Sunday Post – 2nd July 2017

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This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.

Last Sunday was the day before my birthday – so my daughter and partner took us out for a lovely meal at a local restaurant with an excellent vegetarian menu – we had a marvellous time.

On the day of my birthday, I had to teach both morning and evening, but I had lunch with my sister and granddaughter who had the day off to school. As requested, I’ve had some photos taken of me on my new swing – my present from Himself – showing my new purple hair-do. I’m delighted with it😊.

On Wednesday, I attended Pilates and Fitstep, had lunch with a friend and dropped in on my sister – and I can’t tell you how good it feels to write that… It was Writing Group on Wednesday evening. As I’ve been out and about rather a lot, I caught up on admin during the day and in the evening, my sister invited us over for a meal. Friday found me working at Tim’s.

Yesterday, I was busy cooking for a gathering of the clan – with vegetarians and vegans attending my birthday bash, I made some Marmite twists, vegan cheese straws, apple slices, flapjack and vegan pizza. And today I’m having a birthday party with all the family – so apologies for not being around much to respond on the blog. Hopefully after today, life will get back to normal.

This week I have read:

How To Stop Time by Matt Haig
Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he’s been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to Jazz Age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover – working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he’d never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn’t do is fall in love.
This is an intriguing premise which Haig weaves into a fascinating story about an old, old man who is tired of life. And whatever he does – he mustn’t fall in love… I loved this one and will be reviewing it later this month.

Eleventh Hour – Book 8 of the Kit Marlowe series by M.J. Trow
April, 1590. The queen’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, is dead, leaving a dangerous power vacuum. His former right hand man, Nicholas Faunt, believes he was poisoned and has ordered Kit Marlowe to discover who killed him. To find the answers, Marlowe must consult the leading scientists and thinkers in the country. But as he questions the members of the so-called School of Night, the playwright-turned-spy becomes convinced that at least one of them is hiding a deadly secret. If he is to outwit the most inquiring minds in Europe and unmask the killer within, Marlowe must devise an impossibly ingenious plan.
This is great fun – an historical whodunit set in Elizabethan times featuring a famous playwright and a number of other well-known figures, though not necessarily as you’ve seen them depicted before. I’m delighted to have requested this one from Netgalley – it is a cracking read and I’ll be definitely tracking down more in this series.

The Invisible Library – Book 1 of The Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman
Irene is a professional spy for the mysterious Library, which harvests fiction from different realities. And along with her enigmatic assistant Kai, she’s posted to an alternative London. Their mission – to retrieve a dangerous book. But when they arrive, it’s already been stolen. London’s underground factions seem prepared to fight to the very death to find her book. Adding to the jeopardy, this world is chaos-infested – the laws of nature bent to allow supernatural creatures and unpredictable magic. Irene’s new assistant is also hiding secrets of his own.
Having read a number of glowing reviews from fellow book bloggers, I’d acquired this one a while ago – and finally decided to read it. It’s a great alternate world adventure and I’ll be soon tucking into the next instalment as I’ve now ordered it from the local library (sadly not the invisible variety – but we can’t have everything…).

My posts last week:
Sunday Post – 25th June 2017

Review of The Dog Walker – Book 5 of The Detective’s Daughter series by Lesley Thomson

Teaser Tuesday featuring Eleventh Hour – Book 8 of the Kit Marlowe series by M.J. Trow

Review of Scarlet – Book 2 of the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Review of Star Wars: The Dark – Book 4 of the Adventures in Wild Space series by Tom Huddleston

Friday Face-off – I collect hats. That’s what you do when you’re bald. featuring The Martian by Andy Weir

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Sherlock Mars by Jackie Kingon

Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:

Please Support Your Favourite Authors  https://gaslightcrime.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/please-support-your-favourite-authors/ This short article just reminds readers how they can help their authors to be able to keep writing.

Fantasy Maps, Book Launches and Chris Pratt!  https://sophieetallis.wordpress.com/2017/06/28/fantasy-maps-book-launches-and-chris-pratt/  This well-told article from talented author and artist, and fellow Grimmie author Sophie Tallis describes how her adventures in attending a book launch brought about an epiphany…

What’s Making Me Happy: June 2017  https://saraletourneauwriter.com/2017/06/29/happiness-june-2017/  I love the idea of writing a regular celebratory article – and Sara has done it really well.

Top Ten Historical Novels Worth Reading (more than once) http://earthianhivemind.net/2017/06/25/ten-historical-fiction-novels-worth-reading/  An excellent list for those of you who enjoy quality historical fiction

Lessons Learned from Agatha Christie: How Much Stock Should One Put into a Title? https://jeanleesworld.com/2017/06/29/lessons-learned-from-agatha-christie-how-much-stock-should-one-put-into-a-title/  Another enjoyable and thought provoking article from Jean on a subject that has most authors losing sleep.

Thank you very much for taking the time and trouble to visit, like and comment on my site and may you have a great week.

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44 responses »

  1. Happy belated birthday, Sarah! It sounds like you had a nice one. I am glad you enjoyed The Invisible Library. Hopefully you will continue to enjoy the series as much as I do. 🙂 I like the sound of How To Stop Time quite a bit. I’ll have to look for that one.

    I hope you have a great week, Sarah!

    • Thank you, Wendy:). Yes, I really loved The Invisible Library and have rushed out to order The Masked City… I’m glad you like the sound of How To Stop Time – I think it’s a really interesting, layered read as are all Matt Haig’s books. Many thanks for swinging by and I hope you have a great week, Wendy!

    • Thank you, Cap:). Yes – I had a marvellous red hat cake that goes with the poem ‘Warning’ which I also read out at the party – the one about wearing purple and a red hat that doesn’t match when I grow old! I’ll be posting pics next week! In the meantime, thank you for swinging by and have a great week:).

  2. You are looking’ good, girlfriend! I envy you your swing, but I just got a fits-me-perfect glider/rocker for the living room, and if the cat lets me share, I plan to spend a lot of productive time in it. Already have the 5 week semester outlined and lesson plans for the first two days completed. Since the second mini-mester of summer starts July 12th, I’ve got to get cracking’! I probably won’t get as much blogging or reading in once I start grading, and grading, and grading and…

    • Don’t worry – I’m only too aware of just how VERY busy you are going to be, Rae:). We’ll all still be here when you surface – and in the meantime all the very best of luck with your planning… Many thanks for your kind words – weather permitting, I plan to spend some decompressing time swinging and watching the garden grow… Have a rocking week, Rae:))

    • Thank you for your kind words, Anne. Yes… sadly the blog is something of a time-hole. But I thoroughly enjoy reviewing books, so I figure it’s worth it… Have a great week:)

    • Thank you, Laurel:). Yes – it was a wonderful party and always a great excuse to get the family together. It’s been great to celebrate the birthday and now I’m looking forward to getting back to normal (whatever that is!) and catch up a bit on my blogging responses. How To Stop Time is a really engaging read – not necessary just for those of us who like weird stuff, either… Have a lovely week:).

  3. Happy birthday! Your hair looks great, and love the swing too. Looks relaxing. 🙂

    Glad you enjoyed The Invisible Library, I liked that one too. And How To Stop Time sounds great! Love that premise.

    Have a fabulous week!

    • Thank you, Greg:). I’m very pleased with the way the hair has turned out and Himself has made a wonderful job of the swing. Matt Haig is always worth reading – and this one is really enjoyable. Have a wonderful week:)

  4. Your hair looks lovely! I wish I were brave enough to get a cool color done on my hair. Have a lovely week, Sarah:-) And happy birthday!

    • Thank you so much, Tammy! There was a brief moment as the dye went on I blinked a bit – but I’ve never done anything so ‘out there’ so now I’ve reached a certain age, I decided to go for it!

  5. I loved the Invisible Library and hope you do as well. Sounds like you had a marvelous birthday. Happy Birthday. 🙂 Enjoy the week ahead, your new swing and purple hair *winks*

    • I also loved The Invisible Library, Kimber. Yes – my birthday has been awesome and I’m determined to enjoy both the swing AND my purple hair:)).

  6. Awww, thank you for sharing the Happy link, Sarah! And I LOVE your purple hair. The color suits you really well. 🙂 Hope you’ve enjoyed all your birthday celebrations!

    • Oh, I’ve had a WONDERFUL time – it shall be part of my Happy post:)). Thank you for your kind words about my purple hair – I love it and everyone has been very complimentary.

  7. Oh! Happy belated birthday! I’m glad you had a lovely day and the swing and the hair-do are both stunning!

    I have NO idea how you can do all these things and still have time to blog and read! Well done you!

    Invisible library is on my TBR! I’m glad to see you enjoyed it!

    • Thank you so much, Di:). Yes – it was a lovely birthday – but actually there hasn’t been all that much reading recently and if I didn’t have some reviews already written up – there wouldn’t be all that much blogging either!
      Oh yes – I highly recommend The Invisible Library – have a great week.

  8. That sounds great you had a good vegetarian meal at a restaurant. It can be tricky to find a good restaurant that serves vegetarian dishes at times. Your purple hair looks great! Your birthday bash sounds like it was fun with lots of good food! Nice you also got some books read too! Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Lola:). It was a Chinese restaurant – and it didn’t only provide a good vegetarian menu, it also provided several great vegan options, too:). It was a great meal with a handful of my favourite people in all the world…

  9. Happy Belated Birthday! It sounds as if you had a lovely day this year. I love porch swings. Always great place have a drink and read a book. And, I love your purple hair.

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