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In a Nutshell 02/29/20

 

Hey guys!!  Sorry – I’m a day late getting this posted. . . as you will see below it wasn’t a highly productive week. . .

Read

audio: Husband Material by Emily Belden (3.5/5)

Watched

TV:

Started Season 4 of The Good Place and Series 9 of Doctor Who

Watched Season 3 and started Season 4 of Schitt’s Creek (the kids were off of school and I work part time, don’t judge!)

Movies:

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (3.5/5) (hoping it was more about Mr. Rogers, eh)

Knives Out (5/5) SO GOOD. It was a rollercoaster ride and unpredictable and just amazing. Damn, is Chris Evans so fine. Love him so much. His eyes match is sweater. (heart eyes emoji)

 

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Guys.  I didn’t read a single thing book wise.  I’ve been having a lot of sinus issues this week so I took FOUR naps last weekend.  Now don’t think this is bragging because I assure you it is not.  I literally didn’t have the energy to get off the sofa.

I did finish a magazine I bought, World’s Scariest Places.  Not much but that was my week.  I picked up Jojo Rabbit and IT Chapter 2 from the library though so maybe I will have a couple of movies to chat about next week?

What about you?  How was your week?  I hope you enjoy your leap year day!

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In a Nutshell 02/21/20

 

Want to know what we were up to this week??

 

I listened to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and read Paper Girls 3.

For shows I finished series 8 of Doctor Who and watched PS I Still Love You

Well this wasn’t a  big reading week for me.  Work was crazy so I didn’t get much lunch break time to read so instead I listened to A LOT of podcasts while working.  Listened to all current episodes for the same podcasts I mentioned last week, chiseled away a few more backlog episodes of Dark Poutine and I found a couple more podcasts to try soon.  I subscribed to A Single Serving Podcast and Why Won’t You Date Me? with Nicole Byer.  Both seem great but haven’t started either.

It was a tv week for me which is rare nowadays.  I also watched PS I Still Love You and it was adorable.  I also watched all three seasons of Atypical on Netflix – such a good show!  I don’t know if anyone has watched but it follows a teen who is autistic and his family as he tries to have his own life and become independent.  It looks like there will be a season four and can’t wait!  Another show I watched the entire run of was Gavin and Stacey on Hulu.  It was expiring soon and I’d been meaning to watch it for awhile now.  Didn’t love it as much as Atypical but still great and I even watched the Christmas special from 2019.  THAT ENDING?!  I unfortunately didn’t get to The Farewell so I’ll have to request that one again later. I’m hoping to watch Hunters this weekend, another show I’ve been looking forward to.

I did read one book, my interlibrary loan The Plucker by Brom.  Based on the story it seems to follow some African folk tales of sort though I’m not sure if that is also made up or actually true (I’m not familiar with many tales from other countries yet though they are on my to get to list!) but for the sake of a quick explanation it is a very dark and disturbing Toy Story like tale. Interesting read!

I did get book mail.  I received Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles and Grown Ups by Emma Jane Unsworth.  Very excited to read both!  I also picked up Jessica Simpson’s bio from the library.  I didn’t read any of The Raven King this week like I planned but as it is Mardi Gras time here and I have no plans in going my hope is to stay in this weekend, save some money, and do a bit of catch up in reading.  I do have five audio books from the library right now and the max I can have is six so I definitely need to get those cleared up because I’m sure more will come in soon as is always the case with my audio requests.  (Audios I currently have:  Caraval by Stephanie Garber (reread for possible review and to continue series), Daring Greatly by Brene Brown (third time listening, hoping for the lessons to stick soon), Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert (reread so I can start The Night Country), and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

A reminder that Daph started a Gone Pecan instagram so please give us a follow. You can find us @kiki.daphne Thanks!

What are you reading now?  Listening to?  Watching?  Let me know so I can add more to the list.

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In a Nutshell 02/14/20

Hello!!

We know we’ve been gone for a bit but thought it was time to get back out there and connect with everyone.  Life seems to get in the way of our reading and bookish tendencies so we are going to try to add “check in” posts once a week of what we have been up to all week.  This could be reading, watching tv, or just taking naps because sometimes that is what we might need.

Let’s see what Daph was up to. . .

In the last week I have read:

You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley (review forthcoming)

Hunting Prince Dracula (audio & paperback) by Kerri Maniscalco

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (audio) by JK Rowling

The Grave Robber by Mark Batterson

In the last week I’ve watched:

Late Night (Mindy Kaling & Emma Thompson, Amazon Prime), Mindy and Emma are not in enough things! rating 4.5/5

Harriet (Cynthia Erivo & Leslie Odom, Jr) — my boys and I have been wanting to watch this movie and it was certainly a worthwhile and entertaining movie, keeping us all on the edge of our seats. Very illuminating about Harriet Tubman’s life and the life of a slave and the pre-civil war life in general. Cynthia Erivo was a revelation! Very well deserved Oscar nomination. Also, I didn’t know that Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles was in it & that was a nice surprise! I mean, yes, she was a shrill, racist slaveowner, but she did a great job. 5/5

Last Christmas (Emilia Clarke & Henry Golding) — what a sweet movie. I knew going in what was really going on (because internet) but I was really surprised by the depth of the movie and how much I was moved by these characters. Particularly loved Michelle Yeoh & Emma Thompson’s characters. 4/5

Doctor Who Series 8 (Peter Capaldi & Jenna Coleman) — I previously got only as far as season 7, so I never met the 12th Doctor so when I introduced my boys to Doctor Who this summer, I was looking forward to getting to this season. I am really enjoying this season, Clara, and Danny. Not finished with the season yet so I’m not going to rate it.

That’s it for me!

So what happened this week?

First, Daph started a Gone Pecan instagram!  Yes, I know we are 5 years behind but if you are so inclined feel free to follow, we’d appreciate your support!  You can find us @kiki.daphne and she will be posting photos of books we are reading, reviewing, or just random stuff – who knows what might pop up on the feed (I’m betting on puppies at some point.)

I finished a series!!  I read the third book of the Truly Devious series A Hand in the Hall by Maureen Johnson.  It was a fun series and I enjoyed the past story line quite a lot.

I read the latest in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, Come Tumbling Down which is about Jack and Jill who are by far my favorites.  God this series is so much fun!  I don’t think it is the last in the series, or at least I hope it isn’t.

I got back to The Raven King which I started last month but abandoned.  As I’ve said approximately 1,000 times I have issues letting go of series and never read the last book of The Raven Cycle so over the last few months I’ve reread the first three books to finally be able to finish the last.  Once I got to it though I needed a break as binging books for me isn’t as easy as a show on Netflix.  I’m hoping to finish it up this weekend and finally move on to Call Down the Hawk so I can start yet another reread of a different series I need to finish – there are A LOT.  You may be seeing a review for this one soon, but don’t hold me to that.

I stopped by the library and picked up my holds.  I still have a couple of library books checked out already and even though I’m TRYING to make myself read books I own to clear out and make room for new ones (or at least get the stacks off the floor) I picked up Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (casting news made me break) and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I’ve had several friends pick this up over the last few years but seeing it pop up again on Jamie’s insta (Perpetual Page Turner) I decided it was time to try it out for myself.  I’m always in for a good cry when reading – note to self DO NOT READ AT WORK.  I also picked up The Farewell (starring Awkafina) to watch.

I caught up on some podcasts!  I listen to a lot of podcasts while I work (it helps drown out coworkers and background noise) and listened to the latest episodes of My Favorite Murder, Lore, The Office Ladies, The Murder Squad, and Do You Need a Ride?.  I also listened to several of Dark Poutine though I’m only about halfway through the entire backlog of their podcast.  Do you have an recs?  Let me know!  I’m always looking for a new one to dive in to.  I’m REALLY excited for Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us which starts next month.

Today is Valentine’s Day and I’ve decided I’m buying myself flowers.  In my entire 37 years I have never gotten flowers from anyone and I’ve decided today I will and I’m getting them for myself because why not?

How was your week?

 

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Book Avengers: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

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Hello and welcome to our April Book Avengers post!  Today we are featuring Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen.  This is book one of Jersen’s Malediction trilogy.  What did we think?  Keep reading to find out what we thought and what we selected to pick from for May!

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Book Avengers: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

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Hello and welcome to our February Book Avengers post!  Today we are featuring The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.  As you know we are at a crossroads in America with the amount protests, election questions, etc.  Now I personally cannot discuss candidates or say anything that is for or against someone due to my IRL work but I can discuss books!  What better way to keep our nation’s current turmoil fresh in both my mind and others by reading books that show the strength of persons when they are limited in their rights?  Keep reading to find out what we thought of The Handmaid’s Tale and what we selected to pick from for March!

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Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now…

 

 

 

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How We Fall – Paperback Release Tour

Hey guys!  Today on the blog I’m welcoming Ms Kate Brauning, author of How We Fall, on the blog.  She is going to share excerpts from the book, a giveaway, and one of my favs – songs that remind her of the book.  Check out what she has to say, ok?

 

Hello, readers! I’m so happy to be here on Gone Pecan for the paperback release tour of my YA contemporary romance, How We Fall. Below you can read the first chapter, and enter the international Goodreads giveaway, and I’m also here to show you my playlist for the book. I tried to do something pretty cool with it by using the playlist more as a soundtrack, with specific songs for specific scenes. Let me know if you like that kind of playlist in the comments!

About the book:

Ever since Jackie moved to her uncle’s sleepy farming town, she’s been flirting way too much–and with her own cousin, Marcus.How We Fall

Her friendship with him has turned into something she can’t control, and he’s the reason Jackie lost track of her best friend, Ellie, who left for…no one knows where. Now Ellie has been missing for months, and the police, fearing the worst, are searching for her body. Swamped with guilt and the knowledge that acting on her love for Marcus would tear their families apart, Jackie pushes her cousin away. The plan is to fall out of love, and, just as she hoped he would, Marcus falls for the new girl in town. But something isn’t right about this stranger, and Jackie’s suspicions about the new girl’s secrets only drive the wedge deeper between Jackie and Marcus.

Then Marcus is forced to pay the price for someone else’s lies as the mystery around Ellie’s disappearance starts to become horribly clear. Jackie has to face terrible choices. Can she leave her first love behind, and can she go on living with the fact that she failed her best friend?

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#JointheResistance – WINTER IS COMING +GIVEAWAY

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If you’ve been around online lately you might have noticed a few posts for the Lunar Chronicles about joining the resistance and if you’ve been to our blog at any point in the past you know we are TLC fans (both of the NO SCRUBS and book variety).

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