Sunday, December 18, 2016

The Sunday Post #76: More Challenge Sign-Ups


The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, and share news. It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Book Date. I get to tell you what I’ve read recently.



On The Blog Last Week





On The Blog This Week


  • On Monday I review Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.
  • On Tuesday I list some nonfiction books I wish Santa would bring me.
  • On Wednesday I review More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera.
  • On Thursday I do the Jingle Bell tag.
  • On Saturday I have the nonfiction edition of my giant Black Friday book haul.



In My Reading Life


Last week, I finished Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein. Then I read Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist by Dan Barker. Right now, I’m reading Cold City by Cathy McSporran and My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by Stephanie Perkins (editor).





Challenge Sign-Up


For the third year in a row, I’m signing up for the Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and It Starts At Midnight. My goal is to write at least 11 discussions next year.


  

In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. Buying Christmas presents for my parents.
  2. My dog had a close encounter with a coyote, and nobody got bit. Honestly, I don’t know how my dog’s ancestors survived long enough to produce her. She’s dumb as a rock and has no survival skills.   
  3. I donated a bunch of books to the classroom libraries of various teacher friends. This means there’s empty space on my bookshelves, which means more books for me. Also, I found this meme for my teacher friends:
  4. The #ReadIndie Challenge forced me out of my reading comfort zone, which is always appreciated.
  5. You guys were rock stars at responding to my I need recommendations post.




Take care of yourselves and be kind to each other. See you around the blogosphere!









34 comments:

  1. I'm not really signing up to any challenges hosted by other people so far...I'm not great at remembering rules and posting updates on other blogs! Most of my challenges are self challenges except the Goodreads one. Good luck with your challenge!

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    1. Thanks! I like challenges because I discover more blogs to follow, but I do sometimes forget to do the link-ups.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Oh man the ecard is hysterical!! I have to go back to your rec post and see what people said!! Have a great week!

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  3. Ooooh! What's the Jingle Bell tag? I'm going to hunt this down! I've been wanting to post something Christmasy this week! I loved Dan Barker's book and identified with it SO much! I met him a few years ago and he's a really nice guy. Have a great week!

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

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    1. I identified with Dan Barker’s book, too. I wish I had read it when I was younger and had to defend my lack of beliefs all the time. Now that I’m an adult, people don’t care what I believe. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. Yeah, I can relate to having a dog with no survival skills. I have a dog that is under five pounds who tries to fight everything from wild dogs to vultures. I'm glad that everything turned out alright.

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    1. I dogsit a little dog that has a Napoleon complex. He bites the legs of the big dogs when they don’t do what he wants.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. A coyote! I hope your dog is doing all right. And it's great donating books to schools. I need to donate some books myself!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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    1. The dog and the coyote are both fine (as far as I know). They got within biting distance of each other, but nothing happened.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. Best of success on your challenges. Glad your dog escaped serious injury. Merry Christman.

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  7. I like your book recommendations post- lots of categories there I'd like to read more of too, and I got lots of ideas from the comments. :) I'm glad your dog is okay! That must have been scary.

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    1. Thanks! The book community is the best at recommending books. Even if I’m looking for something strange and specific, somebody probably has a recommendation for me.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. Children of the New world looks interesting. I hope you enjoy your books, and happy holidays!


    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

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  9. I signed up for one challenge, the same one I did last year (Read the Books You Buy). That one helped me whittle 100 books off my stacks this year!

    Enjoy your week and the holidays...and I love your five things. And the texting cartoon...LOL. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. I’ll have to look up that challenge. I have about 40 books sitting on my TBR shelf that I need to get through. I’m acquiring books much faster than I’m reading.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. The read indie challenge was one I wanted to do but didn't have time. I like that it had you reading outside your comfort zone. I like the discussion challenge to and will be checking that out. Glad your dog is o.k. - scary.

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    1. Thanks! I think the Indie challenge is coming back next year (?). Maybe you can do that one.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. I wish buying Christmas gifts made me happy - if anything it just stresses me out. Maybe it's the crowds.

    Oh god, domesticated pets and coyotes are my one biggest fear. I had a shitzu back in the day and she encountered a coyote during a 2 a.m. walk with my dad. I still can't believe nothing happened!

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    1. Luckily my dog is bigger than a coyote, but she’s a sissy, so she probably couldn’t fight one off if it attacked her.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. Your teacher friends are very happy with you you decided to clear shelf space! Thanks again! Glad your dog is okay, and looking forward to your thoughts on More Happy Than Not.

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    1. Thanks! I read a lot of kids’ books, so I’m always happy to give them to actual children when I’m done with them.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. I have a suggestion for your discussion series.

    Apparently there was a bit of a controversy recently involving Sara Gruen. I'm less interested in the controversy itself and more in what it might mean to readers. Basically, do readers avoid authors who do objectionable things? Or do they separate 'good author' from 'bad person'? Or is there a line where the behavior becomes unacceptable? Where is that line for people?

    Anyway, I don't mean to rip (or defend) Gruen. It's just that her little controversy is what got me thinking about this stuff. It might make for a really boring discussion. In which case, no worries if you opt not to pursue it.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I think I wrote something about author controversies a few years ago (?). I don’t remember what I said, but I can probably do another post on it someday.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. You're so harsh on your dog, haha. Glad she didn't get hurt though :)
    My Monday

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    1. LOL, I have to be harsh on her. SHE RAN STRAIGHT AT A COYOTE! That’s a terrible decision.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. I've never heard of these books before. Here is my IMWAYR: http://shoshireads.weebly.com/home/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-mailbox-monday

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  16. So glad your dog is okay! That would be so scary! And I love that meme, one time when I was still teaching I actually showed it to some of my middle school students and they thought it was hilarious as well. Thanks for visiting my Sunday Post at Lisa Loves Literature yesterday!

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    1. Yeah, I’ve seen that meme a few times, and I always find it hilarious.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. I'll have to look for Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist by Dan Barker. It sounds interesting. I am glad your dog wasn't bitten by the coyote. We have coyotes where we live and they've started wandering farther into the populated areas in search of food. It's a good thing my cats are indoor only cats. Have a great rest of the week!

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  18. I'm so glad you're joining us for the challenge again this year! (And that your dog survived the coyote encounter). :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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