Sunday Post – 3 July 2022 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted July 3, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 67 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. Last weekend for The Drowning Sea!

Sunday, I am grateful to have the Sunday posts to catch up with my friends, because you are friends.  This is a caring, supportive community who is also kind.

I got the audio book for Midnight Library this morning and the book club is this afternoon. I’m 40% in, will I finish? Yes I finished 4 minutes before the facebook chat for book club.  I did some blog visiting, sprinkled the garden,  and then walked Lulu after dinner.  Then we had the weekly yoga pose photos for my daughter’s college class.

Monday, Lulu and I went to do a curbside pickup at Sam’s Club.   It’s cloudy so it’s not quite as hot.  I got caught up in my audiobook and finished listening to it.  It started raining in the late afternoon and I love it.  I made a big pot of soup for dinner. The rain stopped so we could walk Lulu afterwards.  I stayed up late reading and it was great.

Tuesday,  the wind is from the north and the humidity is low and it’s a good weather day.  I’m getting computer stuff and phone calls accomplished during middle of the day so I can get outside after 3pm. UGH  apparently I missed going to Feedly yesterday so there’s a lot more than usual.  We walked Lulu after dinner.

Wednesday,  another nice sort of day, cloudy.  I put together a Harris Teeter order and also for the RX my daughter was running low.  I offered herbs to someone who wanted rosemary to make favors for their wedding. I called to make some medical appointments.  Then I picked up a garage shelf from a Buy Nothing group and did the pickup at Harris Teeter.

Thursday,  I didn’t get up too early.  I did computer stuff. I put in new furnace filters and did some watering.  I vacuumed the main floor. We got a farm box.  I ran to get another Buy Nothing item which was petroleum jelly which my daughter had been asking for more.  She didn’t get up until almost 9 so dinner was very late at 10pm.

Friday,  I had 2 pickups, one at Walmart and one at BJs.  I didn’t want to be out of things over the holiday weekend.  Lulu went along for the ride.  After getting things put away, I did my computer stuff.  I also did some investment research.  I did my month end calculations and updated links.  I wrote some reviews.  I prepped the sweet corn from the garden box.  I made our first batch of pesto with basil from the garden.  I trimmed the lettuce in hopes it will sprout more leaves when things cool down in a couple months.  We walked Lulu and tested how long it takes my daughter to walk to her dog sitting job this weekend.

Saturday, my daughter started her dog-sitting job this weekend for a neighbor and it seems to be going well.  She got up early and went out.  I did the usual, some watering / clearing out the snow pea vines, and computer stuff.  I got groceries nearly every day this week from some source.  I guess I didn’t want to run out of stuff over the holiday weekend and don’t plan to go anywhere. I took her to the 4pm visit to Zazu.  It’s hot outside but they took a little walk.  Then we went to Wendy’s since I had a B1G1 to try out the new Strawberry Frosty.  I finally wrote some reviews.  After dinner, I walked Lulu and then we went to let Zazu out for a final time.    Next Saturday will be very sad because I am not going to Chicago to see my friends and Charlie.  I just don’t want to travel with Covid still so rampant.


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.

One of the features Goodreads is taking away July 5 (but is already gone this week) is the ability to add a new addition of a book.  I get why since so many oddball horrible editions are added.  But I often add audiobooks because they aren’t added as much.  So now I will have to rely on the publisher or ask a librarian, which I hate to bother them.

June Reading:  I had another good reading month.  I managed to read 27 books. Audiobooks continue to help me read more. Some count for more than one challenge.  I listened to 14 audiobooks, read  6 library books,  27 COYER reads,   and 11 books which I already own.

All Library books (including ones not reviewed on the blog)  2022 Library Love Challenge

I did manage to read 11 books I own (goal is 3 per month):

  • 🎧 Songbird by Peter Grainger
  • This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  • 🎧 On Eden Street by Peter Grainger
  • 🎧 Roxanne by Peter Grainger
  • Talking with the Dead by Shiloh Walker
  • Not Me by Kate Bold
  • The Death Code by Ava Strong
  • The Fugitive’s Trail by JC Fields
  • 🎧 Huntress Moon by Alexandra Sokoloff
  • One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost
  • I’ll Stand By You by Karen Grey

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 very much to Recorded Books,  Tantor Audio,   Harper Audio.                        


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


I browsed the Audible sale of $5-7 titles and came up with these at the end of a series I want to read and only available from Audible.


I picked my Prime First Reads book for June,  and then the ones for July.


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 July 3, 2022 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 67 Comments

67 responses to “Sunday Post – 3 July 2022

  1. I’m impressed that you got your book club book read on the same day as the meeting. With 4 minutes to spare. LOL All your fresh veggies sound so good. Now I’m craving some fresh corn. A strawberry Frosty? I haven’t heard of that. Hope it was tasty! I got the email about about the GR features being deleted, but most (if not all) don’t really effect me. Happy 4th, Anne!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted: The Sunday Post #293 | July 3, 2022
    • Thanks Tanya. The Strawberry frosty is only available for July and there is no vanilla during that same time. It was pretty good. The book club book was Midnight Library which was thankfully not too long and easy to read. I thought the Goodreads changes didn’t matter to me either, although for a bit I did keep all the details about how I owned books which will be gone. But I often add audio editions and will have to ask a librarian now.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: FBI Edition
  2. I found myself trying to read the book club book the night before. I miss book club so much. I was so much more literary back then.

  3. That was so crazy with The Midnight Library! I’m so glad we managed to both get it and get it read in time – it was a good book and I enjoyed the discussion. I’m a Goodreads Librarian, feel free to let send me emails of things you need (I say email because that way I’ll be able to address it when I have time and won’t forget (like i’d be likely to if it’s in our chat).

    Sounds like you had some nice weather this week – I enjoy rain when I don’t have to go out into it! I’m sorry you’re having to miss fun time with friends in Chicago. I have Book Bonanza Friday and Saturday and I’m equal parts excited and nervous. I haven’t done much since COVID and have been really hesitant to do anything. But this is a chance to see friends that I don’t get to see often and I can wear my mask. Plus many of the authors have rules about wearing masks as well. I hope I don’t regret it and just have a good time. I’m triple vaccinated so… *fingers crossed*

    Have a great week!

    • yes I’m missing Book Bonanza as well but I knew I wasn’t going because I’d really like to do a conference like Emerald City or DragonCon or Boucheron which are more scifi/ fantasy oriented or mystery. I like the diversity. I’ve been to lots of romance themed cons. RT, Book Bonanza and Apollycon. Also Dragoncon and NOLAStorycon. NOLAStorycon remains my favorite for the authors there. Anyway, I’m just not ready for crowds even with masks. I hope you have a great time with seeing everyone.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: FBI Edition
  4. Very productive week for errands and things about the house. Cute dog sitting pup. We’ve had an odd two weeks of hot dry weather with very little rain. Next week is back to normal humidity and rain/storms, but it was nice to be dry unless being really strenuous. 🙂 Ha, that is great how you finished the bookclub book under the wire like that.

    Happy 4th and enjoy your week, Anne!

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    • Thank you Sophia! I hope you are having a great holiday weekend. I’m glad to be relaxed and the week ahead without a bunch of medical appts so I hope to be productive at home, although we are supposed to get more rain. I’m good with rain because we have had so little and it tends to cool things off a little.

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  5. Anne

    Probably not a bad idea skipping a visit to Chicago. I live in a close Chicago suburb and heard on the news this week that COVID rates are very high right now here. We just don’t get bombarded with the statistics any more and I think a lot of people think it’s over. Three people at work that I know of have gotten it in the last month. Still masking up and not eating out.

  6. I am not a fan of the new version of Goodreads, I keep going back to the old one. I am a Goodreads Librarian if you ever need things updated!!! I love how Lulu is helping in the yoga pose picture. I’m excited for Book Bonanza, but a little worried since I heard that the ALA convention this summer might have been a super-spreader event. I guess I just feel like I dealt with the danger this whole past school year every day going to school with all the students, and having them send the quarantine students to “quarantine” in our library conference room, so I’m going to go enjoy a book conference. Since I live alone, I don’t have to worry about bringing anything home to anyone though.

    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted: Review: My Cone and Only (King Family #1) by Susannah Nix
  7. I love your header photo! I love audiobooks too. I often get the audiobook even if I’ve already read the book because I always notice something on audio that I missed during the initial read. I also have hearing loss so the audiobook pipes right into my hearing aids, which is wonderful.

  8. I had no idea Goodreads was making that change… They seem to be making quite a few recently.
    I love the photo of Lulu getting in on your daughter’s yoga! So adorable.

    Crowds are still quite unnerving but I thought RARE was handled pretty well. Everyone was masked in the venue and although you could slip your mask to take a drink or a picture with an author (with consent) the majority of people kept theirs in place. After the event, it was stated on the event page that a few people had come down with covid and the timings would indicate that it was from the event (one author and 6 others, if I remember correctly) but all things considered given the volume of people and the travelling, it didn’t seem too bad.

    • yes Goodreads is mainly dropping features on July 5th. I am in Goodreads every day so I notice things. That’s great the way RARE handled it well and people were masked. I could do that but here in US almost everyone seems to run around without masks like it isn’t still happening. Lulu is the best.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: FBI Edition
  9. Sounds like a good week, overall. I’m sorry you’ll be missing the time with your friends, but I completely understand not wanting to travel right now. Too many people seem to think Covid is over. Meanwhile, I just heard that my cousin is in the hospital with Covid.

    Having been frustrated by multiple pages for of what is really the same edition of a book, I can’t say I’m sorry to see Goodreads limiting that function to librarians. But then, I am a Goodreads librarian. So if you need an audiobook added, you can let me know.

    Have a great week, and enjoy your new audiobooks!

    Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard recently posted: Sunday Post – 7/03/2022
  10. You’ve added so many great books here! The Goodreads limitations with books that are linked to Netgalley is troublesome to me since they are supposed to be linked but sometimes aren’t (especially the audiobooks). I love the yoga pose with the dog photo! Have a great week.

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  11. What did you think of The Midnight Library? I loved it. It was the most profound reading experience I’ve had. I hope you enjoyed it too and I’m glad you got it done in time for your chat. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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  12. I love the Sunday Post too, for that same reason.

    “big pot of soup” Yum. I love soup and a big pot is always nice because it can last for a couple days… I haven’t been to Wendy’s in a while either.

    I didn’t know Goodreads was doing that. And I love the cover of that Annette Marie. Her covers are always good.

    Hope you’re having a nice 4th weekend!

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    • Thank you Greg! My daughter loves soup and I need to add to my repertoire. I keep pretty close track of Goodreads because I am using it all the time. Annette Marie is a special favorite of mine. She’s doing graphic comics now too. Very cool. We aren’t doing anything special for the 4th except to relax and do more of the things we want to do. I did make a raspberry tart for dessert though.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: The Lost by Jeffrey B. Burton
      • I don’t use Goodreads nearly enough. I used to be more active there when I started blogging. It was like a bookish smorgasbord with all the groups, etc. I did buddy reads… then the blog got busier and Twitter and I jsut fell away.

        I’d like to make more homemade soups. Anyway… hope you have a great 4th!

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  13. Congrats on finishing Midnight Library with four minutes to spare!

    Ahhh how I miss rain.

    I’m envious of everyone who gets to experience the joy of staying up late to read. I get too darn sleepy at night and just can’t do it.

    Ha ha I feel your pain about Feedly. The other day I opened it up, after missing a couple days, and had over 1,000 new posts to wade through. I don’t mind because I love reading what everyone has to say, but still!

    You were smart to stock up for the holiday weekend. We currently do not have any snicks or snacks in the house so I will have to force myself out into the world tomorrow. I’m craving a chocolate shake like you wouldn’t believe. And what is this about a STRAWBERRY Frosty????? And I don’t have a Wendys anywhere near me. Wahhhhhhhhhh.

    Sorry COVID is keeping you from Chicago.

    Thanks for the Goodreads tip. The feature that I’m sad is going away is the “recommended by” feature, but that’s ok. I can plug it into the main body of my review.

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    • Thanks Jinjer. For Goodreads there is also a Notes field where you could put the Recommended by. I only used that a bit. I wish we would get more rain. Again today it was projected and nada. 1000! I thought 94 was bad. I don’t go out on the weekends when it is more crowded, well if needed curbside pickup but I try to do that only during the week. I’m just still careful since many people aren’t at all.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: FBI Edition
  14. It sounds like you got a lot accomplished this week. It looks like your daughter’s dog-sitting duty involved a really cute pup. I wonder if it is still pretty easy to become a Goodreads Librarian? I have been one for years but I don’t remember it being difficult to become one. Nice new reads this week! I hope that you have a great week!

  15. I do use GR regularly but the notices I’ve received of the couple changes they’re making don’t really affect me so far. I also duplicate my info on Storygraph as I’m considering gradually moving to that platform as it grows. For now, I log in my reading on both. I’m a Kelley Armstrong fan so will check out the 2 titles you have here – they’re new to me…..

  16. I don’t think the new changes on Goodreads really affects me. We’ll see. I hate their BETA. I always switch out of it if I somehow get switched into it. I love getting rain, more when I don’t have to drive in it. Sounds like you’ll have quite a bit of food even after the holiday weekend! Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend, Anne!

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    • Forgot to say that yes, I agree! That our book blogger community is a kind and supportive bunch! I enjoy catching up with everyone, too! 🙂

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    • Thank you Rachel. yes I despise the BETA new book page. It’s a lot more scrolling to see the same amount of info. We still have not gotten much rain so the watering over the dinner hour will commence. I don’t know about the food, we always seem to need a couple items for recipes I am trying or fresh items. But I hope to just pick up a small number of items when I get my daughter’s RX this week.

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    • yes Lulu is our best girl. I am always trying to catch up with something. I’m doing some planning today so I know where I can fit in some “free” reads from the library which I don’t review beyond a line or two on Goodreads. I really like that I’m keeping at least a week ahead on blogging / reviews. It makes life more comfortable. It works as long as I don’t get the audio ARCs really late.

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  17. Jen

    OH NO! That is bad about GR, because I’m always adding the audiobook addition. We need a list of GR Librarians so I don’t bug the same person every time. I know that Lynda is one… anyone else?

    How was the strawberry Frostie? I’ve been meaning to try it. Sounds delish – actually, I’d love a mix of the chocolate and strawberry one!

    This past week really warmed up here. I’ve been walking early and also hitting the beach in the morning. Summer vacation has started. Woo Hoo!

    • Well if you look at the post comments here 4 more people mentioned they are librarians and I didn’t know. I don’t think I know who Lynda is?? The frosty was pretty good. It’s limited time. I’m glad it was B1G1. I really prefer the Cookout shakes. We are walking after dinner at 8pm and that seems to be working for us now.

      Anne - Books of My Heart recently posted: Thrifty Thursday: FBI Edition
  18. Mmmm, a strawberry Frostie sounds really good. Perfect for summer. I love sweet corn too. We were grilling today and I was annoyed that I had forgotten to pick up some ears of corn to cook on the grill. I didn’t really pay much attention to the Goodreads changes but I’m sorry to hear that one of them is impacting you.

    • Thank you Suzanne. Well there are options so the Goodreads thing isn’t that big a deal other than it wasn’t listed in the changes so I wonder what else will happen. I have to say I like Cookout shakes better than any Frosty but I don’t “need” any of them.

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  19. I hadn’t appreciated the change in Goodreads – though I’m enormously impressed that you have managed to successfully upload editions. When I come to put my own books on there, I inevitably mess it up as I find the system easy to mess up and once I have, then I have to get a Librarian to sort it out for me! I feel very envious of all those fresh garden veggies you are picking – there is nothing like it:)). I hope this week is a smooth and happy one for you, Anne.

  20. Zazu looks like a real live wire, but Lulu is the cutest still – I wouldn’t want her to feel left out! I’m sad to hear you are missing out on seeing friends but it is definitely better to be safe than sorry. Your June reading figures are amazing, well done on reading so many books that you already own.

    • Zazu was a lot of fun. Unfortunately we couldn’t have them play together which Lulu would have loved because Zazu has a heart condition and we didn’t want to take a chance. Well when it’s this hot I don’t go out much and so I read.

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  21. There’s a Wendy’s right across the street from my gym (I’m worried about covid but I need to get moving again) and there are posters for the strawberry frosty all over the building. I haven’t caved in and bought one yet but it’s probably just a matter of time.

    It’s easy to be a GR librarian. You just have to have 50 books on your shelves. I used to do a lot of librarian work before I started blogging but now I mostly use it to add or combine editions. You can spend as much or as little time on it as you’d like. I’m going to miss the ability to add who recommended a book to me.

    Enjoy your week!

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    • Thanks Jen! It was pretty good but I prefer the Cookout shakes. Well I have like 9,xxx books and I’ve read and reviewed over 3,000. Goodreads has a test now and looking at it, some of the answers weren’t obvious but I did some reading in the Goodreads manual and it makes sense. I have another NC friend who uses the Recommended field a lot. I guess you can put it in notes but it’s the ones already filled in to update into Notes that would be time consuming.

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  22. How was the new strawberry frosty? I had forgotten that was coming out. I’m more of a chocolate person myself, but I might be tempted to give it a try just to see how it is. I am not on Goodreads a lot–and not much at all lately. I don’t think I’ve ever added a book there so it’s not a feature I’ve used before. I hope you are having a good week and enjoy your weekend!