Contact email: mesreads AT
###Winner Announcement Posts are linked here.###

GIVEAWAYS ARE NOW LOCATED ON THEIR OWN PAGE - CLICK ON TAB ABOVE; Giveaways also linked on right sidebar.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sunday Post January 20, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 21, 2019

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms
I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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.

Work is moving along. I covered court hearings this week in between office work. I'll be working the holiday tomorrow as I have several files to catch up and get filed.

The damaged office is mostly stripped where the interior has to be replaced. I expect they will be working on paneling this week to see what they can save.

Meanwhile at home we met with the contractor to pick the color for roofing shingle with hopes that they will start that work in the next week or so.
The yard crew has spent the week dragging out more than 85 stumps in our immediate yard area. They will be planting seed soon and we'll have to see about getting some trees planted.

We had wind gusts of 20mph+ all night rattling our awning. We were very cold this morning with 39 degrees that felt like 30 due to the wind.

My listening and reading was good. I finished 4 books: two ebooks, one audiobook and one children's book. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I managed to visit 25 blogs during the week.
Shout Out this week to Burgeoning Bookshelf. Veronica is another blogger who shares reviews and has some adorable mini reviewers to help with children's books.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The More of Less by Joshua Becker; Cleaning, Nonfiction, Self Help; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: Don't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager; Children, Educational, Grammar, Writing; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

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.
This is engaging epic fantasy. My review is linked above.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

This is an interesting series ending... for now.
I will post my review this coming week.
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 an encouraging book to share with children.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

The Winter Mystery an absolutely gripping whodunit
by Faith Martin
I like this amateur sleuth mystery.
Source: 2018 NetGalley. (Winter title.)
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audiobooks/Smartphone (ATBR)
Promise Me Texas

Promise Me Texas
Written By: Jodi Thomas
Narrated By: Linda Stephens
Duration: 10 hours 58 minutes
This is an easy listen, historical romance.
Source: 2018.
On a midnight train, four hours away from her wedding, Beth McMurray discovers the devastating truth about the powerful senator she’s about to marry. Convinced nothing could make this stormy night worse, the train wrecks, and she tumbles straight into the arms of an outlaw.
Andrew McLaughlin doesn’t believe in loving except between the pages of his writings. He loved deeply once and thinks he’ll never survive another loss. To save a friend, he climbs aboard a train heading toward Dallas. In the moment before the train crashes, he saves a beautiful woman and is injured in the fall. He wakes up to find she’s claimed him as her fiancé—and now they’re both on the run, and destined to do everything it takes to make an unexpected promise of love come true.

2. eBook/Kindle (eBA2018)

Aether's Call
by John Farr
I am just starting this space exploration, steampunk adventure. 
Source: Author Request 2018.
Roy's just a conscripted cook on the Starr, the compound's first spaceship in decades. With Earth in ruins, the Starr speeds through the galaxies, hunting down those responsible for its destruction.
Meanwhile, Roy's stuck in the kitchen, missing all the action. It isn't until a beautiful woman involves him in her secret plan that things start to get interesting. She says it's the only way to save humanity. The only problem? It means committing outright treason.
Back on Earth, Roy's ex-wife Cynthia holds clandestine meetings with a renegade theorist. Amid the ashes of Philadelphia, they gather the equipment they'll need to remotely capture the Starr. And Cynthia knows what she's doing. She was on the Starr's development team.
Uma is the only science officer onboard the Starr. She feeds the captain the coordinates of enemy ships, and he trusts her completely. But maybe he shouldn't. After all, Uma works for the resistance. Or does she? Lately, she'd had the feeling that someone's been playing with her mind.

3. Audiobooks/Smartphone (ATBR)

Half Share
A Trader's Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 2
By: Nathan Lowell
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
I decided to read a TBR book from a series.
I'll try each month to listen to a new book in series and a sequel to one I've read.

Source: 2018 Audible Credit Purchase.
Publisher's Summary
Six months in the Deep Dark. Four different women. One man discovers what it means to be a spacer.
It's a time of change on the Lois McKendrick. Sarah Krugg joins the crew, and Ishmael Wang moves to Environmental. After getting accustomed to life aboard a solar clipper, Ishmael must learn a whole new set of skills, face his own fears and doubts, and try to balance love and loss in the depths of space.
Both Ishmael and Sarah must learn to live by the mantra "trust Lois". For Sarah, there is the hope of escaping a horrifying past. For Ishmael, he must discover what type of man he wants to become and learn his choices have consequences.
Return with the crew of the SC Lois McKendrick, and set sail in the next installment of the Trader's Tales from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper. All your favorites return: Ish, Pip, Cookie, Brill, Diane, and Big Bad Bev. You might even discover some new friends as you travel among the stars.
©2012 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

4. eBook/Kindle (A2018)

January Breeze, February Embers, March Whispers
(Elderberry Croft #1)
by Becky Doughty
This is a January title for my 'Monthly' Goal group.
Source: Kindle Free TBR 2015.
For most of the residents, The Coach House Trailer Park is the last lonely stop on the road of life. But on a crisp January breeze, a new girl sweeps into the neighborhood, charming them all with her wild nature, her elderberry gifts, and her outrageous laughter. What brings the mysterious Willow Goodhope of Elderberry Croft to this dead end place? From what--or whom--is she hiding?
January Breeze
There’s a new girl in town, and she’s breathing life into The Coach House Trailer Park, starting with the tiny cottage she christens, Elderberry Croft. Kathy Kekoa isn’t so sure about this wild child living across the way, with her generous nature, and exuberance for life. What’s a vibrant, young thing like Willow Goodhope doing in a place like The Coach House? From what—or whom—is she hiding?

January 20, 2019 - I am staying up to date with the One Year Bible plan reading through You Version App.
I enjoyed a 4 day reading plans this week: One Word That Will Change Your Life.
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 completed four books and posted four reviews. That keeps me at 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.
My NetGalley shelf is still at 9 unread from November to date. But I rounded up the files for 4 old titles (2012!) that I might get read this year. I now have four remaining author titles 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 didn't pick up any review books this week.
I did pick up three Audible daily deals.
I didn't purchase any Kindle paid titles and I only picked up 15 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


I picked up three Audible Daily Deals:
1/17/19 Daily Deal $3.95
Second Hand Curses audiobook cover artSecond Hand Curses
By: Drew Hayes
Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
Length: 9 hrs
Release date: 11-21-17
I have wanted to get this second book in the series.

1/19/19 Daily Deal $2.95
Small Town Rumors audiobook cover artSmall Town Rumors
By: Carolyn Brown
Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
Release date: 07-03-18
I liked The Lilac Bouquet by this author so I picked up another for small price.

1/20/19 Daily Deal $3.95
Reset audiobook cover artReset
By: Brian Andrews
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
Release date: 04-24-18
A sci fi technothiriller is almost always of interest to me.

I picked this up with Kindle Unlimited.
The Teacup Novellas - The CollectionThe Teacup Novellas - The Collection
by Diane Moody
I saw these titles at Faith, Hope and CherryTea and they looked like nice reads.

I only added 15 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. Sounds like you had a busy week. I really want to read The Winter Mystery. Who knows when that will be with all I have going on. Hope you have a great week.

  2. I usually enjoy a Jodi Thomas book although I haven't read this particular one. Sounds like things are really moving with the renovations but can't be easy in your winter weather.

  3. I hope the work on hour office and home goes smoothly. My weekly updates

  4. I didn't realise it was a holiday there in the States. I love the look of January Breeze, February Embers, March Whispers. Hope you enjoy it.

  5. I'm glad the repair work is coming along. We were in the 20s this morning so it was really cold for my run this morning. Small Town Rumors looks really good. Happy reading!

  6. It's freezing here too. You got through a nice variety of books last week.

  7. The Winter Mystery looks tempting. Thanks for sharing, and good luck clearing the yard.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. Sounds busy over there with the work and home renovations. Stay warm and happy reading!

  9. It seems to be really cold everywhere...brrrr.

    ENJOY your books and your week.

  10. What a busy week! Your cold is 50 degrees warmer than our cold. Our is stay inside and read weather. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  11. You had an amazing reading week. I'm planning to read The Name of the Wind again this year. The first time I attempted I didn't make it all of the way through!

  12. The wind has been very impressive this week and yes so cold! Good luck with the roof and projects. I'll be doing the roof bit here soon myself. Eep!

  13. You are going to be busy with workmen. I hope they are not like here where they promise faithfully to come and don't turn up and where date if completion is a dream!

  14. Looks like you had a good reading week. I really need to catch up on my Netgalley reads. It’s so easy to let these get out of hand. Here’s to another good week of reading.

  15. I liked the Jodi Thomas book and need to check to see if I completed that series. Hope your temps rise. We're going into the deep freeze this week - but that's to be expected up here. Have a good week, Martha.


Your comments are always appreciated!


Related Posts with Thumbnails