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Sunday Post #73: The Year is Winding Down

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

Welcome back to the Sunday Post! Sit back, kick up your feet, and relax!


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.

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Welp, we are already coming up to the end of the year. I started writing this post lamenting about some of the bad things that have happened this year, but I deleted all that and decided to focus on the good.

We started moving all our junk to the new house. The exciting part was assembling some of our new furniture, because yes, I think we deserve some new things. LOL. There’s still a bunch to do, but slowly but surely we’re getting it done. I really can’t say when we’ll finally move in, but at least we’re not in limbo anymore.


I’m pretty sure I’ve reached my goal of 60 books read for the year, I just haven’t reviewed all of them yet. I have to force myself to sit down and do them. Right now, I’m just jumping on to the next book. Good news is that I’m reading books off my tbr list and it feels good.


I’m loving the Manga, Hinowa ga Crush (which I won on GR). However, I’m having a hard time with Hot Winter Nights. I’m usually such a fan of Jill Shalvis books, but I can’t connect with the heroine in this one.


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Finished up Final Fantasy X and decided to go straight into the sequel. I love this one better because it’s just so fun. I’m playing the HD remastered version on Steam. I have some screenshots that I would love to share with y’all. But If I ever get off my lazy butt and write reviews for them, then yea…. hehe.

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The giveaway is still active on this one. Check it out and read an excerpt!

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Check out my stop in the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop. I’m giving away a book of choice from Book Depository valued up to $20.

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Crystal @ Lost in Storyland

I love the cover to Hinowa ga Crush. I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I’ll have to check it out 🙂

My week has been going well. I’m finally on break after the craziness of my first semester back teaching. I’m looking forward to catching up on blogging. Moving is a big change. Best of wishes with moving things into the new house and Merry Christmas, Aleen!

Angie Elle

Good for you for pushing the negative things aside and focusing on the good. I wish I could do that, but 2018 just needs to go. LOL

Thanks for sharing! 🙂


That’s great you’re moving things into the new house, and I hope that the negatives/bad things get better or aren’t too bad!!!



I liked the Christmas vibe of hot winter nights but totally understand why you are having trouble connecting. I wasn’t crazy about it and it did take me awhile to get into the story more.


I’m glad the moving is starting to come along nicely.

I love Jill Shalvis. I think Molly was a bit too pigheaded here. All operatives should have backup. Lukas is awesome. He really does the best he can with her. Have a good week! Anne – Books of My Heart

Mary Kirkland

Congrats on getting more moved to the new place and the new furniture. I finished all my shopping and got everything wrapped.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

How exciting to finally be moving in to the new house! What a wonderful Christmas gift that is. 🙂
I purposely set my GR goal low this year (at 50) just because I wanted a stress-free, pressure-free year of reading. I think I’ll do the same for next year, too. Hope you have a great week, Aleen!

trin carl

I’ve been thinking of doing book depository, is it fairly simple?


I have seen other bloggers, who usually adore Shelves, say they struggled with this book as well. I am a little sad to hear it, since I love Shalvis and this series so much. I hope it improves for you.


Yay Congrats on hitting your target numbers already. And I think it is a good thing that you kept jumping between books rather than reviewing them, right?


Can you believe I’ve never played a Final Fantasy game? And I used to be such a gamer! Aieee. And congrats on hitting your reading goal. 🙂

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