Sunday Post #231 Thunderstorms and crisp mornings

September 18th, 2016 Kimberly Sunday Post 155 Comments

18th Sep

Sunday Post

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Morning! First, thank you to everyone who voted last week regarding the Sunday Post on Christmas day. I know it was hard thinking about the holiday when fall is just emerging. Votes were really split between posting and skipping it (by one vote!!), with a few who wanted a Christmas eve post. For this reason, there will be a Sunday Post. Link if you want or skip it.

This week was a little rough for me, as the fourteenth marked what would have been my father’s seventy-first birthday. On a good note, my mother  booked a flight and will be visiting in Feb. 2017. She will finally get to meet Princess Sophia and Prince Clayton. (whose arrival isn’t that far off. Nov 28th). My daughter has asked me to attend the birth again and I am over the moon excited.
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I also earned the 500 Reviews badge from NetGalley, and I am kind of proud of it. I’ve been a member since 2011, so that’s an average of 100 reviews a year.

I’ve got a great lineup scheduled, including a post about loose teas and fall books. It includes a special discount for Caffeinated readers that you won’t want to miss. Hope your weather is fantastic and your next read addictive. Stay Caffeinated my friends!

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  • Her Renegade Rancher By Jennifer Ryan (review)
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  • Locked And Loaded By Mandy Baxter (review)
  • An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert ( audio review)
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155 Responses to “Sunday Post #231 Thunderstorms and crisp mornings”

  1. Deborah

    Sorry to hear you’ve been a bit down. The fifith anniversary of my father’s passing is coming up next month and it’s always a bit hard. He would have been 77. It would have been his and my mother’s anniversary in two days as well – I think it would have been 54 years. Mum seems okay though. She’s religious and I think that helps her a lot.

    Meanwhile – 500 reviews AMAZING! I’ve not used NG much since getting print books so I can’t even imagine reading that much there!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      It is hard, yes my Mom seems to be ok, she has her crafts and activities keeping her busy.. Yes, I imagine faith plays a role. I miss the long phone calls, my Dad could talk about anything and I was guaranteed a good laugh..

      Thanks on the NG, I get physical books, but unless they are trade/hardcover I like eBooks because of font size. (no -glasses needed). Forget paperback I can’t see the print at all!

  2. Genesis

    500 reviews?! That’s amazing! Congratulations 😀
    Oh no 🙁 I’m sorry about your dad. At least, you will be with your family during this tough time. Having family support always helps, one way or another. Sending positive thoughts your way and will keep you in my prayers.
    I also got To Love and to Cherish!! I hope we both enjoy it 🙂

  3. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Congrats on your NetGalley reviews…I haven’t been reviewing there that long, but I’m loving it.

    Prince Clayton…amazing name, and great birthday month. My eldest son was born in November.

    I am ready for another Debbie Macomber book…I’m in the mood! Thanks for sharing.

    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted: AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE
  4. Katherine

    Sounds like this week was quite a roller coaster for you. How exciting that Clayton’s arrival is so soon! How exciting! Sounds like your mom’s trip will be such fun and be perfect timing as that’s such a great age for babies and things will have settled down as much as things can with 2! Have a great week!

    Katherine recently posted: This Week in Reading - September 18
  5. Greg

    Congrats on the badge! That’s awesome. And glad you’ll get to see your mom in a few months. It’s hard when family is distant.

    That’s funny about the Christmas SP- one vote huh? And yay for Mr. Penumbra’s. I liked that one.

    Greg recently posted: Sunday Post #160
  6. Michelle

    Way to go on the Netgalley reviews! I haven’t been on NG in a while…I’m trying to stay way from review copies as much as possible this year, but I definitely miss it. I feel out of the loop on new releases.

    I’m glad you’re mom is getting a chance to come visit you! I’m sure she’s excited to finally meet the little ones

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  7. Lexxie

    Crisp morning and cool nights *sighs* that feels so good!
    Congrats on your 500 badge… I’m right behind you, and I think it’s really nice that they give us these badges at NetGalley – it keeps me motivated, at least.
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading. *hugs*

  8. Kristen

    Yay, I’m glad there will be a link up on Christmas so that now I still have months to decide whether I actually want to post then or not lol. But I do think it’ll be fun to see what everyone else is up to if other people post.

    Congrats on 500 reviews on NG!!! Holy cow, I haven’t even reviewed 500 books period, and only like 29 or something on NG, haha.

    Have a great week 🙂

    Kristen recently posted: The Weekly Update: 9/18/16
  9. Tressa

    How exciting and a little bittersweet with your father passed on, but your mom coming for a visit. I reached 100 reviews and earned that badge from NG and am rather behind on reviews there. I should be at closer to 300, so I really need to go through and see what I should have reviewed and didn’t. I need to check on some of your reviews so I’ll come back for those. Have a great week!

  10. sjhigbee

    So sorry to hear of your father’s anniversery. These things never go away, do they? And huge congratulations on your 500th review for Netgalley – that is impressive! I’m a relative newbie, having only signed up last year, but am thoroughly enjoying it. It’s a major undertaking, though… As it happens, our weather IS fantastic – we have been having some wonderfully hot days, though my heart goes out to all who have endured the flash flooding due to the resultant ferocious thunderstorms, which we luckily avoided. I hope you have a great reading and reviewing week!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love thunderstorms and we have had some heavy rains, but no flooding. It is heartbreaking for those who lose everything. NG is great and a lot of the pubs I work with use it to send widgets.

  11. La La in the Library

    Hugs about your dad. That is wonderful your mother gets to see both babies. I didn’t know your grandson was coming so soon! I need to stop back around for Nona’s Corner and your Stalking Jack the Ripper review. Next week I get to start working from home again, except for Mondays, so I shouldn’t be getting so backed up on my commenting. Have a fantastic week. 🙂

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  12. Maureen Beatrice

    I can totally get why this week was hard for you Kimberly. Days like that are always hard, especially the first year.
    500 reviews on Netgalley!! Wow, super awesome. You totally should be proud of that.
    Have a great week! 😉

    Maureen Beatrice recently posted: The Sunday Post #27
  13. Lola

    Yay glad to hear the sunday post will continue on christmas and in deed those who want to skip it a week can easily do so. I am sorry to hear this week has been a bit rough for you, but that is good news your mom will come t visit.
    And congrats on the 500 reviews on netgalley, that’s amazing! 100 reviews each year for netgalley only really is a lot. And now I wonder how many reviews I have done for netgalley. Have a great week!

    Lola recently posted: Sunday Post #196
  14. Kei

    I’m so sorry about your dad 🙁 Congrats on 500 reviews, that’s so huge! I’m about to get my 200 soon – have lost count by now – it’s nice knowing though.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      So sorry Yvonne, it will be a year in January for me, but the big holidays are coming and those will be hard. Although the new grandbabies arrival should brighten things

  15. Karen Blue

    Sorry to hear about your dad, birthdays and holidays are the hardest for the grieving. I am happy to hear out mom is planning a trip. I know that must be exciting for both of you!
    500 reviews is quite an accomplishment. I just got my 100 badge from NG!
    I hope next week is better for you, you got lots to look forward to!

    Karen Blue recently posted: Weekly Wrap Up #104
  16. Michelle

    Congrats on the 500! *hugs* Glad you are going to get a visit from your mom. That sounds like it will be just what you need

    Glad you are keeping the link up. Not sure what I will do on christmas day but at least if I do I can link it up 🙂

    Have a great week, Kim! Happy Reading! ***hugs*** oxox

    Michelle recently posted: Calm, Cool and Productive ~ WIR & TSP
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Look at the badges on the left and you will see rewards earned beginning at 10 reviews, also check your profile it shows how many reviews you have.

  17. Rachel

    Wow. 500 reviews on NetGalley certainly is something to be proud of. I think I’m at about 14. lol I don’t read as fast as most of the book blogging world, though. I’m slow.

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  18. Jessica

    All those special days without our loved ones are tough. Always seems tougher when I think of my grandpa because he passed on his birthday, so it’s like an extra sting every year. But I’m glad to hear your mom is coming in to meet the Prince! 😉

    Nice new reads too! Totally new to me ones! But I am liking the idea of a 24 hour bookstore! Heehee! Happy Reading!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

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  19. Whitney

    How exciting that you will be present for your grandchild’s birth — it will be here before you know it. I’m sorry to hear that you are having a rough week but it is nice that you have your mom’s visit to look forward to.

    Whitney recently posted: Week in Review 9/18/16
  20. Mandy

    Congratulations on 500 Reviews!!!! That’s so awesome!!!!
    I’m sorry it was a rough week but it looks like you have some great adventures to look forward to. That’s so exciting you’ve been invited to be at the birth!!!!
    Looks like you’ve got a great week and exciting new books.
    I hope you have an amazing week !!!

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  21. Natalie

    How exciting that your mom is coming to visit. I live away from all my family, so it’s such a treat to see them. Congratulations on 500! I’ve been a member since 2012 and I think I’m at about half that. Lol. Hope your weekend is awesome!

    Natalie recently posted: Weekly Rewind 9.17.16
  22. Julie

    Wow, 500 reviews on NetGalley! That’s awesome, congratulations! I’m just a little over 300 so I’ve got a while to go to catch up. haha! I think I joined at the very beginning of last year. Sorry to hear about your father. I get really down every year on my Pop Pop’s birthday too. It’s great that your mom is visiting tho! That will be nice!

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  23. A Voracious Reader

    I’ve had a rough week, too so I feel ya. But not, ya know, in a perverted way. *coughs* Anyway…I can’t believe it’s almost time for the little Prince to arrive! And yay to the 500 reviews! *excited bouncing* I drink loose tea all the time so I’m looking forward to your post. I hope you have a wonderful week, Kim!

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  24. Laura Thomas

    It’s wonderful that your mother is coming to spend time with you and share on such a sad day. So sorry about your father.
    Congrats on 500 reviews for Netgalley. I am nowhere near that and am avoiding grabbing any new ones.
    So glad we are going to be able to share our Sunday Posts for Christmas. I often spend it at home with my son and we usually turn to the internet to visit:)

  25. Rita

    Sorry about the solemn week remembering your Dad, but you do have some great personal news ahead– visit from you Mom and the impending birth of the Prince, plus you get to be in attendance. I was able to assist with only one of my grandchildren due to my last being a C-section and I lived cross country for first birth, but it is something I’ll never forget!

    Thanks for the shout-out. I look forward to your post on tea and Fall reads this week.

    Rita recently posted: Saturday Snapshot- 9/17/16
    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Rita, yeah being there for Sophia’s birth was very special, so I am delighted to be asked again. Oh, you’re welcome, that was a great post. I am loving the teas I will be sharing.

  26. Melissa (My words and pages)

    **hugs** It’s hard getting through those moments. The memories are good ones though. And great to hear your mom will be visiting and will see the royal children. 😉 Hard to believe November is so close! Eeep!

    Take care!

  27. Berls

    Wow! 500! That’s quite the accomplishment – I think I have 30 lol! Sorry things were rough with – it’s always hard to have those moments without them. So glad your mom gets to come through! And she’ll have two bundles to meet 🙂 have a great week!

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  28. Lark

    Congratulations on 500 reviews! That’s really impressive. And many more to come, I hope! I’m looking forward to the tea post this week. 🙂

    Also hugs for your dad’s birthday. Those milestones can be so rough. I hope your family helped you get through it. And what a blessing to be looking forward to Clayton’s birth!

    Lark recently posted: Sunday Post – 9/18/16
  29. Lillian

    That is awesome!!! I earned the 50 reviews badge 😆 I think it’s great that you’ve been able to read and review that many books 😀 It’s storming here this morning too and I love it! Love the cooler mornings and warm afternoons. Looking forward to your tea feature. I just recently (as in this weekend) started drinking loose leaf teas. My husband and I went to Teavana and bought several. My favorite is a toss up between the Youthberry Wild Orange Blossom Tea blend and the Caramel Almond Amaretti herbal tea. Yum….think I’m going to go make a glass now! Hope you have a great week and enjoy your new reads 😀

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I know in October I turn 50, then Thanksgiving and Prince Clayton and before ya know it we will be ringing in the New Year. Someone posted how many days till each holiday and I was all Noooooooo I am not ready!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I have always hovered between 96 and 100% It just depends on how many books are in my queue. Thanks Jennifer 🙂 Have you heard anything about the audio for Well Hung? I left a spot open for it, but hadn’t heard.

  30. Charlie

    I know days like those can be tough. My family is also going to come upon the anniversary of my cousin’s suicide next week. They are bittersweet days when we wish we had our loved ones with us. I am glad your mother will be coming to visit and get to see the great-grandbabies.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I honestly didn’t expect it to make me feel as down as it did, but yeah tough week. Thankfully I was busy with projects and of course when Princess Sophia is around you cannot help but smile. *Hugs* to you, suicide is so difficult for the ones left behind.

  31. Heidi

    I totally feel your heartache. Every one of these milestones during the first years are so hard. I know the holidays will be rough. We just have to keep swimming, right? I am glad to hear that your mom is coming and will get to meet her great grandchildren. That will help take the sting out. Hope you have a wonderful week. Hugs.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Heidi and yes you know exactly what I am facing. Thankfully I have the arrival of Prince Clayton (named after my father) to soften the blow of the holidays.

  32. kindlemom1

    Ooo congrats on the 500 badge, that is something to be proud of for sure!
    And yay for your mom visiting and getting to see the new Prince enter the world, I think that is pretty exciting! You better post lots of pics of him when he gets here!

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  33. Angela

    OH MY Congratz on the 500 badge. That is a milestone and makes for a great feeling. Wonderful about your mom visiting. I love mom visits and that is great she gets to me the great-grandkids ^_^. Ya on another grand baby being born soon. How exciting and that is wonderful your daughter wants you in the room.

    Enjoy your book haul and have a great week.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Lisa. Yes, I approve on Netgalley for clients and those % matter, we can see how many books people have accepted and how much feedback.

  34. Bookworm Brandee

    I’m happy you got a little good during a week that brought you down a little. And you have the impending birth to look forward to – that’s another bright spot. 🙂 Kudos to you on your new NG badge. That’s really something to crow about. I’m looking forward to your post on loose teas and fall reads. 🙂 I hope your week is off to a great start, Kim!

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  35. Paij Slater

    Congrats on your Net Galley accomplishments! You are amazing. I have been so busy it’s amazing if I can get one book done a month. Ugh! A SUPER congrats on being able to be with your daughter when she delivers. I cannot wait to be a grandma. Now, if my oldest would just get married and work on that…hehehe That is so fun!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I hope all that busy is good stuff Paij! While you might not be reading as much as you want, I am happy you are getting at least one book in!

  36. Tyler H. Jolley

    Wow, Kimba that 500 badge is a real accomplishment. Not only does that mean you average 100 books per year (an accomplishment in itself) but you also REVIEW that many books. What a gift to all the authors. Know we appreciate dedicated blogger like you.

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Tyler. I average around 200-250 books per year and that includes audios, my own books and review books from other sources. I like many in the blog community, love sharing and uplifting books 🙂