Sunday, October 21, 2018

Sundays with Sam - The Sunday Post



Sundays with Sam is a combination of Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga's Reviews.

My Week in Review

I had put all the names in, and I was pretty excited that Wendy won my birthday giveaway. It's nice that someone, who is a friend of the blog won, and I know she uses a lot of her own resources to outfit her classroom with awesome books for her students. So, the universe must have had a lot to do with this random pick.

This week dragged so much, and it took me four days to realize why I could not stay awake during the day - antihistamines. Looking for some sort of relief, I forgot the affect they have on me, and why I avoid taking them.

I got some nice BookMail this week. A finished copy of Amy and Craig for doing the blog tour. Now I have an ARC and a finished copy, yet I borrowed the book on Hoopla when I read it. Still nice to get the mail, since the publisher is one that auto-rejects me on EW and NG. 😂

Other than that, I have been winterizing. My snow boots came. My fall boots came. Got the gloves, scarves, and parka ready to go. Just have to get some leggings for under my dress pants, and I will be ready to go. It was 34 degrees Friday morning (61 in the afternoon). Winter is definitely on its way here in the northeast.

I am always jealous when I see those Fierce Reads boxes, and this picture of so many 2019 Fierce titles in one place had me salivating.

This book was like the girl-Bible back in my day. I am excited and a little scared about the movie.

I had fun doing this quiz.

On the Blog:
  • Monday: Reviews - Fight or Flight & One Day in December
  • Tuesday: TTT - Books featuring a library or bookstore
  • Wednesday: CWW - Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
  • Thursday: Nutshells - In Your Shoes, This is What it Feels Like, Mammoth
  • Friday: Discussion - Retell it to Me
STACKING THE SHELVES


Bought/Free

Edelweiss/NetGalley
Blog Tour
From the publisher

What I Read Last Week

Four Three Two One was one of my CWW picks, and Stevens totally delivered with this one. I was hooked from the very beginning and in tears by the end.

Books
Audiobooks

What I Am Currently Reading

Baumann always delivers a fun rom-com, and I have been enjoying this series.
You all know I am obsessed with Bennett, and I thought I would give her adult series a try. This is a historical-paranormal, a little different for me, but it's also Jenn Bennett, and I am liking it a lot.

What I Plan to Read

Knocking my blog tour books out this week, and reading two of my CWW picks. I hope they live up to the hype in my head.

How was your week?
Let us know in the comments!

49 comments:

  1. I'm ready for winter too-new warm winter jacket,big warm fluffy sweatshirt, furry blankets, cozy hat, salt for the paths and a full cupboard and freezer full of food!

    Every girl I know read Judy Blume at school! I remember one girl got brave and bought Forever, and about ten of us borrowed it from her after that! I particularly enjoyed Blubber. I'm not sure about film versions of the books though...

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    1. I think I was about 15, and Forever was on the paperback rounder in the library. I had no idea it was teen erotica, when I took it out.

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  2. Wow that's cold in the mornings. We got down to mid 30's today, we had a marching band invitational and had rain, even hail briefly, and it was just miserable. winter is on the way for sure!

    Love that pic from Fierce Reads- that's a nice stack of books. :)

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    1. That's terrible weather for marching in. I hope everyone took their vitamin C and doesn't get sick after being out in those conditions.

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  3. It snowed on me this morning while I ran! Not ready yet! I got out my boots also and had to get out my parka to try and stay warm while performing with a clarinet/flute ensemble outdoors during an art park opening ceremony (it was 41 degrees F and raining, but at least we had a tent to stay dry). Fierce reads does give us budget breakers, don't they!

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    1. I would melt down if it snowed this early in the season. 41 without a jacket is tough. I couldn't do it.

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  4. You have been busy. I was only able to read one this week and it was a pretty quick one but I have also started two others and have been reading Bring Me Back. What can I do. School comes first. Enjoy your week.

    Mary

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    1. I read on my commute (3 hours a day) and listen to audiobooks at work. I like to fill in the time with books. School definitely ranks above pleasure reading.

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  5. Brr. Too cold for me! I got up this morning and we had a blast of fall move in. Around 60 right now and breezy. I plan to head outside and read shortly:) Enjoy those new reads.

    My Sunday Post

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    1. It's cool, but at least it's not snowing (knock on wood).

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  6. Book mail is the best. I got a bunch of that last week. Good luck with the winterizing! We’ve been doing that, too, because it’s already snowing here. I guess we skipped fall. Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I prefer digital books. I am actually going through the stacks in my room looking for MGs or appropriate YA books to send to Wendy for her classroom. At least the books would get read.

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  7. I am cautiously optimistic about Hello God as a movie. If they screw it up, there will be blood shed! Bookmail is always the best mail!

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    1. I agree. There are generations of readers that will revolt if the adaptation is subpar. Maybe that is why Blume refused to option it for so long.

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  8. Oh, that's cold for Fall! Good that you're all ready for the changing temperatures with your gear.

    I loved Bitter Spirits! The rest of the series is pretty good, too. Nice that you got an ARC from a publisher that usually shots you down on NG & EW. I'm hit or miss with what gets approved with EW. I have better luck with Netgalley. I didn't know Kate Meader had a new one coming. I'll have to hunt it down. Happy reading and stay warm, Sam! :)

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    1. Bitter Spirits is my first adult Bennett book, and it's really good. I think I love her YA books so much, because she appears to be a romance writer,

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  9. Winterizing? Well we probably should do it too but it's unnaturally warm here! And thanks for the links to the game sam I love this!!!!
    Enjoy your week <3 Sophie @bewareofthereader

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    1. Honestly, I would rather be cold than hot. As long as there is no snow, which makes getting to work a struggle, I don't mind the cold, because I add more layers to stay warm. Now, when you're hot, there are only so many layers you can remove in public before you are considered indecent.

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  10. Winter is definitely on the way. I was so cold yesterday that I broke out all of my warm gear. Nice getting a finished copy..especially from a pubisher that can be hard to get approval from. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

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    1. I am enjoying wearing sweaters and cozying up with my electric blanket.

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  11. I love fall, but I hate when it's literally freezing in the morning and in the 60s in the afternoon. Makes it hard to get dressed! I loved This Adventure Ends, I hope you do, too!

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    1. So hard to get dressed. Though, it dark when I leave for work and dark when I get home, so the warmth of the day occurs while I am at my desk these days. I am going to read both my Emma Mills books I have not read yet. Yeah, I read them backwards - Foolish Hearts was first, though, I have owned First & Then for quite a while.

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  12. Lovely looking books! I enjoyed the adult Judy Blume books, but never read the ones for younger readers. Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. I have not read any of her books since I was a teen, but that book did sound great.

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  13. Look at all those Fierce Reads books! Eeesh! I’m so out of the loop.

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    1. I always want to read almost every Fierce Read book. I would love to get more of them.

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  14. OMG, those Fierce Reads ARC packages were so intense. I just stared intensely at all the unboxing on Instagram going, be chill and go add all of them to your TBR. Also now I must hunt down your review for There's Someone Inside Your House. Great post, Sam, and hope you have a great reading week!

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    1. Yeah, my TBR is bursting with Fierce titles. I sometimes get lucky and get NG approvals, but not always. Keeping my fingers crossed.

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  15. We had snow flurries yesterday and our first fire in the fireplace so I suppose I should drag out the winter clothes. ;)

    Very nice haul and glad you got a hard copy of a book you loved. Yay for trying Jenn Bennett's Roaring Twenties series. I enjoyed those.

    Have a good week, Sam!

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    1. I just love Bennett, and it doesn't seem to matter what she writes, because I am loving her adult paranormal as much as I adore her YA contemporaries.

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  16. Looks like you've read some awesome books lately, and gotten some good ones too! I could probably use some boots for when it really gets cold out, and starts snowing, though heaven forbid that happens anytime soon!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. It's 33 degree right now and there is frost on the cars. Too soon! And the s-word is forbidden until at least December.

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  17. I read Once Upon a Bride last week, and really loved it! I wish it was a full length novel because I love those characters so much. I'm intrigued to hear your thoughts on Jenn Bennet's paranormal romance, I've seen the book around and I love her YA stuff, but I'm not sure if I should read it or not lol. Looks like you had a really great reading week!

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    1. I am not normally a novella person, but everyone seemed to love Bride and it was free. I will tell you, Bennett brings the strong heroine and the sexy, just like she does in her YA, though this is a bit more sexy.

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  18. Oh no! I hope you get some non-drowsy allergy relief soon! Enjoy your new reads. The Quiet You Carry looks really interesting!

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    1. I just take it when I really, really need relief. At least I don't drive to work, right?

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  19. Seems like winter is quite near to you but I am glad you are all ready and prepared for tackling it :)
    And you read so many good books. I am glad that you got that hardcover book. And agree, those fierce reads packages are definitely the one to die for.
    I am also a part of Your Own Worst Enemy blog tour :D I hope we both enjoy it :)

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    1. I don't even like reading physical books, but I want one of those Fierce Reads bundles so much. Too many awesome contemporaries in that stack.

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  20. I need to get winter ready too, I've just been putting it off. Bleh

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    1. You have had some really cold days with the windchill. Brrrrr

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  21. That Fierce Reads image is one to drool over! I've been wanting to read a Tara Sheets book, you gave it four stars, so that makes me think I should definitely give it a try. Hope you have a good week, and thanks for visiting my Sunday Post at Lisa Loves Literature!

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    1. Both the Halloway books were really fun and cute. I will definitely read more of Sheet's books.

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  22. I also highly recommend Bennett's UF Arcadia Bell series. That's the series that made me fall in love with her before she started writing YA.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I will have to check it out. They had the audiobooks for this series, so I started with these. They are romances, so I am obviously pleased.

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  23. My allergies have been really bad lately as well. Must be the Fall weather. Hoping you will feel better this week. Lots of books up there. I have to finish the Jenn Bennett series. I started it a couple of years ago and was enjoying it, not sure why I didn’t finsih. Thanks for the reminder. I will see if can get the audios from my library.

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    1. The change of season is always a killer for me. I am enjoying Bitter Spirits. I am almost finished, and I can say it's everything I love in my romances plus ghosts, nefarious plots, and a little bit of history.

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  24. Maybe it's because I live in Brazil (where 10 out of the 12 months in the year it's uncomfortably hot and sunny), but I adore winter clothes. Getting to layer with flannels and jackets and wear boots without regretting it an hour later is an amazing feeling that I've come to love :)

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    1. I am a sweater and long sleeve type of girl, but I hate when I go outside and my face hurts, because it's so cold.

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  25. I have Pulp but it is a shame that you didn't love it more! It still sounds like a decent read though... I'll have to look out for your review of it. I hope winterising and preparing for it goes well. And I also really am surprised that Are You There God is becoming a movie! I loved that book when I was younger and I can't wait to watch that ^.^

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