Sunday Post: March 26

. . . . spring is here!

Sunday-PostKimba hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Home and Blog

We are having typical spring weather–one day it’s nearly 70 degrees and the next day we have a little snow! (That happened this week!)

Busy months

My husband and I have gone on several weekend trips lately and it takes me several days to recuperate after we get back home…lol. I’ve also been trying to clean and organize our house. We have family coming to visit in April and I decided I better get started early! We have a lot to do!

At the beginning of the year I started working on my family history and genealogy. I love history and I did a lot of research 10 years ago when I spent a lot of time at the Library of Congress and the National Archives. I found quite a bit of information. For example, in the National Archives–my great great grandfather’s military records from the War of 1812. However, I got busy with other things and put my research aside until this year. So I’ve sorted files and records to see what I have. And I’ve done some new research and found new information which is exciting. My kids also got me a DNA kit from Ancestry.com which I have sent in to see what I can learn from that.

Blogging

I’ve read some really good books, but with all my other activities I haven’t spent a lot of time blogging or visiting other blogs. I’m trying to organize my time a little better though to get more posts done and visit more blogs.

Blog posts recently
Blog posts planned next week
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Book review
  • April books on my list
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

What I read recently

A Bone to Pick by Charlaine Harris

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

Linesman by S.K. Dunstall

The Outcast Dead by Elly Griffiths

Alliance by S.K. Dunstall

The Armada Boy by Kate Ellis

What I bought or borrowed

Bitter Harvest by Wendy Tyson

Linesman by S.K. Dunstall & Alliance by S.K. Dunstall

Brother’s Ruin by Emma Newman

The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi

Cold Welcome by Elizabeth Moon

Gambrelli and the Prosecutor by Laurence Gilotti

Dead in the Water by Matthew Costello

Interesting on the Interest

Molly at Molly’s Book Nook wrote about 8 Libraries and Bookstores I Want to Visit  –They all look like wonderful places to visit. I think if I could only choose one of these to visit I would choose the Livraria Lello Bookstore in Porto, Portugal.

Danya from Fine Print blog asksWhen Do You Get Rid of Books? — She just got her dream job, but it means moving so she needs to purge and get rid of some of her books. Would you purge books if you were moving?

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

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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.

12 thoughts on “Sunday Post: March 26”

  1. I’m suffering a severe case of book envy – The Linesman looks really good and I’ve recently completed The Collapsing Empire, so I’ll be interested to see how you get on with that one. Have a great week and enjoy the genealogy – a fascinating topic:).

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Yes, Linesman is really good. Hope you get a chance to read it. I’ve finished the second book also and looking forward to the third book. I plan to start The Collapsing Empire soon.

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  2. I’ve done the Ancestry DNA with my father and my maternal grandparents and the results have been so interesting! I did my husband’s DNA but haven’t gotten the results back. I’m super excited because there’s a few lines that I can’t fully trace and I want to see if my hunches are right. I’m with you on the recovering from trips. I think it takes at least as long as you were gone to recover from being gone! Have a great week!

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    1. I’m really looking forward to getting my Ancestry DNA results back. I’ve asked my brother to do it, too, but wonder if I need to send him a kit to get him to actually do it! I’m also getting some of my husband’s family to do DNA, too, so am really excited to see what we find.

      Yes, I need down time to relax and enjoy being back home again, Katherine. I love the trips, but enjoy my time at home, too!

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    1. I’m lucky, Lauren, that I’m retired from work, but my weeks seem really busy lately, so I find myself wishing for time off from some of my activities and appointments!

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  3. I am really curious how the DNA thing goes cause I have been thinking of doing something like that for a while now just to see what it says. I have looked into my genealogy a little but would like to do a lot more.

    You got some good books, enjoy!
    Stormi

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    1. I’m really curious, too, about the DNA results, Stormi. Really interesting, I think, but I hope some of my different cousins have done DNA testing, too. One of my daughters does some DNA work in her job so I’m sure I’m going to be using her as a resource to understand some of the DNA results.

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  4. Awesome haul! I am planning to grab The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi on audio as Will Wheaton is narrating and I enjoy listening to him. My husband’s mother’s side of the family published a book on their history, it is so fascinating. All the kids shared at school.

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    1. Thanks, Kimba. I’m hoping to start listening to The Collapsing Empire this week. I found a book at the Library of Congress that shows part of our family back to the Revolutionary War, but I need to find sources for some of it to see if it’s all accurate. I hope the DNA may help with some of that.

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  5. I’m really looking forward to the Elizabeth Moon. I saw the Scalzi on the shelves at the weekend, but will probably hold off until I see more reviews.

    (Spring feels as though it’s properly arrived here – hurrah!)

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  6. I finished the Elisabeth Moon book yesterday and really liked it. Hoping to start Scalzi this week.

    I can finally see some buds on our trees so I know we’ll start seeing some leaves and flowers soon. I love this time of year!

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