Sunday Post #216

February 5, 2017 Sunday Post 32

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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?

Whew this week was a busy one. I got lots of work done, so it was also a productive week. Three new cover reveals went live this week on Lola’s Blog Tours. I did quite some hours of assistant work and I like how I already made a good start on this month’s work. I got some new books and read a lot too. On Saturday I took some extra time to cook curry and naan bread and it was delicious. This is the second time I made this curry and naan and it’s so good! I’ll post both recipes on the blog eventually.

Remember how was I raving about the Lily Singer series by Lydia Sherrer? Well the author is doing a kickstarter, which is a great opportunity to get signed copies of the books, exclusive extra’s (Like a Sir Kipling short story!) and other fun extra’s. You can check out the kickstarter here.

Besides that I don’t really have much to mention this week, but I do want to thank everyone who gave feedback about whether they would like some of my reading stats from January as based on everyone’s feedback I decided to include a section about my stats in my Sunday post. This section will be included in the Sunday post after the previous month has ended. I hope you like it! I had fun writing it at least :).

January Reading Stats

Last week I asked if you were interested in reading some of my reading stats, so here we go :). Some of my reading stats from January.

  • Amount of books read: 13
  • Favorite book: Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus Revelations by Lydia Sherrer which was the only 5 star I read
  • Most read genres: Urban Fantasy and Contemporary Romance (I read 3 books in each genre)
  • Most read age category: Adult (11 books)
  • Authors I read most books from: Lydia Sherrer and Jill Shalvis (I read two books by both of them, a full length book and a novella for both)
  • New to me authors: only 1 Kate Lowell. All other 11 books were by an author I already read

A few more stats. This month I read 9 self published books and 4 from publishers (3 from Harper Collins and one from Midnight Ink). I read 8 different genres this month. Of the 13 books I read 6 were novella’s and 7 were full length books. I read 1 book that I gave a 5 star, 5 books that got a 4 star and 7 books that got a 3 star this month. I read 6 books I got for review, one beta read, 2 books that I bought and 4 books I got for free.
10 of the books I read where read on my ipad and 3 on my Kobo. I read 6 books written in 1st point of view and 7 in third person point of view. I only read two books that didn’t take place in the USA at all, namely Ozoni and Onsens that took place in Japan and Faerie Curse that took place in the Uk.
I only read one standalone book (In With the New) and the other 12 were all series books. Three books from that were series starters and one series ender. I read two Young Adult books and the other 11 were all Adult books. 9 of the books I read had a human as main character, the others included a wizard, a witch, an alien and a squirrel shifter.

Any other stats you would like to know? I might answer that for this month and add that next month :).

Picture of the Week

Pumpkin Curry
Here’s a picture of the pumpkin curry I made yesterday. It’s so good! Yum! I forgot to buy tomatoes and the taste didn’t turn out right without it, but luckily I still had a small can of tomato puree left and I added some fo that. Which totally saved the dish.

What did I read this week?

Accidentally on PurposeNuts About YouAlien Frog PrinceDark, Witch and Creamy

Accidentally on Purpose was a good read, although it’s my least favorite of the series sp far. Nuts About You was a short and hot novella, it was fun to read about a squirrel shifter. Alien Frog Prince was an enjoyable read, even though I had quite some issues with it, it’s still a fun read. All three of these were 3 stars. My favorite book of the week was Dark, Witch and Creamy, which was such a great read. I love this author her other cozy mystery series and I was so excited she is writing a new series. I started reading this as soon as possible. I even moved one of my scheduled reviews to next month, just so I can share my review of this one soon! And I got book 2 for review, so I hope I can read that soon.

What did I cook for dinner this week?

This week I blogged about:

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

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Lola’s Advice: How to set up an ARC list
– Review: Love, Lies and Hocus Pocus A Study in Misschief by Lydia Sherrer
– Review: A Cowboy to keep by Karen Rock
– My To-Be Read List #30: the winner

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
Making Bad Choices by Rita Stradling
Ensnared by Rita Stradling
Check the full list of open review opportunities here.

Cover Reveals:
The Return by Kelly St. Clare – 15 February – New!
Humanity’s Hope by Pembroke Sinclair – 17 February – New!
All That Glitters by Tracy Krimmer – 20 February – New!

Tours:
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

Book Haul:

Dark, Witch and CreamyThe Cats Who Crossed Over From ParisEmpowered: AgentThe Librarians and the Mother Goose CaseWitch Chocolate Fudge

I bought Dark, Witch and Creamy as it was only 0.99$ as I still have some amazon gift card money left and this way my review will count as verified. I already finished reading this one, it was so good! I got The Cats Who Crossed Over From Paris from the author, she offered me book3, but I preferred to start with book 1, so I got book 1 instead. It sounds like a fun and cute read. Empowered Agent was a book I had my eyes on since I first heard of it, it got released this week and was only $0.99 so I snatched that one. The Librarians and the Mother Goose Case I got through netgalley, I really like the tv series, so when I saw this one on netgalley I couldn’t resist. Witch Chocolate Fudge I got for review from the author. I also got Speak No Evil by Jordan Ford for review, but that no cover yet.

Freebies I grabbed:

Sorry didn’t make the time to type out my freebies for this week. You can see some of the freebies I got in my facebook post here from last week.

32 Responses to “Sunday Post #216”

  1. Sophia Rose

    Yeah, see I’m glad to see your monthly reading stats because I’m curious about those types of details. I love to see how many genres, ratings, and sources your books had. And way to go on those from your shelf and your freebies.

    Looks like you got some good work done and neat that you made some delicious Naan bread and curry. I tried a new baked chicken spicy spaghetti this week and it was good but wow is it loaded with the carbs. 😉

    Have a good week, Lola!
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    • Lola

      I am glad you enjoy seeing them. It was interesting to write this part and see how much I read and I was especially surprised by the amount of freebies I managed the read as I always feel like I never get to those. Two of those were newsletter extra’s from authors I already knew, one was for instafreebie the new to me author and the third one was a free novella in the Hocus Pocus series that was free on amazon.

      I think I spent almost 3 hours in the kitchen yesterday, but it was totally worth it and I even made some extra naan to freeze for later. Your new spaghetti recipe sounds like it was a good one too :).

  2. chucklesthescot

    I’ve been sitting dreaming of a lovely chicken tikka masala with spicy onions and naan bread which I am determined to have at some point this week! I haven’t had one in well over a year! That will really help the weight loss!

    • Lola

      I love a good curry once in a while and even better with naan bread. I am really happy with my new naan recipe as they turn out so good and it’s worth standing longer it he kitchen for.

    • Lola

      I watched season 1 and 2 of The Librarians, I hope to watch season 3 soon. The book was great! Especially if you have watched some episodes already.

    • Lola

      Glad to hear you enjoyed reading my stats. I’ll see if I can stop by your reading stats for 2016 post as I like reading stats posts. And indeed better late than never. That would be great if the rest of the year goes as well in terms of business.

  3. Shandy

    I’m not big on curry, and now I’m going to have to look up what naan bread is. I’m glad to hear your being productive and got some work plus reading it. Hope you have a great week!
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    • Lola

      I am a big curry fan and make it regularly. Naan bread is a type of flat bread, it’s good to eat with a curry.

  4. Greg

    I think the stats are fun and I especially like the idea of tracking the settings- I should start keeping track of those. It would be fun to look back later and see where I’ve been reading lol over the course of a year or something.

    You read a lot of books too. Nice that you so many self published. You had a lot of variety…

    I haven’t seen Librarians yet…
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    • Lola

      Tracking the setting has been interesting so far, also makes me realize how many books take place in the US. It will be fun to see at the end of the year which places I read about. I am keeping track of professions of main characters too, which is also fun.

      It didn’t surprise me I read a lot of self published books, but this does put in perspective exactly how many. The librarians is a fun series and I liked the book 🙂

  5. S. J. Pajonas

    Mmm, that pumpkin curry looks really good! I need to make a curry this week, I think. It’s been a while since I had an Indian one, though I had Japanese curry just this past week. Funny that one of my books was one of only two set outside the US! I guess this is a way for me to stand out. 🙂 And you’ll get the next Daydreamer book before the end of the week! Yay!
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    • Lola

      It’s such a good curry, i really like it. I hope you got to make curry this week :). Japanese curry is really good too, but different taste from Indian curry.

      Yes it was interesting there were only two books I read this month that didn’t take place in the US. A few others took place in multiple places, but I didn’t count those as they still took place in the US as well. And yes I definitely think your book’s settings are a way your books stand out. I can’t wait to read the third daydreamer book :).

  6. Kathy

    I love your stats! I started a new tracker and I forgot about tracking if the author is new to me. Thanks for the tips!! I bought Dark, Witch & Creamy. It sounds really good. I hope you have a great week!
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    • Lola

      I didn’t track new to me authors either. I should probably add that. This time I remembered from the top of my head and just added that. Dark, Witch and Creamy was really good. I hope you’ll enjoy it as well!

  7. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    Glad you had such a productive week! And cool stats! A squirrel shifter, that sounds interesting lol. Although, actually I did read a book in January that had a beaver shifter in it (he wasn’t the MC though).

    That curry looks great, and you did get a lot of reading done! Glad you liked the witch book so much. And that Empowered Agent book does have a really nice cover. I don’t think it’d be my thing from the blurb since I’m not that into the superhero/villain thing, but it sounds interesting and I can see why you bought it! Have a great week 🙂
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    • Lola

      It was fun to read about a squirrel shifter. Oh a beaver shifter sounds fun too, even if he wasn’t the main character.

      Reading two novella’s in a week does help to make it look like I got a lot of books read ;). The witch book was really good and I am hoping to read book 2 soon.
      The covers for that Empowered series all look great. I haven’t read many superhero/ villain books yet, but this one sounded good.

  8. Bookworm Brandee

    It seems you had a very productive week, Lola…and your January was a successful reading month! It is fun to see your reading stats. I’d never thought to break things down like that but I enjoyed seeing what all you read. 🙂 And that pumpkin curry does look delicious! YOu make naan too? I’ve never done that! You also had a nice book haul last week. I look forward to seeing what you think of each of them.
    Have a great week!!
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    • Lola

      Glad to hear you liked seeing my stats. It was fun to type them all out.

      Yes I got a recipe from someone else and it makes the best naans. I’ll share the recipe on my blog later. It’s a bit of effort to make the naans, but it’s so worth it as they taste delicious.

    • Lola

      Yay so glad you got Dark, Witch and Creamy and the sequel as well. The first book was so good. I am planning to read book 2 later this month.

      I watched the movies and the first two season of the series, they are so much fun to watch! The book was really well written. I already read it and it was great!
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  9. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I really love the stats. I just find things like that very interesting. I read an article recently about Trump’s twitter follower stats. They looked at the people who followed him and put them into groups based on who else they followed and the words in the bio. The stats didn’t really mean anything, because people follow him for many different reasons, but I just found it interesting how much they could figure out about people from just a Twitter profile. I hope you have a great week.
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    • Lola

      Glad you liked seeing the stats. I liked typing them out, so I think I’ll stick with doing the monthly stats for now :). I once watched a Ted video about how much they could tell from your facebook profile, totally fascinating and a bit creepy as well.

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