Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunday Post #37/ It's Monday. What Are You Reading



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's Monday! What Are You Reading is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

This week has been an interesting week. Reading time has been at a premium these last few weeks with my new job, but I'm fitting it in when I can. 

On the reading front I have a mix of newer and older stuff to read, I'm going to alternate a bit so I'm tackling some of my new books but also reading some old school stuff in the coming weeks. One thing I've noticed lately is I'm loving it when I finish a book- even if I really liked the book, there's always another one waiting I can't wait to start. It used to be that I'd finish a book and be a little wistful, especially if I didn't have anything waiting in the wings- but as a book blogger, there's no shortage of books waiting and I wanna get through 'em. The only downside is I sometimes don't remember everything about a book I just read a few months ago, or it gets jumbled with other books. I guess that's where my reviews will help me keep it all straight! Anyone else have that problem?  

LAST WEEK ON THE BLOG 


Tuesday Tunes #8 Duran Duran  
Sunday Post #36/ It's Monday. What Are You Reading? 

THIS WEEK ON THE BLOG 

Tuesday Tunes #9

Movie Review of Divergent- maybe? 


Legacy of the Clockwork Key (The Secret Order, #1)



NEW ARRIVALS

Emilie and the Sky World (Emilie, #2) Ten


ACROSS THE BLOGOSPHERE

The Incredibles are getting a sequel. Yay!




Lots of Game of Thrones news this week with Season 4 approaching fast. Catch the Season 4 premiere (with a dragon) pics here and a lucky blogger who attended the premiere has her thoughts here. Worth checking out.

 George RR Martin is talking about a Game of Thrones movie to finish off the show. Not sure HBO is down with that. GRRM and HBO may be at odds as the show gets closer and closer to the end and he hasn't finished the books yet. This is going to be fascinating to watch how this all plays out.



  Star Wars Episode VII will be set 30 years after Return of the Jedi. Which only makes sense since Luke, Leia and Han are going to look... like, 30 years older. So yeah. Does anyone else think how nice it would have been if they had just made sequels when these people were like... younger?


Check out this fun author event and giveaway at Jenna Does Books- 5 YA authors were in Tampa for the YA Chicks Kickin It event. Looks like fun! The giveaway is still open and is a good one.


So how was your week?

59 comments:

  1. Not sure what I think yet about Star Wars being 30 years later. I guess they really couldn't go forward in time.. so going back in time was the only way to go. I look forward to seeing what you think about Ten. I see a lot of people reading it and the book looks interesting to me. I too didn't get a lot of reading done this week. Luckily I had blog posts set up so I didn't have to worry about having nothing on the blog. But now that Spring Break is done I have a lot of reading to catch up on!

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    1. Yeah the Star Wars movie... I want it to be good, and hope it will, but I'm nervous about it. :) Could go either way. Ten looks fun to me and I hope to read it soon. I know what you mean about blog posts- seems like I've been posting so little lately, reading just one book a week like I have been kinda slows things down. :)

      Good luck with reading this week, hope you get lots of time for it!

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    2. My general philosophy on the new Star Wars movie is: "Well, it can't be worse than Episodes I, II, and III." Don't get me wrong, I like them. I watch them. The quality is just .... lacking. So, there's nowhere to go but up, right? Right?

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  2. Duran Duran ! I had forgotten about them ! I watched the Goonies so many years ago I don't really remember the movie, but I'm looking forward Game of thrones. I'll read the book after the series is finished, when I do it the other way around, I generaly don't like what's been done with the stories. Have a great week ;)

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  3. Oh, I have the problem of remembering... except I tend to do my reviews a few days after finishing them, XD o_o

    Have a great week! I've seen Legacy of the Clockwork Key around for awhile... hmm

    ~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

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    1. I have to do reviews right after too (within a few days, anyway). Even then I might look back a few months later and realize I don't remember a book as well as some others-especially if the premsie is similar to other books I've read.

      I'm curious about Legacy of the Clockwork Key... hoping it's a good one. :)

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  4. I always have a feeling of 'accomplishment' when I finish a book and part of it is that I'm now free to read the next one, and yes, even if I enjoyed the finished one a lot. I try to make notes as I read (or highlight on Kindle) and also try to write the review shortly after finishing - within a couple of weeks. But I'm also reviewing books which I read ages ago (sometimes years ago), so I sort of re-read the blurp and the description on Wiki etc and its flooding back to me, sometimes it feels a little bit like re-reading the book which is great. And that's exactly where our blogs come in so handy, because they are a wonderful tool to remember all the books we read (even if no-one ever will read your review :)
    Have a great week and Happy Reading. Thanks of stopping by.

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    1. So true LOL... I like going back and reading my older reviews, and I chuckle when I realize no one else has probably read them. :) But they are a great way to remember a book. And I totally agree, that sense of accomplishment you talk about is exactly what I was thinking- I might love the book but I'm already ready for the next one. :) I've started taking notes too- it helps a lot, although sometimes the review flows and I don't even use the notes. Sometimes... :)

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  5. Oh man. I loved Goonies growing up. But, seeing this...yea, they are right. But the best is the fun the movie was. lol.

    Have a great week!

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  6. My memory SUCKS! I have to right the review sometimes as soon as I am finished reading the book, unless I wrote notes then I can hold off a couple days but I only write notes on books that are for blog tours not my own personal TBR books.

    I have been wanting to read Ten can't wait to see what you think, I keep hesitating getting it.

    Have a great week!!! Enjoy all your new and old reads :)
    Michelle

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    1. I try to write my reviews right away while the book is fresh in my mind, although sometime sleeping on it or waiting a day gives me a perspective. I can't wait long though- or rather I prefer not to. I take notes too- sometimes jsut jotting down a few lines, or if the book is huge or complicted I might have a page or two. I actually just started Ten and read the first few chapters-prety good so far and I think I'll get through it quick, it's not super long. It flows pretty good. Hopefully I'll get a review up quick.

      Thanks Michelle, you have a great week too!

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  7. OMG..the Goonies..LOL I shall age myself, but I saw the first Star Wars at the drive-in with my parents and siblings. We went in style in -a paneled station wagon. Love the walk down memory lane. I do hope life allows you some time to read this week.

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  8. Oh, yes, I can relate to the problem of not recalling a book I read awhile ago...I used to remember them better! Like you said, I think it's because of reading them, one after the other. The reviews do help. I have listed my books read and linked to the reviews on one of my blogs. The trick is to put in enough detail that I recall it without bringing in spoilers!

    Enjoy your week...and here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES

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    1. That's my problem too- I try to avoid spoilers in my reviews, but sometimes then you forget crucial parts of the story if you don't remember the spoilers! LOL. The reviews totally help! And yes- reading so many back to back, they all flow together after a while.

      Have a great week!

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  9. Enjoyed your post today, brought back memories! You read the first Harry Potter, and I remember going as soon as the bookstore opened the day after the midnight release with my son, because he couldn't stay up late enough to go and he wanted to buy it himself :) Also Goonies, my oldest daughter loved that movie. And Star Wars brings back memories of going with my older brother to see the very first one in the theater and coming out and saying, "wow". So thanks for a trip down memory lane. Good books and movies stay in our thoughts forever :)

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  10. That's awesome you finally read the first HP book. I started the series when only the first 3 book where released and I basically read those back to back. And the wait for the next books was a long one.
    We didn't got any snow here this year and while the temperatures have been rising, last week we had some wind and rain as well as some nice days.
    I hope you have a nice week :)

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  11. Love your optimism about the weather and your reading strategy. You've got some good looking reads lined up, and Legacy of a Clockwork Key and Ten look interesting to me. Thanks for visiting my blog. Hope you find more reading time in the coming weeks.

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    1. Me too, it's been hard only getting through one book a week, and sometimes not even that. Hopefully I'll get a little more reading in at night and weekends. I started Ten today actually and hope to finish soon, good so far.

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  12. Goonies-best movie ever! Ten looks interesting, will have to add it to my tbr list :)

    Finley Jayne
    http://finleyjaynesbookshelves.blogspot.com

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    1. I have a soft spot for it too- classic 80's film. Ten so far is pretty good- teens partying on an island, no parents, a storm. Nothing could go wrong right?

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  13. I like having plenty of books on hand to read. I used to hate it when I'd finish a book and have nothing to pick up after it. I'd even purposely slow down towards the end of a book so I wouldn't have to end it yet. I think those days are long gone. Now I have a lot to review as well as the books I pick up at the library. It also helps that I hear about so many good books from other bloggers!

    I am curious about how things will go with Game of Thrones. I didn't realize there were going to be deviations from the books. I have only read the first book and thought Season One was pretty faithful to it.

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    1. I like that too. It's a good feeling to have some reads waiting in the wings. AS I get close to the end of a book I start looking forward to the next one, or even wondering which one to read next. :) And I get lots of ideas from other blogs too- just today I found one I want to read while perusing the Sunday Posts...

      I think GoT will deviate from the books more as the show goes on. The first few seasons were pretty faithful, but now... watching the trailer and seeing what they have in mind, I think we're going to see more changes. I'm not sur how I feel about that, but a little leery ...

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  14. I am really looking forward to finding out more about the new Star Wars movie. I wonder if more info will be revealed on May 4th...

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  15. I have such mixed feelings about this whole Game of Thrones situation. HBO should have known that GRR Martin wasn't going to get his act together; however, I hate all of Martin's ideas for extending Game of Thrones while he finishes books 6 and 7. I feel that the TV show has been a much tighter series than the books. I do not want four seasons of AFFC and ADWD (especially since GRRM probably won't finish books 6 and 7 within the time frame!).

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    1. Yeah, I don't really like those ideas for extending the show either, although I don't mind them slowing down a bit (for xample there's talk they'll hit some book 5 plot as soon as this season). The problem is some of the actors are aging and you can't slow that down. :) So they're in a bind either way. I'm getting resigned to the fact that the show is just going to have to finish as best they can while he struggles along with the last two books. I'd much rather read the end before seeing HBO's version, but doesn't look like that's going to happen.

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    2. How do you think they will work book 4 on the show? I only got part way through book 4 and had to stop listening because all the new characters made it REALLY confusing and the narrator on the audiobook was horrible.

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    3. I just read today that they are going to cut out a lot of book 4 and 5 subplots, as they're not essential to the main story. While I understand that, it also means (I think) that they will move through the story faster, since they're leaving stuff by the wayside, which then means they catch up to MArtin a lot faster.

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  16. i do have that same problem if I don't write the review asap , but sometimes I just want to read or listen to that NEXT one ! then it's back to read the plot and jog my memories of what I absorbed whilst reading... ;) it all gets done eventually.
    what I don't like, is having to finish the older ones before requesting new titles for review!

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    1. I know, there's always the temptation to dive into the next read! I like doing my reviews right away while the book is fairly fresh in my mind.

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  17. I try to write my reviews within a couple of days, I highlight and put notes in my kindle otherwise when I have a backlog of reviews (like now lol) I'd have no hope. And I love looking back on reviews, especially the historical fiction, I get confused when I've read so many Tudor books or Eleanor of Aquitaine stories, re-reading reviews gets it straight in my head again :)

    Ten looks chilling! I think I may even have it on my kindle ... hope you enjoy it! Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Me too, I like to get them out of the way quick. I do take notes sometimes and they help Reading old reviews does often jog my memory if it's something I read a while back and I'm getting a little fuzzy. At least the blog serves a purpose right? LOL.

      Ten is good so far and I like how the tension is ratcheting up. Don't go to strange islands people! :)

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  18. I'm LMAO at that Goonies video! I watched that movie over and over as a kid, and I can tell you not a single one of those sins occurred to me at the time, but they sure seem obvious now! LOL

    Oh and yes - I have a terrible time keeping everything I've read straight too :)

    Have a great week!

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  19. I always try to mix up my reads with some older books, I don't tend to read new of the bat books straight away for some reason. It sounds like you're really enjoying reading at the moment which is always a good thing.
    Happy Reading!
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    Bits & Bobs

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    1. I like to mix it up too there's a lot of older stuff out there I have not read yet, plus books I want to revisit- so it's nice to have that mix. I have bought a few newer things but trying not to get too carried away. :) I do have a lot of stuff to read, books I'm looking forward to, and not enough time. That's a good problem to have though I guess, I'll get to then all eventually... hopefully. :)

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  20. lol...The Goonies....Loved it! I can never eat a Baby Ruth without thinking of that movie. :)

    I started my blog in hopes that writing the reviews would help with my reading memory. The verdict is still out on whether it is working or not.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. Ha ha I know what you mean. There was something about that movie... and it's funny seeing all those stars when they were super young! Good times. I'm not sure if my blog helps my reading memory either- I guess it does if I go back and read the old reviews. Sometimes I like the review and other times I'm like... what was I thinking?

      Hope your week is a great one!

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  21. Congrats on finishing HP AND on the new job!

    I'm always looking forward to the next book, too. That's one of the best things about blogging - being aware of books I would never have heard of otherwise. Of course, they don't always turn out to be worthwhile, but that's another story. :)

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! So true, I find more books just by visiting other blogs my to read pile has mushroomed! Stretching my genre boundaries too, I have to say. That's good though. And yes, every once in a while there's a stinker... :)

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  22. Ba-by Ruth? I love the Goonies! I guess I am giving away my certain age! Lol.

    I can't wait for summer! This winter has been rough and I can't believe it is still holding on.

    I have been wanting to read Ten! Hope you enjoy it!

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    1. Yeah The Goonies... there's just something about that movie. Wouldn't get made today I don't think- definetly a product of its time!

      I just want to go outside in flip flops and feel some heat and I don't even like it when it gets super hot! But it's time... There's still a big pile of snow in the front yard but it's getting smaller. :)

      Ten is good so far, review should be soon.

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  23. Enjoy all your great books! Have a great week!

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    1. You too Yvonne, have a great week.

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  24. I love Tolkien! I might have to check that out. :)

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    1. It's a neat product, I thoguht it might be just maps but there is a surprising amount of info on the lore of Middle earth- the different places, where the dwarves lived during their travles, that kind of thing. Silmarillion type info. I like it a lot.

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  25. I completely understand reading a bunch of good books and having them jumble together in my mind. I have, from time to time, held off starting a new book so I can get my thoughts down on the ones I have finished!

    Have a great week. Thanks for the articles on Star Wars and The Incredibles. I'm off to read them!

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    1. I like to get my reviews out before I start a new one- once I get started on something new it's hard to go back! I don't like remembering all the details of something I read a while back, but it happens. Going back and reading the review does help!

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  26. Since I read a lot of books, I try to write down my thoughts as soon as I am finished with the book or even jot down a thoughts while still reading. The Games of Thrones series will be interesting for sure. I hate to see them deviate too far from the books.

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    1. I do that too, and it helps a lot. Sometimes at review time I go off the notes, and sometimes I don't- just depends on the book. You should have seen the notes I took on the last GoT book- good grief! I don't want them to get too crazy on the show either, although GRRM is making it a little hard for them. :)

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  27. I keep a physical book journal beside me to avoid jumbling up books, especially if I'm going through a busy period in which I can't review books right after I've read them. This way I remember details as well as first impressions.

    I find the tension between George R.R. Martin and the show producers quite fascinating, especially in terms of what will happen after they've gone through all his books - he tends to take a while writing them, and I doubt he'll pop out a bunch of sequels in time for them to use his material.

    Love your reads for this week. Enjoy!

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    1. That's a great idea. It would stress me out if I got to far behind on reviews- I like to write them right after I finish, if I can. But notes would help with that definetly...

      The GoT thing will be interesting to watch, he is running out of time.

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  28. Loved the Goonies as a kid! Looks like a great week, thanks for visiting my blog.

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  29. Yes, agree...we book bloggers always have a line waiting for us in the wings!

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    1. I used to like not having much of a TBR- I blog pretty casually and just read what I like, but somehow my pile of books has grown and now I have... a pile. No escape I guess!

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  30. I always get my books read jumbled up in my head and have to take a moment to remember *exactly* what they were about. But at least they are up there in my noggin and didn't fall completely out. That's a good thing, right? lol

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    1. Yes it is- I have the same problem LOL!

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  31. I really enjoyed the first Emilie book too! I definitely need to check out the second one sometime, hope you enjoy it! I'm still trying to read the books first before catching up on Game of Thrones, so I'm waaaay back on season 2 still haha.
    Hope you have an awesome week!

    Cyn @ Bookmunchies

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    1. Well take your time- Martin certainly is! Ha ha sorry I couldn't resist... seriously though there's a lot of good stuff in the first few books so hope you enjoy! I really liked Emilie and the Hollow World too and have high hopes for this second one.

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  32. I don't like the idea of HBO finishing GOT with a movie, I hope they don't do that. I only started watching lately but I'm obsessed! I need to read the books asap. I hate when things differ from the books though so I hope they don't go off in a tangent too much.
    And yes, my book memory is definitely getting hazier. I find it hard to remember plots and they all seem to blend together.

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    1. I'm glad it's not just me LOL! Now as a blogger I grab a new book as soon as I finish one, and I think that's part of it too. They all get jumbled together after a while! :)

      I'm not crazy about the GoT movie idea either. I think you'll like the books- certain characters are different ernough, have more depth, that you'll really like them if you like them on the show. Have a great week!

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