Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/19/21: Reading, Crochet etc.

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.


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy Sunday all. What an absolutely gorgeous weekend we are having here, the weather is perfect…sunny and high 70’s. I was going to get this post up earlier but we ran a few errands this morning and then I was out enjoying the weather afterwards.

This past week flew by so fast. It was a good week, I met my work deadlines, I got a yearly doctor’s visit out of the way on Monday morning and I got my flu shot over with also. After the side effects from the Covid vax over the Spring, the flu shot was a piece of cake lol.

Onto my weekly updates…..

recently on the blog:


I did a Top Ten Tuesday after so long. The topic was Books With Numbers In the Title.

in my mailbox:

I have a great mailbox this week and can’t wait to read these.


I am beyond excited about cuddling up in bed at night with my hot coco while reading Where They Wait by Scott Carson. This came via NetGalley/Atria Books It’s about a haunted sleep meditation app, what a great idea for a scary book.


I also received Simple Tryst of Fate: Some Rules are Meant to be Broken by D.M. Barr via Book Sirens which looks good.
crochet:
Here are a few photos of one of my latest projects. This is Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas. This was a fun pattern I found on ETSY from a crochet designer. I don’t usually follow other people’s patterns since I make my own, but this one caught my eye and I’m glad I found it.







The smaller one went to an Aunt who asked me for one.



Well, that wraps up my weekly updates. What are you doing? What are you reading? Enjoy your week! Thank you for stopping in 🙂

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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. Some of these links are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. The photos in this post are my own and not to be removed from here.

Top Ten Tuesday 9/14/21: Books With Numbers In the Title


I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday post since November 2019 and seeing a few fav book bloggers posts reminded me to get in on the fun again. This week’s topic is “Books With Numbers In the Title”. The first 5 on my list are ones I’ve read, the rest are ones I would like to read one day.


1. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom


2. Eight Goodbyes by Christine Brae


3. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James


4. The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah


5. Her Three Lives by Cate Holahan


6. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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7. November 9 by Colleen Hoover


8. 1984 by George Orwell


9. Ready Player One by by Ernest Cline


10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

Have you read any of these? Thanks for stopping in!

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/12/21: Updates and A Busy Blog Week

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.


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….



Hello and happy weekend. I hope this post finds you well. This week flew right by. It’s because I was off work and enjoying myself. I managed to read and review two books while I was off. I even changed my blog header and profile pic to match with flower photos I took myself.
I also made time to bake homemade chocolate chip cookies for my daughter to bring to her co-workers last week. She got me the Ghost Adventures potholder for Mother’s Day this year. It’s one of our shows we like to watch together. It says “there are things in this kitchen you will never understand”. 🙂




Onto more bookish updates…

Recently on the blog:
Since I was off work for two weeks I had time to actually blog and read two books. Both were NetGalley books so win win with chipping away at my shelf there.

Neon Gods: A Scorchingly Hot Modern Retelling of Hades and Persephone (Dark Olympus Book 1) by Katee Robert


Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit and Nibble Mystery Book 6) by Peggy Ehrhart
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Also of note, there’s still time to enter the giveaway of Sarana and the Dark King by Ivy Keating and a $10 Amazon E-Gift Card. Follow the link for details.

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In My Mailbox: (both from Amazon Prime reads)

After having read and enjoying Knit of the Living Dead I grabbed a copy of the first book in the series, Murder, She Knit (A Knit and Nibble Mystery Book 1).


The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb

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Watching:
I think I turned on the tv maybe twice this week since I was off and spent my time reading instead or being outdoors. We did watch the new episode of the new AHS season on Thursday night, which is really good. I like the New England setting.

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Crochet:
I’ll post pics next week. Hint: It’s Nightmare Before Christmas related.


I’ll close with a few pics of our day trip to the sunflower maze and antiquing this past week.


We found an old church that has been turned into an antiques shop, both cool and creepy. I just KNOW there’s paranormal activity there at night.


This painting of E.A.P. instantly caught my eye, it’s beautiful.



The sunflower fields. It was a beautiful sunny day for it and the drive out there is scenic. There was plenty of room to maintain social distancing so we felt comfortable.





That’s all for now. Enjoy your week ahead and happy reading. Let me know in the comments what you’re up to.



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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. Some of these links are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. The photos in this post are my own and not to be removed from here.

Giveaway: Sarana and the Dark King by Ivy Keating and Amazon Gift Card

Hello blog friends, thanks for stopping in today. I am very excited to be hosting a giveaway here at The Bookworm blog. Author Ivy Keating is generously giving away a paperback copy of her book AND a $10.00 Amazon E-gift card to 3 lucky winners! (U.S. residents only please)
I read Sarana and the Dark King this summer and I shared my thoughts on it here.



Also of note, Sarana and the Dark King is a finalist in the Global Book Awards. The publisher is running an e-book sale from September 15-September 30 for $1.99.

Read on for more about the book as well as a post about confidence by the author. The contest details are at the end of this post.

Blurb:
The fearsome Dark King of Bounten, with a magical creature known as a Valomere by his side, is on a quest to find the rare metal tarilium. His brutal ways incite the powerful psychic Allani. But when news of his plans to invade the kingdom of Attaveer spread, a new opponent emerges—Sarana, the daughter of a farmer…or is she?

At birth Sarana was sentenced to death for her “cursed” white hair. The delivery nurse, Meriden, whisked the fair-haired babe to a loving home across the waters from Bounten. Her entire life she hid her appearance to avoid prejudice. Things changed when she discovered she too had a Valomere. She strived to learn the creature’s magic and master fighting skills with the hope of becoming a warrior. Her dreams came true when she was allowed to join the Attaveerian king’s network of spies–a group poised to help defend the kingdom from an invasion by the Dark King and his powerful army.

When word of the white-haired messenger reached the Dark King he vowed to stop at nothing to capture or kill his opponent.

The time for hiding is over.

Can Sarana save herself and her kingdom? Follow Sarana from death to destiny as she joins forces with psychics, Valomeres, and the power of inner strength, to defeat an evil king.


Finding Confidence by Ivy Keating

How important is having confidence? Studies have shown that having confidence can increase our ability to solve problems. We’ve also discovered that people are more likely to trust someone that appears confident. But, maybe even more important, having confidence can help us feel better when we’re faced with upsetting situations.

I believe the key to confidence is embedded in the concept of a “locus of control.” Postulated by Julian Rotter, it refers to the varying degrees we feel we have control of things versus the degree that external things have control over us.

It’s easy to see how someone could feel insecure if they constantly had to wait for someone else’s approval. Let’s say you’re a writer. If the only way you value what you created is based on how others rate it, then you’re subjected to the whim of external forces.

So, how can we develop a strong sense of being in control?

First, accept and appreciate who you are. We all have flaws. It’s ok to work on them, but it is not helpful to saddle yourself with negativity. Always acknowledge your accomplishments and use self affirmations –– positive statements about yourself –– for encouragement.

Next, remember that you’re in control of your actions. How you respond to negative news is your choice. Just as how you act when you get positive news. Build on your accomplishments, and work on the failures.

And, finally, outside forces affect us but we can dictate to what degree. Self appreciation and the knowledge that we are capable of initiating our own coping behaviors will bolster feelings of having an internal locus of control. Armed with this feeling, the power that comes with confidence is yours!

-This article was written by Ivy Keating, originally posted at her website https://storiestonovels.com/blog/2021/6/30/finding-confidence and used here with the author’s permission.




Contest Details open to U.S. residents only please:
The giveaway starts now September 6th and ends on September 18th. The 3 winners will be notified via e-mail and here on this post on September 19th. If you do not reply with your mailing address within 48 hours of being e-mailed a runner up will be chosen.
* There will be 3 winners drawn. Each winner will get a print copy of Sarana and the Dark King by Ivy Keating AND a $10.00 Amazon E-Gift card



**THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED** THANK YOU FOR STOPPING IN


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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. The article titled Confidence is by Ivy Keating and shared here with her permission.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/5/2021:


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.
Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

Happy weekend and happy September, I love this time of year. I’ve been enjoying some time off work these two weeks and taking a few day trips. We had originally booked a few days away in Pennsylvania but Hurricane Ida rolled into our area on Wednesday night so we had to cancel those plans last minute.
We’re grateful all we had was heavy rain and winds by us because some of the surrounding areas got hit pretty bad.

onto more bookish updates…

Recently on the blog:


I shared my thoughts on The Bookshop Murder (Flora Steele Mystery #1) by Merryn Allingham.

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Coming soon:

I have a giveaway coming up on Monday September 6th. Please stop by then for details!
Author Ivy Keating has generously offered to do a giveaway here on my blog. It’s going to be a good one!


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In my mailbox:
A 1992 vintage movie tie-in copy of Dracula .




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Watching:
The new season of AHS which is crazy and good as usual. And I started The Undoing then I ended up binge-watching the whole thing because I could not stop. It was so good. Have you seen this one? What are you watching?

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crochet:
I’ve been making shawls these past few weeks. I discovered my daughter’s Damon Salvatore cardboard cutout makes an easy model….lol




I swear at first glance he looks real. Am I right? Our dogs think so, they won’t stop barking at it when we bring it out.



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That’s all for now, I’ll close with pics we took on a recent day trip.




Enjoy your week! What have you been up to? Stay well.



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Disclaimer: Nothing in this post is available for download. Some of these links are affiliate links. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission. The photos in this post are my own and not to be removed from here.