Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sunday Post: Happy Mother's Day! (And My May TBR List Winner)

I hope you are enjoying the weekend however you are spending it. I am nearly done with reading Emma Newman's science fiction novel Planetfall.  I came really close to finishing it last night while everyone else was sleeping, but decided I needed my sleep too. Now I'm regretting that decision. I've been thinking of the book all day! I haven't had a chance to pick it up and finish it yet--hopefully tonight.

This week was crazy busy, and so I wasn't able to get around the blogging community the way I would have liked. Hopefully I can do better this coming week. Thank you to everyone who offered me support last week. Work was tense, but I survived. Whew.

We have one more soccer class and then a much needed break. We have been considering other options for the summer. Maybe ballet. There are quite a few activities Mouse would like to participate in during the summer, but unfortunately she has working parents whose schedules limit what she can do. I was really hoping to get her back into swim lessons . . . Not going to happen. Oh well.

Are you doing anything special for Mother's Day? My husband mentioned taking me to John's Incredible Pizza for a balloon corsage and free buffet meal. I am sure my daughter would like that. She's always begging us to go. I don't think we've been since her birthday. If you do celebrate Mother's Day, I hope you have a wonderful day!

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?


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.

If you read a book you ended up hating, would you stay away from future books by that author, or would you give them a second chance?
Whether I give an author whose first book I read and didn't care for another try depends on why I didn't like the book--and if another of their books interests me. A writing style I do not like would be a deterrent for me or the type of book an author writes. If it's just a matter of my not liking the subject matter, a certain aspect of the plot, or a character, but I like the author's writing, I am more open to giving an author a second chance. There are authors whose works are hit or miss with me. And so I do not like to let one bad book be the judge of the rest. Just the same, admittedly, there are some authors whose books I haven't picked up because of a bad first experience due to the writing style, and the jury is still out on whether I will give them another try.

What about you? Are you willing to give an author another chance if you hate one of his or her books?


Thank you for helping me decide what book from my TBR collection I should read next:

My TBR List is a meme hosted by the awesome Michelle at Because Reading. It’s a fun way to choose a book from your TBR pile to read. The 1st Sunday of every month, I will list 3 books I am considering reading and take a poll as to which you think I should read. I will read the winner that month, and my review will follow. While I will attempt to post my review that same month, I make no promises--it may go up the following month. 

Thank you to all who voted in my May TBR poll! There's something about the month of May that makes me think of historical fiction. I am excited to read this month's selection.

Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford

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. 

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  1. Yeah, gotta keep 'em busy during the summer. And then it stinks when they offer a bunch of different classes/programs at the same time instead of spreading them out. Anyway, Happy Mother's Day! Hoe you have fun.

  2. Happy Mother's Day. Hope you enjoy your meal if you go out. Sounds like a busy week but glad you've come through the other side. Here's to a less stressful week for you,

  3. Happy Mothers Day! And I know what you mean about summer activities... sometimes it's hard to know what to do! Good luck with Radio Girls- that looks like a good one.

    Hope your weekend is awesome!

  4. Happy Mother's Day. I hope you have wonderful time celebrating. Enjoy your books. Have a great week.
    I'm planning to visit my mom this week. I miss her and my dad. :)

  5. Happy Mothers' Day!

    Hmm... I guess whether an author gets a second chance depends largely on the blurb. If it intrigues me, I may pick it up (if it's in the library/on one of those "free" shelves because I'm going to have to try it before I pay for it)

  6. I love books that haunt you when you're not reading them. Always a sign of a great book! Radio Girls looks interesting, enjoy!

  7. Oh nooo, I voted for the Mercer Girls! Oh well :)
    I am hoping to read Planetfall sometime as well, Emma Newman is awesome. I posted a review of another book of hers last week, it was also great. Waiting for the sequel now :D

  8. I'll usually give an author a second chance, but not a third.

    Happy Mothers Day!

  9. Radio Girls looks so good, I feel like the only one not reading it.

  10. Happy Mother's Day! I would give an author a second chance unless I really did not like their first book.

  11. Happy mothers day to you. Radio girls looks good. Have a good week.

    Megan @ reading away the day

  12. Happy Mother's Day Wendy!
    Enjoy Radio Girls, I love historical fiction.

  13. Ahh, the one I picked didn't win but I hope you still enjoy the read that was! Have a great week!

    Week in Review

  14. Happy Mother's Day! I was supposed to meet my mother and sister at the beach but Carl's dad is in the hospital so he had to go up there instead and I'll be working all weekend.

    I'm the same way - it depends on why I didn't like a book as to whether I'll try that author again.

  15. Happy Mother's Day! I'm going to my mother's house for a cook-out. If the author's second book had good reviews, I might consider it.

  16. We send the kids to camp for a bit in the summer to keep them busy. Hope you have a great Mother's Day!!! Hope you enjoy your winning book. Have a great week!!

  17. Have a wonderful day! I love going out to restaurants for brunch or a buffet...your plans sound good.

    I hope you enjoy Radio Girls.


  18. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY, WENDY!!!! Hope you're having a WONDERFUL day with your family!! It SURE sounds like you're being suitably pampered!! <3 <3 <3

    I sure do hope this week will be MUCH better for you at work!!

    It's too bad that Mouse will not have her swimming lessons, but maybe she can get involved in some other, equally rewarding activity. :)

    I like your open-ended approach to giving authors another chance, after being disappointed once. I do tend to give an author another opportunity if I've already read, and liked, one of their books. There's not enough time for me, though, to waste on those whose books have not "wowed" me. Compounding the problem is the fact that I'm a slow reader....

    As for the TBR poll, I picked "White Collar Girl", but "Radio Girls" was my second choice, so I'm really glad that one won!!

    Thanks for sharing all of your news, Wendy!! And thanks as well for always leaving such TERRIFIC comments on my Book Blogger Hop post!! Enjoy your day as Queen, and the rest of the week, too!!! HUGS TO YOU & MOUSE!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  19. P.S. How could a HUGE SF fan like me forget this.... I'm going to check out "Planetfall" on Goodreads! Thanks for mentioning it!! <3 :)

  20. Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have a wonderful day!!

  21. Oooh! I hope you have a fun time this Mother's Day with your husband!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

  22. Happy Mom's Day! I can't remember what I voted for but I love the era of books you picked. Happy Reading! ox

  23. Nope, I probably wouldn't give an author another chance. Don't want to waste my time and I can't imagine quality or style changing enough to go from hating the work to loving it.

    And Happy Mother's Day to you, too, Wendy :D

  24. Happy Mother's Day!

    Hope things improve at work. I almost finished my book last night too but it was midnight and I knew I had to get up for church in the morning so I decided to save it for today. Hope you get the chance to finish your book today. The historical fiction titles on your list look good.

    Have a great week!

  25. Happy Mother's Day! I don't usually stay up late reading. I used to but my husband snores so badly that I let him fall asleep before me...I don't get any sleep. Enjoy Radio Girls!

  26. Happy Mother's Day! I have been having a bit of a busy time with work and just life in general so I understand. I hope things calm down for you. And, absolutely I would give an author a second chance. I may not rush out to read another book but I wouldn't discount it. Have a lovely weekend!

  27. Happy Mother's Day!!

    I like your answer to the Blog Hop. A second chance is good, but for me it depends on the book's content. I had a few books that had outright insults to women that made me not finish the book.

    Thanks for sharing.

    I hope you like Radio Girls. I enjoyed it. White Collar Girl was good too. ENJOY whichever you choose.

    Have a good week.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  28. Happy Mother's Day!
    I'll definitely give the author a second chance. I suppose it all depends on the story but then good writing is important in my opinion.

    Hope you've a great week, Wendy!

  29. Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you’re able to find some activities to keep the kid busy. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  30. I love/hate when a book is so on my mind that I can't shake it no matter what else is going on!! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  31. There are so many elements involved in whether or not to give an author a second chance, and I'm glad you mentioned some of them. I've given many authors a second chance, and fortunately, some of those second chances have been well-worth it. Not all, of course-- whether because of content or style, not every author is a good fit for every reader.

  32. I hope you had a nice Mother's Day. I had pizza, gluten free pizza which was pretty good. We went to Ojai. I visited Bart's Books, the outdoor bookstore but once again, they did not have any of the books I was looking for. Just bad timing on my part. I feel like I need another day though. It was a weird, exhausting weekend.

  33. I hope your Mother's Day was restful. That's my best kind of celebration. I hate the Mother's Day restaurant crowds, so Baz gets my favorite McDonaad's takeout and handmade fudge from a local nut shop. He didn't have time to get fudge this year, so he asked what cleaning chore he could do, so I told him the bathroom. He finished half yesterday, and is going to do the other half tonight. I think I might tell him to forget the fudge for my birthday, too. Ha ha.

    I hope Mouse gets to do ballet this summer. I would pick that, too. :)

    Writing style has a lot to do with whether I will continue on with an author, also. Have a fabulous week. :)

  34. Ha - sleep! Who needs sleep!? ;) I find that I need to prioritise better, but really - I do love reading and when it's an amazing book... Anything goes!!!

    I haven't been around blogging lately because I've had a serious tech issue up until this week! My laptop was just... DEAD. Eek! Thank goodness I'm back online!

    Anyways, I need to dash and keep on catching up but I'm glad I managed to stop by to see how you were doing!

  35. Planetfall sounds great! If you can't stop thinking about it, that's usually a sign of a good book. I can't remember which one I voted for, but this one sounds good! I hope you'll enjoy the book.

  36. Wow! A balloon corsage sounds amazing. I do hope you got to go to John's Incredible Pizza.

    On the subject of whether or not I'd give an author a second go, the answer is .... it all depends. If it had simply been a novel that wasn't to my tastes and I had recommendations on how good other books by that author were then yes, I'd probably give them a go. If however it was say a book full of swearing, sexism, racism or abject cruelty than I'd probably be more reluctant to give them a second go.


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