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Sunday post #3 Let's sum up the reading week

I turn around, and it’s Sunday already. Which means, it’s Sunday update time! Linking up with the usual crew for the Sunday meme at Kimba’s book blog.

~ On the Blog ~

This week has been quite productive on the blog! I have published reviews for Children of the Different and The Radium Girls. I specifically urge you to read about The Radium Girls, if you haven’t yet. I feel very strongly about that post and its contents:


I’m also very happy about how my review turned out, cause it has reached the biggest popularity on Goodreads in my own personal history, so yay! You all probably remember that I’m doing an interview with the author soon as well.

~ Reading this week ~

Where is god when it hurts? The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth, #1) The Baking Powder Wars Quackery

Where is god when it hurts? During my visit to the library last week, I picked this up, because I’ve been struggling with pain issues myself, and it just caught my attention. I should mention, though, that I am not a Christian (although born and raised in a Christian-only country), and this book is quite clearly Christian. Nonetheless, I picked it up and found that it is approachable even if you’re not of the faith, and it.. well, is good. This book seems promising so far, it goes through the understanding of suffering and the misconceptions around it, and so far, I can say it has truly helped me.

The Fifth Season I’ve been reading since last week, but I haven’t got far yet. It’s very interesting though. Just haven’t had the time.

Baking Powder Wars has also been on the shelf since last week, and so far it’s pretty interesting, although it is the dry kind of non-fiction. Enjoyable, though.

Quackery is an ARC I picked up on NetGalley this week, and I’m loving it. It’s a very funny take on the ridiculous slash terrifying medicine they had before our day. If you’re into non-fiction at all, I must recommend this one! It’s formatted nicely, it’s divided into chapters that go over specific elements that people were extremely fond of, such as mercury. It’s got plenty of historical detail, like what remedies were the medicines (read: poisons) of choice of Napoleon, Lincoln and other well-known historical figures.

~ General rambling ~

Yesterday we had a loooooong day with friends. It was my first ever Dungeons&Dragons session! Unfortunately, I had pretty much zero spoons yesterday (read: pretty much physically incapacitated), so even sitting through the whole thing was incredibly hard. But I know that if I had been physically more present, it would have definitely been great fun! My character, by the way, is the coolest ever. Doesn’t eat, breathe or sleep and doesn’t die of old age, is also made of pure crystal. And apparently the villagers think I’m a god. How cool is that, eh. Do I have other nerdy friends who have ever played D&D?

Yep, that’s what we’re doing this Saturday. #dungeonsanddragons #dnd #Saturday

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How has your week been and what are you planning on reading next week?

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Geybie's Book Blog
Geybie's Book Blog
4 years ago

I’m curious about The Radium Girls. You make me want to read it. I need to read your review first, though. Anyway, you have lots of great looking books to read. I’m curious about Where is God When It Hurts as well. I’ll check them out. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week and Happy reading.

Cait @ Paper Fury
4 years ago

Oooh, I want to read The Fifth Season!! (And not just for cover love…I mean, tho. THAT COVER IS GORGEOUS. ) It sounds so interesting and it’s on my wishlist. I hope you enjoy the rest of it! I’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons, but glad you’re having fun. Also congrats on your goodreads review doing really well with the stats. You’ve had a successful week, right?! *applauds*

I just read Wilful Machines by Tim Floreen which is so good and so underrated.

Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

I’ve never played D&D but totally want to try it! Although it sounds more miserable than fun to play when you’re feeling that bad :-/ Hope you have some spoon-filled days this week <3

Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
4 years ago

ugh sory if this is a duplicate but I’m not sure what happened to my first comment. The Fifth Season is in my TBR I hope to get to it soon! 🙂 I’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons ! a character made of pure crystal sounds awesome and villagers worshiping you??? Can’t beat that! 🙂 I wish I could play! maybe soon 🙂 Enjoy

Laurel-Rain Snow
4 years ago

I haven’t heard of Dungeons & Dragons in years! My youngest son and his friends used to play it…and they went to a dark place…LOL.

Enjoy your week, and I’m also curious about The Radium Girls.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Brian Joseph
4 years ago

It has been some time since I have played Dungeons and Dragons.

A very long time ago some of my friends were every in to it.

It is nice to know that folks are still playing it.

4 years ago

I don’t think I’ve heard of Dungeons and Dragons but I am definitely going to check out Radium Girls. You seem very passionate about it from reading your review. I’m happy you get to interview the author. Have a great day!

Michelle @Because Reading

Never played Dungeons and Dragons, I always wanted to but it looks confusing 🙂
You had a great reading week, I still have been so busy I have no time to read. That should be illegal!

I hope you have a great week! Happy Reading! 🙂

4 years ago

I played D&D in college and it’s pretty awesome. 🙂 Although I don’t know the new rules that came out? For me I love the world building and developing a character. You’ll have to share some of the adventure highlights if you’re so inclined- it’s fun to read about what other players do. I used to go to GenCon every year (D&D convention basically) and it’s pretty awesome.

I’ll have to check out Radium Girls and see what it’s all about.

4 years ago

I know, right? 🙂 Probably not a huge surprise lol. I still miss playing… funnily enough a friend just called me from Chicago and wants to get together and play. so maybe I’ll be jumping back in?

Rain @ Ivyclad Ideas
4 years ago

Some of my friends and I started playing DnD last term. They’re all still mocking me for choosing human as my character’s race out of all of those options! …And for making her a child of twelve in a world full of taverns.

Literary Feline (Wendy)

I am looking forward to reading Radium Girls. I am also looking forward to reading your interview with the author! I really like the sound of Quackery.

D&D can be such fun! I haven’t played in years–and never got into it the way my husband used to be. We’ve been playing Pathfinder Adventures (card game) as of late. My daughter’s even into it.

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Di @ Book Reviews by Di

The weeks go by so quickly don’t they!

I want to read the Fifth Season so I’m interested to see what you make of that.

I was never a D&D girl – I think I’m missing out.

Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

D&D can be exhausting, even on the days where you have a ton of energy so I totally understand what you mean. There are nights when I feel like sleeping but it’s always worth it for the laughs. Your character sounds pretty cool! My current is a Tiefling Warlock who works for the Raven Queen (the sort of deity of death).

Kei @ The Lovely Pages Reviews

The Fifth Season looks amazing! I’ve only heard of Dungeons & Dragons but I have never played a game though.

Jackie B.
4 years ago

I just want to start by saying thank you. This is a bit of a weird place to do it, but you checking in on me recently means a TON to me. I’ve been in this funk over my blog’s broken-ness. And suddenly… well, it’s like I was a kid sitting alone in the school cafeteria for the first month of school and suddenly someone came over and sat down and ate lunch with me. I can feel my funk rising and my inspiration returning. I owe a lot of that to YOU! THANK YOU!!! Also this post = <3… Read more »

Jackie B.
4 years ago

We all get too busy to visit. That’s a fact. I actually have a calendar schedule now to remind me to visit specific blogs on specific days of the week, actually. If I read the blog before the date, that’s cool, but I will always get at least once a week now. It’s helped a ton. <3 I wonder how much of male vs. female focus in DnD type activities has to do with how we process information? Males, in general, seem more stimulated by the visual, which is completely contrary to the whole DnD concept! Weird. Hm. Is your… Read more »

Jackie B.
4 years ago

That’s a super cool app! What’s it called? I should check into it. Does it let you dictate comments to respond to the posts, too? Or do you circle back after?

Kate @ Parchment Girl
4 years ago

I also enjoyed Where Is God When It Hurts. It’s the first book I’ve read my Philip Yancey and it made me want to read more of his stuff.

I’m also interested in Quackery. It’s amazing how many insane “cures” have been peddled throughout history! Though I think it would also be interesting to read a book about all the medical treatments/diagnoses that were considered crazy in their time but then were proven effective/accurate. I guess I’ll just have to wait for someone to write a book about that!

Ksenia @ Something Delicate

Well it looks like our tastes in books are quite different, so I don’t have much to say about your books I’m afraid. I’m sorry to hear about your pain issues, I hope it’s not serious. I’m not a religious person too, and honestly I’ve never been able to read and enjoy religious books. It’s wonderful you’ve been able to find something for yourself in Where is God When it Hurts. Maybe I’ve just come across books that were trying to make a point and preach, and I hate being preached at. For some reason I assumed that you are… Read more »