The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #58

January 4, 2015 meme 47

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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Happy New Year everyone!  Goodbye 2014 and welcome 2015.  I hope that this year is a fantastic one for you all!  I love welcoming in the New Year.  For me it’s a chance to shake things up and make improvements in my life.  Maybe they don’t always work but I love trying.  This year I set my 2015 goals out for all to see and I’m going to do a monthly update on my Sunday Post so you will see my progress.  I’m hoping it will shame me inspire me in to keeping them!

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I’m also making some changes around here!  I can’t tell you them all yet as I don’t know them!  But I want to keep things fresh and I have my thinking hat on.  I don’t want to keep churning out the same things year after year and I’m trying to find little ways to shake things up!

The first change is that I’m not buying any books in Jan (and possibly in Feb) as I just want to read what I already own.  And I’m not accepting new review books so the haul part of my Sunday Post is going to be non-existent (unless it was requested before 31st Dec).  I hope you’ll still visit anyway as I love sharing all my bookish news.  One thing I think I will do instead of showing off new books is show you a book from my shelves that I plan to read soon.

I also decided not to even do the Goodreads Challenge this year.  I want my reading to be 100% stress free and I don’t want GR telling me I am x books behind.  Reading books isn’t a race and I want to just read whatever feels right.  It might be 5 books a week or it might be none.  I’m just going with the flow this year.

The only challenge I’m doing is Dust Off Your Classics which is a very low-key challenge that myself and Dee from Dee’s Reads host.  I want to read 6 classics starting with this one.  This is the easiest challenge in the world, there are no rules.  We just read the books and blog about them whenever the mood hits.

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What about you do you enjoy challenges or do they burn you out?  Have you any planned for this year?

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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?

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction is hosting a 2015 Book Blog Discussion Challenge January.  If you are nervous or need encouragement to post discussion posts, this looks like a great place to start.  There are so many challenges going on but I’m highlighting this one as I’m all for more discussions on blogs, I love to read them!

Amy @ Ode to Jo & Katniss wants to know if you have Favorite Authors?  For me the answer is yes, it’s Tana French.  Do you have a clear winner or is this a tricky question for you?

Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup says It’s okay to NOT love a book. It’s okay to REVIEW it too!  Hear, hear!  I couldn’t agree more.

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Books I have received to review:

 

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

 

Thanks to Edelweiss and HarperCollins Publishers for giving me a copy of Vanishing Girls.  I love Lauren Oliver, her prose is gorgeous and I’m blown away by how different all her books feel. Plus I’m really excited to see this is a book about sisters as that is a theme that I love.

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Books I have bought: (images lined to Amazon)

 

Uninvited by Sophie Jordan The PactThe Young Elites by Marie LuLast Kiss by Louise PhillipsThese Broken Stars

 

I bought Uninvited as it has been on my ya sci-fi wish list and then I spotted that it was reduced to $1.99 in the Amazon sale.  And look at that fab cover with the DNA strands in the hair.

I bought The Pact as so many of my blogger friends are raving about Karina Halle.  I wanted in on the action plus it was reduced to $0.99!  Bargain!

I bought Last Kiss with some of my book shop Christmas vouchers.  I love thrillers and this sounds great!

I also bought The Young Elites as it’s my book club read.  And I love how dark and dangerous it sounds.

These Broken Stars was down to $0.99 and it was my last purchase on New Year’s Eve.  I’ve heard it’s like Titanic but in space and beautifully written.  Well that sounds different!

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

  1. Edel

    I totally understand what you mean about Goodreads telling you you are behind in your books. I first put my goal to 80 books last year not factoring in the fact that I would be starting my Masters or that there a member of my family would have a life altering accident. I think I went around 3 months without picking up any book which is just crazy to me, and when I first got back into reading again, it was a slow process. I just decided to lower the challenge to something more attainable and I felt better about reading at my own pace.

    You got some really great books this week. I can’t wait to hear what you think about Uninvited, These Broken Stars and the Young Elites 🙂
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    • trish

      Sorry to hear a family member had such an awful accident, that sounds stressful.

      I feel a lot better not even thinking about the GR challenge this year. I will probably still read the same amount but I don’t even want to know what that is. After all this is the way I read long before GR entered my life.

  2. Ashley Farley

    Lucky you for receiving a copy of Lauren Oliver’s Vanishing Girls. I don’t blame you for reading stress free. Reading is for relaxation. You will still get a plenty of reading done, but enjoy it more without the stress.
    Ashley Farley recently posted…The Sunday Post for January 4

    • trish

      Exactly I will still read lots (try and stop me LOL) but I don’t need to know figures. That isn’t really what matters to me.

  3. Greg

    I feel the same way, it’s nice just to read whatever you want at times and not feel pressured to read this or that. I do miss out on NG/ Edelweiss but it’s nice to have flexibility to just read whatever. Good luck with your goals and hope your year start off great!

    Vanishing girls looks good, I liked the Lauren Oliver book I read. Happy New Year!
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    • trish

      I’ll still dip in and out of NG and Edelweiss once Jan passes but I like to take months off and just give myself time to catch up. And I agree the flexibility to read what you want is better than any arc.
      Happy New Year to you too Greg.

    • trish

      I loved Delirium but the rest of the series wasn’t as good for me. I still adored the writing but the plot didn’t wow me. Her standalones are really good.

  4. Catherine @ Book Club Librarian

    I’m also cutting way back on challenges and book purchases. I did join the Good Reads challenge again this year, but that may be my only one. My priority this year is to read books already on my shelves, with a few new titles here and there to keep it interesting.
    Catherine @ Book Club Librarian recently posted…Weekly Book Recap #92

    • trish

      Sounds like an excellent plan to me. That’s what I want to do too or if I could even do 50/50, that would be great!

    • trish

      I loved the GR challenge the first few times I did it but I just decided this year I didn’t want it around! Probably next year I’ll be mad keen to get back into it again.
      Lauren Oliver has beautiful prose and is always worth reading just for that.

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I have not yet read Lauren Oliver, but I am definitely curious…and Here’s hoping for a more stress-free year.

    I have not joined any challenges…except the Goodreads one, but picked a very low number…100 books.

    I wasn’t even going to do that one, but then found myself doing it anyway…I have no self-control…LOL.

    It is great to enjoy our time with books, and whatever it takes is a good thing.

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    • trish

      I did overthink challenges a lot this year but decided I’m happier going old school and counting nothing this year! Good luck with your GR challenge!
      And I agree enjoying time with our books should always be the number one priority when it comes to reading, not meeting a goal.

  6. A Voracious Reader

    I was just thinking I need to read a few classics on my TBR this year. Or maybe reread some that I read many years ago. I’ll have to think about it some more. I’m doing the GR challenge again and I decided to also do the BookLikes one since they’ll be the same books. Cheating? Nah. I like to call it being efficient. lol Have a fantastic week!
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    • trish

      I wouldn’t have called it cheating, it’s just being resourceful and killing two birds with one stone! Good luck with your challenges.
      I found classics weren’t half as intimidating or dull as I remembered them to be and I love reading one now and again.

  7. Charleen

    I really wish you could hide the GR challenge in the sidebar. So annoying to see it every time I visit the site. I didn’t set a goal last year either, but I still had to look at that widget all year long. By February or March, you’d hope they’d get the hint, but nope.
    Charleen recently posted…Bout of Books 12 – Goals

    • trish

      I visit the site on my phone using the app most of the time so I don’t see the widget. But when I do visit the site on my computer, it IS annoying. Stop challenging me GR, I don’t want to set a number!

    • trish

      I don’t even know if I was stressed by it as much as the idea that I just didn’t want to do it this year. So I didn’t!

    • trish

      I watched Tess on the BBC a few years ago and that is when I bought the book! The mini series is great and I highly recommend it. Such a sad story though 🙁 I can’t wait to read the book and break my heart all over again!
      I’m excited about These Broken Stars!

    • trish

      I’m always coming up with reasons as to why my purchases don’t count! Like they are part of a series I must finish or they are so cheap that it would be a sin to leave them behind! LOL

    • trish

      I’m really excited about These Broken Stars. I have heard a lot of good things about it and think I’ll love it!

  8. Lola

    I agree, I love trying new things and making improvements in my life in the new year!
    I set my goodreads challenge at 55 books, whcih means a little bit mroe then 1 book a week, which is exactly how fast I am reading at the moment. If I set my goal too high I feel stressed. That was my motto with all reading challenges I joined, it has to be a bit challenging, but not too much so I get stressed.
    I recently ordered These Broken Stars as well and can’t wait to read it. It sounds like an amazing book and that cover is so pretty, I am glad I got the paperback!
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    • trish

      I did set my GR goal too high last year and even though I wasn’t really stressed I was conscious of the fact that I was x books behind as GR kept ‘helpfully’ telling me! And it just put me off wanting to do the challenge this year. I know I could have set it lower but the idea of just having none really appealed to me.
      I’m really excited about These Broken Stars, hope we both love it!

  9. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Oh Tess. Wonderful and so very sad Tess. That was one of my favorite books that we had to read in high school but for some reason I never went back and read anymore Hardy. I’m impressed with your no buying/requesting books for January and maybe February. We’re trying a modified no-spend January but I doubt I’ll be resisting the siren call of NetGalley! Have a great week!

    • trish

      I’ve watched the BBC mini series so I know the story *sobs* but I haven’t ever read the book. So I’m really looking forward to letting Tess break my heart all over again soon!
      No spend Jan sounds tough! Good luck with it!

    • trish

      Hi Bea, we would love you to join in! We just keep it very informal, with no rules and so we didn’t do a linky this year. What we do is read the books and review them, about 6 a year. And we encourage (i.e. nag) each other on twitter to do so! It would be great to have you on board and there is no schedule or anything, you just read and post your reviews whenever you want and in whatever format you want. Just shout myself @TrishHannon and @DeesReads in on twitter so that we see them! When I said no rules, I meant it!

  10. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I never noticed the DNA strands in her hair until you mentioned it! LOL. I loved that book though. Super excited for the sequel to release. I really enjoyed These Broken Stars, as well as The Young Elites. I can’t wait to hear what you think of those two!

    I also want to change things up on my blog and shake it up a bit this year. I’ve got my brainstorming hat on too! 😀

    The only challenge I’m doing this year is GR, but I don’t take it very seriously. LOL. I didn’t meet it last year because I set my goal way too high, but I’m okay with not meeting it. Surprisingly. LOL.
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    • trish

      To be honest I didn’t notice the DNA strands either until another blogger pointed it out on their blog and ever since then I’ve wanted to read the book! Glad to hear you loved it as I’m really excited about it!
      And The Young Elites was fab! But that ending killed me, the next book is going to be amazing, I can’t wait to read it!
      I met my GR goal in the end last year because I cheated and lowered it during the year! But it looks good 🙂 LOL

  11. anna (herding cats & burning soup)

    Shaking it up a little is a great thing! Can’t wait to see what you decide to do this year 🙂 And oh that little you are behind X books gets me too. I still did the challenge (I guess I’m a bit of a masochist lol).

    Thanks so much for sharing my post from earlier this week. That was very sweet of you and greatly appreciated 🙂
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  12. Jessica

    I tend to use the Goodreads challenge only as a comparison tool. I always set my goal to 50 books. Sometimes I blow past that number. Sometimes I just meet it. Sometimes I don’t meet it at all. It’s meant to show me my reading habits from year-to-year rather than as an additional form of pressure. I don’t do pressure or stress that well so I find this method works the best for me. You’re right, reading shouldn’t be stressful!
    Jessica recently posted…The Literary Lowdown: January 6, 2015

    • trish

      Sounds like that is working perfectly for you and that you don’t overly pay attention to it. I just found it distracting being told I was behind by x books. I do like seeing my stats at the end of the year but I found that you can do that anyway without doing the challenge so now I’m happy!

    • trish

      I loved The Young Elites and was so disappointed to miss the discussion. That ending killed me! The next book sounds like it will be fantastic and I can’t wait!

  13. Berls

    I think it’s great to reduce the stress and pressure. I like to do challenges, but if I don’t do well at them I don’t really feel bad. I have pretty much stopped taking review books with a few exceptions since last January and that’s been a nice relief. I don’t like having deadlines! Great grabs – I hope you love Uninvited, it was one of my favorite reads last year. Btw- I don’t know how many times I’ve looked at that cover and not noticed the DNA strands!! Hope you’re having a great week!
    Berls recently posted…#FitReaders Check-in Week 1

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