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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sunday Post April 15, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 16, 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.

Our week was busy, as always but we felt a relief of tension as we caught up on closing work. I got some legal work done each day too but still have more. I had one trial last week and have another coming up this week. I also had to spend time working on taxes. I know -- I shouldn't have waited till the last minute. to spend time preparing for two upcoming trials.
Heather and I headed out Sunday for a leadership conference so that is going to use up the beginning of my week.

My reading/listening was again a little slower this week, as was writing reviews. I finished 1 ebook and 1 Audio title. I posted only two reviews and my usual memes.

I only visited 26 blogs last week. I just have to fit in what I can.
Shout Out this week for Fiction Books where Yvonne always seems to have new to me books - good looking thrillers and mysteries.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (TBR)

Portrait in Death
In Death, book 16
By: J. D. Robb
This has warm romance as well as a creepy killer.
Source: Audible 2016 sale purchase.

Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Mind Game: A Novel (Eve Duncan)
by Iris Johansen
The strong suspense and sharp romantic tension reminds me why I enjoy this author.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (2018)

Start with Why
How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
By: Simon Sinek
Narrated by: Simon Sinek
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
As we started the drive this morning Heather noted that Aspire was not the right book for the conference.
This is the correct book.
We listened to about a half of it today and it is good for business.
Source: Audible Purchase 2018.

Publisher's Summary
The inspiring, life-changing best seller by the author of Leaders Eat Last and Together Is Better.
In 2009 Simon Sinek started a movement to help people become more inspired at work and, in turn, inspire their colleagues and customers. Since then, millions have been touched by the power of his ideas, including more than 28 million who've watched his TED Talk based on Start with Why - the third most popular TED video of all time.
Sinek starts with a fundamental question: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over?
People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers had little in common, but they all started with why. They realized that people won't truly buy into a product, service, movement, or idea until they understand the why behind it.
Start with Why shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way - and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.
©2017 Simon Sinek (P)2017 Penguin Audio

2. LBCPrint (TBR)

Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied
By: Paul Kent
This is our March read for Ladies Book Club. I haven't quite finished this as I am enjoying soaking in the summaries.
Source: 2017 Purchase at CBD.
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3. Audible/Smartphone (TBR)

Hunting in Bruges: Hunters' Guild, Book 1
by E.J. Stevens
Narrator: Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling
Duration: 7 hrs and 10 mins
I've listened to a couple of chapters and think this will be fun hunting.
Source: Author for Review and Giveaway Post.
Publisher's Summary
Finalist for the 2017 Raven Award for best urban fantasy.
The only thing worse than being a hunter in the fae-ridden city of Harborsmouth, is hunting vampires in Bruges.
The medieval city of Bruges is quaint, but the local Hunters' Guild is understaffed, the canals are choked with dead bodies, and there's no shortage of supernatural predators as likely suspects.
On second thought, maybe Bruges isn't so bad after all.
With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter.
Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions - but some secrets are best left buried. Jenna must put her combat training to the test as she struggles to unearth the truth about an ancient enemy.

4. eBook/Kindle (Publisher 2018)

Let There Be Light
by Dan Gordon and Sam Sorbo
I keep working on my NetGalley titles that fit Alphabet Challenge too.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Sol Harkens has it all. A new best seller, a gorgeous model girlfriend, immense success. He’s the Mohammad Ali of outspoken atheist celebrities. But not everything is perfect in Sol Harkens’ life. After losing his son to cancer he dedicated himself to denying God and parlayed his attacks on Christianity into a lucrative business. But Sol is empty inside. His party lifestyle has isolated him from his ex-wife, Katy, and their two sons. He resents their unrelenting faith and Katy’s prayers for his soul.

When Sol’s self-destructive habits end in a serious car crash, he wakes up to learn he was clinically dead for four minutes. Being dead isn’t what bothers him. It’s the voice. Five simple words that refuse to let him go: “Daddy, let there be light.”

5. Audio/MP3 (TBR)

Devil’s Due
Destroyermen, Book 12
By: Taylor Anderson
Narrated by: William Dufris
Series: Destroyermen, Book 12
Length: 19 hrs and 22 mins
I'm actually half way through this listening at night.
Source: 2017 Audible Credit Purchase.
Publisher's Summary
Taylor Anderson continues his powerful New York Times best-selling series of alternate history and military strategy, as the conflict is about to become terrifyingly personal....
Captain Matt Reddy and the crew of the USS Walker have been fighting for their lives ever since their ship was swept from the Pacific to another world and they became embroiled in a deadly conflict between their Lemurian allies and the ravening Grik. But things are about to get worse. With Reddy's family and allies held prisoner by the mad General Kurokawa, the mysterious League and evil Dominion plotting schemes of their own, and the Grik trying to build their swarm and concentrate power, Reddy faces danger on all sides. Although desperate to confront Kurokawa, Captain Reddy fears he's subordinating the war effort for personal reasons. But Kurokawa is too dangerous to be left alone. With the mighty League battleship Savoie at his command, he plots a terrible vengeance against Reddy and his tiny, battered destroyer. The stage is set for a devastating cataclysm, and Reddy and his allies will have to risk everything to protect what they hold dear.
©2017 Taylor Anderson (P)2017 Tantor

6. Audible/Smartphone (2018)

By: Kevin Hall
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Duration: 5 hrs and 32 mins
This  was the wrong book for the conference. 

But I think it will still be worthwhile. 
I hope to listen on the way home.
Source: Audible 2018 sale purchase.

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April 16, 2018 - I continue on track with my morning reading the One Year Bible plan on my smartphone. It is a great way to start my day and I share the joy of the word with other friends on the YouVersion Bible App. You can check out the audio on the companion commentary online.

I completed 2 books and posted 2 reviews on the blog. That keeps me to 3 current reviews.
I am behind again linking at Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.

My NetGalley shelf is at 12 and I still have one committed author title in queue and many through InstaFreebie. I have more new author requests but still haven't replied.

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.
Nothing new this week.
I didn't accept or receive any review titles.
I resisted Audible daily deal titles and Kindle deals this week. However I purchased one work related title.
I picked up some  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


Audible Purchase (on sale)
Start with Why 
How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action 
By: Simon Sinek
Narrated by: Simon Sinek
See full description above under Current Reading.

I added only 36 free titles to my Kindle library this week. (I was just too title most nights to download titles. 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 enjoy Iris Johansen's books as well. As for J.D. Robb, I haven't read a single book in that series and I'm afraid to commit to something that long.

  2. I can see why your reading was slow - you're busy. Have a great week!

  3. I enjoy business books that are a good resource. Enjoy your reading week!

  4. I'm curious about Mind Game. Enjoy your week...and your books. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. J. D. Robb and Iris Johansen are both favorite authors of mine. I just wish they wrote faster. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. Wow, you really are busy! I loved Across the Nightingale Floor (and the others) on audio. I just finished book 9 in the In Death series.

  7. I just did my son's taxes tonight. He likes to do this or have me do them right at the deadline. I hope this week is an easier one.

  8. My reading and reviewing both have been slow as time seems to go elsewhere.

  9. The Iris Johansen book looks good.

    ENJOY your books and your week.

  10. Woo! That is quite the busy week, indeed. Hope things are going a little quieter for ya!


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