sunday post #4

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.

Can a week be quietly eventful? While I might not have gone globe-trotting (or even bar-hopping) I did make some encouraging progress with both my TBR and TBW ( that a thing?!). My usually non-existent luck with giveaways also made a surprise appearance: I won two on the same day! I'll go into a little more detail in my book haul below, but suffice to say I'm absolutely delighted to have some book mail to look forward to, and especially so when it's these particular titles that will be arriving on my front step.

This upcoming week I'm happy to announce a new monthly post: Dust Motes. Every month I'll collect a handful of mini-movie reviews for titles beyond the screeners I'm given. It will include a mix of current theatrical releases, as well as films that have been in my queue on streaming and DVD subscription services. This first entry only covers movies but I'm open to including TV series in the future, so let me know if you'd like to see those included too!


This week I finished two books, a new release and an upcoming ARC, to keep my slim advantage in the Goodreads challenge. First was Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman, and I'm disappointed to say I enjoyed it even less than Scythe, which was already a mixed bag. Unfortunately, that means it's likely the end of the road for me and this particular series. I'll have a full review with my thoughts in two weeks for those still on the fence (or for fans of unpopular opinions, like me!).

I also finished a NetGalley ARC of The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding, which comes out at the end of this month. A respectably average thriller, it tended slightly towards the melodramatic, but threw in enough twists and misdirection to stay entertaining. While it doesn't rise to "can't miss it" esteem, genre enthusiasts should have no problems gobbling it up. My review will post later this month, just in time for you to pick up a copy!

Up next I plan to finish The Balcony, a historical fiction novel by Jane Delury that I won in a Goodreads giveaway last year. Although it doesn't come out until the end of March, I bumped it up in my reading schedule a little bit so that I could go ahead and provide some feedback on GR. In addition, I have two ARCs to read for early March releases; I also want to finish Seven Pillars of Wisdom this month to stay on track in RoofBeamReader's TBR Challenge and get around to Annihilation before the movie comes out—whew!


Film Review: Braven


Book Review: The Storm King by Brendan Duffy
Down the TBR Hole #6
Dust Motes: January
Movie Review: Permission


The best book hauls are the ones that have giveaway winners in them, and I'm lucky enough to include two of those this week! I'm going to be gushing a little bit about my new favorite film Phantom Thread in this week's Dust Motes post, and I was also fortunate enough to win a Twitter giveaway for The Women of Woodcock, a companion photobook. The news made me legitimately squeal with delight! My second bit of luck came in winning a Goodreads giveaway for The Gold-Son by Carrie Anne Noble, a YA fantasy novel that incorporates leprechauns and other pieces of Irish folklore. I had one ARC approval on NetGalley for Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton, which releases in early summer. Lastly, Barnes and Noble had a sale on recent hardback releases, so I took the opportunity to pick up an inexpensive copy of Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore. It's safe to say that this week's haul made my bookshelves much prettier!


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!

What Tools Can Help Me Be An Organized Blogger? Blogging Calendars on AvalinahsBooks
Chatbot Meets YA on BookstormGirl
January Wrap-Up on TheBookBakery17
Fairy Tale Friday Announcement on ShesGoingBookCrazy
Bookworms Explained #4: Stereotypes on BookDragons247

*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!

Anything you're excited about in the upcoming week?

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