The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #68

May 24, 2015 meme 43

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 got caught on the hop a little bit this morning!  My Sunday Post published but it wasn’t 100% finished :O  Most of it was there but I still had one book to add in and this section to complete.  So I was wondering what is your process for The Sunday Post.  This is mine:

I copy the post (using the Clone It plugin) on a Sunday night.  I add links and books I receive during the week (usually Tues or Thurs) and then I finish it off on a Friday.  This week though I didn’t get a chance to come back to it on Fri and had a family event on Sat so no computer time and hence the not fully finished post.  What way do you work on yours?

I’m taking part in one challenge :

CleanSweepArc hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer: I only read 1 ARC this week so that makes a total of 7 ARCS read so far this month.  I thought I would do better and I’m hoping to crack through a few more next week to try and get me a little closer to my target.

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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?

Anna @ Herding Cats and Burning Soup is talking about Affiliate Links…the Good and the Ugly.  I was interested to learn the links last 24 hours, I hadn’t realised that.

Kim @ The Caffeinated Reviewer guides you though testing the commenting system on your blog.  And if you use captcha, I think you should kill it!

Tonya @ Lilybloom Books dishes the dirt on the things she hates in blog designs.  I agree so much; I just think less is more and cluttered sidebars take forever to load.

 

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

 

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Not a bad week but I would have liked to have done a little bit more at the weekend.  And I’m shocked at how few steps you take while doing housework.  That’s just not fair!

Sat: 11,891 steps

Sun: 13,287

Mon: 7,393

Tues: 11,736

Wed: 12,668

Thurs: 14,461

Fri:12,339

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Books I have received to review:

Every Day A HopeAre You Watching Me? By Sinead Crowley

 

Thanks to Mindbuck Media for sending me a copy of Every Day A Hope.  This is a bit of different departure for me as it’s a non fiction workbook that you use for inspiration and healing.  It’s black and white with illustrations and prompts that you use to draw, paint, craft or whatever you want to do in.  I’m really looking forward to experimenting with it and sharing my results with you soon.

Thanks to Quercus Books and Netgalley for Are You Watching Me?  I loved Sinead Crowleys debut novel last year and this one looks just as creepy.

When the Music StopsCrave by Jennifer Dawson

 

Thanks to Paddy Eger and NetGalley for When the Music Stops.  This is book 2 in a ballet series and book 1 84 Ribbons was one of the best ballet books I’ve read in years.  And you know I know my ballet books!

Thanks to Caffeinated Virtual Assistant for Crave which I have received for a June blog tour.  It has been a while since I read an Adult Romance so I’m looking forward to this one for a change of pace.

And I’m kind of laughing now looking at my selection this week.  Could my books BE any more different!

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Books I have Bought! 

 

book ban

Oh yes, the book ban is back in force!  *sobs*

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Books I have Won! 

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

I won this on a Facebook giveaway and if you know how much I love The Raven Boy series, then you will know what a HUGE deal this was for me.  So happy.  Thanks to Kate at If These Books Could Talk.  I do have two copies though so I’m giving away one.  Check out my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages for a chance to enter (open internationally).

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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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43 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #68”

    • trish

      The House We Grew Up In is well worth adding to your TBR, it’s a great read. Sigh re the housework, I was so disappointed at how few steps I took while doing it!

    • trish

      Yea, I just need to make sure that I do finish it off on the Friday! Delighted with my book win, I love this series so much.

  1. Elizabeth

    I use a similar system for my weekly posts. Sometimes they go up incomplete, but not so that people could tell, just missing a book I finished late in the week, or a link.
    Thanks for the discussion post recommendations.
    Elizabeth recently posted…Weekly Wrap Up 5/23

    • trish

      Mine was a bit like that, it wouldn’t be obvious to other people but I hate knowing myself that it wasn’t fully ready!

  2. Ashley Farley

    That has so happened to me. Thought I had finished and scheduled a post only to have it not show up in my inbox on the designated morning. Last week I scheduled a post for Waiting on Wednesday and an outdated graphic showed up with no other information about the book I am waiting for. Go figure.
    Ashley Farley recently posted…The Sunday Post for Memorial Day

  3. tonyalee

    TRISH! I loved Crave!! There is a lot going on in that one, but it has a lot of.. mature scenes 😉

    As for my Sunday Post – I usually work on it all week. I clone it (like you) on Tuesday usually, and go from there, adding links as I go.
    tonyalee recently posted…Weekly Wrap Up (60)

    • trish

      Yep, I’m expecting that from the cover! I’m delighted that you loved it as it gives me a lot of hope that I will too 🙂

  4. Deborah

    I usually start my Sunday post sometime during the week – even just Friday or Saturday. I start from scratch as mine is a pretty simple layout but I keep the same headings. It’s changed a bit since I started though and I’ll probably continue to adapt it as I think of new things to include or ways to simplify it!

    Deb
    Deborah recently posted…Weekly check-in

    • trish

      I kind of hate when I start it late in the week as I like to get it sorted early! I’m like you and am adapting it all the time too, otherwise it gets a bit boring both for us and for the person reading.

  5. Kristin T.

    I really enjoyed The House We Grew Up In – I listened to it and it was great on audio!

    I always say I’m going to start my Sunday Post earlier, but inevitably end up doing it on Sunday morning. I just copy the previous week’s post and make adjustments. I really should do that Sunday night and then update as the week progresses, but I’m not that on top of things – maybe one day!

    Great job with your steps this week. I had a slower week as my back was bothering me again, plus I was crazy busy at work, trying to finish up a few projects before my vacation began on Friday. I’m hoping to get in a lot of steps this week while in the NYC for BEA…lots of walking around, that’s for sure!

    Have a great week!
    Kristin T. recently posted…The Sunday Post #73 (5.24.15)

    • trish

      I agree Kristin, The House We Grew Up In was such a lovely read and the audio just worked so well for this one.
      I’d freak out if I had to do the Sunday Post on Sunday morning as that is my time for commenting and blog visiting. So it would throw me all out of synch!
      I’ll be thinking of you at BEA this week, hope you have a great time and get loads of epic books!

  6. Lola

    For my sunday post I usually copy and paste the previous sunday post in a new post on monday or tuesday. I add a few things to the overal update, my post for that and next week and part of my dinner schedule as far as things are made already. So everythgin I can fill in at that point I will. Then throughout the week I add little pieces and friday or saturday evening I put the finishing touches on it. I have almost forgotten to put the finishign touches on the post a few times or forgot to add one or two books. Usually I remember to add the finishing touches, although some evenings it can get later, like yesterday where I still added things to my post at half past eleven.
    I hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books! And yay for winning a giveaway! I will have to check out the Raven Boys series once, heard good things about it!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #127

    • trish

      That sounds very similar to my system. I know it means we are in and out of the draft post a lot but I love knowing as much of it is prepared early in the week as is feasible.
      And yes The Raven Boys is a FAB series, I hope you get check out some time 🙂

  7. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I have all sorts of fabulous intentions to work on my Sunday Post throughout the week but it never quite happens. I do have a template to plug in the stuff but that’s just the headings. Normally I end up throwing it together on Saturday night! I’m so impressed you’re sticking with your book ban. I want to try Stiefvater’s books. I got my daughter the Raven Boys for her birthday and she’s consumed the rest of the series but now I need to read them. Have a great week!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – May 24

    • trish

      I like to have it organised early as otherwise it just won’t happen. And I know this from bitter experience!
      I love Maggie Shiefvater and would highly recommend that you swipe your daughters set when you get a chance. It’s great!

    • Angelica @ Paperback Princess

      Katherine at least you have a wonderful Daughter to share your books with. I wish I had someone close to me that I could share my books with. When my sister lived in the same State as me we shared some books, we are ten years apart but because I was/am reading YA books she was reading some of the same ones that I was reading…I really miss this 🙂
      Angelica @ Paperback Princess recently posted…Armchair BEA ~ Introductions

    • trish

      Yes, it’s in WP and it’s actually called Duplicate Post. It’s one of my fav plugins and I use it all the time. There is an option within it to clone posts and it just saves so much time formatting.
      Like you I think it’s easier to start working on TSP early too, I hate leaving things to the last minute as they don’t get done!

    • trish

      I must read more from Lisa too, she has really impressed me with her vibrant characters and emotional storylines.

  8. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    Congrats on your book win! I bought The Scorpio Races a few weeks ago; a friend of mine kept raving about it.

    I try to start my post at the beginning of the week and update during the week but many weeks I’m doing it on Saturday afternoon or night. 😀 I have a template that I use and just copy and paste then add my books, links, and a brief review of my week.

    Are You Watching Me? looks good. I’ll have to read your review when you get to it.
    Bea @Bea’s Book Nook recently posted…Sunday Book Share #142

    • trish

      I love The Scorpio Races as it’s such a unique book, I know it’s not everyones taste though so I hope you are one of the ones that love it too!
      Lots of people seem to have a template that they use for TSP. Apart from that your process is a lot like mine.

      I’m really looking forward to Are You Watching Me? so I’m sure the review will be up soon enough 🙂

  9. Stormi

    Not banned buying, but I don’t buy much, but I am trying to ban myself from NG and EW so I can read some of my own books. 🙂

    When I have a reoccurring post I use a template and so I just load up the template and then add things. 🙂

    Enjoy your new reads.
    Stormi
    Stormi recently posted…The Week In Review #38

    • trish

      I have been trying to cutback on NG and EW too but some weeks I’m better than others. I have a figure of 20 review books that is my cut off limit and when I reach that, I stop until I’m back under that magic figure!
      So many people use a template, I hadn’t realised that was so popular.

  10. Nise'

    I have templates made up for weekly posts. I agree, housework should count for more steps. Have a great week.

    • trish

      Looks like most people are using templates. My clone it plugin in does more or less the same thing too.
      And yes boo to the lack of steps for housework!

    • trish

      I hate rushing at the last minute with a post, so much that if I leave it till Sat then it just doesn’t happen!
      I love breaking the book ban too, it feels so indulgent!

  11. Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    Trish I’m really looking forward to your thoughts on Every Day a Hope. I am currently going through some hard times and I love self-help books that help you work through stuff rather than just telling you what the “ideal” way to deal with things is, or how a person with no problems will handle/do things.

    I really enjoyed reading your Sunday Post, not everyone mentions what’s happening in the book blogging world and that’s my favourite part as it introduces me to events, challenges and other blogs.

    Speaking of challenges, I was disappointed that I didn’t get to participate in this month’s Clean Sweep ARC challenge, your doing fantastic at 17 books. Hope you achieve your goal and hope to see you in the next one 😉

    I was introduced to your blog through Armchair BEA, then I clicked on your fave post as per your answer in the ABEA Intro post, and from there I’m here…I love how that all works.
    Angelica @ Paperback Princess recently posted…Armchair BEA ~ Introductions

    • trish

      I know Angelica, I really love the idea of using art and writing to create your own hearing journey. It allows you to be creative and I think that alone can be very helpful in relaxing and destressing. I’m looking forward to sharing my full thoughts on the book soon 🙂
      Thanks for taking the time to check out so many posts and leave such thoughtful comments, I really appreciate it!

  12. Angelica @ Paperback Princess

    Trish I forgot to add, do you have a Blogger or WordPress blog? I am just interested in the plugin that you mentioned, at the moment I am just going to past posts and copying and pasting my HTML code and then updating the links, book covers etc.

    I’d love to find a way to organise/recall the books I’ve received. Since I don’t do a weekly Sunday post because I don’t get enough books to fill the Stacking the Shelves components of the Sunday post, I’m thinking of doing it every two weeks or monthly, but I need a way to recall all my books purchased and for reviews. What is your way to recall your ARCs and purchased books?
    Angelica @ Paperback Princess recently posted…Armchair BEA ~ Introductions

  13. trish

    I’m self-hosted on wordpress and I think that’s the only way the plugin is available. It’s really handy and one of the reasons I switched to self hosted was to take advantage of plugins like this one as they just save so much time when it comes to blogging.
    I think doing a fortnightly book haul would be great, I always love looking at hauls myself and I think others do too. What I do to keep track is that I have a shelf for both ARCs and Bought books on Goodreads and so I just have to check the latest addition to both of those.
    That’s also handy for keeping track of my ARCs as I just remove them then when I have the review scheduled and I can see at a glance what books I have left to read/review.

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