Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday/Monday Posts - September 27th and 28th

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

If you'd like to participate with The Sunday Salon, it is now a Facebook group.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. This is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I'm also linking to  Stacking The Shelves which is hosted by Team Tynga's Reviews.

Happy Sunday!

I'm a bit late in getting started today.  I usually have this scheduled to post the day before, but it didn't work out that way this week.  Nothing bad, just busy stuff.

I was able to catch up on two books I had started, but kept having to put on the back burner for blog tour books.  Both books were great and I was happy that I could just get back into them with no problems.  Sometimes it ruins a book when you leave it for a bit and then go back to it.  Not in this case.  I can't wait start my next batch of books - all books I've been looking forward to.

A question for you reviewers - this has been an issue I've seen discussed often and wanted to see what you all do now.  When writing a review, do you do a synopsis of the book or use an official blurb (cover copy, Goodreads, etc.)?  Are you reviews indepth or a couple of paragraphs with your opinion?  I'm thinking readers lose interest if the reviews are too long and I avoid putting in any spoilers at all (I hate them for books).  For blog tours, I use Goodreads.  Otherwise, I tend to summarize the book in a couple of paragraphs, then do my opinion in one or two paragraphs.  What do you do? 

The new TV season is in full swing.  I've recorded everything and only watched one show this week - Survivor.  I kind of feel as if I need to watch this on the day it airs to avoid any spoilers.  As old as this show is, I still enjoy it every season.

So, what's been happening with you?  Anything new and exciting?


Blog Tours/Spotlights/Reviews/Giveaways 
I Hosted

Sunday: Review: Black Cat Crossing by Kay Finch

Monday: Promo: Romancing the Military

Blog Tours/Hops Coming Up Next Week

Monday: Blog Tour: Perish in the Palm by Kari Lee Townsend (Review/Guest Post)

Posts This Week

Tuesday: First Chapter Tuesdays/Teaser Tuesdays

Wednesday: Waiting on Wednesday

Thursday: Cat Thursday

Friday:  The Friday 56

Friday:  Follow Four Fill In Fun Blog Hop

I'm currently reading...

I'm finished reading...

I'm still listening to...

Next few books on my list to read....

What was your week like? What are you reading this week?


  1. I want to read Faux Paw and Knock On Wood. When I do reviews, I usually post the Goodreads blurb as the synopsis. I almost never include spoilers, which gets hard when reviewing books in a series. I think sometimes reviews get too long, but I think the people that really are interested in your blog or the book you are reading, will stick with them. Enjoy your haul!

  2. Idk sometimes the goodreads review format is good enough but if you want to get elaborate then you can copy the books synopsis. I'm not one to ask for advice on how to best write a review because I don't know .
    I have never read a book by Wendi Corsi Staub. Her book covers look good though :) Have a great week!

  3. I kinda wing it with reviews, sometimes I do a detailed synopsis (not sure why, just how the review comes out sometimes) and other times I summarize it a lot less and talk more about my thoughts on the book. So I don't really have a set system I guess. I do notice a lot of folks use the Goodreads synopsis and I've thought about doing that, so I don't have to recap it.

    Beeline looks fun. Faux Paw and Guaranteed to Bleed look good too.

  4. For Review I am still adapting a few years later there's know right or wrong way but I have started to stop putting a synopsis unless it's a blog tour. I tend to do just a few paragraphs 3 or 4 at the most. Have a great week.

    Megan @

  5. I use the blurb from GR

    I confess that long reviews makes me skip things. So I try to make mine short

  6. Happy Sunday, Yvonne! Interesting question today. Usually, I summarize a book in my own words, and try not to include any spoilers. Then I may mention some main themes, and/or what I thought about the book. Shorter reviews are easier for most people to read, although once in a while mine are longer, for those who wish to read a more in-depth review or post, or when I just want to think or write more about a book.

    Yvonne, have a wonderful week of reading! Your selections are looking "mysteriously" good.

  7. Glad you were able to easily get back into those books, it can sometime impact the experience after putting it aside for awhile. As for reviews, I try to leave most of the summarizing in the blurb so I don't have to write more doing it myself. lol.

  8. My reviews vary, but I usually summarize a bit of the story, and then continue with my thoughts about the characters and/or the story.

    I hope you enjoy these books...they look good! Nine Lives caught my eye...I've enjoyed this author.


  9. I do short non-spoilery reviews with a rating which is mostly in regards to entertainment factor rather than critique.

  10. Some great looking books. I do a bit of a synopsis, plus include the Goodreads blurb. Some of my reviews can be a bit long, like the one I did for Perfectly Twisted by Kristine Mason. Sometimes I can't help myself. I do try not to include spoilers and hope I accomplish that. Sometimes I do mini reviews. Time is precious and I just don't have enough of it. LOL Happy reading.
    sherry @ fundinmental My Sunday Memes


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