Sunday Post – 20 January 2019 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted January 20, 2019 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.

This was a nice routine week. There were the college classes, and medical appointments.  My daughter was still in a lot of pain with cramps.  I managed to wrench my back on Thursday getting the wheelchair into the trunk. My back was in sharp pain so I laid on a heating pad in bed and distracted myself by reading Playing for Keeps by Jill Shalvis.  When I finished it at 3am, I was tired enough to fall asleep.  My back was still on fire in the morning and I got the bright idea to take some ibuprofen which worked perfectly.  The weather was gorgeous about 60, so I went out and raked my weekly two cans of leaves without any pain. Why didn’t I take them the night before?!?!

We’ve decided we don’t like Freshly enough to spend that kind of money on those meals. I like to cook. It’s not much more to get takeout at CoreLife Eatery when we are out and about anyway.  I also went to Aldi. I haven’t been to one for years but I heard they have gluten-free stuff and they take credit cards now.  I got a few things and might go sometimes.  The gluten-free cinnamon rolls I made were delish.

I took my knitting with me in the car this week and knitted while I listened to audiobooks. I finished my cashmere cowl tonight.  It seems too big around so not tall enough but I’ll wear it a couple times and see. It is SO soft and nice.

I’m finally in decent shape on my schedule, on my read and review ARCs.  But even though I am doing some blog commenting daily, I didn’t get around to every single Sunday post as I did the previous weeks.  Well, we all do the best we can. I think I have to go to a system where I spend x minutes commenting instead of a certain number like 10 blogs.

There’s no school Monday with MLK so we are enjoying a 4 day weekend, at least the best one can with pain. I seem to do much better moving around a bit and with ibuprofen, but I’m being careful. Monday, we have our chiropractor / massage appointments, which we are highly anticipating. Tuesday has no plans; my favorite. I want to get to some sewing tomorrow.

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 did try the Tablepress plugin to create a table or to control the placement of text and graphics.  It does what I wanted.  You create the table in the plugin. The plugin creates all the table code for each table and the shortcode just needs to be entered for whichever table one wants in the post.  Here is the link to my Library Love Results for the table of costs.  I am also using it in my post this Tuesday to position graphics and text here.


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


The Bride Test                                        Just for Fun


Thank you so much  Tantor Audio,  and Berkley Romance.




Just Everday Heroes: Night Shift 1-3                                      Hunting Ground

I couldn’t pass up this Night Shift box set deal for $0.99 since I have been enjoying the Day Shift series so much in the same world.  I purchased Hunting Ground using my $5 coupon for using credits.  I’ve been slowly collecting this Alpha & Omega series on audio.


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.




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Posted January 20, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 44 Comments

44 responses to “Sunday Post – 20 January 2019

  1. Those routine weeks can be great. Sorry to hear about your back pain, but that’s good the ibuprofen helped. Your cowl looks great! I always think it’s great you can make things like that yourself. Maybe one day I’ll take up knitting.

    That does sound like a handy plugin for creating tables. I’ve looked up the html to write a table once for a post, but it’s a bit difficult to get it right. I think I still have the code saved somewhere in case I need it.

    Have a great week!

    • Thank you. Knitting is really good for audiobooks or tv watching. I have checked out a library book on HTML and may look at it but this plugin worked so well I probably won’t spend more time on it. Hope you have a great week and find some amazing reads!

    • Thank you! I found I can wrap it around my neck twice so it’s closer and warmer. It’s going to get down to 15 tonight. UGH and be 60 again by Wednesday. Call me ibuprofen woman. I slept last night about 5 hours then I woke up and had to take more. Took a while to go back to sleep for another couple hours. Geez the Kindle is bright in the middle of the night! I am loving my books. Have a great reading week!

    • I just got that eARC Friday. I knew I would get it because I loved the Kiss Quotient and I’m on the Berkley Romance always ARC list or whatever it’s called. They were my first publisher to accept me that way. It’s May so I may not get to it for a bit. I have a pile of romances for late January / early February and March has a ton of great UF releases.

      I’m debating about what I can do without lengthening the back pain. I’m debating whether I can go swimming at the Y maybe but it’s going to be 15 tonight and only about 30 tomorrow so I may just rest it a couple days and hit the Y later in the week when it’s 60s again by Wednesday.

      I hope you get all the ARCs you want and find some wonderful reads!

    • I may have to go to Aleve if it lasts longer for nighttime. I don’t think I have any as I don’t have trouble much and my daughter can’t take NSAIDs. I have ibuprofen for me.

      I thought I was pretty restrained on the freebies, that’s about average!

      I can’t believe Mercy Falls ends in a cliffhanger! ARGH! Have a great week!

      Anne recently posted: Final Girls by Mira Grant
    • Thank you! When I was just out of college, I felt depressed after New Year’s Day because the next day off would be Memorial Day at the end of May. I worked at big corporations where you got just the major holidays Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving(2), and Christmas (1-2). That 5 months felt so long.

      I’m glad we have an extra time off right now with my sleep being iffy because of my back. At least I can read when I can’t go back to sleep in the middle of the night. Have a lovely week and enjoy some amazing reads.

    • Well, the freebies aren’t crushing me. They are even in the cloud until I download them to my Kindle. I am surprised how many first of the series I can try out for free. I also read my ARCS and purchases first. I do read at least one a month for Thrifty Thursday.

      I hope you have a nice week and some great reading!

    • Thank you! I hope you get to catch up on Jill. She is one of my go-to auto-read authors. I seem to really enjoy all her books. They are quite authentic emotionally and have a sense of humor. Enjoy your week!

      Anne recently posted: Trust the Wolf by Zoe Ashwood
  2. I am so sorry to hear that you are hurting Anne! I also pulled my back two weeks ago and as you say it’s really difficult to sleep because nothing makes you feel comfortable!
    Now on a positive note: you got The bride Test!!! I so want to read this one. I hope your pain abates next week. xoxo

    • Thanks so much – I hope your back is better too. It seems fine ok in the daytime when I am moving a bit. But I’m regularly dosing with ibuprofen after the night time issues.

      I’m also excited about the Bride Test. I just got it Friday. I think it’s not out until May. Crazy. I hope you get it too. Here’s to a better week for us both and some amazing books!

  3. Amazing how ibuprofen and the like can really help with pain- I honestly don’t know how people survived lol without modern medicine/ painkillers/etc! Hope your back stays feeling better… and enjoy your 4 day weekend!

    Looks like a fun mix of books too. 🙂

    • Better living through chemistry. That’s the expression but I don’t take stuff very often, except my allergy pill. I can’t live without that one. I’m going to the chiro tomorrow which hopefully will also help.

      Thank you ! Have a great week, Greg!

  4. I have a hard time cutting back on freebies too. But managed it the middle of last year as I just know I would never get around to reading them. I have over 3000 books in my kindle waiting on me to “get to them”. Good luck with you not getting them tho, I know how hard that can be. I also Just For Fun looks like it would be a fun series to read. I will check it out. Have a great week!


    • Thank you! The Everyday Heroes Day Shift series is one I have been reviewing one at a time as it is just coming out on audio now. The books started in 2010 I think. There is also Night Shift series in the same world and the first 3 is available right now as a ebox set for $0.99. I snapped it up since I don’t know if those will go to audio or not. I’ve been really enjoying it. Erin Nicholas is one of the romance authors I read. She’s from Iowa. I’m from Iowa originally. But she has a sense of humor and that make everything better.

      I can’t get too hard on myself for freebies. I do read them eventually and they are in the cloud so it’s not a space issue. I hope you find the best books and have a comfortable, productive week.

    • Thank you. The Tablepress is pretty easy. You create what looks like a spreadsheet and then just put in the shortcode [table ##] or whatever. The shortcode is at the top of the table, so I just cut and pasted it in. You can use text or graphics in the table cells. It seems to auto-size cells. There are more commands you can put in the Plugin options. I put one in for my Table 2, to not have borders. I hope it works out for you. My needs are pretty simple for it. Have an amazing week and take some time for yourself to read and relax!

    • Thank you! I find the best thing for me is to read a different genre or something I REALLY want to read. But I don’t hit many slumps because I really want to read. All the time. I hope it goes well and you find a great book this week!

      Anne recently posted: Final Girls by Mira Grant
  5. Bummer about your back. Sometimes it is something simple that pinches the nerve or muscle. Glad you got quite a bit done in spite of it.
    I haven’t been to Aldi in a while. There is one about twenty minutes away and I should stop in when I’m out that way.
    Nice little haul this week. I kept it low, too.

    Have a good week, Anne!

  6. Glad your back calmed right down – I’m guessing that the enforced rest actually helped the problem and once the ibuprofen eased the inflammation, it was sorted. Though backs are such tricky things… Great minds think alike – I also grabbed Dark City as it’s a freebie – so perhaps we can compare notes on how much we enjoy it:)) Have a great week, Anne – hopefully without any backache!

  7. I love your cowl. My daughter knitted a cashmere scarf for me and I wore it all day at work the other day just because I didn’t want to take it off! I am sorry to hear about your back and your daughter’s pain. I hope both clear up quickly. I have found that each grocery store seems to have its own GF items. We rotate stores and try to keep what we like in the house. Enjoy your new books and have a great week!

    • Thank you; it is so soft. I find each store even the same chain, be it Walmart or Harris Teeter or whatever, has different items. We go a lot of places in a month to stock the things we like. I hope your week is a good one and you find some fun reads.

      Anne recently posted: Trust the Wolf by Zoe Ashwood
    • Well after the chiro and massage I feel good today. Now sleeping will be another test.

      Well I don’t know much but I research what I want to know and then try to share. It’s a form of discussion post for me but just a quick tidbit in my Sunday post.

      I hope you are having a great, although cold week. I thawed some chili for tomorrow. I’m in a phase of eating leftovers and stuff I froze rather than making new for a few days. Besides once it is 60 on Wednesday, it’s time to grill! Enjoy your reads!

  8. Melissa (My words and pages)

    Oh the cowl looks great! Hope the cramps ease for your daughter. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I’ve added you to my list to follow. 🙂 Here’s to a great week!

    • Thanks Jennifer. I’ve had two nights where I slept better and certainly the chiro/massage yesterday helped. I’m still going to be careful for a bit.

      I got Bride Test because I enjoyed her first book so much. I’m excited for it too.

      Anne recently posted: Shattered Vows by Kaylea Cross
  9. Knitting or crocheting would be a good activity for audiobooks. I listen on my commutes and exercising and sometimes cooking. Sorry to hear about your back, hopefully the chiropractor and massage will help. Sometimes stretching helps.

    I hope we both enjoy The Bride Test, Anne. I’m really excited for it. 🙂

    • Exactly! It’s so much better since the chiro / Massage on Monday, but I still take some at bedtime to sleep more easily. And it’s not like I take them often. Of course, that could be why I forget they are an option.

      Anne recently posted: Audio: Freefall by Jessica Barry
  10. You and me both when it comes to ibuprofen. I never think to take it until I’ve suffered for awhile. We must do better than that. lol

    I really need to get my backpack blower out and get rid of these leftover leaves. They seem to be accumulating in my creek and that blocks the water every time it rains, which is way too often here. It needs to just stop. We do not need any more moisture in the ground. Ugh!

    • I forget it’s an option since I don’t need it very often.

      I did the backpack blower earlier in the fall. It’s too wet to work now, but also I am almost finished. Mine is electric and last time it blew the circuit too. The city comes this week but with the deep freeze for the past 5 days, I didn’t even try to rake a bunch down to the curb. I just did my weekly 2 cans full of leaves and will keep it up over the month or so until I’ve got them all.

      Anne recently posted: Trust the Wolf by Zoe Ashwood