Sunday, April 28, 2019

The Sunday Post #196

My sister, my niece, and our sad houseplant.



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 share quotes from recent reads.
  • On Thursday there might be a wrap up.
  • On Saturday I review two middlegrade books.









In My Reading Life


Last week, I read Earth to Charlie by Justin Olson. It’s about two outcast teen boys who hang around in the woods and wait for aliens to abduct them. That’s a great premise, but I feel like the book has a long buildup to a rushed conclusion.



Then I gave Annabel by Kathleen Winter a second chance. It’s about an intersex child growing up in rural Labrador in the 1960s. I’m glad I didn’t give up on it forever because it gets more interesting as Wayne/Annabel grows up. I'm over halfway through it.








In The Rest Of My Life


Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. Game of Thrones! No spoilers, but the Jaime/Brienne thing was nice. Also, Sansa/Theon is the reunion I didn’t know I needed. Awwww. They’re all going to die. How sweet.
  2. Did anyone watch Gentleman Jack? It’s a new show on BBC/HBO. The characters wear fancy hats, so I’m intrigued.
  3. Easter candy goes on sale after Easter.
  4. I've been offered a new job! I have no idea how this will impact the blog. I’ve already had to cut back on blogging and reading just to get through the interview process. I now work in visitor services for a state park. The park where I'll be working is 10 minutes away from that park where mountain lions like to hang out. I’m sure I’ll be fine.
  5. I would not be mad if GoT ended this way.










I’m funny on occasion . . . .












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





88 comments:

  1. Aww very nice photo and the baby is grinning! Too cute.
    Congrats on the new job and be careful with the mountain lions! I feel like the only person left who doesn't watch Game of Thrones.

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  2. What a nice picture!! Yes to GoT and your thoughts. Excited for tonight's episode. Have a great week!

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    1. Episode 3 was nuts. I’m looking forward to whatever happens next.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  3. Visitor services in a park? That sounds like a delightful job. You may get to see the outdoors, and, for me, that's always a mood-booster. Congratulations! Watch out for mountain lions!

    I love the after-Easter Easter candy sales. I love the little Cadbury eggs (they come in a purple package). I stocked up on them this week. They seem to taste especially good while reading.

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    1. Thanks! I love Cadbury eggs, too! They are a perfect reading snack.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  4. Oh I bet you look a lot like your sister. My sister and I have a tenuous relationship, but we have a lot in common like our talking skills.

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    1. I do look like my sister, but I’m much fatter currently. :)

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  5. Ok, watch out for those mountain lions! Congrats on the job though! The Sansa/Theon thing was surprising and I got pretty emotional about it which surprised me. Loved that episode and I'm scared for tonight...

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    1. I was surprised by how much I loved the Sansa/Theon reunion. They’ve never been my favorite characters, but I guess I like them both now.

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  6. 1. I didn't have coffee in my mouth when I read your commentary on GoT, but if I had, I would have spit it out...and I at least hope Dany gets her just desserts.

    2. I haven't watched Gentleman Jack, but my wife and I are considering it while we have HBOGo for these couple of months.

    3. Easter candy: our local Rite Aid has been our hookup.

    4. Mountain lions?!? Craaazy. :) We live in northcentral Pennsylvania and always have the conspiracy nuts who claim to have seen one, even though they haven't been here in over a hundred years.

    5. We would not be mad with that either. R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

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    1. There are for-sure mountain lions around here. I’ve never seen one, but people catch them on home security cameras fairly often.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  7. Your nephew is adorable! And many, many thanks for the Sesame Street version of how GoT is going to end... I, too, loved the Brienne/Jamie interlude, though like you I had a horrible feeling it is her swansong:(((. Have a great week, AJ!

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    1. Thanks! I’m scared for Brienne and Jaime. I think this season might end badly for them.

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  8. Lol about the houseplant. But great pic! Baby looks happy. :)

    I like that cover on Earh to Charlie.

    Congrats on the job! They say if you encounter mountain lions to wave your arms and act bigger than them? You probably already know that. :):)

    Speaking of mountain lions, there's been this big debate for years whether Michigan has any. They're supposed to be all gone here, but people keep saying them. The state finally had to admit they're here when they caught one on tape. This has nothing to do with your post at all lol but I've been fascinated by it since there have been tons of sightings and the state was all like no no that's wasn't a mountain lion, silly dumb people. Anyway... happy Got!!!

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    1. I probably won’t see a mountain lion, but I know they’re in the area. I guess mountain lions in Michigan are like wolves in Colorado. People say there are no wolves here, but then one got killed by a car about 2 hours away from where I live.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  9. Congrats on your new job! I hope you find a good balance between reading/blogging and working :)

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  10. Cute picture of your sister and your new niece. Congratulation on the new job; don't worry all kitties like balls of yarn, right?! ;-)

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  11. You look gorgeous! And the baby has a really nice smile - curious, cause I think babies that small don't even smile as much :) I'm finally back from hiatus! So much fun visiting everyone's blogs again :) and yes, definitely looking forward to the Easter candy going on sale xD good luck on the new job :)

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    1. Thanks! The baby is learning to smile and to make sounds that aren’t screeching. It’s fun to watch her growing up. She seems to change every day.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  12. Aw, your niece is so adorable! That's really awesome about the new job. You'll totally be fine...no mountain lions will eat you. LOL But seriously, I hope you love the new job!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Thanks! I hope it’s an interesting job. I’m really bored with my current one.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  13. Great pic of your sister and niece, both are beautiful! Congrats on the new job, just stay safe with those mountain lions! They're no joke. Sneaky things!

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  14. Congrats on the job, sounds great! And I don't know what to think about Sansa/Theon, probably doesn't matter as one of them is bound to die tonight! :O

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  15. They 100% just gave us a feel-good episode before they kill everybody. Congratulations on the new job! Happy reading!

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    1. I’m nervous for the rest of the season. I’m betting there will be more death.

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  16. Adorable photo of your sister and niece.

    I haven't watched Game of Thrones, but I'm definitely curious.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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  17. Ah I didn't realise Gentleman Jack had started! I'll watch anything Sally Wainwright writes, she's the queen. And that Jaime/Brienne scene was beautiful. Good luck with the mountain lions!

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    1. Yes, Gentleman Jack started. I like it so far. I’m interested to see where it’s going.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. Congrats on the new job! And that pic with your niece is so great! About GOT...my daughter is waiting impatiently for episod 3 ...tomorrow for us.

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  19. "they're all going to die. how sweet." I'm so glad that I didn't take a sip of my Dr. Pepper because I for sure would've spit out reading that lol. Baby Brooklyn is adorable! Yay for a new job!! Best of luck with the mountain lions hopefully they don't play to hang out when you are around.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. Thanks! I hope the mountain lions stay far away from me. I’m perfectly happy with seeing them from a distance.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  20. That is such a great photo of your niece and sister, that I'm sure nobody paid any attention to the houseplant. Congratulations on the job - that's great news! But mountain lions? Yikes!

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  21. Congrats on the new job, it sounds awesome!

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  22. OMG! Look at that sweet baby's smile. Adorbs!!!! Maybe what you're saying is the problem I had with Earth to Charlie. I gave it 3.5/5. I loved Charlie, but I felt like the author started some storylines that he didn't finish. I am so jealous of your new job. It sounds fantastic. Congratulations!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, that’s the problem I had with Earth To Charlie. It ended so quickly that there wasn’t enough resolution for some of the plotlines.

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  23. What a wonderful photo of your niece and sister! She is a cutie for sure. I have had a few books that seem to work better if I try them again at a later date. Congrats on the new job! I hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, sometimes I have to put books down and try them again when I have a better attention span. Some days I just can’t focus.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  24. I DEFINITELY got my Easter candy, love a good candy sale!

    LOOK AT THE BABBY!!!!! We need photos of you confidently holding her now AJ! Haha.

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    1. Haha, it’s been 2 months, and I’m still not confident about holding the baby! I’m fine when I’m sitting down with her, but I don’t like walking around with her.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  25. I loved the Jaime/Brienne thing! I am scared for literally everyone at Winterfell tonight. Between GoT and Avengers Endgame, it's been a very stressful week, lol!

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  26. This is my first time on your blog. I found my way to you from Sunday Salon. I like what I see. Thanks. My Sunday Salon

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  27. Congrats on your new job. Just be careful of those lions. I just started a new job and the interview and training were stressful. Starting to get the hang of it now and liking it.

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    1. Yeah, I’m not looking forward to the training, but I think I’ll be fine once I know what I’m doing.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  28. Sounds like an interesting job! Easter candy disappears pretty quickly after Easter here, half the time they have sold out by Easter Sunday anyway. Glad you are enjoying GoT

    Have a great reading week

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    1. You gotta get that candy quick! I guess everybody wants to get it on sale.

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  29. Brooklyn is so cute! 👶✨

    Congratulations on the new job! 🙌🙌🙌 I hope you find time to fit blogging into your schedule. I would miss you. 😭

    Have a wonderful week. 🌞

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    1. Thanks! I’m hoping that life eventually gets less stressful. Until then, my blogging will probably be sporadic.

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  30. Hi AJ - what a wonderful photo ... and congratulations to the family. Good luck with the new job sounds a great place to work. Gentleman Jack - I came across her when I went to a 'Celebration of Diaries' Exhibition in London nearly two years ago - she's such an interesting character ... her diaries were in code. Enjoy the show - and I must keep a look out for it, as I've not seen the BBC show. Cheers Hilary

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    1. I’ve heard about those diaries. If I enjoy the TV show, I’ll probably look for a book about her.

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  31. What a beautiful photo! Congrats on the new job. I recently got a new job, too, and I've had to cut back on my blog too. Now that I'm getting back into the swing of things, I'm starting to do a bit more with the blog but not much. Good luck to you with your new job and the mountain lions!

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    1. Thanks! Good luck with your job! I’m hoping things will eventually calm down enough for me to get back to regular blogging.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  32. You made me laugh and smile a lot in this post - thanks! :) <3

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  33. Good luck with the new job, I work full time in addition to my blog so i totally understand the struggles!

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    1. Yeah, I think blogging will be far down on my priority list for a while.

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  34. No HBO at the moment, but Gentleman Jack is on my watch-it-one-day list.

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  35. Sounds like a great week. I haven't ever seen Game of Thrones. Come see my week here. Happy reading.

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  36. Ahh congratulations on the new job and all the best of luck for it <3 <3 I hope you will have a lovely week! :)

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  37. That Brooklyn is a beauty. Congrats on the new job offer! Time will tell; all of life is about choices. Balance is important and it's a struggle. I worked a lot when I was young because I enjoyed it, so interesting and fun to learn about everything. But my balance sucked. Good luck.

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. Balance is hard for me. I tend to go 100% at something and neglect everything else. Right now, I’m really stressed out.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  38. Awww, such a great pic of your sister and your niece. Congrats on the new job! And yes, I'm in total agreement of your thoughts on GoT. Last night's episode was epic!

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    1. It was an epic episode. I’m very curious about what happens next.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  39. Yay, mountain lions, just bigger puddycats really. Practice lobbing catnip toys into the distance to distract them!
    Still waiting for a borrowable GoT season seven boxset here ....

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    1. Haha, I wonder if that would actually work. Hopefully I never need to find out.

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  40. Congratulations on the new job! Don't get eaten by any mountain lions, please. We'd miss you!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  41. I agree on Sansa and Theon's reunion! My heart melted! And congrats on the new job!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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    1. That reunion was so sweet! I’m sad about what happened to them in episode 3.

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  42. Congratulations on the new job, AJ, that's wonderful news!

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  43. Ow I hear you!! Sansa and Theon.. Sigh.. And that last episode! I'm still getting my blood pressure back to normal. LOL!

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  44. Oh my goodness the baby is so cute DD: After Easter is the best way time to go and get Easter treats. And congratulations on the new job!! I hope it goes well and you also have fun with it x

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