Sunday Lineup (02.06.2021)

Hello everyone!

How are you guys? I’m currently trying to distract myself so I don’t look at the creepy creatures attacking my husband’s character in The Last of Us II. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to scary things. I’ve been enjoying following the story line but that Rat King is seriously creepy!

I’m also a little sore. I’ve been steadily working out every day, though I have to be honest and admit that I didn’t quite work out as hard some of the time this week than the week before. I’m trying though. Part of this work is about building good habits so I try to stay positive about it even when I take it easy.

My emotional support cat Nymeria.

I usually never update on TV happenings because I hardly ever watch TV but the hubby and I are still very much enjoying Lucifer. We also started watching Star Wars together. Last night, we watched A New Hope. It was alright. I’m not super excited about it yet but we will see how it goes. Tonight, we probably will continue with The Empire Strikes Back. Yesterday, I decided to try a longer ride on my spin bike for the first time without overly straining my already sore legs (thanks to my personal trainer) so I took it easy while watching the first episode of Bridgerton. I wasn’t very motivated but some mindless pedaling felt better than doing nothing. I quickly decided to give myself a challenge though. Every time Lord Hastings would be in a scene, I’d have to up my resistance for that entire scene. And phee-ew, did that work well! Though that last scene of episode 1 almost killed me! lol

*swoon*

Print

The Final Empire // by Brandon Sanderson

Synopsis:

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the “Sliver of Infinity,” reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler’s most hellish prison. Kelsier “snapped” and found in himself the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, he turned his talents to the ultimate caper, with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. Only then does he reveal his ultimate dream, not just the greatest heist in history, but the downfall of the divine despot.

But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks more like the ultimate long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

Why did I choose this:

This is the second book in our Cosmere Conquest. It’s always been on my TBR so I’m excited to be moving through some of these well-known titles of the fantasy genre.

Current Thoughts:

I’m 3 chapters in so far. It’s ok right now. I like the characters but I find myself thinking about my ebook read instead. I’m sure though that with more talk of Allomancy, I’ll be drawn in soon enough because that’s the kind of stuff I love.

Audio

A Promised Land // written and narrated by Barack Obama

Synopsis:

A riveting, deeply personal account of history in the making, from the president who inspired us to believe in the power of democracy.

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.

Obama takes readers on a compelling journey from his earliest political aspirations to the pivotal Iowa caucus victory that demonstrated the power of grassroots activism to the watershed night of November 4, 2008, when he was elected 44th president of the United States, becoming the first African American to hold the nation’s highest office.

Reflecting on the presidency, he offers a unique and thoughtful exploration of both the awesome reach and the limits of presidential power, as well as singular insights into the dynamics of U.S. partisan politics and international diplomacy. Obama brings readers inside the Oval Office and the White House Situation Room, and to Moscow, Cairo, Beijing, and points beyond. We are privy to his thoughts as he assembles his cabinet, wrestles with a global financial crisis, takes the measure of Vladimir Putin, overcomes seemingly insurmountable odds to secure passage of the Affordable Care Act, clashes with generals about U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, tackles Wall Street reform, responds to the devastating Deepwater Horizon blowout, and authorizes Operation Neptune’s Spear, which leads to the death of Osama bin Laden.

A Promised Land is extraordinarily intimate and introspective—the story of one man’s bet with history, the faith of a community organizer tested on the world stage. Obama is candid about the balancing act of running for office as a Black American, bearing the expectations of a generation buoyed by messages of “hope and change,” and meeting the moral challenges of high-stakes decision-making. He is frank about the forces that opposed him at home and abroad, open about how living in the White House affected his wife and daughters, and unafraid to reveal self-doubt and disappointment. Yet he never wavers from his belief that inside the great, ongoing American experiment, progress is always possible.

This beautifully written and powerful book captures Barack Obama’s conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

Why did I choose this:

I didn’t realize the synopsis was this lengthy… lol But I’m curious. I enjoyed Michelle Obama’s memoir a lot and wanted to see how Barack Obama recounts some of those same years. It’s a pricey book though so I waited until the audiobook came available at the library, which was much quicker than expected.

Current Thoughts:

It’s interesting so far. I definitely see some of the same situations that we know from Michelle’s book and I wonder how much her telling of them have influences his. I’m not very far into it yet. It’s a very long audiobook so I’m sure you’ll see it pop up in my Sunday Lineups for a few weeks.

All Things Bright and Beautiful // by James Herriot // narrated by Nicholas Ralph

Synopsis:

Millions of readers have delighted in the wonderful storytelling and everyday miracles of James Herriot in the over thirty years since his delightful animal stories were first introduced to the world.

Now in a new edition for the first time in a decade, All Things Bright and Beautiful is the beloved sequel to Herriot’s first collection, All Creatures Great and Small, and picks up as Herriot, now newly married, journeys among the remote hillside farms and valley towns of the Yorkshire Dales, caring for their inhabitants—both two- and four-legged. Throughout, Herriot’s deep compassion, humor, and love of life shine out as we laugh, cry, and delight in his portraits of his many, varied animal patients and their equally varied owners.

Why did I choose this:

I loved the other audiobook so much, I knew I had to continue on with these.

Current Thoughts:

Heartwarming as ever. Absolutely adorable.

Kindle

The Fall of Koli // by M. R. Carey

Synopsis:

Discover the gripping story of a young boy struggling to find his place in a world where nature itself has turned against humanity in the unforgettable conclusion to the Rampart trilogy.

What will the future hold for those who are left?

Koli has come a long way since being exiled from his small village of Mythen Rood. In his search for the fabled tech of the Old Times, he knew he’d be battling shunned men, strange beasts and trees that move as fast as whips. But he has already encountered so much more than he bargained for.

Now that Koli and his companions have found the source of the signal they’ve been following – the mysterious “Sword of Albion”—there is hope that their perilous journey will finally be worth something.

They’re searching for a way to help humanity fight back against nature. But what they’ll find is an ancient war that never ended . . .

Why did I choose this:

The Rampart Trilogy is one of my favorites from 2020 so this concluding book has been highly anticipated for me.

Current Thoughts:

It hasn’t been what I expected at all but it’s been very interesting. I have about 30% left and there are a few things I’d like to see wrapped up. We’ll see how it goes.

It’s been really tough to admit but Ivy, the original Shaggy Shepherd of our family, is slowing down. She no longer pulls on the leash like she used to and we try to help her in and out of the car whenever we can beat her to it. Yesterday, she got to accompany us to Lowe’s and then she got some fries from Chick-Fil-A. We love our old lady. She’s almost 9 now and I hope we still have a bunch of years left with her.

How has your weekend been? What are you currently reading?

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