Saturday, March 3, 2018

Sunday Post #235


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Hey it's March! One of my favorite months. And it was in the fifties this week, so yay for that. Before long I can be a beach bum again and break out the flip flops. Well, maybe not quite yet, but it's gonna happen! Honest. Meanwhile it's been a good reading week. I'm currently reading People Like Us and it's a trip.   

This week I had a ton of book mail come in. Do you ever read a book on Kindle and decide you need a physical copy? I do, and so I recently ordered a bunch of books that were sitting on my Kindle, but not on my bookshelf. Is there anything better than book mail?? I ordered the Blue, The Girls in the Garden, Ivory & Bone/ Obsidian & Stars, and some other stuff... needless to say my shelf has been enhanced with these beauties. 

Last week I reviewed What Alice Knew and The Marriage Pact. This week I'll be taking a look at The Vault of Dreamers as well as a Bookstore Spotlight.           

The Vault of Dreamers (The Vault of Dreamers, #1)The Marriage PactWhat Alice KnewPeople Like Us

Song of the week 



PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

Too Many Crooks

NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

Black Bolt, Vol. 1: Hard TimeHawkeye: Kate Bishop, Vol. 1: Anchor PointsThe Rule of Mirrors (The Vault of Dreamers, #2)Obsidio (The Illuminae Files, #3)

BOOKISH LINKS

Here's some of my book mail arrivals.

The BlueThe Girls in the GardenIvory and Bone (Ivory and Bone, #1)Obsidian and Stars (Ivory and Bone, #2)The Woman in the Window

Dichen Lachman (from the 100) talks that naked sword fighting scene from Altered Carbon. 

106 comments:

  1. I feel like I am the only person who doesn't have Obsidio *crying* It's so funny you mention loving book mail, because I do get excited when I win a book and it come in the mail, but I almost never read the physical copy (usually because the font is too small). People Like Us was one of my anticipated reads. I am hoping my library gets it soon. Can't wait to see your review.

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    1. I don't have it yet, I'm just planning on snatching it up as soon as it comes out ha ha. And I read very few physical copies anymore either, and yes the font is smaller than it used to be- right????

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  2. It was pretty warm here too! It was so nice one day, the owner of the company that I work at shut down the office so we could all go enjoy it! :) Have a great week!

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  3. Ooh, I love that lamppost illustration! It looks like Narnia! I enjoyed the interview as well - I thought that scene in Altered Carbon was so strange! Have a great weekend, Greg!

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    1. I loved it too! And yes Narnia came to mind. In fact I'm thinking maybe that was the intent? I love the mysteriousness of it...

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  4. Yay for 50 degree weather. We just had a snow storm and it is supposed to be in the 40s all week. I am so ready for warmer weather. People Like Us is one I so want to read. I preordered Obsidio - and I am so not the preordering type but I NEED it. Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Right? It's funny how in the fall 50 is COLD but in spring it feels good! Snow though- yikes. Same here w/ Obsidio!!

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  5. I still haven't read the Illuminae series. I hear good things. Is Obsidio is good. Is it the last book of the series?

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    1. Obsidio is the last! Gonna miss that series. Gemina is my favorite. So far...

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  6. It is starting to feel almost spring-like in my area. I know that winter isn't done with us but I am enjoying the nicer temps. I buy different copies of books all the time. I tend to want my favorites on my shelve, on my kindle, and in audio. I thought that I was the only one :) Have a great week!

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    1. It is getting closer at least- spring finally! And no you're not the only one! I've been known to buy "reading copies" of fave books too so that they remain pristine.

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  7. It's FREEZING here and my feet are like blocks of ice! I was out clearing the path of a foot of snow this morning as there are Amazon packages coming hopefully on Monday if they can get through...

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  8. I have a stroooong need for Obsidio, omg. Can't wait for my copy to arrive. And it's still cold here but yes I can see the warmth coming in the far distance! Awesome art!

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  9. I love the pictures you're finding. I love getting mail and book mail is the best. I received a book in the mail this week.

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  10. Can't wait to read Obsidio! It's one of my most anticipated books this year! It snowed yesterday in Belgium but now it has already melted, hoping the weather gets better soon! Have a wonderful weekend!

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  11. Much prefer printed books. The packaging makes for a more enjoyable experience. btw your latest haul looks great. enjoy. I plan on starting Altered Carbon after the my Oscar's films.

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  12. I am so guilty of ordering physical copies after enjoying them on my Kindle! Some books just need to be on my shelves haha. So are you enjoying Altered Carbon. I have it in my queue. I am working the Frankenstein Chronicles at the moment. But I keep eyeing it. Thank you for the throwback song! Good stuff haha. Hope you are well and that March continues to allow me to comment on your blog ;)

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    1. Hey two weeks in a row- my blog is cooperating suddenly? :) And yes some books you just have to have. I thought Altered Carbon was okay but TBH I wasn't that thrilled with it. Way too long. It had its moments though!

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  13. I have been finding that 'The Girls in the Garden' a lot in the last few months. I am intrigued by it, but have not yet added it to my TBR, because there are SO MANY other books that have been waiting for so long.

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    1. I hear you. I really liked Girl in the Garden, by far my favorite Lisa Jewell book so far.

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  14. Billy Idol!!! Do you know what he's up to these days? I used to love his songs way back when :)
    *sighs* Obsidio... I really need to hurry up and read Illuminae and Gemina!
    Have a great weekend Greg :)
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I think he's still performing? I saw a clip of him not too long ago...

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  15. Oh my Lord I need a print of Beneath the Waves - gorgeous. I also used the have the biggest crush on Billy Idol so it was nice seeing him here. You did get quite a few books but I see nothing wrong with that. Hope you have a wonderful week and an awesome March.

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    1. Isn't that nice? And ha Billy Idol- love his music!

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  16. I have Obsidio pre-ordered so it'll come soon! But I might have to reread all the books because I kind of remember nothing from the previous books (or the first book at least). Also what. You cannot break out the flip flops in 50 degree whether.

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  17. Book mail is pretty much the best thing ever. I hope you enjoy your new books! I can’t wait to read Obsidio.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  18. Some gorgeous art pieces featured this week! The detail in that lost temple painting is incredible! And yeah, I know what you mean about wanting physical versions of ebooks. I wish I had the money and the space to have a physical copy of every kindle book I own :)

    ~Mogys @ BiblioSanctum

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  19. I'm really looking forward to that Hawkeye volume. Happy reading, Greg!

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  20. Great visual images!

    I love the look of your bookish mail...I enjoyed The Girls in the Garden and, of course, The Woman in the Window.

    Enjoy your week! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  21. I like March, too - it means it's cooling down... Have a great week :)

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  22. Yep, I've bought physical copies of books after reading the ebooks before! And seriously, getting book mail is such a great feeling! It doesn't even matter if you spent your own money on the books (vs winning them or something), still a great feeling lol.

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    1. Isn't it though? I love seeing that package on the step, or in the mailbox. And right? I'll take 'em either way. :)

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  23. Book mail really is the best. Have a great weekend. - Katie

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  24. Love that Mystique image!! I rarely get book mail, but when I do, I just get filled with so much excitement at seeing how much bigger my bookshelf will get after I add more beauties to my shelf!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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

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  25. There is nothign better than book mail to brighten the spirits and emptying our pockets haha.

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  26. That sometimes happens to me too! I read a book and I just need a physical copy.
    I just started watching Altered Carbon and it's so good!

    Enjoy your favourite month!

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  27. I've read Kindle versions, but I much prefer the printed word. Something about turning the pages or something. Kudos to the comic book pics again. Love my superheroes and love seeing them in action in print or in the movies. Happy Sunday and Hugs...RO

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    1. Hey Ro! I agree. I love actual pages- happy sunday to you as well!

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  28. I'm glad you had such a balmy week of weather, because we just had a week of sub-zero temperatures and blizzards - not at all usual! I envy your ability to watch Altered Carbon, which looks a brilliant series. Have another warm week, Greg. I'm just hoping we manage to stay above freezing...

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  29. Love the lamppost picture. My first thought was Narni, but that might just be showing my age!

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  30. I don't watch tv and such much, but everything around about Altered Carbon makes me want to read those books...

    Enjoy the new arrivals!

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    1. I hope you like 'em if you read 'em. TBH I didn't love the show, but it did have its moments!

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  31. Oh Obsidio? I'm curious about this one!

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  32. I love the images you've posted - particularly Lost Horizon. Excellent - could look at them forever.
    Lynn :D

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    1. I loved that Lost Horizon image- makes me want to re- read it.

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  33. Hiya Greg! Long time no see.... love your weekly post as always. I understand the need to have a print copy of a beloved e-book :)

    Ooh, that first artwork, of the lantern-- I could just keep staring at that one. You always have a fun wrap-up and I appreciate it. I'm glad to be back and get to book chatting with you soon!

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    1. Hey Rita! Hope you are well. And thank you! I agree about the lantern- and if I remember right you had a big move coming up, I guess probably a while back now, hope it all went well!

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  34. I wish I could be a beach bum. I kinda was when I lived in Florida. Hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

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  35. haha beach bum! nice term I guess I can say I am one too :) Sine I'm on a budget I only buy physical copies after I read the eARC and O! There is nothing better than book mail!! You did order great books enjoy them!

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    1. I usually only buy a physical copy if it's a book I really love. that way I don't overload my shelves TOO much and the e- copies are usually cheaper,,,

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  36. Ivory and Bone looks interesting, and I still need to read Gemina haha, but I can't wait to get to Obsidio. Hope you have a great week :)

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  37. you have some of the neatest art I've seen since (well) the 70's!! My mom was a Star Trek fan, and I was lucky enough to have gone to a convention with her-and I saw some art there that is totally comparable with what I see you post-so Thanks for the memories-LOL

    http://justmeandmyblogreviews.blogspot.com/2018/03/stacking-shelves.html

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  38. I live in flip flops myself...lol. Glad you are enjoying People Like Us. Happy reading! Yay to Billy Idol, I love the 80's.

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    1. Ha ha Billy Idol is awesome! And yea I'll wear flip flops as long as I can...

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  39. I need to check out your review for The Marriage Pact. Curious about that one. Altered Carbon is a show on my radar. Dichen Lachman was also in Joss Whedon's Dollhouse. Did you ever watch that? Glad to hear it's been warming up for you. It's been in the 30s-60s range and raining here in Southern California, which is cold for us. My husband still wears shorts and flip flops in the 60s, lol, so it must be a man thing, because I'd freeze if I did that! Enjoy your week, Greg! :)

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    1. The MArriage Pact was good, but a little over the top? Like some of the things that occurred... as for altered Carbon, I didn't love it? Maybe because the lead was a little wooden, didn't really work for me. Lachman though was good! And no I haven't seen that show, thanks for letting me know! She was in The 100 too briefly...

      Yup I'll do that in the 60's too, ha ha. It must be a guy thing! Stubbornness probably!!

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  40. 50's could be so nice, no higher than 40 this week for us.
    I love bookmail even if I send it to myself, lol. You picked up a lot of pretties! I hope you enjoy them all.

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading! ox

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    1. Ha ha right? I should send myself book mail just to get some... :)

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  41. I just finished People Like Us and will have the review up soon as I am back home. I am riding out the storm that took out our power at a friends. So surreal looking at all the downed trees and power lines cut in half. They say we won't have power to our area till Wednesday!! Have a good Sunday!

    Mary #SundayRoundup #8

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    1. Ooh I'll have to watch for it. I like reading reviews even if it's a book I'm in the middle of! Yikes no power? I hope it gets restored soon- and stay safe!

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  42. I'm glad to see that you're having some great weather Greg! We have horrible snowy weather and it's been super cold, so its been nice staying indoors and trying to catch up with my tv shows and books. I used to always purchase a physical copy of kindle books I owned, especially if the cover was one I couldn't resist! I hope you have a great week Greg! :)

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    1. I do like to get a physical copy, especially if it's a book I really liked. Sorry to hear about your snow, I hope it settles down soon!

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  43. I'm the exact same, sometimes I love a book so much and just want to own a copy myself. Part of it simply because it means I can lend it out to friends that way, but also it's knowing I'll have a physical copy to read. holding a book in your hands is just so nice. I hope you enjoy all your new books. Have a good week.

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    1. Yup. And I kinda lost track of some that I wanted to own, when I went through my Kindle lately I was like oh I need a physical copy of that one, and that one ...

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  44. Love getting book mail! It never fails to brighten my day knowing there's a fresh new book on my shelves. I also only started reading e-books as review copies for the blog, so I'm more than a little biased towards owning physical books :) Hope you have a good week Greg!

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    1. Book mail is the best. And I am too, I also never read e- books until I started blogging, so I'm just used to having the physical copies. and if it's a book or cover I love, I kinda have to own it. :)

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  45. I've heard LOVE it and HATE it about Altered Carbon lol

    I rarely order physical copies after reading a book on Kindle. If I'm pretty sure i'll love a book I buy it for my keeper shelf to start with.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  46. I still do a happy dance when I get book mail. The feeling never gets old. Almost like a happy drug for us book lovers.

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  47. Happy March! We had the exact opposite this week with Real Snow. It's gorgeous but a couple of neighbourhood cats have gone missing.

    I'm trying to only read on my Kindle from now on, then buy physical copies if I really love the book. I hate trying to get rid of lots of books, it's a pain.

    Vee @ Under The Mountain

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  48. Love the picture of the woman with the blue face.

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  49. Actually, I've never ordered a book that I had on the Kindle as a physical book. I am a very practical person, so I feel like it would beat the point for me :D but everyone has their own reasons, so it makes sense if you actually want to hold the books you really really liked, especially if you're going to be rereading them. I don't reread much, but I have physical copies of the ones I do reread!

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  50. The 50’s sounds wonderful. Your book haul is great too, lots of good ones. Happy Sunday.

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  51. I just picked up People Like Us and put it back at the library. Now, you make me want to try it. I've probably bought a physical copy of a kindle book by accident but not on purpose. I usually just get a print copy of the one's I know I want or borrow from the library and then make a decision. Have a great week!

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  52. Great post. I have just started checking out some books from the library online. I used to love going to a small branch around the corner and loading up a bag, but it's gone now. :-(
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes

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  53. I can't wait to get my hands on Obsidio! Enjoy!

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  54. Spring will be here before we know it. :-) People Like Us sounds like a lot of fun. I am glad you are enjoying it! Your new books sound good. I keep hearing good things about Obsidio. Have a great week, Greg!

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  55. 1. I read Vault of Dreamers before it came out as an ARC and it was NOT listed as a series on Goodreads so when I got the end and it ended on a cliffhanger (just a heads up there, but it looks like you've got book 2) I was MEGA PISSED. And then the sequel didn't come out for AGES so I never picked it back up. So we'll see what you think - if it's all good, maybe I'll try and find a copy of the second book!

    2. That white dragon is GORGEOUS

    3. Oh my god Altered Carbon was SO. FREAKING. AMAZING. And the nudity was actually one of the many, many amazing things about the show. (Like for real, I have zero complaints about it which is pretty rare). Full nudity is basically nonexistent - but the show managed to do it AND they did it what felt pretty equally between genders. AND when they did full nudity (or showing of the downstairs bits), I don't think it was ever sexualized - I think ever full nude scene was just....normal. Which is the first time I ever saw that and it was just so incredibly done. I had never heard of the book series before and I really want to read them now - but if they do a second season I also don't want spoilers for myself for the show so....we'll see

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    1. Thanks for the awesome comments. Oh I can see that- Vault ends on a HUGE cliffhanger! I would also be pisssed! I do have book two though and liked it. Book three was a little less for me, but I am done w/ the series now.

      I love that dragon pic. Something about the water, and the misty forest...

      Wasn't Altered Carbon a trip? I thought it was a little slow to start off, but by the end it picked up a lot of steam. Dichen Lachman was definitely a high point, as were the flashbacks as to what happened? I agree about the nudity- it was equal opportunity nudity (if that makes sense??) and yes done as if it were natural, like in real life perhaps. It could have been gratuitous very easily. I think I've read the first chapter of the book, because I was really curious, but I haven't decided whether to get the whole book yet...

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  56. I feel like it was so close to being flip floppy for good and then... well, then there was the foot of snow, so my boots are (grudgingly) back. But you're right- there IS an end in sight! Beacchhhh that sounds so nice. Ah, book hauls are kind of the best! I can't wait to read Obsidio either, I'll have to drop everything as soon as it gets here because well, you know how people and spoilers are!

    The cover of Too Many Cooks makes me chuckle because the guy doesn't even look scared, he just looks... annoyed. Like he's pissed off at the inconvenience of the gun in his face hah. Watching Dichen's interview now because of course. I love how she talks about the lack of protection while fighting naked because YES that was my biggest concern bwhaha. (She's still the only reason I want to watch AC, but I do not care enough of course. But still.... Anyaaaa.)

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    1. So you have snow? Noooo... we don't but it's cold. :( Grr.

      I know right? Kind of a weird cover, but I laughed. And I'm gld I saw Lachman's interview because that scene is pivotal to the series, and to see her take on it... yes Anya!!!

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  57. I'm so curious about People Like Us! :)
    It was nice weather this weekend but I think it's supposed to get colder...and I'm bummed, but it's typical of March.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  58. I've been tempted to do the same thing with buying physical copies of the books I really love :) I'm sure I'll break down and get a few at some point!

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  59. Amazing art.

    I have Illuminae and Geminia, but never read it! Hope you'll love Obsidio!

    Enjoy your new books!

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  60. Send some of those 50s this way; although I have no clue what temps we have coming up for next week because after getting 12+ inches of snow dumped on us I have been shunning the weatherman.πŸ˜‚

    I love Billy Idol!🎀

    The white dragon looks like the river spirit in Spirited Away! πŸ‰

    Have a wonderful week.πŸ’œ

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  61. I much prefer a physical copy of a book. πŸ˜€ If it's a book I loved and I only have a Kindle version I generally order the physical book too. Lol. And book mail is the best!! Have a great week!

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  62. Hooray for warmer (?) weather! (Warmer being totally relative because temps in the 50’s does not sound warm to me. LOL) I definitely order physical copies of books I’ve read on my Kindle. Not anything and everything, but the ones I really enjoyed. I like seeing them on the shelf. :) Go Billy Idol! (Every time I see Billy Idol these days I think of that line from The Wedding Singer: “See, Billy Idol gets it.”)

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  63. Obsidio! Yay! Love that Nero Wolfe cover. The thought of flip-flops seems so far away right now -- we're getting more snow.

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  64. Thanks for linking to that Altered Carbon interview. That scene was WHOA when I watched it and it's great to hear her thoughts on what it was like to film it.

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  65. I also frequently order print copies of Kindle books especially if they are ARCs. I like seeing them on my Keeper shelves. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  66. How fun to buy a bunch of books you want. That's me squishing yarn and adding more to my SABLE (stash acquisition beyond life expectancy) at STITCHES West while inhaling yarn fumes. We are having a warmer week here too, low 60's and maybe even 70 tomorrow. Have a good week.

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  67. GREG!!!! Man, you ALWAYS have these INCREDIBLY AWESOME "Sunday Post" posts!! Outta this galaxy!! Lol. And your music selection is none other than Billy Idol!! That's my FAVORITE BI album, too!!

    And the books, and the pics....just....WOWOWOWOW!!! :) :) :)

    You do the VERY SAME thing I do -- if I read a book on my ereader -- my Android phone -- and LOVE it, I NEED to have a physical copy! Lol.

    Thanks for sharing!! Thanks as well for your nice comments on my blog! I am now trying to catch up with all of my comments back. Have a GREAT week!! <3 <3 :) :)

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  68. I am eagerly awaiting a copy of Obsidio, I love that series. As always an amazing Sunday Post. Love all your pictures.

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  69. Yay for Obsidio! I loved it! I also love that picture of the streetlamp (or parklamp?). Gorgeous!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  70. I remember liking The Vault of Dreamers but haven't read more of the series. Interested in seeing your thoughts, might have to pick them up again. Great artwork love the vampire pic

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  71. I love getting books in the mail. I'm just about to open some books that arrived a few minutes ago and I'm so excited! I'm like a three-year-old on Christmas morning when books show up!

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  72. I'm looking forward to your review of The Vault of Dreamers. And Obsidio! I still need to read Gemina but it's my mission to get read sometime in the next few weeks.

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  73. I read an old tattered copy of Lost Horizon when I was a teen. I'm not sure what happened to that copy. Maybe it's still at my parents' home.

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  74. Put those flip flops away for a little bit, as snow is coming back. GRRR. Too many times I read the ebook and then purchased a hard copy! Hope to get to Altered Carbon soon.

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  75. Oh I need to get to the sequel Obsidian and Stars I enjoyed book one. I also need to get on it and start the Illumae series...I know so far behind in life! Enjoy all the goodies!

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  76. Haha yay for it being your favourite month!! Hope it's a good one!

    Ooo I need to check out your review of What Alice Knew. Can't remember if I did...I'll check ;)

    Yay for lots of bookmail! I definitely know the feeling of needing to buy a print copy after reading an eBook.

    Hope you're having an awesome week :)

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  77. Okay. That interview with Dichen Lachman has me interested. I loved her in Dollhouse and Agents of Shield. I'm going to have to look into this show. :)

    Have a great week!

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