Sunday Post #294 Hello December!

December 3rd, 2017 Kimberly Sunday Post 76 Comments

3rd Dec

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted here @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

For the month of November, I managed to read/listen to 23 books. I am sitting at 245 books/audios read on Goodreads and should exceed my goal of 250 this year. Thank goodness, while my numbers look good for November most books were read/listened to in the first half of the month. Yeah, I was on a roll, but now it has taken me a week to read a book I love, and audiobooks are the only thing working for me. For some reason, the narrations soothe my racing mind allowing me to focus where a book doesn’t. I can only manage about 50 pages a day. Eep. I managed to visit everyone who commented last week although I didn’t respond to each comment unless a question was asked. How do you feel about this? Do you care if I respond to your comment or are you ok with me just commenting if you ask a question or I have something to share? As always stay Caffeinated.

 Last Week on the Blog
 This Week on the Blog
  • So Over You By Kate Meader (review)
  • Berkley Bookmas With Jayne Ann Krentz (guest author post, giveaway)
  • City Of The Lost By Kelley Armstrong (review)
  • A Darkness Absolute By Kelley Armstrong (review)
  • The Becoming Of Noah Shaw By Michelle Hodkin (audio review)
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A special thank you to Hachette Audio,  Secret Santa, and Random House

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76 Responses to “Sunday Post #294 Hello December!”

  1. Wattle

    I cannot believe it’s December already, this year has just flown by! And my goodness, you’ve read/listened to a lot of books! I think I manage that in 5 years haha

    I think it’s fine for you to not reply to comments that are just general, it’s your blog and you do get a lot of them from what I see. I find replying can be tedious and I’m a very small site, I try to be thoughtful in my responses but sometimes they get a bit generic 🙁

    Wattle recently posted: Sunday Post #10
  2. Literary Feline

    I hope your mind settles down soon. I know I’ve been in a similar state, although my reading increased the end of the month–anything to get my mind to stop overthinking.

    I think you should do what works best for you comment wise. It’s always nice when someone responds to comments on their own blogs, but it’s not always practical. Especially when you get a lot of comments.. I think reciprocating a comment on the other person’s blog is a perfectly fine alternative. It can be either/or or both. Or, when things are really hectic, not at all. I think we all have moments like that. Lately, I seem to only manage to reciprocate comments–and slowly at that. It’s going to get worse as the month wears on. I’ll be on the computer a lot less.

    I hope you have a great week, Kim!

  3. Mallory

    I’m always in awe of anyone who can read 200+ books! I love reading, but don’t know if I could find that many books that sound interesting in a year 🙂 Case in point, I spent 2 hours on Amazon trying to find a book for this evening and NOTHING sounded good, so it’ll probably be a few days now before I pick something up again. 🙂

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with not replying to general comments – you’re so incredibly involved in the blogging community as it is. It’s not about a lack of caring, just a lack of time 🙂 We get it! <3 Have a great week Kim and enjoy the audiobooks!

  4. Greg

    Hey Kimba! Congrats on 245 (250 if you hit it, which sounds like you will). Nice! As for commenting, that’s a lot of comments to get to- I don’t mind if you don’t reply, especially if it’s not a question or whatever, like you said. Give yourself a break. 🙂

    Ooh a double shot of Kelley Armstrong coming u this week- can’t wait to see what you thought of City of the lost and its sequel. I’m loving that series.

    Take care this week, have a great start to Dec!!

    Sorry for the double link BTW… blogger snafu. 🙁

    Greg recently posted: Sunday Post #222
  5. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Happy December! What the heck happened to the year?

    Your reading goals are huge and it’s amazing that you should be able to exceed that. I think it’s a huge accomplishment! Well done!

    As for the comments I think it’s amazing that you get around to everyone’s blogs running such a huge meme as this and I definitely am happy if you don’t reply to a comment here without a very specific question. You need to give yourself as many breaks as you can running such a big blog!!

    Hope you have a wonderful week and a wonderful December.

  6. Michelle Gilmore

    I wanted this year to end so badly but now it seems like it’s going too fast and I can’t get anything done, lol. I’m okay with you only responding to questions…I try to respond to everyone on my blog and it’s almost too much and I don’t get nearly as many visitors as you I was happy to see you stop by this week! I tried to get around and comment a bit this week as well. .

    Michelle Gilmore recently posted: Sunday Post #274
  7. Lexxie

    I’m glad you have audiobooks to soothe your racing mind, Kim! And how nice is it that we have the opportunity to get almost any book we want in audio format now? Just a few years ago we had to wait quite a while before new releases were in audio.
    I think visiting blogs without commenting here is all good as long as there aren’t any specific questions for you here. I have started to do the same myself. I enjoy getting visits, and I’m sure a lot of other bloggers feel the same way 🙂
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading. xoxoxo

  8. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I’ve been feeling the same about books lately, and thank the stars every single day for audiobooks. I’m so interested to see what everyone relies to your comments question, as it’s something I agonise over. I feel visiting a blog is what people mostly appreciate, but then when I don’t reply on my blog, I feel the guilts. Often though, what I’m replying feels meaningless. Mostly I try to reply to comments, but they often slip away on me. In that case, I try to visit their blog where possible.

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  9. Siran

    If you have a reply for any of my comments….great. Of course no hard feeling in there is not a response. I get that there might not be a way to respond to a post/comment.

  10. Sam@WLABB

    Great job with your challenge. Glad the audiobooks are somewhat therapeutic. I am visual and can only listen to certain kinds of books otherwise, but I love listening to them when I shop and do chores, at work, or when my eyes hurt too much to read or watch TV. Can’t wait to see your review for So Over You. It was my first Meader book, and I really liked it.

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  11. Maureen Bakker

    How is it already December? It’s just crazy. Sounds like you did really well in November. Even when you don’t really feel it.. You read way more than me in a month. 😉 But I’m trying to keep up! LOL! 😉
    I’m okay with you commenting with whatever you like. I don’t mind if my question is answered or not! 😉
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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  12. Evelina

    It’s absolutely alright if you don’t respond 🙂 we all are busy. Just stay calm and comfortable.
    That’s a lot of books you read though! With that many, it’s alright to power down for a while with reading.
    I hope you have a good week 🙂

    Evelina recently posted: November Stats Fever!
  13. Christine @Buckling Bookshelves

    I definitely think you should cut yourself some slavk in the comments — not all comments require a reply, I think — especially with the huge number of comments you get 🙂

    And that’s so awesome on 245 books this year — glad audios are working for you — I totally get the raving mind thing. So hard to shut it off/call it down sometimes.

    Christine @Buckling Bookshelves recently posted: Vacation Bag TBR #2: December Book Stack
  14. Jenea's Book Obsession

    You reading is absolutely amazing! I wish I had the patients to listen to audio books though, for some reason they don’t keep my attention. I think when you have this many people visit in a daily basis, it’s perfectly fine not to comment back to every comment. Love is busy and this is suppose to be what we love to do and talk about, not feel like a chore. I hope you enjoy those new additions. {Hugs}

    Jenea's Book Obsession recently posted: Sunday Post #20
  15. Natalie

    250 is such an awe inspiring goal! I definitely go through periods where audio books are the only way I’m reading. I personally only comment on comments if there was a direct question. I can’t imagine anyone would care if that’s what you choose. Hope you have a fabulous week!

    Natalie recently posted: Weekly Rewind 12.2.17
  16. Yvonne

    Sounds to me like you did well in November. It’s true for me too, sometimes audio books fit my mood more. Then there are times I prefer to do the reading. As for comments, I don’t always have time to respond to all the comments on my blog. I will visit each person’s blog who comments though. I’m sure whatever you decide will be fine. Have a great week!

  17. Jessica @ a GREAT read

    Whoa. That is a lot of books! I can’t even manage half that anymore! My numbers get a little bigger when I add in my novellas and comics. Which I’m way behind on my comic series so I might try to sneak that chunk in before the end of the month! Lol!! As for commenting I’d say it’s totally fine not to respond to them unless a question is asked. That’s usually what I end up doing, but I really need to change my commenting system since blogger doesn’t really let you do that unless the person’s email is linked to their username or something like that! I’m not tech savvy at all! Lol!

    Nice new reads too! Some new to me ones but I hope you enjoy them all!

    Here’s my STS

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower 🙂

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  18. Shandy Jo

    That’s a lot of books! I think it’s fine if you don’t answer every single comment, sometimes your busy and just can’t or don’t know what to say.

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  19. A Voracious Reader

    I’ve read 160 out of 150 which is 60 more than I thought I’d manage this year. I may get a few more in before 2018, but I’m not going to stress about it. I have too many other stresses in my life right now.

    As far as commenting goes, I’ve been terrible at it. I know you see my comment and that’s good enough for me. I can’t exactly complain since I haven’t managed to reply or visit other blogs for awhile now. But I’m hoping that’s about to change.

    I hope you have a fantastic, warm-for-December week, Kim!

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  20. Stormi Johnson

    You did really good despite most of those being at the beginning of the month. I some times have a hard time responding to some comments that don’t ask anything or point out a specific thing so I have no problems with you not commenting on my comment if I don’t say anything important. 🙂

    Have a great week!

    Stormi Johnson recently posted: The Week In Review #169
  21. Lola

    That’s awesome you read/ listened to so many books. I also surpassed my Goodreads challenge goal already.

    I think only replying to a comment if a question is asked and instead commenting back sounds like a good idea. I know it’s hard to do both sometimes. I only managed to reply to my last weeks Sunday post comments and not comment back.

    I hope you have a great week!

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  22. Suzanne

    LMAO at your Cookie Monster random!

    I think only replying to comments if there is a question is acceptable. Since I’m still playing catch up from my trip, I’ve been thinking of doing the same thing actually. I love to both comment and then visit, but am finding it really hard to get caught up this time for some reason.

    That is so amazing that you’ll probably have read 250 books by the end of the year. I was just patting myself on the back because I’m reading my 100th, lol.

    Have a wonderful week!

  23. Kristine

    I’m extremely impressed by how many books you’ve made it through this year! I wish I had the time to read half of the books I have just lying around the house or on my Kindle. I actually don’t have a preference if you respond to my comment or just answer questions.

    As someone who is super busy, I know I’m not always the best at replying to comments, so I would never judge someone else’s style. I was honored you took the time to come to my blog and leave me a comment. Thank you for that.

    I hope you have a great weekend!

  24. Anna

    23 books?? Yikes! I think I managed to read one…I was busy doing NaNoWriMo and my stats have suffered but I ended up with a novel so I think it’s a fair trade 😉 I’m totally cool with you only replying if there’s a question/something!

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  25. Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard

    I used to think it was important to reply to every comment, but as a blog gets a lot more comments, as yours does, I don’t think it’s always possible. Certainly a lot of the bigger, more “pro” blogs don’t and can’t, and it’s completely understandable. (Thinking of The Book Smugglers, among others.) And it’s also tough to do when life is busy. So I’m fine with just replying if the commenter asks a question, or if what they said sparks a conversation.

    I’m sorry to hear about your recent book slump, but you’ve still read an impressive number of books for the month. Enjoy and don’t stress—there’s enough stress at this time of the year without adding pressure to read more!

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  26. Samantha

    Oh that totally random meme is awesome!!! I think it would be really time consuming to reply to every single comment. I think if you have something specific to stay to a comment, reply. If not, then we can all assume you would say “Thanks’ and move on. For things like the Sunday Post especially, you must get like 100 comments. It would take way too long to reply to all of them AND visit sites. I would rather have you visit me than reply to my comment, you know?

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  27. Darlene

    I’m guilty of not replying to every single comment on my blog. It used to be a priority for me, but just blogging itself is a huge commitment and I struggle to find that balance. My life is a whirlwind of busyness, so I get it.. I do have my favourite memes that I participate it (like yours), but I don’t blog hop like I used to. I simply don’t have the time for it. So, don’t feel guilty about the comments! Let it gooooooooo 🙂

    I was hoping that December was going to be a good month for me to read, but I’m in a bit of a funk right now and my mind just can’t calm down to focus on the words. Even audiobooks don’t help 🙁

    Darlene recently posted: Stacking The Shelves and Sunday Post
  28. Jolene

    I am curious about the Becoming of Noah Shaw. I loved the first two books in the Mara Dyer but I felt the third book fell flat. Noah was such a great character though that I might have to read this series. Have a great week.

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  29. Michelle @Because Reading

    You did awesome with the reading. This slump of mine is killing me when it comes to reading. I wish I could focus on audiobooks.

    I love comments on my blog, however, I totally get we all have lives outside of the blog, I sometimes visit a lot of blogs and people don’t realize that I had stopped by, I just sometimes don’t have anything to say or just came by to read. If I have a point to make or a comment I will post it. I will sometimes share if I can, so someone knows I stopped by or if they have a like option, I will do that too. Lately I have been doing it on my phone and it doesn’t work like I want. I don’t really like bloglovin or Feedly so I can’t really visit until I am home. I noticed a drop off in visits because I don’t visit back but I actually do sometimes, I just don’t comment. So most of the time I am apologizing for not commenting or visiting as much but I do visit more than comment. Does that make sense? 🙂

    Have a great week, Kim! Happy Reading! ox

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  30. Amy

    I find listening to audiobooks really difficult because I either don’t like the narrator’s accent/voice (I’m really weird about how I think characters should sound) or I get distracted and before I know it two hours have past and I have no idea what’s going on in the story!

    Have a great week 🙂

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  31. Chloe

    I still can’t believe its december, feels like it was June just the other day, where did the time go to? That’s a lot reading/listening done in November, I’ve never actually tried an audio book I think it’s down to me being terrified it’ll ruin the book for me. Mainly because when I’m reading I picture characters a certain way, hear them a certain way. I also don’t really read eBooks, I’m an odd one where I read faster with physical books over eBooks and Audio I’d lose patience probably with how slow they were reading it to me.

    Have a great week and happy reading!

  32. Rachel

    I just finished So Over You by Kate Meader and loved it! Hope you did, too! City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong was fantastic, as well! I just got a copy of the 3rd book in the series and I’m excited to pick it up. Have a great week, Kimberly! 🙂

    Rachel recently posted: Weekly Wrap Up #18
  33. Sherrie

    What a busy month. I checked out the blog with the story on the planner. Love it! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

  34. Danielle

    That is some serious reading! I am not going to hit anywhere close to that mark. I am actually suffering the opposite problem of late where I am struggling to focus on my audiobooks. I think it is just too much going on here in the home. My attention is constantly shifting.

    As far as commenting, you have to do what works for you. In doing so you will find your ideal audience and connections 🙂 I still reply to every single comment (sometimes a week late) but the is the compulsive side of me. I totally get that sometimes it just is not doable or reasonable. I take no offense if not every comment I leave is responded to. I think the only time it really weighs on me is if I notice certain blogs that I comment on religiously and never receive so much as a hello back from. Then I normally move on. But in your case, I think you will find a good balance <3 Besides, you take time to visit others when you can and that alone says enough. I hope December is good to you!

    Danielle recently posted: My November Favorites
  35. Tracy

    I don’t have a blog but I think as long as you try to answer any questions , you don’t need to respond to every comment . I don’t expect it. I can’t listen to audio books because my mind drifts away and then I need to go back and listen to it again.

  36. Mary

    That’s a lot of books. Good for you. If you don’t have enough time to respond to every that’s ok. I try to visit each blog that comments even if I miss responding to comments on my own blog.

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  37. ShootingStarsMag

    Awesome reading month, even if audios are the only thing currently working for you. And I’m totally okay with not getting a reply on here unless I ask a question; that’s usually how I write people back too – answer a question or if I have something specific to say/add!


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  38. Aj @ Read All The Things!

    I’m glad audiobooks are working for you. I tried listening to an audiobook once, but my mind kept wandering. I usually don’t care if bloggers respond to every comment. I’m constantly behind with comments on my blog, so I can’t judge anyone else for not responding.

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  39. Angela @ Angel's Guilty Pleasures

    At least audiobooks are working for you. I was in a reading slump and only audios where doing it for me. It’s been that way for a few months now and I’m just now starting to get back into actually reading a book, but I still love the audios. I’m glad I gave audiobooks a try. I now have an Audio Subscription and I’m also trying out that Romance Package that Audible is offering. I’m thinking I might try the Audiobook Challenge for 2018, now that I like audiobooks. Looking forward to the Take Control of Your TBR in March. That’s a nice challenge. I’ll be hosting the Library Love Challenge again and the Sign-Up will be coming here in Dec. Have a great week and happy reading!! ^_^.

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  40. Charlie

    I haven’t touched audiobooks since I met my audiobook goal in July/August. They are the harder for me to have time to listen and actually focus on the plot and narration. Congrats on being so close to your Goodreads goal! I only have something like six more books to meet mine, but I am hoping to have 35 NetGalley books read before Jan 1. I don’t care that you don’t respond to my comment on your post – as long as you in turn go to mine and comment. I have always struggled with responding to people’s comments on my own blog.

    Charlie recently posted: Sunday Post ~ Week of Writing
  41. Sophia Rose

    Way to go on the GR challenge! I’m not going to make mine, but I got close enough to make me happy especially since a took a few longer breaks from reading and reviewing this year (one unexpected).

    Interesting about the audio vs. print moods. I seem to swing back and forth like that where one is easier to focus on than the other. I even have weird moods where whether its print or electronic will grab me more or less. That said, since I came back from a family funeral, my concentration level in any format has been shot. LOL

    As the person receiving comments, I think my answer would differ depending if I were new to your blog as a visitor or if we were established blogger buddies. When I’m new to someone’s site and start leaving comments, its nice to get a kind reply within a few of my first comments even if its just ‘hey, thanks for stopping by’. When I’ve been visiting back and forth with you awhile, I’m good with only getting comments now and then because hey, I don’t always say something that needs a response. 😉
    Love your Secret Santa gift!

    Have a great week, Kimberly!

  42. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    You know it’s funny what ends up working for us when our minds and focus are all over the place. I’ve found audio tends to work better for me too though there are times I just need a book and sometimes all that works is TV. I hope the audios are soothing whatever is racing through your mind even temporarily. 245 is crazy impressive! It sounds like you’ll definitely make 250! No worries on not responding to all comments. It makes me feel a little better about myself which is an added bonus! I suck at responding though I do try to visit everyone.

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  43. RO

    Kudos on getting so much read in November. Sometimes there is just so much going on, it’s hard to know what you’re supposed to be doing, so I can relate. So I would say respond in the way you think is best. I think most people know that you’ll always show up somewhere eventually. (lol) Hugs…

  44. Dannie

    That is awesome you have read or listened to 245 books, with 23 in November. I know I won’t hit my reading goal for the year, but I learned that at least having the goal helped me to read more than previous years. Good luck!

  45. Steph

    I can’t believe it is December already…
    I am ok without a comment back, you can only do so much and sometimes you need to reign it back, that is understandable.

    I am very excited for Take Control, can’t wait to see the sign up- thank you for hosting.

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