The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #58

January 18, 2015 meme 53

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 decided on a word to encapsulate what 2015 will mean for me.  And that word is ACTION!  You will see from my wrap up that I’m tackling my weight, getting fitter and sharing it all with you in my Trish Transforms feature.  But when I say action I mean in all areas of my life.  I have things I want to cross off my bucket list and 2015 is the year I’m going to make this happen!  Watch this space….

As you can tell I’m really fired up at the moment.  Am I really odd that I love January?  I love the feeling of a new year, new hope and I’m full of optimism and energy.  *hums* ‘don’t stop me now, I’m having such a good time, I’m having a ball’ 🙂

I’m also planning holidays at the moment as a distraction from how cold it is here!  I love this, I often think planning the holiday and the anticipation of it is nearly half the fun.

And just something new on the blog…I’ve added an amazon link in the sidebar for a free trial to Amazon Prime Music.  I think this add looks quite tasteful, plus I think it’s a good offer too.  But how do you feel about adverts on blogs?  Honestly?

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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?

Bea @ Bea’s Book Nook is hosting a Winning at Reading Challenge for February.  I’m joining in with the aim of reading books that I’ve won and never got around to reading.  This year I’m not doing any year long challenge so it has left me free to jump in and out of challenges just like this one.

Celine @ NYX Book Reviews shares 13 Guidelines to a Positive Community.  I appreciate any effort to stamp out the bad feeling that seems to have erupted in our community.

Dee @ Dee’s Reads illustrates How a DIY Confetti Frame reignited her Artsy/Crafty side.  I just love this and I think it would make a great project.

Nux @ Say it With Books explains The Art of List Making.  I’m a lister and love my endless lists.

Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek discusses Buying Books as Cheap as Possible.  I’m all for this and so is my pocket so I don’t really suffer from any blogger guilt about it.

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Books I have received to review:

House of EchoesThe Girl on the TrainPioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen

 

 

By the way, I’m on a strict book ban including review books so all these are ones requested pre Jan.  I’m not going to lie, book bans suck!  Luckily I still have the floaters coming in from Dec to keep me happy 🙂

Thanks to Edelweiss and Ballantine Books for House of Echoes.  It sounds creepy and mysterious.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for The Girl on the Train.  I fist pumped when I got the approval email about this one!  It is one of my most anticipated reads of 2015.

Thanks to NetGalley and Penguin Group for Pioneer Girl.  It explores connections between Laura Ingalls Wilder with a Vietnamese family settled in America.  I love Little House so I can’t wait to read this one.

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Books I have bought: (images linked to Amazon)

You by Caroline Kepnes

 

I have been told that You is unmissable!  And at $1.99, I wasn’t going to miss it, book ban or no book ban!  By the way it was still reduced last time I looked, not that I’m tempting you or anything *whistles innocently*

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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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53 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #58”

  1. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I think wanting 2015 to be the year of action is awesome, Trish! I am trying to become more healthy this year too, I’ve quit smoking and started working out again 🙂 Go us!
    You got some great books this week, I hope you’ll enjoy them all 🙂 And I’m checking out some of the links you mentioned, too.
    Have a great Sunday and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Review: You Have to Fucking Eat – Adam Mansbach

    • trish

      Go us is right! We are taking 2015 by storm! Good luck with the quitting smoking, it must be so hard. And at least by working out too, you are focusing on something positive to replace the gap that smoking leaves. Bet your lungs will thank you!

  2. Wattle

    I thought about doing exercise this weekend, does that count? It was sort of too hot to move, so that’s as far as I got lol

    As for ads on blogs. I don’t mind them, as long as they are unobtrusive. I don’t like them if they’re between every paragraph break but otherwise they’re fine (as long as they’re not the spammy sort).

    I hope you enjoy your new books! I’ve heard good things about The Girl on the Train, it’s on my list for post book buying ban 😉
    Wattle recently posted…Book Review: Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

    • trish

      I’m so jealous that it is summer in Australia right now. It’s freezing here and damp too, a rotten mix! Ohhhh I’m reading The Girl on the Train and I hate to break it to you but it’s FAB and a MUST BUY! You know when I’m breaking out the caps that I’m deadly serious so shove it right up to the top of the list :O
      Thanks for the ads feedback, that’s the way I feel too.

    • trish

      And now that I’m well into The Girl on The Train, I can understand just why everyone loves it. It’s fab! And I’ve high hopes for House of Echoes too.
      I’m actually planning a holiday for about Oct, so I’ll have a long wait for sun. Hopefully we’ll actually get a summer in between now and then 🙂

  3. Ashley Farley

    I love January as well, for the dreary days I get to spend inside reading and writing. I know, I’m weird like that. Just started listening to the audiobook of The Girl on the Train. I’m totally intrigued. I will look forward to watching your progress in 2015.
    Ashley Farley recently posted…The Sunday Post for January 18

    • trish

      I know wet and cold days were just made for snuggling up with a good book! I started reading Girl on the Train today and I’m totally hooked, it’s all so mysterious. Hope the audiobook is good too, I’d say it is!

    • trish

      You know that I’ve started reading it, I’d say it’s worth stalking her! It’s fab so far! And thanks for the encouragement for the year ahead!

  4. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I like your January Attitude…and the Action word. It works…and have fun, too.

    Plans have a way of invigorating us.

    As you know, I also got The Girl on the Train…and I’m very excited. I have You…and started reading it, but somehow, wasn’t in the mood for it, so I set it aside. But I will return to it!

    I have no problem with Amazon ads, or anything that gives us the opportunity to add to our books/music/movies world.

    Enjoy your week, your month, and your action-packed year. And thanks for visiting my blog.
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

    • trish

      I saw that you put You aside and I always feel that is the best plan when you are just not in the right mood for a book. And it’s difficult with books like You as you have no idea from the synopsis what they are about!

    • trish

      Thanks Steph! I really appreciate that. I use FB a lot alway so I know I’m going to love the new community that you have introduced me too. Plus I see lots of familiar faces in there too 🙂
      Have fun with your bucket list!

  5. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    I just cracked open The Girl on the Train, a gift to me from me! I can’t wait to dig in to it. I just finished Cold Cold Heart and loved that one. I am not going to buy any books in March, for Kimba’s challenge, so I’m buying some now with gift money.

    I’m excited for you to get in better shape, though by your photo you do look like you already are. Good luck to you!

    I don’t mind ads on blogs if they are tastefully placed and don’t distract me. Have you ever been to a blog where there are scrolling, flashing ads placed up, down, and around– and your eye keeps getting pulled away from the posts?

    {I wanted to share some fun news with you. My son, who is in law school here, is going to be overseas for the summer semester, and is going to take a class in Vienna, Austria in June, and then go to a volunteer internship at NUI in Galway (city), Galway (county) in July! He will be working on research for International Human Rights. I forget where you live in Ireland, but maybe you can think of a worthwhile site for him to take in while there in that area? He might rent a car on the weekends, and I hope he doesn’t crash, since we drive in the right lane of the road in U.S., and sit in the left side of the car, lol!}
    Have a wonderful week!
    R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…Cold Cold Heart Review

    • trish

      I’m reading The Girl on the Train and I’m so intrigued by it! I love it and have no idea how it all links together. I hope you are enjoying your little pressie to yourself just as much!

      And yay, that’s exciting about your son! Galway is a fab city! It’s has a vibrant feel to it as it has a young population, it’s very arty and full of life! The city is full of history with loads to see and he’ll be able to get leaflets in the local tourist office. There are lots of 13 and 14 century castles and architecture. And there are some lovely coastal walks there too. Apart from that I’d suggest a trip to The Burren and the Cliffs of Moher in Co Clare (not too far away), that’s fun and the scenery is lovely.

      Don’t worry, he’ll be fine driving! You adjust very quickly. What I find most confusing when I have to drive on the right is roundabouts! But it’s not too bad.

      • R_Hunt @ View From My Home

        Thanks for the quick and helpful response! I am passing it on to my son today. My bro and sis-in-law were to England & Ireland a couple of years ago and one of their stops was in Galway. In U.S. we covet Galway crystal, so I know they make that there.
        I am halfway through The Girl on the Train, and wow, this is an intriguing tale, what the heck is going to happen! I hope the end doesn’t disappoint. Enjoy!
        R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…Cold Cold Heart Review

  6. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    Planning holidays is fun and a great way to distract yourself from the cold. Brr. Book bans are less fun but a necessary evil. You can distract yourself from the ban with all of the great work you are doing transforming yourself. Heck, the ban is part of your transformation!

    I’m glad you’re joining in the challenge and thanks for the shout out!
    Bea @Bea’s Book Nook recently posted…Sunday Book Share #124

    • trish

      Hmmhh, let’s not go too far thinking that my book ban will transform me. I’ll be panting for new books by the end of the month! But then they’ll taste all the sweeter 🙂

    • trish

      Hahaha! Now I’m rethinking the wisdom of my chosen word :O But what the hell, action is good, whatever context you mean!

  7. Lola

    I really felt the whole it’s a new year feel this year. I am planning new genres to branch out in and doing my best with work. I like it! Just noticed that new widget with top commentators of 2015 and I am in there, yay! Which plugin do you use for that?

    And I totally agree planning holidays and the anticipation is half the fun, I am someone who always is looking forward. So when there are good things to look forward to, it makes me happy. Sadly it also works the other way around that bad things coming can make me feel down now.

    Hope you have a great week!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #109

    • trish

      You sure are there! So thank you! The plugin is just called Top Commentator Widget and I love that it shows my appreciation for those who comment with a link back to their blog.
      Bad things coming suck but I always try to plan something fun for after them and that helps a little. I love having something to look forward to.

  8. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    The Girl on the Train!! So awesome! It’s high up on my list as well so I can’t wait to see your thoughts on it. I love January too. All the new lists and the fresh start feel. It’s great. As for the ads on blogs – they don’t really bother me. The only time it starts to be a negative is when a blog turns into all sponsored posts. A few of the food or home blogs I follow have done this and I’ve pretty much unfollowed them. I have Amazon Prime Music and love it. I use their playlists all the time. Have a great week!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – January 18

    • trish

      I did go for the free Amazon Prime Music trial myself and I’m loving it too. I’m experimenting with different playlists and I love that I get to mix it up a lot.
      I’m reading The Girl on the Train and it’s fab! I can’t wait to find out how it all links together as it’s very mysterious.
      Thanks for the ad feedback, that is pretty much my take on it too.

    • trish

      No doubt I’ll hit days where my excitement will wear off! I hope by documenting it though that I’ll stay motivated 🙂 Fingers crossed!

  9. Stormi

    I need you for a weight loss buddy! You sound really motivated and I like that you are taking action! I need this year to be an action year too! Trying to lose weight and I am really bad with motivation. 🙁 You make me want to get all pumped up and ready to go..go..go. 🙂

    Good luck with everything!
    Stormi
    Stormi recently posted…The Week In Review #20

    • trish

      You want to shout at you! I will you know! LOL I’m just really motivated at the moment, fingers crossed I can keep it up as once the initial motivation is gone, that is when it gets hard to stick with it. I’m hoping my documenting my journey that this will help focus me.

  10. Berls

    Woot! I love the positive energy! I think you’ve got me in a better mood just reading this 🙂 Good for you, I look forward to cheering you on as you get your goals met! I’m doing Bea’s challenge too – its such a good idea and one i need badly! Enjoy your new books and have a great week 🙂
    Berls recently posted…Sunday Post | 71st Edition

    • trish

      Good to hear that my enthusiasm boosted you! It could either be super annoying or motivating, I know! I’m trying not to bore everyone around with me it so I’ll keep it all for my weight loss blog posts instead :O
      And I’m looking forward to Bea’s challenge, I’m so excited to finally read some of those books I was lucky enough to win.

  11. Liza Barrett

    Health is kinda my theme of the year too. I’ve started eating healthy and have a new gym membership and whatnot. But more importantly, I’m big on the mental health side of things: no more stress. That’s the plan for me. Hope your successful with your Transformation! 🙂
    Liza Barrett recently posted…Sunday Post: January 18

    • trish

      I go the gym too. It’s just much easier this time of year when it’s so cold and dark out in the evenings. And I hear you on the mental health, that’s huge for me too. I need those happy hormones that exercise gives me and it helps me sleep better too so that two huge pluses. My biggest issue is trying to keep balance and not to be too strict or too lax. But I’m trying!

  12. Greg

    January might be a cold month but it’s also a time for new beginnings, so good for you. I think Girl On The train looks good, and if it lives up to the hype I’ll have to get it! 🙂 Have a super week!
    Greg recently posted…Downton Abbey Thoughts

    • trish

      Yay, that sounds like some fun posts. I’m looking forward to seeing what you are ticking off the list. It’s so good to step off the threadmill of life and just do some things that excite and thrill you.

    • trish

      That’s the way I felt, I don’t mind them on other blogs so why not start using them. I doubt they’ll make me rich but it helps with giveaways and hosting.

  13. Red Iza

    Love that song by Queen – and many others from them ! Yeah, january is a good moment to decide to move on and do things that you put off doing, we feel all new, and maybe the cold is making us all move, too 😉 Have a great week !
    Red Iza recently posted…The sunday post #5 : What’s up ?

    • trish

      Nope, you need never change Nyze as long as your happy! That’s my problem I wasn’t and of all the things to be unhappy about, weight is just a silly one. I have the power to change it and I’m gonna! 🙂

    • trish

      Well I think I took a lot of 2014 as a rest year so I’d say I’m good to go now! And yay, glad to find another Queen fan! I love that song, it makes me want to dance!

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