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Sunday, January 11, 2015

It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 12, 2015

This meme starts at Book Journey!

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.

First full week in 2015 is now completed. All is still good here although it was a cold week for us. I have been doing some traveling for court while we work on closings too.

Reading was good, with one quick read and one fairly quick listen. The third book is taking longer.  I posted three reviews, leaving two for this week so far. I also posted my usual memes. 

I enjoyed visiting again last week and will continue to try to visit other blogs.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Book Review: 25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullius; Sci Fi, Dystopian; my rating 3.75. (This one might be better in text.)
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Amish White Christmas Pie
by Wanda E. Brunstetter
This is a quick, easy read.
We discussed this at Ladies' Book Club on 1/10/15.
I will post a review and giveaway this week.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio

The Eighth Day
Written by: Michael O'Neal
Narrated by: Robert Martinez
This is a bit of a farfetched ride - but entertaining.
I received this audio through Audiobook Jukebox.
I will post a review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Exodus 2022
by Kenneth G. Bennett
This is a longer story with a very interesting premise and lots of danger/suspense.
I received this title through NetGalley
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP4

Time and Again: Book 1 in the History Mystery Series
Written by: Deborah Heal
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
I have strarted this and am finding it interesting
I received this audio through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
An old house + A new computer program = The travel opportunity of a another century.
Abby Thomas is spending the summer in a run-down old house with a bratty pre-teen named Merrideth she is supposed to tutor. Not a dream job. But it does come with perks.
There's John Roberts, a devastatingly attractive neighbor who is almost too wonderful to be real.
And there's the new computer program Beautiful Houses--also too amazing to be real. No one knows how it works, but with it she can rewind and fast-forward the lives of all the people who ever lived in the house, including Charlotte Miles.
In 1858, the house is a train stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. And Charlotte is stuck there serving meals to the passengers, wondering if she'll ever get to have any fun. And then she meets two travelers who change her life forever.
There's James McGuire with whom she falls in love. And there's his boss, a young Springfield lawyer named Abraham Lincoln. His debate with political opponent Stephen Douglas catapults him onto the national stage. And it inspires Charlotte to take up the cause of abolition.
The House
A stop on the Alton & Chicago Line. A stop on the Underground Railroad.
Watching the house's history unfold, Abby and Merrideth gain a new perspective on their own lives as time and again they see God's loving hand in the lives of its inhabitants.
©2013 Deborah Heal (P)2014 Deborah Heal

3. eBook/Kindle

'Tis The Season: Under the Christmas Tree\Midnight Confessions\Backward Glance
by Robyn Carr
Book Description
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Revisit Virgin River with two beloved holiday stories from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr. Included is the bonus novella Backward Glance—available digitally for the first time.
'Tis the season for family, friendship and the thrill of a holiday romance…
Under the Christmas Tree
With snow falling over the redwood forests, secluded Virgin River is the ideal place to spend the holidays. Each year, the close-knit community gathers in the town square to decorate and light a massive tree. Carols are sung, hot chocolate is shared—and a surprise left under the Christmas tree is about to bring two special people together!

Midnight Confessions
Holiday kisses don't end with Christmas—there's still the New Year's Eve party at Jack's Bar to attend. Locals and newcomers alike find themselves eager for that special countdown…and that midnight kiss.
So join us in Virgin River this year, where Robyn Carr's trademark humor, warmth and sincerity will have you celebrating the festive season in your favorite mountain town.

I will probably start another title before the week ends but I haven't decided which one yet. :-)

I am reading The One Year Bible again along with my husband and others from our church. I am also listening to the companion commentary online.
To go a step beyond the Bible reading I am also reading Jesus Daily 365 Interactive Devotions.

January Schedule:
January 16 - 26 I'm Dreaming Giveaway Hop
I am focusing on reading NetGalley titles and TBR titles this month.

I have two reviews to complete from this week so I am still up to date.
I am still have forward five NetGalley review titles I need/would like to read in January.  
I also have three ebooks from publicist to get to, two more audiobooks and one  author title.

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 review titles, one from Pump Up Your Book for March and one from NetGalley.
I didn't purchase any books but that didn't stop me adding more free kindle titles to my library.
(Although I have gotten to a couple, I still have many author requests, old and new ones, to consider and reply to.)

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles
I selected this title at Pump Up Your Book for review in March:
D. J. Adamson
"Lillian Dove is an endearing “everywoman” struggling with life issues, emotional complexities and a habit of doing just the opposite of what she’s told to do. These qualities in a heroine give the reader an ability to vicariously struggle along with the protagonist in this intriguing Midwest Noir mystery." 

I received an invitation to read a Christian thriller which I accepted when I posted a review on another title. Judas the Apostle
Van Mayhall Jr.
"In this biblical thriller, the race for answers takes a language professor on a dangerous quest across three continents in order to discover the identity of Judas Iscariot. Now only time will tell if Cloe can find out what the past is reaching out to tell her—before it is too late."



I resisted making any purchases this week. I will have to select two Audible titles this week before 1/19 for my December subscription.

Over the past week I added 110 (Yikes! - I found multiple at Amazon) free Kindle titles to my library. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Sounds like a good week of reading and reviewing. I am not sure if I have read those Virgin River novellas, will have to check it out.

  2. Some interesting books on the go! Happy reading!

  3. Enjoy your reads and stay warm :)

  4. I hope you enjoy your new review books, Martha. I need to spend a few audible credits. They've added up over the past few months because I just didn't have time to list - and I have a lot that I've purchased and have yet to listen.
    Have a good week!

  5. ENJOY your new books and your reading week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. Wow, you have will power. I have a tough time resisting purchases.

  7. And Time Again sounds interesting.
    Enjoy your week!


  8. Enjoy your new books, and thanks for visiting my blog. Have a great week!

  9. Have a wonderful reading week.

  10. I hope you enjoyed that book called White Christmas Pie. I know i read it and enjoyed it. Can not wait to see your review on it. Let me know when you post it.

  11. I have just finished reading Web of Evil and have started Hand of Evil both by J.A. Jance. I am really enjoying her books.


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