Sunday, April 14, 2019

The Sunday Post #194



The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and The Sunday Salon is hosted by Readerbuzz. They’re 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 recommend books for rainy days.
  • On Saturday I review two young adult books.









In My Reading Life


Do you ever have those weeks where so much stuff is happening that you can’t concentrate on anything? That’s what happened to me last week. I only finished one book. It was Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor. It was okay. I’m glad I finished the series, but it’s my least-favorite novel in the trilogy. It doesn’t have the clever plot twists I loved in the first book.



Right now, I’m reading In A Handful Of Dust by Mindy McGinnis. I really like Mindy McGinnis’s writing style, so I’m happy.








In My Internet Stalking Life











In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week (Game of Thrones edition):


1. Game of Thrones is on tonight! It’s here, people! We’ve been waiting for so long!

2. The hype for this TV show has been nuts. Pretty much my whole Twitter feed is Game of Thrones excitement. Of course there are a bunch of judgmental threads that say, “I hate GoT, and here's why you’re a terrible person if you like it,” but I profoundly don’t care.




4. Do you need a GoT recap before the show starts? Here’s a quick one (in poetry form).



5. This lucky (?) gentleman watched all 67 GoT episodes in one sitting. (Also, I’m going to make myself a Red Wedding cake. That seems like a hilariously delicious idea.)









Winter Is Here











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




83 comments:

  1. Ugh I was all crazy this week and still reading the same book. GoT!! I'm so excited. Have a great week!!

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  2. I have hemmed and hawed about reading that Laini Taylor series forever, but you never know. πŸ“š

    How many GoT seasons is this? I haven't watched since finishing the third season when I got rid of our cable. I know the library has all the DVDs and I need to get over there, so I can finish watching and catch up!πŸ‰

    Have fun tonight! I hope you make the cake. 🍰

    Wasn't it fabulous that a woman configured the math formulas for the black hole photo transmission? πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ

    Have a wonderful week! 🌞

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    1. This is the 8th season of GoT. I really liked the first book in Laini Taylor’s series, but the other two were just okay.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. I'll need to watch game of thrones again. Glad you've got things to keep you busy.

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  4. That was me couple weeks ago. I had so much going on that I hardly got any reading done and was constantly tired. Hope your schedule becomes more manageable. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! I don’t think my schedule will get better anytime soon. I seem to have a lot going on right now.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. I need to get into Game of Thrones, I feel like the only person who doesn't watch lol. That happens to me too, I get too busy to sit and concentrate on reading some weeks.
    Enjoy your week!

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    1. All the hype is probably confusing and overwhelming for people who don’t watch the show. It’ll be over in 5 weeks. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  6. I hear you on GOT. I also hear you on No. 9 from your Top Ten Tuesday post this past. I've attended many of those pretentious and confusing poetry readings too. Since you're out in the western part of the country, they probably weren't the same ones. :)

    My wife has been rewatching all of GOT this past week or two, not like James' employee. We will be watching on Monday since my wife works Sunday night.

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    1. I rewatched all of the episodes, but it took me a few weeks. I could never do it in one sitting. That’s intense.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. So I stopped watching GOT after Sensa's wedding night. I have't been able to catch up after that and now I am just way behind.I am going to wait until it's over and binge watching (skipping the red wedding because honestly still not over that). I watched the recap because I don't mind spoilers, I actually was going to just watch it to see if I could keep up but maybe I'll watch the last one. Sucks they aren't giving it a full season.

    Have a great week, AJ! Enjoy GOT! :) Happy Reading!

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    1. Yeah, I wanted a full season. There’s so much that needs to be wrapped up! I’m not over the Red Wedding, either. That was way too traumatizing.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. I feel so left out of the GoT hype - I haven't watched beyond the first season! I've read the books and impatiently waiting for the next one to come out, so I might have to follow along with this season just so I know what happens/how it's going to end.

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    1. I need to catch up on the books. I’ve only read the first 3.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. This time of the year is as busy for me as the Christmas season. It's beautiful weather, suddenly, and everyone wants to do things outside. I can see where books can get left behind.

    I hope GofT is all you hope it will be.

    Thank you for sharing a little about Sunday Salon on your blog!

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    1. Yeah, wanting to be outside is definitely cutting into my reading time. I’d rather go for walks than sit inside and read.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  10. I've been loving The Good Fight on CBS-All Access...and The Act, on Hulu.

    I have not seen Game of Thrones...maybe someday.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. I haven’t heard of those shows. I don’t have Hulu, but I’ll look up the other one.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  11. I'm so excited that GoT is back tonight. I think everyone else in my house is too, just because they know I'll finally shut up about it, lol.

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    1. Haha, same here. No one in my house likes the show as much as I do.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. I love that you Love Game of Thrones. I love it too, and I am anticipating every minute of every hour until we can finally watch season 8 on Cravetv tonight. I saw that video of that guy who marathoned all episodes of GoT. That is the only way to watch anything lol. Anyway "Here's to GoT season 8!"

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    1. We’ve been waiting for so long! I hope the last season answers all of our questions.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. I am SO excited that today is finally here!! Enjoy the show! :)

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  14. I didn't love Gods and Monsters either.

    Enjoy GOT tonight! I had to stop watching because it got too violent for me.

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    1. Thanks! I can see how the violence in GoT would be a turn-off for a lot of people.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  15. I have never watched GoT, but I have no problem with other people liking it. My daughter and father love it, and I like them. I don't think people realize how epic that picture of the blackhole is. I was blown away by it (but, I taught astronomy).

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    1. I think the black hole photo is pretty epic. I liked learning about all of the work that went into creating it. There are a lot of smart people in the world.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. I love GoT. I'm so sick of the GoT haters club... If you don't like something just don't bother with it, you don't need to be an ass to those that do. *shrugs*
    I'll be watching it tomorrow when I get home from work. Can't wait to see how it all ends!

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    1. I hope you liked the episode! I don’t understand haters either. If people are excited about a TV show, why do you have to go onto their Twitter thread and ruin it?

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  17. The GOT hype is crazy - it's everywhere!! Now I wish I'd been watching...

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  18. I wanted to watch GoT with my husband, but after the first two episodes, he was too upset about Bran getting pushed out the window and the Dire Wolf getting killed to keep going. So I'm sticking with the books. Because honestly, how can I not love the fact that he found those things so horrifying?

    I love Mindy McGinnis. I read Female of the Species last year, then immediately went on to read the Not a Drop to Drink duology. And I totally agree about the Taylor trilogy petering out. But don't let that dissuade you from reading Strange the Dreamer. SO GOOD.

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    1. GoT is really horrifying sometimes. I can understand why some people wouldn’t want to watch it. I’ve read a few Mindy McGinnis books and liked them all. Not A Drop To Drink is my favorite so far.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  19. I'm so behind on GoT... But I have felt like picking up the books again! (I'm behind on those too, but there's no rush. *cough*) Enjoy the season premier!

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  20. I can't wait for GoT! I feel like I've been waiting for ages!

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    1. It’s hard to believe it’s finally here. We’ve been waiting for literal years!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  21. I am SO JEALOUS!!! Of you all American , nothing personal AJ LOL Because we have to wait months for GOT here!!! Enjoy xx

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  22. I've been meaning to try both Mindy McGinnis and Laini Taylor. One of these days. and oh my gosh tonight is Game of Thrones- I almost don't believe it??!?

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    1. I like Mindy McGinnis’s dystopias. The first book in Laini Taylor’s series is great, but the others disappointed me a little.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  23. I fell behind on GoT long ago, but now that it's about over, I suppose I should binge it. I don't think I'll do it in one sitting, though. :-0

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Haha, yeah, NOT watching the whole series in one sitting would probably be ideal.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. I feel pretty out of the loop with Game of Thrones. I haven't watched it, and I'm leaning toward not watching it. Too many character deaths and too much gruesomeness for me! But I'm also really torn, because the costumes and cinematography and music all seem wonderful.

    The black hole photo is awesome, and so is the young woman whose work resulted in the photo. And I loved it that something science-related took over the internet for a day or two.

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    1. I was so happy to see how hyped people were for science. That’s unusual, and it was a great accomplishment for everybody who worked on the photo.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. Someone actually printed out that black hole picture and left it at my workplace, we still haven't figured out who it was lol!

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  26. I haven't heard of those books! I'll have to read them. My husband is the one who has read just about anything anyone knows about so he's read all the Game of Thrones books. He's behind on the show, though.

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    1. I’m caught up with the show, but I’m behind on the books. I’ll catch up eventually.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  27. James is awesome LOL And I cannot wait for GoT! Only a few minutes to go! I had bought all the books in that Laini Taylor's series and never read them. I'm glad you were to enjoy them even if the last novel wasn't up to par to the rest.
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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  28. I'm not a GoT watcher, but I know lots of people who are excited so I hope it's an amazing season!!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  29. I am expecting to see a lot of GoT love in posts this week though I never got past the first three episodes. A shame your one read last week was not what you were hoping for, I hope this week’s selections are better.

    Have a great reading week:)

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  30. I haven't watched any of GoT. I read the first book and was bored to tears. As I don't pay for cable there's no temptation to watch the series. My weekly updates

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    1. The books are very slow compared to the show. That’s why I like the show. It cuts out all of the meandering.

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  31. I totally get what you're saying. It's been hectic around here too.

    I've never seen GoT. It's so rare that I watch TV. Right now I like The Cool Kids, which stars Vicki Lawrence as a senior in an assisted living facility. It's hilarious. I like the Charmed reboot too, but the original is still my favorite.

    Hope you get some reading done this week. Thanks for visiting my blog last Monday.

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  32. Winter is here indeed! Ironic that I wasn't well last night and don't feel up to watching the episode yet but I do have it ready to look at!

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  33. Stressful busy weeks are never good for reading. So excited about Game of Thrones. I can't believe the last season is finally here.

    Wishes of a happy week.
    TΓ’nia @MyLovelySecret

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    1. I’m excited to see how the show ends. I’ve been watching for so many years!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  34. I've never watched or read Game of Thrones.

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  35. I was thrilled for the show last night and was not disappointed - although I want to slap Sansa. No spoiler - I feel that way quite often. I need to check out the weird book for weirdos because hell yes, I'm in for that type of stuff. Have a great week!

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    1. Yeah, sometimes Sansa creates more drama than is necessary. Everybody needs to chill out and work together until the zombies are defeated.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  36. We have a lot of Sunday shows but GOT gets top billing!

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  37. Sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy Dreams of Gods & Monsters more. I’m always bummed when a series doesn’t end as strongly as it started. I’ve heard great things about Mindy McGinnis. I hope you’re liking that one more. Corden’s GoT recap was awesome. I loved it. And the writer he had bingeing the whole series was too funny. I thought last night’s episode was good... but I guess I was kind of hoping for/expecting greatness. Totally excited for the next episode, though!

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    1. I thought more would happen in the first episode. There’s so much stuff that needs to be wrapped up. They don’t have time to be slow about it!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  38. It was so awesome to have GoT back last night- AT LAST, lol! I'm so sad it's the final season and don't want the episodes to fly by, but at the same time, I can't wait to see how it all ends!

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    1. Same! I’m sad that it’s over, but I really want to know how it ends!

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  39. I am so excited for GoT! Although, we didn't watch it last night lol. I know we are so weird. I am feeling apprehensive about it - it's going to be so emotional, I'm not sure I'm ready!

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  40. So I've never watched Game of Thrones. And all I have seen on Twitter is GOT....ohhh on Facebook all of my cousins and friends are talking about it too. I'm still over here catching up on Fuller House and watching Friends for the millionth time. Someday I will though! I hope you loved the show and it was everything you were hoping it would be!
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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  41. The hype about the show is just crazy, you have nowhere to hide from spoilers)))

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  42. My writing partner loves research so I heard all about the black hole! Haahaha And I was disappointed by the 3rd book as well. Oh well. It was nice to finish.

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