Sunday Post #215

January 29, 2017 Sunday Post 50

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Itโ€™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 pretty decent week. Still some meh parts, but it was a productive week and I got some exciting new review books. I got a bunch of assistant work done this week and worked on some new tour events as well. A new review opportunity for a science fiction romance retelling of Beauty and the Beast went live and a book blitz for a science fiction book. There was a cover reveal I organized that took place this week.

I did got a headache from Friday until Saturday, which put a bit of a damper on those days. It was a busy week on the blog and I hope to catch up with replying to comments and commenting back today. I got two future ramblings posts written this week, so I am happy to have those done. I think the ramblings posts will be once every two weeks now as it’s hard to make time to write more of them and I am reading a lot, so I want to make sure I can share my reviews as well. So a bit more reviews will be posted and a bit less ramblings for now.

As I’ve been keeping a spreadsheet for which books I read this year so far I am considering sharing some monthly starts in my Sunday posts after each month has ended. So next week I would share some January stats then. What do you think? Would this be something that would be interesting to read about? The spreadsheet is mostly so I can track more things than I can do on Goodreads and so I can do a stat post at the end of the year, but I thought monthly updated might be fun to do. Let me know what you think!

I reviewed the first book in Lydia Sherrer her Lily Singer series this week and it’s such an amazing series! My review of book 2 will be posted next week :). Lydia Sherrer revealed the covers for book 3 and 4 in the Lydia Sherrer series on her facebook page thsi week and they are so pretty! I really love the covers for this series as they fit the books so well. I can’t wait to read these! And she’s launching a kickstarter for book 3 and 4 in her Lily Singer series on 1 February. There’s a facebook party to celebrate the kick-off in case anyone is interested in joining.

Picture of the Week

Sorry no picture of the week this week ๐Ÿ™

What did I read this week?

Ozoni and OnsensA Cowboy to Keep

I didn’t read a lot this week, but the two books I did read were both good ones and I probably finish Accidentally on Purpose today. Ozoni and Onsens was a fun short read as part of Pajonas her Daydreamer Detective series and I am looking forward to book 3. A Cowboy to Keep was a really good read, this might be my favorite book by Karen Rock so far, the suspense was well done and I really liked these two characters together. The conflict also felt realistic.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

This week I blogged about:

Review: Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus Beginnings by Lydia Sherrer
Review: Four of a Kind by Kellie Sheridan
Review: One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis
Lola’s Kitchen: Pumpkin Soup Recipe
Review: In With the New by Tracy Krimmer

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus Revelations by Lydia Sherrer
– Review: Faerie Curse by Emma L Adams
– Lola’s Ramblings: What I like about cozy mysteries
– My To-Be Read List #30: poll

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

Review Opportunities:
Here Comes the Witch by Ani Gonzalez
Newborn by Edward Hoorneart
Necromancer by Graeme Ing
Teach Your Heart by Tracey Alvarez
Naughty or Nice by Jessie Logan
Right Under Your Nose by Holly Tierney-Bedord
Fated Memories by Joan Carney
Remember by Joan Carney
Finding Kyler by Siobhan Davis
Vanquished by S.E. Green
Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling
Ensnared by Rita StradlingNew!
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
There are no currently open cover reveals

Tours:
Book Blitz: Amanda Lester Series by Paula Berinstein – 30 January till 5 February
Book Blitz: Reckless Hearts by Heather Van Fleet – 7 till 13 February
Book Blitz: Melancholy Ghost by Kat Mayor – 21 till 27 February
Book Blitz: Give Me Chaos by Jillian Ashe – 28 February till 6 March – New!

Book Haul:

Kneaded to deathMurder at the Fortune's Teller TableToxic TideA Major Seduction

Yay I got approved for Kneaded to Death and Murder at the Fortune’s teller table. I mentioned last week I was still waiting to see if I would get approved for two netgalley books well that were those two and I got approved for both :). Toxic Tide and A Major Seduction I got for review from the author. Toxic Tide is the next book is her romantic suspense series with dolphin shifters, I am reading book 4 at the moment. And A Major Seduction is the start of another series by her, I am really excited for this as I really enjoy her dolphin shifter series so far and am looking forward to try out her other books as well.

Freebies I grabbed:

I got the following freebies this week (they were free when I got them):

  • Hutchins Creek Cache by Deborah Garner (Mystery) Amazon|Goodreads
  • Alien Attachments by Sabine Priestley (Science Fiction Romance) Amazon|Goodreads
  • Making the Grade by Kelly Collins (Romantic Comedy) Amazon|Goodreads
  • Grand Master’s Cat: Prequel to the Grand Master’s Trilogy by Aurora Springer (Science Fiction) Amazon|Goodreads
  • The Land Without Color by Benjamin Ellefson (MG adventure) Amazon|Goodreads

Also check out my facebook post here where I list freebies and cheap books during the week.

Free book Recommendation

In With the New
You can get a free copy of In With the New through Instafreebie if you sign-up for the author her newsletter :). I reviewed In With the New yesterday, you can read my review here. I really enjoyed this one!

50 Responses to “Sunday Post #215”

  1. Kara

    I think posting your January stats will be a good idea, I already like how you post what you cook during the week. I am glad you had a better week than last week, but sorry about your headache, those are no fun!

  2. chucklesthescot

    I seem to be kept busy most of the time with blogging and reading, which I’m quite happy about. I couldn’t run a business in the middle of it though! I don’t know where you get the time and energy but I admire your drive!

    • Lola

      I do have a pretty strict schedule on what to do each day and when, which helps a lot. And I love my work, which also makes it easier to spend a lot of time on it. But yes reading and blogging already takes up a lot of time.

  3. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I can’t wait to hear about your stats. As a math lover, I love all things math and statistics is something I excelled at in school, even I don’t do much of it any more. I love seeing how things lay out. I’ve thought about doing a spreadsheet to keep track of things, but seems like a lot of work and I’m already on a time crunch. Maybe I will try it out one day. Good luck.
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    • Lola

      I always di very well with stats as well, which came in handy as it was a big part of my university study as well. I actually already wrote the stats section for next Sunday posts and it was fun to write, although I did shorten it a bit as else I could just as well write a whole post about. I might actually do that in the future, not sure yet, as I also like the idea of including it in the sunday post.

      So far I found keeping track of the sheet doesn’t take as much time as long as I keep it up after each book I read. So now when I finish the book I make sure to fill out the sheet for that book or sometimes do that after I wrote the review. It only takes a minute or so for each book.

    • Lola

      I am just planning a little section for my Sunday posts for each month with a few stats and then at the end of the year I can do a full stat post of what I read that year, still have to figure out how I want to do that. I’ll have a look at Pinkindle her stats.

  4. Shandy

    I used to do a spreadsheet to keep track of all my reviews, but then I cut back on how many reviews I take on and it really wasn’t need anymore. I think it’d be interesting to see your stats. Glad to hear you had a good week, but sorry about the headache.

    • Lola

      Ah the spreadsheet isn’t for my reviews, but for which books I read in a certain month. It’s been interesting so far, gives me some addition insight in my reading habits.

    • Lola

      Not sure, are you subscribed as a tour host for Lola’s Blog Tours? Maybe not for this type of tour or age category then? It does sound like an interesting book.

      I already wrote the stats part for next Sunday post. It’s fun to keep track of it and see how much and what I read in a month.

  5. S. J. Pajonas

    I would love to hear about your stats for January! That sort of thing always appeals to me. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed OZONI AND ONSENS! It was a fun story to write and a good bridge from Book 2 to 3. I’ll probably write another one for between Books 3 and 4. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • Lola

      Glad to hear that :). I wasn’t sure if people were interested in that. I find it fascinating to see what I read this month, which genre I read most and how many novella’s I read, lol.

      Yay! I am glad to hear that there will be another novella between 3 and 4. I always like novella’s like this, they take me back into the world for a bit and they are nice short extra’s :).

    • Lola

      I wasn’t sure how many people would be interested in stats, so I am glad to hear people like to see some of my reading stats :). Thanks!

    • Lola

      I just keep track of everything in a spreadsheet and fill it out when I finish a book, the most trouble I have finding what I want to track, I already stopped tracking one things and added some others. I already have a section about my stats written for next Sunday post, it was fun to write. Headaches are the worst :(, sorry to hear you also had one last week.

  6. sjhigbee

    Sorry to hear about the headache:(. I had one that lasted most of the week – I’m free of it now, but I finally admitted defeat and took myself off to bed and did little else other than sleep and read… Glad it was a reasonably productive week for you:)
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    • Lola

      I actually went for it and wrote a bit about my January stats in next Sunday post, everyone’s feedback helped me decide. It was fun to do, so I think I’ll keep it up :).

    • Lola

      This week was a bit better again, so we’re moving in the right direction ;).

      I wrote a stats section fro the next Sunday post, it was fun. I hope everyone enjoys reading it.

      It was a good week for new books, I am really curious about all of these.

  7. Greg

    I think stats are interesting it is nice to look back. And glad it was a good week! Murder at the Fortune Teller’s Table looks fun, and dolphin shifters! That sounds kinda interesting.

    Discussion posts can be hard to write especially every week, I can definitely relate to that when you’re trying to spend time on reading too!

    I like a cozy mystery now and then so anxious to see your post on that.
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    • Lola

      Thanks to everyone’s feedback I decided to include a stat section in my Sunday post about January :).

      Book 1 and 2 in that series were good, so I hope Murder at the Fortune’s Teller Table is as well.

      And the dolphin shifter series is a great one! I am reading book 4 at the moment.

      I need some time to write the discussion posts and I just can’t fit one in every week and at the same time I get a lot of reading done, so some weeks I’ll just do an extra review post then.

  8. Kathy

    I hope you are feeling better. I’ve also had headaches this week and I think it’s from the stress at work. I hope this week is better for us because it does suck to feel awful when we have a lot to do lol. I’m interested to see your stats! I like using Goodreads but it does have it’s limitations so I hope you share your spreadsheet. I hope you have a good week!
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    • Lola

      Often when I sleep too little or work too tensely I get them. I had another headache today, but the rest of this week was good.

      That’s why I started using a spreadsheet as Goodreads does have it’s limitations. I saw another blogger share her stats at the end of the year and it seemed neat.

  9. Deborah

    The monthly stats sound like a good idea. I use a project management tool (simple one – Trello) to track my reading and reviewing but it’s not very detailed and is really more about keeping publication dates in mind!
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    • Lola

      I just use a simple spreadhseet so far, one line for each book and columns for things I want to track. So far it’s been fun and I wrote a section about stats for tomorrow’s post :).

    • Lola

      Thanks Michelle! I decided to include some of my January stats in tomorrows post thanks to everyone’s feedback :). It was fun to write!

  10. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    It was actually a good thing you sent out that email for the retelling when you did because I had seen it on NG a couple days prior and had wanted to request it but just hadn’t clicked the button yet. But then I saw you were offering it, so I got it from you instead to help promote your business ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m glad you’re having fun with the book stats! I’m actually thinking of removing a few of my columns. I can never remember what POV anything is and it’s such a pain having to go back into the book and look lol.

    Sorry about the headache, but at least the two books you read were good!

    • Lola

      I was happy to see you sign-up for this review opportunity. It does sound like a good one and it has gotten quite a lot of sign-ups already, so that makes me happy.

      I started a column with themes and the type of romance in each book and am thinking of dropping those as they are difficult at times. And point of view is a difficult one too, I already opened some books again just to make sure I got the point of view right. And I just added a column for publisher after seeing that one someone else their blog, so I can see how many self published books and by other publishers I read at the end of the year.

    • Lola

      It’s not a schedule for what I post, but for what I have read. It’s interesting to see which genre I read most etc, that sort of thing I track ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lola

      I decided to include my January stats in tomorrow’s post :). I hope everyone likes reading them, it was fun to write.

    • Lola

      Oh I am way too much of a moodreader to keep a schedule for what I read, although I do make a rough list now and then. The spreadsheet is to keep track of what I did read, which genre, which author etc.

    • Lola

      Wow! Thanks for letting me know! I am happy you decided to buy book 1 after reading my reviews. I hope you’ll enjoy the series! Let me know what you thought of it once you read book 1 ๐Ÿ™‚

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