The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News 26.06.2016 – Living in a Castle!

June 26, 2016 meme, The Sunday Post 41

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kim the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  Grab a cuppa and let me bend your ear (eyes?) for a few minutes with all my bookish news.  The big news this week is that I’m Living in a Castle.  Seriously!  Well kind of.


The Sunday Post




Between My Sundays – what happened this week


Oh it was just your normal old week except I was on holidays and hence the title…

Living in a Castle

OK, I wasn’t exactly living IN the castle but I was living on the grounds!  It’s an Island that is home to Waterford Castle and the estate accommodation and I was there for the night with my husband.  You get a little car ferry across and it’s just so tranquil and special there.  Just the one night but I came away rejuvenated and reaffirmed in my belief that I was born for the good life!


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I have slipped a bit on the diet front so I’m having to recommit yet again!  Not too much damage done but I need to curtail it NOW.  It’s a constant battle but I’m in the zone and fighting back!  I have hit my 70K steps for the week but my exercise just isn’t as intense as normal and don’t even talk about what I’ve been eating.  It stops now.




Second Chance Sunday – What happened here lately:





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


Trish @ Love, Laughter and a Touch of Insanity suffers from PLEASURE DELAYED READING.  Me too, I’m always saving books for later!

Did you know there is a comment challenge running as organised by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense.  I’m in, I think it’s a fab way to spread positivity.

Bea @ Bea’s Book Nook has some bookish things she’s wondering about.  Specifically about tables of contents and dust jackets on hardback books.

Kristen @ metaphors and moonlight explains why negative reviews can be a positive thing.  *nods head*

Jordan @ Simply Adrift gives us 7 reasons why she won’t return to your blog.  I always think posts like this make interesting reading.  And nervous reading too in case you are doing any of them!

Lola @ Lola’s Reviews asks How Do you Come up with Discussion Post Topics?  I think inspiration is everywhere.  I just have to make sure I make a note asap so I don’t forget.

Ali @ The Bandar Blog shares the details on a Kickstarter campaign that is working on an app to #SaveTheClassics.  It would have interactive features and sounds very cool.

Loly @ The Emerald City Book Review wonders How do you deal with images?  My answer is with great difficulty!  But PicMonkey is my go to site.




Books I have received to review:

Patching Time by Kathleen Curtin


Patching Time isn’t really a review copy as the author, Kathleen Curtin, made it very clear, I was under NO obligation to review it.  But of course I will!  I thoroughly enjoyed her previous book Madame Lune and am really looking forward to this one.  And how Irish is that cover!




Books I have bought:


fly away


Of course I had to buy Fly Away by Kristin Hannah.  I loved book one (even though it smashed by heart into fifty zillion irreparable pieces).  Obviously I’m a sucker for punishment.




Library Haul:

between sisters Someday, someday, maybe Every contact leaves a trace Dare Me It started with Paristhose faraday girls



All my library holds came into together.  I was a little mortified when I went in to collect them and half the on-hold shelf was mine!  Obviously it doesn’t matter if it’s NetGalley, a book shop or a library, I just can’t do books in moderation!






Psst, why not join me on Instagram?  I’m a wanna-be #bookstagrammer and I love taking photos of my books.  It is seriously one of my favourite things to do as soon as I get a new book.  I also have photos of my stationery hauls, my walks, my fitness journey and random photos of Ireland but if you only come for the books, that’s aok!  The most popular snap this week was my planner one!





So, that’s  my week wrapped up.  Happy Reading to all. 

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41 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News 26.06.2016 – Living in a Castle!”

  1. Rita

    I love castles, never been, but still love to look at them! My son got to see several castles while in Europe and I lived vicariously through his pics and stories. Looks like you had fun!

    I love your planner. I didn’t have the money last Fall to order an Erin Condren, and then they were sold out. I bought one at Staples for half the price, but never use it so I guess it’s not for me. Oh well.

    Good books this week– library and otherwise. Enjoy reading them. (I need to get me some Kristin Hannah soon– used to always read her and missed quite a few titles now).
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  2. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Gorgeous photos! That castle is very nice….and beautifully decorated.

    My eldest son, living in Europe for more than two decades as a photographer, once took up residence in a castle for several months. It was not a lovely one, and he and the other residents lived there free in exchange for renovating it. There was no heat, so you can imagine. Not the same as yours!

    Your planner is so gorgeous and artistic.

    I have enjoyed Monica McInerney’s books, but haven’t yet read Those Faraday Girls, so I’m off to check it out.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
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    • trish

      Brrhhh, a castle with no heating does not sound fun! Far too authentic for me! But still a nice memory to look back on when it’s all over!

      I’ve read Those Faraday Girls before and decided to do a reread via audiobook. I would have rated it 5 stars originally so I’m looking forward to see if my original opinion holds up.

  3. Jade @ Reading With Jade

    Oh, your little getaway destination looks and sounds amazing – it also sounds like the time away was exactly what you needed. The last picture you shared above from your holiday snaps looks amazing!!

    Wishing you luck with getting back on track with the diet – I’m in the exact same position, except I didn’t nip it in the bud straight away and so it is going to be a bit of a slog to get back on track. It’s all for our health though 🙂

    I’ve read just one Monica McInerney book before and remember really enjoying the writing. I hope you enjoy all your upcoming reads, and have a wonderful week.

    Off to check out the posts you linked now!
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    • trish

      It was fab Jade, I just wished it was for longer than 24 hours! But I had fun 🙂

      That’s the thing with diets isn’t it, they need to be permanent. I never mind slipping for a few days as it just helps me stick to healthy eating long term. Hope we both do better this week!

      And I love Monica McInerney, her characters are fun. The one I have will be a reread for me.

    • trish

      That’s funny about the book covers. I had noticed the two in red as I thought it was funny but I never noticed they were all facing away. It must have been a trend a few years as they were all published around the same time.

    • trish

      I’m the same, I can’t limit myself to just books on IG! But they are the main focus and I try to include them at least every third photo or so and usually more than that.

      Sounds like a fun project, and yes she would love it!

    • trish

      I want to get in to bullet journaling a bit more. I’m going to try and set my monthly goals out in bullet format and see how that goes.

  4. Lola

    I like your personalized Sunday Post logo :). That’s awesome you got to stay on castle ground for your trip, that sounds fun! And those pictures look great, I am glad to hear you feel rejuvenated after the trip.

    Thanks for linking to my post! I’ll have to check out some of the other posts you linked to as they sound interesting. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #184

    • trish

      Thanks Lola, I might tweek the graphic another bit, but I like the feel of it! The one night away was great and the location was amazing!

  5. Deborah

    I saw your travel pics and love the pic of you in the headphones. You look so revitalised and healthy it makes me feel tired and old! 🙂

    Good luck with getting back on track re eating. You seem pretty motivated so I’m sure you’ll be fine.
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    • trish

      God I’m feeling old and tired today! And you look the very opposite of that 🙂

      Still struggling with the getting back on track so I’ve just given myself some leeway and setting 1 July as D DAY! 😀

  6. Michelle

    That place looks amazing! I’m constantly disappointed by the US’s lack of castles…seriously, we have like 3 or so and they are all so far away that I might as well fly over to Ireland anyway. I’d never want to leave though.
    I hope you’re having an awesome week Trish!
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  7. Literary Feline

    I love your planner! Just the look of the pages you shared give off positive energy.

    Sounds like you had a lovely time on the island. My husband and I are planning to stay a night in a historical hotel for our anniversary later this month. It’s here in town, but we’ve both always wanted to stay there.

    Your new books look good! I have a hard time resisting good sounding books too. 🙂

    I hope you have a wonderful week, Trish!

  8. Jovita

    Wonderful photos, it looks to have been a nice relaxing time. It looks like a beautiful place to visit. Wonderful book haul, I hope you enjoy all your upcoming reads. Have a lovely week ahead.

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