Sunday Post – 21 October 2018 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted October 21, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 31 Comments


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly  @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received.


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So after the final specialist appointment and conclusion of lots of PT last week,  we went to the PT on Friday. We are working on a plan with PT every week, chiropractor every other week,  yoga and water exercises at least twice a week.  It looks like the YMCA will probably work best.  We are working on the plan and normalizing our schedules.  To that end, I gave notice at my work, so my last day is November 7th.  It’s so exciting to plan our schedule without having to wait for a work schedule!  I only have through October 31st right now.  So initially we are just doing the medical stuff, and will be adding in the yoga and water exercise once I am not working and we have our sleep / eat  / chores etc. schedules settled.

I am also excited to be able to add a bit of crafting: cooking, knitting, quilting, and sewing into my schedule. There are also many projects I need to tackle such as sort and throw, digitizing our home movies, and so forth which have been at a standstill the past 4 years.  There is also the matter of financial / tax planning and investments which I need to review. My background in this is extensive but I’m tired of doing it infrequently or on an emergency sort of basis instead of regular quick checks.

My ARC pile expanded again this week as well as my freebies. I continued to work on the Blog Ahead challenge with some serious deterrents. First, I have been working on it but not the end of October posts so I had to get back to October for the upcoming week. Second, I fell into the Cork O’Connor series by William Kent Krueger (Thanks to Jonetta at Blue Mood Cafe, we were at The Book Nympho together)  and had to force myself away after listening to the first FOUR audios this week. The reviews are written and will be November 24. Anyway, I finished 5 more posts for a total of 20 posts ahead.

So I want to do the Read A Series in a Month Challenge. I’d love to get your input on which one I should read.  There are so many things to consider. First, there is my mood. Next, there are ones which contribute to challenges like New Release, Audiobook or Library Love.  Getting them from the library is a bit risky, if I can’t get them in time or they have to go back before I finish. I can always buy them.  Also, I can’t promise to choose the one with the highest vote because mood, availability at the library, etc.  But you can really help me narrow it down.  So please, give me an idea of which series you enjoy from this extremely short list of possibilities. You can choose more than one.


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  These are the exciting ARCs I received this week:


Second Grave on the Left         Summoned to the Thirteenth Grave            Ashwin                                                               by Darynda Jones                                 by Darynda Jones                                   by Kit Rocha



Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier                      Renegades by Marssa Meyer


Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

This was an audible daily deal and something I have on my TBR so…


Now the really scary one. This is all the Kindle and Audible freebies I grabbed this past week. You can see why I need to do Thrifty Thursday to be sure I read a few at least one each month.











I collected some freebies for the HoHoHO Readathon next month!

I really meant to cut back on freebies BUT  they are free so I guess that won’t be happening.


I’m not including things like reviews posted or upcoming as they are always in the right sidebar. And, my challenge status is also there.

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Posted October 21, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 31 Comments

31 responses to “Sunday Post – 21 October 2018

  1. I haven’t been grabbing that many freebies as I have so many to read right now. I hope you enjoy all your books. I don’t know the whole story but hope all the PT and YMCA helps you. Congratulations on leaving your job? I am unsure if this is good or bad.


    • Leaving my job is good. I’m basically retiring. I’m old enough (gasp!) to access my IRA without penalty so I can make up the very small amount I got from working and won’t have to deal with the schedule issues. If I feel the need to work I could go back to the field where I have an MBA (computers and accounting) and make lots more money.

      I hope my support will allow my daughter to enjoy the activities to reset her muscles. Her joints have hypomobility and so they can do more than her muscles can handle = muscle spasms and pain. So we are training / strengthening her muscles. Also trying to reduce anxiety = tight muscles = more pain. That’s a simplistic view anyway.

      I’m excited to plan our own schedule and hope to have a bit more time to read. Have a great week!

  2. Oh the Seven Series by Dannika Dark is one of my favorite series!!!! Good luck with al the changes at home-hopefully you and your daughter get into a routine that works well!
    Oh and Rescuing Emily is one of my favorite Stoker books!

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    • Thanks for the comments on series. I am struggling to pick just one or even five!

      We will see how the schedule goes. I think I will have to rest up a few days and add the activities in layers to get the schedule going. It’s like the first time I started doing pushups and I couldn’t do 5 hardly at all. But then I kept doing them and slowly adding until I could do 30 or more easily. But that was a process of building up over a few months.

      Have a wonderful reading week and thanks for visiting.

  3. Sounds like you will be just as busy once you leave your job! But I’m glad you have a plan for all the PT and so on. And that you’ll get to enjoy some more time for crafts and other projects. 🙂

    Have a wonderful week and have fun reading some of those freebies and new books!

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    • If I get to the freebies that will be a real shock! But yes I have lots of plans. Let’s hope I can execute them. I have oodles of craft supplies and I need to go thru my other stuff. I also want to travel a bit. Plus there are things here like a zoo, a free art museum and so forth which we have lived here 3+ years and still not visited. We need to plan some fun. In a usual week, even tho I had 4 days off, there were 3 days of medical appts so it’s not all that much of a break. We should have more PT and less medical appts for awhile now. Thank you!

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  4. I can’t remember my life without books, starting with regular trips to the library in our small town. My mother did her grocery shopping in the village shop while I curled up in the nearby library. Eventually I had to go to a larger one. LOL.

    Enjoy your time with books. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. I am so happy that you were able to give your notice at work. That will be one less thing to have to worry about since your hands have been very full. I voted for the Red Rising series and The White Trash Zombie series. I loved the Red Rising series but haven’t tried the audio although I have them ready to go. If you can get the audio for The White Trash Zombie series, I recommend that route. I think you would like both of these series. Enjoy all of your new books and have a great week!

    • Thanks for the recommendations and comments. I have the Red Rising + Iron Gold all on audio. I have a paperback of the first WTZ. I would have to see what they have at the library or what I would buy.

      Yes I am looking forward to not working at the job so I can get the things I need to do accomplished at home. It wasn’t contributing much to our income, only tying up my schedule since I probably won’t know my schedule for Nov 1-7 for a week or so yet.

  6. That is really great that you gals are able to use the Y’s pool for part of your PT needs and that you are able to devote more time and energy to getting a schedule and getting to appointments with letting go the job. Hopefully this will bring less stress on you, particularly as you are able to work on things that you didn’t have time for that need doing.
    Ha! We had a similar thing happen with finding a series to binge that interrupted the regular reading. Mine was Melinda Leigh books. 😉

    Nice haul, there. I got 13th Grave and book three for my part of the re-read tour. 🙂

    I know what you mean about how tricky it is to pick the series in a month challenge. I’m hoping my mood will be right for the one I picked. 🙂 Good idea thinking how it will fit with other challenges, too.

    Have a good upcoming week, Anne!

    • Thanks Sophia! I want to get the Melinda Leigh one now that I saw your review!! And I only have the KU for another 1.5 weeks. I haven’t done a thing. So I will let it go and hope they have a deal for Black Friday or Cyber Monday.

      I’m really looking forward to the time because I really don’t earn enough there a year to matter and it just messes up my schedule constantly. It’s important work but I can’t do it with the other things I have happening.

      • A job I had for a non-profit was like that. I did good work, but the pay barely made a dent in living expenses. One of those ‘I don’t do it for the money’ jobs. 😉

        Oh cool! If you do try Melinda Leigh books. Start with her Scarlet Falls trilogy before the Morgan Danes because the MDs are a spin-off for the SF ones.

    • Thanks I always enjoy my books! I had such a SHORT list of possibilities for the Series Read, right?
      I realized I forgot to include 2 books I bought which were Kindle deals, I should update the post for those . Sigh.

      I think the physical activity will be good for me too and it will support and encourage her if I’m doing it along with her. All except the actual PT doctor appts.

    • Well there’s never a break from work, but I guess it is more like it doesn’t feel like work when it is things you want to do. I always have SO many things I want to do, read, etc. And we all need work to give us purpose and a feeling of accomplishment. Have a great reading week!

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  7. I’ve been wanting to try Dannika Dark and Jennifer Estep so maybe I’ll vote for those. 🙂 Good luck with whatever ones win, hope they turn out good!

    Stillness has me curious!

    • Thnaks Greg! They all sound good. In fact, this morning I was lamenting I hadn’t put one of Jennifer Estep’s other series on the list since there is an offer of an ARC for the spinoff for January in my email. But I could read that series in December perhaps. Thank you for commenting.

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  8. I’m glad you’re working toward a routine with PT and chiropractic, Anne, and I’m sure it’ll be much easier without the uncertainty of a work schedule. I hope you’ll share some of your craft projects. I just started a new knitting project myself. 🙂
    Looks like you picked up some nice freebies. Good luck in the Ho-Ho-Ho RAT and the Can You Read a Series challenge. I voted for Dannika Dark since I LOVE her Seven series! And her Mageri series, too!

    • I talked to my daughter about my plan today and while she didn’t want to hear all the facts of the situation: Y schedules and facilities, our holiday plans, other things we need to do, in the end she agreed with my strategy. Which is that we need to layer things in, start one thing each week or so and not just dive into a schedule of 7 days a week with something each day. Even when we have a full schedule going I am planning one day to be just always open, maybe 2. Even with a schedule, one has to be flexible and adjust it with things that happen. It doesn’t mean one is any less committed to exercise / therapy, there’s a need to make minor adjustments even to figure out the best options.

      Yesterday I looked at my books in Goodreads which had the word Christmas in the title, it’s a list of 53 titles!!!!!! I noted the #of pages and year released and prioritized which ones I’ll include for HoHoHoRAT. I’ll tackle the new release ARCS first. But there are plenty of freebies too, some new release. Hmm to read them all it would be 5 or more a day, so I’ll definitely have some left for next year. LOL.

      And I’m really itching to get going on some knitting projects. I’ll be excited to see your projects!

    • I own the whole series by Carolyn Crane and really love her so I want to read it. I may need to choose a series I can read since I have so many audios on tap already.

      Yes I want 13th Grave on audio too! I sometimes do review both, as I did with Magic Triumphs. I read first and then listen to the audio for the second round since it is usually available later.

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  9. My husband and I were talking just last night how we would love to win the lottery and quite are jobs. Alas, that isn’t in the future any time soon. I wish you the best with your new schedule! It sounds like you are mixing a lot of fun in with the more obligatory stuff. I miss our Y. It was closed down because of lack of funds. It had a nice indoor pool, which came in handy during in-climate weather. Your new books all look so good! I really want to read Renegades. I hope you have a great week!

    • Thank you! I am – old – so I can now access retirement funds luckily and I wasn’t making much money at this job. I know I need to layer in the new exercise plans a bit at a time. I have more energy than I have had in awhile. I hope I can tackle some long neglected tasks. And long neglected books. Thank you for visiting.

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  10. Looks like you’ve got some nice new books to read. I definitely want to get ‘Rescuing Emily’ by Emily Stoker too. I’ve listened to one of the books in that series on audio and loved it.
    Good luck with your Blog Ahead challenge. I didn’t participate this year, but will definitely do it again next year. With a new born baby I found it challenging enough to get my blog up and running again. 😉
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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    • Rescuing Emily was a freebie through an author newsletter not just a Kindle freebie.

      The Blog Ahead Challenge is a good exercise in working ahead. It is giving me some skills to allow me to work better ahead in the future. Or maybe it is opening my mind to develop better habits to move ahead. I’m enjoying it.

      I hope you have a great reading week!

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    • I’ve heard the audio is great for that. I have the first book in paperback. I’ll have to see what I will do. I want to read because I already have a pile of audio. I may end up doing 2 series. Deathstalker + one that I read. I just don’t know yet.