#SundayPost: Alarm clocks

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Posted August 11, 2019 in Roundup Tags:

Sunday Post

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:

  •   Call Her Mine by Melissa Foster
  •   Blood Truth by JR Ward
  •   Shadow by Janie Crouch
  •   The Curse by Harper A Brooks (#ARCAugust)

This Week’s New Releases:

What I Found Online:

This is hilarious!

Bookbub has an article on the Best books of 2019 so far. I have read only 1 book on the list. Have you read any of them? Do you agree?

This Week’s Book Haul:

Books I borrowed from the Library:

ARCs thanks to the authors and publishers:

Audio ARC thanks to Tantor Audio:

Non-Bookish News:

Next week I have to start setting an alarm again. So sad. Thursday and Friday we have freshmen orientation and then week after that we are back into the full swing. Bottom line: I have to stop staying up until 2 am and sleeping until 11 am.

I did at least start doing some work stuff from home this week. I have a mentee this year (its her first year of teaching) so I had some things to get set up for her. I am also the head of special education for our building and I had to answer some questions about schedules and transfers. But, I could do all that while watching The Big Bang Theory so its all good.

Last Sunday there was a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. I grew up in Bellbrook. Bellbrook is the town the shooter was from. While he graduated 15 years after me, Bellbrook is fairly small town. I know people who lived on his street. I have friends who taught him and his sister. I spent LOTS of time in the Oregon District when I was in college in Dayton. My friends are grieving the loss of 9 people that were taken callously by his choices. This is the first time a mass shooting has hit THIS close to home for me. Its strange and confusing. When people say “Oh that would never happen here”, it’s true in some ways. I knew something like this could happen in Dayton (seriously, it has one of the highest murder per capita rates), but to have the shooter come from my small hometown is unsettling. I don’t know what the answer to ending these mass shootings is, but I know that as a society, we all need to take notice and join in the discussion-whether its gun control, mental health, or other solutions, I hope that we can come together as a society and forge a path. I hate to see how EVERYONE bickers after something tragic happens. After a mass shooting, getting on social media and shouting “See what happens? We HAVE to have X, Y, and Z” isn’t helpful and it doesn’t convince anyone to see your side of it. The blame lies on the shooter alone. As a society, the discussion needs to be “What could have altered this?” and the answer is not simple. Getting rid of guns isn’t feasible (how would we even go about getting rid of guns in this country? Can you even imagine the government trying to collect everyone’s weapons? Think of the sheer cost in trying to do that and it would take decades. Plus, altering the 2nd amendment (or any amendment) is a seriously challenging task. That alone would take decades to do). Providing everyone with mental health support isn’t really that easy either. Nothing is clear cut. I think there are lots of people with great ideas and we need politicians to be leaders and listen to the people. There are some good gun control ideas out there but with the way our government operates, we can’t ever make any progress.

Now the media is suing the school district to get the shooter’s records released. As a teacher, I know that student records are sacred and not something you can legally share. I think if the media wins this challenge, privacy rights for everyone would be in jeopardy. He was 24 years old. If he were currently in high school, then I could see why records might be necessary or warranted. But he graduated 6 years ago.

Then there is Camryn Crowder:

Ok, thats all the political crap I will ever get into on here! I just wanted to share my experience with this tragedy because it shifted my world a bit and probably will continue to do so as more information unfolds. It also reminds me that when school starts next week I have to endure another active shooter drill.

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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10 responses to “#SundayPost: Alarm clocks

  1. I was off last week and today is my last day and I seriously don’t know if I can get up early tomorrow. It’s gonna stink! lol
    The world is getting scary and I really wish they would listen to all angels instead of think of money and big business.
    Have a great week, Samantha! Happy Reading!

  2. Wow Samantha, I can’t imagine how you must feel, something like that hitting so close to you. Being a Christian, I know these things won’t get better. One can hope, but the reality is, it won’t. The Bible says the love of many will grow cold and that’s what’s been happening for the past few years. Things that we wouldn’t have accepted before, are now acceptable. Things that were less back then (shootings, killings, bombs) are now coming even more frequent and harder. It’s really sad to see all of this happening but it also brings peace to me to know that His second coming is near.
    Anyway, I may be having to put an alarm soon if I get a job and I’m so nervous!
    Is your ear/hearing better?

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  3. I’m so sorry to hear about the shooting and how close to home it was for you! It’s crazy how this keeps happening and as a society we are having trouble dealing with it, no doubt. I don’t know the answers either but I hope something can be done. No school should have to do active shooter drills… just blows my mind.

    Anyway, hope you have a great week- I’m not a fan of alarm clocks either lol.

  4. Great minds! I posted that Hogel excerpt too. It was hilarious. I read 4 books from that best of, and they were all 4.5 – 5 stars. So, I guess I agree. Gun control couldn’t hurt, but we really need a culture shift. It’s frustrating, when people try to compare us to other countries, that are merely a fraction of the size of this country, but I do think this is more a human problem, and since most crimes are committed by men, they really need to take at look at that segment in particular.

  5. Oh, bummer on going back to work! It sucks after being on vacation. These shootings are crazy, and I can understand how you’d be shaken when it’s so close. I think gun control now is seriously difficult. It’s like closing the barn door after the horse/cow is already out. I mean, law abiding citizens would probably cooperate and turn in their guns, but the people who want to do harm wouldn’t. I do know that I don’t read or hear about near as many shootings in the UK or Canada where guns are prohibited, but like I said, it’s kind of late now. People in Canada think we’re like the Wild West out here, and I’d have to agree. I do think there are larger issues at play.

    I was thinking of Discretion because I’ve enjoyed Karina Halle in the past, but I’ve also read books by her I wasn’t too keen on. Seeing your three stars makes me a little hesitant to pick it up. I’ll read your review to hear your niggles. I can’t wait to read the new Tessa Dare! 🙂

  6. Major hugs to you. I totally understand how you are feeling. My city was affected by the other mass shooting that day, isn’t that crazy that there was two mass shootings. I live in El Paso, Texas and I’m definitely shaken up and I had the naive notion that it could never happen to my city but it did and coming to terms to that has been really scary and heartbreaking. I do hope your first day of school and your school year run smoothly. My kiddos started on the 5th and have already told me that they’ve practiced for an active shooter just in case. It doesn’t ease my mind but breaks my heart that they have to do that on top of the fact that our city has now become a statistic.

    I hope both of our weeks get better.

  7. I had checked out BookBub’s best of list, too. I’ve read 4 from their list and enjoyed all of them. And one of those four (Daisy Jones) will surely make my best of list this year. How in the world is it already back to school time? That is just blowing my mind. Hope orientation goes well!

    I really appreciate what you had to say about the shooting and the overall gun violence problem. Because you’re so right – there are no simple answers. It’s not as easy as just doing XYZ and then the problem is gone. And people do try to simplify it and get angry. I don’t know what the answer is but if people aren’t willing to stop and listen and use common sense measures… nothing will ever change.

  8. I’ve been MIA between moving and Book Bonanza. I met or saw lots of wonderful authors. Karina Halle was there. I was just more excited about blogging friends. My daughter starts classes Friday (tomorrow) and I am thrilled to get back into a routine. I don’t know the answers. I think both some gun control and more mental health care are parts of it. I don’t think we can or should remove all guns but regular folks don’t need military weapons that shoot many rounds. If they want to use them for sport maybe they could use them at a range but not own them. Of course, then the only ones who have them will be criminals which is not good either. But lately, these mass shootings are not criminals (like gang/drug people) they are people with mental health issues or white supremacy prejudice (same thing?) I don’t say I know the answers though. Geez I’m happy to mostly stay home and order stuff online. Eeek!

    I hope you have a great start to school and fit in a few books!

  9. I’m so sorry to hear about this and I totally understand why it got to you personally. We’re obviously removed from the issue in the UK but my heart breaks just the same when I see stuff like this on the news… Plus, you’re the second blogger I’ve seen mention they’re been personally affected by a mass shooting this week. The world has gone mad.

    I hope the return to work goes smoothly.

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