Sunday Post – 13 March 2022 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted March 13, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 55 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.

Don’t forget to look at my giveaways on the right sidebar.


Sunday I lollygagged and read in the morning.  Then I finally got going on visiting.  I got my Wordle in 2 tries.  But for the first time ever a couple days ago I couldn’t even make any guesses for a word after the 4th try and having 3 letters in the right place A_E_D  My last guess was amend. I had two more guesses but gave up.   I am very sad / worried / angry about the situation in Ukraine.   I’ve seen complaints about gas prices going up. We in America only get about 1-3% of ours from Russia.  I have lost track of gas prices because electric hybrid. I only buy gas 1-2 times per year.  With us staying home more, we aren’t buying gas often. The weather was really warm 80 F / 27C and Lulu enjoyed her walk as always.

Monday, I read in the morning to finish up an eARC.  Another very warm day,  Lulu and I walked a longer route again. I didn’t do as much as I wanted but I got a bit organized. I read Devil to Pay (Night Huntress #3.5) novella. I’m really thrilled by how active the Read-along FB messenger chats are that we set up following the FB room chats.

Tuesday,  I got a lot of tasks which were hanging around off my plate.  I placed a pickup order with Harris Teeter and also for my Rxs.  I called the OBGYN about my daughter and my appointments. I ordered one of my daughter’s dermatology lotions. I set up some posts. I talked to Walgreens but I could tell the person I talked with was a waste of time and I’ll need to call again tomorrow.

Wednesday, it’s a cloudy, rainy day so I’ve been writing reviews, doing laundry, vacuuming and other chores. I talked to Walgreens and confirmed they messed things up.

Thursday, still cloudy a bit of drizzle.  I tried to get going a little earlier with a Walmart pickup. I was supposed to have my car detailed so I was cleaning everything out of the car. But it was cancelled again which worked out as it rained anyway.   I did some cleanup in the garage.  I’m reorganizing the shelves since I have two new ones which used to be in a kitchen pantry.   I forgot to call the OBGYN and will have to do it tomorrow. Wow I hit the books jackpot!  My Goodreads giveaway arrived from Minotaur Books – The Drowning Sea by Sarah Taylor Stewart.  Then I got a pile of unexpected books from Berkley Romance.  I don’t get physical books very often anymore.  I do request a few for books I am reading to giveaway.  These will be giveaways too. You will also be able to tell from my overflowing New books (ARCs)  that I FINALLY went through review requests and accepted some.

Friday,  it wasn’t supposed to rain but it is raining this afternoon.  It’s warmer but I still feel cold in the house. I called the OBGYN right away because I think they only work the morning on Friday.  Walgreens partial filled the other Rx but had told me they would have more today so I’ll wait to see if I can get the whole Rx later today rather than making 2 trips.

Saturday,  I spent a lot of the day reading. I did go pick up the 2 Rx at Walgreens. Lulu went along and is a fan of heated seats.  The wind was extremely blustery and made it feel very cold.  It’s getting down to 20F /-7C tonight!


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 so much to Penguin Audio, William Morrow, Minotaur Books, Berkley Romance,  Harper Audio, Simon & Schuster Audio. 


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

I have been wanting to read this one and couldn’t pass up the $3.95 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 March 13, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 55 Comments

55 responses to “Sunday Post – 13 March 2022

  1. I love the word lollygagged – I used it the other day with my daughter and then had to explain what it meant!
    You have some great looking books – I’m intrigued to know more about The League of Gentlewomen Witches. Lulu is as adorable as ever. Have a great week.

    • I love my electric hybrid which works for me. But range is a big issue and I have not had much luck charging on longer trips and had to use gas. The last few years we don’t take long trips and around town the all electric mileage is plenty. I have also been considering solar so that I totally control my fuel source but it’s a big upfront cost even with credits.

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  2. We used to have a hybrid but we traded it in. I envy you now. I added two books to my wish to read list from yours shared. The first Paula Munier and the Sara Paretsky, even though I’ve never read her books, lol. I would have a very long time buying/borrowing catching up so I’ll just jump in. Have a good week.

    Mia @ Genre Books and Me recently posted: What My Week Looked Like- 3/12/22
  3. I was so shocked when I heard about the war…such idiocy! I so admire the Ukraine tenacity and courage! How I miss the rain showers of my childhood! I remember when spring showers did indeed bring flowers. Don’t you just love a new stack of books? Below Zero sounds like part of a great series! You have such a wide selection of books to explore! Off to check out some more of your reads!

    • Thank you Tammy. I won a lot of giveaways a few years back and then I stopped entering as much because I read mostly digital. Now I enter for any I am reviewing to giveaway to my blog readers. This is Giveaways month at Goodreads. It also might be the diverse genres I read, but you read some diverse stuff too. Our range was huge last week 85 – 20F last night. I would like more of the middle range which looks to be this week.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Series on Saturday: Dragons
    • I am SO sad for this war and all the unnecessary deaths. Why do some men think they should be the only ones to decide anything? And yes, it is mostly men. The lies are everywhere.

      I am looking forward to warming up over the next few weeks and to finally get to the garden, after this current cold spell.

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  4. You got some great ARCs this week! Yeah, the gas prices going up don’t actually have a lot to do with the Russia-Ukraine thing, more with government and not using our own resources when we can. But now that I have to drive a little farther, filling up my car once a week again for work, It is about $50 a week to drive to work. I don’t have the option of working from home as a school librarian now that schools are back in person. I may be looking for another job next year though. We’ll see. Hope you have a good week.

    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #58 – March 13th, 2022
    • Well I finally went through all my ARC offerings. April was a little empty but now it’s full up. lol Yes the corporate greed, oil companies making huge profits and not even using the drilling permits they have, just charging more for the current supply. We only get about 1-3% of oil from Russia from what I read. Other corporations are raising prices too, not based only on costs but on greed / politics.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Crowbones by Anne Bishop
  5. Happy Sunday. The only book on your list here that I’ve read is Deeper Than The Ocean by Julie Ann Walker. I’d love to put more of these books on my TBR list, but I’m so swamped already. I’ll still make a note of some of them at least. You never know.

    Hope you got things sorted with the doctor.

  6. I wish my car was an electric hybrid right now. Fortunately, I don’t fill up often, though, because I usually only leave the house right now two days a week. My husband commutes via train, so he doesn’t fill up much either. When we do fill up, though, it’s more than $50 for each car and we both have midsize sedans. It’s so crazy! However, I’m more worried about Ukraine than I am about our gas prices. Hopefully, the high gas prices will encourage people to donate to Ukraine. I wish people would donate out of the goodness of their heart, but if having something affect them pushes them, then so be it.

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  7. Lorna

    Wow looks like you got some great books there! I’m especially interested in Below Zero. I loved her first book but haven’t read any of her novellas. I’m guessing that’s a novella? Weather here has been weird. We had high temps last week and it snowed on and off all day yesterday. Last night both of our doors froze and had to help my friend get back in the house. Supposed to warm up again this week. I had oral surgery last week so been dealing with finding soft things to eat. Lots of noodles, oatmeal, soup and applesauce. Seems to be healing well. I get gas 2-3 times a year because I only go to doctors, dentists and only occasionally to get my RX’s.-mostly used
    delivery for everything. Hope you and your daughter have a great week!

  8. It’s so hard to not one-click those freebies. Great book haul this week. Hope you enjoy. I’ve really cut back on the blog and finally last month got a lot of reading in. It’s been so long since I just read and enjoyed. I’ve been taking it easy and doing other things in RL. I still haven’t read any library books for me, only kid books with my kid ^_^. Have a great week!

    Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) recently posted: Tell Me Something Tuesday: New-To-You Series You Love
    • I really got a lot this past week. Partly with the unexpected box of books, and partly because I finally cleaned up a pile of request emails. I’m using the library to read all the Psy Trinity series this month. I’m trying to only check out one other thing at a time so I actually get to reading them. I hope you’ll enjoy some reading again along with other things. I’m looking forward to gardening too.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: 🎧 Stuck with You by Ali Hazelwood
  9. After having some really great Ukrainian neighbors when I was in high school and college and knowing a gal living in Odessa for several years now, I’ve been tense and emotional watching the daily fallout. Yeah, gas prices are hiked so much. I walk to some of my errands around our little town and pile up the others into one day, but my husband still has to commute 50-miles round trip each day for work.

    Nice review haul there. I got a couple I was anticipating this week and splurged on four audiobooks for that sale that ended at beginning of the week. Our weather has been so up and down that I was snowshoveling one day after t-shirt weather on one of my walks. 🙂

    Have a great week, Anne!

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  10. I don’t worry about the gas prices too much, although I have family who do and everyone and their brother seems to complain about it. I feel like with the situation in Ukraine, and the fact that gas is ALWAYS more expensive in Europe, we don’t have it too bad! I know if affects those on fixed incomes though (like my mom) and we’re so used to cheap gas it feels like an problem…

    I haven’t read anything from Minotaur Books in a while.

    Heated seats are nice. 🙂

    Ooh you have an Erika Ferencik and Zoje Stage. I’ve read both of them- stage was a trip! I’m trying to remember the ferencik I read- it was good.

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    • Yes it’s true, our prices here are much lower than the rest of the world, often half as much. People aren’t used to war affecting us here but it will. I’d never had heated seats before but I’m enjoying them. It’s good to know you enjoy those authors. I’m excited to read them.

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  11. That’s very nice to get a pile of books from the publisher. I get most of my reads through NetGalley so there are not too many physical books coming in the mail.

  12. The gas prices are concerning and I wonder if they’re being driven by panic/price gouging rather than actual supply shortage. We have an electric hybrid that we use as often as possible. I can get to work almost fully by electricity and my hospital lets us charge for 3 hours for free, but after that it’s $5.00 per hour which isn’t worth it. So my drive home is only covered 1/3 to 1/2 by electricity and then I’m on gas again. Still, the Volt gets really good gas mileage so it’s not that bad. I only use it one day a week and my hubby uses it 2xs a week while I drive our Acura which is straight gas. :/ I’m only working 3 days a week now, though. Thank goodness. Nice that you don’t have to fill up very often. It cost $91 to fill my tank last week!

    What a nice win of books! I’m super excited for The Drowning Sea!

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    • Thank you Rachel. Sadly I think it is corporate greed as the oil/gas companies are reporting record profits. They have many drilling permits but instead of investing the time / money to drill they just increase prices. II have a 2017 Volt and I get 50-60 miles on an overnight charge. It’s plenty for me in town. I only have to fill up when I go out of town. I am looking seriously at solar now that I put on the new roof since then I would also control my own fuel costs, except I maybe just don’t drive enough to make it worth it. I did read this week about someone using an old Volt battery for storage instead of a Tesla Powerwall.

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  13. A busy sounding week! I haven’t tried Wordle. My partner does it, but I don’t have the patience or time for that sort of thing!

    The ARCs look good. I want to read some more Ali Hazelwood.

    Have a good week!

  14. The war is a often on my mind though I’m thousands of miles from it.
    Petrol prices have doubled here too, our single car is a 31 year old SUV and the main tank is 80L (22 Gall) with a 40l subtank. I’d definitely buy a hybrid or EV if I could afford it, though right now there is no infrastructure to support them outside of the major cities here 🙁
    Im still playing Wordle, Wordle2 and Quordle 🙂

    Wishing you a great reading week, and those pretty new ARCs

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  15. Sweet Lulu looks like she’s primed for a belly rub💜

    You’ve got some great pickups this week, Anne. I see some familiars. Though I don’t read print books anymore, I still love feeling and holding them.

    Have a great week!

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  16. Looks like a nice book haul. One of my book groups posts Kindle freebies on Sunday and I refused to look yesterday. I have SO many books on my Kindle and right now I am NOT wanting to read it, preferring physical books, so I figured my time was better spent elsewhere 🙂 Have a great week.

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  17. Jen

    I’m listening to Gentlewomen Witches now, almost done. It’s such a delight. I enjoyed reading the first last year, but this one, and in audio, is so much fun. I hope you enjoy it if you read it.

    Our week was pretty slow. I did take my son to vote for the first time; we had town elections and he could register at the polls. It was very exciting and I’m proud that he took it seriously. Weather has been all over the place, but I try to get out walking when I can. It’s my “me” time with my audiobooks.

    • I am going to read/listen to The League of Gentlewomen Witches plus the first one but it won’t be for a few weeks as it was in the surprise box and not scheduled already.

      I’m so glad you did that with your son. I think now it is so important to pay attention and research the candidates. I never cared about politics until I did, still don’t enjoy them.

      The weather has been improving which means walking and more energy for me.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost
  18. I am also heartbroken about what is going on in Ukraine. It seems so senseless. Dealing with doctors can be so very frustrating. You did hit the book jackpot! Woo hoo! I hope that you have a great week this week.

  19. I want my next car to be either fully electric or hybrid. I’m tired of being so beholden to gas prices – inflation in general is killing my budget as of late, and thankfully I don’t drive THAT much but I drive enough that it hurts.

    The situation in Ukraine is simultaneously heartbreaking and terrifying. I really worry about when and how it will come to a conclusion.

    Sounds like a really productive week, as usual. I hope this one is turning out great 🙂

    • Thank you. I wish I had great solutions to all the world problems. Electric is great for me but it isn’t for everyone. Mine has long range for a hybrid (50-60 miles per day) many others are 15-30 miles. You need to think seriously about your range and how you drive to pick the right vehicle. Mine also has a good storage space for hauling stuff which was critical for me.

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