Sunday Post – 22nd September, 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.

This has been a week of two halves. I started it in Bexhill, where I’ve spent nine glorious days with my sister-in-law at our writing retreat in a turreted flat overlooking the sea. It’s been wonderful. The weather was fabulous – bright sunshine and warm temperatures so we had the joy of wonderful sunsets every day turning the whole sky gold and pink. Typical that because I was travelling by train with two heavy cases I left my cameras behind this time around… Last Sunday, as a special belated birthday treat, Celia took me to see Eddie Izzard’s Wunderbar Tour at the iconic art deco building that dominates the lovely sea front. It was a wonderful evening as I roared with laughter at his madcap, surrealist humour – he is an amazing, clever person and I’m so heartened that he is planning to go into politics.

We also went to a meditation session on Monday night, and walked every day along the seafront. And in amongst that, we had the joy of sitting down to write in this lovely turret. I managed to complete another editing pass for Mantivore Prey, write the character arcs for all the main protagonists in Mantivore Warrior, which meant I was ready to make a start on the novel. I got the first two chapters written and am halfway through the third one, feeling very happy with the way its going.

Returning on Thursday was a bit of a wrench – we both felt that we were really hitting our stride and could have done with another week – but the massive upside is that I got to see Himself again. Yesterday we had breakfast together at a café in Littlehampton with my sister, before scoping out another flat for her and hopefully, she will be joining us for roast dinner tonight.

Last week I read:

Circe by Madeline Miller
In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child—not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power—the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves. Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.

This is one that’s been on my TBR list since forever, and I was delighted that it was worth the wait. A wonderful, engrossing read with an ending that brought a lump to my throat.


The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
Alice Wright marries handsome American Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling life in England. But small-town Kentucky quickly proves equally claustrophobic, especially living alongside her overbearing father-in-law. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice’s greatest ally, is Margery, a smart-talking, self-sufficient woman who’s never asked a man’s permission for anything. They will be joined by three other singular women who become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky.

What happens to them–and to the men they love–becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers, they’re committed to their job–bringing books to people who have never had any, sharing the gift of learning that will change their lives.

This one caught my eye on Netgalley – I read the start of the blurb and was sold… It was a delightful read, full of incident and drama in a wonderful setting – and based on a real scheme to bring books into the lives of poverty-stricken households living way off the beaten track.

My posts last week:

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Forgotten Palace: An Adventure in Presadia by Luke Aylen

Friday Faceoff featuring The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearn

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Turning Darkness into Light – a Memoirs of the Lady Trent novel by Maria Brennan

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

#writersproblems: finding help writing that d*** #bookblurb with #inspiration from #tvthemes And no… it wasn’t just because I was namechecked in this one 😊. It is also because I feel PASSIONATELY about this issue as anyone whose ploughed through a handful of my reviews will know…

Attack every moment of every day with that attitude of a pet One of those pieces of advice that’s far harder to achieve, but nonetheless is worth attempting… Besides, he’s just soooo cute!

The Story of Romana This one brought a lump to my throat as I watched the video of these lovely children… I hope it all works out for them! Thank goodness they’ve had Jennie in their lives.

Quotations on Fantasy Literature I felt Tolkien’s quote has a sense of trying to justify the genre, which simply isn’t the case these days.

Teleportation This fascinating article on the subject is a must-read for any hard sci-fi reader or writer…

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week…

44 responses »

    • Thank you, Hayley – it was a fabulous time. We got a chance to recharge our batteries, eat well, walk and just concentrate on our writing. It’s always lovely working alongside someone else and my sister-in-law and I get on fabulously together:). And, I’m thrilled at how well the new novel is going…

  1. It sounds like a really pleasant week and I’m glad things are going so well. Ah but to have more time. I would like more with everything I do. Well no, there are some things I just want done and over I guess. I hope things continue well and your sister finds a place. I love looking at places and imagining the possibilities. It’s great you are getting in some time to read and enjoy some books also!

    Anne – Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

    • Yes – I know just what you mean, Anne, so it was a fantastic treat to just take time out of my normal life and just focus on the writing. I loved it. And I’m also delighted at how well the new book is going just now:)

    • Thank you, Deb. Oh it was the most wonderful break – inspirational and highly creative with a lovely companion alongside. Even the weather was glorious.

      Oh yes – I thought Circe was outstanding – and yes, I’ve also put her other books on my TBR:)

    • Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love that flat! It’s absolutely perfect for the 2 of us…

      Oh bless you! Glad you think they look interesting:)) Have a lovely week, Laurel.

  2. Oh that turret looks wonderful. What a nice place to do some writing! Glad you had a good session there.

    Circe is one I’ve been wanting to read as well. I really need to make time for it and slot it in.

    Teleportation is fascinating… I’ll have to go read that. 🙂

    • Thank you, Greg:). Yes… it was a wonderful time and it didn’t hurt it was also drenched in sunshine, too:))

      Oh yes, Circe is definitely worth a read. The hype about the book absolutely is right about it as far as I’m concerned – I’d love your take on it. And yes… Rosie is a scientist so her take on teleportation is worth reading. Have a lovely week, Greg:)

    • Thank you, Rae – oh yes… I really had a fabulous time and I’m delighted that you had a lovely week, too:). I hope the coming one is also a great one – for both of us!

  3. What a wonderful week! Your writing retreat sounds like it was just about perfect and I love that you were also so productive. I look forward to your review for Circe too. That book has been sitting on my shelf forever.

  4. WOOHOO! I’ve finally found that I made the list! Consarnit, this has been an insane week. I’ve had a student popping his leg off during recess, a student trying to smear macaroni and cheese on me, a student fake breaking his arm, a teenager utterly befuddled by how a dictionary works….it’s been a week.

      • Yes… I worked in a school where supply teachers (our term for substitute…) had a hairy time of it. Many of our children were rather fragile, forming strong emotional attachments to their class teachers so that when someone else turned up, they didn’t get a very good reception. Sorry you’re stuck in such a hard spot:(.

      • Thanks! A job’s a job, so I’ll keep at it for the time being, but even after these few weeks it’s clear that some school districts have made it harder for themselves than others.

      • Oh for sure. And as the situation in the classroom goes on getting more stressed, there’s a higher level of illness within the teaching profession. Our sickness levels were through the roof…

  5. Is it odd that the very moment I looked at the first image, I thought “Oh, Sarah stayed at that flat overlooking the sea again!”? 🙂 But in a way, I feel wary commenting on this post, reminding you of that retreat when 2020 has probably prevented you from visiting again…

    • Please don’t worry:)). We were able to return to Bexhill at the end of September/beginning of October this year – but it will be the last time as my sister in law will be handing her thesis in at the end of January. But it was once again, a glorious stay. And this time around I took my camera:))

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