Sunday Post: May 17


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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I’ve been in Des Moines all week with my younger daughter. My husband was here Sunday through Tuesday and then drove to the eastern side of Iowa along the Mississippi River to spend the rest of the week with his dad. He did some yard work for both our daughter and his dad. On Monday and Tuesday we looked at houses throughout Des Moines as we may move here. We saw some great houses, but we aren’t ready to make a decision yet. This was more getting an idea of the areas and types of houses available. In the next few months we will get a better idea what we are going to do. I’ve been obsessed looking at houses on the internet the last few weeks! I hope to give that a rest for at least awhile. . . LOL

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I’ve gotten to spend a few days with my daughter’s black lab Bailey. She’s almost a year old now and a wonderful dog. When my daughter got Bailey last summer I came and stayed the first month since my daughter was working. It’s so great seeing Bailey nearly grown up! Quite a contrast from the week before–a tiny mini dachshund–and this week a 75 pound lab! Quite a difference, but both dogs are so much fun. 🙂

My daughter and I are leaving Friday after work for Illinois and my older daughter’s graduation. My husband and father-in-law will meet us there as well as other family members. Graduation for the Master’s programs is Saturday morning and then we’re all spending the day and evening together. On Sunday we all head back home!

Blog posts

  • Sunday Post: May 10
  • WoW: White Hot by Ilona Andrews


What I’m reading

Lock In by John Scalzi (audiobook)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

To the Moon and Back by Jill Mansell

What I read last week

Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell 

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




Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher

Earthrise by M. C. A. Hogarth

Beneath the Surface by Mike Martin

Under the Skin by E. E. Richardson (novella)

Disturbed Earth by E. E. Richardson



Around the Internet

Sync is back again for the summer (May 7 – Aug 14). Sync is a program which provides two free young adult audiobook downloads each week. One audiobook is a current audiobook and the other is a classic audiobook. Each set of two books are only available for one week.

To listen to these books you must download Overdrive Media Console. It is available free to download at the Sync site.

For the week May 14-21 the two audiobooks available:

The week of May 21-28:

  • X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
  • Here in Harlem by Walter Dean Myers

Next Week

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We’re back to Maryland on Sunday and Monday my husband leaves on a business trip. I’m going to spend the week catching up!

Blog Posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • TBR Review: Millie’s Fling by Jill Mansell
  • Review
  • 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.

18 thoughts on “Sunday Post: May 17”

  1. We have relatives in Des Moines and have been out there to see them, it seems like a nice city. Good luck with the houe hunting! Solstice and earthrise both sound good- I haven’t read a good space opera in ages and Earthrise seems like it might be a good one. Enjoy your week!


    1. Thanks, Greg! Yes, we really like Des Moines. For a small city it has a lot going for it. I’m looking forward to reading some space opera!


  2. Bailey has definitely changed a lot since the puppy pictures I remember seeing! Sounds like you’ve had a busy week so I imagine having some time at home to catch up will be nice. I’m looking forward to your Jill Mansell review. I’ve only read one of her books but I really enjoyed it. Thanks for the Sync info. I’ve been trying to find an audio version of Great Expectations so this is perfect timing! Have a great week!


    1. I’m amazed by how much she’s grown even since I saw her in March. Now she looks like a grown up . . . lol. Enjoy Great Expectations, Katherine!


  3. A few people picked up Pilcher last week. 🙂 I’ve read one or two of hers but don’t remember which as it was years ago. I picked up the Dodger audio book. Bailey has certainly grown up! She’s a good looking dog and she has what looks like a big yard to play in.

    You and your husband have been doing a lot of traveling, I hope you get a chance to catch your breath.


    1. I read some of Pilcher’s books years ago, but don’t remember which ones for sure! Bailey is a real sweetheart.


  4. You got some great new books. I’m going to check all of them out! Such fun pictures of Bailey and a cute name. My sister and brother0in-law just got a new black lab puppy a couple of months ago called Edgar. They call him Eddie. I call him Grrr! LOL I haven’t met him in doggie yet as he lives across the country but I’ve spoken to him on the phone. LOL Have a delightful trip and congrats on your daughter’s graduation.


  5. What a precious puppy, and what a lovely dog she’s grown up to be! And how lovely that you’ve gotten to spend time with your daughter. Enjoy your younger daughter’s graduation next weekend! And we really should find a time to get together – especially if you’re thinking of moving away from the MD/VA area!


    1. Bailey is really a wonderful dog. Well-behaved and fun-loving. I agree we should find a time to get together, Lark. We aren’t that far apart. I don’t know when we might end up moving. It could be a couple years from now. Things are kind of in flux!


    1. I saw some good things about Beneath the Surface so decided to it, Kimba. I’m really looking forward to all the books I got this week. I just need to keep track of them and not let them get lost in my vast TBR pile! I’m addicted to all those fixer up shows, too!


  6. Love the pics! It sounds like you’ve got some big decisions ahead of you and some thinking to do. And a lot on! Have a great week!



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