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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sunday Post May 6, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 7, 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.

I had another busy, busy week. Heather (daughter and manager) was out Thursday through Monday for family time cruise. That left me covering for several closings and fundings on Friday and more on Monday with a trip to Bay County. More working late each evening.

We had beautiful weather this past week. We will be seeing higher 80s this week.

I had a fair week reading; listening was good. I finished three books total: 2 Audible titles and one digital. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I only visited 24 blogs again last week.
Shout Out this week for Books, Thoughts and Adventures who shares yummy recipes and books (and pretty kitties too).
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Never Hero by T. Ellery Hodges; Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Time Travel; my rating 4.5.
  • NGTBR- #NetGalley Book Review: Let There Be Light by Dan Gordon and Sam Sorbo; Christian, Inspirational; my rating 4.0.
  • PLBC- Book Review: Know Your Bible by Paul Kent; Christian, Inspirational, Religious; my rating 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. 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
This is fun 'gaming' adventure - rooting for the underdogs!
Source: 2017 Audible Daily Deal Purchase.

Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley 2017)

The Hills of Mare Imbrium
by Carleton Chinner
This is engaging sci fi rebellion.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/MP3 (TBR)
Zombie Fallout audiobook cover art

Zombie Fallout
Zombie Fallout, Book 1
By: Mark Tufo
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Series: Zombie Fallout, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
This seemed fairly common zombie conflict.
Source: 2016 Audible Sale Purchase. ("Z" title.)
Publisher's Summary
It was a flu season like no other. With the H1N1 virus running rampant throughout the country, people lined up in droves to try and attain one of the coveted vaccines. What was not known was the effect this largely untested, rushed to market, inoculation was to have on the unsuspecting throngs. Within days, feverish folk throughout the country convulsed, collapsed, and died, only to be reborn. With a taste for brains, blood, and bodies, these modern-day zombies scoured the lands for their next meal. Overnight the country became a killing ground for the hordes of zombies that ravaged the land.
This is the story of Michael Talbot, his family, and his friends: a band of ordinary people trying to get by in extraordinary times. When disaster strikes, Mike, a self-proclaimed survivalist, does his best to ensure the safety and security of those he cares for. Book one of the Zombie Fallout Trilogy follows our lead character at his self-deprecating, sarcastic best. What he encounters along the way leads him down a long dark road, always skirting the edge of insanity.
Can he keep his family safe? Can he discover the secret behind Tommy's powers? Can he save anyone from the zombie queen? Encircled in a seemingly safe haven called Little Turtle, Mike and his family, together with the remnants of a tattered community, must fight against a relentless, ruthless, unstoppable force. This last bastion of civilization has made its final stand. God help them all.
©2010 Mark Tufo (P)2012 Tantor

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (2018)

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

Click on book title for full description.

2. LBCPrint (TBR)
By: Judith Miller
This is our April book for Ladies Book Club to be discussed May 12.
Source: on sale.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/MP3 (TBR)

By: John S. Wilson
Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
I like how this dystopian has started.
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

4. eBook/Kindle (NetGalley 2017)

Hearts Under Fire
by Antonio Scotto di Carlo
This romantic suspense has been in my queue too long
and needs to be read. :-)
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.

May 6, 2018 - I added a prayer app on my smartphone this week. It is helping to remind me of my prayer list 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 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 3 books and posted 3 reviews. That still leaves me 5 reviews.
I need to find time to add more titles to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.

My NetGalley shelf is now at 14. 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 selected one review title through iRead Book Tours (which I forgot to list last week).
I received three NetGalley titles.
I also accepted an author title.
I picked up one Audible daily deal titles and two free Audibles; no 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
Iread: I received this title through iRead Book Tours; review on 5/23/18.
The Deadliest Sport: A Miriam bat Isaac Mystery in Ancient Alexandria
by June Trop
"Miriam bat Isaac, a budding alchemist in first-century CE Alexandria..."
This Mystery, Historical Fiction sounds interesting.

Three more titles from NetGalley:
Little Pierrot Vol. 2: Amongst the Stars
by Alberto Varanda

"Little Pierrot and Mr. Snail's imaginative adventures take them to the stars and beyond!"
I couldn't resist the title and cover combination.
by Dana K. White
"You don't have to live overwhelmed by stuff--you can get rid of clutter for good!"
I want to do this; if only I had the time!

Lock N' Load
by Tee O'Fallon
"Crack CIA analyst Trista Gold is a whiz with the computer,
but not so much with people."
It was the cover on this one that got my attention.

Author review title:
Lance: A Spirit Unbroken
by Walter Stoffel
"Marley meets…Cujo?
A dog down the block is being forced to live outside, at the mercy of abusers, wild animals and brutal weather."
I love stories with dogs.


I resisted the Audible Daily Deals until today:
5/6/18 Daily Deal $2.95
The Secret, Book & Scone Society audiobook cover artThe Secret, Book & Scone Society
By: Ellery Adams
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
Release date: 11-03-17
A title like that, I couldn't resist.

I received one title as an Audible Gift and found the other free on Audible:
5/5 Free Audible Gift
American Pharoah
By: Joe Drape
Narrator: Aaron Abano
Duration: 8 hrs and 36 mins
A Rare Book of Cunning Device audiobook cover art

A Rare Book of Cunning Device
By: Ben Aaronovitch
Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Length: 29 mins
Release date: 04-27-17

I added only 34 free titles to my Kindle library this week. (I was just too tired again 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. It sounds like you had a hectic week. The zombie audio sounds good. Hope this week is easier for you.

  2. Thanks for adding my sister and I to your prayer, much appreciated. Hope your DIL will receive answers that are good. Hope this week is a good reading week.

  3. I hope this week is less busy for you. I like that you keep track of how many blogs you visit. I need to get better at finding new blogs. I feel like I always go back to the same ones. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. I really need to declutter so that book caught my eye. Now to get the time...
    Have a good week!

  5. Decluttering at the Speed of Light looks interesting. I'm fascinated by these kinds of books...and books on hoarding.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  6. I always check out the Audible daily deals!

  7. Great assortment of books. It also sounds like your week was busier than normal. I'm surprised you read as much as you did. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. I grabbed Decluttering at the Speed of Life too!

    I hope this next week is a little less hectic.

  9. Look at all the great books on your list. A Simple Change and Decluttering at the Speed of Life sound good. I am trying to declutter here.

    A prayer app sounds like a wonderful idea. Which one do you have?

    Hope you have a blessed week.

  10. Another busy week for you.

    Looks like some good reading coming up.


  11. What a busy week! I have only just started getting into audiobooks, do you get all of yours via Audible? Hope this week you can relax a bit.

    Paperback Princess

  12. Sounds like a busy week though you've seemed to be in control.
    Enjoy the week.

  13. Yay for some good reads (or listens) this week :) Hope you were able to have a relaxing weekend after the busy week!


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