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 didn’t run smoothly, with some things not going as well, but luckily a few good bits as well. In short on the not so good side of things: I lost my main way of listening to audiobooks, my boyfriend’s work schedule will stay erratic and with different shifts for the foreseeable future, I had ereader troubles and still some worries about my work. On the good side there was a visit with my mom, I got on the reviewer list for Tantor Audio and some possible new clients for Lola’s Blog Tours. That’s the very short summary of my week, for more details read on.
Last Sunday my mom and her husband stopped by to help with something and after that we went out for some ice cream for a socially distanced visit. The ice cream store did it’s best with the social distancing, but it was a bit of a mixed bag. An employee told us to social distance, but then didn’t keep the right distance herself and someone was sweeping while there were customers. It was fun to see my mom and her husband in real life again for a change. And the good news is that here in the Netherlands the amount of people with corona is keeping stead instead of rising, so let’s hope that continues or even goes down. The numbers had gone down already quite a bit here before we opened again, so that probably helped.
My boyfriend’s work schedule continues to be erratic and he has to work multiple different time slots in the same week and this week he heard that this will probably continue this way for the foreseeable future. This has been difficult to deal with and knowing there’s no end in sight only makes me more sad and frustrated with it all. There’s just no way to get in a routine or get used to anything as each week is so different.
Then on the same day as that news I found that Storytel, the company I’ve been using to listen to audiobooks through a subscription, has discontinued their pc app. I can only listen to audiobooks through my pc, so this change means I am unable to use it anymore, so I cancelled my subscription. Back when I first started listening to audiobooks I did some research and this was like the only company I’ve found that I could pay at, accepted people from Europa and had a pc app for listening. Guess I’ll have to do some research again to see if there’s another service that works, so far I haven’t had much luck. Maybe Chirp will open up for people from Europe at some point. For now I still have a few audiobooks on Audible from giveaways I’ve won, so at least I still have something to listen to for now. I really enjoy audiobooks and always have one going on and I hope I can figure out some way to keep listening.
While that was bad news it did give me to motivation to finally look into getting more audio review copies. I’ve been wanting to get into that since I started listening, but didn’t really put much effort into it. I’ve recently got some audio review copies directly from authors which is awesome and I hope to expand on that. I’ve joined some additional Facebook groups for audio reviewers and with the help of one of my blogger friends I managed to get on the list for Tantor Audio, I am so excited about this! I’ve listened and enjoyed some of the books they published so far.
Then later in the week my Kobo ereader had some issues again. It kept crashing when I was trying to start a new book and eventually wouldn’t even restart anymore. It got back to normal after a while, so no clue what was up. I keep thinking I might need to consider buying a new reader, but at the same time I don’t want a new ereader and just keep using this one. Hopefully it was just a one off thing and it continues to function correctly again, as long as I am reading the same book it seems to be doing well. Opening a new book, going through my library and adding new books seem to be the things it struggles with.
Another good thing that happened this week is that I got some new possible clients for Lola’s Blog Tours. I’ve been worried as it’s been a bit quiet recently, so this is good news and I hope this continues. Now I am just waiting on the materials from the authors, so I can start working on the sign-up posts for those tours. I haven’t gotten rid of my worried feelings completely, but I hope it will get better once I actually can start working on those tours. My bookstagram blitz discount is still going on as well, so I hope some authors will make use of that.
Audiobook Challenge 202 mid year check in
I’ve listened to 8 audiobooks so far this year. My goal is Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20, so I am making good progress. Hopefully I can make my goal, as with my recent change in losing my main way of audiobooks that is unsure at the moment. I am happy with how many audiobooks I’ve listened to so far and I hope I can continue listening to audiobooks.
What did I read this week?
Writing Killer Cover Copy was a good and informative read about writing blurbs. I would definitely recommend it, the way she broke up and explained the process of writing blurbs make it easy for me to understand. End Game was a great ending to this series and I am looking forward to the spin-off series. Still Knife Painting was a good start to this new series, but it had a bit of that first book introductory vibe at times. I wasn’t as invested in the mystery and managed to guess the murderer. I liked getting to know the main character and her painting and moonshine cultural tours were a fun concept.
This week I blogged about:
What to expect next week on the blog:
– Review: My Hometown Hero by Melody Sweet
– Review: The Last Drop by Layla Reyne
– Lola’s Kitchen: Udon Noodles with Garlic Recipe
Tours open for sign-up on Lola’s Blog Tours:
– Review Opportunity: Never Date a Siren by Byrd Nash
– Review Opportunity: Indigo by Paula Berinstein
– Review Opportunity: In The Heart of Babylon by SGD Singh
– Review Opportunity: The Jade Rebellion by Alanna MacKenzie
– Review Opportunity: The Time Capsule by Connie Lacy
– Book Blitz: Wedding at White Sands by Catherine Mann – 22 till 28 June
– Book Blitz: The Name of Red by Beena Khan – 1 till 7 July
I got both of these for review from the authors. Wolves at the Door is the second book in the paranormal house flipper series. Vaironian Tides is a new to me author, I love scifi romance as a genre and this one sounds good.