The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #57

December 28, 2014 meme 40

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Grab a cuppa and let me bend your ear (eyes?) for a few minutes with all my bookish news.  

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Randomness:

I had a lovely quiet Christmas with family this year and really enjoyed it.  I’m also taking the time during the holidays to catch up with some friends that I don’t see half often enough.  My favourite thing about Christmas isn’t all the pressies I get but it’s the present of time.  Time to just chill and do what I want.  Love it!

We also started a new tradition here this year!  I’ve always felt a bit sad watching parents fill Christmas Stockings for their children but this year we decided to do one for each other.  It was so much fun picking out bits and pieces that I knew Tom would love and stuffing them all in.  And he picked perfectly for me with scented candles, bookshop vouchers, chocolates and cozy socks.  Just perfect to set me up for some snuggly reading sessions over Christmas!  And of course we couldn’t leave Socky out!

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One for Tom, one for Socky and one for me!

 

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Second Chance Sunday – What happened here this week:

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Second Chance Sunday – What caught my eye.  Why not go Sunday visiting?

Want to discover some new blogs?  Asti @ Oh, The Books! gave you The Gift of Friends.  Just unwrap a pressies and find a new blog!  Love it.

Topaz at six impossible things has a great post ON PEOPLE, NUMBERS, AND HOW THEY ADD UP.  If you’ve ever worried about marketing your blog, this is a must read as it’s so simple and so true.

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Books I have received to review:

Tiny Pretty Things My Sunshine Away by M. O. Walsh

 

Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperTeen for giving me a copy of Tiny Pretty Things.  It is described as Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars.  Shut up!  This is such a me book and I’ll be reading ASAP!

Thanks to Edelweiss and Putnam Adult for giving me a copy of My Sunshine Away.  It is a mystery set in Baton Rouge in the late 1980s and sounds intriguing.

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Books I have bought:

Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis Surviving the RachelCrooked House

 

I got a pressie of Anna and the French Kiss from the lovely Diamond from Dee’s Reads.  Excited!  Thanks Dee 🙂

And I bought Surviving the Rachel on its release day as I love the happy effect that all Aven’s books have on me.  Guaranteed to make me smile!  And I even had a Rachel cut once upon a time but let’s not talk about that! :O

I bought Crooked House because it was reduced on amazon and I’m steadily working my way though Christie’s huge collection. Plus I also noticed that she said “Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.” Sold!

 

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Well, that’s  my week wrapped up.  Happy Reading to all.   How was your week?  Any books you were really excited about?

 

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40 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #57”

  1. Dee @ Dee's Reads

    Aw so glad you had a great xmas! I love the holiday break of it all and fam time.
    It’s funny, my mom and I fill each other’s stockings, Bc we live together. Basically, whoever I live with I always make sure to include stockings. Who says they’re just for kids? Lol 😛

    SO GLAD you are excited for Anna and the French Kiss! I can’t wait to hear the deets. Also excited U picked up those titles on EW bc I was iffy (tryin to choose less and not overload myself). So I can just read your reviews instead, and you can tell me if they’re good, lol. >.<
    Dee @ Dee’s Reads recently posted…DNF Review [Graphic Novel]: The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act l by Kieron Gillen

  2. trish

    That’s lovely that you and your mom do that. I loved filling the stocking with all kinds of bits and bops and yes why should kids have all the fun!
    I’m trying to be so careful about review books at the moment but I just couldn’t resist those two! I’m reading Pretty Little Things and really enjoying it but I don’t think it’s a Dee book 🙂 But all those Harper Teen titles are killing me and I’m trying really hard to be selective and not one click them all!

  3. Topaz

    Oh, thank you so much for linking to my post – it means the world! I’m so glad you had a good Christmas. Starting new traditions is always lovely, as well. I do believe there are some cosy reading sessions in your future!

    You’re so right on the gift of time, by the way. I’m dreading going back to school once winter break is over – it’s so relaxing to be able to lay around and do nothing, haha 😉
    Topaz recently posted…Far Below These Birds: A Mix for Cold Nights

  4. trish

    You are welcome Topaz. I loved your post, it is so simple and the best way to make meaningful, honest connections. And yes the cosy reading sessions are happening as are the cosy netflix sessions!
    Enjoy what is left of your time off. Doing nothing rocks 🙂

  5. Lola

    Filling stockings isn’t something we do here in the Netherlands, so I never really got it. Does you stocking get filled on christmas day? Beside all the other presents?
    Hope you have a happy new year and enjoy your new books!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #106

  6. trish

    We left the stockings out on Christmas Eve and then slyly filled them when the other wasn’t around. They are filled with smaller items so there is lots of things to poke through when opening which is half the fun. And yes we did them in addition to our main pressie. It’s just a bit of fun but I loved it.

  7. Shaina

    Both of your recommended posts are AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing. Topaz’s post about blog marketing was especially good for me to hear, as a newbie blogger mildly obsessed with her stats. 😉

    Also, I definitely missed the boat on getting a stocking for my cat this year. I will not be making the same mistake in 2015.

    Happy Sunday!
    Shaina recently posted…Ivanhoe Read-along: Week 5 Recap

    • trish

      I don’t think it matters if you are a newbie or a seasoned blogger, we all worry about those stats as much as we pretend not to! But Topaz’s post nails it.
      Haha, glad your cat is getting a seasonal treat next year! 🙂

  8. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I love the idea of Christmas stockings for the grown-ups…and time is definitely the best gift of all, along with time spent with family and friends.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog. Now I’m off to check out some of your links!
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

  9. Charleen

    We’re never home for Christmas itself, so while we always get stockings from my MIL, we’ve never done them for each other. Next year, though, we’ll have to start rethinking traditions… we’ve always alternated which families we spend the holidays with, but with a little one, we might want to start doing some holidays at home.
    Charleen recently posted…People Will Insist on Giving Me Books

    • trish

      Well I guess your holidays are about to change big time next year! I know most of my friends did start staying at home after their babies came along and I always love being in my own house for Christmas too. After all it is my favourite place 🙂

    • trish

      I loved the challenge of finding all those small but perfect little fillers, it was a lot of fun and thankfully Socky didn’t really take much notice of them 🙂

  10. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Crooked House is a good one! I hope you enjoy it. I love the idea of you and Tom filling each other’s stockings. I’ve thought of doing that but by the time Christmas gets here I’m so wiped it’s all I can do to fill the kids’ stockings up. I’ll have to make an effort to do it though when the kids are grown. Sounds like your stocking was bursting with good stuff! Have a great week and happy New Year!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – December 28

    • trish

      I just liked the idea of filling a stocking for someone! So much fun! And I’m really looking forward to Crooked House, it was one I hadn’t heard much about so I’m glad that it’s one that you really enjoyed 🙂

    • trish

      I love Christie, I did know she wrote romances but I haven’t read any yet. And yes she was quite the writing machine! So lucky us, we have loads to look forward to 🙂

    • trish

      I’d be happy with just stocking stuffers too. You get the thrill of opening something and it’s fun too. Good idea 🙂

  11. Stormi

    I love that you started yourself a new tradition. I kind of wish we had some but my family is not really a traditions kind of person and I am not married so can’t start my own, so it’s just a here’s your presents oh thanks I will take those..okay we are done..bye. (that is how it goes with my brother and his family..my brother and his wife are not very sociable..lol)

    Enjoy your new reads and Happy New Year!
    Stormi
    Stormi recently posted…Out With The Old/In With the New: July 2014

    • trish

      That’s kind of how it goes in my family too! I also have a tradition of sparing a book I really want to read for Christmas day. The last few years the books I choose let me down badly but I still love saving and anticipating that special book for the 25th 🙂
      Happy New Year to you too Stormi.

  12. Berls

    I’m with you – the time is one of the best parts of Christmas! I love the stockings 🙂 we always do a gift for Buffy so that when we come home and there’s no kids (my stepson stays with his mom Christmas so he can be with siblings) we still get to do a gift exchange with our fur baby!

    Enjoy your reads and the time 🙂

    • trish

      Why shouldn’t the furry babies get pressies too! I always make sure they do 🙂 And I buy for my parents dog too!

    • trish

      Fingers crossed that Crooked House is good, it’s a good sign that AC herself was happy with it! And I’m really looking forward to Anna 🙂 I’ve listened to the audio already but really wanted a print copy too.

  13. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    I was so interested in reading Mud Vein after your mysterious but glowing review this week that I bought it with some of my Amazon gift credit! I couldn’t resist, though I never heard of it before today. I also would like to read My Sunshine Away but it hasn’t released yet, so I’ll be patient 🙂
    Thanks for a good Sunday post as always and for the 12 Days…feature; I’m enjoying visiting new to me blogs here.
    R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…This n That 2015 Thoughts

    • trish

      Mud Vein was mind boggling! And I didn’t guess what was going which is always fun. Hope you enjoy it Rita, it’s very…..different!

    • trish

      Love the sound of this kitty stockings! I usually buy a prefilled one for Socky but maybe next year I’ll personalise her one too. Sounds fun!
      Hope you enjoy Surviving the Rachel, I’m planning to read it soon 🙂

    • trish

      Absolutely. For me time with family and then time to just do the things I want are my two favourite things about Christmas.

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