The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #72

July 12, 2015 meme 31

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:.

As we are half way through the year now, I decided to revisit my new years resolutions and see how I’m doing!

The Bloggy Goals for 2015

  • My main goal for the blog is not to lose sight of why I blog.  I do it because I’m passionate about books and want to indulge that side of my personality.  I want blogging to remain fun, to continue to bring me satisfaction and to be my creative outlet. – I think this is always a work in progress and I try to keep it at the forefront of my mind.  My Frustrations and Changes post this week shows just where my head is with this at the moment.
  • My favourite posts are discussion posts so I want to incorporate lots more of those in the year ahead. – First few months of the year, not so good!  Getting better!
  • To be a better commenter.  I used to be better but I lagged a lot in the past twelve months, I want to do more for the blogging community as I have gotten so much from it. – I try!  Some weeks are better than others but I make some time every week to visit and spread the love.

The Bookish Goals for 2015

  • To read more fantasy books.  I never really read any prior to blogging but now that I’ve dipped my toe into this genre, I’m hooked.  So I need to catch up on all the fab series I’ve missed out on. – Ummhh, I’ve read a few (I think!).
  • To re-read more.  This is my top priority goal.  I just don’t do it enough and I love that special relationship I have with old favourite books. – NOT A SINGLE REREAD DONE.  Sigh, this has to change.
  • To buy less, request less and read more of books I already have – I’m such a parrot!  I’m always saying this but obviously never follow through! Going to try extra hard with this one for the next 6 months.

The Personal Goals for 2015

  • Lose weight and get fit.  Again!  Sigh! – Finally a goal that I’m acing!  I’ve lost a lot of the extra weight I was carrying and feel great.
  • Follow a proper budget – Ooophhhs, moving swiftly on!
  • Declutter.  I have lots of items put aside in my spare bedroom that I don’t want.  I need to photograph them, advertise them and flog them!  Other items need to be bagged for the charity shop. – This goal is dragging me down a bit, I really want to do it but don’t know where to start with this room.  There is also a huge emotional drain in clearing this room as it was going to be a nursery/childs room but we ended up not needing one.  I need to tackle this as I know it is holding me back a little.  Plus that room is going to be my study/library and it will look fab when it’s done.
  • Travel.  I love holidays and want to save hard and squeeze in two this year. – I went to Oxford in February and had a ball. I don’t know about a second holiday yet I’m still trying to see if I can make it work.  Maybe!
Basically I’m like Bob the Builder!  A lot done, more to do!

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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?

Tonya @ Lilybloombooks gives the lowdown on the legal side of giveaways.

Rachel @ Parajunkee has tips for handling bad reviews and informing the author.

Stormy @ Book Blog Bake reveals 20 More Questions to Ask When You’re in a Book Blogging Slump.

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

This was a great week and I’m really proud of how consistent I was.  Thanks to a Fitbit challenge that I took part in, these really keep me on my toes and stepping!

 

FitReaders2015

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Sat: 12,492

Sun: 12,061

Mon: 12,381

Tues: 10,868

Wed:13,681

Thurs: 13,136

Fri:13,353

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Books I have received to review:

Madame Lune The Summer of Secrets The Bones of You

 

Thanks to Kathleen Curtin for Madame Lune.  Look again at that cover, it has that optical illusion side-profile-face/full-on-half-face thing going on.  It kind of freaks me out and gets me in the zone for this creepy sounding Parisian set book.

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK for The Summer of Secrets.  That cover, that name, that tag!  Oh YES!

Thanks to Pan Macmillan for The Bones of You.  When a book is proclaimed the hottest summer debut and then I find out that it is major thriller acquired for six figures in a four way auction, that is one I NEED to check out.

 

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Books I have Bought! 

None!  I reached my 3 book limit with my review books.  On flipping Tuesday morning :O

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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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31 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News #72”

  1. Deborah

    I read The Bones of You recently and enjoyed it so I hope you do too.

    I like the idea of a bit of a mid year bloggy stocktake and I like (even more) the idea of reminding ourselves WHY we blog in the first place. It’s so easy to get caught up in stats and time spent or not spent etc.
    Deborah recently posted…Weekly check in

    • trish

      I’m so looking forward to The Bones of You and delighted to hear that you enjoyed it. I’ve been avoiding reviews so yours is the first reaction to it that I’ve heard.
      I always think it’s easy make New Years Resolutions and then forget all about them so I was determined to actually follow through this year!

  2. Kristin T.

    I need to get back to commenting – not only on my own blog, but visiting other blogs, too. I’ve been so busy with work lately that that’s all fallen to the wayside. Need to set aside some time to do that and make it a priority! I also need to declutter my house! We, like you, had a room set aside for a nursery that is not going to be used for that purpose and now is just a room that seems to gather junk! I am planning on turning it into my home office/reading room, but haven’t gotten motivated to actually tackle it yet. Hoping to get to it this summer – just need to start it!!!

    You are doing awesome with your fitness goals…I love seeing your instagram pics – it’s so motivating!!! And I love the fitbit challenges, don’t you? You had an awesome step week, too!!!
    Kristin T. recently posted…The Sunday Post #78 (7.12.15)

    • trish

      I hear, it’s hard to fit in the visiting time! I do set aside time especially for it as otherwise I get distracted with other stuff.
      Decluttering, meh! I hate it! But it won’t do itself. That’s funny that you have the same plans as me for your spare room. I need to keeping reminding myself how cool it would be to have a dedicated office/reading room just to motivate myself.
      Love our fitbit challenges, they really keep my head in the game!

  3. Arra

    I feel you! My goal was to blog more often and look what happened! I missed almost the whole month of June and July. Then I lag on commenting my favorite blogs. 🙁 It’s really hard to keep up but I should try. Guess you’re not the only one but at least we always try. That’s what matters. 🙂
    Arra recently posted…Sunday Social: Live in The Moment

  4. Greg

    Nice goals and reflections- I totally agree with number #1. It’s good to remember exactly why we do this… the love of books. I like your goal fantasy too- it’s so funny, I used to read a ton, but lately I’ve been reading less fantasy. No idea why!

    The Summer of secrets does look good. Have a fabulous week!
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #99

    • trish

      I have read some fantasy but not as much as I hoped. I really want to get some more in over the next 6 months as I do enjoy it.

    • trish

      I love that you focus on the benefits of the community. I couldn’t imagine my life without it now! I love all the bookish friends that I have made and without my blog that would never have happened.

    • trish

      Oh yay, you are the second person today who loved The Bones of You! That’s so encouraging for me! Really looking forward to it.

  5. Emma

    I am now singing Bob The Builders theme song. On other notes, I want to read The Bones of You as have heard good things.

    • trish

      You’re welcome!! 😀 I’m hearing good things too about The Bones of You so I’m excited about it.

    • trish

      I keep telling myself I’ll do a little bit of decluttering every day but it doesn’t happen! I need to stop being lazy and just tackle into it!

  6. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    Go girl! I like that you did a check in with your goals so you can see what you want to work on. It definitely helps to see those laid out so you can hold yourself accountable again.

    I really like the sound of The Summer of Secrets. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

    Keep up the great work hun. You may still have some work to do on your goals, but every little bit is a step in the right direction!
    Jessica@Lovin’ Los Libros recently posted…Blog Tour: Searching For Always by Jennifer Probst {Review+Giveaway}

    • trish

      Now that I’ve checked in with my goals, I feel like it has refocused me all over again. I might start doing this monthly as I think it will keep me on track and help me with setting priorities in what I’m doing.

    • trish

      Love your goal and I always find that it’s a goal that pays dividends. You make new friends and it can be really inspiring too.
      Hope we both love The Bones of You!

    • trish

      I am determined to reread one book this month before the month is out. We should make a pledge to each other to follow through on this one!

  7. Bea @Bea's Book Nook

    Good goals, and remembering why we blog is definitely important. And yay for losing weight, that’s great.

    I can only imagine how hard it is work on the room that was supposed to be the nursery. Is there someone you can ask to help you?

    Good luck and have a great week!
    Bea @Bea’s Book Nook recently posted…Sunday Book Share #149

  8. Steph

    Re-capping your goals is a great idea! I hope that you are able to push through the rest of the year. I read your frustrations post and I can relate – I want to do something more but often time does not permit :/
    I hope you have a wonderful stress-free week.
    Steph recently posted…ARC August 2015 Sign Up and Plans!

  9. S. J. Pajonas

    It’s good to see that you’re making progress on all of your goals! I should do a look back too and see how mine are going (I already know that I failed the word count goal, but I know there are others I did okay on!) I totally understand about cleaning out a room full of memories. My only suggestion is to do it in an order and for a limited time. Like, set the timer to 30 minutes and tell yourself you’ll handle all the stuff next to the door. Once that is done, you handle the stuff in the closet or whatever. That always helps me. Good luck!
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…Book Chat #17

  10. Daniela

    I can relate to ALL your goals! I want to lose weight, declutter, stick to a budget, read more (but buy less books), travel more (I always end up going to the same places when I take time off)…

    I think your blogging is great! you are great reviewer, writer, commenter but I hear you.. what is important is how you feel about your blogging. So I hope you achieve all your goals 🙂

    I got the Bones of You too! heard so much about it! Can’t wait to read it 🙂
    Daniela recently posted…Writing Checklist: 6 ways to stay focused and productive

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