Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sunday Post #185


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

This week was pretty good. We had a wind storm on Wednesday and a lot of people lost power but not here luckily. I got an email from Kathleen Baldwin (School for Unusual Girls) asking me if I'd like an ARC of the third book- I of course said yes. And I joined ComiXology this week- should help with my graphic novel reading. Otherwise I had a pretty good reading week- finished a book or two and got some reviews written.     

I saw The Girl on the Train this week and it was good- not excellent by any stretch- but decent. No 100 this week but I'm still watching Riverdale. And I reviewed Winter of the Gods (disappointing), A Darkness Absolute (fabulous), and this week will be The Rains (good stuff).  

If you're interested there's a Lord of the Rings read-a-long going on over at Brona's Books. I kinda stumbled on it by accident but it looks like a lot of fun It's pretty relaxed and you can find all the deets here
   
Winter of the Gods (Olympus Bound, #2)A Darkness Absolute (Casey Duncan, #2)The Rains (Rains, #1)

Song of the week


PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 



NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

The Winter Over

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  1. I need to watch Girl on the train

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  2. Oh! Glad you managed to keep your power! Power cuts are the worst!

    Congrats on the ARC! That's awesome! I hope you enjoy it!

    I'm glad you're enjoying BLL - I need to read that still! I'll get to it this year, promise!!

    Love that random pic of the steps down into the pool. I don't even know why!?

    I haven't read Girl on the Train yet and want to read it first because - that's what we do, right??

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Yeah so glad we didn't lose power...and thanks. I don't take a lot of ARC's but from that author, for that series... yup.

      Read BLL so we can talk about it!! And yes I love that pic too... something about it. :)

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  3. I hated Gilr on the Train when I tried to read the book so I'm not greatly interested in watching the film. Not that I'm getting anything at all watched at the moment...Ah well, the books are flowing which keeps me happy!

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    1. I was not a fan of the book but did enjoy the movie. Not great but it kept me entertained.

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  4. So glad you had a good week! And yay for watching The Girl on the Train - I loved the book, but the film's got mixed reviews so I'm hesitant to see what I think of that. But I love Blunt, so I should like it a little bit, at least :)

    Happy reading, I hope you enjoy that ARC!

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. I did! And yeah I'm a fan of Emily Blunt and it actually wasn't bad. Quicker than reading the book, and covered the same plot.

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  5. We got know yesterday after a 60 degree day. It is nuts!! I hadn't seen the promo for the next Big Little Lies - looks good!! Have a great week!!

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    1. Isn't it craziness? It's been cold here week. And I'm loving Big Little Lies...

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  6. Winter of the Gods sounds so nice based on that title alone. Too bad it was so dissapointing though.

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    1. I think some people will like it, it just wasn't for me.

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  7. I still haven't gotten a chance to see The Girl on the Train (or read it!). I will get there eventually, I hope! lol. Hope you love your ARC! Have a great weekend!

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    1. I liked it- the movie maybe better than the book (which is unusual). Hope you like it when you get it. And thanks! Have a good weekend. :)

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  8. Wait, it's not Sunday yet xD let me have my weekend! :D
    I really like that pool picture from Pinterest. So cool.

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    1. I know, I always post these early. I should start calling it my weekend update rather than Sunday Post lol. Oh well... thanks, glad you liked it. :)

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  9. I'm glad you had a good week, I also enjoyed Girl on the Train! I joined comixology the other week to read more graphic novels!

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    1. ComiXology is kinda nice! And I thought Girl on the Train was pretty good actually.

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  10. Glad you didn't lose power! I had a power outage last Sunday night for one hour but didn't lose power during the wind storm. Unfortunately the town where I work was affected and several businesses were closed or operating by generator on Thursday.

    I just started watching Riverdale last week and it is an interesting take on the Archie comics. I haven't decided if I like it or not but I just keep watching :) I am looking forward to catching up on Big Little Lies if it is still available this summer. I won't be resubscribing to HBO Now till the new season of GOT starts in July. So excited to see it!

    Hope you have a great week and keep warm. It is freezing here so I imagine it must be pretty chilly in Michigan.

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    1. I am too! Riverdale is very interesting- I don't know the Archie comics so I adjusted okay but I think if you're looking for a traditional take it's probably pretty jarring. I like the weird vibe of it though. And Big Little Lies is so fun, especially reese Witherspoon. I basically only keep HBO Now for that and Game of Thrones.

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  11. Oh and that is so cool that you get an ARC of the next book in the School for Unusual Girls series. Can't wait to find out your thoughts on it.

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  12. I already read and watched The Girl On The Train. The movie was good as well as the book though I can't say I like it. probably because it's not the typical genre I read. but I'm going to read gone girl by Gillian Flynn. some friends said Gone Girl is more better than The Girl On The Train.
    have you read it?

    visit my blog :D
    http://www.luchluchcraft.com/

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    1. I've never read Gone Girl. Tried it once and it seemed slow going so I put it aside. May try again? I liked Girl on the Train (movie) and the book was okay but didn't wow me.

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  13. I thought the Girl on the Train movie was okay - not my most favorite, but I didn't really love the book either. lol

    -Lauren

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    1. I wasn't crazy about the book. Same- the movie I thought was good but not great.

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  14. Kinda jealous of you for that ARC! Hope you enjoy it!
    So glad you liked A Darkness Absolute! I haven't had a chance to get to it yet but I love Armstrong's books.

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    1. Thank you, i don't do very many ARC's but that series, I jumped at the chance. Darkness absolute was great!

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  15. Wow that trailer for Big Little Lies..Shailene Woodley looks a lot different from her divergent days! I'm really excited to watch it 'cause I love the acting of all three women :) wonderful pictures you've shared Greg :) Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Doesn't she though? It's a good show.

      Thanks and have a great weekend Uma!

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  16. Gaaaaaah, those images are making me dream of warmer climes. Just learned we're going to be hit with a snowstorm next week. A nice relaxing nap on the beach or floating in the pool sounds good right about now.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Ha ha I know. Need.sun.now. Snow? I'm so over snow. Need to move to the tropics... :)

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  17. Those pictures... I need it to be summer. Please? Not snowstorm, SUMMER. Also, DYING at Weekend Update. I am loving Colin Jost and Michael Che this season. I want to read/watch Big Little Lies, but I don't have HBO so... I'll wait. I think I will give Riverdale a go during The 100 hiatus. (HIATUS because it will be BACK and I will probably be giddy about this for at least a month. But probably longer, let's be real.)

    CONGRATS on the email about the third Kathleen Baldwin book- that is seriously fabulous- especially for a third book in a series! And I am glad you liked The Rains! I won that one, and I do want to get to it soon, it looks good. Hope you have a great week! :D

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    1. I know!! I loved that Weekend Update. And Big Little Lies... they say it's chicklit ha ha so I don't know why I liked it so much, but I did. And the show is killing it.

      Riverdale is the bomb- in a quirky CW way. Although it's on hiatus until Mar 30th- ack what will I do? A 3 week? Thankfully the 100 is back this week. But seriously I'm loving both shows- who woulda thunk Riverdale would be like my 2nd fave??

      Thank you! I like that series and was tickled to get the ARC!

      The Rains is a trip!

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  18. The beach and pool pics have me dreaming of summer. I have Armstrong's books on audio and need to listen stat. Glad you managed to keep power. Have a wonderful week Greg.

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    1. Don't they though? I am ready for summer!

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  19. I LOVE your pictures!! The Winter Over sounds great. Looking forward to your review.
    Have a great weekend. :-D

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    1. Thank you! The Winter Over was actually awesome.

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  20. We've been having really bad winds too! Thankfully no power outage! I've been debating watching Riverdale! Not sure it'll ruin the characters for me but I do love the sounds of the dark/murder mystery feel!
    Have a lovely week, Greg!

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    1. I'm glad you didn't have any outage. Riverdale does have a dark feel and it's quirky, I would recommend it just know that it's different from the comics!

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  21. Now I want a beach holiday! Love the images.

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  22. That's awesome about the email from the author! It's always great to know you're appreciated as a reviewer. And ooh, Comixology. That'll be fun! Are all the comics on there available in the subscription? One day I might give it a go for a month and see what it's like and what they have.

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    1. Thanks! And ComiXology does look fun- they have a lot of stuff but unfortunately you still have to buy the books, so you have access and can buy whatever you want and then read on your device or their site (which is what I do since I don't read on my phone!). It'll help me though because I've been AWOL on GN's lately and now I can get something (they're usually cheaper than buying a physical copy) and get it read ASAP.

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  23. I'm pretty bummed about The 100 having to wait 2 weeks!! I just hope the next one will make up for it :p Have a great weekend!

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    1. I thought the 100 was back this week? I better check...

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  24. I am hoping I will watch the Girl on the Train in the following week. Are you going to do a review on it?

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    1. I am. I just have to find a day to fit it in. Probably in the next couple of weeks.

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  25. Awwww those pictures are just fabulous. I am in love with the girl eating the nutella :-) I am a huge nutella fan myself *lol*
    Thanks for sharing and have a great week ahead.
    my haul

    Best wishes
    Vi @ Gone With The Books

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    1. Thank you! I liked that one too...

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  26. Glad that you managed to escape the power cuts with the storm wind - I HATE it when I cannot use my computer! I LOVE all those wonderful swimming pool views with bright sunshine and blue skies - it seems unimaginable here at present, though the spring flowers are all gathering pace and putting on a great show. I love them all with their promise of warmer days and shorter nights:). Have a great week. My Sunday Post - https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2017/03/12/sunday-post-12th-march-2017/

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  27. We had some weird weather here and one day was under a tornado warning but all it did was hail for a bit and rain hard for like 15 minutes and then went away which was good. Glad you kept your power, I hate power outages.

    That is cool that you got an email about an ARC, it's always nice to get those about a series we enjoy.

    Hope you have a great reading week!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  28. School for Unusual Girls is on the the THIRD BOOK?!?!?! EEEEP!! I didn't even realize the second came out!! I need to find the second :) And I see you didn't lose power so that answers that question :)

    Have a great week!!!!

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  29. I love SNL's weekend update. Always so spot on! Glad you didn't lose power-that would suck. Have a great week!

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  30. it's the first time I hear about the book you had. happy reading!

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  31. Glad to hear you managed to avoid losing power in the storm, it's awful when your power goes out and you're stuck waiting for it to come back on while a storm is outside so you can't even go out.

    And I love the pictures. They feel summery and make me want to sunbathe and read a good book.

    Hope you have a good week.

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  32. Glad you didn't lose power! And hurray for the arc contact! I had some pretty good emails this week, too, and now I'm waiting on a few things which is always nice. Book mail rocks! :)

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  33. I loved the Weekend Updates video...it made me laugh, which is good, since usually hearing about the Twitter-mad president on the news makes me want to cry. We have a petulant adolescent boy (or girl?) in the White House! Yikes!

    I love Big Little Lies...and can't wait to see tonight's episode.

    I've also been watching CBS-All Access streaming of The Good Fight.

    Thanks for sharing your week...and for visiting my blog. Have a great new week!

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  34. All those sunshine-y pics are make me yearn for a warmer climate! *sigh*

    Sorry about your disappointment in Winter of the Gods. The cover IS nice though.

    Hope you have a great week! ~Aleen

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  35. Awesome pics! I love it when authors send you a copy of their books!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

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  36. I watched the news when they showed those wind storms. Scary stuff. Reminds me hurricane season is starting in a few months here. Yikes! We are way overdue for some too. I love the pictures this week. Now I'm anxious for swimming weather. And I need to finish getting the pool ready.

    My Sunday Post

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  37. I lost interest in seeing A Girl on the Train after I read the book. Glad you enjoyed it, though. I still haven't seen Big Little Lies, but that's because I'm sucked into Netflix. Maybe I'll get around to it once I've finished From Dusk Til Dawn.

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  38. I actually recently considered joining ComiXology too- I never seem to have a hard time reading graphic novels, but since my reading slump passed (finally) I didn't want to buy into it. I hope you get good use out of it.

    All your pool pics have me laughing because I had to check the weather to make sure we weren't expecting any more snow (*ugh*) before I could plant my seedlings. We seem to get a lot of wind here, but not enough to knock out power. It looks like you have some good reading ahead of you!
    ~Litha Nelle

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  39. Those winds were crazy here. We lost the siding off the back of our garage and our pool cover. So glad you loved A Darkness Absolute, I plan to take it along with my to Florida.

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  40. We were under Tornado Watch and we got hit with hail pretty bad. But we didn't lose our power either.

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  41. I’m so bad at watching movies. I planned on seeing Girl on the Train, but it still hasn’t happened. I love that bread and Nutella picture. Nutella is the best. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  42. Looks like you had a good week. And I see all the artwork you posted has summer written all over them! Yeah...I'm longing for warm weather and time by the beach too. :-)

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  43. Love the Summer-vibe pictures Greg.
    I haven't seen Girl on the Train yet. But I'm definitely going to.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  44. Wow a windstorm! Lucky you came away unscathed, losing power is just a big pain.

    I share the same view as you on the Girl on the Train movie. I loved the book very much, the movie was a bit meh!

    Thanks for posting the summery pintrest pics, its been a lot like that here in West Australia the last week but today we have rain following a thunderstorm!

    Have a great week!

    Amanda @ Mrs B's Book Reviews.

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  45. Sounds like a good week Greg with a little bit of everything enjoyable thrown in. I am not attracted to The Girl on a Train book or movie but I know many liked the book.

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  46. How is Riverdale going? I have seen commercials for it but I'm not really interested in it. Same with The Girl on the Train (though the commercials for that were months ago). THOSE commercials were really intriguing.

    Have a fabulous week, Greg! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I think Riverdale is going great! Granted it's different but I'm mostly liking it. And Girl on the Train was funny- I liked the book but didn't love it, but I wanted to see the movie??

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  47. I'm actually keeping up with Riverdale! I may take an extra day or two or three to watch, but still. And I'm liking it ok. I think I still need a break from The 100. Did you watch Humans? I think the 2nd season started or starts soon. lol - The Weekend Update! Gotta love SNL. Have a great week, Greg.

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    1. I'm liking Riverdale! And Humans- yes! I've been watching, I think they're on episode 4 now? It's better than last year!

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  48. I *still* haven't gotten to that new Kelley Armstrong. Maybe later this week. ComiXology is fun and great way to catch up on comics.

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  49. I saw Girl on the Train at the theater last year. I hadn't read the book so I had nothing to compare it to. I enjoyed it well enough but wasn't blown away. My husband had read the book and thought it was a pretty faithful adaptation. The summery pic of beaches and pools make me ready for my vacation in May! :)
    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  50. UGH The wind! Glad you didn't lose power. The wind has been awful here too. The has been awful here to and We are getting 12-18" of snow tomorrow :( Yay on that School for Unusual Girls ARC! :) My not so good review of The Girl on the Train is coming up soon. I just keep moving it to post other movies I liked more :)

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  51. We've had some really strange weather in South Africa over the past 24 hours. The Cape Argus was cancelled due to very strong wind. HECTIC. https://www.enca.com/sport/watch-strong-winds-blow-away-cape-town-cycle-tour-cyclists

    Glad you enjoyed Girl on the Train. I thought the movie was good, but you "knew" who the killer was easier in the movie than in the book. Emily Blunt was amazing though.

    Lord of the Rings read-a-long... I have NEVER read it, will follow your link and see! Thanks for sharing.

    Hope you will have a good week.

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  52. Oh, how I'm living through those images of blue skies and blue waters! Right now it's nothing but rain, rain, rain here in the soggy Pacific Northwest. Can it just be summer already?!?

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  53. That wind was so insane! We didn't lose power either, thank goodness. Our city actually supplies its own power and water, so we rarely lose power, and if we do, it's brief.

    Kelley Armstrong was having a contest today on her FB page ~ a random commenter could win a cool looking USB, with a few chapters or an excerpt from an upcoming novel, one of the choices being the third Rockton. I can't wait! Lol.

    Awesome about the chance to read the newest School for Unusual Girls. You reminded me that I still need to read the second!

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    1. I'm glad you didn't lose power- that wind WAS nuts! Yeesh I thought part of my fence was going to blow away!

      What a cool contest! I know the 2nd book just came out but I NEED more Rockton. lol I hope it comes out next year, she seems to be pretty prolific. :)

      I really like Unusual Girls.

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  54. I read Girl on the Train and liked it very much. The School for Unusual Girls is still available on netgalley if anyone is looking for that. Glad about the power though I do wish some of that cold weather would come this way.

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    1. Is it? That's good to know. I really liked School for Unusual Girls. I wasn't crazy about Girl on the Train but I enjoyed the movie!

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  55. Whoa, an email from Kathleen Baldwin?! That's awesome. I have got to get caught up on her series. ComiXology is great but not exactly good for my wallet...thankfully my library subscribes to Hoopla (a digital media platform) and there are a ton of awesome graphic novels on there, so that helps even things out. :)

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    1. I know, it came out of the blue? I was happy. And ComiXology- I've only started exploring it but I can see it's going to be expensive if I get all the GN's I want. I'll have to pace myself...

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  56. So did you like Girl on the Train movie better than the book? Cause I did. :) I watched the first three episodes of Big Little Lies and I'm hooked. You watch a lot of great shows, Greg! I'm a week behind on Riverdale but I'm hoping to catch up tonight. I'm addicted to those two right now.

    Have a great week, Greg and I love those pictures (all of them) you included in this weeks post.

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  57. I was kind of disappointed in The Girl on the Train. I loved the book- I even reread it before the movie. I think it was just one of those novels that didn't translate on screen. I think the only people who liked it alright were those who read the book. I remember reading a review from someone who didn't read the book who said it didn't make any sense, and my husband hated it--and he didn't read it, either. Hope you're having a great week!

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  58. I didn't really like the Girl on the Train movie. Gone Girl's movie was much better. Are you on Pinterest? I love the images you posted!

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  59. It's too bad Winter Of the Gods tanked on you, but at least you had two great reads along with it. Thanks for the art (as always). I hope you had a wonderful week. :)

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  60. That's awesome you got an ARC for a third book in a series. I always love it when I can get review copies of series or author I already enjoy.
    I haven't read A Darkness Absolute yet, but I do already have my copy. Just need to be in the right mood to read it. And I have to get some review copies out of the way first. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it!
    I hope this week was a good one too!

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