Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sunday Post #179


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

January is almost over! Hard to believe. It actually hasn't been that bad weather wise (you know, for January). This week saw some alarming developments- someone somewhere said this was the ugliest first week of a presidency in memory- hard to disagree. And "alternative facts." The cool thing was the rise of "alt" park service Twitter accounts. After being muzzled early in the week a rash of alt accounts appeared spreading news of climate change and other things that we're apparently not supposed to know.    

I did some writing this week although it was mostly brainstorming. There's a chance that Trust Issues IV will see the light of day- I thought I was done with that story but now I'm not sure.    

This week I read How Will I Know You? and it was very good. I've been on a roll so far- this is the third really good book I've read in 2017. I'm already looking forward to my best of 2017 list- at this rate it's going to be interesting! I also read Freeks and am currently in the first Mercy Thompson book. Yes I'm finally reading them! 

How Will I Know You?

Song of the week




Last Weeks Stuff:

Cover Characteristics this past week was all about the retro SF for Vintage SciFi Month. Tuesday Tagline was a good one I thought with not one but two awesome covers. My Top Ten was a freebie and I looked at my favorite SF locations of the last year  And then I reviewed Rising Tides (a dystopian) and shared Bookcover Spotlight #85.       

Next Week: 

Cover Characteristics will look at humorous SF covers. Tuesday Tagline returns and on Wednesday I'll be discussing stargates in fantasy/ SF. And I'll be reviewing Three Dark Crowns. Friday will be Bookcover Spotlight #86 and somewhere I'll fit in my reaction post for The 100 premiere (because The 100 is life).  

PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

Carey, Donnell - Kisses Can Kill! (Hanro, 1951)

NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)Moon Called (Mercy Thompson, #1)

BOOKISH LINKS

This woman is known for her bodypainting but you have to see this.  



I like this remix of a Tangerine Dream song a lot.


  
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This is a floating island with several satellite islands- if you look closely you can see the endless springs/ waterfalls, and there's even a barn for griffins (that must be how you come and go?)

Map 40 – Skyward Hold:

Here's another look at a floating island

The floating island by artofkiko

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  1. Ooooh I love those images!!
    Happy reading and writing! Have a fantastic week ahead :)

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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  2. Yea to reading Mercy Thompson! I should be getting my hands on book nine in the next couple of weeks so I'm looking forward to that. I really hope you enjoy the series. I can't quite belive January is coming to an end and we've only had a couple of cold days really. Makes me think a bad spell is on its way!

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    1. I finally did it! I read the first book. It sounds like a long series but now that I the first one I can see humming along through 'em.

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  3. I've been so distracted this week and haven't gotten much reading (or viewing) in... those "alternative facts" are making me crazy. Loved seeing the alt National Parks account spring up. Many other government agencies now have alt accounts on twitter now, too!

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    1. Yeah me too. I can handle disagreement but when even basic facts aren't acknowledged... I loved seeing all those accounts springing up!

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  4. I agree the weather hasn't been bad at all. Hopefully it stays like that! How Will I Know You looks good. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. How Will I Know You was really good, if you like a suspenseful read. And I hope the weather stays mild...

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  5. HA! That's exactly what my monthly wrapu up is going to say when it comes up next week "January hasn't been that bad weather wise"
    So scary that the doomsday clock moved three minutes because of this first week! It had never moved this much!

    I have to catch up with you writing and read what I have pending of Trust Issues I really like your writing :)

    YAY! finally Mercy Thompson! I need to stop procrastinating with that one book.

    Now off to check you Cover Characteristics but before I go and talking about retro SciFi.. Greg you gotta check my review of Hell Divers. Have you read that book yet??? It has your name all over it!!!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you like Trust Issues if you get to it.

      Yes! I finally read Mercy thompson. Bout time!!

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  6. I need to give that Mercy Thompson series another try because I'm intrigued on its popularity. The Freeks cover looks interesting. I'll be interested in your review. *sighs* And yeah, reading my News Feed is depressing.

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    1. Freeks should be up in a week or so. I liked it, it was solid. Not spectacular or anything.

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  7. I LOVE some of those new Twitter accounts and am with you on the DT's first week. It just keeps getting worse too.

    I also read and enjoyed the Treadway book! Glad you're reading year is starting off well!

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    1. Me too, so nice to see the defiance. I'm glad people aren't just rolling over.

      You read it too? Cool! I may have even seen it on your blog, I don't remember where but it must have beena blog or I wouldn't have known about it...

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  8. Congrats on the great books you've read, new ones you've acquired and everything else!

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  9. Looking forward to your review of Freeks! I have that one in my queue to read as well, hoping to fit that in soon.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I hope you like it. I thought it was pretty good and I loved the carnival atmosphere.

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  10. I have been eyeing the Treadway book, as I enjoyed Lacy Eye...last year, I think.

    I still can't believe that we have a president who tweets all the time, and seems to be throwing a tantrum regularly.

    A man behaving like a child in the White House is a scary thing. One thing to note: his behavior makes the antics of Nixon, et. al. seem minor.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. This was my first book of hers, and I really liked it.

      I know, I can't even imagine 4 years...

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  11. We've finally decided to have son again and I'm loving it even though it's accompanied by lower temperatures! I'm super curious about the Mercy Thompson books. I've heard great things about the series as a whole. I love the Skyward Hold drawing. It's just fascinating! Have a great week!

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    1. We've hardly had any sun here all week so I'm glad it's shining somewhere! The MErcy thompson book (the first one) was good and I just finished it earlier tonight- I'll definitely be continuing.

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  12. It is hard to believe January is almost over. I might be able to look stupid, but idk what these alt Twitter accounts are that you're talking about?

    Yay for writing! All I've been doing lately is *thinking* about writing lol. And whoa, that time lapse video is so cool! Though to me the most impressive thing is that she actually painted herself. That's gotta be hard to get all the angles and lines and everything. And that's also awesome that you're already finding such great books :-)

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    1. The Park service started tweeting from alt accounts (not the official) after they were shut down by Trump earlier in the week. they started posting climate change stuff and other info after being told they couldn't. It then spread to other agencies so there's a bunch of "alt" twitter accounts out there now...

      I know, I didn't do ANY writing for months. It feels good to be doing it again. And yeah it's been a good start book- wise. :)

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  13. The weather has been pretty mild for January. Crossing fingers it continues. Some great images again this week. I could get lost in them. Have a fabulous week!

    My Sunday Post

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  14. lol - yes, the park service twitter accounts! Jeez, there's been a lot of crap. But yay for Moon called. Hope you liked it. I think I'm n the 3rd book.

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    1. I did like Moon Called. And I snatched up the 2nd one as it was 1.99. Woot! Yes the park service accounts =win.

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  15. I love love love those floating island images. Have a great week :)

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  16. No dystopian novel prepared me for the rise of the park rangers, lol. It's been a long first week right? It's sort of baffling how weird everything is right now.

    Hopefully this week is much better! I hope you enjoy your new reads and have an awesome week Greg!

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    1. I know? Loved it! And yes this week was horrible and it doesn't look like changing any time.

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  17. I can't believe it's nearly February of think the month is flew in. I need to read a Amanda Hocking book I am always meaning to. I love the picture of the floating island. Have a great week :)

    Megan @reading away the 3

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    1. You too Megan. I liked it- a new author for me.

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  18. I can't believe January is nearly over. It seems like only yesterday that I was so excited about it being January 2017. Time goes by so fast!
    How awesome that your reading is going so well! I hope it continues! ;)
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    1. It did fly by- I wonder if the whole year will be like this? Hope you have a great week!

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  19. I TOTALLY cracked up at the Kisses can Kill cover lol! Where do you find these?! I am looking forward to your humourous scifi covers too!

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    1. Those covers... I know. :) I just google pulp covers although there are some websites that spotlight them and I get ideas there too.

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  20. Oh I have heard good things about the Mercy Thompson series but I haven't read any of them.
    You find the BEST images each week! Have a great week!

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    1. I liked the first Mercy thompson. And thanks- I like finding the images.

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  21. Glad you got your writing started again as I know that was a New Years resolution . Hope it continues to go well.

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    1. It was good to get going again. Hope it's a good year for writing, and thanks for the well wishes!

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  22. Once we start wishing for the eloquence of George W. Bush, you know it can't get much worse. Love the images you posted. I hope you're having a good week!

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    1. Is that the truth or what? Never thought it could get worse!

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    2. I remember when Bush got elected, I'm not from the United States, but we were worried. I remember my mother telling me about all the consequences a "bad" American president can have on the rest of the world. I was about 16 or 17 back then. And the other week we talked on the phone and I mentioned it. "Do you remember how worried you were?" And she just laughed... then silence.

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  23. I agree for January the weather hasn't been to bad so I am waiting for the ball to drop. :) So glad you are reading Moon Called, I hope you enjoy it, I thought it was a lot of fun. We are slow getting to that series but at least we did. :)

    I wish I could say all the books I have read this year have been great but it's not true as I have already DNFed one and thinking about doing it to another. :(

    Have a great week!
    Stormi
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    1. Have you read past Moon Called? And yeah I'm glad to FINALLY get to it lol.

      Hope your reads get better. :)

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  24. I've acquired the writing bug this week, too. I gave myself a goal of writing at least 5000 words a month and I tried all month but I finally had a new idea come to me a few nights ago and have been writing every chance I can get since then.
    I made sure to follow all the alt-accounts. It's rediculous that things have come to this but thank goodness for those willing to resist.
    I love that floating islands diagram! Very neat! :)

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    1. That's awesome. 5000 words a month seems a good goal, maybe I should do that- set a word goal. Hmmm...

      Agreed about resisting- it's been inspiring to see people step up. Crazy...

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  25. I can't believe Jan is almost over, I feel like we just celebrated Christmas, lol
    I did a lot of brainstorming this week, not with stories but with the blog. I came up with some fun stuff for later in the year.

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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    1. Yeah the holidays flew by and now we're almost to Feb?? Hope goes well this year with the blog, will be nice to see what you have planned. :)

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  26. Yay for Moon Called!! As you can read, everyone LOVES that series!! Holy moly, I listened to and was obsessed with Tangerine Dream when I was a little kid (I have cool parents and a very cool uncle who all listened to the best music)!!!! Thanks for the reminder! Tee, hee... funny, you picked the 'train sex scene' song. What a great movie!!!!

    Have a great week!!

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    1. I did like and am looking forward to more of that series. The werewolves are cool. :)

      I used to listen to Tangerine dream they did some awesome movie music. And yeah that's a good one. :)

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  27. I still haven't read the Mercy Thompson series. That's been on my TBR list for years. I look forward to your review of the first book!

    I am glad we've had a milder winter but I feel like it's just getting started so I dread what February will bring in the way of winter weather at least.

    It has been a dark week in the news. Loved Justin Trudeau's response. Canada is an awesome country and not just because half of my family is Canadian :)

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    1. I'd been saying forever I wanted to read it, so I finally got to it. Nice to check it off the list.

      Agreed, nice to see Canada hasn't lost its mind lol. I'm getting really concerned...

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  28. I agree as far as Jan goes it hasn't been bad weather wise. Love that dystopian pic, very cool!

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    1. Thanks, I liked it too. Something about it.

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  29. I can't deal with that 'someone's' first week presidency so I'm not going too. I'm not even American so I'll be good LOL! Anyway, that floating island thing is BRILLIANT ♥ I wish we could see a real one XD Cheers my friend!

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    1. I wish I could get away, maybe move to Canada lol. It's just too bizarre. And I would love to see floating islands like those!!

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  30. Enjoy Moon Called. Yes the alt park tweets were the best. This was indeed a long crazy week! Let's hope February is mild too!

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    1. I loved the tweets- nice to see creative ways that people will resist.

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  31. Am I the only one that got an overwhelming urge, when looking at the floating islands, to travel between them using the waterfalls? Hope you enjoyed Moon Called. And hope the 2nd week doesn't escalate because I am already feeling totally overwhelmed by the truly horrific of week 1. Seeing folks resist has been heartening but it doesn't seem to be slowing him down...

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    1. You know I never thought of that. but that would awesome. Although I'd be afraid of sliding out of water- yikes it's a long way to... wherever. But what is it about floating islands and waterfalls?

      I did like Moon Called. And yeah the first week... man how much damage can you do? Apparently quite a bit. I think it's going to be a long resistance...

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  32. The weather has been pretty good where we are also! I just bought Freeks and I can't wait to dive in soon!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

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  33. I always love looking at those kinds of pics :) Good luck on your writing and hope you have a great week! ~Aleen

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    1. Thanks, and I agree- they are fun!

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  34. It does feel like this week has been a week of 'what has he done now?' but hopefully it will get better? I'm trying to stay positive on it and I don't even live in the US.

    I'm looking forward to your review of Mooncalled. I read it last year and really enjoyed it and then preceded to read two more and have stopped for some reason.

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    1. I'm a little wishing I didn't live in the US lol.

      I thought Moon Called was good and I look forward seeing where she takes the story.

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  35. Looking forward to your thoughts on Three Dark Crowns! I can't believe January is just about done, either; I'm pretty sure I'm already behind on my GR reading challenge, LOL!

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    1. Hey Lee! Three Crowns was a trip and I'm anxious to talk about it.

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  36. I hope you are enjoying Mercy Thompson. I stopped at book 3 so I have a lot of catching up to do. This has been a bad week in US and it's really hard to try to stay positive for our future. I hope this week is better! Have a good week Greg!

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    1. It has been rough let's hope things get better? And I liked Mercy

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  37. Love Patricia Brigg's books, glad to see you've started them. Need to read Three Dark Crowns, maybe your review will motivate me to move on it.

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  38. Yeah, it's been a really intense week in terms of politics, etc. I just can't believe most of it. I mean, I can, but I wish it wasn't true.

    Hope you have a great week,

    Lauren

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  39. I’ve always loved national parks, and now I love them even more. Also, “alternative facts” is my new favorite phrase. I use it whenever I say something stupid. I hope you have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  40. No intelligent person can get behind "alternative facts". :/

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  41. Last year I was sure I'd get to the Mercy Thompson series! Hopefully this year it will happen. Hopefully this week in the news will be quieter.

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  42. Oh the Mercy Thompson series. I read the first one but would need to go back and reread it before I go on. Great to have read another great book in 2017. Ah yes. What a week in the USA - must say I have been gobsmacked by it all. It's almost unbelievable, like we are in a nightmare.

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  43. Yay! You've got Moon Called on deck finally! I hope you enjoy it Greg, looking forward to your thoughts (it's one of my favourite series). Have a great week!

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  44. I just cannot process everything that's going on in the world right now....more than ever I'm drawn into the world of fantasy and science fiction to help me escape for a little bit and rest my poor overworked and confused brain!

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  45. Dystopian future .. you mean next week? My post this week is all about escape. I can take only so much.

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  46. Don't even tell me how fast January went - it's a bit ridiculous really.

    I can't wait to see what you think of the Mercy Thompson series - I will be waiting to see your thoughts before I dive in... I actually recommended Big Little Lies to a friend on account of your rave reviews and she has loved it so that's even pushing me to read it sooner! I just have a killer TBR right now... I think I'll take part in the Take Control challenge that Kimba is doing! Will that help? Who can tell?

    You read Three Dark Crowns!?? I can't wait to see what you thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Hover was pretty cool - thanks for the song.

    The Skyward hold is also very cool. I had a small chuckle at the Griffin Barn.

    Hope you have a lovely week!

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  47. "Alternate Facts" is the best thing to come out of the past week. I've had lots of occasions to laugh about it and use the phrase in conversation. The end of the week however was no laughing matter. Come see my reading week here. Happy reading!

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  48. I love when I start my year reading great books. So far it's been a mix, mostly good. Love that pic of the floating island...so mystical.

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  49. Gorgeous art, as always! I'm glad to see that you were able to get a little writing done! Awesome C3PO video too! Have a great week :D

    Here's my Weekly Recap!

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  50. We're ending January with some more snow! Glad to see that you are FINALLY reading Mercy Thompson. I really love her spin-off series, Alpha & Omega. I need to get caught up on Mercy's series. Happy reading, and welcome February!

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  51. I have read more good fiction in January than I did in all of 2016. That's odd. I wonder if good fiction is more meaningful this year....

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  52. This week was stressful for sure. It's hard to stay positive...but I'm trying. I haven't heard of How Will I Know You?, but I'll have to check it out. Happy reading!

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  53. I am completely surprised that January is so close to being over! Where does the time go?!? Hope you enjoy your reads and have a great week.

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  54. I'm still scratching my head over "alternative facts." I mean, really? Isn't that what we used to call lies? *smh*
    The floating island pics are so cool!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  55. I am pretty sure that the picture of "dystopian future" at the bottom should probably say "This time next Thursday...". Seriously, what the actual hell is happening!? I mean, look, we knew it would be bad. Of course. But THIS!? This is... not only is this some kind of strange dystopian fiction, but it's like, we'd bash on this for being full of plotholes, having unrealistic, one-sided characters, and really shoddy world-building. Because you don't go from Obama to... Literal Hell in 8 days! I mean, you do, clearly. But... how even!?

    Okay, I am trying to focus on books for a second. Idk if I can. Well- I am glad that your writing is going well! I have, as usual, abandoned mine post-NaNo and come up with an entire new "thing" that needs to be written... next November.... if the earth isn't a literal garbage fire. So yes, keep writing! It is cathartic, I am sure! Also looking forward to your thoughts on Freeks, and Three Dark Crowns! And also... The 100 is TODAY. Today. So I mean, at least we have one thing to look forward to! And also be scared of haha.

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  56. I didn't know about the "alt" park service Twitter accounts, so I will definitely have to go seek those out. And I just read Shannon's comment about that bottom picture and it made me laugh because I thought something similar when I looked at it!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  57. It's sure has been crazy to see what's happening in the US at the moment.

    It also has been a good reading year for me so far, I already know two books that likely will make my best of 2017 post.

    Those floating Islands look neat! Have a great week!

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  58. Trust Issues IV? Yes! I love the bottom image. It reminds me ofthe Orleans cover.

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