Sunday Post – 28th April, 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.

It’s been another busy week. On Tuesday I returned to Northbrook to start the last course I’ll be teaching there – even as I type the words, it doesn’t quite seem real… I was delighted to be able to run all three classes again and meet up with my lovely students.

My friend, Mhairi also drove down from Lincolnshire and came to stay, so after arriving when I returned from college at around 9.30 pm, we stayed up until about 3 am in the wee small hours of Wednesday to catch up. Much later on Wednesday morning, we went out for breakfast to Morrisons and she joined in our Pilates session in the afternoon. After hobbling away, we both agreed we needed to go more often! On Thursday, I resumed teaching Tim, though last week I accompanied him and his mother when we went to the music college that has offered him a place on their songwriting course – the same course attended by Tom Odell… There are still a few issues to address, but whether he actually goes or not – it’s a massive achievement to have been offered the place.

Yesterday I went shopping with my sister in Worthing. Her 60th birthday is looming and we’re off to an all-expenses paid spa break together so some serious shopping needed doing… We were shattered by the time we finished and decided that it’s something we need to do more often! I was doing the driving so once I took her home, I stayed and we had a takeaway Chinese – yum – before I returned home.

Last week I read:

The Unbound Empire – Book 3 of the Swords and Fire series by Melissa Caruso
While winter snows keep the Witch Lord Ruven’s invading armies at bay, Lady Amalia Cornaro and the fire warlock Zaira attempt to change the fate of mages in the Raverran Empire forever, earning the enmity of those in power who will do anything to keep all magic under tight imperial control. But in the season of the Serene City’s great masquerade, Ruven executes a devastating surprise strike at the heart of the Empire – and at everything Amalia holds most dear.
It’s always something of a risk, plunging into the final book of a much-loved series and I won’t deny that I was a bit apprehensive. But I needn’t have been – Caruso brought this outstanding series to a magnificent conclusion. This is one of my favourite series of the last few years…

Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Audio Collection – Collected Short Stories
Ever since he made his first appearance in A Study In Scarlet, Sherlock Holmes has enthralled and delighted millions of fans throughout the world. Now Audible is proud to present Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection, read by Stephen Fry. A lifelong fan of Doyle’s detective fiction, Fry has narrated the complete works of Sherlock Holmes – four novels and five collections of short stories. And, exclusively for Audible, Stephen has written and narrated nine insightful, intimate and deeply personal introductions to each title.
If I don’t listen to anything else – ever, this gem has made my foray into the world of audiobooks worth it and represents fantastic value as it cost me all of one credit for 72 hours of fabulous listening. While I wouldn’t want to read through this – listening to it while cleaning the bathroom transforms a miserable chore into a wonderful pleasure. It has been split into six sections and I am prolonging the joy by listening to something else in between.

My posts last week:

Review of The Defiant Heir – Book 2 of the Swords and Fire series by Melissa Caruso

Teaser Tuesday featuring Children of Ruin – Book 2 of the Children of Time series by Adrian Tchaikovsky

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Emily Eternal by M.G. Wheaton

Friday Faceoff featuring A Hat Full of Sky – Book 2 of the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Unbound Empire – Book 3 of the Swords and Fire series by Melissa Caruso

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

I don’t believe in diabetes This thoughtful, passionate article on writers’ block is something I also feel strongly about, having taught a number of students whose writing mojo suddenly deserted them.

Monday Musing: Fangirling This moving article highlights just how important books and the imaginative worlds they create can become to readers…

The International Extinction Rebellion I am increasingly dismayed at the tardy, inadequate response to the gathering catastrophic climatic changes around the world and ongoing struggles of our wildlife by all the leading governments – particularly ours which is currently paralysed.

Rainy Day Reads: Top Ten Tuesday It’s always useful to have some solid recommendations and this selection particularly caught my eye…

How to Plan Your Protagonist’s Journey I really like the way Lorraine has approached this subject. Whether you are a planner or a pantzer, this can still be an invaluable aid to sorting out your thoughts before plunging into your w.i.p.

Many thanks for taking the time to comment, like and visit my blog – I will catch up with you as soon as I can, so thank you also for your patience. In the meantime, have a wonderful week!

31 responses »

    • Thank you, Deb – oh, do please borrow the idea:)). I like Twitter enormously because of the range of information available – but it is a terrific timesuck as well… So it’s nice to be able to pinpoint really good articles to recommend.

      Thank you for your kind words – I know that I have plenty of exciting prospects ahead of me once I have completed my stint at Northbook, but it has been a very happy, fulfilling period of my life and while it’s the right time to leave – it still feels a wrench.

  1. “hobbling away” haha. Isn’t it funny how exercise can be invigorating and yet also take a toll on us at times? 🙂 Glad you had a good week!

    Hope you have a wonderful spa break with your sister as well! And Chinese takeaway- definitely yummy!

  2. Oh, it is hard to leave a post or position that has been inspirational and even fun. But…onward to new things, like staying up late and spending time with friends.

    Someday I hope to read some Sherlock Holmes. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • You’re welcome Laurel – thank you for your kind wisdom regarding Northbrook. You’re right – the main reason I’m leaving is because I’m working too hard…

  3. I hope you and your sister have a wonderful spa day together. Just the thought of that sounds so relaxing. The Sherlock Holmes audiobook sounds really good too. My husband is a huge Sherlock fan so I’ll have to bring that one to his attention.

    • Yes – it’s a couple of weeks away and we’re both now very excited:)).

      Oh yes – if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, this is huge… I wasn’t particularly and it’s still huge. By far my favourite audiobook I’ve listened to – though I’ve only been audiobooking for the last couple of months, so it’s early days…

      Have a great week, Suzanne:)

    • Oh, I highly, highly recommend it! Apart from anything else – if you’re interested in crime novels, it’s fascinating to see how Conan Doyle plays about with the structure over time…

  4. Bo’s got an audio book version of Stephen Fry narrating Hitchhiker’s Guide and LOVES it. Stephen Fry narrating anything’s fun! I wouldn’t mind trying him reading Holmes, though I’ll always have a soft spot for Edward Hardwicke’s reading–he is Watson, after all! 🙂

    Lovely to hear you’re having fun, too. Hope that spa-birthday’s a blast!

  5. Here I am, reading about the time when you were about to go through a significant change in your life while you’re likely already settled in your new life. This makes me want to catch up as soon as possible, so I’m not so much behind.

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