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Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday Post June 23, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 24, 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.

I got back to work on Tuesday. It felt like a productive week without being hectic. Sadly my staff are passing around a bug with several days absent.
The architect and engineer are meeting with me at the office on Tuesday. Yay!

I'll share some more photos from our Illinois visit.
The children were patient opening Dad's BD cards while waiting for cake.

I have missed the chickens since coming home. :-(
Hubby is struggling with a lot of pain. He will see the doctor tomorrow.
Our weather here is very hot, in the 90s. I am glad I work in air-conditioning all day.

I enjoyed my reading/listening and finished four books (probably 5 by the end of the night). 3(4) audiobooks and 1 ebook.  I posted four reviews on the blog and posted my usual memes.

I was back to visiting 20 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Carol's Notebook. I thought I highlighted this before but it wasn't in my list. Carol reads a variety and the link shows Carol's audiobooks for 2019.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: Forever in a Moment by Charlotte O'Shay; Genre: Contemporary Romance, Holiday Fiction, Holiday Romance; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Rath's Deception by Piers Platt; Genre: Assassins, Military Thriller, Military Sci Fi; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs; Genre: Paranormal, Werewolves; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.5.
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: The Time Collector by Gwendolyn Womack; Genre: Metaphysical Fiction, Romantic Suspense; My Rating: 4.75 of 5.0.

Finished 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 a rather dark story of 
forgiveness and redemption.
Source: May 2019 Audible Sale purchase $5.24.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

The Time Collector
by Gwendolyn Womack
I really liked the history and uniqueness of this story.
Source: NetGalley 2019.
Click on book title for full description.

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
This was a fun, easy listen.
Source: 2/20/19 Audible Daily Deal $2.95
Click on book title for full description.

4. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Harden audiobook cover art

Lee Harden, Book 1
By: D.J. Molles
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Series: Lee Harden, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
This is gritty but I was glued to listening.
Source: November 2018 Audible Credit.
Publisher's Summary
Harden is the highly-anticipated return to the NYT best-selling series, The Remaining.
It’s been three years since Lee Harden emerged from his bunker into a world gone mad. Governments have fallen. And new ones have taken their place. In the United Eastern States, Lee and his team of battle-hardened operatives walk a tightrope of survival, keeping their fledgling society safe from the creatures beyond their gates - and from the enemies within.
Then, an ambush in hostile territory reveals a traitor in their midst - and leaves Lee barely clinging to life. Wounded and on the run, Lee and his team race to uncover the leak before it’s too late. Through a background of destruction, betrayal, and newly-evolved apex predators, they must stay one step ahead of a ruthless organization spreading out of the south - an organization that has allied with someone who wants Lee dead, and the United Eastern States demolished. But how do you stay ahead of an enemy that knows every move you make?
Reintroducing one of the most beloved heroes in post-apocalyptic fiction, Harden immerses you in a reality of desperate gambits, where wrong moves could cost the lives of thousands, but saving them could cost your humanity. The only rule is NEVER STOP FIGHTING.
©2018 D.J. Molles (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

The Governess of Penwythe Hall
by Sarah E. Ladd
The Governess of Penwythe Hall (Cornwall #1)
This is gently lovely, with mystery and danger. 
Source: NetGalley 2019.
Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.
Cornwall, England, 1811
Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request for her to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she’s tried desperately to forget.
Jac Twethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced, he battles both grief at his brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.
Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Justice Redeemed
    Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
    2,791 ratings
    Overall 4.3

Justice Redeemed
By: Scott Pratt
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
Release date: 11-17-15
Oh - corruption in the law can be so scary!
I am almost finished with this.
May 2019 Sale Audible Sale $5.24.

Publisher's Summary
Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again - this time, accused of murder.
Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case. To ensure his lawyer's cooperation and silence, Jordan threatened to make Street's son the next victim. Shortly after, Jordan's own body turned up with a bullet hole in his chest.
Now Street is on trial for his life, and the enemy he made in the DA's office is clearly out for blood. It's one lawyer out to frame another. Can a desperate father escape punishment for a crime he didn't commit?
©2015 Scott Pratt (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

Every Last Breath
by Juno Rushdan
This sounds like a good Terrorism Thriller.
Source: NetGalley 2019.
48 hours, 2 covert operatives, 1 chance to get it right
Maddox Kinkade is an expert at managing the impossible. Tasked with neutralizing a lethal bioweapon, she turns to the one person capable of helping her stop the threat of pandemic in time: the love of her life, back from the dead and mad as hell at her supposed betrayal. Recruiting Cole to save millions of lives may be harder than resisting the attraction still burning between them, but Maddox will do whatever it takes...even if it destroys her.
When Maddox crashes back into Cole Matthews' life, he wants to fight back. He wants to hate her. But the crisis is too strong to ignore, and soon the two former lovers find themselves working side-by-side in a breakneck race to stop a world-class killer with a secret that could end everything.
The clock is ticking.
A race-against-time romantic thriller, perfect for fans of JD Robb and Mary Burton!

4. Audio/Smartphone (CAB2019)
Liturgy of the Ordinary

Liturgy of the Ordinary
Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
Author Tish Harrison Warren
Narrator Sarah Zimmerman
Runtime 4.63 Hrs. - Unabridged
Publisher christianaudio
I need a nonfiction book for June and I decided I wanted something of faith.
Source: 6/3/19 June free download.
In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something―making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys―that the author does every day. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren opens up a practical theology of the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day.

There will be another audio but I am still trying to choose which one.

June 23, 2019 - I am still enjoying the devotions and readings with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App. I started a six day devotional titled AIM. [You can check out audio of the One Year Bible Plan on the companion commentary online.]

I completed four books and posted four reviews. That keeps me current on 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 13 unread. The April titles are down to 2 not counting the current reads. [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 didn't pick up any new review titles this week.
I have really been resisting the daily deals.
I downloaded week 9 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



SYNC Audio 2019
Week 9: June 21 – June 27
ASTRAY by Emma Donoghue, narrated by Khristine Hvam, James Langton, Robert Petkoff, Suzanne Toren, Dion Graham (Hachette Audio)
OLIVIA TWIST by Lorie Langdon, narrated by Pearl Hewitt (Black Hills Audiobooks)

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. I hope your hubby feels better soon, and that you avoid whatever illness is being passed around your office.
    Every Last Breathe sounds like a great thriller.

    Have a great reading week

  2. Sometimes it's good to have an empty mailbox. Gives you time to catch up on reading and other chores.

  3. Hope your husbands health improves soon.

  4. I hope your husband feels better really soon. And Every Last Breath sounds good indeed. Happy reading!


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