Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sunday Post #55



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 was a whirlwind of activity and we're now into August. We're having a pretty good summer  so far but need more beach time- since we got back from vacation we haven't been to the water- hopefully that will change. And the Renaissance Festival is coming soon- a couple weeks now. That's a big deal for us as we'll be in garb (as they say) and ready for another visit to Hollygrove. In other news, I discovered a few more indie bookstores and am looking forward to scouting them out here soon. I'll have a new Bookstore Spotlight this week. Response has been great and I appreciate all the comments. 

I had a COYER review last week and more to come. I've been having fun drafting my Comic of the Week feature and have some good ones lined up, I think. Feel free to let me know what you think. 

LAST WEEK:

Saturday Snapshot- a view from the dunes
Comic of the Week #1 - Avengers Assemble!
Review: Tintin: The Black Island (Tintin #7)
Bookstore Spotlight- Leelanau Books 
Teaser Tuesday #30 - a snippet from The Originals


THIS WEEK: 

Comic of the Week #2- this should be a good one. One of the best comic covers ever (IMO)- come by and check it out on Tuesday. 
Guest Review: The Cupcake Club- this is a guest review by my daughter for a charming kids book- on Wednesday
Bookstore Spotlight- Horizon Books on Tuesday
Saturday Spotlight
Review: Through The Door 

CURRENTLY READING: 

The Wild Dark Flowers: A Novel of Rutherford Park

NEW ARRIVALS/ UPCOMING REVIEWS: 

The Counterfeit Lady (The Victorian Bookshop Mystery, #2)  All-New X-Men, Vol. 4: All-Different

The Counterfeit Lady (Victorian Bookshop mystery #2) by Kate Parker- this is the sequel to The Vanishing Thief, which I really liked last year, so I'll be getting this one. Releases Tuesday. 

BLOGOSPHERE STUFF: 

Kaja at Of Dragons and Hearts tagged me in her Liebster post- thanks Kaja! I've done the Liebster before (twice actually) so probably shouldn't do it again, but I appreciate the tag! And go check out Kaja's blog- it's great! Her Liebster post is here- lots of fun! 

Angela at Angela's Anxious Life has a rundown of the San Diego Comic Con- with pictures! Check it out! I learned some things I didn't know about the con- like how hard it is to get into some of those events. 

Captivated Reader had a great bookstore pos

Check out The Literary Lowdown over at Tales Between The Pages- some great links this week. 

Nice review for The Here and Now over at My Shelf Confessions

So how was your week? 

60 comments:

  1. I'd love to see a picture of you dressed up for the Ren Festival. I skipped our local one this year. It is a big festival but it's kind of the same every year and last year was kind of boring so I thought maybe not going every year would make it a little more fun. I seriously can't wait to see the review from your daughter! How fun.

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    1. I imagine we'll take lots of pics this year, we didn't go last year either and that's unusual for us. they are often the same and I like to visit other faires to mix things up a bit, although I don't get to as many as I'd like. I'm looking forward to her review too, she did one before and it was a lot of fun. :)

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  2. Ooo what fun..I would love to be in garb..my hubby would run for the hills though! LOL Have a delightful week Greg :)

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    1. Yeah it's got to be masculine , some of that stuff I wouldn't wear. :) I'd like to get a pirate outfit for soemthing different, we'll see...

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  3. The Wild Dark Flowers looks great, I just adore that era.
    Enjoy the Renissance festival, sounds fun!

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    1. Thanks Trish, I'm liking that era too, it's a fairly new genre or whatever for me but I have to say I'm liking it. Maybe I just want a bog old country house... :)

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  4. The Ren Fair is in my area now and since we will be away I am missing it. I have been wanting to go at least once in my life. I think my kids would enjoy it :)

    Summer is going by so fast and with all the rain and crappy weather my poor kids haven't had a lot of chances to go swimming so I am hoping this week when we are on vacation we will swim all week.

    Have a great week Greg!!! Happy Reading

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    1. Hey have a great vacation! Hope you guys have fun and great weather. Ren fairs are fun and I enjoy the music and the crowd (and the pubs cough cough) it's just something to get away from real life for a while.

      The Michigan is a pretty big one but I like to go to other ones as well, to get a feel for how other fairs do things. Variety and all that... :)

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  5. Definitely share pictures of your garb! I was excited the find the perfect dress for our local con coming up in October yesterday

    Have a great week, Greg!

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

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    1. I will, although I hate taking pictures of myself. The kids had fun looking for dresses last time too!

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    2. You'll have to, we all want to see the costumes now :),

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  6. A Renaissance Festival sounds fun, the closest I've been is a Gilmore Girls episode which is just sad… That being said I look forward to see pictures of your wears.

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    1. We shoudl get lots of pics if the past is any indication- they are a lot of fun! WE didn't go last year so it will be nice to get back this time...

      Have a great week!

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  7. I love Renaissance Festivals...and bookstores. Your feature on the bookstore in Michigan made me nostalgic.

    I like the look of your new cozy, too (The Counterfeit Lady); enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Thanks, appreciate that! I think The Counterfeit Lady should be good, really liked the first one and I like the timeframe it's set in and the whole Archivist society thing. Hopefully it will be as good as the first one!

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  8. The Renaissance Festival sounds AWESOME - I always see those on films and TV shows, but I don't think we have those in Finland, unfortunately.
    Have a good week! :)

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    1. They are fun, occasionally goofy (the Renaissance wasn't REALLY like that, of course) but we enjoy them. It is fun to dress up and get in on the act too, I have to say! :)

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  9. I can't believe it's August already. School starts in two weeks here. I don't have kids but my husband is a teacher so he's already getting started. I'll be looking for your daughter's review. I'm starting to read and review more middle grade books although I'm sticking to the older end of that age range, at least for now. I was in the MG section of B&N a couple of weeks ago and was struck by how pretty and colorful and happy all the covers looked.

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    1. You know, I've noticed the same thing. My wife and I are in the kids section at B&N a lot cause the kids are still buying that kinda stuff, and yes there are a lot of striking covers in MG these days! I've even found a few I liked LOL. There's such a broad range too now.

      I'm kind of in shock that school is coming up too! We have a mont h to go but that's going to fly by, and the kids are already sensing the end of summer too I think! It's just now starting to really warm up too, at least for us!

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  10. Oh, we love Ren Faires and Irish Fests, etc in our house! Glad you will have fun participating. My son wanted to join a local Irish/Scottish re-enactor group that was at our local faire, but they travel all over the SoCal area, and my son is starting law school this month, so it won't work out. I wish I could!
    Looking forward to any more indie bookstores you are going to share, and your daughter's review--yay! Have a great week.

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    1. I always think if I had discovered Ren fairs sooner I might have joined one or did something, but I was in my mid twenties before I really started attending and after getting married didn't really have time for that kinda thing- so we just attend and dress up a bit and enjoy them that way.

      I have a few more indie stores to share, although some I need to travel too and will get to them whenever that happens. My daughter did a review before and liked it, so I may get a few more out of them. Good luck to your son in law school!

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  11. That is so phenomenal you guys do RenFest! I know so many people that go to it. Someday, when my son can get into it, I'll drag my family to it :)

    I have to ask, have you been to Dawn Treader in Ann Arbor? I didn't know if you got over this way. Or have you done John K. King in Detroit? I love Dawn Treader... they actually have piles of books on the floor unshelved, they have that many books! I'm a Schuler's girl, myself (sorry!)

    Have a great week - enjoy your reads, too!!!!

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    1. You have to go to REnFest- it is so fun (and big too, as you probably know). Just a great way t spend the day. The music and atmosphere is so fun.

      I have been to Dawn Treader once, a couple years ago. My kind of store! They have everything in there! And Schuler's is a great bookstore- do you go to the one in Lansing? That's actually my next spotlight, after this weeks- I've been to the one in Okemos for an author event but my post will be on the GR one, since that's closer to us. Should be up the week after this.

      I guess we're pretty lucky to have some good bookstores in Michigan. I didn't realize that til I started doing this...

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  12. I haven't read Kate Parker before but that sounds like a fun series! I'll have to look for it. The Cupcake Club looks cute! I'm always on the lookout for new kids books so I'll have to check this one out. Have fun at the Renaissance Fair! I've never been to one but they look like so much fun!

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    1. They are fun, go if you get a chance! I like the bigger ones, sometimes the smaller ones are just too,,, small I guess, not that they're not good, but the bigger ones have an energy and a re lots of fun. My daughter really liked the Cupcake Club books (there are several) and thinks they're really good for the 9-11 age range.

      I was impressed with Kate PArker, Vanishing Thief was her debut and I liked the whole aspect of it- the Victorian setting, the secret society- just a fun read. I don't read very many cozies but liked that one!

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  13. I just realized I haven't made it to the beach (or swimming of any kind!!) yet this summer :( I need to fix that before summer is suddenly over! Love the bookstore spotlight, can't wait to check out last weeks! And of course, looking forward to the review from your daughter. Those are the best :) Have a great week Greg!

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    1. Thanks Berls- she's pretty excited about it. We have hardly done any swimming either- pretty much just on vacation. And we're not even that far from the lake- it's just been so busy. Crazy...

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  14. You are so lucky finding so many book stores around you. We don't have very many. Looking forward to seeing some of those Ren Fair pics! My brother used to go to the one in Circleville, OH every year. I'm not sure if he still does. I'd love to go to one, at least once. I should see what NC has.

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    1. I've been surprised how many indie there are near us- it's made it easy to spotlight them! I'll hopefully get lots of pics and will share them...

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  15. More beach time is always a desire! Now that our local festival is over, we can take back our beach. LOL. Have a great week.

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    1. I can imagine... I'll bet town was packd! How was the end of Coast Guard? I would have liked to have gone but we had something else going on...

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  16. The Renaissance Festival sounds like fun. I've always wanted to go to one and dress up, so I hope you post some pictures! And my daughter loves The Cupcake Club so we'll look for your guest review. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!!

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    1. I'll definetly post some pics! Looking forward to it...my daughter liked the Cupcake Club a lot, I think it's the third one she read. She will probably get the other ones based on this one...

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  17. There's a big Ren Faire a few hours away from me that I haven't made it to the past few years. I hope I can swing it this year, I have so much fun.

    Good luck getting to the beach!

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    1. Hope you make it- they are fun! Maybe we'll make it to the beach yet- it's funny, when we were on vaca the water was stil pretty cold, now that it's finally warming up around here summer is almost over!

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  18. I like your new features- Comic of the Week and Bookstore Spotlight. I love visiting bookstores and try and figure out what makes them different ad special from the rest.

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    1. Thank you! I'm having a lot of fun putting those together. I like hitting new bookstores too- the problem is once I go in, it's hard to get me out! :)

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  19. liking your lineup and the bookstore spotlight - will have to check that one out further =)
    not usually any I can turn down!
    HapPy reading that gorgeous WIld Dark Flowers cover treat!

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    1. Thank you, hope you like the post. Wild Dark Flowers pretty much picks up right where the first one left off.

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  20. Love the cover of Wild Dark Flower! The blurb makes me want to start this series... I'm addicted to Downton Abbey. Have a great week :)

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    1. I think you'll like Wild dArk Flowers then... and the first book, Rutherford Park, too. Very similar.

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  21. I love the Renaissance Festival! I am assuming you are going to the one I go to, I think it's the only one in the state. We go every year and have a blast. We live pretty close to it. We don't dress up, but our friends do. :)



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    1. The one in Holly? That's the one! We love it too, so fun. We're a little farther away so it's a journey for us, but so worth it when we get there. I've been to smaller ones, but with a few exceptions, there just isn't the energy and variety you get with the big ones.

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  22. I've always been curious about Renaissance Fairs...have fun!

    Read on,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

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    1. They are fun, and there's so much variety so many different fairs. Also so much to see...

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  23. This is my year to hit the Renaissance Fair. I manage to get there every few years. I don't dress up but enjoy the music, shows, and food. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. We didn't go last year so I'm anxious to go this year. Taking a year off makes it a little more exiting.

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  24. You're so lucky to have all these awesome bookstores nearby :) Hope you'll get some beach time, though.

    My Sunday

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    1. We are lucky, I guess- I've been discovering some good ones lately. It's been fun... :)

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  25. I haven't been to a Renaissance Faire is ages..well not since I moved from MA (Nothing beats King Richard's) I should see if any are coming up here. I so want to go now. Have a great time! And yes...post pics!

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    1. I will! Taking some good snaps is half the fun! :) And they are fun aren't they, especially the bigger ones?

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  26. The Kate Parker series looks like something I'd enjoy.

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    1. I really liked the first one, and highly rcommend them. Looking forward to the next one coming out this week...

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  27. The Cupcake Club looks cute! :) Nice book haul. Have a great week.

    My Sunday Post
    Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

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    1. Thank you Whitney. My daughter's review of Cupcake Club should be up Wednesday. :)

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  28. I can't believe it's already August! I don't want summer to be over yet, haha.
    The fair sounds really cool! I hope you guys have an awesome time!

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    1. Thank you, I agree it's way too soon for summer to be over. I'm just getting started! :)

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  29. That Renaissance Festival sounds fun and I would love to see some picture of your garb (never heard of that word before). Finding new bookstores is always fun, although i buy most of my books online nowdays as there they are much cheaper then in stores here. I hope you have a fun week!

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  30. The sea AND indie book stores ? Aren't you spoiled ! Please, post us a pic in garb, please ;)

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