Saturday, May 21, 2016

Sunday Post: Blog Lists & Fairytales

The Sunday Post is hosted by the wonderful Kimba, the Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and gives us all a chance to recap our week, talk about what we are reading, share any new books that have come our way, and whatever else we want to talk about. 

My husband said I have been crying for an hour as I finished my most recent read (I don't believe it was actually that long). Both happy and sad tears. It could have also been because the end of the movie Inside Out always gets to me too, although I wasn't really paying that much attention to it, admittedly. It was a good way to round out the day.

How have you all been? What are you up to this weekend?

I spent a good part of the day with Mouse at the park. She's all registered for this fall's soccer season. She'll be playing on an actual team. I am not sure how that will go over with my little loves-to-chase-but-not-really-go-after-the-ball soccer player. As long as she has fun, I will be happy. She also had her regular soccer class, and then she and I played at the park awhile. She as a pirate princess sorceress and me, as, well, I'm not sure. We steered our pirate ship around a bit, went looking for treasure in a cave that was guarded by a mean troll that we put to sleep with a lullaby. Mouse used her considerable charms to turn the troll into a friend and convince him to share the treasure with us once he woke up. That was after a chase around the playground. When it was time to go, my pirate princess sorceress threw her sparkly red shoes and refused to budge. I became the evil mother who forced her to return to her castle.

Book Blogger Hop


Every Friday Coffee Addicted Writer from Coffee Addicted Writer poses a question which participants respond on their own blogs within the week (Friday through Thursday). They then share their links at the main site and visit other participants blogs.


Do you keep a Blog Roll List? (submitted by Elizabeth
Kind of. I use The Old Reader as a way to keep track of the blogs I read, and some I subscribe to by e-mail. It was the closest I could come to Google's Reader, which was a huge loss I have yet to get over. I tried Feedly and Bloglovin' but neither really were a good fit. I used to keep a scrolling blog roll on my actual blog, but updating it was very time consuming. Blogs would become defunct, and I was constantly adding on. I suppose it takes some of the fun out of it for other bloggers or readers looking to discover new blogs. In the end though, I decided to do what worked best for me.

What about you? Do you keep a Blog Roll List?


New to My Shelves:



Salvage the Bones by Jessmyn Ward (Postal Book Club Pick)



The View from the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (from the publisher)


Curse of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain (from the author)


The Secrets of Wishtide by Kate Saunders (Netgalley)


What I Am Reading: This week I read Charming by Elliott thanks. It was  fun diversion from my more serious reading as of late. It's put me in the mood to read more urban fantasy, and I'm thinking of picking up another of my May poll picks. Maybe the second place winner. I just finished reading June by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore for an upcoming  book tour. It's about a woman who is still mourning the loss of her grandmother when she discovers she is the sole heir to the fortune of a stranger. His family isn't too pleased and sets out to find out who this woman is, opening the past wide open. 

What I Am Watching: I am all caught up with Fear of the Walking Dead--at least until Sunday night's episode airs. It got very interesting this last episode. I'm actually looking forward to seeing the next one. I also got a chance to catch up with Quantico. I have mixed feelings about the show, but no one can deny it had its shares of twists and turns. I doubt any of the characters had they been real people would have made it into the FBI. But what do I know?

Around the Blogosphere:

This Past Week In Reading Mews:

I hope you all have a great week! Happy Reading!



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42 comments:

  1. I keep a blogroll although I'm not so good at keeping it updated lol, although it's surprising to me how much it helps me keep up with certain blogs.

    I just got caught up with FTWD too- and you're right, the last episode was... interesting. I hope it's not spoilery for me to ask... what's up with Chris? I am not liking him lol. And thanks for the shout out! Hope your weekend is a great one. :)

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    1. Greg - I rely so heavily on my feed reader. Probably too much.

      I am wondering the same thing about Chris--and I don't especially like him right now either. He has some serious issues. Although, I suppose they all do, don't they?

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  2. How exciting that Mouse is registered for the new soccer season. It’s definitely most important that she is having fun. ;)
    I also keep a blog roll list. At least I used too.. I’ve forgot about it lately. But when I’m back from my trip and holiday I’m determined to get back to it. :D
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Maureen - It should be fun for her. What makes it hard is getting her to practices during the week since I work. Hopefully it will work out somehow.

      I hope you have a wonderful week too!

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  3. I'm assuming June is the book that had you crying! I love that books can have that much of an impact on us!

    I'm sure will enjoy soccer - which I guess is all that matters!

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    1. Deborah - Yes, June had me in tears. :-) It was an enjoyable read.

      I think the part she loves most is being able to play with other children. :-)

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  4. Comic relief is often necessary! A light-hearted book can be just the thing when reading gets too dark or sad.
    I caught up with the 2nd season of Bosch, now on to the next series. I use Feedly; it was awful when Google let us down.

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    1. Jenclair - I enjoy something light-hearted in between the more serious reads. :-) Not that June was heavy. It wasn't exactly light though either.

      I need to finish watching the first season of Bosch. My husband really liked the first season. I don't think he's watched the second yet.

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  5. Lovely to hear that Mouse has enrolled for the new soccer season - do you take a break from it over the summer? No, I don't keep a Blogroll and I really am desperate to find something that does for my Wordpress blog what Hootsuite or Statusbrew does for Twitter - keep track of who I'm following and who is following me. So if you do know of any cool widget that does such a thing, I'd be delighted to hear of it.
    Hope next week is a good one and this is my weekly roundup... https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/05/22/sunday-post-15th-may-2/

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    1. Sarah - We're thinking of taking a break this summer from soccer. It takes up so much of our time on the weekends and it'd be nice to do some fun day trips before she starts kindergarten the end of August.

      I've never tried Satusbrew or Hootsuite for Twitter. I will have to look into those.

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  6. Lucky you with the review copy of The View from the Cheap Seats! I have it preordered so hopefully have it soon!!

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    1. Kelly - I'm looking forward to diving in. I will probably read it in bits and spurts. Essays tend to work out better for me that way.

      I hope we both enjoy it!

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  7. I love how you and Mouse played together! One of my regrets about having three kids has always been that there wasn't time to really play like that with each one. Always a baby on my hip with the older ones were that age and too much going on in our lives by the time our "baby" was that age.

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    1. Lisa - A relative commented to me recently that he wants another child so their son will have someone to play with--so they don't have to all the time. It isn't always easy to give Mouse the time she wants, unfortunately, but we try to when we can. And then there are the times I'm bored stiff and wish she had a friend who could play with her instead. (Then I feel guilty for feeling that way.) There are challenges and regrets any way you have it, I imagine.

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  8. Sounds like you had fun at the park. My daughter wants to do soccer but for now we are enjoying her playing softball and she seems to like it when she is not staring into space :)

    I used to have a blogroll but now I have a favorites blog folder in my browser tab. Makes it easer to find people for me.

    I hope you have an amazing week, Wendy! Happy Reading!

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    1. Michelle - It'll be fun to watch the young kids play soccer competitively. I can just imagine how it will go too. LOL My daughter wants to try softball and I may sign her up next spring, if it works out. The biggest disadvantage my daughter has is that I work long hours and so getting to practices and games (if they aren't on the weekend) can be hard.

      I thought about having a separate page for my blogroll, but decided against it. It would still take time to maintain. I struggle enough with getting posts in a timely fashion. LOL

      I hope you are having a great week too!

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  9. I have one page in each of my (SIX) blogs that lists favorites...but I do need to update it more regularly.

    I have been through that whole scene you had with Mouse...throwing the shoes and refusing to budge. I always had to remind myself that these behaviors show how passionate the kids are about what they're doing. A good thing, right?

    I never got started with Quantico, but I'm curious. It's probably over by now, right? I'll check On Demand.

    Enjoy your week...and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I can barely keep up with my one blog. Six is a lot. You do a great job of it though. :-)

      That's a great perspective--and one I remind myself of whenever my daughter refuses to leave school at the end of the day. :-)

      It might be better to watch Quantico on Demand. That way you get through those cliffhangers faster. I hope you like it if you do watch it. There's a lot of melodrama mixed in with the action. And I do mean melodrama and not just drama.

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  10. I did transition to Feedly but still miss Google Reader. I gave up on a blog roll, too, because it was too much to keep up with.

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    1. Kathy - That's what I found. It was just too much to keep up with. I do like The Old Reader quite a bit. What I don't like though is that they added a limit to the number of blogs I can follow before they want me to pay. Which is why I subscribe to some by e-mail now. :-S

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  11. I'm old fashioned and follow Blogs in my RSS reader (QuiteRSS). I don't keep a Blog Roll on my own blog because I follow LOTS of blogs and was overwhelmed just thinking about creating it.

    Got My Book

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    1. Jeanene - I'm not familiar with QuiteRSS. I'll have to look into it.

      Blogrolls are a lot of work. I'm much happier with using The Old Reader.

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  12. My blogroll is a hopeless disaster. I should probably decide whether to update and rejuvenate it or axe it completely. I'm with you about Google Reader. I still miss it terribly. I use Feedly on my computer and Bloglovin' on my phone (which is a great way to both miss posts and read some posts twice....whomp whomp), and they both pale in comparison.

    I caught up with Fear the Walking Dead on Hulu and really enjoyed it. Alas, now I'm in the waiting period for more of it. I started watching Quantico and enjoyed it, but it's been a while since I've hit up an episode. Too busy watching Nurse Jackie on Netflix I guess.

    Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Megan - I still don't completely understand why they got rid of Google Reader. The Old Reader is the closest I've found, but it's still not the same.

      I've never seen Nurse Jackie, although I have heard of it. I'll have to give that one a try.

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  13. Nice haul! Curse of the Gargoyles by Rebecca Chastain sounds rather interesting!
    Happy Reading! <a href="http://paulettespapers.com/?p=11019”>Dani @ Paulette’s Papers</a>

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    1. Dani - I really enjoyed the first book in Chastain's series. I'm anxious to read the next installment. :-)

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  14. I keep a blogroll, but it needs some serious updating!! A lot of the blog buttons are no longer in use by the blogs that I have listed...
    I haven't watched Fear of the Walking Dead yet. We stopped watching Walking Dead a few seasons back. Need to catch up on both :)
    My Sunday Post

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    1. Lillian - That's what I found often when I kept a blogroll. It always made me sad to see a blog closed down and I didn't know--or even if I did know.

      I still prefer The Walking Dead to Fear of the Walking Dead. I am not a fan of the people in the new show, but hopefully they will grow on me.

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  15. I agree with your about Quantico. I find it entertaining with all of the twists and turns, but I don't like Alex as a character. She's just so selfish. Plus, as you said, none of them would be good candidates for the FBI. I hope.

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    1. Tiffany - You too? I am glad I am not the only one who doesn't care for Alex. It's an interesting show though. I haven't decided yet if I will follow it next season.

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  16. I deleted my blogroll because I kept forgetting to update it. Sounds like you and the little one had a great time. And I think the coaches understand that they can't expect a lot of focus with such young players:)
    Great showcase of books. I see a couple we share in common:)

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Laura - It was hard to stay on top of the blogroll when I had one. It was so easy to forget. I think it'll be fun to see the little kids playing a game. :-)

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  17. All of us loved Inside Out. It was such a great movie!

    I used to have a blog roll list but had it removed from my blog because I rarely have the time to update it. I also used to read blogs from Google Reader and till now I still miss it.

    Hope you've a great week, Wendy!

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    1. Melody - Inside Out is a favorite in our house too. :-)

      Nothing has been able to take the place of Google Reader quite the way I would like it too. Maybe someday . . .

      I hope you are enjoying your week too.

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  18. I'm using feedly now, because... I'm too lazy to find anything else :p

    And I've just finished The Wicked Boy! It's a good read :D The Secrets of Wishtide looks fantastic too!

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    1. Eustacia - Haha! I know how that goes. I know a lot of people who use and like Feedly.

      I am glad you enjoyed The Wicked Boy. It sounds really good.

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  19. I got rid of my blogroll and need to figure something else out! Love those books that draw out emotions. Hope this is a great week.

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    1. Nise' - Sometimes I miss having a blog roll. I like books that make me emotional too. :-) Those are often the ones that stick with me the longest. I hope you are enjoying your week!

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  20. Your make-believe sounds a lot of fun, and I had to laugh at the last bit! Glad to hear Mouse is registered for soccer; perhaps the structure will help determine whether she wants to make a hobby out of it or just prefers the running.

    June sounds rather good, a nice step away from the more usual inheritance storyline.

    I considered a blog list but had nowhere to put it without making every page very long. I do use a feed reader and subscribe via email to a couple of blogs.

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    1. Charlie - We have a lot of fun playing in her imaginary worlds. :-) I was thinking that too--that maybe she's better suited for track as a sport. Haha!

      I ended up keeping a scrolling blog roll for a few years because the list was too long and that way it took up less space.

      I enjoyed June quite a bit. There is a lot going on in the book, but the author handled it well, I thought.

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  21. When Google Reader quit (still pissed about that) I tried a few feedreaders. I did try The Old Reader but for some reason I switched to Inoreader. I can't remember why I switched - I feel like something happened and it had problems for a while? Inoreader is no bells and whistles, which is what I wanted! Bloglovin' and Feedly were too flashy and graphic heavy for me. I'm boring like that!

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    1. Elizabeth - The Old Reader did take a while to work out its quirks. I think the sudden surge in people signing up had something to do with it. I haven't had any problems with it in awhile. They don't have an official phone app, but the one I use for them has worked well. I tend not to do much blog reading on my phone though. My issue with The Old Reader now is that they switched it so if you want to follow 100 or more blogs, you have to pay. I'm not ready yet to pay for a service like that. So, I stay below the limit. I will have to look into Inoreader. Sounds like we have the same opinion of Bloglovin' and Feedly. :-)

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