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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sunday Post April 29, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 30, 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.

This was a good week. Wrapped up a trial on Monday; had a lunch meeting in Bay County on Tuesday and kept working the rest of the week with a few late nights.

Our weather is warming up this week: 60 at night but in the 80s during the night.

I had a good week reading and listening was pretty good. I finished five books total: 3 Audible titles, one print and one digital. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I only visited 22 blogs again last week.
Shout Out this week for Rose City Reader who always has unique books.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2018Author- Audible Book Review and Tour Giveaway: Hunting in Bruges by E.J. Stevens; Paranormal, Urban Fantasy; my rating 4.0. ENDS 4/30.
  • 2018NG- #NetGalley Book Review: Out of the Box by Jemma Westing; Children, Crafts; my rating 4.5.
Finished Reading:
1. 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
I enjoyed this and plan to get book 2.
Source: Audible Credit Purchase 2015.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley 2017)

Let There Be Light
by Dan Gordon and Sam Sorbo
I liked this and hope to see the movie.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

3. LBCPrint (TBR)

Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied
By: Paul Kent
This is a keeper resource for my shelf.
Source: 2017 Purchase at CBD.
Click on book title for full description.

4. 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
There is wisdom here I hope to use.
Source: Audible sale Purchase 2018.
Publisher's Summary
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5. Audio/MP3 (TBR)

The Cold, Cold Ground
Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
By: Adrian McKinty
Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
Series: Detective Sean Duffy Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
I found the Irish history (1981) interesting in this gritty crime novel
Source: Audible Credit Purchase 2015.

Publisher's Summary
Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.
In 2009 he moved to Melbourne, Australia, with his wife and two children. His first full-length novel, Dead I Well May Be, was short-listed for the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Award and its sequel, The Dead Yard, was selected as one of the twelve best novels of the year by Publishers Weekly.
In 2008 his debut young adult novel, The Lighthouse Land, was short-listed for the 2008 Young Hoosier Award and the 2008 Beehive Award. The final novel in the Dead trilogy, The Bloomsday Dead, was long-listed for the 2009 World Book Day Award.
In 2011 Falling Glass was an Best Thriller.
©2012 Adrian McKinty (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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

The Hills of Mare Imbrium
by Carleton Chinner
I'm a quarter of the way in and
interested where it will go.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (2018)

By: Kevin Hall
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Duration: 5 hrs and 32 mins
I am looking forward to listening to this positive work.
Source: Audible 2018 sale purchase.

Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/MP3 (TBR)
NPCs audiobook cover art

By: Drew Hayes
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Series: Spells, Swords, & Stealth, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
I just started this and I think it will be fun.
Source: 2017 Audible Credit Purchase.

Publisher's Summary
What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters?In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry. Once the dust settles, these four find themselves faced with an impossible choice: pretend to be adventurers undertaking a task of near-certain death or see their town and loved ones destroyed. Armed only with salvaged equipment, second-hand knowledge, and a secret that could get them killed, it will take all manner of miracles if they hope to pull off their charade. And even if they succeed, the deadliest part of their journey may well be what awaits them at its end.
©2014 Andrew Hayes (P)2014 Tantor

4. LBCPrint (TBR)

A Simple Change, Home to Amana Series #2
By: Judith Miller
This is our April book for Ladies Book Club to be discussed in May.
Source: on sale.
Product Description
Joining the communal society of the Amana Colonies isn't what Jancey Rhoder planned for her future, but when unforeseen circumstances force her family to make some difficult decisions, she chooses to give up her teaching position in a Kansas City orphanage and move with her parents to Iowa.
Her besotted suitor, Nathan Woodward, isn't at all happy about the move and is determined to get Jancey to change her mind. And Jancey herself isn't sure what she's gotten herself into when the simple life of the Amana Colonies means she'll be assigned a job and may have to give up teaching for good. Will Nathan woo her back to the city, or will she be forever changed by the mysterious events and new relationships that await her in the quiet villages of the Amana Colonies--and decide to make this unique place her forever home?

April 29, 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. Hubby and I still share in discussion although we are reading slightly different places. You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.

I completed 5 books and posted 4 reviews. I am up to date with the 5 current reviews.
I added a fourteen reviews to  Goodreads, Amazon and Audible, but still have as many more to link up.

My NetGalley shelf was at 8 but I added 2 so now at 10. 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 received two NetGalley titles.
I picked up one 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
Two titles from NetGalley:

Shelved Under Murder A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert
"Autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling in the historic Virginia village of Taylorsford—so are some cherished memories, and a few bodies."
by Cassie Rocca
"Is true love really out there? A hilarious, heartwarming romance: perfect for the fans of Jo Watson, Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin."


Audible Purchase Daily Deal:
4/24/18 Daily Deal $4.95
The Monster Hunter Files audiobook cover art
The Monster Hunter Files
By: Larry Correia, Jim Butcher, Faith Hunter, Jonathan Maberry
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Khristine Hvam, Bailey Carr
Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
I like this series and this looks like a good/fun anthology.

I added only 23 free titles to my Kindle library this week. (I was just too tired again 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. Thanks for your kind words on my blog Martha. And I will be keeping your daughter in law in mind and prayer too.

  2. Once Upon A heartbreak is a book I'd read. Whilst I'm very much more interested in the contents, the cover draws me to this book. Have a great week.

  3. I was able to get very little reading done this last week sadly. I hope this coming week will be better.

  4. Shelved Under Murder looks really good to me - it's set near my husband's home.

  5. I'm glad you had a god week. Enjoy your new books!

  6. Once Upon a Heartbreak sounds sweet. Have a nice week, Martha!

  7. I've been meaning to read Iris Johansen's books. Thanks for sharing...and enjoy your week. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. Nice assortment of books. All of them are new to me. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. Good variety of book this week. I read Rose City Reader too.

  10. Martha that's alot of reading for the week with work on top of it...well done!

    I'm contemplating doing this same thing and having all my memes on the one day.

    Also where do you get the free Audible books? Is there an easy way to find the free books on Amazon for your Kindle?

  11. Shelved Under Murder looks like my kind of book. Happy end of the month. Come see what I'm reading.

  12. Thanks for hosting MM during April, now you can sit back and relax for a couple of months and get to enjoy life as a regular reader :)

    As always, you have a great choice of books, almost something for everyone this week, although I have my eye on 'The Cold Cold Ground' in particular. I definitely wouldn't choose to have it as an audio book, but the premise and characters are really calling to me!

    Thanks for sharing and Happy Reading :)

    Yvonne x

  13. Sounds like a pretty good week :) Hope you have a great weekend!

  14. So glad you are having nice weather. It's about time around here too. Snow in mid-April was a bit much for me.
    Know Your Bible: All 66 Books Explained and Applied sounds really good. Hope you had a great reading week. Thanks for visiting my blog.


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