Sunday Post – 23 February 2020 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted February 23, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 42 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!

Sunday, it was finally starting to warm up. It’s been a couple of nice days, a couple of rainy days, then a couple of freezing days, over and over, every week.    I was feeling antsy and not like doing anything.  The dining room photo wall is half up and I’m mulling over the second half.  I visited blogs.  Otherwise, I listened to an audio and did laundry.  Monday will be the usual long day, no holiday.  But Tuesday is a holiday at her school!  Since she only has class MWF, we have no break.

There are 2 movies I have wanted to see in the theaters and I keep putting it off because of things I need to do.  Finally I decided to go this Tuesday as it is the discount day. Good thing because it looks like they both will be out of theaters this week.  Tuesday afternoon I went to see Star Wars IX.  Then Wednesday while my daughter was in class I went to The Gentleman.  I think the last movie I saw in the theater was Star Wars VIII.  I do like the recliners they have now.  I enjoyed both movies.

Tuesday, I wrote a review, gathered up the trash and recycle to go out. I also unpacked 2 boxes of items which belong in my linen closet. Wednesday, I also picked up my grandmother’s clock from repair and hung it in the dining room.  Thursday, we were happy to stay home since it was going to be cold, rainy and even snowy. Lulu is not a fan of the snow and runs to hide rather than go outside.  My daughter was studying for midterms and I was working on various projects.

Friday was called as a snow day, because they have no idea of how to deal with it in NC.  It was really just a dusting. I was going to stay home all day but we ended up going out to get a pair of end tables for the family room I found on FB Marketplace.  So then we also picked up my daughter’s prescriptions and I dropped off a book which was due at the library. I worked through a bunch of emails, and blog visiting. I stayed  up until 2 am reading.

I have had a lazy long weekend from the view I didn’t have to adhere to a schedule. I was happy to stay home and work on things. Saturday, the rest of the snow melted and Lulu was more willing to go outside. I mostly read and wrote reviews, trying to get a little ahead. Having that extra day has been great to relax a bit.  This next week starts out rainy and a bit warmer, but back to clear and freezing nights at the end and next weekend. So much for starting the spring planting.

Next week will be the February wrap up.  COYER is ending this week. *cries*  I’ve been reading a Nora Roberts dystopian trilogy with Carole which we will finish up this week. Friday is the next installment of our Read-along of the third in the Mercy Thompson series with an international giveaway.


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):


 Thanks so much to  AceRoc books  and Penguin Audio.


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


I was able to get The Old Success on Chirp for $3.99, and The Flight Girls for $4.99.


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 February 23, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 42 Comments

42 responses to “Sunday Post – 23 February 2020

  1. I totally understand your resistance of going to see a movie at the theater. I would rather see a play-so much more memorable. I recently saw a great one. This friend I know gets free tickets so I’ve been seeing one about once a month. In return I’ve taken her to see a few plays.

    • I enjoy movies but I just can’t make it a high enough priority it seems. My daughter won’t go anymore because she is sensitive to the light and sound. My dad ran a chain of movie theaters in the 1930s in Iowa so I do like them (30 years before I was born) . But I also love plays. I had season tickets for almost 30 years at the Guthrie (old one) as well as going to many other local theaters in the Twin Cities. I need to find more of those kinds of things here in NC.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Suddenly Psychic by Elizabeth Hunter
    • Thank you! Yes in Iowa some of the bus routes were 15 miles or more on gravel roads so that makes sense. In Minnesota my daughter never had a snow day for school, even when it snowed 22 inches! The bus got stuck so I took her to school but really, there was ice all winter, for months. Here it was so melty on Friday, there was nothing on the roads even in the shade. Thursday night was not good though.

      I always am lucky to find many great things to read. With the snow day, I’ve already read one of my freebies.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Audio: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
  2. The weather is just annoying at this point isn’t it?! I’m just ready for winter to be over and spring to come already.

    Sounds like you had a really great week – how was the gentlemen? I want to see that one too.

    I’m enjoying rereading Mercy (and I’m also rereading Anna and Charles), however I think I moved ahead ?. What book are we on? Lol!

    Have a great week!

    • It is annoying. Last year the snow was in December, right before Christmas. That’s nice and looks great. In
      Feb, I’m over it and it’s really the time period for planting the spring cool garden. But it will wait a week or so, but I am pretty sure we won’t get more snow. Our average in March is closer to 60.

      We are just finishing Iron Kissed this Friday and so then starting Bone Crossed. I’m just finishing Iron Kissed today. The post is pretty much ready and I’m doing something new and fun, watch for it.

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      • Ooh, ok I will! So I can’t stop reading the series… I’m loving my reread. The plus is that I will be easily on my review of Silver Borne for you 🙂

        BTW I meant to reply to a question a week or two about cruises and forgot. When I cruised I didn’t us a travel agent. It’s not necessary, but I would recommend it because most travel agents don’t actually cost you money – they get paid by the places that they book you – but they have the inside scoop on deals. And they would be really useful for planning your shore excursions, I think 🙂

  3. I remember my time in NC and how if any weather newscaster even mentioned the slight possibility of snow, schools closed early. Since I taught in a year round school I had to make that time up on a Saturday. I was NOT a fan!
    Have a great week!

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  4. I can relate regarding snow – we are only set up for drizzle in the UK, so snow… too much sun… too much rain… always causes chaos! I love the grandmother clock – it is beautiful. I hope the coming week is a good one, Anne:)

    • Thank you! My parents gave my grandmother that clock and got it back when she died. My parents had one also which my brother has. It was a family tradition with winding it every Sunday. I think my mother bought both the clocks. The snow’s all melted and hopefully after more freezing this week it will warm up and I can plant the spring garden with cool crops.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Audio: The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
  5. Its always good to have some time to relax and renew and hope you get some good booksread darling. Love the freebies you grabbed up. I used to read Jennifer Bernard all the time, I hope you enjoy her.

  6. Sounds like a good week. And a snow day for some dusting? They rarely call it a snow day here.. I can’t even remember a day like that. And with my kind of job a snow day still means I’ll have to get out there.
    I didn’t even realise this upcoming week is already the last one of February. Crazy.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  7. I used to take the kids to see a movie when then had the day off from school but it has been a very long time since I went to go see something that I wanted to see. Glad you made time for it! I love your clock! Nice new reads this week. I am looking forward to seeing how our buddy read wraps up! Have a great week!

  8. I am totally with you on this weather. I was all set to get my seeds started and then I looked at the forecast again and was like wtf? After it being warm we’re back to winter-like weather? UGH! We may set up a cold frame (using our old doors) and start seeds anyway. We’ll see.

    I hope this week is a great one for you!

  9. It’s been a while since I’ve been to the movies, but the chairs are really nice now. Our weather has been all over the place except we didn’t get snow. Lots of rain yesterday, but this week we’ll get up to a high of 80 one day and high 70s the rest of the week.

    I keep reading Sophia Rose’s reviews of Mercy Thompson and it makes me want to pick up the series again for the 3rd time! Enjoy! 🙂

    • Rachel, you are welcome to join us for any of the months / books in our Read-along. Maybe you would like to share a review for River Marked (May 22 post)? I’m REALLY enjoying the reread. It is even better than I remembered. I hope you are reading some of our reviews for it too. Sophia is doing the one for Silence Fallen here.

      I wish our weather were that warm. It’s going to be 40s again at the end of the week.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Audio: The Third to Die by Allison Brennan
  10. I’ve been debating turning off the Kindle Deals emails because I’ve accumulated so many books already that I definitely won’t finish reading them in my lifetime. That was a very sad discovery for me. So let’s see. I’ve been good lately but next step would be to actually unsubscribe,

    I remember when I used to stay in VA, we used to get the day off even for a snow dusting. Not so much in Ohio – these guys are snow veterans so I drag myself to work even when all I want to do is lounge at home in my PJs.

    • I don’t know. I read a LOT of books and I only have maybe 10-12 years worth and I could live another 35 years. Once I get less active I should be able to read MORE. I am being more picky about freebies but I am still getting them.

      Your VA vs OH is like NC vs MN. I am a snow veteran living where they are clueless and under equipped.

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  11. LOL, to a gal whose lived in Minnesota, I’m sure you get a kick out of a tracing causing a snow day. But, I get it, there is no equipment to clear it or salt for the walks and they just want folks to stay safe. Neat that you got a bit more done and had some flexibility in your schedule. Fun that you got to catch those movies just before they went out of the theater. I only go to the movies once or twist a year- mostly b/c it has to really entice me to take the time to see it on the big screen.
    Nice haul of books this week. I got a pile of freebies, but I was glad to hold off on the arcs since I need to catch up for a bit.

    Have a good week, Anne!

  12. Going to the movies is one of my favorite things to do, and I love the comfy reclining chairs too. It’s been too long since I’ve been. I’m glad you enjoyed both of your movies. This back and forth weather is driving me crazy too. I hope it warms up. It looks like you got a lot of great books/freebies to add to your shelves. The Girl and the Stars looks good! I hope you enjoy your week Anne!

  13. I remember while living in North Granby, CT, that snow wasn´t much of a big deal. No matter how high the snow was around the house, we shuffled it away as good as possible, used our snow boots and had fun in the snow and with the snow. Don´t know why it is elsewhere such a problem. Yes, it was cold and we couldn´t leave the house for some days because we were snowed in, but it was nothing I was worried about. Gosh, I miss those days! Happy reading and have a great week.