Sunday Post (208) / Stacking the Shevles (188)

sundaypostThe 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.

Hello there, it’s Jackie,

Why does the week feel really slow when you get back from vacation even though Monday was a holiday? However I’m glad that there was a lot of work to keep me busy at work so it made the week go by slightly faster. Australia was an interesting little country. Like people there aren’t phase at all by animals. Like a giant bird wanders around near you looking for food is no biggie. Me? I’m like omg, what if he fights me for my food? Must get away. Yup, you can probably tell that I’m an American if I move around a bunch of times. I’m not talking about pigeon sized birds. Those are tiny. Anyways Australia is also eco-friendly, which I’m a bit surprised about. Being an eco-friendly country means convenience though. We did a lot of tourist-y things like visit the Melbourne Zoo, the Sydney Opera House, and caught the Penguin Parade (yup, it’s a thing that exists and it’s adorable when they all come up the shore and you expect them to sing like in the movie Happy Feet…nope? Maybe that’s just me.). Anyways I don’t think I’d go back any time soon, but I really want to go to New Zealand next just to see sheep and Hobbits.

✖ Musing About Things: Neighbourly Love trope
✖ Teaser Tuesday: I’m not your Manic Pixie Dream Girl
✖ “Waiting” On Wednesday: The Upside of Unrequited
✖ Cover Reveal: Chasing Christmas Eve
✖ RRSReview: Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas
✖ Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

✖ Musing Monday?
✖ Teaser Tuesday!
✖ Waiting on Wednesday: It’s a surprise!
✖ Romantic Thursday?
✖ Review from Cyn?
✖ Review from Jackie???
✖ Forever 1!??!!?

There was a lot of rereading done during this vacation. Actually I am surprised how much I read during this vacation compared to last.

1. The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennet by Kate Rorick and Rachel Kiley: 5 of 5 stars
2. [reread] Brightest Kind of Darkest by P.T. Michelle: 3 of 5 stars
3. [reread] Lucid by P.T. Michelle: 3 of 5 stars
4. [reread] Destiny by P.T. Michelle: 3 of 5 stars
5. [reread] Desire by P.T. Michelle: 3 of 5 stars
6. Awaken by P.T. Michelle: 3 of 5 stars
7. Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland: 4 of 5 stars
8. [reread] A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab: 5 of 5 stars


Stacking the Shelves post! Hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, Stacking the Shelves is a chance to showcase new books, ones checked out from the library, bought, won or received for review.

Surprisingly I didn’t buy a lot of books while in Australia. I did get a couple of books before my trip and was excited for my preorders to arrive.


1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
2. Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
3. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab [ebook]
5. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab [ebook]
6. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab [ebook]
7. The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro [ebook]


1. Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer
2. The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser

Author: Jackie

24 Replies to “Sunday Post (208) / Stacking the Shevles (188)”

  1. Ooh, I would so love to visit Australia! Glad you enjoyed it, despite the giant animals. lol

    I keep noticing Caraval everywhere….and I’m tempted, although it is not my usual read. Enjoy your reading…and thanks for sharing.

  2. Australia sounds great! Would love to see the Penguin Parade, and they have some island down there I saw on TV a while back about the turtle nesting. Would love to see that. And I totally agree, New Zealand would be awesome just to see the hobbit homes.

    1. The penguin parade was very exciting, but I’m a lost cause when it gets too dark to see them coming on shore. I hope you get the chance to go watch them one day. Ooh, I would’ve love to see the turtles.

  3. I’m pretty sure there’s video somewhere of a man in Australia fighting a … kangaroo? emu? Something like that. Definitely come to New Zealand next time, all our animals are benign 🙂 Have a great week.

    1. Woah I would hate to come across an angry kangaroo, but yes next time New Zealand for sure. Dying to see all the cute sheep roaming in the wild.

  4. Australia is on my bucket-list! I would love to go there for a visit, see the different animals, feel the different climate, and just meet people all around.
    Your new books look really good, and I hope you’ll enjoy them all.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.

    1. We were just people watching in a night market and it’s amazing to see how diverse Australia is compared to California.

  5. Wow, you stacked off quite well 🙂

    1. Thanks.

  6. Australia I enjoyed visiting. I got to visit when I was a kid with my family. We used to travel a lot back then, now I’m all grown up with a family of my own and I keep wondering how my family found the time to travel so much. Life is crazy. Glad you liked it. New Zealand sounds great haven’t been their yet.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  7. Great haul this week! I so want to go to Australia but they do have some rather large animals that just wonder around. I guess if you grow up with it doesn’t bother you, but us Americans prefer to see our large animals at the zoo in cages…LOL. 🙂

    Have a great week!
    Week in Review

  8. Awesome haul. Australia sounds exciting. I hope you love all of your new books.

    Grace @ Books of Love

  9. I’d love to go to Australia! Sounds like you had a great time!

    I really want to read Caraval and the Darker Shade of Magic series!

    Enjoy your new books! 🙂

    Kyra @ Blog of a Bookaholic
    My Book Haul!

  10. oh my goodness! There’s a penguin parade?! Australia’s always scared me. Mainly because everything is bigger and scarier there. You always see memes that are like massive spiders or some other cringe-worthy insect that’s just far to big to squish it with the nearest piece of mail. I love that they are eco-friendly there too. I wish we were like that in the states. CA just started a bag ban this year but I may be the only person who was happy to see that get passed.

  11. Great haul! Australia sounds exciting! I hope you have a wonderful week.

  12. Oh my gosh, I totally agree about the wildlife in Australia– my fear of birds stems from my trip there when I was 12! They were SO aggressive. Ahhhh, I need to read the Lydia Bennet book! If it’s anything like The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, I know I’ll love it. Yay for the Shades of Magic series! I can’t wait to get to The Last of August. Hope you have a great week, and happy reading!

  13. I’m not super fond of birds that are regular sized so giant birds wandering around would probably make me very nervous! You got Wire and Nerve! I’m really looking forward to getting that one! Love Iko! Enjoy your books and have a great week!

  14. I would be a little worried if a bird landed next to me and looked like it wanted my lunch. It sounds like a nice trip though. Enjoy all of your new books!

  15. I’m not a bird person, so that would bother me, too. I think I’d rather go to New Zealand than Australia, although the Great Barrier Reef is gorgeous.

  16. LOL I would TOTALLY have a flail and freak out. I sure would. Glad you had fun!

    1. Who knew birds can be terrifying right? Though I do freak out whenever I see peacocks casually wandering about in my city every now and then.

  17. Ha, Australia sounds like it was a lot of fun. My daughter is terrified of birds, I will advise her not to put Sydney are on her bucket

    1. Aww if she loves animals I think your daughter might enjoy Australia. The birds are quite scary, but I like to think that if you don’t provoke them they won’t attack you.

  18. oh man I am so jealous that you were able to go to Australia. I have always wanted to go there for years. I do know that they are very eco friendly. But I know you have to be careful what you say because some words mean something completely different from how we view it. New Zealand is a place I could spend months there. My uncle and aunt lived there for a couple of years and loved it. Its so diverse and there is literally so much to do from skiing to sailing and everything in between and of course I would love to see all the LOR scenery too.

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