found NetGalley to be a mixed blessing. I want to request a bunch of books but then don’t like feeling like my reading is being dictated as I’m a pretty hardcore mood reader. Have a good Halloween!


    1. I know what you mean, Stephanie. That’s the main reason I never requested any NG books before. I really have to want to read the book and even a book I know I’ll love sometimes sits for a month before I read it. I’m being cautious about NG!


  5. We’re having the same kind of weather- cool but sunny. Loving it! Pretty soon it will just be the cooler part, at least around here. 🙂 Hope you enjoy your week and enjoy the Netgalley reads. Dreaming Spies looks good and I’ve been curious about Catherine Asaro before.


  6. Yep, that happens with me and NetGalley – I’ll request a bunch expecting to be turned down for some and the BOOM! I get approved for all of them. Feast or famine. 😀

    The weather has been cooler, grayer, and windier here. I don’t mind as long as it’s not raining (or snowing). 🙂

    Have a good week!


    1. Yeah, I’m sure your weather is a lot colder than we get here in Southern Maryland. I must admit I miss the colder weather we had in Ohio.

      Laurie King’s series is really good and I’ve read quite a few of Catherine Asaro’s books and liked them so hope I like this new series of hers.


    2. Oops, somehow the comment I made to Greg got posted below your comment, Bea. Ha…don’t know how I managed to do that.

      I’m being careful about NetGalley! And I don’t even mind rain (or snow–if I don’t have to drive in it).


  7. This year really has FLOWN by for me. Ugh oh…you’re going to find yourself sucked into the NetGalley trap soon! 🙂 Hope you enjoy your books!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know


  8. Every now and then I don’t get accepted but for the most part I get the books I request from Netgalley. The thing is I need to stop requesting until I get caught up:)

    Sounds like you had a wonderful family get together. My brother and mother are coming down in a few weeks and I’m looking forward to seeing them.


    1. I’m trying to be careful about NetGalley. I hope you’ll have fun with your family. I always enjoy having our families visit.


  9. Congrats on taking the NetGalley plunge! You’ll find sometimes you think you won’t get approved for everything so you request a lot, then end up getting them all! That’s how I fell behind right at the beginning, but I slowly worked up my stats again and now I’m keeping myself in a good place. I still check for new books there obsessively but I’m better at requesting only the books I want now. Be prepared to be tempted a lot! 😉


  10. I got Dreaming Spies too! I love this series. I still haven’t read The Escape by Balogh but I do love her books. Not sure what’s taken me so long to pick it up. We’re excited about Halloween though it seems impossible to believe that it’s already that late in the year! I’m so glad you’re loving Deborah Crombie. She’s one of my favorite mystery writers. Have a great week!


    1. Laurie King’s series is so good. I hope you enjoy The Escape when you read it. I love Balogh’s books, too. I’m trying to not read all the Crombie books at once, but it’s tough. I’m ready to start book 7 very soon!


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