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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Sunday Post May 5, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 6, 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. I/We get to start training a new employee tomorrow (Monday).
I plan to contact the architect's office repeatedly this week in hopes of getting some response.
This chicken likes to look in the kitchen window.
I started giving potassium to Tiger Lily (our cat) again and she has stabilized. She is eating some, although we can still feel every rib.
Our weather continues to warm up.
I got the post ready early so I can relax and watch episode 4 of Game of Thrones today.

And - Happy Cinco de Mayo! I bet we'll get Mexican food for lunch tomorrow. :-)

I have really enjoyed my reading and listening this week, especially the current books. I finished 3 books: 1 ebook and 2 audiobooks. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 22 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Books and Life. Mayu looks to be a new blogger whose blog is "All about mystery, fantasy and romance novels." Stop by and say hello.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NGTBR- #NetGalley Book Review: SkyLine: The Dragon Commander - A Military Science Fiction Romance Adventure; Cyberpunk, Dragon, Fantasy, Military Sci Fi; My Rating: 3.75 of 5.0
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Dead Girl Running by Chirsina Dodd; Psychological Thriller, Romantic Suspense; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: The White City by Grace Hitchcock; Christian Fiction, Historical Romance, Historical Mystery; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0.
  • A2019- Audible Book Review: The House with a Clock in Its Walls by John Bellairs; Children, Fantasy, Magic, Middle Grade; My Rating: 3.75 Overall; Story 3.5 and Narration 4.0.

Finished 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 was disappointed. My review is linked above.
Source: January 2019 Audible Daily Deal $1.95.
Click on book title for full description.

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
This was a pleasant surprise (and might lead to more monthly titles).
Source: Free Kindle March 2018.

Click on book title for full description.

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 a fun listen.
Source: 12/2/2018 Audible Daily Deal $1.95.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Still Life

Still Life
by Dani Pettrey
8.75 Hrs.
I was pulled right into this when I started listening while downloading another. (3.5 hrs in.)
Source: ChristianAudio Sale July 2017.
Romantic Suspense's Rising Star Continues to Win Fans
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.
Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit and support her best friend, who modeled for the show. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found. She immediately calls Parker for help. As Avery, Parker, and his friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

2. eBook/Kindle (Author TBR)

Vigilante Assassin: An Action Thriller
(Jake Wolfe Book 2)
by Mark Nolan
I am really enjoying this high action story. (56% in.)
Source: Author review request December 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (eb-LBC)

The Breaking Point
by Karen Ball
I bought the print book several years ago and decided this would be good to share with my LBC.
Source: 4/28/19 I picked up the Kindle version to read for our April meeting.
Caught in a blizzard, they expected to fight for their lives. What they didn’t expect was a miracle…
Renee and Gabe Roman are on the edge—relationally and spiritually. Both believe they are followers of Christ who know God. So why is their marriage so difficult? After years of struggle, they wonder if it’s all been for nothing.
Then, on an anniversary trip to a remote resort, their truck hurtles down the side of a mountain. Suddenly, they find themselves at the mercy of the rugged Oregon wilderness, forced to fight for survival by relying on each other. But both must surrender their last defenses if they are to come home at last—to God and to each other.
Can the Romans overcome their greatest obstacle—themselves—in time?

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

Deadly Vows
by Jody Holford
I look forward to starting this cozy mystery.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Former Army brat Molly Owens is happily settling into her new life in the seaside town of Britton Bay—and into new her job as editor-in-chief of the local paper. But as tourists discover the desirable spot, the tide along the Oregon Coast is turning . . .
Britton Bay is buzzing with preparations for a wedding at the bed and breakfast where Molly rents a small carriage home. Molly is even helping out and plans to interview the rising star caterer—until the woman is found dead. And then the bride-to-be goes missing. To make matters worse, the venue is owned by Molly’s new boyfriend’s mother—and Molly was among the last people to see the victim alive. All of which makes solving the crime her top priority . . .
With the nuptials indefinitely on hold, Molly will have to sift through a sticky mix of suspects, including a rival caterer with a short fuse, a groom with an illicit secret, and a wedding party riddled with personal drama. And if she doesn’t discover the truth soon, Molly might be her own front-page news . . .

May 5, 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 1 of a 3 day reading plan: God's Relentless Presence. 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 three books and posted four reviews. That puts me 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 13 unread (2 added, 1 on the read list). I am working on the 6 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 added two "read now" titles from NetGalley .
I have five new Audios: two Audible daily deals plus an Audible title through Kindle Unlimited;  and two titles with the last two month credits. 
I downloaded week 2 titles from SYNC.
I picked up only 2 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 Read Now titles picked up at NetGalley:
Forever in a Moment (Deerbourne Inn) by [O'Shay, Charlotte]Forever in a Moment
by Charlotte O'Shay
"Can a vivacious city girl find forever with a reclusive farmer?
Will her secret keep her from trying?"
This sounds like a nice "Hallmark" style story. I might need something cooler as the temperatures heat up.

In Darkest Days May Blossom by [Snow, Leila]In Darkest Days May Blossom
by Leila Snow
I liked the sound of this but it also has "May" in the title. :-)


5/2/19 Audible Daily Deal $5.95
        By:        Brandon Sanderson
        Narrated by:
        Suzy Jackson
    Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
    13,253 ratings
    Overall 4.8Skyward
By: Brandon Sanderson
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
Release date: 11-06-18
(Considering the author, I expect this to be good.)

5/4/2019 two credits.
Light of the Last
Light of the Last
by Chuck Black
Narrated By: Katie Leigh, Michael Orenstein, Leanne Bell
Unabridged Audiobook
Duration: 12 hours 5 minutes
(This is the final in a series I like.)

The Hope of Azure Springs
The Hope of Azure Springs
by Rachel Fordham
Narrated By: Coleen Marlo
Unabridged Audiobook
Duration: 8 hours 7 minutes
(This sounds good plus has "Spring" in the title.)

5/4/19 This was a NetGalley title I didn't get to read in 2013 so I picked it up on Kindle Unlimited and discovered the audiobook came with it. :-)
An Area 51 Novel
By: Bob Mayer
Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
Series: Area 51: The Nightstalkers, Book 1, Area 51, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins

5/5/2019 Audible Daily Deal $3.95
Make Me No Grave
        By:    Hayley Stone
            Narrated by:
        Oliver Wyman
    Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
    250 ratings
    Overall 4.3Make Me No Grave
By: Hayley Stone
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
Release date: 11-20-18
(This looked and sounded good but the narrator cinched the purchase.)

5/4 Free Kindle
Overshadowed (Free Short Story) (The Remnant) by [Chapman, Vannetta]Overshadowed (Free Short Story) (The Remnant)
By: Vannetta Chapman
I have been eyeing this series on Audio. Audio 2019 Week 2.
OTHELLO by William Shakespeare, narrated by Ewan McGregor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kelly Reilly, Tom Hiddleston, and a full cast (Naxos AudioBooks)
YOU by Charles Benoit, narrated by David Baker (Full Cast Audio)

I added only 2 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. You had a good week! I hope you can connect with the architect this week.

  2. Have you seen the movie of The House with the Clock in its Walls?
    Good luck chasing down that architect. My husband works with them regularly and he is not a fan lol.

    Have a great reading week

  3. Glad to know you kitty has stabilized. Hope things improve again in the coming week.
    I was very tempted by Skyward on audio this week, but I already have a hardcover copy of it. I've heard amazing things about it though.
    Happy reading!

  4. I do keep an eye on the Audible daily deal but rarely pick up one I want to read. You've had a great reading week. Love the photo of the chicken, rather nosey!!

  5. Isn't it irritating that we have to contact people repeatedly to get things done? I'm glad your cat is doing better. Enjoy your new books.

  6. Deadly Vows looks fun! I always check out the Audible daily deal.

  7. Sounds like you had a good week. I do hope you can contact your architects. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. I love your chicken updates. I hope you get results from the architect soon. My weekly updates

  9. Hi Martha,

    It never ceases to amaze me, just how long some so called 'professionals' can take to do things - I would be giving them hell by now!

    It sounds as though many other aspects of your life are on the up right now though, including your great reading selection this week - very eclectic!

    I had picked out a few of your titles as having potential for me, but the length of the list was getting silly, so I decided to limit myself to one, which is 'Vigilante Assassin' and I hope that you are enjoying / enjoyed reading it.

    Have a good week :)


  10. I like the sound of In Darkest Days May Blossom.


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