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Sunday, July 22, 2018

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

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms
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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 week with my daughter/manager taking a summer vacation week. So I still have plenty to do.

We continue to have hot sunny days with storms in the afternoon.

My reading moved along well - although I did pull in some shorter books for the week. I finished five books! Three Audible books and two NetGalley titles. I posted two reviews on the blog and one at Goodreads. I posted all of my usual memes.

I visited only 21 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to vvb32reads. Velvet has been blogging since 2009. She shares books for World Challenge and movies that are often new to me.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2018- Audible Book Review: Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima; K-9 Dogs, Mystery; my rating: Story 4.25 of 5.0; Narrator 4.0 of 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

The Year of the Knife
by G.D. Penman
This is strange but entertaining urban fantasy.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/MP3 then Smartphone (2018Audible)
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son audiobook cover art

Frankenstein: Prodigal Son
By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Series: Frankenstein, Book 1
I enjoyed this strange tale too.
My review is linked above.
Source: 6/3/2018 Audible Daily Deal $3.95.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3 then Smartphone (2018Audible)
The Dispatcher cover art

The Dispatcher
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
Different future dilemma - fun listening.
Source: 2/16/18 Audible Daily Deal $.99.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Zen Pencils: Cartoon Quotes from Inspirational Folks
by Gavin Aung Than
This cartoon offering is 
very different from my usual read.
I liked most it.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

5. Audible/MP3 then Smartphone (2008 TBR Audible)

Blue Like Jazz
Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality
By: Donald Miller
Narrated by: Donald Miller
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
This was a pleasant, inspiring surprise. My review is linked above.
Source: Audible July 2008.
Publisher's Summary
"I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself....I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened."
Donald Miller
For anyone wondering if the Christian faith is still relevant in a post-modern culture, for anyone thirsting for a genuine encounter with a God who is real, for anyone yearning for a renewed sense of passion in life...Blue Like Jazz is a fresh and original perspective on life, love, and redemption.
©2007 Donald Miller (P)2007 Thomas Nelson Publishers

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

Science Geek Sam and his Secret Logbook
by Cees Dekker (Author), Corien Oranje (Author), Perta van Rijssen (Illustrator)
I am 80% in, enjoying the scientific facts and elements of Godly creation shared in this fun read.
Source: NetGalley.
"I'm afraid you're at the top end of the healthy weight range," said the doctor. This is doctor's speak for "you are FAT"! "Do you know how much I'd weigh if I was on Pluto?" "No idea," replied the doctor. "Only 2.3 kilograms. Practically nothing!" Meet Sam, science geek extraordinaire, and have an exclusive peek at his top secret logbook. When a meteorite crashes into Sam’s school bike shed, his class have a LOT of questions about space, the universe, and life on earth. But can they believe in God AND the Big Bang? They make some cool discoveries that show them that, surprisingly, the answer is a clear yes. A fact-filled and thought-provoking story that will make you chuckle.

2. Audible Smartphone (2018Audible - Review)

The Painter of Time
By: Matthew S O'Connell
Narrated by: Susan Fouche
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
I am fascinated already by the history and art detail in this. I'm just getting into the mystery.
Source: Author Marketing Experts.
Publisher's Summary
Contemporary/historical suspense audiobook set amid the art world of modern day NYC and the dawn of the Renaissance in Italy.
Bronx born and bred, Mackenzie Ferrara is both nervous and excited to begin her career as a restorer of fine art at the prestigious Cloisters in New York City. The star of the restoration team is a handsome and reserved Italian, Anthony Bataglia. On loan from the Ufizzi, he is renowned for his ability to bring pre-Renaissance treasures back to life. Despite a rocky start, the two form a close working relationship, which Mackenzie hopes will blossom into something more.
But as she works with him she begins to notice peculiar patterns and unexplainable similarities in all of his restorations. Something is clearly not what it seems to be with the dashing Mr. Bataglia. Mackenzie - with help from her father, a retired detective - is determined to uncover the truth, regardless of the consequences.
©2015 Matthew O'Connell (P)2018 Matthew O'Connell

3. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

Talon - epic fantasy novel (The Astor Chronicles Book 1)
by Amanda Greenslade
This will finally finish up my 2017 NetGalley titles.
Source: NetGalley 2017.
With a newly awakened icetiger for his companion, Talon is finally learning the magic of the Kriite people, including telepathy and shape-changing. After his home town Jaria is attacked by Zeikas he embarks on a mission to seek help.
Before Talon even understands the power within him, there are demon summoners after him. He is horrified to learn that the Zeika leader plans to use Talon’s body and mind to further his ambition for power. Bal Harar is on a god-given mission to enslave or kill all Kriites.
Talon represents both the greatest threat and the greatest opportunity to the Zeikas—his actions and faith will make all the difference between the two.

July 22, 2018 - I am still 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. You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.

I completed 5 books and 3 reviews. This puts me at 2 reviews due.
I still need to find time to add reviews to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.
My NetGalley shelf is at 12; I still have one more author title in queue. Still many through InstaFreebie and many new author requests I haven't replied to.

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 picked up two audiobooks for review - Love that!
I held off on Audible Daily Deals until today.
I also got the SYNC Audios this week.
I resisted the kindle bargain deals.
I did pick up some free kindle titles this week. (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
I received this audiobook for review from Author Marketing Experts.
The Painter of TimeBy: Matthew S O'ConnellNarrated by: Susan Fouche
Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
"Contemporary/historical suspense audiobook set amid the art world of modern day NYC and the dawn of the Renaissance in Italy."

I received this audio title from the author through AudioBook Boom.
Christmas at the Inn audiobook cover artChristmas at the Inn
Rose and Briar Inn Stories, Book 1
By: Andrea Twombly
Narrated by: Lisa Leslie
Length: 50 mins

" Andrea Twombly weaves a warm story of the Christmas season, rich in challenges overcome and courage discovered along a twisting road to love."


7/22/18 DD $2.95
Sharkman audiobook cover artSharkman
By: Steve Alten
Narrated by: Andrew Eiden
Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
Release date: 12-06-16

I have downloaded week 13 SYNC audio titles:
Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama Read by Katherine Kellgren
The Lost World by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Glen McCready

I added only 27 free titles to my Kindle library 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. Congrats on finishing 5 books! I’d actually get ahead on my Goodreads challenge if I could do that. Have a great week and enjoy your new books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. What a diverse group of books this week. Zen Pencils and Science Geek look fun. Christmas at the Inn should be on my list.

    Hope you have a nice week.

  3. I do the same with shorter books - it's nice to have one when I'm not able to finish a longer book. My reading has slowed quite a bit in the first half of the year and will probably stay at that pace. It'll be interesting to see if I complete my GR challenge. Have a nice week, Martha!

  4. Wow, I'm impressed you read 5 books. I hope you have another great week this week.

  5. Your books are an interesting eclectic collection. Thanks for sharing, and here are

  6. I would say you have had a productive and lovely week. I really enjoyed the Dispatcher. I have to hold myself back from audible daily deals at times. Happy reading this week. Anne - Books of My Heart

  7. I have never known anyone to get through as much reading as you do on a 'quiet' week. A busy week from you, would probably manage to wipe out my entire Goodreads Reading Challenge for the year in one go :)

    'The Dispatcher' sounds quite interesting. I can't believe that we are busy seeing Christmas titles around already (although I did manage to buy my 2019 diary last week!) and the notion of storms during the afternoons, sounds like heaven.

    Down here in the south of the UK, I can't remember the last time we had any of the wet stuff and now we are being told to stay indoors if possible, out of the intense heat - Roll on autumn!

    Thanks for sharing and hosting MM, and enjoy your reading week :)


  8. You had a good week. I have been reading and listening a lot as I try to rid myself of the plague. I need to check out more thrillers on audio. You've got me itching with your titles

  9. Your weeks are always so busy.

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Yay for the Dispatcher! I was hoping there'd be more books and a series to go with it :) Hope you have a great weekend!


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