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).
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
- 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!
Second Chance Sunday – What happened here:
- [29 May] Tattletale by Sarah J. Naughton ★★★★
- [31 May] The Honeymoon by Tina Seskis ★★★★
- [1 Jun] Tag: Books I’ll (Probably) Never Read
- [2 Jun] One Bad Turn by Sinead Crowley ★★★★
- [3 Jun] My To-Be-Read List : June 17 – Pick it for me!
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:
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.
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.