Sunday, August 19, 2018

The Sunday Post #160

Current mood.




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.





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I signed up for Bout of Books Read-a-thon. My goal is to read for 4 hours a day for a week. I've been slacking on the reading this month. (Well, all year, actually.)









On The Blog Last Week











On The Blog This Week


  • On Tuesday I wonder if classics can get you out of a reading slump. (Instead of putting you into one.)
  • On Thursday I do the Blogging Firsts Tag.
  • On Saturday I review The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee.









In My Reading Life


Last week, I finished reading The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy. I kind of hated it. The premise is good. It’s about Edie, who works as a “body.” Basically, she’s an empty human who can take a pill and be possessed by a dead person. The pacing is way too slow for me. I didn’t fully understand Edie’s motives for stalking her client, and by the time the author got around to telling us about Edie’s past, I no longer cared.

Ladies: if a man wants you to take pills and become his dead wife so that he can talk to/frequently bang her, he’s not into you. Don’t stalk him. Calm down.



Then I read Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History by Bill Schutt. This nonfiction book is more my style. I like that the author takes a scientific approach to cannibalism instead of a sensationalist approach. Sometimes it gets too sciencey (that’s totally a word) for me, but mostly I loved it. It gave me nightmares about dying from mad cow disease.



Right now, I’m reading The Cresswell Plot by Eliza Wass. I have two big complaints, but they might be resolved by the end, so we’ll see. 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. I liked the topic for Top Ten Tuesday. I found a million new blogs to follow.

2. I went to two bookstores and bought nothing. I don’t usually have that much self-control.

3. I saw three movies. They were Ready Player One, It, and The Greatest Showman. My favorite was It. (That’s probably not surprising . . . )




5. I accidentally won at Twitter. Look at the likes/retweets. Usually people don’t pay that much attention to me. (Also, this tweet has good advice. You should listen to it. *Pats self on back.*)










While you’re here . . . .












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








100 comments:

  1. I have yet to do a Bout of Books. I just don't have the time to commit to reading that much but I do hope to try next year in Jan. Just to see if I can do it. :)

    Congrats on the tweet, I actually saw that one. I think I liked it however I tend to like things in my head and never actually hit the like button, need to work on that.

    I hope you have a fantastic week, AJ! Happy Reading!

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    1. OMG, I do the same thing on Twitter. I laugh at something and then move on instead of liking it. Then when I try to find it again, I can’t because I didn’t like it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Yay for winning at Twitter!!! That is exciting. I agree this weeks top ten was awesome for finding new blogs to follow! Have a great week!

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    1. TTT was great last week. We need to do that topic more often.

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  3. Wow, BoB snuck up on me! I'm going on vacation. this week so I probably can't join. Good luck on reading all of the books though!

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    1. It snuck up on me, too. I signed up at the last minute.

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  4. That is not what I thought purple prose is.

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    1. Yeah, purple prose is probably subjective. Many things in writing seem to be subjective.

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  5. Love your advice on how to support other bloggers! All great things! I actually really liked The Possessions, but I had the same issue with Edie - if he spends more time with you as his dead wife than actually with you, that's not a good thing!

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    1. I’m glad you liked The Possessions. Edie was endlessly frustrating for me.

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  6. I may need to sign up for Bout of Books Read-a-thon, 4 hours a day of reading for the week is a great idea. Good luck!
    Yay for the retweets and Twitter likes. And Cannibalism sounds interesting. Enjoy your week!

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    1. Thanks! I think reading for a certain amount of time each day is easier than sticking to a TBR list.

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  7. Good luck with Bout of Books! I still need to see Ready Player One. It's been so long since I read the book, I hope I remember the major plot points, lol. Have a great week!

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    1. I barely remember the book. I’m not even sure how well the movie stuck to it.

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  8. That's a great tweet!! Not sure how Cannibalism made it to my radar, but your comments have me even more intrigued. Maybe for Nonfiction November...

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  9. I've been wanting to pick up Cannibalism some time (that sounds weirder than I'd intended), glad to hear it's going well! Good luck with the Bout of Books read-a-thon, four hours a day is ambitious (for me, at least, haha). I'm glad your tweet was so popular--it really does have some great advice! Have a great week!

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    1. Four hours a day is ambitious for me, too. I managed to do it yesterday, but I had to stay up until 2 in the morning.

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  10. Doing the Bout of Books also - to add a little spice to the reading/blogging schedule this week. Enjoy.

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  11. I'm looking forward to that post on Tuesday about classics. The funny thing is that I've been in such a reading funk over the last 2 weeks but the only books that are appealing to me are classics. Everything else I end up DNF-ing.

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    1. I like classics, too. They’re classics for a reason.

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  12. Congrats on Twitter. I actually one a giveaway that way before! You are all over the plave in reading genres. I'll avoid The Possessions. Too bad it failed ya. And that poor raccoon. I had to laugh too

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    1. My reading has been strange lately. I seem to be drawn to horror and medical nonfiction. It’s a disturbing combination.

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  13. Oooooh..I love the concept of The Possessions. I may need to check that one out. And while I usually skip most non-fiction I kinda want to read the Cannibalism one just because.

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  14. I will be also joining Bout of Books - I need to make a dent on my TBR pile that keeps magically growing. =P I loved It so much. It's such a great film! I can't wait for the sequel.

    Happy readings! ;)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. IT was surprisingly good. I usually feel “meh” about Stephen King movies. Good luck with the readathon!

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  15. I loved IT as well! Hard to believe there's still another year to go before the sequel comes out. Sorry to hear that your reading week was a mixed bag, but I do love the sound of the cannibalism book. Popsci is some of my favorite non-fiction to read, although I've been bad about picking any up this year. Good luck with your read-a-thon!

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    1. YES! I’m ready for the IT sequel now. I want more creepy clowns. Science nonfiction books are some of my favorites. I was terrible at science in school, but I like reading about weird stuff.

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  16. I've never participated in Bout of Books, but I feel like I could use a readathon to get me motivated. I hope you meet your goal! I also found lots of new blogs this week! And yay for The Greatest Showman and It!

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    1. I like readathons because they force me to commit to reading. I tend to slack off and watch TV instead of tackling my out-of-control TBR shelf.

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  17. OMG! That raccoon. It was sort of mean, but still hilarious. Good luck with Bout of Books! I haven't seen any of those movies, but I remember the mini-series for It from my youth.

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    1. I felt bad for the raccoon, but I still laughed at him like the evil human I am.

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  18. That poor raccoon. I am such a softie with animals that I feel bad for him. Good luck with the read a thon! Yay for winning at Twitter. Have a great week!

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    1. If it makes you feel any better, he did eventually get some cotton candy. There’s a longer version of this video that shows him eating it.

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  19. Yay for Twitter wins. I hope The Creswell Plot works out because I have a copy and now I'm afraid. Of course, I also have a copy of The Possessions so I'm VERY afraid. I feel badly for the raccoon too. I'm such a softie but I'm sure you know that. Good luck with Bout of Books.

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  20. I really love that Tweet! No wonder you won. :) The Possessions doens't sound like my kind of book either. Happy reading, and have a great week!

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    1. The synopsis of The Possessions sounded like something I’d love, but it was just so frustratingly slow.

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  21. Oh my goodness, I always get a little nervous when there is talk about Mad Cow Disease. My niece is research scientists for infectious diseases and I'm sure she is tired of me asking questions about it. Bout of Books sounds like it would be fun, good luck with your 4 hours a day reading. I remember seeing your tweet and I love it.
    Have a great week!



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    1. Mad cow disease is terrifying. It’s even scarier because it’s mostly avoidable. Just don’t feed cows to other cows. Then cows won’t get it and pass it to humans.

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  22. Glad your tweet was a winner! Oh, and that poor little raccoon---I just want to hug him! (He'd probably scratch my eyes out, though.)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Yeah, cuddling raccoons is probably a good way to get rabies.

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  23. Congrats on your Twitter win. Good luck with Bout of Books. Hope you have a great week!

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  24. I liked Cat on the Bookshelf's post- I had literally never thought about the glasses thing! And oh my gosh Cannibals- mad cow disease is SCARY. I read somewhere they're feeding animal parts to animals that we then eat- yeah I know it's old news- but I'm like, no. Not a good idea people...

    Wow nice tweet! You sorta went viral there... :)

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    1. Cows aren’t supposed to eat other cows. You’d think people would know that. I loved the glasses post, too. Harry Potter is the only glasses-wearing YA character that I could think of.

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  25. OMG! Congrats on Twitter! I barely use it, actually since it drives me crazy!

    Also, thanks for sharing my blog post :)

    I have not AND WILL NOT see It ever. I'm such a scaredy cat and I don't think I'll survive the movie! LOL

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    1. Thanks for writing a helpful blog post. Twitter drives me crazy, too, but I seem to be on it all the time.

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  26. Good luck in the readathon! I somehow missed that Bout of Books is this week, so I won't participate.
    Btw, I haven't seen your tweet, but I agree with all your advices! 👍

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    1. Thanks! Bout of Books seemed to come out of nowhere this year. I started seeing people’s readathon chatter on social media, and I was like, “Oh, it’s time for that already?”

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  27. LOL your life/book advice gave me a giggle. Hope you have a great week!

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  28. I don't use affiliate links or ads on my blog. I'm thankfully at a point where I can afford to run the blog and treat it like a hobby. My weekly updates

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    1. I have ads, but at this point, they’re more trouble than they’re worth. I’ve thought about getting affiliate links, but they’d probably be more hassle for very little money.

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  29. I'm sorry you read those horrible books. I thought your blurbs were funny and I love the sarcasm :)
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    1. The cannibalism book was actually pretty good. The Possessions . . . not so much.

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  30. Though I didn't participate in the TTT, I loved visiting so many blogs and added them all to my radar.


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    1. I love finding new blogs. It’s amazing how big this community is.

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  31. Classics would certainly put me into a slump! I'm sorry I missed that great tweet! I just don't get much there at the moment!

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    1. Some of the really old classics would put me in a slump, too. I included a lot of modern classics in my post that are hopefully more tolerable.

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  32. I still need to watch Ready Player One. Maybe I'll rent it this week on Amazon.

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  33. Yay for the Twitter win :) Your advice to ladies regarding Possession made me giggle.

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    1. Yeah, if a guy is still trying to bang his dead wife, he probably doesn’t want you . . .

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  34. The Possessions sounds creepy as heck. Yikes. But seriously, girl, love yourself. :)

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  35. I'm looking forward to your TTT post! For me reading classics might get me into a reading slump ;)

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    1. They sometimes put me into a slump, too. I chose some modern classics for the post that are hopefully pretty good.

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  36. Good luck with Bout of Books. I recently watched The Greatest Showman and enjoyed it. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Thanks! Greatest Showman was entertaining. It had a lot of revisionist history, though.

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  37. The concept of The Possessions actually sounds pretty interesting - too bad the execution was a letdown. That poor raccoon. LOL I remember that tweet! Very cool that is got so much attention.

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    1. I was shocked by the attention that the Tweet got, too. People usually don’t care about my pointless internet blathering.

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  38. I hope you do get to read 4 hours a day. I get close to that with audio during chores, errands, over lunch, combined with some ebook reading. I'm more likely to stay up late reading when I don't have to work the next day, if I can stay awake, which hasn't worked out lately, too tired.

    I LOVE that you won at Twitter. Whatever you say about Twitter, it's fast and fun. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I know that 4 hours a day is doable. I’ve done it many times before. I just have to force myself to stay off my phone.

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  39. Great post and common sense tips for supporting other bloggers. The Possessions seems cringe-worthy, so I'm glad I didn't try to pick it up. Not my kind of book. Though I don't think that Cannibalism is my kind of book either, lol. Well, sometimes we have titles in common... :)

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    1. I’ve been reading a lot of weird stuff lately. I guess I’m in a strange mood. :)

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  40. Your tweet really does have great advice! People don't understand how simple it is to support a book blogger. We are a smaller niche and need all the support we can get :) And we need to support each other, not just ask others to support us. The community is the best thing about book blogging, to me!

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    1. YES! Just leaving a comment can make someone’s day. It’s really not difficult to make book bloggers happy.

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  41. Great tweet, congrats on the way it was picked up. Be kind, so important. Hmm a Classic to either put you into or take you out of a reading slump. Interesting. Will watch for the post.

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    1. Thanks! I was very surprised by how many people saw my tweet.

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  42. Ha your comments on The Possession made me LOL for real. I think I will skip it. Your post on classics sounds interesting too. I am not sure they can put me in a slump, but maybe make me fall asleep, depending.. lol.

    Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life
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  43. You did win twitter!! Thats awesome! I loved this week's TTT topic as well! Some great sites out there. Have a good week!

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    1. It’s amazing how big this community is. I keep finding new blogs!

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  44. Wow! I'm still reeling from your Twitter numbers. I doubt if I've had that number of total likes the entire time I've been tweeting!

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    1. My normal tweets get 1 or 2 likes. I had to turn off notifications on my phone because it was buzzing constantly from this tweet.

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  45. Congrats on the Twitter win! That's incredible! Your advice is so true.
    Cannibalism sounds like my kind of nonfiction. I may have to check that one out!
    Have a great week!

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  46. I wish I could do 4 hours of reading a day for a whole week, and I'm impressed that you're committing to it. Also, loved your post AND all your reasons for loving a book blog. I completely agree!

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    1. Four hours a day is challenging, but I’m pretty sure I can do it. I’ve done it before. Not for an entire week, though.

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  47. Wow, that is self control, not buying books from 2 stores! And great advice! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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    1. I was impressed with myself. It would have been very easy to grab ALL the books. They were expensive, though. That helped me resist them.

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  48. Now that I think about it... I don't think a classic book ever gave me a reading slump, or any book in particular.

    Good luck with the read-a-thon! I did not join because commitment is hard!!

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    1. Thanks! Commitment is hard. That’s why I fail at most readathons. I have fun with them, though.

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  49. oh YES! you are finally reading The Cresswell Plot!!! That is a love/hate book for many people but I awlys thought that if someone would like it it would be you! So I cannot wait to hear what you thought of it

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  50. Yes, your tweet was spot on. 👍✨

    I'm glad you liked the Cannibalism book. I have had my eye on it for a while, now. 📚

    I hope you had a wonderful week. 🌞

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