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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday Post January 13, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 14, 2019

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 are starting to see a more normal closing and work schedule at office. This coming week I have several days of court hearings to cover.

I spent a couple of half days this past week moving files and books from one office (to be stripped) to three rooms to be retained. I also met with the workers to move furniture into my warehouse. They have stripped 3/4ths of the carpet and are in the process of removing the floor glue. There should be more insulation and ceiling panels removed this week. It is nice to see progress.

My listening and reading was good, but slower again this week. I finished 1 ebook novel and one children's book. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 20 blogs during the week.
Shout Out this week to Every Book its Reader. Kim is a librarian as well as "reader, blogger, geek".
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NG2018- #NetGalley Book Review: Owl Love You by Matthew Heroux, Wednesday Kirwan Illustrations; Birds, Children, Family; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

Talon of Scorpio: A Novel of the Shadowstorm
by G. T. Almasi
I enjoyed the prior books in this series and this is another action packed volume.
Source: 2018 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. ADE/PC (NG2018)

Don't Dangle Your Participle
by Vanita Oelschlager
This is cute and I appreciated the reminding lesson. :-)
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Words and pictures show children what a dangling participle is all about. Young readers are shown an incorrect sentence that has in it a dangling participle. They are then taught how to make the sentence read correctly. It is done in a cute and humorous way. The dangling participle loses its way and the children learns how to help it find its way back to the correct spot in the sentence. This is followed by some comical examples of sentences with dangling participles and their funny illustrations, followed by an illustration of the corrected sentence. Young readers will have fun recognizing this problem in sentence construction and learning how to fix it.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2018)

The Name of the Wind
(Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1)
By: Patrick Rothfuss
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 1
Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
I can get lost in Kvothe's story and emotions.
I have 11 hours still to go of this long story.Source: 2012 Audible.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

Summoned to Thirteenth Grave: A Novel (Charley Davidson Series Book 13)
by Darynda Jones

Release date Jan 15, 2019
I am 40% into this and tension is building as the series draws to a close.
Source: 2018 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

3. ADE/PC (NG2019)

A Flicker of Hope
by Julia Cook (Author), MacKenzie Haley (Illustrator)
This is another children's book I selected to enjoy.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
HOPE is our children's window for a better tomorrow. In terms of resilience and well-being, hope is a critically important predictor of success. This creative story from the best-selling author of My Mouth is a Volcano!, and Bubble Gum Brain, reminds children that dark clouds can be temporary and asking for help is always okay. We all have times when we need to borrow a little hope from someone else.
When your clouds get too dark,
and too heavy to push away,
Reach out and ask, Can I borrow some light?
I'm having a really bad day.
It's always okay to admit to yourself,
I just can't do it today.
Everyone needs somebody sometimes,
to help them find their way.
Sometimes the dark clouds overhead seem too heavy and you feel like giving up. Little candle knows all about this. Bad grades, blasted on social media, worried about making the team, and wondering who her real friends are so many hard things to deal with! All she can see is darkness. But her story begins to change when someone notices she needs a boost of hope. As little candle is reminded she has purpose and her own unique gifts, and that she isn't the only one with dark clouds, her dim light begins to shine brighter.

This hopeful story emphasizes for children (and adults) the many different ways to ask for help, and their ability to be a hope builder for others, too.

4. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

The Winter Mystery an absolutely gripping whodunit
by Faith Martin
This cover and blurb caught my attention.
Source: 2018 NetGalley.
Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is.
“Classic murder mystery story with a twist at the end” Oxford Times
Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective.
Please note this book was first published as “A FATAL FALL OF SNOW” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO.
Jenny Starling is spending Christmas in a snowed-in country house cooking all the traditional food she loves. But the family she’s working for are not full of the seasonal spirit. In fact, they seem to hate each other.
On Christmas Eve, someone is found dead on the kitchen table. And the head of the family is blaming Jenny!
But with an incompetent detective called in, and seemingly no motive for the murder, Jenny will have to give the police a hand.
She will stop at nothing to clear her name and find the real murderer.
This is the second of a series of gripping murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page.
Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis.

January 13, 2019 - I have started again with the One Year Bible plan reading through You Version App.
I enjoyed a 4 day reading plan this week: Examen Prayer.
I am continuing to find other shorter reading plans that are uplifting.
[You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I only completed two books and posted four reviews. That leaves 3 reviews to post.
I continue to slowly add reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. I still have older ones to catch up on.
I added/downloaded two more NetGalley titles. My shelf is currently at 9 unread. I now have five author titles in queue that I hope to start next week. 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 added/downloaded two book titles from NetGalley.
I received one author review title. 
I am adding a book for Ladies Book Club to read Jan-Feb.
I resisted the Audible daily deals but selected one of the free original audible titles.
I didn't purchase any Kindle paid titles and I only picked up 1 (lonely) free kindle titles again. (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
These are two titles I picked up at NetGalley:
A Flicker of Hope
by Julia Cook (Author), MacKenzie Haley (Illustrator)
"HOPE is our children's window for a better tomorrow."
See above under finished reading for book description.

"Put that spare PVC pipe to work with more than 50 inventive, step-by-step projects that yield tough and durable storage, furniture, gardening, toys, and much more, with The PVC Pipe Book."

I received this title from the Author.
Reasons to Kill God
by I. V. Olokita
“If you are able to write 180 pages of your memoir without putting the pen down, I might let you live…”

Ladies Book Club January book to be discussed February 9, 2019.
Forgotten God: Reversing Our Tragic Neglect of the Holy Spirit
by Francis Chan (Author), Danae Yankoski (Contributor)
"In the name of the Father, the Son, and ... the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two?"


I selected one credit title from
by Mercedes Lackey

1/13/19 First of two choices for January Audible Original
The Spies That Bind audiobook cover artThe Spies That Bind
A Gallagher Girls Prequel
By: Ally Carter
Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
Length: 2 hrs and 55 mins
Release date: 06-25-18

I only added 1 free titles to my Kindle library over the past week. I didn't spend much time adding free books again 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. A great collection of books this week. I hope you enjoy them all.

  2. I like the look of The Winter Mystery. Also, glad you're seeing progress on the reno project. Have a good week!

  3. So many great books this week. Don't Dangle That Participle sounds fun. The Winter Mystery looks right up my alley. Hope you enjoy all your new books.

  4. I'm sure you're thrilled to see some progress! A Flicker of Hope looks like a good one.

  5. Enjoy your books, and thanks for sharing. The Winter Mystery looks like one I might enjoy.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. I like the message in A Flicker of Hope. I'll have to look for your review of his one. Enjoy your reading and listening week!

  7. Sounds like you had a good week. It looks like progress is being made at restoring your office. I love the variety of books you read. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Good that the office fixing up is getting more underway. Intrigued by the dangling participle!

  9. great reading list here.. and I like the sound of the Flicker of Hope

  10. It must be good to be able to see that you are finally making some progress, but I know from experience, that the wheels of progress seem to turn exceedingly slowly, and that you forget quite what 'normal' life was like!

    I hope that your reading and blogging is helping you relax a little when you get the chance and you have some great books this week to be tempted by.

    I haven't read a good 'whodunit' in ages now, so I am quite liking the sound of 'The Winter Mystery' by this new to me author, despite the fact that her novels are mostly set in Oxford, which is close to where I live. I can't believe that I haven't come across her before, so this one is definitely set for my TBR list!

    Thanks for sharing and have a good week :)

    Yvonne xx

  11. Great on the schedule slowly getting resolved.

    Nice on visiting 20 blogs. :)

    ENJOY your books and your week.

  12. It looks like you are doing well. I got Name of the Wind in some Audible Sale. I also listened to Summoned to 13th Grave. I hope you enjoy them both. Have a great week with your reading! Anne - Books of My Heart

  13. Yay for some progress! Is this still from the hurricanes this summer?


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