Sunday Lineup (12.20.2020)

This week was actually more productive in terms of reading than I had expected. I’m glad because I have a lot of reading ahead of me in January and February, including the first book in the Cosmere Conquest, Elantris, so I am glad I’m able to read ahead a little with those ARCs. Here is what I am working on now:

Kindle

Minus Me // by Mameve Medwed

Synopsis:

Annie and her devoted but comically incompetent childhood sweetheart Sam are the owners and operators of Annie’s, a gourmet sandwich shop, home to the legendary Paul Bunyan Special Sandwich–their “nutritionally challenged continual source of income and marital harmony and local fame.”

But into their mostly charmed marriage comes the scary medical diagnosis for Annie–and the overwhelming challenge of finding a way to help Sam go on without her. Annie decides to leave Sam step-by-step instructions for a future without her, and considers her own replacement in his heart and their bed. Her best-laid plans grind to a halt with the unexpected appearance of Ursula, Annie’s Manhattan diva of a mother, who brings her own brand of chaos and disruption into their lives.

Why did I choose this:

I guess I like to rip my heart out and cry.

Current Thoughts:

I literally just started this, I mean, I’m at 2% right now, so I can’t say a whole lot but the start is a little bit jarring, though I have a feeling that’s rather intentional.

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Audio

The Scorpio Races // by Maggie Stiefvater

Synopsis:

Some race to win. Others race to survive.

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.

Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition – the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

Why did I choose this:

Magical horse races?? DUH.

Current Thoughts:

I’m really enjoying it so far. The narrators are good and I can’t say it’s predictable, so I’m happy.

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All Creatures Great and Small // by James Herriot // narrated by Nicholas Ralph

Synopsis:

These are the stories that catapulted James Herriot to literary fame. When this book was first published, it was merely a simple volume of memoirs by an unknown Scottish veterinarian. But within a year, the book became recognized as a masterpiece. And in the three decades that followed, Dr. Herriot has become one of the most universally loved authors of our time.

In this first volume of memoirs, then-newly-qualified vet James Herriot arrives in the small Yorkshire village of Darrowby and he has no idea what to expect. How will he get on with his new boss? With the local farmers? And what will the animals think? This program is filled with hilarious and touching tales of the unpredictable Sigfried Farnon, Sigfried’s zany brother, Tristan, and Herriot’s first encounters with a beautiful girl called Helen.

Now as then, All Creatures Great and Small is full of humor, warmth, pathos, drama, and James Herriot’s love of life. His journey across the Yorkshire dales, and his encounters with humans and dogs, cows, and kittens are lovingly narrated by Nicholas Ralph with all the fascination, affection, and joy that suffuses Dr. Herriot’s work.

Why did I choose this:

As someone that wanted to be a veterinarian for a looong time, there was no way I could turn this down. I’m so glad to have auto-approval with MacMillan Audio. They have my favorite audio ACRs on NetGalley.

Current Thoughts:

I’m loving it. It’s so charming and the narrator is absolutely perfect for it.

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While I’m not looking forward to getting back to work tomorrow, at least I only have 3 days to work this week and then the hubby and I are off to Asheville for a few days. My doctor’s appointment went as expected. I’m glad I didn’t get my hopes up too much again after some comments by some well-meaning people. To clear things up: I had a miscarriage and my hormone levels were a little all over the place. They’re going down again now though and hopefully things will be back to normal soon. This mess has lasted six weeks now and I’m ready for it to be over. This is upsetting enough without having to go to the doctor twice a week and constantly having to talk about. Thank you for the support everyone and for those that have reached out to me via the blog, I see your messages and I will try to get back to you soon.

Note: I am super excited to be a part of Bookshop.org as an affiliate. With every book sale that is done through my shop link here and above, I receive a percentage which will be used to continue to bring you book-related content (probably going straight back into Bookshop). What is really awesome though is that a percentage will also go to independent book stores across the country, which has already helped support (and even save!) many book stores during the COVID struggles.

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