Sunday Post – 4th November, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog #SundayPost


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

November – really? This year has sped past in a blur. Everyone says that as I get older, the years will go on speeding up. All I can think is that if I make it to my 70s without ending up under the proverbial bus, I’ll probably be unable to function… too giddy with the rate at which my days and weeks are whipping by.

I had a wonderful time at Bristolcon last week, which now feels like a distant memory, but one that is warming with all the friendliness on encountering folk I hadn’t seen for far too long. Thankfully, the journey there and back again on the trains went like clockwork, so Mhairi and I arrived home mid-afternoon on Sunday, having felt like we’d been away for much longer.

This has been another busy week – Himself has spent a fair chunk of it coping with his deafness until we made a major breakthrough on Friday. After syringing his ears yet again – he finally found he could hear. A huge relief – I’m startled at how much it impacted on our relationship with both of us feeling grumpy and insecure because of his hearing loss. It’s lovely to have my funny, witty companion back again.

Other than that, it’s been a week of catching up and teaching – I’m now halfway through this term at Northbrook, which is going well. Poor Tim had to have a toenail removed last Wednesday, so I caught up with Sally instead of teaching him on Thursday. I’ve also been announcing to everyone that I was off this weekend for a writing course – only to discover halfway through Friday that it’s in a fortnight, instead… So not only is Time speeding up, it’s now also playing tricks on me. Thank goodness, I’m not going to be a Timelord – I’d probably have the timeline looping back on itself with the human race heading back towards the Industrial Revolution and good old Queen Victoria’s reign… It is Wednesday, isn’t it? Whatever it is, have a great monthday… week, everyone!

Last week I read:

Survivor in Death – Book 20 of the In Death series by J.D. Robb
The only thing that kept young Nixie Swisher from suffering the same fate as her parents, brother, housekeeper, and young sleepover companion was the impulsive nine-year-old’s desire for an illicit orange fizzy at 2 a.m. Taking the bereft girl under her wing, Eve is determined to make sure the killers don’t get the chance to finish their lethal job. From the first, however, the investigation is baffling. The Swishers were a nice family, living on the Upper West Side in a house with an excellent security system. Ordinary almost to a fault, they seemed unlikely victims for this carefully planned and executed crime. Valuables at the scene were left untouched, there was no sign of vandalism — just the corpses of five people murdered in their sleep.
I tried this series once before, but couldn’t get to grips with it. Himself recommended this particular story – and I was hooked. At last I have fathomed his passion for this series of near-future murder mystery thrillers…


Satellite by Nick Lake
Moon 2 is a space station that orbits approximately 250 miles above Earth. It travels 17,500 miles an hour, making one full orbit every ninety minutes. It’s also the only home that fifteen-year-old Leo and two other teens have ever known. Born and raised on Moon 2, Leo and the twins, Orion and Libra, are finally old enough and strong enough to endure the dangerous trip to Earth. They’ve been “parented” by teams of astronauts since birth and have run countless drills to ready themselves for every conceivable difficulty they might face on the flight. But has anything really prepared them for life on terra firma?
Once I got used to the text-prose Lake has used to write this YA space-based adventure, I became engrossed in this powerful and emotional read.


A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
After Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her tribe, her magic seems to die with her. Even so, her family keeps the Old Faith, practicing the spells and rites that have been handed from mother to daughter for generations. Until one day, Ursule’s young granddaughter steps into the circle, and magic flows anew. From early 19th century Brittany to London during the Second World War, five generations of witches fight the battles of their time, deciding how far they are willing to go to protect their family, their heritage, and ultimately, all of our futures.
I found this saga, following a family cursed with the gift of magic through the ages, a real page-turner. And the angle Morgan takes on WW2 was fascinating…

My posts last week:

Sunday Post – 28th October 2018

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of KINDLE Ebook Muse of Nightmares – Book 2 of the Srange the Dreamer series by Laini Taylor

Teaser Tuesday featuring Satellite by Nick Lake

Authoring Annals 3 – Bristolcon 2018

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of arc Fallen Princeborn: STOLEN by Jean Lee

Friday Face-off featuring Secret Seven Bonfire – Book 11 of the Secret Seven series Enid Blyton

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of NETGALLEY arc Fury – Book 3 of the Menagerie series by Rachel Vincent

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

Leopard: Fast and Beautiful I always look forward to reading Cheche’s fascinating articles on African wildlife and this one featuring leopards is packed full of wonderful pics along with all sorts of information I didn’t know…

Get to Know Ya Book Tag Alexandra tagged me for this one – thank you Alexandra! – and I loved both the questions and answers.

Winterwood Chapter 1 – Read It Here I am two-thirds through Jacey Bedford’s entertaining space opera series, so was delighted to read this start to her fantasy trilogy…

New Poem Featured in Fall 2018 Issue of The Muddy River Poetry Review Fellow blogger and talented writer Sara Letourneau sent a link to this beautiful poem…

Britain by the Book: The Curious Origins of Mother Hubbard One of those menacing nursery rhymes we chant to our children, without necessarily thinking too much about those words…

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

55 responses »

  1. I’m so glad to hear about your husband and that his ears are now better! I hope it keeps getting better and better too.

    I wanted A Secret History of Witches but was denied for a review copy, and never looked into it after that. Now you’re tempting me 🙂

    • It’s reasonably priced here in the UK – I wouldn’t have got hold of it, otherwise. And it’s a solidly substantial read that is thoroughly engrossing. Do let me know if you do get hold of it, I’d love to know what you think about it.

  2. I read the first three J.D. Robb books, and I enjoyed them…but other books keep grabbing me. There are too many book series out there competing. Sigh.

    I’m glad that your husband’s hearing is sorted…I have had issues like that occasionally over the years, and it is such a relief to have the ears clear again.

    Thanks for the tip last week about the “flying cursor.” All is now good on that front…but then, of course, I had a security breach (unrelated, of course). Sigh.

    Enjoy your week!

    • Yes – that security breach sounds horrible! My sister recently had her email account hacked which was a wretched nuisance, too. And left her feeling a bit rocked and insecure… I very much hope your computer issues are now very much sorted, Laurel!

  3. I’m glad you enjoyed A Secret History of Witches, I love family sagas like that, although I did feel it was a bit too long. I’m glad your husband can hear!

    • I have to say that I was gripped right until the end of this one – I found the spin on WW2 rather fun and quirky.

      Thank you for your good wishes towards Himself’s recovered hearing:). Have a great week, Tammy:)

  4. I’m happy Himself is better! Does he also like sci-fi then? On a different topic, is there a rosemary branch on the cover of the book about witches? Because if there is, imagine the coincidence – I was holding a rosemary branch while reading your post, and, obviously, I’m a Witch :)) What do you teach?

    It’s such a substantial post! I can’t imagine the amount of energy it took to compose it.

    • Thank you, Alexandra:) And yes… he enjoys reading SFF too, so we often swap reads and recommendations.

      Yes! You’re right – that’s definitely a sprig of rosemary on the front of the cover of A Secret History of Witches – and isn’t that a stunning coincidence! Clearly you’re a witch – shhh – you mustn’t tell anyone!

      I teach Creative Writing at the local college to adults, which is probably why I drivel on so much on my Sunday Post:)).

  5. Awww, thank you for linking to my poem, Sarah. ❤

    Glad to hear your husband's hearing issues have been resolved! That must have been miserable and uncomfortable for him – and for you, too. In terms of reading, A Secret History of Witches has been on my radar, so I'm looking forward to reading your review, especially since it sounds like you enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Thank you, Sara. Yes – it was a great relief when Himself suddenly could hear again.

      As for A Secret History of Witches, I’ve posted a mini-review on Goodreads and Amazon as I’m stacked out right now – but I do highly recommend it. A lovely read…

    • Thank you, Inessa. We are going to be adding regular check-ups to his ears to his regular medical MOT, because if we can sort this out earlier, then it won’t be such a problem.

      • Oh no… how very unpleasant! I can see why ears would be frequently discussed. I am now far more aware of how distorted or decreased hearing affects behaviour – which isn’t something I’ve seen discussed before.

      • It can be very upsetting I guess. By the way, a coworker had a surgery just recently. I don’t know the details, but he was only able to read lips. So, after the surgery he was able to hear his mother’s voice the first time in his life. It was very emotional. He is in awe of the world of sounds.

      • That must have been AMAZING! In some ways even more than being able to see. Because of my experience with the boy with autism that I teach, I’m very aware of how difficult it is to screen out sounds – whereas if you find a view too overwhelming, you can close your eyes…

      • Yes… he had special white noise therapy, but before that noises such as music and the chattering of a crowd was physically painful and invariably panicked him.

      • The wonder of it is – the white noise therapy actually fixed it! He is now an accomplished musician and composer and within 4 months of having the therapy, took part in his first concert, singing a song and playing a guitar…

  6. I’ve been having hearing problems lately. Either that or my husband and daughter are playing a big trick on me. I’m thinking of going to the nurse at the drugstore and seeing if she can clean out my ears as a first step. Worth it then, you think? So sorry about the grumpiness at your house over the hearing stuff. I sympathize.

    • Oh yes – do go and get it sorted out, Luanne:). I’m sure your husband and daughter wouldn’t play a trick like that – it’s not a good dynamic as you’re finding out… I look forward to hearing that you’ve got it sorted out.

  7. My days were so muddled and filled to the brim the past two weeks that I can identify with what you are going through. I think with the end of the BIG paper grading marathon, I have turned the corner and can see calmer, smoother days ahead. Let’s hope so for both of us!

  8. Yeah I’m not sure what’s going with time speeding up, but it definitely seems to be happening? And glad to hear that BristolCon was nice. Also, re: Himself’s restored hearing- yay that’s great news!

    I have Satellite but I haven’t read it yet.

    • Thank you, Greg – hm… the Time speeding up thing genuinely does worry me, for what it’s worth… And yes – a huge relief Himself can now hear again! I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on Satellite.

    • Thank you, Jennifer – they’ll all be posted in due course…:)

      Yes – it’s now official – Himself went back to the clinic and they tested his hearing and pronounced it back to normal.

      I hope the coming week is a great one for you, too!x

  9. I’m glad to hear that your hubby’s hearing issues have been resolved. That has to be such a relief for both of you. A Secret History of Witches sounds like such a great read. I think that’s one I’m going to have to try.

  10. I am happy to hear that your husband has resolved his hearing problem. Have you read all the J.D. Robb books? I read a couple but never really got into the series for some reason. Sounds like a busy week, but glad things are going well.

    • Thank you Carla – yes, it’s a huge relief that he is now back to work and all is well again. No – Himself has read the whole series, but I’ve just read one other – it’s one of those you can dip in and out of without too much trouble.

  11. Sounds like another great week to me. I love the In Death books – I’ve read them all, also. The book about witches sounds fascinating too! Enjoy this week! Anne – Books of My Heart

    • I am definitely tempted to read more of the In Death series – I was really impressed about how emotional the story was. And the book about witches was impressive. I hope this has been a good week for you, Anne:)

  12. I can’t believe how late I am commenting! the week has nearly all gone. I hope you’ve had a great week and I feel you aboiut time ‘whipping’ by – Dear Mr Time – slow down, please.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you, Lynn. It’s been a week of two halves. The first half went well, but I’ve been ill again – very annoying and intrusive and frankly – I haven’t TIME to have yet another of these giddy spells! Maybe it’s the speed at which the time is whipping past!

  13. I know exactly what you mean by time whizzing by (and if it’s that fast, how fast will it be in 20-30 years?). I think I might have lost August somewhere…

    • I’m here to tell you that as far as I’m concerned, weeks and months have now been devalued when I wasn’t looking… Back in my day – weeks were a whole 7 days and a month was four weeks or more. Nowadays,
      a day is mere handful of hours and I’m sure the average month is no more than a fortnight at most…

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