The Sunday Post {1/3/16}

Posted January 3rd, 2016 by in The Sunday Post / 14 comments

Sunday Post

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer. Itโ€™s a chance to share news: a post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Borrowed from Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

I have to say that I’m not in a weird mood as I write this post. Two people on my personal Facebook feed were talking about this show “Making a Murderer” on Netflix. One works as a children’s advocate in the social working field and the other was a nurse on a psychological ward for several years. Because of that vague connection I thought it would be something along the lines of what makes a murderer with each episode going through a specific case with a fine toothed comb. So I started the first episode and watched in horror at what I was hearing. I was not expecting to witness a case against the justice system placed down in front of me. I was not expecting to question the system that has been put in place to protect us from those who would do harm.

Last night I was up until 3 AM blogging because New Year’s Eve had wrecked my sleep cycle. Tonight? Tonight I can’t sleep for all the thoughts spinning through my head. Thank goodness I’m a reader! It means that I have an endless supply of worlds to escape into when this one gets to be too much.

Enough about that! It’s 2016 guys!! I am (of course) filled with that unnatural exuberance that fills me every time a new year dawns. I plan on doing ALL the things but I’ve actually made steps and plans to get to that place where one can do ALL the things! I spent an inordinate amount of time looking at planners and planner stickers and ways to get myself organized, with every intention of staying that way! For a lot of the planner videos I found on YouTube it seemed like there was A LOT of effort and work put into making the planner pretty. I was all about jumping in and buying an Erin Condren Life Planner. Then I realized I’d probably spend more time making everything pretty and not so much time doing the things that needed done. I swung by Staples and picked up a Monthly/Weekly planner that should keep my blogging life sane. I then ordered a crazy amount of stickers to put in the planner but each one will have it’s own use and I can’t wait for them to get here!

Here’s what we’ve been up to this week:

Previously on Once Upon a Chapter:


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Conversion by Katherine HoweThe Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLean


I picked up these lovelies at Barnes and Noble on the 1st. We don’t have a bookstore in my area so you have to drive in hour to get to a decent one. It was one of the main reasons a Kindle so largely appealed to me at first. I was reminded on Friday how wonderful it is to walk around a book store and just look at all of the books. It’s similar to a library but each has its own pros and cons. I loved every minute of it!

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Sinfully Ever After by Jayne FresinaThe Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen


Bout of Books 15 is this week and I know that I’m going to get through both of these. I am so excited for what 2016 has in store for me. Reading is just one exciting aspect. I plan on moving through some of the series that I’ve left open. Sinfully Ever After should prove a very fun read. The Runaway King I’m not as excited for but I am eager to move through this series and see how it all works out. What are you reading this week?

Stephanie

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14 Responses to “The Sunday Post {1/3/16}”

  1. Maureen's Books (@MaureenHinten)

    Happy New Year!! I hope you get to do all the things you want for this year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This is my first time joining the Sunday Post, so I’m new at this.. but I love it so far.

    I’m a real planner freak. I love planning and everything that makes planning more fun like stickers, memo pads, colored pens.. I’m a totally nerd!!

    Have a great week! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    • Stephanie

      I adore the idea of planners. I love how they look and it makes me silly happy to see people be able to create them. I LOVE lists, notebooks, pens, pencils….pretty much the whole lot. I’m excited to get the stickers and we’ll see how they go from there. I imagine I’ll be deep into the planner community that I just stumbled upon come 2017. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Kim @ kimberlyfaye reads

    Happy New Year! A lot of my friends are watching How to Make a Murderer, too… but I really have no desire to watch it. I think I’ll stick to that and not get sucked into the hype. I LOVE the idea of a planner, but I also recognize that I’d do it for about a week before stopping entirely. I did buy a PDF version of Stay Bookish’s Blog Planner but I doubt I even use the print version. I’ll probably recreate them digitally because I seem to do much better using online resources for planning (Google calendar and Google Drive) because I can access them from anywhere! But I really do applaud the people who can and do use these gorgeous planners I see. I wish you luck with yours!

    Have a great week!

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    • Stephanie

      It’s really kind of dark. It’s made me think and they hard part is that there isn’t anything that I can do about it. I’d say that it IS worth the hype that it’s getting but I wish I had been better prepared going into it.

      Thanks for sharing that link! I’m always looking for ways to keep my blog organized. My home life isn’t so difficult because I’m married but we have no children to keep track of. ๐Ÿ™‚ I like having a physical check off list but like you I also enjoy having access to it wherever I am. I’ll have to think about doing this as well.

  3. Amanda @ On a Book Bender

    Oh, man. Making a Murderer was so awful and good. I got my boyfriend hooked on it, and he doesn’t even like that kind of show.

    Also, SARAH MACLEAN! I just got my copy of A Rogue Not Taken (bought it from Sarah MacLean’s local indie bookstore, so it’s signed and there’s a limited edition map of their road trip—very cool!) AND I CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT. Any chance you’ll pick it up during Bout of Books? Maybe we can read together! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Stephanie

      My husband probably would have been a lawyer in another life. I canโ€™t get him interested in this at all. I NEED someone to talk to about this. Iโ€™m watching episode 4 now. Iโ€™ll probably only watch an episode a day. Anything more than that is too much for me.

      That sounds so cool! I wish I had cool indies near me but the nearest that I know about is three to four hours drive from me. Itโ€™s definitely on my January 2016 TBR pile so I could certainly pick it up during BoB if you want to buddy read it. Iโ€™ll probably start later in the week though. Iโ€™m reading a historical romance now and need to read another genre before picking up another one. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Stephanie

      It might. It’s making me ask tons of questions. It’s a 10+ hour documentary about a man named Steven Avery who was tried and convicted for sexual assault and homicide in Wisconsin. The catch is the county in which he lives seems to have it out for him. Because of their investigation practices Avery was wrongfully convicted on sexual assault in 1985 and served 18 years in prison for it.

      The second sexual assault and homicide took place in another county but the original prosecuting county from 1985 had an inordinate amount of involvement in the case. It’s all VERY interesting. That sounds very boring but the documentary has been riveting.

    • Stephanie

      I can’t wait to read it. I really like to read stuff about Salem and the witch trials even if I would definitely not have wanted to live them!

  4. Tiffany @ I Was Angelized_1st

    I’ve heard a lot about that show Making a Murderer. Some of my family has been hooked by it, but I haven’t check it out yet. It seems interesting. I began getting organized last summer, and went the ECLP route. It does take a lot of time making it pretty. LOL, but I don’t mind. I started doing stickers, but now I’m moving into stamping in a bid to save money. We’ll see! Good luck to you getting (and staying) organized this year!

    • Stephanie

      I had to take a big step away from it with 6 hours in already. I will most likely finish it but it was just too much to take in all at once. ๐Ÿ™

      I’ll have to look into the ECLP option. Right now I’m kind of testing out what will work for me and if I’m even capable of sticking to the plans that I put in the planner! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! Stamping will definitely save you so much more money but it’s just as addictive. Lol.

    • Stephanie

      It is most definitely interesting but also a bit sobering when you remember that it really happened. I’m really going to have to make sure I read Conversion this month. From what I hear it was a good purchase!

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