Sunday Post – 2nd May, 2021 #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.

Here we are at the start of May… When did THAT happen?? Apologies for having been AWOL – last week I was ill again. Another spell of exhaustion, nausea and giddiness meant that I didn’t even open the computer most days – and I certainly wasn’t up to working. Or even getting out of bed… It was only yesterday that I started feeling like me, instead of the doddery old bat who’d insisted on invading my body. And my daughter and small granddaughter popping in to say hallo and pick up a postal label further helped to cheer me up.

Other than that, it’s been a quiet week, only enlivened by falling over when the nice chap came to administer our monthly swab and blood tests. So I also have a spectacular bruise on the side of my knee, where I missed smearing on the arnica cream.

I’m afraid I’ve no photos this week, as I haven’t made it outdoors.

Last week I read:
Ravenwood – Book 1 of the Tanyth Fairport Adventures series by Nathan Lowell
After twenty winters on the road, Tanyth makes one last pilgrimage in her quest to learn all she can about the herbs and medicinal plants of Korlay before settling down to write her magnum opus.

Her journey is interrupted when she stops to help a small village and learns that much of what she knows of the world may not be quite as it seems.
I loved Lowell’s space opera series, which I inhaled during March once I was well enough to read. So was pleased to get my hands on this one. I loved the protagonist, who is a middle-aged woman, who walked out of an abusive marriage and became a healer. Review to follow.

AUDIOBOOK Necessity’s Child – Book 16 of the Liaden Universe series by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
The kompani see none as an enemy, and yet few as friend. The kompani exist in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream.

The Clan Korval is in many ways the opposite of the kompani. The interstellar trading clan is wealthy in enemies, and fortunate in friends. Korval protects itself with vigor, and teaches even its youngest children the art of war. And when representatives of Clan Korval arrive on the planet Surebleak where the kompani has lived, secret and aloof, the lives of three people intersect—Kezzi, apprentice to the kompani’s grandmother; Syl Vor, Clan Korval’s youngest warrior; and Rys, a man without a world, or a past.
I have read a couple of books from this entertaining, well written space opera series that reminds me at times of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan series. Unfortunately, one of the things they share is a very long backlist whose internal chronology doesn’t line up with the release dates… So I ended up listening to Book 16! That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and it reminded me all over again why I liked this series so much. Review to follow.

Dead in the Water – Book 3 of the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow
Two crewmen of the crab vessel Avilda are missing—presumed dead—under very suspicious circumstances. The Bering Sea offers ample means and opportunity, but without bodies, a motive, or evidence of foul play, the DA doesn’t have a case. And so, freelancing again for her former employer, Kate Shugak finds herself working undercover in one of Alaska’s most dangerous professions: crab fisherman.

It’s an assignment that will take her from the debauchery of Dutch Harbor to the most isolated of the Aleutians, and if the job itself doesn’t kill her, her unsavory crewmates just might.
I’ve read the first two books in this interesting and unusual crime series, set in the wilds of Alaska. And realised I’ve the rest sitting on my Kindle – so I tucked into this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mini-review to follow.

AUDIOBOOK A Fatal Flying Affair – Book 7 of the Lady Hardcastle Mysteries series by T.E. Kinsey
August 1911. Emily Hardcastle and her inimitable lady’s maid Florence Armstrong are enjoying a fine summer until Harry, Lady H’s brother, turns up out of the blue with a mystery for them to solve.

A routine parachute test at a local aeroplane factory has gone horribly wrong—with pilot Dickie Dupree plummeting to his death. Harry is certain there is more to this ‘tragic accident’ than meets the eye, having discovered that someone at the airfield is leaking top secret intelligence to foreign rivals.

In between strolls to the Dog & Duck and planning for the annual village show, the daring duo dust off the Crime Board and go undercover at Bristol Aviation. With international powers investing heavily in aeronautics, the stakes are high—sky high—and the suspects soon mount up. Can Lady Hardcastle find the culprit before someone else falls down dead?
I’ve grown very fond of this sparky pair of unconventional women who are now working for His Majesty’s Government as a pair of spies, once again. And the outstanding narration of this latest tale was a delight to listen to when I was too tired to read…

The Wedding Date by Zara Stoneley
When Samantha Jenkins is asked to be the maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding, she couldn’t be happier. There are just three problems…

1) Sam’s ex-boyfriend, Liam, will be the best man.
2) His new girlfriend is pregnant.
3) Sam might have told people she has a new man when she doesn’t (see points 1 and 2 above)

So, Sam does the only sensible thing available to her… and hires a professional to do the job.

Actor Jake Porter is perfect for the role: single, gorgeous and cheap! Sam is certain it’s the perfect solution: no strings, no heartbreak and hopefully no chance of being found out.

But spending a week in the Scottish Highlands with Jake is harder than she imagined. He is the perfect boyfriend, charming, sexy and the hottest thing in a kilt since Outlander! And his dog Harry is quite possibly the cutest things Sam has ever seen!

As the wedding draws closer, Jake plays his part to perfection and everyone believes he is madly in love with Sam. The problem is, Sam’s not sure if Jake is acting anymore…
This was all I could have wanted – an entertaining, funny story told in a chirpy first-person viewpoint, with a guaranteed happy ending. Himself has been reading a slew of these, recently. And I can see why…

Schooled in Magic – Book 1 of The Schooled in Magic series by Christopher G. Nuttall
Emily is a teenage girl pulled from our world into a world of magic and mystery by a necromancer who intends to sacrifice her to the dark gods. Rescued in the nick of time by an enigmatic sorcerer, she discovers that she possesses magical powers and must go to Whitehall School to learn how to master them.

There, she learns the locals believe that she is a “Child of Destiny,” someone whose choices might save or damn their world … a title that earns her both friends and enemies. A stranger in a very strange land, she may never fit into her new world …
I’ve always enjoyed Nuttall’s writing and when I was looking for something well written and not too gory – I found this. I’m a sucker for a really enjoyable magic school adventure and this one delivered all sorts of entertaining twists I didn’t expect. As well as some darkly funny moments. Review to follow.

My posts last week:

Castellan the Black and His Wise Draconic Sayings

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of The Recollection by Gareth L. Powell

I’m sorry, but as I haven’t been browsing online this last week, I’ve no recommendations. In the meantime, 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

44 responses »

    • Thank you, Tammy. I just have to adjust my expectations of what I can do – and continue to do so for the foreseeable future. I’m just not a very patient person!

    • Thank you, Becky – I just need to dial back on what I can do, I think. I’d also forgotten about the Kate Shugak series. But given that Himself bought most of them a while back, I’m definitely going to be reading more Stabenow in the near future:).

  1. I am sorry to hear that you still don’t feel well COVID can last quite a long time but I hope that you’ll soon be back to your normal level of energy and health!

    • Thank you, Sophie… Yes, I do know that some people can struggle with some of the lingering effects – and it looks as though I am falling into that category, sadly. After having been wiped out for the whole week, I need to be aware that I simply cannot push through this one.

  2. I am sorry you are still under the weather! That nasty virus is doing its worst everywhere, isn’t it?

    I like the look of your books, and hope your enjoy them all. I am curious about The Wedding Date.

    • Thank you, Laurel – it seems that I am set to be battling the after-effects of COVID for a while. I just need to try and be patient about that – which I’m finding very, very difficult.

      The Wedding Date is a hoot – if you need a light-hearted romance with some laugh-out-loud moments, I heartily recommend it:). Have a great week.

  3. Sadly, the road to recovery seems to be punctuated by these “bumps”, or so I hear, and I understand how disheartening they might be… Take it as an opportunity to read, read, read – and enjoy it 🙂
    My best wishes!!!

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Maddalena:)). And yes – I’m really lucky to be able to escape between the covers of some lovely, lovely books. And if I don’t have the energy to read, then I can listen to them!

  4. Oh, oh. That does not sound good. Hope you fell better now. Not sure if the symptoms are still Covid related or something totally different but feeling bad is never good. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Vi. They are certainly the after-effects of Covid – and line up with that terrible exhaustion and weakness I was feeling throughout the illness.

      • I noticed that my energy is coming back and that I can do more things now. But climbing up the stairs is still a bit difficult. I am gasping literally for air when I am in front of my apartment door. And it can happen that I have to caugh a lot when I am at the supermarket. The last time it happened, they offered me a glass of water (they know about my infection in March) and were visibly worried about me. Let us both hope that the after-effects will finally go away for good and that we all will recover completely. Stay strong!

      • I am still regularly felled by spells of utter fatigue – and the last time I tried to ‘push through’ the chest pains I’d suffered during the original illness came back and didn’t fade away again for nearly a month. So do take it easy when your body is complaining – this thing has all sorts of nasty, lingering side-effects.
        I hope your improvement continues!

    • Thank you, Anne. Ooo… listening to the latest Shugak on audio sounds like an excellent idea! I think Himself has bought most of them up to the 19th book, so I’ll read those:)). I hope that you, too, have a great week.

  5. Gracious! I’m so sorry to hear that you have been sick again. I’m sending lots of good wishes and prayers for you to spend the rest of the month on the happy side of good health.

    Wedding Date looks like a book I’d enjoy. I’ve really gotten into reading rom-com sorts during the pandemic times.

    Hope you can spend some time outside soon.

    • Thank you for your kind concern, Deb. I’m battling with the after-effects of Covid – the symptoms of exhaustion and weakness are exactly what I felt throughout the illness. I just need to be more mindful of what I can and cannot do – and hope that these bouts steadily recede…

      The Wedding Date is just the ticket if you want an enjoyable escape to a kinder, non-pandemic world:). And I’m hoping in the coming week to be able to potter in the garden with some very gentle tidying up…

  6. Sorry to hear you were ill… Lingering effects of covid? But I’m glad that you started to pick up and got to see your daughter and granddaughter. Hopefully, this week is a much better one for you and you manage to get out and about.

    • Thank you, Nicci – and yes, lingering effects of covid. I’ve taken it nice and easy and am feeling a lot better. I just need to be more mindful of what I can and cannot do.

      I hope you, too, have a lovely week. And I’m so looking forward to being able to invite folks into the house in another fortnight – or actually go visiting:)).

  7. Oh no I’m sorry about your fall, and that it was a rough week. I hope you’re feeling better! I like the look of your books though. Schooled in Magic sounds good!

    • Thank you, Greg. Yes – thank goodness for books! I don’t know how non-readers get through bad patches… And Schooled in Magic is a cracking read – I’m hoping to get to the second book sometime this week:).

    • Thank you, Shelleyrae – your good wishes, along with everyone else, have clearly helped as I’m feeling a whole lot better this week. I’m now trying to continue to take it easy and take plenty of rest in between working. I hope you have a great week, too:)).

  8. Sorry, you’ve been unwell. Hope you got to rest some. I’ve had a long weekend and I just slept and ate through it, much needed rest.

    • How very wise of you! It’s clearly exactly what you needed to do. I have a habit of pushing through when I feel grotty – and mostly, especially when I’m writing – it’s worked. Not so this time around, though! So yes, plenty of reading and rest is what has put me back on my feet:)). I hope the coming week is a kinder one.

  9. I am so sorry to hear you have been poorly again! I hope this time really is the last time and you are finally on the road to recovery. 🙏 Glad your daughter and little granddaughter came over to cheer you up and that you have still been doing lots of reading. Take care and happy reading in the coming week. 🙂

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Jessica:)). Yes, they didn’t stay long – and they are allowed into the house because we are part of their support bubble (though over the last couple of months, the roles have been reversed somewhat!). But it was wonderful to see them, again. I hope that you, too, have a lovely week.

  10. I am sorry you are still feeling unwell. I hope you continue to get better and continue to get lots of rest. Both the Stabenow and Kinsey series are ones I think I might like. Schooled in Magic sounds good too! I hope you are feeling better soon, Sarah. Have a great week.

    • Thank you so much for your kind concern, Wendy:)). Yes, thank goodness I’m now feeling a lot better – but I’m trying to take it easy as I resume working. But thank goodness the books I’ve read had been so good!

  11. I’m so sorry to hear that you’re still dealing with the aftereffects of COVID. It’s interesting how it seems to affect everyone so differently. I really do hope you’ll start to feel 100% soon.

    • Thank you, Suzanne. Yes – it is really interesting to see how varied people’s experiences of COVID are. And how they recover… I’m hoping that I am just taking a while to get back on my feet, rather than tipping into Long Covid! I hope that you, too, have a great week:)

  12. Oh no. I’m sorry to hear you were ill again. Is this leftover from covid, or something else? Rest up! I hope you feel better soon.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Heather. I’m really looking forward to things returning to normal – so long as the infection rate stays low. I wouldn’t wish Covid on my worst enemy! I hope you have a lovely week:)

  13. I’m so sorry you had a tough week. I hope you are still feeling like yourself and the bruise is getting better. I hope you’re having a wonderful week.

    • Thank you, for your kind concern, Katherine. Yes, the bruise faded quite nicely. And I hope Will’s treatment hasn’t been causing him too much discomfort – he’s clearly got his mother’s fighting spirit…

    • Thank you for your kind concern, Lynn. And no… not really. We have since suffered a major family bereavement in the death of my father-in-law and I am still struggling with spells of overwhelming fatigue, hair loss and muscle weakness. So far, 2021 hasn’t been a good year…

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