Sunday, November 18, 2018

The Sunday Post #173

I hope your Thanksgiving is great (again).




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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On The Blog Last Week











On The Blog This Week


  • On Tuesday I spread blogger love. (Blogger love is not a disease, I promise.)
  • On Thursday I do The Nightmare Before Christmas Tag.
  • On Saturday I mini review two Mackenzi Lee books.









In My Reading Life


Last week, I finished Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington. It was okay. I learned a lot about snake-handling religions. The book was pretty repetitive, though. I got the impression that the author didn’t have enough material to fill a whole book.



Right now, I’m reading Opening Skinner’s Box: Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century by Lauren Slater. I’m struggling with this one, guys. The information is interesting, but the writing style is turgid. The writing would be tolerable in fiction, but when you dump flowery writing on science, it just obscures the science. The author also spends most of the book talking about herself. I want to hear about the scientists! I don’t care that the author went apple-picking with her daughter. I’m on the fence about DNFing this one.








In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. I finally saw Love, Simon! I liked it. I’m happy that the movie people didn’t completely screw up the book. It deserved to be made into a good movie.
  2. Hanging out with friends. I put a lot of energy into avoiding other humans, but sometimes it’s fun to laugh about stupid stuff with people who “get” you.
  3. Coconut cream pie.
  4. Fluffy prairie dogs. I know that prairie dogs are plague-carrying rodents, but they’re cute in winter. Like little balls of brown fluff.
  5. Looking up Thanksgiving recipes. No more disaster turkeys! I want to make something this year that people actually want to eat.










Let’s Be Friends

















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







71 comments:

  1. I had to look closely to figure out that picture was a turkey-hilarious! I have a hard time reading nonfiction. Is there an audiobook for the one you mentioned?

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    1. Haha, yeah, that turkey is . . . interesting. I’m not sure if there are audiobooks for either of the books in this post. They’re both older books.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. I'm kinda glad we don't do Thanksgiving over here. I put enough effort into avoiding Christmas hype so having to replicate that two months running must be exhausting! Love your turkey pic though ;-)

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    1. My Thanksgiving and Christmas are usually small and low-stress. I don’t have many family members or friends, so there’s not a lot to do.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Yay for liking Love, Simon. I thought it was adorable. Mmmm coconut cream pie. I love Thanksgiving and trying new recipes. Have a great week!

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    1. Simon was adorable! I liked the humor in that movie. Happy Thanksgiving!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I love coconut cream pie, too! Enjoy your week...and now I must see Love, Simon.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  5. So I am not the only one avoiding other human beings? To read of course! And I did not link my blog to my Google Account so ... Sophie @bewareofthereader

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  6. I'm glad you finally got to see Love, Simon! It's still on my neverending list of movies. I hope you found some good recipes!

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    1. I found maple-glazed turkey! I’m going to make it. It should be interesting. Or disastrous.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. I haven't seen Love, Simon yet. I didn't read the book either. I LOVE Coconut Cream Pie. It's my moms favorite.
    Just make sure you cover the turkey I have a great guide for cooking turkey if you want me to send it to you. I use it every year and my husband always says my turkey is very yummy. It might be the butter. :)

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

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    1. I’m going to make maple-glazed turkey. Hopefully it turns out yummy. The recipe has great reviews. I just need to not screw it up.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. I'm looking forward to all the eating at Thanksgiving. I remember being really stuffed last year! :)

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  9. I'm already tired from cooking for Thanksgiving! lol Have a great one!

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    1. Haha, I haven’t started yet. Most of the food I’m making is frozen and just needs to be heated up.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. Hahah, I loved that meme. =P I never ate coconut cream pie seems delicious (just goggled some pictures of it).

    Wishes of a happy week!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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  11. That meme, LOL!! I love coconut cream pie. Thought I had the Thanksgiving desserts all set, but now I need to add one to my list... it's been ages since I've had that!

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    1. I have 2 pies for Thanksgiving. One is pumpkin and one is chocolate. Pie is my favorite part of the day.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. I always feel so bad when I cant find a way to comment back! Ensuring links are in G+ profiles would be very helpful!!

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    1. I know! There are a few people who comment on my blog often, but I’m not sure if they have their own blogs. If they do, I can’t find links anywhere.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. That turkey is TERRIFYING AJ!

    I can't wait to hear more about this blogger love. haha.

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

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    1. Haha, I may have screamed a little when I saw the turkey. Then of course I had to share it with EVERYONE.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. Replace coconut cream pie with key lime and I'm a happy camper. LOL Nothing going on here for Thanksgiving. I plan to kick back and enjoy the long weekend with books and movies:)

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Enjoy your books and movies! I’ll probably spend Thanksgiving eating and blogging. Now that I think of it, that’s how I spend most days . . .

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. Checked my link and it takes you to my Google+ page. All good:)

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  16. Love the turkey. Kind of resembles him if you ask me. I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving and thank heavens my husband cooks the turkey! Mine would probably be inedible.

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    1. This is my first time making a turkey. Usually my mom does it. I’m crossing my fingers that it turns out edible.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. That meme is pretty terrifying. I sometimes like when a nonfiction book has interesting author asides but can understand how it doesn't fit in with a science-y book. Happy reading!
    Natflix&Books

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    1. I’m fine with author asides if they’re well-written and relevant. The ones in this book drifted too far off-topic for me.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. Thanks for the PSA. I have encountered a few profiles with bad links. There are just too many commenting systems! You had me at prairie dogs. They are so cute! I liked Love, Simon, but I didn't love it the way I loved the book. Still cute and fun. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    1. Yeah, I hate Blogger’s comment system, but I’m not sure what to switch to. They all seem to have a lot of pros and cons.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. I have the hardest time commenting back to the google plus folks! We should probably ALL do a PSA.

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    1. I know! G+ has to be the most useless and irritating social media site. I wish there was an extremely obvious place where people could put links to their websites.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. Ooh The Nightmare Before Christmas tag sounds fun. And that meme to start off your post cracked me up. :)

    "disaster turkeys" lol. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving! :)

    The food > the people haha. Kidding! Maybe.

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    1. I’m always more excited about the food than the people . . . .

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  21. Ooh! I like the Nightmare Before Christmas tag! Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays

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  22. Glad you got to share some time with friends this week! Hope you find the perfect turkey recipe. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Thanks! I found a maple-glazed turkey. That has to be good, right?

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. I think Love, Simon is better than the book. I like both but the movie is just so sweet. My weekly updates

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    1. The movie is sweet. I read the book when it first came out, so I don’t remember it very well. I guess it’s time for a reread.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. The Trump turkey is kind of scary and disturbing! My turkey meal doesn't come until Christmas!

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    1. I usually eat nachos or Mexican food for Christmas. My Christmases have never really been traditional.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. I liked Love, Simon too -- I thought they did a great job taking it to the silver screen. How can it be Thanksgiving already?

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    1. I’m glad you liked Love, Simon! I’m not ready for Thanksgiving. This year has gone too fast.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  26. Ooh blogger love tomorrow? I'm curious! Yay for hanging out with friends. I like to do that this time of the year; makes me realize I haven't seen certain people in awhile, etc.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Same! It’s very easy to lose touch with your friends. It’s good to see them sometimes.

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  27. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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  28. Have a great Thanksgiving! I'm looking forward to ours. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  29. Ahahahaha I laughed a lot at that first image. :)
    I'm so happy you liked Love, Simon, I think they did a great job with that adaptation, I'm glad they did, this book and movie and story overall deserve all the love :)
    I hope you'll have a wonderful week!! xx

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    1. Love, Simon made me smile a lot. I’m so happy that the movie people didn’t mess it up!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  30. Awww fluffy prairie dogs? I don't have those here but I do have an opossum that's coming around lately. lol

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    1. I’ve never seen an opossum in real life. I’ve only seen photos of them looking dead and creepy on the Internet. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  31. "Salvation on Sand Mountain" is an interesting book... It's been a while since I read it.

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    1. It was interesting! Before I read it, I didn’t know much about snake handling or why people would want to touch rattlesnakes.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  32. LOL - good luck with the Thanksgiving recipes :-)

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  33. I love the images on your post this week lol It sounds like you have a story from last year (previous years) about a turkey disaster? I feel like Thanksgiving is the time that people either thrive at cooking or they flop. I am usually a flop.

    Here is my weekly update!

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    1. I flop at cooking. The stuff I make always tastes bland and overcooked.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  34. I have spent so much time trying to figure out where I can go to comment back. I think it is a great idea to check that links are working and will check mine today. I decided not to cook turkey this year. It is okay but not my favorite so I am going with pork. I hope I don't mess it up. Have a great Thanksgiving and eat a piece of pie for me :)

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  35. I am curious about this Nightmare Before Christmas post! I love that movie.

    Good luck with your turkey! :) Have a great Thanksgiving!

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  36. It's only my husband and I on Thanksgiving so we usually just make a turkey breast. last year I (unwittingly) bout a turkey leg. Brined it and didn't notice right up until I was about to put it in the oven. Luckily I had good sides and PIE.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  37. Trying to figure out who commenters are on Disqus is a nightmare when they use their real name and dont have their link on their profile! So I know where you're coming from. 😱

    Did you read The Serpent King? One of the MC's family were Pentecostal Baptists that handled snakes. 🐍

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 🌞

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  38. I usually leave a link at the end of my comment somewhere if it's a new blog I am visiting but I think you know me by now ;) Also, I recently watched Love, Simon too and I agree. They did really well with that adaption and did the book justice. It made my heart so happy. ^.^

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