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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday Post January 15, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 16, 2017

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 think I am glad to end one week and start another. I had to cover for staff who were out at conference so I juggled my files to the side again. I will probably work Monday (holiday) to work on law files.
The week started out cold for us but got warm by Wednesday. I am keeping the those in the north in prayer due to ice storms.

Reading was very good. My new car lets me plug in the Kindle or mp3 to read to me through the speakers - I love that! I finished four books total: one print, two ebooks and one audible. I posted a celebration post, two reviews (one with giveaway) on the blog and one review at Goodreads. I also posted all of my usual memes plus 2017 Challenge posts.

I think I visited over 30 blogs this past week which was very fun!
My shout out this week is to Laurel-Rain Snow at Rainy Days and Mondays. Laurel-Rain has several blogs and posts numerous reviews (see also An Interior Journey) and interesting content. She is always faithful to reply to comments (which I admire but have not found time to do) and visit back to visiting bloggers.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. Print (i-Read Book Tour)

The Skeleton Code: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping
by Alla Campanella (Author), Ken Massey (Author)
Tour review for this title is linked above.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible (ABB-Narrator)

Written by: Yevgeny Zamyatin
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
This Vintage Sci Fi was especially interesting for the time and author.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Dead and Breakfast: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery

by Kate Kingsbury (Author)
This was a fast, fun read. I'll post a review this week.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (TBR- Reading Deals)

by F. Stone
I picked this up in December from a source new to me: Reading Deals.
I am very glad I did: good thriller (romantic suspense).
I will post a review this week.
Year 2047, City of Samarra, capital of the Republic of Islamic Provinces & Territories
Fifteen American travelers have vanished. Surrendering to Mayor Aamir's demands, a devout Muslim and police captain becomes the reluctant keeper of his city’s bloody secret – and the witness, Eliza MacKay. Captain Sharif is horrified to discover that if he exposes the cover-up, his family will suffer dire consequences.
The CIA has the lying Sharif in their cross hairs. Sharif’s only hope is to prove his country's government is free of guilt. Secretly, he hunts forensic evidence. Cryptic messages, backstabbing informants, and corruption threaten Sharif’s resolve to see justice served. When he discovers the shocking truth, he and MacKay become the targets of a ruthless killer.
Sharif is tortured by his attraction to the impetuous Eliza MacKay. In spite of her struggle with PTSD, he’s drawn to her vivacious personality. Islam forbids the intimacy he craves. In desperation to save Eliza, Sharif plots an act most forbidden and fatal.

Currently reading:
1. Print (LBC / First Book of 2017)

All In: You Are One Decision Away From a Totally Different Life
by Mark Batterson

I am not finished with this yet as I am spending time and marking passages.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible (TBR)

X Minus One: Old Time Radio, Sci-Fi Series
Written by: Ray Bradbury , Philip K. Dick , Robert A. Heinlein , Frederik Pohl , Theodore Sturgeon , Isaac Asimov , Ernest Kinoy , George Lefferts
Narrated by: Old Time Radio
I am enjoying these vintage sci fi stories. :-)
X Minus One was a half-hour science fiction radio series broadcast from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958, in various timeslots on NBC. Initially a revival of NBC's Dimension X (1950-51), X Minus One is widely considered among the finest science fiction dramas ever produced for radio. The first 15 episodes were new versions of Dimension X episodes, but the remainder were adaptations by NBC staff writers, including Ernest Kinoy and George Lefferts, of newly published science fiction stories by leading writers in the field, including Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl, and Theodore Sturgeon, along with some original scripts by Kinoy and Lefferts.
Episodes of the show include adaptations of Robert Sheckley's "Skulking Permit", Bradbury's "Mars Is Heaven", Heinlein's "Universe" and "The Green Hills of Earth", Pohl's "The Tunnel Under the World", J. T. McIntosh's "Hallucination Orbit", Fritz Leiber's "A Pail of Air", and George Lefferts' "The Parade".
The program opened with announcer Fred Collins delivering the countdown, leading into this introduction (although later shows were partnered with Galaxy Science Fiction rather than Astounding Science Fiction):
"Countdown for blastoff.... X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one.... Fire!" [Rocket launch SFX] "From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future; adventures in which you'll live in a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds. The National Broadcasting Company, in cooperation with Street and Smith, publishers of Astounding Science Fiction presents...X Minus One.
©2012 BN Publishing (P)2012 BN Publishing

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Terminal Regression
by Mallory Hill
I received this through NetGalley. It releases 1/17/17.
Laura Baily's life is meaningless. In a world where purpose and passion are everything, Laura feels as though she has no place and no business even existing. Her life is forfeit, and it would be better for everyone if she simply ended it, if she simply got a ticket for a train to oblivion and faded from memory.
But what awaits her at the end of the line isn't death but Terminal B – a community of people more like her than she considered possible, including the beautiful, tormented Will Noble. Though Laura still thinks little of her own life, the lives of others begin to fascinate her as never before. And when those lives become imperiled, Laura discovers the last thing she ever expected to find on her way out of the world: a mission and a reason to live.
Compelling on both a human and global scale, TERMINAL REGRESSION is a novel of rare power and humanity. It is the story of a tomorrow that teeters on the edge of utopia and dystopia and a resigned outsider who might just change it forever.

4. Audio (ABJ)

By: Steve Alten
Read by: Christopher Kipiniak
I like the sound of this.
I received the audio book from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Terrorism. Acts of oppression. The threat of nuclear war. What if one madman aboard a vessel could end these fears forever?
Commander Rochelle “Rocky” Jackson is aboard the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan when the “unsinkable” naval vessel and its entire fleet are attacked from the depths and sunk. As Rocky struggles to stay alive, a monstrous mechanical steel stingray surfaces, plowing through the seas it now commands.
The US Navy–designed Goliath is a futuristic nuclear stealth submarine in the shape of a stingray. Simon Covah, a brilliant scientist whose entire family were the victims of terrorism, has hijacked the sub. Believing violence is a disease, Covah aims to use the Goliath and its cache of nuclear weapons to dictate policy to the world regarding the removal of oppressive regimes and nuclear weapons.
Could the threat of violence forge a lasting peace?
But there is another player in this life-and-death chess match: unbeknownst to Covah and the Goliath crew, the Goliath’s biochemical computer brain has become self-aware—and it’s developing its own agenda.
© 2002 by Steve Alten

January 15, 2017 - I am up to date with the One Year Bible; reading along with my husband and others from our church. I hope to take more time this year, staying on the day and listening to the companion commentary online.

I completed three new books and posted three reviews which leaves me two due for 2016 reads and four for 2017.
I am still expecting some new audio titles.
I now have 18 (-2 read/reading) NetGalley Titles and 13+ author titles in my queue.

We did get an ebook release out but waiting for covers for two prints releases.
New on the eTreasure's NetGalley page this week:

Fantasy/horror The Cagulant by Jared Gullage

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 (yours truly). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I received two more NetGalley titles plus a review audiobook.
I picked up another Audible Daily Deal.
Not sure how but I picked up a large 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 Titles
I received these two titles from NetGalley:
Someone to Hold (A Westcott Novel)
by Mary Balogh
"Humphrey Wescott, Earl of Riverdale, has died, leaving behind a fortune and a scandalous secret that will forever alter the lives of his family—sending one daughter on a journey of self-discovery..."
I always enjoy Ms. Balogh's books.

The Elusive Miss Ellison (Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace)
by Carolyn Miller
"Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions."
I saw this last week on Monday Mailbox at Vera @ Luxury Reading.


I also received an audiobook from the author:
It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise
Written by: Rob J. Hayes
Narrated by: Schatzie Schaefers
"Set in a new world of corruption, deceit and thievery; mixing magical fantasy and alchemy punk with a healthy smattering of airshippery. It Takes a Thief to Catch a Sunrise follows Jacques Revou and Isabel de Rosier, a couple of charlatans at the top of their game."


I am still tempted by the Audible Daily Deals.

The More of LessThis week I again picked up only one for $2.95:
The More of Less
Written by: Joshua Becker
Narrated by: Joshua Becker

"It's time to own your possessions instead of letting them own you. After all, the beauty of minimalism isn't in what it takes away. It's in what it gives."
I am sooo ready for this!


I added a whopping 87 free Kindle titles to my library this week. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. How cool to "read" in the car- gotta love technology. :) Hope you had a great weekend. X Minus One sounds fantastic, I may have to check that out. Talk about a blast from the past! And Terminal Regression sounds good too!

  2. Hi Martha,

    I am not very often attracted to non-fiction books, but 'The More Of Less' definitely caught my eye.

    The more I thought about it though, the more quickly I came to the conclusion that minimalist and bookaholic, don't really go together in the same sentence!

    Solution, hubbies half of the house becomes minimalist, whilst my office space is left to grow into the bookshop it is fast becoming!

    Have a great week :)


  3. I love the sound of your new car with the Kindle or mp3 coming through the speakers, such ease to listen. I totally agree about Laurel-Rain she works all her blogs so fabulously.
    I will want to read the Mary Balogh one although I have one to finish in her last series before I go onto this one. So happy to know you picked up the Jodi Thomas book, I really love her work.

  4. Goliath looks good! I hope you enjoy reading this week.

    My It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post.

  5. Wow, you're one busy lady and yet you have a great reading schedule! I'm so impressed. The Elusive Miss Ellison is one I want to read. The Skeleton Code had some good advice toward the end of the book but too much satire for my taste. Enjoy your reading week.

  6. I enjoyed the Mary Balogh book! Great spotlight on Laurel-Rain's blogs. I enjoy her reviews.

  7. I have Bluetooth in my car and I love it for listening to audio books. I'm glad you had such a great week!

  8. Thanks for the shout-out, Martha....I do enjoy blogging and connecting with other bloggers.

    What a great feature you have in your car! I don't spend a lot of time in mine these days, post-retirement, but for trips...that would be an awesome thing to have.

    Enjoy all of those books on your list today. Dead and Breakfast looks good to me. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  9. I hope you enjoy all your new books!

  10. I don't, thankfully, spend enough time in my car to listen to more than a paragraph or two of an audiobook. Reading time would be nice but a long commute would not. I love the variety of books you read. You can see my week here. Happy reading!


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