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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Sunday Post November 1, 2015/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday November 2, 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.

This week went well - I felt I accomplished things each day. Yet there is still plenty to do.

My enjoyed my reading and listening even though I feel I didn't get through that much. I finished one audio and two ebooks. I posted four reviews and the usual memes.

I was happy to visit at the beginning of the week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Review: The Clay Lion by Amalie Jahn; Sci Fi, Fantasy, YA; my rating 5.0.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle

Priceless (A Rylee Adamson Novel, Book 1)
by Shannon Mayer
I enjoyed this Paranormal adventure.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3

Monster Hunter Alpha
Written by: Larry Correia
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
I sure liked the action in this audible.
I hope to post the review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle

Whispers in the Reading Room
(The Chicago World's Fair Mystery Series Book 3)
by Shelley Gray
I loved this gentle romance.
I will review it this week for release November 10.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently reading:
1. Audible/MP3

Murder on Safari: A Thriller
Written by: Peter Riva
Narrated by: R. D. Watson
This is an interesting thriller.
My review is to post November 5.
I received this for tour review through I Read Book Tours.
Publisher's Summary
Only a reality TV producer and an expert safari guide can stop a terrorist attack.
Every adventure starts at the fringes of civilization. For expert safari guide Mbuno and wildlife television producer Pero Baltazar, filming in the wild of East Africa should have been a return to the adventure they always loved. This time they'd be filming soaring vultures in Northern Kenya and giant sea crocodiles in Tanzania with Mary, the daughter of the world's top television evangelist, the very reverend Jimmy Threte. But when a terrorist cell places them in the crosshairs, there is suddenly no escape, and they must put their filming aside and combine all their talents to thwart an all-out al-Shabaab terrorist attack on Jimmy Threte's Christian gathering of hundreds of thousands in Nairobi, Kenya. The problem is Pero has a secret - he's been working as a clandestine courier for the US State Department for years. If anyone finds out, it may get them all killed.
Exciting and expertly plotted, Murder on Safari is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller set in the great wide-open plains of East Africa.
©2015 Peter Riva (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

2. Print

Katt's in the Cradle: A Secrets from Lulu's Cafe Novel
by Ginger Kolbaba, Christy Scannell
I purchased irregular print copies at low price for Ladies Book Club October reading; to be discussed November 7.
When you're in the trenches, sometimes you're up to your neck in mud. That's the not-so-glamorous life of a pastor's wife.

Felicia's family is...complicated. That's putting it nicely. Now they're flying in from LA -- all at once -- to stay with her...just when her brother-in-law, Javier, and Mama aren't even speaking to each other. And the whole church will be there to witness the feud.

Mimi has a lot on her mind with her four energetic kids -- especially Milo the screamer, with his Pavarotti voice. Then her live-in alcoholic dad starts to mow their lawn at midnight.

Lisa has her hands full with loudmouth Tom Graves and the other troublemakers at Red River Assembly. Then vicious rumors start to fly about the Barton family...and the attacks and threats get increasingly personal.

Jennifer is pushing her adopted daughter, Carys, in a stroller, when she notices a black town car -- the same car she's seen several times over the past week. Could someone be following her?

The PWs plunge into an unnerving mystery...and discover what "family" really means.

3. Print

You Know What I'm Sayin'?: Poetry * Drama
by Daniel García Ordaz
I will get back to this after my Ladies Club Book.

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

Nirvana (Nirvana Series Book 1)
by J.R. Stewart
I hope to read and post this for it's
release November 10.
This is a selection from NetGalley.
When the real world is emptied of all that you love, how can you keep yourself from dependence on the virtual?

Larissa Kenders lives in a world where the real and the virtual intermingle daily. After the supposed death of her soulmate, Andrew, Larissa is able to find solace by escaping to Nirvana, a virtual world where anything is possible B even visits with Andrew. Although Larissa is told that these meetings are not real, she cannot shake her suspicion that Andrew is indeed alive. When she begins an investigation of Hexagon, the very institution that she has been taught to trust, Larissa uncovers much more than she ever expected and places herself in serious danger. Her biggest challenge, however, remains determining what is real B and what is virtual.

Nirvana is the first instalment in the three part ANirvana@ series, a fast paced, page turning young adult trilogy that combines elements of the romance, mystery, and science fiction genres. This first novel introduces readers to a heroine who refuses to give up on the man she loves, even if it means taking on an entire government to do so. Are you ready to enter Nirvana?

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 three new so now I am back to four for this week.
I have another NetGalley selection to read this week which brings my shelf down to three.
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 requested and received one new review title this week.
I purchased print books at discount for Ladies Book Club.
I found a free Kindle title through another review site and a free audio book from an author I really enjoy.
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 saw this sci fi dystopian available at Caffeinated Book Review and requested it.
Dead Girl Running (The New Order Book 1)
by Ann M. Noser



Purchased irregular copies at low price for Ladies Book Club October reading; to be discussed November 7.
Katt's in the Cradle, Secrets From Lulu's Cafe Series #3
by Ginger Kolbaba, Christy Scannell
See the description above under Current Reading.

I spotted this in review recommended by Adelina at I Am a Reader Not a Writer.
I discovered it free and then found two other titles by Jason D. Morrow.
Prototype D
By: Jason D. Morrow
a Technothriller


FREE: Professional Integrity (A Riyria Chronicles Tale)
Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 1 hr and 18 mins
Series: The Riyria Chronicles

Over the past week I added 57 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. Sounds like you really had a productive month. Hope you enjoy the dystopian one Dead Girl Running. I've read some dystopian but not my favorite reading genre.

    1. The month was pretty good, all in all. I do like dystopian and sci fi. :-)

  2. Sounds like you got through a lot. I've got through quite a bit of reading myself despite having a busy week.

    1. Hello Mystica - Thank you for stopping by. I popped over and saw that you read authors I like or am waiting to read.

  3. My NetGalley shelf is looking very tidy at the moment with just three books all being published next year. I can never decide whether to leave them until closer to publication date or read them and review in NG and schedule them for a few months' time on the blog.

    1. I have been eyeing some NetGalley titles that don't release until 2016. I thought I would wait a bit longer before requesting them.

  4. Hard to believe it is November already! I finally got my Negalley shelf down to three and plan to keep it there and see what come up in the new year! Have a great week.

  5. Murder on Safari looks/sounds good. So does Whispers in The Reading Room.

    I hope you enjoy your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  6. I know I've said it before but I just love how beautifully your blog is organized! Have a great reading week!

  7. You have gotten a lot of reading done! I am not a fan of dystopian and sci-fi, though I have read some. Hope your coming week is productive and fulfilling.

  8. I like your books especially the "gentle" romance and the Chicano poetry book.

  9. I think I have the series for the Whispers in the Reading Room on wishlist. Glad you got Dead Girl Running!

  10. I disagree; you certainly got some reading accomplished this week. I'm amazed how many you can juggle at once.


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