Sunday Post #188

Posted July 24, 2016 by Lola in Sunday Post / 34 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?

I think I am finally getting used to the new routine this week, it only took me 3 weeks, lol. Also last sunday I was talking to another blogger about here in the Netherlands most houses don’t have AC, and it doesn’t gets too warm here usually. Ofcourse right after mentioning that we got a really warm week here, at the warmest moment it was 27 degrees Celsius/ 80 degrees Fahrenheit inside our house. And even warmer outside probably. And we have the humid heat, so yes it was very warm this week. Which made it more difficult to concentrate most days.

But besides that it was an okay week, I got two new review opportunities live on Lola’s Blog Tours. I got some reading done and even spent a little bit of time colouring. And I got a review copy of a book I am really excited for, which totally made my day. And I fell behind on comments again, I blame the new routine. Let’s hope it will get better next week and I can actually keep up with comments now that I am used to the new routine!

I had some trouble with one of my e-mails, with how I suddenly couldn’t sent e-mails anymore and I was trying to fix for two weeks now and I got really annoyed as my roundabout way didn’t work either and I spent a lot of time trying to fix it and then suddenly this week it fixed itself. And then the next day it didn’t work anymore, grr it’s really frustrating. And my work around method doesn’t work either. I hate e-mail problems.

Picture of the Week

A few weeks ago I shared one of the chips flavours I ate now and then. I am not a big chips eater, but this is another flavour I eat now and then. Tortilla chips, this is the plain version as I like those best. Do you like tortilla chips and how do you eat them? Do you have a favorite dip to eat them with?

What did I read this week?

How to Write a Sizzling SynopsisTrue Calling Short Story Collection

I actually finished four books again this week. I finished the beta read I was doing for a YA contemporary romance book, not listed above as it doesn’t have a cover or is on goodreads yet. I finished Amanda Lester and the Red Spider Rumpus (Amanda Lester, Detective #5) by Paula Berinstein, which doesn’t have a cover yet, so also isn’t listed above. It was a nice book in this series, although not my favorite. Guess I wasn’t fully in the mood for this one and was a bit in the beta read mindset as I was beta reading a book for my evening read, but it still had enough things I did enjoy as well.
And I read my third non-fiction book of the year How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis, I should’ve made that a goal, lol. It was a short and very informative read with lots of practical tips. And I finished the True Calling short story collecting which was a fun addition to the series. So overall it was a good reading week.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

This week I blogged about:

Review: Pirate Bound by Carysa Locke
Review: Baking is Murder by Kathy Cranston
Lola’s Ramblings: Trigger Warnings

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Till Death Do Us Tart by H.Y. Hanna
– Lola’s Ramblings: Can You Enjoy a Book if you don’t like the main character?
– Lola’s Kitchen: top five late night snacks
– Review: Pancakes of Wrath by Sarah Fox

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

Review Opportunities:
Summer Haikus by SJ Pajonas
Dominic’s Nemesis by D. Alyce Domain
Secret Baby Scandal by Joanne Rock
Micah by Lee DuCote
Across Borders by Lee Ducote
Don’t Call Me Kit Kat by K.J. FarnhamNew!
Before I Shatter by Mandy PetersonNew!
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
A Tragic Consequence by JC Morrows – 29 July

Book Blitz: Sacrifice by Carolyn Arnold – 31 July till 6 August
Blog Tour: A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi – 1 till 14 August
Blog Tour: The Dragon Sphere by Abel Gallardo – 8 till 21 August

Book Haul:

Pirate Nemesis

Gah I can’t explain how excited I am to have gotten a review copy of Pirate Nemesis! I reviewed the prequel Pirate Bound on my blog this week and really enjoyed it and I have been looking forward to read book 1. And then I noticed on facebook the author was looking for arc readers, so I signed-up and hoped I wasn’t too late. And then a few days later I opened my inbox and noticed I got a review copy of Pirate nemesis. So guess what I am reading next?

Freebies I grabbed:

I also grabbed some freebies: Star rebels (sci-fi), The Forever Girl (Paranormal Romance), Love Him Not (pick your own adventure Romance), Balanced on the Blade’s Edge (Steampunk), Touching Paradise (Paranormal Romance) and Of Light and Darkness.


34 responses to “Sunday Post #188

  1. Yay, I’m glad you’re finally getting the hang of your new schedule 🙂 But yikes, 80 degrees indoors is pretty bad. And that email thing does sound frustrating. I just use Gmail for all my emailing, and I’ve never had any problems with it. Maybe it’s not quite as professional as using an email with my blog name or whatever, but I feel like it’s professional enough and is a lot easier for me.

    I’m not a big chip eater either, but now you’ve made me really crave some chips and salsa, which I haven’t had for a long time lol.

    Ooh, I like your ramblings topic for next week! That’s something that I’ve mentioned a lot just in comments and conversations and whatnot, so I’m looking forward to seeing what you and everyone else has to say and discussing it 🙂

    I’m so happy for you that you got that ARC! We definitely didn’t have one of those weird same-amount-of-ARCs connections this week though since you got 1 and I ended up with 7 lol.

    Gah I went to look at Of Light and Darkness and I didn’t even read the whole blurb, I just saw “vampire” and “Anne Rice” and clicked the button since it’s free, and it turns out I already downloaded it in January, haha. But I have so many books that I don’t even remember what I have, so at least now I know I have this.

    Anyway, have a great week!
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    • It’s been just slightly below 80 degrees most of the week, so it’s been pretty warm the whole week. I actually set-up an e-mail with my blog name as well, but that isn’t working either. It’s like normally I can figure things out and understand them when i look into things, but e-mail stuff is very confusing to me for some reason. or maybe it will fix it itself in time, that’s what I am trying now first, before I put more time into it.

      I am really curious to see the replies to that Ramblings topic. It seems lots of readers are character focused, but I also heard from people who don’t mind if they like the characters or not. So it will be interesting to hear different opinions.

      I am glad I had another quiet week with arc’s and the one I got was one I was so excited for! Just finishing up my current read (a sci-fi romance short story collection) and then I am starting Pirate Nemesis!

      The cover for Of Light and Darkness perfectly fits your blog colour scheme with the black white and red ;). I thought it sounded like one you might enjoy. It was free and sounded interesting, so I grabbed it. And I often forget which freebies I own. Books I bought or got for review I usually remember.

  2. I’m just glad I was able to pick up a book and read last night! I’ve been in and out of a reading slump over the last 2 months and every time I think it’s over, it comes back! I hope this week will be different! I need to change furniture in my bedroom but first I have to reduce the books so maybe having a goal will help me read more for the rest of the summer. I hope so! Have a good week and enjoy your books!

  3. I know how you feel with the heat were getting high 80’s, I guess that would be high 20’s for you. I’ve never been good at the conversion stuff. I like to dip my tortilla chips in queso sauce, cheddar cheese or chili, but usually end up eating them plain. Have a great week and try to stay cool!

    • It seems like it’s warm everywhere! I hope you’re staying cool in your pool. Adjusting to a new schedule is such a pain. Sorry to hear about your computer troubles and schedule change.

    • Not sure where the problem is with the e-mail, still trying to figure it out. I think it’s something about the e-mail program I am using, but not sure. I am just giving it a bit more time in case it’s something temporarily that will solve itself as it did work for a day or two.

    • Yes I was so excited to get the arc for that book. I hope to finish my current read tomorrow, so I can start reading the arc next :). Glad to hear I put the series on your radar!

  4. I hate it when it gets super hot in the house- we don’t have AC growing up but I have it now and when it went out a couple years ago the house got to like high 80’s inside. It was awful. Hope your email problems sort out!

    I do like tortilla chips they make a good snack plain but I like a spicy salsa too. Yum. Occasionally i like a queso dip but not too often, not exactly healthy. lol

    Both your Ramblings and late night snack posts look good, I’ll be by to check those out. 🙂
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    • It’s been just below 80’s here most of the week and it’s too warm. Normally I don’t mind our lack of AC, but right now it would be great as even with the windows open it doesn’t cool down much.

      I mostly eat the tortilla chips plain, but I might try out a dip once.

      Glad to hear you’re looking forward to me Ramblings and Kitchen posts this week 🙂

  5. Whew, heat and humidity are no fun, for sure! That’s how it is where I live, but we have A/C. Glad you are adjusting to your schedule and got some good work done.

    That’s neat when you get a book you really wanted to read and review right when you were thinking about it.

    Nice pile of freebies. I think I got that same steampunk, too.

    I love tortilla chips. I prefer the plain ones if they are by certain brands, but I also like a few different seasoned ones. My favorite dips are hot jalepeno cheese or fresh garlic and artichoke salsa.
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    • I usually don’t mind our lack of AC, but right now AC would be great. Although luckily we got a bit of rain today that cooled the house down by a degree.

      I had my calendar marked to buy it on release day, that’s how excited I was to read this book. It was awesome to be able to get a review copy instead and start it a bit earlier. Currently reading it and it’s so good!

      I also prefer the plain ones and usually eat them without a dip. Although that fresh garlic dip sounds pretty good too!

    • It does get warm here in the summer, but not as warm as in other places probably. And indeed if you aren’t used to it everything is warm.

  6. That’s great that you’re getting the hang of your new schedule! It makes things so much easier when things are going smoothly. We get really hot here but we have air conditioning. 80 inside would make it hard to sleep! We’re kind of the opposite here in the Southern US. We have great air conditioning but most houses don’t have furnaces just heat pumps which aren’t effective at all when the temps drop below freezing. It doesn’t do that normally but when it does it gets really cold inside and I’m not a fan! Have a great week!

    • Yes it sure makes things easier when everything runs smoothly. During the day the heat is not nice, but it’s even worse when you’re trying to sleep. Luckily it has cooled down a bit now.

      That’s interesting to hear how much different it is in the south of the US, I guess you more often deal with warm than cold weather, so I guess it makes sense. But if it does get cold there it must be difficult.

    • Korma is a type of curry. Wikipedia describes it pretty well: “Korma is a dish originating in South Asia consisting of meat or vegetables braised in a spiced sauce made with yogurt, cream, nut or seed paste.”
      The korma recipe I use has vegetables (onion, red bell pepper and potatoes), spices, coconut milk and nut paste from cashew nuts. It’s really good! The link goes to my recipe if you’re interested ;).

      Glad to hear you enjoyed The Forever Girl! And it was so exciting to get the ARC of a book I really wanted.

    • The e-mail trouble seems to be fixed today, but I am not believing it until it stays working for a few days. It’s so frustrating!
      It’s a bit cooler this week as we had some rain.

    • Wow that’s warm I would melt in that weather. 30 degrees is still doable without AC, but 45 degrees no. But it is nice you can shop in the middle of the night when it’s less warm.

      I don’t think I ever had a spicy cheese dip, not sure if I would like it, but I would be willing to try it.

  7. Oh gosh on the heat. I couldn’t deal with out my AC. We get so hot here and it’s humid as well. This week we’re near 100 degrees (97 today) and oh man it makes me cranky! lol

    I read a long time ago that for something to become routine you need to do it for 21 days in a row so sounds like that was about right for your change! How crazy is that?
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    • Heat plus humidity is the worst. I am glad we got some rain this week and it cooled down two degrees, it suddenly felt like such a big difference. The heat also makes me cranky and lazy and annoyed, not a good combination.

      Oh that’s interesting, sounds like I fit that theory exactly. This week goes a lot smoother now that I am more used to the routine.

    • Yes normally it doesn’t get this warm and without AC it doesn’t cool down much inside the house. It’s now 26 degrees in house this week, so still warm, only one degree cooler.

      I just stared Pirate Nemesis and I am really enjoying it so far! Have you read it already?

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