The Sunday Post #137


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This was the first full work week since before Christmas - and it seemed to last forever. Oh my gosh, by Tuesday I was already thinking "is it Friday yet?" Never a good sign.

Friday night we met up with family at a Japanese steakhouse/hibachi restaurant for my niece's 11th birthday. She had a blast it was great to see her have such a good time. Her gift request had me laughing, though. She wanted a body pillow. LOL Seriously? Not a toy, clothes, a game, electronics? Nope, a fuzzy/furry body pillow. So Aunt Tanya (and Uncle Robert) made it so. :)

Yesterday was filled with errands - car maintenance, hair appointment, etc - so hopefully today is less busy with more reading time. What's on your agenda today?

After watching this, I totally want to know the question that Chrissy answered with "Jimmy Fallon." :)






Tuesday, January 8
My Year in Reading - 2018

Wednesday, January 9
WWW Wednesday #36 

Thursday, January 10
TBB Asks: Keep Me Entertained

Friday, January 11


WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:

     
The plot twists in this one had had my head spinning. What an end to the trilogy. My review will go up in the next week or so, closer to publication date.

Super sweet romance. My first by Annabeth Albert but I'm sure I'll read more from her.

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING: 

I've had this book on my shelf for at least four years. I've been dying to read it. It's a predicted 5-star read (do you ever predict your own 5-star reads?). But I kept putting it off because I enjoyed the anticipation too much (don't ask... I do this all the time). But I'm finally reading it and I'm in love. I don't ever want this book to end. (P.S. Another prediction: this book will most certainly crush my heart.)

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:

I just started the audio of this one so I'm only on chapter two or so, but that's all it took to remind me what a total badass Jude is.


Not a thing!
    





How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
I'd love to hear about it!

52 comments

  1. It was my first full week back at work as well and I was so glad to see the weekend! I really enjoyed Archers Voice. I love Mia Sheridan 's writing. Have a good week.

    Megan @ reading away the days

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    1. Same here - Mia Sheridan's writing just does it for me. I always connect to the characters and the stories are always so emotional.

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  2. A body pillow sounds good to me lol. At least you know she got what she wanted. I am waiting to see if my library gets in The Wicked King so I can start it. Love the random! Have a great week!

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    1. She seemed awfully happy with it! :) Hopefully your library will get The Wicked King soon. I'm enjoying it so far!

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  3. I loved Archer's Voice! It was my first Mia Sheridan and I remember it so clearly. :)

    This work week kicked my ass too. Not only was it the first full week back it was a monster... Funnily enough because of the US government shut down! lol. The joys of running a project in collaboration with a team in the US. Oh well. As justification to stakeholders for failing to meet a deadline goes, government shutdown is a pretty solid (and unpredictable!) one.

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    1. Archer is positively breaking my heart. I'm hopeful for a happy ending but I have my doubts.

      The shutdown definitely has far-reaching effects. That's what we get for electing a moron for president. LOL

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  4. You sound like me, by Tuesday I was so ready for it to be Friday. It was the first full week in ages and it was the longest week! One of my co-workers said it would be, though. And your 11 year old niece wanted a body pillow? That is a girl after my own heart, they look so comfy I cannot lie. I saw Archer's Voice about a couple of years ago and never got to reading. Glad you're enjoying it. I can definitely relate with putting books off because you enjoy the anticipation for reading, I do it all the time. It's nice to feel rewarded when they totally meet all expectations.

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    1. Oh my gosh, wasn't last week the longest ever? I thought the body pillow was a funny request from an 11 year old but she was thrilled. :) Holy cow, I don't think I've ever come across anyone else who puts off reading books like I do. And I tend to only do it with books I'm positive I will love. :)

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  5. Oh Archer's Voice is so good!!! I loved it. And I really need to read the De Vincent trilogy! This week was my first week back too and it was TOUGH!

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    1. The de Vincent trilogy was a lot of fun. I hope this week is easier on both of us!

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  6. Yeesss. I was having that same difficult work week.

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  7. Bwahahaha love your post on the government here Tanya! And I copmletely understand for Archer's Voice I loved it so much!!!! The Wicked King is due to land in my mailbox hopefully next week. I can't wait! Why do I need to get back to work the week where I'll finally get it??? Happy Sunday!

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    1. What timing, right? You go back to work and *then* The Wicked King shows up. Not fair! :) Archer's Voice is breaking my heart... but I love it.

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  8. Oh, I love to see that you have given Annabeth Albert a go! She is one of my favorites. Yes, my first full work week, too, and boy did it feel it! I'm glad you enjoyed your nieces birthday. We had a birthday in my family this week, too. She turned ten, and I got her a children's cookbook to go with the mixing bowls she got for Christmas. LOL

    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Aw, what a great gift for a budding chef. :) I'm sure she loved it.
      I'm definitely excited to read more from Annabeth Albert!

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  9. I hate it when work days just drag on! Your random, lol! I loved Archer's Voice so I'm happy to hear you're enjoying it.

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    1. It's crazy how long I put off Archer's Voice... but I loved knowing that I had it to look forward to. :)

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  10. I felt the same way about my work week. It seemed to be eternal. Hopefully the upcoming week will feel more normal.

    That's so funny that your niece wanted a body pillow for her birthday. Just thinking about it makes me want one too actually, lol.

    LOL at your random for this week!

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    1. Yeah, an 11 year old wanting a body pillow seemed so funny to me - but she loved it. :) I hope this week is easier for us both!

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  11. Haha, that random is awesome. I approve of your niece’s gift choice. I have 2 body pillows and love them. I even bring them camping with me. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Wow, two body pillows... I'm not sharing that with my niece or she'll decide she needs two, also. LOL

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  12. It was my first full week of work after a break too. I don't even work full time and it was still rough. LOL And I LOVE your niece's gift. That's awesome.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Not full time and it was still rough? Now that's a hard week! LOL

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  13. The first week back always goes SOOO slowly, good grief. I'm already like when's the next holiday?!? And glad to hear The Wicked King is going well- that's a series I hope to start soon. :)

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    1. Yes! And thankfully we have one to look forward to next Monday. Bring it on!

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  14. I have a fuzzy body pillow - it's wonderful. Your niece knows good things. That full week back was a beast, and we still weren't fully staffed and really, really busy. Can't wait until MLK Day! I have had Archer's Voice on my kindle for ages. I think it's an ugly cry book, so that's probably why I put it off for so long.

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    1. Apparently Brooke has good taste. :) Yes on MLK Day! We've just gotta get through this week. Gah! I finally decided this was it... I WAS going to read Archer's Voice. He is so precious and this one better not end badly. My heart will not recover.

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  15. Haha a fuzzy body pillow is such a cool choice! I totally need one of those too ;)

    Enjoy The Wicked King! I adore that cover.

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    1. I know, after buying the body pillow for my niece I totally want one. :)

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  16. I predict 5 star books all the time. Usually books by authors who have written other five star books. Usually I'm not disappointed.

    I loved The Wicked King! I stayed up late on Tuesday night to finish it. I hope you like it as much as I did. That ending though! Now I want The Queen of Nothing ASAP!

    The Wicked King arrived in my mailbox this week, and I ordered some books on writing: The Thesaurus of Rural Settings, The Emotional Wound Thesaurus, and The Emotion Thesaurus. Nothing else new, but I have plenty to read otherwise.

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    1. I've been planning a post of five star predictions. I need to get on that and make it happen.

      Oh gosh, you have me super excited to continue on with TWK! I'm only about 20% in and I am suspicious of everyone!

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  17. I'm glad to hear you are liking the audiobook of The Wicked King.
    Deanna Reads Books

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    1. So far so good... but I am sooo suspicious of everyone. :)

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  18. A fuzzy body pillow sounds like an awesome gift. So comfy! And I love that quote about the government. Sounds like a good plan to me!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Yeah, I love the quote... if only it could happen. :)

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  19. I just finished The Cruel Prince so I am SOOOO excited to start The Wicked King. I agree, Jude is SUCH a badass. I love her so much. And this series has just completely blown me away???? I don't know why, but I had it in my mind that I probably wouldn't like it but it's so addicting! Also, ooh I am so intrigued by that Jennifer L. Armentrout book/series.

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    1. I probably should have found a spoilery recap of The Cruel Prince before I started The Wicked King. It's been almost a full year since I read it and there have been a few mentions of characters that left me like, "who was that again?" I'm about 25% in and loving it so far. But I trust no one! LOL

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  20. I used to watch the Tonight Show all the time. I don't anymore - I am usually just to tired to keep my eyes open. I just got The Wicked King too. I can't wait to read it. Now to just find the time. Have a wonderful week!

    Mary

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    1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Tonight show when it aired - too late for me! - but I do like seeing clips of Jimmy Fallon and his guests. He’s a great host.

      I’m about 30% into The Wicked King and loving it! Hope you get to it soon!

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  21. Sorry it was a long first week back, Tanya. My hubs felt the same way and he didn't go back until Wednesday! LOL Hopefully this week has started off smoothly. I can't wait to see your reviews of JLA and Annabeth Albert...and Mia Sheridan too. I've had that book since I met her in 2015 and still haven't read it. Like you, I just know I'm going to love it so I have no idea why I keep putting it off. ;)

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    1. Ha! That’s what I should have done... eased back into the work week. :)

      Archer’s Voice is definitely on track to be a 5 star read - something that is very rare for me. But the ending better not break my heart! I’m so nervous.

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  22. I'm right there with you. By Tuesday, I couldn't wait for Friday. I low key want a body pillow too so your niece is pretty awesome! Japanese for dinner sounds so good.

    You look like you had a great reading week so I hope this week treats you just as well in the book department.

    Happy reading, Tanya!

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    1. I’ve been giggling at how many comments have mentioned either having or wanting a body pillow. :)

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  23. I'm enjoying getting back to the routine more than I expected. Enjoy your new books! I hope this week is better for you! Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. Thanks Anne - it really does feel good to settle back into my usual routine after the hectic holidays.

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  24. Hey! Nothing wrong with wanting a body pillow, I LOVE mine. LOL. Glad she had fun.

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. I’ve been surprised by how many people say they use body pillows. Maybe I’m missing out! LOL

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  25. I haven't been to hibachi restaurant on forever, it sounds like your niece had a good birthday!

    I lovedddd that Chrissy Tiegen video, I can't believe she ate it!

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    1. My niece chooses the hibachi restaurant for her birthday every year. :)
      I was laughing at Chrissy... girl can down a drink! LOL

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  26. why is it so hard to come from vacation huh? LOL

    Hibachis are our to go place to celebrate! The kids love the whole show :) Glad to hear your nice loved it too :) Looking forward to hear about the Wicked King. I'm very curious about that series!

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    1. That first week back to real life is a killer. :)
      Brooke (my niece) always chooses the hibachi restaurant for her birthday. She never seems to get tired of the show. :) I think you would enjoy The Cruel Prince!

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