Sunday, April 1, 2018

The Sunday Post #142

Did you know that you can write secret messages on eggs? Write the message on the shell in white crayon and then dip the egg in dye. When you pull it out, the message will be revealed! I write swear words on mine . . .

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.

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On The Blog Last Week

On The Blog This Week

  • On Monday I review The Complete Stories of Truman Capote by Truman Capote.
  • On Tuesday I give authors ten reasons why I hate their characters.
  • On Wednesday I review The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.
  • On Thursday I wrap up March.
  • On Saturday there’s a book haul.

In My Reading Life

Last week, I finished The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. I think this is my new favorite book of 2018. Then I read It’s Like This, Cat by Emily Cheney Neville. Then I read . . . And Now Miguel by Joseph Krumgold. Both of those were different levels of disappointing. Right now, I’m reading Dome of the Hidden Pavilion: New Poems by James Tate. I’m thinking about DNFing it. It’s weird and funny, but I’m not sure what I’m supposed to be getting out of reading it.

In My Internet-Stalking Life

In The Rest Of My Life

Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. The blog had a mini-makeover. You’re not going crazy. Things do look slightly different.
  2. I came up with a new posting schedule for the blog. Hopefully this one will have less self-imposed stress.
  3. I realized that I finished a lot of books in March. They weren’t all good books, but they’re no longer sitting on my TBR shelf.
  4. I reached 1300 Twitter followers.
  5. Rice Krispy treats. Yes, adults can eat those, too. Don’t judge. You know you want one.

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


  1. I like that messages on eggs trick lol. The Smell of Other People’s Houses sounds good, unique title. Happy weekend and happy reading!

  2. I like the new look of the blog!

    My husband refused to dye eggs with me, so no fun messages on our eggs! I did just say to him that we should play an April Fool's prank on his parents when they come up later today - like, pretend we're not here. Not sure if he liked that suggestion.

  3. Wow! Congratulations on 1300 followers. I really need to work harder on that stuff. I sort of suck at it. Way to clear the TBR too. Of course, it saddens me to hear they weren't all winners, but now you have room for new books. XD Are they making rice krispy treats the new Trix/YA (only for kids)? If so, we need to squash that non-sense. All people must eat. I had friends in high school, who liked the Gerber banana baby food. I didn't judge, though, it is kind of the same as mashing up a banana, just saying.

  4. Ha, that egg trick I should have know before I colored all our eggs for Easter *lol* Next year. Happy Easter and have a great new week.

    Best wishes

  5. Congratulations on reaching 1300 followers! :) I'm sorry about those disappointing books, but at least, you may have read your favourite book of 2018.

    I noticed the make-over and I do like it. I like changing my blog, even though I think I do it too many times.

    Wishes of a great week. :)
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  6. Ah, yes, I didn't even think about the April Fools/Easter combination!

    I am curious about The Smell of Other People's Houses. Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great foolin'!

  7. I wouldn't turn down a rice krispy treat. Sure wouldn't. lol Ha at your sweary eggs. Love it. Happy Easter!

  8. Ah, I wondered if things looked a little different! Lovely redesign AJ, I really like it :) Speaking of rice krispy treats, have you ever tried scotcheroos? If you like chocolate and butterscotch, they're absolutely delicious!

  9. I love Rice Krispy treats, who says that they aren’t for adults too?! I would so write swear words on my eggs! Lol.. My kids are too bid to hunt eggs anymore, so I don’t get to do dye eggs. :( Happy Easter!

  10. My daughter made a batch of Rice Krispie treats, and the two of us polished it off in about 12 hours. So good.

    I'm glad you loved The Smell of Other People's Houses, and am not shocked you didn't love the dated MG novels.

  11. Umm...rice krispy treats are kind of the best thing ever! I saw a recipe where you can make one in a mug, so it's just for one person. I really need to try that! :)

    Yay for your Twitter numbers, and for getting a lot of books off your TBR...though sorry you didn't love them all.


  12. 1300 followers! Nice job! Hope you have a great week!

  13. Easter and April Fools being the same day is just asking for ALL kinds of trouble lol. And thanks for the tip on writing messages on eggs- who knew? I had no idea.

    Yay for the Twitter followers. :)

  14. I DIDN'T know you could write messages on eggs. I don't have kids, so I never dye eggs, but that's interesting. Congrats on the Twitter followers and I love the new look (and I would never say no to a rice crispie treat). Happy reading!

  15. You had a good week - I look forward to reading the review of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and I hope your Easter break is a good one:). Thank you for swinging by my site.

  16. Yum rice krispy treats!! Glad you found a new schedule that will hopefully work for you. Thats always important!

  17. I really enjoyed The Smell of Other People’s Houses so I am happy to hear that you liked that one. I do love the new look on the blog. I used to think that I was so cool with that egg trick back in the day :) Have a great week!

  18. I have been DNF'ing more and more books lately. I find that I don't like wasting my time on books that are just "meh", either. It's tough, though, b/c I don't think it's fair to the author for my non-interest. Such a conundrum...

    YES to Rice Krispy treats! duh!

  19. The Smell of Other People's Houses sounds interesting. I just DNF'd an audio book that I'd been trying for some time to get into but blah. it happens sometimes. Hope you have a great week.

  20. Oh Aj! Your into made me laugh so hard! FUNNY! I didn't realize that Easter and April Fools is on the same day! I should definitely have hosted an Easter Egg hunt... with NO EGGS! Yes, I am THAT evil! LOL

    Three years ago, Easter Sunday was on my birthday and I hosted an egg hunt for the kids.. :) it was fun... and I hid them really well, too!

  21. The egg trick would have been perfect to do yesterday to "celebrate" both holidays falling on the same day. I ate two Rice Krispy treats--still love them.

  22. Oooo the Tuesday post sounds interesting - I'm gonna have to remember to pop back over here on tuesday to read that post :) Have a great week!

  23. The cover for The smell of other peoples houses is absolutely beautiful!
    I love your comment on writing swear words on your eggs. Made me giggle. Rice Krispies make me happy too! I don't know many people it doesn't. 1300 twitter followers!? Holy cow!

  24. We did the secret messages thing this year. I didn't realize it was just a white crayon (though I wondered). It came in some giant "8 in 1" $2 kit.

    O_O That is a lot of twitter followers. Congrats!

    I don't know what your blog looked like before, but this is cute. I love the gear.

    Thanks for visiting my post, have a great week!

  25. Oh my goodness. Congrats on your twitter follows! That's a lot! It really sounds like you had an amazing week.

  26. Bwahha I used to do the hidden messages on easter eggs when I was younger! My mother in law actually had me and my husband build our own easter baskets this year, so that was fun!

    And congrats on all the twitter followers!

  27. One of these days I'll actually get around to reading The Smell of Other People's Houses. I've had it on my shelf forever! Congrats on 1300 followers! That's awesome!

  28. 1300 Twitter followers... go you! I'm so lame when it comes to social media. Between work and home and blogging... I just don't have the time or inclination to make it a priority. Ad social media didn't make the cut. Ha.

    Rice Krispie Treats - yum. I saw a big box of them at the grocery store this weekend. A variety pack with cocoa krispies (yes please), chocolate drizzle krispies, and M&M ones. Now can someone explain to me why I didn't buy it???

  29. I love Rice Krispie treats but only homemade. They are the absolute best! You shared some great links - I especially need the one about avoiding TBR overwhelm. I think I'm overwhelmed constantly at the moment! Hope you're having a great week!

  30. I like the result of the makeover!! I hope you had a lovely Easter!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  31. I like your list of 5 things that made you happy! And on an unrelated note, I'm suddenly in the mood for Rice Krispie treats... :)

  32. Love the new blog look! And that Easter April Fools meme is hilariously evil!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  33. I noticed the new blog look and love it - still identifiably you, but new & shiny. I hope your new posting schedule works well for you. I'm off to check out all the links you've shared now.

    I hope you're having a lovely week.