Sunday Post–July 14

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

A look back at my last week and forward to the next week:

 

Last Week

Around the House

We’ve had a week at home which has been great, but I have a list a mile long to get done before we leave on our West Coast trip. I think I have to decide what really needs to get done…

Blog

Sunday Post–July 7

Quote-Tastic…from Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Review: Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

Book read

A Matter of Propriety and Parasites (Dark Matters, book 2) by Claire Robyns

What I’m reading

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

 

 

E-books bought

Bronze Gods (An Apparatus Infernum Novel) by A. A. Aguirre

Royal Street (Sentinels of New Orleans) by Suzanne Johnson

The Newcomer (Thunder Point) by Robyn Carr

In the Thrill of the Night (The Merry Widows) by Candice Hern

The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers (novella)

Death Masks: Dresden Files, Book 5 by Jim Butcher (from library)

The Proposal by Mary Balogh (from library)

The Underland Chronicles #1: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week (July 4 – July 10)

July 11 – July 17, 2013
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann, read by Peter Altschuler (HarperAudio)
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, read by Simon Vance (Tantor Audio)

Next Week

Around the house

I won’t be too active for the next couple of weeks since my family and I will be traveling and some of those places won’t have internet. Plus my family probably want me to spend time with them!

However, I plan to have a few posts set up to publish during the next couple of weeks.

Posts on the blog

  • Quote-Tastic
  • Review: Fair Game and Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs
  • Sunday Post

Sunday Post–July 7

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

A look back at my last week and forward to next week:

 

Last Week

Around the House

My older daughter and I drove to Chicago where we picked up my husband who flew to Chicago! We all drove to Iowa to visit my FIL and my younger daughter who is now living in Des Moines. We spent the weekend in Clinton, Iowa which is along the Mississippi. We’ve been having a great time…a minor league baseball game Friday evening, The Sound of Music (live theater) on Saturday night, a movie (Monsters University). My husband did yard work for his dad. The girls and I visited!

Blog

Sunday Post–June 30

Quote-Tastic–from Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

July 2013 Books on My Radar

Review: A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones by Claire Robyns

Book read

Summer Knight by Jim Butcher

E-books bought

The Trouble With Fate: A Mystwalker Novel by Leigh Evans

Rising Tides: The Chesapeake Bay Saga #2 by Nora Roberts

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Stormdancer (The Lotus War) by Jay Kristoff

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week (July 4 – July 10)

July 4 – July 10, 2013
Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, read by Nick Podehl (Brilliance Audio)
She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

Next Week

Around the house

My husband and I fly home on Monday. Then we begin getting ready for our next trip…two weeks in Washington and Oregon! Our older daughter is going to be going to graduate school just south of Chicago so she has meetings at the school next week. Then she will drive back to Maryland in time to fly to the West Coast with us. Our other two kids are meeting us in Oregon a week later.

Posts on the blog

  • Quote-Tastic
  • Review: 
  • Sunday Post

Sunday Post–June 30

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

A look back at my last week and forward to next week:

 

Last Week

Around the House

Lots of activity last week. We met my SIL last Sunday afternoon for lunch and toured some of the monuments in DC. Lots of fun. She’s been in town all week for a conference so we also met her down on the National Mall one evening this week. The folklife festival has started (annual festival on the Mall every year around 4th of July). This year the emphasis is on Hungary. We watched some Hungarian dancers, ate some Hungarian food and listened to violin players. Afterward we went  to a rooftop bar. A fun evening.

At the end of the week our son in Northern Virginia moved from one apartment building to another. Our daughter went to help him the night before the move and called to tell us he needed more help! We spent a couple days this week helping pack and move stuff.

Saturday evening we went out to dinner and to see the Capitol Steps for my husband’s birthday. Lots of fodder for political satire…lol. We’ve also had very humid weather, rain and thunderstorms most afternoons. That made the move a challenge at times! A good week, not much done around the house or the blog…but that’s okay.

Blog

Sunday Post–June 23

Quote-Tastic–from An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

Top Ten Tuesday–Favorite Books Read…January-June 2013

Books read

An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

E-books bought

Summer Knight: Book Four of the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher (e=book, borrowed from library)

Libriomancer  (Magic Ex Libris, Book 1) by Jim C. Hines

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, book 2) by Marissa Meyer

Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, book 1 (with two bonus short stories!) by Kevin Hearne

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week (June 27 – July 3)

June 27 – July 3, 2013
Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne (Listening Library)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, read by Jim Weiss (Listening Library)

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rivers-of-london-tv-series

The Tor.Com website reports that the Peter Grant series (described as an urban fantasy/police procedural) by Ben Aaronovitch has been optioned to become a UK TV series. I’m excited about that since I hope it will eventually make its way across the Atlantic to the U.S. I like this series of books a lot so I hope it does get made into a TV series.

Next Week

Around the house

We are traveling to the Midwest for the week of 4th of July so this will be another week with not too much on the blog.

Posts on the blog

  • Quote-Tastic
  • Review: A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones by Claire Robyns
  • Sunday Post

Sunday Post–June 23

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week.

 

Last Week

Around the House

Lots of cleaning and picking up…always a good thing in our house…lol

Blog

Sunday Post–June 16

Quote-Tastic–from Lady of Devices

Top Ten Tuesday–Ten New Books for Summer

Review: Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

Review: Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander

Books read

Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander

What I’m reading

An Artificial Night by Seanan McGuire

E-books bought

Indexing by Seanan McGuire (e-book serial)

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Roaring Midnight (The Gardella Vampire Chronicles, Macey #1) by Coleen Gleason

Carniepunk: Parlor Tricks by Jennifer Estep (free story)

The Art of Detection by Laurie R. King

Audio Books from Sync

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)

Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week (June 20 – 26)

June 20 – June 26, 2013
Once by Morris Gleitzman, read by Morris Gleitzman (Bolinda Audio)
Letter From Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr., read by Dion Graham (christianaudio)

Next Week

Around the house

Our older daughter is arriving…can’t wait. She will stay with us until she starts a college program this fall. We are doing some traveling and she’s planning to do some studying while she’s here. It will be great to have her around for awhile.

Posts on the blog

  • Quote-Tastic
  • Top Ten Tuesday–Best books so far this year
  • Review: A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones by Claire Robyns
  • Sunday Post

Sunday Post–June 16

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there!

Last Week

Around the House

A quiet week…some reading, working on the blog, lunch with our son.

Blog

I’ve been taking a WordPress Blog and Website class so I decided to take the plunge and move my blog. To my surprise it was a pretty painless process. I spent most of the time after the blog exported and then imported picking out a theme and then deciding on categories and tags. I still have a few more things to do and I may decide on a different theme, but I’m enjoying the process!

  • Sunday Post
  • Quote-Tastic
  • Top Ten Tuesday–Beach Reads
  • Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Books read

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

What I’m reading

Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander

E-books bought

mad-earls-bride

The Mad Earl’s Bride by Loretta Chase

memorys-wake

Memory’s Wake (Memory’s Wake Trilogy) by Selina Fenech

blood-seduction

A Blood Seduction: A Vamp City Novel by Pamela Palmer

Clarity by Kim Harrington

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week (June 13 – 19)

June 13 – June 19, 2013
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic Audiobooks)
Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya, read by Robert Ramirez (Recorded Books)

Next Week

Around the house

A busy week ahead of us. We have a couple sets of visitors coming this week and next. Time to get the house cleaned!

Posts on the blog

  • Quote-Tastic
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review: Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
  • Sunday Post

Sunday Post–June 9

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week.

Last Week

Around the House
I spent a lot of time resting this week…really tired from my trip to the Midwest! I finally stopped fighting it and just took it easy. Saturday was a great day since our son visited. We had a great time together.

Posts on my blog
Sunday Post–June 2

June 2013 books to look forward to

Review: A Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards

Book I’m reading
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

E-books bought

Trail of Dead by Melissa F. Olson
Shapeshifted (an Edie Spence novel) by Cassie Alexander

 

The Last Slayer by Nadia Lee

 

First (Wrong) Impressions: A Modern Pride & Prejudice by Krista D. Ball

 

Andromeda Rising (Celestial Series) by James Ramsey

Around the web

To celebrate June is Audiobook Month the Going Public blog is offering a free story each day. They have teamed with Spoken Freely–a group of professional narrators–to offer a free short story each day. These are stories in the public domain from authors like Chekhov, Twain and Alcott.

Dear Author has an interview with professional narrator Karen White who picked three of her favorite contemporary romance titles she’s narrated by authors Julie James, Jill Shalvis and Katie MacAlister to talk about. She’s narrated numerous other titles. A fascinating interview.

I mentioned in my Sunday Post a few weeks ago that the the Sync blog–Sync YA Literature Into Your Earphones–is offering two free audio titles each week this summer. The titles available this week:

June 6 – June 12, 2013
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood, read by Katherine Kellgren (HarperAudio)
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, read by Wanda McCaddon (Tantor Audio)

Next Week

Around the house
I plan to do a few more things next week…more on the blog and more reading, I hope.

Posts on the blog
Quote-Tastic

Top Ten Tuesday–Top Ten Beach Reads

Review: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Another review?

Sunday Post

Sunday Post–June 2

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week.

My Sunday Post is a Monday Post this week…lol! I was busier than expected and without internet for quite a bit of last week.

Last Week

Around the House
I was in Wisconsin and Iowa last week. My husband joined my daughter and I in Des Moines on Friday to help our daughter move into her new place. She found a great place to rent and it sounds like she’s working for a great company. I had a great time with her over the last week and a half.

My husband and I flew back to Maryland Sunday afternoon and our flights were delayed–first for mechanical problems and then for thunderstorms in Baltimore. We should have been home a little after 8 p.m. Instead we finally got home around 1:30 a.m. because of the weather, backed up planes, baggage delays and other problems. I don’t want to travel again for awhile…lol! I’ve had too many late nights and early mornings!

I also realized how much I enjoy spending time reading blogs, writing blog posts and reading. I didn’t have much time or opportunity to do those things! Ah…but the time with my daughter made up for the lost time on the internet or with a book!

Posts on my blog
Sunday Post–May 26

Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Books read
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

DNF
The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn–I read half of this book out loud while my daughter drove all the places we went. We’ve done this before on some of our drives. We had both read this book before and when we stopped our driving I decided not to continue reading on my own!

Book currently reading

Faefever by Karen Marie Moning

E-books bought

Earth Strike: Star Carrier, Book One by Ian Douglas
Once Upon a Tower by Eloisa James
Triplet by Timothy Zahn
Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
The Chocolate Rose by Laura Florand


Next Week

Around the house
I expect to need a day or two to rest up and get back into my routine! My husband leaves on a business trip on June 3 so he’s going to be very busy as well. I’m going to try to catch up with my internet class (about WordPress blogs and websites), this blog and also the many cards I need to make and send to friends and family this month for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous, babies….

Posts on the blog
Sunday Post–June3

June Books–June 4

And I hope to have at least two reviews ready to post

Sunday Post–May 26

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week.

Last Week

Around the House
I flew into Madison Wednesday night and now I’m helping my daughter organize her things. The movers are coming earlier than we thought…next Tuesday. Yikes! We are heading up to northern Wisconsin to visit relatives so I’m trying to get this post ready and have it scheduled to post Sunday morning since they don’t have reliable internet. I won’t be able to link it to The Sunday Post meme until we get back on Monday, but that’s okay.

Note: I scheduled this to post at 6:00 a.m. this morning, but it didn’t work. I’ve gotten an internet connection so am attempting to post this now!

Posts on my blog
Sunday Post–May 19

Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh

Kissed by Darkness by Shea MacLeod

Books read
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Current book
Cinder by Marissa Meyer

E-books bought

Kill the Dead: A Sandman Slim Novel by Richard Kadrey

Wool Omnibus Edition, Books 1-5 (Silo Saga) by  Hugh Howey

Shift Omnibus Edition, Books 1-3 (Silo Saga) by Hugh Howey
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

Next Week

Around the house
We are staying with various relatives until my daughter’s household goods are delivered next Friday. Then we are busy unpacking. A busy week!

Posts on the blog
I won’t be too active in blogland next week, but I hope to have my Sunday Post and at least one review scheduled. We’ll see how that works!

Sunday Post–May 26

Top Ten Tuesday–maybe!

Review: Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

Sunday Post–May 19

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week.

Last Week

Around the House
The week went fast. Only one book read, but three reviews so that’s not too bad, I guess. I started my blog at the end of February, but my plan is to post reviews for books I’ve read since January. I’m making progress. I try to post at least one review from past books and one from recent books.

I also started an online class to learn the ins and outs of WordPress blogs and websites. I’m thinking of moving this blog to WordPress, but also planning to start another blog and possibly a website.The class is a lot of fun.

My older daughter spent the weekend with us. So good to see her. We went to see the new Star Trek movie and really enjoyed it. She’s airborne which means she has to jump from planes every so often. She had her last jump this week and has 60+ jumps. I’m so proud of her, but also glad she’s leaving the Army.

Posts on my blog
Sunday Post–May 12

Review: Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson

Review: Apocalyptic Moon by Eva Gordon

Review:Written in Blood by Anne Bishop

Books read
Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh

Book reading
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase

E-books bought (or free)

Defiance: The Essential Guide
World of Shell and Bone by Adriana Ryan
The Well of Tears by Roberta Trahan
Dead Jitterbug by Victoria Houston
Half Way Home by Hugh Howey
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Around the web
Sync offers young adult audio books and they are again offering two free audio books each week this summer. One classic and one YA title are available each week. They are only available for download for one week. The downloads begin May 30.

May 30 – June 5, 2013
Of Poseidon by Anna Banks, read by Rebecca Gibel
The Tempest by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (AudioGO)

There are some great titles so be sure to check them out and bookmark the site if interested.

Next Week

Around the House
I’m leaving the middle of next week to visit my younger daughter in Madison, Wisconsin. She’s moving to Des Moines, Iowa and starting a new job in June. I will help her with the move, but I also get to go to her going away party and to visit relatives in northern Wisconsin. It will be great to see her. I plan to still post to the blog, but we’ll see how that goes.

Posts planned
Review: Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh

Review: Kissed by Darkness by Shea MacLeod

Sunday Post–May 26

What have you been doing this last week and what do you hope to do next week?

Sunday Post–May 12

The Sunday Post is a meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. This is where I take a look at my last week and look ahead to what I might be doing next week.

I enjoy taking the time to review my last week…see just what I did…and then decide what I hope to do next week.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!

Last Week

Around the House
We made a day trip to Chesapeake Bay last weekend. This was the southern Maryland part of the western beach portion of the Chesapeake Bay. We are still exploring southern Maryland and all the towns around here. We’ve discovered there are lots of roads throughout the area! We found a great used bookstore on our way to the Bay. My husband and I enjoy spending time browsing in used bookstores especially if they have some old books. We spent an enjoyable couple hours and bought a box load of books when we left!

Posts on my blog
Sunday Post–May 5

Review: Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

Review: Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning

Review: Sleight of Hand by Mark Hening

Books read
A Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh

Written in Red by Anne Bishop

A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones by Claire Robyns

E-books bought

Once again…I bought many more books than I read, but they all looked so good! At least they are e-books and many of them were on sale…lol! I keep telling myself that.
Written in Red: A Novel of the Others by Anne Bishop

A Matter of Circumstance and Celludrones by Claire Robyns

Now You See Her by Linda Howard
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klaus
The Dimensional Shift by Frances Pauli
The Cost of Victory (Crimson Worlds) by Jay Allan
Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster
Suddenly Royal by Nichole Chase
Cocaine Blues: Phryne Fisher #1 (Phryne Fisher Mystery) by Kerry Greenwood

Next Week

Around the house
Our oldest daughter is coming to visit this next weekend. She’s getting out of the Army at the end of the month so she’s bringing some of her things to store with us as she decides what to do next and where she’s going to live…get a job or go back to school. She’s planning to take time off this summer which is good since she’s been going nonstop for the last eight years after she finished school.

Blog posts planned
Review: Dead Spots by Melissa F. Olson

Review: Written in Red by Anne Bishop

Review: Apocalyptic Moon by Eva Gordon

Sunday Post–May 19