The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #56

December 21, 2014 meme 28

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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This week I gave away an unrequested ARC that I knew I was never going to read.  I just didn’t know what to do with it, it wasn’t to my taste and I also couldn’t think of any one of my followers that would read it.  Plus it was HUGE so postage would have been crazy.  So I gave it to a friends husband as I knew he would like it.  I felt guilty but I didn’t request it and I figured at least this way it is being read by someone who might appreciate it.  What do you do with unrequested ARCs?

And a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has visited here all year.  Whether you drop by frequently or just occasionally or even if today is your first visit, I appreciate you so much.  You indulge me in my bookish passion and I’m so grateful.  I hope everyone has a fab Christmas and gets some quality time with your loved ones.  And remember when it all gets stressful, your book is only a hands reach away so go grab a little time out.


Second Chance Sunday – What happened here this week:


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

Rachel @ Parajunkee shares some TSU tips.  I’m really enjoying TSU so far. I just check in and out a few times a day on my phone but what I’m noticing is that I get a LOT more interaction on my posts here than on my FB page.  I think it’s worth signing up just to claim your blog name and seeing how it goes.  It’s invitation only so feel free to use my tsu invitation link.

Asti & Kelley @ Oh, The Books! have some recommendations for Middle Grade books for YA readers.  Good one to keep in mind if you are buying pressies!

Lola has a guest post at Read Me Away all about Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas.  So much fun to read about how other countries celebrate.

Brianna @ The Book Vixen has a post on How to Create Reading Challenge Progress Bars.  This is an old post but pretty timely at the moment if you are signing up for 2015 challenges.


Books I have received to review:

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen


Thanks to Hodder & Stoughton and Netgalley for my copy of First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen.  I have wanted to try this author for a while and that gorgeous wintery cover won me over.



Books I have bought:

Books, Blogs and Reality by Ryan RingbloomThe Unbecoming of Mara DyerUnbreakable by Rebecca Shea


I saw someone reading Books, Blogs and Reality by Ryan Ringbloom on TSU and as soon as I saw the title I wanted it!  What book blogger wouldn’t?  And it was only $0.99 on amazon so bargain!

Kim, The Caffeinated Review made me buy The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer with all her reviews about this series and I bet I’m not the only one.

Unbreakable by Rebecca Shea was a kindle freebie.  Looks worth a shot!


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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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28 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #56”

  1. Greg

    Your Twitteresque reviews are a great idea, it’s nice to get a quick take on a book. And nice post on Emma- I think I did see that movie but it’s been a long time. I’ve never read any of the books but I have enjoyed several of the movie adaptations.

    I agree about tsu, it’s nice to see primarily bookish stuff in my feed.

    Have a great Christmas!
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #75 Luminaries and Snow

  2. trish

    I just watched a 4 part BBC series of Emma yesterday on Netflix and it was excellent. It was so true to the book. I’d highly recommend it if you use Netflix.
    And yes, TSU is working out pretty well. If they add some more features like edits and groups then I’ll be very impressed.

  3. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I think giving that book away to someone was great! If I get books I don’t want, I’ll typically donate them to my library. I’m planning to start the Mara Dyer series over break…. we’ll see if I can squeeze them in! Haha.

    Happy reading friend! And have a wonderful Christmas too! (I’m sure I’ll tweet at you beforehand, but just in case I go off the grid. LOL)
    Jessica@Lovin’ Los Libros recently posted…Stacking the Shelves #93+Weekly Wrap-Up

    • trish

      The library is a good idea but for some reason I thought they didn’t accept arcs. I must check with my local one and see.
      Mara Dyer is good, very mysterious so far! And I like the contemporary/paranormal mix up that it has going on.
      And yes, have a fantastic Christmas Jess xo

  4. Lola

    I haven’t received any unrequested ARC’s so far, probably in part because I live in the Netherlands and don’t request physical ARC’s at all. Sounds difficult deciding what to do with them. I think giving them away when you aren’t interesting is a good idea though, as now someone can at least enjoy it and like you mentioned you didn’t request it.

    Thanks for linking to the interview Ana did with me. It was so fun to talk about Sinterklaas with her!

    Hope you have an amazing christmas!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #105

    • trish

      I don’t get a huge amount Lola (especially unrequested) but I do get some. I’ve found that once I’m on a publishers list, they keep me in my and most match up with books I’d like to at least try. But it’s a bit of a dilemma to know what to do with the others.

    • trish

      That’s a great idea Catherine, I bet the other members love that! My book club is online though with most of the others living in the US so I’m back to the burden of postage costs. Oh well, I think I found the perfect person for this particular arc and I’ll try to do likewise with any other unwanted ones. Happy holidays!

    • trish

      I really enjoyed First Frost even though I haven’t read the first book in the series yet. It’s on my must-buy-asap list now! And I’m enjoying Mara Dyer too.
      I’ve sent you a tsu friend request 🙂 Happy holidays!

  5. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    Lovely post today, Trish– I always enjoy your Sunday post a lot! I’m not reading anything special right now; I’ve lost my reading mojo while my head is filled with sugarplums and holiday crowds, lol. I look forward to the quietness right after Christmas when some people get down in the dumps, but it’s a good time to curl up with a book.

    I hope I sent the correct link for the 12 Days… I wasn’t sure which way to send my info over without publishing it <— tech noobie 🙂

    If I don't chat with you before Dec 25, please have a wonderful day with family and friends–relax and just live in the moment!
    R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…Books I’m Looking Forward to in 2015!

    • trish

      Thanks Rita, I’m finishing work today so I’m looking forward to lots of time to spend with family and friends and then lots more time with Netflix and my books! My idea of heaven!

  6. Stormi

    Got yourself some good looking books! I seen those reviews on Caffeinated Reviewer but I haven’t picked up a copy… I like Tsu because it’s all about bookish things cause my friends are all bloggers or authors. 🙂

    Have a Merry Christmas!
    Stormi recently posted…The Week In Review #16

    • trish

      Kim pushes all too many books on me! Mara Dyer is good though and I’m enjoying the audio.

      And yes so far so good with tsu and like you everyone on my feed is connected to books so it’s like a social media just for books for me 🙂

  7. Christy

    I don’t keep any of my ARCs, unrequested or requested. I don’t keep physical books at all. I always pass them on in some way – other bloggers, friends, etc.

    I’ve been wanting to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer for so long. I need to just do it.
    Christy recently posted…Sunday Post #108 (12/21/14)

    • trish

      Good plan, I need to cull through all mine soon. I only want to keep the books I love as otherwise I’d need a bigger house!
      Mara Dyer is good so far!

  8. Nyze

    Unrequested ARCs? Hmm.. I have a couple, but I don’t know what to do with them too. I don’t think any of my friends will read them as well so they sit on my shelf for the longest time now. Thinking of donating it to a book drive. 😀
    Nyze recently posted…My Week in a Wrapped #13

  9. Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA

    Thanks for the link to the Tsu tips. I joined a week or so ago, but haven’t done anything with it yet. I know I should get more involved while everyone’s just getting started…but there’s my social media apathy.

    I haven’t ever received an unrequested ARC, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with giving it away, especially if you’re not interested in it. Connecting it with someone who will read it is better than throwing it away or even recycling it.
    Jenna @ Rather Be Reading YA recently posted…Revisiting My Resolutions and Goals for 2014

    • trish

      Well I think the main thing for now is just claiming your blog name and now you have that done. I’m a little bit too addicted to social media and my aim for 2015 is to limit it more so God knows why I’ve joined another site!

  10. Angie @Angela's Anxious Life

    I keep seeing TSU around the blogs …. but I am just not sure about it. I don’t want to get another social site for the blog and if my family is not going to use it then it is just another site to me like google +. I am going to wait around and see what people think about it in a few months. You should do a review on it later when you’ve had a chance to really use it.
    Angie @Angela’s Anxious Life recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday- Leave Me a Book Santa!

    • trish

      It’s not really like google + which I just can’t figure out and rarely use. It’s more like Facebook but with just book bloggers and authors in your feed. Well for me anyway as that is all I am following/friending for now.
      I might do a blog post once I’ve used it for a bit to give you my thoughts on it. Good idea!

  11. Topaz

    *tentatively raises hand* First visitor here – it’s lovely to meet you, Trish!

    Just out of curiosity, what was the ARC you gave away? I tend to donate mine to the local library if I don’t want them – I always feel terrible about it, but I guess we can’t really be expected to be interested in every single unsolicited book, no?

    I’m interested in seeing what you think about Mara Dyer, by the way. I’ve read some mixed reviews, so I’m debating buying it…
    Topaz recently posted…Far Below These Birds: A Mix for Cold Nights

    • trish

      Hi Topaz! Welcome 🙂 I can’t remember the name of the arc but it was about European history and very political. Not me at all! I checked with my library and they won’t accept arc’s not sure why so I’ll just have to be inventive with my distribution of them! I don’t get a lot of unsolicited ones so it won’t be too much of an issue.
      Mara Dyer is fun so far. Maybe a bit of a Twilight feel going on with the main character but I am enjoying it. It’s very mysterious which I like!

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