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Posted March 13, 2016 in Roundup Tags:

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Welcome to this week’s Sunday Post. This feature is brought to you by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, so swing by after you are done here and get the full list of participants!

What I Reviewed:

What’s Coming Up:

Review of…

The Mad Tatter by JM Darhower #KUPick
Hawke by Sawyer Bennett
Craze by Anne Conley #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks
Fallen Fourth Down by Tijan #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks
Fallen Crest University by Tijan #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

 

This Week’s New Releases:

Hawke by Sawyer BennettΒ | Beneath These Lies by Meghan March

Open Giveaways:

Print Set of Independence Falls series by Sara Jane Stone
Girls Night out Moscato basketΒ and a signed copy of Hooker from Brooke Blaine

Congrats to Tiffany W. who won our weekly email subscriber giveaway! Are you an email subscriber? Sign up in the sidebar and enter to win the weekly giveaway!

What I Found Online:

Baby Elephants Who Want To Be Lap DogsWe want a lap elephant IMMEDIATELY.

Posted by HuffPost Weird News on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Cait at Paper Fury gives us the Things Bookworms Never Ever Want to Hear
Did you catch this weeks Top Ten Tuesday? Its all about the books or characters other people loved but I hated!
Nereyda over at Nick and Nereyda’s Infinite book list gives us some tips on commenting!

This Week’s Book Haul:

I grabbed Redemptive on KU, A Stone in the Sea was free, and I purchased Lady Midnight!

Galley copies provided by the publisher and/or author:

Non-Bookish News:

Ok, fellow bloggers, this was a ROUGH week for me as a blogger. First, my FB page lost like 10 followers. Then, I was declined for a book on NetGalley because they were looking for more established bloggers with large social media following. I try not to take it personally, but I’m pretty sensitive and have felt super down about the whole thing all week. I just felt like a failure. Sigh… (that was the first net galley book I have been declined for since September).

The husband and I are still on the lookout for a house. The builder we loved is no longer developing in the area we want. But, there are some plots still for sale, so if we buy the land, then hire the builder to build on that land, it should work out. At least, thats what I think. Apparently, according to my real estate agent, its not that straight forward. I should have known it couldn’t be that easy! We looked at another builder in a different development but we weren’t thrilled. It was okay. But, we were so in love with the other one, everything seems to kind of pale in comparison.

We have officially started state mandated testing here. My high school students will pretty much be testing on and off from now until May. I spent 3 days administering the Ohio English Language Proficiency test to our ESL students. Next week, I have to administer the Ohio Graduation Test to a few kids who still haven’t passed it. Then we start on the NEW state testing, the AIR test for the sophomores and freshmen. At first, I’m excited for testing days because there isn’t much required of me so I can get some stuff done (paperwork, grades, emails, etc) but after a few hours, I am already bored and climbing the walls! I got a few hours of reading in each day as well because I simply ran out of things to do in my office that would be quiet enough to not disrupt testing. Its gonna be a long couple of months!

So, whats new with you this week? Did you read any of the same books I did? Did you find any great book deals I need to grab ASAP? Let me know in the comments!

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11 responses to “Sunday Post

  1. STOP!!! Hold the presses!! I just looked at your Facebook page and you have ton of followers!! You DO know that publishers sometimes accidentally hit the decline button when they meant approve, right? AND they also have “canned” responses for declines that have absolutely nothing to do with why you were declined.

    The publisher itself may have looked at your Twitter and stopped, who knows. You might want to bring that number up with your Bloglovin’ number – but that’s just my opinion!!! I focus on Twitter and NOT FB, myself.

    Either way, I hope your blues are gone! I kind of stopped reading and ran down here to comment when I saw how tangled you got about NetGalley. Personally, I’ve felt that way, too, so I know how it feels. Then I heard all that stuff I wrote above, specifically from a PUBLISHER and I was like, “OHHHHH”!!!

    • Any suggestions on how to increase my following on twitter and bloglovin’? I don’t spend much time on either of those so I am unsure!(I’m so ADD that twitter is too much for me!) Thanks for the pick me up!!

  2. Aw, try not to let it get you down too much. I know it’s tough sometimes. I used to really worry about Facebook followers, but since no one is really seeing my posts anyhow, it doesn’t bother me nearly as much as it used to. It was a place I once tried to post interesting things, questions and sales/freebies, but it’s now just a repository for my blog posts. Why am I going to waste my time on it when maybe 100 people (out of over 3K) see a post? Meh. It’s a bummer to have your request declined on Edelweiss or NetGalley, but it happens. πŸ™ Who knows if the reason they gave you was real or canned. Hopefully the book will come back around in another way!

    House hunting sounds so stressful… but also fun! I’ve only ever rented and I’ve never spent a long time on “the hunt” because I get tired and bored. I always just want to get it over with. Haha. I hope you’ll be able to get what you love!

    Have a great week!

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    • I never really thought about the canned response aspect. Could be! And you are so right about FB-no one ever sees anything I post. I would try twitter, but every time I log on I get so overwhelmed-its just too much!
      House hunting is more stressful than I expected! I’m like you-I want to find what I want and be done with it! Sadly, the process isn’t working like that!

  3. It really is crushing when you’ve been blogging for a while and you get declined for a book on NG or EW. I’m not gonna lie, I’ve fixated on that too repeatedly in the past. Don’t let it get to you! It was probably one of those super exclusive books that they could only give out like 10 copies or so of. And it definitely doesn’t make you a failure!
    The house hunting process sounds like it’s so stressful! I hope you find something very quickly and very easily!
    I need to get on the Cecy Robson series because I enjoyed her PNR one. And Lady Midnight has such a pretty cover!
    Happy reading and have a great week! πŸ™‚

    • I waffled about Serving trouble-some parts were better than others. I have been wanting to read A Stone in the Sea forever so I was super psyched to pick it up for free!

  4. I think that the accepting thing is hard to deal with in the beginning, Samantha! I have been blogging for almost four years, and I still don’t get all the books I request on Netgalley, and while I was kind of sad about that in the beginning, I’m OK with it now. I know my blog is not the biggest or the one with the most followers, but I do have a little niche, just like you do πŸ™‚
    It sounds exhausting for your students to have so many test over the next few months! I rather enjoy giving my students short tests – maybe 15-20 minutes, and then we look at what still needs to be dealt with in order for them to really know everything they’re supposed to know this school year. My students do have a big test this week,t hough, and it’s so much work to correct and grade everything!
    I hope this week will be a great one πŸ™‚

    • Yes, I am overly sensitive anyway, so I take everything to heart!
      The state testing is so exhausting for my students. My heart goes out to them! And it seems to be more frequent each year. They just keep adding on more tests.
      I hope you have a great week!

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