Saturday, March 25, 2017

Sunday Post: Too Many New Books & A Tea Party

New to My Shelves: My friend Nicole shared a link of e-books that were on sale for one day earlier in the week, and I made the mistake of clicking through. I ended up buying four books. It would have been more, but I decided I needed to practice moderation. Not that my definition of moderation matches anyone else's . . . 


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth About Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson 

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis

Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue


Three Wishes by Lianne Moriarty


In my rush to post last week, I forgot to mention that I had purchased e-copies of

Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) by N.K. Jemisin

Long Road Home by Marie Meyer

I also forgot to list the book I bought at Barnes & Noble the other week when we stopped by for my daughter's free birthday cupcake.


Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian

So yeah, maybe I overdid the book buying in March. 



What I Am Reading: I am binge reading the Nightwing trilogy by Juliette Cross at the moment, reading the final book, Nighbloom. They are more novella size, and so fairly quick reads. They fall in the romance fantasy category featuring hybrid dragons.

What I Am Watching: I am caught up with The Voice and until Sunday night, The Walking Dead (and then I'll be behind again). We're getting down to the end of the season, and I am anxious to see how it plays out. Is anyone else watching Time After Time about Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells? I saw the first two episodes, and the jury is still out.

What's Going On Off the Blog: The girls celebrated the end of cookie season with a lavish catered tea party, and fun was had by all.

 The girls table for the tea party

The food table

The adults' table at the tea party

Mouse and I also joined the troop in seeing Beauty and the Beast in the theater (our second time). Everyone seemed to enjoy it. The girls all had on princess dresses. Mouse lost her book down the side of the chair, and the movie theater staff went way above and beyond in search of it. Including taking the theater recliner apart. I was ready to give it up for lost, but my tearful daughter had the staff in the theater wanting to help her no matter what it took. I made sure the manager knew how much we appreciated their efforts. They really are wonderful. Yeah, I know I shouldn't have let her take the book in. But it was a book. And I always have a book with me. I learned my lesson. Hopefully she did too. Although somehow, I don't think so. They did retrieve the book, by the way, which was well stuffed inside the side of the theater recliner.


Around the Blogosphere:

This Week In Reading Mews:

Tell me about what you have been up to! What are you reading, listening to and watching? How was your week? Do you have anything planned for this coming week?

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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.

How do you handle negative comments left on your blog?
Fortunately, this is not something I have had to deal with very often. Most people who take the time to comment on my blog are very respectful and friendly--even when we disagree. I do not expect everyone who visits my blog to agree with my opinions, and I enjoy a good discussion. I like hearing other views, and respect other opinions. Of course, those I don't really consider negative comments. I see a negative comment more as a personal attack or if someone were to be verbally abusive or disrespectful toward me or another commenter. In those instances, I would exercise my right to not publish the offensive comment. Rudeness is not something I will tolerate.

What about you? Have you ever received negative comments on your blog? What did you handle it?

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Every Sunday, Kendra Allen of Reads and Treats comes up with a theme for a Sunday list  of 5 things (because making lists are fun!) and asks participants to share.


Today's 5 Things on Sunday theme is what my pet would say. I have two cats, and they are both quite vocal.

1. I imagine the constant mews I get on weekend mornings when I am trying to sleep in a little mean something like, "Wake up and feed me, you insolent human!"

2. While I try to tell myself the meows from my orange tabby as I get ready for work in the mornings are simply him saying good morning, it's probably more along the same lines as #1.

3. My younger cat can be very talkative too. I can hear her mewing throughout the house, and my best guess is she is looking for me: "Human Mama, where are you? You know I don't like to be left alone for long."

4. She also likes to meow at me when she wants attention: "Pet me! I'm right here. See me rolling on the floor? Scratch my belly, please. Right now!"

5. Or, more than likely, both my cats are telling me how much they love and admire me and wish I would sit down so they can cuddle with me for awhile.

Do you have a pet? What do you think they are trying to tell you?


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




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. 


© 2017, Wendy Runyon of Musings of a Bookish Kitty. All Rights Reserved. If you're reading this on a site other than Musings of a Bookish Kitty or Wendy's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.

58 comments:

  1. White Rage looks very interesting (and perhaps frustrating). And Three Wishes! I'd like to read more Liane Moriarty. I'm getting antsy about Walking dead with the finale approaching. Im a little frustrated they're taking forever to start the war on negan and you just know they'll give us a little and then bam cliffhanger lol- and we'll all be waiting til next year. Sigh. Too little payoff for the time invested lol.

    Looks like an amazing tea party! And glad the theater folks wer able to find the book! That can be tough for a kid.

    Oh and there are two cats here too (well three but the older one doesn't do this) but the younger ones will walk on me to wake me up. Obviously feeding them can't wait ha ha!

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    1. Greg - I've heard really good things about White Rage, and am anxious to read it. I couldn't pass up Three Wishes. I have only read one of Moriarty's books so far, but I really liked her writing style.

      I had the same thought about The Walking Dead. So little is happening right now and they've got just a couple episodes left. I really hate cliffhangers . . . And yet I keep watching. Haha. We are spoiled by the ability to binge-watch, I think.

      The girls had a lot of fun at the tea party. :-) They all looked so cute all dolled up too. Mouse was heartbroken about the book. She kept saying, "It was my favorite!" For all of the three hours she owned it. We'd just bought it at the school book fair. Haha

      Parker is more of a plucker--using his little claws to pluck at me or the blanket over me to wake me up while mewing. Gracie will walk all over me if Parker doesn't have any luck. It's so annoying when it is happening, but I can't help but love them for it just the same.

      Thanks for stopping by, Greg!

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  2. Oh wow, that tea party looks so fun! Not that I drink tea, but I might give it a try if everything looked that pretty ;-)

    It's always nice when people go above and beyond to help, and it sounds like the theater people were really nice about the book.

    I agree, I don't consider disagreeing with my opinion in a respectful way to be a negative comment. And luckily I've never had anyone attack me or be disrespectful, but I'd probably also just delete it if that did happen.

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    1. Kristen - The catering company did such a good job. I didn't even know they had companies that catered tea parties before this. I'm so sheltered. It's what the girls wanted to spend their cookie money on, and I think it turned out quite nice.

      I was really impressed with the level of service at the movie theater. Everyone was so nice and helpful--and patient.

      I have seen negative comments on other people's blogs or social media outlets, and, it's definitely true what they say about inhibitions being lowered when no one can actually see you. It's sad that people feel it's okay though.

      Thanks for stopping by, Kristen!

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  3. Awww...what a nice tea party your girls had!


    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

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    1. Ronyell - It was very nice. :-) Thanks for visiting!

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  4. I have the same weakness like you when it comes to book sales/bargains. I can't control myself, which always drives my husband crazy. ;)
    I watched Beauty and The Beast last week and loved it too. It was a very rarely a time out with my husband. I enjoyed it.
    Btw, I'm curious about White Rage. And Long Road Home sounds great. Can't wait to read your reviews.
    Have a great week. :)

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    1. Geybie - It drives my husband crazy too. :-) In fact, I just finished the Nightwing trilogy and am fighting the urge to buy more of the author's books set in the same world.

      I am glad you liked Beauty and the Beast! It was good, wasn't it? I am also glad you got to have some time out with just your husband. I know how that goes. My husband and I hardly ever get time alone. We're going to see a musical in a couple weeks just the two of us. I'm looking forward to it!

      I hope you have a great week too! Thanks for visiting!

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  5. What a nice tea party! Three Wishes looks good, I have read all of her books. Have a great week!

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    1. Cindy - I have only read one of Moriarty's books so far, but really enjoyed it. I hope to read more by her soon. Three Wishes sounds like it will be good one! I hope you have a great week too. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I have been resisting the ebook sales for the most part, but I am sure there are some I will wish I had got down the road...

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    1. Kelly - You are wise to do so. I try to avoid them, but my friends can be enablers sometimes. LOL

      Thanks for visiting, Kelly.

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  7. You will love The Dollhouse. It's a trip back in time.

    https://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2017/03/childhood-poverty.html

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    1. Deb - I hope so! It sounds like it will be good. Thank you for visiting!

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  8. Great Blog Hop Answer...I would do the same. Just ignore and delete. Not worth the time to reply.

    Have a great Sunday!! I hear Dollhouse is good.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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    1. Elizabeth - I hadn't heard too much about Dollhouse and so am glad to hear there is good buzz out there about it. It sounds good.

      I don't see the point in engaging with someone who is rude. Especially in this forum. So, I definitely agree with you.

      Thank you for stopping by, Elizabeth!

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  9. Oh I have the audio of The Sleepwalker and I need to move it up my TBR. It sounds so good but I keep forgetting I have it!
    Enjoy your books!

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    1. Samantha - I think Sleepwalker sounds good too. I can't wait to read it! Have a great week! Thanks for visiting.

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  10. That tea party looks fabulous and so fun! Kudos to the theater for knowing how important that book was for Mouse. It's so nice when businesses treat their customers that well.

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    1. Kathy - I thought the tea party turned out very well. :-) And, yes, it really is nice when businesses go through such lengths for their customers. It's a great way to build a loyal customer base.

      Thanks for visiting, Kathy!

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  11. OK, that tea party is absolutely stunning! Talented people set that up, that's for sure :) And a big WOW for the theater staff. So nice to hear :)

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    1. Donna Marie - I guess it is there entire business, catering tea parties. They did a great job and the girls loved it.

      Thanks for visiting, Donna Marie! I hope you have a great week.

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  12. I'm in another reading slump. I have no excuse either as I've lost the hubs to Zelda, so I could be using that time to read. Oh well. It'll pass.
    The tea party looks amazing. I'll bet that was a lot of fun.

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    1. Nicole - I am sorry to hear it. Reading slumps are no fun. I seem to be in a binge reading phase. I'd better be careful or it will lead to a slump. :-(

      The tea party turned out very well. The girls had a good time. They weren't too sure about some of the food, but they loved the dessert. Haha.

      Thanks for commenting, Nicole! I hope you have terrific week.

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  13. I still need to watch last week's episode of Time After Time, but I am enjoying it. I find anything that relates to Jack the Ripper to be fairly fascinating, and I really like the actors on the show.

    Aw, that tea party looks so fun! I'm glad the theater was so nice and found your daughter's book. I loved Beauty and the Beast!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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    1. Lauren - I think part of my problem with Jack the Ripper's character is that I keep seeing him as Daniel Grayson from Revenge. I hope to catch up on the show soon.

      Beauty and the Beast turned out well. I'm relieved! I hope you have a great week! Thanks for visiting, Lauren.

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  14. Oh, yes, White Rage is going on my list.

    That tea party looks very elegant and reminds me of the High Tea that some friends gave me right after I retired from my county social work position (before I went on to work an additional three years at a private agency. I guess I wasn't done yet).

    You wouldn't be Literary Feline if you didn't have a few cats. We had some when we lived in the bigger house in the foothills...now, I have none.

    They do have their own special language, though.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain - White Rage sounds like a must read, doesn't it?

      I bet the High Tea your friends gave you after you retired was very nice! Everything was so pretty--and the girls had a lovely time.

      Yes, cats do seem to have their very own language. :-) I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks for visiting, Laurel-Rain.

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  15. Hum, I was wondering what to do about my excess piles of books and thinking e-books might be a better solution. Now I see e-books can be just as addictive.

    The tea party looks lovely.

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    1. Roberta - E-books do save space, but they are just as easy to collect. And much easier to forget about if you aren't careful since they don't take up space!

      Thanks for visiting, Roberta!

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  16. That tea party! Amazing! I want to see B&B today. How incredibly above and beyond of that theater staff! That's wonderful!

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    1. Charlie - I hope you enjoyed Beauty and the Beast! The tea party was amazing. Everyone had a good time. I hope you have a great week! Thanks for visiting, Charlie.

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  17. Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian was really good and hey can one really have too many books? I am loving the tea party..what fun! Hope you have an awesome week!

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    1. Kim - I am looking forward to Sleepwalker. I love Bohjalian's writing. And you are right: there's no such thing as too many books. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by, Kim!

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  18. The 5 things had me laughing! I'm not sure I'd want to know what was going through most cats heads! So many great books in March! I really want to read The Sleepwalker. I love the premise on it. That's so sweet that the theater really went above and beyond on finding Mouse's book. The tea party looks adorable! I'm sure all the girls were so thrilled. Thanks for the mention! Have a great week!

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    1. Katherine - I probably wouldn't really want to know what they are thinking either. LOL

      The Sleepwalker does sound really good, doesn't it? I couldn't resist it when we were at the store.

      I hope you have a great week too, Katherine. Thanks for visiting!

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  19. I've had THE FIFTH SEASON marked on my Goodreads TBR, probably for quite a while now. I just looked it up on the local library's website, and I can borrow it from another public library in our network. So, maybe I should bump this one up on my TBR and finally get around to reading it.

    I've never had negative comments on my blog. So I guess we've been lucky.

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    1. Jen - I've heard such great things about The Fifth Season. I hope we both get to read it soon.

      I am glad you haven't had a negative comment on your blog. I hope we both never experience it!

      Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a great week.

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  20. Behold the Dreamers and The Dollhouse are both on my TBR list. It is hard to resist book sales sometimes and it looks like you got some great books and great deals as well. Hope you enjoy them :)

    The tea party sounds like fun. Glad your daughter was able to get her book back! That was very nice of the staff to help like that.

    I don't own cats but my cat niece is very vocal and I imagine she'd say the same kind of things.

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    1. Christina - Book sales are hard to resist! Sometimes I manage to control myself well--and other times . . . Not so much. Haha

      The tea party was fun. I think it turned out well. :-) I am relieved she got her book back too. I think a couple of the theater staff were beginning to think someone walked off with it, given how well hidden inside the chair it was. Thank goodness those chairs are not that difficult to take apart and port together.

      Thanks for visiting, Christina!

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  21. That looks like a great book haul. And I think we can definitely have a little book buying feast every once in a while! ;) The Dollhouse looks very good!
    Whahaha.. I love the 'What My Cat Would Say..' bit. My cat would totally complain about his blanket not laying on the couch as he likes, or me not giving him his food at the same time every day. LOL!! Love Cats.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Maureen - Thank you! I'm eager to read all of these. And every other book I still have on my shelves to read. LOL I should know better than to keep adding to my TBR collection.

      Your cat sounds like my Parker a bit. LOL I do love them.

      I hope you have a great week too. Thanks for visiting!

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  22. Nah, you didn't over do it with the books. That isn't possible. :D Ahhh TWD season finale is next week! I have a feeling things will go wrong. I haven't watched Time After Time YET. But I plan to. Omg, what a cute tea party!!

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    1. Christy - I'm so glad I have all of your support for my book buying habit. :-) I can't believe TWD will be over that soon. I just know I'm going to be so mad at the season finale. LOL I hope to catch last night's episode this Friday. Fingers crossed. I'm always a week behind.

      Thanks for stopping by, Christy!

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  23. A number of people have made the distinction between negative comments as personal attacks, and comments from people whose opinions differ. I think if we don't leave space for dialogue with people who disagree with us, we limit our ability to grow from our peers. Happy reading!

    eli @ the (book) supplier
    My Blog Hop Answer

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    1. Eli - I agree whole heartedly. Dialogue is good and being able to hear and share opposing viewpoints has many benefits.

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  24. I hope you enjoy Long Road Home. I thought it was a nice romance and liked it quite a bit. The movie theatre staff did go above and beyond to get Mouse's book for her. Who would have dreamed that it could get in there like that? Have a great week!

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    1. Carole - I am glad to hear you enjoyed Long Road Home. Maybe you are the one who motivated me to buy it! I am so grateful to the movie theater staff. It was really wedged in the chair good, let me tell you. Crazy!

      I hope you have a great week too!

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  25. I really enjoyed "The Fifth Season" when I read it last fall and I'm excited to get to the sequel. I'm jealous that you've seen "Beauty and the Beast" twice! I really want to see it, but it hasn't happened yet. Fingers crossed that we'll be able to go this week. The tea party looked fun! I'm sure the girls loved it. :)

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    1. Lindsay - I am glad to hear you enjoyed The Fifth Season. I am looking forward to reading it! Definitely this year. Hopefully sooner than later. :-)

      I hope you are able to see Beauty and the Beast this week!

      Thank you for visiting, Lindsay!

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  26. I borrowed The Sleepwalker a while back but have to return it because of the due date (Well, I've to confess I'd borrowed too many, haha). I'm looking forward to your thoughts on it, Wendy.

    The tea part sounds like fun! I'm glad Mouse managed to have her book back. :)

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    1. Melody - Haha! Borrowing too many is easy to do. :-) Hopefully you will get another chance to read Sleepwalker.

      I hope you have a great week! Thanks for visiting, Melody.

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  27. OMG, what a book haul!!!! AWESOME, Wendy!! I know the feeling of buying too many books, lol. Sometimes we just get carried away!

    Man, I wish I had known about this sale, though. I'm especially interested in "White Rage". I just looked it up on Amazon, and the hardcover is now priced at $12.99. The Kindle price is $10.63. I REFUSE to pay that much for a simple download. Of course, I can get the print book used, but the lowest price is $10.92, for a book in "Like New" condition. Maybe I'll get this copy. This book is VERY relevant to the current political atmosphere. I MUST make it a point to read it! Thanks for featuring it!

    I'm also very interested in Adichie's book, as well as Jemisin's. I will check out the others, too. OMG....SO MANY great books to read.....And Time is not my friend.... Woe is me!!!!! :(

    It sure looks like you all had a lot of fun at that tea party! The pictures are BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE those tea sets!

    I'm glad that the movie theater staff were able to retrieve Mouse's book! They went over and above in their efforts to get it for her, too. YAAAAY for Mouse!!! <3

    I very much agree with your thoughts on the BBH question. I sure haven't seen any negative comments on other blogs, either. From my experience so far, I can say that book bloggers tend to be very respectful and friendly, as you yourself have pointed out. Like you, I welcome different viewpoints and opinions, as long as they remain courteous. I do not tolerate ANY rudeness. Nor do I tolerate vulgar language. Some bloggers I have visited in the past liberally sprinkle their blog posts with "the F bomb", which is something that makes me CRINGE. Needless to say, I only visited them the one time. I totally avoid such blogs.

    Recently, I was the recipient of an unexpected, and unfair, criticism -- which was more of a personal attack -- from a commenter on a blog I visit regularly. The blog owner, however, took control immediately, and deleted the comment. I had refrained from posting a rebuttal to the person's comment, as I sure didn't want to start a flame war on someone else's blog. I greatly appreciated that blogger's swift action!

    Your "5 Things on Sunday" post for this week is so adorable! It's obvious that your kitties LOVE you!! The 5 things are super cute and funny!

    Thanks for sharing your bookish and non-bookish "mews", Wendy!! And thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving such a lovely comment on my BBH post!! Hope you and your family are having a lovely week!! <3 <3 :) :)

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    1. Maria - Too many new books on top of my already overflowing unread book stacks. LOL. It's at least true I will likely never run out of reading material. :-)

      I had almost bought White Rage in hardback at B&N but the price tag for such a slender book gave me pause, and I decided it wasn't worth it. I'm glad I was able to get an e-copy on sale. I don't like to pay much for e-books either.

      The tea party set up was beautiful. It was so well done. The girls enjoyed it. Mine didn't want any of the sandwiches the moms and I had made--no, she just wanted the pastries and dessert. Sad to say, I kind of agreed with her. LOL

      Mouse was very happy the movie theater staff were able to return her book. We should probably write them a thank you note . . .

      I think there is a way to disagree without being rude or mean, and some people just take it too far. I've heard of that happening a lot with YA books, unfortunately.

      I'm sorry you were recently attacked on someone else's blog. But I am glad the blog owner was able to jump in right away.

      I would bring my cats to work if I was allowed. :-) The love for each other is definitely mutual. <3

      I hope you have a great week, Maria. Thanks for visiting!

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  28. Oh my that tea party is adorable!

    Negative comments - I've had a few years ago because I didn't love a book everyone else did. I just said I was happy they enjoyed it and moved on. Luckily it didn't escalate into anything.

    I don't think I want to know what my pets think lol My cat is so demanding and one of my dogs is way smarter than me and would porbably be judgy lol

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Karen - It was a lot of fun for the girls. :-)

      I'm sorry you had to deal with negative comments because of a differing of opinions. Not everyone is going to like the same things and there is nothing wrong with that. I am glad it didn't escalate into anything. That is something.

      Haha! I am sure my cats judge me all the time. :-)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  29. Yes I agree wholeheartedly with your blog hop answer. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog hop.

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