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Monday, November 28, 2016

Sunday Post November 27, 2016/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday November 28, 2016

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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.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving with both children and all six grands. We also had a fun visit to the St. Louis Arch and river cruise on Friday. A bit cold but bundling kept us warm enough.
I was away from the computer for two and a half days so short on review posting this week.

Reading has been fairly good. I finished two audiobooks and one ebook. I'm well 60% into the next ebook. I posted one review and the usual memes (if a bit late).

I had a good time visiting other bloggers early in the week.
This week I share the link to Hibernator's Library who shared some interesting titles for Nonfiction November 2016.

Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. Audio (Audiobook Jukebox)

Only Ever You
Written by: Rebecca Drake
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
This is rather chilling - good suspense.
I received the audio book from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.

Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley)

The Reader
by MK Harkins
I enjoyed this paranormal suspense.
I received this from the publisher through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible (TBR)

Swarm: Star Force, Book 1
Written by: B. V. Larson
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
This has been on my Audible Shelf 
since May 2015.
I enjoyed the primary character and the action.

Publisher's Summary
Earth arms marines with alien technology and builds its first battle fleet! Kyle Riggs is snatched by an alien spacecraft sometime after midnight. The ship is testing everyone it catches and murdering the weak. The good news is that Kyle keeps passing tests and staying alive. The bad news is the aliens who sent this ship are the nicest ones out there.
A novel of military science fiction by best-selling author B. V. Larson, Swarm is the story of Earth's annexation by an alien empire. Long considered a primitive people on a backwater planet, humanity finds itself in the middle of a war - and faced with extinction.
Battle stations! Listen to another Star Force novel.
©2010 B.V. Larson (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

Currently reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley)

The Wrong Unit: A Novel
by Rob Dircks
This is a fun, and scarily ironic, sci fi.
I received this from the publisher through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible (TBR)

The Synchronicity War, Part 1
Written by: Dietmar Wehr
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
This has been my Audible Library 
since December 2015.
Publisher's Summary
Be aware that Part 1 has a cliffhanger ending. After almost a century of peaceful exploration and colonization of space, the United Earth Space Force stumbles across a shockingly xenophobic alien race that has more and better armed ships and refuses all attempts at contact. As the outgunned Space Force is driven back in battle after battle in what appears to be a war of extermination, one officer experiences precognitive visions that help him blunt the enemy onslaught, but he can't control or predict when they occur. With the Senior Brass convinced that he's a tactical genius, he's given more and more responsibility and is terrified by the belief that Humanity's Fate will be determined by a battle with himself in overall command.
This is Volume 1 of a military SF series about desperate space battles and the men, women and Artificial Intelligences, who fight and die in them.
©2013 Dietmar Wehr (P)2015 Podium Publishing

3. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley)

Toru: Wayfarer Returns
by Stephanie R. Sorensen
I liked the cover and description of this Steampunk, alternate history.
Revolutionary young samurai with dirigibles take on Commodore Perry and his Black Ships in this alternate history steampunk technofantasy set in 1850s samurai-era Japan.
In Japan of 1852, the peace imposed by the Tokugawa Shoguns has lasted 250 years. Peace has turned to stagnation, however, as the commoners grow impoverished and their lords restless. Swords rust. Martial values decay. Foreign barbarians circle the island nation’s closed borders like vultures, growing ever more demanding.
Tōru, a shipwrecked young fisherman rescued by American traders and taken to America, defies the Shogun’s ban on returning to Japan, determined to save his homeland from foreign invasion. Can he rouse his countrymen in time? Or will the cruel Shogun carry out his vow to execute all who set foot in Japan after traveling abroad? Armed only with his will, a few books, dirigible plans and dangerous ideas, Tōru must transform the Emperor’s realm before the Black Ships come.
Readers who enjoy steampunk alternate histories more typically set in Victorian England or the American Wild West may enjoy this steampunk story made fresh by the Japanese samurai setting, as well as readers who enjoy historical fiction set in Japan.
(See title link for full description)

November 28, 2016 - I am behind on Bible reading again with our trip. I plan to listen on my MP3 during our driving times this week to get caught up.
I have been enjoying listening to the companion commentary online when I am home.
I am enjoying reading The One Year Bible again along with my husband and others from our church.

I posted one review which puts me a bit behind. I now have  four to post.

I am still requesting audio titles as I can always squeeze listening in!
I have lined up Sci Fi titles for November. Here are a few of the ones I plan to read:
Trajectory Book 1 (New Providence) by Robert M. Campbell from Sci Fi Explorations in September 2016
Lost Coast Rocket (Mare Tranquillitatis Series Book 1) by Joel Horn from the author in October 2016.
The Reader by MK Harkins
The Wrong Unit: A Novel by Rob Dircks
Toru: Wayfarer Returns by Stephanie R. Sorensen

At the rate I am reading I will be lucky to get through the NetGalley titles.
AOB (Return to Earth) by Bria Burton - met author at FWA in October

NetGalley titles:
The Invisible City by Brian K. Lowe
The Circuit by Rhett C. Bruno
Free Space by Sean Danker
PLUS Some choices from my own TBR shelves:
The Terminals: Spark by Michael F. Stewart (Book win 5/2014)
Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1) by Marissa Meyer (Feb 2014)
First Colony (Citadel Book 1) by Kevin Tumlinson (Sept 2015) Sci Fi, Steampunk, Military
Galaxy of Heroes by Gus Flory (10/2014) Space Opera
Hero (Epic Book 3) by Stephen Lee (6/2015)
Monster Hunter Legion: Monster Hunter, Book 4 by Larry Correia (Nov 2015)
The Synchronicity War Part 1 by Dietmar Wehr (2014)
Spider's Bite: Elemental Assassin, Book 1 (9/2012)

I am waiting for some final illustrations to complete another children's title for new release title at eTreasure's NetGalley page this week,
[New Kindle and print releases may have to wait for my return to full internet.]

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 still have new review requests to consider.
I accepted two author review requests and one publisher invitation (through NetGalley).
I picked up four Kindle titles for $.99.
I have a cart full of Audible titles on sale I will pick up this week.
And, even though I was offline for two days somehow I managed to pick up an extra healthy number of free kindle titles -- Note these are in my Amazon library, NOT on my Kindle until I download and transfer them.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Title
I accepted two titles for review from Authors:
Glenfiddich Inn
by Alan Geik
This story is set in America in 1915 while the U.S. struggles to keep out of the war, teen-aged Babe Ruth becomes a baseball sensation and early experiments in wireless audio transmission (called "radio") captivates enthusiasts.
(I might not get to this until the new year but I like the historical issues/topics.)

Caitlyn's Christmas Wish
by Laura L. Walker
"Right Family, Wrong Brother..."
I'm glad to have another shortish Christmas read and this sounds fun.

Through NetGalley:
I received an invitation for this from the Publisher. (Not releasing until Feb 2017.)
From London with Love: Rebellious Brides
by Diana Quincy
"With wedding bells ringing and a killer stalking from the shadows, a former British spy makes up for lost time with the one that got away in this thrilling Regency romance from the author of Spy Fall and License to Wed."


I purchased three Kindle Christmas titles (2 bundles) and one sci fi for $.99 each:
The Mystery of Christmas (Six Christian Mysteries and Suspense)
Susette Williams, Christy Barritt, Traci Tyne Hilton, V.B. Tenery, Amanda Tru, Samantha Bayarr

A Winter Wedding (A Whiskey Creek Novel Book 9) by Brenda Novak

Christmas Blessings: Seven Inspirational Romances of Faith, Hope, and Love
Leah Atwood, Belle Calhoune, JoAnn Durgin, Heather Gray, Angel Moore, Melissa Tagg, Alexa Verde

Defiance (The Defending Home Series Book 1)
by William H. Weber

I received several titles this week from Authors through Instafreebie. They will go on my review TBR list for 2017.

I also added a whopping 80 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. Your holiday sounds wonderful! Ours was low key but that's what we wanted. I'm intrigued by The Wrong Unit.

  2. Good that you had a great Thanksgiving. No harm being away from the computer for a few days, most likely very liberating. Enjoy your reads coming up. I see the pile for retirement grows ever larger!!

  3. The Reader sounds good. I'll have to add it to my wishlist. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  4. These books sound great! have a lovely week! Here is my mailbox monday:

  5. I am reading The Midwife's Confession by Diane Chamberlain.
    Have a super week everyone.


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