Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sunday Post #150



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Another good week. Weather has been nice, warm but not super hot. I did more reading this week, finished a good book, and added a few to my TBR (when does that NOT happen?)- and a few I've been waiting for are releasing in July. Also I saw this and had to share- about a mermaid but it's actually a fashion commercial. And it's pretty amazing too! 



I talked last week a bit about the Olympics coming, and as they get closer I've been thinking about how I always get frustrated by the TV coverage. I think last time around I watched online as much as I could - hopefully that will be an option. How do you watch, and does the TV coverage irritate you too? 

This past week I reviewed the Invisible Library and talked a little bit about what could happen at the Wall in the next Game of Thrones book. My readthrough of A Dance with Dragons continued with one of the more important chapters of that book and I had Bookcover Spotlight to close out the week. 

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library #1)

Some readers may remember the sandbar party I talked about last July 4th which got a little out of hand. It looks like things were a little calmer this year (the lawsuit probably didn't hurt).

 

Here's a comparison with last year (and more pics). And a video showing what last year was like (the sandbar party aerial overview starts at 1:33). 



And I'm listening to... 



Last Weeks Stuff:

Cover Characteristics    
The Winds of Winter: What's Next At The Wall?
A Dance With Dragons The Griffin Reborn    
The Invisible Library 
Bookcover Spotlight 

Next Week:

Cover Characteristics
Star Wars VII- What I Would Have Done 
A Dance with Dragons  
At The Edge of Summer reviewed
Bookcover Spotlight


PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

 
  
NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Time Siege (Time Salvager #2)The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)The Girls in the Garden

BOOKISH LINKS

Boats Against The Current asks Do You Re-Read Books? 

Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! reviews the new Tarzan movie The Legend of Tarzan

Here is some behind the scenes filming on the next Star Wars film- including a shot of (apparently) Luke Skywalker 



70 comments:

  1. The sandbar party looks like fun, but it's easy to see that it could get more than a little out of hand... Much tidier this year ;)
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading, Greg!
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Yeah it calmed down a little this year. :)

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  2. That sandbar party looks like it really got crazy last year! Definitely more manageable this year LOL! It's been quite cold and gray over here this past week - Summer only just arrived and it's left us again. And I agree: don't we ALWAYS end up adding new books to the tbr shelf week after week XD Le sigh. Gorgeous SFF images yet again my friend ♥ Have a great weekend!

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    1. It did! Crazy stuff. I hope the sunshine returns soon- and have an AWESOME week!!

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  3. I had forgotten about the sandbar party! This year's definitely looks calmer. I'll be curious to see what you think of the Lisa Jewell book. She's an author I definitely want to try. Have a great week!

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    1. Yes they toned it way down... lol I think the court order helped. The Girls in the Garden I've been seeing around and I'm intrigued by the whole communal garden thing- I want to see what happens!

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  4. Love the artwork, especially the gryphon. We have uverse and besides the normal channels they have an app type channel where you can go in a check out any sport you want, which is nice for the ones that don't get any coverage.

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    1. I loved that one too. I'll have to look into that, I always want to watch stuff they don't cover!

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  5. I still need to do my review of The Invisible Library, then I'll check out your review. That sandbar party does look a lot calmer, and fun too.

    Have a good week!

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    1. Ooh you read it too? Can't wait to see your thoguhts.

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  6. The commercial you shared was very well done. I hadn't seen that one before.

    I get annoyed with the Olympic coverage too. It feels like we see less of the actual events each year. Hopefully it will be different this year, but I'm not holding my breath.

    I hope you have a great week, Greg!

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    1. I loved that commercial- thought they did a great job. Wasn't sure what to expect but I thought it was so well done.

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  7. The wintery gryphon is amazing...and I would hate to have to clean up after the sandbar party!

    The Invisible Library looks tempting...enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    I see that our temps are supposed to drop to the 90s until next Wednesday.

    I hope to have NO MORE CRICKETS!

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    1. I like that one too... and I hope you do get a temp drop. That would be too hot for me

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  8. The difference between the two sandbar party pics is quite stark!

    I'm glad the weather's been a bit more mild for you. On the Olympics front, as we're usually in different timezones it's sometimes easier to watch hightlights shows etc rather than watch stuff live!

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    1. I thought so too, I guess it was much more sedate this year. And yeah on the Olympics- I have a hard time with the programming at times but you can only do what you can do. :)

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  9. Oh, thank you! You just reminded me I need to watch the gymnastics trials online. I just put it on to watch while catching up on commenting.

    That mermaid fashion commercial is cool. But all I could think about at first was how ridiculous is it would be for a mermaid to wear jewelry lol. Then all I could think was, "Wow, those are some prosthetics!" Still a pretty video though.

    That does look like a crazy sandbar party! But it definitely looks like it got more subdued. Seems fun though!

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    1. Hey you're welcome ha ha. I should look online and see what qualifying events are there- hadn't really thought of that.

      I liked that video- although I know what you mean about the jewelry. I remember thinking I liked her ring when her hand came out of the water lol. I thought it was very well done.

      The sandbar party was crazy last year! I know that area so it was of extra interest to me... it was a lot calmer this year.

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  10. I can't wait for the Olympics!! I'm ready to watch some gymnastics and swimming. BTW that fashion commercial is really weird, but really cool. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I love the Olympics! Gymnastics, swimming, and I like the diving and rowing too. Should be fun!

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  11. Omg yes ... the Olympic coverage is bullcrap. I'd even try and watch them live on the cable stations first, but they wouldn't show the finals. Instead, dragged it all out over hours at night. Pissed me off. I'd know the outcomes just from being online before I'd get to actually see the damn event. Dammit, Greg, now you got me all riled up at NBC. It took me 4 years to get over that mess. lol. Hopefully they do better this time since so many people complained.

    *deep breath*

    Have a great week, Greg. :D

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    1. So true... I agree with all of that. All their human interest stories, profiles... just show the events! I hate how NBC does the Olympics... I'll definitely be looking online for ways to watch. The nightly coverage is such shite.

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  12. It's wild to see the sand bar party from the air. Been to some of those and they can get wild. Loving your pics this week. Great new books too, Greg!

    My Sunday Post

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    1. Yeah it gets fun up there! I know that area and it's beautiful I guess last year was crazy lol

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  13. Here they tend to show most of the things I'm interested in like athletics and swimming. But sometimes they make weird choices and I do end up watching some online if I feel like it. I don't like watching things on my computer though.

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    1. I think they try to show the highlights here they think people want to see, but it's just so hard because they move things around, skip events, etc. It is aggravating. I may try online again this year...

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  14. Wow love that Mermaid vid! It looks very cool! And it helps that I’ve always had a thing about mermaids.. When I was little I definitely wanted to be one! LOL!!
    Here in Holland the Olympics are being shown almost all day. So I’m pretty happy with the coverage. The only trouble is that I don’t have a lot of time to watch it.

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    1. I'm glad the coverage is good there. I am looking forward even if the coverage is subpar here- -at least I'll get to see some!

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  15. I've been seeing The Girls in the Garden everywhere...I'll be interested to see what you think!

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    1. I jusy started the first chapter and so far so good.

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  16. Wow... that mermaid film is amazing. Such beautiful filming and skill gone into it. Many thanks for sharing:). Yeah... we have sandbars in this neck of the woods too. But although the weather has been warmer and a bit sunnier this week, we have had strong winds. Anyone trying to party of our sandbars would have ended up having the bottoms of their boats beaten off in the wave-frothed surf! The Wesley Chiu book looks interesting - I'm intrigued to know what you make of it. As ever, LOVED your selection of art. Have a great week, Greg and many thanks for sharing:)
    https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/sunday-post-10th-july/

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    1. Thank you for visiting, and glad you liked the vid. I thought it was really well done, and I stumbled on it purely by chance. As these things go sometimes... :)

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  17. The weather has been nice here too. I enjoy summer but not when it gets so hot.

    I will have to check out your review of The Invisible Library. I have The Girls in the Garden on my TBR pile. I need to finish that one soon. Have a nice week!

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    1. Same here, love summer but when it gets TOO hot then I retrear to the AC lol. I think The Girls in the Garden will be good..

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  18. I enjoyed the wanderers, it was a little different.

    That sandbar party looks bonkers, drink and water always puts me on edge!!

    Those deviant art pics are just amazing, they really do let your imagination soar!

    Have a great week Greg!

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    1. I've had The Wanderers on my TBR forever, and even bought the ebook but amazon screwed up and it was the wrong book! So I still don't have it lol. But I'm going to try and get it this summer...

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  19. Olympics coverage... between Christy's comment, my hubs general feelings and you, NOW I'm riled up!!! UGH!!! We try so hard to follow everything! All the NBC channels, we use their horrible app to view the schedule, and we still miss the best stuff. Maybe, because RIO is close to the same time zone, it will be better this year - WHO KNOWS!!! They could save stuff. At least ABC/ESPN does it sort of right. Wimbledon, we'll watch the finals live this morning but for late risers, they can catch it later on ABC. And all during the tournament, they had a mix channel on Directv. How awesome would that be for the olympics?!?!?!?! They would STILL get all their advertising money - the idiots.

    Okay... I need to stop. I do love the artwork you shared. The last one reminds me of a hide and seek picture!!!

    Have a great week!!

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    1. Oh don't even get me started on Olympics coverage. Every four years I get all pissed at NBC and their coverage sucks!! All those feel good stories... bleh. Just show the events! I'm hoping with Rio it will be better... and I totally think they should provide an Olympics channel where you can watch uninterrupted coverage or something. It's 2016, how hard could it be? I'll be watching online again, hopefully they have their shit together...

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  20. During the week was hot but the weekend cooled off a lot and was very comfortable. I remember you talking about the Sand Bar Party, it does look a lot better. I think I would enjoy this year more than last.

    Olympics...I totally forgot they are on this year. I will watch some stuff but the internet always ruins it before you get a chance to watch. Rio is sort of in the same time area so maybe things wont be so ruined this year.

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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    1. Glad you cooled off some! It's been warm here but not too bad... hard to believe the sand bar party was a year ago, man how time flies. I was kinda glad they toned it down a but, last year was crazy.

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  21. The Girl in the Garden looks good and that sand bar party looks crazy!

    Happy reading!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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    1. Doesn't it though? They got a little out of hand last year... and I'm thinking Girls in the Garden will (hopefully) be good, I started it and not bad so far.

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  22. I love the wintery gryphon picture. And that sandbar party last year was crazy. I still have Time Salvager to read, but these Wesley Chu books look good! I hope you have a good week.

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    1. I liked that pic too, and I was glad to see they got a handle on the prty this year. :)

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  23. The sandbar party looks like fun... even this year's calmer version. I do love watching Olympics, but am a little worried about how things will play out in Brazil this year. 150 Sunday Posts seems like a milestone... Congratulations!

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    1. I'm concerned about Rio too- some of the water reports have been troubling to say the least. And thank you- I was like 150 of these? Wow I have too much time on my hands lol.

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  24. It sounds like you had a good week!! And don't you just LOVE Deviantart? I don't spend nearly enough time there! I've been really interested in The Invisible Library, so I'll have to check out your review. Have a great week!

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

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    1. I do love DeviantArt, especially when it takes over my Sunday Post lol. And The Invisible Library was quite good!

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  25. I remember you talking last year about the sandbar party and it's good to see this year was more calmer. That's a beautiful area so hopefully this time people took better care of keeping the area clean.

    I love Dave Koz. We used to always listen to him and Kenny G. Brings back good memories lol.

    I hope you have a great week!

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    1. I think it was a lot calmer this year, which was nice. And Dave Koz is great- I've really become a fan of what they call smooth jazz I guess, love these saxophone artists!

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  26. I liked your review on the Invisible Library, still want to read that one. The wanderers seems like a good read! Hope you will have a good week Greg. Here's my Sunday Post http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/07/the-sunday-post-caution-serious.html

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  27. We've been having decent weather this week, but for some reason I seem to be reading less but getting more and more books. Have a great week!

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  28. I love that Griffin! And all the detail in the last one, just amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  29. I jumped over to your Peanuts post. Gosh, I wish I had known there were books. Such great childhood memories. I still watch the Halloween and Christmas specials even though my son doesn't watch them any longer. Ha. I also hit up your The Invisible Library review. I have to read it now. Thanks for the Star Wars vid and I always appreciate the artwork you show us. We had three or four scorchers in a row, but today is beautiful. Have a wonderful week. :)

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  30. The sandbar party looks pretty cool! Sounds like a great way to spend the 4th. I've been interested in reading The Wanderers, I'll be eager to see your review. Thanks for visiting my Sunday Post earlier!

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  31. That commercial! Looks great but I don't understand the fashion aspect of it. There weren't many clothes! lol Fashion is not my thing so I guess I just don't get it.
    Love the artworks this week! Enjoy your books! :)

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  32. Good weather is always a plus. I swear that not a week goes by without me adding at least one if not more books to my TBR. I a mreally excited for the olympics and the TV coverage does always stink. I always try to watch what I can streaming too. Can't way tot see what you think of Girls in the Garden. Have a great week!!

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  33. The sandbar party looks really cool and loads of fun! I'm happy you're enjoying ASoIaF. You're making me want to read them all again. Have a great week!

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  34. I gave up TV entirely 10 years ago, now I only watch things either online or via DVD. Now, when I'm at other people's houses, the commercials drive me up the wall.

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  35. The Invisible Library caught my eye. It's the first time I see this title. DeviantArt is so cool, so captivating and so attractive. Fantastic pics.

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  36. I remember your chat about the sandbar party last year. What a difference a year makes.

    I love that gryphon pic- gorgeous!

    I have the Girls in the Garden book also, but haven't read it because I haven't unpacked my box of books yet.

    Enjoy the week!

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  37. Oh yeah, I end up pitching a fit every time the Olympics come around because of the coverage. It just drives me insane! In fact, I barely watched the last 2 Olympics because of it!

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  38. I know adding books we want to read - exactly when is there a week when we don't. I have just been online putting in a couple of reserves on a a couple of books and I think of all I have to read already!

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  39. Thanks for the post. I picked it up over at The Book Date on the #IMWAYR linky. I will be checking out your blog on Bloglovin' a little more in the future!

    The Invisible Library is a definite on my TBR pile and I was interested to read your review on it.

    I keep meaning to pick up ASOIAF again - I have only read each book once and I know for a fact there is so much I would learn from the reread! My only problem is that this just reopens the wound on the wait for the next book.

    Have a look at my weekly roundup on my post #IMWAYR

    Di @ Book Reviews By Di

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  40. YIKES that party looks a little intense....we don't really make Canada Day quite as big a deal over year....!! Not to mention our water is essentially freshly-melted ice, so a yacht party wouldn't be as much fun... ;)

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  41. The Sandbar party looked much calmer this year! They all ended up in South Haven. Yes! TV coverage drives me nuts. What they pick and choose, it not always what I want to watch. We watch online quite a bit as well. Hope you beat the heat that is expected early this week.

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  42. Okay. So the whole mermaid mini-movie was for selling a parasol? lol. That's a lot of work!

    Great images shared as well. Thank you! Have a great week!

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  43. I have heard about that Torch Lake party!! Glad that this year was calmer. We have one like that near here, the Jobby Nooner. I don't think it as big as Torch Lake but still attracts a ton of people!

    And speaking of add to your TBR - The Wanderers looks awesome!!

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  44. Yes that happens every week to me to, always adding more books to my to-read list. That's nice the sandbar party was calmer this year, it looks really busy last year.

    Oh i am curious about your star wars post, will have to remember to check that out.

    That winter gryphon image sure is nice! I hope you're having a good week!

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  45. Holy cow! Last year's sand bar party did look insane. I tend to avoid large crowds on the 4th of July. Someone wanted to go to Navy Pier this year in Chicago and I was like "Nope". That place is a mad house on the 4th.

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