24 July 2017

Stacked-Up Book Thoughts: Back to Real Life

Audiobook Thoughts and New BooksHappy Monday! Today is my first full day at home in more than week. I think it's going to take a me a while to readjust to real life.

Lace convention was terrific as always, especially spending time with my friends. My classes in knitted lace were only so-so, but I met new people and kept a positive attitude. I don't have photos to share right now, but I'll try to remember to post a picture next week.

As you might imagine, reading took a backseat last week. I never opened a print or eBook at all. Not surprising, considering there were meetings, lectures, and classes to attend, not to mention sharing a glass or two of wine with friends in the evening.

The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan HenryCurrent Audiobook: I've been listening to The Bookshop at Water's End by Patti Callahan Henry (Penguin Audio; 10 hr, 28 min), read by Andi Arndt, Lauren Fortgang, Shannon McManus, and Dorothy Dillingham Blue. This is a light summer read about friendship, marriage, and mother-daughter relationships, and I'm anticipating a little romance as well. The book is told from multiple points of view and is a great choice when you have only sporadic listening time because the story lines are easy to follow. I'm not very familiar with any of the narrators, but I'm happy with the performances so far. I do, however, have a couple of issues with the novel itself, but I'll wait until I finish the book before I get into what's not working for me.

New Books for 2017New Books: I came home to a pile of new books I can't wait to explore. Here is a photo of some of my incoming titles. The spiral-bound galley on the bottom of the pile is a new Kelley Armstrong book! The books on the sides are a biography of Black Elk and a Viking saga--both are on my I Can.Not.Wait. to read list. Also in that photo is a new novel from Flatiron Books, a fantasy collection, historical fiction, and a thriller. I plan to share more details on Twitter or Litsy in the coming week.

What's Up This Week: First and foremost is catching up with the first two episodes of the new season of Game of Thrones. I've successfully avoided spoilers so far, but I'm sure that won't last forever. Must watch tonight! Other than that, I haven't given a thought to my blogging, reading, or viewing plans for the week. I think I'll just see where my mood takes me.


Elza Reads 7/24/17, 6:02 AM  

Oh that must have been lovely! Walking in to a stack of books!! Hope you get to enjoy them all real soon.

Happy reading and here's my current reads: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2017/07/the-intended-its-monday-what-are-you.html

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 7/24/17, 6:30 AM  

A lace convention is new-to-me. You just never know what will arrive next in this world.

Love all the books that arrived while you were gone. That's just lovely.


rhapsodyinbooks 7/24/17, 7:38 AM  

Amazed you were able to avoid spoilers!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 7/24/17, 7:50 AM  

I'm curious about your Flatiron book!

bermudaonion 7/24/17, 8:14 AM  

I'm glad your lace workshop was so great! This week is crazy for me so I doubt I'll be getting much reading done.

Laurel-Rain Snow 7/24/17, 9:59 AM  

That is a great stack of books! Enjoy...and I loved The Bookshop at Water's End.

Settling back into the routine is always a challenge, though. Have a great week.


Susie | Novel Visits 7/24/17, 11:00 AM  

Love Game of Thrones! It's the highlight of Sunday evenings!

Your book haul from last week looks amazing. Very curious to hear about some of them. Historical fiction from Flatiron in particular.

Daryl 7/24/17, 3:08 PM  

i have literally just finished Raven Boys .. wonderful read(s) so thank you again ..

which of Armstrong's series is that the next of?

i long for Sunday nights because literally there'a nothing on TV the rest of the week ... BUT i/we highly recommend Ozark on Netflix ... really really good

Greg 7/24/17, 5:28 PM  

Hope you enjoy Game of Thrones! The season seems off to a good start- so far. Enjoy!

And a new armstrong book? Yay!

Sue Jackson 7/24/17, 7:26 PM  

Welcome home! I totally understand the rushing around - we just finished 2 trips in 2 weeks with about 36 hours of driving total! Ready to stay home for a while!

Enjoy your books this week as you get settled back in.


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Yvonne 7/25/17, 2:37 PM  

The Bookshop at Water's End is on my list to read this summer. It looks great. I hope you have a great week!

pussreboots 7/25/17, 5:25 PM  

The Bookshop at Water's End is on my wishlist. Thank you for visiting earlier.

Iliana 7/25/17, 5:49 PM  

Sounds like you had a fabulous time away with friends! Really like the cover & title for The Bookshop at Water's End. This is is definitely going on my radar.

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