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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Sunday Post June 16, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 17, 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.

We had a lovely visit with family in Illinois.
We enjoyed time outside with the children but it was a bit too cool to enjoy the pool.
A ride/walk around the block. I had a hard time keeping up and getting a picture.

Everyone gathered to say goodbye.

I am still praying for so many people suffering from floods, tornadoes and severe weather. We know that it takes time to recover.
The weather in south Illinois has been quite nice: highs of 80, lows of 57.

I enjoyed my reading/listening and finished five books total. 2 audiobooks, 1 full ebook and two childrens titles. I posted four reviews on the blog and two on Goodreads. Plus I posted my usual memes.

I didn't do more than quick visits last week: visited only 15 blogs.
Shout Out this week to Hot Listens (another audio blog during audiobook month). Lupdilup, Melanie and Lisa share audio love.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Noble Beginnings by L.T. Ryan; Genre: Military Thriller; My Rating: 3.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 3.0; Narration 3.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Event By Nathan Hystad; Genre: First Contact, Sci Fi; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 3.75; Narration 4.25.
  • NG2019- Goodreads #NetGalley Book Review: Feel Better, Mommy by Risa Kirschner; Genre: Children; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: Finder by Suzanne Palmer; Genre: Action Adventure, Sci Fi, Space Colonization; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)
Forever in a Moment (Deerbourne Inn) by [O'Shay, Charlotte]

Forever in a Moment
by Charlotte O'Shay
This is an easy, light romance.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Rath's Deception
The Janus Group, Book 1
By: Piers Platt
Narrated by: James Fouhey
Series: The Janus Group, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
This is a suspenseful story of assassins.
Source: Audible Sale Purchase December 2016.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Computer (NG2019)
Feel Better, Mommy

Feel Better, Mommy
by Risa Kirschner
I selected this to share with our granddaughter since our daughter-in-law is struggling with cancer.
It is good for sharing about hospital visit. My review is linked above.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Abby's mom has a boo boo, so her Nana takes her to the hospital to visit. Follow Abby's adventures as she finds a magical bed that moves, takes her teddy on a wheelchair ride, and learns that spending time with her mom can make a hospital feel like home. Based on the real experiences of the author's then two-year-old daughter, this sweet story teaches that hospitals are safe places for healing and that parents always love their children, even if they have to spend time away from home.

4. eBook/Kindle or Computer (NG2019)

Don't Let the Beasties Escape This Book!
by Julie Berry
I loved this cover.
Sadly, the book doesn't do so well as ebook.
My review is linked above.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

5. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Cry Wolf
by Patricia Briggs
Narrated by: Holter Graham
Series: Alpha and Omega, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
Strong writing and entertainment; reliable Briggs.
Source: Feb 2018 Audible January Credit.
Publisher's Summary
Anna never knew werewolves existed until the night she survived a violent attack...and became one herself. After three years at the bottom of the pack, she'd learned to keep her head down and never, ever trust dominant males. But Anna is that rarest kind of werewolf: an Omega. And one of the most powerful werewolves in the country will recognize her value as a pack member - and as his mate.
©2008 Patricia Briggs (P)2008 Penguin

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)
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 4.5

The 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
This is sad so far (2/3rds) but interesting.
I've met the characters and now want to know what happens.
Source: May 2019 Audible Sale purchase $5.24.
Publisher's Summary
This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.
And what happens then?
Listener, it is your destiny to find out.
Click here to see a full list of Newbery Medal Winners and Newbery Honor Books.
©2003 Kate DiCamillo (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

The Time Collector
by Gwendolyn Womack
I am liking the history and uniqueness of this story.
Source: NetGalley 2019.
A thrilling page-turner from Gwendolyn Womack, the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller
Travel through time with the touch of a hand.
Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: he can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highly skilled psychometrist, he uses his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. Stuart, a fellow pyschometrist and Roan’s close friend, has used his own abilities to unearth several out-of-place-artifacts or “ooparts”—like a ring that once belonged to the seventeenth-century mathematician and philosopher René Descartes, but was found buried in prehistoric bedrock.
The relics challenge recorded history, but soon after the discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of several psychometrists who have recently died or vanished without a trace. When Roan comes across a viral video of a young woman who has discovered a priceless pocket watch just by “sensing” it, he knows he has to warn her—but will Melicent Tilpin listen? And can Roan find Stuart before it’s too late?
The quest for answers will lead Roan and Melicent around the world—before it brings them closer to each other and a startling truth—in the latest romantic thriller from Gwendolyn Womack, the bestselling, PRISM Award-winning author of The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller.

3. Audible/Smartphone (A2019)

Changeling: A Novel of Sorcery and Society
by Molly Harper
Narrated by Amanda Ronconi
Series: Sorcery and Society, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
I'm enjoying the start of this.
Source: 2/20/19 Audible Daily Deal $2.95
Publisher's Summary
If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor....
But Snipes aren’t supposed to have magical powers...and the existence of a magical Snipe threatens the world order dictated during the Guardians’ Restoration years ago. If she wants to keep her family safe and protect her own skin, Sarah must figure out how to fit into posh Guardian society, master her newfound magical powers, and discover the truth about how an ordinary girl can become magical.
©2018 Molly Harper White (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

June 16, 2019 - I am still enjoying the devotions and readings with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App.  I didn't pick a study last week but I plan to pick another this week. [You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I completed five books and posted six reviews. That means I have three current reviews to post.
I have been adding newer reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. (Eventually I will add older reviews.)
My NetGalley shelf is at 15 unread. I am still working on remaining April titles. [Plus I have 4 old titles (2012-13!)]
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 picked up 4 childrens titles with my Granddaughter but we didn't get to read them all.
I made no purchases but downloaded one free title.
I downloaded week 8 titles from SYNC.
No free kindle titles this week. (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
These four NetGalley Read Now titles were picked by/for our Granddaughter:
Princess Arebeena: and the Crystal FairiesPrincess Arebeena and the Crystal Fairies
by Fiona Boyd
"Welcome to the magical Kingdom of Treenesta, governed by King David and Queen Trixie!"


The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical
by Pauline Tait
"Perfect for 4 to 8 years olds this beautifully illustrated picture book continues the adventures of Leona and her friends."

Feel Better, Mommy
Feel Better, Mommy
by Risa Kirschner
(see full description above)


Birds of a Feather
by Vanita Oelschlager
"Birds of a Feather introduces children to the magic of idioms words that separately have one meaning, but together take on something entirely different."



6/15/19 June Audible Original - Free
Alien III
An Audible Original Drama
By: William Gibson
Narrated by: Tom Alexander, Barbara Barnes, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Lorelei King, Laurel Lefkow, Keith Wickham
Series: Alien
SYNC Audio 2019
Week 8: June 13 – June 20
THE GOLDEN DAY by Ursula Dubosarsky, narrated by Kate Rudd (Candlewick on Brilliance Audio)
GULP by Mary Roach, narrated by Emily Woo Zeller (Tantor Audio)

I added no titles this week 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. What great photos. It's nice to spend time with family. I'm sorry to hear about your daughter-in-law. I will keep her up in prayer.

  2. I’m glad you had a wonderful time with your beautiful family,

    Have a great reading week

  3. Your family visit looks like a lot of fun - it's always hard to say good-bye isn't it?

  4. It sounds like you had a great time Martha. Loving the books in your post this week. I've read and loved quite a few of them :)

  5. I downloaded Don't let the Beasties Escape this Book after seeing it on your blog. I have the same issue with formatting but haven't tried to read it yet. I'm glad you like it besides the issues.

  6. Hi Martha,

    Hopefully the relaxing break with family has recharged your batteries, ready for the work ahead.

    I was so sorry to hear about your DIL and hope that a good prognosis is on the horizon for her. I volunteer for our local hospice in one of their retail outlets, so I know first hand what a difficult time this must be for the entire family, including those all important children.

    There are some lovely children's books on the market right now and some of the cover artists are amazing!

    Happy Reading and I hope that the rest of your week is good :)


  7. Sounds like you had a good time with family. Have a great week and enjoy your new books

  8. I love Patricia Brigg's Alpha & Omega series. It looks like a great time with family. And excellent weather. We had that for a week or so but now it's heated up. We aren't getting as much rain though. Happy reading!

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   


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