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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sunday Post October 25, 2015/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday October 26, 2015

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 had another somewhat rough week last week as I worked through my cold for the first three days since we left Thursday for an RV trip with our kids and grandkids. Although we were set originally for nine we ended up with only six of us. DH and I are on antibiotics and slowly feeling better.

My reading and listening were very good with extra reading and listening time during the drive -- not so much with the kids though. I finished three audios and one ebook. I posted four reviews, one with giveaway, and the usual memes.

So sad no visiting last week between being sick and traveling/visiting with family.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3

The Clay Lion
Written by: Amalie Jahn
Narrated by: Lorelei King
I really enjoyed this wonderful listen!
I received this audio from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle

Awaken His Eyes: The Awakened Book One
by Jason Tesar
This is an engaging beginning to a series.
This is part of my TBR Challenge - 
a free Kindle pick from 2011.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/MP3

Clear by Fire: A Search and Destroy Thriller
Written by: Joshua Hood
Narrated by: John Pruden
Rough military action in a good suspense.
I received this audio from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible

The New World: Prequel to the Chaos Walking Trilogy
Written by: Patrick Ness
Narrated by: Angela Dawe
This was a quick listen that 
is a title from my TBR Pile Challenge.
I'm not sure it really pulled me into the series.
Publisher's Summary
The New World is a prequel to the award-winning Chaos Walking trilogy, setting the stage for the world we discover in The Knife of Never Letting Go, The Ask and the Answer, and Monsters of Men. The story was written while the author served as writer in residence for the Booktrust an independent UK-wide charity dedicated to encouraging people of all ages and cultures to enjoy books.
The New World tells of Viola's journey to the New World, brilliantly capturing the hope and fear of settlers in search of a new life. Patrick Ness says that he wrote it "as a huge and deeply-felt thank you to readers. I've had so many questions about Viola and what her life was like before that I couldn't resist the opportunity to reveal just a little bit extra. I knew these things - they're vitally important to her as a character, even if they're not directly in the novels - so it felt like a secret trip I could take readers on. The challenge was to make it work on its own, too, so anyone could read it. That was really, really good fun, and I hope the final result is an exciting one."
The New World can be listened to before or after the trilogy – and some may choose to do both. The story works as a standalone piece, but listeners already familiar with The Knife of Never Letting Go will learn more about Viola’s life and the events leading to her arrival and first encounter with Todd, while newcomers to the trilogy will discover a white-knuckle ride of an introduction to the series. Whether you're a new or faithful listener, though, it's a welcome chance to immerse yourself in the world of Chaos Walking.
Listen to more Chaos Walking.
©2011 Patrick Ness (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1)
by Shannon Mayer
I am almost finished this and have enjoyed it a lot.
This was a title I purchased for $.99 in January 2014.
"My name is Rylee and I am a Tracker."
When children go missing, and the Humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot.
I'm on the FBI's wanted list.
I have a werewolf for a pet, a Witch of a best friend, and have no need for anyone else in my life.
But when a salvage starts to spin out of control, help comes from a most unexpected direction.
One that is dangerously dark, brooding, and doesn't know a thing about the supernatural.
One whose kisses set me on fire.

2. Audible

Monster Hunter Alpha
Written by: Larry Correia
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
I thought it fitting to add a Monster story
for the week of Halloween.
I am about half way and really enjoying the excitement.
This is from my Audible library as a selection in August 2014.
Publisher's Summary
Dirty Harry meets Twilight. Number 3 in the break-out series and a follow-up to Monster Hunter International and Monster Hunter Vendetta.
Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business. But another force is working to bring about the creation of a whole new species of werewolf. When darkness falls, the final hunt begins, and the only thing standing in their way is a handful of locals, a lot of firepower, and Earl Harbinger's stubborn refusal to roll over and play dead.
Track down another Monster Hunter title.
©2011 Larry Correia (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

3. Print

You Know What I'm Sayin'?: Poetry * Drama
by Daniel García Ordaz
This is a poetry book I was gifted by the author in March at EPICon 2015.
I am really enjoying the tempos and the cultural experience.

El Zarape Press presents its first collection of poetry by the eclectic Daniel García Ordaz, The Poet Mariachi, "the voice of the Rio Grande Valley" (Texas), an emerging voice in Chicano literature. You Know What I'm Sayin'? is a celebration of the common experience of language and culture transfiguring time and place and juxtaposing the politics of urban hip-hop America with the lyricism of rural deep South Texas, a retelling of ancient history sung by a contemporary voice. With an introduction by Fulbright Scholar Dr. Debbie Cole, a linguistic anthropologist. Mainly English; some bilingual (English/Spanish), Tex-Mex and pieces. Hispanic/Latino themes as well as All-American experiences relevant and appropriate for 3rd grade to college-level.

4. eBook/Kindle

Whispers in the Reading Room
(The Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series Book 3)
by Shelley Gray
I am looking forward to starting this.
I received this through NetGalley.
Lydia’s job at the library is her world—until a mysterious patron catches her eye . . . and perhaps her heart.
Just months after the closure of the Chicago World’s Fair, librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself fascinated by a mysterious dark-haired and dark-eyed patron. He has never given her his name; he actually never speaks to a single person. All she knows about him is that he loves books as much as she does.
Only when he rescues her in the lobby of the Hartman Hotel does she discover that his name is Sebastian Marks. She also discovers that he lives at the top of the prestigious hotel and that most everyone in Chicago is intrigued by him.
Lydia and Sebastian form a fragile friendship, but when she discovers that Mr. Marks isn’t merely a very wealthy gentleman, but also the proprietor of an infamous saloon and gambling club, she is shocked.
Lydia insists on visiting the club one fateful night and suddenly is a suspect to a murder. She must determine who she can trust, who is innocent, and if Sebastian Marks—the man so many people fear—is actually everything her heart believes him to be.

October 1, 2015- I am still up to date on Bible reading and greatly enjoying the readings-- It seems my eyes are open to more details and meaning. 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.

I posted four reviews last week which left one. Plus four new I am again at five reviews to do.
I will be reading a NetGalley selection this week which brings my shelf down to four.
I have read 8 of my 12 TBR Pile books so I just need to pick the last four and get them read in the next two months. :-) 

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 didn't select any new review titles this week but I purchased one $.99 Kindle title.
And of course I added more free kindle titles to my library.

(I scanned NetGalley and some of my review requests and nothing is really jumping out at me although I am going to request some new Audio books through Audiobook Jukebox. Other than that I think it is time to work on the TBR piles!)

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles



I was tempted by several $.99 titles this week but only purchased this.

The Tournament Trilogy
B. B. Griffith
It sounds a little like Hunger Games so I was curious.


Over the past week I only added 45 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. Hard being sick when you're travelling, you never seem to get the rest you should. Feel better soon. I'm curious about that the Tournament trilogy, I loved The Hunger Games. Might have to check out The Clay Lion since you enjoyed it so much. Happy reading :)

  2. Oh I do hope you will finally be okay, nasty bugs. Thank goodness for antibiotics - where would we be without them. Glad you enjoyed your audio and family time. Be well.

  3. Wow, even while sick you read more than I did :) Seriously, I hope you and your DH are feeling well soon. Have a good week.

  4. The Reading Room piqued my interest so I need to go look at book one. Sorry you and DH ended up on antibiotics. It is hard when you aren't feeling well. Hope this week is better for you Martha!

  5. Good to hear you are feeling better.

    ENJOY your week of reading.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  6. I'm glad you and your husband are feeling better. I hope you have a great week!

  7. Glad you are feeling better. Hope this week is better for you and that you enjoy the books you are currently reading.

  8. I hope you are feeling better by now.
    This week I am reading Skeleton Canyon by J.A. Jance, good so far.


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