Sunday Post #1 – Memorial Day Weekend

Posted May 26, 2019 by Marsha in Discussion Post / 23 Comments

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted @ 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

I have loved visiting the blogs that follow The Sunday Post and decided that it’s time to join up myself.  Hey, you can never have enough book-friends, right?

Away from the Keyboard News –

For the last month, I’ve been sorta quiet and there have been a few reasons for that.  One reason is simply amazing – the other sucked sour pickle juice.  My amazing news is that I finally got brave and had cataracts removed from both eyes, about 2 weeks or so apart.  I cannot even begin to describe how beautiful the world truly is when you can actually see it.  My final appt. is this coming week for the last checkup and glasses for distance.  Now here is something I never knew, you actually have a choice to be near-sighted or far-sighted after this surgery because the lens is removed (that’s what the cataract is growing on) and basically, a grounded pair of glasses in the form of the new lens is the replacement.  Really, I had no clue, and of course, I said let me see up close again without glasses!  *huge grin*  I’ll need glasses to see distance and that is part of what this week’s appointment is about.

This week’s sucky part was hosting troubles.  *pulls hair out by the fistfuls*  I have my Keeper Bookshelf, which is my main blog, but I also have a few smaller, genre-specific blogs that are for fun in a different way.  This past week my hosting company decided to lock me out of my blogs for the stupidest reason around (and yes, you would be correct that they are no longer my hosting company).  So in the past 3 months, my blogs have gone dark for no good reason 5 times, nothing I’ve done to break TOS, just company reasons that make no sense.  My answer to their latest shenanigans was fine then I’m moving to a hosting company that actually wants my money and is willing to work with customers to solve problems not say “Sorry, that’s above my paygrade to answer or help with.”   I’m not going to badmouth them, it is what it is, poor customer service and it’s my money and I can make a choice to spend it elsewhere.  So, we shall see if those going dark problems disappear with a new host.  *fingers tightly crossed*

An upcoming project is to consolidate some of those smaller blogs that aren’t getting the attention I’d hoped for back into Keeper Bookshelf.  It’s okay, they were an experiment really as to what those who visit me really enjoy so I’m learning my audience and catering to them in a better way by this move.  It’s just going to take some time to make those changes.  So, this summer, it looks like I’ve got my hands full with some blog management but in the end, it will all be for the best.  I do this because I love sharing my love of books with others, and I enjoy the company as well.  But the bottom line is I do this for fun, for my entertainment so I might as well make it easy for myself.

Coming up Next Week on KB

Next week I have 16 publication day reviews to get up on the blog.  Oh, the majority of them are done and scheduled to go live but there are still 2, I think, that need finishing touches to.  Up to now, I’ve only been comfortable doing publication day releases or the day before release reviews.  But, I think that needs to change a bit.  How far in advance do you do reviews?  Do you have a set pattern, or simply when you get the story read?  My hesitation has always been – how far ahead does a review actually make sense for the author or the publishing house?  I get they want the hype, but sometimes it seems I see reviews that are months ahead, and for me, personally, I’d forget what I read in a review that far away.  But that’s me.  Any thoughts you’re willing to share are greatly appreciated.

The Latest Book Hauls

Last week I picked up Lindsay Pryor’s finale to her Blackthorn series – Blood Broken.  I’ve loved this series, even though I didn’t get reviews up for all of them and it’s always a sad moment to say good-bye to a series I’ve enjoyed.  But, there is also the anticipation of what is coming next.

NetGalley haul was small as I picked up a few titles from Tule Publishing – I’m addicted to their Romances.

And Amazon had me one-clicking on two now completed series from Harlequin – I love when I can binge-read a series without waiting for the next installment.  Sometimes coming late to the party is not a bad thing.

Final Thoughts

Thanks for letting me ramble a bit on this first Sunday Post.  I promise I won’t always be so long-winded.  *grins with fingers crossed on that promise*  But I’m excited to be sharing, and not having my nose one inch from the monitor to see what I’m typing.  (you have no idea how awesome that feeling is)  And now, I’m off to visit some of your Sunday Posts – a cool way to spend a Sunday in my opinion.


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23 responses to “Sunday Post #1 – Memorial Day Weekend

  1. I host Sunday Salon, and I’d love to have you post your link there as well. I’m fairly new to this hosting role, but I love to share books and this is a great way to do so.

    Oddly, I find myself enjoying fewer and fewer new books as my years of blogging have gone on. Instead, I’m finding wonderful older titles that I’ve missed.

    Such good news about your cataract surgery. I’m sure it will be in my future at some point, so it’s great to be able to look forward to being able to read without any correction!

    Have a great week!

    • Marsha

      Hi Deb, Thanks for stopping by. I will definitely check out your Sunday Salon so thanks for that invite and information. 🙂

      I’m discovering tons of new-to-me authors that have been around for ages. So I definitely hear you on that. At one time I worried about keeping my blog up-to-date with only current titles then I realized… hey, this is my place for fun so I get to talk about whatever I want, even if the book is 30 years old, so what. That was a freeing moment.

      I have no proper words for how simply amazing it is to clearly see again. My love of reading, gaming, puttering around with plants, just so much has improved in just one month. I cannot wait to see what is to come now that I can actually see it.

      Thanks so much for stopping over. I love company – and as you can tell, talking (typing) lol

  2. Keira

    The hosting issues sound miserable. Glad to hear you’ve worked it out, even if it took moving services. And yay for your sight. I’d want to see up close, too. <3

    • Marsha

      Hi Keira, thanks for stopping by.

      Hosting was a major pain in the backside, I guess time will tell if those troubles are truly gone or not.

      Seeing up close without glasses, or even just seeing at all, is a miracle in my opinion. The world is so bright now that my “windows” have had a good cleaning and are sparkling clear. lol

    • Marsha

      Thank you Nicci, I’m so glad you stopped by. I’ve loved reading The Sunday Post for a long time and excited to finally be brave enough to take part.

    • Marsha

      *laughs* Not sure I should have made them sound lovely… but getting rid of them was certainly a precious gift by a talented surgeon! I waited far too long to do something about them. My world was a blurry, ugly shade of grey/mud for so many years. It’s a slow process and I adjusted as they got worse. Finally taking my fears of that knife on my eyes and tossing it on the garbage heap when I was pronounced legally blind was the best leap of faith I have yet taken. Nothing kept me from reading – with my Kindle practically in my eyeball, but it certainly is a joy once again now that I can hold a book at a reasonable length from my face. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. I don’t like having hosting problems at all, it drives me crazy! Glad you finally had cataract surgery, my mom did and was so happy she did.

    • Marsha

      Hi Vicki,

      Hosting troubles are the worst because I’m not a tech person I rely on others for help — when they won’t help because “it’s not their job” that is unacceptable to me. So, yeah, hosting problems can truly drive a person up the wall. I’m glad your Mom is happy with her surgery results. There really are no words to describe how happy I am to really see again.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I just got my first pair of reading glasses, so I sort of understand your delight!

    Personally I try and post no more than a week before release, partly because I agree that long lead times arent particularly useful, but also because my schedule is too tight to allow me to be very far ahead.

    Have a great reading week
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out recently posted…It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?My Profile

    • Marsha

      Hi Shelleyrae, thanks for stopping over. 🙂

      I’d pretty much decided that the week before publication date was what I was going to go for in reviews starting in June or July. I don’t want to go so far ahead that no one will remember the review upon book release but waiting for publication day isn’t perfect either. I guess there is no real right way but I believe I’m going to go for a change around here. Sometimes you just have to go with what feels right.

  5. Marsha

    Hi Flora,

    Thanks, I’ve enjoyed following the Sunday Post thought it was about time I took part in it. 🙂

    I had no idea that I could choose either but I’m glad to have made that discovery – no more glasses! Yay.

    I am addicted to series, I freely admit to that so I’m thrilled whenever I discover that I can download a completed one and binge read. Oh, I’ll follow any series I get involved with but it’s so much better, in my opinion, to just breeze through them all to get the overall story in one big gulp.

    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  6. I am glad to hear your cataract surgery went well; what a wonderful thing to see it all clearly again! I’ve heard colors are more vibrant after the surgery.

    • Marsha

      Hi Helen, thanks for stopping by.

      The colors are more vibrant because I’ve actually been looking at the world through a dirty brown gauzy-like material. Take that dirty covering away and everything is brighter and more crystal clear like clarity. But it’s the depth perception that is blowing my mind. I have a grill-like grate on the floor of the kitchen sink. No clue why it’s placed there it came with the house. I could not understand why silverware was getting caught under it for it was flat on the surface of the bottom of the sink. Well. Turns out that grill is a good two inches high, and there is plenty of room for things to get under it. Who Knew? Not Me. LOL

    • Marsha

      Hi Genesis,

      Their reasons were so… stupid that I just got frustrated and said: “I’m outta here.” Customer service is everything and if someone cannot be bothered to help or at least explain why my blogs have gone dark then I’ll take my money somewhere else. But, yes, it is so frustrating. Blogger was my next choice before I found this place – so I still have another option if this doesn’t work out but crossing fingers that a better company means better service.

      Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  7. I didn’t know that about cataract surgery either. Huh.

    Sorry to hear about the hosting woes. I dealt with some web problems last weekend and…ug. They sent me a customer satisfaction survey at the end and honestly I just didn’t want to talk about it further with them.

    Here’s to a better & brighter week!
    Katherine recently posted…Sunday Salon, 5/26My Profile

    • Marsha

      Hi Kate,

      Yeah, web troubles are super annoying especially when the solution is beyond my control. I don’t consider myself a control freak, but I do expect those that have the control to use it instead of trying to say it’s not their job when it is. Hopefully, the worst is behind me – time will tell.

      And I will definitely take that better & brighter week and send that same wish back to you. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  8. Yay on the cataract surgery, Marsha! I’ve never given it much thought (other that knowing it’ll one day be necessary). I love your decision to get the lens so you can see up close. Yes, I miss that the most too, so now when it’s my turn for surgery, you’ve helped me make my decision on which lens to go for. Thank you!

    As far as when to post reviews…if I read a book review that’s too far in advance of the publication date, then by the time the book comes out, I’ve already forgotten about it. I rarely preorder, so the book description would really have to be something to get me to do so. Therefore, if the book description is only “interesting” or “intriguing”, chances are that by the time the release date arrives, I’ve already forgotten about it.

    • Marsha

      Hi Sheila,

      I’m sure I sounded like a dork but when he asked if I wanted to be near or far sighted I went: Really? I can really do that!! Thankfully he just laughed and said yes you can I promise. I don’t drive so a lot of people who do go for being able to drive without glasses but I want to read without pushing up glasses all the time!

      I totally agree on the way too early reviews. I’m pretty sure I’m going with about a week in advance, right before publication day. Time for a bit of hype and maybe a quote but not so long that the review and book are forgotten about.

      Thanks for stopping by, I’m always thrilled when you visit. 🙂