Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Sunday Post [10]

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly at the Caffeinated Reviewer! It's an opportunity to share news, post a recap for the previous week, showcase books, and highlight what's planned for the week ahead.

News:

We went to Legoland this week! We've never been before, so it was an exciting experience for all of us. We'll have to go back this summer when the outdoor water area is accessible (it looked pretty awesome when we walked by). The girls were too short for a few of the rides, but they were able to participate in everything else! Our son's favorite part was building cars to race down tracks with his dad. It was such a great family day! 

My husband is building me another bookshelf, and it's almost finished! I should have a picture to show you next week, but it's currently in it's final stages of sanding and whatever else that entails. Yes, he is pretty perfect! ;) My current bookshelf is one he built for me while we were dating, and it has been too full for too long. After the bookshelf, he has plans to build us a larger dining room table, and I'm really looking forward to having bench seats for the kiddos.

Previous week on the blog:

Sunday: Nothing!
Tuesday: Nothing!
Wednesday: Nothing!

What I'm currently reading:

I actually finished A Curse so Dark and Lonely shortly after writing this post! It was too good to put down, and I was completely wrapped up in the story. I'm not normally a fan of retellings, but I've enjoyed Kemmerer's books in the past (and met her this past November at a signing!), so I decided to give this one a shot. It was amazing! Truly! I cannot wait to see where the story goes from here. Look for my review tomorrow!

Stolen is a book I accepted for a blog tour. There was just something about the cover and the synopsis that really intrigued me. I opened it for the first time this morning, so I haven't read enough to have an opinion. Seafire is another wonderful book! I've been listening to the audiobook for it, and didn't realize it was narrated by Rebecca Soler -- love her! She also narrated The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I'm loving the all-female crew, and how passionate they are about saving their own.

What I plan on reading next: 

I'm looking forward to all three of these! I've had my eyes on Courting Darkness for awhile now, and I'm really excited to have an opportunity to read it. Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane is the second book in the series, and my son has been asking me to read it since we finished the first book (but there were others we wanted to read, too). I don't know much about The Deceivers, but I won a copy and have enjoyed Simmons' books in the past!

What I'm watching:

We finally watched Ant Man & The Wasp and The Greatest Showman. I really enjoyed both! I've always loved musicals, and The Greatest Showman was no exception. Hugh Jackman's voice always does something to me -- it's mesmerizing! Even when he's playing a grouchy Wolverine in the X-Men movies, haha. 

I'm still watching Fairy Tail episodes as they pop up, and I'm really curious how this show is going to end. I started Sirius the Jaeger on a whim yesterday, and it's pretty gruesome. I wasn't expecting all the violence, but the story has been enjoyable as well. It's anime, vampires and werewolves, and a group of people that hunt vampires down. I'm only a few episodes into it, so I know they're both after something, but I'm not sure what that is.

Challenge updates:

Discussion Challenge: 0 / 11-20

I'm happy with my progress so far! I should have a discussion post later this week, and my goal is to do at least one every month. What has been your favorite read this month? I might want to add it to my list!

36 comments:

  1. My brother took his kids to Legoland when they were little. They had a good time too. Oooh a new bookshelf is nice. Looking forward to seeing pictures.

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    1. Legoland was awesome! It was during the week, and most people have school and work, so it wasn't busy as all. We were able to ride some of the rides back-to-back! There was one game with targets, and I kicked ass! ;)

      I am sooo excited about my new bookshelf! I keep sneaking out into the garage to look at it. <3

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  2. He's building you a book shelf? He's a good husband. I always wanted to go to Legoland. It looks so fun.

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    1. He is! Our old house had shelves built into the walls, so I used them for a lot of my books. However, this new house doesn't have that, so a lot of my books are still in boxes. I'm anxious to get them out and onto a new bookshelf. :)

      Legoland was a blast! It will be even more fun when the girls are a tad older and can do all of the activities. Our son was able to drive a Lego car around a track, which the girls really wanted to try themselves. Fortunately, all of rides have building areas, so the girls were able to play with Legos while their brother did some of the rides.

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  3. I'm with you on The Greatest Showman and Hugh Jackman's voice! Both amazing.

    I'm also loving A Curse So Dark and Lonely although my reading slump is meaning I'm reading it in bits and pieces. I love fairytale retellings though... Or I love Beauty and the Beast ones. B & B is my favourite.

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    1. Right? He's an amazing actor and singer! :)

      Bummer about the reading slump! If I ever find myself in one, I typically take a break and find something to binge-watch on Netflix. Sometimes I'll read an old favorite, but slumps usually mean my brain needs a break. I hope yours ends soon! <3

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  4. Legoland sounds awesome. I wish we had one close by here. And yay for more bookshelves. I'm a big fan of bench seats too, especially if you have a nice big country dinner table. :)

    Seafire looks pretty awesome, I remember seeing that one and thinking ooh it looked good!

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    1. I think the kiddos will like the bench seats, but I want them because they'll be easier to clean after meals! Legoland was about three hours away, so it's still a decent drive. I doubt we will do that often! They're still too young for long drives.

      Seafire has been really good so far! I'm about halfway through. :)

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  5. Oooh! Legoland sounds like fun! I need to go there someday!

    Here’s my Sunday Post!

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    1. Our son has always enjoyed playing with blocks, and he recently moved from Duplo to Lego! He really likes trying to follow the instructions on his own, so he can build it without assistance. Occasionally, he'll need help with something, but he does really by himself! We thought this would be the perfect time to visit Legoland! :)

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  6. Rebecca Soler is my favorite narrator of ever. I'm listening to The Lunar Chronicles now---the first few books were rereads, and now I'm finally finishing the series. I'm loving it, of course. :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. She's AMAZING! Have you read/listened to Seafire? If not, I highly recommend it! It seems like something you'd like! I'm really happy to see you're finishing The Lunar Chronicles! I finished it up last year and loved every single book! I listened to the audio for the entire series, and Soler did a spectacular job with the characters. Meyer may have written long books, but they didn't feel long. Every book added characters to the story, and I liked that we were able to bounce between their perspectives. It really gave me a better understanding of the story as a whole. <3

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  7. Wow, your husband sounds amazing! I asked my husband to build shelves for me, and he laughed. I loved The Greatest Showman, I think I sobbed through the whole film!

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    1. He is amazing! Why did your husband laugh?? You should tell him it's his responsibility to build you bookshelves. It's part of the relationship agreement. ;) The Greatest Showman was fantastic! I'm really starting to like Zendaya, too. She was a great MJ in the Spider-Man movie, and I loved her in The Greatest Showman. The soundtrack for the movie is incredibly contagious -- sang it for days!

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  8. Legoland? Also I feel on the shortness because kid me COULD NOT GO BECAUSE I WAS TOO SHORT. It was a miserable time. Hooray on a new bookshelf! I agree that he's perfect. (I suppose it's either build a bookshelf or sit on books? Hehe.)

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    1. Haha! They're short because they're two. ;) There were things for them to do at Legoland, but I think they'll enjoy it more when they're a smidge older. <3 As for the husband and the bookshelf: both are perfect! He's actually in the garage finishing it up right now and won't let me see. I'm already itching to put my books on it and get them out of their moving boxes. <3

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  9. I'm glad you had fun at Legoland! My nephew would LOVE it there. And your husband does sound pretty awesome. ;) I really loved The Greatest Showman! Such great music.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Legoland was a blast! I think it brought out the kid in my husband, too. It's been awhile since I've seen him so energized! We're normally exhausted after chasing three kids around all day, but he seemed to have an endless amount of energy. It was so easy to lose ourselves in the games and our children's happiness. <3

      My husband rocks! <3 <3 <3

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  10. I decided to read the manga of Fairy Tail after I watch all the anime again, just because somethings in the manga were apparently different.

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    1. Really? Like what? I'm curious! I also want to know how they're going to end the show, because things seem to be progressing rather quickly. I also want to know how they trained over the last year, because everyone seems infinitely stronger! Yes, they've verbally told us, but I want to see some flashbacks. :)

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  11. Ooh, homemade bookshelves. Mine came from Ikea, so they’re only a little homemade. I’m glad Legoland was a fun adventure. I wish we had more stuff like that around here. Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. "Mine came from Ikea, so they’re only a little homemade." Hilarious! Seriously, I almost spewed water all over the computer, and we just got it back! :) I'm going to try and post pictures of my shelves next week, although my husband is wanting to redo some things on the original bookshelf. It has been with us for many years, so when our dogs were puppies and chewed on everything (like the base of the bookshelf), and it's a little scuffed from our moves.

      Legoland was a fun adventure! We haven't lived near one before, so we took advantage. We have frequented a DoSeum, though. Do you have one of those?

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  12. Can't wait to see your bookshelf! You are going to love Courting Darkness, so good!

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    1. I'm happy to hear that! I was planning on starting it once I finish Stolen. It's a pretty hefty book! How long did it take you to read through it?

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  13. I have not watched The Greatest Showman, yet; I know I need to! 👍✨

    I was all excited to read A Curse So Dark and Lovely when my library got it in, but I had a set-to with the publicist and now I'm feeling puckish about it. Ha ha. 😏

    Have a wonderful week. 🌞

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    1. We borrowed the movie from our library! It was really great! :)

      A set-to? What's that? Regardless, you should read A Curse so Dark and Lonely! It was amazing! The author quickly becoming a favorite of mine. <3

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  14. Never been to Lego Land. That must be awesome! Anyway, looking forward to seeing your finished shelves. I wish my hubby is that handy. Haha.

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    1. It's nice to have a handy husband -- heh! ;) <3 Legoland was a blast! They also have 4D movies you can watch, and they cycle through different shows. We were blasted with air, sprinkled with water, and even had snow falling on our heads!

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  15. Lego Land sounds like so much fun! Glad your kiddos enjoyed themselves! We actually have a trip planned to San Diego in the fall and are considering hitting up Lego Land. There's so much to do and see, though, so I'm not sure what we'll decide! My daughter will be 3, so I think she would enjoy many of San Diego's attractions! :)

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    1. Three is such a fun age! We're struggling with two-year-old twins at the moment. They're learning how to communicate, but they're not quite there yet. Our son is four, and really loved everything about Legoland! I hope you guys have a chance to visit while you're there. Although, I'm sure San Diego will provide you with endless entertainment. :)

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  16. What fun!! My mom and Grandma took my little cousins to lego land a few years ago and they loved it as well!

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    1. We really enjoyed ourselves! My one complaint would be that they make you exit through their store/gift shop, and my son wanted to buy every LEGO set he saw! It was sooo hard to pull him away and get everyone into the car. However, once we were in the car, they all crashed hard. :)

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  17. So nice you had some fun family time. All your books have such lovely covers and it looks like you are off to a good reading start this year. Hope you find some amazing reads this week. Anne - Books of My Heart

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    1. I've been reading a lot of wonderful books this year! There have been a few DNFs, but not too many. I'm still trying to get back into the swing of things after our move, but there are so many small details to take care of before everything is squared away. It's exhausting! I've had very little time for blogging lately, but I do try to read a little every night. <3

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  18. We went to Legoland last August and had so much fun! You definitely have to go to the water park next time you're there and it's summer time. We spent two days there and the majority of the second day was spent at the water park lol. It was a huge hit and a ton of fun!
    Jen @ Star-Crossed Book Blog

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    1. Good to know! We were only able to see the water park from the outside, but it looked like a lot of fun. It wasn't a massive area, but it looked like there was a lot for the kiddos to do. I wonder if Legoland has issues with wet kids running around inside during the summer? Haha.

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