Sunday Post – 6th January, 2019 #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.

Happy New Year! We were lucky this year that Himself had an early shift on New Year’s Eve, so he was able to join my sister and me seeing in 2019. We played games, nibbled nibbles and drank mulled apple and ginger juice (which is delicious, by the way). It was a peaceful, enjoyable way to see in 2019 and the following morning, we walked along the beach to watch the first sunrise of 2019, which was stunning – then adjourned to the Sea Lane Café for breakfast.

Since then, I have been busy completing work on this term’s Creative Writing course. Mhairi and I met up on Thursday, had lunch together at Haskins, before returning home where she helped me load the box set of The Sunblinded Trilogy on Amazon. Himself and I had a lovely meal over at my sister’s house last night – the first time we’ve been there for a while, given she was poorly for quite a while and then as she was recovering, I was ill and too exhausted to go out in the evening unless I had to. It was wonderful to get together over well-cooked food and indulge in the usual silliness the three of us get up to – there was a long conversation as to whether the deserted Paris scenes on the placemats were down to a zombie apocalypse or a Prussian invasion – even Google was consulted…

Today, we took down the Christmas decorations and returned them to the loft – a chore I always dread, so we nipped across to the local supermarket to cheer ourselves up with one of their delicious cupcakes after we finished. I start back at Northbrook tomorrow and am looking forward to seeing my students again.

Last week I read:
The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
In 1967, four female scientists worked together to build the world’s first time machine. But just as they are about to debut their creation, one of them suffers a breakdown, putting the whole project—and future of time travel—in jeopardy. To protect their invention, one member is exiled from the team—erasing her contributions from history. Fifty years later, time travel is a big business. Twenty-something Ruby Rebello knows her beloved grandmother, Granny Bee, was one of the pioneers, though no one will tell her more. But when Bee receives a mysterious newspaper clipping from the future reporting the murder of an unidentified woman, Ruby becomes obsessed: could it be Bee? Who would want her dead? And most importantly of all: can her murder be stopped?
This is an intelligently written, well-crafted book which takes a unique approach to the topic of time travel. I’m extremely impressed by the quality of the writing and look forward to reading more from this author. Review to follow.

The Lost Gunboat Captain – Book 1 of the Jolo Vargas Space Opera series by J.D. Oppenheim
Alone in the cold black with 36 hours of oxygen. Jolo Vargas, Federation Gunboat Captain, is trapped in a runaway escape pod zooming towards Federation space. But will he be dead before he gets there? He’s in a tight spot. But he’s a war hero, just the type of man who could work his way out of this jam. But there’s just one little problem. He doesn’t remember who he is.
This was great fun, particularly that gripping opening which I thoroughly enjoyed. After that, there was plenty of foot-to-the-floor action with an entertaining supporting character cast.



The Gilded Wolves – Book 1 of The Gilded Wolves series by Roshani Chokshi
Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.
This crime adventure where exotic magical artefacts feature had me turning the pages in this tense thriller far too late into the night. I loved this change of direction by Chokshi, who is always worth reading.

My posts last week:

Shoot for the Moon 2018 – How Did I Do?

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Hurricane – Book 3 of the Hive Mind series by Janet Edwards

Friday Face-Off featuring Windhaven by George R.R. Martin and Lisa Tuttle

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

What is Contemporary Fantasy? The sub-genres can cause some confusion, particularly for those who don’t regularly read SFF, so this is a useful discussion.

Thursday Doors – New Doors, New Year This is one of my perennial favourites and such a fitting way to beginning this year…

If somebody asked me what to read Alexandra has a delightful selection of books for anyone asking the question at the start of the new year.

Getting Rid of Books – How To Decide When It’s Time To Part Ways This is a vexed question that all keen readers have to address – particularly at this time of year…

50 Most Anticipated SFF Book of 2019 A must-read for all SFF fans – I’ve bookmarked this one to return to in the coming months…

In the meantime, many thanks for taking the time to comment, like and visit my blog – and have a wonderful 2019!

37 responses »

  1. Glad you had a nice New Years Eve! Sounds very relaxing! And I love the sound of The Psychology of time Travel- I like a good time travel story and that one sounds really unique.

    Hope your week is wonderful!

  2. Your New Year’s sounds nice and relaxing. Mine was too. Taking down the trimmings is a lot less fun that putting them up. LOL I do make myself sort and get rid of things I never use. Why do I have some every year to get rid of. LOL Happy New Year, Sarah!

    • Yes… I took the decision not to put out the fake snow this year! Though I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of it – who knows, maybe I’ll be in the mood for fake snow next year?? You can see why I’m in urgent need of a declutter! And a very happy new year to you, too. Laura:)

    • Yes – I think you would enjoy this one. It’s basically an all-female cast – many aren’t particularly nice, but they allll have agency, which is still unusual, particularly in a book featuring sci fi major breakthroughs…

  3. Sounds like you had lovely New Year’s Eve and watching the sunrise sounds like a perfect way to start off the new year. I look forward to your review of The Gilded Wolves. That’s one I’m very excited to read this year. It sounds incredible. Have a great week!

    • Thank you, Suzanne – it was a lovely way to start the year. And because it’s winter, the sunrise was at 8.04 am, so we didn’t have to stir ourselves at stupid o’clock to get there. Oh yes – The Gilded Wolves is something to get excited about… I’ve always loved her writing, but Chokshi has done a cracking job on this one. I hope that you, too, have a lovely week.

  4. What a nice holiday week and all things cleaned up before back to work. My daughter was sick and hasn’t even opened her gifts so we don’t have any decorations down but we didn’t do a tree just some pine branches and lights. We really wanted to play board games but still haven’t fit that in, again she didn’t feel well. I hope everything goes smoothly for you this week and you fit in a few good reads! Anne – Books of My Heart

  5. I’m always sad when the decorations come down too but I also find it oddly refreshing. We took ours down last Wednesday as we were back at work on Thursday and that pretty much killed off any remaining festive vibes.

    Your New Year sounds a lot like mine typically is but this year was more just sitting watching the fireworks on TV while reading and then bed.

    Hope you have a good week!

    • Yes – Himself was back to work on 28th, but I’m very lucky as I get a good long time off over Christmas – I go back tomorrow. Yes – we’re not party people, so I’ve spent a fair few New Year’s Eve watching TV, too. Which it’s why it’s great to now have my sister close enough to share it with.

  6. Happy new year! We took down the rest of Christmas this past weekend as well. Trying to get back to normal schedule now that the holidays are done.

  7. Your New Year’s Eve sounded wonderful…and I like how you rewarded yourselves for the task of taking down the decorations.

    I rewarded myself this year by not bringing out all of my binned decorations, therefore, putting them away was less arduous.

    Enjoy your books and your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • Thank you, Laurel:). In the event, it didn’t go too badly – though the moment the decorations were consigned to the loft, we found the obligatory forgotten bauble…

  8. Your way of ringing in New Year’s sounded idyllic, Sarah. I would have loved to have experienced that. It also looks like you had a wonderful week of reading and blogging. What a perfect way to start a new year!

  9. Sounds like you brought in the New Year well. I saw you enjoyed Caraval. I have that and the second book waiting on my shelf to read and really need to get to it! I’m also happy you enjoyed The Gilded Wolves as that is on my list too. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy getting back to your students this week!

  10. What a nice way to bring in the new year! A walk on the beach sounds so nice, Sarah. It sounds like you are keeping busy. We took down our decorations this past Sunday, although the bare tree is still up. I am sure it will be coming down soon. Maybe. Don’t hold me to it. Haha

    The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate sounds good. I have The Gilded Wolves on my TBR pile and am glad you liked it.

    I hope you have a great 2019. Happy Reading!

  11. I have now added The Gilded Wolves to my TBR. I have read so many positive reviews and people putting it on various lists. I am glad you had a nice New Year’s Eve, it sounds very pleasant. After checking out a couple of those posts you highlighted, I am now following even more blogs. Have a very Happy New Year Sarah.

    • And a very happy new year to you, too, Carla! I’m delighted that you have added The Gilded Wolves to your TRB – have you read any of her other books? And I’m even more delighted that you are now following more book blogs:).

      • No, I have not read anything by this author. I am trying to read different things and get out of my comfort zone. If I count reading blogs in my reading time, it would really go up. I enjoy seeing what other people are reading, comments about books and authors as well as general information about bloggers I follow. It does help me to branch out a bit.

      • Oh I know what you mean! Becoming a book blogger has made a huge impact upon my reading habits and caused me to read for more meaningfully. Over the years, I’ve become far more adventurous and aware of my own reading limits, too. So I’ve decided that reading other blogs is necessary for my future reading welfare:))

      • I can’t agree more. I spend at least an hour a day reading blogs. I never thought I would enjoy reading about books and reading as much as I enjoy reading books.

  12. Glad you enjoyed your start to the New Year! Mine was relaxing, too – though I was in bed before midnight. XD

    I’ve put in a hold on The Gilded Wolves at my local library, though I’m currently 5th in line so it might be a little while before I get to it. And I’d like to read The Psychology of Time Travel, too. I’ve heard really good things about it. Looking forward to reading both of your reviews when they’re up, and I hope you’ve had a good week!

    • Thank you, Sara – and humble apologies for replying to your comment! The Gilded Wolves is quite a departure for Rokshi, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. And yes – it’s been a very good week!

  13. Thanks for the recommendations! I just got rid of some books today–two bins’ worth, in fact. If I haven’t touched them in ten years, then I wasn’t going to touch them, period. 🙂

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