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, it’s raining, all day. I had to keep telling Lulu to get out and do her business. I forgot about the Magic Tides Zoom but managed to get there only 15 minutes late. There is one more week to read the final Ian book in the Night Huntress universe with the review of Wicked All Night next Sunday. I am buddy reading Wicked All Night starting today so I’ll be finished this week and ready to read IDC. Audible has a new deal where if one listens to 20 minutes a day for 5 days between Jan 17 – 31 you can get a $5 coupon. So I picked something short to fit in and listen 30 minutes a day. They also started a new 2-1 sale today.
Monday, being excited to read last night I finished the portion of the buddy read, then read another entire book, and still got to bed at the normal time. There’s much I want to do today from things I didn’t finish yesterday. Lulu and I walked in the late afternoon and it was nippy, strong winds.
Tuesday, I got going and tried to make progress. Lulu & I went on the walk with my daughter & Abby. It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be. I wrote a few reviews. Then I went to pick up a few things at Aldi and Food Lion. I paid some bills, and set up some reviews. As I was working, all of a sudden my Goodreads changed to the new book page. I HATE IT. I hated it when I looked at the beta. I spent a lot of time trying to find things that used to be easy.
Wednesday, the morning started with a vigorous discussion (facebook messenger chat) on our buddy read for the Read-along with Berls, Brandee and Lillian. It was supposed to rain all day but luckily it held off until our late morning walk finished. I managed to get in about 2 hours of quilting before dinner while finishing an audiobook. Win-Win.
Thursday, bright and sunny day. Abby was very energetic for a senior dog and so the 4 of us walked all the way to the park. Lulu was ecstatic and playful. I finished up a Walmart order. The printer needs a yellow cartridge so I ordered a new one on Amazon, then realized Walmart might have them and added one to the Walmart pickup. I don’t know what all I did but I didn’t get to quilting. I stayed up too late reading a weird meh book.
Friday, we all slept in without the gig at 11:30. As usual, I have so much I want to do. I need to go through a pile of requests to see which ones I can do. I was glad to see Harper Collins is finally going to talk to the union. I had an offer from my mobile carrier to get a free 12 months of Paramount+, so I signed up for it. Lulu and I walked the medium route. I laid out the quilt top squares and sashing and hope to get to it tomorrow. I started working on planning the next couple weeks read as the ARCs are coming at odd times.
Saturday, I stayed up late again to finish a library book. My sleep has been less time every day this week. I’m under 5 hours last night. I expect I’ll be tired and need to go to sleep instead of reading more one of these nights soon. Today I have to go through all my email requests and decide what I will do. I can’t believe I got sent a widget for a Nora Roberts book! Also, I’m getting used to the new book page in Goodreads and I found a few things I like better. I walked Lulu on the longer route because the weather was so nice today. Then I had some trouble with Goodreads, so maybe I spoke too soon. It doesn’t want to let me shelve 2 different editions of the same book, but I own 2 formats. After dinner, I got in another hour of quilting with audio.
The 2023 Read-along of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne kicks off tomorrow (today) and we start reading.
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 appreciative thanks to Head of Zeus, PICT Tours, St. Martin’s Press, Brilliance Audio, and PRH Audio.
(If you click on the cover, it will take you to the Goodreads entry)
I got these in the Audible 2-1 credit sale.
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.
- Glimmer by Marjorie B Kellogg #MarjorieBKellogg@dawbooks @BerkleyPub - April 1, 2023
- Read-along & #Giveaway: Hexed by Kevin Hearne @KevinHearne @luckylukeekul @DelReyBooks #BrillianceAudio @lillian_mccurry #Read-along #GIVEAWAY #LoveAudiobooks - March 31, 2023
- 🎧 The Love Wager by Lynn Painter @LAPainter@kdimerc @ZacharyWebber @BerkleyRomance @PRHAudio #LoveAudiobooks - March 30, 2023
Sounds like a productive week, Anne! But the 5 hours of sleep a night… ugh, I could not function. I need my 7-8 hours a night. 🙂 I wish I could do buddy reads but after doing a few years ago I quickly realized that apparently everybody reads way faster than I do. I always thought I was a fast reader, but apparently not! LOL I was left in the dust and by the time I finished and was ready to discuss they’d all finished another book. Oops. I like the no-pressure way f just reading on my own timeline anyway so it’s all good. I see you picked up Lies & Lullabies. I loved that one!
Thank you Tanya! I get what you are saying about buddy reads and I’m one of the faster readers usually. I plan for 100-150 pages a day. But I’ve found the value of slowing down, or reading another book concurrently, because I enjoy the discussion with my friends. When I’ve read the pages for the day, I just switch over to my other read. I also tend to do audio in the day, and read ebooks at night so I’ve got more used to switching between books. Well I got 8 hours last night. I’ve just been on a tear to get things done and more reading.
I’m in the same boat with the new Goodreads book page. I remember being so relieved when the beta page disappeared and things went back to normal. (For a while) I’m hoping I end up liking it because I use it ALL the time. Have a good week, Anne😁
Thanks Tammy. Yes I am in Goodreads all day every day and I’m struggling a bit. I hope it gets better for us.
I have been having so much trouble with Goodreads. 🙁
I’m sorry. Me too. I get the update with more graphics and I’m getting used to some of it. But I would have been perfectly happy with the old book page. Sigh. I’m just not willing to change to something other than Goodreads at this point. I have a lot of information organized in it.
I grabbed a few of those freebies this week too! I’ve also taken the plunge and committed to the Iron Druid readalong! Downloaded Hunted on audio (despite having the ebook) and I’ve started listening… I find listening to books is much easier with my brain nowadays than sitting still and reading. 🙂
Hope the weather warms up a little for you and that you get some good nights sleep! Take care, Anne.
NIcci ! So glad to see you have you reading along with us for IDC. I hope you mean Hounded rather than Hunted. I think this genre should be right up your alley. It’s just great to see you in the blogosphere more.
Damn Anne, I really hope that you’ll sleep better next week!
Thanks Sophie! What’s weird is I’m not tired. I’m energized with all the things I want to do, motivated. I got 8 hours last night.
I’m glad that you were able to get out. I’ve seen some funny tik toks where people have been able to get their dog on their hinds and do a dance bit.Hilarious!
Lulu does that when she gets up we say dance and then sashay. She’s so cute doing it.
I hope you get some sleep soon. Lulu looks adorable standing up on her hind legs! What a cutie! I hope you have a great week, Anne.
Thank you Wendy. I got 8 hours last night. Lulu gets up on her hind legs to tell me it’s time to walk or it’s time to go get dinner!
I am not a fan of the new Goodreads format, but guess we’re stuck with it. I kept forgetting to do the Audible 20 minutes a day listen till this weekend and now it’s too late, sadly. Love the Amy Daws book that you got for a freebie this week! She is an auto-buy author for me. Hope you have a good week, we’re having lots of cold weather here!
yeah I’m not a fan of the new Goodreads book page. The old one worked well for me. I normally listen while taking Lulu out and fixing breakfast every day so that when I do my 30 minutes of Audible on sleep timer. I think they’ll do the challenge again. Brr! It’s headed here this weekend but I’ve been enjoying the warm weather this weekend with longer walks.
I’m very jealous of everyone who got a widget for the Nora Roberts book. She was my entrance to romance author that my college roommate got me hooked on. My sleep has been less this week than usual, but it is always at least 6.5 hours. One thing my doctor and I worked hard on is getting my sleep squared away! I need my 7-8 hours for sure!
I was shocked Samantha, as I haven’t requested Nora Roberts (thought there was no chance) but I often read them or buy them on Audible or Chirp. I really like the sound of this one too. I need 7-8 hours sleep too. I got 8 last night but I had to stop reading and go to sleep. I’m getting up earlier these days so I need to adjust my bedtime.
I so enjoy our book chats! Looking forward to starting IDC in a couple of weeks 😀
Lulu is SO cute! It’s been rainy here too, though I think it will be more so this week. Last week it hit randomly. Good reading weather 😉 Hope you have a great week! Curious to see your thoughts on Meru. I’ll be reading it soonish myself.
Thank you Lillian. I’m looking forward to more book chatas. I wish I could start now but I just got a bunch of ARCs I want to polish off which I’d been waiting to get. I hope the rainy week ahead will help me with the reading / quilting combo but I still hope Lulu and I can get out walking even if we have to wait and see around rain.
As someone who also doesn’t sleep well I feel your pain. I haven’t read Nora Roberts for quite a few years so I’ll check out this book. I hope you have a good week ahead Anne.
Thank you Jodie. Between Lulu sometimes barking, my wanting to read more than sleep and all the other things I want to do, sleep is getting the short deal. Last night, I slept 9 hours to fortify for the week ahead.
I’ve been using the new GR book page for a while. I really disliked it at first, but now it’s okay. I like that they now put and “edit my activity” option right under the book cover for easier access. However it was REALLY REALLY difficult to add a review for the same book, different format. I finally figured it out, but I don’t know if I could do it again. And once I start the re-reads of Iron Druid… I’m not looking forward to that.
My week was good. We’re not having the best weather, but I”m working in some walks. My daughter is recovering well, but has a small issue with her incision healing, so I’m monitoring that closely. I didn’t get a lot of reading in, but did manage a bit more audiobook on Saturday while I was packing up a few rooms for reno work that starts this coming week.
You are certainly busy with things at home. This week is supposed to be very rainy so we will have to skirt around the rain to get our walks. I have uneven collection of ARCs with more audio at the beginning of the month and more ebooks at the end and I’m not handling the scheduling well. I hope to sort it this week. Yes the GR doing multiple formats, it’s difficult to shelve them with the tags I want when I get them. I can get the reviews there as it posts directly from the blog. I’m so excited to begin the IDC again but it will be a week or so since I’ve got those ARCs. I also want to get back to our Dragon read but no time right now.
The House in the Pines and The Silent Town look intriguing. I hope you enjoy reading this week! And your dog looks adorable.
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Thank you! I am excited to read them. Lulu is the star of our lives, at least she is the most photogenic. lol
I’m still trying to get used to the new book page in Goodreads. Congrats on getting the widget for the Nora Roberts book!
Thank you Bonnie. I’m with you and the GR changes are irritating because they are taking up time to do other things. Thanks. I don’t know how I got it.
Sounds like you’ve had a great week. Especially reading wise. I’m definitely going to check out those freebies.
Have a great week and happy reading.
Thank you Maureen. I was energized about getting some of my freebies read and enjoying them.
Sounds like a pretty good week, Anne! Except for the lack of sleep. I hope you can get more sleep soon. It’s so frustrating when you’re wide awake after only 5 hours, but still tired because it wasn’t enough.
Have fun with your quilt! I’d love to see a photo when it’s finished.
I have mostly resigned myself to the new Goodreads book page, but I don’t like it, either.
How cool that you got the new Nora Roberts book! I’ll have to check out your review once you have read it. My request was turned down, so I’m watching the library catalog like a hawk. As soon as they add it, I’m putting my name on the hold list.
Thank you Kara. It was a good week and I wasn’t really tired because I was so motivated. I got 8 hours Sat night and 9 hours last night so I think I’m good for a bit. Definitely I will share the quilt top, it’s for the new grand nephew. I’m irritated by having to figure out things which worked great before in GR. I don’t know how or why I got the Nora Roberts books; they just sent it and it sounded good so I took it. I’ll give you a hint on getting it at the library. First if you recommend purchasing it they put you on the wait list and you end up higher than waiting. Also check the day before it releases and they may have put it in the catalog. I did that recently and ended up #1 on the list and got it at midnight a few hours after I put it on hold! I only have one library that puts upcoming books in the catalog way in advance and those holds eat up my allowed holds.
We went days with little or no snow and then this week it was nearly every day so I didn’t get out for my walks and missed that. I did do my stretching routine which was probably just as good for me in a different way. I did manage to read and listen to a ton which caught me back up to where I wanted to be in my reading goals. Sounds like you got a bunch of reading/listening done, too.
Have a good week, Anne!
yes, I read a lot of freebies because I was waiting for some ARCs. Now ARCs have dropped and I’m a bit overwhelmed so I have to get busy. We’re going to have to walk around rain storms this week.
I wish they would give us an option of which Goodreads page we want, kind of like WordPress still offers the classic editor for those who hate blocks.
Glad you got lots of reading and walking this week as well as some quilting.
5-6 hours of sleep is perfect for me. lol
I’m with you Jinjre. I’d like the choice. I prefer 7-8 hours of sleep but I can sometimes adapt. Less than 6 hours, eventually brings me down with a headache though.
I hope you have better luck with Paramount+ than we had. It’s been glitching nonstop for us. Can’t watch a show without it pausing every 5 seconds throughout the entire show every time.
Interesting. Thanks for the info Mary. We have had some of that. My daughter restarted the Kindle we use to watch while cooking dinner and it seemed a bit better.
I hope HC works things out w/ the union. and buddy reads are always good. I can relate about the sleeping thing too. I never seem to sleep 8 hours anymore!
I hope so too Greg. I’m really worried about the people I know there. We’ve been having a great time with our buddy reads. It doesn’t work for everyone though or at least you have to find compatible buddies. I prefer 7-8 and if I do many with less than 6 I usually start to struggle. I was so energized to do stuff last week I made it ok, and the last 2 nights I got 8 and 9 hours of sleep. So I’m good to stay up reading now. lol
Sounds like a busy week. I don’t know what I think about the new Goodreads page. So far it’s not really bothering me, but it does seem like a few extra clicks to get my review down properly. I love Sarina Bowen and Katie Reus. Hope you have a great week.
Thank you Role. I enjoy Bowen and Reus also. I hope I will learn how to do the things I need to do in GR which are irritating me at the moment
My Goodreads got switched to the new page about a month ago and I couldn’t get the old one back. I was ticked because I hated it so much but I’m getting used to it. Still… I’ll have to check out that Nora Roberts.
I knew the GR page change was coming and I’m glad I had the old one as long as I did. But I’m not happy about it. Apparently there are people who wanted the NR book and got turned down and I was surprised to get sent a widget unrequested but it looks like a good book so I’ll be reading it.
My sleep has been off these last few weeks and that always throws me off. Hopefully you get back on track. Happy reading to you and Lulu this week.
Thank you Naida. It’s going to be rainy so Lulu and I will have to walk whenever it’s not raining instead of a specific time. I use earbuds when we are walking but she doesn’t seem to mind audio books in the car. lol
I am so glad that HarperCollins has agreed to talk to the union. My Goodreads kind of switches back and forth from the new page to the old. I have the Nora Roberts widget too but will wait to add it until I know that I can get to it in a timely manner. Have a great week!
Thank you Carole. I am so glad that HC is finally talking to the union! oh I wish mine would switch back to the old page. Shelving a book in 2 formats is the problem I had yesterday. And I’ve done it with the new page; I just couldn’t get it to work and shelve 2 books. UGH. I’m excited to be offered the book, since it sounds great.
Thanks for the heads up on the audible deals
I’m excited for the Iron Druid read along!!
Thank you Victoria. I’m excited to start the IDC also. I had a bunch of ARCs finally get available this week so I’ll not be reading until the middle of the month but it take 3-4 days so that’s ok. I’m thrilled we are getting more participants this year.
Me too! I was there again today for a couple things. It’s right near where we go for other things and we seem to always need a thing or two. I’d rather buy fresh things more often. If I just try to always have them, they go bad before I use some of them.
How exciting about the Nora Roberts book! I can’t wait to see what you think of it. I’m not a fan of the new Goodreads page either. I hope you’re having a wonderful week.
Thank you Katherine. I’m hanging in there, trying to make things work.
I hope that you’re sleeping better this week. I picked up The Housemaid during that Audible sale too. I keep seeing so many great reviews for it.
Thanks Suzanne. I m sleeping better. That may mean my books are less compelling or I just finally got tired. lol
The pic of Lulu is adorable – I so enjoy your weekly diary plus pics as it gives me a really clear picture of your life:)). As for the Goodreads page – I’m not a fan, either. It is just so annoying that it won’t fit on the screen and I have to keep scrolling down all the time – clearly designed for phones and not all that nice to read on my trusty ol’ desktop! I hope you’re having a drier week, with plenty of good books.
Thank you Sarah. I hope my ramblings aren’t too much for people but I want to know if people are willing to share, so I try to share a bit. Well maybe that is what they were doing, trying to make the book page better on the phone but I don’t like it there either. It’s a rainier week I think but luckily not all day so we are still getting out.
My Lulu hates doing her business outside in the rain as well. It’s always a struggle. Lol. I love that photo of her standing on her hind legs. So cute.
Thank you. yes today look like it might actually rain on all day. She always sits up like that to tell me it is time to walk or time for dinner. TODAY Lulu is 5 years old.