Sunday Post – 11 November 2018 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga #HoHoHoRAT

Posted November 11, 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.


Stacking The Shelves is also a weekly meme hosted by  Tynga’s Reviews and Marlene from Reading Reality.  It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!


Don’t forget to look at my giveaways on the right sidebar.

The beginning of the week went by quickly with finishing up at work and medical appointments. Tuesday I had off but with two medical appointments and shopping, then I decided to make a dinner and pumpkin muffins. I took some of the muffins to work Wednesday. Thursday and Friday were nice being able to work on whatever I felt like doing. Saturday, I had to get out and rake leaves since the city would be doing their first pickup Tuesday. Sunday was going to be cold after an overnight freeze and Monday would be raining.

I started the HoHoHoRAT.  So far I’ve read:

  • Dear Santa by Nancy Naigle
  • Christmas in Tahoe by Elisabeth Barrett
  • The Christmas Scorpion by Lee Child

You can check them out on my Goodreads shelf, reviews over the next 2 weeks.  I haven’t really started my Read A Series in a Month challenge with being focused on Holiday reads this week, but I might start the audios after I listen to my one Christmas audio.  It will help balance because most of the holiday reads are romances.

I’m trying something new to develop a habit of being able to get around to more blogs. I read 8-10 a day which seems to make it easier than doing 70 in one sitting. Obviously.  It takes practice to ingrain a habit so I’m working on it.

I have so much I want to do and it seems like even though I have all day now I don’t get anything accomplished. Of course, I do, but I have so much I want to do, it seems like nothing. Hopefully, I’ll get some things done and it won’t seem so overwhelming.  I have many things I wish to do.

How do I fix it?

I have so many questions to fix up things on the blog. Many are graphics oriented since I am graphics challenged. So I will ask a questions here each week and see if you have any suggestions to help me. Also if you have any questions, ask in the comments and I will try to answer or ask your questions.

I use the Ultimate Book Blogger on WordPress. I have looked at various options in the system but I can’t figure out how to fix comments. My impression is it is supposed to be setup to have approval twice and then not need approval. But some people still have to be approved after even 50 approvals, like my good friend, Carole. There isn’t even a message saying comment moderation is happening.



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


City of Broken Magic    by Mirah Bolender                 Fatal Invasion   by Marie Force



Deacon by Kit Rocha                                                   Just Right by Erin Nicholas





Diamond Fire      by Ilona Andrews                                                                      The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

I had Diamond Fire on pre-order since the day it was available.

Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley      Bleak Harbor is my Prime free read.


Unwind                        Empire of Storms   Monster Hunter Vendetta   Monster Hunter Nemesis

I got four Audible Binge sale choices.


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.








Apparently 53 Christmas theme books to choose from isn’t enough so I have gotten more these past 2 weeks. But you know,  this way I’ll have some for next year!

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.

If you like this and want to see me do the Sunday post, as often as I can manage, leave me a comment and let me know.  I am NOT at work today.  Yay!  It’s the first Sunday I haven’t worked in couple months.




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Posted November 11, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 31 Comments

31 responses to “Sunday Post – 11 November 2018

  1. Great idea to ask questions on little blog fixes. I wish I could help you with your graphics. I don’t know much about that, but if you ever want to use giphys, go to and put the embed link into your html portion of the blog post.

    • Thank you! I thought it would be ok if I asked one question each week that I can’t seem to figure out. I should probably talk about the solutions also in a later week to be fair. There are numerous little things I know could be fixed because other blogs don’t have the issue. They handle it different ways so there is even more than one solution in many cases. Thanks for visiting!

      Anne recently posted: Aton by Cara Bristol
  2. Yay, glad you had a good week between work and getting stuff done. The pumpkin muffins sound good. I’ve finished two for HoHoHoRAT. I have Diamond Fire to break up my Christmasy Reads. 🙂

    Nice haul you’ve got there. You found some good ones, looks like.

    • I keep adding to the holiday freebies! I did find one this morning that was a mystery instead of a romance – SCORE! I hope you love Diamond Fire as much as I did. Have a great reading week Sophia.

      Anne recently posted: Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews
  3. Well, UBB isn’t the only place comments are controlled. Look at your actual theme (looks like youre using tweak me) and look at the settings there. Also, maybe try adding a different comment plug in like Discus if you are struggling to get the settings the way you want!

    Samantha recently posted: #SundayPost: Veteran’s Day
  4. Pumpkin muffins sound delicious! I need to make some pumpkin bread.

    I know exactly what you mean about having so much to do, you don’t feel like you’re getting anything done even when you are. I’ve started to keep a daily list of what I accomplished, even the small things like a load of laundry or making a necessary telephone call. I just jot things down as I finish them. That way, at the end of the day, instead of focusing just on what I didn’t get around to, I can also see what I DID do.

    Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard recently posted: Veterans Day and Remembrance Day: Sunday Post, 11/11/2018
    • We finished the muffins yesterday morning and at dinner my daughter asked when I was going to make more!

      My recipe is originally for pumpkin bread but I make it into muffins. It is a big batch so sometimes I make a loaf and a bunch of muffins also. I like walnuts in mine and my daughter doesn’t so I make half then add the walnuts. This was the first time with GF flour and they turned out great.

      Yes that is part of why I make a list each day including even little things. But also so I don’t forget key or deadline kinds of things. Right now I’m cleaning up the backlog and trying to set a routine, ie dinner at 7. It’s hard when I’ve had such a rotating schedule the last 4 years, often working at night. It is a real pleasure to finally make real food for meals more often.

  5. Sorry I can’t help with the techie stuff – I hope you get it sorted:). I like the sound of the pumpkin muffins and hope you have a good week – if you’re not buried by all those freebies…

  6. Sorry my comments are causing you trouble 🙂 My husband has blown the leaves around in our yard but we still have a big pile of leaves to deal with and we don’t even have a tree! I really wanted to get Unwind during the Audible sale but didn’t want to use all of my credits. I hope you have a great week!

    • It’s not your comments, it’s that I’m always worried people think their comments are disappearing. And it happens with multiple people, not just you. As long as you don’t stop commenting because of it I’m good. I just want to figure it out. Originally I used UBB comments, then I switched to WordPress. I think I need to expand my question next week. I didn’t ask it clearly. Also, I should say whose comments I like and find out what they are using for comments. Research this week for me.

  7. Lovely book haul. I like the freebies you picked up. I grabbed the Talon Pack Box Set this week too.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

    • Thanks! I really went hog wild with the freebies this week. After getting through work, I just let myself peruse my emails and various social media to unwind and we have freebies! I’m especially excited about Talon Pack as it’s an author I want to try. Those are the best kind of freebies. Have a great week!

      Anne recently posted: Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
  8. City of Broken Magic looks good! And looks like you’re off to a good start with the HoHoHo readathon. 🙂

    • It does. I saw it on one of the other Sunday posts and thought I’d try for it. Tor has been good to me but I don’t request too many from them. I’m not as much into teen or YA is part of it.

      Yes I’ve been reading Christmas novellas last night and now I’m up to 9 read. I have the whole week yet too.

      Anne recently posted: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  9. I am graphically challenged to. I am still trying to figure out how to get the date back on my posts. Ughh frustrating. I love the sound of pumpkin muffins. I should make some. Have a great week and hope you get your blog issues figured out then maybe you can help me. =)
    Mary #SundayRoundup #44!

    • I’d like nothing better than to be able to help someone if I can. I am seeing that my post was probably not specific enough or with enough detail to get help. I’ll be doing some research this week as I have 3 related comment issues and this was just the first one. I think I will look at whose comment sections I prefer as I check out Sunday posts this week and then ask or try to figure out what they are using. I use WordPress and I’m pretty sure my comments are the WordPress one not the UBB one. I started with UBB and switched to WordPress a few months ago but still I have things I want different.

      It isn’t that my blog doesn’t work; it’s just not how I want it. So it hasn’t been a high enough priority to delve into it.

      My daughter asked for more pumpkin muffins the day we ran out. lol

      Anne recently posted: Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
  10. I miss raking leaves. The only trees I have that lose their leaves are my pecan trees and the leaves are long and narrow. They still smell good love. I lobed rolling in leaf piles when I was young. LOL Sorry I’m late visiting. Internet provider was down for a couple of days and I just get back on. Glad I scheduled some posts ahead. Now to go through all those emails. Yikes. LOL

    • I enjoy the leaves for an hour or so but it’s 3 months of weekly raking so I do get tired of it. Only because I enjoy so many different things. I love the look and smell of them.

      oh no worries, it’s only Tuesday and not having Internet is hell when you want to do things. Plus since I’m doing 10 or so a day, I only got to some blogs on Saturday before the new post Sunday. I’m trying to keep up with the blogs I subscribe to daily but since that number has increased I’m somewhat behind on those also. Overall, I’m catching up on all my emails over the past 5 days since I left my job. Yesterday I spent a big chunk of time evaluating medical / dental insurance plans for next year, about 5 hours. My daughter is old enough and not a full-time student so she has separate plans from me. I have to make sure they cover all her doctors and treatments. I’m easy; I go in once a year, one and done.

      Anne recently posted: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  11. Two medical appointments in one day… sounds lame but I try to stack them together, too, and get them taken care of. I put a lot of stuff off earlier this year when my father was ill and now I’m trying to play catch-up. Appointments for one thing and another. Blah. Wish I could help with the graphics issues but I’m not at all familiar with WordPress. Sorry. 🙁 Hope you have a great week, Anne!

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    • Well my daughter can only handle 2 appointments a day usually, before the pain or fatigue gets to be too much. But sometimes we have as many as 6 or more in a week. And yes, I am playing catchup also.

      I’m doing more research into various issues. Thanks for stopping by. Have some great reading this week!

      Anne recently posted: Leverage in Death by J.D. Robb
  12. I also use Word Press, and I go first to the Dashboard, and then to the Settings; Scroll to Discussion, and there are things to check to determine how to manage comments.

    I hope this helps.

    Thanks for sharing your books. I am eager to read some Christmas books. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  13. Diamond Fire was amazing! I can’t wait for Catalina’s next story. I just downloaded Bleak Harbor after seeing you feature it here. Free is hard to resist!

    I’m not sure how to fix that WordPress issue since I’m on Blogger, but it makes me understand why some of my comments on other blogs don’t show up when I post them. I’m glad they’ve probably registered somewhere even if I don’t immediately see them. I always worry that a blogger doesn’t know that I tried to comment on their blog especially if they commented on mine first! Good luck solving the problem!

  14. Looks like you’re doing good with #HoHoHoRAT so far. I’m four books in, and just started the fifth and final book I planned to read. I just love this Readathon, and reading these kind of books. It definitely makes me want to start decorating for Christmas! LOL!
    Your new books look great. Fatal Invasion looks so pretty.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

    Maureen @ Maureen's Books recently posted: Review 'Dark In Death' by J.D. Robb
    • I was telling my daughter this morning in the car that I am tired of holiday romance. I love romance – in small doses. I found one which was an Audible Daily Deal a few weeks back (got it at the library) called Winter’s Bone – it has Winter in the title so it counts right? It sounds like it might have serial killers – yeah! That’s what happens after too many romances. I need serial killers.

      I love the Fatal series by Marie Force. She chose to keep the same couple throughout her romantic suspense series which is so great. Another series that does is the In Death series by JD Robb.

  15. Muffins . . . Yum! I bet your coworkers were pleased when you brought them in. 🙂 I hope you had a good week. How is your new blog viewing schedule going? I should try something like that. Some days though I just can’t make it onto the computer at all. I’m so behind right now because I had several days in a row like that. 🙁

    Your new books all look so good! City of Broken Magic especially caught my attention. I hope you enjoy them all!

    I hope you have wonderful weekend, Anne!

    • My daughter really wants me to make more muffins.

      It’s working out to do some every day. I didn’t get to them yesterday but finished up today. I am falling behind on all the ones I subscribe to , which I’m not including in that schedule. I try to do the ones I subscribe to daily as I get the email but some days I just get behind.

      I saw someone else had Broken Magic and it sounded great, so I requested it and was thrilled I got it.