The Sunday Post #54


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My week of R&R was divine but it feels wonderful to be back at home. No matter how much fun you have, no matter how great the hotel/resort... nothing beats coming home, being surrounded by your own things, and sleeping in your own bed. :)

Lazy days spent by the pool dozing reading, taking a swim when it gets too warm, going out for a delicious dinner... repeat. This week of downtime recharges me every year. 

I hit up a Barnes & Noble on our first day and picked up Queen of Shadows. I've yet to make it any further than Throne of Glass but eventually I will. In the meantime, the rest of the series is ready and waiting for me. :) We only had one day of rain so we nixed the pool that day and instead hit up an outlet mall and Disney Springs for shopping. (Actually, The Husband did all the shopping. I don't think I bought a thing.)

 

I was so excited to pick up the mail when I got home because The Book was waiting for me: A Court of Wings and Ruin! It's not even like I'm reading it immediately. I going to either reread ACOMAF or listen to it on audio to refresh my memory but just having it in my hands is enough to make me happy. :)

I may not have done any shopping while in Orlando but I did indulge in a little retail therapy yesterday. I've been eyeing a Michael Kors watch for a couple weeks and finally bought one. I went with a rose gold version and I have serious heart eyes for it. It's not often that I splurge on myself (well, other than books LOL) so this was a real treat. It's also been ages since I've worn a watch (I'm so used to just checking my phone for the time) so it makes it even more of a novelty. 

 
*crickets*

FINISHED:
Letters to the Lost - Brigid Kemmerer
Out of Breath - Rebecca Donovan
Your Alluring Love - Layla Hagen

CURRENT
Wintersong - S. Jae-Jones
Vision in Silver (AUDIO) - Anne Bishop

PHYSICAL BOOKS:
Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) - Sarah J. Maas
(Because one day I really will continue the series)
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACOTAR #3) - Sarah J. Maas
(Because it's ACOWAR!!!)

KINDLE BOOKS:
The Crown's Game - Evelyn Skye
(Because owning the hardcover just isn't enough)
Consolation - Corinne Michaels
(Because owning the paperback just isn't enough)

ARC FOR REVIEW:
Top Ten - Katie Cotugno
(Because even if I didn't love Fireworks, I haven't given up on Katie Cotugno)



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

33 comments

  1. Oh your pictures look divine! I'm in need of a vacation myself! And I loved Rebecca Donovan's Breathing series. I hope you liked how it ended. I love Sarah J Maas and need to read her Court of Thorns and Roses series myself. Have a great week!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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    1. Thanks Sandy! I was glad to finally finish the Breathing series. It's been lingering on my shelves for ages. I liked it but didn't love it. (Because frankly I was getting kind of annoyed with Emma. LOL) You need to read the ACOTAR series and I need to read the Throne of Glass series! :)

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  2. Glad you had a great vacation and looks like you got a lot of reading done. Love that watch!!! Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Grace! Vacation was wonderful and I managed to complete 2 books (which is good for me in a week). I'm gearing up to return to real life (i.e. work) tomorrow. Ack!

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  3. Oh man, those resort photos look great :) jealous!
    And I am also thinking of checking out something by Katie Cotugno. Is that an eARC available online somewhere, like NetGalley?
    Have a great week :)

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    1. I've read two by Cotugno so far and had varying results. I loved 99 Days and was kind of meh on Fireworks. Not sure about NetGally but Top Ten is available on Edelweiss now. I hope you'll enjoy it if you decide to read it!

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  4. Yay! Glad you had a nice vacation!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

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  5. So pretty!!! Glad you had a good time!

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    1. It was a fantastic week - thanks Kei!

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  6. I'm so jealous of your vacation pictures! Enjoy your new books too!

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    1. Thanks Samantha - it was a great week! :)

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  7. Vacation is always great but yes it is always nice to get home too. :) Glad yours was fabulous! I love getting a book on vacation and being able to just sit and read it in the sun. And book mail might be the next best thing!

    Hope you enjoy the Maas books!

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    1. Thanks Greg. Yeah, coming home from vacation and finding book mail is kind of the ultimate. LOL

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  8. Glad you enjoyed your vacation. It's always nice to get away every once and a while. Your watch looks fabulous. Enjoy!

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  9. Pretty watch! Glad that you enjoyed your R&R. Retail therapy is always the best. :)

    Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books. ~Aleen

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    1. LOL So true, Aleen. Retail therapy always helps. :)

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    1. Thanks Ashley! It was such a relaxing week.

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  11. Oh gosh, those photos are great! I could really use a getaway. lol That watch is gorgeous. Love rose gold.

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    1. Thanks Lauren! It's a gorgeous area where we stay and always so relaxing.
      And I love rose gold, too! When I was looking at watches I knew I wanted a rose gold one.

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  12. Ooo where did you spend the week, it sounds so relaxing! I've been trying to convince my husband to go to one of those all-inclusive resorts in Florida or Mexico because I just want to sit around somewhere and do absolutely nothing. I'm so happy you enjoyed your little vaycay! I also love the rose gold color! I wish I was a watch person, they're getting more and more stylish.

    Happy readings, especially with ACOWAR!

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    1. Hey Amber! We were down in Orlando all week. No theme parks, just a week of R&R. We always stay at the same place - Hilton Grand Vacations Tuscany Village. They're basically time share condos but we book it just like a hotel (zero interest in the time share aspect). We get a one bedroom suite so we have room to spread out for the week. It has a full kitchen if you're so inclined. :) It's not all-inclusive but that's never been an issue for us. 1) I don't really drink (very rarely) and 2) I enjoy going out in the evenings to different dinner spots. We've been going there 8-10 years now and really love it.

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  13. We went to Disney Springs the week before last to look around. I love near there but haven't had a chance to fully look around since the remodel. You had a nice week with the weather too!

    For What It's Worth

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    1. It looks like the construction continues in some areas but even so it seemed like there was so much more since the last time we were there (when it is was still Downtown Disney). And we definitely got lucky with the weather last week! :)

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  14. Sounds like you had an amazing vacation! I'm so glad you enjoyed it :)
    Ooh I've also just started Letters to the Lost! My copy just arrived today! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts :)

    Have a lovely week ahead, Tanya!

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    1. Oh, I hope you'll enjoy Letters to the Lost, Amy! I loved it even more than I thought I would.

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  15. I LOVED Consolation by Corinne Michaels. You're gonna love it. Trust me. It's AWESOME. Anyway, I've been wanting to read the Sarah J. Maas series for a while. Hopefully this month. Glad that you loved it. That series is like EVERYWHERE and everyone seems to love it. So curious.

    Have a wonderful week, Tanya. Enjoy your book and happy reading. :)

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    1. I'm so excited for Consolation! I actually met Corinne about 2 years ago so I can't believe I *still* haven't read anything by her. And ACOWAR is definitely everywhere right now! The series has its haters - as does anything when it's that popular - but I absolutely love it.

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  16. I'll be curious to see what you think of Contugno's book. I've only read one of hers (99 Days), and I really wasn't a fan---I own another one, but I've been scared to read it. We shall see. I'll be watching the reviews of this next one...

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Yeah, I'm 50/50 with Cotugno right now. I actually really liked 99 Days (one of the few who did LOL) but Fireworks was just okay. It'll probably be a while before I dive into the ARC for Top Ten since it's not releasing till October.

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  17. Oh I'm sooooo happy for you for having such a good time! I love Orlando! Read, swim, eat, repeat sounds like a dream! and then some good for the soul splurging oh yeah :) I know what you mean about coming back home though :) I hope one day soon get to Throne of Glass and ACOTAR! you gotta tell us all about Letters to the Lost. I have only heard great thing about it!

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    1. Aw, thank you! Orlando is fun and an easy trip for us (we're only a 2 hr drive away) o we tend to go down a couple times a year. We skip the parks (no interest) and focus on relaxing and it's always a good time. I hope to have my review for Letters to the Lost up soon!

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