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Sunday post #19 Back from vacation!

Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

This week my Sunday update might be a little short, as I just came back from vacation! But not to worry – I still have something to share. My vacation was fun, and although I might not have gotten as much time to read as I thought I would, I spent a great week with my boyfriend and the kids of the camp he taught English in. It was surely a different way to spend my vacation, but it was refreshing and fun.

~ Last Week On The Blog ~

Last week I posted twice as usual. In the discussion I wondered about how is it that I rate books 4 stars most often (does that happen to you?) and in the review I talked about Burying The Honeysuckle Girls, a book I have mixed feelings about.


~ Coming Up Next Week ~

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, I’m coming back from a vacation 😀 I do have one post scheduled, it’s The Triple Liebster Tag, but I will have to write some more posts after that one comes out on Tuesday. Also, no book haul this time, as I’ve been mostly offline, so I’ve got no temptations, ho ho ho! (Don’t even ask.)

~ Vacation Reading Progress ~

If you read my last Sunday post, you might remember that I had a whopping plan for this vacation week – to read five books! Of course, nobody was actually hoping that I would read them all (I believe not even you did, right?) Which is why I’m not super disappointed about my progress: 

The Subtle Knife was amaaaaaazing, and you should all read this series, I swear. Amazing symbolism and just so much action, and so many #feels! I think I will be reviewing the entire series in a post when I finish the third book – The Amber Spyglass. The Growing Season was also amazing – and it seems I will be reading pretty much anything Helen Sedgwick writes from now on. Will be reviewing it soon, it’s a very deep novel that looks into how we understand childbirth and the woman’s role in society, is freedom from pain and responsibility more equality or on the contrary – less? If you’re interested in feminism, then you should read this novel. It’s also a feels trip as well. Then I’ve also just finished Practical Magic, and I have mixed feelings – on one hand, I think I liked the movie better (…don’t hit me!!!), but then again – the book had its charm and the writing is just brilliant (it’s Alice Hoffman we’re talking about here, after all.) But then, it also had some aspects that I disagreed with. However, it’s definitely worth the read and it a nice story. Meanwhile, The Golden House, although written by a renowned literary wonder, is boring me to death. I feel like the book (…or at least I) would have benefited from the editor cutting half of the stuff out of the book. There’s just so much in there that is unnecessary, too sophisticated (or mock sophisticated?), it just makes me feel like I’d rather be a plain old dumpling but not be bored by reading something and pretending I like the boredom. Cause I really and truly don’t. Also, unfortunately for the last book – I didn’t even make it near it! But I will be starting it soon. That’s provided The Golden House doesn’t put me in a complete slump.

 ~ What Have I Been Up To ~

Best way to share my week’s experience with you? Photos! I don’t have too many amazing ones as I was busy reading and having fun, but here you are:


~ In The Bookish Community ~


Elizabeth @ RedGal Musings shares 8 YA tropes she’s super tired of and how to avoid them [broken link removed]

Mallory @ She Is Bookish shares the struggles of a beginner blogger’s life – reality and what not to worry about

And that’s all this week! Sorry if I missed visiting some of you last time, vacations can be like that! Share your bookish news with me this time!

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Anne Clarence

Ohhh your boyfriend~

I’m sorry I’m being childish XD

Take your time! You just returned from vacation after all. We’ll just be patiently waiting for your new posts 🙂

Have a great week!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz

I tend to think publishers are intimidated by someone like Rushdie and don’t edit like they should. That’s too bad for everyone!

Have a great week!


Glad you had a nice vacation. A week out in the woods could do us all some good.

Laurel-Rain Snow

I think three books are amazing! Coincidentally, that’s how many I read this week. LOL.

I like the look of The Growing Season.

Enjoy the new week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES


I don’t know if I already have mentioned this but there will be a sequel trilogy to His Dark Materials and the first book will be out this fall 😀 And I’m so jealous that you don’t have to wait like ten years for the sequel but you get to read it like right away after you finish third book 😀

Jennifer | Book Den

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on His Dark Materials. As a whole, I love that series.


I am anxious to reread or this time listen to Practical Magic. I remember loving the book, and the movie is a personal favorite..but the lines have blurred between them. LOL 3 and 1/2 books are pretty darn good for vacation. Welcome back!

Jenea's Book Obsession
Jenea's Book Obsession

That is a pretty great way to spend a vacation. 🙂

Enjoy your week.

Jenea’s Book Obsession’s Sunday’s Post

Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Loved the Practical Magic movie too. I haven’t read the book, but what I’ve heard of it was hit or miss.

Hope you have a great week!

Laura Thomas

Sounds like a busy and fun vacation. I usually have to recover after going on one. LOL Welcome back!


Glad you had a great vacation! The Triple Leibster Tag sounds fun. And nice pics- looks like a really beautiful area.

Hope your reads are all good this week. 🙂


I rarely read as much on holiday as I plan – this last time it was two books in two weeks. Glad you had good vacation and good luck getting back in the groove.

Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews

Aww thank you so much for sharing my post! Glad you enjoyed your vacation

Elizabeth Hunter

Sounds like a fun vacation! It’s so easy to get behind in reading, good luck with your TBR! Also, thanks for sharing my post!

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog
Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

3 1/2 books on vacation is such great reading! I want to pick Practical Magic but actually haven’t seen the movie! Love the pictures. Have a great week!


I’m just returning from vacation, too, but I didn’t do as well as you did as far as reading goes. Reading three in a week is very good. Hope you have a great week!


Sounds like a great vacation. I’ve seen the movie Practical Magic, but have not read the book. Have a great week.

Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

Dang, girl! You actually killed it on the book reading during vacation! So humble…

I love your pics from vacation. Thanks for sharing them. It looks so peaceful and relaxing 🙂 Heck, take this week off, too! I think you deserve it 😉


Your vacation pictures look so quiet and relaxing…. a cup of coffee, nice scenery, and books! 😀

I was secretly wondering if you’d make it through five books. Usually I spend hours picking out vacation books, only to realize I’d rather be sleeping 😛 (Not quite sure how that works…. when I’m not on vacation I say up all night reading, but when I’m on vacation all I want to do is sleep? Maybe it’s one giant reading hangover!?!)

Maureen Bakker

Sounds like you had a great time! 😉
I love following and seeing your Instagram pics. They are awesome!
Have a great week and happy reading!

Karen Blue

3 and 1/2 books isn’t bad for a vacation week. I love the pics you posted. Have a great week!

Jen @ BTH Reviews

Great post! You got a lot more reading done than I would have done on a vacation. I’m glad you had fun. Have a great week!


I also seem to give out 4 stars most often, which is great as that means I really enjoy most of the books I read. I’ll have to check out your discussion post next. I am glad to hear you had a fun vacation. Have a great week!