Sunday Post – 18 August 2019 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted August 18, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 38 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!

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So I’m finally moved into the house and back from Book Bonanza.  I’m thrilled to be working on unpacking and getting organized. It was another busy week and I loved doing all the things.  It started with leaving Book Bonanza. I only bought one print book from Elizabeth Hunter. I got 5 free print books. I also signed up for the new digital Bookworm box which is 2 books a month for $10 with a letter from an author. Then it was driving 2 days from Texas back to North Carolina while enjoying audio books.

Here are some shots from Book Bonanza!


Carly Phillips, Amy Bartol, April White, Eric Asher and Avery Flynn.   I wanted to meet Jill Shalvis but she canceled.  I had a ticket for Penny Reid but gave it away to someone who had never met her before. I had.


Kennedy Ryan                                                  Kylie Scott                                               Corinne Michaels


A primary reason for this con – Elizabeth Hunter!   And the narrators – Andi Arndt and Julia Whelan.

And my wonderful blogger and reader friends:


Top Left: Brandee, Kristen, Felicia, Lexxie, Me                    Last night dinner out: Me, Denise, Brandee, Lexxie, Berls

Lower Left: Denise, Kimberly, Berls

The night on the road I spent hours searching for computers for my daughter.  I had to redo a bunch of my research the day after I got home and we finally found one.  We ordered it and it arrived Friday. She is busy setting it up today (Saturday).  She has 3 old hard drives to copy things from to the new computer. She keeps asking me if I know her passwords. WTF?!?!  Well I did know the Netflix password and her school one, but really.

Tuesday, she had two doc appts.  We ate out lunch between them and I ran errands during the second one.  Wednesday we started out early with me having a bone density test and she had a liver ultrasound. We ran a couple errands on the way home but we were both so tired we didn’t make it to quilting. I did finish my bathroom sort for now. There’s nothing under the cabinets yet, everything is in my closet for now.

So the cabinets in my bathroom have this white something, thinner than contact paper and not as sticky, which are stained and falling off.  I bought some lovely new contact paper for them. BUT I have no idea how to put it in there. If it was just a plain shelf that wouldn’t be too bad.  But there are 4 pipes or so coming through the bottom of the only shelf under the cabinet.

Help?  I tried looking on Youtube for videos but they only seem to cover a plain, flat shelf.

Any suggestions for me?

Thursday, she had her specialist test at UNC which went well but we won’t know the results for 2 weeks.  Overall, with her not having OBGYN problems and taking steps so she won’t be constipated, she is feeling significantly better.  She has stopped taking the stool softners twice a day and only needs the Miralax once a day.

Friday, she started school and is taking two classes for the first time.  She has a Spanish class with the same teacher as last year which is great. The other class is Health and Wellness, an elective.  It is only 10 minutes from our home, even with 3 minutes at the left turn light.  I went home and got so much accomplished while she was there.  Lulu and I picked her up and she felt good enough to go on errands. We went to the Farmer’s Market, and a couple others.  I love the fresh foods. I got corn, tomatoes, green beans, blueberries and cantaloupe.  I also got a shrub rose.  Neither young nor old could resist Lulu, many stopping to pet her.

Lulu – the Pied Piper of the Farmer’s Market

Lulu “Gotta lick ’em all!”









The little girl came back FOUR times and giggled her head off while Lulu licked her face. Her mom sent us the photo.

Today (Saturday) I worked on the blog, emails, laundry, and some garden planning. I’m getting very excited about doing some planting in the yard.  I need to figure out the trimmer soon and it’s probably time to mow again.   A guy I contacted who does wood restoration came by to give me an estimate. I have some wonderful pieces that need a little fixing.  He gave me a reasonable quote and is doing the work this Thursday!!! I’m so thrilled it will be finished.  Two of the pieces are bookcases which then I will be able to fill with the boxes of books waiting to go in them.

Every day I love my new kitchen and new appliances – the fridge, the washer / dryer. The fridge has ice/water in the door and is bigger than the cheap one at the rental. The washer has no agitator.  The dryer has the lint collector inside the dryer.  I also love having a gas stove with a microwave above it.  I love having a fenced in yard. I am ecstatic to be unpacking and putting things away, getting rid of what we don’t need.

I am FINALLY catching up on the blog and emails. Hopefully, this week will be more normal and I’ll get some work on the back emails. I had 350 emails in my book account!  I’m under 250 now but a ways to go yet.  So I hope to be getting around to blogs and catching up on my reviews and reading over the next few weeks.

If anyone would like to guest on September 8th , October 11th or November 9th for a Friends on Friday, please let me know. (I could change up a bit to a different Friday if needed)


Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality.  These are the exciting ARCs I received this week (If you click on the cover, it will take you to the Goodreads entry):


Thank you to Kensington Books!


(If you click on the cover, it will take you to the Goodreads entry)


I got these 2 audiobooks at Chirp for $0.99.  I get an email daily and I found out what they display in the email is different every day, about 200. The deals generally last 30 days.  The Nora Roberts one I bought on the last day, however.

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.

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Posted August 18, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 38 Comments

38 responses to “Sunday Post – 18 August 2019

    • Thank you! Lulu was good about not eating things. She was more interested in the people. Book Bonanza was a good time but because I enjoy some other genres I want to do something like Emerald City Comic Con which is more scifi / fantasy focus some years also.

  1. Kristin @ Addicted to HEA

    Your pictures are awesome! And I THANK YOU very much for the ticket to Penny Reid! Very, very grateful.

    Lulu is so adorable! And I’m glad your daughter is about and going to class! All those Dr appt’s would wear me out! I know I had a done right before BB and all I could do was go home and nap afterwards. But two one day and then an ultrasound the next day – Yikes!! Keep enjoying your new house! Sounds so fun!!

    • You are most welcome. Summer is the time to get the med appts out of the way before school starts. With moving, it was a squeeze to get them all scheduled.

      It’s great to be home and get things done and just enjoy the space. I am headed out today to refill the gas for the grill and pick up an order at Lowes of flooring and attic stairs parts and purchase some other stuff. I’m doing a sun / shade map of my yard and am surprised by some of my findings. But I need to know to plant things in the best spots.

      Anne recently posted: Broken by Karin Slaughter
  2. Book Bananza sounds awesome. I’ve been looking for ways to connect with people who blog and enjoy books in the physical world in Minnesota for a while and I just have learned where to find these fantastic people.

    • There was one in MN I wanted to go to in June. It was one day a Saturday and not very expensive. Carolyn Crane and Kristin Middleton were going to be there so I wanted to go. Not this summer with moving though. I’ll keep my eyes open. There are lots of things in Chicago generally and that’s only a one day drive or hour flight. Also, the Barnes & Noble in Edina often has free author events. I know Ilona Andrews has been there twice. You can sign up for emails on their events.

      Anne recently posted: Audio: Fallen by Karin Slaughter
  3. Your trip looks so fun and how awesome to be with some fellow book lovers and bloggers. Lulu sure was a hit at the market too. About the shelf. I would take some kind of paper and lay it in there, cutting out where the pipes are. You could then use it as a template to lay over and properly cut your contact paper. Maybe that will work?

    • Thank you yes. That was my best guess for how to start with the contact paper. There will have to be cuts for where the pipes are, of course. I’ve done something similar to make my own patterns for sewing or to keep a different size when I am cutting one size out of the pattern.

      Lulu had such a good time. She slept in the car on the way home.

      Anne recently posted: Audio: Fallen by Karin Slaughter
  4. Fun seeing the pics from Bookathon. Ahhh, love that you met up with so many blogger pals and fun to see the authors. That was nice of you to share the ticket for Penny Reid.
    You really are getting a lot done now that you’re back. Hopefully, it will all settle in now that your daughter is back in school and you’re getting projects done. Hmm, can’t give any advice about getting the shelf paper down around all those pipes.
    Nice haul with the books from Chirp and the freebies.

    Hoping for you to have the energy to get done what’s still on your list, Anne!

    Sophia Rose recently posted: Blog All About It August 2019
    • Thanks Sophia! Now that I have everything here it’s not such a rush. Although it looks cluttered and I want to put things away as quickly as I can. I’m happy every day to work on things. I have to start getting to bed earlier since I am on the morning crew for Lulu. I didn’t set my alarm though and she hadn’t got me up when I woke at 9!!! I’m usually up by 7 or 8 at the latest even when I am up after midnight. But if I get to bed earlier I would have more time to read before I fall asleep (and catch up on ebook ARCS)

  5. Ann you got to meet Brandee( she was my coworker at RARE Paris), Lexxie and Kimberly!!!! That’s so great. Plus all theauthors of course! Now your dog is so cute ;-)))) have a wonderful Sunday in the new house.

  6. What lovely pictures from Book Bonanza! It’s awesome you got to meet up with familiar bloggers too. 🙂
    The Lulu pictures are so cute. She really seems like a lovely dog and I’m glad you’re enjoying the new house and getting unpacked!
    I enjoyed Hard Pressed! It was a really sweet and easy read with a heat level higher than I was expecting!

    Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books recently posted: Weekly Update #73
  7. It looks like you had a wonderful time at Book Bonanza. I would love to go to a book event like that and meet some of my blogger friends. I am so glad you were able to do it this year. Lulu looks like she is having a great time at the farmer’s market! It sounds like you are deep into getting your house in order. Isn’t it great to get new appliances that you actually like?! I had never heard of Chirp before but I am off to check out the deals. Have a great week!

    • Chirp doesn’t require a membership or anything. I get an email every day. They always have about 200 on sale, each one for about 30 days. It’s another audio app on my phone but I guess I don’t care. It would be easier to have everything on audible but that’s not going to happen anyway because I have review audios also in iTunes and CDs I bought too.

      I am so happy to be getting things the way I want them in a house. I didn’t do it when we were renting because we wouldn’t be staying. Perhaps that was a mistake but so much of what I am happy about I had no control since I didn’t own the house. Here I can change something I don’t like.

      Anne recently posted: Broken by Karin Slaughter
  8. The Book Bonanza looks a wonderful event – so glad you were able to make it:)). It must be great to meet up with fellow bloggers! And what a relief that you now have moved and are busy unpacking and making it your own. I hope you have a fab week:)

    • Thank you, yes it is great to be getting things in order. I enjoy doing it and the progress I see. It will take time and nobody can afford to do everything right away but there have been so many good changes already.

      Anne recently posted: Audio: Fallen by Karin Slaughter
    • It was great to see people. Yes I think a paper template is a good idea. I wish I’d saved more packing paper now. I just love a washer without that agitator. We like natural fibers and that agitator can be rough on them plus stuff always got tangled around it.

  9. Sounds like things are going great and that you are finally on your way to getting settled. So glad your daughter is doing good as well. Hope you both have a wonderful week – and Lulu is so cute!

  10. Book Bonanza looks like it was so much fun! I love getting to meet and talk with favorite authors and book bloggers! Great pictures too! I enjoy going to the farmers market with my family also 🙂 Yay for the new Rebecca Zanetti book!!! I hope you7 have a wonderful week!

  11. Congrats on getting moved into your new house! And yay for Book Bonanza and meeting so many authors. I’ve always wanted to attend a bookish event but so far haven’t made that happen. Some day though. 🙂

    • Thank you! Bookish events can be overwhelming. They cost money of course and there are so many people there. You only get 1-2 minutes with an author and since I try to do digital only I have to decide what I might want autographed. But this was really fun because of the bloggers I was able to meet there.

      I am so happy to be home this week and trying to do all the things here finally.

    • Too busy but mostly it’s all good things even though it’s exhausting because July was a seriously hot month. Now is all the fun organizing and putting away. It was torture to wait until after Book Bonanza and even now I still have to do all the regular things so I can work on unpacking as much as I might want but it’s a good feeling to have it happening and getting to the regular stuff like blog hopping.

      My daughter is doing much better. We won’t hear about the latest tests for a week or so yet and our appointment with the specialist is November. I don’t know if we need the appointment if she just tells us what to try next week.

  12. Jen

    I opened this on Monday morning and then got so busy, I am just getting back to it. Sounds like an amazing time in Texas – so glad you had such a great trip.

    As for contact paper, can you cut a large piece that would fit the sides, keep the back on… then line the front up, lay it down and when you get to the first obstruction, mark it (it will bend up against it), pull it out, cut it by making a slit from the closest side and then cutting a whole, repeat. Does that make sense?

    I’m happy to help with a guest post -let me know!