The Sunday Post #153


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  • Back at home after a wonderful week of R&R. Lazy days of poolside reading, poolside lunching... and maybe even a little poolside dozing. (All while under shade and wearing SPF 100. I'm like a vampire, I do not do the sun.)
  • We celebrated our 20th anniversary with dinner at a favorite restaurant. Great food, great service, and we marveled at how the years (27 in total) have passed so fast.
THIS IS WHAT 20 YEARS OF HAPPY LOOKS LIKE
  • I unexpectedly got to meet up with a friend while away. Brittany and I met through blogging several years ago and it just so happened we were in Orlando at the same time (pretty amazing considering she had traveled from Canada!). We met up for dinner one night and had a fantastic time. 
  • And now its back to reality. :) I'm meeting my mom and sisters for our monthly breakfast this morning, doing some laundry this afternoon, and getting ready to return to the office tomorrow. *huge woe-is-me sigh* But I'll leave you with a few pics from the past week.
  
  



It wasn't a totally silent week in my absence. My review for The Bride Test was already written so I was able to pre-schedule it for posting. That's the extent of me blogging ahead. :)

Friday, April 26
Review: The Bride Test by Helen Hoang


WHAT I READ IN THE LAST WEEK:

*crickets*     
  
Despite being on vacation and having all the time in the world, I didn't finish a thing. Don't ask me how that happened. *shrugs*


WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING: 
    
  

Totally loving this one! I adore Marlee and the audio version is just so much fun. 

Hard As It Gets (Hard Ink #1) - Laura Kaye
This is my first by Laura Kaye and I'm liking-it-not-loving-it. I'm about 100 pages in so we'll see how it goes. 


PHYSICAL BOOKS: 
        

I always hit up the Barnes & Noble near our resort when we're in Orlando. Why is it that it seems somehow better than the two Barnes & Noble's that I have right here at home? :) Anyway, I picked up Fumbled, because I definitely need more from Alexa Martin, and Serious Moonlight because there's no way I won't love it.

KINDLE BOOKS: 

This was available through Amazon Prime's First Reads (I think that's what it's called?) and it sounded like one I'll enjoy.

eARCS FOR REVIEW: 
      








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

44 comments

  1. TRUTH! It is so hard coming back from a long vacation. I only do a long stretch once a year, but it is brutal. It looks like you had a wonderful time. You and the hubs are too adorbs. Glad you are enjoying Intercepted. I liked both Martin's books a lot.

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    1. We had a wonderful, relaxing getaway. I look forward to it every year.

      And thanks... I kind of take pride in being *that couple.* The sickeningly in love one. LOL

      So loving Intercepted! I’m about 80% through and I don’t want it to end. :)

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  2. Aww happy anniversary! That's so amazing that you had that time off together. I always say I need a vacation from my vacation to recover LOL
    I so want to read Martin's books and Bennett's book!
    Genesis @ Whispering Chapters

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    1. Thanks Genesis! And isn’t that the truth? It’s like you need one week of vacation and another week to recuperate. LOL

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  3. It looks like you had an amazing vacation and happy anniversary! I have Serious Moonlight on my TBR this month and it sounds really good! Have a great week!

    ~ Kendra @ Kendra Loves Books

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    1. Thanks Kendra! And hopefully we’ll both love Serious Moonlight! :)

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  4. Glad you had a good vacation and anniversary!It is so hard to get back to normal after!! Your random is true. Have a great week!

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    1. Thanks Grace! Thankfully we had a couple days at home before heading back to work, so that helped.

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  5. Your vacation looked so relaxing, and it must have been if you didn't finish a book. 20 years looks beautiful on you two!

    Matt and I are celebrating 5 years in two weeks and I'm confused where time has gone.

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    1. Aw, thanks Amber! :) The 20 year thing is kind of mind boggling. LOL
      Happy (early) anniversary to you and Matt! Any special plans??

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  6. Looks like you had fun! I so need to get my hands on serious moonlight!

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    1. I’m so excited to read it! Fingers crossed we’ll both love it! :)

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  7. Happy Anniversary!! That's amazing.

    I have a love/hate relationship with the sun. I love it, it hates me LOL I burn SO bad all the time.

    Laura's book are hit and miss for me. I loved that series, regardless of the instalove, but that's about it! lol I hope you end up enjoying it and the rest of the books in the series, should you continue.

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    1. To be a native Floridian you’d think I’d be a sun worshipper but nothing could be further from the truth. I avoid it like the plague. LOL

      I’m about 150 pages into the Laura Kaye book. It’s okay but not fantastic... I’ll have to wait and decide if I’ll be continuing the series.

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  8. I'm glad you had a lovely vacation and thanks for sharing the great photos. It is wild when you run into people you know. I love the Hard Ink series by Laura Kaye but I listened on audio from the library. Good luck with the back to work!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. It really was crazy running into a friend while away from home.
      So far I’m enjoying the Laura Kaye book... I’m just meeting all the other team members which is fun!

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  9. Happy anniversary! And yay for poolside!! Looks fun. :) I love dozing at poolside!

    I always love finding new bookstores, even if it's just Barnes & Noble.

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    1. Dozing poolside... oh how I wish I was doing that right now. LOL

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  10. Looks like it was a fabulous vacation, and how fun to meet up with a blog buddy.

    Have a great reading week.

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  11. As I said on IG: Happy Anniversary! And that duck in the pool really made me laugh Tanya!

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    1. Everyone around the pool got a good laugh at that duck. :)

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  12. Glad you had a lovely break! Back to work is always the worst... Happy belated anniversary to you and your husband!

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    1. Thanks Nicci. :) It was a wonderful getaway... but back to work was hard! LOL

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  13. Happy 20th anniversary! That is wonderful. Sorry you have to go back to work tomorrow. Thats the worst. The first few days are so hard!

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    1. Thanks Samantha! And yeah, heading back in to the office was quite the struggle this morning. LOL

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  14. Welcome back. Glad you had fun in the sun!

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  15. I'm glad you had a great vacation, and how fun you got to meet a bloggy friend! That's awesome. I have Arctic Wild to read/review too! I'm excited.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I haven’t read the first Arctic book but I don’t think it’ll be a problem.

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  16. Glad you enjoyed your R&R! Looks beautiful

    I need to request Intercepted again. It came in during the whole moving thing and I didn't have time - but now I can read them both!

    I haven't gotten to Annabeth's new series yet but I love her books.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I'll probably finish Intercepted on my way to the office this morning and I don't want it to end. I just love the two main characters! Hope you can get it back soon!

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  17. Lol, your totally random is so true! I'm glad to hear you had a great time. Enjoy all of your new reads! Serious Moonlight is one that I really liked a lot.

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    1. I love hearing that about Serious Moonlight. Makes me even more excited to start it.

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  18. Hope you're getting back into the swing of things. Love your Totally Random this week!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Thanks Nicole! Coming back to the office wasn’t too bad. :)

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  19. Oh, that random is so true! Love your vacation pics and happy 27th, Tanya! Looks like you stayed at an awesome resort. Yay for getting to meet up with a fellow blogger. Isn't that fun? There's no one out there that understands our book addiction like a fellow blogger!

    I'm debating about picking up Jay Crownover's newest. It's on Netgalley and a little hard to resist but I'm trying to cut back!

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I love that resort. We’ve been going there for 10-12 years now and I consider it my happy place. :) And getting to meet up with Brittany was a total bonus. I have the prequel novella for Crownover’s new series but I haven’t requested Justified yet. I’m going to see what I think of Unbroken first.

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  20. Your pictures have made me so jealous. I want r&r by the pool. Especially as today it's raining and cold and we have no central heating while the builders are here. Can't wait to see your thought on Intercepted and Fumbled. I loved Intercepted so I fully expect everyone else to as well.

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    1. Ick. Cold and rainy sounds like the perfect time to run away to a warm, sunny location. I absolutely loved Intercepted! I finished the audio on the way to the office yesterday and I’m still thinking about it. I wanted to do the audio for Fumbled but the wait time is 10 weeks - ha! So I think I’ll be going the physical book route. :)

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  21. Congrats on the anniversary :) And some great pictures! And meeting blogger friends is really neat.

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    1. Thanks Olivia! Getting to meet Brittany was a total bonus. :)

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  22. I almost forgot about Amazon First Reads this month - thank you. I also picked up Valencia and Valentine. Sounded the most interesting! Glad you had a great vacation and anniversary!

    Mary

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    1. Thanks Mary! And hopefully we'll both enjoy Valencia & Valentine.

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