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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sunday Post August 18, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday August 19, 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 full week of work with some distress. A local bank set forth a limited vendor decision. The banks have the right to do this but aren't usually so blunt as it does upset the realtors and can cost extra to the parties.
As I was working on finalizing this post my computer started freezing up so I am wrapping up to get it posted.
Our weather remains very hot.
I had a fair week of reading/listening, finishing three titles (and part of a DNF). I finished 2 audiobooks and 1 ebook. I posted five reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 18 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to but books are better. Heidi has wonderfully creative book images.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: The Girl in Red by Christina Henry; Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci Fi; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Ember War, Books 1-2, by Richard Fox; Genre: Sci Fi, Space Fleet, Space Military; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.5.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Sleeping Tiger by Rosamunde Pilcher; Genre: Novella, Romance; My Rating: 3.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 3.0; Narration 3.25.
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: You Don't Belong Here by Sean O'Toole; Genre: Novella, Romance; My Rating: 3.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 3.0; Narration 3.25.

Finished Reading:
1. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Sins of the Past: A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection

Sins of the Past: A Romantic Suspense Novella Collection
Author Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey & Lynette Eason
Narrator Various Narrators
Runtime 10.17 Hrs. - Unabridged
One of these was slow but they were all easy listening.
Source: July 2017 Christianaudio Sale.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (Publisher eBTBR)
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Preserving Liberty
by Candice Sue Patterson
I enjoyed the characters and plot in this.
Source: Pelican Book Group review choice 2018.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)

The Collapsing Empire
The Interdependency, Book 1
By: John Scalzi
Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
Series: The Interdependency, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
A little slow start and then I was engrossed.
Source: September 2017 Audible Daily Deal $2.95.
Publisher's Summary
2018 Locus Award, Best Science Fiction Novel
Our universe is ruled by physics, and faster-than-light travel is not possible - until the discovery of The Flow, an extradimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transports us to other worlds, around other stars.
Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It's a hedge against interstellar war - and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.
The Flow is eternal - but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it's discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off all human worlds from faster-than-light travel forever, three individuals - a scientist, a starship captain, and the empress of the Interdependency - are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.
©2017 John Scalzi (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
The Ethereal Squadron: A Wartime Fantasy (The Sorcerers of Verdun) by [Stovall, Shami]

The Ethereal Squadron
by Shami Stovall
I'm really enjoying this alternate history military fantasy.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
The Beekeeper's Apprentice audiobook cover art

The Beekeeper's Apprentice
(Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes #1)
by Laurie R. King
I've listened to the beginning of this

and I think I will enjoy it.
Source: September 2011 Audible purchase.

Long retired, Sherlock Holmes quietly pursues his study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. He never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes' pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger. But when an elusive villain enters the picture, their partnership is put to a real test.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
The Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens: How to Raise a Happy Backyard Flock by [Kuo, Anne]

The Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens
by Anne Kuo
I'm sad I don't have the chickens anymore but I am still interested.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
The book new chicken keepers will crow about.
The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens makes it simple and easy to start keeping these surprisingly smart birds right in your backyard. From constructing coops to rearing chicks, you’ll learn everything you need to know to make sure your chickens stay happy and healthy all year round.
Which breed of chicken is right for you? What’s the best coop-bedding material? What sort of feed should you use? Let expert chicken keeper Anne Kuo answer these questions—and many others—in The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens.
The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens includes:
All cooped up—Create the perfect home for raising chickens using detailed backyard coop designs and construction guides.
From chickens to eggs—Find out how to pick the right breed, raise chicks, collect eggs, keep your birds safe from predators, and more.
Learn to speak bird—Start talking the talk thanks to an extensive glossary of common chicken-keeping terms.
Get your own flock started in no time—The Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens shows you how.

4. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

The Lady in the Coppergate Tower
by Nancy Campbell Allen

This sounds like a good story.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Hazel Hughes has spent her life believing she is a Medium—someone who can talk to ghosts. But as of yet, that skill has remained frustratingly elusive. She is also suffering from a reoccurring childhood dream of someone who looks almost exactly like Hazel, but this dream version of herself is slowly going mad.
Sam MacInnes is a talented surgeon who runs in the highest social circles thanks to his family’s position and history. When Sam hires Hazel to assist him with his medical practice, he is immediately drawn to her intelligence, wit, and beauty.
Their potential relationship is derailed one evening when a mysterious count arrives in London and reveals to Hazel the truth about her past: she was abducted at birth and her twin sister has fallen dangerously ill.
Hazel agrees to travel to Romania with Count Petrescu in order to save her sister, and Sam insists on accompanying her. The count has secrets, though, and the journey grows more sinister with every mile that draws Hazel closer to her homeland. Even as her feelings for Sam become deeper and more complicated, she fears she might not survive the quest to save her sister with her heart intact, not to mention her life. She must learn to draw on gifts she doesn’t know she has if they are going to ever return home again.
Hazel and Sam must fight their way past dark magic, clockwork beasts, and their own insecurities as they try to reach her sister in the impenetrable Coppergate Tower before time runs out.

Audio/Smartphone (ATBR) -- Listened to 3 hrs out of 9 and 1/2.  DNF

By: Denise Mina
Narrated by: Richard Matthews
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
I got through the first hour and a half which was filled with foul language. I was sort of interested in how it ended so I listened to the final hour and a half (still full of ugly langauge). My thoughts: some wonderful descriptions; a rather dark tale with twists but all of it is overshadowed by horrible language which I didn't want to listen to for another 6 hours.
Source: December 2004 Audible Purchase.
Click on book title for full description.

August 18, 2019 - I am still enjoying the devotions and readings with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App. I completed a 2 day plan this week: God's Joyful Assignment For You. I will start a new 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 five reviews. I continue up to date with the three reviews to post this week.
I have been adding newer reviews to NetGalley, Goodreads, Amazon and Audible. (Eventually I will add older reviews.)
My NetGalley shelf is now at 11 unread. I have pulled/read titles released and on my list before July. Next week I expect to start titles I received in July. [Plus I have 4 old titles (2012-13.)]
I have three author ebook titles left in queue. I plan to get caught up on these too.
Still many titles 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 NO review titles this week.
I haven't picked out the Audible Originals for August yet.
I selected two 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



Two free titles were added 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’m not clear on what a limited decision is but it hope it all works out. I also hope your computer issues are resolved.

    Have a great reading week:)

  2. All these books look great. Preserving Liberty and The Lady in the Coppergate Tower sound perfect for me. Hope you enjoy all these.

  3. You have a great selection of books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    Enjoy your week.


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