Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Sunday Post #157

"But, I don't want to leave the house, Mother. There are people out there."




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.





Public Service Announcement


Who else is participating in the Make Me Read It Readathon? It runs from August 6-13. My goal is to read the books that I’ve been procrastinating the longest. I need you to vote. Here are the 6 books that have been on my TBR shelf the longest. Which one(s) should I read? Tell me in the comments.











On The Blog Last Week











On The Blog This Week


  • On Tuesday I talk about some super-popular books that don’t suck.
  • On Wednesday I’m hosting a month-long giveaway! Come back to win a book of your choice.
  • On Thursday I wrap up July.
  • On Saturday there’s a book haul.









In My Reading Life


Once again, I’m writing this on Friday morning because I’m participating in #ReverseReadathon. I can’t tell you what I’m reading at this moment because I don’t know. It’s probably a middlegrade book. I’ve been reading a lot of kids’ stuff lately.

Last week, I finished Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I loved it. It completely lived up to the hype for me. The chapters are short, and the action is nonstop. I read the majority of it in one day, which usually doesn’t happen. If you like WWII stories or shipwreck stories, you need to read this one.



After that, I read The Wonder by Emma Donoghue. I have mixed feelings. It’s a historical novel about a kid who’s starving herself to death. It raises some interesting ethical questions about what kids should be allowed to do with their bodies, and if observers are ever obligated to step in and help, but I thought the plot was boring. It’s about a nurse who stares at a kid all day to see if she eats. There’s not much action.



Right now, I’m reading The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley. I like it so far.








In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. Well, obviously I’m loving the readathons right now. I’ve done two this month and signed up for one next month.
  2. Is anyone watching Catfish: Trolls? It’s a reality show, so of course the people on it are stupidly overdramatic about everything. It’s interesting to see Internet trolls in real life and hear the reasons behind their behavior.
  3. My dog got groomed! Both the dog and the groomer survived. My dog is big and will fight you if you try to give her a bath. Usually it requires seven sumo wrestlers and an exorcist to get her clean.
  4. I might be going on vacation in September. I have zero details about this, but it’s fun to think that I might be going somewhere. I never go anywhere.
  5. I ate some pretty good onion rings.









Let's be friends?










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

















100 comments:

  1. For the Readathon you should read The Possessions and The Cresswell Plot based only on covers! Glad you liked Salt to the Sea. I loved that one. Yay for a vacation and onion rings!!! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks for voting! Salt to the Sea will definitely be one of my favorite books of the year.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Everyone is talking about food. First Tanya with her kebabs, and now onion rings. I'm getting really hungry this morning. I have not read any of those books on your make me read it TBR, but I heard good things about Cresswell.

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    1. Food always makes me happy. I have to try really hard not to let my 5 things all be food.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. I have never actually done a readathon... I just can't manage to read books once I put them on a list I feel like I have to go through :) good luck with yours!
    YAY for a possible trip in September, I hope it will pan out, AJ!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I resisted readathons for years because I didn’t see the point of them, but the social media aspect makes them a lot of fun. I get to read and talk about books at the same time.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I vote for Grunt as it's one I've had on my shelves for much, much too long as well. :)

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  5. Vacations are always a good idea! I hope you get to go somewhere fun! I would recommend The Possessions - it was such a unique book!

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    1. I’m glad you liked it. It’s currently winning, so I’ll probably end up reading it soon.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. I love that monthly wrap up time! It's fun to see what everyone has been doing. I'll be blog lurking a lot this coming week!

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    1. Wrap-ups are my favorite. People get very creative with them, and I’m always impressed with how much bloggers read.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. Gotta love onion rings. ;-)

    That cannibalism book looks absolutely fascinating so I kind of want you to read that and tell us what you think.

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    1. I’m excited for the Cannibalism book. I don’t know why I put it off for so long.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. Haven't read any of those books in your public service announcement but that book on Cannabalism looks interesting. I just learned that jagged sharks in the womb eat their bros and sis as embryos. Yikes! #sundaypost

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    1. Haha, yuck. That’s kind of awesome, though. Sharks gotta be sharks, even in the womb.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. Hmm, the books you are procrastinating...I would probably keep on waiting to read. LOL. But Possessions might be good.

    As for The Wonder, I haven't even read ROOM. I started it, and set it aside. I did love the movie, though. Hmm, wonder what that means? Maybe that I don't want to work too hard to ingest a story.

    As for the Goodreads Challenge, I stopped doing it because of so many frustrations about how they count the book (versions of the book might count as two!).

    I keep track of books read on my Curl up and Read blog.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. I read Room a long time ago, when it first came out. I liked it, but The Wonder was disappointing.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. Very nice list for your Make Me Read It readathon! I have actually been reading books that have been waiting a long time. It's quite the challenge when so many new releases I've been waiting for are coming out. LOL

    My Sunday Post

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    1. It’s so hard to read older books! I always want to read the newest book to come into my house.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. Oh thank you so, so much for sharing my post, it means a lot! <3
    Fingers crossed that you will get these vacations, going away is always fun, I love to :)
    Have a wonderful week! <3 <3

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    1. You write the best discussion posts. I like sharing them.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. Ooo, good onion rings can be hard to find! I'm jealous :) And I vote for Grunt by Mary Roach; I've read some of her other books and really enjoyed them, but this one I haven't even heard of until now. Fingers crossed the possibility of a vacation in September turns into a reality!

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    1. I haven’t read any Mary Roach, but her books have been recommended to me many times. I hope they live up to the hype.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. I vote for The Possessions.

    Looking forward to your Vacation Destination Reveal.

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    1. Thanks for voting! I’m looking forward to the vacation reveal, too. I don’t know if/when/where I’m going.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. Oooh! Have a great vacation! My dh wants to go somewhere in September, but then he decided to let dd go to public school (she's been homeschooled since she was 3 1/2) so don't know about that. She's hoping to get into a charter school focused on art.

    I don't know any of the books that you have listed there, so I'll decline my vote for this week.

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  15. I vote for The Last Harvest! (or Stranded, but I haven't read that one yet)

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  16. Ooh I vote for Stranded! Any kind of icebound terror gets me every time. :)

    Hope you're having fun w/ #ReverseReadathon!

    Catfish: Trolls sounds kinda... fun? In a reality show way...

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    1. Thanks for voting! The people on Trolls are very dramatic, but I like the show. It turns out that a lot of internet trolls are horrible people in real life.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. I don't think I could push through a book where it's just a nurse staring at a kid to make sure they eat. I would probably skip to the end just to see how it ends.

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    1. I was very tempted to do that. Luckily, it’s not a long book.

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  18. I like the cover of Stranded so I will vote for that one. I am doing a challenge with Candid Cover that runs till August 12. After my semester & finals, so I can read a bunch this coming weekend. Have a wonderful week!

    Mary

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  19. I vote for Stranded! That was such a weird book! And I'm so glad you enjoyed Salt to the Sea! I definitely need to check out this new dramatic show and we need to talk Bachelorette XD

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    1. Haha, I had to stop watching Bachelorette. The episodes are very long and very ridiculous.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. I vote for Cannibalism. I have wanted to read that book myself and it would be great to hear your opinion. 📚

    Mmmmmm... onion rings. 🍴

    I will be looking forward to your TTT topic next Tuesday. Have a wonderful week. 🌞

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  21. Grunt is on my wishlist. Have a good week. My weekly updates

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  22. I vote for Stranded. A vacation sounds great, and I hope you get one. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by. :)

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    1. Thanks for voting! I really hope I get a vacation. It’s been a long time since I went anywhere.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. Thanks for visiting.

    Who doesn't love a good onion rings.

    I'll be reading this Ruta Sepety book as I've heard nothing but great things about this Author, and who doesn't love a fast paced action-filled book.

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    1. I’ve read 2 of her books now and really liked both of them. I’m on a waitlist for another one.

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  24. I've actually never joined a bookathon before, so that'll be interesting. I'm nervous too! Me being a noob, I have no idea what to do haha. Have a great week and thanks for introducing me to it!

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    1. Readathons are pretty easy. You mostly just read and chat on Twitter.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. A lot of good readathons. Maybe I'll join in if there's a fall one.

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    1. Isn’t there usually a Dewey’s readathon in fall? I don’t remember, but those are always fun. Tons of people participate.

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  26. I love Mary Roach's stuff so I vote for Grunt! Have a great week!
    Valerie @ Cats Luv Coffee

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  27. I vote for The Possessions and as a runner up - The Last Harvest. You have lots of good ones to chose from so I'm sure no matter what you read, you'll enjoy it. You know, I think I have all of these as well but never read them - how scary is that? Glad your dog survived the groomer. I'm so glad we have "pigskin" dogs.

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    1. My dog is huge and fluffy, so it takes a professional groomer 3-4 hours to groom her. I have a bunch of horror books sitting on my shelf right now. I don’t know why I don’t read them. I seem to just hoard them.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  28. I can't vote. I've never heard of any of your choices. They'd be on my "maybe, someday" list too. I love the info about your dog. It really made me laugh. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  29. My mom and I used to help out my grandparents by giving their dog a bath every once in a while. He hated bathing, but at least he was small.
    I'm intrigued by The Wonder–I might check that out of the library (if I ever finish my summer TBR list, that is).

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    1. Small dogs are so much easier to bathe. My dog will try to break your arms if you put water on her.

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  30. I vote for The Last Harvest - and also am intrigued by The Wonder, though I have a STACK of books on my TBR list that need reading first! Best of luck with the readathon, AJ and have a great week:)

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  31. I'm not familiar with any of those books on your list. I hope you enjoy them. I keep saying I'm going to join in on a readathon but I never seem to get around to them.

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Readathons always seem to sneak up on me. I usually sign up a few hours before they start.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  32. It's disappointing that Wonder was boring, I really enjoyed The Room and was thinking of picking this up, now I know to skip to skip it. The possession looks like a good cover, so I'll pick that because I'm not familiar with any of the books.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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    1. Room was so much better than The Wonder. Room has more of a plot. The Wonder has a lot of people sitting around.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  33. I don't know any of the books but I voted for Cannibalism! Good luck. I'm participating too.

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  34. All six books are unknowns to me, so I hope the book that gets voted in for you turns out to be a great read. Enjoy participating.

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    1. Thanks! It’ll be awkward if I hate the winner. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  35. There is a Catfish spin off?? I need to see it. are Nev and Max still on it?

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    1. Yes! There’s a spin-off. Nev and Max aren’t on it. There’s a rapper and a guy who studies Internet trolls. They aren’t as entertaining as Nev and Max, but they do okay.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  36. I haven't read any of the books on your list, but I like the cover of The Creswell Plot. See what I read this month at Girl Who Reads

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    1. I like that cover, too. Hopefully the insides are as good as the outside.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  37. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed Salt to the Sea. That one has been on my TBR for a while now. Good luck on your readathon. The Possessions looks pretty interesting.

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  38. I completely agree with your feelings about The Wonder. I thought it got a little more interesting at the end, but you had to slog through the rest of it to get there. Sadly, I haven't read any of your six books, but based on covers alone, I'd go with The Possessions.

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    1. Agreed. The end was good, but the rest was very boring.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  39. I've been eyeing The Possessions - hope you enjoy it!

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    1. It’s currently winning the vote, so I hope I enjoy it, too!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  40. Great post! Tell me more about the onion rings?’ You are onr busy blogger. I haven’t read any of the procrastinator books but The Cresswell Plot looks intriguing.

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    1. The onion rings were mostly good because I’m on a diet. I used most of my daily calories on onion rings. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  41. I listened to grunt and enjoyed it. I am unfamiliar with your other options.

    A vacatin sounds lovely. I hope it actually happens for you.

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it! Hopefully I’ll like it, too.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  42. I hope you have a good time on your vacation, wherever you decide to go! I've immediately added Salt to the Sea to my TBR and downloaded the sample. I have a sample of Between Shades of Grey as well, so I'm reading both soon.

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  43. ALL NEW BOOKS TO ME .NICE TO SEE.

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  44. oh I'm glad to see The Cresswell Plot here but not surprised at all. I realized you like "odd" books like MOI :) If I'm right you will really like The Cresswell Plot like I did. I'm curious to see if you felt the same way I felt about it READ IT!READ IT!READ IT!READ IT! How many times can I vote? If I comment again does it count? Let me find out!

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    1. Haha, even with your 4 votes, it’s still not winning. I’ll for sure read it before the end of the year. It’s been sitting around for so long that I feel bad.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  45. There's a catfish spin off? Oh, I'm going to have to check it out! I love the cover of The Possessions so I'm voting for that one!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Yep, there’s a Catfish spin-off. It’s pretty good, too.

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  46. I need to find a miracle dog groomer. I have a 13+ year old dog who is in serious need of grooming but she hates it. And I don't like to make her get to freaked out so...she just looks like the mess that she is. I listened to Cannibalism but I took it in short doses and never listened to too much at a time. I liked it and hope you do as well. Have a great week!

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    1. My dog is 10, and I was worried she’d give herself a heart attack. She came home wet because she freaked out about the hair dryer, but the groomer said everything else went okay.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  47. I'm doing the readathon too - I'm voting for The Possessions because it sounds so fascinating. Good luck!

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  48. Read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys which I loved. Salt to the Sea sounds great too. Thanks for the reminder! ♥️

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  49. I just joined the readathon too. I need all the help I can get crossing some books off my TBR! I vote for Cresswell because I remember being really intrigued about that book and I want to know what you think.

    I LOVED Salt to the Sea, by the way.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  50. I'm voting for the Cannibalism book because it sounds really interesting and unique. And then The Possessions because the cover is great and it sounds so mysterious. I want to read both of them myself.

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