sunday post #2

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. It's a chance to recap posts from the past week and tease upcoming content, as well as share new books, reading challenge progress, and anything else you've come across in the last seven days.

This was a quiet week for me (and the more you get to know me, the more glee you'll read into those words!). My focus was trained mostly on keeping myself on schedule both with work and reading/blogging. I finished one NetGalley ARC which will help boost my feedback ratio. When I first started blogging I requested a batch of review copies and the approvals came in one big wave; it's so wonderful to have them available and I'm covering them all on time, at a respectable pace, but until I get a few reviews posted that isn't necessarily reflected in my ratio. Seeing that number jump up with every review feels so satisfying!

The best—and coolest—news came from my job. I've spent the last few months creating a digital picture book with a literacy non-profit, and we're almost ready to publish! Compared to the novels I read it's quite small—9 pages of simple text and an accompanying picture—but I love the feeling of seeing my name as the author. I'll be recording the audio narration for it this coming week, too. Children under 10 weren't well represented in our outreach plan before this partnership formed, so I'm grateful and proud of how nicely this first book has come together.


I only finished one book this week, an ARC of The Storm King by Brendan Duffy, which will come out early next month. Luckily that still keeps me ahead of pace on my Goodreads challenge, although I was mostly neglecting the behemoth of a book that I know will slow me down. Because I'm caught up on new releases for the first part of February, my goal for the next week is to make progress on Seven Pillars of Wisdom before I pick up another book to alternate with it. I haven't read enough of it yet to have a good idea of my reading speed, but it would be nice to cover at least 150 pages!


Book Review: The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
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Tagged: Book Blogger Confessions
Down the TBR Hole #4
Book Review: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
Film Review: American Folk


It's been a quiet week for getting new books, which is fine with me; as much as I love cramming more titles on my shelves, I really need to reduce my current stack before adding onto it once more. The last of my Christmas orders came in today: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood. I wound up ordering a used UK print since all the copies I found here had the new Netflix tie-in cover. I also had one ARC request approved on NetGalley: The Life and Death Parade by Eliza Wass. The blurb sounds so promising and the release isn't scheduled until late June, which gives me plenty of time to start worrying about reviewing it on time!


I want to extend a big thank you to Evelina at AvalinahsBooks for starting up an advice and networking group for new book bloggers! (For more info, see this tweet.) She and the other mods have put a lot of time, thought, and effort into a project meant to help others, which I'd like to help pay forward in my own small way. Right here each week I'll feature posts by members of the #NewBloggers101 group*, so be sure to click through and discover some new, amazing bloggers!

Anthology Review: My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins on NorthernPlunder
Book Review: The Chalk Man by CJ Tudor on EricaRobynReads
Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black on AmyJaneAlice
Gilded Cage by Vic James—Review on RoroTBD
Book Review: One Way by SJ Morden on Jenniely

*If you're a member of the #NewBloggers101 group and would like to see your post featured here, I put out a call every Saturday afternoon on Twitter and share the tweet to the Discord chat!

How did your week go? Did you make any exciting progress at work and/or school? Did you add any books to your TBR that you want to gush about?

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