Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Sunday Post #185

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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 go reading and walking.
  • On Thursday I show you the best books I’ve read in the past 5 years.
  • On Saturday I review two young adult books.









In My Reading Life


So . . . last week was horrible. I read over 500 pages and finished 0 books. I decided to give up on Arcadia by Iain Pears and The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafรณn because life is too short. Both books are really slow, really long, and I didn’t care about the characters. I ran out of patience with them.





Right now, I’m reading Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon. I’ll actually be able to finish this one!








In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. I saw a documentary called Three Identical Strangers. If you like conspiracies and stranger-than-fiction stories, you should watch it.
  2. I’m done with Cybils Award judging, which means I can tackle my TBR shelf. (Sometimes I’m tempted to literally tackle it. Where do all these books keep coming from?)
  3. My dog got groomed! She’s so fluffy and doesn’t smell awful.
  4. It’s almost Valentine’s Day. That means candy!
  5. No, my sister’s baby isn’t here yet. The due date is today, but there’s no sign of any baby. I guess the baby likes living inside my sister.


Come out, Brooke, you can't stay unborn forever.








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






95 comments:

  1. I hope you do finish this next book. I've had issues like that too, read a lot and finished a little. #sundaypost

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    1. I’m going to finish it! I have 100 pages left and really like it so far.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  2. It's better to give up on a book that isn't working for you. I say, Good job! On to better things! There is no time in my life for a book that isn't catching my attention.

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  3. I used to read books even if I didn't like them. I don't do that anymore. Life is too short to waste on things I don't like. Hope this is a better reading week for you.

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    1. Thanks! I’m trying to get better at giving up on books.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. I hate investing in a lot of pages and then being disappointed!

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    1. Me, too! I thought I wanted to read a long book, but I guess not.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. Bwahahaha so your dog is fluffy and does not smell badly right? Mine is so in need of a trim she looks like a big puffy ball! Thanks for the links because my curiosity is picked now about the cringe worthy review requests! Headed there! Happy Sunday AJ!!!

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    1. My dog likes to roll in things, so she gets gross quickly! I wish grooming wasn’t so expensive. She needs it more often.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. Those last few weeks before baby comes are the longest possible. I was induced both times and even having the date scheduled I swear the days just crawled! Too bad about not finishing any books but good for you for calling it quits on books you weren't enjoying. Life is definitely too short. Have a great week!

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    1. If the baby doesn’t come soon, my sister might need to be induced. The baby doesn’t want to come out!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. Whoa, 500 pages and you DNFed both! Oh, my, I hope this week is better reading-wise! I already know my husband got me candy for Valentine's Day (the box fell out of the closet and almost gave me a concussion), but I'm still eating candy from Christmas.

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    1. Haha, that’s an unpleasant way to discover your Valentine’s present!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. I started reading Three Things About Elsie, but set it aside. I hope to rejoin the characters when I am in a better mood.

    Enjoy your week...and baby Brooke!

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thanks! Three Things About Elsie is slow, but I like it so far.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. Oh I have heard great things about Three Identical Strangers. I need to get to it. Hope the baby comes soon!! Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! I’ve been recommending Three Identical Strangers to everybody. It’s kind of mind-blowing.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. I hope your sister is doing well with her pregnancy!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

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    1. She’s uncomfortable, so hopefully the baby shows up soon.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. HURRY UP BABY BROOKE!

    That documentary sounds fascinating, I'm definitely adding it to my list. Congrats on finishing the Cybils, I know it was super time-consuming!

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    1. It was time-consuming, but totally worth it. I really like judging books.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. Candy!! I love Candy! I hope all is well with your sister and baby! It's so exciting. Have a wonderful week Auntie! =)

    Mary

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    1. I love candy, too. That’s the only thing I like about Valentine’s Day.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. Ugh, two DNF's in one week. You're so due for a good one. Speaking of due... will Brooke get here already? LOL Two enthusiastic thumbs up for V-Day candy.

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    1. Luckily, Three Things About Elsie is pretty good. I’m hoping to finish it today.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  14. Ooh best of the last 5 years? That sounds like a fun post. And oh my gosh why are those people pushing that car off a cliff? That cracked me up a little actually.

    Candy! Yum. And imminent baby! She must know how cold it is out here and she's like no way.

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    1. Haha, I have no idea why they’re shoving a car off a cliff, but I bet it’s a good story.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. Wow, really? I still haven't read The Shadow of the Wind. I've been expecting it to be amazing. I have an English and a Spanish copy. Now I'm nervous! LOL.

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    1. It was too slow for me. I lost patience. I hope you like it more than I did.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. My heart goes out to your sister. Those last few weeks are the worst, and she's past her due date. Ugh! I hope the baby comes soon. I thought the day AFTER valentine's meant candy (at 75% off). I am proud of you for DNFing, though you really tried to stick it out with that many pages read.

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    1. Haha, yeah, I’ll probably get my candy after Valentine’s Day. I guess Valentine’s Day is candy-anticipation day.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. I remember when I'd take my Chow Chow to get groomed and bathed. She was so soft and smelled so good. She looked like a sweet blonde lion. LOL And that's a lot of pages read without finishing the books. With so many books to read, I see why you set those aside.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Chows have a lot of hair! I bet she was REALLY fluffy.

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  18. I'm sure your sister is ready to give birth too. LOL I hope Brooke comes soon!! :-)
    Sorry you read so much of those books and then decided to DNF. That's never fun, but sometimes you just have to do it. So good for you!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I’d rather DNF than slog through a book I don’t like and write a bad review. Life is too short for that.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. Oh my thoughts go out to your sister. The last 6 weeks of pregnancy for me were exhausting! Hope baby Brooke decides to give mommy a break and come out! I'm very curious about Three Identical Strangers. :)

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    1. I hope the baby comes soon. Everybody is getting impatient.

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  20. Sorry Shadow of the Wind didn't work for you....I LOVED that book. I HAD to go to Barcelona after reading it to find all the places in the book. :)

    Have a good week. Good your current read is one you are liking.

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  21. I have Shadow of the Wind on my TBR but it's in storage. My weekly updates

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  22. I hope baby Brooke decides to bless everyone with her appearance soon.

    I'm sorry both books didn't work out for you. I hope your next read is a lot better.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. The book I’m reading right now is really good. I’ll actually be able to finish a book this week!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. Awww, thanks for the photo, I love you too (just kidding... I mean, I do think you're cool and all, but I know the photo wasn't for me).

    Sorry you ended up reading two books you hated (boo). Neither of those was on my radar, so no worries for me picking them up any time soon. At least you can start tackling your own TBR with those awards done.

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    1. Haha, ever since my sister chose that name, I’ve noticed a lot of people named Brooke. There are more than I thought!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. Ah, I was hoping there'd be baby news today! Your poor sister... My little dude was a week late and by his due date I was desperate to issue an eviction notice! I guess they come when they come.

    I love how the valentine's reference involves the candy. Candy is the only thing that makes valentines an acceptable date on the calendar, imo. ๐Ÿ˜†

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    1. I don’t care about love, but I REALLY like candy. Food is the best part of Valentine’s Day.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. Oh no.. Not a great book week; I hope this one is an improvement! It's annoying having invested in a book so largely, only to DNF - but good to read what you're actually enjoying. I hope your reads this week as ones you enjoy!

    I'll have to check back on Tuesday - reading & walking are two of my favourite things.

    A lovely week to you & happy reading!

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    1. My Reading and Walking post is up now. I had a lot of fun with it.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  26. Definitely give up if a book isn't working for you. I loved Shadow of the Wind, but I listened to it instead of read it. I wonder if that made the difference.

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    1. It probably would have made a difference for me. I seem to have more patience with audiobooks.

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  27. Hope the baby comes soon. I am ALMOST finished with The Passage. Finally. Hopefully this week will see the end of it. I am starting to feel like I raised some of the characters from youth to adulthood and then death.

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  28. Lol! Some babies like to hang out a little bit longer. :) My niece was a week late.

    Hopefully you will get to meet your new family member soon! :)

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    1. This baby has shown no desire to come out. Hopefully soon!

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  29. Sometimes you just have to give up on books. I've stopped feeling guilty about it at this point. XD Three Identical Strangers definitely sounds like something I'd love! I need to check that out! And hurray for fluffy puppies!

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    1. I hope you like Three Identical Strangers. It’s weird to think that something so bizarre could actually happen.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  30. Ugh! I hate it when reading gets boring and uninspired. Smart of you to quit. There are too many good books out there to stick with those that just aren't working. (Why is that so hard, though?)

    Hope Brooke makes her appearance soon. (Maybe a Valentine's Day baby!)

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    1. A Valentine’s Day baby would be cool. She’s not here yet, so it might happen.

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  31. I hope you get to finish with Shadow of the Wind! It's such a fantastic read. It is a bit slow, but it's a behemoth of a book, if I remember. But I really enjoyed it.
    Rebecca @ The Portsmouth Review

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    1. I might try it on audiobook someday. It is really long.

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  32. A fluffy doggie is a happy and cute doggie, lol

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    1. I agree. I don’t like petting her when she’s stinky.

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  33. I hope Brooke comes out strong and kicking! Congrats to you and your family :) What is your favorite candy to get on Valentine's day?

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

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    1. Anything chocolate! I especially love chocolate and caramel.

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  34. LOL My daughter was 3 weeks late!! They finally induced me. But really we were both comfortable. I slept well. I didn't have to pee a lot. I didn't have swelling. I was totally comfortable being very pregnant. Well except for the clothes. Skiing and riding the Harley would have not been great either. I hope this week goes better and you find some amazing reads! Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. Wow, 3 weeks? We’re impatient for the baby to get here, but she doesn’t seem ready to come out.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  35. What a week! That is a lot of pages read in non-finished books. I hope baby makes an appearance soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I hope the baby come soon, too. This week’s reading has been much better.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  36. Sorry you jumped from Cybils wonderfulness to two books you weren't thrilled with. It always feels frustrating when you read 500 pages and still end up DNFing. Ugh!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. These books were a rude awakening. The Cybils books were so good! Then I got bogged down in 2 giant monster books.

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  37. OH yes, life is too short to bother with books you're not feeling, it's better to turn to books you're more excited to read :)I hope your next reads will be better! <3
    Thank you so, so much for sharing my post, I'm so happy you enjoyed it! :)
    Have a fantastic week!

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  38. Knock, knock, Brooke... come on out! ๐Ÿ‘ถ✨

    I get the urge to tackle my TBR somtimes, but I usually end up tickling it. ๐Ÿ˜,

    Thanks for the heads up on the documentary. ๐Ÿ‘

    ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿซ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿ˜

    Have a wonderful week. ๐ŸŒž

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  39. My sister in law was two weeks late, I cant' even fathom having to carry a baby that much longer after the due date, ack. Here's hoping baby comes soon! And I love Valentines too solely because every year we get take out and chocolate candy lol!
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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    1. Food is the best part of Valentine’s Day. I hope the baby comes soon. We’re getting impatient.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  40. Good on you for giving up on books! For far too long I didn't do that, and so it was only in the last few years that I felt that I need to start throwing my hands up in the air and saying: enough is enough!

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    1. I used to force myself to read books, but I don’t anymore. Every year I get better at DNFing.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  41. Oh man, hopefully the baby gets here soon! Best books in the last 5 years? I couldn't even begin to think about that, that's insane! Good luck!

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    1. That post was so hard to write! It took me days to choose favorites and format the post. It’s a big one.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  42. I didn't like Shadow of the Wind either, which was sad because it sounded so much like it was going to be my kind of thing. About a kid reading a sort of magical book with mysterious libraries. Argh! Why wasn't it more fun!

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    1. I felt the same way. It sounded like a book I’d love, but it kept draaaaaging. I wanted something to happen.

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  43. The Shadow of the Wind is one I ended up DNFing too. I had heard so many great things about it, but it was so slow that I just lost patience with it. Yay for Valentine's candy. That's the only part of the holiday I really get into, lol.

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    1. The same thing happened to me. It was too slow, and I didn’t care about the characters, so there was nothing to keep me reading.

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  44. I hope you get to cuddle that new baby very soon! I am sorry to hear that you had a couple of dnfs. The Shadow of the Wind has such a great cover so it is disappointing to know that it was so slow. I really need to have my dogs groomed. They are all just a mess!

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    1. Both of those books have great covers, which is really disappointing! I’m hoping the baby gets here soon, too.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  45. Yeah...I'm getting to the point where I will DNF a book if I truly can't continue reading it. I have The Shadow of the Wind on my bookshelf but have not read it yet.

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  46. Ouch, Arcadia and Shadow of the Wind certainly sound and look appealing, but gah. Slow pacing ruins things for me entirely.

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    1. I don’t mind slow books if I love the characters, but I didn’t feel anything for these characters, so I got bored.

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  47. My first child was a week overdue. Tell your sister to hang in there! They have to come out sometime. ;)

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    1. That’s what I keep telling myself. The baby can’t stay in my sister forever :).

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  48. You did the right thing. I hope your next book pulls you in!

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