Sunday Post – 5 December 2021 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted December 5, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 44 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.

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Sunday,  I slept well last night and managed to get going a bit earlier than the past week.  I have so much I want to do but I have to prioritize so I don’t get too tired.  Not everything needs to be done today or even can be done today.   I used up my last 2 Audible credits and then cancelled my membership to take advantage of a deal I saw. Audible did not let me have that deal but they did offer me one almost as good.  So I’m all renewed for the next year and will get 12 credits this week.  I tend to switch back and forth between the 12 credit and the 24 credit plans.   I got around to visiting and then it was time to walk Lulu.   It’s warmer today and nice.

Monday I got up pretty well into a cold day.  I accomplished a lot with writing reviews, loading review audios to my phone, and unpacking more kitchen items. I made a yummy clam chowder for dinner, and pumpkin bars.  I got a new comforter cover on sale since mine is at least 20 years old.

Tuesday, I had so much to do and too quickly; it was time to go to my daughter’s doc appt.  Before the appt, I realized I had access to the presale for Hamilton tickets so I got ours!  I probably could have gotten them on Friday, oh well, it was still before the general public.  It’s for next May.  I also got all the boxes from storage to the kitchen area, now I just need to continue unpacking them.  The appt went well.  Afterwards, she went to rest and I took Lulu for a longer walk route as we missed yesterday.   I had an easy dinner planned as she wanted more help with typing notes. She really wasn’t feeling very well.  I tried hard to get together a list of tasks for each day this week.  The weather is getting nicer so I have more I want to do.

Wednesday,  another nice day with too many things I want to do.  I did a bunch of computer work and made some phone calls. I did have a nice walk with Lulu.    I helped my daughter finish typing her Geology notes. Her final is next Tuesday afternoon.  Tonight is the mock final for her English writing class.

Thursday,  it was a gorgeous day so I took the Harley out to ride and get inspected.  We had our monthly chiro / massage appointments. I stopped to get just a couple things at Aldi.   When we got home, we walked Lulu at dusk and saw a few of the holiday lights along with the sunset.   I took photos to show the lazy susan organizers I bought and love.  When you use 4 of them together, it goes all the way around the circle.  I organize the bins so, for example, one bin has all of one type of spices : cinnamon, cloves, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, etc. so I can pull that one bin when I am making molasses cookies or pumpkin bread.


Friday, another day in the 70s and we are going to the zoo.  We didn’t get going as fast as I wanted but we had a nice time at the zoo with great weather.  We’ve been meaning to go to our “local” zoo for the whole 5 years we have lived here.  We got a membership now and it’s very nice.  It is about 1.5 hours drive though.  So I had plenty of time to listen to my audiobook.   They have primarily North American and African animals.  My daughter wants to go every week now.  They also have plenty of EV charging stations.



Saturday,  I am finally having a full day at home to work on things. I was behind on blog comments, Feedly, writing reviews, month end tallies, challenge linkups, and setting up posts. Of course, there is also garbage, laundry, garden work, leaves to blow or collect for compost, and menu planning. I’ve been trying for 2 days to hook up the new tank to the grill. I took Lulu for a nice walk. I stopped to chat with the neighbors when we got back.  So, I asked my neighbor to help me.  I showed him everything I was doing and of course, it fired up just fine.  We ended up grilling earlyish for dinner. Then I finally got some posts finalized and some of the month end stuff for November.   This week is finals for my daughter so she will be stressed out and I’ll need to support her.



   Of course I am going to participate in COYER again this year.  Each of the 4 Seasons are 3 months long and 2022 start with Winter season of COYER.   I will track COYER reads on my blog but there are some reads I don’t review on the blog, so all COYER reads will be on my COYER Goodreads shelf.   I track all the years on one shelf but you can tell the current ones with a date sort or by also selecting the year.   There are different rules for different seasons, so not all my reads will count for COYER.  Still I am going to try for 200 books read for COYER next year.  If you want to participate in COYER,  one of the seasons or the Community,  check it out here.


Things I Learned This Week:

OK  if I’m asking for help, I’m also going to share the cool things I learn. You may already know them but hopefully it will help someone.

So I have the Ultimate Book Blogger from Nosegraze and have used it for about 7 years, first at The Book Nympho and now on my own blog.  I learned this by accident.  I usually access posts through the calendar so I can make sure I have the days lined up.  I was doing that and went to click on a post and then it seemed to be gone.  I searched for it in All Posts and found it.  I realized that I was able to drag and drop posts!  I can’t tell you how many times I have gone into a post only to change the date, and doing this, things are updated automatically!

OMG!  It also works on Google calendar! I can drag and drop to a different day.  Drag and drop is my new friend.

November Reading:  I had another good reading month.  I managed to read  28 books. Audiobooks continue to help me read more. Some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to  14 audiobooks, read  7 library books,  28 COYER reads,  12 HoHoHoRAT 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  books I own (goal is 3 per month):

  • Silent Blade by Ilona Andrews
  • My Fake Christmas Fiancé by Julie Kriss
  • Cruel Candy by Mildred Abbott

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by 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 for the review copies : I already had the eARC but Macmillan Audio offered me the audio as well.   I couldn’t resist the Schusterman title from Simon Audio.  St. Martin’s Press feeding my K9 addiction.  Recorded Books came through with another favorite author.

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


I had 2 Audible credits to use up on my current plan.                             

I got this one by Whispersync with the KU ebook.


Then I bought a few books from Penny Reid’s latest releases.  Then a 99¢ deal with a pretty cover.


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 December 5, 2021 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 44 Comments

44 responses to “Sunday Post – 5 December 2021

    • Thank you Vi! We learned there are actually two bison varieties which I didn’t know before. We ran out of time so I didn’t figure out which type of giraffes they have. There are 23 varieties in four major groups, but there are only 2 I’ve found in zoos and the Masai is the most common. I have seen the Reticulated though.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Dark Night by Paige Shelton
  1. Oh wow, grilling! me wishing nostalgically I could do just that as I’m sitting in a coffee shop and looking out in the snow. I love the giraffe pic.

    • I love the bins. I got them on Amazon. We’re very fond of giraffes. Colorado Springs Zoo has a giraffe breeding program and a large number of them. We went there on one of our zoo trips. We’ve hand fed giraffes, camels and elephants. My daughter has ridden elephants and camels ( when she was young). I read all the nonfiction books by the “Leaky” girls Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and the one I can’t remember who studied orangutans.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Read-along & Giveaway: Night Huntress world by Jeaniene Frost
  2. Hopefully finals will go well. Glad you got more of your box sorting and putting away done and yay for getting the grill squared away. The trip to the zoo looks fun. We went down to the Toledo Zoo back in May and it had been years for me. Isn’t that drag and drop neat? I accidentally figured out your blog calendar does that when I accidentally dragged one of my reviews to the wrong date and had to move it back. 🙂 Enjoy those books you got for review and from the sale. This time of the year is a book and audio lover’s dream with all the deals and sales.

    Have a good week, Anne!

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    • Thank you Sophia! It seems like the putting away in the kitchen has slowed down and in a way it has. Most of what is left is plastics and since they can only go on the top shelf of the dishwasher or hand wash, it is taking some time. I only run the dishwasher with a full load instead of running it several times a day with only the top shelf full. The drag and drop is also handy on the Google calendar as I keep moving things around based on new information or my reading moods.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Dark Night by Paige Shelton
  3. 28 books! Awesome. I hope you enjoy Roxy. I had trouble reading it. I think it was good, just not for me. We had some nice weather here. I haven’t been to the zoo in probably more than 2 years. I’m thinking I need to get a massage. I’ve never had one, but I feel like my shoulders are up by my ears all the time. Hope you have a good week!

    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #44
    • I really like the author so I hope I enjoy Roxy. We love going to zoos. You should get a massage. It can be tough sometimes to find a good place. We go at the chiropractor and I quizzed my neighborhood as to who is good. The good ones are booked up a month in advance generally.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧Risen by Benedict Jacka
    • yes other than that one there are some aquariums but it is the only zoo. It’s kind of out in the boondocks which is good for making a more natural habitat I suppose. Oh there are more than 3 zoos in Ohio. We did our second Zoo trip there. Off the top of my head, we went to Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron, Dayton, Cleveland, Toledo. ok we also went to the Erie PA Zoo and the Milwaukee WI Zoo on the same trip.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Read-along & Giveaway: Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
  4. You are always staying busy. I have to admit that I am trying to figure out where I could use a lazy susan because your bins are cool. Drag and drop is cool but make sure you don’t accidentally drop in a date that has already happened or your post will be published if you have it as scheduled. Have a great week!

  5. I love seeing all the lights going up. And COYER- I miss doing that! I used to do COYER all the time…

    That’s awesome for November. Looks like you had an amazing reading month… 🙂

    I’m hoping to pick up the pace of my reading in december. Take care!

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  6. Ahh, darling Lulu💜

    I love those lazy Susans you bought! Perfect organizers.

    So happy you got to visit the zoo with your daughter. It looks like the animals are in open spaces? That’s so much better for them and visitors. Love that you can drive through.

    We’ve got similar book pickups this week, too. But, I need to request that Charlie Donlea book so thanks for the reminder.

    Have a wonderful week, Anne💜

  7. SJ

    The zoo looks like so much fun! I love your idea with the lazy Susan. Hope you have a great week!

  8. Those lazy susans are such a good idea, especially for smaller spice pots that can get lost at the back of a cupboard. Keeping my fingers crossed for your daughter’s Finals – it’s always a stressful time. And I love the pic of Lulu – such an old fashioned look on her face:)). As ever, you are really busy and the outing to the zoo looked great – what lovely weather you had. Have a great week, Anne.

    • Thanks Sarah. Other than the zoo, last week was a mad rush. This week looks the same. I really hope to finsh some things so I can relax a bit more like the zoo. With finals over, my daughter will have more time for fun things too. Lulu is our best girl!

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  9. Jen

    She Dreams of Fire was one of the best books of the year I read it (top 10 list). I really enjoy the series in audio and hope the author pens a third one soon! (or if he already has, I better go find out!). And yea for Hamilton – I saw it a couple years ago and will again in 2023.

    My week was good. The highlights include going to our local community Christmas Parade and watching my school win a big football game. Also, I got my covid booster!

    • It was just the nicest weather and a good day to go to the zoo. We’ve done lots of zoo visiting over the years and also love giraffes. The Colorado Springs Zoo has the largest number and a special breeding program. There are something like 23 varieties of giraffe but there are only 2 we normally see in zoos. Masai mostly and a few Reticulated.

      I MUST share the tips when I learn something new!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Read-along & Giveaway: Night Huntress world by Jeaniene Frost
  10. Nice on the Audible deal. I need to take a look at my wish list since I think I have 6 or 7 credits saved up. And hooray for the new comforter. I love new bedding. I tend to switch out way more often than needed. I’m so glad you shared the photos of the lazy Susan organizers. I was curious about those when you mentioned them last week. I picked up Big Package, too. Looks like a fun one. 🙂