Sunday Post: The great purge continues

weekly meme to talk about books and a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly 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.

Personal life

Autumn began, but summer was still around (temps in the upper 80’s a couple of times) though I think we’ve had the last of it. Next week we’ll have several days in the 50’s. However, we still have roses blooming and our Autumn Joy sedum is covered with all types of bees. And I have rose blossoms that have wriggled their way into the middle of the sedum. I guess they want some of the bee action.

Will the purging ever end?

Another week sorting, moving furniture, throwing things away and finding places to dispose of unwanted glassware and clothes. My husband fills our garbage and recycling bins every week. One of our daughters visited for a couple of days to help us move furniture and to dispose of large items and yard waste. It was a great help.

Toward the end of next week we’re taking our two cats to visit our Illinois daughter. (This way I won’t worry about our cats getting outside.) I’ll stay with the cats at my daughter’s and my husband will drive home to supervise the carpet laying and some outside repairs. Great to see my daughter and so glad she’s staying safe and able to work from home.

Television

A few TV shows in the evenings. I’m enjoying The Great Pottery Throw Down and a new season of The Great British Bake Off has started. Shakespeare and Hathaway and Campion are two British private detective shows I’m enjoying.

Blog Life

I still haven’t answered all the comments on my blog or visited blogs, but hope to do more of that today.

Posted last week
Next week’s posts
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • October books on my list
  • Connect 5 Friday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Stars Beyond by S.K. Dunstall
  • The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
What I read
  • The Finders by Jeffrey B. Burton
Books I got

None! For the second week in a row!

What have you been doing? What are your plans for next week? Please stay safe.

Sunday Post–May 11

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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!

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

Last Week

Around the house

Visitors this week…tours of Washington, DC monuments, memorials, churches. Beautiful weather, flowers and lots of green growing plants. My sister-in-law and her friend flew home on Saturday afternoon. My daughter who just bought a house has asked me to come help her move and set up her house so I’m flying to Des Moines!

Blog posts

What I’m reading

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

What I read this week

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Audible book)

E-books bought

Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Spider Woman’s Daughter by Anne Hillerman

Becoming Alpha by Aileen Erin

The Game by Laurie R. King

The Rope by Nevada Barr

Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Wonders of the Invisible World by Patricia A. McKillip

Library

Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber

White Night by Jim Butcher

From Audible

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

The Siren Depths by Martha Wells

A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber

The Human Division by John Scalzi

Diplomatic Immunity by Lois Bujold McMaster

Next Week

Around the internet

I’m participating in the Bout of Books 10 readathon and hoping to read at least three books plus take part in some challenges and twitter chats. I haven’t had a chance to figure out what I need to do so I’m hoping to work on that!

Around the house

I will be in Iowa the next two plus weeks helping my daughter move and in between times read!

Posts on the blog

  • Bout of Books posts
  • Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  • Review: In for a Penny by Rose Lerner
  • Sunday Post

What books did you collect last week? What are you planning next week?

Sunday Post–August 4

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

A chance for me to review my last week and plan the week ahead…

Last Week

Around the House

I didn’t get a Sunday Post done last week since we were in the Cascade Mountains in Oregon last weekend. We had a wonderful time in Oregon and Washington on our vacation, but by the time I got home this week I was exhausted! I’ve been catching up on sleep and enjoying not having lots of stuff to do everyday.

Blog

August 2013 Books on My Radar

Book Review: Death Masks by Jim Butcher

Book read

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

An Invitation to Sin by Sarah Morgan

The Proposal by Mary Balogh

The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald

What I’m reading

Late Eclipses by Seanan McGuire

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E-books bought

The Orchid Affair: A Pink Carnation Novel by Lauren Willig

Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews

A Time of Dying by Hailey Edwards

The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns) by Rae Carson

Bridegroom Wore Plaid by Grace Burrowes

Her Favorite Temptation by Sarah Mayberry

The Unexpected Wedding Guest by Aimee Carson

A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter

Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week (August 1-7)

Aug 1 – Aug 7, 2013
Death Cloud by Andrew Lane, read by Dan Weyman (Macmillan Audio)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, read by Ralph Cosham (Blackstone Audio)

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Li from Me and My Books blog posted some links in her latest post including one for an interview with Marko Kloos who self-published a book–Terms of Enlistment–this last spring. He had attempted to go the traditional route by sending his manuscript to publishers and agents, but no one was interested. He finally decided to self-publish and had success with that route. He has since gotten an agent and a publishing contract. The interview is very interesting as he talks about his book and the self-publishing process. Terms of Enlistment is one of my favorite books I’ve read this year.

Next Week

Around the house

I plan to have a quiet week and hope to get back into the swing of things both on my blog and around the house.

Posts on the blog

  • Vacation post
  • Review: The Price of the Stars by Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald
  • Sunday Post

Sunday Post–July 21

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

While on vacation

We’ve spent this week in Seattle and the weather has been beautiful…in the 80’s during the day and 50’s at night. We’ve wandered around the city, sampling food, shops, theaters and other delights. Our daughter went rock climbing with her cousin and aunt. They had a great time. We strolled through the Japanese Gardens while they did that!

Lots of theater while we were in Seattle…two Gilbert and Sullivan operettas and an outdoor performance of The Tempest!

Blog

Sunday Post–July 14

Quote-Tastic…from Fair Game by Patricia Briggs

Review: Fair Game and Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Book read

Death Masks by Jim Butcher

What I’m reading

The Proposal by Mary Balogh

E-books bought

None! Wow…I didn’t buy any books this week!

Downloaded from Sync

Grave Mercy

Hamlet

Around the web

The Sync free downloads for this week (July 18 – July 24)

July 18 – July 24, 2013
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, read by Erin Moon (Recorded Books)
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, read by a Full Cast (L.A. Theatre Works)

Next Week

On vacation

I don’t have any posts set up for next week. Maybe I will get one or two done. We are heading down the Washington coast toward Oregon and will spend the next week in Oregon…mostly at the beach. A  day in the Cascade mountains.

Posts on the blog

Review: A Matter of Propriety and Parasites by Claire Robyns

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 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 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–April 14

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

Last Week

Around the House
We drove home from Iowa this week. Lots of driving, but fun to see friends and family. My husband helped his dad clean up his yard to get ready for spring.

We arrived back in the DC area and it was summer! The daffodils my sisters-in-law helped me plant last fall are blooming, tulips are growing and the lawn is getting green. We’ve only been in this house a few months so this is our first spring. The soil is terrible–hard clay. The builder destroyed all the top soil and compacted everything so we are just hoping to keep the lawn growing. Our lot has a few trees growing at the end of our very small backyard and we have a runoff pond just beyond that so we have a little more privacy than most people in the subdivision. We’ve put up bird feeders and over the winter had lots of birds…goldfinches, woodpeckers, chickadees, cardinals, and hoards of red winged blackbirds! My cats love to watch them through the windows (as do I)!

Posts on my blog
Sunday Post–April 7

Review: Kiss of Steel by Bec McMaster

Review: Monster in My Closet by R. L. Naquin

Books read
Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby

E-books bought

Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby
Hunting by Andrea K. Host
Now May You Weep by Deborah Crombie
The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
The Fever Series: Five Book Bundle by Karen Marie Moning
The Accidental Demon Slayer by Angie Fox
A Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden (short story)
Big Boy (Strangers on a Train) by Ruthie Knox (short story)

Around the web
Kristen at Fantasy Cafe is hosting her second annual Women in SF&F Month. Each day in April she has a post by fellow bloggers or authors, For example, Lois McMaster Bujold has written a post about the women who write science fiction and fantasy and how this conversation is a re-run of many others. Very interesting! I’ve been enjoying all the posts. I’ve found a number of new authors and books to read! Go and check them out.

Next Week

Around the house
A little more spring than summer this week so I’m hoping to plant some containers with flowers. I’m also hoping to do lots of reading. I bought the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and am reading the first book. Really enjoying it. I also want to start making more cards. I’ve lots of birthdays and friends and family to send “happy spring” cards to! It should be a fun, productive week!

On the blog 
Planned posts:

  • National Library Week
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Review
  • Buddy Review with nath at the Breezing Through blog: Assassin’s Gambit