Sunday Post #138

Posted August 9, 2015 by Lola in Sunday Post / 36 Comments

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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?

This week was better than last week, but still not very good. It was just a bit meh. I just felt off. Lots of days with me not feeling like doing anything, I had no motivation for fun stuff, nothing seemed fun. I did my work done and even managed to fit soem marketing assistant work, so at leats that part went right. I just felt out of it, no motivation for anything. It was a bit frustrating. I did got a lot of reading done on my ipad, but skipping lots of evenings reading even though I was reading a fun book.

We’re still struggling a bit with Snickers. She’s still a bit down, but we’re slowly getting into a new routine. Snickers spends some time out of her cage, either sitting with me or in her vacation house, she loves her vacation house. But I feel like I never give her enoguh attention, when cooking or when I am busy I sometimes forget to get her out of the cage and I feel bad as she’s all alone there now. I opened a new bag of rat food I still had lying around and she seems to love it, so after we switched food she started eating a bit more, which is good. Her hind legs are pretty weak, but she does manage to move around, it just goes a bit difficult when she has to climb. And she is still scratching a lot to the point of getting bald spots or small wounds. We aren’t sure if she has parasites or is just stressed. We did buy some meds which should help against parasites, but haven’t given it to her yet. We also bought a new toy for her, it’s actually a cat toy, but it’s made of fleece, which can’t fray and thus is also great for rats. And some cardbox cat scratching mats, which a site recommend to use as stairs in the rat cage for rats with weak hindlegs as they have more grip on that. So we’re going to give that a try when she gets worse, for now she still managed to get up the stairs.

I did a bit of cleaning around the house. And made cheesecake cookies, but I didn’t like them sadly. I got queasy after eating 3 of them and then decided to just throw them away, which had me craving cookies for the rest of the week and no time to make any. So I made cinnamon mug cakes a lot. I tried a new recipe on Saturday and made Japanese Curry from scratch as I was suddenly craving it after seeing someone mentioned the dish on social media. But it failed horrible, the taste was horrid. I’ll buy a package next time I want to eat it. Ugh I hate it when my cooking fails.

I set up a new recipe post for Mango Lassi for next week, I moved some posts around, but as it’s a summery recipe I was to post it during summer. I also made most of the recipe post for the cinnamon mug cake. And have a few more posts planned, but still have to write them. I am a bit behind on my ramblings posts due to last week, but at least I am still ahead of schedule with the recipe posts. I just haven’t felt any inspiration to write ramblings posts.

On Wednesday I woke up with a terrible headache, so I ate my breakfast and slept for another hour. But even after sleeping for extra long the headache stayed. I wasn’t very productive, until after dinner when I watched 3 episodes Star Wars with my boyfriend and the headache finally left. Then I was able to do some work. I had contact about two tours for authors who won one during an auction I am going to start organizing those soon and I got a new request for a cover reveal, so that was good news.

Saturday our new dinner table arrived. It was my boyfriend their parent their old dinner table. My boyfriend and his dad sanded it and painted it anew so it looks like new. We had a very large wooden table that was painted black and was pretty ugly. So I am really happy with our new wooden dinner table. It’s a lot smaller, but we don’t really need a large table as it’s only the two of us. We only have two chairs at the moment as the other two still have to get sanded and painted.

I finished thirteen books, it actually was a good reading week. I finished two ipad books and two novella’s on my Kobo and am now starting the my to-be read list winner.

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Thursday dinner
My dinner on thursday. A red curry with boiled egg and rice.

Snickers dinner
And Snickers got some dinner too. Rice, egg, corn and cooked chicken.

Snicka is approaching the bowl to eat

Snickers eating
And she’s eating something, chicken I think or maybe egg. She liked the egg and corn the most.

Dinner table
Our new dinner table!

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftover Korma
  • Extra: Mango Lassi
  • Extra: Cheesecake Cookies
  • Monday: tofu, red bell pepper and egg on tortilla wrap
  • Tuesday: Cajun Pasta
  • Wednesday: leftover Cajun Pasta
  • Extra: Cinnamon Mug Cake
  • Thursday: Red Korma
  • Extra: Cinnamon Mug Cake
  • Friday: leftover Red Korma
  • Saturday: Instant Noodles

This week I blogged about:

Review: Led Astray by Kelley Armstrong
Review: Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas
Lola’s Ramblings: My Bookmark Collection
Lola’s Kitchen: Pasta Salad with Corn and Egg
My To-Be Read List #12: chosen book

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell
– Cover Reveal: The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas
– Review: A Lady’s Guide to Skirting Scandal by Kelly Bowen
– Lola’s Ramblings: How and When do you Write Your Blog Posts?
– Lola’s Kitchen: Mango Lassi Recipe
– Review: The Good Girl’s Second Chance by Christine Rimmer

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

Check the full list of open review opportunities here.
Review Opportunity: The Other Side of Summer by Elyse Douglas
Review Opportunity: The Case and Hard Case by Marc Hirsch
Review Opportunity: Love Spell by Mia Kerick
Review Opportunity: Son of Set (Descendants of Isis #2) by Kelsey Ketch
Review Opportunity: The Cursed Ground by A. Roy King
Review Opportunity: 3volve and The Shadow of Loss by Josefina Gutierrez

Cover Reveal: The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas – 11 August
Cover Reveal: What You Wish For by Gina Wynn – 17 August – New!
Cover Reveal: Destiny of the Queen by Jacqueline Patricks – 30 August

Book Blitz: Love Easy and Love Hard by Roe Valentine – runs from 17-23 August
Book Blitz: The Mark of Noba by GL Tomas – runs from 25-31 August
Blog Tour: Destiny Rising by Siobhan Davis – runs from 1-21 September
Book Blitz: The Bro Code by Jacqueline Patricks – runs from 6-12 September

Book Haul:

Daemons in the MistDaemons in the Mist (The Marked Ones Trilogy #1)
by Alicia Kat Vancil

Format: e-copy
Source: for free when subscribign to the author her e-mail list
You can find Daemons in the Mist on Goodreads

Accidentally marrying a beautiful stranger—what’s the worst that could happen?

We all have that one thing—that one thing we wish for on every first star of the night. Wealth. Fame. Love. For geeky artist Patrick Connolly, it is the attention of his beautiful and seemingly unattainable classmate Nualla Galathea. However, when he accepts her invitation for a spur-of-the-moment weekend trip to Vegas, the last thing he expects is to wake up married to her. Or to find out she’s not even human.

Patrick may think his wish has just come true. However, this gentle boy is about to find out that it will take more than artistic talent to combat the deadly secrets lurking behind the clever construct of illusions and supertech that conceal the world of the daemons from human eyes. Because when it comes to these gazelle-horned creatures, one false step might just get you killed.

In her mesmerizing debut series, up and coming author Alicia Kat Vancil leads you on an unforgettable thrill ride through the swirling fog of San Francisco that will leave your heart pounding.

Youre the Earl that I wantYou’re the Earl That I Want (The Lords of Worth #3)
by Kelly Bowen

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find You’re the Earl That I Want on Goodreads


For businessman Heath Hextall, inheriting an earldom has been a damnable nuisance. The answer: find a well-bred, biddable woman to keep his life in order and observe the required social niceties. But it’s always been clear that Lady Josephine Somerhall is not that woman. Once a shy slip of a girl, Joss is now brilliant, beautiful chaos in a ball gown.


In her heart, Joss has always loved Heath, the one person she’s always been able to count on. That doesn’t mean she wants to marry him though. Without a husband, Joss can do as she pleases—and now, it pleases her to solve the mystery of an encoded file given to Heath by a dying man. It’s put Heath in peril once, and Joss won’t let that happen again. She’ll do what she must to ensure the earl’s safety. And to remind him that what she lacks in convention, she makes up for in passion.

The Peddlers RoadThe Peddler’s Road (The Secrets of the Pied Piper #1)
by Matthew Cody

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find The Peddler’s Road on Goodreads

It is said that in the thirteenth century, in a village called Hamelin, a piper lured all of the children away with his magical flute, and none of them were ever seen again.

Today tough, pink-haired Max and her little brother, Carter, are stuck in modern-day Hamelin with their father . . . until they are also led away by the Piper to a place called the Summer Isle. There they meet the original stolen children, who haven’t aged a day and who have formed their own village, vigilantly guarded from the many nightmarish beings that roam the land.

No one knows why the Piper stole them, but Max and Carter’s appearance may be the key to returning the lost children of Hamelin—and to going home themselves. But to discover the secrets of the Piper, Max and Carter will have to set out on a mysterious quest down the dangerous Peddler’s Road.

Burying WaterBurying Water (Burying Water #1)
by K.A. Tucker

Format: paperback
Source: bought it myself
You can find Burying Water on Goodreads

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away.

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him?

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried.

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface.

Caching InCaching In (Pastime Pursuits #1)
by Tracy Krimmer

Format: e-copy
Source: was free on Kobo
You can find Caching In on Goodreads

Can a compass lead you to love?

Broken-hearted Ally Couper has had enough with her ridiculous life. Her job at the bank is going nowhere, and her love life might as well be non-existent.

Determined to try something new, Ally becomes absorbed in the world of geocaching. The high-tech driven scavenger hunt introduces her to Seth, and she realizes the game isn’t the only thrilling part.

Ally’s bad luck may finally be changing, until the past threatens to halt her future with Seth. Can they find happiness together, or is love the one cache Ally can’t find?

Torn SkyTorn Sky (Rebel Wing #3)
by Tracy Banghart

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find Torn Sky on Goodreads

The end is near . . .

When Aris Haan brought down Safara’s biggest war criminal, she’d thought it was a turning point in the war. Victory was on the horizon, as was a peaceful future with her Promised, Milek.

But a deadly new threat has emerged: a Safaran bomb that could wipe out all of Atalanta in one catastrophic blast. Aris is tasked with finding the weapon before it is completed, a mission made more difficult when she starts to suspect that there is a Safaran spy in her unit. Friendships are tested, loyalties are strained, and suddenly Aris no longer knows whom she can trust.

In the epic conclusion to the Rebel Wing series, Atalanta’s fate rests on Aris’s shoulders. Can she find the bomb before it destroys everything—and everyone—she loves?


36 responses to “Sunday Post #138

    • Thanks! I hope Snickers perks up soon, but to be honest half of me is also afraid she’ll never will and just deteriorates further as she’s pretty old for a rat already.

      I heard good things about this series by KA Tucker so I am looking forward to give it a try, I’ll keep in mind what you said about the first book not being your favourite. Is Chasing River the one that takes place in Ireland? I read a lot of great reviews about that one. I sure went a bit crazy with all the new books this week 😉

    • Snickers is pretty stressed from Smarties passing away as she doesn’t deal well with being alone and she’s an older rat already, so that brings it’s own problems. It’s been a crazy few weeks and I don’t take enough time to relax, maybe next week will be better.

      I agree cheesecake cookies sound yummy, but they weren’t for me, not sure why, but ugh my stomach didn’t like them at all. I’ll just bake cheesecake next time.

    • Thanks I hope so too. At least it’s good she still enjoys her food, although she’s pretty picky on what she will eat.

      I sure got a lot of new books this week. I am already reading one of them and I hope I can read the others soon as well.

    • I also enjoy baking more in the winter, it’s way too hot to bake, but at least the mug cakes are done quickly. And I have too much of a sweet tooth, not to bake in summer, even though it’s warm.

      I heard so many great things about that KA Tucker series I bought it for myself as I had a good month with Lola’s Blog Tours and thought I deserved a treat.

  1. Not a great week, then… but a very pretty table 🙂 I heard that Burying water and the Red wings series are very good, so enjoy ! Check out the pad thai dressing recipe I left as a com with the pasta salad post and tell me if you like it. Have a better week 🙂

    • The new table was one of the better things that happenes this week. The Rebel Wings series is great, I am now reading Torn Sky and I really like this series. I heard so many good things about Burying Water that I had to give it a try.

      I’ll check out your comment on the pasta salad post later this evening and see if I can give the dressing a try!

    • I only have read the novella so far, which I enjoyed so I decided to request this one on netgalley as well. Now to get my hands on copies of the first two books as well. I think she’s going to be an author whom’s books I enjoy, I like books that feel a bit different.

    • Indeed Star Wars is good for getting rid of headaches. The cat bowl is also great for rats luckily, I like this one as well 🙂

  2. That is no fun when your motivation just isn’t there and you’re feeling yucky on top of that. Glad the headache went away. You might have some cooking fails, but I’m a huge admirer of how adventurous you are to try new recipes.

    Sounds like Snickers misses her pal, but you’re doing a great job of keeping her spirits up.

    So cool about the new table and wow, didn’t they do a great job on it!

    Enjoy your new books.
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    • There are also a lot of weeks when I just stay with tried and true recipes as it can be hard to try new recipes, but it’s also fun.

      It’s just so sad to see Snickers missing Smarties. She never dealt well with being alone and it seems to have hit her hard to lose Smarties.

      It’s amazing to see how some work can transform such a table and make it look like new, so happy with the new table and how it looks!

    • Thanks :). I am really happy with the new table, the old one we had was ugly and painted black badly. This one is so pretty, I love wooden furniture.
      I saw on facebook you had a bit of a rough week as well. I hope things are going better there too.
      I am just so worried about Snickers and am afraid she won’t live much longer either, she’s so down :(.

    • She’s a pretty old rat and we don’t know how much longer she will live, so we’re giving her as much attention and yummy food as possible. I wish we had come up with vacation house idea earlier as she loves it.

  3. I’m sorry to hear you are feeling a bit down. But just give yourself a little time to recover, you’ve had a few losses of pets over the past while and it’s bound to have an effect on you. I hope this week is better. I always think when you feel like that you shouldn’t pressurise yourself to read or blog or whatever, just do things that make you feel good in your free time.
    I’m so glad you are going to post a recipe for your mug cake, I need to make one of those as I never have. They look like fun and I love that you can do individual portions.
    Great books too. I’m delighted to see Burying Water and Caching In looks like fun too.
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    • Thanks! The hard part is that I don’t know what I feel like doing, so blogging was easy as at least that went okay. I didn’t have any motivation to read or do anything. I hope this week is better.

      I had some really bad luck with mug cakes, but this oen is so good! Every evening I have a craving for something sweet I just make on of those. It’s warm yummy and delicious. And it’s so handy to just put it in the microwave for 1 minute and it’s done. And indeed the individual portions are great.

      You’re part of the reason I finally added Burying Water to my to-read list and bought it, as you recommended it to me on one of my review posts. I am looking forward to finally starting this series!

  4. Oh no. I’m sorry to hear that your week was so meh. I hate it when a funk just grabs ahold and won’t let go. I’ve had a lot of those lately which is why I’m glad I’m on vacation now! Hoping to be inspired and relaxed this week. I hope your week is better too! Hugs.
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    • Me too, headaches are the worst. Our previous rats all loved rice, eggs and corn as well. Although I try not give them too much corn as they often get diarrhea from it. Our rats ever liked peas. I tried throwing peas in the bath so they could dive and pick them up, but they weren’t interested.

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