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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday Post May 13, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 14, 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 another busy week - nothing new I guess. I continue to work late each evening and have started going in an hour earlier too. I wonder if I will ever get caught up.

We had beautiful weather again. Getting warmer but lovely, sunny days. A little rain today to feed the earth and cool things off.

My reading seemed slow although I did finish three books: 2 Audible titles and one digital. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I only visited 24 blogs again last week.
Shout Out this week for Paperback Princess who has a very cute blog where she shares about reading and life.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2018- Audible Book Review: Start with Why by Simon Sinek; Business, Inspirational; my rating 4.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Cold, Cold Ground by Adrian McKinty; CIrish, Mystery, Police Procedure; my rating 4.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: NPCs by Drew Hayes; Fantasy, Humor; my rating 4.5.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Zombie Fallout, Book 1, by Mark Tufo; Horror, Humor, Post-Apocalyptic; my rating 4.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (2018)

By: Kevin Hall
Narrator: Patrick Lawlor
Duration: 5 hrs and 32 mins
I enjoyed this book about positive words!
Source: 2018 Audible sale purchase.

Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (iRead Tour)

The Deadliest Sport: A Miriam bat Isaac Mystery in Ancient Alexandria
by June Trop
I received this title through iRead Book Tours
for review on 5/23/18.
The mystery and historical fiction are interesting.
Miriam bat Isaac, a budding alchemist in first-century CE Alexandria, welcomes her twin brother Binyamin home to fight his last gladiatorial bout in Alexandria. But when he demands his share of the family money so he can build a school for gladiators in Alexandria, Miriam explains that he forsook his share when he took the gladiatorial oath. When she refuses to loan him the money for what she feels is a shady, and dangerous, enterprise, Binyamin becomes furious. Soon after, the will of Amram, Miriam’s elderly charge, turns up missing, Amram becomes seriously ill, and the clerk of the public records house is murdered. Could Binyamin really be behind this monstrous scheme? If not he, who could be responsible? And is Miriam slated to be the next victim?

3. Audio/MP3 (TBR)

By: John S. Wilson
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
I enjoyed this post apocalyptic listen.
Source: 2013 Audible Credit Purchase("J" title).
Publisher's Summary
He had to keep moving, that the man instinctively knew. He had to get away, from the rioting, the lawlessness, the killing. Away from the brutal gangs that ruled the highways. Then there was the boy that he found along the way, an orphan with no place to go. He couldn't leave the child behind; that would be murder. Together they had to make their way across the razed landscape of post-collapse America, west to where there was safety, a chance to begin again. If only they survived the journey.
©2012 John S. Wilson (P)2013 Podium Publishing

Currently Reading:
1. LBCPrint (TBR)
By: Judith Miller
I haven't finished this yet for Ladies Book Club.
Source: on sale.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (TBR)

Koban: The Mark of Koban, Volume 2
By: Stephen W. Bennett
Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
Series: Koban, Book 2
Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
I am enjoying this adventure.
Source: 2017 Audible Credit Purchase("K" title).
Publisher's Summary
Book 2 of the Koban Series
Already faster and more powerful than the last 17 species that they have destroyed or subjugated, the Krall have set their sights on humankind. Aftertesting humans on their future home world of Koban and finding them worthy opponents, the Krall start a war of slow extermination with the rest of humanity. The war is intended to last generations as they apply their own version of "natural selection" to cull their weaker warriors in combat, purifying the Krall gene pool with their finest warriors for breeding. Why? The Krall desire to rule the galaxy someday, from their future home world of Koban, where the impossibly fast and powerful animals have proven to be too fast and strong for them to match. Only through the attrition of war will the Krall perfect their bloodline to become the masters of Koban. When the Krall departed Koban to start their war with humanity, they destroyed the protections that kept their prisoners safe. They left the human test subjects to fall victim to high gravity, and the deadly predators. Big mistake. The bio scientist left behind enhanced the human genome with Koban genes, forming the next generations of humans. They are becoming what the Krall sought to be. The fastest, most powerful species in the galaxy. The men and women trapped on Koban, locked in a struggle for their own survival for twenty years, return to the stars to help defend Human Space. The Krall have had their way with human worlds, killing when and where they wish. Outnumbered, the new Kobani will now take the war to the Krall.
©2013 Stephen W Bennett (P)2014 Stephen W Bennett

3. eBook/Kindle (Author 2017)

Hearts Under Fire
by Antonio Scotto di Carlo
I couldn't find this on my kindle so I read another book. I've downloaded it again.
Source: 2017 Author through Goodreads.
Jenny is a beautiful young businesswoman. She lives in an Italian tourist town where she owns a shop. Her need for independence is her strength, but her innate distrust sometimes creates problems with others.
One day she encounters love. More than an encounter, it’s a collision, a head-on collision. Her heart isn’t Eros’s only target, and everything changes …
Police begin investigating suspicious events around her, slowing down the construction of a new great hotel in town and rocking her life even more.

4. Audio/MP3 (TBR)

By: Ashley Poston
Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Tristan Morris
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
I thought I'd listen to this light story until I get time to pick my "R" and "V" titles.
Source: 2017 Audible Daily Deal Purchase.
Publisher's Summary
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first.
Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons - before he was famous. Now they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?
Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
©2017 Ashley Poston (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

May 13, 2018 - I am really enjoying the prayer app which gives me five prayer groups each morning!
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 as 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 3 books and posted 4 reviews. That puts me at 4 reviews due.
I need to find time to add more reviews to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.

My NetGalley shelf is now at 15 since I added another. I still have one committed author title in queue and some new sent by authors. Also many through InstaFreebie. I have more new author requests but I 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 one NetGalley title.
I resisted all Audible daily deal titles although several were good.
However I did pick up two Audible titles with my April creidts.
I didn't purchase any Kindle deals this week.
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
A new title from NetGalley:

Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice Book #3)
by Nancy Mehl

This sounds like good Christian suspense.


5/13/18 Audible March Credit Purchases
Morning Star
By: Pierce Brown
Narrator: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Duration: 21 hrs and 50 mins

Half Share
By: Nathan Lowell
Narrator: Jeffrey Kafer
Duration: 7 hrs and 40 mins

I added only 10 free titles to my Kindle library this week. (Again I was too tired to download titles 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. I'm curious about your thoughts on The Deadliest Sport! Enjoy you new books.

  2. Enjoy your books and your week. They are all new to me. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. You work so hard and yet find time for reading and books which is so inspirational. All the best for this week.

  4. Its raining here as well but that is of no help. It is so humid that you just cannot step out.

  5. Good mix of books -- I'm going to have to look into Morning Star; I love that narrator.

  6. Thanks for the sweet 😍
    Your an extremely diligent blogger, posting a review nearly daily!

    I'm like you where I read faster than I can review. I'm quite behind on reviews 😣 need to set weekly deadlines.

    Have a great week!

    Angelica @ Paperback Princess

  7. The Deadliest Sport and Geekerella, though very different, both caught my attention. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Such diverse books this week. A Simple Change seems right up my alley. Hope you enjoy them all.

  9. Enjoy your books, Martha.

    Lots to choose from as always.

  10. Lots of cool choices. I know I have to watch myself between Netgalley and stuff from authors and blog tours. It's easy to want everything and I try to review them timely so I have to limit myself. Anne - Books of My Heart

  11. Enjoy your new books, Martha. I hope you had a lovely Mothers Day!

  12. The Nancy Mehl book caught my eye enough to want to check it out .... Big Mistake! another new to me author makes it to my list!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week - Don't work too hard :)


  13. I love the cover for Geekerella and I hear good things about it too!

  14. LOL at getting caught up. I have had that same thought lately ;) Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day!


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