Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sunday Post #233


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Another cold week but at least it's not as bone- numbingly cold as it's been. It was a good reading week as well. I had my first 5 star read of the year- This Fallen Prey- and The Marriage Pact was pretty good too. I've been on quite the roll with good books, and I just saw this week that Love and Gelato has a sequel coming out as well. That was a nice surprise.     

I'm still watching the Olympics, kind of sporadically. Mostly downhill and ski jumping. Frankly it's hard to watch with commercials and the selective way NBC presents them. Streaming online is clearly the way to go, but I don't have a subscription and of course you need one. I also saw Black Panther today and thought it was okay. 

Last week I reviewed The Wolves of Winter and Bad Girls. Both were awesome. And this week I'll be sharing thoughts on This Fallen Prey. My review for What Alice Knew is upcoming also.            

Bad Girls with Perfect FacesThe Wolves of WinterThe Vault of Dreamers (The Vault of Dreamers, #1)This Fallen Prey (Casey Duncan, #3)The Marriage Pact

Song of the week 



PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 

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NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:

What Alice Knew

BOOKISH LINKS

Love Riverdale? They use music so well on that show. 



I'm thinking this looks pretty good

110 comments:

  1. It warmed up for a couple of days and then back down to the 50's for a few days. It would be nice to stay in the 50's for the next month.

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    1. We're supposed to hit 50's this week and it should feel pretty good after what we've had!

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  2. We actually had a pretty warm week! Of course, it's going to snow tonight, but then back to unusually warm temps.

    Glad you're getting so many great reads lately!

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    1. It snowed yesterday, just after everything melted! So now it's white again!

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  3. We had a pretty warm week as well! It was still chilly, lots of rain and ice, but it was around 20 degrees which I'll definitely take over 0!

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    1. Exactly. It's funny how 20 feels pretty good after 0 degrees!!

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  4. We have been lucky with some warmer temps finally. I am loving it. Yay for your first 5 star read!!! Hope that keeps up! Have a great week!

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    1. Me too! And yes warmer temps would be great!

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  5. I'm glad you enjoyed The Marriage Pact. I'm so torn on whether I like it or not. I'm looking forward to discussing it soon with my sister for a review! :-)

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    1. I did, but it's over the top. You have to kind of just go with it :)

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  6. I'm really sick of the cold, too. I consider myself super lucky to only have to go out of the house once a week for work, and a couple of times a month for grocery shopping. We had one really warm day at the beginning of the week and I had all the windows open. It was a cruel tease, ha ha.🌞

    I love the top space scene art. Even if it does have snow in it. πŸ˜‚

    Have a super dooper new week! πŸ’œ

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    1. You know it's funny I used to be ALWAYS going somewhere and now I kinda like being home and relaxing? Must be a getting older thing :)

      Ha ha right?

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  7. I'm living in the south, so we already made our way up to the 70s this week. Sadly it's going to be a rainy weekend, so I'll be mostly stuck inside. Hope you'll warm up soon. Glad to hear you had such a wonderful reading week.

    I hope to go see Black Panther sometime next weekend. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Ooh 70's. Sounds good. Hope you have a great weekend!

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  8. Sorry about the cold weather, but if you can figure out how, please send some to California! I want to wear sweaters and boots☹

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    1. I'll send you some cool weather if you can share some of that California sun :)

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  9. Love the cover for Journey to the Center of the Earth. I really need to read my copy of it! Glad you enjoyed your books. Think Spring!!!!

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    1. I've never read the book either! Love that art tho.

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  10. I'm a cable cutter, but I have the DirecTV Now streaming service. Even though it's not cable, I can still log in to all of the channel apps with that login. I've been watching very sporadically, too.

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    1. Same here, and maybe I should try a streaming service. I just have Netflix basically right now. Definitely for the summer games I'll have t do something, since I watch those a LOT.

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  11. I love that pulp Agatha Christie cover.
    Lynn :D

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  12. Considering I have just finished reading To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo and I am on a severe siren hype, I'll definitely check that new show out, sounds very intriguing!

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    1. I am thinking it looks good and hoping it doesn't disappoint!

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    1. I did too, when I saw it I was like yesss.

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  14. Kelley Armstrong is a great author obviously :) This Fallen Prey is that a standalone? Anyway I've been wanting to read her Otherworld series but there are so many stories in that collection I'm a bit overwhelmed.

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    1. This Fallen Prey is actually #3 in her Rockton series. You could read it as a standalone, but the series is excellent and you'll know more what's going on if you read em in order.

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  15. I'm glad the weather is a bit better, Greg. I had all seasons this past week. It snowed, we had sun, it rained... But it was still a great week.
    I love the Agatha Christie pulp cover :)
    Have a wonderful rest of the weekend and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. I know, it's sunny out right now and I'll take it!

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  16. I gave up on watching the games too, but I am reading as much as I can online. I still get my little bit of joy that way. The Siren looks pretty fabulous and creepy. I can't wait to see it.

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    1. Yes the games frustrate me! Or I guess the coverage does. I'm kinda looking forward to the Siren as well!

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  17. Congrats of the five-star and a good reading week. I'll see Black Panther eventually. This Fallen Prey is on the radar for me.

    Love the pulpy Agatha Christie cover and cook art for Journey to the Center of the Earth and the others.

    Have a great week, Greg!

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    1. Thanks! This Prey was SO good. And glad you liked the art this week. :)

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  18. I've been struggling with the Olympics. I want to watch more but the cutting and commercials drives me crazy. I'm going to try the online version. Easy to Kill is a great cover and one of my favorites. Hope you're having a great week!

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    1. I know. It's awful the way they cut away and go back and forth. And all the announcers. :) I just wish they'd be quiet and play the events. Online HAS to be better!

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  19. I hope the cold times will be over soon too. And congrats on the first 5 stars read!
    Siren does look pretty good and I love the images shared!

    Andreea @ cheekylines.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to Siren.

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  20. It got really nice here mid week, but then dropped back down and snowed most of the day. I've also been watching the Olympics only sporadically. It's just on too late, and I work all day. Good to hear you're on a good book roll. Hope it continues!

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    1. It is hard to watch the Olympics after working all day! We've been watching a bit at night depending on what they showing...

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  21. I am not much into the winter Olympics except for figure skating but I have watched nothing this year. I am all about the summer games, with the gymnastics.

    I have had Riverdale in my Netflix Queue for a long time because I loved the comics when I was young but I know it is going to be drastically different and I am not sure I can watch. Perhaps I should at least try. Happy Reading!

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    1. I love the summer games too, and watch those much more obsessively than I do the winter ones!

      I never read the Archie comics but I like Riverdale a lot, although this season is very uneven.

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  22. My family has had the Olympics on but I haven't watched a whole lot of it. It has really been more background noise for me. This Fallen Prey was a really great read. Glad you got your first 5 star of the year! Have a great week!

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    1. It's been on in the background here too. That's a good way to do it so if something we like comes on we can watch it. :)

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  23. I’ve been watching the Olympics, too. It seems like NBC has been showing the same events over and over. I want to see more variety. I hope you have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I'm with you, more variety! I've thought the same thing- like didn't we already see this event??

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  24. It's snowing now but it's supposed to be 70 by Thursday so I am just confused. I think that the Olympic setup would drive me insane too. I remember the last summer Games, they'd just cut off randomly in the middle of swimming for like... nonsense! And then pop back in, and of course, the commercials. No one has time for this, I don;t understand how they think this will help ratings. Especially for the half pipe/snowman events. (New biathlon, anyone?)

    Glad that This Fallen Prey was so good! I had no idea that the other book by the Love & Gelato author was a sequel! This is probably why I should read synopses.

    LOVE the La Cote D'Azur picture! I would hang that up. And the Journey to the Center of the Earth, too- especially the first one. And the Forbidden Planet one is pretty great.

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    1. It snowed here too yesterday, just enough to make everything white again after a lot had melted earlier in the day. But 70- oh I am dreaming of 70's. lol and yes the Olympics are presented HORRIBLY by NBC. Gah. And I love it when they break for a commercial for... the Olympics lol. It's like, um, I'm trying to watch the thing!!!

      That Cote D'Azur pic is the BEST!

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  25. So thrilled This Fallen Prey was a 5 star read for you! Can't wait to hear your thoughts! I haven't been watching the Olympics. I don't have regular TV channels anymore, because I don't watch much TV. So Netflix, Acorn, Hulu and such is the way I go. I think I have access to NBC, though, but hearing the coverage leaves something to be desired doesn't make me real motivated to check it out. :/

    I love the dog astronaut picture! I'll have to check out Riverdale soon as well as their music. Music can really enhance a movie or show.

    Wonderful post, Greg! :)

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    1. Thanks Rachel! My Fallen Prey review will be up tomorrow, and I loved it! SO good. I need book 4 like now ha ha. I'm the same way, I just have Netflix (I had Hulu briefly but then canceled it). It's unfortunate but the coverage does seem to be lacking, which is shame. Maybe the streaming online is better, I'll definitely watch that for the summer games since I watch those a lot more.

      Riverdale really does a great job with their music, even though this season is a little uneven.

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  26. I'm glad you enjoyed The Marriage Pact. I'm curious about Love and Gelato...and Bad Girls.

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

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    1. The Marriage Pact was good if a bit over the top. Bad Girls a good read.

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  27. It's going to be a sunny 58 here tomorrow, then snow on Tuesday... burr. I have been watching the Winter Olympics, it seems I mostly watch Curling and I think I may have the scoring figured out.

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    1. I haven't seen any curling! And sunny 58 sounds pretty good- send some our way. :)

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  28. Great Scott! I am so in love with that Back to the Future retro/art deco painting. That would make an amazing poster!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. Is that cool or what? When I discovered that artwork I was like excited!

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  29. I haven't seen any of the Olympics. It's warm here still, but I'm anticipating autumn with a great deal of hope. Have a great week!

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  30. I'm also not watching enough of the Olympics. It's just on during my early morning! And that's too bad cause I love winter sports.

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  31. Glad you've been doing so well and finding books that you really enjoy. A 5 star book is pretty impressive. Like you, I've been watching the Olympics sporadically, but whatever I come across impresses me. These athletes are so talented and brave! Hope your Sunday is fabulous! Hugs...RO

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  32. Good to hear your reading have been good Greg. I love it when the new books I read keep being great.
    Sorry to hear it’s so hard to watch the Olympics where you are. Here it’s almost on every sender. But I rarely watch it to be honest.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  33. I am delighted to hear that you have had a good reading week - and that the weather is less bitter. I have heard good things about The Marriage Pact. Thank you so much for an AMAZING selection of art, Greg. Have a great week!

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  34. That healing grotto is pretty awesome-- wish I was there, lol!
    I loved This Fallen Prey and The Wolves of Winter, too. You had a great reading week and haul of nice titles. Enjoy the rest of the Olympics watching. Too bad about Nathan Chen and Lindsay Vonn, so far.

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  35. Ooh I can't wait for Bad Girls with Perfect Faces! I love dark and twisted YA.

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  36. I am thinking if I don't talk about the weather it will go back to normal because right now it's a drama queen with all it's exaggerated shifts. *rolls eyes* ;)

    Didn't get to watch much this weekend with Riverdale but I want to see Siren, I have been stalking that show. I hope they make it as scary as it seems.

    I honestly haven't been watching the Olympic. I just can't seem to get into it and I am also not a fan of how NBC does anything news related. I'll wait until the summer olympics :)

    Have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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  37. I've still been watching the Olympics too, the stuff they do on skis is exciting, with the flipping up in the air etc. It's good you have been enjoying your books. Have a nice week!

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  38. It warmed up here some this week and then snowed again last night. I watched a few minutes here and there of the Olympics. I love Riverdale! Hope you have a great week!

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  39. I completely agree that the music used in Riverdale is fantastic! I really need to continue the series, hope to do so soon! What Alice Knew looks interesting! I hope you'll enjoy it! Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

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  40. I have to admit, I am curious about Sirens. I think I might have to give it a try. What Alice Knew has me curious too. I'm off to look it up now too. Have a great Sunday.

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  41. I've been a bit sporadic with my Olympic watching as well. I've been DVRing the coverage so I can fastforward through all of the commercials.

    Yay for your first 5 star read of the year. I look forward to reading your review for This Fallen Prey!

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  42. I need to read more of Kelley Armstrong's books, they're just so fun and easy to read. Wish I'd been catching some of the Olympics, but I never quite have the patience to sit through stuff like that...

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  43. Streaming is totally the way to go! We don't have live tv or anything like that but with the app you can watch the replays in enhanced mode and it lets you skip right to the people you want to see compete! Its awesome!!
    Yay for your 5 star read!

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  44. Some interesting books for you there! Have a lovely week and happy reading!

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  45. What amazing art in these books! I also find the Olympic coverage to be annoying on TV. I hate that they jump around, and rarely show competitors from other countries. They should just show an event in its entirety.

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  46. Although sunny, I'm feeling the cold, brrrr. That Riverdale series is looking good. I plan to start it after the Olympics and Oscar season. Happy reading.

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  47. What Alice Knew looks really creepy and good! Hope it is :) Looking forward to your review of The Marriage Pact, as well. I was supposed to get that for review, but for some reason it never showed up!

    Have an awesome week, Greg.

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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  48. I haven't watched Riverdale since it came back from the midseason break—am I missing out? Looking forward to your review of This Fallen Prey!

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  49. I've never watched Riverdale before but Siren looks interesting. I've read several books by Kelley Armstrong, mostly young adult but This Fallen Prey seems like it would be my kind of book. Have a great week.

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  50. Hope you get a good warm up coming your way! We got the warm up but we are getting a ton of rain it seems with it as this whole week has rain in the forecast...blah, but better than freezing weather. :)

    I think I DNFed Riverdale, it was just getting to much for me and I don't have a drive to go back and catch up on that show...lol.

    Love the artwork on here it makes me wish I could do it!!

    Have a great week and happy reading!
    Stormi
    Week in Review

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  51. Looks like a great line up! I would love to get my hands on The Marriage Pact! I hope you have a great week of reading.
    Thanks for stopping over at my #SundayRoundup!

    Mary

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  52. I'm randomly watching the Olympics too. I like the ice skating. :) I still need to see The Black Panther; hopefully sometime soon.

    -Lauren
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  53. I've tried watching the Olympics a few times but they have one thing - like a ski run or something and cut to 3 commercials or talk over everything. If I'm home and remember, I like to watch during the day since there is less talking.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  54. Yay on your first five star read of the year Greg, I'm not even sure if I've read a five star book this year yet :/ but being on a good reading run is always great fun, I hope this continues for you! And I've been meaning to watch Black Panther, there seems to be a lot of hype for it! I hope you have a great week and the weather gets a bit warmer for you :)

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  55. Hooray for this year's first 5 star read! I hadn't heard about a sequel for Love and Gelato - that's pretty exciting. I've been catching some Olympic coverage here and there. Some skiing, some skating. Don't Change! Gah!!! My favorite by INXS. I've played it twice while reading your post. :)

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

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  56. I love the artwork for The Healing Grotto! Very beautiful work. OMG, I'm not a huge fan of NBC's coverage of the Olympics so far! But I love the Olympics so I'm trying not to be too annoyed. D: Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Greg! =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  57. That's awesome that you had your first 5-star read of the year. Not too far into the year either. :)

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  58. The weather is just plain weird these days :) Great about your 5-star reads. Hope you have a great week!

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  59. Siren looks really good. Sorry you didn't enjoy Black Panther more. I guess it's breaking all kinds of records. I can't help it but that Back to the Future art reminds me so much of Riverdale. The weather is NUTS. We've had tons of rain and flooding and then when I was at Gpa's yesterday, it started snowing HUGE flakes. I had a hard time getting home and had to put the truck in 4 wheel drive. We got 4 inches in less than 2 hours. Most had melted by midnight, today the sun came out and tomorrow is supposed to hit 68. NUTS I tell you.

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  60. I really want to watch Black Panther myself! Glad you had a great week!

    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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  61. We have a couple of warm days ahead for a teaser of Spring! I record the Olympics so I can skip all the ads! Not a fan of the coverage either, sometimes NBCSN gives me more of what I am interested in watching. Will definitely keep my eye out for the Love and Gelato sequel. Have a great week.

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  62. I'm starting to feel the same way about the Olympics - I was really pumped the first week, but now kind of sick of all the commercials and choppy coverage. I'll probably watch a little more next week, but otherwise I'm good until next time!

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  63. I'll have to watch out for your review of This Fallen Prey. I haven't been watching the Olympics much although it looks like Canada is doing quite well. Our weather has warmed up considerably but bad weather is always around the corner.

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  64. I've come across The Marriage Pact quite a few times on blogs but I haven't really read what it is about. Now I'm curious. I'm going to watch Black Panther this weekend. One of my friends is raving about how good it is and how he is going to re-watch it again with us.

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  65. Mmm now I remember noting I'd like to read Love and Gelato when it came out and everyone was talking about it, so it now has come back into my reading eye!

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  66. Is it just me or the retro Jurassic park image was more chilling than the new one in the theatres recently? Not that I complain, I watched the recent one a few weeks ago and I was all nostalgic.

    You remind me that I should be reading more SciFi.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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  67. I know what you mean about the Olympics. Love the
    La Cote D'Azur graphic this week. I have Marriage Pact here, but haven't found time for it (story of my life!)

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  68. It sounds like our olympic coverage is still better than yours even with the issues I complain about!

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  69. I haven't watched ANY of the Olympics for some reason. I think I've just been too busy. And Black Panther was just okay, huh. That's disappointing considering all the hype.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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  70. I really liked This Fallen Prey too. I have been watching some of the Olympics or, rather, having it on while reading or working on my computer. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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  71. Siren sounds really interesting and I need to catch up on Riverdale. I can't get enough of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend at the moment.

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  72. I'm planning on buying the Kelley Armstrong book next week once I've paid down my credit card. My post this week.

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  73. I'm glad the weather wasn't as cold for you. We had some snow and rain. I think we're supposed to be warmer this week. We'll see.

    I want to read Wolves of Winter and The Marriage Pact.

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  74. Yay for your first 5 star read! I was on a roll with good books this year too until I started getting these headaches and had to turn to audiobooks that I could borrow from Hoopla. I didn't realize you needed a subscription to watch the Olympics online? I know I watched online for the summer Olympics, but maybe I was able to sign in with my cable sub w/o realizing.

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  75. Love all the artwork especially the last one and The Journey to the Center of Earth one :) I didn't care for NBC's coverage of the summer olympics and these winter ones are just as bed. Luckily I live close enough to Canada to get CBC and they usually have better coverage.

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  76. Shame on me. I haven't watched any Olympics this year. I usually do, but been caught up with work and things around home. Hope you have a great week!

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  77. Some great art choices this week! I'm looking forward to seeing Black Panther sometime soon. It's been a while since I've been into superheroes, so that's something. Lol.

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  78. We've been in the high 60's to mid 70's for the past few days. it's been kind of nice even though it's not really spring yet. I haven't watched much of the Olympics this year, I'm tired of NBC's coverage. It seems to get worse every year.

    I hope you have an awesome week!

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  79. Still watching the Olympics. I find I really like the snowboarding events (they're fast-moving) and I am watching figure skating too. Siren once was something I was curious about, but now... well, I think it looks like its approach is a little too dark.

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  80. Siren looks very promising indeed - my 16 year old girl and I watch Riverdale together - but haven't gotten around to starting Season 2 yet. I am sure she would love this video clip you shared here. :)

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  81. Oh exciting on the 5 star. I've yet to have one this year but still a lot of good reads. Hope the weather starts improving even more :)

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  82. This week was super warm here! We reached mid sixties! This Fallen Prey and Wolves of Winter... ! I'll have to read them! I really liked Black Panther!

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