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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sunday Post February 18, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday February 19, 2018

I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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.

This was a good, full work week but I am still behind.
Our weather has turned into 80 degree days. Spring has sprung with our crocuses and other bulbs growing. I hope the weather is getting nicer for others.

I enjoyed my reading and listening last week. I finished one ebook and two Audibles. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 32 blogs this past week :-)
Shout Out this week to Beth Fish Reads another strong book blogger from 2008.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NGTBR- #NetGalley Book Review: Battle Hymn (America Rising) by William C. Dietz; Alternate History, Military Sci Fi, Post-Apocalyptic; my rating 4.0.
  • NGTBR- #NetGalley Review: All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai; Alternate History, Sci Fi, Time Travel; my rating 4.0.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

The Billionaire's Sweet Valentine (Holiday Contest)
by Laura L. Walker
I enjoyed this lighter romance. The review is linked above.
Source: Author.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3 (Author)

The Earth Bleeds Red
By: Jackson Baer
Narrator: Dan Carroll
Duration: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Good story with nice, light faith elements.
Source: Author
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/Smartphone (TBR)

The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2
By: Marissa Meyer
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
This kept my attention and I will be getting book three soon I think.
Source: December 2017 Audible Credit Purchase
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:

When the Heart Cries, Sisters of the Quilt Series #1
by Cindy Woodsmall
Good story - I hurt for this young woman.
Source: 2016 for Ladies Book Club.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover
by Susan Wittig Albert
This story has wonderful history even if I haven't gotten to the mystery yet.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
It is 1934. FDR is in the White House, the New Deal is in full swing, and Prohibition has finally been repealed. Bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert returns to Darling, Alabama, where the ladies of the local garden club aren’t afraid to dig a little dirt if that’s what it takes to cultivate a mystery . . .
When the Lucky Four Clovers run into a string of bad luck, it looks like the music may have ended for Darling’s favorite barbershop quartet—just when the Dixie Regional Barbershop Competition is about to take place. To complicate things, there’s a serious foul-up in Darling’s telephone system—and Myra May and Violet don’t have a penny for repairs. The town’s party lines may have to go out of business, which would be bad news for the gossips.
And it doesn’t help that newspaper editor/publisher Charlie Dickens is facing a crisis of confidence in his new wife, Fannie. Or that Liz Lacy (the Dahlias’ president) has to decide whether she’s ready for a do-over in her ill-fated romance with Grady Alexander. And what’s that secret her old friend Fremon is keeping? What does he know about what happened to the unlucky Clover on that dark night on the Jericho Road?
While liquor is legal again, moonshine isn’t, and as Sheriff Buddy Norris discovers when he goes into Briar Swamp to confront Cypress County’s most notorious bootlegger, it helps to have a little luck. But whatever the challenge, the Dahlias know that pie fixes everything. And you will, too, when you hear what they’re baking for Darling’s pie supper.
Once again, author Susan Wittig Albert has brought us a charming story of richly human characters who face the Great Depression with courage and grace. She reminds us that friends offer the best of themselves to each other, community is what holds us together, and luck is what you make of it.
Traditional Southern pie recipes (and a little cookery history) included!

3. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

For We Are Many
Bobiverse, Book 2
By: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
This is a really fun series.
Source: Audible 2017 sale purchase.
Publisher's Summary
The highly anticipated sequel to Audible's Best of 2016 - Science Fiction winner, We Are Legion (We Are Bob); a book listeners are calling "so much fun", "what science fiction was meant to be", and what would happen if "Andy Weir and Ernest Cline had a lovechild".
Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.
Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that's the only part of the plan that's still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9 percent of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; and the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that sees all other life as food.
Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he's become a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every living thing in the local sphere from ending up as dinner.
Listener favorite Ray Porter returns to narrate Bob - and his many incarnations - in all of their geeky glory.
©2017 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

4. Audible/Smartphone

Golden Son
Book II of the Red Rising Trilogy
By: Pierce Brown
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Red Rising, Book 2
This is a very intense series.
Source: Audible 2017 Credit Purchase.
Publisher's Summary
With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender's Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown's genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within.
A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown's continuing satuts as one of fiction's most exciting new voices.
©2015 Pierce Brown (P)2015 Recorded Books

February 18, 2018 - I am up to date and enjoying reading and listening to the One Year Bible plan on my new smartphone. However we realized that it does not match the book plan so we aren't not reading the same scriptures. You can check out the audio on the companion commentary online.

I completed 3 books and posted 4 reviews. That moves me to 3 current reviews - Yay.
I have started linking again at Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.

My NetGalley shelf is now at 19. I still have one committed author title in queue and many through InstaFreebie. I have more new author requests but haven't had time to reply.

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 selected/received one audiobook for review this week.
I picked up two daily deal Audible titles this week and selected my January credits.
Plus I picked up two Kindle deals at $.99.
As usual, I picked up (many) 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 purchased two Kindle titles:
$.99 - This looks/sounds so cute; I saw this at Herding Cats through Mailbox Monday.
Saving the Sheriff: A Three River Ranch Novella
by Roxanne Snopek

$.99 I saw this post-apocalyptic.
The Way We Fall (The Fallen World Book 1)
by Megan Crewe

I purchased one Audible Daily Deal 2/16 at $.99
The Dispatcher cover artThe Dispatcher
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
Release date: 10-04-16
2/18 Daily Deal $3.95.
Call the Midwife
By: Jennifer Worth
Narrator: Nicola Barber
Duration: 12 hrs and 2 mins0
2/18 I have been eying this series; Sale $5.95
To Whisper Her Name
By: Tamera Alexander
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Duration: 17 hrs and 8 mins
Two Audible Credits
(One for me.)
Cry Wolf
By: Patricia Briggs
Narrator: Holter Graham
Duration: 10 hrs and 6 mins
(One for Hubby and me.)
White Fire
By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Narrator: Rene Auberjonois
Duration: 12 hrs and 52 mins

I added 65 free titles to my Kindle 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. Varied selection of reads this week. Enjoy them all.

  2. Thank you for sharing! When the Heart Cries intrigued me. Will give it a go! :)

  3. You sure are getting in some great listening and reading in. I want to get to listen to the third Lunar Chronicles book too.

  4. Thanks bunches for the shout-out! I love the look of a lot of your audio this week: I keep meaning to listen to the Lunar Chronicles, I haven't read or listened to a Susan Wittig Albert book in a while (need to get back to them), I've listened to the first Patricia Briggs and liked it (need to get back to that series too), and I haven't heard of the Red Rising books but I love the narrator.

  5. I'm glad it's warmer here but I don't know that I'm ready for 80 degrees yet. It looks like you had a great week in books.

  6. Yay of love the REd Rising Trilogy and Lunar Chronicles. Holder Graham does an awesome job with Briggs. Enjoy!

  7. The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover has piqued my interest. Enjoy your books...and thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. I just finished a much older Susan Wittig Albert mystery. I'm working through her books after forgetting about them for years. My post this week.

  9. Looks like some great reads!

    Have a good week!

  10. Enjoy your new books! It looks like you got some interesting ones.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. I've been wanting to read the Red Rising books. I think I'll try them on audio. I enjoyed the Lunar Chronicles as well. Hope you have a great week!

  12. I see that you're listening to the Lunar Chronicles. I want to read this series too.

  13. Wow!
    How did u visit alll those blogs!!
    Ur amazing!

  14. I wonder if others in my book club will be reading book #2 in Bobiverse. Book one was not for me. Enjoy your books.

  15. I still need to try the Lunar Chronicles. They do look nice. The weather warmed up here, too, but I think we're headed back to the 40s this next week. Crazy. lol


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