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 felt a bit off, I felt like my days were filled with I did things but I feel like didn’t achieve a lot. Not sure why. I also spent some time worrying, although I am doing slightly better again. I didn’t feel sick anymore this week luckily, but I did suffer from a headache and was a bit tired due to too little sleep. I hope next week is better in that regard.
I did do pretty well on the reading front, more about that later. And I made a pasta sauce with pumpkin this weekend which turned out pretty good. I am trying out a few recipes I already know and add pumpkin to them, which is a nice twist. I’ve been in a pumpkin mood lately, so its fun to experiment with that. I hope to make some pumpkin cookies soon too.
I had two cover reveals I organized taking place this week, I sent out another newsletters for authors about which entries to use for giveaways, finished up a beta read and typed out my feedback and an author booked a new cover reveal booked which I worked on and the sign-up post is now live on my site. I even got a reply from one of the authors on my newsletter and we swapped some ideas concerning giveaway entries, it was fun. I am happy I decided to set these newsletters up as I think they are a fun way to stay in contact with authors, now I only have to promote it a bit more. And I am still amazed at how few people reply to newsletters, makes me wonder if authors experience that too and it makes me want to reply to their newsletters more often.
I won a giveaway this summer during the Coyer challenge and my prize arrived this week. It was a paperback copy of Sunborn Rising, which I already read on my ipad, but it’s awesome to have the paperback as well and see all the artwork that way. It was such a fun surprise to have it arrive this week.
Posts I’ve written this week that count for Blog Ahead: 2
– Lola’s Advice: How to get more Newsletter Subscribers – 5 December 2016
– Review: Secret Keeping Sakura by SJ Pajonas – 9 November 2016
Yeah not really doing too well with this challenge, but hey every posts counts 🙂
Picture of the Week
Speculaas everything is super popular here in the Netherlands at this time of the year. Speculaas is a spices mixture with mainly cinnamon and a few other spices. I love the smell and taste of speculaas and I love how shops get creative and add speculaas to everything. This week I noticed my local grocery store had speculaas muffins! So I had to give them a try and they even were discounted. This picture is taken from the top of the muffin, so you can see the color of the muffin well and the pieces of almond on top. They tasted really good!
I have a Speculaas Muffins recipe that I sometimes make, which are great too, but it was nice to try this storebought variety as well. These didn’t have almond paste inside them, but it did taste as if small pieces of almond or almond paste were mixed through the batter, not 100% sure, but it totally worked. Might have to try that once too.
What did I read this week?
It was a good reading week. I finished my beta read this week, it was a great week and I can’t wait to tell you about it once it releases. And I finally finished reading Pets in Space, I hadn’t expected it to be so long, but I really enjoyed this anthology. There were some authors I already knew in the set and some new to me authors that I discovered and would like to read more books from.
Then I read a short story, Secret Keeping Sakura which was a great read! It’s a bit sad, but also hopeful. I really enjoyed this series. If you sign-up to the author her newsletter you get the box set with all 5 stories for free!
October was a good one, took the series in a bit of a different direction which was nice. I hope I can read the last two books soon as I am curious to see how everything gets wrapped up. And my current reads are good so far!
What did I cook for dinner this week?
- Sunday: Sweet Curry with Tofu and pumpkin
- Monday: Cajun Pasta
- Tuesday: leftover Cajun Pasta
- Wednesday: Casserole with leek, vegetarian meat and potatoes
- Thursday: leftover Casserole with leek, vegetarian meat and potatoes
- Friday: tomato soup with french bread
- Saturday: Tomato Pasta sauce with pumpkin and gnocchi
This week I blogged about:
What to expect next week on the blog:
– Review: Pets in Space
– Review: October by Audrey Carlan
– Lola’s Ramblings: Do you subscribe to author newsletters?
– Review: It’s Your Party Die if you want to by Vickie Fee
Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:
– Across Borders by Lee Ducote
– Don’t Call Me Kit Kat by K.J. Farnham
– Name of Ra by Kelsey Ketch
– Single Chicas by Sandra C Lopez
– Here Comes the Witch by Ani Gonzalez
– Newborn by Edward Hoorneart
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.
– Out of Beat by Cassandra Giovanni – 11 November – New!
– Book Blitz: Audiobook Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy by Paula Berinstein – 24 till 30 October
– Book Blitz: Playboy Assistant by Roe Valentine – 1 till 7 November
Inherit the Stars I bought after reading the story by this author in the Pets in Space anthology. I really enjoyed the short story and then looked up her other books and noticed this one was only 0.99$, so I got it. October I lend from Berls from Fantasy is More Fun. Paper Princess was discounted to 0.99$ and for a change I got the good end of the deal as for me in the Netherlands it was only 0.54$ (normally 0.99$ means 1.09$ for me), I heard good things about this one and decided to pick it up.
Freebies I grabbed:
I got the following freebies this week (they were free when I got them): The Watcher’s Daughter by CJ Flynn (Paranormal Romance) Amazon|Goodreads, Cheat By Gillian Zane (Fantasy) Amazon|Goodreads and Cranberry Oatmeal Murder By Susan Gillard/ Karen Sullivan (cozy Mystery) Amazon|Goodreads
After asking last week what you preferred goodreads or amazon links, it seemed about half of the people preferred goodreads and half of them amazon, so I am giving this a try, listing both links ;). We’ll see how this goes.