Sunday Post – 29 January 2023 @kimbacaffeinate @readingreality

Posted January 29, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 60 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. Wicked Bite Giveaway ends tonight!

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.





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Posted January 29, 2023 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Sunday Post / 60 Comments

60 responses to “Sunday Post – 29 January 2023

  1. 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!

    Tanya @ Girl Plus Books recently posted: The Sunday Post #323 | January 29, 2023
  2. 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.

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  3. 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!

  4. 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!

    Lisa Mandina (Lisa Loves Literature) recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #104 – January 29th, 2023
  5. 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!

    Samantha recently posted: #SundayPost: January 29th
  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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    • 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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

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  12. 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.

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  13. 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!

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  14. 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.

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  15. 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!

  16. 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.

  17. 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.