Sunday Post – 6 January 2019 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted January 6, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Misc / 57 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.


It’s been another relaxed week.  I love these days at home where I can work on things and not go anywhere and maybe cook something good to eat.  We have been so laid back, my daughter has not even opened her presents yet!  I ask her daily but she felt so sick she just didn’t want to do anything.

I finished my slouch hat using DK weight yarn instead of fingering. I would have finished it faster but even though I calculated the circumference correctly for the change in yarn weight I sadly did not change the length.  I could have knit about 20 less rows on the body of the hat. I’m debating frogging partly and reknitting the final decreases.  I did just today finish the cashmere cowl for my daughter. I’ll have to take a picture of that for next week.  I’m going to make one for myself next.



We did not get to the YMCA this week between holiday hours and my daughter not feeling well.  She did manage her first college class for this semester on Friday. It went well other than raining all day. We got our appointments scheduled for this month.  We had so many leftovers I didn’t make a lot of new things this week.  This weekend it is so nice, about 65F or about 20C.  I went out and raked up the 2 bins of leaves for this week. Now I’m going to grill some salmon for dinner.

I have been enjoying reading new releases this week which count for the New Release Challenge and COYER.  The COYER Twitter party was today. It made me realize I need to do some prioritization of my backlist books or series and I started working on it.   It’s working well for me to comment on 8-10 Sunday posts a day but it does take me the entire week to get to all of them. I also have all the blogs I subscribe to where I try to get to them daily too.


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.

So I suck at anything with graphics or placement on my blog page.  I did a post of Library Love Challenge Results where I tried to use a table to list what it would have cost if I bought them.    But I can’t get the numbers to line up.  Same thing when I put the Goodreads link for new books I get or purchase, they don’t line up even if they look like they do here where I am creating the post.

How do I control the position of text to make a column or to line up under the book cover?


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


Flare Up                                                    Deathstalker Destiny




Head On                                                                                 Hard Wood

I got these two from the Audible 2-1 sale.


Blood for Blood                               Rough Edge 



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.




Vesik 1-3                                             


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 January 6, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Misc / 57 Comments

57 responses to “Sunday Post – 6 January 2019

  1. Love the slouch hats – they look so pretty and warm. I’ve yet to try anything by Lauren Blakely even though I see her books everywhere. Love seeing Elle Kennedy’s The Deal. I enjoy her Off-Campus series so much. Hope you’ll have a wonderful week, Anne!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted: The Sunday Post #136
    • The slouch hats are easy to make. I converted to the DK weight because the fingering weight was too light weight when it was cold to be warm but is perfect for my daughter to wear inside and year round. She has 2 of them now which turned out perfectly. Mine is the DK conversion, which is the right weight, warmer, but too long because I neglected to complete the conversion.

      I have a bunch of Lauren Blakely lined up to read which I’ve bought but not yet read. I have read Elle Kennedy but not this Off Campus series.

      Enjoy your week of reading!

      Anne recently posted: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
    • I was glad she went to her class without complaint of any kind. It was raining which only made it harder to go in the wheelchair. But it went well. She’s already worked on her assignment for Monday. I only know because she printed a bunch of stuff which prints next to me in the office. She’s totally capable once she decides to do something.

  2. Your poor daughter, I am so sorry she still isn’t feeling well. I hope she will take a break so she can enjoy her gifts.
    The hats are so cool, I love that you actually made them. I can’t knit, I have always wanted too but just can’t seem to find anyone that can teach someone that is left handed.
    Coyer Twitter Party made me realize I need to utilize Goodreads better. I don’t have enough organization there. I also realized I want to make more lists 🙂

    Have a great week, Anne! Happy Reading! xx

    • YAY for lists! Well you understand about the not feeling well. I hope you are better. She was better today.

      My grandma taught me to knit, crochet, and tat when I was 9. She was an awesome gardener, cook and quilter. She lived on a farm for almost her entire life (Iowa). I have a quilt on my bed she made with a foot peddle sewing machine – treadle I think it’s called – and hand sewing. I love all the crafts.

      I hope this week only gets better for you. I love your January reading options.

  3. I love the hats! I don’t know how to knit but I do crochet. Or I did until my carpal tunnel got bad. Both of my daughters knit and my oldest even makes her own socks which amazes me. I just ran over to Amazon to get a copy of The Deal and am surprised to see that as a freebie! Have a great week, Anne!

    • Yup as you can tell I am all over the freebies. A few come from author or publisher newsletters (which still anyone can get) but most are just deals which I get 6-7 emails a day which I skim to find the best ones for my interests.

      I crochet also but I find knitting works better for me for clothes. I also have knit about 20 pairs of socks. I had tendonitis when I first started college because I was playing sax about 3 hours a day, piano 3 hours a day, tennis, and then typing. My fingers and wrists just hurt until they got used to the pace. I notice it now very rarely if I’m typing a whole lot. Also if I am on the motorcycle all day for several days my hands get tired. I’m lucky it’s not really a problem.

  4. oooh you got The Deal! I loved this one! And about aligning the text columns and all I am afraid I am useless. Aside using tables …. Have a great Sunday!

  5. I like your hats! Wish I knit, but don’t think I can now since I have arthritis in my hands. I enjoy seeing what other people knit and crochet!

    I’m not very good with graphics either! I haven’t tried to do either of the things you’re doing. Perhaps if you right justify the numbers in the table that would make them line up, but I don’t even know if you can do that in a wordpress table…lol. What I would like to know from you is how you put the graph showing your challenges progress in your right column. Is it a plugin that creates the bar graph? I hope you figure out how to make text line up!

    Jan @ Notes from a Readerholic recently posted: Sunday Post: A New Year
    • Thank you! I love all my craft like knitting and sewing and quilting. I’ve done the knitting and sewing since I was about 9. 4-H for 10 years, showed things at the county fair and the Iowa State Fair. I only learned to quilt about 12 years ago though.

      I will try to share any answers I learn on things. The challenge graphs are a plugin from NoseGraze and are part of the Ultimate Book Blogger package I got since I host through them also. I am fairly sure you can buy just that plug-in separately if you want it.

      Thanks for visiting!

      Anne recently posted: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
  6. I love the slouch hats and really feel like I need to find one now. I just recently bought a messy bun toboggan and am enjoying wearing it as well. I have naturally curly thick hair and have a hard time staying warm and fashionable in the winter – such problems huh? Hope you have a wonderful 2019!

    • The slouch hats are super easy to make. I can finish one in a couple days. It’s the same with the cowls I am making but it depends on how much time I have on those days. If I could focus I could make it in one day. That’s true of the baby quilts I make also. But I like to linger over the design and fabric selections. My hair is also thick and curly which is why I braid it most of the time to keep it out of my face. My daughter’s hair is very long past her waist so she puts it in a bun or tails and stuffs it up in the hat. Happy New Year and great reading!

  7. Glad you had a relaxing week! I love those. 🙂 And 65? Wow, nice. Enjoy!!

    Hope you enjoy the John Scalzi book. I read my first scalzi last year.

    Happy Sunday!

    • IKR?! I love the 60s for a few days. We wore flip-flops today. Feels awesome. I like the sun after the rainy spell. And I love to grill.

      I listened to an audio short – The Dispatcher by Scalzi and LOVED it. Robin enjoyed Lock-In and Head On so I hope to fit them in soon. Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I love the hats! As for placing things on the blog, I haven’t had that issue…but maybe because my blog isn’t self-hosted?

    Enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    I wonder if my comment will show up today?

  9. Except for your daughter being if, it sounds like you had a lovely week. I hope she feels better soon!
    I love the slouch hat, would like to try making one as well one day!

    Have a wonderful week!

    • Thank you! I love that particular slouch hat pattern and now I’ve recalculated it for DK and worsted weight yarns. You can tell from the photo but the decreases make a really pretty pattern on the top of the head. I do it all on a circular needle until the very end then I switch over to dpns. It’s in the round so I think it is super easy. Try to get some relax and read time this week for yourself!

  10. I think your slouch hats are cute and I like the varigated colors. Sorry your daughter was under the weather this week, but great that she got her class in.
    Way to go getting two bins filled and getting to several new releases. I was glad for that COYER readathon a few weeks ago when I got my new releases for around the New Year done early. Those are always the one I drop the ball on because they come hard on the heels of the holidays.
    Good picks from the 2 for 1 sale. I’m hoping to listen to the first one from the Lock In series soon.
    Wishing I could help on the graphic questions, but I’m no good at that stuff, either.

    Have a great week, Anne, and wishing you another quiet one.

    • Thanks Sophia! I always want to wait and read all my new year (2019 in this case) until Jan 1 so I can count them for the New Release Challenge and I’m reading 2018 New Releases right up to the end. Now with the Backlist Challenge it won’t be as tricky. As to the Backlist, now I have both Lock In and Head On to read. lol

      You have a great week and enjoy your reads!

      Anne recently posted: Beat the Backlist Challenge
  11. The hats look wonderful! I tried to learn how to crochet a few years ago, and it didn’t go well. I should try again.

    I also love relaxing and quiet weeks! We finally survived the holidays at work, so things are slowing down. I’ve gotten plenty of cooking done lately, and finding new enjoyable shows on Netflix as well.

    • What kind of cooking do you like? I’m going to try another soup recipe this week using leftover turkey and lots of veggies. My daughter loves soup which is so funny because I wouldn’t eat soup AT ALL until I was out of college. I like making a pot at lease once a week and then freezing some and having leftovers for lunch.

      We have Netflix but I haven’t watched any. I do want to watch Infinity War since I didn’t get to it in the theaters last year. I did manage to listen to 2 audiobooks while knitting and cooking and running errands this weekend.

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find some great reads this week.

  12. I’m sorry to hear your daughter has been so sick, I hope she gets feeling better! I do love relaxing weeks too – glad you got to enjoy it! I need to get back to knitting, I have so much yarn waiting for me 🙄

    I hope you have a great week Anne!

    • I hope you are feeling refreshed after this holiday break! I’m finally feeling like I’m getting some things accomplished which always improves my mood. Yes I have yarn and fabric for several years worth of projects! My hobbies overall are productive ones at least! I hope you find some great reads to enjoy!

      Anne recently posted: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
  13. Oh, Flare Up looks good. I want to try that author and series, one day! Nice job on the slouch hats. Sorry about your daughter not feeling well. It’s no fun and especially if you are constantly battling something.
    As for graphics. I suggest using it’s free, unless you pick pictures that cost, but I stay to the free stuff they offer and all my graphics on the blog are made on Canva. The columns I don’t know. I’m still trying to figure stuff out too. That one I haven’t figured out yet.

  14. I love your hats! And I’m sorry your daughter has been feeling so poorly over Christmas and hope that she soon feels better. Thank you for the freebie info – I have just scampered across and got hold of Witch Slapped, which looks a lot of fun:). I’d like to help with the techie stuff, but I’m hopeless at it. Have a lovely week, Anne:)

  15. Jen

    Hey there, Happy New Year! First – I LOVED listening to THE DEAL. That whole series had me belly laughing. I haven’t done the spinoff series, but heard it’s just as good. Hope you find time to read it.

    I hope your daughter starts to feel better and you can make it to the Y – then hopefully going will help improve things. Here’s to a good week ahead!

    • Thank you! I have The Deal planned for February – romances for Valentine’s Day although Jill Shalvis and Shannon Stacey both have new books out later this month. I’m hoping for the Y on Wednesday but we shall see. Here’s to more great reading! Thanks for visiting.

  16. I love the hat, Anne. I hope your daughter is feeling 100% soon, and that school goes well for her. A relaxing week sounds so nice! Your new books all look good! I hope you love them. I need to read more Scalzi. Have a wonderful week. Happy Reading!

    • Thank you! She does seem over it. Today’s issue is a headache but she made it through her class. So it’s all good. I’ve listened to 3 audiobooks in 3 days and it’s only 2:30 so I’ll get well into another today. I am enjoying my books. Have a good reading week!

  17. Staying at home and relaxing sounds wonderful! Your hats turned out cute. I’d love to see your sweaters! Sorry to hear your daughter isn’t feeling well. Hope she feels better soon.

    I do love Sebastian York’s narration! I don’t know if I’ve read a Lauren Blakely story yet. I’ll have to check. I also have The Deal on my list. Nice that it was a freebie! Hope we both enjoy it. 🙂

    • Thank you. I am on Ravelry as Northwomn with pictures of many of my knits.

      I skim the emails daily so I get some awesome freebies. I haven’t read Lauren Blakely but have bought several so I hope to start on them. I hope we both enjoy all our reads! Anne – Books of My Heart

      Anne recently posted: Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
  18. I haven’t learned to knit yet. I did have a friend teach me some basic crocheting and then she was going to start teaching me to knit, but it just hasn’t happened yet. I seem to only work on things when I’m at her house because when I’m home and have extra time I read. Lol! I love seeing your projects though!

    In regards to graphics, it’s hard to do columns and such in a post. You really have to make an actual table somewhere else and then paste that in, or create an image and upload that. Although, I’m sure there’s coding somewhere for creating a table in a post. I hope you figure it out!

    Have a fabulous week!

    • I love knitting. It has a rhythm to it which is soothing. It feels productive because you get something at the end. Similar to sewing or quilting, it is also a creative outlet in the colors, designs and textures. I love the process of picking the yarn/fabrics and the patterns. But not everyone likes it.

      Have a great week and I hope you have some great reads!

  19. Your hats are so cool. I’ve been saying for years that I would love to learn how to knit because it just looks so relaxing when I watch others do it. I hope that your daughter is feeling better soon too.

  20. Have you seen the blogging tips category on Kim’s blog? She has a lot of good stuff archived there. I’ve never been able to get things lined up correctly either so I need to go back and read her tips.

  21. Love your hats! I many times grab the freebies, I have found some gems that I really enjoyed. Glad your daughter seems to be feeling better. We had a nasty flu around the holidays. So everything was low key. Wish you the very best this year. ❤️❤️

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    • How did I miss responding to this one? Anyway, thank you! My daughter finally opened her gifts last week. We are getting in to our routine for this semester. I am always shocked by the quality of freebies which are sometimes available. It makes sense to giveaway or have a sale on the first of a series though, that’s just smart.