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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Post July 24, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday July 25, 2016

I miss-scheduled this so it is posting late... but better late then not at all.

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 continue to work on getting caught up in the law office and also got some time for publishing tasks.
I had the house cleaned this week and Hubby is on the track to come home on Wednesday which will be a happy thing. We plan to put a pillow on his chest so the dogs can't scratch him. I have no doubt they will be all over him and he can't even pick up their 12 pound bundles. He is limited to 5 pounds and will have a long time recovering and minimizing strain on his wired sternum.

My reading was steady. I finished four books, three ebooks and one audio. I am glad I got four reviews up, with a guest post and my usual memes.
I got to visit a little early in the week then crashed several nights later in the week.
Thanks as always to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Book Review: A Better World by Marcus Sakey; Sci Fi, Suspense Thriller; my rating 4.25.

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

For Honor We Stand: Man of War, Book 2
Written by: H. Paul Honsinger
Narrated by: Ray Chase
I really enjoyed this fast paced space military story.
This is from my Audible TBR Library.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (iRead Book Tours)

Regina Shen: Endurance
by Lance Erlick
I liked this volume of this engaging YA, female society dystopian series.
I received this through iReads Book Tours.

Review and Author Guest are linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

The Bluebonnet Betrayal, A Potting Shed Mystery
by Marty Wingate
This cozy mystery was an easy, good read.
Received through NetGalley; I will post review before the release date 8/2.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (TBR)

Quiet As They Come (Free Story for Kindle)
Chau, Angie
This was a free Kindle story on my TBR shelf from 2010 - I believe it is only one of the collection.
It is a remarkably engaging and quick read.
Quiet As They Come is a beautiful and at times brutal portrait of a people caught between two cultures. Set in San Francisco from the 1980s to the present day, this debut collection explores the lives of several families of Vietnamese immigrants as they struggle to adjust to life in their new country, often haunted by the memories and customs of their old lives in Vietnam. While some are able to survive and assimilate, others are crushed by the promise of the "American Dream." No matter their fate, you will never be able to forget the people you meet in this remarkable collection.

Currently reading:
1. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

This Present Darkness
Written by: Frank Peretti
Narrated by: Jack Sondericker
I am still excited about this chilling read which I originally read in the 1980s. I am half way.

Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (Author)

Engaged in Danger (Jamie Quinn Cozy Mystery Book 4)
by Barbara Venkataraman
I am enjoying this engaging story in this lawyer mystery series!
I received this from the author for an honest review.
Finally, life is good for reluctant family law attorney, Jamie Quinn--her father may get his visa soon, her boyfriend is the bomb, and her law practice is growing like crazy--but when she agrees to take on a high-profile divorce case, everything falls apart. What looked like an opportunity to work with her friend Grace and make some serious bucks has turned into a deadly game, one that could destroy their friendship and tear their town apart. Why couldn't Jamie just leave well enough alone?

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

by Mitchell Hogan
I have had this from NetGalley since early in the year.
I am looking forward to reading it.
This is a genre I really like.

From the Aurealis Award-winning author of A Crucible of Souls.
Inquisitor Angel Xia, former mercenary turned detective, is used to being the hunter. But on another routine murder investigation the bodies begin to pile up, and Angel finds herself a target of sinister powers determined to conceal the truth.
The hunter has just become the hunted.
Betrayed by those she trusted most, and barely escaping assassination attempts, Angel receives a cryptic message from child begging for her help. Framed for horrific crimes, the only chance to clear her name is inextricably linked to a little girl - but the enemy is on her heels.
Running for her life, Angel races to forgotten places at the edges of known space that hold the darkest secrets of humanity…and the greatest threat to its future.
And all will be determined by what she chooses to do next. That is…if she can stay alive.

4. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Written by: Laura Hillenbrand
Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
I have pulled this from my Audible TBR shelf.
Publisher's Summary
On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood.
Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared. It was that of a young lieutenant, the plane's bombardier, who was struggling to a life raft and pulling himself aboard. So began one of the most extraordinary odysseys of the Second World War.
The lieutenant's name was Louis Zamperini. In boyhood, he'd been a cunning and incorrigible delinquent, breaking into houses, brawling, and fleeing his home to ride the rails. As a teenager, he had channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics and within sight of the four-minute mile. But when war had come, the athlete had become an airman, embarking on a journey that led to his doomed flight, a tiny raft, and a drift into the unknown.
Ahead of Zamperini lay thousands of miles of open ocean, leaping sharks, a foundering raft, thirst and starvation, enemy aircraft, and, beyond, a trial even greater. Driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor; brutality with rebellion. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.
In her long-awaited new book, Laura Hillenbrand writes with the same rich and vivid narrative voice she displayed in Seabiscuit. Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.
©2010 Laura Hillenbrand; 2010 Random House Audio

July 3, 2016 - I was caught up through June 30th but now have to catch up to date in July 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 posted four reviews this past week but I finished four so I still have eight total pending. I am planning on four this week for upcoming release dates.  I still have to work on getting caught up.

I've reduced my author ebook reviews committed with no specific dates queue to three books so I might start accepting new ones for the end of the year.
My NetGalley shelves are down to three when I finish the one I plan to read this week.
I'm sort of hoping to set aside September for TBR books only so I am trying to resist new arcs/author requests and NetGalley.

I have two new release that will go up at eTreasure's NetGalley page this week.

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 had an empty mailbox this week although I have a few requests pending.
I didn't purchase any kindle titles since I picked up more than enough free kindle titles.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles




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. I try to read only my own books in December and it works out well, since I weave those reviews into the new year. It also helps me meet any reading challenge goals Happy reading Martha and have a wonderful week!

  2. So great to hear your hubby is coming home! Wishing him a good and healthy recovery.

    I've been wanting to read Unbroken for a while now. I've read that it's an amazing story. Enjoy your reading week.

  3. Glad to hear your husband is coming home. I pray for a speedy recovery. Sounds like you got a lot done this week.

    My husband loves Frank Peretti. I haven't read anything by him yet.

    Hope you enjoy your week.

  4. Will be great to have your hubby home, even though he will have to be so careful about lifting. I take it the dogs have missed him!

  5. Glad to hear your husband is expected home this week. An empty mailbox is probably a gift to you at this point :)

  6. Endurance, Inquisitor, and the cozies all sound like a lot of fun. You got so much reading done!

    Check out my Monday post here:

  7. I know you'll be so happy to have your hubby home. That empty mailbox was probably a relief but your Kindle's probably about to explode.

  8. Wishing your husband a quick recovery. Lifting restrictions aren't a lot of fun. It seems like everything is heavier than you are allowed to lift. Come see what my week was like here. Happy reading!

  9. So glad your husband is doing well! Unbroken has been on my list for a long time. 2 Kids and Tired Books MM

  10. Have a great reading week everyone.
    I am reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford.

  11. I still have to read Unbroken!


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