Sunday Post – 8 December 2019 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted December 8, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 54 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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OK  yeah,  my book haul this week was stupendous.

Sunday, I lamented how I read library books instead of the ARCs I had for blog tours this week.  So I read, did laundry, and cooked. Monday is our long day of school followed up by a medical appt. I read furiously on my ARCs, grocery shopped during her appt and managed to put together a balanced dinner. The boxes started arriving from my online shopping. I finished up my Cyber Monday shopping.  When I was trying to save my review, the blog had issues and even though I stayed up an extra hour and a half, it still wasn’t online. I finally gave up and went to bed.

Tuesday I got up and published the review. I was also able to then respond to comments. It turns out when the blog is down, I might as well read because it is what I do the most on the computer. I had some ideas about unpacking. Wednesday  was the usual but we missed quilting with a late afternoon medical appt.

Thursday was a breakthrough. The weather was gorgeous and I went out with the leaf eater and got filthy. I also did a bunch more unpacking PLUS I got my daughter to look in about 5 boxes, take out anything she needed / had been looking to find, then labeled them, sealed them and we put those into the attic for when she has time to unpack them. It felt great. The attic was empty except for a few totes of baby stuff I have saved of hers. There’s still plenty of room in there.

I also did more sorting of the bathroom stuff and that is coming along well. I’m doing that for her. I have thrown out a bunch of expired stuff and gotten her to put stuff she wouldn’t use in another box. I continued sorting /organizing on Friday. It makes such a difference to clean out the upstairs hall and guest room of boxes. Now she will be able to find her stuff too. (The bathroom and linen closet were mostly empty so there was space for it all; it just needed unpacking / organizing. But I won’t have an excuse not to vacuum now!  I got more caught up on ARCs and did a bunch of stuff on the read-along, as well as my usual blog visiting.

Saturday, my daughter wanted to go to some craft fairs. I woke up with a headache and didn’t really want to go but I took her to the two she found. I didn’t think they were very good. There were a few nice things, but those were things I could make myself rather than spend $$.   She did get one Christmas ornament.  We got home around 4:30 and hadn’t had lunch.  I felt frustrated since I didn’t get the things worked on which I’d wanted to do. Happily, some neighbors who needed boxes came to get them when I was fixing the meal so those piles are out of the garage!

Today – Sunday – I’ll get my Top 10 lists together and into the posts. There will also be blog visiting. Hopefully, also some more work on the bathroom organizing.

The 2020 Read-along  of the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs is off and running.  One of the things I love is having various friends share their reviews for different books as we go along.   The full schedule for the Read-along and details are HERE.




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):




I’m on the everything Elizabeth Hunter ARC list, so I happily received her holiday novella in the Elemental World. DAW books sent me a surprise paperback which is 3rd in the series.  Has anyone read the first two? Thank you to Macmillan/Tor/Forge for the next book in the series.  I was ecstatic to discover Recorded Books just re-recorded Red Knife by William Kent Krueger with the primary narrator of the series and was willing to give me a review copy!!!! .  Thank you Tantor for Risk It All.


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

Warrior of the World (The Chronicles of Dasnaria #3) by Jeffe Kennedy             


So first I got sucked into the buy $20, get a $5 ebook credit and grabbed some things that either added to series I am collecting or which the library doesn’t have.



Next I perused the Black Friday Audible sale.



And lastly I picked a few things to work on series I am collecting since I had 9 credits to use by the end of the month.

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.






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Posted December 8, 2019 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 54 Comments

54 responses to “Sunday Post – 8 December 2019

  1. A whirl of activity for you, Anne! Love that you got your hall and guest room and bathroom all sorted this week. Great progress. I got behind on my scheduled reading, too, trying to get holiday stuff and extra cleaning and posts done this past week. One of these days I’ll remember how busy it gets and put a moritorium on accepting so many arcs and reading commitments for this time of year. 🙂
    Sorry about your headache and that was really generous of you to go out to the craft fairs when it was the last thing you wanted to do.
    Great haul and probably felt good filling in books for some series. I caught the Book Outlet sale so I had to skip the Amazon ones.
    The Readathon will be fun. Thanks for organizing it.

    Have a good week, Anne!

    • Thank you Sophia! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to go to the craft fair as much as I knew it would mean I got almost nothing done yesterday but she doesn’t ask for much. She was happy with them, even if I wasn’t. These were farther away. I found one now for next Saturday which looks better and is closer. After that, they are pretty much done for the year.

      I’m really so excited about the read-along and so many joining me!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Night’s Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter
  2. Sounds like you made big strides with more unpacking and organizing. That’s always a good feeling. My mom and one of my sisters enjoy craft fairs but I’ve never been a fan. They finally quit inviting me, thank goodness. LOL

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted: The Sunday Post #185
  3. I went to a craft fair yesterday and didn’t find anything either. My mom spent some money and we were pretty fast so it a nice outing. Sorry that you had a headache to deal with. Nice new reads this week! I hope you have a great week!

    • Amazing and a bit overwhelming book haul. But the ARCs are over a few months not for just this month. I’m really trying to finish up unpacking this month so I can get back to knitting and quilting and other types of projects in the new year. Plus I want to enjoy all my organized and available supplies.

      I had an internship in college with John Deere in the summer. The IT dept was in a temporary location as they were building the new Tractor Works. It was one huge room with 50-60 desks and phones and everyone talking and phones ringing. It was learn to concentrate or fail. People could stand next to my desk and I wouldn’t notice them as I was so intent on my work. This was also back when I had such employer loyalty and obsessive work habits that I wouldn’t even go to the bathroom during work hours.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Read-along & Giveaway: Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs
  4. OMG! You went book wild ? Love it?

    I’m so happy you got the re-recorded version of Red Knife. I was so happy when David Chandler returned to the series. He makes such a difference.

    Some great freebies, too. Love that you’re reading the Maggie Shayne series, too. It’s one of my favorites.

    Enjoy EVERYTHING Anne?

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  5. Sounds like a busy week! I enjoy craft fairs myself. Happy reading, so many good books! I’ve had my eye on All Wrapped up for the Holidays.

    • I do enjoy craft fairs. I just had things I wanted to do. These were a longer drive away too. I found one next Saturday which is near us so I think I’ll take her to that one. I am so grateful for the books I am able to read. Between publishers and the library and freebies, it’s great. I enjoy these holiday anthologies. I hope to read some over Christmas week. The ones with the short stories are more fun if you are already reading the series and know the characters, so easier / shorter to read. The ones with full books are great but can be a HUGE time commitment.

      Busy is good.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Christmas Past by Mary Burton
  6. WOW what an active week. That’s great you got things done and dang that’s a lot of books. Great haul. I missed the audible sale. Didn’t see it, other wise I’d have picked up Alpha & Omega in audio too. BTW: I like the new banner for the Sunday Post. Have a great week!

    • Thank you. I also love my new Sunday banner made by Michelle. I didn’t mention about half the stuff I did this week. But it feels SO good to get some things done and why I was grumpy about the craft fair. I want to finish the unpacking by the end of the month and I think I might make it. It’s sorted now. My daughter is seeing the benefits so she is more willing to answer my questions about where she wants some things.

      I had to use up my Audible credits before the end of the month or lose them, so there will be more purchases in the next couple weeks. I’m a credit hoarder.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Night’s Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter
  7. A busy week!! Yay for getting some more boxes gone through and the empty ones out of the garage; I’m sure that feels great. I somehow didn’t manage to even shop the Black Friday/Cyber Monday book sales – I guess I just had too much going on with getting ready for the first week of work/daycare – but you got a great haul!

    Happy Reading 🙂

  8. Your books look good! I love the cover of Girl Blue.

    I do enjoy craft fairs, but if you don’t find what you love, they are a waste of time.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    • I’m pushing hard to finish up the unpacking by the end of them month / year. It’s getting close. Once my daughter finishes classes she can pitch in on her own stuff which is what I am working now. I am more caught up on ARcs now and that should continue with very few blog tours / ARCs for December.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Wicked Hour by Chloe Neill
  9. Anne when the technology does not work it’s so frustrating! But as you said we’d better use our time reading. Sorry that you got a headache went for the fair and still it was not worth it! I hope next week will be better!

  10. Sounds like a busy week. Isn’t crazy how much things cost at those fairs? At the Christmas fair I want in Germany Friday there was this really small Christmas ornament and it was almost 20 euro’s (I think that’s about 22 dollar). And it wasn’t even that pretty. Another thing that was really pretty and expensive looking cost only half. It definitely kept me on my toes. 😀

    Have a great week and happy reading!

    Maureen @ Maureen's Books recently posted: Sunday Post #135: Trips & Lectures
    • Yes I think it is very important to be watch carefully. We have a method when we go to the farmer’s market or craft fairs to go around and see everything before we buy. That way we are more likely to get the things we want the most and stay within our budget. We also like to make our own stuff and just go for ideas, rather than to buy sometimes.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Night’s Reckoning by Elizabeth Hunter
  11. You have had a really busy week – go you for having managed to get so much sorted and organised! I hope the coming week isn’t quite so intense, but given that Christmas is just around the corner, perhaps that is a vain wish. Take care, Anne.

  12. Sorry to hear the craft fairs weren’t very good. We have a couple around here but even though they have some cute things, I agree that for the money, it’s much more cost effective to make it yourself. And wow, what an impressive book haul. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

  13. Wow, you made great unpacking headway and sorry the craft fairs didn’t turn out better. I ended up making cupcakes and some cookies for about 4 hours yesterday. Our kitchen isn’t the biggest as our house is 119 years old so it’s always like a huge game of Twister when I do a lot of cooking. Mr. Barb’s birthday is the 9th, thus the cupcakes and we always give some cookie tins to neighbors (and even yesterday it was pretty enough the kids next door were playing outside so they got their’s early).

    You grabbed some awesome books here. I need to stop shopping for myself – haha. In all honesty, almost everyone else is done so at least I’m that much ahead. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  14. You’re always so busy! I still haven’t gotten any of the things I ordered on Black Friday. Some of them haven’t even shipped yet. I’m hoping they get here by Christmas. Have a great week!

    • Oh I have all my stuff from Black Friday / Cyber Monday orders by last week. Mostly I bought Bluetooth earbuds and charging cords for the Kindle and iphone. I did buy some poultry shears. And the books and audios were digital. I hope your stuff all arrives soon and in good shape. Busy is good. I have less time to get into trouble.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Beard Necessities by Penny Reid
  15. Another busy week for you! Your books all look great, too. I have a few of those freebies too. I hope you have a great week!

  16. You weren’t kidding about your book haul! *drools*

    I agree, this past week was pretty nice and now we have rain. With maybe freezing rain on Friday?! Noooooo!

    I need to do some organizing, too. A lot of it. I have stuff from when we moved in 19 yrs ago that I need to just pitch already. Thankfully, most of that stuff is under the house. lol What I need to organize is all the accumulated crap from all these years of living here. I think I’ll make that 2020’s resolution. One room at a time and it’ll get done. Eventually. lol

    • It’s a bit wild but sales plus credits to use made for a big haul.

      Your strategy of a room at a time or however you can break it down is key. If I just say I’m going to reduce stuff I never start because it is too big of a project and I don’t know where to start.

      Well it may get cold by the end of the week but it sure is nice today.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Beard Necessities by Penny Reid
  17. Jen

    OH! I like the new Sunday graphic!

    That is an impressive haul. I’ve been wanting to try Elizabeth Hunter – one of these days.

    • Thank you! I wanted my own graphic for it and I love the way it turned out. Michelle at Limabean Designs suffered through my crazy ideas and persevered to make it. I have loved everything Elizabeth Hunter. Her books are sometimes in KU. Also the first in the series is sometimes free. My brother’s library in FL has them all, even the novellas.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Valley of the Shadow by Elizabeth Hunter
  18. I have a hard time balancing my library books with my ARCs! I feel like they both need to be read by a certain time, so I usually focus on one more than the other. I usually renew library books several times before I finally finish them, haha. Then there are all the books already on my shelves… how do I read them all???

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