Sunday Synopsis #18: Let Him Eat Cake, But Maybe a Book Instead?

Posted January 27, 2018 by Mallory in Bookish Things, Sunday Synopsis / 16 Comments

Linking up to The Sunday Post hosted by Kim at the Caffeinated Book Reviewer – a weekly meme where fellow book lovers post updates on life, blog happenings, and their recent book hauls.  

Guys. I did a deliciously bookish thing – I just spent a wild Saturday night at the local Barnes & Noble. Probably not the most obviously exciting thing, but I read exclusively on my Kindle so haven’t actually gone to a bookstore in at least a year.  I don’t remember the last time I actually bought a physical book…. Until this evening.  Let’s just say I made it worth the investment to sign-up for a Barnes & Noble membership.  (BTW I totally blame you guys for my lack of willpower – every book I got was recommended by someone out here in the blogosphere.  This is what happens when you write wonderful reviews).  Current thoughts going through my head:

Good: I finally have the necessary things (i.e. “books”) to start a Bookstagram account. Maybe. It would probably turn into an excuse to post more pictures of my dog online. 

Bad: I just got rid of a bookshelf so the book haul is homeless (ebooks don’t exactly require a lot of space, although I manage to step on my Kindle at least once a week)

Good:  All the books are outside of what I usually read, so I’m feeling PRETTY darn good about my 2018 Bookish Resolutions.

REALLY BAD:  I was supposed to be home baking a cake for my husband’s birthday.  Maybe I can just lend him one of my new books instead? As long as he doesn’t eat while reading it, crease the spine, or dog-ear the pages we should be good.  Clearly, my love only goes so far.

Lately on the Blog:

I spent most of the week fighting with a food allergy.  The posts got up, but the blog hoppin’ didn’t get done.  Looking forward to catching up on everyone’s blogs as soon as I finish baking that cake. In the meantime, feel free to use me as a case study in a “bad blogger etiquette” post.  

On Tuesday:  I admitted that I don’t remember all the 5-star books I read.  

On Wednesday:  I reviewed Vi Keeland’s Sex, Not Love (4 stars)

On Thursday:  I reviewed Lisa Kleypas’ The Devil in Spring (3 stars) and am still waiting for someone to throw rotten fruit at me for not loving a Kleypas novel.


Read this Week:

I finally read Christina Lauren’s Roomies – one of my most anticipated reads of 2017.  It may have been my most anticipated read, but I only read it because my library loan was about to end.  How does that work?


New to the Bookish Library:

Here’s the aftermath of my wild Saturday night at the bookstore…

16 responses to “Sunday Synopsis #18: Let Him Eat Cake, But Maybe a Book Instead?

  1. Saturday’s at Barnes & Noble are nice, we’ve been known to do that too. And I’m the same way, with my Kindle- I don’t buy nearly as many books, but when I do it’s a good feeling. Hope your new ones turn out great! Hope you’re feeling better soon from the food allergy.

    Winter of Ice and Iron looks amazing, judging from the cover (which I totally do lol).

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    • Mallory

      It’s been years since I did B&N on a Saturday night – my dad and I used to go together on Saturday nights. I’ll stop in from time-to-time as it’s next door to Target, but usually, I’m just grabbing Starbucks 🙂 I’m super excited to jump into some paperback reads. The nostalgia is just overwhelming this week! 🙂

  2. I love your B&N recap! Good for you! I read pretty much exclusively on my Kindle because my eyes are garbage, and some books have print that is very unkind to me. I used to try to Bookstagram once a week, with the books I got from BEA (really, the only print I have), but my pictures are terrible and since I hate clutter, I don’t have “stuff” for the pictures. Good luck with your account. I look forward to seeing your pictures.

    • Mallory

      I started switching from the paperbacks to the kindle for similar reasons – I’m in front of a computer screen all day so my eyes are shot by the time I get home. I looove the backlight on my paperwhite. I have the same thoughts about starting a bookstagram – I’ve been on super de-clutter mode lately, so no idea what I’d even put in there! 🙂 Hope you have a great week, Sam and thanks for stopping by!

    • Mallory

      Gah! The worst thing about this last round with the food allergy was that I totally should have seen it coming – it was my own darn fault 🙂 I’m on the fence for the bookstagram… me and twitter are only doing “okay” but I love using my personal Instagram account. So maybe a bookstagram would work better for me? We shall see! 🙂

    • Mallory

      I don’t know why, but I somehow equated “I want to read this” to “I will for sure read this if I buy the paperback.” Hopefully, this was a one-time thing… feels like a slippery TBR slope!

    • Mallory

      I thought about getting him some Starbucks to go!!! Except this man doesn’t like cheesecake (and he probably has nooo idea what a scone is) 🙂 I haven’t started the IG account yet – thinking it might get too overwhelming for me? Also hard to find good picture light when it’s still. dark. all. the. time 🙂 Is it spring yet?

    • Mallory

      Thank you, Samantha for protecting me from fruit! Truth be told, this is the only Klepyas novel I’ve ever not liked (dislike is too strong a word). That B&N trip was fun – might be new new favorite Saturday night hangout 😉

  3. I hope you are able to figure out what you’re allergic to! A night at B&N sounds absolutely wonderful and peaceful. I am the worst at keeping up with my bookstagram account but you are more then welcome to follow me, I’m @asreadbytina on IG. I hope you have a wonderful week and Happy Birthday to your husband!
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    • Mallory

      Thanks, Tina! I’m 99% sure what the problem is – I just had something that was cross contaminated 🙁 I’m not 100% I want to do the bookstagram account…. I’m sure it’s a ton of work to get good pictures! (Love yours by the way 🙂 )Hope you have a great week, Tina!

  4. I do enjoy going to B&N to browse, I tell myself it’s browsing. Yippee for the membership, you will get coupons in the mail and email if you visit B&N online, the books are less expensive than in the store and you get free shipping. I really need to get back into Kindle reading while at home and quit purchasing physical books. Food allergies are terrible, hopefully you’ll have a great week ahead. Enjoy all your new books.

    • Mallory

      Ooh!! Good tip on going online to get B&N books. I didn’t really ask about the email coupons, but am hoping for the occasional Starbucks goodie 🙂 Love me some caffeine! I got out of purchasing physical books for a long time and actually have been giving tons of them away (hence no bookshelf for the new books). I’m actually looking forward to some paperback reading though – feels king of nostalgic 🙂

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