Sunday Post – 22nd December, 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 madly busy and great fun… We finally completed putting up the Christmas decorations on Monday and Mhairi and I went out for lunch together – I have missed her! It was lovely being able to catch up with each other as she stayed over for a few days, happy to spend evenings writing while I gadded about. On Tuesday evening, I picked up Sally and we went to a local pub for an excellent meal with some former teaching colleagues. While there, I ran into a couple of former students and caught up on what they are now doing, which was lovely. One works for the police and the other for the ambulance service… They were the hardest-working girls I’ve ever taught. On Wednesday evening, I was out with my writing group – we went to a tapas bar, which was a new gastronomic experience and one I’d like to repeat as it was absolutely delicious.

On Thursday, Himself and I drove to Ringwood to visit his parents and give his mother her birthday presents and drop off Christmas pressies. It started raining on the way there, and then properly set in, absolutely pouring throughout our visit, so we set off early as we didn’t fancy doing the journey back along the motorway in the torrential rain in the dark. It was a good call, as the rain was pelting down and fields either side of the road were flooding. On Friday morning, Sally and I had a meeting to determine the new direction that Tim’s syllabus should take now we have finished with external exams. It was very productive and we got a lot done.

We were due to spend Saturday and today at my daughter’s looking after the grandchildren as she and her partner had planned a night away to celebrate her birthday, but the flooding put paid to that. They decided not to go, as they didn’t want to get trapped away from the family. I felt so sorry for her… So I am popping up to see her tomorrow with her cards, presents and a cake I’ve iced for her. In the meantime, I’ve now sent out cards, bought nearly all the presents, wrapped most of them, and organised a couple of games for Boxing Day. I haven’t yet started on the cooking I want to get done in advance for Christmas Day, but hopefully I’ll manage to get most of that sorted out on Christmas Eve.

Last week I read:

AUDIOBOOK A Hat Full of Sky – Book 32 of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
No real witch would casually step out of their body, leaving it empty. Tiffany Aching does. And there’s something just waiting for a handy body to take over. Something ancient and horrible, which can’t die.

To deal with it, Tiffany has to go to the very heart of what makes her a witch . . .

This audio version is a delight. I’d read this one a couple of times – but still ended up laughing aloud at the humour. I just LOVE Granny Weatherwax, who is now definitely going to be my role model in dealing with people from now on. Though I may pass on the ratty hat, scruffy black dress and hobnail boots. Review to follow.


Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
Inspired by Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Lady Hotspur continues the saga of Innis Lear, centuries later, as revolution, love, and a betrayal corrupt the descendants of two warring kingdoms.

Hal was once a knight, carefree and joyous, sworn to protect her future queen Banna Mora. But after a rebellion led by her own mother, Caleda, Hal is now the prince of Lionis, heir to the throne. The pressure of her crown and bloody memories of war plague her, as well as a need to shape her own destiny, no matter the cost.

Lady Hotspur, known as the Wolf of Aremoria for her temper and warcraft, never expected to be more than a weapon. She certainly never expected to fall in love with the fiery Hal or be blindsided by an angry Queen’s promise to remake the whole world in her own image—a plan Hotspur knows will lead to tragedy.

Banna Mora kept her life, but not her throne. Fleeing to Innis Lear to heal her heart and plot revenge, the stars and roots of Innis Lear will teach her that the only way to survive a burning world is to learn to breathe fire.

These three women, together or apart, are the ones who have the power to bring the once-powerful Aremoria back to life—or destroy it forever.

This brick of a book took a while to get through and I’m rather conflicted. Part of it was very well done. I liked the world and I loved the character interaction most of the way through – but I reckon Gratton messed up the ending… Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Review of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

Friday Faceoff featuring Night Road by Kristin Hannah

Review of Navigating the Stars – Book 1 of the Sentinels of the Galaxy series by Maria V. Snyder

Teaser Tuesday featuring Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton

Sunday Monday Post 16th December 2019

Huge apologies – with a visitor staying for a chunk of the week and being out and about the rest of the time, I simply haven’t been online enough to interact, comment or be able to recommend any articles. Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you have a wonderful week.

22 responses »

  1. You sound busy and happy! I’m missing my husband and daughter for Christmas this year, as they are traveling in Italy until the 28th, but it will be wonderful to finally see my daughter since she’s been away at school since August. Merry Christmas, Sarah!

    • Thank you, Tammy. Yes, it’s been manic, but I have enjoyed it, too:)). I hope they – and you – have a wonderful time. And that you get a chance to put your feet up and tuck into some lovely reads during the holiday period.

  2. Wow you have been busy! Sorry to hear about that rain and flooding-that sounds awful. Hoping that you have a wonderful Christmas filled with all good things and lots of cheer!

  3. Busy lady! It sounds like everything has been busy-productive, and that’s always good.

    I think I shall read one of the Discworld books during my mood-boosting phase of 2020. Terry Pratchett always boosts my mood.

    Have a lovely week! Merry Christmas!

  4. My village was one of the ones with flood warnings from about the 23rd and they’re still active. The Avon has burst its banks in a few places and parks and fields have really taken a beating around Salisbury but it would be so much worse! It was pretty dry on Christmas though which was nice… Today? Not so much! A very very soggy Boxing Day, so far.

    I’m lucky that I live in an area of the village where I don’t need to worry about the rivers but groundwater is a problem and my garden is becoming a swamp. Fingers crossed it eases off soon!

    I hope your daughter can get another night away soon as a belated birthday celebration.

    • Oh, I’m so very sorry to hear your village is under threat of flooding, Nicci! And yes… it’s raining hard here, too! Fingers crossed it eases off here, too. Littlehampton would certainly be flooded by now if the multi-million pound flood defences hadn’t been put in place on Arun river front. We haven’t had it this bad since 2000…

      I hope you can enjoy the rest of the holidays, though.

  5. I have a book from the Patchett series on my TBR shelf somewhere. I’m going to go dig it up. Your bad weather is a rough break. We have had sunshine and the 70s for a week now–yeah, I know, don’t rub it in! Here it is Saturday night. I barely read this in time to avoid doubling up tomorrow!

    • Many thanks for taking the time to visit at this hectic period – I’m horribly behind in keeping up with visiting and commenting at the moment…

      And no – I’m not feeling grumpy about the fact you are having fine weather and sunshine – it’s a relief to know that someone, somewhere isn’t subject to grey skies and torrential rain!

      Oh yes – do dig out your Pratchett – he is ultimately a mood-booster, especially his earlier books:)).

  6. I’m eager to see your reviews of these! I’m pretty sure there are some audio books of Discworld in our library, and think it might be the way to get Blondie into the series. It’ll be a fresh change from all the Dick Tracy comics she’s been devouring from Bo, lol. 🙂 Though she is also reading something I got for her from the library called The Adventurers’ Guild–have you heard of it?

    And it sounds like you were in full festival fever in the days before Christmas. Hooray for family and friend fun! xxxxxxx

    • We have just had the pleasure of listening to The Wee Free Men and A Hat Full of Sky – they are an utter joy. I think Blondie would thoroughly enjoy them – they are funny and moving all at the same time:).

      I ended up having the loveliest time this Christmas – it was the happiest I’ve had in a long time and part of that was the run-up. Friends and family matter so

  7. It’s funny working my way back through your posts because I’ve already read your Christmas round up and now here you are wrapping presents and the like. Quite enjoying myself reading back through these although sorry to read about the flooding putting paid to your plans.
    Lynn 😀

    • Thank you for your kind sympathy! Yes, I hope my daughter and her partner can have a chance to get away at some stage this year without a weather-related incident messing it up…

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