Sunday Post – 13 February 2022 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted February 13, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 64 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,  a sunny but chilly day.  I started beef stew in the crockpot.  I had plenty of Feedly and visiting to catchup since I missed it on Saturday.  I’m staying up later and getting up later to watch more of the Olympics.  Lulu and I walked a shorter route. It was cold enough I should have worn gloves.

Monday, was a rainy day so I could wear pajama pants.  I worked on various blog posts and other things but didn’t feel like I accomplished much.  I realized I am no longer really a week ahead.  I have one book to finish for this week and 2 for next week.  But to be fair, I don’t have the audio ARCs for the 2 for next week.  I already moved Thrifty Thursday up to this week since I didn’t have them.  I really felt better when I was a week or two ahead of schedule.

Tuesday,  was another stayed up too late, got up late.  I did some blog stuff and visiting while waiting for the freezer repair guy to show up.  As I expected it is the door seal.  He ordered the gasket and will be back to install it at the end of March, but I can call if it arrives earlier.  Luckily, it is staying cold, it’s just getting frost inside. Lulu and I walked one of the longer routes in the neighborhood today.  I decided I just had to stay up to see some of the Olympics after going to bed earlier last night and missing things.  I was up until 3 am.

Wednesday,  well not an early start of course.  I stayed in bed until I had finished my book for tomorrow since I have to write the review and I have other reviews to write.  I got an eARC for April which I was thinking I wasn’t going to get – YEAH!  The weather is better and much nicer for walking with Lulu.  I finally got one of the ARCs for next week.  Well I got to watch all the Olympics I love and made it to bed by 2am.

Thursday, it’s a good thing I was sleeping long hours before this week because 5-6 hours is all I can fit in with watching the Olympics.  Today, my daughter is off to the zoo with my ex.  It’s going to be gorgeous, 65F / 19C  so Lulu and I will try to get in a longer walk.  First I had an Instacart coming from Wegmans.

Friday,  I managed to get up earlier and it’s a gorgeous day.   I finally got my last audio ARC for next week. I also got a Butcherbox order and somehow managed to stuff it all into the freezer, and update the freezer inventory.  Lulu and I walked the longest route in the neighborhood. After dinner,  we had Christmas for things my ex brought for my daughter.

Saturday was another beautiful day and I had plans to do plenty of outdoor stuff after some laundry and computer tasks.  Lulu slept under my table / desk.  It’s great that it is also a sun spot as it is under the window.  I was listening to my audio for DEAR (Drop Everything and Read) and just listened until I finished.  I worked a bit with compost.  Then Lulu and I did another long route walk. Then I powerwashed the rest of the driveway, which I couldn’t do last summer as I didn’t have a long enough hose.  I was completely splattered with mud and had to shower again afterward. My ex repaired the loose fence slats and cleaned out the gutters.  I perused the Audible 2-1 sale and will probably get something tomorrow.  There are also MANY great deals at Chirp for $2-4.


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):






These are the amazing review copies I received from Penguin Audio,   Berkley,  McMillan Audiobooks,  Simon & Schuster Audio,  and Harper Audio.                    


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

Not yet.


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 February 13, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 64 Comments

64 responses to “Sunday Post – 13 February 2022

  1. I’ve been adjusting so I could fit in some Olympics viewing. I haven’t even cared what event and enjoy watching whatever is on- and I live within reach of the Ontario TV signal so I can watch on Canadian station too. Glad the freezer will hold up until you get the seal part and that you got your power washing done.
    Wow, nice haul for this week and hopefully it will help you get back to your two-week buffer ahead.

    Have a Happy Valentine’s Day and good week, Anne!

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    • Thank you Sophia! I wish broadcast tv worked better here. I miss that but to be far I had a HUGE antenna on the house in MN. I probably need to just install one here since we are staying here. We only get the one station, NBC. Most of what we watch otherwise is streaming. Yes I hope to get ahead again. We will see. I did get the mega haul this week.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz
    • I am SO invested in the Olympics and not just US athletes; I appreciate all with talent. Although I am happy to see how US does. The problem is if you have watched consistently you know and love the commentators and ones like Shaun White and Lindsay Jobellis because you have watched them in 5 different Olympics. Or even Nathan Chen who didn’t make the podium in 2018. I’m going to be in trouble tomorrow because it will be very late tonight.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
    • I’m not watching on Peacock at all. It pretty much just gives a few highlights unless you have the paid service for replays. Don’t you have free broadcast tv? That’s all I had for many years. It’s only the last 5-10 I’ve had Netflix and Amazon Prime but I’ve never had cable. Just this year we got Discovery+ for HGTV and Animal Planet.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Navy SEAL romance
  2. Sounds like a busy week. I’ve also loved watching the Olympics. I’ve read Jessie Mahlik’s previous books and loved them, so this one is going on my TBR for sure. Ooh, looks like my library has a copy. And I love Angie Fox’s series. I’ve read Riggs as well. I’ll take a look at the others, maybe there’s something new in there for me.

    And Happy Valentine’s Day. Hope you have a great week.

  3. Are the audio ARCs you get with the actual narrators? I tried to get one on Netgalley but it wasn’t actually the narrators, so I knew I wouldn’t be able to listen to it. I wondered if all of them were like that there. I finally read The Love Hypothesis this past week and now I get what everyone was going on and on about, it was so good! We had nice weather most of the week, then it got cold on Friday and has been cold all weekend. Have a great week!

    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #54 – February 13th, 2022
    • Thanks Lisa. The audio ARCs I have gotten, even through Netgalley have always been the actual narrators. For example Dark Horse by Gregg Hurwitz, narrated by Scott Brick. But I get probably 90% of my audio ARCs direct from publishers with maybe 8% thru Netgalley and 2% from the author or publicity team. But always with the regular published narrators. I have seen several editions of things like Agatha Christie novels which have different narrators. I got one with a full cast narration from a BBC radio program. The Love Hypothesis is awesome!

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  4. I’m kind of interested in the Olympics. I like the controversy and learning about how other cultures handles things. Hope you have a great week.

  5. Your sleeping schedule sounds like mine, lol. The more I try to go to bed early, the more I fail.

    It sounds like you have a good relationship with your ex, which is nice. I’m glad your daughter got to go to the zoo and the weather was nice enough that your got in a lot of nice walks with Lulu.

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  6. I love watching the Olympics, though the time difference is such a nuisance. China is 8 hours ahead of the UK, so most of the action happens in the wee dark hours and by the time we are up and awake there isn’t a great deal of live-action left. It did make me giggle that snow had caused all sorts of problems the last couple of days!

  7. The weather was really nice here for a few days, too — such a nice break from the dark, gloomy rain and cold. I’m glad you and your daughter both got to enjoy it.

    I usually love the Winter Olympics, but I have been totally tuned out this year. I don’t watch football much these days, either, but we will probably watch the Super Bowl tonight, if only so we know what everyone is talking about in the coming week LOL.

    Enjoy your week, and all those new ARCs! I don’t know how you keep up with them all. 🙂

    Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard recently posted: Sunday Post, 2/13/2022
  8. I haven’t watched too much of the Olympics but I remember when Will was a baby the Winter Olympics were going on and I watched a LOT of ice dancing at 2am. Though honestly even without watching the Olympics I’m struggling to get to bed at a reasonable time. You got so many great books this week! I love Victoria Thompson and I really want to read The Paris Apartment. Have a wonderful week!

    • I used to record them so I could watch them at more convenient times. I still have equipment so I could do it on VHS or DVD. I’m just too lazy to set it up. So I’m staying up late. I got the best haul this week. I was surprised to get the Victoria Thompson. I love that series but they often turn me down.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Navy SEAL romance
  9. You had a very busy week! Your books look good, too, from The Paris Apartment to The Couple at Number 9. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. We were up until 1 am a few nights for the Olympics but then my husband has to get up at 6 am for work. We crashed out by 10 the next few nights. At least we got to watch both nights of Shaun White’s halfpipe competition. I fell asleep on the couch, but my husband made it through the first night of men’s figure skating too. I’m sorry I missed it but the schedule is exhausting!

    I read The Hunting Party by Lucy Foley and enjoyed it. I intend to read more of her work.

    Enjoy your week!

    Jen at Introverted Reader recently posted: Weekly Update for February 13, 2022
  11. It’s been very pleasant here as of late, although I hear rain is coming this week. That will be nice too. I never mind the rain. Sometimes I dream of moving somewhere where rain is more common . . . Okay, so maybe I just really like the house on the water Tom Hanks lives in in the movie Sleepless in Seattle. LOL I hope you are enjoying the Olympics. I am curious about Hideout, but all your books featured here sound good. I hope you have a great week, Anne!

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    • Thank you Wendy. I considered Portland Oregon when I was deciding where to move. I decided it was too far away from where family lived and I’ve seen lots of the west coast and not as much of east coast. My brother lives in Florida so I chose NC. Hideout is the third in the series which is excellent. It’s a PI series but unique.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  12. I still need to check out the Audible sale. Didn’t have much time over the weekend with being out and about.

    I just got a library audio of Hunt the Stars, but probably won’t start it until next week. Just finished Orphan X on the way home and that ending! We don’t know what happens to Mia and looks like Evan’s going to be hunted again! For some reason I thought Dark Horse was the last book. I need the next book now!

    You got some great audio ARCs! I will probably listen and read to The Deepest of Secrets. I got an e-ARC but I love Therese Plummer’s narration of the series.

    Hope you continue to enjoy some nice weather, Anne!

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    • Thank you Rachel. The Audible sale ends today I think. I am so worried about Evan. I thought after the explosion he was pushing it to stay in Castle Heights. I’m listening to Hunt the Stars now. It’s definitely in Mihalik style and I love her style. More romantic and a bit techie. I loved Deepest of Secrets, no surprise as I LOVE the whole series.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Navy SEAL romance
    • Thank you Carole. I finally figured out that they go from 8-11:30pm EST and then 12am -2am. Depending on the sports I can go to bed after the first show which is closer to my normal time. Right now I want to see that later stuff so I’m going to be kind of tired and crabby this week. lol And of course, it is ruining my bedtime reading.

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  13. What’s your favorite Winter Olympic event to watch? I used to love watching all the figure skating the most. I’m sad I haven’t had time to watch it this year – but I can’t stay up late like that and honestly, pretty much every minute of every day is booked for me. Maybe next time they roll around I’ll be able to watch better.

    Sounds like you got in some nice walks despite the weather being cold some of the days. And yay for the freezer not being anything to challenging. I hope it’s fixed sooner than later for you.

    I’m also not as ahead as I would like to be. I never have my posts done more than a week ahead – I usually write all of the week’s posts on the weekend – but I write reviews when I finish books and I usually have a few weeks in the bank. Right now I have just enough for the week and that’s it! We may start have some sparse weeks ahead, especially since Michelle isn’t really blogging these days.

    Have a great week 🙂

    • Thank you. I love many winter sports all the figure skating, ice dancing, snowboarding with freestyle, halfpipe, big air and snowcross. And the same sorts of events for skiing. I’ve skiied since I was 4 years ole. I love curling. I was on the team which won the championship my junior year of high school I’m enjoying the new monobob, and cross country events. I’d pretty much watch every single thing if I could. I’m tired of having things to fix I need a week off. But my ex is leaving after this week so this week (when I’m up too late and not getting enough sleep) is when it will happen. I’m struggling to catch up with my reading now too. But I’m hanging in there.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: Stolen Fury by Elisabeth Naughton
  14. Jen

    Glad your weather has been nice and you’ve been getting out. Our weather is very up and down – near 50 one day, snowing the next. I’ve been trying to get out for walks and doing yoga.

    I tried a new recipe for taco chicken chili on Sunday. We watched to Super Bowl. I was disappointed with many of the commercials – but enjoyed the halftime show.