The Sunday Post – July 9th, 2017

Happy Sunday book friends!  I have been mildly absent from my blog (again) and this time I really don’t have a valid excuse other than blogging is so dang HARD!

So to fill in some of my absence, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit The Sunday Post, which is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and is a chance to share some weekly news.  This is where I will recap the past week or so, showcase some books and other things I have received, and maybe talk about what is coming up for the week on my blog.  (Haven’t decided on this portion yet so let’s see where this post takes us!)

random-happenings

sister sock sundayMy book loving sister came to town to visit me for the Fourth of July weekend, so naturally we took an unnecessary trip to Barnes & Noble.  It wasn’t enough to just walk around and be content among all the pretty books, we needed to complete the experience by purchasing some too.  (Hey, in my defense, its been a while since I have book shopped with my sissy, so it was much-needed.)

Instead of picking out a bunch of different books, we each got a copy of two books that we are going to try to buddy read together!  I really like this idea of having a sisterly type book club thing, it gives us more to talk about then just candles and Instagram (and trust me, we talk multiple times day so we definitely need more topics of conversation.)

So anyways, we grabbed WANT and Stalking Jack the Ripper, both which I have heard fantastic things about!  I am excited to work these in to our TBR sooner rather than later, and if anyone wants to join our sister themed book club, let us know!

currently-reading

Per usual, my currently reading is a mess.  I just finished This is Really Happening, a book sent to me by Penguin Teen that I enjoyed a lot (review coming soon!) and I started Library of Fates last night while I was in the tub.

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And then on top of that, I am buddy reading Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson, with my BFF Isabel, but I haven’t gotten to the point in the book where I can’t stop reading you know?  Like when I pick it up, I enjoy it, but once I set it back down I let too much time pass before reading again.

Oh well.

Lastly, I am listening to an alien / space opera / sci-fi / comedy called Spec-Ops, that is huge, but is a fun listen.  I really like the narrator, and the characters are so ridiculous that at times I am reminded a lot of Hitchhiker’s Guide.  But damn, the book is so long it will take me a whole month to listen to it.

blog-happenings

TBS detales -06I have been kind of absent on blogging too (BLOGGING IS SO HARD OMG) but I did whip up another “It’s All in the De-tales” post that may be my favorite one so far!  Click HERE to ogle The Bone Season series in all its naked glory.

You all should know by now too that I LOVEEEE talking about sci-fi, so I recently made my Top 5 Tuesday prompt to be: “5 Sci-Fi Books That I Have Recently Added to My TBR” and oh boy, there are some good ones on the list.  Check it out right HERE!

And, finally, my boyfriend and I are moving relatively soon, so I put together a post about some books that I have for sale that you can check out HERE !

on-the-gram

I am really working on not letting the number of likes that I receive on my pictures bother me.  Post what you want to post!  Post what makes you happy!

 

to-get-you-through-the-week

So, not much is happening lately.  There aren’t any awesome movies I am stoked for, July is kind of a boring book month, and I have basically done all my travelling for the year already.

But, and I know this sounds slightly vain, but whenever I am feeling down, I have been going back to look at this picture that I took when Nick and I went to Harry Potter World with my family a couple of weeks ago.

hp in diagon alley

Isnt it amazing?!  First of all, the iPhone 7 Plus camera is phenomenal.  Secondly, I am in love with Diagon Alley, and I love the Diagon Alley on the book cover is almost a perfect match to the one I am standing in.  Harry Potter World is always filled with tears for me, and this instance was no exception.

And, that’s all I got for you today!  I hope your Sunday is filled with happy reading and relaxing times!

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The Hero of Ages

Brandon Sanderson

Published October 14th, 2008

Mistborn Trilogy #3

I am going to just start this ‘review’ off on the weird foot by being as blunt and honest as possible: Not since reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows for the first time, have I had such a lasting and intense book hangover than I have been suffering since I finished The Hero of Ages.  It is mid December and I have read a grand total of 76 pages so far this month.  All other books just taste like ash in my mouth (figuratively speaking, I mean obviously I’m not actually eating them) and I am wondering if anything will ever live up to this series ever again…

It is really hard to review a book like this, because not only do I not want to spoil anything: I don’t even want to leave you with any HINTS.  So, instead of a traditional review, I am just going to make an obnoxious list on all of the reasons why you should read the Mistborn Trilogy if you haven’t yet.

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10 Books to Read Before the End of 2016

Photo Aug 21, 12 34 38A week, or maybe two weeks ago now, I saw that Christine from @weereader made this lovely blog post based off a photo that @pollyandbooks  shared on her bookstagram, listing out her must read books for the rest of 2016.

I thought it was such a good idea to hone in on, and narrow down the seemingly endless amounts of books that I own – and ones that I am sure to buy between now and December 31st.  As we are going into the final stretch of 2016, I wanted to pull aside some books that I have bought throughout the year that I SWORE I would get to soonish but just haven’t yet.

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Firefight

Brandon Sanderson

Published January 2015

Reckoners #2
“My name is David Charleston.  I kill people with super powers.”
As amazing as Steelheart was, I have to say that I enjoyed Firefight more.  This book picks up a couple months after the end of the first Reckoners novel, and when I say picks up, I mean it… BAM this book starts off with a bang!   
Unfortunately going through with the summary of Firefight means there are going to be major spoilers for Steelheart, so beware!

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Steelheart

Brandon Sanderson

Published September 2013

Reckoners #1

First and foremost, I am new to Brandon Sanderson books.  Why?  I can honestly say I have no freaking idea.  Not only is he a bad ass storyteller, we share a last name….and that has got to count for something.

Steelheart was such a fun read, or in my case, a fun listen.  I solidly, and without hesitation give this book 5 stars.  It was entertaining from start to finish, balancing action, humor, suspense, and a teeny bit or romance.

A quick synopsis:  Ten years ago, Calamity came.  A bursting event in the sky that gave ordinary men and women super powers.  But these people are far from what we would call super heroes, instead, they are called Epics.  

It seems though, that no person granted with epic powers uses them for good.  Instead, the Epics kill and take what ever they wish, feeling they are entitled with their god-like powers.  What’s more is the government has stepped aside to let them do as they wish.  What’s the point, right?  Regular people can’t stand up to those with epic powers, so nobody fights them…nobody but the Reckoners.   A shadow group of ordinary humans who spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.  This book revolves around the Epic Steelheart, and the plot the Reckoners have to come up with to bring down his tyrannical rein of Newcago, the post-Epic Chicago. Continue reading “Steelheart”