Sunday, January 5, 2020

Sunday Post #45/Sunday Salon #19

Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts the weekly Sunday Post link-up, and Deb at ReaderBuzz expanded Sunday Salon from a FB group to a link-up as well.

What I Read: four amazing books and one quite good one
Scary Stories for Young Foxes lives up to its name.
The Bone Houses is as beautifully creepy as its cover.
Pet was a terrific dystopia to end 2019 with.
Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood was my heartbreaking and gorgeous first read of 2020.
Sorcery of Thorns is a solid fantasy.

What I'm Reading/What's Next
I'm on a CYBILS binge, as the round 2 finalists have been released for my category, which is speculative fiction. I noticed it seems to be heavy on fantasy, as opposed to science fiction, this year. 

I'm also feeling smug, as a few of my nominees made it through: Crush in the MG graphic novel category, Kiss Number 8 in the YA graphic novel group, and Heroine in YA fiction. Plus, of course, then ones I WOULD HAVE NOMINATED if someone hadn't beat me to it, including one of the above that I won't name at the moment. 

Three Things

1. My sister's kittens are getting bigger.

2. My husband and I finished our LOTR re-watch, our first since right after the DVDs came out. It was glorious. I didn't realize how limited Legolas's role actually is. We also saw Little Women with his brother and sister-in-law.

3. We celebrated New Years with Russian and Baltic candy and treats from the Eastern European Deli, which my kid has decided is our tradition, and with board games. My husband and I are still playing a lot of Catan during winter break, and the kid still loved Exploding Kittens, and this year she picked up Code Names as well. Good times. 

I hope you have a great week!


  1. Awww, sweet kitties! Board games and candy sounds like a great tradition. My Cybil nomination didn't make it through, but I had read a few of the nominations in the YA fiction category and even one in the MG fiction category.

  2. I've started in on my CYBILS reading as well! One of my nominations made it as a finalist as well (and a few that I WOULD have nominated---I actually think I know which one you were talking about there because I seem to remember you professing your love for it. Guess it will be a mystery for now...) :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  3. Ooh the Spec Fic finalists look like a good bunch. I know several of those are on my TBR. And cute kitties!

    Happy NY!!

  4. I noticed right away that three of your nominations ended up on finalists lists. You know good books when you read them.

    When I was younger, science fiction heavily outweighed fantasy in speculative fiction. I'd say that that has completely switched today. It seems odd to me. It's the rare book I see that is hard scifi. Though I wouldn't say that I read a lot of it, as I once did.

    It sounds like your New Year's was great fun. I love it that we live in America and can choose to be whatever we want. Next year you can even pick a new cultural tradition, if you want.

    Have a great week, Wendy!

  5. I’ve read 2 of the finalists - Aurora Rising and Sorcery of Thorns - both were very good.

    Wishing you a great reading week, and happy new year 🥳

  6. Cute kitties. Good luck with the CYBILS judging! I loved doing it last year, but I didn’t have time this year.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  7. Love the kitties! We have two that are almost all black. My daughter got the exploding kittens game last year, but we still have yet to ever play it! Happy New Year!


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