The Sunday Post 2.24.2013

The Sunday Post MemeThis 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:

I feel like I am stuck on the hamster wheel of books I can’t finish. It’s not that they are horrible, and believe me, I have seen horrible with my very own eyes. These are just gah – can I use the word boring? I usually hate that word – I guess I hear this voice in the back of my head telling me that’s a lazy way of thinking (does that voice sound like my mom?). But, seriously, back me up here. When you have literally 30+ books that you need to read and review, sitting and struggling with something that’s not catching your fancy can be such a drag. I stopped reading two books last week because of it. I am sure I will finish them both, but for now, they are on stand-by.

So what did I do last week?

  1. The Sunday Post 2.17.2013. I love to check and see if I had good follow-through. I posted every day, but alas, only finished one of the four books I thought I’d read.
  2. Tuesday I posted my review of the adult novel Replay by Ken Grimwood. I was less than bowled over; however, I could NOT believe the traffic I got through one of the review links I posted to a blog called Required That You Hate @requireshate. The name of the blog is pretty clear, so for those of you who prefer more sugar and a whole lot less f-words with your reviews, you have been warned.
  3. For some reason, the Top Ten Tuesday two weeks prior came and went without my noticing until Wednesday. So I did participate this past week. We were to choose the top ten characters in a genre of our choosing. I started out being a smart ass, but I actually ended up putting some thought into the books my daughter and I loved. Go figure.
  4. A week ago, my family and I went to check out an indie bookstore in a town north of us. Naturally, we picked up some books. So, one of the books I bought pushed a previously scheduled book off of my reading list this week. I read and really enjoyed Falling in Love with English Boys by Melissa Jensen.
  5. Since I didn’t get to my next book yet, I posted a (short) essay about where I like to read. In case that sounds boring, I know the extra-cute photo of my dog, Dash, will make it worth your while.
  6. The question on Feature and Follow Friday had to do with buying books for others. I gave it a go, but it’s not my best work. I guess I need to keep track of that better.
  7. Saturday I posted a review of another book that wasn’t on my “schedule:” 52 Reasons for Hating My Father by Jessica Brody. I had won this a while ago, and since I had not one but three albatrosses (albatrai?) around my neck in the form of 3 books I am having a hard time finished <breath>, I opted for this instead. It is a fun book that I enjoyed.
  8. So what of Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason, Dysfunctional Romance! by Derick Hudson and Rapture by Lauren Kate? I am fighting the good fight. I need to finish Rapture since it was chosen by one of the Goodreads groups as my random read for February. I am over half-way done, so I’ve got that going for me, right?

Mother/Daughter Reading Time

Yes, I still read to my daughter. There are books out there that I know she’d love now, but she isn’t always interested in putting in the effort. Plus, if there is a book that was made into a movie, I want her to read the book before she sees it. Her dad and I have always read to her, because we both love reading. We just decided that every day after school, she would have something to eat while I read a chapter. I actually read the entirety of the Harry Potter books aloud, starting on her 11th birthday. That was fun. After each book, we’d watch the movie. Since she was too young to ever go to midnight book releases or movies for most of the books, it was awesome when we saw the last two movies in the theater – the very last one for her birthday. Midnight movie. With costumes. It was awesome.

We’ve been reading City of Bones in anticipation of the upcoming film. We are almost finished. She loves snarkiness and humor in books, so, of course, she thinks Jace is hilarious. She’s right.

Books in Film

DSC_0004As soon as I heard that they were making a movie out of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I was all over that. Especially when I heard that the actual writer was going to direct. I made plans with one of my girlfriends to go and see it, and then realized that Friday that it wasn’t coming out until the next Friday. Dur. And I couldn’t go then, and she couldn’t go another time, and blah blah blah. In other words, I missed it. Well, girls and boys, it’s out on DVD now, and my family watched it this weekend. Oh boy. I have to say, the three leads were FABULOUS. And I thought they were so so true to the book, which isn’t always easy. And if you’ve read the book, and know the ending, you might understand how I was a little apprehensive about how they were going to show/talk about the stuff at the end. I thought they did a great job.

I have also decided that, in most cases, it is probably waaaay better to wait at least six month between reading the book and watching the movie. I can be really critical and obsess about stuff they changed or left out. I didn’t feel that way at all during this movie, but I don’t know if it’s because I didn’t remember everything. And I don’t care. My husband even said “I didn’t think once about that being Hermione.” (Major props to Emma Watson for her American accent!)

Lookie What I Got!

I did buy some books this week:

  • As I mentioned previously, I got Falling in Love with English Boys;
  • Beige by Cecil Castellucci and Cindy Ella by Robin Palmer for my daughter (she LOVED Cindy Ella); and
  • Purchased High School Bites by Heather Brewer, which is two books: Eighth Grade Bites and First Kill. AND it’s autographed!

Book Covers4

Books from the library included:

  • My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick;
  • The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding;
  • Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik;
  • The Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen;
  • Biting Cold by Chloe Neill; and
  • Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins.

Aaaand, the books that were given to me for reviewing:

  • Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg.

Don’t Forget: Upcoming March Challenge

Take Control of Your TBR PileYours truly is going to get to design and conduct one of the challenges for Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer’s Take Control of Your TBR Pile! One week of her month-long challenge will be a read-a-thon and fun stuff to do. It starts March 1st, so be sure to be ready!

Harlem Shake

OK, OK. This has nothing to do with that, but it’s everywhere, right? I just wanted to show how cooooool I am. Thrift Shop, baby.

  1. Of course, The Sunday Post. Yay! I know I got that one (almost) under my belt.
  2. I read My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick and will be posting the review this week.
  3. Tuesday is the Release Day for Also Known As by Robin Benway, so my review will be posted that day.
  4. I hope to finish Rapture by Lauren Kate this week.
  5. Fingers crossed I will also finish Three Graves Full and Dysfunctional Romance that I started a week or so ago.
  6. Double Crossed by Ally Carter is high on my list to read this week.
  7. Maybe I can finally read one more ARR this week: The Fragile Lion by Mark Darley.
  8. As for my weekly memes…I am looking forward to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (Authors That I’d Put on My Auto-Buy List). I want to get some reviews knocked out, but will try to do “Waiting On” Wednesday and Feature and Follow Friday if I can.
  9. Of course I will then see you next Sunday at The Sunday Post!

Thank you for stopping by! Please leave a link to your post in the comments below. Have a great week!

11 thoughts on “The Sunday Post 2.24.2013”

    1. I only located it because they had posted a review of a book I was reviewing – I like to put links to at least two other reviews, especially if they are different than mine. I still don’t know what they’re all about – I need to spend some time looking at it.

      I guess we all need different kinds of motivation?

      Have a great week, Tanya!

    1. What book did you DNF? I think I have only completely abandoned 2 since I started on Goodreads last year. I think they were both ARRs. I hate giving up on books, and used to never do it. Time’s too precious now!

      I love reading out loud. I think I should get a job making books on tape!

  1. So excited you are hosting, and its ok to DNF a book, especially with the volume of books we accept. You did well this week, and we read to our children even when they were teens. We read all of the Potter books and classics together. When they were teens it would usually be on a smow day or rainy day, and we would all gather on my king size bed, they like the voices I create for the characters..LOL The Sunday Post

  2. Oh, I love that you still read to your daughter! My mom read books out loud to me until I was thirteen and I still think of it as one of the best things and moments in my childhood! Oh, and now that I’m seventeen I still beg her to do it from time to time 🙂

    1. I think she usually loves it, too, but sometimes she loves her computer more. My mom read To Kill a Mockingbird to me and my brother. I’ll never forget it.

      That’s great shared time!

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