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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sunday Post May 12, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 13, 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.

Work continues. Our new employee seems to be doing well considering how much we have 'thrown at her' this week.
I contacted the architect's office repeatedly but, in spite of one reply, there is no progress. I'll be back on the phone this week.

This orchid was a Mother's day gift two years ago from our son. I am glad it is still blooming.
Tiger Lily (our cat) struggled early in the week but seems to have gotten over the nerve episode this week. Still, she isn't eating enough.
Our weather continues to warm up even though we have had several rain storms.
We're watching episode 5 of Game of Thrones tonight.

I hope all the mothers, real, surrogate, and substitute, enjoyed their day. :-)

I had another good reading/listening week. I finished 3 books: 2 ebooks and 1 audiobook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 21 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to The Bent Bookworm. Liz is "a girl with a book obsession, a caffeine problem, and an adrenaline addiction."
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Wizards of Once by Cressida Cowell; Children, Fantasy, Middle Grade (ages 8-10); My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.5.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (Author TBR)

Vigilante Assassin: An Action Thriller
(Jake Wolfe Book 2)
by Mark Nolan
This is a great high action thriller.
Review linked above. 
Source: Author review request December 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Still Life

Still Life
by Dani Pettrey
8.75 Hrs.
This is a strong Christian romantic suspense.
Source: ChristianAudio Sale July 2017.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
Deadly Vows (A Britton Bay Mystery Book 2) by [Holford, Jody]

Deadly Vows
by Jody Holford
I really enjoyed this clean, cozy mystery.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)
Storm Cursed audiobook cover art

Storm Cursed
Mercy Thompson Novel Series, Book 11
By: Patricia Briggs
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
Release date: 05-07-19
I'm already enjoying this addition to a great series.
Source: March 2019 Audible credit (pre-order).
Publisher's Summary
In this powerful entry in the number-one New York Times best-selling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves....
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.
And a coyote shape-shifter.
And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.
Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who live in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and interact with the fae.
The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming, and her name is Death.
But we are pack, and we have given our word.
We will die to keep it.
©2019 Patricia Briggs (P)2019 Penguin Audio

2. eBook/Kindle (eb-LBC)

The Breaking Point
by Karen Ball
This is moving quickly with emotional conflicts. 
This is my LBC book to be discussed next Saturday.
Source: 2016 Print purchase. 4/28/19 Kindle version.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (eBookTBR)

Read on Arrival
A Bookmobile Mystery
by Nora Page
Release date May 7, 2019.
This looked like a nice cozy.
Source: NetGalley 2018 This is the last of my 2018 NetGalley picks.
Death, deadly omens, and a decades-overdue book put senior librarian Cleo Watkins on a collision course with a killer in the second Bookmobile mystery.
Septuagenarian librarian Cleo Watkins believes in gracious manners, sweet tea, and justice―library justice. For over forty years, Cleo has tried every trick in the book to get delinquent patron Dixie Huddleston to return the most overdue volume in Catalpa Springs, Georgia. When Dixie says she’ll finally relinquish the book, Cleo is shocked. She’s even more startled by the reason: superstitious Dixie says she’s seen the signs: she’s about to die and is setting her affairs in order.
Cleo dismisses Dixie’s ominous omens…until she and her gentleman friend, Henry Lafayette, arrive at Dixie’s home to find her dead. Cleo suspects murder. The police agree but promptly list Cleo among the likely culprits. To clear her good name and deliver justice, Cleo uses her librarian skills to investigate, with Henry and her trusty bookmobile cat, Rhett Butler, at her side.
However, the killer has opened a new chapter of terror. Death threats appear around town, and residents start seeing bad luck everywhere, including in Cleo and her beloved bookmobile Words on Wheels. With her bookmobile and legacy on the line, Cleo accelerates her sleuthing. Suspects and clues stack up, but so does the danger. Another death is coming due, and Cleo fears the killer may be about to turn the final page on someone she loves most.

I am sure to pick up another audio this week but I haven't decided which yet.

May 12, 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'll plan to pick another study this week. [You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I completed three books and posted four reviews. I continue to be current for review posts.
I have been adding newer reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible.  (Eventually I will add older reviews.)
My NetGalley shelf is now at 15 unread (2 added, 1 on the read list). I am working on the now 5 April titles. [I have 4 5 old titles (2012-13!) 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 received two requested titles from NetGalley .
I have six new Audios: two Audible credits plus five sale pick ups.
I downloaded week 3 titles from SYNC.
I picked up only 3 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
Two requested titles from NetGalley:
(Another 'spring' title.)
Spring Skies Over Bluebell Castle:(Bluebell Castle, Book 1)
by Sarah Bennett
"She wasn’t looking for love…
...But it’s only a matter of time before Lucie’s past catches up with her and by then it’s too late, she’s falling for him…"

I like fairy tale retellings.
The Girl in Red
by Christina Henry
"Red doesn't like to think of herself as a killer, but she isn't about to let herself get eaten up just because she is a woman alone in the woods...."


5/12/19 Audible April Two Credits:
(Hard to pick but I chose one in a series to continue and one new series title.
Machine World  
    Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
    5,567 ratings
    Overall 4.6Machine World
Undying Mercenaries, Book 4
By: B. V. Larson
Narrated by: Mark Boyett
Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
Release date: 05-12-15
I am ready to continue this military sci fi series.


    1,173 ratings
    Overall 4.4Chosen
The Warrior Chronicles, Book 1
By: K. F. Breene
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
Release date: 02-02-16
This looks like a strong female protagonist series.

5/12/2019 Audible Sale - 4 titles for $21.06. I'm often reluctant to use a credit for a book under $18.00 so I'm glad if I can pick them up on sale.
The Hammer Commission
    Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
    45 ratings
    Overall 4.3The Hammer Commission
By: John Van Stry
Narrated by: Doug Tisdale Jr.
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
Release date: 03-02-17
I've been wanting to pick up this series for a while.

The Tale of Despereaux
    Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread

    Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
    1,101 ratings
    Overall 4.5The Tale of Despereaux
Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread
By: Kate DiCamillo
Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
Release date: 02-05-04
I have wanted this cute story for a while.

Justice Redeemed
    Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    2,791 ratings
    Overall 4.3Justice Redeemed
By: Scott Pratt
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Release date: 11-17-15
I wanted to try this legal thriller-- I like this narrator and it is a "J" title.

Letters from Father Christmas
    Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
    612 ratings
    Overall 4.4Letters from Father Christmas
By: J.R.R. Tolkien
Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, John Moffatt, Christian Rodska
Length: 2 hrs and 7 mins
Release date: 10-04-05
Hard to resist Tolkien. Audio 2019 Week 3.
THE EPIC CRUSH OF GENIE LO by F.C. Yee, narrated by Nancy Wu (Recorded Books)
SHADOW OF THE FOX by Julie Kagawa, narrated by Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, Emily Woo Zeller (HarperAudio)

I added only 3 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. My husband often has to work with architects and he is always complaining that they never return calls! What a beautiful orchid.
    I need to read Storm cursed.

    Have a great reading week

  2. Ha I only get books $10 or under when they are are on sale. So I did get about four which is unusual for me but decided to follow your good example!

  3. What a beautiful plant. I can't have indoor plants--the cats eat them. Hope Tiger Lily starts eating more.

    Deadly Vows, The Breaking Point, and Read on Arrival all sound like books I would enjoy.

    Have a great week.

  4. Prayers for Tiger Lily. Your orchids look lovely!

  5. Lovely orchids. Nice to see so many in bloom after two years. Enjoy your current reads. Yay GoT!

  6. What a beautiful orchid! This reminds me that I am SO behind with the Mercy Thompson series. I think I'm on book 4? I really enjoyed it, so I should pick it up again. Have a great week!

  7. I enjoyed Storm Cursed and Read on Arrival and hope you do too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. I have one of those orchids, too. Mine is a few years old and still blooming. Enjoy your new books. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. Your orchid is beautiful. My son has gifted me two orchids and I’ve managed to kill both of them. The Girl in Red interests me. I enjoy fairytale retellings.

  10. Gorgeous orchid!

    Read on Arrival looks tempting. Enjoy your books and your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. Hi Martha,

    Don't give those architects a moments peace until you see some action!

    I know how resilient orchids can be at prolonged flowering and re-flowering, but I have never seen one a couple of years old which looks in as good a condition as yours. Your son must have an eye for a good plant when he sees one!

    Book and reading wise, I can't even begin to compete with your amazing schedule, however I do quite like the sound of 'Read On Arrival', for when one of those 'comfort reading' moments calls to me!

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week :)


  12. Beautiful Orchid. My mom loves them but can't keep them alive.

    The Girl in Red sounds good. If you like fairy tales, you should check out Jeannine Hall Gailey's poetry collection, Becoming the Villianess.


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