Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 8/14 Updates After Blog Hiatus

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….

Hi everybody. If you’re reading this thank you for stopping by today. I’ve been on blog hiatus since late March. Just life keeping me busy but also my computer sucks and I need to purchase a laptop this way I can blog from the comfort of my couch or bed instead of actually having to log onto this old dinosaur. Also, what’s with the WordPress ads? It seems they’ve taken over, I need to go ad free I guess. If you’re on WordPress are you ad free?

I won’t bore you with too much rambling but I’ve been enjoying my summer, we went on vacation to the lake for a week in June and just the usual other stuff is going on. I’m still working on a hybrid schedule which is great. I’m off work this upcoming week and plan on doing a day trip here or there then lounging in my pajamas as much as I can. We’ve had a very hot couple of weeks here with heat advisories and now it finally seems to be letting up a little. I haven’t read too much lately but I’ll be reviewing what I have been reading. I’ve been crocheting alot.

onto my bookish updates…

recently on the blog: I dove right on in and posted 3x this past week.

Book Spotlight: Ruin: A Novel of Flyfishing in Bankruptcy Debut by Leigh Seippel

Book/Author Spotlight: Little Dirt Road and Juiced by Ted Mulcahey.

I re-read Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice.

in my mailbox:

Oooh! I met Norman Reedus a few months ago!

He was very nice. He gave me a fist bump. He was on book tour for his book called The Ravaged. Unfortunately you couldn’t take a picture with him, you were just allowed to go up and get him to autograph your book but he was so nice and it was worth waiting in line to get to meet him in person. I’m a big TWD fan so this was awesome. He was so Daryl in person lol. I took this pic below while waiting in line to meet him.

The Little House by the Sea (Pennystrand Village Book 1) came via NetGalley/Bookouture. I love this cover and this sounds like a perfect summer read.

I purchased a copy of My Dearest Julia: The Wartime Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Wife A Library of America Special Publication when I visited Grant Cottage again this summer while on vacation. The cottage is near where we stay so I took my parents out there for a guided tour of the cabin. They have a little store on the grounds as well as a small museum. I’ll share my thoughts on this one soon.

That pretty much wraps it up, what have you been up to this summer? What are you reading? Watching? I actually just finished re-watching Midnight Mass last weekend. It is so good and was worth the re-watch. I’ve also been watching Becoming Elizabeth which is very good.

I’ll be blog hopping and catching up a little this week. Stay well 🙂 I’ll close with a few vacation views from June.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. The photos here are my own and not be to be removed from this post.

23 thoughts on “Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 8/14 Updates After Blog Hiatus

  1. We have also been in red and amber warning zones for heatwaves here and now most of the country has officially been designated in drought conditions, which are expected to last for about a year! I am not a summer person at the best of times, so this has been torture for me and I am praying for rain and reduced temperatures soon – PLEASE!

    It has been too hot to crochet, but i aim to get on with some Afghan blankets as soon as possible, as we are about to experience our most expensive energy bills ever this winter, with monthly debits having gone up a whopping 200% so far with another increase in October and one in January. This will make average energy bills about $5,000 a year, which is not sustainable for many us and makes ‘heat or eat’ a real scenario. I now just have to convince hubby that there is no shame in sitting wrapped in a blanket at home.

    ‘The Little House By The Sea’ was a lovely book and my review is up later this month, so I hope you enjoy it too!

    I’m not too sure how I am going to enjoy ‘Ruin’, however I have accepted it for review, so I’ll let you now how that goes.

    Have a good week! 🙂 xx

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    • That’s crazy about your energy bill increase! The heat broke a little today then strangely enough it got hotter in the afternoon again which is what has been happening lately.
      I’m curious to read your thoughts on The Little House By The Sea and Ruin. Enjoy your reading and the rest of the weekend!

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  2. Welcome back! That view on the lake is a dream. I always love spending time by or on the water. And your crochet project looks lovely. I’ve been working on my crochet skills by making a throw blanket, I’m usually more of a knitter but it’s been fun doing something similar yet different.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  3. Glad you had a great vacation. I’m jealous you get this coming week off; enjoy it! And sounds like getting to meet Norman Reedus was awesome. I’m so glad.

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  4. Not sure about the ads so I’ll have to be aware. I’m on the brink of deciding whether or not to keep blogging. This might make my decision. The Grant book caught my eye. I read a book earlier this year about him and would love to read more. Love the pics.

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    • Hi Mary, I feel you. I’ve been on the brink also and then I always end up coming back to blogging lol. It’s just very relaxing to me to be able to discuss books with fellow book lovers.
      I love Grant, I’m reading his memoirs next. Happy reading this week!

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  5. Your vacation spot looks lovely! And I’m glad you got to meet Norman Reedus; it’s always exciting to meet an author or actor whose work you enjoy.

    I’m ad-free, but I’m on self-hosted WordPress — well, hosted on a major hosting site, but it’s the version, not So I didn’t know that the free blogs have ads now. I’ve considered adding an ad widget to my blog to defray the costs of the self-hosted site, but so far, I have avoided doing so.

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    • Thank you, vacationing by the lake is so relaxing.
      Thanks for the input on the WordPress ads. I ended up going ad free today but I may look into adding an ad widget in the far future to offset the cost, I have to see.
      Happy reading this week!


  6. Great to see you back at MM. It sounds like you had a lovely summer and I like your photos.
    Little House by the Sea does have a lovely cover. I am very interested in the Grant book.
    Hope you can stay cool and enjoy all of your reading!

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