Sunday, December 08, 2013

Sunday Post #2 (12.8.13)

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ 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 on our blog for the week ahead. 

I've decided to try a new weekly meme - a place where I can do both a weekly wrap up and share what books I get all in one post, so I'm going to give The Sunday Post a try, and also link up with Sheila's It's Monday Post over at Book Journey.

I started decorating for the holidays and made the cutest candle-things to put in the windows on my porch - I found them on Pinterest - such an addicting place!!! I'm hoping to get our tree today and then we'll decorate it later this week. Not sure how the little pup will do with it, so I think we'll put it in the dining room, since when the pup is out of the crate, so plays in the living room and I can keep her out of the dining room. It will be interesting to see what happens, that's for sure!

I'm definitely in the mood for some Christmas reads, so despite the fact that I haven't finished quite a few of my reading challenges for this year, I might just focus on books with a holiday theme for the next week or so and then I need to start looking at what I've committed to for January reviews...hard to believe that's already just around the corner! 

And speaking of reading challenges, I started a new feature called Let's Discuss and the first topic is Reading Challenges. I do hope you'll check it out and join in on the discussion whether you participate in challenges or not. I'm not sure how often I'll do this feature just yet, but for now, when I come up with a topic I think will warrant a good discussion, I'll post it.


Last week on the Blog:
* Month in Review: November 2013
* Cozy Mystery Week: Laura Childs' Cozy Mystery Series (& Giveaway!)
* Review & Giveaway: The Diva Frosts a Cupcake by Krista Davis
* Review & Giveaway: The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan
* Review: The Keepsake by Tess Gerritsen
* Let's Discuss: Reading Challenges

Books Read:
* The Diva Frosts a Cupcake by Krista Davis (mine)
* The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (mine)
* Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich (audio book)
* The Silent Girl by Tess Gerritsen (library audio book)

Currently Reading:
* The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman (mine)
* Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner (audio book)

Books Up Next:
* All Summer Long by Susan Mallery (e- book)
* A Fool's Gold Christmas by Susan Mallery (e-book)
* A Seaside Christmas by Sherryl Woods (e-book)

Recent Giveaway Winners:
* The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani: Suko
* A Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson: Melanie Backus & Mandi C.
* Candlelight Christmas by Susan Wiggs: Kelly Blackwell & Britney Adams

Current Giveaways:
* Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs...1 copy (US). Ends 12/9/13
* The Diva Frosts a Cupcake by Krista Davis...1 copy (US). Ends 12/10/13
* The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan...1 copy (US). Ends 12/13/13

Coming Up on the Blog:
* Review: Close Your Eyes by Iris Johansen/Roy Johansen
* Review: It Must Be Your Love by Bella Andre
* Book Spotlight: A Bordeaux Dynasty by Francois Bourdin

Book Haul: 
For Review:
* Fear Nothing by Lisa Gardner (courtesy of publisher)
* Splendour Falls by Susanna Kearsley (e-book ARC via Netgalley)
* The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley (e-book ARC via Netgalley)
* Touch & Go by Lisa Gardner (audio using Audible credit)
* Waking Kate by Sarah Addison Allen (free e-book)
* Christmas at Copper Mountain by Jane Porter (free e-book)
* The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
* The Lake House by Marci Nault
Gift from Secret Elf (#BookLoversUniteBookExchange)
* The Very Picture of You by Isabel Wolff
* Magnolia Wednesdays by Wendy Wax 


  1. You got a lot of books that I hadn't heard of before. I like to see the covers because then I know what the book looks like. Great haul though.


    1. I need to figure out how to do side-by-side covers on blogger - then I will add covers to my posts. That's next on my to-do list!

    2. Kristin - try pic monkey - its easy and free - if you use collage that will line them up for you.

    3. Thanks for the tip Sheila...will definitely look into that!

  2. I haven't done any christmas books yet. I have seen a lot of other bloggers reading them just trying to get through some of my Edelweiss and Netgalley reads.

    When we got our puppy the one thing I was so scared of was him peeing on it, since its fake it has no smell so I avoided anything that smelled like tree until he got older but he was a very good boy. I hope you puppy enjoys the tree :)

    Have a great week

    Because reading is better than real life

    1. Luckily I have a few Christmas reads from Netgalley, so I will be killing 2 birds with 1 stone - that's why I'm okay with reading them now - I really need to up my feedback ratio!

      I'll be happy if the puppy doesn't try to knock the tree down!

  3. Great update and what a sweet haul! Happy Reading! The Sunday Edition @ Paulette’s Papers And be sure to check out Fill Your Stockings With Books Giveaways this week!!

    1. Thanks...and I'll be sure to check out the giveaways - not that I need anymore new books! :-)

  4. Glad you are linking up, and we need pictures of these candles for the windows..LOL I love Mallory and Woods, so enjoy those. I just finished book five of Andre's series and cannot get enough of this family!

    1. I thought of adding a picture and then forgot...I'll try to remember for next week!

  5. I've found myself wanting to read some cozies and Christmas-y stuff lately, that time of year! Seeing lots of cheery holiday books in the bookstore doesn't hurt either. Looks like you have some good Christmas stuff coming up.

    1. Yes - this time of year does lend to fun, holiday reads - gives us downtime during all the hustle and bustle and stress of the season!

  6. I have a few Christmas decorations out but nothing big. I did put together a book tree at work but haven't gotten my tree put together at home yet.

    I like reading holiday books but I don't think I have any on my TBR pile at the moment. It is hard to think about 2014 being right around the corner! Definitely not ready for that yet :)

    1. One year I want to put together a book tree - they look so cool!

  7. Glad to have you doing the meme! You have some awesome books here!

  8. Christmas reading does help to put us into the Christmas spirit. I have one or two that will read soon.

  9. Nice book haul. Ooh I like the sound of the candle thing, are you going to post a photo?? lol. I've only read the one Christmas short story because I have no will power and accepted too many review books ... New Years resolution ... cut back again!!

    Have a great week and happy reading :)

    1. I know, I really should have included a picture. I'll try to take one later today and include it - if not, I'll try to remember to include it in next week's post.

  10. I just read Takedown Twenty last week and considering how I feel about it!

  11. Kristin, you are incredibly organized! I hope you enjoy your new books, and look forward to your new feature. Have a terrific reading week. I'm struggling with finding (or making) enough time to read during this very busy season.

  12. Great haul! I love Pinterest, you can find some really neat idea on there. Have a wonderful week. :)

  13. I hope you enjoy your reading selections for the week.
    Have a cheery week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  14. Nice weekly update.

    ENJOY all your books.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading


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