Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Sunday Post #40


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It's happened, people. Winter has come to Florida.
Finally! And yeah, it's going to be back up into the 70's by Wednesday, but for now I revel in the cold(ish) temps. It was in the 20's when I woke up this morning and the high for the day is in the 40's. Yeah, yeah, all you northerners can go ahead and laugh (admit it, you're laughing at me, it's okay) but for Florida this is crazy cold! People are bundled up like it's -30, I have one sister who is wearing a coat inside her house, and all people can talk about is how cold it is. I seem to be the only one who is thrilled. I love cold weather! (Says the native Floridian.) 



Thursday, January 5: My first book of the year. My first review of the year. And my first five star rating of the year. From Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon is *phenomenal.* If you've been around here for any length of time you know that I am super stingy with my five star ratings. Those are saved for truly special books. Well, this is it. Yes it's barely the second week of January, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if this ends up being my favorite book of 2017. Translation: Read. This. Book.

Friday, January 6: I started a new little feature on Friday  with the oh-so-clever-and-catchy name: Series I've Quit. (Brilliant, right? I put a lot of thought into that title. Obviously.) I posted Part One on Friday and shared a few series that I gave the boot to. Were any of your favorites listed? :)       

 
Finished:
From Sand and Ash - Amy Harmon 

Current
By Your Side - Kasie West
Stuck-Up Suit (AUDIO) - Vi Keeland/Penelope Ward

FOR REVIEW: 

Long Way Home - Katie McGarry
I am ridiculously excited for this one!



How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

34 comments:

  1. Being from Alabama, our weather has been really similar to yours. 70s earlier this week and in the 20s/30s the last few mornings. But I'm not a huge fan of cold weather. I mean I like my winter to be cold enough to appreciate fall, but not too cold to where I hate leaving the house. My husband took a picture of me one time wearing a long sleeve t-shirt, snuggie, knitted cap, and fingerless gloves in our house once. I tend to run cold on the regular. :) Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books. I'm dying for Long Way Home myself!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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    1. LOL Love the visual of you bundled up in the house, Sandy. You apparently deal with cold like my sister does. :) I began reading Long Way Home last night and it's started off with a bang! Chevy and Violet are in some serious trouble!

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  2. Yay! It's great that you finally have some cold weather ahead of you!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog and join in this week’s Book Photo Sundays!

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  3. As a Dallas girl, I'm freezing right along with you when it drops to 20! Hell 30! I'm not a fan of cold weather, so I am really looking forward to the 70s that should be hitting mid-week. Have a great week :)

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    1. I'm enjoying my 3 days on winter, Berls! LOL But I guess warmer temps are coming for both of us. Hope you have a great week!

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  4. Love the idea behind your feature, going to read the first one in a few minutes. And we had a lot of snow here in NYC. It was pretty darn cold! I can't wait to see your review for Sand and Ash I purchased it about two weeks ago, and can't wait to read it!

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    1. Oh my goodness, Jazmen... From Sand and Ash was *phenomenal.* I don't know if I was predisposed to love it because I do tend to enjoy WW II-era historical fiction or what but it was amazing. It killed my heart again and again but I loved it. I seriously can't wait to see what you think of it if you decide to read it.

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  5. Hah! I was in Florida last week and it dropped into, like, the 50s and my family was going on and on about how cold it was. I hope you enjoy By Your Side. I've never read anything by Kasie West, but that one just sounds so charming! Also, Long Way Home. I absolutely love Katie McGarry, but I haven't read any of her new series yet. Have a wonderful week and enjoy the cold weather!

    My Sunday Post!

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    1. Yeah, if it drops below 70 here in FL people tend to don the jackets and start complaining about "the cold." Glad you survived it! LOL I've only read one or two by Kasie West. P.S. I Like You was absolutely adorable. I don't often go for sweet/cute YA but I guess I make an exception for Kasie. I finished By Your Side last night and it was definitely enjoyable. And Katie McGarry... LOVE HER! Have you read all of the Pushing the Limits series? I wasn't sure how the Thunder Road series could possibly measure up but it so does. Nowhere But Here was *excellent* and Walk the Edge was so, so good. I just started Long Way Home and I'm so excited to be reading another McGarry book!

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  6. Ugh I am not a fan of cold weather and it is COLD here. We had snow and the kids love it but I am dreaming of spring lol. Love the new feature! Have a great week!

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    1. I imagine my love of the cold is largely based on the fact that I only get it in small doses. LOL

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  7. 20's! That does seem cold for you guys? But back to 70's-- wow that sounds good right about now! Michigan is typically cold and snowy at the moment! It's was 10 last evening and the snow was blowing around- ugh. :)

    Glad your first read was a good one- yay! And I love the new feature- will have to check that out!

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    1. Yikes. I can honestly say I've never been in 10 degree weather. I might be better off sticking with my (very short) Florida winters, Greg. :)

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  8. Our weather here in Ohio has been crazy. But, I grew up in the south and I remember in NC if the word snow was even mentioned, everyone ran to the grocery, bought everything, and then didn't leave their homes again until the threat of snow was passed! Crazy! Personally, I love the cold weather and I really love the snow!
    Have a great week!

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    1. It's too funny that you mention that about NC, Samantha. That's where my husband is from. His brother called us over the weekend to say they were expecting some snow and that the grocery stores had been cleared out. LOL I've only seen snow a handful of times and I loved it! :)

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  9. Love that quote at the end.

    And yay for winter. I think? I live in Queensland in Australia where it doesn't snow in winter so can kinda relate!

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    1. I guess winter is almost as rare for you as it is for me, Deborah. But I enjoy the little bits of it that I get. :)

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  10. Pshh winter in Florida, it's currently 3 degrees here and feels like -20. I think I'm over winter. Haha.

    Also I love that quote!

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    1. What is this 3 degrees you speak of? And temps with a minus sign? Sorry, cannot relate. I think I'll keep my Florida winters, thankyouverymuch. :)

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  11. LOVE the quote you included Tanya! I like keeping that thought in mind especially as we all head into the new year!
    And I am SO excited to hear your thoughts on Long Way Home! Did you get an ARC for review? For a second there I thought it was out already and that I was slacking and needed to go buy it! LOL.
    Hope all is well!
    Emily

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    1. I've always loved that quote, Emily (or the variations I've seen over the years). What a wonderful thing to think - that you live your life in such a way that no one could possibly think ill of you. Something to strive for! Yes, I got an ARC of Long Way Home and started it last night. It's starting out with a bang - Chevy and Violet are in a world of trouble. I'm loving it, needless to say! Hope you have a wonderful week, my friend!

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  12. I love the quote at the end! Yay for you getting some cold weather. I don't really mind it either, but I live near Ohio. We have some really random weather. It's been in the teens and snowing the past week but this week it's supposed to get warmer and warmer. Who knows? It's always like this! haha

    -Lauren

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    1. I heard from someone else from Ohio today saying the same thing... temps all over the place. Crazy! I'll take my little bit of cold weather and be happy. :)

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  13. I love the quote at the end! I live in Texas so anything below like 50 is too cold for me. Our weather has been totally random one day it is really cold the next it is really hot. It's like it can't make up its mind. I'm about to go check out your series you quit post. I have a few series I probably won't continue now that I think about it. Anyway, I cannot wait to read By Your Side so I hope you enjoyed it!

    Have an amazing week.

    Tina @ As Told By Tina

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    1. We Southerners just aren't made for cold weather! :) I really enjoyed By Your Side. It was really sweet, while still handling some more serious themes. My review will go up a little closer to the release date in a couple weeks. Thanks for stopping by, Tina! :)

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  14. LOL I'm originally from the north and used to make fun of southerners for thinking 50 degrees is cold. BUT my blood must have thinned out because I have become like that. :) ~Aleen

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    1. LOL Too funny, Aleen. Crazy what you get used to. I guess you wouldn't fare so well up north anymore! :)

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  15. When I was a kid, I used to go to Florida every year to visit my grandma. And I remember one year we went for Easter, and it snowed! I was appalled, but my one friend who lived near my grandma was absolutely thrilled---she'd never seen snow before!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Wow, snow around Easter time is virtually unheard of! I mean, snow in FL period is rare but that had to have set some records! I've only seen snow a few times so it's always a novelty for me. :)

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  16. OMG I can't wait to read By Your Side!!! And Long Way Home!! I desperately need Chevy's story <3
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

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    1. I really enjoyed By Your Side, Gen! I've seen several less-than-stellar reviews, though. I admit it's not my favorite by Kasie West but I still thought it was a really good read. And Long Way Home... oh my goodness, it's killing me. Chevy and Violet are both in such impossible positions.

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  17. Can we trade winters? Although it has been pretty "mild" these past few days. And is supposed to stay that way until the end of the month. Minus the freezing rain coming tonight...

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    1. At this point I would love to trade. It's been unseasonably warm almost all month and even setting record highs. I'm sick of it and want some winter! Even your freezing rain sounds preferable about now.

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