Sundays with Sam – The Sunday Post

Sundays with Sam is a combination of Sunday Post hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves hosted by Reading Reality.


No matter what, this was going to be a good week. First, my daughter was here, and I love spending time with her. It was also a very short work week for me, as I only worked Monday and Tuesday. I really didn’t do anything other than go to my sister’s on Thursday for dinner, but I am glad, since I am still not feeling 100% well.

I am returning to the office tomorrow. All good things must end. In preparation, I have started taking those immunity boosters. I have a personal sized disinfecting spray for the train too. I am paranoid, and to make me even more stressed out, I will be past due for my booster by the time I can get it. I spent over an hour trying to find somewhere to get my booster. They were either booked solid for December 15, or wouldn’t allow appointments for that time frame. Right now I have an appointment for the 27th, but I am going to keep checking. I don’t want one day without protection.

We had Thanksgiving part two last night. My mother always complains that there are no leftovers for her, so she makes a turkey after we celebrate the holiday. I guess nobody told her that you can get turkey whenever, and it’s ok to eat it whenever, but so turkey for days now. Don’t get me wrong, we had no shortage of sides and sweets from Thursday. My sister always makes the turkey, rolls, and a side or two. My daughter always makes dessert, which was pumpkin tres leches cake, but she also made her mashed potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts. Then my mother, made sweet potato pie, corn casserole, and stuffing. She also bought pumpkin pie and pecan pie. It was excessive, and way more food than six people needed.

Let’s Discuss

  • Emily told us about a reading challenge
  • AJ shared ten quotes from Incorrigible Children
  • Sophie announced her shortened version of Blogmas2021

On the Blog

  • Monday: #AmReading YA – How Not to Fall in Love, So This Is Christmas
  • Tuesday: TTT – How You Doin?
  • Wednesday: CWW – Anything But Fine, Puddle Jumping
  • Thursday: Isn’t It Romantic? – The Love Con by Seressia Glass

Stacking the Shelves

I actually book a few books this week. There were some great ebook sales, and picked up all the books below for $4. I adore Sawyer Bennett’s hockey romances, but I probably won’t read these. It seems every time I buy the books, I wait so long that the audiobook comes out on Hoopla, and I just listen to it instead. Maybe I will get to these sooner. Who knows.

I recently read Meet Me in Paradise by Hubscher, and those it wrecked me, I loved it! I am super excited to read her next book and very grateful to have been approved for the early copy.




Not a bad week. Only one DNF, so that’s an improvement from last week, AND I even had a 5-star book. My top rated book this week was The Hawthorne Legacy. I am loving this series, and Barnes threw in some interesting twists in this installment while also allowing Avery to grow tremendously. A close second was Made in Manhattan. I adore Laynes books, so I expected this to be a good one. It was fun and heartwarming, and I had a great time seeing the hero and heroine realize they wanted more and act on those desires.

Note: All my reviews can be found on Goodreads



Artistic License is early Lucy Parker, and it was good. Lots of heart and humor. I loved the end, but wanted it to last longer. Wylde is one of the Arizona Vengeance books (there are many), and it was one of the less drama filled books in the series. I like that Bennett does this in her series. Every once in a while, you need a break from all the heavy and just want a fun romance. That was more or less Wlyde’s book for me.


Just started The Mismatch, so, not much to say, but Introvert is hilarious. Hart has written a lot of books in this world, and it’s always fun to go back and visit.


I just realized there are no YA books on my shelf this week. That’s weird. I will have to get some YA audio to fill that void. With a Shalvis on the TBR, I am guaranteed a great read, but I think all of these will be pleasing to me. Only Greenberg is new-to-me, and the others have been great in the past.

How was your week?
Let us know in the comments!

Posted November 28, 2021 by Sam@wlabb in sam, Sunday Post / 30 Comments

30 responses to “Sundays with Sam – The Sunday Post

  1. Hooray for the short week! I was only in the office for two days as well. Fingers crossed that you can get your booster shot sooner rather than later. “I guess nobody told her that you can get turkey whenever, and it’s ok to eat it whenever.” I laughed so hard at this. 🙂 I have The Family You Make, too, and plan to start it next week or so.

    • I am not the biggest turkey fan to start with, so eating it twice in three days time was no thrill for me. Yeah! I have no doubt I will enjoy the Shalvis. I hope you do too.

  2. Sounds like you had a fun Thanksgiving. My sister hosted this year so no leftovers for us to take home haha I do love getting creative with leftovers like turkey or yam rolls. Looks like some good reads there. I do enjoy Lauren Layne. I also enjoy Emma Hart and looking forward to exploring more of her work.

    • We always do it at my sister’s, that’s why my mother does a second turkey meal. She wants leftovers. Hart’s always good for a goofy fun and Layne never fails to make me happy. Two auto-reads for me

  3. Rachel @Waves of Fiction

    I wish we made Turkey, but as it was just me and the hubby and I was tired we didn’t. I just made an appointment for this coming Thursday for my booster. I think I’m overdue, but I couldn’t get it with a sinus and ear infection that I had earlier this month.

    I’m looking forward to Weather Girl and The Family You Make!

    • So excited about the Shalvis book. They are always hits for me. We are just three and my mother made an 18 lb turkey. We have a LOT of leftovers. I had to delay my flu shot because of my sinus infections. I scheduled it with my booster, so hopefully I can get it done before the end of flu season.

  4. That’s funny about your mom and making an extra turkey. I can kinda see it though? I always get bummed when the leftover run out lol, even though at the same time I’m kind of SICK of leftovers by then? It’s a weird thing. 🙂

    Corn casserole! Haven’t had that in a while, and honestly that sounds kinda good. 🙂

  5. Ethan S.

    Best of luck on your return to work. It was an interesting transition when I returned in April. I’m fortunate to have gotten by booster a couple weeks ago. It definitely helped with my peace of mind.

    • You know my shuttle didn’t show up this morning! I was so mad. You must have been vaccinated early. I couldn’t get mine until May, but I would like to get my booster right on time. I am now paranoid.

  6. I love reading about people’s Thanksgivings, especially all the food that’s made and eaten! It makes me ridiculously hungry 😂 But it sounds like you had a great time! Lots of romances on the list and I’m also in quite the romance mood (again) so I’ll keep an eye out for some of these. I defo wanna try more Lauren Layne and Emma Hart! Hope you have a great week ahead 😊

    • The amount of food we had for six people was obscene. We’re still eating it all! Hart is all about the humor. Layne is more of a blend, but always a good time. I have read 20+ books by her and really enjoyed them all.

  7. I hope you’re able to get your booster soon, especially now that we have the Omicron variant making its way around. Seems like it will never end. Laughing so hard at your comment about your mom and the second turkey, mainly because we also cooked a second turkey, lol. Ours was due to a mishap though. Even though we moved it from the freezer to the fridge last Saturday, the first turkey we bought didn’t thaw in time so we ran out at the last minute and bought another one. But then since it was already partially thawed, we went ahead and cooked the second one for sandwiches, etc.

    • My sister did 14 lbs for the family gathering, that was just six this year. My mother made an 18 lb turkey for the four of us. *eye roll* AND she only eats white meat. She could have just bought a breast, but she is no reasoning with my mother. She used to make turnips for years and nobody ate them. Why did she make them? Because her parents always did (But they actually ate turnips)

  8. Nick

    I had a short week too but the break went by too quickly. I’m glad you got in some good family time. I’m LOLing at your mother lamenting the lack of turkey as if she can’t get turkey any other day haha. That’s nuts about the booster not being available until late December. I scheduled mine and I’m getting it this weekend. I hope getting the vaccine makes you feel safe and protected.

    • Right? There are no laws barring us from eating Turkey outside of November. I am going to keep trying to get an earlier booster, even though “they” say I don’t need it because having Covid is like a third dose. Breaks are never long enough!

    • I am not a huge pie eater because I don’t always like the crust, but I love the filling. I am weird. I don’t think I have read any Layne books that I didn’t like, and this one had some incredible moments.

  9. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader

    Thank you for advertising my blogmas Sam! Also it seems that you had a great time with your family! And the “training video” made me laugh so hard!!!

    • Seriously, we should be ashamed of ourselves. I am taking a Emergen-C knock off (lots of vitamin C, Zinc, vitamin D), and a respiratory health supplement. I do not want to get sick again.

    • Really? I am surprised to hear the vax rate is low where you are. Nuts! My mother also doesn’t eat dark meat, so why not just get a nice turkey breast? You know

  10. Roberta R.

    LOL @ your mum and her “emergency turkey”. I hope you find a place where you can book your booster earlier! I’m not eligible yet – got my second dose on July 26th. Anyhow, it would be the worst luck if you got sick with Covid again after only a few weeks…what are the odds? (or so I hope…).

    • I keep hearing it’s easier to get an appointment closer to the date. *shrugs* Some places don’t open the calendar until closer, but I’m a planner! The claim is that having covid gives you some immunity. So, here’s hoping I don’t get it again

  11. Sorry you are having such a difficult time getting your booster! I decided to look for an appointment at a place closer to my school. I didn’t think about it initially because its rural, but they had tons of openings! So, I got lucky for sure!

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