The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance for me to share news, update you guys on what’s been going on in my life, recap blog posts during this past month, showcase books and things I have received, and possibly share news about what is coming up next month on the blog!
I know this meme is usually done weekly, but I’m not nearly active enough to do weekly updates. So, I’ll only be doing this at the end of every month unless I miraculously start posting a lot more.
CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber (audiobook, review to come!)
YOU’D BE MINE (e-ARC, currently reading)
WHEN SUMMER ENDS (e-ARC, currently reading)
It’s been a busy month and I’ve been in a semi-depressed state for half of it, which I think is the main cause of my current book slump. I keep picking up different books but nothing is really keeping my attention for long, and the ones I am currently reading are requiring all my energy to push through. It’s likely just me, not the books because these two contemporaries I’ve been trying to get through sound super cute and just what I want to read right now. Now if only my mind could realize that.
- The Severed Moon: A Journal by Leigh Bardugo (purchased, signed by Leigh Bardugo at event; not really a book but I’m counting it)
- King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (purchased, signed by Leigh Bardugo at event)
- An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson (purchased, used hardcover)
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas (purchased, used hardcover)
- Broken Beautiful Hearts by Kami Garcia (purchased, used hardcover)
- Thirteen Rising by Romina Russell (purchased, used hardcover)
- The Guest Book by Sarah Blake (ARC, sent by publisher)
- To Best the Boys by Mary Weber (exclusive Fairyloot edition)
- Viper (Isles of Storm and Sorrow) by Bex Hogan (early copy from Fairyloot anniversary box)
- Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell (giveaway prize)
- Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (paperback, gift for a friend)
- The Queen’s Rising by Rebecca Ross (purchased, hardcover)
- The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross (purchased, hardcover)
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (purchased, used paperback)
Wow! I didn’t realize how much book mail I received this month until I actually took the time to list them all down.
At the beginning of March, I started taking more bookstagram photos and finally decided to try doing a consistent theme with my posts. Nothing too complicated since I’m still trying to get accustomed to it; just a nice filter and consistent warm tone with a little desaturation effect. What I’m discovering when doing these posts is that I have trouble coming up with captions. Lol I don’t want to sound like every other bookstagrammer out there, but there’s only so many questions I can think of that’s book-related. Guess I need to brainstorm caption ideas along with my bookstagramming, too.
Here are some of my favorites that I posted this month:
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CAPTAIN MARVEL – Such a great, inspiring, and powerful movie! I can see why it’s so popular. Didn’t blow my mind like I thought it would, but still enjoyed it immensely. Now to buy some Captain Marvel merch! Haha
THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY – Wow, I didn’t anticipate getting addicted to this show when I first started the first episode. It’s so unique and the best and most accurate way I can describe it is this: the Avengers except as a dysfunctional family. Robbie Sheehan was definitely my favorite, next to Ellen Page and Justin Min.
OUTLANDER – I bought the Blu-rays for season 1 and 2 during Black Friday last year and am currently in the middle of season 2. I didn’t know what I was getting into when I first started this show, and while I can’t really say that I’m addicted to it, I am really intrigued as to where the story leads. I just wish someone had given me a trigger warning for the ending of season 1 because that was so difficult to watch, I ended up fastforwarding most of it.
“DNA” – Backstreet Boys
In case you weren’t aware, the Backstreet Boys released a new album on Jan. 23, 2019! I’ve been listening to it on and off ever since then. I haven’t really been listening to much music this month except for them and two other playlists.
“Reputation” – Taylor Swift
I realized that there’s very few Taylor Swift songs that I dislike and after watching her concert on Netflix, I can finally say that I really like her Reputation album, too.
I celebrated a pretty significant milestone this month: my 30th birthday. Ugh, I still don’t like saying it. Lol I’m trying to not be one of those people who dislike saying their age as they get older (because we all do it, there shouldn’t be any shame to your age, I know) but I’m still not used to it. I don’t even feel any where near thirty; some days I still feel like a freshman in college. Anyway, for my birthday my family and I just went out to eat at our regular sushi place. That’s usually our routine for birthdays now – eat out as a family for and early dinner.
My dogs have been visiting their vets more frequently since December of last year. Dustie, my shih-tzu terrier mix, had me panicking quite a few times these past few months ever since he was diagnosed with pancreatitis in December. During that same time period, Sophie, my maltese, had a really bad ear infection so we were visiting her vet practically every week or so, trying different medications and treatments to try and get the swelling down. Then, during her steroid treatment, she developed a bacterial skin infection – I don’t even know how or what she’s allergic to yet – and that’s what we’re still dealing with right now. Her ear is much better, practically back to normal, and now we’re getting her treated for her allergies. Thankfully, her latest treatment seems to be working and I hope it continues to. So, you can imagine, in addition to the extreme stress I’d been in, how broke I’ve been lately.
On a happier note, a few days ago I received some exciting and surprising news! If you follow me on Twitter you already know this, but for those of you who don’t…
I got accepted as press to YallWest 2019!
It’s such a shocker to me because it’s my first time and I’m not that big of a blogger or bookstagrammer, but I am so, so excited and grateful and nervous! I’ve never actually reached out and requested a press pass before so that alone was a big achievement for me. I’m still debating on requesting interviews with authors because that’s something I don’t have much experience in. Sure, I’ve done online interviews but that’s very different from face-to-face in person interviews. I don’t even know where to begin or how to properly inquire about that, but I don’t want to allow this opportunity to pass me by because I don’t want to feel unworthy of my status as press at the event. If I can muster the courage – and hopefully I can – there’s already at least one or two authors who I definitely want to request an interview for. Wish me luck!
Backstreet Boys in Vegas!
I’m seeing my Boys at their Vegas residency one last time before it ends next month and they focus on their DNA world tour. Our seats aren’t as close as I usually prefer mine to be (most of the people I’m going with don’t want to stand in the pit the entire time, and they can’t afford VIP) but at least we’re in the front row of the middle section. Definitely expect a recap for my second round of BSB in Vegas!
LA Times Festival of Books
Normally, I try to attend both days of the festival to get the most out of it and spend most of my time in the YA area, but this year I decided to only go on Saturday. My friend is bringing her teenage daughter with us so we’re going to be showing her around since it will be her first ever book festival – not including OntarioTBF which was a smaller, more intimate event.
I want to do book reviews again; I have so many pending ones that I’ve already outlined, wrote halfway, etc. in my drafts and I just want to finish and post them already. Hopefully I can do quite a few next month.
- YOU’D BE MINE
- WHEN SUMMER ENDS
- THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT
- TRIAL BY FIRE