Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Sunday Post #165

Is she holding a cat head on a string? If she is, she'll fit in nicely around here . . .




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 a few Stephen King books that I haven’t read yet.
  • On Thursday I do the back-to-school tag.
  • On Saturday I review two classic children’s books. (I apologize in advance for hating your childhood favorites.)









In my reading life


Last week, I finished The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. The beginning is too slow and directionless for my tastes, but the end is amazing. So many twists. If you like historical fiction, check this one out.



Right now, I’m attempting book polygamy. I’m reading Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey and The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Currently, The Great Alone is much more entertaining than Ghostland. This is why I’m terrible at book polygamy. One of my books always ends up getting dumped for the other.








In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. Remember how I had mysterious good news? I can talk about it now! I’m going to be a judge for the Cybils Literary Award next year. I’m judging the middlegrade novels. Yes, I’m excited. No, I probably won’t ever shut up about it.
  2. While I was walking my dog, I saw an angry buck chase a coyote. I never saw a deer chase a coyote before. It’s usually the other way around. The coyotes harass the deer.
  3. It’s officially fall! Bring on Halloween. I want candy.
  4. Speaking of fall, I’m going to post on Instagram as often as possible this season. If you like landscape and bookish photos, check it out. Also, if you’re hosting a fall-themed challenge, I’d love to join it. I’m profoundly unmotivated to use Instagram unless someone tells me what to do.
  5. Thank you to everyone who donated to my blog’s Ko-Fi account last week! I’m really happy that you appreciate what I do. When I raise 12 more dollars, I’ll host another bookish giveaway on this blog.









Do you need friends? I do, too!
















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






76 comments:

  1. Congrats on your news! You must be pretty excited! I'm trying to relax this weekend because I know next week it is back to hard work on the house!

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  2. How exciting that you'll be judging the Cybils! Congrats!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  3. That always happens to me when I try to read multiple books, too - one always WINS and the other gets put aside. You'd think I'd know better by now...

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    1. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. I didn’t even touch one of the books yesterday. I just read the other one.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. Congrats on being named a judge! That is so exciting! I have actually been able to juggle a couple of books at once lately pretty successfully but I usually end up sticking with whichever book I like more. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! I can juggle multiple books if I’m equally interested in both of them. That doesn’t always happen, though.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. I cackled at the cat-head comment. Good start to your post! I am glad Dolssa ended on a high note for you. A good ending holds a lot of weight with me, which is probably why I rated this book higher than you. Wow! That's really awesome that you will be judging the Cybils. (I actually know what those are) MG has been really, really strong this year. I don't know who's nominated, but I am sure there will be some fantastic books for you to judge.

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    1. I hope I get to read some really excellent MG books. I haven’t read many of the new releases this year.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. I'm curious to see which King books you haven't read yet! I'm hoping to do a post related to his books for Halloween! They're very hit or miss for me. I'm so excited for your bookish news! That's amazing, congrats! And I'm with you on the candy. There's already a huge bowl of candy corn on my counter!

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    1. I’ll look for your Halloween post. King’s books are hit-or-miss with me, too. He’s written some really awful stuff.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. Very cool about judging the Cybils! How exciting! It's funny, I was just talking about Dolssa. I've owned it for years but haven't read it. I featured the author's upcoming book for my WoW this week. Happy reading!

    Natflix&Books

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  8. Happy reading, The Passion of Dolssa sounds like a good one. Congrats on getting to judge the middlegrade novels!
    I was eating candy corn earlier lol. Happy week!

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    1. I haven’t had any candy yet, but I did make cake yesterday.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. Book polygamy made me laugh. How weird that the buck chased the coyote. I once saw an angry bird chase a squirrel... right into my car while I was driving. It was a bit traumatic for me. Wildlife, I tell ya!

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    1. That would be traumatic. I’ve seen robins and crows chase squirrels away from their nests. They’re very noisy about it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. "Book polygamy" is an amazing phrase and I'm going go out of my way to use it as much as possible from now on! I adore Halloween! To bad that small tidbit of american culture has yet to bleed into south america in the form of trick or treating. Congratulations on being a judge for the Cybils Literary Award next year! :)

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    1. I loved trick-or-treating when I was a kid. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. I think kids everywhere should celebrate it :).

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. I'm so bad with Insta challenges, but I DO really like Instagram and I want to post more - and post more bookish photos too. :) Congrats on being a judge for the Cybils Award. That's awesome!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I found two Insta challenges that are happening next month. We’ll see how badly I fail at them.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. You better love my childhood faves AJ!!
    Congrats on being a judge, that is soo insanely cool.

    Happy fall!

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    1. Haha, I’m nervous about Saturday. Everybody is going to hate me . . .

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. Congrats on becoming a judge! That's exciting!! Oh man, I cannot wait to see what classic children's books you hate. And I *am* into historical fiction and have had The Passion of Dolssa just chillin on the backlist of my TBR list for a while... I might have to move that one forward!

    ps. lol @ cat head on a string

    Here's my weekly wrap-up: { The Sunday Post }: September 23, 2018

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  14. Congrats on reviewing the Cybils! Such an honor, and delightful, too.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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  15. Congrats on being a CYBILS judge! Awesome.

    I love that a buck was chasing a coyote. Sometimes the tables turn haha. Like in those documentaries when lions or whatever are hunting wildebeest and all of a sudden the herd turns on them and they have to get out. lol

    I have to make myself post to Instagram too. I like IG but it's a time thing, sadly. Something has to give lol.

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    1. I’m the same with Instagram. Setting up and editing those photos takes forever, so I tend to avoid it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. That's a huge news! Congratulations on being the judge. You must be really excited.

    Have a lovely week and happy reading!
    My wrap-up: https://flippingthruthepages.com/2018/09/weekly-wrap-up-2/

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  17. Congrats on being one of the judges for the Cybil Awards!!

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  18. Congrats on being a judge! That is awsome. Yay for fall. I love it and Halloween candy :) Have a great week!

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    1. I’m pretty sure that Halloween candy is one of the best things ever.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. Thank you for the shout-out! That's so cool that you'll get to be a judge!

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  20. I thought about applying to be a judge, but I'm not sure I have the time. Maybe next year I'll apply. See what I read this month at Girl Who Reads

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    1. I debated a lot about applying, but (so far) I’m glad I did.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  21. Congrats on the judging! I'll have to look for your IG posts.

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  22. Congrats on your news! How fun!!!

    I've been wanting to read Ghostland. I am going to go add it to my library holds right now! Lol.

    I'll watch your Instagram feed! :)

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    1. Ghostland is pretty interesting so far. I’m going to try to finish it today.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. Congrats on being chosen as a Cybils Judge. I hope you enjoy all the middle grade books you read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I hope some great books get nominated. I need more MG in my life.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. That had to be one pissed off deer. I agree, usually it's the other way around. Congrats on being a judge - how exciting. I do believe that is a cat head on a string. How interesting...and perhaps disturbing, but mostly interesting.

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    1. It totally looks like a cat head! I wonder what it actually is. A weird purse?

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. The Passion of Dolssa sounds interesting! OMG at the buck chasing the coyote. Maybe the deer has been chatting with the roadrunner? :)


    My list!

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  26. Congrats on being a judge! What fun news. I'm happy that it's fall. The weather is so cool outside :) Very pleasant. Hope you have a great week.

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    1. I’m wrapped up in a blanket right now. I’m so happy that it’s not hot anymore.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  27. Grats, judge!

    At first I thought you were reading a book ON polygamy, LOL. I can read multiple books at a time if one of them is nonfiction and I'm only reading a little of it at a time. Although I have been checking out audiobooks for when I'm driving. But I don't listen to audiobooks at home, so there's really no difficulty with abandoning one for the other.

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    1. I’m trying the 1 fiction and 1 nonfiction thing right now. I’m almost finished with the nonfiction one. Then I’ll probably go back to being monogamous with my books. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  28. On the Stephen King front, if I were to make a list it would show that I've only read maybe a half dozen. My weekly updates

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    1. I think I’ve read around 30 King books. I still have so many left to go!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  29. Congrats on judging the Cybil Award!!! I go back and forth between reading multiple books then scaling down to one at a time when I get overwhelmed. I'm so happy it;s finally fall!!
    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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  30. YES, FALL!!! I am so ready :-) Congrats on being a judge--how exciting! Have a great week!

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  31. Congratulations of the Cybil judging! How exciting! That's too funny about the deer chasing the coyote. It's definitely usually the other way around but I love the image. Hope you're having a great week!

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    1. I’ve seen coyotes harassing all kinds of animals. I guess one of them finally got fed up with it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  32. Congratulations on getting to be a judge. That sounds awesome.

    Cait @ <a href="http://clicks-clan.blogspot.com>Click's Clan</a>

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  33. Congratulations on the judging.

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  34. The Great Alone would be hard not to be faithful to! Loved it.

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  35. Congratulations on being chosen to judge for the Cybils. The Great Alone is an upcoming book club read, I'm looking forward to reading it. Have a lovely week ahead.

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    1. I hope you like The Great Alone! It’s really good so far.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  36. I really enjoyed The Great Alone so I'm glad to hear that it's a good read for you so far. Congrats on being named a judge for the Cybils Literary Award. That's so exciting!

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    1. I’m glad you liked The Great Alone! It’s a big book, and I’m a slow reader, so it’ll take me forever to finish it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  37. Yay for Cybils judging! Round one or two? I like being a round 2 judge because a) fewer mandatory books to read and b) they are the best of the best. I'm in awe of round 1 judges who read a TON in a short amount of time.

    One of my students read The Passion of Dolssa last year. It's such a big book, and I've become very wimpy about taking on big books lately. But now I'm more motivated.

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  38. That is so cool! I hope you enjoy judging and being able to have a say in what will win. Again, so cool DD: Also, that explains why I've been seeing lots of you on bookstagram lately. Been loving your photos and questions ^.^

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