The #SundayPost: Running backs, catching up, and giving back

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post

Last Sunday I was sitting at the Bengals game in Cincinnati watching Joe Mixon score FIVE touchdowns, so I didn’t have time to write my Sunday Post. The past week was spent catching up on work, and this weekend I’m relaxing in Bryson City with Doug, Hermann, Holly, and Harold. Tomorrow it’s back to work.

Yesterday I took some of the MANY free books I’ve gotten from being a blogger and I donated them to the Friends of the Marianna Black Library bookstore in Bryson City. This bookstore is nonprofit and helps fund the library. I have accumulated way more books than I can possibly keep, so I figured I’d give them to a good cause. There are also at least two free library boxes in Bryson City, one at the Swain County Heritage Museum and one at Buttermilk Farms Antiques, so I put some books in those boxes as well. Anyone who wants to can take a book and leave a book. I would like to encourage other bloggers to do the same in your area if you get a lot of free print copies and no place to put them.

Since I was downtown, I did the tourist thing and went to all the shops near the Smoky Mountain Railroad. I also went inside the Swain County Heritage Museum, which is all decorated for Christmas. The museum is free and they have a gift shop to raise funds. The museum is a look back at how residents of Bryson City lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and before.

Friends of the Marianna Black Library Used Bookstore

Here’s a Bryson City sunrise pic from yesterday.

Here’s a frosty sunrise picture from this morning:

If you zoom in you can see the frost on the mountaintops.

LAST WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

Work and travel kept me pretty busy, so it was a quiet week on the blog early in the week.

On Wednesday I posted a review of Daisy and the Dazzling Dachshunds as part of a book tour for Zooloos Book Tours.

On Thursday I posted a review of Light to the Hills by Bonnie Blaylock

On Friday I participated in Book Blogger Hop.

On Saturday, for Indie Weekend, I reviewed Two of a Kind, a Christmas novella by Gail Meath. It is a prequel to the Jax Diamond Mystery series.

NEXT WEEK ON BONNIE READS AND WRITES

This schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday I will participate in Top Ten Tuesday

Wednesday I will review more books that I read back in August/September for the Historical Novel Society’s magazine, Historical Novels Review.

Friday I will participate in Book Blogger Hop.

From Friday to Sunday I will review Indie books for Indie Weekend.

BOOK HAUL

Just two audiobooks this week:

The Ingenue and Entropy

Have a Blessed Week!

Book Blogger Hop: Lost Without Books #Bookbloggerhop #blogger

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.

Answer: I definitely would look for a book to read if I didn’t have one. Since I joined Netgalley and then later became a blogger in October 2020, there has never been a time when I don’t have plenty of books to read. In fact, like other bloggers, I have to turn books down.

What about you? Are you lost without books?

Launch Day for Distant Flickers!

Reblog of Liz Gauffreau’s post. It is launch day for Distant Flickers, a collection of short stories by 8 authors, including Liz.

Elizabeth Gauffreau


Launch day for Distant Flickers has arrived! I’ve shared the two videos below to represent the two short stories of mine that are included in the anthology. (“Let the Rest of the World Go by” was originally recorded in 1919, which is within the timeframe of my story, but the sound quality of the contemporaneous recordings I found was so poor, they were painful to listen to.)

“Norfolk, Virginia, 1975:
East Ocean View”

“Diary Omissions:
The House on Edgewood Road”

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Book Blogger Hop: Have you ever re-read a book? #Bookbloggerhop #readinghabits

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.

This week’s question was submitted by Billy @Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer:

Yes! All my life, and for many reasons. First of course, there is the Bible, but below I will list fictional books that I re-read.

The characters in The Chronicles of St. Mary’s series by Jodi Taylor are like old friends I want to visit again and again.

The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter series have fabulous worlds that I want to get lost in for a while, and a touch of magic too.

I always read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book The Long Winter whenever we have a big snowstorm or snow day. This is about a horrible winter the family suffered through, and it talks about how they survived through ingenuity and heroism.

At Christmas, I always read Grace Livingston Hill’s The Substitute Guest, which describes the perfect old-fashioned family Christmas and was written by Hill in 1936. She was a popular Christian romance author who died in 1947.

The Door Into Summer is my favorite fictional book. I have it in every format imaginable and have read it many times. What I like about it is that the main character was determined to change their circumstances and did so, in an unusual way.

What About you? Are there books you like to read over and over?

Self-Published Saturday: #freebook #indiebooks #cozymysteries

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The ebook of Songbird, Book 1 of the Jax Diamond Mystery Series, is free all day today (Sunday, September 11, 2022). Book 2, Framed, is 99 cents. Here are my reviews of both:

Songbird | Framed

This series about Private Detective Jax Diamond, his German Shepherd sidekick, Ace, and Broadway singer Laura Graystone is fantastic! It is set in 1920’s New York City. Check it out.

Click on the covers above to get your copy.

#Friday56

The Friday 56 is sponsored by Freda’s Voice.

* Grab a book, any book.

*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your e-reader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.

*Find a snippet, short and sweet, and post it.

The rules are here: Friday56 Rules.

This is the first book of my favorite time travel series about a group of madcap, time-traveling historians. Madeline Maxwell is a trainee in book one and on Page 56 has just completed her first time jump, which is actually a test to see what she does when the system shuts down and she appears to be stranded.


“This is fantastic tea.”

“How long ago did you run out?”

‘Two long days ago.”

“We were spot on then. We have to try and gauge it so you’re close to running out of supplies but haven’t yet struck out across country to search for help. When were you planning to go?”

“I wasn’t. I knew you wouldn’t let me starve.”

“No one likes a smart arse.”

“Does this mean I’ve failed?”

“No, Miss Maxwell, it means you’re top of the class.”

Yes! My future stretched happily in front of me; back to the past.”

If you click on the cover above, you can learn more about the book.

Book Review: The Hurricanes of Weakerville #baseball #booksaboutbaseball #Veryfunny

Alex Weakerman is an almost eighth-grader who loves baseball, especially the Hurricanes of Weakerville, Iowa, an independent league professional baseball team owned by his Grandpa Ira. Alex’s talents don’t lie in actually playing the game–he once struck out at tee-ball–but he is a whiz at statistics, and he knows everything about every player and every at-bat the Hurricanes have ever had. But the Hurricanes are a shadow of what they once were, and are losing money. And Alex has other problems–his lack of confidence is legendary. When his Grandpa Ira passes away, Alex is crushed, but Ira leaves him a legacy that can change everything. He becomes the manager of the Hurricanes.

This is a hilarious middle-grade story with a great cast of characters who will keep you laughing. Although it is about baseball, it’s also about the wonderful relationship between a boy and his grandfather, and a bequest that will turn out to be much bigger than it appears. It is about the magic that happens when you step out of your comfort zone and trust others, and about the gift of good friends. This book was enjoyable from beginning to end. It had me laughing out loud in some places and misting up in others. It was a pleasure to read. Fans of fiction about sports and family will love this lively tale of a thirteen-year-old professional baseball manager, his amazing grandpa, and his group of friends.

I received a free copy of this book from Walden Pond Press via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

(From His Website: ChrisRylander.com)

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