Sunday Post – 22 November 2020 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted November 22, 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!

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Sunday had lots of blog visiting. It was still occasional light rain  I went out to pick basil and rosemary since it will freeze mid week and they will be done.  I was all set to do some chores and listen to audio but both audio books have characters in trouble and I’m afraid they are going to be hurt.  Yeah I’m feeling vulnerable today. With cooler weather, we are drinking more hot tea.  We just got a new order from Adagio, including their advent calendar.

Monday, I got an Aldi Instacart order.  I had some review ARCs to finish and reviews to write for this week.  It was a pretty nice day so I did work a bit on leaves in the back yard. It makes it so much easier to find the dog poop.  I continued to work on some blogging ahead stuff.  Tuesday, I was going to work on the leaves in the front yard but it was so windy I decided to wait.  I did some watering. I picked all the rest of the green tomatoes.  I put fresh rosemary in my scrambled eggs and it was the best thing ever.  I covered some plants with the freezing nights this week. I worked on a new menu plan. Wednesday was reading and preparing for all my errands on Thursday.

Thursday,  I tried to pickup everything so I wouldn’t have to go out again, maybe until 2021.  Well I probably will visit the post office to mail some prizes.   I did a Walmart pickup getting extra staples,  then I stopped for a curbside pickup at the pharmacy for 90 days of my Rx, stopped at the post office to mail a prize, and  finally I went to BJs. I had ordered a new grill tank.  Then I had my old and new one filled.  They charge a flat $10.99 to fill a 20 lb. tank.  Now if I run out I will have my backup tank.  I also put air in all my car tires and got gas for the first time since March.  My Volt runs 50-60 miles a day on electric plug-in so I still had a half a tank since I haven’t gone anywhere.  In fact, all these errands were done on electric only.  I had the easiest trip ever!  I finished all of it in only 2 hours even though the Walmart was 10 miles in 1 direction and the BJs about 10 miles the other way from my house.  I got to the post office with a short line and it went quickly.  Of course, I wore my mask.

I had planned to be tired and not do much the rest of the day but it was before noon and I felt energized by the ease of the errands.  I worked on a variety of computer tasks.  I finally chose my scifi freebie to read for the Thrifty Thursday this next week, and I read it without stopping until I finished it at about 2:30am.   Friday, I had already planned to stay mostly inside in my flannel jammie pants with a whole list of things to do.   The weather went back to almost 70 F  about 20C.   I updated my challenges and finally got started on the posts for the 2021 Read-along.

Saturday was another gorgeous day.  My Mom, 93 years old,  has survived covid, with no symptoms!   I did my basic computer stuff and then went out into the yard to water plants and pull weeds. Lulu was an excellent supervisor.  I made a pasta sauce with the last of the fresh tomatoes and basil I picked earlier.  The green ones are starting to ripen on the counter though.   The lettuce and spinach haven’t grown much since September and I think they are not for fall planting or they need to be planted in August not September to get a good start?.  The broccoli is doing well though, and did well last year.  I worked more on posts for next year’s Read-along.  It’s going to be exciting.  The upcoming week looks like cooler with 60s (18C?)  and only one day with showers. Maybe I can finally leave the computer and work on the baby quilt.

Thursday November 26 is Thrifty Thursday and I chose a scifi book.

Thursday December 17 is Thrifty Thursday Holiday edition.

How do I do it?

I’m wondering how many people combine listening to an audiobook with reading the ebook version.  I’m assuming the only way both version updates to the same point is if you have the ebook version with Whispersync?  Or do you view the ebook while listening to the audio?

If you have any tips for me, please comment.


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 Macmillan Audio, and PICT publicity team.


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

I finally decided on my Prime First 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.

I hope everyone will have a lovely week and stay safe with not much traveling and plenty of hand washing, social distancing and wearing masks when you are out and about.




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Posted November 22, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 49 Comments

49 responses to “Sunday Post – 22 November 2020

  1. Amazing that your mother is doing so well. What a relief. Sounds like another busy/productive week. And a day in jammies sounds pretty ideal. 🙂 I’m working in the office this Mon/Tues but I’ll be home for the rest of the week. Bring on the pajama days! 🙂

  2. Wow! You must be so very relieved – I’m delighted that your mother had COVID 19 and was asymptomatic at her age. What with everything going on just now – that has to be such a major plus:)). Have a great week, Anne!

  3. I’d love it if I didn’t have to do groceries every week but although we can make that work for most of the items we buy, there are some fruits/vegs that ruin within a week and we can’t make them last longer. We could always do a delivery order I guess.

    So glad to read that your mother didn’t get affected by Covid-19. I’m sure you’re feeling super relieved as well.

  4. That’s great news on your mother. Ever since the pandemic we’ve been doing online grocery orders and delivers. I’ve only been the store maybe 10x’s since March and it’s to get Milk when we run out and that’s all we need.

    I’ve never used Whispersync or done the read/listen together. I prefer to stick to one formate when I do read/listen. Hope someone can help you on that end.

    Have a great week and Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Thank you Angela! Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Yes we don’t go out much and primarily for pickups or doc appts. I haven’t tried the switching even when I have both formats so I may need to experiment. It’s interesting. I hope you have a wonderful week and holiday, safely!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Audio: Out of Her Mind by TR Ragan
    • Yes I hear you, as my Mom is in Iowa where I grew up. My brother is considering moving her to Florida where he lives but I’m concerned about doing that this winter with the surge in cases. I don’t know how long or how much immunity she would have as people do get it again. We write her letters every week and call. Thank you Sherry.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
      • the politicians here in florida followed trump’s wishes, but i hope with a change in leadership, logical minds will prevail. my mother has dementia and it is hard to talk to her on the phone, if i can get her to answer it. the vaccine sounds promising and both our moms could be at the top of the list to receive it. the trick is not to get it until then…which is months away, but just proves, when everyone works together we can make things happen

  5. Oh wow! That’s an amazing news for your mom Anne! I am so glad! And doing errands is energizing? Who knew LOL Have a great week!

  6. That the thing about reading books where you become invested in the characters, it hurts to see them in trouble. Hope things work out there. Have a blessed Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

  7. You were full of energy this week and had some good weather to make things happen. I’m hoping to get a boat load of shopping done this week that will last into the new year other than some perishables. You remind me that I need to send you my review picks for January since I figured out which ones I want to do for you. I was planning to rake some more leaves today, but we got unexpected snow so I’ll have to wait for a dry out. I got my freebie for Thrifty Thursday read since it was a hOHoHoRAT read. Fab news about your mom back in the saddle.

    Have a good week, Anne!

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  8. I am so happy that your mom has recovered from Covid! It sounds like you were really able to get a lot done this week. I am a bit jealous that you are now set to (almost) stay home until next year! Lulu looks quite comfortable! I hope you have a great week and enjoy all of your new books!

    • Thank you Carole! IKR – all these people complaining about having to stay home – I want to stay home! Well I do love to travel but not right now. And I have plenty to do at home. It’s a joy to know that Lulu feels so safe with us that she gets comfortable like this. As a rescue, I know she had some rough times and I’m glad she is relaxed with us.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Audio: Damned Souls and a Sangria by Annette Marie
  9. Sounds like you got a lot accomplished again this week!

    Some of my audio/e-book combos are whispersync, but a lot of times they’re not. The audio will tell you what chapter you’re on and I usually find my way in the e-book that way and vice-versa. I usually try to stop reading at the end of a chapter so it’s easier to find in the audio version when I switch back to audio. Have a wonderful week and Thanksgiving! 🙂

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  10. That’s amazing about your mom, good for her! I’m off today so I headed out to the supermarket for my Thanksgiving dinner ingredients as soon as senior hour ended early this morning and there were barely any other people in there. They’re already out of paper towels here. Target pickup is out also.
    The pasta looks yummy and your garden sounds great as always. Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading this week.

  11. Iza

    This dog is like a star, he sure likes to take a pose 🙂 For the green tomatoes, jam ? My mother used to make some, it was so good ! I’m happy for your mother, by the way, you must be relieved. Have fun with all your pretty new books (and the scary ones), I raise my cup of tea to yours 😉

  12. I’m so glad your mom has recovered! I looked at the Adagio advent calendar but they don’t have a caffeine-free option. Drat. I’m fairly sensitive to caffeine so that’s out. I hope you enjoy yours!