Sunday, March 6, 2022

The Sunday Post #297

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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 #297

On The Blog Last Week

On The Blog This Week

  • On Tuesday, I share my favorite books with villains as main characters.

In My Reading Life

I'm still obsessed with The Diviners series by Libba Bray. Last week, I finished book #3, Before The Devil Breaks You. This is a paranormal fantasy series about a group of young people in 1920s New York. They prefer to spend their time partying and walking around New York City like celebrities, but sometimes they have to be responsible and use their Diviner powers to destroy evil ghosts.

This series is fun. I like the blend of real history and paranormal fantasy. These books are huge, but I can happily read them for hours, so they don't feel as big as they look. I fly through the pages. The characters are loveable, and the plot twists make the books hard to put down. I always want to know what will happen next.

I'm not sure what to say about book #3 without spoiling the first two. I love how much the characters are growing and maturing over the course of the series. The ending of book #3 is shocking. I knew people were going to die, but . . . dang. As soon as I finished it, I got book #4 from the library because I'm desperate to know how the series ends.

It's hard to criticize these books because they're just entertaining. I'm probably not supposed to overthink them. That being said, I'm going to overthink and criticize them. There are too many characters with too many plotlines. The different plots make the characters realistic, but I want to read about my favorites, and I get impatient with the others. Also, I don't find the villains scary. The ghost stuff is a bit silly, actually.

None of those criticisms will stop me from finishing the series. I'm looking forward to the ending.

I'm still working through The Bright Ages: A New History Of Medieval Europe by Matthew Gabriele and David Perry. I've been neglecting it because of The Diviners. Oops. This book is not quite what I was expecting. I thought it would be about the "Bright" advancements that came out of the "Dark" Ages. I thought it would focus on art and technology. It's more like a high school history textbook. It's a surface-level overview of the Dark Ages with lots of names, dates, and places. I'm interested in the information, but it's not what I wanted, which isn't the book's fault. I guess I don't currently have an opinion about this one.

In The Rest Of My Life

Five things that made me happy last week:

  1. Going for long walks. It's finally not freezing!
  2. It was a good reading week. I like mentally escaping into The Diviners world. I highly recommend these books if you want some spooky fun.
  3. Brownies! Two weeks ago, my dad randomly showed up with chocolate croissants. Last week, he showed up with brownies. If he's not careful, I'm going to start expecting desserts every time he walks through the door.
  4. This blog now has 1,400 posts on it. I can't believe I've written 1,400 things.
  5. I'm still applying for jobs I'm almost qualified to do. I've been applying for the last few weeks. So far, none of the jobs have responded. I thought there was a labor shortage! Do I really suck that much? Are the jobs like, "We desperately need help, but . . . not from you."? I'm trying to stay optimistic.

Be My Friend; Make Me Feel Young & Relevant

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


  1. Back in the day, I got most of my jobs just by applying. Now they cull through resumes and then interview and interview. It seems insane to me.

    I'm glad you are enjoying The Diviners series. I love to be all caught up in a book. I'm reading Anne of Green Gables now and I think I'd like to keep reading that series. But I'm not sure...I wonder if the other books are as good as book one.

  2. We went for a longer walk yesterday when it was in the 70s. Missed walking outdoors all winter. Hea b good week.

  3. I know that you will find the perfect job AJ! You are smart and have tons of humor, qualities that I love in colleagues so they would be fools not to hire you! I also adore The Diviners! And the audiobook is amazing!

  4. I've had to apply for jobs a couple of different times, and the number of applications I filled out/resumes I sent in was really ridiculous at times. There were times when I felt like I was 100% qualified and still never heard back. Good luck!

    I'm enjoying getting outside for walks, too!

  5. Yes, about the job thing. What gives. Hope something works out soon. And, happy reading.

  6. Bless your dad and his desserts. Wish my dad did that. Good luck with the job hunt, and keep applying for things you think you're not qualified for (you probably are). I totally missed the dragon class in college (gosh darn it!)

  7. I have been noticing The Diviners series since I started blogging! I haven't read any of the books, but it might be time. Thanks for sharing...and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. Job hunting is so tough. I hope you find something soon. For me, I would apply and apply and apply and eventually someone would hire me. Best of luck to you.

  9. I have heard similar things from others who are applying for jobs. Employers claiming they need people, but then not choosing employees who would be really good. Odd. Good luck with the job search!

  10. Ohhh I'm so excited for the villain post!

  11. Hi AJ! The right job will come. Just keep on sending your fire breathing CV out.

    I am soooo checking The Diviners out!! I've read and reviewed a book about ghosts this week as well and loved it.

    Have a good week and good luck....

    Elza Reads

  12. I don't know what kind of work you do or what you're looking for, but the company I work for is always hiring and you can work from home! Here's a link:

  13. I hear the same thing about the labor shortage. No one wants to work, we need helpppp but then people apply and... crckets. Is it just McDonalds and taco bell that need helppp lol?

    Anywho... I love paranormal mixed in with olden times so those sound good! It was warm here yesterday (well, you know, relatively) spring feels like it's almost here!

  14. Wow, congrats on 1400 posts! Good luck with the job hunt.

  15. Good luck with your job search! I need to start looking for some jobs too.

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  16. I made my daughter's favorite brownies Friday. They are double chocolate cherry. I've been enjoying my walks with Lulu more and going longer on days when we can. I hope you find a job you love soon!

    Anne - Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  17. Good luck with the job hunting...and don't worry too much about not hearing back on a lot of jobs yet. Most employers don't even look at resumes/applications until after the application deadline has past and, even then, it takes a little while before they contact applicants they want to meet.

    Mmm....brownies. Now I want brownies... -Melinda @ A Web of Stories

  18. I’ve heard good things about the Diviners series, I think we all need a dose of escape reading right now.
    Good luck with the continuing job hunt.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  19. 1400 posts is a great effort!! Well done.

    I read quite a few Libba Bray books, until I didn't. I still need to get to The Diviners books.

  20. Good luck on the job hunt! I really have to give The Diviners series a try. I have the first one on my Kindle. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  21. Good luck with your job hunt. It's always difficult.

    Have a great week!

  22. I thought there is a labour shortage too! All the best with the applications. Laughed and enjoyed the joke at the top. Thanks.

  23. Your conversation with the six-year old made me fall off my chair because I laughed so hard.

    The Bright Ages looks good. Also checked out your March post and found Field Guide caught my eye.

    Good luck on the job search. You'll find something.

    Congratulations on your blogging endeavors. That's a lot of posts. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

  24. "The Bright Age" sounds interesting, but right now my mind is on overload! Sounds like you have a good dad.

  25. I loved Before the Devil Breaks You. That note about America being a haunted house made me cry. I don't know why, but I haven't read the last one yet.

  26. I'm hearing the same thing from others applying for jobs. You would think companies were desperate for help, but many don't even respond.