Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Sunday Post #16

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.

On The Blog Last Week

On The Blog This Week

  • On Monday I review Places I Never Meant To Be: Original Stories By Censored Writers by Judy Blume (Editor).
  • On Tuesday I show you which books I’d put on my syllabus if I taught a class about writing styles in contemporary YA. (I know you’d totally take my class. It doesn’t sound insufferably boring at all, right?)
  • On Wednesday I review Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli.
  • On Thursday I (finally) do the Liebster Award thing.
  • On Friday I quote random books.

In My Blogging Life

Have any of your unfollowers ever told you why they unfollowed your blog? One of mine has! A few days ago, someone messaged me and told me that they unfollowed my blog because I “promote children’s books that make homosexuality seem normal.” No one has ever given me a reason for unfollowing before. I just assumed that my recent unfollowers hated vintage illustrations of people in fancy hats. I will continue to post whatever I want on my blog, but it’s interesting to know a reason why people unfollow.

Early 1900s fancy hat ladies.

Speaking of fancy hats, I’m glad that most people seem okay with my blog redesign. I was terrified to redesign because I sometimes have bizarre ideas about what looks acceptable. I’m still messing with things and searching for nice (and preferably free) social media icons. Thank you to everyone who took the time to give me feedback and suggestions on how to improve the blog. I really appreciate it.

In My Reading Life

I’m on a nontraditional school schedule, so it’s currently midsession (midterms) for me. I didn’t have much time to read last week. I finally finished Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley. It wasn’t my type of book, but I'm glad that I didn't DNF. Now, I’m reading a middlegrade novel called The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry. Middlegrade isn’t my favorite genre, but I like this book so far.

In The Rest Of My Life

I’m the type of person who majorly stresses out over every stupid, inconsequential thing. In an effort to fix that, I’m going to list 5 things that made me happy last week.

  1. Delicious spice cake.
  2. The baby snake I saw while walking the dogs. It was so tiny that it looked like a piece of black spaghetti. I didn’t know that snakes could be adorable. Also, it gets bonus happiness points for not being a rattlesnake. We have enough of those.
  3. The days when it wasn’t a million degrees outside. There were two days last week when it felt like fall instead of summer.
  4. Midsession means that the semester is half over.
  5. Need a pipe-smoking lion? Never fear, public-domain clipart is here.

I hope you had a great week. I’ll see you around the blogosphere!


  1. I just love your new design, so classy and love the historical feel. I actually have never been told the reasons why I get unfollowed (which thankfully doesn't happen very often) but I don't know if I would want to know. oh a baby snake??? so cute, I love baby animals. Even though I don't like snakes, I think I could fall in love with a baby one.

    1. The baby snake was awesome. I’ve seen tons of big snakes, but I’ve never seen a baby one before. I didn’t know that they were so small.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. Oh my I can't believe someone messaged you that. And who hates vintage illustrations including fancy hats?? That is ludicrous! Hope you have a great week!

  3. Well... I can see you're not too cut up about losing that particular reader... what a strange reason and even weirder that they felt obliged to tell you why they unfollowed you.

    I don't really know who / how many people follow my blog as there seem to be several lists. Obviously there are those who do so by email but I use Feedly so I'm not sure bloggers know when someone adds their site to the reader.

    1. I also have no idea how many people follow my blog. There are just so many different ways of following. I have unfollowed a few people on social media before, but I never considered telling them why. It seems pointless because one person’s opinion isn’t going to change anything.

      Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. I absolutely love your new design and your graphics! I get a lot of unfollowers all across my social media profiles, but I've never been told why. I don't see the reason why that person let you know, it's not like it would change anything. Hope your week goes well! :)

    ~Cari @

  5. Your redesign is great! I think we have to do it so that it is like we want it to be, and the followers usually will like it as well. Have a great week!
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