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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Sunday Post January 3, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 4, 2016

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date.
Thank you to Sheila for the years that she handled this meme.
Thank you to Kathryn for taking up the baton.
What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week. It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

We had a busy last week of 2015 as several closings had to be completed to qualify for homestead. 
Our daughter and her family have been out of town and hopefully she will be back in the office tomorrow. 
I was a little relaxed on reading as I needed to finish the reviews for my challenges. I was pleased to enjoy my First Books of 2016. I posted five reviews, the usual memes and several challenge wrap-ups and 2016 Challenge posts. 

I enjoyed visiting early in the week and some on January 1st and some more earlier today -- checking out First Read posts. :-)
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3

X Minus One: Cold Equations (August 25, 1955)
Written by: Tom Godwin, George Lefferts - adaptation
Narrated by: Fred Collins
I enjoyed this quick story full of sci fi irony!
I selected this for Vintage Sci Fi reading.
Publisher's Summary
X Minus One premiered in April 1955 on NBC and ran until January 1958. Like its predecessor series, Dimension X, X Minus One featured stories by the greatest names in modern science fiction: Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Clifford Simak, Robert Bloch, and many more.
Public Domain (P)2012 BN Publishing

2. Audible/MP3

X Minus One: Protective Mimicry (October 3, 1956)
Written by: Algis Budrys, Ernest Kinoy - adaptation
Narrated by: Fred Collins
This one was a bit zanier with more irony.
I see a theme I will note in my review.

3. eBook/Kindle

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball: A Novella
by Donita K. Paul
This is delightful! 
I will post a review and giveaway this week.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible/MP3

X Minus One: Target One (December 26, 1957)
Written by: Frederik Pohl, George Lefferts - adaptation
Narrated by: Fred Collins
And more irony!
These are fun listens.

Currently reading:
1 eBook/Kindle

The Colossus
by Ranjini Iyer
I am 50% into this - engaging but a bit strange.
Maxine Rosen, a demure, clumsy, Chicago caterer gets more than she bargains for when she discovers her father’s coded research document linked to health pills unearthed from the ancient Indus Valley civilization. The pills, she learns, carry frightening secrets about the true nature of her father’s death; a truth that may be more than she can bear. Enlisting the help of handsome professor Julian McIntosh, Max travels across the continents to unlock the mystery of her father’s research, struggling to keep one step ahead of a powerful German pharmaceutical company who will stop at nothing to keep the disturbing document under wraps.

2. Audible/MP3

Time Heist: Firstborn Saga Volume 1
Written by: Anthony Vicino
Narrated by: Adam Verner

This is good so far. 
Time Travel Sci Fi is a favorite genre for me. :-)
I received this audio title from the author
Publisher's Summary
We tried to kill ourselves. We had the weapons. We had the desire. Somehow, we failed. Humanity survived. Go figure.
They called it the Dissolution, but it's been a couple hundred years and if you ask around, nobody in Unity remembers what all the fuss was about. What everybody had been so willing to die for. Nobody cares.
I don't, at least. I've done my part. Worked Time Vice for the better part of 20 years putting the bad guys into a Stream dream. Now I want out.
The numbers on my arm tell me I'll be dead soon. Less than a day left. I can live with that. What I can't live with is knowing a Unity leader helped Malcolm Wolfe, the man who murdered my wife and a million other innocents, escape prison.
Finding Malcolm means uncovering secrets that could tear Unity apart from the inside. But if I don't stop him, there probably won't be a Unity to save anyhow.
Looks like we might get a chance to wipe ourselves out after all. Now I just got to catch him before my numbers catch me.
©2014 Anthony Vicino (P)2015 Anthony Vicino

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson Book 9)
by Darynda Jones
This will be the first time I have read rather than listened to a book in this series. I'm interested to see if it "feels" different.
I received this through NetGalley. Release date 1/12/16.
In a small village in New York lives Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

January 3, 2016
We start again "In the Beginning" reading The One Year Bible again along with my husband and others from our church.
I will also be listening (sometimes) to the companion commentary online.

I posted five reviews last week to complete my reviews for 2015. 
I also posted numerous challenge/dare posts that are fun for me. I plan not to wait until the last week/day of 2016 to finish this year's challenges. :-)

NetGalley friends:
eTreasures has two new books available - they will be releasing later this month:

Starting Over         //   Loving, Living & Legends
by Barri Bryan     //    by Jack Horne
Mature coupe starting over//    Poetry 

Welcome to Mailbox Monday.

Mailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week and explore great book blogs.  This Meme started with Marcia at A Girl and Her Books (fka The Printed Page) and after a tour of hosts has returned to its permanent home at Mailbox Monday. Thanks to the ladies sharing hosting duties: Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and Vicki of I'd Rather Be at the Beach.
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I received two tour titles for review in February, 2016. I also received one title from an author and one through NetGalley.
I purchased six ebooks at Amazon at $.99 each and one at $2.99. These are the last of my purchases until April 2016.
I added more free kindle titles to my library.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?
First - I received this lovely gift from one of our blogger friends.
Two beautiful blue scarves, truffles, a candy bar, loose tea (delicious!) and a handmade ornament - (I am putting that with my keepsake ornaments).  Thank you so much to my friend Miki. 

Review Titles
I received four titles for review:

Received from Great Escapes Book Tours for review in February:

City of Gold
by Carolyn Arnold
New Series
Genre – Suspense, Adventure
• Series: Matthew Connor Adventure Series (Book 1)

Received from iRead Book Tours for review in February:

Emmy Nation, Undercover Suffragette
by L. Davis Munro
Historical Fiction
This sounds like a fun heroine.

Received from author:

The Feral Sentence: Part One
by G. C. Julien
The year is 2087, and the federal government has implemented a new sentence for criminal convictions—banishment to a remote island.

AND I have one more title from NetGalley:
by Robyn Carr
I was invited to read this for the
hardcover release April, 2016.



[I still have two Audible credits to use before the end of 2015.]

I purchased six Kindle titles for $.99 each, and one for $2.99, as they caught my eye and I plan to make no more purchases for several months as I participate in the TBR DARE again:

The Knowing: Book One
Ninie Hammon

(PSI-Ops / Immortal Ops Book 1)
Mandy M. Roth

Loved by the Dragon Collection
Vivienne Savage

(The Champions of Saint Euphemia Book 1)
Claire Delacroix

Avoidables Complete Boxset 1
Rachel Medhurst

Ruby Lionsdrake

Snowy Night with a Stranger (Scandalous)
Jane Feather, Sabrina Jeffries, Julia London


Over the past week I added 50 free Kindle titles to my library. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Happy New Year, and hope you had a great start to the new one. I hope your week is full of reading and relaxation!

  2. You are off to a flying start to the new year
    Have a great reading week,

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. Happy New Year! The Dirt on 9th Grave sounds really interesting. I have the first book in the series but have yet to read it. Maybe I should make that a priority this year!

  4. I hope you enjoy your week and get everything done that you want to get done.

  5. Oh yes a new Robyn Carr, so happy! Have it to review too. You did well with your 2015 challenges and like me made that last effort in December to get there! All the best for the 2016 ones. If you're like me with the Darynda Jones you'll hear the narrator in your head. That's what happens to me with the J D Robb ones that I read! Happy New Year.

  6. The handmade ornament caught my eye over the books you shared here! :) Haha. Hope you enjoy your reads this week!

  7. The Tickets to the Christmas Ball sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy your books!

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  8. Thank you for sending me my gift card. It was a lovely end of the year pressie!

  9. I won the new Robyn Carr from Goodreads and can't wait to read it. What a lovely gift from your blogger friend. Have a good week, Martha.

  10. What a lovely gift box! It's finally cold enough for those scarves here.

  11. Happy New Year. You got some really good books. I know I have to curb my book buying this year as its getting a little out of hand. I hope you have a great week

  12. Looks like you had a busy week! Enjoy the new books...I've been eyeing What We Find. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog...have a great week!

  13. Wow! Such interesting and varied titles!

  14. Happy New Year, and wow, that scarf is gorgeous. Happy reading

  15. You have a very nice start for the New Year. You can see mine here:

    New Follower on GFC

  16. Have a great reading week, and A Happy New Year!

  17. Beautiful scarves....very nice gift. ENJOY!!

    Happy Reading!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  18. The narrator of the Grave books is awesome. You will enjoy it.


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