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Sunday, December 1, 2019

Sunday Post December 1, 2019/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday December 2, 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.

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This was another busy week and we were all rather happy to have several days off to give Thanks! My legal assistant was out last week for holiday and I will be glad to have her back on Monday.
My hubby caught me again as he remembered and I forgot our anniversary on 11/30. He took me out for lunch. Sharing time together is a joy at 34 years.
I am not very good at remembering anything but his birthday (7/4) and our children's dates. I try to remember the grandchildren's birthdays too. Sometimes I forget to plan even for my own birthday which is after Christmas (12/27).

This is a new visitor to our yard. I see him/her almost every morning crossing the backyard.
Our temperature hit 84 Saturday but will be dropping back to lows of 32 and highs of 50s to 68 this coming week. Still, when I see the images of snow storms, I am thankful I live in Florida!

My reading/listening was good this past week. I finished two audiobooks and two ebooks.   I posted three reviews on the blog and my usual memes.
I finished 7 sci-fi books for #SciFiMonth 2019 in ovember.
I met my TBR reading goal in November. I am looking for an X title to finish the Alphabet goal. I can also start listening to some longer audios except I plan to read Christmas titles first.

I visited only 15 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to The Beachy Reader. Gigi describes herself as a "Night owl and tea drinker who goes on Netflix binges.” She has a fun blog with a variety of postings.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • ebTBR- Book Review: Ruth's First Christmas Tree by Elly Griffiths; Genre: #HoHoHoRAT, Holiday, Traditional Detective; My Rating: 3.75 of 5.0
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Scythe by Neal Shusterman; Genre: Death, Dystopia, Teen & YA, #SciFiMonth; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.75.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

A Vintage Summer
by Cathy Bramley
I really enjoyed this 'bubbly' summer romance.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
An Easy Death audiobook cover art

An Easy Death
By: Charlaine Harris
Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
Release date: 10-02-18
This was good listening.
Source: 12/16/18 November Credit at Audible.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (ebTBR)
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Civilly Disobedient (Calm Act Genesis Book 1)
by Ginger Booth
I liked this short dystopian prequel.
Source: 2016 Free Kindle.
The storms before the Calm.
Resourceful programmer Dee Baker is getting worried about climate change. Food prices are skyrocketing, the drought out west deepening, and the storms won’t quit. When her intrusive Fortune 100 media employer forbids her to attend the worsening riots, Dee defies them to visit a rally, and see for herself what they’re trying to hide.
Civilly Disobedient is a short prequel to the Calm Act series.

4. Audio/Smartphone (A2019)
The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent audiobook cover art

The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent
By: Larry Correia
Narrated by: Adam Baldwin
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
This is a bit zany, but fun!
Source: July 019 Free Audible Original.
About This Audible Original
Have you ever seen a planet invaded by rampaging space mutants from another dimension or Nazi dinosaurs from the future?
Don't let this happen to you!
Rifts happen, so you should be ready when universes collide. A policy with Stranger & Stranger can cover all of your interdimensional insurance needs. Rated "Number One in Customer Satisfaction" for three years running, no claim is too big or too weird for Tom Stranger to handle.
But now Tom faces his greatest challenge yet. Despite being assigned the wrong - and woefully inadequate - intern, Tom must still provide quality customer service to multiple alternate Earths, all while battling tentacle monsters, legions of the damned, an evil call center in Nebraska, and his archnemesis, Jeff Conundrum. Armed with his Combat Wombat and a sense of fair play, can Tom survive? And will Jimmy the Intern ever discover his inner insurance agent?
It's time to kick ass and adjust claims.
Adam Baldwin (Firefly, Chuck) performs Larry Correia's madcap interdimensional tale of underwriting and space travel, where the only thing scarier than tentacle monsters is a high deductible.
©2016 Larry Correia (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
All Hearts Come Home for Christmas by [Eden, Sarah M., Stansfield, Anita, Hatch, Esther, Barker, Joanna]

All Hearts Come Home for Christmas
by Sarah M. Eden, Anita Stansfield, Esther Hatch, Joanna Barker
I am enjoying the first book early in.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Christmas at Falstone Castle - Sarah M. Eden - The Dowager Duchess of Kielder eagerly anticipates spending Christmas with her son and his family. Though their relationship has been strained, the duchess is determined to heal the chasm. Even with the help of the widowed local vicar, her plan will take a Christmas miracle. But during this magical season, anything is possible . . . even two second chances for love.

The Heart of Christmas - Anita Stansfield - When a chance meeting brings together a gentle seamstress and a widowed banker, each lonely soul finds a first hint of hope. As their lives become entwined, it will take Christmas spirit to guide a broken family to love and healing.

’Tis the Season to Be Daring - Esther Hatch Elizabeth - Davenport has had quite enough of the London Season. Determined to evade a parade of unsuitable suitors, she seeks help from the one gentleman who has no regard for Society’s rules. All of Society knows Lord Hawthorne is not interested in marriage, yet he cannot deny Miss Davenport’s unique charm. And as the Christmas season works its magic, their charade begins to feel less like playacting and more like love.

The Christmas Dress - Joanna Barker - Seamstress Nell Addington is thrilled when her childhood friend Jacob Hammond commissions a dress for his sister. But when Nell realizes her feelings for Jacob run far deeper than friendship, an unexpected snowstorm—and some holiday cheer—may convince them both that love is worth fighting for.

2. Audio/MPS (AReview2019)

Her Ruthless Protector
by Caitlyn O’Leary
I have finally started this.
I am liking the military intrigue.
Source: Audio Download for review through Caffeinated PR Services.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Computer (PublPush2019)
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Where Are You Moosehead? (Rosie Bears Adventures)
by Andy Stonehouse
I am reading this on my computer for better visual.
Source: Oct-November 2019 Review Request from Publishing Push.
Lily wakes up one morning and can’t find one of her favorite toys. Along with Rosie Bear, Lily goes on a mystery hunt around the house in which they live to find their missing friend. Along the way she encounters other inhabitants of Lily’s world who help her along the way. ‘Where Are You Moosehead? Is the first in a series of books that follows the adventures of Lily and Rosie Bear as they experience the magic of growing up.

December 1, 2019 - I am still enjoying the devotions and readings with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App. I finished the Love God Greatly - Thanksgiving study and will be doing some Advent studies this month.

I completed four books and posted three reviews. I am current on reviews.
My NetGalley shelf is now at 8. I still have one NG title from July that has released. I will read that one next. [Plus I have 4 old titles (2012-13) which I guess are moving into 2020.]
I still have three author titles as I am reading one and added another. I plan to finish two more this year with the new title carrying into January 2020.
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.
One new author review title. 
I plan to check out NetGalley titles over the next couple of weeks (preparing for 2020TBRs).
I picked up two Audible Daily Deals and 3 sale titles.
I also downloaded my two November free Audible Originals.
I guess I had free time as I added 81 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

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Accidental Activist: Justice for the Groveland Four
by Josh Venkataraman, Barbara Venkataraman
Barbara asked if I would read this book by her son. As an attorney, it does catch my interest.

Two Christmas Titles won from Bookfan. Thank you, Mary!

Two Audible Daily Deals:
11/26/19 Audible Daily Deal $1.95:
Do Less audiobook cover artDo Less
A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms
By: Kate Northrup
Narrated by: Kate Northrup
Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins

11/30/2019 Audible Daily Deal $3.95:
Polar Vortex audiobook cover artPolar Vortex
By: Matthew Mather
Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
Release date: 04-02-19

12/1/2019 Audible Sale The first one for $8.00, the next two for $5.00 each. (Plus purchases of 3 earns a coupon for $5.00 - so ultimately 4 books for $18.00)
The Huntress audiobook cover artThe Huntress, A Novel
By: Kate Quinn
Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
Length: 18 hrs and 39 mins
Release date: 02-26-19

Dante's Immortality: Beginnings audiobook cover artDante's Immortality: Beginnings
By: Antonio Terzini
Narrated by: Jeff Hays
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
Release date: 04-23-18

Swing Shift audiobook cover artSwing Shift
By: William D. Arand
Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
Release date: 07-09-19

11/25/19 November Free Audible Originals:
You Can Thank Me Later audiobook cover artYou Can Thank Me Later, A Novella
By: Kelly Harms
Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
Release date: 10-31-19

Climbing with Mollie audiobook cover artClimbing with Mollie
By: William Finnegan
Narrated by: William Finnegan
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
Release date: 10-31-19

I added 81 (19 Christmas) free Kindle 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. I hope you are enjoying your long weekend Martha, and happy anniversary 🥂
    Incidentally, our 24th wedding anniversary was also in November (12th), my birthday is in April (14th), and my husband’s is in December (23rd), a funny coincidence:)
    Wishing you a great reading week

  2. I like the cover of Vintage Summer. Takes you back to a simpler time. Maybe too idealistic but nice!

  3. What a treasure having a hubby who remembers the anniversary and does something about it. Is that a tortoise in the photo I am trying to decide!

  4. I have some CYBER Monday shopping to complete for that Audible sale. I read this morning they added 100 titles so we will see.

    There is the X by Sue Grafton #24 in the Kinsey Milhone series. Have a lovely week and enjoy that Florida weather!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  5. After 21 inches of snow Saturday and Sunday, living in Florida sounds good to me too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  6. FOr some reason I got away from Charlene Harris -- I need to revisit her books.

  7. Cute tortoise. We're having rain here. Our visitors include deer, turkeys, and foxes. My weekly update

  8. Happy anniversary - 34 years is something to be proud of! I hope we have a snowless winter but that's not what they're predicting. The Christmas book win was a good on! Enjoy!

  9. Looks like you will have a great upcoming week. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.


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