Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Sunday Post #163

Strap on your awesome socks. It's time for The Sunday Post.




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 Tuesday I show you some books that I hope are hidden gems.
  • On Thursday I explain how I deleted several hundred books from my wish list.
  • On Saturday I mini review some young adult books.









In My Reading Life


Last week, I finished The Last Harvest by Kim Liggett. It was very, very bizarre. Also, for a YA book, it’s pretty graphic and depressing. I would have adored it as a teen. Since I’m an adult, I mostly wondered why the main character wasn’t bothered by the brutal murders of his friends. He was shocked for about 2 seconds and then went back to business as usual.



After that, I read Psycho by Robert Bloch. You guys know this story, right? Creepy dude and his mommy run a motel and kill people? I’ve seen the movie a million times, but I had never read the novel. I liked the book, even though it’s dated and the foreshadowing is too heavy. Norman Bates is a messed up guy.  



Then I attempted to read The Women In The Walls by Amy Lukavics. I tried for 3 days to get through it before I gave up. The characters are rich people who sit in their mansion and do nothing. Like, literally nothing. When Lucy's aunt goes missing, Lucy stares out the window and wonders if she should call the police. Then she goes back to doing nothing instead of calling the police. I couldn’t take it anymore.



Right now, I’m reading The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. It’s a murder mystery. The writing isn’t great, and the main character is named Harry Hole—which is unfortunate—but I’m intrigued.








In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. My giveaway is over! Thank you to everyone who entered. There were 877 entries, which is the most I’ve ever gotten for a giveaway.
  2. New books!
  3. Even though I DNFed a book last week, I’m still having fun reading spooky stuff. It reminds me of the days when I only read scary books.
  4. I ate a s’more. It was delicious.
  5. Hanging out at the park with my dog. She loves the park.









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










70 comments:

  1. Ooooh, I get to be first today! Now I'm trying to think of something witty or wise... and nothing is coming to me. LOL! Congrats on getting so many entries, though. Impressive!

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    1. Thanks! When I try to be witty or wise, I usually come up with nothing, too.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. It's funny you talk about the lack of reaction to death in YA books. I just read a discussion post about it this week over at Vicky Who Reads a Lot. S'mores really are delicious. I saw a video for S'mores french toast, and it definitely had my mouth watering for some foil packet S'mores (that's how we made them at GS camp)

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    1. I’ll have to check out that discussion. I’ve now read 2 YA horror books where nobody seemed bothered by their friends getting murdered/committing suicide.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. I didn't love Woman in the Walls but I didn't hate it. The one character in the book almost made me DNF it because I hated her so much. The ending was a WTF moment and wasn't what I was expecting. Sorry it didn't work for you.

    I LOvE S'mores! I actually just got hot tea that tastes and smells like it. I might actually have a cup today :)

    Have a great week, AJ! Happy Reading! :)

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    1. I’m glad you mostly liked it. I read some spoiler reviews on Goodreads, so I know the end. I just don’t have the patience to get there.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I am so impressed by the deletion of several hundred books from your wish list. I just cleared six boxes of books off my shelves and I still have over 200 unread books!

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    1. Wow, that’s a lot of unread books. I think I own around 60 unread ones.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. Yay for new books! The women in the walls doesn't sound interesting.

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    1. It wasn’t interesting. There was way too much nothing happening.

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  6. Well funny that you chose to highlight a blog post speaking about box subscription as I am pondering stopping mine! And my dog also loves a walk in the park! Happy Sunday!

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    1. Someday I want to try a subscription box. I want to know what all the excitement is about.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. I need to start stocking up on my fall/creepy reads. Hope you find some good ones!

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  8. I've read a book by Kim Ligget and really enjoyed it. I can see why you were a little confused/taken aback by this book. It is strange that he was so blase about his friends' death!
    I hope you have a good week ahead! Happy reading!

    Nick @ The Infinite Limits of Love

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    1. I mostly liked the Kim Liggett book. I might pick up another one someday.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. I've always wanted to read Psycho! I've actually never seen the movie, but I watch Bates Motel. Yay for s'mores!

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    1. I haven’t watched Bates Motel, but I really want to. I liked the book and movie.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. I didn't know Psycho was based on a book. =O I'm definitely adding it to my wishlist. Happy readings! ;)

    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. Yep, it’s based on a book that was published in the 1950s.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. I don't like characters that are shallow and uncaring...there are too many REAL people like that...so I would definitely move on.

    Enjoy your week and your books, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. I think they were supposed to be caring. They just weren’t written very well.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. I never actually knew that Psycho was a book! I've never even seen the film though, because I'm generally not too good with horror stuff. I'm so easily scared!
    Have a great week! :)

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    1. Yep, it was a book. I love horror, and I think Psycho was one of the first horror movies I ever saw.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. I watched a movie based on the character, Harry Hole. It was pretty good. Not sure if I'd enjoy the books as much though. I hope you have a more successful reading experience with the next batch of books.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. I might see the movie if I can find it for free. I’m about halfway through the book. It’s okay so far.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. We watched Psycho for the first time several months ago and that was the first time I heard it was based on a book. I think that was the one where Alfred Hitchcock tried to buy up as many copies of it as he could so people couldn't read the ending and spoil the climax, hehe.

    Cait @ Click's Clan

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    1. I’ve heard about Hitchcock doing that. I wonder if it’s true. If it is, that’s awesome. The author probably made a lot of money.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. Hold up. You've never had a s'more before?! S'mores are my jam. I eat them year round and just make them in my toaster oven. LoL

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    1. I’ve eaten lots of s’mores. I just haven’t had one in a long time. I make them in the toaster oven, too.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. I never read Psycho, but I loved the movies and the TV show The Bates Motel. I should check out the book.

    I hope you have a great week.

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    1. YES! I still need to watch Bates Motel. I’d probably like it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. I love creepy books! I have never read Psycho either - I really should. I've watched the movie and the tv show! lol

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  18. I feel like I should read Psycho. I have watched the movie but I feel like it is a book that I need to read at some point. S'mores and the park with your dog both sound like very happy events and new books always make me happy. Have a great week!

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    1. That’s exactly why I read it. I had seen the movie a bunch of times. I felt bad for not reading the book.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. I was curious about the book version of Psycho! Mmm...s'mores. They really are the best. Hopefully I can get another one in sometime this fall season. I'm ready to read some more spooky reads!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  20. The Last Harvest sounds interesting, although I do sometimes struggle with YA logic. While Psycho is intriguing, I feel like it's almost too hard to read a book after you've seen the movie version several times. Happy reading!

    Natflix&Books

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    1. Luckily, Psycho is a really short book. Even though I knew the ending, I didn’t have to wait long to get there.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  21. I don't know if I had a s'more this whole summer! I did go camping once and just had the chocolate- like the Hershey bar- I guess I never got to the graham cracker and marshmallow stage. Impulse control I suppose. anyway... I'm getting in the mood for spooky stuff now that fall is here. Unofficially but close enough for me. :)

    Psycho... "Creepy dude and his mommy" lol.

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    1. I need to eat s’mores at least once a year. It’s required for my survival. If I don’t eat them while camping, I have to make them at home in the toaster oven.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  22. I’m not sure how the author thought that having his characters do nothing would be very, very scary. Glad you gave up on that one.

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    1. Haha, exactly! I was waiting for that book to get scary, and it just wasn’t.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. Mmmm, s'mores. Love them! We have a fire pit that we usually use for s'mores all summer long. The weather has not cooperated this summer but hopefully we can make a few this fall.

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    1. We had a fire pit when I was a teenager, but I don’t have one now. If I had one, I’d make marshmallows all the time. That would probably be a bad idea.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. Not a big fan of s'mores, although I do like roasting marshmallows, yummy goodness. Lol... Harry Hole, not a great name for a character. I'm looking forward to reading some creepy/spooky books this fall.

    Enjoy your week ahead.

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    1. Yeah, the book is translated from Norwegian. I hope “Harry Hole” is less cringe-worthy in that language. Maybe it’s a normal name in Norway.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. You've got some reads that seem perfect for fall- very eerie! I need to transition to fall reads, but I don't want to say goodbye to summer just yet! Have a great week!

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    1. I have a lot of horror on my shelves. I was very ready to leave summer and get into the creepy stuff.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  26. I don't read spooky (horror), so I just up my mystery reading! We did s'mores a few times by the fire pit.

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    1. Mysteries are good. I have a few of those that I need to read this fall.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  27. Sorry you had a DNF but yay for spooky reads. Yay new books and s'mores!! I love me some s'mores. Have a great week!

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    1. I love s’mores, too! Anything with chocolate is my favorite food.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  28. Some darker reads are perfect for this time of year.

    Happy reading and a lovely week to you!

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  29. I actually LOL'd at that unfortunate character name. Sorry Harry. :(

    Interesting that two of the books you read had characters who were unconcerned about the murders of people close to them. It is a great time of year to read scary books - I am about to add some to my reading list!

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    1. I’m glad the character is mostly called Harry in the book. Harry Hole gives me nasty mental images. Yuck.

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  30. I haven't read Psycho or seen the movie. I don't do "scary" if I can avoid it. I am curious about the Nesbo series despite the character's unfortunate name. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. If you read the series, I hope you like it! The book is okay so far. I don’t know if I’ll read more of them.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  31. Sounds like you've embraced RIP reading in a big way, lol! I'm not much of a horror/scary book fan.

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    1. Yes! When the leaves start changing, it’s time for me to get my spook on. I’m ready for all things scary.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  32. I have heard of the novel behind the Psycho films and I know the story of how Hitchcock bought the film rights to it, but I haven' t read the novel. My weekly updates

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    1. The book is dated, but it’s pretty good. I can see why it’s a classic.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  33. Harry Hole? Too bad about the DNF. I just read a book where the heroes first name was the same as last. It was jarring and weird.

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    1. Weird character names always trip me up. The book is translated from Norwegian, so maybe Harry Hole is a common name there. I don’t know. In English, it’s gross.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  34. The Women In The Walls sounds so promising! I've heard good things about Lukavics. Sorry to hear that it didn't pique your interest. Have you read others in the Harry Hole series? I've only read the first one. Have a good week!

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    1. I haven’t read the others in the series. Maybe some of the stuff in Harry’s personal life would make more sense if I did. I’m starting with this one because it was cheap and easy to find.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  35. I'm thinking The Last Harvest might be a good addition to my classroom library. I never have enough scary stuff for them. I read one Nesbø book and was also only mildly interested.

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  36. Oh dear Harry Hole???!!! That is an unfortunate name! There are a few names in the UK that I have sympathy for. I'd hate to have a surname like Ramsbottom!

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