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

Sunday Post–May 5

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 read more this week since my husband was gone…lol.

Working on the blog
I did read a bit more this week though I had my frustrations. I decided to put a comment system on my blog. I like to tinker with the blog and, so far I’d had good luck with getting things to work, but this time my old comments didn’t import for four days…and then still didn’t import because I’d made a mistake on my blog. By this time, I had rethought whether I really needed this new comment overlay. I decided I didn’t and finally figured out how to delete it!

Posts on my blog
Sunday Post–April 28

Blog Update…How I’m Learning an Old Saying Is Still True

Review: Under Wraps by Hannah Jayne

May 2013 Books on My Radar

Out With the New, In With the Old

Books read
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

What I’m reading
A Counterfeit Betrothal by Mary Balogh

E-books bought

A Counterfeit Betrothal & The Notorious Rake by Mary Balogh
His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
The Crimson Hunt (Eldaen Light Chronicles) by Victoria H. Smith
Rush Me by Allison Parr

Around the web
Lark from The Bookwyrm’s Hoard blog writes a weekly post each Saturday called News & Notes. The posts are about books and publishing Always very interesting. For example, this week she links to and talks about what Tor UK has found from removing DRM from their books, The Enchanted Blogspot which offers a post about getting past writer’s block, a list of “101 Best Chapter Books to Read (or Hear) Before You Grow Up.” Lots of interesting info each week.

If you’re a fan of science fiction and fantasy and you haven’t checked out the Fantasy Cafe blog during the month of April you’ve missed some great posts. Kristen has hosted the Women in SF&F Month during April where she’s had authors and fellow bloggers talking about all the amazing women writing fantasy and science fiction. I’ve found so many books and authors to add to my list of “want to reads.” It’s awesome!

Next Week

Around the house
Reading, gardening, card making.

Blog posts
Review: Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Review: Sleight of Hand by Mark Hening

And, of course, the Sunday Post!

 

Sunday Post–April 28

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
More gardening, beautiful weather, reading and cards made and mailed. One thing I’m noticing is that I’m buying a lot more books than I’m getting read. One good thing is that these are all e-books so I’m not adding to my groaning physical bookshelves!

On my blog
One of the posts didn’t get completed so I posted another review instead.

Updated the blog
I decided to add grades to my reviews since I do add them to my reading list which I have kept for nearly 10 years now. Since I do grade the book after I read it I decided I might as well add them to the blog. I’ve gone back and added them to my past reviews since I don’t have that many. As I’ve done a few more reviews I’ve come up with a format so I also went back and included that format in the past reviews.

Posts
Sunday Post–April 21

Review: The Scrapyard Incident by Phillip Nolte

Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Book read
Kissed by Darkness by Shea MacLeod

Reading
Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning

E-books bought

Stranded by Anne Bishop, Anthony Francis, James Alan Gardner (short stories)
A Rose at Midnight by Anne Stuart
Overdraft: The Orion Offensive (Kindle serial) by John Jackson Miller
Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

Through the Door (The Thin Veil) by Jodi McIsaac

Starfire by Mike Lee

Dreadful Skin by Cherie Priest

Plans for Next Week

Around the house
More of the same. My husband is out of town so I’m hoping to do more reading!

On my blog
May 2013 Books

Review: Under Wraps by Hannah James

Undetermined Post!

Sunday Post–April 21

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
One of our daughters came to visit this weekend. She helped me make some changes to my craft/art room. I made quite a few cards and even mailed quite a few…lol! We also bought planters, soil and herbs and got them planted. So happy to have herbs…basil, parsley, dill, oregano, thyme, mint, rosemary, lavender. I still need cilantro and a few more herbs. Also need some flowers. The other thing my husband and I did was have a mini Dr. Who marathon…caught up on last season so we can start this season! I only managed to read the first book in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series this week. 😦

Posts on my blog
Sunday Post–April 14


National Library Week–April 14 -20

Top Ten Tuesday–My Most Vivid Worlds/Settings

Buddy Review–Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby (the buddy review is at the Breezing Through blog)

Books read
Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

E-books bought

Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The Element of Fire by Martha Wells
The Death of the Necromancer by Martha Wells
No Peace for the Damned by Megan Powell
Defiance by C. J. Redwine
Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Plans for Next Week

Around the house
More planting, more reading, more cards…those are my plans!

On my blog
Review: The Scrapyard Incident by Ralph Nolte

My Favorite Women Science Fiction/Fantasy Authors

Review

Sunday Post–April 7

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

Last Week

Around the House

Spring Clean-up in Iowa

We haven’t been around the house too much. We drove from Maryland to Iowa for a quick trip to see some of our family. We’ve been having a great time here in Iowa and though we don’t see flowers blooming or trees leafing out yet it’s in the 60’s. Nice to have some warm weather. We haven’t had more than a day or two in the 60’s in Maryland so far this year and we are quite a bit further south than Iowa. I guess it’s supposed to get into the 70’s there next week. Yay!

On my blog
I signed up for Goodreads this week. I wish I had done it several years ago, but I’m enjoying it now. It’s a great place to connect with other people reading the same kinds of books I do and also to list the books I’ve read.

Even though we spent much of the week traveling, I managed to post some things on the blog this week:

The Sunday Post–March 31

April 2013 Books

Review: Wake Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen

Books read
I read several books last week:

Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin (review pending)

Apocalyptic Moon by Eva Gordon (review pending)

The Scrapyard Incident by Phillip Nolte (review pending)

E-books bought

Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
Pooka in My Pantry by R. L. Naquin
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Fledgling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Storybound by Marissa Burt
Wide Open by Deborah Coates
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
The Heart of Matter by Evan Currie

I’m excited to read some of these books. Other than the books by Steve Miller/Sharon Lee, R. L. Naquin and Kate Elliott I haven’t read any of these authors’ books. It’s always fun to find new authors and one of my reading challenges this year is to read new authors. I’m doing a good job with that so far!

Next Week

We will be driving back home next week. We plan to get back on Tuesday evening. It has been a lot of driving, but my husband and I enjoy traveling together and it’s so much fun to see family and friends. But it will be good to get back to my cats.

On the blog
I’m hoping to add a couple of reviews.

Sunday Post–March 31

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

Last Week

Around my house
We had a little snow on Monday (second consecutive Monday!), but the daffodils two of my sisters-in-law helped me plant last fall are finally coming up! I love daffodils and the deer leave them alone. Next week we may finally get some warmer weather. Our oldest daughter (who lives in North Carolina right now) came for a visit this weekend. It’s so good to see her!

Posts on my blog
Top Ten Tuesday–Books I Recommend to Friends

Review: The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir

Books read
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

The Girl With the Cat Tattoo by Theresa Weir (reviewed…see link above)

Find Me When the Sun Goes Down by Lisa Olsen (review pending)

News around the web
Amazon is buying Goodreads. Dear Author posted news about this on Friday in their Friday News. Jane has a good analysis which I found interesting. I am not on Goodreads right now and haven’t used it too much, but have been thinking of setting up an account. I don’t know how this will change Goodreads, but I imagine a lot of users of Goodreads won’t be happy.

Full disclosure here: I buy most of my ebooks at Amazon and read them on my Kindle or Kindle Fire. I buy lots of other things at Amazon, too, and am an Amazon Prime member. In short, I like Amazon a lot.

New Book Covers I noticed for the first time! These may have been revealed awhile ago, because I don’t always pay attention to covers!

Heart of Iron by Bec McMaster. This is the second book in the London Steampunk series. It is out in May. I read the first book Kiss of Steel in January and hope to review it soon.

Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch. Book 4 of The Rivers of London series. This is the British cover. I like how it uses the back cover of the book. So far I don’t see this book scheduled for publication in the U.S.:(

I like the covers in this series. The first two in the U.S. were different from the British covers, but we finally got the same cover as the British in Book 3, so I hope we get this cover, too. I also hope we get a publication date soon!

Books (actually ebooks!) bought
These were all ebooks on sale or self-published and under $4.00 (at least at Amazon). These are all new authors to me and I don’t know a great deal about them except the blurbs that I read. That made them interesting enough to me to buy them.

The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Monster in My Closet (Monster Haven story) by R. L. Naquin

The Scrapyard Incident (Scrapyard Dogs) by Phillip Nolte

Next Week

What’s going on in my life
We are driving to Iowa to visit my father-in-law. Our younger daughter who lives in Wisconsin is going to come visit so we will see her, too. We plan to see friends on the way back and a sister-in-law in Chicago. I will have to see how much I get done on the blog.

Blog posts planned
–Books in April

–Book Review