Sunday Post #363

December 1, 2019 Sunday Post 14

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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?

What a week. The stressfulness continued in this week. There are some upcoming changes in our lives and that always makes me a bit antsy. It was hard to shake and it put a bit of a damper on my week. Sorry to be all vague, but I don’t really want to go into details because most of it is personal stuff. And some work related changes, but I am also planning some new things to fill up the space and it has me excited for some of the new things I am planning for Lola’s Blog Tours, although I’ll probably wait till January to announce all of that as these months are such a busy time for everyone.

I also had a major headache hit me later this week that hang around for two full days now, which was not fun. At least I got a good nap in and baked some cookies while I had a headache.

As for this week’s work related tasks, I sent out two media kits for tours that are starting next week and I put live a new sign-up post for a January blog tour. I finished up the assistant work for this month as well.

I DNF’d the book I was talking about last week. It really didn’t help my mood at all, especially with everything else going on and I felt like I could feel a book slump coming up. So I decided to DNF it even though it made me sad and I hate telling an author whose books I enjoyed that this one wasn’t for me, but it had to be done. And the next book worked a lot better for my mood and I think I avoided the book slump, so that’s good. And there are some books I can’t wait for that are releasing or that I am getting ARC’s of hopefully next month. I bought a few new books and games as well this week, which made me happy.

November reading stats

As it’s now December, let’s have a look back at what I read in November. I read 14 books in November, 2 of those were audiobooks and the rest ebooks. Sadly two of those were DNF’s, besides I had two books that were 3 stars, nine 4 star reads and even 1 rare 5 star read. The 5 star read was Dear Writer You Need to Quit, which was my favorite book of the month, closely followed by The Carnelian Fox and Shy Girl vs Popular Boy. I read a wide variety of genres this month, my most read genre was contemporary romance with 3 books. 11 qualified for the 2019 new release challenge, so lost of new releases I read this month. I had a nice balance between review books and not this month, with only 5 review books, 6 books I bought, the 2 audios through a subscription service and one free book.

What did I read this week?

Dear Writer you need to QuitBlood TrialStreet SmartThe Carnelian Fox

I also finished the novella This Time Forever by Kelly Jensen, which was a sort of series epilogue, which was wonderful. Dear Writer you need to Quit got one of those rare 5 star ratings, something about this non-fiction book really resonated with me and I think it’s a great book that emphasizes how everyone’s process is different and to work with that instead of against it. Blood Trial is a unique twist on the vampire genre, but for me something was just missing, this was a DNF as the story just didn’t grip me. I didn’t care for the the possessive rude love interest and the story and main character didn’t grab my attention. I gave this one 50% before I DNF’d. The Carnelian Fox was a really fun and great read, it’s inspired by Pokémon, but still has it’s own unique world and feels refreshing too. I had a lot of fun reading this one and blazed through it, I liked the concept and the animal like Gems and following the adventures of main character Sam and her Gems. The battles were really well written, it’s fast paced with plenty of action, but lacked a bit of character depth and impact for the emotional events at times.

Food Corner

I couldn’t think of a focus for today’s post, so I just went with variety of dishes that aren’t as common or fit a typical patterns, but all of these dishes are really good. Dal Dhokli was so weird the first time I make it, but I love dough and dough in curry is just the best. Onion pie is another one of those dishes I wasn’t sure what to expect of when I tried it, but it’s delicious and I make it regularly now. Indian Cauliflower Mash is a nice mash of curry flavor with potatoes and cauliflower. Simple to make and good. Mapo Tofu is an Asian style dish with tofu and minced meat (or the vega option) in a nice sauce. And I added Kaiserschmarrn which is a bit pancake like, but then in small pieces and it’s great.

Dal DhokliOnion PieIndian Cauliflower MashMapo TofuKaiserschmarrn

This week I blogged about:

Review: Cobblered to Death by Rosemarie Ross
Review: Shy Girl vs Popular Boy by Jordan Ford

Review: Cobblered to Death by Rosemarie RossReview: Shy Girl vs Popular Boy by Jordan Ford

What to expect next week on the blog:

– Review: Spellbinding His Ranger by Shannon Pemrick
– Review: Recipe for Chaos by Jaxon Knight
– Review: Mistletoe Mishap by Tracy Krimmer

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

Review Opportunity: Brimstone by Justine Rosenberg
Review Opportunity: The Christmas Walk Caper by JB Michaels
Book Blitz: Dirty Game by Mika Lane – 2 till 8 December
Book Blitz: The Christmas Walk Caper by JB Michaels – 6 till 12 December
Blog Tour: A Player Romance series by Mika Lane – 6 till 19 January
Blog Tour: Seneca Element by Rayya Deeb – 6 till 24 January – New!
Blog Tour: You Too? by Janet Gurtler – 6 till 24 January
Blog Tour: The Incarn Saga by Katharine E. Wibell – 20 January till 2 February

Book Haul:

GhostromanceThe Good, The Bad and the Dad

I liked the sound of Ghostromance, so I bought a copy and started reading it immediately. It’s a good one so far. The Good, The Bad and the dad I got for review from the author and is the next book in this series. I already started reading this one as well.

14 Responses to “Sunday Post #363”

  1. Sophie

    Sorry to hear about the headache but with your week being stressful and all that’s no surprise! I still hope that the changes won’t be as dreadful as they sound Lola.

    • Lola

      I guess it was no surprise I got a headache after all the stress. I think everything will turn out alright, but it always is difficult to deal with at first.

    • Lola

      I think it was stress combined with a tension headache as it lasted a long time.

      Thanks! I am glad to hear you think the food looks good 🙂

  2. Sophia Rose

    Wow, lots going on for you and too bad about the headache lasting so long.

    Yep, when a book is just not working out, it’s tough, but best to let it go. Neat about the writing book really resonating with you for a 5-star.
    Looks like a great reading month with the nice stack of reviews and purchased and all the genres.

    I remember when you first posted about the onion pie. I would have never thought to make one, but it sounded so good and still does.

    Have a good week, Lola!
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    • Lola

      I was so happy when that headache was finally over as it lasted really long.

      I am glad I decided to DNF the book, but still glad I didn’t enjoy it more. The non-fiction book was really good and I am now reading the second book in the series.

      It was a good reading month and I am glad to see I am doing better mixing review and purchased books.

      The onion pie is so good, I was really skeptical if it would taste good when I first made it, but it turned out great.

  3. sjhigbee

    I’m sorry to hear that the stressfulness continues – I’m guessing that was probably the cause of your headache. I just hope that the coming week is a lot kinder to you, Lola!

    • Lola

      I hate headaches, they are so annoying and it’s hard to get anything done when you have one. I agree we do put a lot of pressure on ourselves and this book was by an author whose books I’ve really enjoyed in the past and that makes me feel even worse, but it was a good decision to DNF it.

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