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Sunday Post #60: Spring Forward? No Thanks.

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome back to the Sunday Post! Sit back, kick up your feet, and relax!


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. 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.

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I cannot believe that we are already at Spring Forward.  I never do well at this time of year. My body is more attuned to Fall back and I wish we could stay at that time all year. I heard Florida was going to vote to stay in Spring forward.


It’s not everyday that I can say this but there was some drama for me this week concerning the house. We went to drop off some fans and the chandeliers because the electrician was there. (So excited that we’re at this point btw.) So we toured the house to look around and noticed that the laundry room was not finished. In fact, they had painted the trim white instead of staining it like the rest of the house. Also, they had not even finished painting the walls. All this was supposed to be done two weeks ago. It’s like they knew they made a mistake and just left it like that. I was livid. Further inspection of the house also led to shoddy areas that they had not completely covered with paint either. There was also a wall in the guest bathroom above the shower that was not completed as well; you could still see the insulation. After contacting our contractor, who said the specs for the laundry room was like they had done (we did not authorize that), we met with him the next day.

Let me just say I feel completely better after the meeting. He was already replacing the trim in the laundry room and wasn’t aware of the missing wall in the guest bathroom. He said he was on it. (FYI in my opinion, he should have been aware of the work that was being done a long time ago.) There’s my drama for the year. LOL.

Other than that, we have lights now and it looks really pretty inside. Cabinet door knobs are also installed and I’m giddy with excitement. Soon…soon.


A Tokyo Romance is a step away from what I normally read, being a memoir and all, but I find it fascinating so far. As for Cold-Hearted Rake, I went back to book 1 to really get to know the Ravenel’s. Just so I can be ready for West’s book that will be coming out next. 🙂

a tokyo romance by ian buruma

cold hearted rake by lisa kleypas













Thanks to Penguin First to Read for Wedding Cake Crumble. (Coincidentally, A Tokyo Romance is also from Penguin First to Read) and thanks to Seventh Street Books for Trial on Mount Koya, I love this series.

wedding cake crumble by jenn mckinlay

Trial on Mount Koya by Susan Spann













I’m so proud of myself for being ahead on my ARC reading that I treated myself to more books!

With all my hobby start and stops, I’ve really taken to doodling and drawing (it’s in my blood-more on that history later 😉 ) I find it relaxing and I’ve been doing it almost every day. My husband asked me why I kept this skill a secret. Really? I didn’t even know I had it. Personally, I don’t think I have that much skill. Anywho, I plan on writing a post on what I’ve been doing, eventually.

kawaii doodle class by zainab khan

manga for the beginner kawaii by christopher hart

black butler volume 1 by yana toboso









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On Monday, I posted mini reviews for Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues and The Pearl Thief. I’m still enjoying Angel’s adventures as a Zombie. 🙂 Check it out here.







On the 7th, my stop in the Lawbreakers blog tour went live. The authors are giving away 4 digital copies of the box set. Read an excerpt from one of the stories and enter here.


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The give away may be over but you can still read an excerpt from Don’t Let Him Go by Kay Harris here.




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Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

Yay for chandeliers but sorry about the other stuff. I am glad the contractor took care of the issues though I do agree that he should’ve known about it (especially the wall in the shower) ahead of time. I’ve had friends who have built houses and they’ve had much less agreeable contractors when it comes time to fix stuff or own up to mistakes so I’m glad everything is taken care of. I have the Jenn McKinley book too! I love her books though this series always makes me want cupcakes! Hope you’re having a great week!

herding cats

Oh goodness. Glad yall got it straightened out but, yeah, I’d expect him to have been on it all along, too. I am SO with you on spring forward. Not my thing at all. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with FL and how many different times we wind up with across the country. lol

Aj @ Read All The Things!

I’m not a fan of Spring Forward! Sorry about the house drama, but at least it’s getting fixed. I hope you have a great week and enjoy your new books.

Laura Thomas

I always dread the spring forward. Feel like a zombie at work for a few days. LOL But I do love the longer days. Glad to hear you got things straightened out with your contractor. I hope you share pictures when your house is finished.


I am sorry that you discovered all those things with your house but glad you got it all sorted out. I also have Wedding Cake Crumble. Have a great week!

Tiffany @ I was Angelized_1st

I also hate this time of year. I don’t see why the entire country doesn’t abolish Daylight Savings. It’s just too hard on the body to have to adjust twice a year.


Glad your house is coming together now despite the odd niggle. Have a good week!


Glad the house is coming along minus these issues. It takes me a while to adjust to losing the hour but I think my body likes it better than the extra hour. Hope you have a great week.


Wow-sorry bout the house drama. You’re right, the contractor should have been aware of that if he were keeping an eye on things! But, I’m glad he fixed it and took responsibility!
Enjoy your reread of the Ravenels! I love them!

Stephanie Jane

Fingers crossed you get your house all finished soon and without any more drama!

I like the look of those two Japanese themed books, especially as Ian Buruma is Dutch. Love my WorldReads! Going to check them out 🙂

Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

I would love to get my hands on some Lisa Kleypas books! She is next on the list. Lots of lovely books. I hope you have a good week in reading. I just got back in my home after a week of no power so I am behind in things. Have a good week. =)

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Oh no! What a stressful week you’ve had! I would be fuming with the contractor too. I hope they get everything back up to where they are supposed to be. Stay on top him about it! Hope you have a better week coming up.

Joann Downie

OMG. That is totally terrible about the paint job at your house!! I would be livid also!! I am also reading Lisa Kleypas-my first one(definitely not the last-as I am loving it!!) So I definitely want to read all her books-but I am doing The Wallflowers series first-have you read any? And I am finishing Death in the Stacks by Jenn Mckinlay!! I like the looks of the one you have here-Wedding Cake Crumble!! And I color to relax!! I hope you will visit me!!

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

I’m so with you on the time change. I feel like we’re in the minority, though. Seems like everyone prefers DST but I much prefer the Fall when it gets dark earlier. It always takes me a while to adjust to DST. Glad the issues with the construction are getting taken care of! How annoying. I have that Kawaii Doodle Class book from NetGalley and have yet to try it out/review it. Shameful. *note to self: need to get on that* Hope you enjoy it!


I am not a fan of the time change. I wish we would all just be like AZ and leave the clocks alone. I ma seeing Kleypas everywhere. I think it will be my next audiobook series to start. Good luck with the house. I know it will turn out amazing.


We will only have our daylight savings in like two weeks! There is time for actual spring to come xD cause we still have snow. I would love to see some real spring 😀

Mary Kirkland

I’m sure you feel better about things going on at the house now. I don’t like the time change much either.


I kinda hate the time changes too, especially spring forward. Don’t take my hour of sleep lol. And how exciting that your house is getting closer! Sorry to hear about the contractor stuff though- glad you caught it and were able to straighten it out. I’m sure that was a little frustrating!

Hope your reads are good! And nice that White Trash Zombie is still going well as a series…

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

So exciting about the house..you have lights and knobs! Yeah, I agree he should have noticed those things. Keep him inline Aleen. Retail therapy was needed to be sure. Hope this week is a good one for you!

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