Sunday Post – 27 September 2020 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted September 27, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 37 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.

Sunday besides blog visiting, I did a bunch of blog ahead stuff for 2021. I also wrote a couple reviews.  I also read a lot about different items I want to buy. I read up on different flowering shrubs I might like, and different compost bins, and different dustbusters. My brother had shared the results on dustbuster reviews from Consumer Reports but when I looked at reviews online people didn’t really like those!

On Monday, I talked at length with my ex about some of those things and tools since he is coming on Saturday to visit and do more projects.  The most urgent is expanding the garden beds and my daughter’s jewelry armoire projects.   So I’m getting a Ryobi dustbuster which using the same electric pack as my drill / screwdriver from them. I’m getting a compost bin which turns with a handle and has 2 chambers. I’m going to use my current regular plastic garbage can to put leaves in until the composter is ready for more, and get a new, bigger wheeled can to haul out for the city pickup of yard waste.  I ordered a cute little 3L indoor compost bin which hangs off the cabinet door under the sink. We also did our voting so I can take the ballots to the BOE office tomorrow. Then I ordered some shirts from Lands End which we have purchased before and they were having a big sale up to 50% off.  I also spent over an hour on the phone with the 529 account people because they screwed up my daughter’s payment for college AGAIN.  Since they changed administrators last fall it has been nothing but trouble every time.

I wanted to put azaleas or rhododendrons in the back west shady corner of the yard.  But it turns out rhododendrons are more for a different climate area. Azaleas are fine and bloom in the spring.  But now they have ones that bloom spring to fall but need full sun.  The garden center had suggested Camelias and they bloom in the fall.  I also found reblooming lilacs, peonies, and gardenias (all require sun) that I want.  For now I got one azalea and one camelia for the back corner that are shade varieties, so the azalea will bloom in the spring and the camelia in the fall.

Tuesday, I took our ballots to the Board of Elections office and picked up a Home Depot order curbside.   Then I went to work on the baby quilt finally.  Maybe I stood up too long on cutting and ironing because my back hurt after a couple hours.   But I made some good progress.  I put some deep blue rub on my back and went to sleep.

Wednesday, I was a little worried about my back because I had plans to do lots of house cleaning and yard work.  Also my daily routine might hurt.  But the routine went ok and so I did a bunch of scrubbing toilets, tubs and floors.   I sent the giveaway prizes out to the winners.  I received some new ARCs and set up their posts.  I got the last of the new flowers planted in their beds.  I sprayed the whole front yard with weed killer.  And I vacuumed the upstairs.

Thursday, I did a Walmart pickup.  I forgot to order bread. smh We have enough probably. I just hate to pass up opportunities to get staples.  Our neighbor hood is starting a book club. So I went to the book club and it was just the beginning so it isn’t really organized yet.  We were outside, mostly distanced but I was the only one who wore a mask.  We decided to take turns picking books and I got to pick the first one.  I chose In the Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.  It was the only one this other member hadn’t read of hers.

Friday, I dawdled a bit on getting going since it was raining. It seemed to take forever to do things.  Finally, after dinner I decided to finish organizing my linen closet and go through the boxes of stuff not stored there yet.  It was great to get it done. My daughter is going to help me with all the used tissue paper.

Saturday, I needed to finish listening to my audio book for COYER book club.  The weather was clearing up.  I finished up the vacuuming first thing. Then I worked on laundry, got the guest room set with clean sheets and got pot roast on for dinner. I updated my challenge linkys for Library Love and COYER with what I have read so far this month.  Tomorrow the weather should be sunnier and warmer so I’ll do some yard work.  All the while listening to the book for COYER book club.


2021 Read-along

The Read-along alternates between something which is new to me and the next year a re-read of a favorite series.  I’ve been really happy with the new ones I have chosen in the past.  But I’d like to get some input from you as far as which series you would like to see me do, and ones where you would join in and read with us.

I have always chosen UF- Urban Fantasy for all previous Read-alongs.  I’ve included some other genre options this time, F- Fantasy, SF – Science Fiction, M- Mystery, PNR- Paranormal Romance, and HM – Historical Mystery.  I list the number of books.  If there are 12 or less books, we would read one per month.  If there are more,  we would need to read a book every 3-4 weeks depending on the number of books.

You can vote for as many as you would read with me.

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 Tantor Audio,  Zebra Publishing, Brilliance Audio,


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

I got my Prime Free read for 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.


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 thought last week was busy, this week was a blur.  Next week should I keep up the good work, or hide in bed under the covers?

These next couple weeks will be hectic for me with the ex here and the projects on tap.  I hope you will still visit even if I am slower to getting around to commenting.




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Posted September 27, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 37 Comments

37 responses to “Sunday Post – 27 September 2020

  1. I hope you like the Ryobi dustbuster. We have a lot of the Ryobi products and the interchangeable battery packs are great. I’m so impressed that you’re already blogging ahead for 2021! You are now my blogging hero. 🙂 Kudos on getting your vote already turned in. I’ll be voting early as well. And hand delivering it. With the groundwork Trump is laying I don’t trust that he won’t try to discount mail-in votes. *smh* I hope the new book club goes well. But the lack of masks… ugh.

    • Aww, thank you! I try to get ahead on basic formatting. I will be doing the Library Love 2021 posts soon and setting up the Sunday post shells. I try to set up ARC review posts as soon as I get the ARC, then I just have to type in the review. Since I already have an ARC for March 2021, that review shell is set up. I really like the Ryobi stuff so far, and I have Greenworx mower and trimmer. I really like electric cordless tools.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Audio: One by One by Ruth Ware
  2. My husband has ryobi everything. He likes being able to swap battery packs. However, we don’t have the dust buster. We have been talking about getting one to vacuum out the car and such.
    You had a seriously busy week! I need nap after reading it!

    Samantha recently posted: #SundayPost: October
  3. As ever, reading your Sunday Post leaves me breathless! I love camelias, but cannot grow them here, because we have a rich loam and they need a more acidic soil. I hope your back holds up and you have a good week, Anne:)).

  4. Good for you doing some blog ahead work for 2021…its always smart to get ahead right?

    so happy to see you are doing a read along in 2021….I love the psy changeling books. They are so so good.

    • I hope you voted for them then. Yes I do a Read-along every year; I just alternate between series I have read and ones I haven’t. 2014 – The Hollows by Kim Harrison (new), 2018 – Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (reread), 2019 – Alex Verus by Benedict Jacka (new), 2020 – Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs (reread). I didn’t do the Read-along during my 3 years at the Book Nympho.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: Broken World by Kate L. Mary
  5. You are always busy about and inspire me to do more. 🙂 I need to get a better compost container. I got a pretty shade azalea earlier this year to fill a space and it’s doing well so I hope for some blooms in the spring. Glad you let us pick more than one for that vote since I want to read or re-read several of those series.
    I snagged the latest Widow’s Island, too.

    Have a good week, Anne!

  6. My husband finds ryobi tools to be pretty reliable so I hope you like the duster. I love camellias! I don’t live in the right climate for them unfortunately but I so wish I did. I’m trying to find a way around that. Sounds like you had a very productive week. That’s too bad about the maskless book club but hopefully they’ll continue to at least social distance and you can get some good book chat in Have a great week.

  7. I’m glad you were able to cast your vote already! I can’t early vote until October 15th I think or something around then (no mail in voting options out of the normal in Texas ? and some people are suing the governor for starting our early voting a week early. Apparently, “the longer we’re able to vote, the more likely there will be fraud”. Seriously?! Might as well be transparent and say more of the disenfranchised will be able to vote. Ugh!!) Anyway…

    I’m sorry your daughters tuition payment got messed up. That sort of thing is always such a hassle. I hope it gets sorted out.

    I intended to only vote for one series, but I ended up voting for 3 ?. Mageri and Seven, Iron Druid of course, and then Throne of glass. I started throne of glass years ago and then somehow I stalled. I even own the most recent ones I believe. I read the Fever series and it was a favorite until the scandal with the narrator. I’ve considered rereading, but I don’t know if I could stomach it. Not her fault, just an association problem for me.

    Hope you have a great week!

    • Thanks for voting! I own all the Throne of Glass audios and have started buying all the Iron Druid ones. These are all series I would like to read so it is hard to choose, which is why I wanted some help.

      The tuition payment got straightened out and it only took 3 calls instead of 4!

      I saw this morning Trump is suing NC for allowing corrections to absentee ballot problems without starting over with a fresh ballot. Our early in-person voting starts Oct 15th also but I’m glad we have ours done.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: SHTF by Gillian Zane
  8. Kudos for getting your voting handled! You inspired me to take ours to the BOE office, which was so easy to do. Glad to see you’re still going Loreth Anne White. She’s an incredible writer.

    I just finished the first book in Kendra Elliot’s Callahan & McLane series but am pausing to go back to the Bone Secrets series because they’re connected. Where does the Widow’s Island series fit in? I added that novella on Audible, too.

    Have a great week, Anne?

    Jonetta (Ejaygirl) | Blue Mood Café recently posted: Silenced by Allison Brennan
  9. I hope the neighbourhood book club goes well!
    It’s spring here so the few flowering shrubs and trees we have in the garden are blooming. They include a bottlebrush tree, kangaroo paws, lilac vine and a Frangipani tree. I miss our jacaranda tree 🙁
    I just recently bough an electric scrub brush to help me clean the baths, it has an extendable handle so I don’t have to kneel (I have knee issues) and so far it has worked really well.

    Wishing you a great reading week

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out recently posted: It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #SundayPost #SundaySalon
  10. i have heard about others receiving their ballots and i have been watching for our, but haven’t seen them yet. being in florida, i am concerned…sounds like you have some good stuff happening around your home. we are doing Hurricane Sally cleanup. have a good week

    sherry fundin recently posted: Sherry’s Shelves – 9.20 – 9.26
  11. Wow! It sounds like you had very productive Sunday. Good job on getting ahead on some 2021 posts. I’m trying to get ahead of October, and that is pretty impressive for me. LOL!
    I’m sorry to read about your troubles with your daughter’s payment for college. That sounds very frustrating.
    That book club sounds like fun.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  12. You must have a lovely garden! I had to mail my ballot back to North Carolina (it is still home even though we’re traveling). I wish I could have dropped it off but didn’t have that option. I did sign up to track my ballot at It showed that it had been mailed to me when I signed up and the night after I handed it over at the post office, I received a notification that it was in the postal system. Here’s hoping it gets there and gets counted. Enjoy your week!