Sunday Post – 2 January 2022 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted January 2, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 51 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 didn’t start to early but I got right to visiting blogs. Then I took Lulu for a long walk in the beautiful weather. I got a little lunch and sat down to do a few things, planning to go out and blow the leaves which have finally fallen. Next thing I knew, I had February posts set up and it was 5:30 and dark.  I made the homemade pizza crust.

Monday was a bit cooler and I planned to knock off a bunch of tasks.  I did. Lulu and I still did our walking and it was fine, not even chilly.  I did a lot of reading.

Tuesday, I was doing the normal computer stuff, kind of waiting because the contractors were to finish today.  He came during the 2-hour window they gave me and kept it short.  Of course, right after he left I found another problem but I’m just glad to be finished and may just leave it.  I’ve finished up reviews for this week and am started on next week’s review ARCs.  It’s another gorgeous day. Lulu is snoring so I think it’s time to go for our walk and then I need to do some leaf cleanup in the back yard.  I spent hours in leaf cleanup and need to do more tomorrow.  I was a sweaty mess covered in bits of leaves and twigs.  I stayed up late making a desk calendar for Mom with family pictures from this year.  I managed to get enough from my brother’s family by going through all their facebook photos.

Wednesday,  another great day of weather.  I did a bit of computer work.  The contractor came by to look at the last little problem at noon.   Then Lulu and I went for a walk. Then I got the leaf eater fired up to final de-leaf and de-poop the yard!  It didn’t take long which was great.

Thursday, was a bit rainy.  I did all my running errands between showers. Somehow to get the things I needed I had to go too many places. I got an Instacart from Sam’s club in the morning.  Then I went to the post office, to BJs to refill the grill tank, get a gallon of gas, do a curbside pickup,  then I picked up an Rx for my daughter (short line YAY!) , picked up a few items but they were out of the milk we get, so then I stopped at Food Lion for milk and the frozen veggies I use for Lulu’s food (since they were on sale).  I did wear my N95 mask all the time while out.  I shopped a few audiobook deals at Chirp.

Friday,  I slept a little late because I read a little late.  I debated about whether I wanted to read another library book today to get to 100 for the year but decided I was involved with my current ARCs and will probably finish them, an ebook and an audio.  I have almost all audio ARCs for January so I am working a little ahead.  I went through emails to finish up getting any December freebies and couldn’t find any of the Amazon first reads I wanted from December. I have been contemplating my goals for the upcoming year and the best way to reach them.  Lulu and I had a nice walk and I tried to finish up some posts.

Saturday, today is 2022!  I was excited to start buddy reading for the Read-along. I read the first 28% before I got up, just in time for a DEAR (Drop Everything and Read for COYER). Lulu and I took a walk so I could listen during the afternoon DEAR. It’s nearly 80F (25C) and will rain tomorrow and then be in the 40s (5C) next week.  This weekend I’m trying to figure out my 2022 goals for 2022.     I so far have identified 8 series I’d really like to read up to date.  I’m making a list of the books I own which I’d like to read next.  I’m also trying to figure out some Series on Saturday themes.

December Reading:  I had another good reading month.  I managed to read 25 books. Audiobooks continue to help me read more. Some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to 17 audiobooks, read  5 library books,  25 COYER reads,   and  2  books which I already own.

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

I did manage to read 2 books I own (goal is 3 per month):

  • 🎧 Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
  • 🎧 The Nowhere Man by Gregg Hurwitz


You can also see my Goodreads  2021 Year in books, where I read 320 books.  That’s averaging 6 books a week.

Audiobooks total was 139 audiobooks.

Library total was  99 books and there will be a savings post later today.  That’s roughly 2 books a week.

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):



I want to thank Minotaur Books, Netgalley,   and Brilliance Audio.                          


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






I went on a little audio spending spree with 4 deals at Chirp (99¢  $2.99   $4.99  $2.99  $4.99  $4.99 ) and then $4.95 Audible daily deal.


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 January 2, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 51 Comments

51 responses to “Sunday Post – 2 January 2022

  1. You got your February posts ready! 😮 Wow, I am super super impressed. I would love to read about your blogging process if you write about it (or maybe it’s already written).

    Happy New Year! Have a great week ahead!

    Athira recently posted: Happy New Year | Weekly Snapshot
    • I write some of the stuff on the blog and in Sunday posts as I go. I’d be happy to expand for you in an email if you would find it helpful. I do blog ahead. I have posts set up for the whole year but that doesn’t mean the reviews are written just that everything but the review. Sometimes I have to wait for buy links or even graphics if it is far ahead. But I do as much as I can the same week I get the ARC. Some things like SoS or Thrifty Thursday aren’t necessarily time sensitive like release dates for ARCs so I can do them ahead when I have some slack.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 2022 Jan-Feb-Mar Library Love Challenge Link Up & Giveaway
  2. That’s an amazing reading total. So glad the contractors are finished (if that last little job has been done). Wishing you the very best in 2022 and some great books!

    • Well the last little thing isn’t done but they are being nice about it. But mostly it is done and I’m able to clean things and put stuff in order. That will be a focus in January and I can listen to audiobooks while I clean, which is good because more of my ARCs are audio this month. Thank you Louise!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman
  3. Lots of walks with Lulu this last week. That’s wonderful! We had rain everyday until Friday which was the first clear day in over a week. I tried to get out and walk our dog Panda when the rain slowed down. We had family in town. So nice to see them, but now they are gone. Great job on your reading. I love your book haul this week. You picked up some nice Audiobooks. I’m still in a review slump and reading too. Have a Happy New Year!

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) recently posted: January Of Books Giveaway Hop ~ 1st – 31st
    • Thanks Angela! I wanted to get another email out this month but it didn’t happen with everything else. Another year beginning and another chance to meet some goals. I wanted to get to 100 but I was absorbed in the ARCs I was reading and finished them on the 31st instead of reading a library book. The walking, as well as the cleaning, and crafting projects I have on tap for January will be very compatible with audiobooks. Lulu won’t go out in the rain so I’m going to try to go between showers today. Happy New Year to you!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea
  4. Everyone is still asleep here so I thought I would get in a little blog visiting time. We had a nice New Year’s Day. Mostly lazy, but we did go over to my mom’s for a homemade chilli dinner, which was nice. It was a beautiful day–the first day after several days of heavy rain. I am glad you had a good reading month! I I plan to work through some of my series reading too and am still deciding which to prioritize. I will likely focus on the ones I actually own the books for already. Kim Harrison’s Hollows series is the at the top of that list. I hope you enjoy your new books and have a great week, Anne!

    • Thank you Wendy! Kim Harrison’s the Hollows was my first Read-along in 2014 when I was just starting to figure out the concept. I hope sometime you will join us on one. I am also focusing on ones I own somewhat but it’s also true I bought ones I want to read. Even with all the “alone” time during these last few years I cherish my time alone.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 2021 Library Love Results
  5. Wow, you read a lot in December! Audiobooks help me quite a bit, too. Sounds like you had a busy week. Yeah, I’d be happy to be done with contractors as well. I can understand just leaving it. I’ll be applying for a library copy of One Step Too Far by Lisa Gardner. I requested an ARC on Netgalley and was declined. Oh well, now I don’t have to write a review.

    Rachel recently posted: Sunday Post #149
    • Yes I also got declined on the One Step Too Far but she the publisher sent me a nice email saying why which is unusual. I got the audio version which is what I want anyway. The reason I get both sometimes is that most audios are on Netgalley and if I never post stuff there the publishers don’t have the full fact I am reading them. Plus I need to highlight and get spelling from the ebook. Sometimes I request both in hopes of getting one which is what happened with The Sorority Murder. I have to say I am really enjoying the new kitchen a lot.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman
    • I didn’t really participate in DEAR before but now that I have read the rules and understand it better it’s really not difficult. In my case it will be more like scheduled reading as I sent an alarm on my iphone so I’d remember which some days will make it DEAR,. I really enjoy the first book with the setting in China so I was excited to get Wild Prey. Learning about other cultures is one of the reasons to read.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea
  6. Sounds like a nice low-key productive week and you got a lot done. Way to go. Your library numbers are amazing and help egg me on to do better. I need to get out walking more now that I don’t have holiday tasks filling my day, but not today on the ice, LOL. I got Wild Prey, too.

    Happy New Year, Anne!

    Sophia recently posted: 2021 Library Love Results
    • I use my libraries heavily to get things I want or missed getting to when they were released. I just love them. You know if you want to review on the blog something I am, you can, it just needs to be the same day I review. I’m debating walking today as it’s VERY windy and won’t die down to 10mph until almost dark. The temperature drop of 30 degrees isn’t encouraging me either. I went right to the MN clothes with my wool socks this morning.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 2022 Jan-Feb-Mar Library Love Challenge Link Up & Giveaway
  7. Wow, Thursday was really nonstop. That was a lot packed into one day. My last order of N95 masks from Amazon is hung up somewhere in Georgia. Hopefully they’ll get delivered this week. There were so maybe freebies available throughout December! Even though I’m quite particular about what I download, I still ended up with a lot of new additions. 🙂

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted: The Sunday Post #274 | January 2, 2022
    • Yes there seems to have been a holiday blowout on freebies or deals. I do also try to be selective but I like so many genres. oops I see I left out saying Aldi, that’s where they were out of milk. I think I am used to lots of out and about from my career installing computerized systems and doing sales and training. That was lots of driving about to clients so I learned about every part of town (in the Twin Cities MN) Now I am just figuring out where things are here after 6 years. I don’t drive as much and nowadays I try hard not to go out and about.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Untold Story by Genevieve Cogman
  8. Happy New Year! You had a great reading year! That’s crazy weather, nearly 80! It warmed up here a little this past weekend but now the temps have dropped into the 30’s and we’re getting flurries. Enjoy your books this week.

  9. Happy New Year, Anne! I’m still deciding on my goals for this year too. Finishing up more series is definitely high on my list. The weather has been wild here too. It was in the 70’s yesterday and today we had 12 inches of snow!

    • Thank you Suzanne. I guess there were flurries here but I didn’t see them at my house. The wind was brutal so I was happy to stay inside. Today is about the same temp but sunshine and low-no wind so it’s nice out even though it’s 40s. Of course that’s shorts and flip-flop weather in Minnesota but since I’ve been here I have adopted the southern seasons. Thank goodness I still have MN clothes like my wool socks.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 Twenty Years Later by Charlie Donlea
  10. Jen

    Happy New Year to you and the crew! I took a couple weeks off from blog visits and such and feel so behind. We had a wonderful holiday time – got to visit family for Christmas and then spend some downtime at home. We ended up getting a new TV and I got a new laptop because the TV died right before Christmas (it was 11 years old and worked great until the end). My laptop has been slowing getting slower and slower and the battery gone. I debated new or fix and decided new. Now I need to get back into blogging and back into my fitness routine. Happy 2022!

  11. Looks like you had a very productive final week of 2021!! I bet you feel good to finally have the contractors finished, it feels like that’s been going on forever (and I’m sure it feels longer for you who has lived it). What a great way to start the year though, with your kitchen all nice and done! I hope this week has been a good one so far!

    Berls recently posted: Berls Reviews Marked For Magic
    • Thank you! It was productive but now I’m like a sloth. There is one thing left for them to do but the part had to be ordered. Hopefully it won’t be too big of a mess. I’m glad to have a break and it’s cosmetic thing but I want it right. I hope we both get an energy boost in the coming days.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 2021 Library Love Results