Sunday Post – 5th July, 2020 #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.

Another week has slipped by. Himself is on annual leave and we had a list of chores planned, mostly around painting jobs in the garden, but the weather hasn’t been good enough. The highlight of the week was little Eliza’s birthday party on Tuesday. She was so excited and rushed around shouting, “Two! Twoooo!” We were glad to be able to be there.

Other than that, I’ve been editing and reading, while Himself has been watching motor racing and cricket and wishing they weren’t repeats. We haven’t any plans to go to restaurants, pubs or cafes just yet. For starters, they’ll be far too busy – and not enough folks are being careful.

The pics this week are from a walk we managed along the sea front at Littlehampton on Friday and though it was blowing a hoolie, it wasn’t raining. Here’s hoping you have a peaceful week and stay safe.

Last week I read:

The Sin Eater by Megan Campisi
Can you uncover the truth when you’re forbidden from speaking it?
A Sin Eater’s duty is a necessary evil: she hears the final private confessions of the dying, eats their sins as a funeral rite, and so guarantees their souls access to heaven. It is always women who eat sins – since it was Eve who first ate the Forbidden Fruit – and every town has at least one, not that they are publicly acknowledged. Stained by the sins they are obliged to consume, the Sin Eater is shunned and silenced, doomed to live in exile at the edge of town. Recently orphaned May Owens is just fourteen, and has never considered what it might be like to be so ostracized; she’s more concerned with where her next meal is coming from. When she’s arrested for stealing a loaf of bread, however, and subsequently sentenced to become a Sin Eater, finding food is suddenly the last of her worries.
Once I relaxed into the world, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. May is very well depicted – a sympathetic and plausible heroine, who develops throughout the story, which became a gripping mystery. Review to follow.

The Fated Sky – Book 2 of the Lady Astronaut series by Mary Robinette Kowal
The Fated Sky continued the grand sweep of alternate history begun in The Calculating Stars. It is 1961, and the International Aerospace Coalition has established a colony on the moon. Elma York, the noted Lady Astronaut, is working on rotation, flying shuttles on the moon and returning regularly to Earth. But humanity must get a foothold on Mars. The first exploratory mission is being planned, and none of the women astronauts is on the crew list. The international Aerospace Coalition has grave reservations about sending their “Lady Astronauts” on such a dangerous mission…
I loved this one. I have grown very fond of Elma and found this second book in The Lady Astronaut adventure even more gripping than the first one. I loved the progression of the characters and this was one of my outstanding reads of the month. Review to follow.

Ghost Ups Her Game – Book 9 of the Bailey Ruth mysteries by Carolyn Hart
After a busy morning dispatching emissaries from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions to those in need, Bailey Ruth Raeburn is feeling flush with success. So when an urgent call for help comes through from her old hometown, she can’t resist taking on the mission herself. After all, what could go wrong? With the shouted warning of her boss, Wiggins – “Irregular! Problematic!” – ringing in her ears, she arrives to face a shocking scene: Professor Iris Gallagher leaning over the corpse of her colleague Matt Lambert, the murder weapon clutched in her hand. Bailey Ruth is only sent to help the innocent, but things are looking very black for Iris. With Wiggins breathing down her neck, and her old friend Police Chief Sam Cobb casting doubt on her every theory, Bailey Ruth must uncover the truth – or this could be the last trip to earth she’s ever allowed to make.
A cosy mystery with a difference – the investigator is a ghost on a mission to clear someone wrongly charged. This was an entertaining read that never lost sight of the fact that a murder had been committed, which I appreciated. The murder mystery was well handled and denouement was suitably satisfying. Review to follow.

Embers of War – Book 1 of the Embers of War series by Gareth L. Powell
The warship Trouble Dog was built and bred for calculating violence, yet following a brutal war, she finds herself disgusted by conflict and her role in a possible war crime. Seeking to atone, she joins the House of Reclamation, an organisation dedicated to rescuing ships in distress.

But, stripped of her weaponry and emptied of her officers, she struggles in the new role she’s chosen for herself. When a ship goes missing in a disputed system, Trouble Dog and her new crew of misfits and loners, captained by Sal Konstanz, an ex-captain of a medical frigate who once fought against Trouble Dog, are assigned to investigate and save whoever they can.
This excellent space opera adventure had all the ingredients that I love – but the star has to be Trouble Dog. I just loved that grumpy, clever ship who won’t back down even when faced with overwhelming odds.

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
Reasons Cara has died:
The emperor of the wasteland wanted to make an example of her mother and started with her
– One of her mother’s boyfriends wanted to cover up what he did to her
– She was born addicted and her lungs didn’t develop
– She was left alone, and a stranger came along
– The runners came for a neighbour and she was in the way
– The runners came for her mother and she was in the way
– The runners came for her boyfriend and she was in the way
– The runners came for no one, serving nothing but chaos and fear, and she was what they found
– Her mother left her alone in a shed while she worked or got high and she fell asleep alone and hungry and forever

Reasons Cara has lived:
– She doesn’t know but there are 8.

The multiverse business is booming, but there’s just one catch: no one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive.
Enter Cara. Of the 382 realities that have been unlocked, Cara is dead in all but eight. But on this earth, she survived. Born in the wastelands where if a basic lack of resources didn’t kill you, violence would, Cara is happy to reap the benefits of a job and a safe place in the city to call home.
But when one of her eight remaining doppelgangers dies under mysterious circumstances, Cara is plunged into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and future in ways she never could have imagined – and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.
I know! Isn’t that a doozy of a blurb?? This proved to be a gem of a read. I enjoyed the tension humming through this gritty, dystopian science fiction multiverse adventure and found it hard to put down until I’d finished. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

June Roundup 2020 – Reading, Writing and Blogging…

Friday Face-off featuring Kraken by China Miéville

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The House on Widows Hill – Book 9 of the Ishmael Jones by Simon R. Green

Can’t-Wait-Wednesday featuring Peace Talks – Book 16 of the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Tuesday Treasures – 2

Review of TUYO – Book 1 of the Tuyo series by Rachel Neumeier

Sunday Post – 28th June 2020

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

TBR and Beyond’s July and August 2020 Challenge For those of you who like reading challenges, this is a board game you might like to have a go at…

Thursday Doors – Cottage Another escape into the beauty of old buildings…

Funny of the Week For the sheer random weirdness of this one – we were try to figure out ANY circumstance in which this would be possible…

Dancing Duet I didn’t know anything about these birds, but the way they sing in concert is magical…

On the Way to Jerusalem While this article is aimed at writers, it seemed to me that many of us can also apply this journey to the progress of our lives.

Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog – I hope you and yours have a peaceful, healthy week. Take care.

52 responses »

    • Thank you, Laura! Yes, the weather hasn’t been brilliant here, either. But at least the rain held long enough for us to enjoy the fresh air… Here’s hoping it’s a better week!

  1. Looks like you had an excellent reading week😁 I’m particularly looking forward to your review of Sin Eater. Hope your weather is better this week for your paint projects!

    • Lol… I think Himself did a rain dance and he definitely is hoping for more:)). Yes – it was a really good reading week, for some reason. The Sin Eater was a really enjoyable read. I KNOW you have some awesome books for the coming week, as I regularly drool with envy over your book haul – but I hope it’s also a peaceful, enjoyable week away from the books, too.

  2. Hi there Sarah! Your blog is still as lovely as ever. Oooooh, I need to have a look at The Sin Eater. Sounds really good.

    I struggle with book challenges (you can check that out on my Sunday Post), so I am definitely looking at the link on the board game reading challenge. That might work.

    Hope you will have a good week and stay safe!

    Here’s my The Sunday Post 3

  3. I am not sure that going to Paris (through books) is far enough away for me right now. Perhaps I need to join you and travel to another solar system. Surely they would not have coronavirus there.

    Why does it feel comforting to know that you see people in England who are not social distancing or wearing masks? I think I feel like it is just my foolish Texas neighbors who are acting without concern for others. But somehow I feel a little better knowing that it’s not just Texans.

    Look at those lovely flowers along the beach. I would love to head to the beaches here, but they have been closed for the Fourth of July holidays.

    Stay safe and well.

    • Yes, we have idiots here, too. But a lot of people are mindful and we are only just opening up non-essential shops, cafes and pubs this week. I like walking along the sea front – it’s a 10 minute drive away and often not particularly busy. And the stiff sea breeze whips away any airbourne anything! Have a good week, Deb:)

  4. Happy birthday Eliza! That’s so cute. It’s nice you had a week off. I love the first book by Mary Robinette Kowal and need to get to this next one. I have always enjoyed Carolyn Hart except not the Ghost series, for some reason. Enjoy your week ahead!

    • Thank you, Anne:). Eliza really is a cutie! I highly recommend The Fated Sky – I think it was on special offer when I went looking for it. I hope you, too, have a lovely, peaceful week.

  5. Eliza’s birthday sounds fun and it sounds like she was very excited! I love the photos from your walks. Right now everything is so hot here that things are starting to droop. Enjoy your reading and I hope you have a great week.

  6. Your walk looked lovely, and I’m so glad you took pics to share!
    Two is such a wonderful age/stage. My great-grand niece will be three in August, and although I’ve never met her, the family has been so generous with photos and videos. My favorites are where she is “reading” or singing–she knows ALL the words!
    Aren’t the covers of this week’s offerings lovely! Lots of color!

    • Yes – they were a particularly colourful lot of books this week, I was so very lucky. Yes… two is a magical age. My daughter sent me footage of her watching the opening of The Lion King where the chorus of Circle of Life starts and she was just so thrilled and excited and emotional listening to the music, she didn’t know what to do with herself. What a privilege to see a small child experience something so profound for the very first time… Have a lovely week, Rae:)

  7. SJ, I have also avoided the pubs, restaurants and hairdressers that have been opening this weekend, too thinking they would be too busy! I also needed the rest after being back at work almost full time this week. I am sorry the weather hasn’t been good enough to get on with the chores you had planned – Hopefully this coming week will be nicer. Take care and happy reading. 😀

    • Oh yes – I think the hairdressers will be manic for a while to come. And while my hair could do with a cut – it isn’t looking too bad from the last time I had a go at it with my paper scissors:)). Apart from anything else, if you need to unwind, going anywhere is very stressful, so I don’t blame you for staying at home. I hope you, too, have a great week, Jessica:)

  8. I am not going to pubs or restaurants either. Just don´t feel going there. At home I can enjoy a great meal too and cooking isn´t that bad *smile* Thank you for the beautiful pictures. And belated happy birthday to Eliza. Happy reading and stay safe and well.

    • Thank you, Vi:). Yes, it was lovely being able to see her on her birthday. Obviously she won’t remember it – but she was so very excited to see us there. Have a great week!

  9. What a great week Sarah! I love the photos from your walk – it feels like a bit of normality when you can go for a walk! It has been raining non-stop here all week! My plants don’t seem to mind though! 😁

    • Yes – and we were lucky that the seafront weren’t too crowded so we could maintain social distancing. We have had more wind than rain this week, so sitting out hasn’t been an option. Have a great week:))

    • Thank you, Heather. Fortunately, we live in a seaside town, so we only have to travel a couple of miles to walk along the beach… But yes – the weather isn’t playing fair right now, is it? I hope you have a good week, too.

  10. I don’t plan on going to a restaurant for a long time, even if they’re open. I’m happy with ordering food for delivery. I’m glad you liked Sin Eater. I’ll pick that one up eventually. I hope you have a great week!

    • Yes, we feel the same way about eating out, too. We have our tried and trusted takeaways that we will continue using. And yes – Sin Eater is worth reading – I hope you enjoy it!

  11. Looks like a nice walk area. I never get tired of the sea! Something so relaxing about it, the waves rolling in. And congrats on the birthday for Eliza! How fun. 🙂

    Same here with going out. We’re being very careful yet, and not least because so many people around here aren’t! It is hard with the nice weather, everyone wants to be out (me included), but it’s just too bad at the moment. Who knew this would be how things were this year??

    Hope you are well this week and take care!

    • Thank you, Greg:). Yes – we’re very lucky to live in a seaside town and we don’t go often enough – but right now, we avoid it at the weekend because that’s when it tends to get busy. And also when the weather is really good. It’s been a crazy year – and the craziness just continues. I try to hang onto the positive things that matter and zone out the rest. I hope you keep safe and have a healthy, peaceful week.

  12. Aw that’s so sweet! I’m glad you got to be there for her birthday. It’s been a long lockdown separated from our loved ones so being able to actually be present again is wonderful.

    I’m anxious about opening up again. I mean, I want to be able to go and do things (like eat out) but I want to do them safely and I feel like too many people are taking stupid risks and acting like “everything is over” and almost inviting a second wave and further lockdown… Ah well, we can only do what we can do! The only person’s actions you can control are your own. :/

    • That’s so true! Which is why we also have taken the decision to not go rushing out anywhere. Haircuts, meals out, evenings in the pub… they can all wait until we’re sure we aren’t risking ourselves, or anyone else. I hope you have a good week, Nicci – and fingers crossed we don’t get that second wave!

  13. Sarah!! It’s been a while! Glad to see you’re doing well during this time ❤ The Space Between Worlds is one of my most anticipated books of this summer so I am VERY happy that you enjoyed it. And those photos! Love that the seagull is having a little rest. 😀

    • Hi Kathy – what a treat to hear from you:)). Sorry… I’m RUBBISH at keeping in touch! Yes – that seagull is looking grumpy, but the wind on Friday was strong and blustery so even the gulls were struggling. I hope you enjoy The Space Between Worlds – I found it a gripping read with lots going on and look forward to reading your thoughts on it:))

    • Thank you, Shelleyrae – she is a joy! I can’t quite believe that she is two already… And I hope you manage to get hold of The Sin Eater – I’d love to know what you think of it:)

  14. I’ve come to look forward to your Sunday flower pictures by now: the second one, with the flowers on the foreground and the sea in the background is my favorite 🙂
    And I’m happy that you read and enjoyed Embers of War: having just recently finished the series with the third volume, I know you can expect a very engaging space opera series so… happy reading!

    • Thank you, Maddalena:)). Glad you enjoy the pics – I’m strictly a point and shoot gal, but I thoroughly enjoy it… And yes! Looking forward to reconnecting with Trouble Dog and the gang sometime soon:)). So thank you for the information and recommendation!

  15. Happy Birthday to Eliza! I am glad she enjoyed her birthday. I hope you and your husband enjoy his annual leave. I always enjoy seeing what you have been reading. I’m surprised I haven’t read Carolyn Hart’s series, but I’m sure I would enjoy it.

    Such beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing. Stay safe and well. Have a great week, Sarah.

  16. That’s great that you got to be there for Eliza’s birthday. She sounds adorable. The Space Between Worlds sounds so good. I’m always up for a read about the multiverse so will have to check that one out. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  17. Some good reads this past week! I loved The Fated Sky, too. One of my favorite series of the last few years.

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