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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Sunday Post December 31, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 1, 2018

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date.

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 have relaxed some this week - as much as a grandmother can with twin 16 month old grandchildren and a 5 year old granddaughter.
We have huddled inside a lot since the weather is running from 5° to 14° and we are surely not used to the cold!
I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!

I enjoyed all of my listening and reading last week. I finished two Audibles, one print and one  ebook. I posted four (NetGalley) reviews, four Goodread reviews (children's books) and the usual memes.

I visited only 15 blogs early in the week.
No Shout Out this week as I was still focused on getting through the week and the visits.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • eNG- Book Review: Coiled by H. L. Burke; Adaptations, Fairy Tale, Retellings; my rating 4.75.
  • Print- Goodreads Book Review: Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins; Animals, Children, Learning; my rating 5.0.
  • eTBR- Goodreads Book Review: Bear Learns to Share by Lily Lexington; Animals, Children, Learning; my rating 4.0.

Finished Reading:
1. Print (Publisher)

Into the Guns (America Rising)
by William C. Dietz

This was entertaining.
I will start book two when I return home.
I received this from the publisher to read before book three which I have at NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Cast in Shadow
Chronicles of Elantra, Book 1
By: Michelle Sagara
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 14 hrs and 25 mins
I liked this in the end.
I picked this from my Audible TBR Shelf.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3 (TBR)
When a Child Is Born cover art

When a Child Is Born
A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
By: Jodi Taylor
Narrated by: Zara Ramm
Series: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2.5
I had time to squeeze in one last Audible TBR
and this series is quick, fun listening.
Publisher's Summary
The time-travel series that everyone's talking about.... Jodi Taylor's The Chronicles of St. Mary's is back with a short story.
It's Christmas Day 1066, and a team from St Mary's is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. Or so they think.... However, history seems to have different plans for them, and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant's hut, she can't help wondering what history is up to.
Jodi Taylor is and always has been a history nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then.She wanted to write a book about time travel that was a little different and, not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of history, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy, and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.
©2013 Jodi Taylor (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

4. eBook/Kindle (TBR)

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles Book 1)
by Marissa Meyer
This was in my Kindle library since 2014 and I decided this was a good time to read it.
I really liked it and picked up book two with my December Audible Credits.
The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth's fate hinges on one girl. . . .
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She's a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world's future.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)
This will be revealed on my post January 1, 2018!

2. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

Year One
By: Nora Roberts
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Duration: 12 hrs and 20 mins
This seemed a good choice to start a new year since "it began on New Year's Eve."
Publisher's Summary
A stunning new novel from the number-one New York Times best-selling author - an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives...
It began on New Year's Eve.
The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed - and more than half of the world's population was decimated.
Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river - or in the ones you know and love the most.
As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.
In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.
The end has come. The beginning comes next.
©2017 Nora Roberts (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

Precisely at Midnight (Kinsman Book 2)
by Joyce and Alexandra Swann
Isn't this cover beautiful?
This is one of my NetGalley/Alphabet/
TBR titles for 2018.
When Carol Pensworth accepts her invitation to begin a new life, her first assignment is to redeem victims of human trafficking. But Carol quickly learns that with Kinsman, one invitation always leads to another, and then another, and then another....
You are experience the hope of redemption and the power of second chances in a holiday story that celebrates the value of every life.

December 31, 2017 - I finished for 2017 and am ready to start a new year of reading in the One Year Bible. 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 4 books and posted only 4 reviews (plus some children book reviews at Goodreads). I still have 10 reviews to finish for the end of this year.  Maybe I'll have some time this week to double up reviews. 
I am a little more up-to-date linking my reviews at Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.
My NetGalley shelf is at 20 with six older 2017 and 14 picked up the past month. I still have one committed author title in queue and many through InstaFreebie.

We're working on two more 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 bought one Audible daily deal and selected two December credit titles.
I didn't purchase any Kindle titles this week.
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 picked this up at NetGalley to include as "Z" in my 2018 Alphabet Challenge.

Zen Pencils--Inspirational Quotes for Kids
by Gavin Aung Than


I picked up 3 new Audible titles:
12/27 Daily Deal $3.95
Mean Streak cover artMean Streak
By: Sandra Brown

Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
Release date: 08-19-14

12/31/2017 December Credits:
By: Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Duration: 11 hrs and 19 mins

Year One
By: Nora Roberts
Narrator: Julia Whelan
Duration: 12 hrs and 20 mins

I added some of last week's free Kindle titles to get 72 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. It's cold here too and I don't like it.

    Zen Pencils looks fun.

    Happy New Year!

  2. You picked up some great looking books last week!

  3. Happy New Year, Martha.

    ENJOY your books!!

  4. I recently read the most recent Chronicles of Elantra story and enjoyed it. I like the complex world and intriguing main character. I also enjoyed Year One and can't wait for the next in that series. Come see my week here. Happy New Year and happy reading!

  5. Looks like you have a great collection of books. Happy New Year!

  6. I've been eyeing Year One...and I definitely want to read more of the Haven Point series. Happy New Year! Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  7. Happy new year! It's been cold here too. Woke up to single digits again today and the wind chill factor will make it feel colder.
    Love the covers on many of these books. Cinder was a really great book. Into the Guns looks awesome too.

    Have a safe journey home.

  8. Happy New Year! Glad you were able to stay in and stay warm, and enjoy the grandkids too. :)

    Have a great start to the new year!

  9. I own Cinder and the rest of the series but they're all in storage. Happy New Year. Come see what I'm reading.

  10. Happy New Year!

    Year One was one of my possible First Book of the Year choices. I ended up going with creepy rather than dystopian.


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