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Monday, September 4, 2017

Sunday Post September 3, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday September 4, 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 am away from office visiting family but have still been working 3-4 hours a day. I have only covered three files in my briefcase so still more to do. In between I am trying to enjoy time with the grandkids and sharing some reading with the 4 year old.

Reading was okay. I finished three books: two audio books and one ebook. I got three reviews posted to the blog and one to Goodreads. I also posted my usual memes.

I visited 26 blogs again last week.
Shout out this week is to The Bookworm. This is another new to me blog and had a lovely library featured last week.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A-ABJ- Audio Book Review: The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson; Christian, Historical, Teen/Young Adult; my rating 4.0.
  • eNG- Book Review: Resurrection America by Jeff Gunhus; Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Thriller; My rating 4.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Until the End of the World
Written by: Sarah Lyons Fleming
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
I picked this from my TBR shelves for "U" in Alphabet Challenge.
This is an entertaining zombie tale with romance.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3 - Kid's Sale

Julie Andrews' Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies
Written by: Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie Andrews
Narrated by: Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton
Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
I was going to listen to this with the grandchildren but it was only background for them. I enjoyed it though.
My short review on Goodreads is linked above.
Publisher's Summary
A deluxe treasury of family favorites selected by the best-selling mother-daughter team.
Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton share a diverse mix of their most beloved poems, songs and lullabies in this timeless audio treasury. Brought to life with James McMullan's stunning watercolor paintings included in a bonus pdf, this anthology features nine themed sections, and nearly 100 poetry selections from a wide range of talent, including William Wordsworth, E. C. Wells, Emily Dickinson, and more, as well as some special poems written by Andrews and Hamilton themselves - read by the authors for all to enjoy. With personal stories and anecdotes from Andrews woven throughout, this rich collection is one that families will grow with and cherish throughout the years.
Julie and Emma's love for each other and the poetry is evident in their warm, heartfelt readings. It is easy to be swept up in the fun and beautiful scenes they create with their lovely voices.
One of the most iconic, renowned figures in entertainment, Julie Andrews is a high-profile author who has written more than a dozen books for young readers, including the best-selling Mandy, which has sold more than 150,000 copies since its first printing in 1971.
This audio anthology will be a timeless collector's item and the perfect gift for children of any age.
Download the accompanying reference guide.
©2009 Julie Andrews; (P)2009 Hachette

3. eBook/Kindle (Author)

Who'll Stop The Rain: (Book One Of The Miami Crime Trilogy)
by Don Donovan
This is gritty but entertaining. There are no 'good guys'; only degrees of corrupt characters.
I received this from the Author.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Written by: Sara Pennypacker
Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
I am really enjoying this story - not sure it is so good for children.
Publisher's Summary
Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild.
At his grandfather's house 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be - with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox.
Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own....
From best-selling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes a beautifully wrought, utterly compelling novel about the essential truths that define us and the devastating costs of war. Pax is destined to become a beloved classic.
©2016 Sara Pennypacker (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

2. eBook/Kindle (Author)

by S.R. Johannes
I was invited to read this by the author and
shared a spotlight for the launch.
16-year-old Ada Lovelace is never more alive and sure of herself than when she’s hacking into a “secure” network as her alter ego, the Dark Angel. In the real world, Ada is broken, reeling from her best friend Simone’s recent suicide. But online, the reclusive daughter of Senator Lovelace (champion of the new Technology Privacy Bill) is a daring white hat hacker and the only female member of the Orwellians, an elite group responsible for a string of high-profile hacks against major corporations, with a mission to protect the little guy.
Ada is swiftly proving she’s a force to be reckoned with, when a fellow Orwellian betrays her to the FBI. To protect her father’s career, Ada is sent to ReBoot, a technology rehab facility for teens…the same rehab Simone attended right before killing herself.
It’s bad enough that the ReBoot facility is creepy in an Overlook-Hotel-meets-Winchester-Mansion way, but when Ada realizes Simone’s suicide is just one in an increasingly suspicious string of “accidental” deaths and “suicides” occurring just after kids leave ReBoot, Ada knows she can’t leave without figuring out what really happened to her best friend. The massive cyber conspiracy she uncovers will threaten everything she cares about–her dad’s career, her new relationship with a wry, handsome, reformed hacker, Fisher, who gets under her skin, and most of all–the Dark Angel.
With a deliciously twisty plot, the topical bite of Cory Doctorow's LITTLE BROTHER, ReWIRED delves into technology addiction, internet privacy, and corporate/government collection of data.
ReWIRED is about the daily choices we all make about who we want to be, how much of ourselves we choose to share with others, and the terrifying risks and exhilarating rewards of being ourselves, online and off.

3. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Koban, Volume 1
Written by: Stephen W. Bennett
Narrated by: Patrick Freeman
I have just started this and the narration is not wonderful.
But it is my "K" TBR audible for Alphabet Challenge.
Publisher's Summary
All new narration adds sound effects and eliminates issues noted in reviews. To obtain new version, remove old one from device, download new copy at no charge.
We colonized seven hundred planets. Humankind enjoyed the benefits of expansion and the end of wars. We disbanded our military.
Then the Krall found us.
The Krall have used thousands of years of combat to select the genes of the strongest and fastest warriors. They are a species determined to dominate the galaxy, through annihilation or enslavement of every opponent.
Koban is an uninhabited high gravity planet with impossibly fast savage animals, which employ organic superconducting nerves. This deadly world is where the Krall are testing humans for fighting capability. We are useful only if we can fight well. If not, they will destroy us swiftly, as they have other species. They have slaves, and we’re poor tasting meat animals, so we fight or die. The Krall will use us, if worthy, seeking physical perfection through attrition of war, one planet at a time.
Growing weary of our failures in testing, the ruthless Krall are on the verge of a decision to eliminate our species. A ship carrying bio-scientists is captured for combat testing. The choice for Captain Mirikami and the scientists is simple: Prove we can produce better, smarter fighters quickly, or humanity is doomed to rapid extermination.
But the Krall are only half the problem. We must survive Koban's gravity and superfast animals. The tiger-like rippers with skin contact telepathy are predators too fast and powerful for the Krall to face. Our solution is genetic: If you can't beat them as you are, become human rippers.
The Krall will learn another species can bypass natural selection.
©2012 Stephen W Bennett (P)2013 Stephen W Bennett

4. Print (LBC)

A Matter of Character,
Sisters of Bethlehem Springs Series #3
by Robin Lee Hatcher
I haven't gotten to this at all. I may have to download the Kindle version.
Print reading is slower for me these days.

August 27, 2017 - I am behind in the One Year Bible and will have to read double this week. I have been 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 books and posted four reviews. That puts me to two current reviews with another to post soon for September release.
I am now only three titles behind linking my reviews to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.

I am back to 5 NetGalley titles (with a list of possible requests) and still 2 author titles in my queue, the others are instafreebies that I do want to get to but not the same commitment.

We're working on two fiction books soon to add to eTreasure's NetGalley page.

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 picked up two NetGalley review titles this week and one from an author.
I won one audio book!
I picked up four Audibles on sale.
As usual, I picked up more free kindle titles as usual. (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 two titles from NetGalley:
Twelve Slays of Christmas
by Jacqueline Frost
This cozy mystery cover drew me in - then the blurb.
Releasing 10/10/17.
Star Hero
by Susan Grant
I like "space marine" genre so was drawn to try this Star Series Novella.
Releasing 9/7/17.

I received this title from the author:
by S.R. Johannes
See the description above under Currently Reading.

Six of My Favorite Standalone ListensI was very glad to with The Garden of Small Beginnings from Penguin Random House through a Blogversary event at Caffeinated Book Reviewer. 
THANK YOU Kimberly and PRH!
By Abbi Waxman
Narrated By Emily Rankin

I bought several titles from my wish list that were part of the last of summer sale at Audible ($4.95 each):

The Android's Dream         Sci Fi
By: John Scalzi
Narrator: Wil Wheaton
Duration: 10 hrs and 34 mins

You're Next         Suspense
By: Gregg Hurwitz
Narrator: Scott Brick
Duration: 14 hrs and 1 min

Gracie’s Touch         Sci Fi Romance
By: S.E. Smith
Narrator: David Brenin
Duration: 7 hrs and 59 mins

Trackers          Suspense/EOTW
By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrator: Bronson Pinchot
Duration: 8 hrs and 20 mins

I wasn't going to add the Free Kindle titles (being tired) but ended up linking six plus two without images. (All of these may still be free):
Lost and Found Series Box Set
by J.M. Madden

As Deep as the Ocean (Blue Penguin Bay Book 1)
by Serenity Woods

Hearts Under Fire
Antonio Scotto di Carlo
(Author request to review)

A Rancher's Surrender (A Frontier Montana series Book 1)
by Michelle Beattie

Two more that were still free Sunday night:
Winter Trees (Seasons of Marigold Manor Book 1) by Kim Stokely
Sunflower Street (Rose Hill Mystery Series Book 8) by Pamela Grandstaff

I added 67 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. Those Kindle freebies get me every time. I think I could read for a year and never finish all the ones I have.

  2. Thanks for sharing the giveaways :) and I can't believe I am seeing Christmas books showing up in people's blogs. Almost getting that nostalgic feeling already!

  3. The Garden of Small Beginnings was a lovely win, well done. And enjoy the grandchildren, such a joy.

  4. I'm not familiar with any of the books that you mentioned, but I hope you enjoy them all! Have a great week!

    SP & STS
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

  5. Rewired sound good. I'll have to look for a copy. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. Enjoy the family time! The Garden of Small Beginnings was a fun read. Nice win!

  7. LOVE the cover on ReWired.

    ENJOY your week.

  8. I've heard great things about The Garden of Small Beginnings. Enjoy your time with your family!

  9. Interesting looking books!! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Have a great week!

  10. Oooh! All of these books look interesting, especially Koban! I hope you enjoy all your reads!

    Here’s my It’s Monday! What are you Reading!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  11. Hi Martha,

    The usual busy post from yourself, is just so packed full of potential new books for my own list, that I don't really know where to start.

    I suppose the one which really caught my eye, is 'You're Next' by Gregg Hurwitz. Despite his wide reknown, I have never read any of Gregg's work, so perhaps this should be the starting point for me!

    Thanks for sharing and 'Happy Reading'

    Yvonne :)


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