The Sunday Post 1.6.2013

This is a fun meme started by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. As she says:

~ It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Here’s the awesomeness that you read, ingested, missed, hated, loved, whatever last week:

  1. The Sunday Post 12.30.2012. As usual, you can check and see how I did…
  2. I reviewed The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I really enjoyed this book immensely.
  3. I wished you a Happy 2013.
  4. An overdue review was posted on C I N by Christina Leigh Pritchard. A very pedestrian work that was so-so and ho-hum.
  5. What’s On Your Reading Agenda for 2013? On Thursday, I posted a (very) short essay about your reading goals for 2013. What are they? I’d love to hear what they are and if you set/met your goals for 2012.
  6. I read and reviewed Deconstructing INFATUATION by Merce Cardus. An adult book that shows you the stages of infatuation in story form.
  7. I have decided to move my weekly meme Songs of the Week to Mondays to coincide with Twitter’s #MusicMonday.

eTBR PILE

I am super happy with my progress on my eTBR “pile.” I have quite a few books that I have gotten for free through giveaways and other sources that I feel I should repay by writing a review. It will take me a while. I caught up with all of the reviews I have owed my groups on Goodreads, and now I am catching up with those that have asked me directly for reviews.

True Bloodedness

DVD Cover True Blood The Complete Third 3d SeasonI have finished Season 3 as of yesterday. It was extremely frustrating at first, because while I was watching, the DVD would just stop. Yes, it was OK if it froze on Eric Northman, but I did want to be able to actually watch the show. I ended up (don’t tell) checking out two more sets of the DVDs from the library, and everything worked out fine after that. Except for the being over thing. And the long waiting list for Season 4 thing. I just might have to pony up and re-subscribe to HBO. Does anyone know if Seasons 4 and 5 are on demand on HBO? That might make it worth my while.

Reading Others’ Blogs

Here’s a problem (first world, most definitely) that I have been struggling with: how to keep up with all of the blogs that I follow. I want to read and support everyone who has an awesome blog as well as discover new reads, but before I know it, there are 4K emails in my inbox. How do you all keep up with this? Do you have a formula or pattern or special way that you attack all of the new posts?

Coming Attractions

Book Cover: Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

  1. I have been wanting to read a book by Scott Westerfeld, as he is mentioned a lot by other YA writers as an influence (especially by other male authors). I picked up a copy of Uglies, as I had heard of this series. I remember this was required reading for the middle school students at my kid’s previous school.
  2. I read Hooked by Liz Fichera last week. This was a book I received from Harlequin Teen. Spoiler alert: I liked it.
  3. Also read last week was Easy by Tammara Webber. I partook (is that a word?) in one of my Goodreads’ groups monthly challenged where you read one of your TBR books at random. This is the one that was chosen for me. I will be posting a review this week.
  4. My library, @PlanoLibrary, has eBooks available now, and their collection is growing daily. I finally decided that I would read The Selection by Kiera Cass. At first, due to all of the horrible press it received because of the Twitter foofaraw that went on between the author, her publicist and a book blogger, I wasn’t going to read it. You know, to teach it a lesson. Then I decided that wasn’t fair and I needed to read it for myself. So I am. So I got it from the library. There – full circle.
  5. I received The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LeBan from Alfred A. Knopf. It is being released on January 8th, so I will read and post a review that day.
  6. I need to get another couple of books read and reviewed from my eReader, so I think I will go with Crashing Eden by Michael Sussman and Mutt by Evan Fuller.
  7. I should finish The Cardturner by Louis Sachar. Something better happen soon in that book so I don’t keep putting it down and reading other things.
  8. Last comment – with the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, there appears to be quite an acceptance by the ladies of books with graphic sex in them. I am going to write an essay re this phenom. I would love to know your thoughts on this subject, so please let me know if you are interested in participating in my post. Please email me at audrey@inkandpage.me if you would like to put in your two cents.

The Sunday Post photos 1.61

Though I have plenty more to read and review, I think that’s enough, right? Looks like I may have to post twice on some days to get through everything. The question remains…will I have anything left in my TBR pile to read for Kimba’s Take Control of Your TBR Pile in March? Happily, my guess is yes.

Have a great week!

7 thoughts on “The Sunday Post 1.6.2013”

  1. First, I only follow three blogs in my email, I find those who follow by email, read and delete and never actual comment. I love my goggle feed reader, and use that as well as Facebook to follow blogs. If a blog comments on my blog, i comment right back, so those i do daily. Then for the rest of the blogs I follow, i scan titles of posts in my feeder and comment. I also follow through facebook if they have a facebook blog page and comment through those. So while i cannot visit everyone everyday, i do get around..a lot. I dedicate 30 mins in the am and and about 30 mins while i am on facebook. Hope that helps , have an awesome week! The Sunday Post

    1. I follow tons of blogs through RSS, but I found that I never look at them. I thought that getting everything via email would keep them all in my face. Maybe I need to cull some! Thanks for your thoughts – I had planned on asking you anyway, since you are so great about commenting. Great week to you!

  2. I only follow my favorite blogs by email. And that’s because I’ll actually read the ones I get in my email. If I find that I’m not actually reading their posts via email, then I unsubscribe that way and follow a different way. But the blogs I follow via email are my “top dawgs.”

    I didn’t love The Raven Boys as much as I wanted. I love Maggie S though and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series though. Easy and The Selection are on my TBR list too.

    Check out my IMM & SP.

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. That’s a good idea. I just like to follow blogs of people who leave comments and make time to look at my blog. I think doing a combination of things might work for me…I’ll try to do it.

      I always wonder if I’d like a book more or love it less depending on when I read it, what mood I was in, what I’d just read, etc. The Raven Boys just gave me this feeling I get when I read something that covers all of my bases. I loved Shiver, too, but I felt like the author ran out of steam or got tired of that series toward the end, so I didn’t like Forever so much.

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. I follow a ton of blogs via RSS/ Google Reader. I set it so I only see the headlines and I dedicate about 45 minutes in the morning – while kids getting ready for school, to scrolling through the feeds. I comment on the topics of the day that interest me – that way, it’s not the same blogs all the time. Then when I finish scrolling through – I mark all as read. And then same thing in the evening

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