Sunday Post – 25 November 2018 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted November 25, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 32 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.  Just today left for a print copy of Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish.  At noon, my one year Blogaversary post will publish, check it out!

I thought this week would be relaxed.   But I felt like everything I wanted to do took forever. On Monday, my daughter took a placement test for college.  She did great so she won’t have to take prerequisites. We can register for January next Tuesday.  Wednesday, I took my daughter to the dentist. I went to Lowe’s to get new bulbs for the kitchen fixture which has been dark for weeks. Then I went to JoAnns since they were having the doorbusters start Wednesday instead of Friday. I got flannel for pillowcases and pajama pants.  I’ve done a bit of online shopping rather than going out for Black Friday.

We had a simple Thanksgiving, just the two of us. I made turkey breast, sweet potatoes/carrots/onions,  corn casserole, steamed green beans, cranberry sauce,  and apple crisp.  It was good and we’ve been eating leftovers.

I finally got some energy yesterday. I vacuumed the house, scrubbed toilets, laundered rugs and did all sorts of pickup.  I also wrote 6 blog posts I’ve been procrastinating.  I have just felt like I was running with my feet in sand. Tomorrow I hope to do some blog hopping, and either sewing or knitting.

Read A Series in a Month

This is not going well. The first week I tried to get all my review stuff finished. Then I spent 10 days on HoHoHoRAT.  Now I have listened to the first audio, Deathstalker.  But somehow, all my reviews for next week ended up being audiobooks!  I’m trying to finish up my early December ARCs also so I have not even started the series reading, but I have high hopes for next week.  We will see.

Friends On Friday:

The idea behind this original meme was to provide exposure to me and my friends while helping me have more reviews on the blog. We have plenty of reviews, so we don’t need it for this purpose. But I’d still like to do it again about once a month in 2019.  If you would be interested email me and let me know a month which you might like. Here’s how it works:

My goal is to share books with friends and add content.  If it adds traffic for either of us, that’s a plus.  The book can be any genre, any format..  It just needs to be something we are not already reviewing.  After some trial and error, it seems to work best if I post it on the Friday and you post it any day shortly following. I’ll link back to your blog. This way it is something you are doing anyway and not extra work for you.

 

Things I Learned This Week:

OK  if I’m asking for help, I’m also going to share the cool things I learn. You may already know them but hopefully it will help someone.


I love the new feature on my Kindle Fire where I can scroll down instead of swiping side to side.


Follow the below steps to set favicon in your WordPress site.
  1. Prepare image file. …
  2. Go to Administration Screen > Appearance > Customize.
  3. Click Site Identify.
  4. Click Select Image at Site Icon section, upload the image file you prepared in the above step from Upload Files tab screen, and click Select.

I have an image and never figured out how to display it on the browser window or bookmark.  I was reminded of this issue by Flipping Through the Pages post on 5  Must Have Graphics for your Blog. I googled it, followed these 4 steps and it worked!


I use Goodreads pretty much every day. I have long used shelves to organize and plan for challenges.  I have often used the multiple shelve feature to get an intersection of two shelves (it’s like a Venn diagram, the intersection which is stuff in both circles).  I wanted to find out which books were novellas. I also wanted to figure out which things were published new this year.  My friend and previous blogger at The Book Nympho, Jonetta, now at The Blue Mood Cafe, is a Goodreads librarian and she gave me the exact thing I needed.

When you are looking at My Books, next to the Search and Batch Edit options, is Settings.  I was able to choose to display Number of Pages and also Publication Date.  So now I can sort on them!!!  This is a big help.


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.

Update:  So this week I continued my research.    People told me, as I knew, my blog does not give a message if a comment is being moderated.  The thing I don’t understand is – it is NOT supposed to need approval after they have had a comment approved. But maybe I DO understand.   I decided the important start was to get a message about awaiting comment moderation. So I googled how to do that.   There are settings under Settings – Discussion settings – other comment settings.  The issue seems to be down to 2 settings.  One is whether to have a checkbox for cookies.  Apparently, it needs cookies to handle comment moderation.  Second is whether you allow people to register for your site (another storage method instead of cookies but still getting agreement to store their info).

So for this week, I tried a bunch of settings.  I couldn’t figure out how to give a message for awaiting moderation.  But I do seem to have stopped the moderation for those with multiple approved comments.  That’s good enough for me.

 

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.

 

Nothing this week.

 

 

           

Silence is Fallen                                 White LIes                                   My Life as a White Trash Zombie

                         

Prince of Fools                        A Darker Shade of Magic      The Girl Who Was Taken

 

I took part in some of the sales this week.

 

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 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.

Anne

 

 

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Posted November 25, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 32 Comments


32 responses to “Sunday Post – 25 November 2018

  1. I’ve had those sorts of days/week, too, where I know I’m getting stuff done, but the process feels sluggish and taxing more than it should. Hopefully, this week will be better for you. I think you achieved quite a bit. Whew, tough schedule with all the audios when you’ve got the series challenge left. I’ve done that a few times to myself. LOL Hopefully, you’ll make it under the wire.
    Nice stack of sales books and freebies. I caught a few sales and did some cyber shopping that has me sitting pretty for my Christmas gifts.
    That’s interesting about how to change the settings on your GRs book page to track other things.
    Have a good week, Anne!

    • Well the Read a series Challenge is looking up a bit. I only have one audio ARC left, and I’m up to Dec 6 on reading ARC which I could read that one next week end. I even read a library book last night. So I can move over into my Reading ones and I can certainly read 4 books in 6 days. We will see though; I do have other things to do.

      I’m finally feeling more energetic so hopefully I’ll face this hectic week well.

      I hope some of my fix it things help some people. I love Goodreads and use it constantly.

      Have a great post holiday week and good for you being more ready for Christmas. I did only a little.

  2. I am trying to get my daughter into more of the dog mysteries – she loves books about dogs and well she says she is not into them. Oh well, I have been cooking and cleaning since Wednesday. I had some family over for Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful week!

    Mary

    • I hope you had a wonderful holiday. I always like the excuse of having people over to force me to clean and to be able to cook some awesome stuff. It’s hard to keep it up in daily life I find.

      My daughter also likes dogs. I just finished Wild on My Mind this morning – awesome story with a zoo and animal rescue, but also a great one about bullying and kindness.

      Enjoy your reading week!

    • There’s always so much I want to do. I’m finally feeling more rested and actually doing it. Just in time for this week’s whirlwind of appts.

      I haven’t had any time to do anything with the blog but now I can work on a few more things which bugged me. Who knows maybe I’ll think of more features but I don’t know when I could schedule them.

  3. I am impressed at how you managed to get so much done, and also research things for your blog! I need to do more housework now…but maybe I will just keep touching things up. LOL.

    Thanks for sharing your books. White Lies looks good.

    Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

    • Well, it doesn’t feel like I get enough done. I’m my own biggest critic, of course. I didn’t make it around to even half of the Sunday posts this week, and I had more time. But I used the blocks of time to work on bigger projects. It’s easier to go blog-hopping, for me, when I just have 30 minutes or something.

      I do feel accomplished looking at the clean floors. They desperately needed cleaning.

      I liked the sound of White Lies and they didn’t have it at my library.

    • The little problems bug me even if they don’t impact the blog overall too much. Obviously, it can run fine and people can see things and post comments. But I do like to share the ideas, so the Fix it portion of the Sunday post is a mini-discussion post in a way. 🙂

  4. I wish I could get inspired to get some cleaning done, Anne. Good for you. 🙂 I’m glad you had a good Thanksgiving. We spent ours in Texas at my parents. It was a quick trip but good. I’m envious you got It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time for free!! I can’t wait to see what you think of that one. I always think I’ll stop one-clicking freebies too – but I don’t seem to have any self control when it comes to FREE. LOL

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    • It sounds like a good Thanksgiving. I like those short trips too. This year we just needed to stay home, though.

      I intend to do a LOT more cleaning over the next few months. We will see how successful I am.

      Well my December freebies will be the New Release addition. I’m going to try to read all the ones which count for both New Release and COYER and Thrifty Thursday. I like to hit all the challenges at once!

  5. It’s always nice to see that your child is prepared for higher learning. *High Five* to your daughter on acing the placement tests. Wow! You learned a lot of new stuff this week. Good for you! The Kylie Scott book was free? How did I miss that! Hope you enjoy all your new books.

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    • Thank you Jen. We are resting up for the challenges ahead I think. My last day of work was November 7. I thought I would have a more organized plan by now but various things have interfered. For example, today was the first day my daughter could register for January classes. I didn’t want to schedule other regular appointments until I knew that schedule since it can’t really be changed.

    • I have new insight. Last week with big blocks of time, I was working on huge projects or developing knowledge / doing research on topics, all of which doesn’t show much result yet. This week with many appointments, I am doing smaller tasks which I’m completing, if that makes sense.

      I hope your week is great too! It’s really cold today but back up to 60 on Friday which will be the next round of leaf raking.

  6. Happy to hear that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. You did have a busy week, hopefully you’ll find time to relax soon. It’s wonderful that you were able to get six blog posts ready.

    This year I’ve been slowly going away from using GoodReads, in the past I had many problems with book formats, especially if I used the app and then use the main site. I imported all my books into an excel file and update that. I was thinking about paying for The Library Thing.

    I do love freebies, I hope you enjoy all the books you picked up. Have a lovely week.

    • You have to use what works for you. I love Goodreads. I also use an Excel file for my TBR to coordinate which titles I am reading shortly for review. I include other information about publication date vs. review date, where I got it, if I have set up the shell of the review, etc. I have another sheet in the same workbook with the thing I want to get for review by month.

  7. I did Internet shopping instead of going into the store, too. So much better than battling the crowds for parking spaces and goods!

    I loved Silence Fallen! Hope you do too.

    Thanks for the Goodreads tips! 🙂

    • I did the same, only Internet shopping. I also love Silence Fallen. I had the eARC and grabbed this on sale. I gradually collect ones I love. Sometimes I wait trying to decide if I want audio or ebook.

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