Sunday Post – 24 April 2022 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted April 24, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 63 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. Two giveaways end tomorrow (US).

Sunday,  Lulu let me take my time this morning. I read a few chapters of my current eARC.  I have added pushups and weights to the morning routine. I can feel my stomach muscles which is good. It’s working.  I have to gradually increase repetitions which I’ve done in the past.  When we went out I watered on the west side and the front planters.  It’s supposed to rain tomorrow but it was supposed to all day rain yesterday and it didn’t. I looked at the week ahead and my daughter has a medical appointment every day but Wednesday.

Monday,  I woke to rain and cooler temperatures.  We need the rain so I’m fine with it. Lulu is not so pleased.  She went right out and did her business.  She might be cranky but she isn’t stupid. It finally stopped raining in the late afternoon so Lulu and I set out in jackets. Lulu started in boots but she lost them as we went along.

Tuesday,  about 10 degrees warmer and sunny today but kind of windy.  I had a bunch of errands planned for late morning. I went to the post office,  a pickup at Lowe’s Home Improvement,  and then a pickup at Harris Teeter.  I was especially excited to get a box of the right size to pack up the extra laser printer to store it for future parts.   I did some usual tasks and then had my daughter’s medical appointment. I finally decided on the menu plan for the week, then Lulu and I walked right before dinner.   We ate leftovers for dinner, but then I did a major sort of my spices.  I threw out a few which were really old. I was so tired I kept falling asleep while trying to read.

Wednesday, I was able to sleep a bit later.  I responded to some comments and did some other computer work. I finished my audio I started yesterday and messaged Berls. Luckily she also just finished her audio so we could start on our next buddy read!!  Then I went to Feedly to do some visiting.  I saw an Ilona Andrews post with the Ruby Fever cover posted 29 minutes ago and ran right to Netgalley. At least I got it requested.  Avon is not my biggest fan so we will see. I realized that 5 books which will probably be in my top 10 for the year are all releasing on August 23rd!

Thursday,  I watered the gardens a bit when I took Lulu out.  The snow peas and roses are going well. I figured out some longer loops in my neighborhood which may work for cooler days.  I got Ruby Fever!!!!!  Now if I could just sit down and read it this afternoon. No, I have errands and a trip to Aldi and Lulu to walk.  We also plan to get takeout at Alpaca Chicken since we haven’t done that in months.  We ate lunch after we got back.  I finished my project of labeling all the spice holders. Then it had cooled off a bit so Lulu and I walked our favorite route by the swans.

Friday, I did a little watering and a few computer tasks.  Then I needed to take my daughter to her gastro specialist.  Since she is doing well, we will only see her every 6 months instead of every 3 months now.  Then I stopped at Wegman’s across the street because I was about out of milk.  I’ve never been inside one since I don’t live close to one, but have ordered from them for delivery.  I really like their excellent produce and some gluten free products,  and reasonable prices.  I had a snack and then went to walk Lulu.

Saturday,  so I stayed up reading last night and then read all morning too. I did some watering of the garden as it’s going to be hot 88F / 31C  and dry the next 3 days. I was gifted some craft supplies I thought my daughter would like on our Buy Nothing group so I went to pick those up.  I waited until it cooled down to take Lulu for our walk.  We went our favorite long route by the swans.  Now I’m watering in the yard again.


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):




My grateful thanks to Montlake,  Carina Press, Poised Pen Press,  Tantor Audio,  PRH Audio,  Avon and Tantor Audio.                      


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

I did “buy”  all the world book day titles on Amazon.   You can see the 10 international titles HERE.  They are free for another 4 days.


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 April 24, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 63 Comments

63 responses to “Sunday Post – 24 April 2022

  1. Your Lulu is so CUTE! And I love that name, it’s a character of a game I play and that’s a really cute character as well.

    And I LOVE your plants, you can see that you spend a lot of time tending to them!

    Esther+@BiteIntoBooks recently posted: Sunday Post #39
    • Thank you! Lulu was a rescue and we didn’t change her name. Actually most of my plants, other than the veggie garden are perennials and now they are planted it’s some watering and fertilizing but very little work overall. The hard part is the initial bed preparation and picking the right plants for the sun and moisture situation.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Double Vision by Elizabeth Hunter
  2. I like your workout regime. Recently my brother brought over his yoga mat with him. Said he’s going to do a few sit-ups and push-ups while babysitting for my son. I love that!

    • Thank you Tammy. I was SO excited! I’m still grumbling that I couldn’t sit and read it the moment I got it because I have commitments. Sigh. Soon. Lulu loves her walks so much, she skips and runs most of the way. That is a bootie killer. But it kept her feet drier for awhile. I was thinking they might help with hot asphalt in July and August too.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Double Vision by Elizabeth Hunter
  3. Lulu looks so cute laid on her cushion and in her rain outfit. Your photos are wonderful and the roses look amazing. I’m jealous of the Ilona Andrew’s book, it isn’t on Netgalley in the UK – boo! Have a good week and hopefully you’ll get to read some of those freebies 😊

  4. Hi Anne! I’ve also received a copy of The Woman in the Library and I think it’s going to be a good read.

    Your garden is lovely and I can just imagine that it brings you lots of joy.

    Have a good week ahead and take care of yourself!

    Mareli Thalwitzer recently posted: The Sunday Post #69
    • I always get the freebies because I never know when I will want to read them. I have some I got free before authors were popular. I got one free today that was next in a series which I planned to get. Amazon stores them for me so it’s easy enough. The link for world book day is still good to get the books for 3 more days.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: When a Princess Proposes by Kerrelyn Sparks
  5. Way to go hitting those stomach workouts. I know I’m out of shape because I feel sore after weeding and raking the yard and beds. We had weather all over the place, but I haven’t planted the garden outside yet so no though it will be soon. I was excited to get picked by Avon for Ruby Fever, as like you, its a gamble getting accepted by them.

    Have a good week, Anne!

    • Thanks Sophia. yes I put the stomach on during my injury last year and now I have to fight to get rid of it. Even with walking it hasn’t decreased so more effort is needed. I seem to stay at a weight once I get there pretty well though. I never know with Avon.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Double Vision by Elizabeth Hunter
  6. First of all I see you redid your header and I LOVE it! You always seem to redo it and it always looks so good! But I especially love the flowers and books all mixed together. So neat! Lots of outside stuff this past week for you. My Argyle used to be kind of dumb when I had to take my dogs out on the leash in the rain because he would just stand there and stare at me like why did I make him go out in the rain, instead of hurrying to do his business. He’s done a little better since we have the fenced yard I think. lol Have a great week!

    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #64 – April 24th, 2022
  7. It’s been raining so much here. In fact it is right now lol! I love the roses pic. We’re in Michigan so ours aren’t blooming yet but those look gorgeous!

    You’ve got some good looking suspenseful reads coming up, looks like.

    Greg recently posted: Sunday Post #449
    • Thank you Greg! We aren’t getting much rain, maybe once a week, so I am watering. And it is getting so hot. After these couple days, it is supposed to get back to 70s after a rain on Tuesday. I will love that. I do love having things blooming and growing for 3 seasons here instead of one as I did in Minnesota. That rose bush will bloom over and over until frost. I chose the reblooming best plants for the least work. I’m very excited about my book haul this week.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Double Vision by Elizabeth Hunter
  8. Your roses look beautiful! I need to do push ups on a regular basis. Weights are really important as we age. I’ve been using those, but lately I haven’t had time to do anything! We went on a walk around the lake today but that’s the first time in a while I’ve be able to exercise.

    I just requested Ruby Fever. Fingers crossed!

    Rachel recently posted: Sunday Post #161
  9. I love the picture of Lulu in her boots. So cute! It’s always wondered what my cats would look like with little boots on, lol. I hope your daughter’s appointment well. I understand about feeling tired. I feel like that almost every day, lol.

    Jenni Elyse recently posted: Sunday Post #15
  10. I was really excited to get approved for Ruby Fever as well. I am going to try to sneak it into my reading schedule sometime soon. We have had a lot of wind lately as well. I feel like my hair is blowing everywhere when I walk the dogs. I am trying to remember to bring a hat with me. I hope that you have a wonderful week!

  11. Lulu looks so cute and cozy on that blanket!

    It sounds like it was a pretty good week! And your plants look great. We picked up a few plants this weekend but not too much since our temps are still pretty low at night. Although I did get three new house plants for $3.00 each and I was super excited. Lol.

  12. I just recently did a weed-out of my spices and it was crazy how many I had to toss since they were beyond their expiration date. I’ve only had to replace one of those – the others were so rarely used that it didn’t matter. I’ve stayed away from Netgalley for quite a while now. I have only one outstanding arc thru Netgalley and I’m reading it right now. Then it’s back to reading my own books, which I love to do. 🙂

  13. Awww, Lulu is such a cutie. What a coincidence but I also did a major clean out of spices this week too. I’m embarrassed by how many ended up in the trash because they were years past their expiration date. Oops, haha.

  14. Jen

    I am SOBBING because I didn’t see the Ruby Fever request until Day 3. I hope they offer more ARCs!

    We are having a cold snap here. It’s been rainy and in the 40s. Today is super windy. I want summer!! Or at least a warm spring.

    This week has been so busy (as evident that it’s Thursday and I’m just getting to your Sunday post!). I have major deadlines at work. Plus my son had two away lacrosse games, so the evenings were shot. I’m looking forward to some rest and reading time this coming weekend.

    • I totally empathisize. I didn’t get Sapphire Flames. It’s a bit of a crapshoot even if I get a request in because Avon doesn’t always like me. Maybe because they have a lot of historical romance and I’m not a big reader of it. Now I want to read it NOW and I’m behind so I have to read some current stuff. This time of year is totally busy. My daughter starts her finals soon. We are down from upper 80s to 70 so I am really happy with that, although it was also windy here yesterday, so we had more branches down.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Murder on Madison Square by Victoria Thompson
  15. Awesome job with the exercise! I love when you can really start to feel the changes – so motivating! Your plants are looking amazing 🙂 I’m so glad you messaged and we were able to squeeze in our buddy read earlier – I think that helped us get in an extra book for the readathon. Hope you’re having a good week (I’ve been busy, but what else is new? LOL)

    Berls recently posted: 🎧 Just a Few: If You Can #COYER
    • Thank you! I am sort of in a shifting gears mode. I was on some bigger projects and mystery books. Now I’m back to multiple genres I read and feeling a bit moody. Instead of a big project or two, I’ve got dozens of little ones to work and track and it’s hard to keep them organized right now. And there’s plenty of day to day things to do. At least I like the weather.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Other Half of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
    • I wish Alpaca Chicken were a national chain and we could eat at them when we travel, not just here in the metro area! There are similar places all over, like when we went to FL to visit my Mom and brother, but they aren’t all gluten free and some just aren’t as tasty.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Of Claws and Fangs by Faith Hunter