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Monday, October 1, 2018

Sunday Post September 30, 2018/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday October 1, 2018

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms
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It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date (at Wordpress).
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.

We had a good drive home and I am thankful that my husband is willing to drive the whole way since I am not crazy about driving a large motorcoach. We allowed an extra day so we could relax and not stress his health. We have also been binging on Game of Thrones.

I didn't get to read as many TBR ebooks in September as I had hoped. I plan to pick up some in October for FraterFest.

I had a lot of travel time for reading and listening as you can see by completed books! I finished seven books: three ebooks and four audible titles. I managed to get two reviews posted as well as all of my usual memes (although Friday Pick is late).

I visited 22 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Ubiquitous Grace who shares reviews and other bookish blogs.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Nation by Terry Pratchett; Coming of Age, Fantasy, Sci Fi; my rating: Story 4.0 of 5.0; Audio: 4.5 of 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)
Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery by [Victoria Gilbert]

Shelved Under Murder: A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
by Victoria Gilbert
I enjoyed this easy, cozy mystery.
Source: NetGalley 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible Smartphone (A2018)

The Lilac Bouquet
By: Carolyn Brown
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
This is a lovely story!
Source: Audible January 2018 Daily Deal $2.95.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (Tour)
Operation Earth by [Hammarblad, Maria]

Operation Earth
by Maria Hammarblad
My review of this sci fi Alien Invasion story
will post 10/3/18.
Source: Review book from Bewitching Book Tours.
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die
By: April Henry
Narrated by: Cristina Panfilio
Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
This has great mystery and tension.
Source: Audible March, 2017 Daily Deal $1.95.
Publisher's Summary
"Take her out back and finish her off."
She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.
And that she must run.
In her riveting style, April Henry crafts a nail-biting thriller involving murder, identity theft, and biological warfare. Follow Cady and Ty (her accidental savior turned companion), as they race against the clock to stay alive.
©2013 April Henry (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

5. Smartphone (A2018)

The Quest for Cosmic Justice
Written By: Thomas Sowell
Narrated By: Robertson Dean
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Duration: 5 hours 52 minutes
I was very impressed with this treatise which raises concerns about encroachments on American liberties. 
Fits with current issues!
Source: Audiobooks July 2018 credit purchase.
Click on book title for full description.

6. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

The Rancher's Gift: A Modern Day Parable
of Living a Life on Purpose
by Dennis Worden (Author), Jeff Dunn (Author)
This is a well written story presenting solid life lessons.
Source: NetGalley 2018.
We are not promised more than today.
Thus we need to live our legacy now,
with focus and integrity.
Ryan Westcott is ready to step into the family business, armed with a fresh MBA degree from a prestigious business school. Yet his father has other ideas. He feels Ryan needs more education—but not the kind one gets from a school. Ryan is sent to his uncle’s Montana ranch to learn, in short, how to be a man.
While Ryan helps his uncle build a barn, he learns life lessons about health, work, finances, education, selfessness, humility, and most important of all, love.
Ryan meets the richest man in the county, only to find riches are not always counted in dollars and cents. And then there is Kayla, the pretty country lass who awakens deep feelings in Ryan he never knew he had, and challenges him to live a life of true purpose. Along the trail, Ryan meets one more person, one who will upend all else and change his life forever.
There is more to life than just what we see in our limited view. Come travel the “Big Sky” country with Ryan, and find the purposeful life that awaits you.
Bonus: Also included is The Rancher’s Guide to Living Life on Purpose to help you reflect and discover your purpose in living.

7. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

The Emperor's Soul
By: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Angela Lin
Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
This is wonderfully well written
and creative story telling.
Source: Audible March, 2017 Daily Deal $1.95.

Publisher's Summary
When Shai is caught replacing the Moon Scepter with her nearly flawless forgery, she must bargain for her life. An assassin has left the Emperor Ashravan without consciousness, a circumstance concealed only by the death of his wife. If the emperor does not emerge after his hundred-day mourning period, the rule of the Heritage Faction will be forfeit and the empire will fall into chaos.
Shai is given an impossible task: to create—to Forge—a new soul for the emperor in less than one hundred days. But her soul-Forgery is considered an abomination by her captors. She is confined to a tiny, dirty chamber, guarded by a man who hates her, spied upon by politicians, and trapped behind a door sealed in her own blood. Shai's only possible ally is the emperor's most loyal counselor, Gaotona, who struggles to understand her true talent.
Time is running out for Shai. Forging, while deducing the motivations of her captors, she needs a perfect plan to escape...
©2012 Dragonsteel Entertainment, LLC (P)2012 Recorded Books

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Review)

To Thine Be the Glory
by Angela D. Martin
I am finding this interesting.
Source: Review Request from PublishingPush.
This is a book that outlines the testimony of the authors life and how she officially came to faith and realized that there was a call of God on her life.

2. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)
The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set audiobook cover art

The Extinction Cycle Boxed Set
Extinction Horizon, Extinction Edge, and Extinction Age (The Extinction Cycle, Books 1 - 3)
By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
Series: The Extinction Cycle, Book 1-3
I have been wanting to listen to a book over 24 hours and this is a TBR that fit the bill.
Source: Audible February, 2017 credit selection.
Publisher's Summary
Here are the first three books of the best-selling, award-winning, and top-rated Extinction Cycle series.
Extinction Horizon
The worst of nature and the worst of science will bring the human race to the brink of extinction.
Master Sergeant Reed Beckham has led his Delta Force team, code named Ghost, through every kind of hell imaginable and never lost a man. When a top secret medical corps research facility goes dark, Team Ghost is called in to face their deadliest enemy yet - a variant strain of Ebola that turns men into monsters.
After barely escaping with his life, Beckham returns to Fort Bragg in the midst of a new type of war. The virus is already spreading. As cities fall, Team Ghost is ordered to keep CDC virologist Dr. Kate Lovato alive long enough to find a cure. What she uncovers will change everything.
Total extinction is just on the horizon, but will the cure be worse than the virus?

Extinction Edge
A new threat that will bring humanity to the edge of extinction.
The dust from Dr. Kate Lovato's bioweapon has settled. Projections put death counts in the billions. Her weapon was supposed to be the endgame, but it turned a small percentage of those infected with the hemorrhage virus into something even worse.
Survivors call them Variants. Irreversible epigenetic changes have transformed them into predators unlike any the human race has ever seen. And they are evolving.
With the doomsday clock ticking, the fractured military plans Operation Liberty - a desperate mission designed to take back the cities and destroy the Variant threat. Master Sergeant Reed Beckham agrees to lead a strike team into New York City, but first he must return to Fort Bragg to search for the only family he has left.
At Plum Island, Kate discovers Central Command may have considerably underestimated the Variant population in New York. As Operation Liberty draws closer, Kate warns Beckham that Team Ghost won't just face their deadliest adversary yet, they may be heading into a trap.

Extinction Age
On the eve of extinction, all seems to be lost, but there is still one final hope.
Operation Liberty has failed. Humans are losing the war. With no other option, General Kennor decides to pull back the troops and give science a second chance.
Trapped in the extensive sewer system beneath New York, Master Sergeant Reed Beckham and the survivors of 1st Platoon must battle through the tunnels - where they make a grisly discovery in their attempt to escape.
At Plum Island, Dr. Kate Lovato is working on a new bioweapon to destroy the Variants. But when a derelict Navy destroyer crashes into the Connecticut shoreline, she is forced to deal with a nightmare she thought had ended.
As the doomsday clock ticks down and military bases fall across the country, the human race enters the age of extinction.
©2016 Nicholas Sansbury Smith (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

Once Upon a Heartbreak
by Cassie Rocca
This looks like a cute story.
Source: NetGalley 2018.
Is true love really out there? A hilarious, heartwarming romance: perfect for the fans of Jo Watson, Debbie Johnson and Holly Martin.
Liberty Allen used to be a hopeless romantic, that is, until Zack Sullivan unwittingly broke her teenage heart.
Fifteen years later, Liberty has her life together in New York City, running a successful business and engaged to be married in just a matter of months. But something just seems to be missing...
All of a sudden, Liberty runs into Zack out the blue, forcing her to question everything she thought she knew about her life, her happiness, and even her feelings on true love...

September 30, 2018 - I am still up to date and enjoying my Bible reading through You Version App.  I am 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 7 books and posted two reviews. That puts me at a whopping 11 reviews to post! Fortunately I have been working on drafts while I was without internet.
Obviously I have all of these reviews to add to Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. I still have  older ones to catch up on too.
My NetGalley shelf is now at 10. I still have one 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 have no new review titles.
I picked up two Audible Daily Deals and two Audible free titles.
I didn't pick up any Kindle paid titles.
I picked up  just a few 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


9/27/18 Audible Daily Deal $3.95
City of Endless Night audiobook cover art
City of Endless Night 
by Douglas Preston , Lincoln Child
Narrator: Rene Auberjonois
Hachette Audio

9/29/18 Audible Daily Deal $2.95
Death in the English Countryside audiobook cover artDeath in the English Countryside: Murder on Location Series, Book 1
by Sara Rosett
Narrator: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Tantor Audio

9/26/18 Original Free Pick
Emma audiobook cover artEmma: An Audible Original Drama
Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
Drama Narrators: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Morgana Robinson, Anna Lea
Audible Studios

9/29/18 Audible Editors
Audicted audiobook cover artAudicted
The Books That Got Us Hooked

I added 9 free titles to my Kindle library this week. Another week of no time even to download free 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. I would wanted to drive an RV either! I'm glad to see The Lilac Bouquet is good.

  2. Glad your ride home was a good one. I keep forgetting to try the Audible Originals. Life is so busy right now. Have a good week, Martha.

  3. So many of these sound fabulous. The Quest for Cosmic Justice and The Rancher's Gift top my list of wants. Shelved Under Murder looks cute too. Hope you have a great week.

  4. So many tempting books! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. I keep seeing Shelved Under Murder and since I love cozies, I'm going to have to pick this one up!

    My roundup!

  6. The April Henry book seems full of suspense. Like the sound of that one.

  7. Enjoy your GoT binge! I love that show and can’t wait for the final season. Good luck with Fraterfest. I’m doing that, too. Happy October!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  8. Oh I got The Lilac Bouquet as an ADD and loved it. I also got the Emperor's Soul but haven't listened to that one yet. I thought about getting both of the ones you purchased. Enjoy your reading and listening this week. Anne - Books of My Heart

  9. I am enjoying the Lilac Bouquet Martha. Waiting to see how it all unravels from long ago. Worth taking an extra day to drive home for sure.


  10. The Emperor's Soul looks good. I've enjoyed this author and need to explore more of his books.

  11. Enjoy your books! I feel like one of the very few who hasn't watched Game of Thrones.

  12. The Emma audio version looks great with that cast! Happy listening.

  13. I can't imagine driving anything, let alone an RV. Enjoy your new books. I'd like to check out the Emma on audio

  14. Only 7 books read in one week! - If only I could achieve half that I would be a happy bunny :)

    I quite like the sound of a couple of this week's new 'finds', but I was a little put off when I read that 'Death In The Countryside'is a very quick and quirky read and to be honest 'City Of Endless Nights' is just a little too far into the series to interest me, unless you know whether the books work well as stand alone stories?

    Either way, Happy Reading and enjoy the rest of your week :)



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