Sunday, January 20, 2019

The Sunday Post #182

What happens on the blog stays on the blog.



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 I failed to read last year.
  • On Thursday we figure out if I kept my 2018 New Year’s resolutions.









In My Reading Life


I’m still reading and judging books for the Cybils Award. I’ll tell you what I think of them after we choose a winner. Last week, I finished The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet, The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty, and Front Desk by Kelly Yang. Right now, I’m reading Skylark and Wallcreeper by Anne O’Brien Carelli.










In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. I went to an ultrasound with my sister and saw her baby. It’s due in less than a month.
  2. Judging the Cybils Award has been fun. I’ve discovered a few excellent books that I knew nothing about.
  3. I did pretty well with exercise. Running is still challenging because the snow is deep and the sidewalks are icy.
  4. I think my caffeine withdrawals are over. I don’t feel terrible anymore!
  5. Who’s watching Project Blue Book? It’s about aliens. I watched the first two episodes, and I am intrigued. Aidan Gillen (who played Littlefinger in Game of Thrones) is in it.









Can I Get A Connection?















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







75 comments:

  1. Love the cover of The Orphan Band of Springdale. I'll have to look that one up. Aidan Gillen plays such an excellent baddie. I wouldn't know what to do if I ever saw him play a good guy.

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    1. He is excellent at playing bad guys. I keep waiting for his character to do something awful on Project Blue Book, but that hasn’t happened yet.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. Well hooray for caffeine withdrawals being over! I've never heard of Project Blue Book (though it did immediately make me think of college...), but it looks pretty neat. The Orphan Band of Springdale by Anne Nesbet seems like a really cute one. Have a great week!

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    1. Haha, Project Blue Book does sound like a school thing. It was a real-life secret government project. I guess they had to choose a boring name so no one would start snooping around.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Yeay on getting passed the caffeine withdrawal!
    How exciting on seeing the baby! That's always fun. Is this your first niece/nephew? Or are you a veteran aunt? :)

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    1. I’m a veteran aunt. I have 2 nephews. This is my first niece.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. Very exciting about the baby!
    My goal is to start walking again when the air doesn't hurt my face. I actually miss the quiet from doing a nice walk.
    Caffeine Withdrawals are very hard but I am glad you are passed them. That is one thing I am not sure I would be able to do. I love my coffee, even if it is just one or two a day.

    Have a great week, AJ! Happy Reading! xx

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    1. There’s a snow storm outside now, so my running will probably be on hold for a while. It’s too cold and snowy!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. How exciting about your sister's baby!

    Hope you have a great week!

    My Sunday post is here.

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  6. Great news here! A baby (I didn't know she was pregnant LOL) your running still going (in the snow ..how lucky compared to our rainy days!) and no more caffeine withdrawal! I swear with the coffee machine at work being out of order most of the time i'll soon join you! Have a wonderful Sunday.

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    1. I think this is the first time I’ve talked about the baby on the blog. I don’t usually mention my family or friends. I hope the coffee machine gets fixed! Caffeine headaches are really unpleasant.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. Great job kicking the caffeine. Aww, little baby. :)

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  8. Did I know you were a Cybils judge? I bet that happened during my hiatus, and I missed it. For middle grade--which means I need all your recommendations for my classroom as soon as the judging is done! I somewhat unwisely read all the lighter/shorter nonfiction books first and now have to plow through some pretty serious looking tomes.

    I have been an aunt since 1985, and it is a JOY. Have fun with that!

    The header on this post makes me laugh.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Yep! I’m a Cybils judge. This is my first time doing it. Good luck with your reading! I only have 2 Cybils books left to read, but one of them is chunky.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. Congratulations to your sister and you Auntie!! Hope all is well with them. I haven't watched it and I have never seen Game of Thrones so I have no idea who that actor is. Guess I should get with the times? I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Mary

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    1. Thanks! The doctor said that the baby looks good. Now we’re just waiting around until she decides to come out.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. Yes to Project Blue Book! I watched the first one and I need to catch up on episode two today hopefully. I love stuff like that, I hope it's an awesome series. Littlefinger and aliens how can you go wrong???

    The Cybils awards do sound pretty neat.

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    1. Yay! Someone else is watching. I hope the show is good. It has a lot of potential.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. Congratulations to your sister!! Are you excited to be an aunt???

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    1. Yes! I’m very excited. I want to see the baby in the real world and not just in a creepy ultrasound photo.

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  12. Congratulations on your sister's baby! I hope she has a safe delivery. The Cybil awards sound awesome and I can't wait to hear about all the books you've read. Do you think it'll be hard to determine the winner? Yay! for kicking the caffeine withdrawals. I'm still here drinking my Dr.Pepper but I'm cutting back or at least trying to.

    I hope you have a wonderful week!

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Right now, I have a clear favorite book, but I’m not sure what the other judges are thinking. That would be awesome if we all have the same favorites. I doubt that’ll happen, though.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. I really did not do much exercising last week, so I need to get better with that. lol I cannot imagine trying to run with snow/ice around though. Be careful!!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. On my run yesterday, I had to do a lot of walking because of the ice. I’m really looking forward to spring.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. Yeah for your caffeine withdrawal being over, and you kept yourself out of prison. *applause, applause* You are stronger than me, my friend. Sonograms are amazing. Was it one of those creepy 3D ones? We didn't have that back when I was with child. You are reading a lot of great MG books. I adored Lightning Girl and really wanted to read the other two. Glad you are enjoying the Cybils.

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    1. Haha, I did stay out of prison! I guess I was too sleepy to murder anyone. Yes, the ultrasound was one of those creepy 3D ones. I hope the baby looks better when she comes out. She’s not too pretty right now.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. It has to be so hard to read and judge those books. I have done some short story contests as a judge and it is horrible if you don't like them. I want to like them all, just as I want to like all the books I read. I hate to give anything a "low score"

    Good work on the caffeine and exercise. I wrecked my back and so I am off my routine for a bit. Here's to a better week ahead. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I hope your back feels better soon! I judged a short story contest when I worked for a literary journal. Judging does get difficult when you love or hate all of the entries.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. Watching ultrasounds is always so very emotional! I wept when I saw my own children and also when I saw my grandchildren at their ultrasounds... I'm delighted you are no longer battling caffeine withdrawal symptoms - well done for getting through them and have a great week, AJ.

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    1. I loved seeing the ultrasound. A lot of it looked like a gray blur to me, but I saw the heart and a few other recognizable body parts.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. Yay for getting over the caffeine withdrawl and that is really exciting about the new baby coming soon. I can't even imagine trying to run with snow and ice! Have a great week!

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    1. Running in snow is very hard. Yesterday, I walked more than I ran.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. Oh how exciting about the Ultrasound and the baby. Dude caffeine withdrawals are the real deal. Glad you feel better. Have a great week!

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    1. The withdrawals were hard! I felt really terrible. Luckily, they only lasted a week.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. Hurray for getting over the caffeine withdrawal! That's so cool about the ultrasound! I've only ever seen the pictures.

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    1. The ultrasound was really cool. I didn’t know that they could see so much.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. I remember having to have ultrasounds each month due to complications with my rare blood type. I recognized my son when he was born! It's a miracle:) I took a week or two to get offer my caffeine withdrawals. I do allow myself an iced coffee now and then in the summer:)

    My Sunday Post

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    1. I’m excited to see the baby when she comes out. This was the last ultrasound, so she probably won’t change much between now and when she’s born.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  21. My exercise routine sucks. I need to get on that.

    Thanks for the inspiration...and for sharing your week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  22. Yay for the end of caffeine withdrawls! Front Desk has a cute cover.

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    1. I’m very happy that the caffeine withdrawals are over. They were annoying.

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  23. All your books look like fun. Great work on your goals. Withdrawals are horrible. I am glad they are over for you. Praying all goes well with your sister and her baby. Enjoy your week.

    https://thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/2019/01/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-jan-21.html

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  24. Glad to hear your caffeine withdrawals have ended. Those suck. When I was pregnant I suddenly hated the idea and smell of coffee, while I drank a lot of coffee normally.. I felt terrible, so I get you! ;)
    Good luck with the exercising etc. Good for you!;)
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Being pregnant and having caffeine withdrawals would be terrible. I don’t think I could have handled that.

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  25. Exercise - go for it. Judging the Cybils must be interesting even though I am sure it feels like a big responsibility too.

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    1. I love being a judge. I’ve discovered a bunch of books that I didn’t know about.

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  26. I hope you're enjoying the short list we've sent your way. I can't wait to see which book your team picks. My weekly updates

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    1. I am enjoying the shortlist. You picked some good ones.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  27. Yay for making it through the caffeine withdrawals. Those are the worst! I'm glad to hear you've been enjoying the judging and that you've discovered some great new books. That's always a bonus. :)

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  28. Good for you in giving up caffeine. I did it once for a couple years, but then slipped back into the habit! As I recall, the headaches in the beginning were awful. I feel like now coffee is sort of a comfort for me.

    Good luck on the resolutions and have a wonderful week.

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    1. The headaches were bad. I’m glad they only lasted a week. I really miss caffeine, though.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  29. Hope the judging continues to go well. Yay on exercise --I haven't walked in a while because I just don't go when temperatures drop below 15-20F.

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    1. Being outside in the cold sucks. I’ll probably skip outdoor exercise today because it’s freezing.

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  30. I admire you commitment to running! In the snow and ice would be difficult. Mainly my problem is that it's been dark when I get home from work so I haven't been doing much. Hopefully the weather gets better for you soon, and some of that snow melts! :)

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    1. I’ve been running instead of eating lunch. I’m excited for spring when the sun stays up longer.

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  31. The cover on The Orphan Band of Springdale is so cute. Happy reading and how exciting about your sister's baby! Congrats! Enjoy your week.

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  32. I did not realize it was poverty awareness month! Thank you for bringing it to my attention! And how exciting about your sister's baby!

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    1. Thanks! I didn’t know about poverty awareness month, either. There are a lot of great books about the subject.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  33. I'm still trying to make exercise a regular part of my routine. It's still a struggle to make myself get out and do something. Reading and spending time on my computer is much more appealing. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Every time I’m running, I was I was doing ANYTHING else. I don’t think I’ll ever enjoy exercise.

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  34. Glad that judging for the Cybils has been a great experience for you! And congrats to your sister on her almost-here baby! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  35. What a great experience to judge for Cybils Award! Discovering all those new books is a bonus :)

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    1. Yep. I’m very happy that some of them are underhyped. I don’t read enough of those.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  36. Orphan Band looks really cute! I love that you get to judge for the awards! Good job with exercizing and beating caffeine (I'm still at its mercy)!

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes I wish I was still at caffeine’s mercy. I miss it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  37. An ultrasound! How exciting! Congrats on getting past the caffeine headaches. Go You!!

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  38. Are you going to be a first time auntie? 😍

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  39. Thanks for sharing about the readathon! Yay for pulling through the caffeine withdrawals! Should be more smooth sailing in the future ;) And I am glad to hear that the judging the awards is going well.

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