Sunday, June 11, 2023

The Sunday Post #336

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The Sunday Post is a chance to recap the past week, talk about next week, tell you what I’m reading, and share news. It’s hosted by The Caffeinated Book ReviewerReaderbuzz, and Book Date.

The Sunday Post #336

On The Blog Recently

In My Reading Life

I finished two books recently and didn't love either of them, so that's a bit disappointing.

I read Tales Of The City by Armistead Maupin. It's a modern classic that was first published as serialized stories in The San Francisco Chronicle in the 1970s. The interconnected stories follow a large group of friends, many of whom are LGBTQ.

I understand why this book is a modern classic. It's funny, quirky, and quick to read. It's also one of the first super-popular books that follow the adventures of young queer characters. These characters are all trying to build lives for themselves in San Francisco.

I think I read the book incorrectly. When I picked it up, I didn't know that it was originally written as a serial novel. Each chapter is only a page or two long, and the cast is massive. The author bounces around between a bunch of different characters and storylines. It's actually a lot like a soap opera because many of the chapters end with a big plot twist or reveal.

Maybe I would have liked the book better if I'd read it like a serial. Reading a chapter a day would have given me more time to digest each part. Instead, I plowed through it like a regular novel and found the quick pacing and constant plot twists tedious. It felt like I'd just spent days binge watching a complicated soap opera. Everything happens too quickly. Big problems are glossed over. I think this book melted my brain because I couldn't keep up.

Then I read The Price Guide To The Occult by Leslye Walton. I had high hopes for this one because I loved the author's first book. It was weird and magical. This book is also weird and magical, but I couldn't connect to the characters.

The Price Guide To The Occult is young adult fantasy and follows Nor, a teenage witch who lives on a bizarre island. Nor just wants a normal teenage life, but her mother is standing in her way. Her mother is power-hungry and practices dangerous black magic that could destroy the island. Can Nor learn to accept her own magical abilities and become powerful enough to stop her mother?

I love the atmosphere and setting. This is an eerie little book. It's like a dark fairytale full of whimsical characters.

I wish we had gotten to know those characters better. They have so much potential, but they're all so flat! I was never motivated to pick up the book because the characters don't feel real. I didn't care about their friendships or teenage love triangles. Then there's a weird epilogue that kills the magical vibes and seems to be setting up a sequel. We don't need a sequel! We need characters with unique personalities.

I wasn't a huge fan of this one. It's a typical YA paranormal fantasy. I guess I was hoping for more.

In The Rest Of My Life

Five things that made me happy recently:

  1. If you're like me and enjoy watching the whole world's trashy reality TV, check out Siren: Survive The Island on Netflix. It's from Korea. If you played capture the flag as a kid, you'll probably like this extreme version of the game.
  2. Speaking of survival, I survived Memorial Day weekend at the park. It was massively stressful, but nobody died. Working holidays is not for the weak.
  3. Speaking of Memorial Day, my butt was on the news. My ass is famous! The line to get into the park was so long that a news truck showed up to film it. The news was filming me walking along that line, selling passes and directing traffic. The only shot of me that actually made the news was a split-second view of my butt in a neon green traffic vest. That's . . . wonderful.
  4. I bought festive summer scrunchies for me and Baby Brooklyn.
  5. If you want to participate in the Christmas in July gift exchange, sign-ups are now open. I always have way too much fun with these events. Please sign up.

Follow My Famous Butt

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


  1. Very cool about being on the news! I hope your next reads are better ones.

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  3. I should add Leslye Walton to my list! I love a dark and creepy book!

    And congrats on surviving the holiday weekend!

    And my computer keeps defaulting to my husband's blogger account, and it is so annoying. So I apologize for the deleted Billy comment above.

  4. Don’t let your famous butt go to your head!
    best, mae at

  5. Bwahahaha you made me laugh with your famous butt AJ!

  6. And that's your fifteen seconds of fame!

    I thought the exact same thing about Tales of the City when I read it back in 2018. I called it a Peyton Place (if you know that reference) of a novel.

    I'm so tempted to sign up for the Christmas in July event...trying to resist...

  7. Nobody dying is a great goal. Gold star for you. You have to post pictures of the scrunchies. I love that they are back in fashion.

  8. Ok, that Wonka meme is hilarious! I think I would rather have my butt on tv than my face!

  9. Aaah yea!! Who wouldn't want their butts to be famous! Whoo hoo!!

    Sorry to hear your latest reads weren't the best ever. At least your ass is. Perhaps the next book will trump your butt!

    Have a great week ahead!

    Elza Reads

  10. Siren sounds great. I've been loving everything Korea lately.

  11. I'm glad the holiday stress is over and everyone survived.

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  12. Memorial Day at the park must have been Crazy. Glad you made it through! Rear & all.

  13. Congrats on your butt's 15 second of fame!

  14. LOL, glad you survived the holiday! And I bet your butt on the news was the icing on the cake!

  15. Glad you survived the holiday. Sorry you didn't enjoy the books you read. Congrats on your famous butt. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  16. A famous ass... it could be worse! Thank goodness the three-day weekend wasn't too bad at work.

    I read Tales of the City when it first came out and quite liked it, but it's been so long that I don't remember much about it.

  17. I was trying to picture your ass wearing a vest for a minute. Is that what they call a dangling participle? ;) I've picked up and put down Tales of the City at the library off and on over the years. With your tip for reading it in short bursts, I might try it now!

  18. I can only imagine how stressful a working holiday is. I'm sure you're relieved it's over. Wow, a famous fun! LOL Have a great week!

  19. What a fun post! I’m sorry your Memorial Day was stressful (I’ve worked many holidays as a nurse and I get it) but glad to hear you have a famous butt! Sorry your last two books were disappointing. Hopefully the next one is a winner!

  20. I can imagine Memorial Day at a National Park is pure madness. I love the Oompa Loompa job interview. Not only do they sing but they do a choreographed dance. I adore the weirdness of that movie (and the book). Hope you're having a great week!

  21. I would think working on a warm holiday weekend at a National Park would be stressful! Happy you survived and that no one else died either! Congrats on your famous butt!

  22. Hilarious about the news! Lol. I love the Oompa Loompa meme too. The Price Guide to the Occult was one that I thought about reading. Sorry to hear it didn't work for you. If I wasn't saving money for my trip to Scotland next month, I'd sign up for the Christmas in July, but next year! Hope you've had a good week, and thanks for visiting me last Sunday. Sorry it took so long to get back to visit!