The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News – My first 5 star read of 2017

May 21, 2017 meme, The Sunday Post 44

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.  I had a big bookish moment this week, my first 5 star book of 2017!

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Between My Sundays – what happened this week

“Get busy living or get busy dying.” ― Stephen King, Different Seasons
This has not been a great year of reading for me.  I started off the year with a reading slump that lingered like a bad smell.  After many frustrating months it passed, but somehow a 5 star read continued to evade me.  It’s not that I didn’t read some great books, I did, they just didn’t have that magic that I demand of a 5 star read.  This week Girlhood by Cat Clarke smashed though my barrier though, and I finally got to click all the stars over on my Goodread status.  Woop!


I also started listening to a new podcast – Happier in Hollywood.  It’s hosted by one of the presenters on Happier with Gretchen (her sister), and her work colleague.  I loved it.  It’s a little more R rated than Happier With Gretchen, but it was fun and will definitely be a regular on my playlist.


I picked some gorgeous roses from my garden, they are an old-fashioned variety that smell gorgeous.  Just looking at them made me happy.  And of course I had to ‘gram’ them!  Such a pity they don’t last long.


I’d sell my soul today, just to stay home and read. Why aren’t bookdays a thing?

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Clean Sweep ARC May 2017 – updates 

Clean Sweep Arc 2017

I’m crawling through this challenge.  Newer ARCs keep distracting me, and I can’t count those!  What can I say, I’m a mood reader, and reading lists don’t cut it for me.


The Hourglass by Tracy ReesThe Whole Thing Together by Ann BrasharesTattletale


The Hourglass – read and review posted

Trivial Pursuits – read and review posted

The Whole Thing Together – read and review posted

Tattletale – read, need to write review


Second Chance Sunday – What happened here:



Second Chance Sunday – What happened in the blogosphere:

Girl with her head in a book wonders Does She Read Too Much?  An interesting post, as I sometimes wonder do I rush though books too quickly nowadays and not take enough time to reflect on what I’m reading.

Behind Green Eyes demonstrates How she reads so many books.  It’s always a matter of priorities isn’t it?  We make time for what’s important to us.

Rebel Mommy Book Blog reflects on the problem of Too Many ARCs Too Little Time.  I could have written this post word for word!

I wish I lived in a library wonders How Do You Rate a Classic?  Personally, my ratings always relate to how much I enjoyed the book.  I like to keep it simple!

A. C. Shaw shares her Thoughts On Netflix’s Anne With An E.  I’m lowering my expectations a bit, but still really looking forward to watching it soon.

Books I have received to review: 

Size Zero by A C Moyer

Thanks to NetGalley and Aurelia Press for Size Zero.  A thriller set in the fashion world?  Yes please!



Books I have bought: 

None, thankfully as I have lots of arcs to get through!


Library Haul:


Obviously I’m dying to read Into The Water after loving The Girl on The Train.

And Elizabeth Wein is one of my favourite authors for YA historical fiction.  Her books blow me away, so expectations are high for The Pearl Thief.


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


Talk to Trish:  How was your week?  Does anything in my Sunday Post catch your eye, if so let’s talk!  If you do a Sunday Post, make sure and leave  a link.  

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44 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News – My first 5 star read of 2017”

  1. Amy Shaw

    Yay for your first 5 star read of the year! I actually haven’t rated any of my new reads for the years 5 stars yet, though I do have a fair number of 4.5 stars, so that’s something! I’m pretty stingy with 5’s! Thanks so much for including my link; I’ll be really curious to hear your thoughts on the show when you watch it! Also, I love that cover for The Pearl Thief! It’s so different from the US one!
    Amy Shaw recently posted…Thoughts on Netflix’s Anne with an E

  2. Greg

    Yay, glad you found a 5 star read! THose are always nice especially when there’s been a slump. Hope you have another one soon! I can’t wait to see some reviews for Into the Water because I’m really interested in that one. The Pearl Thief and Tattletale look good too.

    Have a nice week!
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #195

  3. Kathryn Trask

    I noticed your 5 star shout out of glee in my GR feed! That reminds me I did listen to Happier in Hollywood but just remembered I fell asleep half way through ( I listen when I go to bed) I enjoyed what I heard so tonight will go back and listen to what I missed!!
    Kathryn Trask recently posted…Not A Sound. Heather Gudenkauf

    • trish

      That always happens me with audiobooks and podcasts too when I listen in bed! It’s worth going back to though!

  4. Michelle @Because Reading

    Congrats on your 5 star. I had one in the beginning of the year and I think that was it. I am hoping the summer will being me lots of reading and a few 5 stars! 🙂

    I have a rose bush outside my house that is yellow and pink, the pink are my grandmothers from when she lived here so they have been there for a very long time. I love when that plant blooms, I also wish they lasted longer.

    I love the cover of the Pearl Thief!

    Have a great week, Trish! Happy Reading!

    • trish

      As that’s lovely that the rose bush was your grandmothers. It must a lovely reminder every year when they bloom.

  5. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    Glad you got your 5 star read !!! Oh your roses are beautiful!! I have Into the Water but am trying to get a couple more ARCs finished before I start it but I don’t know if I can wait!!! Thanks for sharing my post 🙂 Have a great week!
    Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog recently posted…Weekly Rewind ~ 5.21.17

  6. Samantha

    I sometimes think I am too giving when I rate. I have had several 5 star reads this year. But, I also tend to stick with books I know I will like. I don’t go out of my comfort zone often, so I am rarely surprised or disappointed.
    Hope you have a great week!
    Samantha recently posted…Sunday Post: 1 more full week

  7. Evelina

    Wow, only now? I mean the 5 stars. Well, that’s good then, and I’m glad you’ve finally found a book that made you happy. I hope you’ll read more good ones from now on, hopefully this broke the spell 🙂
    Evelina recently posted…Sunday post #7

  8. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Congrats on finding that amazing read. Girlhood sounds like one I need to get.

    I love those roses! I could almost smell them, they are so gorgeous.

    I’ll be starting Into the Water today…hopefully.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.
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    • trish

      Girlhood was so good, it’s a boarding school setting and had a fab theme about friendship and finding yourself.

  9. Rita @ Paging Through Books

    Glad for your first 5 star book this year! I have crawled out of a reading slump this past month and am actually enjoying reading again. Love your roses– and that photo makes me want to curl up with tea and read a book in bed now!

  10. Danie

    Glad you got a 5 star read! I’m super excited to read The Whole Thing Together, so I’ll have to check out your review on that. Hopefully it was a good book!

    Have a great week!
    Danie recently posted…The Sunday Post [1]

  11. Lola

    For me the reading year has been the opposite, I started the year off great with a good reading mood and even my first 5 star read as my first book of the year and since then it has slowly been going down a bit. I am really happy you got your first 5 star read, it’s such a great feeling when you enjoy a book that much!

    Some of those posts you linked to sound good, will have to check them out. Have a great week!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #231

    • trish

      It’s fun how that seems to happen. I find my reading does go in cycles like that but then when a 5 star book comes around, it’s extra special.

    • trish

      I’m just so happy that I found one too! I thought maybe I was being too hard on books, but when you read a 5 star book, you just know 🙂

  12. Christina

    Love your roses! They look gorgeous. I also interested in The Pearl Thief. I have high hopes. I hope you enjoy Into the Water. It didn’t work for me, but I have read some decent reviews for it. Have a great week!

    • trish

      I had it in my head that they had to have a pre May date on them! I obviously made that up 😀 But that’s good, as now I’ve made much more progress than I thought.

  13. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    Beautiful roses!

    I know what you mean about a reading slump. I’ve been reading, but I’ve only had 2 5-star books this year (not counting re-reads) — and both were really more like 4.5 stars. I’m glad you found something that broke through and made you cheer.

    • trish

      It probably just means that we are super fussy about 5 star books! But that’s ok, that’s what makes them even more special to us.

  14. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Yay for a 5 star read finally! Love when the magic really hits. The roses are gorgeous. We have some here but they’re all the new hybrids so they last awhile but they don’t have the same character. Thanks for the mention and I’m going to go read the thoughts on Anne with an E. I’m a huge Anne fan and I’ve been on the fence about reading it – mostly leaning towards no so I’m curious to see what it says. Have a great week!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Top Ten Tuesday – My Summer Reading List

  15. Steph

    Yay so happy for your smashed reading barrier! I hate slumps and i know it feels SO good to break past them! I hope you had another wonderful week!

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