Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Sunday Post #184

This blog post was crafted with love (by serial killers).



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’m on the fence about reading (so you can push me off the fence).
  • On Thursday I wrap up January.
  • On Saturday there’s a book haul.









In My Reading Life


Last week, I finished Bodily Harm by Margaret Atwood. It’s not my favorite Atwood book. Actually, it’s probably one of my least favorites. The main character is infuriatingly passive. She lets a bunch of bad things happen to her and then gets locked in a foreign prison because of them.



Then I listened to King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian by Marguerite Henry. Yes, I listened to a whole audiobook, and I only had to rewind twice because of my wandering mind. King of the Wind is a sweet story about a boy and his horse. It reminded me of Black Beauty. There are too many coincidences and not enough character development, but I probably would have adored this book as a horse-crazy child.



Right now, I’m reading Arcadia by Iain Pears. I’m going to be reading this one for a while because it’s over 600 pages. So far, it’s very confusing.








In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. I finally saw A Quiet Place. I liked it. I think this is the only horror world that I’d survive. I rarely talk, and I’m pretty good at creeping around. The creatures would never find me.
  2. I finally watched the NHL All-Star Game. Those games are always fun. There’s lots of scoring and breakaways.
  3. The blog briefly reached 700 Bloglovin’ followers. Several of them are Russian porn bots, but whatever. If you like to read, I won’t judge you for being a porn-obsessed robot.
  4. It’s February, which means that my sister’s baby is due in 7 days. I’m excited to see the actual kid instead of those creepy 3D ultrasound photos.
  5. It wasn’t snowing yesterday, so I went for a walk. I ended up walking 7 miles.









I’ll trade eternal love for clicks
















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





83 comments:

  1. I hate being 'followed' by Russian porn bots! It's so annoying and there needs to be a way to delete these things from bloglovin.

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    1. I think Bloglovin’ occasionally does mass purges of them. Sometimes I suddenly lose a bunch of followers on that site. Either I said something stupid that offended people, or it was a bot purge.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. wow that is a long walk!!! So exciting about your sister. Congrats on 700!!! Have a great week!

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  3. What? you can have Russian porn bots following you??? How didn't I know this LOL? I knew they spammed yes but followed that's a new low (or high). And I loved Black Beauty !!!! I hope you stay safe and warm AJ!

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    1. Yes! You can have porn bots follow you. I guess they’re hoping you’ll follow back and share their content. I don’t because their accounts are super-obvious (all the writing is in Russian except the word SEX).

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I think all my followers on Bloglovin are robots. I hope a few are porn bots because those are the best kind, really...just saying.
    Excited for you to see the baby. I didn't even have 3d when I was preg with my kids so it was always that weird digital kid. I swear I thought it would pop out like a bit-mapped video game character.

    I hope you have the best week ever, AJ! Happy Reading! xx

    PS I would DIE! It's really hard for me not to talk. Even to myself. :D

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    1. Haha, I’m probably following you on Bloglovin’. I swear I’m not a porn robot! I’m really excited for the baby. It should be coming soon.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. I have yet to see The Quiet Place but I want to so bad! I have only read HagSeed and The Handmaid's Tale by Atwood. I enjoyed both. I met her a little over a year ago. She is a very funny lady.

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    1. I still need to read HagSeed. I’ve been really bad at keeping up with her new stuff.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. Glad you're reading Atwood and good to learn your insights. Hagseed was my introduction to her writing and I loved it. I just picked up another audio book by her and am hoping to listen to it soon.

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    1. Hopefully I’ll get to read HagSeed soon. It’s one of the few that I haven’t gotten my hands on yet.

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  7. Congrats on getting through an audiobook. I love them now but I really had to work at it at first. I don't think that I have heard of The Quiet Place - sometimes I swear I live under a rock. Congrats on your porn robot followers?! I probably have a few fake followers myself. Have a great week!

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    1. I tried listening to an audiobook years ago and had to keep rewinding because I’d get distracted. Luckily, this one was a kids’ book, so it was easy to follow.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. LOL the Robots! =) How cool any day now Auntie!
    I haven't seen The Quiet Place but really want to.
    I have to see bloglovin and see all the creepy robots following me too.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Mary

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    1. Haha, check the description of the account. It’ll say “sex” somewhere!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. LOL, I love that you rate how well you would survive a horror movie!

    OMG, that's so exciting for your sister - and for you! I love being an aunt.

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    1. Haha, I always judge my chances of survival in horror movies. Usually, I have a 0% chance of surviving.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. That's quite the walk! Yay for 700 even if was temporary and some were Russian porn robots. Those are always entertaining. It's so clear that it's not an actual person. Best of luck to your sister and have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, the bots should maybe do a better job of not looking like bots. They’d probably get more follow backs!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. LOL the porn bots. Whoa, nice walk. Happy February with baby and books.

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  12. Congrats on your sister's new baby. I like nieces, nephews, and grandchildren...they are fun!

    I either love or hate Margaret Atwood's books. Most of them are loved, but then there are the occasional ones that just don't set well with me. LOL

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I feel the same way about Atwood. She’s written some of my favorite books ever, and she’s also written a lot of books that make me cringe.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. Geez, I think I might pass out if I walked 7 miles...jk...kind of. I don't think I've read Bodily Harm. As much as I love Atwood (and I really do), I have to be in a MOOD to pick her up. The Robber Bride and The Blind Assassin are two of my most favorite books ever, though. Have you read those?

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    1. Yes! I’ve read them both. The Blind Assassin is definitely one of my favorite Atwood novels.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. 7 miles?! Wow that is quite a walk ahah, that's so great! Good to enjoy the outside while it's not too cold and too snowy either haha :)
    I hope you'll have a wonderful week! <3

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    1. My feet hurt after that walk, but it was good to get out of the house and away from the computer.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. Yay for A Quiet Place! My kids would be the death of this whole family. No way they could be quiet for even half a day.

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    1. Haha, yeah, having children in that world would be a death wish!

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  16. Lol, 3D scan pictures ARE creepy! How exciting that the baby is due in only a week! Fingers crossed baby isn't late and you can all greet her in person soon. :)

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    1. It would be really cool if the baby was born on her due date. It’s a Sunday, so no one would have to take off work.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. Have you read Atwood's, The Heart Goes Last? It is the first and only title I have read by her and I hated it. I saw that many of her fans didn't like it either, so I'm going to give her another try. Other than The Handmaid's Tale, what would you recommend?

    Yay, auntie! Babies are great.👶✨

    Have a wonderful week. 🌞

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    1. The Heart Goes Last was awful! A lot of Atwood’s newer books are too silly for me. My favorites are The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx And Crake.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. Russian porn bots put me over 500 on bloglovin. I probably will never reach 500 otherwise. Whoa! That's quite a stroll you took. In the snow. More power to you. And a new baby is so exciting! My cousin is expecting and I know I am amped to see little Emerson (yeah, that's her name)

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    1. I hope the birth goes well! I know I wouldn't have 700 followers without porn bots. I'm followed by a lot of them.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. Congrats on your sister having a baby! Let us know if the baby will be a boy or a girl!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. She’s not born yet, but it’s a girl! Her name is Brooklyn.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. Woah, that's a long walk, but yay for it being nice enough to do that. It was fairly warm where I live today so I hung out outside for a bit, which was fun. Yay for your sister's baby coming soon!!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Some days I can’t stand being trapped in the house, so I’m glad I got out for an afternoon.

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  21. Hey followers can come from all over right? lol that cracked me up. And I haven't seen A Quiet Place but it looked super creepy.

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  22. I would not survive in the world of A Quiet Place. I didn't see the movie but my son did and told me all about it. So exciting for you to be an aunt. I wish your sister a speedy birth! Enjoy your reading week.

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    1. Thanks! Most people I know wouldn’t survive that movie!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. Hurray for Russian porn bots! I'm glad you liked A Quiet Place! I think I could survive too, but I found the having a baby part a bit impractical. XD

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    1. Having a baby would be such a bad decision! Maybe birth control is hard to find after the apocalypse.

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  24. I think Bodily Harm would frustrate me. A Quiet Place was great except for the ending, but I hear there's a sequel where things may not have been as they seemed there.

    Good for you walking 7 miles. It sounds like it was really cold, though! Hope your sister's baby comes soon! :)

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    1. The ending was so sad! I wonder what they’ll do with the sequel.

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  25. Laughing at your attitude to the bots - they sound like they are busy in more ways than one! Exciting times with the impending birth.

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    1. Haha, a follower is a follower! I’m not going to discriminate against non-humans. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  26. I wish the best for your sister. How exciting! Both your books are new to me. My weekly update

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  27. Hahaha, every time a Russian pornbot follows me on Bloglovin I just shrug and think, "Oh well, still counts as a follower!" Lol. How exciting that your sister's baby is due soon! But how does one just end up walking 7 whole miles???

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    1. I feel the same way about porn bots. They totally count!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  28. 7 miles??! haha I guess the walk was long overdue hey. I've only been able to walk 1 mile on the treadmill since my degenerative disk disease isn't getting any better but in the pool? Why yes thank you. I love no pain. Take it easy.

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    1. Sometimes I need to get out of the house for a while, and walking is a good way to do it. I don’t usually walk 7 miles, though. I hope you feel better soon!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  29. I enjoyed A Quiet Place. Good movie. 7 miles is great! I have trouble with one :) Have a great week!

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    1. It was a good movie. We need more quality horror. A lot of it is just stupid.

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  30. Wow! That was a long walk. I'm curious to see the books you're on the fence about. Hopefully I'll have read one or two and can offer an opinion. Too bad about the Atwood book. It's one I haven't read and now no need to!

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    1. Yeah, Bodily Harm was disappointing. My post about books I’m on the fence about is up now. I’ve been able to knock a few off my list.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  31. Bleg, I hate characters like that too. And King of the Wind takes me back!! I had a special reading group all to myself in third grade lol, and that was the book I read with my teacher. :)

    Have a great one!

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    1. I read a lot of horse books as a preteen, but I somehow missed King of the Wind. I liked it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  32. I think King of the Wind is the only book by Marguerite Henry I've ever read. I wasn't an obsessed horse lover. In fact, I thought they were smelly and scary. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. Haha, I spent a lot of time on horses as a kid. They are smelly and scary! I know I read a few of Henry's Misty books, but I don’t remember them very well, so they must not have made a big impression on me.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  33. Oh wow you ended up walking 7 miles!! it's so cold here I don't even want to go outside. And yay for your sister having her baby soon, such an exciting time for you! I hope you have a great week :)

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    1. It was a pretty cold 7-mile walk! I still managed to get sunburned, though.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  34. Aah, you're going to be an aunt! I know how it is to start walking and not wanting to stop.

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    1. Yeah, I started walking and then didn’t want to go home! Sometimes it’s nice to be away from the computer.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  35. Sweet Baby Jane, those Russian porn bots on bloglovin' are SO annoying! We watched teh NHL All-Star game too. We're Hurricanes fans here. :)

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    1. I hope the Hurricane players did well! I was mostly watching for the Avalanche players. Somehow, they know how to win All-Star games but not regular season games.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  36. I've seen a spike in my followers too, I wonder if it's the same Russian bots.

    I've never read anything by Atwood, she kind of scares me.

    Sending positive vibes to your family!

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    1. Thanks! Atwood is a bit intimidating. Her nonfiction goes way over my head. Sometimes the fiction does, too.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  37. I really enjoyed The Quiet Place as well. I've not heard of this Atwood book.

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    1. It’s an old Atwood book. I think it was published in 1984? It’s one of her early ones.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  38. That's a bummer about the Atwood book. I usually enjoy her books so now I'm nervous about reading this one, lol.

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    1. Some of her books are so bad! I never know what I’m going to get when I pick one up.

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  39. Yay for Russian porn bot followers? :-) I really loved The Quiet Place---I'm not one for horror, but the movie felt a lot different than a typical horror film. And good for you for your seven mile walk!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. It was a very different horror movie. We need more movies like that.

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  40. Ha! on the porn bot followers lol I seem to be getting quite a few over on Goodreads and I didn't even know that was a thing on there.

    I could be pretty quiet too so if I must live in a dystopian kind of world that would be my best choice. And I definitely wouldn't have a baby during it!!! lol

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I wouldn’t have a baby, either! That would be the worst decision ever. I didn’t know there were porn bots on Goodreads. I don’t think any have followed me yet.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  41. Well, I guess I'm not going to read that Atwood book. I can't stand passive characters!

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  42. I totally love your 5 happy things. LOL. I probably read King of the Wind. I think I still have a copy of Misty by the same author. I have an entire complete collection of the Black Stallion books which seem a bit childish and old-fashioned but still good after all these years. Anne - Books of My Heart

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