Sunday Post #144

September 20, 2015 Sunday Post 40

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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 was a nice week, I did lots of work, but also got a lot of reading done. We’re already getting used to my boyfriend his new school schedule. I did lots of marketing assistant work this week and am almost done for the month. I had two cover reveals I organized take place this week and two new book blitzes that started this week.

And I won a 10$ amazon gift card thanks to entering The Bookwyrm’s Hoard blogoversary giveaway a while ago. I can’t buy books on amazon, so having an amazon gift card gives me the opportunity to buy some of those amazon only books. I have my eyes on the Falling In Deep collection which releases on 21 september. Beside that I am not sure yet what to buy.
Oh and I got my first colouring book for review, so excited to get started with this one! I already know this author from her JA Belfield pen name and have read all of her books under that name, so I am really exicted to have received one of her colouring books for review now.

My boyfriend and I finished watching Witch Hunter Robin this week and now we’re continuing watching Star Trek Voyager. Witch Hunter Robin is one of those series that start very slow and then in the last 6 episodes the pace suddenly upped and everything made sense. I do love the art style and the atmosphere of the series, very dark and realistic, but those first 20 episodes feel so confusing. It’s still a fun series to watch though. I might write a review for it if I feel like it.

Blog Ahead 2015
And I decided to join Blog Ahead 2015. October is going to be a busy month so I am setting my goal low. I am hoping to write at least 10 till 20 posts for November and later, I am not going to focus on my total of scheduled posts, I am just hoping I can get a few posts written for later this year. Last year this challenge was a big help, so even though October will be a busy month I still hope I can get some blogging in. I will be posting my weekly updates here in my sunday post.

Random Picture(s) of the Week

Earl Grey tea
I thought I would share a picture of my favourite tea with you today. My boyfriend and I love earl grey tea, we drink about two packages of this tea each week. And I try to keep about 4-6 packages in storage, so we never run out of early grey tea. Every week when I go grocery shopping I get two packages earl grey tea, we also drink some other tea flavours now and then, but not as much as earl grey tea. I always buy the Pickwick brand as that’s one of the best brands, the cheaper home brands of supermarkets are less good. And I don’t mind spending a few cents more for good tea. Do your prefer coffe or tea? And what’s your favourite flavour?

Taaikorstjes
Oh and I have a picture of something typical dutch this week. These are called “Taaikorstjes” or “Taai Taai” and they are often eaten around “Sinterklaas”, which is a celebration on 5 december, sinterklaas brings presents to the small kids. So here in Netherlands kids have both Sinterklaas and then right after that Christmas. Usually parents focus on one of the two events and do something smaller with the other. It’s hard to explain what these taste like, they contain spices like cinnamon and they are sort of sweet as well, the texture is soft, but not too soft. It’s quite sturdy at the same time and it’s a bit sticky when you eat them. They are quite good and our supermarket sells these all year long, yay! Although there are also lots of candies they only sell around sinterklaas, I’ll try to get a picture of kruidnotjes next week. What’s candy typical for your country?

Tiger Bread
One of the reasons I like living in the Netherlands is the bread. I am a picky eater and I am very picky when it comes to bread. I hate when bread has too much seeds in the dough. I don’t like white bread either. I prefer whole wheat bread, like this one, which is Tiger Whole Weat Bread. It’s called Tiger bread because of the pattern on top. I love this bread and usually buy one loaf every week for myself. My boyfriend does eat lots of different kinds of bread and likes almost everything. What’s your favourite type of bread?

What did I cook for dinner this week?

  • Sunday: leftover Korma
  • Monday: Pasta with red pasta sauce
  • Tuesday: French Bread Pizza
  • Wednesday: Risotto with green beans and red bell pepper
  • Thursday: leftover Risotto with green beans and red bell pepper
  • Friday: Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
  • Saturday: Pizza

This week I blogged about:

Blog Tour: Destiny Rising (True Calling #3) by Siobhan Davis – excerpt and giveaway!
Review: The Other Side of Truth (The Marked Ones #3) by Alicia Kat Vancil
Lola’s Ramblings: What do you like to see on a cover?
Lola’s Kitchen: Crumb Cake Recipe
Review: Bride of the Harvest Moon by Alicia Kat Vancil

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Stars Wars the Clone Wars Animated series
– Review: Damned if I do (The Harker Trilogy #1) by Erin Hayes
– Lola’s Ramblings: Why Do You Review Books?
– Lola’s Kitchen: Banana Crumble Muffins
– Review: Burying Water (Burying Water #1) by K.A. Tucker

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

Book Blitz: Maiden of Secrets by Paul Neslusan – runs from 1 till 7 October
Book Blitz: Live by Gillian Zane – runs from 13 till 19 October
Book Blitz: Mischief Under the Mistletoe – runs from 17 till 23 november
Book Blitz: Sonar the Cyclone by B Truly – runs from 30 november till 4 december

Book Haul:

a spark of justiceA Spark of Justice
by J.D. Hawkins

Format: e-copy
Source: for review
You can find A Spark of Justice on Goodreads

Blurb:
A fatal accident at the circus sparks an insurance investigation that leads John Nieves, a former New York cop, to a list of murder suspects. It seems that The Great Rollo, beloved of millions, had enemies… both at the circus and among his own family. All that is surreal and magical about the circus brings out Nieves’ deepest fears, blinding him to the very real danger that is closer at hand.

A bizarre series of revelations and coincidences keep Nieves’ suspicions of the circus people high, even after the actual evidence suggests that the incident really was only an unfortunate accident. The furtive actions of Rollo’s wife and brother, the beneficiaries of his insurance, lead Nieves into even dirtier family secrets. Apparent attempts on his life from all quarters threaten Nieves, but he refuses to drop the case until the whole truth of who killed The Great Rollo is revealed.

Pane and SufferingPane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1)
by Cheryl Hollon

Format: e-copy
Source: for review through netgalley
You can find Pane and Suffering on Goodreads

Blurb:
To solve her father’s murder and save the family-owned glass shop, Savannah Webb must shatter a killer’s carefully constructed façade. . .

After Savannah’s father dies unexpectedly of a heart attack, she drops everything to return home to St. Petersburg, Florida, to settle his affairs–including the fate of the beloved, family-owned glass shop. Savannah intends to hand over ownership to her father’s trusted assistant and fellow glass expert, Hugh Trevor, but soon discovers the master craftsman also dead of an apparent heart attack.

As if the coincidence of the two deaths wasn’t suspicious enough, Savannah discovers a note her father left for her in his shop, warning her that she is in danger. With the local police unconvinced, it’s up to Savannah to piece together the encoded clues left behind by her father. And when her father’s apprentice is accused of the murders, Savannah is more desperate than ever to crack the case before the killer seizes a window of opportunity to cut her out of the picture. . .

Colour me Funky Advanced colouringColour Me Funky – Advanced Colouring
by Jenna Lyn Field

Format: physical copy
Source: for review
You can find Colour Me Funky – Advanced Colouring on Goodreads

Blurb:
Immerse yourself in Colour Me Funky – Advanced Colouring.

Fun for artists of all ages.

Great for relaxing at the end of the day.

With thirty pages of designs, all individually created just for you, Colour Me Funky – Advanced Colouring holds something to suit every mood and whim.

Blood TideBlood Tide (Dolphin Shore Shifters #1)
by C.J. Matthew

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

Blurb:
The Santa Barbara Channel holds a closely guarded secret…

She had more than just her mission…
Sy’s rotation on land as a dolphin shifter couldn’t have come at a better time. With her best friend missing and no answers forthcoming, it was time to take matters into her own hands. And with the resources at the Save Blue Water organization, finding her friend would be a whole lot easier. Except …something sinister is going on inside SBW, something deadly, and Sy finds herself at the center of danger.

The last thing he needed was bullets and bombs…
Noah Nelson spent every minute trying to forget the war while fighting his PTSD, but jumping in front of a bullet was second nature. It had nothing to do with the fact the target was the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen. Or that she was naked. But suddenly he’s caught up in her world, protecting her from unforeseen threats, and falling in love … but Sy’s got a secret that may rip them apart. Forever.

40 Responses to “Sunday Post #144”

    • Lola

      It’s always nice to win an amazon gift card :). Sour Dough is a bit of an hit or miss for me, some I like and others not.

    • Lola

      The curried apple and potato soup sounds good! I am not really a fish fan, so I don’t think I woudld are try make a fish curry. It’s sounds horrific. I had a lot of cooking failures in the last few years as well and still have them sometimes, often I can still save a dish, but not all dishes can be saved or soemtiems it just isn’t for me.

    • Lola

      Yeah I am so excited to have gotten a colouring book for review. I did change my review policy to relfect I accept colouring books, but I don’t expect to receive many as I live in the Netherlands and shipping costs are crazy.

      I love the possibility of a gift cards, that feeling of having money to spend on books and then considering what to buy. I almost prefer knowing I can buy books to actually buying them.

      I never heard of Brown Soda Bread, if I ever visit Ireland I have to make sure to give it a try!
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  1. Jackie

    I do love me some tea, but I also love coffee. I probably drink coffee more often because it’s available and free at work. At home I splurge and buy whole bean coffee from local shops. This week I’m sipping a cinnamon hazelnut blend, and it’s perfect for the colder weather that will hopefully settle in soon. As for tea, I do love Earl Grey! I prefer Twinings if I’m drinking Earl Grey, although I was sipping on Earl Grey Lavender from Adagio teas just yesterday. I used to drink only black teas, but this past year I’ve developed an appreciation for oolong teas too.
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    • Lola

      I work at home, so I always have access to tea ;). I am not a coffe drinker, but that cinnamon hazelnut blend sounds good! Twinnings Earl Grey tea is also very good, but a bit more expensive than Pickwick, so I buy pickwick. Black tea’s are my favourite, although I drink some green fruit tea’s now and then as well.

  2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    Congrats on your $10 amazon gift-card win, Lola 🙂

    I’ve signed up for the Blog Ahead as well, and like you, I know October will be a quite busy month, so I didn’t aim to have 31 scheduled posts by the end of it 🙂

    Your new books look great, I love the funky heart on the cover of your new coloring book Color Me Funky! So nice 🙂

    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
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    • Lola

      At first i decided not to join Blog Ahead as I know it will be a busy month, but in the end I decided to just participate and see how far I get.

      There is a drawing in the book the same as the cover, it sure looks nice, I am looking forward to start colouring :).

  3. Michelle@Because Reading

    *takes a sip of coffee* I am a rabid coffee drinker, I do like tea in the winter but I mainline coffee as often as possible.

    Last year I didn’t get a lot done for the blog ahead because it was in November and Berls and I were doing the 30 days of giving thanks with a post a day. Of course we were so behind I spent the entire time setting up posts for that instead of getting ahead. I am happy it is in October since I have a TON of stuff to get done before the end of the year. 3 Challenge Sign Up and End Posts, 2 events (Month of giving thanks in Nov and Out with Old in with new in Dec) and a bunch of holidays post. so I am really looking forward to it.

    I have yet to get myself a coloring book, I am DYING to color one 🙂 It would be so relaxing to sit by the TV and color 🙂

    I hope you have a great week, Lola! Happy Reading!
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    • Lola

      For me it’s tea, I can’t stand the taste of coffee, way too strong for me.

      November would’ve worked better for me, but I am participating anyway and I’ll see how far I get. Last year this challenge helped me a lot, so I hope even with the busy month i still get a lot of blogging done. I have some end of the year posts planned that I hope to start scheduling next month.

      You really should buy a colouring book for yourself and give it a try! They are very relaxing! I hope to get some more colouring doen this week.

    • Lola

      I drink tea year long, even in summer. I am pretty sure I am addicted to tea as I get massive headaches when I don’t drink enough tea in a day.
      Spark of Justice was a fun mystery! I alreayd read it and will post my review early october.
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  4. Vlora

    I love bread! I always have it in the morning, and I can’t understand how the whole world hasn’t adapted it haha. I really missed it when I was in another country for a month, because a sandwich is perfect when you’re hungry, but on the road and can’t cook. And also breakfast just doesn’t feel like breakfast without bread. I like a lot of different kinds of bread! And it depends on what I put on it too. The only bread I really cannot stand is pumpernickel (not sure if there’s a translation for it, but it’s this really dark bread that doesn’t even taste like bread) or anything that even remotely resembles it. Hmmm I’m not sure what sweets are typical for Germany. I live near the Ritter Sport factory though, which is a brand of chocolate I love. I guess Kinder chocolate is also German? BASICALLY CHOCOLATE. 😀 Have a great week!
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    • Lola

      Here in the netherlands eating bread for breakfast and lunch is very normal. I eat cocopos cereal as breakfats though, but bread as lunch. Pumpernickel sounds a bit like what we call “Roggebrood” her,e it’s thin small slices and it tastes very strongly and is gross in my opinion.
      I also love chocolate, german supermarkets have even more variety of chocolates than here. Titter sport chocolate is so good! I always love visiting supermarkets in other countries. Oh and that sweet brown stuff they sell on christmas markets is typical german, right? Sorry can’t remember the name. Maybe next year I can visit germany again, I love germany, it’s an awesome country. My dream is to move there on day.

    • Lola

      I hope I can get a lot of post written during the challenge :). Last year the challenge helped me a lot, so I hope it will be a big help again this year.
      I already bought one book with the gift card. Not sure what to spend the rest on yet. I always love winning gift cards.
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    • Lola

      I am glad to hear you enjoy seeing typical foods from other countries, I’ll have two more picture of sinterklaas candy next week :).
      I don’t drink coffee as I can’t get used to the taste, but I love tea. I like to experiement with different flavours, but earl grey is still my favourite.

  5. S. J. Pajonas

    I love to drink Irish Breakfast tea (which I believe is called Assam tea pretty much everywhere but the US, Lol) and I often make a pot in the morning and drink it all day. I either re-heat it or I add ice and do iced tea, depending on my mood and how hot or cold I am. I also love Earl Grey and drink that on occasion too.

    I think I’d love those Taai Taai. They sound delicious!
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    • Lola

      I don’t think I’ve tried Assam tea before, will have to see if our supermarket sells that. I set tea multiple times as day as I don’t like cold tea.

      If you ever visit The Netherlands again you’ll have to make sure to buy some Taai Taai. They are very yummy!

  6. Sophia Rose

    That’s great that you had a good week and got some work done. Shari signed up for blog ahead. I don’t sign up separate, but I do contribute a few extra posts for Nov and Dec to help her through the busy time.

    Sinterklaas sounds like a great children’s holiday- goodie foods and presents. Can’t beat that. America has several national holidays, but there are also regional celebrations if there is a large ethnic group. Where I live near Detroit, there are lots ethnic groups probably there for the car industry somehow. Food festivals and world markets are big. The one holiday food that grabbed my attention because I love donuts is Paczki Day. It’s Polish and it is every year the last day before Lent. The Paczki (pronounced Poonski) is an oversized filled donut, basically. But there is also lots of Mexican, Irish, Greek, Arabic/Mediterranean, and Soul Food available. I love the ‘Beats and Eats’ festival each year for the variety of world music and food. As to bread, I am not picky, but my favorite is Sourdough and that’s fitting since I grew up near San Francisco, the home of Sourdough. Haha!

    Have a good week, Lola!
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    • Lola

      It’s nice to have some extra posts scheduled ahead in case things get busy. I really like how the Blog Ahead challenge helps you with that.

      Sinterklaas is a fun holiday, especially when you’re little it’s very magical and fun. Now that I am older I mostly love the food and candy. I have two more pictures of sinterklaas candy next week. Sinterklaas is a bit like christmas, but with more focus on the candy and presents. Those Packzi donuts sounds delicious! Any holiday that focusses on food is a good one in my opinion ;).

      I only like certain types of sour dough, germany sells a lot of sourdough too, so when we go on vacation there we often eat sourdough.

  7. Greg

    I like bread and would have a hard time giving it up. Artisan bread, sour dough, sometimes rye… so much goodness. 🙂 Crusty bread dipped in soup… now I’m hungry LOL. And I prefer tea over coffee, although if I’m really tired coffee might keep me going. And this time of year I like the flavored stuff, pumpkin spice latte and the like.

    Looking forward to your Clone Wars post. Never watched it but love Star Wars so it should be fun to learn about that show.
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    • Lola

      I love bread, but I am really picky to what kinds I like. I usually don’t like sour dough or rye. I do like french bread and naan. I have tried coffee when I was really tired, but I can’t stand the taste. Those pumpkin flavours coffee’s sure sound nice.

      I loved the Clone Wars series! I hope my review will convince you to watch it as well. It’s a great addition to the star wars universe and you learn lots of extra things about the galaxy, the characters, the jedi and the clones.

    • Lola

      I like the sound of dolphin shifters, so original! I can’t stand the taste of coffee, I tried it a few times, but can’t get used to the taste. I share a few more pictures of Sinerklaas candy next week, I think the Netherlands is one of the few cuntries who celebrate sinterklaas. I am glad you enjoyed learning about it 🙂

    • Lola

      I am glad you enjoy the dutch tradition trivia ;). It’s very interetsing to see all the stores gear up for sinterklaas starting end september. I love all the sinterklaas related candy, which we can only buy at this time of the year. I have two more pictures of sinterklaas candy next week.

      I really enjoy colouring, although I wish I made more time for it. The Harry Potter colouring book sounds interesting!

  8. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m glad you had a busy week, Lola, and that you and your boyfriend are settling into the new schedule. Congrats on the gift card win…those are always nice. 🙂 And I love that you got a coloring book to review. I can’t wait to see what you think and maybe some pictures of what you color. Have a great week! 😀
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    • Lola

      Yeah it was neat to win an amazon gift card, just bought my first book with it today :). I was really excited to get the chance to review a colouring book! I’ll share pictures as soon as I finished a page and will share some pictures when I review it too.
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    • Lola

      Tiger bread is yummy and I like how the curst looks!

      It was so nice of the author to send me her colouring book for review and it looks like a good one, so I can’t wait to get started!

      Having enough ideas for posts to write can be a problem. I ran into that last year eventually as well, I had scheduled all my ideas for pots already. So I hope I can be better prepared this year!

  9. Silvara

    Pane and Suffering looks really good! Can’t wait to see your review of it!

    My favorite tea is Lipton’s Black Pearl. I like Earl Grey also, but Black Pearl is the one I have to keep a box or three on hand of at all times. It makes good hot or iced tea.
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