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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Sunday Post April 28, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 29, 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.

Everyone was in this week except my secretary finished her job as she is moving across country.
Work continues. It was nice to have a week with fewer appointments so I could work more.
I had contact with the architect's office but still no proposal.
Thought you might like to see some of the chickens who follow us. We now have 10 chickens after losing two this past month.
Tiger Lily (our cat) had a relapse this week. First started limping and the next night was walking crookedly as if her back legs are crippled. It is heartbreaking to watch but her spirits are good and she continues to eat. She seemed a little better today.
Our weather has been warming with cooler nights. We had the one night of storm that moved through.
This post will continue to be late the next few weeks as we watch the final season of Game of Thrones on Sunday nights.

I enjoyed my reading and listening this week although I had trouble with the Audible on my phone. I finished 2 books: 1 ebook and 1 audiobook. Our internet was out half the week which hindered my postings until work or Saturday. I posted two reviews and my usual memes.

I only visited 20 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Lily Element. This looks like a fun review blog managed by Melissa and Drea.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NGTBR- #NetGalley Book Review: The Book of Ruin by W.G. Hladky; Military, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci Fi; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Dead Girl Running audiobook cover art

Dead Girl Running
Cape Charade
By: Christina Dodd
Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
This is an engaging suspense with an ending that leads to another book.
Source: December 2018 Audible Credit.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
The White City: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime by [Hitchcock, Grace]

The White City
by Grace Hitchcock
This is a very sweet historical romance.
Source: NetGalley 2019.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)
The House with a Clock in Its Walls audiobook cover art

The House with a Clock in Its Walls
By: John Bellairs
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
I picked up the wrong 5 hour book, downloading this one instead. The Audible program is glitching on my phone so I still have an hour and a half.
Source: January 2019 Audible Daily Deal $1.95.
Publisher's Summary
A haunting gothic tale by master mystery writer John Bellairs - soon to be a major motion picture starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black!
When Lewis Barnavelt, an orphan, comes to stay with his Uncle Jonathan, he expects to meet an ordinary person. But he is wrong. Uncle Jonathan and his next-door neighbor, Mrs. Zimmermann, are both witches! Lewis is thrilled. At first, watching magic is enough. Then Lewis experiments with magic himself and unknowingly resurrects the former owner of the house: a woman named Serenna Izard. It seems that Serenna and her husband built a timepiece into the walls - a clock that could obliterate humankind. And only the Barnavelts can stop it!
©1973 John Bellairs (P)1992 Recorded Books, LLC

2. eBook/Kindle (eBookTBR)
April's Desires (Larry Macklin Mysteries Book 6) by [Howe, A. E.]

April's Desires (Larry Macklin Mysteries Book 6)
by A. E. Howe
I slipped this mystery in last minute for my "April" title. I am 40% in and liking it quite well.
Source: Free Kindle March 2018.

The peace of spring is shattered for criminal investigator Larry Macklin when his best friend, Pete Henley, is accused of brutally killing his daughter’s ex-boyfriend. Larry knows that Pete is innocent, but the evidence is heavily weighted against him.
Before Larry can even begin to clear Pete’s name, he is pulled off of the case to investigate a another murder where the prime suspect is the local chief of police. As Larry investigates the latest death, it soon becomes clear that the murders may be related, part of a string of killings stretching back almost two decades.
In order to solve the case, Larry will have to risk everything he holds dear—his ethics, his friendships, his loyalty to the sheriff’s department… and his life.

3. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
The Wizards of Once audiobook cover art

The Wizards of Once
By: Cressida Cowell
Narrated by: David Tennant
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
This is the one I was supposed to pick up last week.
Source: 12/2/2018 Audible Daily Deal $1.95.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (Author TBR)

Vigilante Assassin: An Action Thriller
(Jake Wolfe Book 2)
by Mark Nolan
I start this ebook next.
Source: Author review request December 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

April 28, 2019 - I got a half day behind and had to catch up this week. I am still enjoying the devotions and readings with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App. I am on day 3 of a 5 day reading plan: The Annointing. I'll pick another study later in the week. [You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I completed two books and posted two reviews. That keeps me current with three reviews to post for current reading.
I keep working to add newer reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible again. (Eventually I will add older reviews.)
My NetGalley shelf is still at 14 unread (down to one from December). The 6 that release in April are on my list for May now. I have 4 old titles (2012!) that I might get read this year too.
I still have four author ebook 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 did not add any new NetGalley or review titles.
I selected one Audible books with a $5.00 credit and picked up two free Audible Originals offered in April.
I realized that SYNC Audio 2019 started and I downloaded this weeks titles. 
I picked up NO free kindle titles. (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



4/28/19 I had a $5.00 Credit from picking a "Pre-Order" a few weeks ago.
I chose a Whisper Sync title for $7.95 so it cost me only $2.95
Written in Red
    A Novel of the Others
        By: Anne Bishop
       Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
     Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
    4,584 ratings
    Overall 4.5Written in Red
A Novel of the Others
By: Anne Bishop
Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
Release date: 03-05-13

4/28/19 I picked up the Kindle version of our Ladies Book Club title for April:
The Breaking Point
by Karen Ball
"Caught in a blizzard, they expected to fight for their lives. What they didn’t expect was a miracle…"
I bought the print book several years ago and decided this would be good to share with my LBC.
Audible Free Originals:
The Darkwater Bride
    bc-image-inset-borderThe Darkwater Bride, An Audible Original Drama
By: Marty Ross
Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Donal Finn, Jamie Glover, Freya Mavor, Adrian Scarborough
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
Release date: 10-29-18

Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers
    bc-image-inset-borderRiley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers
By: Chris Grabenstein
Narrated by: Kevin Pariseau, Charlie Thurston, Suzanne Toren, Chris Andrew Ciulla, Khaliah Adams, Lauren Fortgang, Jennifer Van Dyck, Betsy Hogg, Josh Hurley, Eliza Foss, Edoardo Ballerini, Allison Hiroto, Ann Osmond, Bryan Kennedy, J. J. Myers
Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
Release date: 04-04-19
SYNC Audio 2019 has started already!!

I added NO free titles to my Kindle library. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Fewer appointments every once in a while is good for the soul. Chickens look fun. I've thought about getting some, but think the woodland creatures would love to make snacks out of them.

    Hope you enjoy all your books.

  2. I hope your audible glitch clears up. Sometimes deleting the app and redownloading it can help.

    Have a great reading week

  3. I have loved the Anne Bishop series on Audio, a treat in store for you. I want to read that Christina Dodd series, just a matter of getting to it. Love the picture of the chickens.

  4. Written in Red looks good (and it's a long listen!).

  5. Dead Girl Running sounds good. Enjoy your books and your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. I got the SYNC books this week too. I love Written in Red and have probably read it a dozen times. I don't have the audio version though. Come see my week here. Happy reading.

  7. These chickens are adorable! Sorry to hear about the ones you lost though, and about your kitty. I hope she feels better soon!
    I've been wanting to read Written in Red for years. I've heard some really good things about the series. I hope you enjoy it and your new books. Happy reading!

  8. Sorry to hear about your cat. I love the chicken photo. What I read and posted last week.

  9. HOpe your kitty is doing better. I love that SYNC program!

  10. Breaking Point sounds good. I hope your bookclub enjoys it. Happy reading!

  11. I like the chickens. Enjoy your latest additions ;-)


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