The Sunday Post // July 16, 2017

Sunday Post - 7-12-2017

It’s time to revive The Sunday Post! This is a weekly blog meme, where I catch you up on what you might have missed, give you some general updates, and link to a few other blog posts I’ve enjoyed this week.

Kimberly @ The Caffeinated Book Reviewer hosts this weekly meme, where bloggers can link up their posts and explore each other’s sites.

Anyway, let’s get started!

This Week on Comma Hangover

The Intergalactic Book Tag
Book Review: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
Book Review: Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia
Beat the Backlist & Hogwarts Reading Challenge
WWW Wednesday // July 12, 2017
Book Traveling Thursdays // Throwback Edition
Friday 56 // The Red Car by Marcy Dermansky
Book Style // The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Reading Updates

Of course, I’ve also been reading. The only book I’ve been actively reading is Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline, and I’ve got opinions on it as I tie it up today. It’s for a book club meeting on Thursday and I only have about a hundred pages left.

The next book I am going to read is Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, because I am hoping to check out another book club on Wednesday. Fortunately the book for this month is short, so I should be able to fit this in pretty quickly.

This weekend was actually a big summer party in the town that hosts my local independent bookstore. I took a ride, and I picked up two new books. The first is The Ship by Antonia Honeywell and the second is for the August meeting of the book club The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill.

What Else Have I Been Up To

So, since I haven’t done of these since last September (yikes!)  I will give you a little more backstory to some of these things than usual.

Back in March, I announced that I had signed up to walk in the Avon 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer in New York City. This past week I held a fundraiser to help me meet my goal. A bunch of us got together to make wooden signs in a setup that’s sort of like a paint and sip, except you aren’t bound by the host’s sign choice. You also work with raw wood and distress and paint the sign to your liking. This is my finished sign. On the left is the raw wood, and on the right is what I walked out with.

A portion of each ticket went towards my $1,800 walk goal! Once that check is processed my new total will be just over $1,100! I am still looking for contributions, and if you would like to donate you can view my page here. I am hoping to plan a bookish fundraiser sometime soon. I will keep you guys posted on details since that will be hosted online.

Additionally, I am still writing for Tell-Tale TV! For a solid three weeks I was covering Gotham, Pretty Little Liars, Blindspot, and Scandal, before the 2016-2017 network TV season ended. I wrote a review of the Pretty Little Liars series finale, and I am currently covering Orphan Black. Last week’s review of “Ease for Idle Millionaires” is here, and the newest review should be live shortly.

Around the Blogosphere

Em @ Keystone Blog talks about reading slumps, why they occur, and some suggestions on how to get out of them.  Yes, they’re a bear, but you can get out of them.

Michael @ My Comic Relief talks about the unrealistic career expectations that Indiana Jones has given him. This is very entertaining, and definitely worth the read, and honestly, I think we’ve all been there.

Anjie @ Love Thy Shelf talks about Book Defacing. Touchy subject for some, but damn some of these people can get creative with their books.

Waggy Tales Dog Blog posts about small dog behavior in a post titled “Can you please just shut up?” Not a book-themed post, but all the dog people out there will get a kick out of it. Especially small dog people.

Analee @ Book Snacks talks about why book bloggers will make amazing writers. Anything I say here might be biased, so you should read the post and think about it for yourself.

So that was my week in a nutshell. What have you guys been up to this week? Find any new blogs I should check out? Let me know in the comments below. 


Published by Lauren Busser

Lauren Busser is a fiction writer and essayist. She is an associate editor at Tell-Tale TV, where she writes about all things tv. She has had fiction appear in five : 2 : one magazine’s #thesideshow and her nonfiction has appeared in Bitch Media and The Hartford Courant. You can find her talking about tv, film, and knitting on Twitter @LaurenBusser.

12 thoughts on “The Sunday Post // July 16, 2017

  1. Thank you for including me! I’m happy to hear you liked the piece on Indiana Jones. I had a lot of fun writing that one :). Also, congratulations on the fund raising for the Walk to End Breast Cancer! Cancer has touched the lives of my family and friends more than once. Your work for the cause is a beautiful thing. Thank you, sincerely.


    1. Thank you so much! That means a lot! I had leukemia myself when I was a child and I’ve known many people who have had different forms of cancer and I thought this walk was both a personal challenge and a fundraising challenge! 38 miles in a weekend! That’s pretty serious!

      I’ve had a lot of fun putting together fundraisers and the next one I hope to put together is probably going to be bookish. I am hoping I can do some legwork with it in the next week or two!

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      1. Thirty-eight miles in a weekend is CRAZY INTENSE! I’m inspired by your tackling such a big challenge. My heart, thoughts, and prayers will certainly be with you as you continue to raise money and awareness.

        What a beautiful way to honor all those who have faced this disease – yourself included! – by being such a positive advocate. Again, “inspiring” is the only word I have for it. Thank you not just for your work, but for your example as well.


  2. Hi! What a great post. Thank you so much for featuring me on here 🙂
    That’s amazing your fundraiser for breast cancer! I hope you reach your goal, you’re almost there. Also, the wooden sign you made looks beautiful.


    1. Thank you so much! Your post was fantastic and I really enjoyed it!

      Honestly, I am really hoping I can reach my goal! I have three months, and a list of letters to send out next week to local businesses! Plus I am hoping to do a few more fundraisers! Let’s see how they all go! 🙂

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  3. Hallo, Hallo Lauren!

    I cannot sort this out – I have been trying to go back through my lists & notes, as somewhere during the past week, I lost track of which blogs had comments on them & which blogs I needed to go back and leave a comment on! 😦 I wanted to come back and say I have Scottoline + The Girl of Drank the Moon on my TBR. I even had this novel boomerang back to me a few times from my local library to where I realised, the timing is just ‘off’ and I’ll have to table attempting to read it for awhile! Oy.

    I left two comments on Analee’s blog (their awaiting moderation) – thank you for directing me to her post as it was such a wicked awesome post about those of us who are writers who found themselves attracted to book blogging which in effect re-inspired our writerly lives. You rock! I need to expand this part of my Sunday Post; perhaps next week I’ll get the links together properly for blogosphere hops!

    ps: I think it’s wicked lovely how you survived a childhood illness and disease and are now finding ways to give back to others who are fighting their own battles. None of us know what we have to face in life but if we hold onto the strength we have inside us, we can move mountains; which is exactly what you did! 🙂


    1. Thank you so much! It’s been a project to raise the $1,800 so I can do this walk but it’s been worth it. I am hoping to host a few more fundraisers in the coming months!

      I will also be honest and say that I have to start my Sunday Post midweek and save it as a draft so that I can get so many more discussion posts up. There have been some great ones by blogs I follow that could use a signal boost!

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      1. Yes! I agree with you! I started earlier this week on my own Sunday Post and noticed it was a lot easier to manage! I used to do this with Bookish Not Bookish + WWWeds but had forgotten my method! Oy. Definitely a good idea – to insert the posts we’re finding either through visiting blogs directly or by finding the links via tweets in the twitterverse, as I happen to come across them both ways! Yes, this is also why I try to tweet & share what I read on Twitter, too! 🙂 This past week notwithstanding it was a rough one, but this week I’ll be tweeting more + sharing more of what I found via all the memes and hopefully helping others find the joy I’ve found myself in the posts! We’re like-minded on that! 🙂

        I personally love fundraising – you can do a lot through what you give both in time and in the projects which help unite others together in the cause. Again, congratulations!

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  4. Ahh your sign is so beautiful! And congrats on your fundraising achievements, that is so great and it’s for such a lovely cause as well. ❤ Thank you so much for sharing my post too! (Even though I am utterly late on this, ahhh. *hides*)


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