Sunday Post – 2 May 2021 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality @Tynga

Posted May 2, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 40 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 did my usual visiting.  We had the April Book Club for COYER which happened to choose 2 historical mysteries.  Then I hurried out to weed & feed the front yard, both side yards and about 1/4 of the back yard.

Monday, I tried to make calls and get some things accomplished.  In the afternoon, my daughter had her annual appt with her neurologist. Everything was normal so it was just to touch base  The weather is warming up and I had to turn back to AC.

Tuesday  Last night was another 2 shifts of sleeping so I started the day later than I wanted.  I rushed off to PT.  Then I was practically desperate to get things done.  The roses are blooming even more.

Wednesday,  I got going early for me, even though I didn’t sleep as much.  I got my iphone starting to setup and transfer while I wrote reviews.   Now I don’t know how to do some things.  I went out to use the power washer on the front of the house and it is not powerful enough to do what I need.  Plus there is no way I am getting on a ladder to the second story.  I made calls to schedule more doc appts we put off during 2020,  and loaded new audiobooks to the new iphone.  They are there but the covers are all wrong.

Thursday, I managed to handle a bunch of things including scheduling more med appts and finding some one to pressure wash the house.  That’s never been part of my life but this neighborhood wants everything to look good.   The off to get gas in the Volt for the first time in 2 years and fill the propane tank for the grill, on the way to PT.   After that, my daughter and I got our hair trimmed for the first time in 2, for me 3 years.

Friday,  I made more phone calls with only some success.  I met with a kitchen designer from the neighborhood.  I had my second salad this week with lettuce from the garden. I spent a few hours on the phone with Apple to try to fix issues with putting my audiobooks into Apple books.  I went out to mow part of the lawn and water the gardens.

Saturday,  I got to work quickly on watering the last part of the lawn so I can use weed n feed.  I got a Sam’s Club Instacart with a couple items.  I mowed the rest of the lawn.  All while blissfully listening to my audiobook with everything working.   I made banana nut muffins and homemade pizza.   Then I settled into enjoy more reading after dinner for the COYER DEAR Read-athon (Drop Everything and Read).

April Reading:  I had another good reading month.  I managed to read 30 books. Audiobooks continue to help me read more. Some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to 8 audiobooks, read 11 library books,  25 COYER reads, and 3 books which I already own.

All Library books (including ones not reviewed on the blog)  2021 Library Love Challenge

I did manage to read 3 books I own (goal is 3 per month):

  • Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless
  • Grave Instinct by Bev Pattersen
  • Repent by Bev Pattersen

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):



A special thank you to Minotaur Books,  Berkley, Brilliance Audio, and Caffeinated PR.


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



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 May 2, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 40 Comments

40 responses to “Sunday Post – 2 May 2021

  1. You had a great reading month! I keep seeing the Jennifer Ashley book around, it looks good. Enjoy your books! The salad with lettuce from the garden sounds amazing.

    • I love having the garden. We have lettuce and herbs right now but the other plants are growing well. Later this month it will be time to plant tomatoes, peppers and green beans.

    • I’m loving the weather but it’s on that border between heat and AC. I usually have AC upstairs and heat downstairs.

      yes the neighborhood is controlling. It does keep the resale values high here but it’s a pain when I already had the maintenance planned and they are nagging about it.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Monstrous Citadel by Mirah Bolender
  2. As usual you have such busy weeks Anne! And lettuce from the garden tastes heavenly! Have a great week!

  3. Such a beautiful time of the year to be out working in the yard. Your roses look gorgeous. I have one red rose bush and one tea rose, but they won’t bloom until next month. I’m excited that I can finally get my seedlings planted by next weekend since we’re warming up, too. Your salad looks delicious.
    Go you on getting all those errands and appointments done. Last Friday was a huge errand day for me.
    Glad you’re doing so well on your reading and listening toward goals and challenges. I forgot about the DEAR RAT, but fortunately, I was already listening to a book while I was doing my chores. 🙂

    Have a great week, Anne!

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    • Thank you Sophia. I love having the garden and everything her blooms earlier and sometimes longer. The daylilies are getting ready to bloom now and it would be late June or July for them in MN. I am getting more audio in now with my chores back on more active. There are just so many appts to schedule now and I still kind of hate going out almost every day but I am also relieved to be getting things handled.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Shadowed Steel by Chloe Neill
  4. Glad you got to a few of those audiobooks and got them uploaded. I’m somewhat hesitant to put even more data on my phone as I noticed some of my apps are crashing(although this may be due to a different reason entirely)

    • The switch to the new phone was a fussy process but it may be worked out now. I love technology but I hate when it doesn’t work. The new phone has more memory but I still only load up 5-10 at time. I have hundreds of audio which I got through review, but also purchased digital or CDs. I can’t have them all on my phone but they are all on my laptop.

  5. I had to download a special program to convert the audio files to get them to work with iBooks. Its an extra step, but it works so I’m sticking with it. The roses look good! Have a great week!

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    • Thank you Samantha. I love my gardens. Everything is working now but the transfer was fussy and took a few tries for some reason. It didn’t seem to work, along with a few other things, until I restarted the phone.

  6. That rose bush is marvellous – we won’t have roses blooming for a while as we’ve had night-time frosts throughout most of April which has knocked back everything a bit. And I deeply envy your eating home-grown lettuce – it’s so much tastier than the shop-bought versions! I hope the coming week is a good one for you, Anne:)).

    • I love having my garden blooming and with things to eat. Everything is earlier here than MN. That rose bush is covered, more than 50 or 60 blossoms. And it will likely bloom again throughout the summer. Later this month I’ll be planting the tomatoes, peppers and green beans for the warmer days.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Monstrous Citadel by Mirah Bolender
    • Thank you Vi. I love my fresh lettuce. I just added mushrooms, red onion, chicken breast and a bit of ranch dressing, and some cherry tomatoes. The gardens are doing so well. It feels like too many days going out now with all the medical appts to make up.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Fortress of Magi by Mirah Bolender
  7. I didn’t forget the book club last week but I didn’t join in because I didn’t have any interest in the books… This coming month, however, I’m there! I’ve read the Sarah J Maas book and I already own the Tessa Dare, so why not? 🙂

    You seem to be doing a little better with the back pain? You’ve certainly been super busy!
    I hope you manage to get your audiobooks sorted. 🙂 Take care and have a good week!

    Nicci @ Sunny Buzzy Books recently posted: Weekly Update #138 - Oops, I did it again! The April Round-Up
    • I own the Sarah J Maas book so I’ll do that one but I’m not much for historical romance types and not always YA. Yes the back is improving. The stretches and exercises help so I have less pain and less often during the day. So I’m doing a lot more. This also helps me listen to more audiobooks. The audiobooks are working now. It was a lot better after I powered down and restarted the phone.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Shadowed Steel by Chloe Neill
  8. How lovely that you had salads made from greens in your garden! Are you doing a kitchen reno? Ours is starting this week. Our fabricator is working on our quartz slabs right now. New sink and faucet just came and we begin replacing the doors and drawers as soon as the painting is finished. So excited! I still need to order the tile for backsplash, but I know what I’m going with. Now I just need to find a good deal on the appliances we picked. It’s a process.

    I read Happy Trail and enjoyed it for the most part. It’s a quick easy listen. Enjoy your books, Anne! 🙂

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    • Thanks Rachel. I am looking at a kitchen reno. I don’t know when I will do it though. But I like to plan ahead. It is exciting. I have newer appliances so it is cabinets and countertops I need to redo. I love my garden. Soon it will be warm enough for the tomatoes, peppers and green beans to plant. I’d read Happy Trail already from the library but I like to pick up freebies when I can.

    • Thank you Jonetta! I always think I get the best books. lol But I love books which makes it easier. The audio is going better now that the new iphone is sorted and I’m able to do more activity with less pain.

  9. Jen

    Sounds like a pretty good week. That salad looks amazing! We are just getting early spring flowers and tree blooms here. I see there is a new Kat Holloway coming out?! I have listened to the first three – I am enjoying it from the library when I have time. Hope your week ahead is a good one.

    • Yes things are improving with the PT. I love having garden food. Later this month we can plant tomatoes, peppers and green beans. But the ones we have now are growing well. Yes I binged the Kat Holloway series (from the library) so I’m excited for the newest one now. My daylilies are getting ready to bloom. Everything here is much earlier than MN. Thank you Jen!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Monstrous Citadel by Mirah Bolender
  10. I hate calling and arranging doctors appointment! I have a list of appointments I need to make but keep putting most of them off. Hopefully this will be the week I get it done. Your roses are beautiful! You’ve gotten some great books! I need to get my hands on the Jennifer Ashley. I hope you have a great week!

    • Thank you Katherine. I think in May one of us has an appt almost every day. I just set up 2 more this morning! (OBGYN ugh) Partly this is because I am in PT twice a week and my daughter has a weekly appt with her therapist for anxiety. But also we did nothing for over a year because of COVID. I just binge read all the other Kat Holloway books so I’m excited to have the new one.

  11. So cool you were able to eat from your garden!! I can’t wait! Two more weeks until we get past our last frost date, woohoo!

    And I have so many appts to schedule for myself and Wyatt too. I am not ready yet as Michigan is still pretty ugly with COVID, although I am vaccinated, he is not. 🙁 Hopefully soon!

  12. Beautiful roses! My roses are blooming too. I need to do some serious weeding but haven’t managed it yet. That was supposed to be what yesterday was for but we got distracted by other things that needed to be done. I am glad your daughter’s neurology appointment went well. It sounds like you had a good reading month. I’m honestly amazed I have been reading as much as I have–but I think reading middle grade novels with my daughter has helped. LOL She reads on her own too, but when it comes to getting in her reading time for school, she always wants to read with me. I won’t say no! I know the days she wants to read with me are fleeting.

    I need to get caught up with Ashley’s series. I do love Kat Holloway! Last Chance Library sounds good too. I hope you enjoy your reading, Anne! Have a great week.

  13. Lorna

    We have two kinds of lettuce growing on our deck. Also tomatoes and green peppers. I think it was a bit early but I wasn’t the one who planted it. The lettuce is growing great so far. We have a groundhog that literally comes up the steps to visit?our plants. Wonder if he’s still around? I used to buy so many freebies and now I have a huge tbr of ebooks dating back to 2012. Now I only occasionally get one. You stay so busy! 30 books in a month is amazing. I think I did 16. Have a great week!

  14. Your roses are gorgeous! My rose bushes look like they are thinking about blooming very soon and I have an azalea bush that is about to explode with color. 30 books in a month is fabulous! I hope that you are having a great week!

    • Thanks Carole! I choose the easy care perennials that give me the longest bloom for the least work. These shrub roses bloom for months. I got reblooming iris, daylilies and azaleas but most of them are first year and won’t bloom as much this year.