Sunday Post – 2 December 2018 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted December 2, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 44 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 three Blogaversary  giveaways end at midnight.  Also,  please vote  for next years’ Read-along on the same post as the giveaways!!!

This week was busy with lots of appointments. My daughter’s iphone stopped charging and we went to Apple for repair. It turns out it was just over a year old but their price for a new battery was reasonable. They couldn’t get the new battery to work either, so they gave her a brand new iphone for the battery price!  I thought that was pretty good. Luckily she had just backed it up a couple hours before the problem.

I started the week with all my email inboxes overflowing. I read emails every day but my accounts got a lot of deals emails during the holiday week and even this week.  I’ve been working my way through deleting and dealing with them so it finally isn’t so overwhelming.

I signed up for the new $0.99 for 3 months of Kindle Unlimited.  Since I didn’t read a single thing last time, I jumped right in this time. I finally took some down time on Friday night, downloaded the first Morgan Dane book by Melinda Leigh and listened while I knitted.  It had been awhile since I had done any knitting and it felt great. I’ve been listening to the second book today.

On the blog, I focused on ARCs and the Read A Series in a Month. I did ok.  In December, I really want to just read what I want since there are less new releases and blog tours.  I’m not sure how it will go.  There are 2019 ARCs I have but I’m saving some because if I read them in December, they won’t count for the 2019 New Release Challenge. Of course, they would count for COYER.  And yay!  COYER started yesterday. I already have planned to just read all day on January 1.

The weather alternates about every 5 days between 40F/5C with 20s at night, to around 60F/17C usually with some rain.  I have to do more raking since the city does their second leaf collection later this week.  We are at the warmer / wetter days this weekend. I raked Friday afternoon and got the front yard. Monday is also supposed to be ok, so the side or back yards will be then.

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 this week ended up being audiobooks!  I’m trying to finish up my early December ARCs also so I had NOT even started the series reading, but I had high hopes.  We will see.

Well I was able to finish the “reading”  of the four book series of The Associates.  It is romantic suspense.  Check out my review post later today!    I was only able to listen to 1+ of the 4 Deathstalker audios. Each one is over 20 hours and I will continue them into December.

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 learned more about Jetpack and sharing and the Favicon.  I had an issue where when Jetpack did my social sharing, it used the Favicon instead of the book cover.  I couldn’t figure out anything in settings or any ideas so I asked Jetpack.  It turns out I had used a graphic for the book cover which was less than 125×125 and it needs to be bigger or apparently it substitutes the Favicon.  OF COURSE, it was a graphics issue, and how did I get those graphics when I normally use the Goodreads book cover?!?!!?!  Anyway, I know how to avoid this issue in the future.


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.

Another problem area is Facebook.  There are a couple issues here.

First one started with a mistake.  When setting up the page, I type Books In My Heart; I was trying out different names to figure out what I wanted.  I deleted it. But it’s still there when I go to share posts and things. How do I get rid of it?

Second problem is, of course, graphics.  I would swear I used to be able to control them better on facebook, like create a collage.  I’d like to be able to put them throughout the post not just all in a lump. Is that possible?  Or do you have to learn their programming language to do it?

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

           

Gimme Some Sugar                   Holy Sister                             Just Like That

         

The Trouble with the Twelfth Grave                          The Ex-Wife 

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 December 2, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 44 Comments


44 responses to “Sunday Post – 2 December 2018

  1. I hope you enjoy KU – Himself has been using it extensively for a while and it saves us a fortune. I also can personally vouch for one of your freebies – Into the Dark is a thoroughly entertaining read:))

    • I hope so. It’s not compatible with COYER this time mostly but I can still read new releases and listen to some audio books there so it counts for some challenges. It runs the same time period as COYER. But not everything is challenges and I have developed a long KU list.

      Didn’t you review INto the Dark? I saw it somewhere and was thrilled when it came up as a freebie.

  2. You’ve two authors I follow in your freebie group, Virginia Kelly & Victoria James. Kelly is a diamond in the rough, a really good romantic suspense writer. That’s a very good series. We’ve already talked about James and I think you’re really going to enjoy that series.

    I came this close to buying that Audible deal of the day, The Ex-Wife, but I already own the Kindle book and think I’ll just read it. Looking forward to opinion of the narration and hope I didn’t let a good deal get away.

    Re Facebook, I recall when I dismantled my other account, it takes 6 months for it to go away totally, even though it may be visible to you. Can’t help with the graphics stuff though. I’m spending so little time there these days because I don’t trust them anymore.

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    • I love when I get known authors as freebies. I’d read the Victoria James from the library and reviewed it. Then it popped up as a freebie this week. For each freebie, I look at the Goodreads ratings and see if any friends have read it and I look at a bunch of reviews. I don’t just blindly one-click and still get so many!

      I do the same Goodreads vetting of the audible daily deals and to see if the blurb interests me at all. Then I see if it’s at my library in any format and if I like the narrator. This one was not at the library so I got it. Plus I had that $5 coupon from the Thanksgiving sale thing.

      Facebook is so difficult sometimes. It’s more than a year now. It only seems to show up when I share posts but it’s somehow the default so it’s annoying.

  3. Neat how they replaced her phone for the cost of the battery. I’m so glad you got a good start with KU. I re-upped for the next three months, too. I did the two current Widow’s Island novellas and have started a spin-off series to my Series in a Month challenge series since those were on there. I’ve got a stack of audios to get caught up on next, but they will count for COYER so that’s good.
    I’m hoping to do some listening while I put up outside Christmas lights today (first non-bad weather day all week).

    Hope you have a good week next, Anne! Cheering you on to finish your audio reviews and Series Challenge books. 🙂

    • Thanks Sophia! I finished the second Morgan Dane while finishing my knitting project last night. I am not going back to the first series, at least for now. This is not like me.

      Today I am going back to the long Deathstalker and I need to sew some flannel pajama pants. KU doesn’t count for most of COYER so I’ll be back to ARCs. But I am going to read some 2018 freebies for the next Thrifty Thursday which will count for COYER and new release.

      I’ll be watching all your reads and cheering you on also!

      Anne recently posted: Fatal Invasion by Marie Force
    • Yes I’ve always had good experiences with Apple Support. It takes time to get an appointment and there’s lots of waiting around at the store but the end result is usually good.

      The weather has been wildly shifting here too. I’m a bit overwhelmed by all I want to read right now. I just keep enjoying it though. Have a great week, Laura!

  4. I am glad that you were able to get your daughter’s phone taken care of so easily. I grabbed the $0.99 deal a couple of weeks ago. I doubt that I will get as much use out of it this time but it is worth it even if I only listen to a few books. I hope you have a great week and enjoy all of your new books!

  5. Melanie

    Hubs and I went to the Apple store yesterday to get him a new phone (his battery was basically dead too, but his phone was also really old, so a new phone it was). We were there for like four hours. First, the line to talk to sales was long (30-45 minutes), then he had issues trying to get it tied to his Verizon account. Then once we finally got the phone purchased (he decided to just buy outright instead of paying through his Verizon account), they couldn’t get it to finish setup. I’m glad I didn’t get a new phone too, or we would probably still be there.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

  6. Glad Apple was able to help. And I’ve been thinking of doing the KU thing too. Very tempted lol!

    I need to read that Mark Lawrence series too.

    • This is the first series I have read by Mark Lawrence and I love it so, so much. I’ve been buying his other series to read also. The KU deal of 3 months for $0.99 ended Nov 30 but if you haven’t done it before you can get a month or so for free probably. Or there may be a deal again at some point.

      Anne recently posted: Fatal Invasion by Marie Force
  7. Nice freebies you got. I also picked up Get Witch Quick ^_^. Hope you enjoy all your new books. That’s great you got a new iPhone for the battery price. My phones over 5 years or older and it’s been having battery issues too, but it’s old, so this year I’m getting a new phone for Christmas… it’s my wish list. I’ve been holding out because the keep making the phones just a little bit bigger and I like the size of my iPhone. Have a great week and happy reading!

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  8. That’s great that Apple’s customer service was so good. I’ve not had any issues with my Apple products but it’s good to know they’ll be helpful if I ever do.

    I hope you enjoy Kindle Unlimited. My mom loves it!

    • I’m looking forward to getting to some of KU this time. Last time I did a 3 month trial I didn’t read 1 single thing! I get ARCs and library books and I have purchased books so I won’t ever have it permanently but for a few months a year I can enjoy it. I’ve already listened to 2 audios.

  9. Sorry Anne, I know nothing about Jetpack and the such. I too need to get better sharing on my site and haven’t been able to devote the time to it. I am hoping to do that on my 3-week break (maybe). I might just fill it in with all the books I want to read! Plus my hubby is getting me books – he loves me and knows me so well! That’s awesome about the iPhone glad your daughter backed hers up. I need to back mine up!

    Mary

    • I’m learning what I can, when I can. It’s a process. Everybody needs to back up including me. Because I transfer my digital audios to ITunes on my phone and it gets backed up in the process, I get a backup nearly every week. Enjoy your break and your reading!

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    • It seems like it is always a busy week. I am working a bit every day to clean up stuff. I have several email accounts and I try to keep deal with them daily to keep them in line. The worst is my ad / junk account. It gets all the sale ads, deal alerts, (this is other than books – I have one email ONLY for book stuff). It was / is still full of Black Friday /Cyber Monday / Holiday deals emails I’m processing / deleting.

  10. The same thing happened to my son’s girfriends iphone, it wouldn’t hold the charge. She took it to Apple and they replaced it with a new phone. I’m glad that everything worked out for your daughter and her phone. I do love your new blog banner, but I’m going to miss the motorcycle. Enjoy all the new freebies, I do love get them but I’ve cut back on getting them because I didn’t like to see so many unread books on my Kindle. Have lovely day Anne.

    • Don’t worry Jovita – the Harley will be back in the spring. This is the original / winter / any season banner.

      I don’t look at how many freebies I have. I just peruse them by various criteria to decide what I feel like reading for Thrifty Thursday or specific challenges where they meet the criteria.

      Anne recently posted: Fractured Honor by Kaylea Cross
  11. Jen

    OH!! Thanks for letting me know that the new Molly Harper book ARC is out… on Netgalley, I check “romance” but this is labeled as “Women’s Fiction,” so I missed it! Woo hoo!!

  12. Nice on the new phone – glad that worked out so well! I’m a long time Apple user and have always have good experiences with service and repair issues. I’ve yet to try Kindle Unlimited. I’m weird about wanting to own my books. 🙂 Your weather has been all over the place! Last week it finally cooled off but then on Saturday it was back up to almost 80. Gah!

    • KU can be great but get the free trial or a deal. I was surprised to find it had audiobooks also. There are books which aren’t available elsewhere so I really like it. I want everything digital anyway. I also get lots of things from the library, but they don’t have the indie stuff which is on KU . I won’t be on it all the time but may be once a year or something. Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I swear I only have problems with my electronics days after my warranty expires. Glad the battery didn’t break the bank, but for the prince of an iPhone, they should really last longer than that. Good job with all those challenges. A series in a month would be pretty challenging for me. Though, a romance series is something I could see myself getting lost in. I did KU for year, when it first started. It was well worth the money, because I read so much, but I found I was ignoring all my own books. Guess what? I still ignore all my own books. 😂 But, I did discover so many wonderful authors via KU. I hope you enjoy it.

  14. I signed up for the Kindle Unlimited last time and didn’t thing I was going to be able to do it again but it worked!!! I am excited because there are some books I wanted to read in there that my library didn’t have.

  15. Awesome your daughter got a new iPhone for the price of a battery! Things like that make me smile.

    I’m trying to read my December ARCs too, but I have one that’s taking longer to read than I’d anticipated. It’s really good, but I’ve been super busy too. December is never an easy month for time. I think I’ve read a Virginia Kelly book before and enjoyed it. I’ll have to check.

    Hope you stay warm, Anne!

    • Well I’ve finished my December ARCs and now I’m on to what I want to read to finish up challenges and such for the rest of the year. I have one I want to read which is also VERY long which I will probably start today. Thanks for visiting.

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  16. Having so many appointments in a week can make it feel very crowded. How neat your daughter got a new iphone for the battery price as they didn’t get the battery to work. I am also participating in Coyer and finished my first book this week.

    As far as I know you can’t put images throughout a Facebook post, only lump them all at the bottom.

    I read Last Chance Christmas a few years ago from your list of freebies, it was a fun read. I hope you’ll enjoy it too.