The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #67

May 17, 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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Randomness:

My life just seems so busy at the moment and I seem to have so many hobbies that I love that it is hard to squeeze them all in.  On top of reading and blogging, I’m working hard at building up my stamina for jogging longer distances, I’ve joined a bootcamp class which I love, I’m also doing lots of walking now that the weather is nicer.  And I’ve been doing a bit of geocaching on those walks which is just so much fun.

I’m also obsessed with my Erin Condren planner that I bought recently and am having a great time decorating it out each week and scheduling the crap out of my life.  Oh and my adult colouring books are still high on my must-fit-it list.  I’ve also started doing the tone-it-up videos at the weekend.  Basically I just need an extra day every week to fit it all in!

I’m taking part in two challenges :

BlogAhead hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup : And I finished up with 9 posts scheduled.  So I didn’t make the 14 I had hoped for but 9 posts is nothing to be sneezed at either!

CleanSweepArc hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer: So far I’ve read 6 books for CleanSweepArc (and have written 5 of the reviews, yay!).  I’m VERY happy with that as last month I think I only read 8 books so I’m finally picking up a little bit of speed again.

 

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Second Chance Sunday – What happened here lately:

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

Asti @ Oh, The Books! has written a post in defence of Rainbow Organisation.  And has some fab photos to drool over too.

Nuz @ Say It With Books advises on The art of perfecting blog post visuals.  I loved this post as it is an area I want to work on.

And I was in the spotlight over at Daniela Ark and I revealed that I have a new blog design coming soon!

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And I’ve joined FitReaders!  Click on the image below for full details on how you can join in too.

 

FitReaders2015

 

Now that I’ve got my Fitbit, I’m loving everything about it and tracking my steps just encourages me so much to do a bit more.  For example I always go up and down stairs twice now because hey double the stair count!  And I park further away from where I’m going to I get some extra steps in.  All little things but I love that they make me more active outside of normal exercise sessions.

Sat:   16, 556 steps

Sun:  12,167

Mon:  13,072

Tues:  15,176

Wed:  12,248

Thurs:  7,635  (rest day plus I had a blister from a walk in the wrong shoes on Wed!)

Fri:  16,489

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Books I have received to review:

No Safe House by Linwood BarclayThe White Rose by Amy EwingChasing River by K A Tucker

 

 

Thanks to NetGalley and Orion for No Safe House.  This is the sequel to No Time for Goodbye which I loved so I’m looking forward to catching up with these characters.

Thanks to Edelweiss and Harper Teen for The White Rose.  Another sequel, this time to The Jewel which is a YA dystopia that impressed me with its glittering but ruthless world.  And as that one ended on a huge cliff-hanger, I’m excited to see what direction this takes next.

Thanks to NetGalley and Atria Books for Chasing River.  I only clicked it on NetGalley as I have been loving this series and this one is set in Dublin and I NEEDED to read it asap.  I’ve never been approved by Atria Books before but I’m excited as hell that they said yes this time.

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Books I have Bought! 

 

book ban

Oh yes, the book ban is back in force!  I’m going to be reading ARCs all May so I don’t want to buy books that I realistically won’t get around to reading for a while.

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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 #67”

  1. Greg

    Geocaching- I always thought that sounded fun but have never done it. It is nice to have decent weather now, it’s been a long winter and nice to get out and be able to move around.

    Your new books look good, hope you have a great reading week. 🙂
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #91

    • trish

      Geocaching is fun, especially if you are somewhere new as they are always in places that are worth seeing. I use the app on my phone to find them but some are more elusive than others!

  2. Red Iza

    Outdoor activities are so much fun with this spring weather, working out and walking seems to be giving you extra stamina 🙂 *Fist pump* with the book ban, yeah girl ! Enjoy your new books and the outdoor life, have a great week 🙂
    Red Iza recently posted…The sunday post #47 : What’s up ?

    • trish

      I’m glad someone is excited about my book ban because I’m not! :O But it’s a necessary evil!

    • trish

      That’s it exactly, just wearing the Fitbit makes me want to move as I’m super competitive even with myself!

    • trish

      Geocaching is searching for hidden caches. They are everywhere, usually in places that are worth the visit anyway. I use the app on my phone to find them and it adds a bit of variety to my walks.

      You can see more about it here –

      http://www.geocachingireland.com

    • trish

      That’s good to hear. I really enjoyed the images one too and it gave me lots of ideas for upping my photo game!

  3. Kristin T.

    My weeks seem crazy-busy lately, too…I keep waiting for them to slow down, but it doesn’t look like that will happen anytime soon! I have a few adult-coloring books, too, and I love them – so good for taking a little time-out and regrouping 🙂

    I bought myself an Erin Condon planner – just need to find the time to set it up and start using it. I bought it primarily for the blog and for fitness – and now that I am going to be doing that marathon in October, I think it will be super helpful – but again, just need to find some downtime to set it up…one of these days!

    So glad you decided to join our FitReaders group. Having to report in each week makes me much more accountable and it’s fun to see how everyone does. It’s nice having a group of us cheering each other on – it’s like having your own set of personal cheerleaders!!!

    Hope you have a great week!
    Kristin T. recently posted…The Sunday Post #72 (5.17.15)

    • trish

      I only have my EC planner a few weeks but I love it. Like you I bought it mostly for blogging and fitness but I have also started adding in things I really want to do around the house too. I like ticking things off so it helps me to stop procrastinating and just get stuff done.

      And I love my colouring books but it’s really hard to find time to sit down with them. They are super relaxing when I do.

      I’m delighted I found Fitreaders, chasing your heels on challenges makes me do more everyday. You are my motivation to up those steps! 🙂

  4. Cindy

    The boot-camp sounds fun but I bet it is so challenging! I am a runner so I am loving the warmer weather. Have a great week and happy reading!
    Cindy recently posted…Sunday Post

    • trish

      It is challenging but that’s all part of the fun 🙂 And yay I love that weather now is more runner friendly, it makes me runs a lot more fun!

  5. Daniela Ark

    FIVE book reviews! wow! I hope you leave some advice on my post ” lessons learned about blogging” next week. Thanks for visiting my sunday post! I knew you would like Girl Power 🙂
    Daniela Ark recently posted…What a Week! [8]

    • trish

      Oh yes, I’m all for Girl Power and I think books with feisty heroines can be great role models for young girls. Better that than taking trout prout selfies all day!
      Looking forward to your blogging lessons post 🙂

  6. Deborah

    I enjoyed No Safe House. I’d read its predecessor but remembered little about it – though thankfully that didn’t matter.

    Well done on the running and bootcamps. You put me to shame!!!

    Deb
    Deborah recently posted…Weekly check-in

    • trish

      I reread the first book last year otherwise I wouldn’t have remembered any of it! Even I on the reread I was hazy about what happened. I didn’t think No Safe House was as good but I still enjoyed it 🙂

    • trish

      I like busy and my main stress is that I don’t get enough time for my hobbies! But such is life and I’m glad that I have so many things that I feel passionate about.
      I liked the Jewel more than loved it but am looking forward to seeing what happens next.

  7. Lola

    Sounds like things are busy in your life. I also have trouble to make time for my various hobbies, only juggling reading, baking and watching movies wiht my boyfriend now and then is hard. It always feels like there aren’t enough hours in a day.
    I once heard of a book that featured geocaching and the author did an interview on a blog where she explained the concept, it sounds fun!

    I really want to pick up soem adult colouring books once, I always enjoyed colouring as a kid and I recently came across a nature themed adult colouring book, so I want to give it a try once.
    I also didn’t do as well as I hoped for Blog Ahead, but like you mentioned every post is still one post mroe and is a good thing.

    Have a great week!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #126

    • trish

      Geocaching is a lot of fun, I love finding the caches and they are normally in really scenic or historically interesting sites so they are worth visiting for that alone.
      Colouring books are fun, I still feel a bit childish colouring in but they are super relaxing and if you see some in a shop, they are worth grabbing some.

    • trish

      Hope you got Chasing River! I love this series so much. And no not a scary dude but a petite woman with a fine set of lungs on her!

  8. R_Hunt @ View From My Home

    I love that Book Ban Logo! I need to have something like that as my desktop screen to remind me to stop and think before buying!

    I checked out what your planner was, it’s Erin Condren I think, and it’s sold out but it looks like a great idea to do. Good luck with all your exercise! Bootcamp, wow, you are serious 🙂

    I also do coloring books, have started with a FitBit to walk more, and have always wanted to do geocaching with my kids but never bothered to check into whether there is anyone participating around here. You do have a lot of hobbies, what with work and hubby time, but it gives life variety so it’s all good!

    I put Sarah Hilary on my to look out for wishlist. I requested Linwood Barclay’s new book but was turned down, sigh. I am just going to either make a trek to the new release shelf at library or break down and buy it as e-book. I love this author! He’s similar to Harlan Coben to me.
    Have a great week, sorry for rambling on but I found so much to discuss from your post.
    R_Hunt @ View From My Home recently posted…Weeky Wrap-Up 5/15- 5/17/15

    • trish

      I made that banner on PicMonkey but I’m sorry that I didn’t make my blog name bigger on the bottom. It seems like too much hassle to go back and redo it though!
      Yes you are right, it’s Erin Condren (I need to go fix that typo!) and I love it. I bought it in April at 40% as I didn’t want to pay full price until I knew if I’d use it or not. I find planning my week the old fashioned way with pen and paper works best for me and I love adding decorations to it too to make it pretty!
      I do the geocaching with my hubby and we also do the gym together so at least that way we get time together while doing stuff we enjoy.
      I love Linwood Barclay too and have read all the books so far. I didn’t love this as much as No Time for Goodbye but it was still fun to catch up with these characters.
      And I LOVE long comments, it’s so good to know my content makes people want to chat.

    • trish

      I’m always hopping around and then fall in to bed exhausted every night! But I’m happy to have so many things in my life that I’m passionate about and love doing. And at least I’m rarely bored!

  9. Cynthia

    I just got a Fitbit too!! I have only had it for five days but I love it! I actually have been walking around my living room while watching TV to get more steps. And my house has two floors. Obviously we have a bathroom on both floors. But when I am downstairs and have to go to the bathroom, I have been climbing the steps to use the bathroom on the second floor. Guess it’s doing its job! 🙂
    Cynthia recently posted…Friday Finds

    • trish

      Yay, that sounds exactly like me. I take the long way now to everywhere I’m going and love when I have an excuse to go up and down stairs at work! It’s funny how a gadget can motivate you so much. If you want to be buddies on there, send me a request to

      trishhartigan at yahoo dot co dot uk

  10. Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger

    Did I hear – read you right? you WILLINGLY joined a boot camp class? Like.. intense exercise for fun? *shudder* You are doing so much better at the CleanSweep ARC challenge than I. I am unfortunately going thru a rough book slump so that desn’t help either. *sigh* but yay for 9 scheduled posts! I LOVE to pre-schedule the shit out of my blog 😛
    Sarah @ One Curvy Blogger recently posted…Not Your Average Romance Writer by L.J. Wilson

    • trish

      Haha, I LOVE pushing myself! Well not in the middle when I want to vomit but I love that exercise high that I get afterwards. You’ll just have to take my word for it :O Pre scheduling is the best, I really want to keep it up as it’s just so much easier knowing you have a little buffer. Hope your slump passes soon, been there, done that and it sucks.

    • trish

      Thanks Jen, delighted to be part of the gang! It’s so motivating to see what everyone else is up to and it makes me push myself to do more.

  11. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I’m intrigued by the planner. I have a very simple one that I use to keep track of blog tours and book release dates and I use my phone for everything else but I love the idea of decorating something. I’m loving the coloring books for adults and actually just ordered a Game of Thrones coloring book for my oldest’s birthday. Good luck with the book ban. I’m trying to severely limit my review books because things are way out of control around here. Sounds like you’re having lots of fun! Have a great week!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – 5/17

    • trish

      I use the planner for my fitness plans and goals and also all my blog stuff. And if there is something important that I’m procrastinating on, I’ll add that in as well as I hate not ticking stuff off! The Erin Condren planner is big enough to allow me to fit it all in and I love adding washi tape and stickers to make it look pretty. That way I want to open it up and follow through 🙂

      A Game of Thrones colouring book sounds fun, better stock up on the red colouring pencils for her also :O LOL

      Yes, I need to control those review books too but it’s so hard!

  12. Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com

    I would love to train better for running – but I hate it so much. I only exercise to burn calories and that I do well enough. I am just not running motivated, although I did it up to Christmas and promised I would start up again in the spring. I did go out one day but the air was still too cold to breathe.

    I should join a boot camp, but they may want me to wake up early. Ugh.
    Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com recently posted…SUNDAY POST: A Matter of Coincidence

    • trish

      No point doing it if you hate it! I always think it’s better to do something you enjoy and that makes you feel good. Running is that for me (but not always in the middle of it!) but it took me a long time to find an exercise that worked for me.
      And lol if my boot camp was early, I would skip it, I like my sleep! Luckily it’s 7.30 in the evening 🙂

    • trish

      I know I’m delighted to be a little ahead again so thanks for organising Anna 🙂 I had gotten lazy about scheduling and needed the kick!

  13. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I love Geocaching! I need to get back into it. I did it for about a year and found so many cool places because of it, plus it’s excellent exercise. I’m glad you’ve been having a good week, and way to go on your bootcamp classes!
    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas recently posted…Sunday Post (154)

  14. trish

    That’s exactly what I find with geocaching, it helps discover so many places I never knew about and that are so worth checking out. And it’s free! Yay 🙂

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