Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 10/10/21: October Updates

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….

Happy weekend everyone. I hope this post finds you well. It’s a nice 3 day weekend so I’m glad for the extra day off. The hybrid schedule at work is permanent so I’m working from home this whole upcoming week. There’s something to be said for being able to take conference calls in your pajamas and going to work with no commute.

It’s been a busy past few weeks and we’ve been doing the Fall things while the pretty season lasts. We went apple picking a few weekends ago which was fun. With the apples we picked and the cider that we bought there we’ve made apple cider pancakes, apple cake and apple muffins.

We also took a road trip and spent a two days in Gettysburg PA this past week which was amazing. I love history specifically Civil War history. I’ll share pics at the end of this post. This visit included a ghost hunting tour at the Gettysburg Orphanage.

Also of note, I met author Nicholas Sparks a few weeks ago! He was on book tour promoting his latest book and his first tour stop was in New Jersey in a bookstore about 30 minutes from us. I’ll share more about that under the mailbox section of this post.

onto my bookish updates….

recently on the blog:

I shared my thoughts on Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

I also posted about Seven Perfect Things. Author Catherine Ryan Hyde retweeted my tweet and tanked me for the review which was very nice of her.

in my mailbox:

My daughter and I met author Nicholas Sparks in September. We attended his book signing event and got autographed copies of his latest The Wish.
This was special since we read his books together it was awesome getting to meet him in person. We got there just 5 minutes early and we were already number 319 in line to meet him. They made everyone wait outside the bookstore then they call people in about 10 at a time to go inside to see him and get a picture with him. Masks were mandatory until it came time to take the pic and there was a glass between himself and us.

Also in my mailbox is The Thin Place via Amazon Publishing. This one sounds really good so I can’t wait to get to it.


Also of note…Fratertest is coming up on the 15th. Are you participating? I have several spooky reads to choose from and I am aiming to read two for this event.

That covers my updates for now, I’ll close with a few photos of our Gettysburg visit. Thanks for stopping in, I’ll be returning visits today and tomorrow. Enjoy your week ahead and happy reading. Let me know in the comments section what you’ve been up to.


On our trip we visited the Military Park Museum, a few of the battlefields and went on a ghost hunting tour of the orphanage there one night. The ghost tour host was dressed up in Civil War era clothing and was in character as the head mistress at the time. The story surrounding this place is sad to begin with but seeing the historic building and going inside and hearing the children’s stories, seeing their photos, etc. was interesting. However, not mentioned on the tour site is that the tour ends with about a 40 minute visit to the orphanage basement in which the tour guide shut of all the lights while we sat in total darkness for about the longest 5 minutes of my life. Ghost Adventures filmed an episode here.

The tour of the orphanage took place around the outside of the two buildings and inside. This is a view of some of the Soldiers National Cemetery from behind the orphanage.

Our ghost tour guide.

Peaceful view of Cemetery Hill Battlefield early one morning. This was after the rain so it was foggy and added to the atmosphere. Visiting these sites is amazing but also unsettling when you think of all that happened here. Most of Gettysburg feels this way. The hotel we stayed at was used as a Civil War hospital at one point.

A memory tree. They’re called this because they witnessed the battle.

These are some of my favorite pics I took on the battlefields. I lowered the saturation to give them a vintage look. We visited Devil’s Den and Little Round Top this visit as well as Cemetery Hill.

Flag inside the museum. They have so many interesting artifacts on display here.

Union officer’s coat. One side of the photos on the wall behind this are soldiers from the North and the other side are soldiers from the South.


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31 thoughts on “Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 10/10/21: October Updates

  1. I don’t read much historical fiction but I do enjoy the Revolutionary and Civil War stories. One of the reasons I moved to the East Coast was it is the place I have least visited from my only midwest life prior to this.(other than Florida) So now we are trying to visit states around here but then COVID. It’s great you got to meet Nicholas Sparks!

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    • I enjoying visiting historical places too, hoping to visit more. Meeting Nicholas Sparks in person was very cool, that’s the first time I met a famous author. Enjoy your books this week!


  2. The Gettysburg trip looks nice! As happy as I was to be back in person at school last year at my old school, at my new school I’m beginning to miss the working from home. Oh well. Life is so crazy these days! Hope you have a good week!
    Lisa Loves Literature

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  3. I hope you enjoy your three day weekend! My husband and daughter do not get a holiday and since my office is open 24/7, including holidays, I volunteered to help cover. I’m trying to focus on the fact that the money will help with dance fees rather than I’m missing out on a rare free day. I am scheduled to be in office this week–but luckily can work from home tomorrow (since it’s technically a holiday). My hybrid schedule was supposed to be more or less permanent too, but the new deputy director may change that. I hope she doesn’t, but we’ll have to wait and see.

    The apple picking sounds like fun! Every fall I think about taking my family to do that, but it never quite works out. One of these days perhaps. I am glad you had a nice time in Gettysburg, PA. I would love to visit there someday. Thank you for sharing the photos!

    That is cool that you got to meet Nicholas Sparks! He sure draws quite a crowd!

    I hope you have a great week, Naida!

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    • Hi Wendy, I hope your hybrid schedule stays permanent. That’s good it’ll go towards her dance fees, you’re a great mom. 🙂
      We hadn’t gone apple picking in a few years so it was fun going again.
      It was fun meeting Nicholas Sparks! It was a little surreal.
      Happy reading this week!


  4. As we live quite near to the City of Bath, where there are a large number of bookshops, book signings are an almost daily event somewhere or other. I must admit though, that I need to buy so few new books, that I never worry too much about author meet and greets, which is really lax of me! However, I have received a number of author review commissions recently and most have been paperback ARC’s, which have all arrived signed with lovely little messages, so I don’t feel too left out!

    I really like the sound of both your new books, so I have made space for them on my ‘wish list’ and look forward to seeing what you think of them.

    Dave has now had to go back into the office full time and is conducting face-to-face appointments. They are now also talking about removing any social distancing, in order to increase the number of interview desks, so he really isn’t looking forward to that! Our government are very anti – hybrid working and are more or less ordering staff back into their offices, to bring the city centres back to life during the week. There are one or two companies who are ignoring the demands and allowing continued homeworking, but not many!

    We don’t have any more official long weekends due this year now, so Christmas is the next break on the horizon (I don’t count the October half-term, as we don’t have any young family).

    It looks as though you enjoyed your time away at the museum, you got some great shots. We took our goddaughter to the London Museum a few years ago and they have live actors hidden amongst the waxworks models down in the dungeons. There were a small group of us walking past a cell, when all the lights went out and a hand reached out and grabbed Nicky! I thought she was going to have a meltdown, I have never heard anyone scream so loudly – that is until it happened to me too!!!!

    A lovely ‘newsy’ post, thanks for sharing and have a good week 🙂

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    • Living near Bath must be amazing, visiting England is on my wish list.
      If people can work from home, they should be allowed to do so. It’s crazy how things are now, so many people aren’t bothering with social distancing or masks and vaccines. I’m glad to be on a hybrid work schedule because when I’m in the office it’s hard to maintain social distancing.

      I’d be screaming too at the London museum lol it sounds like fun.
      Have a nice week ahead 🙂


  5. Yay for long weekends! And for working at home. I like it when companies do hybrid schedules, with Covid still so bad out there.

    Mmm cider sounds so good, I haven’t bought any yet this season!

    FraterFest looks like spookyish fun 🙂

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  6. Your Gettysburg tour looks wonderful. We visited in October a number of years ago — to see the leaves changing color and enjoy the history. Your pictures make me want to go back to look over my pictures from our trip.
    How special to get to see Nicholas Sparks and have your books signed. 🙂
    I am looking forward to enjoying Fraterfest too.
    Have a good week and Happy (and spooky) reading!

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  7. The apple picking picture is beautiful and it sounds like a fun time! Love your pictures below also from your trip. A sad time indeed, but important to remember. Happy reading!

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  8. Your Gettysburg images are lovely! I think they set the tone for Fraterfest perfectly this year…! Yes, I will also be taking part.

    Yea for meeting Nicholas Sparks in person!

    Enjoy the rest of your week!

    Elza Reads

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  9. I haven’t read a Nicholas Sparks book in ages. I hope that’s a good one. We loved our visits to Gettysburg, PA, and it’s only about an hour or so from us. We’ve been to a re-enactment or two there and went on a self-guided ghost tour with some infrared film (no ghosts caught on camera, sadly). I’d love to do that orphanage tour someday.

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  10. Your trip to Gettysburg sounds so interesting! I love to visit museums and historical sites. Your photos are wonderful! And, how cool that you got to meet an author you admire. That’s so special. I hope you are doing great and loved reading about what you’ve been up to!

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