The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.
Random News And Goings-On
This past week wasn’t quite as crazy as last week, but it’s still been busy. Spent much time prepping for my husband getting ready to leave on his trip to New England and worrying about the new HVAC installation that is happening in a week. Lot’s of anxiety (yay /s).
I haven’t really talked about this here (or in public much at all), but I’ve been working to lose weight for just about the last two months. Last time I went to the doctors for my checkup about my blood pressure, my doctor and I had a good talk about my weight issues (I’m, on the charts, something like ‘extremely obese’) and ways that I can work to lose weight without having to worry about exercising too much right away (have an ankle issue). We talked about changing some of the ways I eat. Weight loss and eating healthier is something my husband and I have both been wanting to do for a while but we hadn’t put in a full effort. Now I’m a) not drinking any calories b) drinking much more water c) eating a lot less carbs and d) being more conscious of my calorie intake as well as portion control. Honestly, haven’t really done that much as far as ‘work’ other than be more aware of what I’m eating. So far (as long as my scale is accurate) I’ve lost about 18 lbs! Sometimes I’m surprised by that because I have days where I slip up a bit and eat something I probably shouldn’t (the other day I had a three wing meal from Popeyes but, I hadn’t eaten a lot the rest of the day and I didn’t add any soda/empty calories to it). One thing this has taught me is that I don’t have to cut out everything I love, I just have to be smarter about it. Can’t wait to start an exercise routine as well and see how that changes things. It’s been a while since I’ve been proud of myself for something non-book related. 😀
In other news, my husband left on his trip yesterday and the house is very quiet. And although I am looking forward to peace and quiet I already miss him a lot. Have spent time reading and catching up on things. I’m down low participating in another readathon (24 in 48 — but for me it’s more like ‘whatever time I can spend reading I will in 48’). We’re in the middle of a heat wave (like most of the US right now) and I’m hoping my AC will make it through this extreme heat and last until we have it replaced. Three days of 99 degree weather is not fun. I did have some things to do outside, cleaning out a stairwell, to prep for the HVAC install, but that will have to wait until it cools down a bit during the week.
New Book Arrivals at Way Too Fantasy
I made a couple of small purchases of physical books this week to add on to Mt. TBR.
- This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal el Mohtar and Max Gladstone
- Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
I’ve been looking forward to both of these and as they’re both fairly short I think I”ll be able to squeeze them into my reading somewhere….at some point. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
My friend, and sometimes blog contributor, sent me a copy of Issue 6 of Broadswords and Blasters, a pulp magazine with short stories. I’ve been enjoying it so far. There’s a kaiju story in it! The stories are exactly what the ‘zine promises – a sort of new era pulp. Fun stuff.
I got approved for an eARC of Turning Darkness into Light by Marie Brennan, a book I didn’t think I’d actually get approved for, so that was a delightful surprise! Very excited to get to this one.
Speaking of surprises, I was also sent an eARC of Master of the World: Worldshapers Book 2 by Edward Willett! Also looking forward to this one, it looks like a lot of fun.
On a whim I picked up The Warrior Prince of Berush by Amber Gabriel. This is a fantasy romance, which is my thing, and from the description it sounds like it’s either going to be right up my alley or something that I’ll hate, but I was curious enough to check it out. We’ll see.
Posts to Check Out from the Book Blogging Community
Here are some posts from blogs I follow that I thought were pretty awesome this past week while blog hopping. Hope you get the chance to check them out if you haven’t already. 😀
Zezee @ Zezee With Books is talking about the best books she’s read so far in 2019. She’s got some interesting stuff on her list!
Crystal @ Goddess in the Stacks has a fantastic review of We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal — I’m convinced that I need to check this one out!
Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads did a fun bookshelf tour. I love these kinds of posts–mainly because I’m nosey about what others have on their shelves and how they organize their books. 😀
Evelina @ Avalinah’s Books is talking about some of the best books she’s read so far this year. This is a great mid-year update with pie charts! I love me some pie charts.
Kathy @ Pages Below the Vaulted Sky has a fantastic discussion post about a particular character type: ‘broken’ heroes. Love it!!
Sharade @ The Fantasy Inn got swept away by The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. Love this review, hah. 😀
Keikii @ Keikii Eats Books has another fantastic Trope Time post, this time centered around the Power Creep trope. Such a fun trope to explore.
Tammy @ Books, Bones & Buffy is running her monthly book giveaway. Check out her giveaway and give some of her reviews a read!
That’s all I have for this week, until next time!
24 thoughts on “The Sunday Post #4”
Good to see your feeling proud of yourself! You should be!
And nice to see you liked my bookshelf tour 🙂
Thank you! It was a great post. 🙂
Oh man Silver in the Wood has such a pretty cover.
Thanks for sharing my Trope Time post!
Yeah, I bought a physical copy just because of the cover. 🙂 You’re welcome!
Thanks for the shout out, Lisa! And congrats on your weight loss. Changing your diet can be hard, but it sounds like it’s working really well for you. My husband had to go on a low carb diet about a year ago and so I’ve sort of done it with him since I have to cook for him and help him out. Can’t say I’ve lost any weight myself, but I definitely feel uncomfortable whenever I decide to eat pasta now! It’s weird how your body adjusts.
Yeah, that’s definitely one thing I’ve noticed. If I eat something carb heavy now I feel a lot more full. It’s probably going to be slow progress for me, but I’m happy it’s progress at least!
Ahoy there matey! Eating heathier is good no matter what yer weight be. So congrats!!
x The Captain
I recently got Silver in the Wood too and am looking forward to it. Am thinking to read it for the N.E.W.T.S. readathon next month.
And congrats on your progress in eating healthier! It can be hard to get in the groove of it, but it’s worth doing.
I was out of state a few days and was surprised at how hot it is when I returned. They said heat wave but this is nothing like what I had in mind. This is much worse.
Thanks for the shout out! 🙂
I saw the NEWTs were coming up, looks like another fun challenge!
Thank you! Yeah, it takes a bit getting used to changing habits.
The heat this weekend was nuts! Looking forward to it being slightly cooler this week.
Good luck on your eating resolutions – and congrats on the weight loss!
Congrats on losing 18 lbs!! That is awesome 🙂 Keep it up!
Thanks, appreciate it!
Congratulations on your health goals! That’s so amazing, especially because it can be so hard sometimes. I just recently got back into my fitness after a few months off due to an injured hamstring, and it’s been so nice to know I’m actively making progress again.
Thank you! It’s tough for me because I’ve really let myself go over the years and I’m not an active person, at all. So it feels great to be making any progress at all! 😀 Good luck with your own progress!
OMG, there’s a new book in the Natural History of Dragons series?! YAS I NEED IT. I had no idea!
Right?!?! I’m so excited for this. 😀
Congrats on the weight loss! It can be incredibly hard to shift the way you eat and stick with it, so that’s an incredible step!
Looks like you hauled some fun books! Marie Brennan is definitely one of those authors on my list to check out at some point down the road…..
Thank you! I started small, I figure if I ease into changes then maybe I’ll keep up with it. Didn’t expect for it to work honestly so I’m pretty excited. Actually looking forward to going back to my doctor for the first time ever.
I love the Lady Trent books by Brennan. Actually, the first one I only thought was okay, but I loved the rest of them. The audiobooks of those are excellent.
You’ll have to let me know when your’e planning on reading the Brennan book and I’ll try to read it at the same time.
I’ve also been low carbing – for some time now. It’s a slow weight loss but I always figure if it’s going in the right direction it’s all good. I think it’s all about thinking about alternatives to certain ways of eating too – like courgette pasta, cauliflower rice, roast radish, etc. Good luck with it all anyway.
I’m probably going to read it the last week of July/first week of August since it’s published on the 20th and I want to stay ahead of things. Let me know if that works for you, would love to do a buddy read. 😀
That’s the way I look at it too. I don’t mind if it’s slow, as long as I’m losing it I’m happy. I love cauliflower rice–it’s so good! My husband and I do one of those meal delivery services too, so that helps with us picking some of our food that’s fresh and healthy ingredients. We’re working on getting better with the rest of our meals, or at least doing portion control better. 🙂
I’m always a week late on getting to these, but can I just say that I’m super freaking proud of you because holy crap, 18 pounds is awesome!!!! Like, any efforts to shift your weight from your current one is so difficult because your body doesn’t react well to sudden changes and it’s hard to be always conscious about what you’re eating, but it sounds like you’re on a good track and I hope it continues to go well. ❤
Thank you! It’s certainly progress. In a way it’s just a drop in the bucket because I am so very overweight (I think my drs chart called it ‘severely obese’) but it seeing those numbers on the scale slowly creep down is exciting. I’m hoping I can get to -50lbs by the end of the year but we’ll see!