This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books and blogs they have written.
We had the two older grandchildren staying over on Tuesday and Wednesday, while my daughter had a minor op. As ever, it was a treat to spend time with them – though there were some discussions about online lessons and the fact they still needed doing… We took them back on Wednesday evening, while Rebecca continued to recover. Fortunately, everything went smoothly for her.
It’s been a bitterly cold week with a vicious easterly scything through rather than around me as I step outside the door. So I’ve stayed indoors – I hate the cold and most of the week the temperature has been below freezing. At least it hasn’t been snowing here, thank goodness…
The photos this week are part of my beautiful spring flower bouquet from Himself – lovely sprays of scented narcissi – and then the hope of better days as the daffs in the garden have begun to emerge…
Last week I read:
SHORT STORY Lucky Thirteen – the Frontline series by Marko Kloos
Rookie pilot Halley’s first drop ship command. A short story in the Terms of Enlistment universe.
Although I enjoy reading short stories, these days I prefer longer fiction – but Himself strongly recommended this one. And since he’s got impeccable taste (after all, he fell in love with me…) this was a real treat.
AUDIOBOOK Troy – Book 3 of Stephen Fry’s Great Mythology by Stephen Fry
The story of Troy speaks to all of us – the kidnapping of Helen, a queen celebrated for her beauty, sees the Greeks launch a thousand ships against the city of Troy, to which they will lay siege for ten whole years. It is a terrible war with casualties on all sides as well as strained relations between allies, whose consequences become tragedies.
In Troy you will find heroism and hatred, love and loss, revenge and regret, desire and despair. It is these human passions, written bloodily in the sands of a distant shore, that still speak to us today.
I’ve loved this series – and listening to this latest retelling, narrated by Fry himself and largely based upon Homer’s Illiad, was a real treat. Though Fry’s not wrong about it being a terrible war…
Out of Nowhere – Book 1 of The Immortal Vagabond Healer series by Patrick LeClerc
Healer Sean Danet is immortal—a fact he has cloaked for centuries, behind army lines and now a paramedic’s uniform. Having forgotten most of his distant past, he has finally found peace—and love. But there are some things you cannot escape, however much distance you put behind you.
When Sean heals the wrong man, he uncovers a lethal enemy who holds all the cards. And this time he can’t run. It’s time to stand and fight, for himself, for his friends, for the woman he loves. It’s time, finally, for Sean to face his past—and choose a future.
This fantasy was such an enjoyable ride. I particularly liked the fact that Sean is a paramedic and I’ll definitely be getting the second book in this intriguing and different adventure. Review to follow.
The Library of the Dead – Book 1 of Edinburgh Nights by T.L. Huchu
When a child goes missing in Edinburgh’s darkest streets, young Ropa investigates. She’ll need to call on Zimbabwean magic as well as her Scottish pragmatism to hunt down clues. But as shadows lengthen, will the hunter become the hunted?
Ropa dropped out of school to become a ghostalker. Now she speaks to Edinburgh’s dead, carrying messages to the living. A girl’s gotta earn a living, and it seems harmless enough. Until, that is, the dead whisper that someone’s bewitching children–leaving them husks, empty of joy and life. It’s on Ropa’s patch, so she feels honor-bound to investigate. But what she learns will change her world.
This was another fantasy adventure with an engaging and different protagonist – this time a tough, streetwise teen living in a post-apocalyptic Edinburgh who can talk to ghosts finds herself trying to help a dead mother find her missing child. Review to follow.
Frozen Stiff Drink – Book 6 of the Braxton Campus Mysteries by James J. Cudney
A winter blizzard barrels toward Wharton County with a vengeance. Madam Zenya predicted the raging storm would change the course of Kellan’s life, but the famed seer never could’ve prepared him for all the collateral damage.
Nana D disappears after visiting a patient at Willow Trees, leaving behind a trail of confusion. When the patient turns up dead, and second body is discovered beneath the snowbanks, Kellan must face his worst fears. What tragedy has befallen his beloved grandmother?
I’ve been following this enjoyable contemporary cosy murder mystery series. And once again, hapless Kellan trips over another body in upsetting circumstances. This time, not even the weather is behaving itself. Cudney is very good at producing an endless supply of plausible suspects and I stayed up way later than I should to discover what happened next. Review to follow.
My posts last week:
Covet the Covers featuring Nevil Shute
Castellan the Black and His Wise Draconic Sayings
Review of Last Dragon Standing – Book 5 of the Heartstriker’s series by Rachel Aaron
Friday Face-off featuring Shardik – Book 2 of the Beklan Empire series by Richard Adams
January 2021 Roundup – Reading, Writing and Blogging…
Can’t-Wait Wednesday featuring The Galaxy and the Ground Within – Book 4 of the Wayfarer series by Becky Chambers
Review of AUDIOBOOK Machine – Book 2 of the White Space series by Elizabeth Bear
*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Expert System’s Champion – Book 2 of the Expert Systems series by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Sunday Post – 7th January 2021
Interesting/outstanding blogs and articles that have caught my attention during the last week, in no particular order:
10 of the Best Poems about Calm and Relaxation https://interestingliterature.com/2021/02/poems-about-calm-and-relaxation/ It’s been a long week with bitter winds and sub-zero temperatures. Perhaps some of these poems will provide some measure of comfort during the dark days of winter…
Mermaid and Siren Book Recommendations https://aquapages.wordpress.com/2020/04/21/mermaid-siren-book-recommendations/ If you also like books featuring mermaids, you might find Eline’s suggestions useful…
#LessonsLearned from #JohnLeCarre: Always #Write a #Setting of Quality https://jeanleesworld.com/2021/02/01/lessonslearned-from-johnlecarre-always-write-a-setting-of-quality/ Jean’s articles are always worth reading for their sheer entertainment value, even if you aren’t all that fussed about writing. If you are, then they are a solid treat…
Gong Hei Fatt Choi! Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Year of the Ox! #CNY #CNYbooks #ChineseNewYear #LunarNewYear #YearoftheOx https://hookedonbookz.com/2021/02/12/gong-hei-fatt-choy-gong-xi-fa-cai-happy-year-of-the-ox-cny-cnybooks-chinesenewyear-lunarnewyear-yearoftheox/ Jee wouldn’t normally be writing about the Chinese New Year, as he usually travels to Malaysia with his family to celebrate. This year, it’s different…
Desert Reflected~ https://cindyknoke.com/2021/02/06/desert-reflected/ These stunning pics warmed me up just by looking at them. Perhaps they’ll do the same for you…
Thank you for visiting, reading, liking and/or commenting on my blog. I hope you had a peaceful, healthy week – and do take care. x
LOVED everything about this post! Have a great week ahead, and HAPPY Valentine’s Day!
Thank you so much, Rae:)). I hope you, too, have a lovely week. Sadly, Himself is driving trains all today – we will probably have a takeaway tonight. But we have cards to exchange and have promised ourselves a nice meal out whenever the lockdown eases.
I love those flowers! Daffodils always brighten my mood. Lately I have been enjoying cozy mysteries, so I love the look of Frozen Stiff Drink. The Library of the Dead has also piqued my interest.
Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog! Have a great week.
I’m so happy you liked my post, thanks! I wish your daughter a speedy recovery!
I thought it was a lovely article, Eline and thank you for your kind good wishes:).
I absolutely love daffodils – they are such JOYFUL flowers. Which is why I wanted them rather than roses…
Its lovely to see the daffodils blooming even in the cold. I saw some camellias in my yard yesterday so I guess spring is right around the corner! Have a lovely week, Sarah😁
It doesn’t feel like spring is anywhere close – but the daffodils are a beacon of hope:)). And delighted to hear about the camellias blooming! I hope you have a lovely week, too, Tammy!
Love your garden pictures! it’s amazing to me that you already have flowers in bloom, here, everything is under the snow.
Have a wonderful week ahead, stay safe and healthy.
We are right on the south coast here, so tend to be a little bit ahead of most of the rest of the country. My rosemary is just about to flower, too… I hope you have a restful week and get a chance to recharge your batteries, Linda:)
It’s been freezing here as well! And snowing. I went out but looked like a bumble bee!
Oh dear – snow! I hate the stuff. I hope you can stay in and tucked away until it all melts… Have a great week, Sophie:)
What bright sunny flowers, a treat in the midst of all that cold weather!
I’m eager to see what you think of The Library of the Dead, it caught my eye earlier this week.
Wishing you a great reading week
That’s what I love about daffodils – they are like drops of sunshine, I always think… I enjoyed The Library of the Dead and will be posting my review tomorrow:). I hope you also have a lovely reading week, Shelleyrae:)
The Library of the Dead will publish in June here, and I’ve added the audio to my wishlist. Grandchildren are such a joy, and himself did good with the flowers!
Thank you, Kimberly – you’re right, the grandchildren are a complete joy and I’m so very grateful that we are part of their support bubble. Many grandparents haven’t seen their grandchildren here for over a year…
I hope you enjoy The Library of the Dead – to be fair, the story isn’t all that original, but the character is wonderful. And I think it’s book that would work well as audio. Have a great week – and keep warm, Kimberly:)
Hi Sarah! You are always so enthusiastic to spend time with your grandchildren. I love it!
I also hate the cold, it’s as hot as hell here with us, but I won’t complain at all. I love summer!
The book of the dead sounds intriguing. Will take a look.
Have a good week and take care of yourself! Thanks for visiting us.
Ah… the grandchildren are a joy! I’m so lucky that all three of them are such a delight – such good company. And the time in which they love spending time with their Granny and Papa is a short one – once they become young adults, their lives suddenly open up and they become much busier. So Himself and I make the most of their visits, weather permitting.
I appreciate that you love the heat – I spent time in Zambia when I was a girl and I loved it, too! Yes – The Library of the Dead is great fun. I hope you have a lovely week, Mareli:))
It has been really cold here too, SJ, although we have had snow as well! 🥶 Glad to hear you missed the snow 😉 and got to spend some more time with the grandchildren. Take care and happy reading. 🙂
Thank you, Jessica for your good wishes. And I’m sorry about the snow:(. We do get it here, but very occasionally, given we’re so close to the sea. Have a lovely, bookfilled week!
You don’t have to be sorry… I love snow! Although wasn’t loving having to dig myself out in the morning to go to work. 😅
That’s okay then:)). I LOATHE the stuff!
I love spring flowers. Looking forward to seeing them pop up in another month! Enjoy your week!
Thank you, Diana:). I hope your week is a good one, too.
I have always loved daffodils and narcissi. It is nice you are near enough to help take care of your grandchildren when needed. I have done that but had to travel 700+ miles.
I am glad my cold in Florida is rarely below freezing.
Thanks for reminding me to pick up more Marko Kloos.
Have a good week and stay warm. 🙂
They are such brave flowers – and their perfume is fabulous… And yes, I’m so glad the grandchildren are close enough so we can step in. They are a joy…
Yes… I’m wishing I was in Florida right now, Martha! And yes, I’m definitely going to be reading more Marko Kloos. I hope that you, too, have a great week.
It’s just very wet and rainy here. But give it a month and I’ll have lots of spring flowers and need to planting the garden. I hope I can manage it. Enjoy your new reads!
Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post
I’m afraid my garden has to thrive on a certain amount of benign neglect these days – though there are areas I want to tackle, clear and replant. Let’s hope we both have some luck in getting it done! Have a great week, Anne:))
My daffodils are starting to poke through, it’ll be nice to have some colour back in the garden. I loved the Library of the Dead, I think it’s the start of a series.
I’m listen to the Sherlock Holmes audiobook narrated by Stephen Fry, there is something very soothing about his voice.
Yes – daffs are so special because they come through when there’s nothing else:)). I’m glad you, too, enjoyed The Library of the Dead – she is such a lovely protagonist.
I loved the Sherlock Holmes audiobook – and you’re right – Stephen Fry could narrate the telephone directory and could make it sound enthralling:)). Have a great week, Heather.
Beautiful flowers! I have the Cudney books on my list to read. Eventually I will get to them. They look so good.
Hope you have a great week!
Thank you, Yvonne – yes, I really enjoy the Braxton Campus mysteries and I hope you get a chance to tuck into them. And the flowers are lovely and the bonus is that they smell wonderful:)). I hope you have a great week, Yvonne.
Oh goodness, those flowers – so beautiful! They’re already blooming there? We are at least 1.5-2 months away though if you look at how cold, snowy, and dreary it is outside, it feels like Spring may not be planning to visit us this year.
Glad that you were able to spend good time with your granddaughters this week. Hope you have a good week!
The first sprays came in a bouquet – but the final pic is from the garden. So the daff so will be out sometime this week – I’m looking foward to seeing the blossom! But we are lucky here right on the south coast – the weather won’t be getting better for at least another month, but those brave yellow flowers will be promising warmer days:)).
Glad to hear that everything went well for your daughter and that you got to spend some time with the grandkids. Your spring flowers are gorgeous and definitely put a smile on my face as soon as I saw them. 🙂
Oh yes! My favourite flowers, without doubt:)). And thank you for your kind concern regarding my daughter – it’s always a worry when one of your own needs something done. And especially now… So it’s a huge relief that it’s now over!
Yay for grandchildren time! That’s always nice. and your reads look good as well. It’s been cold here tool. I hope you have a nice week ahead and some warm up soon!
Thank you, Greg. Fortunately that wretched wind has finally swung round, so that we now have the more usual westerlies and I’m very thankful. It’s gloomy and damp, but I’ll take that! I hope you have a great week with some warmer weather, too…
WEEEEEE for making the cut! The flowers do bring a bit of spring-filled hope, which I think we all need. I’ve no bulbs planted, and I don’t think they could appear beneath our 2-3 feet of snow, lol. We’re to finally get above 0 this week–yay. 🙂 At least the kids have been mostly in person and I’ve been catching up with grading. Plus I started brainstorming something new and it just excites me beyond compare…
You’re welcome:)). It’s always lovely to be able to recommend a post that is solid quality!
And yes… this is the time of year when I YEARN for some flowers and colour. Thank goodness I can now get the scented narcissus at the supermarket. It fills the house with scent – during the summer I generally don’t bother with flowers in the house as I can just glance out into the garden – and there they are. But in February – I NEED them!
Glad you have had a bit of headspace and yippee for new inspiration striking!! I’m currently untangling the final acts for the outline plan of Council for Dragons – after establishing that my Picky Eaters series isn’t going to be a trilogy…
Ah, a council! That sounds like a promise most epic, filled with smoke and magic. 🙂
Castellan certainly finds himself confronted with plenty of challenges:)). I’m really looking forward to hearing more about your new ideas! When you’re ready to share, of course…
I’m getting there! 😉 Hope you’re doing okay. Ugh, Spring Break can’t come soon enough…
Yes – thank goodness the news came through that everything is going to be okay and all the horribleness about to crash down onto our heads has been averted. I can’t tell you the relief!!!
I hope you can celebrate somehow! Even just a big hug party. You all deserve it! xxxxxxxxxx
Thank you! I haven’t yet seen everyone involved – but I will be giving them a huge hug:))) And thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers – I can’t tell you how much I’ve appreciated them…
Hey, we support each other in good times and hard times because we’re darn good friends! xxxxxxx You’ve been such a blessing in my life–I’m always going to return the favor any way I can!
Love your flowers! And I’m glad you got to spend time with the grandchildren. ❤
Thank you, SJ:). It was lovely to catch up with them, again…
I am so glad Rebecca’s op went well and you had a nice visit with the grandchildren. My mom and I talked the other evening and are planning for her to visit briefly next month. We are still in the worst Tier for COVID, but the numbers seem to be going down. She’ll have her second vaccine by then as will I, but my husband and daughter won’t. We’re trying to decide if she will stay here with us or if a hotel would be better.
Such lovely flowers! I hope you are staying warm. Much of the U.S., especially the South, seems to be in a cold front right now. It’s chilly where I live, but nothing compared to the cold others are suffering through fortunately.
I am interested in reading The Library of the Dead and hope you enjoyed it. I look forward to reading your review.
Have a great week, Sarah.
Thank you, Wendy! I was watching the News in disbelief at the weather conditions some of the southern states are enduring… And I’m very glad you are not caught up in it. And fortunately the easterlies have now swung round – the catch is we’ve now lots of rain and wind, instead. But I’ll take that!
The Library of the Dead was a really enjoyable read. And I hope you manage to arrange a visit with your mom. I’ve seen my mother a couple of times in the last year – sitting in the car with the window up, while they were in the front garden and talking on our phones… I’m so much looking forward to HUGGING everyone in the family!!!. I’m delighted you’re having your vaccinations – we’re waiting for ours as there is a strict precedence with the elderly, front line workers and those with underlying health conditions getting first dibs. I hope you, too, have a lovely week, Wendy:))
Ahh, don’t you just love a cold wind that blows right through you as though you had no outer layers on at all! Nope.
Oh for sure! I’m so pleased that wind has finally ceased – to the extent that I haven’t even minded about all the rain…