The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #54

December 7, 2014 meme 35

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:

Last week I was at a Christmas Craft fair in a donkey sanctuary and it was fantastic.  There were 450 donkeys there and I fell in love with them all, they were just so cute!  If I had land, I would adopt two in a heartbeat.  I detest animal cruelty and I’m so glad all these donkeys have found a place to live where they are loved and respected.

 

donkey

 

Right now I’m thinking about reading challenges for next year and I’m not sure what I’m going to do.  I don’t think I really want to do any book challenges as I just don’t want any reading pressure in my life.  But then I look at something like a bingo card and think that sounds fun. So I’m undecided, what about you do you do any reading related challenges?  I will continue to do my Dust of Your Classics as this just feels part of my reading life , plus myself and Dee keep it low-key, it never feels stressful.

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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?

Stormy at bookblogbake has a very honest post titled On a Personal Note: Why I Appreciate YA Books Without Romance.  I really enjoyed reading about her thoughts on the subject as they are very different to my own and it gave me an insight into an alternative point of view.

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Books I have received to review:

 

GlimmersMarch to NovemberThe Winner's Crime

 

Thanks to  CBB Book Promotions and the author for my copy of Glimmers.  I am on a book tour soon for this and it’s a contemporary book with a whimsical time-travel element.

Thanks Byddi Lee for my copy of March to November.  It’s a contemporary set in modern-day Belfast and that Northern Ireland setting just drew me  in immediately.

Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for my copy of The Winner’s Crime.  I enjoyed the first book in this fantasy series, it’s full of political plotting and strategy and that really appeals to me.

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Books I have bought:

Finally my month-long November ban is over!

I treated myself to Nocte as all my blogger friends are gasping about it!  I need to see what’s so dark and twisty.

I also bought Astonish Me as soon as I heard the magic words that the main character is a ballet dancer.  That’s my auto buy, no questions asked, no reviews glanced at!  I’m already reading it and so far so good!

 

Astonish Me Nocte

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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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35 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #54”

  1. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Oh my gosh. I am dying! I love donkeys! There are 6 that live up the road from my mom and every time I go home and just awwww over them. What a fun place to visit. That’s awesome they have a save place.

    For challenges. I’m doing two in 2015. One hosted by the Delighted Reader that’s a series challenge. Then I’m hosting one that’s a “New To You” challenge which is SO dang flexible. It’s basically anything new. First time reading a specific genre or author. Or reading an authors debut book. Or the first book in a series, etc. I did two genre specific ones in 2014 and it was hard. I was wanting something that could incorporate a lot of different options this go around 🙂
    anna (herding cats & burning soup) recently posted…#AFTH2014– Interview w/ Shelly Laurenston– moonshine, the grinch and…opening doors? + giveaway

    • trish

      They are just the cutest things, every time one of them HewHawed, my heart melted. Love them!
      I think a series challenge might be a good one for me. I have so many that I’m in the middle of and would love to finish. Plus I could make that one flexible too which like you is really important to me.

  2. Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads

    Donkeys! They’re so cute!

    I’m with you on the reading challenges thing. I signed up for WAY TOO MANY last year and while they were all pretty easy ones for me to achieve (new authors, indie authors, NetGalley/Edelweiss books), tracking them got to be a total pain in the butt. I think the year-long challenges like that are just too much for me. I’ll continue to look forward to short reading challenges (like Bout of Books and the like) but I’m pretty sure the only year-long challenge I’ll sign up for this year is the one on Goodreads. 😉

    Oooooooh Nocte. Enjoy! It’s so very good. The sequel can’t get here soon enough!

    My Sunday Post!
    Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads recently posted…Stacking the Shelves [70] + Giveaway

    • trish

      So looking forward to Nocte, everyone is loving it!
      I think that’s why I’m thinking carefully about challenges, I don’t want to stress myself out with them. I’ll probably choose one but make sure it’s really flexible. I’ll do the GR one was well but to be honest, I just pick a figure and don’t really care if I reach it or not 🙂

  3. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    Great photo from the donkey farm. I’ve started to think about 2015 reading challenges as well. After learning my lesson the year before, I signed up for fewer in 2014 and actually think I’ll have them all completed by the end of the year. Yesterday I signed up for a new challenge on Goodreads, so I’ll have to be sure to pace myself again in 2015.
    Catherine @ Book Club Librarian recently posted…Weekly Book Recap #89

    • trish

      After seeing all the feedback here Catherine, I think I’ll just pick one challenge and leave it at that. It is easy to get carried away and commit to loads but then feel crap when I fail at them all. I’d rather just have one that is manageable and flexible.
      Good luck with your challenge! No bother to you!

  4. Kristin T.

    Those donkeys are really cute! I’m up in the air about doing Reading Challenges next year, too…this year I did a bunch and am not even close to completing a few. I definitely feel the stress around this time trying to get them all done, but then I start seeing all the upcoming ones for the new year and can’t help but get excited. I think I might only do a few – like the library challenge and one that focuses on reading my own books. But, who knows…I’m sure once I sit down to look at them all, I’ll find more that I want to do. I do like that some push me to read outside my comfort level – like the nonfiction reading challenge or chunksters reading challenge.

    Have a great week!
    Kristin T. recently posted…The Sunday Post #50 (12.7.14)

    • trish

      Exactly Kristin, they all do look great and it’s too easy get carried away. But I hate failing at things and if I sign up for loads I know I will do just that. I think I’m going to think a lot about it and just choose one.
      I use my Dust off Your Classics feature to read outside my comfort level. Although nowadays, that is starting to feel comfortable and even enjoyable which I’m delighted about. I think it’s good to try new things and challenge yourself a bit. Just not too much 🙂

    • trish

      The Donkey Sanctuary was fab, such a great cause and you couldn’t leave that place without a smile on your face 🙂 The Husband’s Secret was intriguing!

  5. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    The donkeys are adorable! You should definitely get at least 2. They don’t need much space do they :). I’m trying to figure out what challenges I want to do for 2015. I signed up for a few this year and actually did accomplish the reading but wasn’t great about keeping up with them. I need to be more organized next year. Enjoy your enjoy your new books and have a great week!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – December 7

    • trish

      I wish I could take two! Maybe someday 🙂
      I think challenges do take a lot of organising and I want less organising in my life not more! I’m just going to put a lot of thought into it and pick one only.

  6. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Love the donkey photo! What a fun retreat for them.

    I have decided (for now, anyway) not to participate in any reading challenges. Book pressure takes all the fun away. For the same reason, I stopped doing blog tours.

    Life is smoother for me that way…LOL.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your new books!
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

    • trish

      I hear you Laurel. That is my thinking too, I want less pressure not more. But some of them do look like a lot of fun so I think I’ll just choose one and be done!

  7. Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

    I can’t stand animal cruelty either. I have been wanting to get involved in some type of animal rescue. I will probably do some research tonight. I just want to get passionate about a cause and use some of my free time for good. I am not sure yet what challenges I will do this year… it’s just a challenge to read my book club’s read each month! LOL!!
    Angie @Angela’s Anxious Life recently posted…Sunday Post

    • trish

      The Donkey Sanctuary has a great scheme whereby they train you up and then you spend time with the donkeys; grooming them, walking them, etc. You do it in pairs and myself and my husband are thinking of doing it together. It would be so much fun and I’d love feeling that I was helping just a little bit with my time. The only drawback is that it is quite a distance from our house so we’ll have to make sure first that the time we can commit would be ok. We could only do monthly visits.
      I hope you find something to get involved in.

  8. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    450 donkeys? Dang that’s a lot. It’s sad that there’s a need but wonderful that there are people filling the need. Donkeys are so darn cute.

    I’m signing up for fewer year long challenges but I still want to do many of the smaller challenges throughout the year. If you see a challenge you want to do, go for it, but you can always skip them. You can certainly enjoy reading and blogging without participating in the challenges.
    Bea @Bea’s Book Nook recently posted…Sunday Book Share #118

    • trish

      Aren’t they just. I know I can’t get over that figure too, I can’t understand how they have ended up so neglected that they need a sanctuary. I know some of it is elderly owners dying or not being able to look after them anymore which is understandable but the others *shrugs* I don’t get it 🙁
      Shorter challenges are a good idea. I don’t mind a short sprint! 🙂

  9. Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More

    Those donkeys are so cute!! And that sounds like a lot fun plus for a good cause. I’ve signed up for COYER and the Reading Assignment Challenge. My goal for 2015 is to clean-up my Netgalley ARCs and read off of my TBR so these challenges fit right in with my goals. These challenges are low-pressure so I just do what I can. I have to check out Nocte, that cover looks great! Thanks for visiting my blog and have a great weekend!!
    Kathy @ My Nook, Books & More recently posted…Weekly Wrap-Up 32

    • trish

      I think making the challenges fit with your goals is a smart move as that way you aren’t adding more pressure. Good luck with both challenges, I think they are both good ones and they have already caught my eye.
      Nocte has fantastic reviews from all my friends, I can’t wait to see what it’s about!

  10. Red Iza

    I love donkeys ! I once visited a donkey farm and there was this cute little baby donkey following me everywhere in the pasture, I almost took him home ! I hate animal cruelty and am glad that there are places like that where they can just be happy. Have a great week !
    Red Iza recently posted…The sunday post #1 ! What’s up ?

    • trish

      I know it is so sad that there is a need for Sanctuarys like this but great that they are around to help. I love donkeys too, they are just so cute how could anyone ever mistreat them 🙁

  11. Lola

    Aww those donkeys are adorable! I find readign challenges a difficult topic, there are soem nice oens out there, but I am not sure if I don’t feel stress if I sign-up for the longer ones. I don’t like those long commitments and they make me feel a bit restriucted, but I love the sense of community and interaction with other readers you get from challenges. I did Coyer, sci-fi november and Blog Ahead this year and enjoyed them all. I am just not sure if I am up for a year long challenge.
    Lola recently posted…Review: Corruption by Susan Kaye Quinn

    • trish

      I like the idea of short term challenges Lola and I think that may be exactly what I do. That way I don’t get bored and I don’t have to worry about a long term commitment. I will do the Goodreads one but I don’t really take that seriously at all. I picked a number and don’t really try to achieve it, if it happens, it happens!

  12. kimbacaffeinate

    Ooo the donkeys are just do dang cute. I use the UBB Challenge add on to keep track of my challenges. I really stink at visiting host and updating my progress with them. So far I am doing Series Enders and the Audiobook challenge for 2015. Enjoy your new books Trish. Did you find the snow under settings/general?
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Antebellum Awakening by Katie Cross

    • trish

      The Add On certainly helps keep track of everything.
      No it just wasn’t there! I googled though and added a very simple plugin which I’ll delete in Jan. It isn’t available automatically on self-hosted so you must have something else installs which adds it. I have it now and I love it though 🙂

  13. Berls

    Oh the donkeys are so cute!! Someday my BF and I want a house with land where we can have animals and donkeys are on my list. I wish I could save all the mistreated animals – or at least punish all the evil people who don’t know how to treat them!

    Winner’s Crime!! Oh I’m so jealous 😉 I haven’t seen a copy for request here in the states, or I’d be all over that although I really want the audio version. I actually have Astonish Me on audio and forgot about it! I love dancing books too – need to schedule it soon.

    Anywho, hope you’re having a great week!
    Berls recently posted…Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep

    • trish

      Sounds like a great long term plan. I think we are going to sign up as volunteers to visit once a month and take the donkeys for walks, groom them, etc. It would be good fun and with 450 donkeys they need all the help they can get!
      So excited about Winner’s Crime and Antonish Me was ok, I was hoping to love it a bit more than I actually did.

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