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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday Post May 29, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 30, 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 continued to juggle work as staff spent time out with child graduations and doctor appointments.
At home our son, D-I-L and Granddaughter are staying for the long weekend so again I may have reduced computer time
Our weather has turned very sunny and 91 degrees the last two days and expected the rest of the week.

I enjoyed my reading but still did not get as many reviews done as I hoped. I did finish three of my books: two audios and one ebook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

Sadly, I did not get to visit many blogs last week. I hope to visit more this week since I am taking Monday off.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audio Book Review: Making Amends by Melinda Clayton; Suspense, Drama; my rating 4.25.
  • Book Review: First Fruits by Brad Duncan; Christian, Inspirational; my rating 4.5.

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3 (My Audible Library - 2016)

Enforcing Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 6
Written by: A. American
Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
This is a good continuation of this engaging series.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (Author)

The Girl in the Time Machine
by Debra Chapoton
This is a twisted time-travel with a touch of creepy. 
 I will post my review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3 (ABB/Author)

The Arrival: The Evaran Chronicles Prequel
Written by: Adair Hart
Narrated by: Michael Pauley
I liked this introduction and 
want to listen to more in the series.
I will post a review soon.

Click on book title for full description.

I also read these books with our Sweet Pea (3 1/2 year old granddaughter):
Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport
Richard Scarry's Busy Worker's Book
Best Dad In the Sea (Disney/Pixar Finding Nemo)
But No Elephants (Once Upon a Time) by Jerry Smath
Milk and Cookies, A Frank Asch Bear Story

What do you think? Do I get to count these for my Goodreads Challenge?

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Publicist/Author)

Cast Adrift
by Mannah Pierce
I am a third of the way in and like several characters very much.
I received this through Publishing Push and will my posting a review with an interesting guest post.

Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (iRead)

Regina Shen: Resilience
by Lance Erlick
This sounds like it will be a good series.
I received four books for this tour 
through iReads Book Tours.
This first review will post on June 9, 2016.
Regina Shen is an outcast forced to fend for herself. A storm is coming and that could be the least of her problems.
The World Federation condemns Regina and her family to live on the seaward side of barrier walls built to hold back rising seas caused by abrupt climate change. A hurricane threatens to destroy Regina’s world, tearing her from sister, mom, and home. Now Federation agents claim she has unique DNA that could single-handedly stop human extinction. It's too bad she doesn't trust them enough to barter fairly, let alone with her life.
Three-hundred-plus-year-old Grand Old Dames rule the all-female Federation using a rigid caste system. Their notorious Department of Antiquities, under the command of Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco, polices barrier walls, destroys knowledge from the past to suppress dissent, and pursues Regina for her genome.
Regina survives by her wits on swampy islands and thrives on salvage from sunken cities, including illegal print books from before the Federation. With her photographic memory, she defies Antiquities by consuming salvaged books not available in the Federation, which makes her an outcast among her teenaged peers.
Separated from sister, mom, and home, with Antiquities and bounty hunters in pursuit, Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for family. Does she have the resilience to survive both the storm and Antiquities?
Regina Shen: Resilience is the first book in an action-packed, science fiction thriller with an ordinary yet strong female heroine facing extraordinary hurdles with resolve. With the young protagonist, it should appeal to young adult and adult audiences.

3. Audible/MP3 (Author)

Burning Bright: Ivy Granger Book 3
Written by: E.J. Stevens
Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, David Wilson Brown
I received this from the author as I will be reviewing Book 4 in the series mid-June.
Publisher's Summary
Burning down the house....
Things are not going well at the offices of Private Eye. Jinx is having demon problems, the city is overrun with pyromaniacal imps, and Ivy's wisp powers are burning out of control, attracting the attention of both the Seelie and Unseelie courts.
Along came a faerie queen.... It's the worst possible time for the Green Lady to call in a favor, but Ivy's bound by her deal with the glaistig. Too bad there's no wiggle room in faerie bargains.
Ivy must rid the city of imps, keep Jinx from murdering her one solid link to Hell, and fulfill her bargain with the Green Lady - with sidhe assassins hot on her tail.
Just another day's work for Ivy Granger, psychic detective.
©2014 E.J. Stevens (P)2015 E.J. Stevens

May 8, 2016 - Current with 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 only posted three reviews last week so I am still a bit behind. I still have five reviews due.

I am finally getting to the five nine, now seven nine (again) back to five author ebook reviews committed with no specific dates.
My NetGalley shelves are down to four  with one of those next in line.

I hope to add another upcoming release this week to eTreasure's NetGalley titles.

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.

This week I received three audio review titles.
I resisted kindle titles other than the usual free ones.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
I received these two titles from the author for review mid June.
Burning Bright
By E.J. Stevens
Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling
Full description is above under current reading.

Birthright: Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective, Book 4
By E.J. Stevens
Narrated by: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling
This is the fourth book and new release in the series.

I received this audio from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Beware the Little White Rabbit
By Shannon Delany, Judith Graves
Narrated by: Rhiannon Angell
"Thirteen powerful voices in young adult fiction invite you to journey into startling new wonderlands in this nod to the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's timeless character, Alice."




Over the past week I added another 52 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. Enjoy the Monday off. Its Monday here and very gloomy. More rain expected but then I like the rain!

  2. I had a slow blog reading week too last week I must admit. Not for a lack of computer time, just feeling unwell and tired. Any excuse it seems.

    I hope you have a restful weekend and all of the staff are back on board at work soon.

  3. 91 degree?! Oh my goodness, summer is really here! We've been having some coolish weather here, but I think the sun is heading back our way! In Canada we had our long weekend last weekend, so enjoy yours this weekend!

  4. Hope you've had a nice weekend with family. I didn't get much reading in last week because a new grandchild arrived - best excuse for not reading, right? Enjoy your new books and the week ahead.

  5. Enjoy your company and your new books!

  6. The Girl In The Time Machine sounds different.

    Hope you enjoy all of your books and your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  7. Wow! Looks like you've had a busy week. I just started listening to novels and wondered if publishers offer them as they do other forms. Enjoy the rest of the holiday and week Martha.

  8. I am not sure if any of these books are for me, but they look interesting! I see you had a pretty good book week!
    Happy Reading & Happy Memorial Day!

    My Monday Post
    Peyton @A Bookish Mess

  9. I'm the supervisor of my small department and trying to cover busy days during the summer is the worst. Good Luck on getting some down time soon.

  10. Really another good week! No buying this week I see! Yes I'd count the the books read with grand daughter on Goodreads! I know of teachers who count every picture book!

  11. I am just finishing Blood Red by Wendi Corsi Staub and I highly recommend it.
    Have a super week everyone.

  12. Enjoy all your new to me books.


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