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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Post January 31, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday February 1, 2016

I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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.

I didn't travel too much this week after all but the week was busy with closings and appointments.
Reading was good although I only finished two 2 ebooks, (plus 12 hours of audio). I posted four reviews. I also posted the usual memes.

I enjoyed visiting early again last week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Book Review: To Live Forever by Jack Vance; Vintage Sci Fi; my rating 4.0.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Extreme Honor (True Heroes)
by Piper J. Drake
This is good romantic suspense.
My review is linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Steamborn (Steamborn Series) (Volume 1)
by Eric R Asher
I enjoyed this Steampunk adventure.
My review is linked above
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. Audible/ MP3

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Written by: Robert A. Heinlein
Narrated by: Lloyd James
I am really enjoying this vintage sci fi
Only two hours left so I should finish this on Monday.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (LBC)

Mistletoe Memories: Four Generations Transform a House Into a Home for Christmas (Romancing America)
by Jennifer AlLee, Carla Olson Gade, Lisa Karon Richardson,
and Gina Welborn
I almost forgot I had one more Christmas book that we are reading for Ladies' Book Club which meets this Saturday, 2/6/16.
I have read two stories and they are charming. :-)
Spend a heartfelt Christmas on Schooley’s Mountain as four generations make a house a home. Carpenter Stephan Yost vows to build a precocious spinster a home by Christmas. Civil War widow Mary Ann Plum learns the greatest peace on earth comes from giving and receiving love. Olympia Paris must protect the orphanage she grew up in from a man intending to play Father Christmas to most of the town. Joy Benucci turns to a modern-day Scrooge to save a transitional home for foster kids. Will Christmas be a season of miracles in their lives?

3. Print (LBC)

Two From Galilee: The Story Of Mary And Joseph
by Marjorie Holmes
This is a second book Ladies Book Club is reading for Saturday.
Here from Marjorie Holines, one of the most beloved authors of our day, is the extraordinary bestselling novel that tells the story of Mary and Joseph as it has never been told before--the greatest love story of all.

This is the story of two real people whose lives were touched by God: two people chosen by God to provide an earthly home for His Son. Here are Mary and Joseph-a teenage girl and a young carpenter-alone, frightened, in love, faced with family conflict, a hostile world and an awesome responsibility. It is a story for young and old alike; for everyone who finds the Christmas tale a source of timeless beauty and wonder, a compassionate, emotional novel of divine love.

4. Audible/MP3 (ABJ)
Singular Audiobook by David F. Porteous Narrated by David F. Porteous


Written by: David F. Porteous
Narrated by: David F. Porteous
This caught my eye
(especially while listening to The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.)
I received this from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
In Singularity - the network that promises immortality to the rich - a creature is awakening. New virtual life is being created and is struggling to become free. But the growing power of this prisoner, this virtual god, threatens to destroy the world of the living.
Only a handful of people even know the creature exists. They need each other if they're to survive. But can they trust each other? And can they trust themselves when even life and death are no longer certain?
Dive into a nearly possible future where the real and the virtual overlap, and follow Patrick Clark into Singularity in this dark, comic thriller.
©2011 David F Porteous (P)2015 David F Porteous

January 31, 2016- up to date.
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 four reviews last week trying to squeeze in Sci Fi Experience.  I only have one book to start for review this week - I will have to finish the others to get more reviews posted.
My five titles on my NetGalley shelves increased to nine. 

There will be some new eTreasure's books listed at NetGalley this week - I'll post the links next weekend.

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 picked up four titles at NetGalley and 3 audio review books!
TBR Triple Dog Dare update: I have resisted purchases now for 31 days with the exception of using my two January Audible credits.
I added more free kindle titles to my library.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
These four titles came through NetGalley:

Written in Fire
by Marcus Sakey
Thomas & Mercer (Rel 1/12/16)
I want to continue this exciting trilogy.
I think I had book 2 and 3 confused. I hope I can get book 2 also --
or I will have to buy it before the end of TBR Triple Dog Dare to read as this one archives soon. :-(.

The God's Eye View
by Barry Eisler
Thomas & Mercer (Rel 2/2/16)
This looks like a good political thriller.

by Katie Heaney
Grand Central Publishing (Rel 3/1/16)
This is a coming of age (college) story.

Admiral (An Evagardian Novel)
by Sean Danker
Penguin Group (Rel May 3, 2016)
This is a 'first contact' sci fi.

I received these two audiobooks from the publishers through Audiobook Jukebox.
Singular Audiobook by David F. Porteous Narrated by David F. Porteous
by David F. Porteous
Sci Fi Fantasy - Virtual life trying to break free.
See more details in currently reading above.

The Last Drop: The Last Drop, Book 1 Audiobook by Andrea Perno Narrated by Austin Rising
by Andrea Perno
Sci Fi/Fantasy - Teen and brother leaving earth to find/fight over water resources.

This audiobook came from the Author through Audiobook Blast

Star Crusader: Hero of the Alliance
Star Crusader: Hero of the Alliance
by Michael G. Thomas
Another sci fi - sounds a little like The Last Starfighter. :-)



These were my selections for my January Subscription credits at Audible:

Agenda 21: Into the Shadows Audiobook by Glenn Beck Narrated by Jeremy Lowell, January LaVoy
Agenda 21: Into the Shadows 
by Glenn Beck
Sci Fi - I listened to book 1 a few years back so I am looking forward to this sequel
Enforcing Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 6 Audiobook by A. American Narrated by Duke Fontaine

Enforcing Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 6
by A. American
I discovered book 6 was released (1/19/16) in this series that I like.


Over the past week I added 46 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. Looks like you had some very interesting stories that you read and gave reviews for. What you are currently reading sounds interesting too. I have added a few to my list. Hope you have a good week and enjoy your books.

  2. You've done great with the Vintage challenge- I wish I could have participated in that more. I have one late review coming if all goes well. :) Hope you have a great week and happy reading.

  3. 12 hours of audio listening in the week is amazing to me. This past week I have listened awhile before going to sleep as haven't been out walking but soon to get back into it.

  4. I have yet to listen to an audio book. I keep saying I'm going to start one and see if I like it. Have a great reading week.

    Theresa (The Truth About Books)
    See What I'm reading here

  5. So many awesome looking books. Two from Galilee sounds wonderful. I will need to add that to my list. Hope you enjoy all your new reads.

  6. Enjoy your books! I am curious about Mistletoe Memories. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  7. What a great variety of books you're reading/listening to! I haven't read steampunk in a while, but Steamborn caught my eye.

    My It's Monday! Post

  8. Dear Emma looks really fun! Happy reading and listening :)

  9. I'm not familiar with any of the books that you mentioned, but I hope you enjoy them! I haven't listened to an audiobook in a while, but I need to get back into some that I have access to! Have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  10. Written In Fire looks good.

    ENJOY all of your books and your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  11. I'm in the middle of three books at the moment - one is audio that I've listened to while knitting, walking. That said, I feel like I'm not making a lot of progress in any of them. Thinking I should go back to reading one at a time. Anyway, have a good week :)

  12. A few interesting books there Martha! I'm seeing The Admiral on a few blogs so must check that out!

  13. I'm in awe. 12 hours of audio listening. My one and only attempt at an audio book sent me to sleep and I missed most of it. I haven't been tempted to try another. Have a good week!

  14. I'm looking for steampunk titles to recommend for my challenge so I will take a look at Steamborn since you recommend it so highly

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  15. I like the look of Dear Emma - much of it has to do with the fact that I enjoy coming-of-age novels. :)


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