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:
- [4 Aug] #SundayPost: August!?!
- [5 Aug] Discretion by Karina Halle ★★★
- [6 Aug] I'd Rather Not by Lani Lynn Vale ★★★★
- [7 Aug] #RomanceAwarenessMonth: Get to know the romance reader!
- [8 Aug] Stay With Me by Nicole Fiorina ★★★★
- [9 Aug] #FreebieFriday: August 9th
- [9 Aug] The Wallflower Wager by Tessa Dare ★★★★½
- [10 Aug] Big Shot by Katy Evans ★★★
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:
ARCs thanks to the authors and publishers:
Audio ARC thanks to Tantor Audio:
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!