The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News 14.08.2016 – Skillshare

August 14, 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.  And share my update on my Skillshare classes.


The Sunday Post




Between My Sundays – what happened this week

I mentioned last week that I’m taking some Skillshare classes on writing.  And I learnt that I’m doing everything wrong!  Apparently I don’t use enough verbs, while I use too many adverbs and I need to kill redundant expressions.  And that’s just to start with, so goodness knows how many other writing rules I’m carelessly smashing on every blog post.

I’m enjoying it though, as I’m learning so much.  And already I’m reading with sharper eyes, so I feel it’s time well spent.





Second Chance Sunday – What happened here lately:






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


Molly @ Mollys Book Nook shares her 6 Must-Have Apps

Tonya @ Lilybloombooks has The Skinny on FTC Disclosures // What You Need To Know

Claire @ Claire By Reverie spotlights Five Books for Teenagers Adults will Love

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight reflects on Consistency in Book Series




Books I have received to review:



I added none to the stack this week.  Phew!





Books I have bought:

The Daydreamer Detective Braves Winter by S. J. Pajonas



I bought The Daydreamer Detective Braves The Winter a few weeks ago but forgot to include it last week.  It’s a cosy mystery set in Japan.  I loved book 1 – The Daydreamer Detective – so am excited to read on in this series.




Library Haul:

The House at Riverton by Kate Morton On Writing by Stephen King Shanghai Girls by Lisa See



I grabbed more Kate Morton, in addition to a book on writing and as well as more Japanese fiction.  As you see, I love an eclectic mix of books so I can vary up my reads.






Psst, why not join me on Instagram?  I use Instagram to capture a flavour of my life via books, nature and colour.  The most popular photo this week was my lunchtime reading.


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



Talk to Trish:  How was your week?  Any writing tips for me?

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41 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News 14.08.2016 – Skillshare”

  1. Greg

    I’ve seen the Daydreamer detective series around and I like the sound of the Japanese setting. I may try those at some point. And The House at Riverton has a beautiful cover.

    Have a great week Trish!!
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #155

  2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I haven’t heard of the Daydreamer Detective series before, Trish, but a setting in Japan sounds awesome!
    I think I have already started to forget some of the writing stuff I’ve learned at Uni… and I still need to actually write my Master’s thesis. I’m glad you’re enjoying your class so far.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews recently posted…Up Close and (un)Conventional – School System

    • trish

      I’m enjoying the Daydreamer Detective series, especially the setting, as I feel I’m learning loads about Japan and Japanese life. Which is cool! And you write a lot Lexie, so I’m sure you use that knowledge and it won’t get too rusty.

  3. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I’m glad your classes are going well and proving useful already! I use too many adverbs too lol. Of course now I’m all self-conscious about it in this comment, haha, but I just love ’em. I know that if I ever actually get to writing a book, I’ll have to watch for that and edit them out, but I try not to worry too much on my blog and just write in my own Kristen way 😛

    Have a great week!
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…The Weekly Update: 8/14/16

    • trish

      I’m all self-consious in my writing now too! Trying to find the balance between what I’m picking up but still keeping my own voice. It’s fun though!

  4. tonyalee

    I’m glad you are enjoying your classes! I would be nervous because I know I’m not the most skilled at writing! haha

    Have a great week, love!

    • trish

      You are, you have a very authentic voice! It’s fun learning all the tips and tricks. I look forward to experimenting with what I’m discovering 🙂

  5. Lola

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying your writing class and it’s helpful :). I hope you’ll enjoy The Daydreamer Detective Braves the Winter! I am looking forward to hear what you think of it. Have a great week!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #191

    • trish

      I’ll be pulling out TDDBW soon and am really looking forward to it. The writing class is fun, and I’m learning lots of little tricks that I want to play around with.

    • trish

      Thanks for following! 🙂 I’ve only read one Stephen King book before this, as I’m not a fan of horror. I do like his detective series (Mr Mercedes) though. The classes are fab, I’m learning loads and getting lots of practical advise that I can use in blog posts.

      I know it’s a great price! I signed up on the same offer. And am trying to do as many as I can as I’ll probably cancel after that! 🙂

    • trish

      I love the cover on all the Kate Morton books, as I think they really capture the feel of the story. Hope you are having a good week Laurel.

    • trish

      They are fun Steph! And short which is good as it means I can do one and feel I’m making progress quickly 🙂

  6. Literary Feline

    I am glad you are enjoying your Skillshare classes. I imagine I am breaking lots of rules myself. LOL I have really enjoyed following Kristen’s discussion about consistency in series.

    I really enjoyed Shanghai Girls and hope you do too! Lisa See is so good at writing about the Chinese-American experience. A word of warning in case you didn’t know (and at the risk of a spoiler), you might want to have the sequel handy (Dreams of Joy) or at least easily accesible.

    I hope you have a great week, Trish!
    Literary Feline recently posted…Sunday Post: A Quiet Olympic Week & August TBR List Winner

    • trish

      Hmmhh, I didn’t know there was a follow up! So now I better go and put a hold on that at the library. I’d hate to stop before everything is resolved. I’ve only read one book by her before and I loved it! And I started Shanghai Girls today. So far, so good!

    • trish

      I’m not really worried about it either Molly but it’s fun to learn about little writing tricks! I know I’ll be implementing some and experimenting with my writing voice a bit.
      You’re welcome!

    • trish

      I usually find a week of book restraint is sharply followed by a week of book buying madness! So I never catch up! I’m trying though 🙂

  7. Rita

    The writing course sounds great to me! I loved writing class in college so maybe I should check this out further. I added the Pajonas series to my GR wishlist and also the Morton books. All of your mentioned books this week sound like ones that I would want to read. Enjoy them all!
    Rita recently posted…Sunday Post Update- 8/14/16

    • trish

      I’m flat out in love with Kate Morton and have been grabbing them all in the library as I come across them. And the Japanese setting for a cozy is a lot of fun in the SK Pajonas series. I’d love to do a writing class in real life Rita, maybe someday! I already find that I’m reading slightly different as I’m looking at the words in a different way. It’s fun!

    • trish

      I’m learning loads and I find I’m examining all the words I read now in a different way. Not better, just different, which is interesting as this is something I wasn’t expecting to happen.

  8. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I’m glad you’re enjoying the classes! I’ve learned that where I am normally very quiet and practice the “never use two words where one will do.” rule when talking, I tend to go overboard and describe everything in writing. I blame it on the large amount of epic fantasy I read. 😀

  9. Got My Book

    My own grammar has gotten really bad in the many years since I finished school.

    (As an interesting side note, I learned how to say “I don’t understand Irish” today. But since I just heard it, I have no idea how to spell it – it probably has lots of extra letters though.)

    Sunday Summary #15

    • trish

      It has been so long since I was in school that I can’t even remember learning it first time round! Oh and my Irish is brutal! I know that one though, Ní thuigim, which is nothing like it sounds 😀 I always laugh when I hear people trying to pronounce Irish names like Siobhan, always sounds so funny as they make such a mess of it.

      • Got My Book

        I can handle Siobhan (I learned that one a long time ago), but pretty much the only other ones I can do are those that are common in fantasy novels.

  10. S. J. Pajonas

    Lol. I love your assessment of the writing course so far! I use a writing tool to help me self-edit my books once I’m done writing them and they are always yelling at me for using adverbs. Then I go through and erase them. Strong verbs are key. Instead of saying “I ran swiftly after him.” I’ll use “I sprinted after him.” Sprinted is a bit stronger verb and replaces “ran swiftly.” Kinda fun when you’re in editing mode.

    Thanks for purchasing TDDBTW. I hope you enjoy Chikata in winter! 🙂
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…Christmas In Japan

  11. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    Those writing classes sound really interesting. Good for you for taking them. And I am so happy to see that you have purchased Shanghai Girls. That is such an underrated book. I read it a couple of years ago and I loved it. I really need to read Kate Morton at some point. You keep raving about her so much that it makes me want to read her even more. 🙂
    Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books recently posted…DISCUSSION: Can a character be too relatable?

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