This is part of the weekly meme over at the Caffeinated Reviewer, where book bloggers can share the books they’ve read and share what they have got up to during the last week.
It’s been another busy week. Poor Ethan lost his wallet on his train journey into college – but fortunately, one of his friends lent him the money for a ticket home. We told him it was a rite of passage – we all lose purses/wallets/keys and now he’s coped with it, doing all the right things, including promptly phoning the bank to cancel his card, he has one more adult experience in his arsenal to help his resilience.
Oscar has recently become interested in football (soccer) again, so yesterday Himself took him for a training session with one of the local youth teams – and ended up retrieving balls and helping to put up a temporary goal. He came home very tired and with wet feet, having been up since 2 am due to an early shift. He really is a keeper… We also got Oscar’s bike properly serviced, having the brake and gear cables replaced, the chain tightened and fully oiled so that on the days that he rides to and from school, we know he’s as safe as possible. He isn’t quite big enough for an adult bike, though it won’t be long at the rate he’s now growing – so it doesn’t make sense to buy him something new and shiny right now, when I think he’ll need something bigger in less than a year.
We finally got some new blinds for the kitchen – yay!! The house has been disgracefully neglected, what with one thing and another, over the last couple of years and our previous blinds were long past their sell-by date. So we finally got some new ones. I’m very pleased at how well they go with our colour scheme😊.
As for me, I’ve been struggling somewhat this week. Typical, having written that I’m largely over the Long Covid that has blighted my life for the past eighteen months, that halfway around Tesco last week on the weekly supermarket shop, I was suddenly overwhelmed by the all-too-familiar wave of nausea and tiredness. But the big plus is that it didn’t result in my legs giving way in the middle of the aisle, or having to stagger to the nearest chair. Instead, I was able to continue the task with the help of the boys, though I felt very wiped out afterwards and throughout the week, I’ve been nursing my energy levels as I’ve been really tired. Knowing how this goes, so long as I look after myself, this dragging feeling should ease up in the next day or so. But so far, I haven’t needed to take to my bed for the duration – and that’s a massive win. However, that’s also been reflected in my reading this week as whenever I pick up my Kindle, I end up dozing off.
Last week I read:-
AUDIOBOOK – Ithaca – Book 1 of the Penelope series by Claire North
Seventeen years ago, King Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age from the island of Ithaca. None of them has returned, and the women of Ithaca have been left behind to run the kingdom.
Penelope was barely into womanhood when she wed Odysseus. While he lived, her position was secure. But now, years on, speculation is mounting that her husband is dead, and suitors are beginning to knock at her door.
No one man is strong enough to claim Odysseus’ empty throne—not yet. But everyone waits for the balance of power to tip, and Penelope knows that any choice she makes could plunge Ithaca into bloody civil war. Only through cunning, wit, and her trusted circle of maids, can she maintain the tenuous peace needed for the kingdom to survive.
This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before. Beyond Ithaca’s shores, the whims of gods dictate the wars of men. But on the isle, it is the choices of the abandoned women—and their goddesses— that will change the course of the world.
Oh my goodness! What an amazing listen… For those of you suffering withdrawal symptoms after Madeline Miller’s wonderful Circe and Songs of Achilles and Pat Barker’s The Silence of the Girls – here is another powerful, moving depiction of the Greek myths from the feminine viewpoint. I absolutely loved it. Review to follow.
My posts last week:
LIVING WITH LONG COVID – My Journey from 6th March 2021 to September 2022
Review of NETGALLEY AUDIOBOOK Death Among the Diamonds – Book 1 of the Cressida Fawcett Mystery series by Fliss Chester
Can’t-Wait-Wednesday featuring Tread of Angels by Rebecca Roanhorse
Sunday Post – 2nd October, 2022
Interesting blogs and articles that have caught my attention during last couple of weeks, in no particular order:
Friday Faceoff: Guess Who’s Back – Vampires – popular again? – I regularly used to enjoy and take part in Friday Faceoff, and in due course I’m hoping to get back to joining in. Which covers do you prefer?
Quarterly Challenge Update: September 2022 – Carla’s reading stats frankly awed me. I haven’t generally joined in any of the regular book blogging challenges, although they always look like great fun. Do you – and do they inspire you to stretch your reading?
Gloria! – I love reading Jennie’s regular updates on what happens in her classroom – and this is just one example of her inspired teaching…
Can’t-Wait-Wednesday – The Boys from Biloxi by John Grisham – I haven’t read one of Grisham’s books for a very long time… So I was intrigued to see this upcoming release pop up.
What’s On My Plate: 15 SFF Books to Read in October 2022 – Tammy always has some of the coolest new releases around, so I always enjoy visiting her site. Though I’m now tussling with the impulse to get hold of the audiobook of Station Eternity, despite being stacked out with books I still haven’t yet listened to!
Wishing you all a happy, health week😊.
I am sorry to hear you had another mild relapse last week, the Covid really is a weird disease. My oldest son is all at University and he misplaced his ID document a few months ago which caused a great deal of anxiety. It turned up under the seat of a friend’s car, thank goodness. Greg is very responsible so this was just an unlucky incident as the ID came out of his pocket.
Oh that’s horrible:(. Ethan’s college I.D. was also in his wallet, but they were very sympathetic about his plight, which I was pleased about.
I’m sorry about Ethan – it does happen to everyone at some point. I’m so glad you have a keeper. This week was a tiring one for me also, maybe the changing of season. I didn’t get in as much reading either. I hope we both have more energy in the week ahead!
Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post
I would really like more energy as I’m struggling quite a bit at the moment! But at least I know that it will pass. Let’s hope we both have a better week, Anne:)).
Hi Sarah, thank you for including my blog post in your Sunday Post. It sound like you are continuing to gain strength and get better. Hooray!
You’re very welcome, Jennie:). And thank you for your kind good wishes.
I love your new blinds, and I love seeing a peek into your beautifully green yard! I hope your energy levels return soon😁
And thank you for the shout out!
Ah thank you, Tammy! I do like lively colours and the current taste for greys and beige leaves me completely underwhelmed:)). And yes… the garden is certainly green – it’s also a week-infested jungle!! But it will have to take its turn…
You’re welcome for the shout out:)). It’s lovely to have enough energy to start visiting other blogs again:))
You sound good, girlfriend! What a nice week, overall.
Mine this week is full of promise. Going to Houston tonight to hear Maggie O’Ferrel read from her latest and be interviewed. After a girls’ gab dinner, of course. LOL
Closing in bookstore house Wednesday. I am a busy woman.
Oh this sounds like the loveliest week, Rae:)). I hope you thoroughly enjoyed hearing Maggie O’Ferrel read from her book – and that the carpentry project goes smoothly!
I often doze off while reading. Lol. That’s why it takes me forever to finish a book sometimes!
That’s certainly been the case for me, recently, SJ:)
I’m sorry for Ethan’s bad luck, it’s such a pain to deal with all that.
Your blinds look pretty, I’d love to replace my dull grey verticals.
I just read your Long CoVid post, thank you for sharing your journey. As someone who is still wearing a mask because I don’t want to take the gamble with CoVid I hope others take note of your experience.
Wishing you a great reading week
Thank you, Shelleyrae:). And yes – I also get very fed up when I hear someone else dismiss covid as ‘just like a cold, these days…’ I hope you, too, are having a great reading week:)).
Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear about Ethan’s bad luck. Not fun! I’m also sorry to hear about your time at the store. You’ve come such a long way but you’re still building back your energy. While I haven’t had long covid I had a pretty bad case of pneumonia a few years ago and it was months before I had built my energy back up and that was after only being sick 6 weeks! I hope you are having a wonderful week!
Thank you, Katherine:)). At least I haven’t had to take to my bed, although I am resting a bit more. And I know that pneumonia is really nasty – I recall my mother being completely felled by it and she’s always been incredibly fit throughout her life. Glad you made a complete recovery and I hope this is proving to be a great week for you, too:)).
Ooh, I hate to lose things. It makes me cross.
Ithaca should be one of my upcoming reads – I got very behind with reviews recently – but seeing you loved this has renewed my desire to pick it up soon.
Sorry to hear you had a relapse. Hope you’re feeling better now.
Thank you, Lynn. Yes, I am now feeling better, thank goodness:)). And yes – do pick it up – it’s a cracking read!