Sunday Post #134

July 12, 2015 Sunday Post 40

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

What happened this week?

Luckily this week was a little less warm than last week. Unfortunately while it did cool down outside, it was harder to cool down the inside of our house. It was a busy week on Lola’s Blog Tours, lots of media kits that had to be sent out as next week there are 5 cover reveals that will take place. And a new review opportunity and blog tour open for sign-up. It was a busy week and lots of mornings I had to stand up early, so I am feeling pretty tired.

I think the colouring book I ordered got lost in the post :(. I am so sad as I am really looking forward to it and now it’s almost a month later and it still isn’t there. I contacted the bookdepository and luckily they have pretty awesome customer service and they will send me a new one :).

Snickers is still recovering from her surgery, but her wound looks good. She did tear one of her stitches out, but it wasn’t that bad as the wound was still closed, just a stitch hanging out. On Tuesday evening we put her in the cage for a little bit, we did keep her apart that night and then wednesday morning we put her back in the cage for real. She’s happy to be back in her cage with Smarties again.

On thursday I went shopping with my mom and sister. We went to The Hague, which is pretty close by where I live. I hadn’t been there for a while, so it was fun. We ate some really yummy cupcakes. I also got a few new shirts and socks. And a cake tester, I’ve been looking for one everywhere, so I am happy I finally have one. It was a fun day, although I did was a bit tired afterwards.

Saturday our new cupboard for the living room arrived. Actually it was from my boyfriend’s parents, but they didn’t want it anymore so we would get it, for more storage space. They sandpapered it and painted it anew, so it looks new! Now to actually find time to move things there instead of heaping up in piles all over the house.

COYER-ScavHuntLogo
I finished 6 books so far and all counted towards the scavenger hunt as well. I finished Visions by Kelley Armstrong this week and I loved it. I then started Freya’s Inferno, not sure if it would win the poll, but I decided I would read it anyway. On my ipad I finished Led Astray and am now reading Second Chance Summer by Jil Shavis.

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Smarties and Snickers with porridge

Smarties and Snickers
Smarties and Snickers enjoying their porridge.

Snickers
Snickers in one of their hammocks.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftover Dal Dhokli with naan
  • Monday: Salad with baked egg, pasta, cabbage and corn
  • Tuesday: Risotto with red bell pepper, green peas and corn. Spiced with koriander and ginger.
  • Wednesday: leftover Risotto with red bell pepper, green peas and corn. Spiced with koriander and ginger.
  • Extra: Crumb Cake
  • Thursday: Peanut Pasta
  • Friday: leftover Peanut Pasta
  • Saturday: Bami with saté sauce and chicken for my boyfriend and vegetarian meat substitution for me.

This week I blogged about:

Review: Bride on the Run (Runaway Brides #4) by Joanne Rock and Catherine Mann
Review: Pregnant by the Cowboy CEO (Diamands in the Rough #3) by Catherine Mann
Cover Reveal: Destiny Rising (True Calling #3) by Siobhan Davis
Lola’s Ramblings: How do you Decide Whether to Continue a Series?
Lola’s Kitchen: Spinach Masala Quiche Recipe
My To-Be Read List #11: chosen book

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Palace Secrets by Ravyn Rayne
– Review: The Hardest Fight by Amy Vastine
– Review: The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent
– Lola’s Ramblings: Cliffhangers
– Cover Reveal: Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas
– Lola’s Kitchen: Lasagna Soup Recipe
– Review: Love Games by Eden Scott

Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:

Check the full list of open review opportunities here.
Review Opportunity: The Other Side of Summer by Elyse Douglas
Review Opportunity: The Case and Hard Case by Marc Hirsch
Review Opportunity: Love Spell by Mia Kerick
Review Opportunity: Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2) by Kelsey Ketch
Review Opportunity: The Cursed Ground by A. Roy King
Review Opportunity: 3volve and The Shadow of Loss by Josefina GutierrezNew!

Cover Reveal: Kenna’s Reverie by Claire Granger – 13 July
Cover Reveal: The Coming of Arabella by Joanne Guidoccio – 14 July
Cover Reveal: Hard case by Marc Hirsch – 15 July
Cover Reveal: Tight Laced by Roxy Soulé – 16 July
Cover Reveal: Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas – 17 July
Trailer Reveal: The Silent Treatment by Melanie Surani – 21 July
Cover Reveal: Destiny of the Queen by Jacqueline Patricks – 30 August

Book Blitz: Heir of the Blood King by W.O. Cassity – runs from 20-24 July
Book Blitz: To Be Honest by TC Booth – runs from 21-27 July
Blog Tour: Kenna’s Reverie by Claire Granger – runs from 1-14 August
Blog Tour: The Dating Intervention by Hilary Dartt – runs from 1-14 August
Blog Tour: Miles Apart by Rhona L. James – runs from 1-21 August
Blog Tour: Guardian by Katy Newton Naas – runs from 3-16 August
Book Blitz: Love, Defined by Leila Tualla – runs from 4-10 August
Book Blitz: Love Easy and Love Hard by Roe Valentine – runs from 17-23 August
Blog Tour: Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis – runs from 1-21 September – New!

Book Haul:

How to be a MermaidHow to be a Mermaid (Falling in Deep Collection)
by Erin Hayes

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find How to be a Mermaid on Goodreads

Blurb:
All Tara ever wanted was to be a mermaid.

So she takes a year off between high school and college to don a fake tail and tour aquariums across the country in a professional mermaid troupe.

Everything’s great until she meets a gorgeous real-life merman named Finn. Suddenly, what she thought was a dream turns out to be a nightmare — she’s turning into a mermaid herself. For real.

Yet when she returns to the sea to seek out Finn and reverse her transformation, she finds herself in the middle of an impending war between the land and sea. Tara may have always wanted to be a mermaid, but now it’s sink or swim. In order to survive, she has to learn how to be one, too.

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Summer 2015, award-winning, and best-selling authors will bring you romantic tales of mermaids, sirens, sprites, and other creatures of the deep! Keep in touch as we reveal each title in our collection!

I haven’t read a mermaid book in a long time and this one sounds really good. I am so happy I got a copy for review! And for the coyer scavenger hunt there is goal to read a mermaid books, so this one will coutn for that 🙂

The Night ParadeThe Night Parade
by Kathryn Tanquary

Format: e-copy
Source: for review from netgalley
You can find The Night Parade on Goodreads

Blurb:
The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother’s village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take an interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family’s ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.

But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked… and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth – or say good-bye to the world of the living forever.

That cover is so pretty and it sounds really good as well.

Summer Haikus (Happily Ever Asia)
by S.J. Pajonas

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Summer Haikus on Goodreads

Blurb:
“When it comes to fight or flight, I always choose to run like hell.”

Isa planned the perfect summer:
Tokyo and the Summer Olympics — check.
Helping her best friend prepare for the marathon — check.
Forgetting she’s in love with Masa — double check.

But when Isa’s mother is hospitalized, she has to abandon her summer plans to run the family’s Tokyo business. Masa’s offer to help makes it impossible for Isa to ignore him — and the firecracker kiss they shared half a world away. Everyone expects the world of her, but the pressure to please them all is as oppressive as the Tokyo summer heat. The simplest answer to all her problems? Run.

Eep! I am so excited for this one!

40 Responses to “Sunday Post #134”

  1. chucklesthescot

    I badly need more storage space for my books but I just don’t have a spare wall for another bookcase! I’m going to look at all my books and decide what I can live without and hopefully I can free up a shelf or two for my next purchases! Enjoy your books!
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    • Lola

      This is actually storage space for everything beside books, although within a year or so I probably need another bookcase as well. I have just enough room for one more bookcase.
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    • Lola

      I saw a few book blitz posts about it pop up on the blogosphere and that cover and the blurb just got my attention. So happy to have gotten a copy for review! I also really liked little mermaid, but haven’t had much luck yet with mermaid books. So I am hoping this one will be good!

    • Lola

      I am really happy Snickers is doing better, she’s a bit grumpy and doens’t want out the cage now, but she’s doing better now she’s back in the cage. The rats love their porridge, they get some every tuesday when I clean their cage.
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  2. Michelle@Because Reading

    Glad snickers is feeling better!

    I almost requested the Night Parade, and now that you have it I want it lol. I will think about it but the cover is very attractive.

    I am glad they are going to send you another one, I have been wanting one of those coloring books, I saw them at B&N should have picked it up but my family was all rushing me and I didn’t have time to grab it.

    I hope you have a fantastic week, Lola! Happy Reading! oxox
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    • Lola

      I am so happy her recovery is going well, even though it will take a long time before her wound is fully recover, she seems more of her normal self now.

      I was in a MG mood and request three MG books in total. I just couldn’t resist that cover and when I mentioned it to my boyfriend he told me some japanese myth/ lore surrounding it and how many anime’s also feature that topic and it made me even more curious. And that cover is so pretty!

      I really want to give colouring a time, sometimes I want to do something relaxing and not read and this will be perfect. I am really happy with the bookdepository their customer service and that they are sending me a new copy. I asked a few more colouring books for my birthday and more pencils. I can’t to give it a try. My mom and sister also rushed me when I was in a bookstore when shopping this week. I could easily have spend another hour there or so ;).

  3. Silvara

    How to be a Mermaid sounds really good! Hope it lives up to the blurb. I requested The Night Parade via NetGalley after seeing Anya talking about it. Hope that one ends up good as well.

    Glad Snickers is doing better! That bowl of porridge looks huge, do they manage to finish it all? Or is it a multiple day treat?

    I haven’t used the book depository yet, any time I go and look for books there I find I can get them cheaper elsewhere. Might be the books I’m looking for though. Good to know they have such awesome customer service, and I hope you get your coloring book soon!
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    • Lola

      I hope I cna read How To Become a Mermaid soon, I haven’t had much luck with mermaids books yet, although I love the concept. So I hope this one is good. And The Night Parade sounds amazing, I also saw it on Anya her blog this week after I already got accepted for it.

      No they usually don’t even manage to finish half of it, but it’s the best bowl I have for them as they can’t move this one around or toss the contents on the couch. And I am really bad at making the right amount for them.

      I am so jealous of you US peeps who can get books cheaper than the bookdepository. The bookdepository books are 2 till 4 euro’s cheaper than anywhere else I can buy books. I am so glad I found their site. And free shipping is pretty neat if you live in europe. their customer service is pretty ncie, they always respond soon and they few times my books got lost int he post they always were willing to solve it and send a enw copy. Definitely appreciate that!
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  4. Greg

    Our house never cools down either, if it’s hot and we don’t have the air on it gets pretty stuffy. Ah, summer. 🙂 Glad to hear Snickers is doing well. And looks like the blog tours are going well. 🙂
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    • Lola

      We don’t have AC here, so opening all the windows is the only thing that helps a bit, but then it still takes a long time before it cools down a bit. Yes the blog tours are doing pretty well, which makes me happy :). I hope Snickers her recovery keeps going well.

  5. Lillian @ Mom With a Reading Problem

    I desperately need more storage for books. We have three bookshelves and my husband’s school/medical books take up half of the storage just because they are so big! The other half is little man’s collection and I have one small row that is overflowing onto my bedside table, coffee table, and pretty much any random spot that is open 😉

    I’m going to have to look for the mermaid book. The cover is so pretty and the synopsis looks right up my alley! Hope you get your coloring book soon! I’ve never ordered from them but it sounds like they are working with you so that is good 😀 Hope you have a good week and happy reading!
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    • Lola

      This cupboard is actually for things beside books, although I could use a new bookcase soon as well. we also have three bookshelves and half one. the half one is for our manga’s and one of them is mostly for my boyfriend his books.

      I really like the sound of that mermaid book, it sounds really good, with someone wanting to be a mermaid and actually turning into one. Can’t wait to read it!
      I hope the colouring book arrives soon, can’t wait to start colouring! I am happy with their customer service so far, they reply quickly and are always helpfull. So far they always send me a new book or my money back if one of the books I ordered didn’t arrive.

  6. Mary Kirkland

    I’m so glad to hear that Snicker is doing good and healing nicely. I’m sure they are both happy to be together. I love the pictures, they are so cute. Storage space is a minimum here in my apartment. Ken and I live in a one bedroom apartment that is 650 square feet. There is the bedroom closet and one hall closet. So we have things like a microwave cat that has drawers, a huge dresser and two smaller dressers. We are hoping to move in the near future and when we do I want more storage space.
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    • Lola

      It makes me happy to see her doign better, although she’s abit of a grump now and doens’t want out as much. They are really happy to be together again, they just don’t deal well with being alone.

      Oh I can imagine storage is a reall problem them, we have enough room, but we didn’t have any cupboards and such to store things out of sight. So I am happy with this one. I’ll try to make a picture of the cupboard next week.

  7. Sophia Rose

    Glad you were busy with work projects and that’s fun that you got to go out with your family. Good that the surgery recovery is going well and that’s great that you got a nice new cabinet to organize your things.

    It’s been hot here where I’m visiting family so we went for a day trip into the mountains and enjoyed walking and looking at pretty nature in much cooler temps. Hope your house cools off!
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    • Lola

      I’ll have to take a picture of the cabinet next week so I can share it in my sunday post. Snickers is doign rgeat, but her wound hasn’t fully recovered yet.

      Our hosue finally cooled down 3 degrees celcius during the past week. It’s been going slowly, but at least it’s cooler now. I love walking in nature, enjoy your family visit!

  8. benish

    I love Daal, it’s one of my favorite Pakistani cuisines. I like the small daal better though, my family is addicted to kidney beans, the big brown ones which I hate lol.

    How To be a Mermaid sounds interesting though, I haven’t read any books on those – they’re really underrated in fiction.

    • Lola

      I usually made indian daal. I also like the small daal better I think, I don’t like the structure of larger beans,but with small daal I don’t really notice that as much. I love daal dhokli, it’s one of my favourite lentil dishes.

      I agree mermaid are really udnerrated in fiction and the ones I have read or heard about don’t seem to be that good. So I have high hopes for this one as the plot sounds good and original.
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    • Lola

      I really want to give a it a try and pretty impatient by now. So I hope the replacement arrives soon.

      Thanks! Snickers is doing well, but it will be a while before her wound isn’t visible anymore.

      I probably will start The Night Parade after I finish my current ipad read, it sounds so good!
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  9. S. J. Pajonas

    It’s so cute to see the two rats together! I’m glad to hear Snickers is feeling better and all healed up. And it sounds like you had a nice trip out to the Hague! I’m a little jealous. I’m also glad you’re excited to read Summer Haikus. I really hope you enjoy it.
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    • Lola

      They are adorable indeed :). Snickers her wound is still visible, but it is gettign better, part of the scab fell of today and it looks better now.
      For us The Hague is just a short train ride away and we mostly spent time shopping. I hope you’ll get to visit it eventually.
      I have one more book to read first, but then I am starting Summer Haikus. I am so excited for this book!
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    • Lola

      The colouring book arrived today :D. I am really excited to give it a try, this is my first adult colouring book, but I loved colourign as a kid, so I think I will still enjoy it.
      I am glad to hear you like my weekly menu’s! I love cooking and it’s fun to share what I’ve eaten this week 🙂
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  10. Kristin @ My ParaHangover

    OKAY, I have to ask… How can you tell Smarties and Snickers apart? Is one lighter than the other? They look alike in the pictures! They are soooooo cute!!!!

    Dang, you are so busy!! Have a great week!!

    • Lola

      They actually are pretty hard to tell them apart. Smarties has a slightly smaller face than Snickers, her face just looks a bit different and she has a white line on her belly. While Snickers is completely grey and she has a shaved of place now thanks to her surgery. When they were younger they were really hard to tell apart and we had to check their belly to know who was who. But now that they are a bit older you notice they look more different. Although on pictures it’s still hard to see sometimes as you can’t see them from multiple sides. I try to remember who I photographed ;).
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  11. Nise'

    Glad Snickers is recovering. It seems like there is never enough room for books. Somehow they just keep multiplying. LOL. We are fortunate that when the front part of the house is hot, the back is cooler and then later in the day it is just the opposite. Have a great week.

    • Lola

      The cabinet isn’t for books, but for other general stuff we keep around. Although I could use a new bookshelf as well soon. Although I mostly read e-books now so the multiplaying of books in my house goes less fast. We usually have the wind from a certain direction and the the sun on the other side of the house, which usually means one side is cool and the other not. but when it’s really warm it seems to switch in temperature somehow.
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    • Lola

      I know right, they are so cute :).

      The original copy of the colouring book arrived yesterday, a month after it had been shipped. But they already shipped the second copy as well, so I get another copy now. Their customer service is pretty great.

  12. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I’m so happy Snickers is healing well, Lola! And that she’s back in the cage with Smarties again, too. It sounds like your day-trip to the Hague was a success, it’s good that you got to spend some time with your mom and your sister.
    Your new books look great, I hope you’ll enjoy them – one looks like it counts towards the COYER scavenger hunt, too 😉
    While it’s tiring being so busy, I’m sure you’re happy about it, too. Lola’s Blogtours is picking up 🙂
    I hope your week has been good so far. Happy reading.
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    • Lola

      It’s such a relief Snickers is doing well. She already beat Smarties a few times in a fight, showing she’s still the alpha rat.
      I am always a bit nervous for trips with my mom as they can go either way, so I am really happy it was a fun day 🙂

      I want to read the mermaid book during Coyer so it counts for the scavenger hunt :). And indeed I don’t mind being busy as it’s the best feeling to have Lola’s Blog Tours doing well. It’s the good kind of busy. And I don’t deal well with not having enough to do, so I rather be busy.
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