Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 2/2/2020: Reading, Crocheting and Watching

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Goodbye January and hello February. It’s been a crazy month. Everyone in my house came down with something in January, with the exception of myself. Knock on wood. My son even tested positive for the flu a few weeks ago. He’s recovered now. I’m also surrounded by sick people at work and again, fingers crossed, I’ve managed to evade whatever has been making the rounds.

It has also been such a sad week with the news of Kobe Bryant and his daughter and the other people who passed away so tragically. We’re a basketball watching family here so it hit home. Even though you don’t personally know celebs, when they pass you still mourn them. It’s been a reminder of how fragile life is and to tell our loved ones how much we love them daily. We’re not promised tomorrow.

Onto my bookish updates….

recently on the blog:
I posted my thoughts on Lilian and the Irresistible Duke by Virginia Heath. This review post also includes a book giveaway where you can enter for a chance to win your own copy.

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The poem I shared in January for Serena’s Poetry Reading Challenge was Farewell by Alice Dunbar-Nelson in case you want to take a peek at that. I will be sharing a poem on the last Tuesday of each month.


currently reading:
I’m finally reading my copy of Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. I hate this cover but the book is morbid and interesting so far. I read Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by this author and I enjoyed it.


in my mailbox:
Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini arrived via NetGalley/HarperCollins. Oh my gosh, this cover! I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

Brave Girl, Quiet Girl by Catherine Ryan Hyde arrived via  NetGalley/Amazon Publishing. I’ve read and enjoyed Catherine Ryan Hyde’s books in the past so this is another one I can’t wait to get to. I actually have an autographed copy of her book Pay It Forward on my shelves that the author was kind enough to mail me years ago.


We watched The Night Of on HBO this week and it was crazy good. This one was very tense and thrilling to watch. I recommend.

We also finished up season 3 of Sabrina on Netflix and it was good, but a little bit all over the place. It leaves it wide open for Season 4.


I’ve seen some gorgeous corner to crochet designs online especially over @ Repeat Crafter Me and Make and Do Crew so I decided to try and make a blanket with three hearts thrown in. This yarn was gifted to me for Christmas so I thought the colors would go nicely together for this project. It’s been a challenge for me following the heart graphs, I’m not good at graphs or following charts for whatever reason. I find them hard to follow, I lose my place, I lose count etc. I am not following a specific pattern for the blanket itself. I started the blanket, then I kind of threw the three hearts in as I went along. I am going to incorporate rows of color changes once the hearts are fully complete.

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I’m not crazy about the large pink heart right now, but I will be sewing yarn in to fill in the odd jagged spaces along the left side. This was actually my second attempt with that heart, the first time I unraveled the entire project at that point (after about a week of working on it) and I started it all over, and the heart still came out that way. Just a bit “off”. I’m a perfectionist with my crochet and little details like that bother me. I will post a finished pic when I am done. The smaller hearts have been easier to add in.

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That wraps up my updates for now. What are you doing? Reading? Watching? Enjoy the big game today if you’re watching. I mainly watch for the commercials and the half time show. Happy week ahead!


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41 thoughts on “Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 2/2/2020: Reading, Crocheting and Watching

  1. Sorry to hear about the illnesses in your family. Hopefully everyone will stay healthy going forward.

    The Mary Roach book looks good. Sometimes these non fiction books about seemingly odd subjects are very enlightening.

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  2. Hi Naida,

    I think that this week was the first time we have both felt on top of our game since Christmas Day, as we have both had completely different bugs, which have laid us low! I hope that you continue to avoid being sick, as believe me, it is no fun, and I wish all your family a full and speedy recovery 🙂

    I like the sound of both your new books this week, but then, like yourself, I am already a big fan of Catherine Ryan Hyde, having already read ‘Don’t Let me Go’, which was excellent, if you get the chance to grab a copy!

    Like yourself, I hate it when a piece of knitting or crochet doesn’t turn out as well as it I think it should, and I have unpicked many an item, to begin again from scratch. I am quite an even worker, although my stitches do tend to be a little on the tight side. Your work always looks lovely and even.

    Have a lovely week and enjoy your new books 🙂


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    • Hi Yvonne, I hope you continue to feel better. It’s so draining being sick.
      I enjoy reading Catherine Ryan Hyde’s work also so I’m looking forward to this one.
      Funny enough I unraveled most of that blanket and redid it and now am just about finished with it. I’ll post finished pics with my Sunday updates. I’ve been off blogland but will be back this week little by little.
      Have a good week and happy reading!


  3. Oh no hope you’re able to stay well! And that everyone around you is feeling better. 🙂 I haven’t been watching much lately but The Night Of looks interesting. I’ll have to check it out.

    Have a good week!

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  4. Oh, I’m glad you were able to stay well, hopefully everyone gets better in the coming days!

    I read Stiff a few years ago and really enjoyed it (but I agree, I hated the cover too!). Have a great week and happy reading!

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  5. I am glad you have stayed healthy and I hope that the rest of your family gets better.
    I like both of your new books.
    I hope you don’t get stressed by your crochet project. I like it. 🙂
    Happy Reading!

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  6. My family has been going rounds with sickness here as well. I had it last week and now my oldest has it this week. I love the winter but have to admit that I’m ready for spring and an end to all of these germs! I hope that you are able to stay healthy through it all! Have a great week!

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  7. Interested by anything to do with forensics, I’m sure I’d find Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers fascinating.

    Loving your crocheting. Perfect for February, I’m sure the heart will turn out fine.

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  8. Naida,
    Your crochet work is always creative and beautiful. Daisy’s sweater is a work of art (although she sometimes doesn’t allow me to put it on her). Enjoy your reading this week, and stay healthy if you can!

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