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

Posted December 27, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 46 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 was rainy and cold.  I was fed up with my clothes all being in the clean basket and so I hung everything up, or put it away.  I did the usual blog visiting. Somehow I am not getting emails when people comments now and it’s making me crazy.  I can find them in the comments but it is messing with my normal routine. I ate the last of the garden tomatoes and some lettuce on my taco salad.

Monday my daughter had a doctor appt so we went out.  I don’t really want to go out at all. I also got the car inspected so I could get the new license tags.  I found out I could renew them online for a $3 fee but that’s better than waiting in line inside a building.  I had some blog issues to try to handle.   But it was also the start of the fun Top 10 posts.  I had to get my new audios ARCs uploaded so I could listen to them too. My daughter made this tree from catalogs.

Tuesday, I had an Instacart. My daughter had a tele medical appt. She expressed she was unhappy because she didn’t get As in her courses.  I looked it up online while they were talking and saw she got an A and a B.  She seemed surprised she got the A.  I told her that those were excellent grades and she should be proud of herself in this tough year. She is so critical of herself; she thinks a B is failing. smh   I worked on finishing up the Top 10 posts.  In the late afternoon, my daughter and I took Lulu on the short walk when the wind finally died down.  I spent a lot of time on my narrator post but I’m finally happy with it.

Wednesday started out with nice weather but more Google Chrome Not Responding.  I did some things which seem to have solved it for now.   I took Lulu for another walk and made a batch of food with her favorite – chicken. While I made dinner, my daughter got the lights on the tree.

Thursday was an amazing day.  I woke up about 2 hours earlier than normal (6:30am – I think I heard my daughter going to bed) and decided to get up because I could get the dog out before it started raining. The weather was warm but very rainy and high winds.  My computer was behaving and finally, I started getting my Comment emails and stats for the first time since December 15th!  It’s incredible how much my routine was disrupted by not getting them.  I got my reviews written for next week I got bills paid and doing some tax planning.






Friday was Christmas and we didn’t do much. My daughter had decorated the tree during the night. She made these cute ornaments with origami paper.  I was up first as usual, wrapped gifts and put them under the tree, and filled the stockings.  I was reading books by favorite authors Ilona Andrews and Patarica Briggs.  The high was close to freezing. Brrr.   I made my daughter’s favorite clam chowder.  My daughter made me a matching necklace and earrings. She also made me 20 origami hearts with messages in them.

I FINALLY got to read the eARC of Blood Heir by Ilona Andrews I was saving for Christmas.   So I didn’t get going fast on Saturday. My daughter went to bed at 12 noon so I wasn’t worried about getting up early for her.  She had stayed up to do some online gaming partnership she had set up.   I made breakfast for dinner with pancakes, bacon and eggs. I didn’t get to several things I wanted to do, so hopefully I will get to them this upcoming week. I’m glad it’s going to be warmer so I can walk with Lulu more this week.

Take a look if you missed our Top 10 posts this week (each one has a link up so you can share your favorites) :

Monday, December 21st– Top 10 Books of 2020

Tuesday, December 22nd– Top 10 Audiobooks of 2020

Wednesday, December 23rd – Top 10 Book Covers of 2020

Thursday, December 24th – Top 10 Book Characters of 2020

Friday, December 25th – Top 10 Favorite Narrators    (Blogger’s Choice)

Saturday, December 26th – Top 10 Books I Want in 2021 


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):

Many thanks to Brilliance audio.


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

I finally decided on my Amazon first read for December which comes with Prime.

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 look forward to hearing about your holiday week in visiting Sunday posts today!






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Posted December 27, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 46 Comments

46 responses to “Sunday Post – 27 December 2020

  1. I am loving all the Top 10 posts that you are doing, this week has been crazy but I will get to catching up today. I am so happy to see that you had a relaxing Christmas, those are always the best to have peace and joy with one’s loved ones.

  2. I think all kids are tough on themselves when it comes to grades. We have created a idea in them that is the only acceptable grade is A and everything else is subpar. I don’t know when it started, but I battle it all the time with my students!
    I renewed my plates on line as well. I was not keen on waiting at the DMV before COVID!

    Samantha recently posted: #SundayPost: December 27th
  3. Sounds like you had a good week Anne. And I can totally understand why not getting those emails would throw you off a bit. I can’t stand when things do go like they used too without any explanation. So frustrating!
    Your Christmas sounds lovely.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  4. Your daughter did a great job with the ornaments. We didn’t do a tree this year. I am still trying to figure out where I would put one if I decided to put one up. I can’t think of a better way to spend Christmas than reading Blood Heir! Congrats to your daughter on her grades. She did great! I hope you have a great week and enjoy all of your new reads!

  5. Well I am happy to see that you finally got to read that book and that you seem having had a great Christmas Anne!

  6. Love your fireplace and the tree looks quite nice! I used to feel that way about getting a B, but it is a grade to be proud of! It’s hard not to be critical of ourselves when we shouldn’t be.

    I’m so excited for Blood Heir, that was definitely a great way to spend Christmas Day! I’m waiting to request Wild Sign (I can’t wait!) until I get a few Netgalley reads off my list. I always think when looking at requests that the publisher will deny if I have a lot of outstanding books I need to review.

    Rachel recently posted: Sunday Post #103
    • Thank you Rachel. We like our new home, although it’s our 2nd Christmas here. I love our tiny tree with my daughter’s creative ornaments. My plan for reading what I want has worked out well. I’m trying to reread the Alpha & Omega series now as I am recently read Mercy Thompson, and to prepare for Wild Sign. Everyone will enjoy Blood Heir!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Top 10 Book Covers in 2020
  7. Jen

    Merry Christmas to you and your girls, Anne. I just started Blood Heir today. I’ll have it read pretty quickly. Looking forward to it!.

  8. We enjoyed a little rain on Christmas Eve–a teaser for a storm that is on its way. I do hope the rain will last a while this time. We get so little of it.

    I have that problem with comments too, but only certain people. They aren’t blocked and their doesn’t seem to be any pattern to it. I just don’t get notified when they comment. And since I moderate all my comments, I have to make sure to regularly check to see if any are waiting to be approved. I hope whatever your problem is with comment notification, it is resolved soon.

    Your Christmas with your family sounds nice, Anne. Ours was fairly low-key. We got up early because my daughter couldn’t sleep anymore and came downstairs to see if Santa visited. Later we connected with my mom online and opened presents together. Later in the day, we got online to visit with some of my extended family (mom, brother and his wife, aunts and uncles). That was the extent of our socializing. Mostly it was movie watching, games, reading and eating.

    I hope you have a Happy New Year, Anne. Hopefully things will get better this coming year. In the meantime, stay safe and well.

  9. Sounds like a very nice week! I’m glad you got your comments/email issue sorted. Your daughter should be super proud of her grades!
    I hope you have a happy new year, Anne, and I can’t wait to see what you thought of Blood Heir! I’m super excited to return to that world. 🙂

  10. I’m loving those origami ornaments! And thanks for the the Lulu fix?

    I got the Lisa Gardner book, too! I’m looking forward to it as after the book I’m listening to, I’ll be caught up in the Detective D. D. Warren series.

    Loving your international Christmas greeting tree! Have a wonderful week, Anne!

    Jonetta (Ejaygirl) | Blue Mood Café recently posted: Best of 2020 – Top 12 Series
  11. I haven’t been able to comment via Google in over a month and have no idea why. It’s annoying to have to enter my info for every single comment but I suppose I’m not tech savvy enough to figure it out. Glad you got the commenting notifications sorted out! Sounds like it was a lovely, lowkey Christmas on your end. Same here and I thoroughly enjoyed the quieter day.

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted: The Sunday Post #234 | December 27, 2020
    • Yes it is frustrating when things don’t work. I contacted Mailpoet which is the plugin I use to send the post emails. The problem seems to actually be from a Google outage and they had my email as a bounce email and Mailpoet was able to take me off the bounce list. It started working last week except my actual post emails but they just notified me today so maybe I’ll get my post emails tomorrow? I love the peaceful time to work on some things.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Top 10 Narrators of 2020
  12. Iza

    A lovely Christmas indeed ! Thanks to your daughter, I’m now thinking origami for Christmas decorations – I was beginning to think of making crochet stars and other ornaments, but origami sounds good too 🙂