Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Sunday Post #164

Perfect for those steamy blood rain days.




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





Do you like spooky stuff? Good news! There’s a read-a-thon for that. From October 11-16, I’m going to be reading horror, thrillers, and mysteries. You can join me by clicking on these words that you’re reading right now.









On The Blog Last Week











On The Blog This Week


  • On Tuesday I show you what I’m reading this fall.
  • On Thursday I talk about some abandoned places that would make great book settings.
  • On Saturday I review two nonfiction books.









In My Reading Life


Last week, I finished The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. The mystery was compelling enough to keep me reading for 500+ pages. I didn’t guess the identity of the murderer. I can’t really say that I enjoyed the book, though. I thought it was poorly written (or poorly translated?) and far-fetched.



Right now, I’m reading The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. So far, so good.








In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. I finally made my blog a Twitter banner. I hate making graphics so much that I procrastinated making a Twitter header for approximately 4 years. It’s done now.
  2. I got some good news. It’s related to books and this blog, but I don’t think I’m allowed to say what it is yet. So . . . I’m just going to be vague and mysterious.
  3. I learned that if I went in my basement and dug a hole straight through the Earth, I’d come out in the ocean, somewhat near Australia. I don’t think digging the hole is worth the effort.
  4. I donated and traded a bunch of books. Now I have credits to get more books. It’s a never-ending cycle.
  5. This song is kind of fun.










Following me is good for my self-esteem














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








79 comments:

  1. Everyone is talking about Fraterfest. This is my first time hearing about it. I'll have to join the read a thon. https://theglobaldig.blogspot.com/

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  2. I'm cleaning out the shelves too, but as I still have more books than fit on the shelves, I'm trying to get myself to a place where all the books I have actually fit on the shelves and then I have to get rid of a book before buying a new one. This is not an easy task for me as I'm a book hoarder.

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    1. I have the exact same problem. I’m trying to get rid of the majority of the books I buy, but it’s hard! I want them all!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Womp womp to The Snowman. I got excited when you said you never guessed the murderer but poorly written? Pass. Thumbs up to the new Twitter banner. I like the old books on the left. And another thumbs up for vague and mysterious. There's not enough of that. Everyone demands instant gratification. I vote for more mystery. :)

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    1. Haha, thanks! My news is probably exciting for me and “meh” for everybody else. Still, I’m happy.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I'm doing Fraterfest too...yay! happy reading :) I remember seeing a preview for the film The Snowman and it looked a little silly. I love the twitter banner. Enjoy your week lady!

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  5. Hmmmm good news related to books and the blog? That sounds really exciting, I can't wait to hear more about it!! :D
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, I'm happy you enjoyed it :D
    I hope you'll have a fantastic week <3

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  6. Being vague and mysterious? LOL Fraterfest seems really great but I am already doing Blogoween so .... happy Sunday!

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    1. Good luck with Blogoween! I thought about joining that, but I’m already doing a bunch of other stuff.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. "Following me is good for my self esteem" <-- love it!
    Yeah! I am glad that so far Dolssa is working for you. Fingers crossed Berry doesn't eff it up for you.
    PS Thanks for sharing my post! Oh, and nice job on the banner. I just looked at it. I suck at graphics, and I am having trouble guilting my daughter into making more for me from 700 miles away. I will have to work my mom-magic when we are on vacation next month.

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    1. Graphics are so hard! And good graphics can make a big difference in your blog traffic. I wish I had some artistic skills, but I don’t.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. I was underwhelmed by a Jo Nesbo crime book a while back and can't even remember now which one it was. I've got his Macbeth from NetGalley though so fingers crossed this second chance will redeem him for me!

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  9. What a tease with the good news! I hope you get to tell us soon!

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    1. I’m allowed to tell now! I’m judging the middlegrade category of the Cybils Literary Award next year. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. Oooh, now I'm all excited to hear your secret good news! Can't wait for the big reveal!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. I’m allowed to tell the big news now! I’m judging the middlegrade category of the Cybils Literary Award next year.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. I'm sorry you didn't enjoy The Snowman. It was interesting though. I never knew who the killer was either.
    My Sunday Post @ Jackie's Forget Me Nots.

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    1. I’m glad you liked it! Judging by the Goodreads reviews, I’m in the minority for not liking it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. Now you've got me curious about your good news. Whatever it is, I hope it brings you joy!

    I don't think I'll do Fraterfest because I'm not into scary-spooky stuff, and it's a challenge to find books I would consider spooky without being scary. But I may end up doing an All Souls trilogy reread again this fall.

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  13. I can't wait to hear what your good news is! I love good news :) By the way...don't dig that hole!

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    1. Haha, I won’t dig the hole. I have much better ways to waste my time.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. FraterFest looks awesome. And your post on abandoned places sounds fun.

    You know, when I was a kid I used to imagine digging in my sandbox all the way to China. I have no idea if that's where I would have ended up, of course- I rather doubt it- but it is fun to think about. :)

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    1. If you live in the US, you’d probably come out in the Indian Ocean. It’s a really big ocean.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. I've heard similar thoughts about The Snowman so I won;t be reading it. The movie was pretty good though. Watch out for the hole! LOL And I'm curious about your news.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. I saw the movie a few days ago! They changed a ton of stuff in the book to make it less silly.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. I think I'll be taking part in FraterFest. I do really love all things spooky/Halloween. Yeah...I don't want to come out in the middle of the ocean either, so don't worry about digging that hole.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I hope you sign up for Fraterfest. I think it’ll be fun.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. Ooooh, a spooky book-a-thon! I'm off to check it out! Hurray for giving your Twitter a makeover! It looks great! I can't wait to hear your mysterious news...

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  18. Fraterfest sounds fun! But I don't read spooky stuff, I'm a scaredy cat lol. Yay for Twitter banner! And whatever your good news is, I'm happy for you and can't wait to hear about it :-)

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    1. I think paranormal, mystery, and thriller stuff counts, too, if you read that.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. I'm still working on a image creation project ... to make larger featured images for all my reviews. I have about three and a half years of posts to work on. So I hear you with taking four years to make your Twitter header.

    My weekly updates

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    1. Wow. Good luck with that project! I’m never going to redo graphics for this blog. Nope, nope. I hate making graphics too much for that.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. I'm a big scaredy-cat so I won't participate in anything this fall that causes me to lose sleep. I'm glad it is something that so many others are enjoying, though.

    I want to redo my blog header a bit. Maybe before Christmas....

    Can't wait to hear your good news for your blog...though I might be able to hazard a guess....

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  21. Ooo.. Fraterfest sounds like it could be a great readathon. I'll have to look into that. Also, intrigued by this good news of yours, and looking forward to Thursday's post.

    Happy reading and a lovely week to you!

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  22. I don't read many scary books, so I turn to mysteries in the fall. I wonder where a hole in my basement would lead.

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    1. If you live in the US, it would probably lead to the Indian Ocean. If you live somewhere else, I’m not sure.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. I'm going to join Fraterfest too but man, a week just isn't long enough:) That's such a random hole in the basement thought. Wonder where mine would take me? I almost picked up The Snowman once but instead opted for the movie - which I didn't like and which confused me and I could not get into a character named Harry Hole. It was such an odd name. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Harry Hole is a really unfortunate name. I hope it’s less weird in Norway. I saw the movie a few days ago. I didn’t like it very much.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. I want to know your secret! And how great to continue the cycle with your books.

    That song was a good way to wake up. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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    1. I can tell my news now! I’m going to be a judge for the Cybils Award.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I’m going to be a judge for the Cybils Award next year. I’m allowed to tell now. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  26. A friend of mine loves Jo Nesbo, but I've not read any of their books yet. Should fix that soon, I guess!

    My list!

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  27. I don't do scary books. I'm too suggestible. I agree digging the hole wouldn't be worth it. I haven't tried Jo Nesbo but see her books around a lot. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Learning where the hole would come out was disappointing. I hoped I’d end up somewhere awesome.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  28. As much as I like the sound of things like Fraterfest, there are always too many rules that I can't or won't do! I like simple ones where I just do a post at the start and end about my chosen books without having to do a pile of other things as well!

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    1. Haha, I rarely follow all of the rules. I sign up and then do whatever I can.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  29. Procrastination is also my middle name. I spent around 3 years procrastinating discussion posts for my blog. I also learned that unless I schedule posts weeks in advance they never get written period :)

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    1. Same. I have to schedule my posts. If I don’t, I get distracted and nothing gets posted.

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  30. I am so disappointed that The Snowman by Jo Nesbø was poorly written, that would make a good book for HoHoHORAt. Thanks for the shoutout about Fraterfest! I suck at procrastination. Sometimes I wish I could just chill until it had to be done..but nope.

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    1. Judging by the Goodreads reviews, I’m in the minority for not liking The Snowman. Maybe you’d like it more than I did.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  31. I'd love to do Fraterfest but my October review schedule is too filled. Maybe next year. I love the spooky reads.

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    1. Me too! I was happy when I found Fraterfest. I can force my love of spooky books on other people.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  32. Your post on abandoned places sounds really interesting!

    I got to see For King and Country at Elitch Gardens last year. They were really fun to see live (the opening acts, on the other hand, were terrible).

    Have a great week!

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    1. I’d love to see them in person. They seem like fun people. I just have to survive on YouTube videos, I guess.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  33. You should watch The Snowman movie. It's pretty terrible.

    I eagerly await your secret news!

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    1. I watched it on Sunday! You’re right. It is pretty terrible.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  34. Ooh, I'm very curious about your vague and mysterious news. It sounds very exciting!

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    1. It’s probably more exciting for me than for anybody else. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  35. I LOVE that for King & Country song!!! Here's my It's Monday list.

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  36. A friend of mine has been trying to get me to read The Snowman for years. Your thoughts make me glad I've resisted!

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    1. I was not a fan, but that seems to be an unpopular opinion. It has high ratings on Goodreads.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  37. Thanks for the links. I like checking out interesting articles by fellow bloggers. Eager to hear your good news. Thanks for sharing the song. Love it.

    Have a great week.

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  38. Ooo your abandoned places post sounds cool! Also, I love your fact about where you would end up if you dug a hole straight down from your basement. Lol.

    Looking forward to your reveal of the mysterious good news!

    Have a great week!

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    1. I hope the abandoned places post is cool. Those posts are always fun and challenging to research.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  39. Ooh, I might have to look into that readathon. :)

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  40. I think I will join the read-a-thon too because I am really in the mood for one and I love Halloween!

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  41. I can't wait to hear about the good new and LOL! Ohhhh is there an app that tells you where you'll come out on the other side of the earth if you dig a hole straight down? My littles would love to know that, I'm going to have to google it. :)
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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