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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sunday Post April 22, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 23, 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.

Heather and I headed out Sunday for a leadership conference which was fun and inspiring but took up half the week. I returned to a half day trial and then I had to man the office alone on Friday as two staff members were at our second office. I was pretty tired by Friday night.

Listening was pretty good but I didn't get to write reviews until I got home. I finished 2 Audible titles and one digital. I posted only two reviews, one with giveaway, and my usual memes.

I only visited 22 blogs last week with quick visits Tuesday and Wednesday.
Shout Out this week for The Infinite Curio featuring "books, photo, knitting, comics and other findings".
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Portrait in Death by J.D. Robb; Female Detective, Mystery; my rating 4.75.
Finished Reading:
1. 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 really enjoy this series!
Source: 2017 Audible Credit Purchase.
Click on book title for full description.

2. 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
This is a fun, action listen. Watch for Giveaway Post early this week as it closes 4/30.
Source: Author for Review and Giveaway Post.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Digital/Adobe (NetGalley 2017)

Out of the Box
by Jemma Westing
This is great fun with imaginative projects for kids.
Source: NetGalley 2018.
Twenty-five interactive cardboard model projects that engage kids' creativity and "out of the box" thinking skills through hands-on learning and the application of science-based principles.
Kids can bring old cardboard to life and build recycled creations they can play with, sit in, and wear.
Supporting STEAM education initiatives and the Maker Movement, Out of the Box includes 25 interactive cardboard model projects to inspire kids' creativity through engaged and hands-on learning, and, as the founder of Maker Faire Dale Dougherty says, "to realize with their hands what they can imagine in their minds."
From small-scale gifts to large constructions, author and award-winning paper engineer Jemma Westing uses clear, step-by-step instructions to show kids how to make dinosaurs, masks, race cars, and so much more, and inspirational images encourage them to make their own unique models when they are feeling more confident. The projects utilize only recycled materials, including cardboard rolls and boxes, so all the supplies should be easy to find right at home.
Build something brilliant with Out of the Box. The possibilities are endless!

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley 2017)

Let There Be Light
by Dan Gordon and Sam Sorbo
I didn't realize this was released as a movie in October 2017. I am midway and enjoying it.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

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. I have two more days to finish.
Source: 2017 Purchase at CBD.
Click on book title for full description.

3. 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
We (daughter and I) made it about 2/3rds in this book for the conference.
Source: Audible sale Purchase 2018.
Publisher's Summary
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audio/MP3 (TBR)

The Never Hero
The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
By: T. Ellery Hodges
Narrated by: Steven Barnett
Series: The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
This pulled me in as soon as I started listening!
Source: Audible Credit Purchase 2015.
Publisher's Summary
At the gates between worlds...
In a war outside of time...
He fights for us.
Reclusive college student Jonathan Tibbs wakes in a pool of blood, not a scratch on him. His life is about to undergo a massive shift. A violent and merciless otherworldly enemy unleashes slaughter in the streets, calling out in a language only he understands.
And it is seeking its challenger.
In order to defeat the threat, Jonathan must become a temporal weapon...while remaining completely anonymous. Unfortunately, harnessing off-world powers has its own special challenges...
The Never Hero is the first installment in The Chronicles of Jonathan Tibbs - a mind-bending, genre-crossing action-adventure trilogy.
©2014 T. Ellery Hodges (P)2015 Foggy Night Publishing

5. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley 2017)

The Hills of Mare Imbrium
by Carleton Chinner
This is my next NG selection. 
I'm looking forward to a space opera.

Source: NetGalley 2017.
When Jonah arrives on the Moon, he isn't expecting much. All he wants is to stay out of trouble and start a new life working on the Helium mine at Chang’e Base. He doesn’t expect to be swept into the raging undercurrent of the Moon's racial tensions and politics.
Yesha is desperate to escape her domineering uncle. In a moment of rebellion, she agrees to have dinner with Jonah and his friend. A simple decision that will change her entire life and set her on a collision course with her uncle.
Unknown to either of them, the head of security, Wang Mei, has plans to enslave the people of the Moon and seize control of the incredible wealth that comes from supplying the world with energy.
Their lives collide in a perfect storm where no one is safe and freedom is the ultimate prize.

6. Audible/Smartphone (2018)

By: Kevin Hall
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Duration: 5 hrs and 32 mins
 I won't get back to this until the end of the week.
Source: Audible 2018 sale purchase.

Click on book title for full description.

April 22, 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 3 books and posted 2 reviews on the blog. That puts me at 4 current reviews.
I am behind again linking at Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.

My NetGalley shelf is at 9 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.

I didn't accept or receive any review titles.
I picked up two Audible daily deal titles and no Kindle deals this week.
I picked up nine free kindle titles through Amazon Crossing for World Book Day (4/24).
I also 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 Daily Deals:
4/17/18 Daily Deal $3.95
The Lost Airman audiobook cover artThe Lost Airman
A True Story of Escape from Nazi Occupied France
By: Seth Meyerowitz, Peter F. Stevens
Narrated by: Jonathan Todd Ross
Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
Release date: 01-19-16

4/20 Daily Deal $1.95
All Systems Red audiobook cover artAll Systems Red
By: Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 3 hrs and 17 mins
Release date: 10-30-17

Celebrate World Book Day 
Amazon Crossing: 9 free international titles.

I added only 52 (including those 9) free titles to my Kindle library this week. (I was just too tired early in the week 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. You've had a busy week. Yay for audiobooks. I will check out the giveaway since I am curious about the series. Have a lovely week!

  2. The Never Hero caught my eye. And I'm glad to hear it pulled you in immediately. I hope it's that good throughout. Enjoy your new books!

  3. It sounds like you’ve been busy. I’m impressed that you got so much reading/listening done. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. You have been busy Martha, but still you fitted in so much, I am always amazed at what you do manage. Enjoy your reading this week.

  5. I hope you had a nice, relaxing weekend after your busy week!

  6. It can be easier to find time to listen some weeks. The Lost Airman looks good to me.

  7. I am eyeing The Never Hero. Thanks for sharing...and enjoy your books. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. OUT OF THE BOX looks good.

    ENJOY your week.

  9. wow I always admire when a series is so good that even book 12 is still good!

  10. I would probably get through quite a few more books if I could get along with audio versions, but being 'read to' just doesn't do it for me I'm afraid.

    Also, I like to concentrate on my reading and I think that trying to listen to a narrative whilst pysically doing something else, just wouldn't work for me either.

    I do admire the amount of books you can get through in a single week though, especially the number of reviews you manage to post. I am clearly doing things in a vastly inefficient way!

    'Out Of The Box' looks good and also sounds amazing. Capturing a child's imagination from as early an age as possible, is so important.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that your working week is a little less stressful :)


  11. Quite the week! Glad you had a good time at your event. Happy reading this week!


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