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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sunday Post January 8, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 9, 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.

Another strange week for me. An extra day to rest up, then busy work days with appointments when I was hoping for full work time for file work. My cold bug is nearly gone. I spent Saturday with DH pulling our moveable plants inside and covering those we couldn't move. Then I packed up the Christmas tree ornaments and decorations. After that I started on eTP book work. It was well along the day before I realized that I hadn't posted a review as planned and still had the SBB post to do. Ahhh well - I'll be scrambling again this week with a couple days of traveling; plus two scheduled posts. Such is life.

Reading was mostly listening and print. I finished two TBR audibles and am pretty far along on two print books. I posted two reviews on the blog and one at Goodreads. I also posted all of my usual memes plus year-end Challenge reports.

I enjoyed visiting early in the week; met a few new bloggers (and I'm lining up some blog shout outs).
My shout out this week is to Audiobook Jukebox which is a great place to receive and share audio reviews.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • Audible Book Review: The Chimes by Charles Dickens; Classic, Holiday; my rating 4.5.
  • Goodreads Book Review: The Yellow Line by Kitrin Haas; Romance; my rating 4.0.

Finished Reading:
1. Audible (ABB-Narrator)

Two by Vonnegut: The Big Trip Up Yonder and 2BR02B
Written by: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Narrated by: Kitty Hendrix
I picked this for Sci Fi Experience and Vintage Sci Fi.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible (ABB-Narrator)

Patriots of Treason
Written by: David Thomas Roberts
Narrated by: Kelly Klaas
This is a timely thriller full of interesting political tidbits.
Publisher's Summary
Tea anyone? After decades of erosion of the U.S. Constitution, the United States is faced with a major constitutional crisis not seen since the Civil War. A president and his administration filled with scandals and plagued by economic woes surprisingly wins re-election to a second term largely based on an "October Surprise" and the promise of redistribution of the nation's wealth. The night he is re-elected, an assassination attempt throws America into chaos, resulting in riots, food shortages and violence across the country. When it is discovered the assassin has ties to the Tea Party, the administration sees its opportunity to quash its political opposition and launch a diabolical conspiracy to hide the truth of the assassin's real motives. The President and his minions attempt to keep the lid on the conspiracy by any means necessary, including issuing unconstitutional executive orders.
Jack-booted federal agents are ordered to raid private citizens' homes to eradicate the Tea Party once and for all. After an ordinary citizen in Texas, a founder of a local Tea Party, is terrorized and held without due process, the governor of Texas dispatches iconic Texas legend Pops Younger to rescue him. The entire country becomes riveted in the suspense of the high-stakes chess game that pits the State of Texas and the Texas Rangers against the administration and the ATF that escalates to unprecedented proportions. An exciting and fast-paced political thriller, Patriots of Treason presents a very realistic 'what if' scenario that will keep you on the edge of your seat, regardless of your political persuasion.
©2012 David Thomas Roberts (P)2013 David Thomas Roberts

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 enjoying this; about mid-way.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Print (i-Read Book Tour)

The Skeleton Code: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping
by Alla Campanella (Author), Ken Massey (Author)
I am 70% complete and not sure how I feel about this. I will be posting a tour review for this title on January 11, 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible (ABB-Narrator)

Written by: Yevgeny Zamyatin
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
This is another title picked/planned this for Sci Fi Experience and Vintage Sci Fi. It is very interesting.
Publisher's Summary
Set in the 26th century A.D., Yevgeny Zamyatin's masterpiece describes life under the regimented totalitarian society of OneState, ruled over by the all-powerful "Benefactor." Recognized as the inspiration for George Orwell's 1984, We is the archetype of the modern dystopia, or anti-Utopia: a great prose poem detailing the fate that might befall us all if we surrender our individual selves to some collective dream of technology and fail in the vigilance that is the price of freedom. Clarence Brown's brilliant translation is based on the corrected text of the novel, first published in Russia in 1988 after more than 60 years' suppression.
Public Domain (P)2011 Tantor

4. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Dead and Breakfast: A Merry Ghost Inn Mystery

by Kate Kingsbury (Author)
This releases 1/10/17 so I thought I would get to reading. I haven't gotten to this yet.
Click on book title for full description.

January 8, 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 two new books and posted three reviews which still leaves me four due for 2016 reads (I miscounted last week).

I have requested some new audio titles as I can always squeeze listening in!
I now have 16 NetGalley Titles and 13+ author titles in my queue.

We did get an ebook release out but waiting for covers for two prints releases.
I had to make adjustments but we will get one horror/thriller upload for 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 (yours truly). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

I received three more NetGalley titles plus a review ebook and an audio review book.
I already failed on the (unofficial) plan for no purchases for three months:
I picked up one $.99 Kindle titles and one Audible Daily Deal.

Again, I picked up a fair 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
These are titles from NetGalley. The three for Young Readers (Children and young at heart), I picked up the last week of 2016. The other three books I picked up this past week.

The Blue Hour
by Isabelle Simler (February 20, 2017 release.)
"A lovely and tranquil celebration of nature."
I couldn't resist when I saw this cover!
Kalico Jack
by Mike Nahorniak
"Kalico Jack is a little different from the other Jack Rabbits so much so that he is he is constantly ridiculed."
I was attracted to this story of a Jack Rabbit of a different color. :-)

Ivy in Bloom 
by Vanita Oelschlager; Kristin Blackwood (Illustrator)
"Ivy In Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter."
I wanted to be ready for Spring!

These three picked up this week for the mature me.

The Sleepwalker
by Chris Bohjalian

"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night."
I think I may have spotted this at another blog but I am not certain. It sounds good though.

Dear Heart: The Courting Letters
by Judith Pinkerton Josephson; Kirsten Josephson (Illustrator) (January 10, 2017 release.)
"Dear Heart: The Courting Letters weaves a tapestry from two intersecting love stories. Will the threads hold or pull apart?"
I saw this and loved the cover and description.
Terminal Regression
by Mallory Hill
(January 17, 2017 release.)
"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."
This story line caught my interest.

I also received an author title and an audiobook from Blackstone Audio through Audiobook Jukebox.

Girl of Fire: The Expulsion Project Book One (A Science Fiction Dystopian Thriller)
by Norma Hinkens (January 10, 2017 release.)
"ORIGIN. DESTINY. FATE. How far would you go to unravel the truth?"
I have enjoyed Ms. Hinkens work and am excited to read another new title, although I won't get it read in time for the release date.
Author: Steve Alten
Narrator: Chris Kipinaiak

"Terrorism. Acts of oppression. The threat of nuclear war. What if one madman aboard a vessel could end these fears forever?
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."
This sounds like a good sci fi thriller.


I did pick up one Kindle box set for $.99.

The Days of Noah, The Complete Box Set: A Novel of the End Times in America
Mark Goodwin
I had book one in Audible and book three in Kindle so this got me book two.

I am still tempted by the Audible Daily Deals.
This week I again picked up only one for $3.95:
Written by: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita , Alastair Smith
Narrated by: Johnny Heller
The title and description captured my interest for this.


I added 62 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. I love the cover for Dead and Breakfast. Enjoy reading this week!

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

  2. I like the sound of the Sleepwalker.

  3. I finished packing away the Christmas decorations yesterday - sad to see it go but now on to the new year. I've heard good things about The Sleepwalker so I hope you love it.

  4. I hope you enjoy all your new books!

  5. Hi Martha,

    Wow! your post is almost as busy as your week sounds, I hope that you manage to get a little 'down time', you really sound as though you need it!

    I like the sound of 'The Sleepwalker' and so far the reviews and ratings have been holding up nicely, so it all looks good!

    Thanks for hosting MM this month :)


  6. Your sure did well with your challenges for 2016. I was immediately hooked by The Skeleton Code and its blurb so look forward to your thoughts on it when you have read it.

  7. What a nice variety of books. I liked Dead and Breakfast and hope you do too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Nice haul Martha, I need to check out Jukebox more often, I get most of my audiobooks for review from pubs, but have found awesome audios through them as well. Glad to hear you are mostly feeling better!

  9. I loved The Sleepwalker...and Dead and Breakfast looks good. Enjoy! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  10. Ivy in Bloom and The Sleepwalker both look great! I need to read more Bohjalian!


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