The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News – Prague, a city of alchemists and dreamers

June 4, 2017 meme, The Sunday Post 30

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 an amazing time in Prague, a city of alchemists and dreamers (to quote Laini Taylor, as her words are just perfection).

The Sunday Post



Between My Sundays – what happened this week

“The streets of Prague were a fantasia scarcely touched by the twenty-first century—or the twentieth or nineteenth, for that matter. It was a city of alchemists and dreamers, its medieval cobbles once trod by golems, mystics, invading armies. Tall houses glowed goldenrod and carmine and eggshell blue, embellished with Rococo plasterwork and capped in roofs of uniform red. Baroque cupolas were the soft green of antique copper, and Gothic steeples stood ready to impale fallen angels. The wind carried the memory of magic, revolution, violins, and the cobbled lanes meandered like creeks” – Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke & Bone

We had the best time in Prague.  I love this city so much, and rate it in my top 5 favourite cities (New York, Rome, London, Prague and Barcelona, in case you were wondering).  Spires rise high in all directions, and I had a crick in my neck gazing at the fabulous gothic architecture that surround you on every cobblestone street.  We explored with no set agenda, just wandered around, and fell in love all over again with this magical city.

Our hotel was around the corner from The Old Town Square which is a must for people watching, and soaking up the heart of city.  We indulged in ice cream filled Trdelník.  This pastry is a rolled dough wrapped around a stick, grilled and topped with cinnamon sugar , and finally stuffed with Nutella and ice cream inside.  Delish!  We strolled across the Charles Bridge, stopping to listen to a jazz band, and rubbing the John of Nepomuk statue for good luck.

I was gutted that the Klementinum Library was closed for renovations, as I longed to see the renowned baroque library.  But I did fall in love with the statue of the little girl reading up on the roof of the building.  I hope you get a little feel for this fabulous city in my photos below (sorry quality isn’t great, all taken on my phone).


What I’m watching:

I watched the first 7 episodes of Outlander on Netflix in Prague, not realising that I only had access because I was in a different country.  I was beyond frustrated when I returned to Ireland, to discover that it’s not on Netflix here.  I’m hooked, and missing Jamie like crazy.  I’ve already read the first two books, but I can say hand on heart, that the tv series is just as good in this case.  Actually maybe even better.

I finally finished 13 Reasons Why.  I think it’s great that it kickstarts a discussion about bullying, about slut shaming, about mental health, about rape and so many other issues.  About how something small can be something huge to another person.  And I liked their inclusion of the butterfly theory, that everything affects everything.  But I think the whole premise of sending out tapes, and blaming is horrible.  So I’ve mixed feelings on it.

 Clean Sweep ARC May 2017 – – final stats

Clean Sweep Arc 2017
  • 8 ARCs read (pictured and linked below)
  • 6 ARC reviews written
  • 1 ARC partially read
  • 8 Non ARCs read (mostly library books)
  • 5 Non ARC reviews written
  • Very satisfied that I achieved a nice balance of ARC/non ARC books
  • Book of the month goes to Girlhood by Cat Clarke, but I still haven’t written the review.  Why is so hard to write a review for books you adored!


The Hourglass by Tracy ReesThe Whole Thing Together by Ann BrasharesTattletaleThe Honeymoon by Tina SeskisBefore The Fall by Noah HawleyOne Bad Turn by Sinead CrowleyGirlhood by Cat Clarke




Second Chance Sunday – What happened here:



Second Chance Sunday – What happened in the blogosphere:

The Lovely Pages Reviews discusses Reading YA As An Adult

Feed Your Fiction Addiction explains Why Rating Middle Grade (and Sometimes YA) Is So Darn Hard for Her!

Herding Cats and Burning Soup invites you to join her Get Social Blogger Event

Caffeinated Book Reviewer shares her favourite Audio Narrators



Books I have received to review:

The Woman at 72 Derry Lane


Thanks to Harper Collins Ireland for The Woman at 72 Derry Lane by Carmel Harrington.  I’ve loved previous books by this author, and I’m fully aware of how she manipulates all your emotions.  So it came as no surprise to see a box of tissues included in the package!  I have no doubt I’ll be needing them.


Books I have bought:

None.  My aim this year is not to buy more books, until I start reading more of the ones I already own.


Library Haul:

All The Missing Girls by Megan MirandaCountless by Karen Gregory


I previously borrowed the hardback of All The Missing Girls but never got round to reading it.  I’ve borrowed the audiobook this time, as I know that will fit into my schedule better.

I’m reading Countless.  It’s a contemporary about a 17 year-old girl, with an eating disorder, and an unexpected pregnancy.  Boy, it’s intense!


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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30 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News – Prague, a city of alchemists and dreamers”

  1. Greg

    Prague looks amazing! Glad you had a wonderful trip. Would love to wander those cobblestone streets one day. And maybe try a Trdelnik- sounds good!

    I kinda felt the same way about 13 Reasons. You summed it up well. And The Honeymoon and All The Missing Girls both look great.
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  2. Kathryn Trask

    How wonderful to have some time in Prague and thoroughly enjoy it. Love the sound of that foodie treat. I have the first two seasons of Outlander on DVD and am ashamed to say I haven’t watched. However have read all the books as I started reading them when they first came out. Loaned the first books out so much they fell apart and I had to rebuy!!
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  3. Maureen Bakker

    Your photos of Prague look amazing. We’ve been there a view years back and we loved it. And those Trdelník are truly very good!
    How frustrating that you aren’t able to watch Outlander on Netflix back home. I haven’t seen it yet. I really want to read that series first.. It has been on my TBR for a long time.. Maybe I’ll finally buy it this week! 😀
    Have a great week Trish and happy reading!
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  4. Lola

    Sounds like you had an amazing time at Prague! I still hope to visit the city one day as it sounds like a great place to visit. and that pastry sounds delicious!

    I hope you’ll enjoy your new books! Countless sounds very intense! have a great week!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #233

  5. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    Oh I would love to go to Prague!! The pictures are beautiful. Glad you had a good time. Great job on the Clean Sweep. I need to watch Outlander still. I think gave up on reading the books. I liked 13 Reasons Why but get your point with it. Loved All the Missing Girls!! Enjoy and have a great week!!
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  6. Cindy

    What beautiful pictures! Sounds like an amazing trip! Bummer about Outlander, I wonder if it is on Netflix in the US, I am going to check , I love that show! Have a great week.
    Cindy recently posted…May Wrap Up/Sunday Post

  7. Jackie

    Prague looks like an amazing city! I’m glad you had a good trip. I’d love to get out and explore the world one day. <3

    Stopping by from the #getsocial17 blog hop
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  8. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Oh, I love Prague, too, although I haven’t been there…but my eldest son lives there. He first went in 1997…then moved to Berlin in 2008, and now is back in Prague.

    Some of your photos look familiar…from his photo files.

    My daughter and son-in-law are headed over there on June 8 for their honeymoon…I think I may have mentioned it.

    I enjoyed All the Missing Girls…and I want the new Lisa Jewell.

    Thanks for sharing…and for visiting my blog.
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  9. Literary Feline (Wendy)

    Your photos of Prague are amazing! I can only imagine how much more special the city is in person. I am glad you had such a good time. So much history there!

    I received the DVD of the first season of Outlander for Christmas this past year, but I still haven’t watched it. I have never really had an interest in reading the books, I’m afraid, although I know they are quite popular. I want to see 13 Reasons Why someday. I can understand your mixed feelings. I have a feeling I will feel the same way.

    It looks like you had a great reading month last month. I hope you have a fantastic week and a wonderful June!
    Literary Feline (Wendy) recently posted…Monthly Reading Mews (May Wrap-Up) & What Should I Read Next? (June’s My TBR List Poll)

  10. Samantha

    I teach high school and 13 Reasons Why has become such a discussion. I am very disappointed that the story revolves around her blaming others for her suicide and for making it seem as if she had no other choice but to kill herself. We spent a lot of time talking about how to get help for issues like bullying and abuse so that suicide isn’t even a consideration. At least the show was a springboard for the discussion.
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  11. Michelle

    Prague looks amazing! And I love the idea of wandering with no set agenda when traveling!

    I’m stopping by for #getsocial17 and look forward to reading more of your posts!

  12. Jo-Ann

    Prague looks amazing! trdelnik sounds amazing, too 🙂 Delish!
    I have read all the Outlander books and I was so excited when the TV show came out. I can’t watch it when the kids are around, though so I still haven’t finished the first season. I feel your frustration! It is good though! I do love Jamie, and Claire is excellent too.

  13. Shari

    I had to watch 13 Reasons Why after I learned my 16 year old had watched it without me knowing. I just had to find out what it was about so I could talk to her. It is disturbing, but also very thought provoking on both sides of the discussion.


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  14. S. J. Pajonas

    I’m so glad you had a great time in Prague! How weird that you only had access to OUTLANDER because you were there! I’d contact Netflix and tell them you want it. Maybe with enough calls they’ll get it for you all in Ireland.
    S. J. Pajonas recently posted…Sunday Update – June 4, 2017

  15. Adria

    Oh wow what gorgeous photos! I would love to visit another country one day, maybe many if I’m lucky. Prague definitely intrigues me. Of course, visiting Ireland would be a dream come true for someone like me!


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