Sunday Post – 5 January 2020 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted January 5, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 56 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, 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 week my daughter still didn’t have school but we had the return of some medical appointments.  I was still trying to clean up after the flooring install.  I have been feeling behind, all the time on the blog, even though I get the books read and the posts ready.  I tried to get a bit ahead.  I did all my challenge updates ready on New Years Eve instead of waiting to the weekend after the month ended.  I talk more about blogging goals in my 2020 Bookish Resolutions post.

I did a couple of joint reviews this week with Robin which is more fun but requires a bit more coordination.   I’m just starting my next buddy read this weekend with Berls.   And I have another one this month with Barb coming up also.     Library Love 2020 Challenge started and I’m the co-host.  I’m so happy Robin is doing some challenges this year.

We had eye exams on Thursday. My daughter’s prescription is up a bit.  Me? I still don’t need glasses other than OTC reading glasses. My distance vision needs nothing!  Friday, she had PT and I ran all the errands so I could stay home this weekend and try to get things on track. I still need to get back to the flannel project since we have quilting again this week.

Saturday – today was rainy.  I worked on blog posts, emails and laundry all day plus some cooking. I take care of emails daily but for some reason my book email account is just packed this week!  It feels like I can’t reduce it. I had it under control last weekend but even with working on it today I have 75 more than usual.  Oh  I won the 2019 Library Love challenge!  We also started some work on garage organization.  My daughter started working with her dad on building nightstands for her bedroom.  They were sanding but it started raining again.

My daughter starts classes this week, so our break is almost over. I’ll have less big blocks of time for projects so I want to do what I can the next few days. It looks like the weather will be mid 50s (about 12C) and mostly clear, which is pretty good for winter.


How do I do it?

Does anyone have advice for wireless earbuds which suddenly won’t connect up through Bluetooth to your iphone?  Or brand new ones which won’t?  I have a few that will but I never seem to have enough charged wireless earbuds. And they are on at least 5 chargers around the house and one in the car.

If you have any tips for me, please comment.

December Reading:  I had another good reading month.  I managed to read 27 books. My projects cut down my ebooks but the audio books helped. Some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to  16 audiobooks, read 17 New Releases,  7 library books,  17 COYER reads,   and  5 Beat the Backlist books.


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):




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


Last week I forgot to include the two titles that came in the Bookworm box this 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.






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 5, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 56 Comments

56 responses to “Sunday Post – 5 January 2020

  1. Looks like you had a productive first week of the year. I do get what you mean about that crazy email inbox seemingly never empty no matter how much you try to stay on top of it. I guess its the first of the year thing and hope it settles down. I took way too many review arcs for December so I’m on a mission to get caught back up again and get back in the habit of taking less of them. I see you took none this week- good for you. 🙂

    Have a great week, Anne!

  2. What a busy week! I know what you mean about the influx of emails – I sort of gave up over the holiday period. I hope you have a good week, Anne – the bedside cabinets sound great. I am so envious that you and your family are so practical and skilled at making things:).

  3. Congratulations on winning the 2019 Library Love Challenge, Anne? And, I’m in awe of your December reading accomplishments. I don’t think I could ever read 27 books in one month.

    Wish I could help you with your earbuds issue. I wear wireless headphones because earbuds are uncomfortable.

    Have a great week!

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  4. It sounds like you have been busy and got a lot done this past week. I’m afraid I have no advice about wireless earbuds. I need to get some myself, but am not sure even where to start. I hope you enjoy your new books and your reading, Anne. I hope you have a great week!

  5. Happy New Year Anne. Sounds like you had a busy, but good first week of the year.
    I can’t help you out with the wireless earbuds.. I recently bought my very first wireless headphones.. which is a big thing for me since I rarely used headphones of earbuds because I’m always scared to miss something! But I’m loving the headphones so far.

    Good luck with your daughter getting back to school . Have a great week and happy reading!

  6. Oh busy week with appointments and getting things done. I’m ready for school to be back in season. My son is going a little stir crazy being home so long.

    As for your wireless earbuds. Have you uninstalled them off your iPhone and reinstalled them? I sometimes have to go into my Bluetooth setting and hit the Not Connected to get them to connect.
    I’m also going to recommend this wireless headphone: Bluetooth Headphones, Anbes Wireless Earbuds, IPX7 Waterproof Sports Earphones with Ear Hooks & Mic, HD Stereo in-Ear Headphones Gym Running Workout, 8 Hours Battery Noise Canceling Headsets – I LOVE them. 8hrs of audio love.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

  7. I have found with iPhone it helps if you turn your bluetooth off completely, then restart it. Disconnect from anything you aren’t currently trying to use. Also, make sure the earbuds are in pairing mode. I don’t know what kind you have so you might have to look it up. A couple times I had to look at a manufacturer website to troubleshoot so that could be the case as well. Also, apple is known for discontinuing support on older iPhones (I know they only support 6’s and higher now) so it could be if you have an older phone it doesn’t have the requirements to pair with the new bluetooth device.

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  8. I feel like a have a ton of emails, partly because of the holiday shopping and discount alerts I’ve subscribe to. I need to unsubscribe to a bunch. It just encourages me to spend money anyhow. I’m not sure about your wireless earbuds. Maybe try to un-pair and then re-pair them? I’ve had issues in the past, and that seemed to help. Also, are all your software updates done on your phone? Sometimes and update will cause a snag and then they have to make another update to fix it. Good luck with the issue and with the garage organization! 🙂

    • Great suggestion about the updates. I have been putting off one because I think it might interfere with my audiobooks I have on itunes. I actually have 4 email accounts. One for personal, one for books, one for the blog and my advertiser emails. All but the blog one are a bit out of control, but the one I mean is the book one. It is where I get publisher, publicity company, author, library and blog subscription emails, oh plus about 5-6 deal/freebie emails a day. I’m having the most trouble keeping up with that one right now.

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  9. New floors? Nice.

    I wish I could help with the earbuds question! I got my first pair of bluetooth earbuds this Christmas and I’ve only tried them out once so far. Mine come with a charging case (is that normal?). As in, I charge the case and when I’m not using the buds they go in the case (which I carry around) and get topped up! The case can completely charge the ear buds 4/5 times on one charge of the box. I just need to work out how long the buds last on a charge! Can you tell I’m excited about this? lol

    Hope you have a good week, Anne!

    • yes I’ve always thought glasses were annoying. At my reunion 2 years ago my classmates were shocked I had no glasses and indicated it was not right. I mean, I’m older than dirt now and they all have glasses. My mom is 92 and passed her driver test last year and only needs reading glasses so I got the good genes from her. My dad always had glasses.

      Thanks, I hope she likes them too. I think the Spanish will go well because she already knows the teacher. But I hope she likes the other ones.

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    • yes I do get quite a few requests too. I used to think I should politely answer all of them but I stopped that quickly. I just delete the ones I have no interest. I don’t feel badly when it’s a publisher or publicity company but with authors I do feel badly about it. But I can’t do everything.

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  10. I am so jealous of the fact that you don’t need glasses. I have very poor vision. I have to ask my husband what time it is at night because I can’t see the clock. There are times that I can’t read as much as I want because my eyes hurt. Buddy reads can be fun but they do take some coordination. I hope you have a great week next week!

  11. Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

    It’s been up to the 50’s here too, but in centigrade so that makes it around 120F LOL
    I hope you find the time to do all you want this weekend.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  12. Glad you had such a low key week. I’m back at work now so things will be a tad more hectic. Plus I’m suffering from Pup-lag – yes I think it’s an actual thing. I can’t wait for our buddy read!

  13. Buddy reads always sound like so much fun but I finally had to admit they’re just not for me. I used to think I was a very fast reader but either I am very wrong or everyone else reads at light speed. LOL The couple buddy reads I tried I would get maybe a third of the way in and the other participate would be finished and moving on to something else. Kind of defeated the whole buddy read aspect. LOL

  14. Lots of December reads! I work for the school, so the kids and I enjoy breaks together. We’re back at it now, and I forgot how EARLY is starts. LOL Sleeping in is my favorite part.

    • I don’t tend to sleep in too late even when I don’t have to set the alarm. I still wake up early, but what I like to do is stay in bed and read. And I like to stay up late and read, just to have the time to myself, even if I still wake up early. But for the past few months I fall asleep too quickly to read much at bedtime.

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  15. I feel the same. Visiting other blogs and getting my blog updated seems at times to be an undoable task. I´ve seen the wireless earbuds around but since I´ve worked many years ago for a company that is specialized in building sound systems and I still have tons of them at home, I use those *smile* So far, I am no fan of the wireless…

    • I love my wireless earbuds but some work better than others. Some of the new pairs are working well, some I don’t like as much fitwise and I still have a couple I can’t get to pair up, even a favorite pair. Altho forgetting the device and repairing is something I am trying. My favorite pair is the very oldest pair I have and it seems to only connect up for about 2 hours after charging overnight now. Or maybe I just try to use them too often as they are my favorite. But I always have about 5 pairs plugged in all over the house and car.

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  16. Jen

    Well, I’m a bit late to the post, and it looks like you got lots of recommendations for your earbuds… I hope they are working now. I had that problem with a favorite pair of mine. Although, if you have 4-5 pairs, that could also be part of the problem. haha! Hope your week is going well for your household.

    • I’m trying some of the recommendations but yes I probably own about 10 pairs with about 5 pairs plugged in all over. But I do have my favorites which I always try to switch to them. When I listen all day like yesterday, when I am out and about for more than 8 hours, it takes at least 2 pairs usually.

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  17. Sounds like you got a lot done this week and that’s nice your daughter was home for another week. I like getting ahead a bit with the blogging, it’s no fun feeling like you’re behind. That’s good news your eye prescription hasn’t changed. I like doing buddy reads, but I have a hard time coordinating them with my arc requirements and mood reading.

    I see you got the Lindsay Buroker box set with the first 3 Fallen Empire books. I really like that series and am reading book 6 at the moment. I hope you’ll enjoy it when you get around to reading it.