This is my update on how I’m doing while coping with Long Covid now it’s been over a year since I first got ill, which I’m adding to my Sunday Post blog, hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer.
This last fortnight has been up and down again. I gave myself a couple of rest days after the busyness of the week when my sister-in-law and niece visited. And was a bit fed up to discover that once I was ready to do more, I once again felt shaky and fragile. There are no words to describe just how MUCH I hate that feeling. Constant tiredness that sleep doesn’t fix and legs that wobble as if I’ve just run a race. Often it’s accompanied by mental exhaustion that means if I try to concentrate on anything, my brain just turns to mush.
The up-side is that the feeling was only with me for a couple of days, before it started to lift again. I haven’t yet put my February figures from my activity journal into a graph yet – but I’m expecting to see more good days and an uptick in my activity figures. And we are also seeing more sun and it’s lovely the way the days are now lengthening – Spring is really beginning to spring, thank goodness😊. When our grandson visited this week, we were able to go to the local garden centre and visit their café where we shared a pot of loose-leaf English Breakfast tea which is a real favourite.
What is worrying is how the infection rates for Covid are climbing again. And now we’re supposed to be ‘learning to live with Covid’ there is no imperative to wear a mask when shopping, though we always do.
This week I’ve read:-
Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky
It’s always idyllic in the village until the landlord comes to call. Because the landlord is an Ogre. And Ogres rule the world, with their size and strength and appetites. It’s always been that way. It’s the natural order of the world. And they only eat people sometimes.
But when the headman’s son, Torquell, dares lift his hand against the landlord’s son, he sets himself on a path to learn the terrible truth about the Ogres, and about the dark sciences that ensured their rule.
This is one of the reading highlights of the week. Tchaikovsky is back to his disturbing best in this thought-provoking novella that packs an almighty punch and has had me thinking about it since I put it down. Review posted. 10/10
AUDIOBOOK The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
A man broken in body and spirit, Cazaril, has returned to the noble household he once served as page, and is named, to his great surprise, as the secretary-tutor to the beautiful, strong-willed sister of the impetuous boy who is next in line to rule.
It is an assignment Cazaril dreads, for it will ultimately lead him to the place he fears most, the royal court of Cardegoss, where the powerful enemies, who once placed him in chains, now occupy lofty positions. In addition to the traitorous intrigues of villains, Cazaril and the Royesse Iselle, are faced with a sinister curse that hangs like a sword over the entire blighted House of Chalion and all who stand in their circle…
I saw this one on Audible and bought it as I read the print edition back when Noah was knee-high to a hen and while I recalled that I loved the story – I had completely forgotten it. It was a joy to listen to. And while it is listed as part a series, as far as I’m concerned, it’s a complete standalone. Outstanding and utterly gripping. 10/10
The Good Troll Detective – Book 1 of the Mantle and Key Paranormal Agency series by Ramy Vance
Half-troll. Half-human. All badass. Maine doesn’t like her father. It doesn’t help that he’s a troll. As in a literal, lives-under-a-bridge troll. When her father is killed, Maine returns home to settle his estate and learns that he wasn’t any ordinary troll, but the town hero. Seems trolls can be superheroes, too.
When Maine inherited her father’s Mantle, she got more than a demonically possessed magical cape that reveals one’s weakness. She also inherited several busloads of mythical adversaries. Thanks, Dad! Now that she’s inherited the Mantle, her father’s assassins are coming after her. With powerful supernatural beings gunning for her and the Mantle, Maine doesn’t have much time to learn about her magical inheritance. She has a choice to make. Give up her father’s Mantle and return to her mundane, human life, or stay and fight.
With the help of a chihuahua-sized dire wolf, a very sexy wizard, and her father’s Mantle, Maine enters a maze of supernatural mysteries. Will Maine uncover the truth of who her father was and why he was killed? Can she avoid her quest for that truth risking the lives of her and her friends along the way?
I liked the title and thought the blurb sounded quirky and enjoyable. And… it is. But while all the ingredients are there and the story is well-paced and nicely twisty, I kept waiting for the characters to really come to life, but somehow they slightly missed me. It’s not a bad book, however I didn’t like it as much as I expected. 7/10
The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi
When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on…
I have only included the first half of the blurb, as it then goes on to be far too chatty in my opinion. This is huge fun, while still managing to make the science sufficiently believable. And I loved the protagonist, Jamie, who lifts heavy things. Review to follow. 9/10
Betrayed – Book 3 of the Taellaneth series by Vanessa Nelson
Settling into her new life in the human world, the last thing Arrow expects is a request for aid from the Erith. The Erith’s favourite war mage is missing and Arrow is asked to investigate.
For the first time in her life, she is allowed into the Erith’s fabled heartland. It does not take long for Arrow to realise that the heartland is like the Erith themselves. Full of wonder, breathtakingly beautiful, and deadly.
Arrow is drawn into investigating a death at the very heart of the Erith’s homeland with the growing sense that there is far more wrong and far more at stake than a simple murder and missing mage.
I’m loving this enjoyable and gripping series. Imagine the High Elves in Warhammar – beautiful, martial and quarrelsome – and you have the Erith. I love the concept that a half-breed is treated with disdain as an abomination. And the whodunit this time around is every bit as twisty and clever as I’ve come to expect from Nelson’s excellent writing. 9/10
AUDIOBOOK – Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny
The Road runs from the unimaginable past to the far future, and those who travel it have access to the turnoffs leading to all times and places–even to the alternate time-streams of histories that never happened. Why the Dragons of Bel’kwinith made the Road–or who they are–no one knows. But the Road has always been there and for those who know how to find it, it always will be!
This is the first audiobook I’ve downloaded from Netgalley and it was really easy to do. I’ve never read Zelazny before, but kept meaning to do so. And I can see what all the fuss is about – the man certainly could write. This fractured narrative kept me wondering all the way through. Review to follow. 8/10
This week I have posted:
*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* – Review of NOVELLA Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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I hope the Spring weather brings more good days for you😁 I’m glad you enjoyed the new Scalzi. I’m looking forward to your review!
Thank you, Tammy:)). And yes – I thoroughly enjoyed the Scalzi! The only book of his that absolutely hasn’t worked for me so for is Redshirts. I initially thought it very funny – but felt that it would have made a better story, rather than a novel.
Cases are on the rise here too, so I’m still wear a mask when I’m shopping. Unfortunately the schools are riddled with it and it feels inevitable that one of my children will catch it sooner or later
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I’m glad you are enjoying better weather, I hope it boosts your spirits.
Wishing you a great reading week
Thank you, Shelleyrae:). Yes… I do love the summertime so the spring sunshine is very welcome. Hoping that you, too, have a lovely reading week.
The first days of spring are indeed a balm for our starved souls, especially after another Covid-infested winter, so I hope that the new season will mark a definite improvement for you. Abandoning masks right now seems like tempting fate, and I know I will be wearing one in any crowded situation no matter what…
‘balm for our starved souls’ – beautifully put, Maddalena:)). And yes… I look around when we’re in town and just wonder where folks without their masks have been for the past 2 years!
I hope you feel better soon! I’m still wearing my mask, but I’m the only one around here who does. It’s disappointing that everyone has just given up on the COVID thing.
I completely agree with you, AJ! My lovely reflexologist has just gone down with Covid – and she has been super careful throughout the pandemic, and continues to be so… Which means that the infection is still very much with us.
Sarah I am SO sorry and I do understand. I’m still working my way back. I hope you improve more quickly with the more sun and spring weather. I know it makes me feel more energetic even if I can’t fit more into a day. lol Thankfully, we do have great books to read when nothing else is working out.
Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post
I’m so glad to hear you’ve had more good days than bad though I can definitely understand your frustration. You’ve been dealing with this for so long. I’m glad you’ve been able to enjoy the nicer weather! It’s been really enjoying the spring weather we’ve been getting as well. We have maybe a month before the humidity and mosquitos hit us full force so I’m enjoying it for now. Virtual hugs and lots of well wishes are being sent your way.
Glad you are also enjoying spring sunshine, too, Katherine:)). Thank you so much for your kind good wishes and I hope you are having a good week with plenty of excellent books.
I’m glad to hear that you’re having more good days than bad but I’m so sorry that you’re still dealing with the effects of COVID. It makes me all the more frustrated that people seem to have just decided it’s over no matter that there’s yet another variant out there.
Thank you, Suzanne:). And yes… I get very fed up when people wander around as if it doesn’t matter any more. My sister who works in a Pharmacy said someone marched up to the counter without a mask on and demanded a lateral flow test kit – because he had covid! No wonder the number of infections are spiralling.
More good days are a great positive. Thank goodness Spring is right around the corner, as it is the great healer.
Thank you, Jennie:)). Yes – the improving weather is a real gift and I am feeling a lot more optimistic with the sunshine.
That is wonderful, Sarah!
Fingers crossed for more good days for you! I have Kaiju on my Audible wishlist. As soon as I get another credit, I’m buying that one. 🙂
Thank you for your kind good wishes, SJ:). And yes… Kimberly has listened to the audio version of Kaiju and her review is very favourable – I think you’re in for a treat!
As we already start going into summer, I hope spring was kind to you with a lot of sun and a lot of energy. Also, I’m looking forward to reading your Scalzi review as I just read the book recently and I’m curious of what you thought (though 9/10 is some indication 😉 ).
Thank you, Joanna! We did have a lovely Spring, weatherwise – although it turned a bit hectic with some family emergencies… And yes – I loved the Scalzi:)).