Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sunday Post #24

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly (duh) Sunday Post link-up. I participate sporadically, but am ready to roll this week!

Books Read: Five

This week I was reading for Cybils and finished two of the short-listed books, Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer and F. T. Lukens's The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic. I can't say much about them yet as we're still in process with judging, but I will point out that both have heavily alliterative titles, and assure you that both deserve to be on the short list. I skimmed the collection called Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever. and found that very few of them lived up to their subtitle. I also finished up two books that for some reason took me forever to get through. I started listening to Laini Taylor's Night of Cake and Puppets on audiobook before winter break, but then I neglected it when my commute stopped for those weeks, and then the library took it back, TWICE (so rude), but I finally came across a hard copy at the library and devoured the rest of it. Loved it, too. The other book I read is Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor. This one I checked out from the library last summer, renewed for a total of three months, never read it, tried again, renewed for a total of three months, realized it's due this Sunday, and devoured in two days. Review coming soon, which is not something I usually say.

Acknowledging that I can't give away my reaction to the Cybils books, my favorite of the week from the remaining options has to be Akata Witch.



Which cover do you prefer? I read the one on the top right, which is definitely less scary looking. It seems the book has been published under the name What Sunny Saw in the Flames too, and I'm not sure why.

This is my third post this week, which is a good improvement from my blogging slump in December. I also have ideas and enthusiasm for more posts, and time to write them this weekend, so I am looking forward to a good blogging week too. I am very close to two milestones for me--I'm coming up on my 500th post, and on (this is probably embarrassing) my 50,000th page view. I'm sure there are bloggers that get that much traffic daily, but well, I don't. What should I do to celebrate?

Reading Life
If you need some lists of terrific YA and MG (and children's) books published in 2017, go check out the Cybils finalists as well as the Nerdy Book Club Winners. I look at those lists and despair of ever reading enough books. (The Nerdies release several days of winners; I linked to one of the YA days, and you can explore from there.)

I'm still trying to get myself organized for my reading year. I've made a Google Form the last few years that tracks all sorts of data, and I've tweaked it this year again. I also signed up for some challenges. I don't usually do that, because I'm such a mood reader, but I figured out that if I sign up for challenges I DO ANYWAY, it should be easy. So I'm doing both the Backlist Challenge and the Library Love challenge, which is somewhat redundant, now that I think of it. But both have different rules around how to submit books for their records and giveaways, so I have to track that too.

Out of nine books read this year, all nine were backlist books, seven were from the public library, and three qualified for a Popsugar category (GLBQT protagonist, author of color, and protagonist with mental illness.)

Best for last: I just (as in, on another tab while I write this post) signed up for a reading retreat at the end of this month. It's organized by the same person who ran the writing retreat I went to in summer of 2016, Beth Woolsey. Her blog is not a book blog, but she loves books too, and I am thrilled that I decided to go--and that she offered me a substantial discount. Thanks, Beth! 

Real Life
I just negotiated with my tween that we'd eat pot stickers for dinner so I don't have to go to the store for actual ingredients tonight. I have been napping a ridiculous amount lately. My son started a new school and it seems to be going okay. My daughter just learned how to do a bridge kickover at a rec center gymnastics class. My husband is playing bridge. That's pretty much what's going on here these days.

My Friday afternoon/evening set-up. Blankets and books. 

My kids have become obsessed with setting out breakfast for me. This is a Very Good Thing.

Have a good week, everyone! 


  1. Things that made me laugh out loud: "and found that very few of them lived up to their subtitle" and "I just negotiated with my tween that we'd eat pot stickers for dinner so I don't have to go to the store for actual ingredients tonight." -- fantastic! How sweet of your kids to set out breakfast. Awwww! And they include a doll and a K-cup too. They are the best!

  2. I like the top right cover, too. I’m glad you’re feeling motivated to blog again. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  3. My Sunday afternoon reading spot looks much like yours with books and blankets. It's cold here, in the upper 40's, and nothing seems to warm me except that lovely combination.

    Congrats on all the posts written and page views seen. You should feel happy.

  4. I wondered about Wonder Woman: Warbringer. Sounds like it wasn't bad. And as for Akata Witch, I think I like the top left the most, although yeah it does look like maybe the scariest of the bunch, in a way?

    Congrats on your blog milestones!!

  5. I don't ever remember my kids doing breakfast for me. Well, they are getting older maybe it will happen. Have a great week. Hoppin in from The Sunday Post!

    Mary @ StackingMyBookShelves!

  6. Yay that's great that you're blogging again! Also 500th post is such a cool goal. *sends cake in advance* 🎉

  7. I could live with someone setting out breakfast for me. I'm not a morning person and can't function at all until coffee and by that time I'm usually running late so no time for breakfast. That's too bad about the Funniest Stories Ever. I'm usually deeply suspicious of those kind of titles and it sounds like for good cause with this one. Congrats on the milestones and have a great week!


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