Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Sunday Post #148

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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.

Happy Memorial Day to everybody who's celebrating.






Public Service Announcement


In a (probably futile) attempt to be compliant with the EU’s confusing new GDPR laws, I have updated the Read All The Things! Privacy Policy. The Policy is now the equivalent of a 15-page Word Document. You guys are going to be scrolling forever if you read it. Basically, I tried to make Read All The Things! the most transparent blog ever. There’s even some cool (?) behind-the-scenes screenshots, if you’re interested in analytics. (Or if you want to compare my blog to yours and feel superior.)

If you understand GDPR, feel free to skim my Privacy Policy and tell me what I screwed up. Honestly, I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m a book blogger, not an internet lawyer/possible wizard. I also don't have the money to hire internet lawyers OR wizards.










On The Blog Last Week











On The Blog This Week


  • On Tuesday I discuss some places I’d never want to live, but would want to read about.
  • On Thursday I review A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin and talk about writing multiple POVs.
  • On Saturday there’s a book haul.









In My Reading Life


Last week, I finished Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary. It was good. Then I read Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman. Like I expected, I pretty much loved that one. Fredrik Backman’s books are fluffier than what I normally read, but they’re hilarious, so that makes up for the fluff. Right now, I’m reading Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick and A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin. Those will kill whatever remnants of fluff are left in my system.












In My Internet Stalking Life












In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. Holiday weekend!
  2. Hot dogs and ice cream (because of the aformentioned holiday).
  3. I’m 2 books ahead on my Goodreads challenge. Suck it, Goodreads, you can’t tell me I’m failing anymore.
  4. I made a schedule and blogging calendar for June. I’m determined to stick to it. I’m testing out a new life strategy: knowing what I’m doing before I do it.
  5. Until I Googled how this trick is done, I was just as amazed as the kid in this Tweet.









Please love me?









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














66 comments:

  1. I have no idea what's up with the privacy thing either so I can't help you. XD I hope I did mine right.

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    1. I think Blogger took care of most of the important stuff for me, so I hope I’m good.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Oh that GDPR stuff makes my head hurt. And I hope I am ok with it all! I need to read Fredrik Backman. I have heard nothing but good things. Yay for a holiday weekend!! Have a great week!

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    1. YES! Read Fredrik Backman. His books are sweet and fun but still have depth.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. I tried to do a few GDPR updates as well. I have no idea if I did enough, but I'm not going to worry too much about doing more for now. Like you say, we need to be lawyers to figure it all out!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. The GDPR stuff was intended for huge websites, so I doubt they’ll come after book bloggers. We’re probably safe.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I added a privacy policy because of GDPR, but that's all. My blog is hosted by blogger, and they sent a message discussing the new policies and how their update would also protect those who are hosted by them. So, I'm not really worried.

    I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend.

    Happy readings! ;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. Thanks! I got the same message from Blogger. We’re probably safe.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. I don't have a clue about this privacy thing. I don't use anybody's anything. I am still trying to figure this out and blogspot does their thing with alerting about it. Ughhh have a great week.


    Mary my #Sunday Roundup #20!

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    1. If you use Blogger, you probably don’t have to do anything. Unless you use a lot of third-party websites to run your blog, like I do. I tried to be ridiculously transparent in my privacy policy.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. I saw that tweet. I was so mesmerized by it, and the kid was super cute. I am not worried about the compliance thing. I think blogger took care of it like two years ago (according to my daughter), and I am going to trust the universe on this one. You know, I am really looking forward to that hot dog tomorrow. They are garbage, but I love them, and as a rule, only allow myself to have them at cookouts, which I attend too few of. I loved Britt-Marie! I got the book at BEA in 2016, and got to meet the author, who is a very lovely man, and it doesn't surprise me that he can write such lovely stories.

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    1. I hope you enjoyed your hot dog. I loved Britt-Marie. I can’t wait to read more of Backman’s work. He’s hilarious.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. They did my privacy notice for me.

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    1. Yep, Blogger did mine, too, but I use a bunch of third-party websites to help run my blog. I had to figure out what those websites are doing with people’s data.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. I have no clue what any of this GDRP stuff is, I only started hearing about it this week. I guess I need to make some changes?? I don't even know where to start.

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    1. Since you’re on Blogger, you probably don’t have to do much. I think they took care of most of the important stuff for you.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. Enjoy your weekend, all the GDPR law stuff is making my head hurt. I have yet to read George R.R. Martin, maybe one day.

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    1. George RR Martin’s books take me so long to read. I understand why a lot of readers put them off. They’re really good, though.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. Until about a week ago, I was living in a bubble about the privacy policy...and I'm not feeling much more enlightened, but I found something to use...and then updated some settings on WP which click over to a very intricate discussion. I think that's it.

    I'm just blogging for books and fun. So I feel cranky about how the GDPR changes could have ruined our fun. LOL.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. I was really irritated about GDPR, too. I’ve never made money from my blog, and I don’t have any reason to do anything shady with people’s data. Just leave me alone in my bubble!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. The privacy thing can get lost, it gives me a headache but I think my blogs also compliment with the policy now...*sighs* I just want to blog about books and chat, not have to sit and try to wrap my poor brain around the privacy policy. Oh and my Goodreads I'm pretty sure is laughing me, like seriously I think I'm 13 or 14 books behind schedule. Wait till I catch up, then we'll see whose laughing xD Hope you have a great week :)

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    1. Good luck with catching up! I got way behind, but luckily, I had a lot of short books on my shelf.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. It's such a good feeling to be ahead with the Goodreads challenge, I always feel relief when I look at my Goodreads main page :) Not like in previous years XD

    Have a nice Sunday evening!

    My Weekend Post

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  13. This GDPR stuff is driving me crazy. Yay for getting ahead of your Goodreads challenge. I set my goal super low just so I can always see that I am ahead :) Have a good holiday!

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    1. I’ve thought about setting my goal to 50. If I did that, I’d almost be finished with it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. GDPR is so fun, I wish we could always struggle with vague laws that govern things we can barely control. I'm pretty sure I'm not compliant, at least not in the way I should be, so I have more to do I guess *sigh*. I did update my privacy policy at least. Ugh tho. I think Asley's post will be my new friend... And yay for Clash of Kings- can't wait to read your thoughts on that behemoth of a book. Storm of Swords is a nice fluffy read. :)

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    1. Yeah, I was not amused about having to teach myself about a bunch of vague, confusing laws. I loved A Clash of Kings. I’ve only read 200 pages of A Storm of Swords, but I like it so far.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. Yeah for being ahead of the Goodreads Challenge, it feels good to be ahead! Sounds like a pretty decent week! Come stop by my What Are You Reading? Post here: http://writingcrazyme.blogspot.com/2018/05/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-364-may.html

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    1. It was a good week. It’s always nice to catch up on my Goodreads goal.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. Being transparent is the way to go. Hope mine is pretty transparent too. I just made sure I covered everything.

    Hey, guess what? I'm apparently 14 books behind schedule. Thing is, is that I haven't posted my reviews on some of them. Oh well.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  17. I love your post. You have a great attitude about things. Also, the the Internet Stalking stuff is great. I call it lurking. I'm working on my commenting skills since I have more time this weekend, although usually I like to read, and learn, and laugh and want the pretty books, commenting - NO. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. It took me years to be comfortable with commenting. Luckily, most book bloggers are very nice. Everybody loves comments.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. Good luck with your June blogging schedule. I need to do something like that and actually stick to it. I'm even behind on my Goodreads challenge. I'm hoping I can catch up over the summer. The GDPR stuff is driving me crazy but I did a new Privacy Policy.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  19. I had no idea what I was doing either so I made it up as I went along and hoped I've done it ok. It has been really stressful but it's the best I can do at the moment!

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    1. Same. I’m not an internet expert. I’m not interested in collecting people’s data. I just want to talk about books with my internet friends.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. Oh the GDPR stuff is such a minefield. I had to read a lot of posts that explained things in laymen'a terms before I fully understood it, but confident my blog is compliant now. Congrats on getting ahead with the Goodreads challenge, I'm about 5 books behind. And it's great you've planned ahead for June, I wish I could be more organised with blog stuff.

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    1. Congrats on getting compliant! I’m just going to cross my fingers and hope everything is okay.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  21. I've been ignoring the whole privacy thing other than accepting on every website that asks me too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. All those cookie notifications are irritating. I don’t want to click them anymore!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  22. Goodreads is starting to give me a complex with all the telling me how many books behind I am! Congrats on being ahead! This privacy thing is driving me crazy. I hate all the popups everywhere about cookies. Have a great week!

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    1. YES! The popups are annoying. I guess clicking the “accept” button a thousand times a day is part of our life now.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. I self host my blog. I have a privacy policy. It's very simple because I don't set cookies, I don't run ad campaigns, I only hold on to email long enough to reply to someone. That's it. My weekly update

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    1. That’s a good way to do things. I like simplicity.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. Planning ahead? What a concept! LOL

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    1. I know! It’s something that I should do more often.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. The GDPR stuff has driven me to drink more than once the past couple of weeks. I can't even stomach dealing with it anymore so I hope I'm good to go. I'm working on my June blogging schedule now too and I hope I do better with it than I've done every other month this year. Last month I even misplaced it and forgot half of what I had planned, lol.

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    1. Yeah, I’m over all the GDPR stuff. I’m just going to hope that I’m compliant and that they leave my site alone. Good luck with your blogging schedule!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  26. Thank you for sharing other blogs & their posts, I linked up over at As Told By Tina-and I love planning ahead also!! Good for you on the goodreads challenge-I am still like 11 behind!! LOL

    https://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/05/discussion-post-blogging-visiting.html

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  27. Love your GDPR comment! I spent a bunch of time last week putting together a Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and a letter to subscribers. All for a little tiny book blog that costs me far more money than I make. Ugh! Have a great week.

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    1. Ugh is right. This has been really irritating for small websites. I just want to talk about books on the internet!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  28. I really wish we had been given specific instructions regarding the GDPR! Like, you need this this and this, okay? I think that would have saved everyone a lot of stress!

    L @ Do You Dog-ear?

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    1. YES! Specific instructions would have been very helpful. Everything is so vague and confusing.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  29. Er, I guess I need to get on this GDPR thing. I haven't done anything! Blerg. Like I don't have enough to do. Lol.

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    1. You’re on Blogger, and they took care of the most important stuff for us. We should be okay on the GDPR stuff.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  30. If I read all your 15 page Privacy Policy, will it count for my Goodreads?!
    Just joking, but congrats on getting ahead of the game with your stats :-)

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  31. Congrats on getting on top of a blog schedule for June. I had one for May and it didn not work out but I'm hoping June will be better. I also will be updating my privacy policy soon, but blogger's automatic notice will have to do until then.
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  32. I haven't been disappointed with any if Fredrik Backman books. I like listening to them audio.

    I need to get my but in gear with the private policy post. I have no clue what to post, maybe just links to Google's policy.

    Have a wonderful day.

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  33. I agree...I too am only a blogger, but I did post send an email telling people how to unsubscribe and that I personally do not share their info without their approval, you know, for a giveaway an author needs to be able to contact them to award their prize. I haven't actually made a privacy policy, but I guess I need to add that. Thanks for dropping by fundinmental.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  34. The privacy policy stuff is a headache for sure. I finally got around to get my policy up, but I'll probably tweak it some more.
    I hope your week has been treating you well!

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  35. Oh dear God, I've been so out of it that it didn't even occur to me this ridiculous "We've updated our privacy policy" thing applied to MY BLOG too. Do I have a privacy policy? Can I put a link to yours and say, "What AJ said, only for my blog, not hers."? I am reassured that Blogger has already done what needs to be done. I know they started saying something about that awhile ago, and I kind of ignored it then, so I guess that's my official policy. Then again, I know for a fact that 50% of my followers are related to me, and I'm not sure who the other person is, so odds are good I'm not violating their privacy.

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  36. My goodreads challenge constantly tells me I suck. I'm choosing not to listen to it.

    I hate GDPR but I tried to implement a privacy policy and whatever changes necessary but I've no idea whether all is good or not. It hurts my head but I take comfort in that they issue a warning before any other enforcement action so... meh. Plus, I don't go out of my way to collect data. I don't want people's data! lol

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  37. I'm sooo over GDPR. I only made a short privacy policy/statement. I wish this whole process wasn't so complicated.

    And sounds like you did Memorial Day right; I forgot to get ice cream. ):

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