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Sunday, January 27, 2019

Sunday Post January 27, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 28, 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 continues to progress; some days slower than others. I ended up working at home on Monday.

They've stripped more insulation and paneling from my office now and have started the dryout process.

Nothing new on the home front as we continue to wait to hear from the contractor and insurance update.

We have to cover our fruit trees (they were low enough to survive the hurricane) for the expected overnight freeze this week.

My listening and reading was good again. I finished 4 books: two ebooks and two audiobooks. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 24 blogs during the week.
Shout Out this week to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers. Gina is an avid reader and she apparently has had to recover from Hurricane Michael too.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NG2018- #NetGalley Book Review: Summoned to Thirteenth Grave by Darynda Jones; Fantasy, Ghosts, Private Investigator; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • NG2018- #NetGalley Book Review: A Flicker of Hope by Julia Cook, MacKenzie Haley (Illustrator); Children, Emotions, Self-Esteem and Self-Respect; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • NG2018- #NetGalley Book Review: The Winter Mystery by Faith Martin; Amateur Sleuth, Mystery, Cozy Mystery; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0.

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

Promise Me Texas
Written By: Jodi Thomas
Narrated By: Linda Stephens
Duration: 10 hours 58 minutes
I enjoyed this easy listen, historical romance.
Source: 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

2. 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
Again, surprisingly engaging.
Source: 2018 Audible Credit Purchase.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (eBA2018)

Aether's Call
by John Farr
This is strange sci fi.
Source: Author Request 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (A2018)

January Breeze, February Embers, March Whispers
(Elderberry Croft #1)
by Becky Doughty
I just read the January story which is sweet.
This is a January title for my 'Monthly' Goal group.
Source: Kindle Free TBR 2015.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audiobooks/Smartphone (ATBR)
The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga cover art

The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga
By: Aleron Kong
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Chaos Seeds, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
I wasn't sure on this but midway I am liking it - reminds me of game playing which I haven't done in years.
Source: November 2017 Audible Daily Deal Purchase.

Publisher's Summary
Welcome to The Land, Audible's 2018 Customer Favorite!
Book 1 of a 7-Book international best-selling series that will amaze and delight you for weeks!
Enter a mesmerizing tale reminiscent of the wonder of Ready Player One and the adventure of Game of Thrones.
Number One Audiobook 2017
75 Thousand Five Star Reviews
Welcome my friends! Welcome... to "The Land!"
Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction.
Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm?
A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it? Can he grow his power to meet the deadliest of beings of the land? When choices are often a shade of grey, how will Richter ensure he does not become what he seeks to destroy?
PS - Gnomes Rule
Please LIKE Aleron Kong on Facebook. He also does almost weekly giveaways of shirts, signed books, and other loot!
FB The Land Forum: If you want to discuss The Land with other members of the Mist Village Mafia, join us!
Website: Come check out custom artwork from The Land, find awesome loot and find more LitRPG. Includes a link to the author's Patreon page: "I am an indie author, meaning no publisher. If you would like access to early chapters of unreleased books or even to have yourself written into the books, check out my Patreon. Help me make more books!"
Instagram: @LitRPGBooks
Twitter: @LitRPGBooks
©2016 Tamori Publications (P)2017 Tamori Publications

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2018)

The Last Woman in the Forest
by Diane Les Becquets
I am looking forward to this psychological thriller.
Source: 2018 NetGalley.

From the national bestselling author of Breaking Wild, here is a riveting and powerful thriller about a woman whose greatest threat could be the man she loves.…
Marian Engström has found her true calling: working with rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife. Her first assignment takes her to northern Alberta, where she falls in love with her mentor, the daring and brilliant Tate. When they’re separated on another assignment, she’s shattered to learn of his tragic death. Before long, Marian discovers disturbing inconsistencies about Tate’s life, and begins to wonder if the man she loved could have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women.
Hoping to clear Tate’s name, Marian reaches out to a retired forensic profiler who’s haunted by the open cases. But as Marian relives her relationship with Tate and circles ever closer to the truth, evil stalks her every move.…

3. ADE/PC (NG2019)
Quinn's Promise Rock: No Matter Where, God Is Always There

Quinn's Promise Rock: No Matter Where, God Is Always There
by Christie Thomas and Sydney Hanson
This looks like a book I will really like.
Source: 2018 NetGalley.

Help Your Child Grab Hold of God's Promises
Quinn, the thoughtful little owl, has a lot of worries and questions for her father.
"What if I get lost?"
"What if you dive and I don't notice?"
"What if you get too far ahead of me and I can't find you?"
Written for children experiencing moments of separation anxiety or other common fears, Quinn's Promise Rock reminds kids that God will always be there for them, whatever happens or wherever they go. Share this comforting truth with your child today.

I'm sure I'll start another audio but I haven't decided which title yet.

January 26, 2019 - I am staying up to date with the One Year Bible plan reading through You Version App.
I enjoyed a 5 day reading plan this week: GOD + GOALS: How To Set Goals As A Christian.
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 three reviews. That moves me to 4 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 at 6 unread from November to date plus 4 old titles (2012!) that I might get read this year. I still 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 new review books again but I received a nice gift.
I picked up two Audible daily deals and then bought six titles on Rewind Daily Deal.  
I also selected one free Audible title and my 2nd free Audible Original.
I didn't purchase any Kindle paid titles and I only picked up 4 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 recently reviewed When Spring Comes to the DMZ
by Uk-Bae Lee
Plough Publishing very generously gifted me a print copy which arrived Saturday.
I am excited to share it with my grandchildren.


I picked up two Audible Daily Deals:
1/23/19 Daily Deal $2.95
Bluff audiobook cover artBluff
By: Michael Kardos
Narrated by: Julia Whelan
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Release date: 04-03-18

1/24/2019 Daily Deal $2.95
The Event audiobook cover artThe Event
By: Nathan Hystad
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
Release date: 07-24-18

Then there was a sale:
1/27/19 Audible Daily Deal Rewind Sale  - Six Titles for $16.78
Three titles for $3.95 each
A Man Called Ove audiobook cover artA Man Called Ove
By: Fredrik Backman
Narrated by: George Newbern
Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
Release date: 12-29-13

Will Save the Galaxy for Food audiobook cover artWill Save the Galaxy for Food
By: Yahtzee Croshaw
Narrated by: Yahtzee Croshaw
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
Release date: 02-14-17

Burying Water audiobook cover artBurying Water
By: K. A. Tucker
Narrated by: Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
Length: 11 hrs
Release date: 10-07-14

$1.99 Not Alone audiobook cover artNot Alone
By: Craig A. Falconer
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
Length: 22 hrs and 59 mins
Release date: 08-09-16

$1.95 My Sister's Grave audiobook cover artMy Sister's Grave
By: Robert Dugoni
Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
Release date: 11-01-14

$.99 The Highwayman audiobook cover artThe Highwayman
A Longmire Story
By: Craig Johnson
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
Release date: 05-17-16

1/21/19 Audible Free
The Other America - A Speech from The Radical King (Free) audiobook cover artThe Other America - A Speech from The Radical King (Free)
By: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Cornel West - editor
Narrated by: Wanda Sykes
Length: 25 mins
Release date: 02-01-18

1/27/19 - 2nd Audible Original Free title:
The Man on the Mountaintop audiobook cover artThe Man on the Mountaintop
An Audible Original Drama
By: Susan Trott, Libby Spurrier - adaptor
Narrated by: Stanley Tucci, Toby Jones, Clare Corbett, Rachel Atkins, Jeff Harding, David Thorpe
Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
Release date: 11-09-17

I only added 4 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. Mmm you made some great buys on the Audible sale. I love K. A. Tucker on audio. I liked Burying Water, must listen to the next ones.

  2. I enjoyed the audio of 'Ove'. Have a good week, Martha!

  3. I just started The Last Woman in the Forest and am enjoying it so far. Come see my week here. Happy reading!


    Have a great week!!

  5. You picked up some great books in the Audible sale. When Spring Comes to the DMC looks adorable. I’m sure you are all looking forward to spring.

  6. I saw The Last Woman in the Forest on another blog too. It sounds really really good and suspenseful.

  7. The Last Woman in the Forest looks good. Thanks for sharing...and enjoy. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. You always have a great list that is so diverse. Promise Me Texas sounds like it is right up my alley. Hope you enjoy your books. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. The Land: Founding keeps popping up in my suggestions on Audible, but I've been hesitant about it. Glad to know you're liking it so far!


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