Sunday Post – 25 October 2020 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted October 25, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 49 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 I was happy to get right to work on several things. I’m happy to say I managed to do some things on my list so I’m feeling better.  I was surprised I had the energy since I read until 3:30am.  It was a cooler day so the only thing I did was blow leaves to the back of the yard.

Monday was warmer and more suited to jumping into more yardwork.  The stump grinder came to take out the stumps in the front yard so I could plant the gardenia and everblooming azelea.  I spent time picking out wood chips and roots, digging into clay , and mixing in composted soil to prepare for planting.  It’s hard work and turned me into a mudball.  I picked basil to make pesto pasta for dinner.  Our yard waste is full; our composter is full.  Our garbage is getting full.

Tuesday, I went early (for me) at 8am to do a Walmart pickup.  Then I read some emails and wrote a review. I finished power washing one set of blinds on both sides, did some of the sidewalk and the blocks for the front little garden.  After dinner, I needed to set up shells for more posts and notify winners about prizes.

Wednesday I slept in a little and then made a big brunch with blueberry and chocolate chip pancakes and bacon.   I got the one set of power washed blinds up in the dining room.  I put all the stones around the new front little flower bed since I had power washed them yesterday.  Then I dug a big hole to plant the everblooming lilac.  Since they did garbage and yard waste pickup this morning,  I could start refilling them.   I got an Aldi Instacart.

Thursday, I lollygagged in the morning finishing my library book.  I finally started the book club read for COYER book club this Sunday.   I had a couple reviews to write.  I had big plans for the day but limited time. I watered all the new plantings, did some laundry and looked at the new course catalog for Spring for my daughter.   At night was the neighborhood book club,  where I enjoy the socialization but am concerned about being indoors and no masks.  The people are lovely.  We didn’t talk very much about books either.  I am not sure I will continue in this format.  After club, my daughter and I took a 2 mile walk with Lulu.

Friday, another gorgeous day, where I finished reading a freebie which was very good. I power washed the second set of blinds. I did the weed and feed for the front yard.  I really need to set up post shells but have been sort of saving those for Saturday when I can do them while listening to an audiobook.  There’s a new baker in our neighborhood who does gluten free and she made apple cider donuts, so I bought some for breakfast Saturday.  Ugh  I haven’t gotten to Feedly for 2 days. My daughter got a perfect score on her Music quiz.

Saturday,  I’m doing the Dewey Readathon.  I read some of Fatal Deception by April Hunt.  Then I listened to the COYER Book Club book  A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab while doing laundry, running the dishwasher, and putting up the blinds I power washed yesterday. I finished it and started another audio.  I finally worked on all the posts I needed to set up but I’m not finished. And I still didn’t get to Feedly.  I did get a list of projects organized for the upcoming week.  Sunday will rain so I hope to get more of the computer work on posts and reviews caught up.


Thrifty Thursday will be this week, October 29th.  In November, I am planning for Thanksgiving Day, November 26th.  In December, it will be December 17th.   Hopefully,  you can read some of your freebies and link them up so we all know which ones are better than others.


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 so very much to Brilliance Audio, Tantor Audio, and Karen Grey (White) ( the audiobook) !

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



I finally selected my Prime free First Reads or whatever the program is called now.   I won a giveaway of Raven Lady at Books, Bones & Buffy!  I got Junkyard Druid at Chirp for 99¢.    Then I got 4 Lauren Blakely audios for 1 credit in The One Collection.

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 October 25, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 49 Comments

49 responses to “Sunday Post – 25 October 2020

  1. You’re really getting a lot of good work done in your yard. I love seeing the progress. Your brunch sounded yummy. I need to spray off our blinds soon, too. Yay for a good book club and your daughter doing great on the music quiz. I did Dewey24hourRAT for my first time and had fun. You got some good ones in your haul. I got the latest Widow’s Island, too.

    Have a good week, Anne!

    Sophia recently posted: Sunday Post - 25 October 2020
    • Thanks Sophia! Many of these things in the yard are planting perennials which will have long term benefits. I have another big week on tap so I’m sort of glad for the rain today to catch up inside. I finished a book and an audio and started another audio. But by then I was sort of losing my mind and I may have to relisten because I was tuning it out. lol Have a lovely week! It’s getting cold there.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Kitty’s Mix Tape by Carrie Vaughn
  2. My Feedly fills up ridiculously quickly!
    I got Spellbreaker as an Amazon freebie, I like the look of Junkyard Druid
    My blinds are filthy, they need cleaning but I want to replace them with curtains so I keep putting it off.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  3. Iza

    Oh my, I feel almost tired just reading everything you’ve done ! And a bit ashamed too, because meanwhile, I’ve just reshelved my books, lol, that’s all. Keep up the good work under that beautiful sun (raining here), stay safe 😉

    • We all go through cycles. I’m in a busy time getting ready for winter and doing yard stuff which will last for years. It feels great to be getting things in shape. I have knitting and sewing projects, and quilting which I haven’t looked at in weeks or months. That will be up next. I hope to get a bit more balanced once these big projects are handled.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Kitty’s Mix Tape by Carrie Vaughn
    • Well, that’s a win Tanya! I don’t always post about food. I try hard to make meals which will appeal to my daughter because she was pretty down about having to go gluten-free initially and I wanted her to know there would still be food she would like that would taste good. We are having scallops in vodka sauce over pasta tonight. I try to plan about 5 days ahead which is about how far ahead I can get the gist of the weather. That way I know if I can grill or if it’s going to be really cold and I want to make soup or whatever.

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  4. I need to learn how to use feedly. Bloglovin gets on my nerves when trying to use it to catch up on posts. 🙁
    Those donuts look so good! I could munch a donut right about now actually…
    I hope you have a good week!

  5. Tell me your secret. You are getting way more done than I do and your day can´t be much longer than mine *lol* Thank you for the pictures. Glad you had someone coming to your place to take care of all the stumps. Around here these experts are too expensive, so I have to do it by myself.

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  6. Anne I had to look what Lollygag means lol. Then, I was shocked that you lollygagged as you are always so busy! Have a great week.

  7. Look at all the projects you were able to accomplish….I bet that is so satisfying. I always forget to do my blinds. I need to be better about that. Hope you have a great week.

  8. You are really getting on with your garden, which is starting to look fabulous. We need to get out there and sort out our jungle and replace the summer planting before the winter properly closes in. The idea of power washing blinds sounds really great. I love the sound of Junkyard Druid:)). Have a great week, Anne.

    • Thank you Sarah! I’m keeping it simple with perennials. I can’t wait to see what blooms next year. I was thrilled to have some of the reblooming daylilies bloom right after planting this year. I have one other set of bushes I want to take out and put a planter of more perennial flowers but not this year. The temp is going to drop a lot later this week so I hope to be able to kick back and do more reading and quilting and knitting projects.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Runaway Fate by Elizabeth Hunter
  9. Yard work and cleaning are so exhausting! So glad you have some good books to relax with. I have enjoyed T.R. Ragan’s books, which reminds me that I still have one unread on my Kindle.

    Enjoy your week and your activities…and books. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. Congrats to your daughert on that music test! How are you enjoying A Darker Shade of Magic? I love those books. And I wouldn’t mind making some blueberry pancakes myself.

  11. You got a lot of work done in your yard! I need to get out and do something about my garden. It’s sorely neglected because it was just too hot for me to do anything. Now the temps are finally cooling off.

    I’d like to start the April Hunt book soon. We’ll see. 🙂

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  12. You constantly amaze me with how much you get done in the house and garden. I wish I had half your energy and determination! I wanted to read A Darker Shade of Magic for the COYER book club, but I didn’t get it started in time. I’m still going to read it, though, because I promised Robin (our offspring) that I would.

    Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard recently posted: Sunday Post – October 25, 2020
    • I found A Darker Shade of Magic to be slow to start but it was really good once I got into it. I own the next one and hope to continue. Well last night I didn’t sleep well so even though the weather is perfect I’m staying inside a bit more today. There’s still plenty to do and I’ve got to write some reviews.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Runaway Fate by Elizabeth Hunter
  13. Sounds like a productive week to me. And congrats to your daughter for her perfect score. Hope she is able to get the Spring classes she needs/wants. I really want to read The Haunting of Brynn Wilder. It looks rather haunting doesn’t it? Love that picture of your daughter and Lulu!

  14. I almost chose SpellBreaker for my First Reads pick this month because I do enjoy Charlie N. Holmber’s books. I ultimately went with The Magnificent Dappled Sea and The Last Correspondent. Enjoy your week!

  15. You’ll have to tell me how you connect your blog in your responses to other people’s post. It’s super helpful.. happy halloween

    • Sure. I saw someone else do it and decided I would also. I figured it out by looking at the html type code in Goodreads to create a link to a url. I will try to give you the code below but I will have to substitute something or you won’t see how I do it. OK so replace the . with < to see the code. Anne - Books of My Heart This is my .a href="">Sunday Post./a>

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