Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday Post (5): Hospital Visits Galore

Sunday Post is hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer

I didn't have a Sunday Post last week, so I knew I had to get something posted for today, even though I'm writing this really close to when it will go live. It's been a bit of a hectic week. My dad had surgery this past Monday and due to some complications, he ended up back in the hospital Wednesday afternoon and he's still there waiting on news of whether he needs surgery again or something else to make him better! So yeah, lots of visiting the hospital between Thanksgiving and all that fun/crazy stuff!

I did get to see Victor Frankenstein Wednesday night with my sister and a friend and we all really loved it! It stars Dan Radcliffe as Igor and James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein. Despite McAvoy being the title character, it really focuses on both men! It's a bit long, but well worth seeing when you can!

The week before I saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and it was also amazing. I think they did a really good job with it and I thought all the actors were brilliant. It's sad to know it's over though...

Last Two Weeks on Let's Get Beyond Tolerance (my other blog- LGBT+ themed):

American Girl Magazine Features Two Dads- Causes Upset

A Look at The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

Musical Choice: Chely Wright's "Shut Up and Drive"

LGBT News/Reviews: Recommend to Me!

WOW: My Year Zero by Rachel Gold

Etsy Pride (11): Christmas themed!

Coming Up This Week on ShootingStarsMag (subject to change!):

Two m/m book reviews
A Christmas book review + Make it a Gift
A graphic novel review

Ho-Ho-Ho Read-A-Thon Results:

Also hosted by the Caffeinated Book Reviewer (well, she co-hosted!) was the Christmas/Winter themed read-a-thon. Since I didn't do a Sunday Post last week, I didn't update you all on my results. I ended up reading two Christmas themed books. The third I had picked out just didn't appeal to me at the moment. However, I did read a Christmas book right before the read-a-thon began so that's not too bad either! It was fun to read some holiday themed novels. How did you do?

2016 Book Challenge Idea!

And finally, I was thinking of creating my own book challenge for next year but it's no fun if I'm the only one, so would you be interested in taking part?

The idea: Unique Format Challenge (or another cool title if you have any ideas!)

What you do is read books with different formats or cool extras, like a book in verse, or a book with illustrations, or a book with footnotes, or in diary/letter format, or even something like Illuminae with all its crazy ways of telling a story! I know these types of books are hit or miss for some, but I always find unique formatting to be at the very least an interesting experience!

So what do you think? Should I make this an actual 2016 Book Challenge? 


Kindlemom said...

I hope your dad gets better soon!!

Lexxie Lin said...

I hope they will figure out your dad's health issues! It's no fun when things are in suspension like that :(

I want to go see Mockingjay Part 2, as well. I haven't found the time yet, though.

Your idea for a 2016 challenge is awesome! There are some books that have formats that are very different, and it makes the story interesting in a different way, too.

Have a great week ahead and happy reading.

Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

Deborah said...

Meet Your Makers looks good. I don't think I'd even heard it was out. Must check it out and see if it's on here in Australia yet!

Erika Sorocco said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I hope that he's doing a bit better now. Let me know if you need anything, Lauren! :)


Brandi Kosiner said...

Good to hear that MJP2 was good, and hope your dad keeps improving.

Joann Downie said...

Best wishes for your dad and your Challenge idea is interesting,Challenges are great fun, I have signed up for 4 already

Karen Alderman said...

Oh no - I hope you're dad is getting better.

I'm glad you liked the movie. I had read scathing reviews but you never know...

Karen @For What It's Worth

The Old Mother Hen said...

Glad you liked Meet Your Maker. I would like to see that myself. Hope your dad feels better soon and is able to come home without another surgery.

Angela's Anxious Life said...

I hope your dad gets to feeling well. It is the worst when your parent is hurt. I haven't seen Mockingjay yet. So shocking for me. I did see Creed and that was an amazing movie. Loved it sooooo much!!!

The Bibliophile Babe said...

Hope your dad gets better soon! I want to see the Frankenstein movie, though it'll be weird to see Radcliffe as anyone other than Harry Potter.

Joyous Reads said...

Wishing your dad all the best, Lauren!

Shannon Miz said...

I am so sorry about your dad, I hope he is on the way to recovery and feels better soon!

Glad you loved Mockingjay. Of course, I did too :D I agree with you, it was SO well done. Actually, the more I thought about it (and after the second time I saw it) I appreciated it even more! SO sad that it is over though.

And I think the book challenge idea is so fun! I LOVE unique stuff in books, so it sounds like a great challenge to me!

Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

Christy LoveOfBooks said...

Oh no, hope your dad is okay and gets everything worked out. Have a great week.

Lory said...

Being in the hospital (or visiting the hospital) is no fun. Hope they find the way to help your dad soon.

I think your challenge idea sounds terrific! Can't wait to hear more.

Grace @ RebelMommyBookBlog said...

Oh I hope your dad is ok and start to feel better. I think the challenge idea sounds fun!

Diva Booknerd said...

I'm so sorry about your dad Lauren, hopefully it's nothing serious and and easy fix so he can go back home and start to recover. Sometimes being IN hospital makes you feel even worse doesn't it, I bet he can't wait to get the all clear.

I'm going through the same with my mum at the moment, back and forth between specialists, hospitals and awaiting surgery now in two weeks. She's elderly, and I worry about the risk of major surgery at her age too. It's just a super stressful time. Please let us know how your dad is going and I'm sure it's nothing serious hun. I wish him all the best <3

Lola R said...

I am sorry to hear about your dad being in the hospital and having some complications. I hope things will go well. I only have seen the first Hunger Games movie so far, I might have to catch up once.

That's great you managed to read two books for the readathon. I like your idea for a reading challenges, I personally don't read many books with unique formatting, but it does sound like a great and original idea for a challenge. Have a great week!

Jennifer Humphries said...

Oh no I hope they figure out your Dad's health issues soon. What a stressful time for your family. Sending good thoughts your way :)

Naomi Hop said...

I hope your dad is doing much better!
Looks like a busy week for you, I hope you are able to keep up!
Get better!

Tiffany Brown said...

Sorry to hear abut your dad. I hope he gets well soon!

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Oh goodness. Hope he's on the mend very soon and feeling better!

Nicole Hewitt said...

Your challenge sounds really fun and different! I'd need suggestions for books to read, but I think it would be great to experience the unique formats!

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction