Sunday Post #187 – Dark Times

November 15th, 2015 Kimberly Sunday Post 136 Comments

15th Nov

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My thoughts and prayers are with Paris this weekend. It is times like this we are reminded of how fragile life really is. We hug our loved ones a little tighter and realize that our own daily trials are insignificant allowing us to reflect on the things that really matter.  Ho-Ho-Ho is well under way. I have one book left from my pile and will then dig out another. I have a one -clicking virus and cannot seem to stop reading your reviews and buying the books…someone stop me. All of the one-clicks are linked to Amazon in case you want to be addicted like me, some are free or on sale. Anything over 3.99 I one-clicked on to my wishlist. Have a wonderful week, for those participating in #HoHoHoRAT I will see you at the Twitter party Tuesday. Stay Caffeinated!

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136 Responses to “Sunday Post #187 – Dark Times”

  1. Deborah

    Kimberly I’m afraid I’m very meh about Christmas so definitely won’t participate in the Ho Ho Ho challenge. I don’t ‘hate’ or dread that time of year but would happily do without it!

    Keen to hear more about November 9 as I’m seeing it everywhere at the moment!

    Deborah recently posted: Weekly check in
  2. Jae

    I absolutely loved Lead (book 3 of the Stage Dive series) so I look forward to when you start that one, but the other books of that series are great too! Great haul! I hope you enjoy all your books. And yes, there have been a number of terrifying events worldwide, it makes my heart break but our thoughts go out to all those effected.

    Jae recently posted: Week in the Nest - 11.15.15
  3. Katherine

    I just read the 3rd book in the Carol J. Perry so I must head over to Amazon and allow my 1 click addiction to do it’s work. since I see you got Caught Dead Handed. And there’s a Tessa Dare in there! I think I just heard my Kindle cry! I have a feeling your reviews this week aren’t going to help my TBR. I see several on there that I’ve been wondering about. Have a great week!

    Katherine recently posted: This Week in Reading - November 15
  4. Greg

    Happy hoHo, I’ve got to get going on my reading but I did get some in. 🙂 I hear you about Paris, awful that they have to go through that. You never know… I’ll check out your review of Host as I think that one sounds good. I remember Coma by the same author (I think?), years ago…

    Greg recently posted: Sunday Post #117
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sadly it isn’t just Paris. The media seems to overlook other equally tragic and devastating events. Iy review posts Monday, read it before you decide. Yes, same author wrote Coma. I have listened to almost 2 audios and finished two books for Ho-Ho-Ho. I stopped tonight to write the 3 reviews while they are fresh. I have about 25% to go on my audio and another book lined up. If I continue like this I may get to start Winter..which is 600+ pages..eek gads!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Bwahaha…it is an epidemic.

      Yes, Paris, . Mumbai and Kenya..all so terribly tragic. It can all be very depressing. We try and send help where we can.

  5. Lark

    Paris is so tragic; also the bombings in Beiruit and Baghdad. Horrible.

    I have problems with the one-click thing too. Especially with all the emails I get telling me what’s on sale.

    I wish I could do the Twitter party but will have to work on Tues. Darn! Have fun with it!

    Lark recently posted: Sunday Post – 11/15/15
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes Lark and Kenya and Mumbai too. It makes me so sad, and helpless. Tuesday night you work? Well Boo Lark and there are prizes. Hmm, take a really long bathroom break..LOL

      • Lark

        I freelance, and the project is due ASAP, so yeah, I’ll be pretty much working around the clock for the next 3 days or so. I’ll pop in once or twice if I can, but it’s the sort of work that requires a lot of concentration and keeping track of multiple threads, so it’s sometimes better just to dig in and stay focused.

        Hadn’t heard about Mumbai (and I’ll go check – thanks for telling me), but the Kenya attack going around Facebook was actually last April. Any attack is tragic, and I’m sure the Kenyans are still hurting from that one. I wish the world had showed them as much sympathy as the French are receiving; it doesn’t make things better, but it helps a people feel they are not alone.

        Lark recently posted: Sunday Post – 11/15/15
  6. Tressa

    Isn’t it the truth that we tend to take so much for granted. I’m hoping to get some good holiday reads in as part of HoHoHo this weekend. We’ll see. You’ve got Soundless and Winter! Two books I’ll be reading hopefully sooner than later. Hopefully I’ll “see” you on Tuesday for the Twitter chat.

    Tressa recently posted: Weekly Update #141
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes, we do and I hate how the media grab on to certain tragedies and other like Kenya and Mumbai receives very little media time and most Americans have no idea what happened.

  7. Karen Blue

    Oh! I got Winter too this week. My daughter devoured it in 2 days and said it was incredible. I am not sure what to say about the 1-click addiction. I am buying books based on recs as well. Maybe we need a support group.

    Karen Blue recently posted: Weekly Wrap Up #61
  8. Lexxie

    One-clicking is so easy to do, and in seconds the book has arrived… I am the exact same way, and recommendations from you and other bloggers who read the same kinds of books as I do just make me do it more 🙂
    I am still devastated by what is happening in the world these days… however, at the same time, the way some people are showing their solidarity makes my heart warm and that also gives me a lot of hope!
    I ope you’ll have a wonderful week ahead, Kim! Happy reading.

    Lexxie recently posted: The Sunday Post #58
  9. Red Iza

    You’re right, I hadn’t even heard about Beirut and Bagdad ! Some deaths matter more than others, it seems… And yes, one-click is hard to refrain from when you’re constantly tempted by fellow bloggers 😉

    Red Iza recently posted: The Sunday post #59 : Still in shock
  10. Teddyree

    So much sadness the world over 🙁
    I loved November 9, can’t wait to start talking about it in our book club. I picked up Winter on audio too. I loved the first two but haven’t read Cress yet … I have no will power lol
    Have a good week and happy reading!

    Teddyree recently posted: It's Sunday/Monday: Check-In Time
  11. Bea

    Not sure if I can make the Twitter party Tuesday, between work and other obligations. My HoHoHoRAT reads so far have not been good.. 🙁 Paris, Lebanon, so many horrific events. The world is just crazy these days.

    Bea recently posted: Sunday Book Share #167
  12. Grace

    It is so sad about all the places where the terrorists struck this weekend. You got a lot of great books. I also got and read November 9. I can’t wait to get my hands the Winter audio. I have been seeing nothing but amazing things about it on Goodreads already. Enjoy them all!!

    Grace recently posted: Weekly Rewind ~ 11.15.15
  13. Michelle

    So sad about Paris and just everything going on, it breaks my heart.

    I am reading a two part book (two stories, one book) for the read-a-thon and I just finished the first part so I am hoping to finished the second part today.

    Have a great week Kim! Happy Reading! ox

    Michelle recently posted: Just a Rant and Some #COYER ~ WIR & TSP
  14. Melissa (My words and pages)

    I’ve missed so much this last week. I don’t know what all came of what happened in Paris, but it’s terrible to hear. I hope all our friends in the area and their families are safe.

    Here’s to another week bringing us closer to the holidays and another year gone. *sigh* Where does the time go?!?

  15. Kristin

    Kylie Scott is on sale!?!?!?! YAY!!!!!!!! If you haven’t read anything by her yet, I think you will like her! I read the one about the drummer and LOVED it!! So flippin’ funny and heartful (is that a word? Well, it is now!)

    psssst. I’m not linkin’ today b/c you generate too much traffic – I can’t keep up today! Is that good problem to have or what?!?!?! Revel in your power…

  16. Madiha

    #prayforparis…I do hope everything gets sorted out there. The amount of books on there is overwhelming! I can’t wait to see what you think of Winter – I have been dying to get my hands on it and huzzah, its finally here!

  17. Stormi

    I so know how hard it is to resist the one click button! I actually forgot to put my bought and freebies this week…lol. I think I was overwhelmed with my NG/EW and forgot…lol.

    Stormi recently posted: The Week In Review #62
  18. Samantha

    I just read the Kylie Scott series. Hope you like the first book! My favorite was Lead.

    I keep seeing Winter everywhere! I’m so behind on that series. I’ve only ever read Cinder. I need to catch-up.

  19. Mandy

    It’s heartbreaking what’s happened in Paris. However it’s bringing people together so in tragedy I see hope. You’ve had an awesome week. I have November 9 and Winter too!!! I’m sad to admit I haven’t read any books for Ho-Ho-Ho yet….but I’m starting my pile today. Hopefully I can catch up a few. Fingers crossed. Have a great week!!

    Mandy recently posted: The Sunday Post
  20. Charlie

    I also have a one-click problem…except with the freebies. I can’t afford to buy books now. I’ve already reviewed two books that were still on the list yesterday on Amazon. Last night was the first time I’d seen my police officer SO get ready and leave for work. It’s natural for him and comes with ease, but with all that has happened in Paris it definitely held much more weight for me.

  21. Kathy

    I still can’t believe what happened in Paris but it is another reminder to not take our loved ones for granted. I kept my Sunday post short since my problems at work don’t compare to what the families are going through.

    I’ve been seeing a lot of holiday books and wish I could have participated in the readathon. But it is getting me in the holiday spirit. I’ve been trying not to one-click this week but there are so many tempting books on sale.

    I hope you have a good week!

    Kathy recently posted: Weekly Wrap-Up #77
  22. Lola

    Things like what happened in Paris always remind me of how many bad things happen in the world and it’s a sad realisation. I wish there was a way to prevent things like that from happening.
    Some days I am happy I don’t have a credit card, so I can’t be temped by the one click addiction. I do know how hard it can be to resist those great free or bargain book.
    I also got my copy of Soundless this week, but I can’t manage to afford November 9 at the moment as it’s pretty pricey. Maybe next month. Caught Dead Handed looks good! I hope you’ll have a great week!

    Lola recently posted: Sunday Post #152
  23. Kristin T

    I have November 9 on my shelf…it will be my first Colleen Hoover book and I’m looking forward to reading it. I can go crazy with that one-click button, so I try to stay off Amazon…I already have so many books that are waiting to be read…oh well…hope you have a great week!

    Kristin T recently posted: The Sunday Post #90 (11.15.15)
  24. Kristin

    I can’t believe I dropped the ball on Soundless. I totally forgot that was coming out. >.< I've read mixed reviews on it but that cover is to die for.

    Kristin recently posted: Sunday Wrap-Up #44
  25. Braine Talk Supe

    Glued to the news, scary developments with a lot of politicians basically warmongering, asking France to invoke NATO’s 5th article. Even more troubling is Beirut’s suicide bombing earlier the same day isn’t getting the same coverage not because they don’t matter, but because it’s a usual thing over there. So very sad…

    Inspite of these tragedies, I hope we have a good week. All the more that we should be grateful for the small things. Like awesome books!

    Braine Talk Supe recently posted: Bought, Borrowed, & Bagged [176]
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes Braine..and early attacks in Kenya (April) and Mumbai weren’t covered like this which makes me sad. Dark times my friend. It certainly puts things into perspective.

  26. Sophia Rose

    The world sure took a hit on Friday. I turned on the news for weather and got the sight of bombings all over and an earthquake tossed in for good measure. Yeah, safety is an illusion. I love yous, calls to family, and hugs are definitely in order.

    Glad your HoHoHoRAT is going well. I have a few more Christmas books to read, but right now its all the one-clicking I did accepting reviews that I need to be put in a therapy group over. 🙂 Amazon I can resist. Mostly. Net Galley and the Publishers Invites? I’m a mess.

    Have a good week, Kimberly!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I have total control when it comes to NetGalley and Edelweiss. but Amazon nope. I don’t even visit is the blog posts I read that do me in with their links to Amazon when I am weak 🙂

  27. Lorna

    I am reading November 9th right and really like it so far. I also loved all the Stage Dive books. I hope you enjoy. And lastly but not least, we live in such a scary world. My heart goes out to all who were touched by the terrorist attacks.

  28. Mary Kirkland

    I just read Naughty, Nice and Paranormal box set. There were 15 Holidays stories in the box set and I really liked them. I don’t usually read a lot of Christmas type romance stories but these were good.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Woot…good to know. I need to finish by books for Ho-Ho-Ho and then i can dive into November 9. Probably Thursday so I can just read it in one sitting

  29. MarthaE

    I too feel for those in Paris. Anytime a country is hit like that it touches us all. I get frustrated that the media doesn’t give same importance to other bombings as in Africa and Beirut. Each life matters to others in their circle if not worldwide.
    I followed a couple of your one-clicks and got one for free but paid $.99 for Hope Under Mistletoe – I couldn’t resist. 🙂 Maybe next year I will do ONE Read-a-thon. If my hubby would let me. 😉 I hope you have a great week.

  30. Nise'

    I will not catch the “one-click” virus. I had it and don’t want ti again! LOL. Looking forward to November 9! Have a great week. Glad your daughter is okay.

    Nise' recently posted: Weekly Reading Wrap Up
  31. Faye la Patata

    I’m really sad about the world in general 🙁 Why are there so many bad things happening? Bombs and shootouts in Paris, bombs in Lebanon, bombs in Bangladesh, the media not covering enough, many of those suffering ignored… it really makes me sad to see the state of our world right now 🙁 Not even books at the moment can take my mind away off these events.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes…go you That is awesome. I had 2 audios and 3 books and have just a few chapters left and I am done all of my reads. I may have to one click..LOL

  32. RO

    Kudos on the fitness trips for the week! When I heard then saw the France nightmare I was sick inside, hurting for everyone. Still praying for them
    That one-click is something else, right? (lol) Hugs…

    RO recently posted: CHOCOLATE PEANUT TREATS
  33. Tyler H Jolley

    This really was a sad and tragic weekend. I was out of town when the attacks in Paris happened. Then I heard about Beirut and all the other recent attacks that hadn’t made the mainstream news. I was so happy to get home and hug my kids on Sunday.

    Tyler H Jolley recently posted: Cover Reveal and Giveaway
  34. Bookworm Brandee

    My thoughts were with the French this past weekend. My heart was heavy and I certainly hugged my family a bit tighter.
    Good luck with your Ho-Ho-Ho RaT, Kimberly. It seems you’re doing well. And you know I relate with the one-click addiction. I can’t seem to stop myself lately. I hope you enjoy With Visions of Red and Lick. I certainly did. 😉
    Hope your week is off to a great start!

    Bookworm Brandee recently posted: Travel by the Book ~ Bellingham
    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have a few chapters left in my final book scheduled for Ho-Ho-Ho. If Sophia take a nap.otherwise I will finish tonight. Then I have 5 reviews to write…eek gads!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Only 2 of them are for review, the rest where one-click impulses. So yes my kindle is swimming, but as for reviews I am ahead of schedule.