The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News 03.07.2016 – Recommitted

July 3, 2016 meme, The Sunday Post 35

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 Sunday Post




Between My Sundays – what happened this week


New Camera

I made a big purchase this week and splashed out on a new camera.  I ordered the Olympus Pen Lite E-PL7 on amazon and I won’t have it for a week or so but I’m really excited about it.  I love taking photographs but have been using my phone all the time.  Now I want to learn how to use something with a higher spec and upskill in this area.  I chose this one as it’s more than a ‘point and shoot’ but it’s not too intimidating either.  I hope.  I’m going to hunt for tutorials on-line first but I might take a photography class in the Autumn depending on how I get on with it.

olympus pen lite


Recommitted to Transforming Trish!

Also I mentioned last week that I was dragging my heels with Project Trish Transforms.  I still couldn’t get my mojo back this week so I gave myself the freedom of a few more days but then 1 July was set in stone as the day I was going to jump back on plan!  I very reluctantly made my healthy breakfast on the night of Thursday 30th for the following day, and planned my meals.  All while feeling a bit hard done by.  But now that I’m back in the zone, I’m already feeling happier in myself for making healthier choices.


More Shopping!

And today I’m gone shopping in a small city about an hour from me.  There might be books bought 😀  I am attending an author/blogger event in Dublin next weekend and we are doing blind date with a book.  So I need to buy and wrap my book.  I already know just what one I’ll be spoiling my ‘date’ with.  And I can’t wait to see what one I end up getting.






Second Chance Sunday – What happened here lately:





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

Tanya @ Girlxoxo shares 10 July #bookstagram Instagram Challenges.  Now I just need to see which one I’m going to join.

Jordan @ Simply Adrift gives 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Have Pop-Ups On Your Blog.  So much YES!  Down with this sort of thing!

Cynthia @ Bingeing on Books shares her secrets on Finding Time to Read.  Fun post and I often skip sleep in favour of finishing my book.  Isn’t that what coffee was invented for!

Jenn @ Quite A Novel Idea has 5 Tips To Start a Book Club, so now you’ve no excuse.  If you can’t find a club that suits, diy it!

Lexxie @ UnConventional Book Reviews chats about Commenting.  It’s one of my favourite things about blogging while also being my biggest source of guilt as there is never enough time.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight discusses Feminism and Double Standards in Books.  Her thoughts on the words ‘strong female character’ really made me think and I know I’ll be thinking hard before I throw this term out in a review again.





Books I have received to review:



The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor


SO EXCITED to get a review copy of The Girl from the Savoy by Hazel Gaynor.  I loved the two previous books I read by this author – The Girl Who Came Home and A Memory of Violets.  So I can’t wait to get to this one and on top of loving her writing, it’s set in my favourite era, the 1920s.  Did I mention I was excited *squee*





Books I have bought:

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


I finished my first Kate Morton book this week (The Lake House) and needed more.  So when I saw The Forgotten Garden was only $1.99 on Amazon, I grabbed it.  Lets forget about the fact that I had already borrowed the paperback from my mother, at least now I have options on what format to read it in!  Yes, nothing ridiculous about that.






Library Haul:



None this week.  Still reading my way though my existing stack.





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 stationery/planning one.



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



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

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35 Responses to “The Sunday Post : Get your Bookish News 03.07.2016 – Recommitted”

  1. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Ooh I hope your camera works out well for you. I’d love to have a nicer camera someday! I think taking a class would really help! I do better when people show me things in person as opposed to reading/watching videos.

    Your blogger meet-up in Dublin sounds fun!

    Let’s Get Beyond Tolerance recently posted…Rekindled Flame by Andrew Grey

  2. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Getting a new camera is always so exciting! That’s awesome that you’re venturing into something new and are going to learn more about photography 🙂 I would love to get more into photography but just don’t have the time since I’m not willing to give up my reading or blogging time lol.

    Good luck with your Trish Transforms stuff 🙂

    The book blind date sounds like so much fun!

    Thanks for sharing my post, and have a great week 🙂
    Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight recently posted…The Weekly Update: 7/3/16

    • trish

      I’ve always loved photography so I’m really keen to learn more about it. I’m hoping it won’t eat to much into my blogging time and reading time though as that is limited enough as it is!
      You’re welcome, I love sharing great posts 🙂

  3. Greg

    The new camera looks great! Have fun and enjoy your photography, and hope your bookish event is nice as well. 🙂

    The Girl from the Savoy looks nice, and the 1920’s would be a fun time to read about.
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #149

    • trish

      Thanks Greg, still waiting impatiently for the camera to arrive! And yes that’s such an interesting era, I always enjoy it in books/movies.

  4. Deborah

    Well I know you’ve kicked off your transformation project as I’ve seen the pics, so well done.

    And exciting news re the camera. I know that your Instagram feed is very pretty so you certainly have a good eye!
    Deborah recently posted…Weekly check-in

    • trish

      Thanks Deborah, I love Instagram so I’m looking forward to the new camera to play around with.

  5. Shaina

    Glad to hear that you’re recommitting yourself to your goals! It’s such a pain when we get off-track for one reason or another… my latest reason was the worst illness I’ve experienced in a long time. I couldn’t exercise for nearly a week! Argh. I’m finally feeling well enough and trying not to overdo it from the starting gate. In any case, I hope it’s a smooth transition back into healthier living for you! 🙂

    I hope you enjoy your shopping excursion! My mom is visiting from out of town and we’re going to the mall today, too. Yay for an impending birthday! I’m kind of a terrible shopper and just hope that I can get in and get out with the things I want a need without getting too grumpy. 😀
    Shaina recently posted…This is a Review: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, by Paul Tremblay

    • trish

      Oh that illness sounds awful, hope you are ok again. I hate being thrown off track as it’s hard to get back on again. But life happens! And learning how to recommit is part of weight management for me.

      Hope you had a good shopping day. My idea of fun shopping is to quickly get what I need. Then a long spell in a book shop, followed by a coffee shop to linger over my new books!

  6. Laurel-Rain Snow

    I love using a real camera, rather than my phone. Mine is an older Olympus that I’ve had for several years. Still works for me, though. Enjoy yours.

    I love your notebooks and planning tools!

    The Girl from the Savoy looks tempting! Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

    • trish

      I’ve never had an Olympus so it’s great to hear you love yours and that it’s wearing well!

  7. Rita

    My husband gave me a camera for Christmas that can be more than a point and shoot, but alas, I am only doing point and shoot as I don’t know how the heck to work it and am very intimidated, so not attempting to learn. If I do stumble across an in-person photography course, I would take it, but so far haven’t found one.

    Enjoy your “transforming” and the feeling from sticking to it. Here we had Dunkin Donuts yesterday bought for my son coming, but eaten by all. And second helpings of a pasta dish. Well… I’m still waiting for my motivation. It’s like a smoker– you can’t tell them to quit, they have to hit bottom and do it for themselves.

    Enjoy your Dublin trip, your bookshopping, your author meet-up and your blind-date book!
    Rita recently posted…Saturday Snapshot- July 2, 2016

    • trish

      I’m sure I’ll struggle too but hopefully I’ll learn a bit via YouTube. The controls are super intimidating looking though. It will be a nice challenge to master it and I’m looking forward to experimenting.
      Oh I’ve hit rock bottom plenty of times so I know exactly what you mean! And unless you’re in the zone, it’s impossible.

  8. Samantha

    Wishing you the best of luck with Transforming Trish! I know how difficult it can be to stick to a plan! I have been fighting the battle for years now.
    Samantha recently posted…Sunday Post

  9. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    The Forgotten Garden is the only Kate Morton I’ve read and I really enjoyed it. I definitely need to read more from her. The Savoy book looks like my kind of book as well. I love a 20s setting. That camera sounds like such fun! I had a good camera in the predigital days but I’ve been thinking about upgrading to something nice again because I miss having a good camera. Good luck with getting back to Trish Transforms. I’ve fallen off the wagon myself and desperately need to get back on. Have a great week!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – July 3

  10. Tanya Patrice

    That camera looks sweet! Thanks for linking to my Bookstagram challenges post. I have yet to complete one in it’s entirety but I love ’em anyway.

  11. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    Oh that camera looks amazing. Fancy! I have always wanted to read a Kate Morton book. So glad you loved the one you read. Thanks for sharing my post. Sleep is one of the things on that list that I frequently skip in favor of reading for sure.
    Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books recently posted…June Wrap-Up

  12. Maureen Beatrice

    That looks like a great camera Trish. That’s super exciting. I can’t wait to see the photos you make with it! 😉
    How exciting that you going to another event next week. And the Blind Date also sounds super exciting. I hope you have a great time!
    ‘The Girl from the Savoy’ looks and sounds like a great read.
    Have a great week and Happy Reading!
    Maureen Beatrice recently posted…The Sunday Post #22

    • trish

      Thanks Maureen, I’m sure I’ll struggle to use it at first but that’s all part of the fun too! I’m lucky that this is my 3rd event this year, I have to travel to them but it’s well worth it as they are so much fun. And The Girl from the Savoy is fab, I think you’d love it.

    • trish

      Stumbles are all part of the journey! Getting back on track was hard but I feel so much better now and thankfully I was only off track for a few weeks so no real damage done!

    • trish

      I love my phone too for photos, it’s so handy! But I look forward to experimenting with the Pen.

  13. Ria

    I was also thinking of reading Kate Morton’s books for a long time, bought THE HOUSE AT RIVERTON last day, hoping it’s a good one. Also planning to purchase THE LAKE HOUSE from amazon 😀

    I hope you enjoy your books. Looking forward to reading more bookish posts from you ^_^
    Ria recently posted…Monthly Wrap-up : June

    • trish

      I have The House at Riverton on my wishlist! I can’t wait to read more 😀 Hope you love The Lake House as much as I did.

  14. Nise'

    Enjoy your new camera. You will love The Forgotten Garden. I recently finished The Lake House and enjoyed it.

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