Saturday, 1 August 2015

Sunday post - 2

Hosted by the Sunday Post is a chance to chat about the week - and blog - that was, and talk about what's coming up in both, also.

It has been ... a week. Well, really a weekend.

I haven't blogged much this week but I did do a "review" of Station Eleven: and also of Lady Knight, a book I ended up wanting to like more than I did:

Now I'm reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which is really, really charming so far; The Duchess Wars on ibooks which was recommended to me, and for my Thursday night chunkster I started The Sunne In Splendor by Sharon Kay Penman. I compiled a shelf for Thursday night's reading and here is what it looks like so far:

My only criteria so far for Thursday night reads is that the book has to be over 400 pages. I was able to cull this lot from my own shelves. The only thing I want to change about it is that it is rather lacking diversity. So if anyone has suggestions for books by non-white writers - same criteria applies - I'm open for suggestions!

Now. On to the less fun stuff. There is one major life event that I'll blog about next week. I'm not deliberately trying to be cryptic, I just need to know it's set in stone before I talk about it here.

As for the weekend ... On Saturday morning I woke up at 4am with *ahem* digestive issues. Luckily the traffic was all one way, so I spent a lot of time sleeping and a lot of time in the loo. I think it was something I ate, but I can't be sure.

Fast forward to just before midnight. I get woken up by spawn, saying he doesn't feel well.

Me: "The bathroom! The bathroom!"

Spawn *Hurls all over my bedroom floor and THEN the bathroom floor.*

So J and I cleaned that up and got him back into bed.

We''re both feeling ... tentatively better today.

Now. Today. We have lost two cats this year, because of age and infirmity. I expect that. But today ...

This is Morgana, the tabby on the left. The tortie on the right is Freya.
About 4pm today, spawn said, "Where's Morgana? I haven't seen her all day." I assumed she'd be around, so I went outside to call her and saw - on the other side of the road - a cat that had been hit by a car.

Sure enough, it was Morgana. We'd never known her to even go on the road, but there she was, bowled, and gone. She was the sweetest, most loving cat, and I was never without her on my lap of a night watching TV.

So. It's not been the most stellar of weekends.

Coming up this week ... I'll blog about the life change I spoke of so obliquely, and hopefully have a couple of reviews.

I hope your week has been better than mine :-)


  1. I'm off to read your review of Station Eleven as it's on my 'must get to sometime' list!

    I cannot believe the title of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - surely that's the longest ever!!!!?

  2. Deborah: It's more of a Kermit-flail than a review really. Heh! It is a long title but the book is so very good :)

  3. I liked your review of Station Eleven. that makes me want to read it even more, which I was already considering given all the buzz. And love your Thursday night idea- nice stack of books. I've been curious about Kim Stanley Robinson, especially with his new one out.

    I'm so sorry about your cat- how heartbreaking. What a rough weekend...

    I love the name Freya, BTW. Take care this week...

  4. I am so sorry about Morgana. We lost a cat like that. Ours were house cats and friends spent the evening and let them out. I am curious to see what you think of the Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

  5. Greg: Let me know what you think of it! It's truly one of my favourite books. I read .. Antarctica? I think it was? A few years back and I"ve had the Mars trilogy for a while. I'll keep you posted. Thank you, it wasn't our best weekend for sure :( heh, thanks. She lives up to it in her own queenly and superior way :)

    Kim: Thank you. Oh, that's awful, how sad! D: So far it's very sweet and charming :)

  6. Sorry to hear about you loosing two cats this year! Morgana's pic is beautiful! You review of Station Eleven made me want to give it another try :) glad you are feeling better! Now I'm curious about that major life evet! :)

  7. Daniela: Thank you! I hope you do give Station Eleven another go, fingers crossed! Heh, I'll post about it later in the week :)

  8. I picture of the shelf! Some big thick books. I hope you have a great week of reading!

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  9. I am so glad you are feeling better now. That sickness sounds rough. I just read your review of Station Eleven. I LOVED that book. It was one of my favorites from last year. For a book with a non-white reader, can I suggest Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez? It takes place before the Civil War and follows the lives of four women at a resort popular among slaveholders who bring their enslaved mistresses. It was really good.

  10. Tammy: Thanks! I'm looking forward to digging into them. You too!

    Cynthia: It was not my favourite weekend, for sure. Oh thank you for the rec that sounds great! It's under my self-imposed 400-page count for Thursdays but I'm definitely adding it to my to-read list :)

  11. Oh no. I am so, so sorry to hear about the kitty. I hope y'all are doing okay. What a sad thing. I'm sending you hugs!

  12. Sorry about your cat, what a shame and also have a sicky bug, you have had a rough time.

    Just looking at your shelf, I am reading The Passage just now between other books I am reading I think I am only getting one day a week at it but I love it, but my goodness it is long!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

  13. Jenny: Thank you. We're all still a bit shocked, and will certainly miss her for a long time D:

    Heather: Thank you. I've had better weekends, for sure. I've had The Passage for aaaaaaaages, and it certainly fits my chunkster criteria. I started with The Sunne in Splendour which I'm really enjoying even though I'm only reading it on Thursday nights at the moment.