Sunday Post #127

May 24, 2015 Sunday Post 32

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It’s a chance to share News. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

What happened this week?

Gah another weird week. I was really tired this week as I didn’t sleep well from sunday on monday because Snickers her surgery and it took me until the end of the week to get caught up with sleep again. I also had another headache that stayed around for two whole days, it was horrbile. And I can’t explain how amazing a day feels without headache after that. I had hoped to get some blogging and blog commenting done this week, but instead just barely managed to finish all my work for the day each day. Ugh it was frustrating! I did manage to write two Lola’s Kitchen posts yesterday, so that was nice.

I got a nice surprise this week as my grandma gave me some money to buy something fun with. Ofcourse the first thing I did was go the bookdepository and splurge on some paperbacks, I got the two kelley Armstrong new releases for this year ordered which I hadn’t ordered yet (The Masked Truth and Empire of Night). And I pre-ordered This Shattered World, the second book in the Starbound series in paperback and Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep (I am currently reading the first book and loving it). I haven’t spent any money beside thta, not yet sure what to do with it.

Monday morning I had to stand up early to bring Snickers to the vet, after bringing her to the vet I went back home and did some work until I received the phone call Snickers was awake and her surgery went good. Then I went to the vet again to get her back. She was really active when we got home and was running around, probably due to the painkillers. Then she slowed down a bit and I took a 2 hour nap with her curled up next to me, it was bliss. I normally don’t sleep with the rats, but she was very quiet and I knew I wouldn’t accidently roll over her as I can remember those things even when asleep.

Snickers didn’t like the painkillers, so it was a struggle getting her to drink them. In the end mixing the medicine with porridge was the only way to get her to drink it. She still isn’t eating and drinking a lot, so we’re a bit worried about that. It was a bit of a struggle to get her to drink and eat enough. We tried to give her some yummy food like rice, porridge, candies and avocado, which she does eay, although still not a lot. I spent lots of time cuddling with her and the place of shaved off fur after surgery always looks so nasty until the wound recovers. Smarties wasn’t too happy with the less attention she got, the poor girl. We did get her out every day to interact with Snickers, Snickers especially liked forcefully grooming Smarties to show her she’s still the boss even after her surgery.

I also got some bad news financially and some days I wonder how long this financial struggle will continue, I am hoping one more year or a year and a half max. It’s so frustrating sometimes, I know there is no easy way to grow your business quickly, but it just goes too slow for my liking sometimes. And some days I just feel like I am doing it all wrong and handling things wrong and ugh. I want to organize more tours and worry less.
So one day I felt down and the next day I got some good news and a new review opportunity, so that improved my mood. It’s been a lot of up and down emotions this week.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftover Korma
  • Monday: leftover Korma
  • Tuesday: Red Korma
  • Wednesday: leftover Red Korma
  • Thursday: Curry with peas, raisins, apple and pineapple
  • Friday: leftover Curry with peas, raisins, apple and pineapple
  • Saturday: Dal Dhokli – recipe post coming in august!

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Snickers eating porridge post surgery
Snickers post surgery enjoying her porridge. Porridge is the only way we can give her something to drink and make sure she eats her medicine by mixing it with porridge. You can also see the shaved off part of fur here and her wound.

Smarties eating porridge
Smarties is also happy with the porridge.

This week I blogged about:

Review: Reclaimed (Nogiku #4) by SJ Pajonas
Review: Killer Frost (Mythos Academy #6) by Jennifer Estep
Lola’s Ramblings: Which Social Media Sites Do You Use?
Lola’s Kitchen: Sajoer Beans Recipe
Blog Tour: Regina Shen by Lance Erlick

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Restore by Susan Kaye Quinn
– Blog Tour: The Rearranged Life by Annika Sharma – review
– Coyer Summer 2015: goal post
– Lola’s Ramblings: What influences your enjoyment of a book?
– Lola’s Kitchen: Apple Crumble Recipe
– Review: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:

Review Opportunity: Chills: a short story collection by Sahar Sabati – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Flawless by Jennifer McGill – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: The Luthier’s Apprentice by Mayra Calvani – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1) by Kelsey Ketch – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Cross Roads by Donald Wilson II – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Last House Burning by Katy Scott – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Click Date Repeat by K.J. Farnham – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Calling California (Hunter Hill University #1) by J.P. Grider – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Mending Michael (Hunter Hill University #2) by J.P. Grider – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: True Calling (True Calling #1) by Siobhan Davis – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Nights Under the Tennessee Stars by Joanne Rock – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: The Ghostcrow: A Tale of Andor by M.K. Theodoratus – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: Cutlass and Flintlock by Ashley Nixon – sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: The Wraith of Carter’s Mill by C Evenfall– sign-ups open till further notice
Review Opportunity: The Other Side of Summer by Elyse Douglas– sign-ups open till further notice – New!

Cover reveal: When Faults Collide by Claire Granger – sign-ups open till 31 May

Blog Tour: All for Love by Susanne Matthews– sign-ups open till 25 May
Blog Tour: The Cursed Ground by A. Roy King – sign-ups open till 30 June
Blog Tour: When Faults Collide by Claire Granger – sign-ups open till 30 June
Book Blitz: 3volve by Josefina Gutierrez– sign-ups open till July 5
Book Blitz: Heir of the Blood King by W.O. Cassity – sign-ups open till 19 July

Book Haul:

Thors SerpentsThor’s Serpents (The Blackwell Pages #3)
by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find Thor’s Serpents on Goodreads

Blurb:
Thirteen-year-olds Matt, Laurie, and Fen have beaten near-impossible odds to assemble their fellow descendants of the Norse Gods and complete epic quests. Their biggest challenge lies ahead: battling the fierce monsters working to bring about the apocalypse.

But when they learn that Matt must fight the Midgard Serpent alone and Fen and Laurie are pulled in other directions, the friends realize they can’t take every step of this journey together. Matt, Laurie, and Fen will each have to fight their own battles to survive, to be true to themselves, and to one another – with nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

nemesisNemesis (Alliance #2)
by Emma L. Adams

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find Nemesis on Goodreads

Blurb:
Joining the Alliance might be the key to seeing the worlds she’s always dreamed of, but Ada’s new job causes a rift to form between her and her guardian, Nell. As she struggles to come to terms with the events of the previous month, Ada is reluctant to use magic again after the damage it caused.

Kay, meanwhile, faces his first challenge as one of the Alliance’s offworld Ambassadors – helping his colleague, Markos, investigate the mysterious death of the centaurs’ king back on his homeworld of Aglaia. When they realise magic is involved, Ada is pulled into the investigation. But tensions between humans and centaurs run high, and avoiding a bloodbath will be more difficult than any of them expect. Especially when Kay discovers something about his own magic that could affect the future of the Alliance.

Against an enemy they quite literally can’t see, Ada and Kay must face up to the power that almost destroyed their lives…

32 Responses to “Sunday Post #127”

    • Lola

      Indeed those first few days are the hardest, after that she improved a lot, I am just worried as she doesn’t eat a lot. She does eat at night, but during the day she eats almost nothing at all. She even dropped her doggie cookies a few times, while normally she eats those as fast as she can.

  1. Renee (@Addictofromance)

    What a great week you have had on the blog here!! I really love that you got to splurge on some paperback from Book Depository…that is always fun to do. There is something about reading a paperback that is so different from reading from a e reading.
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    • Lola

      Yeah it was a great week on the blog :). And indeed it’s so fun to splurge on soem paperbacks now and then. I mostly read e-books, but still love to buy paperbacks now and then. So from some of my favourite authors I buy all their books in paperbacks so I can still read paperbacks now and then. It’s very different from e-reading indeed.

    • Lola

      My grandma is really sweet, she’s always sharing her money with her kids and grandkids. And it was nice to spent some money quilt free. I also bought soem new fleeche for the rats, as I like to fill their cage with it, but they tore holes in a lot of them, so I hope they appreciate some new ones.
      I usually have one headhache every weke or ocne a week, but they often get mroe frequent with the warmer weather.

      And I agree it’s very fullfilling to do something you love, but yeah we’re struggling financially and it’s hard sometimes, some weeks it hits me hard. But I know I made the right choice starting my own business, now hoping it will keep on growing.
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    • Lola

      Yeah my tbr is very large as well, but these where all books I really want, so then I don’t mind adding a few more books to my list. And it’s so nice to get money to buy something fun as I can’t do that often.

  2. Sophia Rose

    Glad Snickers made it through fine and hope her appetite picks up soon.

    Bummer about your headache. I had a sinus one yesterday after everyone mowed the grass. It does feel better after its gone.

    So kind of your grandmother and no surprise you headed for the bookstore. 🙂

    I remember the highs and lows of owning our own business. Some months were so good we were flying high and others we thought that we wouldn’t be able to pay the bills. You’re doing something you love so that’s a good thing.

    Have a good week!
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    • Lola

      I hope her appetite returns soon as I am worried with ehr eatign so little. So it’s mroe yummies for her for a few more days.

      I always feel happy after my headache is just gone, it just feels so nice to be finally rid of them.

      I think most book lover weren’t surprised that my first stop was the bookstore. The second stop was buying some fleeche for our rats.

      I agree it’s amazing to be able to do something that I love, it’s just hard sometimes, especially as my boyfriend is still studying so he doesn’t have much money either. And my mom is constantly bringing up the money topic. I’ll be good again next week, some weeks I just need to vent.
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  3. Michelle@Because Reading

    Poor Snickers, I hope she has a fast recovery. I hate seeing them sick 🙁

    Sorry you weren’t feeling well this week, I had a rough week and didn’t get to visit anyone. These last few weeks have just been really hard.

    I have to get Kelley Armstrongs second book after Sea of Shadows, I think it’s out but I can’t remember, I was ok with the first book so I might have to do the library for the second one.

    I think financially everyone is hurting, I know we are and I am waiting on a loan that has been pending for about 5 weeks. It will help us a lot but it just needs to be approved. I am still getting everything organized for My Limabean Designs so just got to talk to the accountant and then register the name and I am set 🙂 Don’t think it will be big but even just doing a few things will make me happy!

    Have a great week Lola, Happy Reading
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    • Lola

      Yeah same here, I hope she makes afull recovery soon. Although I do like the opportunity to cuddle more with her now that’s she’s recovering.

      I reply to comments on my blog and just get some comments back in, but there are some blogs I haven’t visited in a while and that makes me sad. I did some commentign today, so hoping I can do a bit more commenting tomorrow as well.

      Yes the second book is out already, got it ordered even though I haven’t read the first book, but I am pretty sure I will enjoy it enough to read the second book as well.

      It would be nice if you could make some extra money with My Limabean designs. I hope you get those last few things sorted and get some customers soon!

    • Lola

      I am always so relieved when they get back from surgery, I’ve been cuddlign with her a lot and hopign she recovers fully soon. I hope she get’s her appetite back soon. My grandma sent the oney to my bank account, so i called her to thansk as soon as she saw it, it was really nice of her!
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    • Lola

      Thanks! I love green and choose a light green so it stays bright :). And indeed it’s hard when they need surgery, but I am so happy the option is there, else we wouldn’t have any rats left at this point. They both have had a surgey already and this was Snickers her second surgery.
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  4. Keionda@Keionda Hearts Books

    Poor Snickers! (Idk why I thought Snickers was a cat because I totally read your other post about why cats make good pets) and I totally feel you that some days you just feel like you’re doing everything all wrong and there’s no way to go. Believe me I’ve had them too. But I pray, pray, and….pray a butt load more! Keep the faith girl and your business will turn around. I’ll also pray for you. Get well soon Snickers!♡♡

    • Lola

      Nope they are rats, if I was talking about cats that post would’ve been a lot different probably. Yeah I had a bit of a bad day when I wrote that, it’s just so hard sometimes. But I keep working hard and hoping things will be alright. It’s not that my business goes bad, it goes pretty well compared to last year, but it’s going slow. I am probably just impatient, but some more money would make things so much easier.

    • Lola

      Yes they really like the porridge and it’s about the only moment they will sit still enough for me to take their picture. Else they either move too much or get interested in the camera.
      I usually get more headaches when the weather get’s warmer, I hope they get less once the weather settles. I love the cover for Nemesis, I’ll be starting that one next. The first was great and also had a pretty cover.
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  5. S. J. Pajonas

    Oh, I’m so glad the surgery went well! Poor little rat. I hope she heals up really quick. I had a headache too this week that I actually had to take pain killers for, which is something I rarely do, and I was tired too. I think it was the change in weather though. We went from hot to cold to warm again in the span of a few days. I really want some consistent weather soon!

    Thanks for taking the time to read and review RECLAIMED! I read through all the comments on that post but didn’t comment myself 🙂 It was nice to see the responses from people. Have a better week this week!
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    • Lola

      Yes some consistent weather would be nice! It probably will help with the headaches as well, I usually take soem paracetemol nowadays when I have a headache, although they don’t help every time.

      I am so happy Snickers surgery went well, just worried about her appetite. It’s hard to get her to eat and drink when she doesn’t want to.

      I always enjoy hearing from other people and what they think of my reviews, I got quite some comments on my Reclaimed review so that was nice 🙂

    • Lola

      Thanks! And yes I liked These Broken Stars and already ordered the next book. I gave it a 4 star rating, I had a few issues with it, but overal I thought it was a great character driven story. Hope yol stop by to read my review on saturday :).
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  6. Nise'

    Glad Snickers’ surgery went well! Sorry about the bad news, but glad you had a nice surprise from your Grandma. Hope this week is great.

  7. Faye M.

    Awwww, Snickers!!! I hope him a fast recovery and soon. I was very anxious when my dog underwent surgery to get himself neutered, too. He wasn’t eating much and was sleeping most of the time for 2 days and it was just nerve-wracking!

    I hope your business will be better soon, Lola. The struggle is definitely real and it’s just super stressful, wondering where to get the extra cash to make ends meet. I’m thinking of you and Snickers <3 <3
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    • Lola

      Thanks! It’s always hard and stressfull when they have to go for surgery and then the recovery afetrwards. Snickers is sleeping a lot as well and she only is active in the evenings.

      Things with my business are going better than last year, so there is definitely an increase, it just doesn’t go fast enough and to be struggling for so long is exhausting.

  8. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I hope Snickers is doing well now, Lola! And I hope you’ll feel great this week as well. With good sleep, clear head and ready to get things done the way you want to 🙂
    It is definitely hard to have financial trouble, it puts a shadow on most everything else, too, because having to count and recount is both frustrating and a little scary. I hope you’ll be able to deal with this as well, and that more work will come your way so that things will become easier sooner rather than later.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂
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    • Lola

      She’s still not eating and drinking much, but I hope that improves this week.

      Yeah it’s exhauting and stressfull to think about every little cent you spent or having my mom bring up our money issues in every talk we have. And indeed like you said it puts a shadow on most everything else. I am hoping I can get some more work and keep doing a little bit better every month. I am already doing a lot better than last year, but it’s hard to focus on the positive, when we’re still struggling.

      Thanks for stopping by! I hope you have a great week as well
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    • Lola

      We think Snickers will recpver nicely, she’s starting to eat a bit more, so that’s good news. I really enjoyed These Broken Stars, it’s very character driven, a bit sci-fi and a bit survival.
      I love Kelley Armstrong her books, so even though I don’t read a lot of thrillers or mysteries, I just have to read The Masked Turth as I am sure it will be good.
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