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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Sunday Post January 12, 2020/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 13, 2020

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.

Hubby is still in hospital after emergency surgery on Thursday to seal his leaking aorta stents. Apparently an urgent situation.
I am hoping he will come home Monday or Tuesday this week. The dogs and I miss him.
Here is a Christmas Holiday picture of the twins helpling their Mom make noodles.
The lady bug outfit is a handmade gift I bought from one of my lady friends.

Our temperatures have warmed up nicely - 60s and 70s. Unfortunately, we have started a week of rain so I am being careful in the hour drives to and from the hospital.
I enjoyed most of my reading and listening this past week. I finished three ebooks and one audiobook. I posted three reviews, some year-end summaries, and my usual memes.

I only visited 15 blogs last week - I need to branch out and pick up the pace!
Shout Out this week to Taylor Fenner's Bookish World. When Taylor's "not busy writing you can find her reading and reviewing YA, NA, & Adult novels, adding to her extensive book collection, taking photographs, cooking as often as possible, and fighting with her cross-eyed cat, Tiger."
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • NG2019- #NetGalley Book Review: Nothing to Fear by Juno Rushdan; Genre: Action Adventure, Romantic Suspense, Terrorism Thriller; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
  • ATBR- Book Review: Audible Book Review: The Green Ember by S. D. Smith; Genre: Children's Fantasy, Christian Fantasy; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.25.
  • NG2019-First Book #NetGalley Book Review: The Possibility of America by David Dark; Genre: Religious Studies, Social Issues; My Rating: 3.0 of 5.0..
Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
The Possibility of America: How the Gospel Can Mend Our God-Blessed, God-Forsaken Land by [Dark, David]

The Possibility of America
How the Gospel Can Mend Our God-Blessed,
God-Forsaken Land
by David Dark
This wasn't what I was looking for so I was disappointed.
I chose this as my First Book for 2020.
SOURCE: 2019 NetGalley.
See Review linked above.

2. Audio/Smartphone in Car (A2019)
The Oracle audiobook cover art

The Oracle
The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled
By: Jonathan Cahn
Narrated by: Michael Beck
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
Release date: 11-07-19
This is really remarkable! I wish this had been my First Book.
Source: 2019 November Audible Credit.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (eB2019)
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An Endless Christmas: A Novella
by Cynthia Ruchti
This is lovely.
(Ladies Book Club postponed a week.)
Source: Print books from; ebook from Amazon $3.95.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

Someone to Honor
by Mary Balogh
I found this delightful! (Read in two days!)
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
First appearances deceive in the newest charming and heartwarming Regency romance in the Westcott series from beloved New York Times bestselling author Mary Balogh.
Abigail Westcott's dreams for her future were lost when her father died and she discovered her parents were not legally married. But now, six years later, she enjoys the independence a life without expectation provides a wealthy single woman. Indeed, she's grown confident enough to scold the careless servant chopping wood outside without his shirt on in the proximity of ladies.
But the man is not a servant. He is Gilbert Bennington, the lieutenant colonel and superior officer who has escorted her wounded brother, Harry, home from the wars with Napoleon. Gil has come to help his friend and junior officer recover, and he doesn't take lightly to being condescended to--secretly because of his own humble beginnings.
If at first Gil and Abigail seem to embody what the other most despises, each will soon discover how wrong first impressions can be. For behind the appearances of the once-grand lady and the once-humble man are two people who share an understanding of what true honor means, and how only with it can one find love.

Currently Reading:
1. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Mission Pack 1: Black Ocean Mission Pack, Missions 1-4

Mission Pack 1: Black Ocean Mission Pack, Missions 1-4
By: J.S. Morin
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Series: Black Ocean, Book 1-4
Length: 20 hrs and 50 mins
I am into Book 3 since I've had extra driving time each day.
Source: April 2017 $1.99 Audible Purchase.
Click on book title for full description.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
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Deep State
by Chris Hauty
I'm ready for a thriller and new to me author. (And working on my NetGalley titles!)
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Recently elected President Richard Monroe—populist, controversial, and divisive—is at the center of an increasingly polarized Washington, DC. Never has the partisan drama been so tense or the paranoia so rampant. In the midst of contentious political turf wars, the White House chief of staff is found dead in his house. A tenacious intern discovers a single, ominous clue that suggests he died from something other than natural causes, and that a wide-ranging conspiracy is running beneath the surface of everyday events: powerful government figures are scheming to undermine the rule of law—and democracy itself. Allies are exposed as enemies, once-dependable authorities fall under suspicion, and no one seems to be who they say they are. The unthinkable is happening. The Deep State is real. Who will die to keep its secrets and who will kill to uncover the truth?

3. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Southlands audiobook cover art

Lee Harden, Book 2
By: D.J. Molles
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Release date: 05-28-19
I am going to try alternating new author listens and continuing series.
Source: December 2019 Audible Sale $5.98.
Publisher's Summary
After being sequestered to a bunker to recover from his wounds, Lee Harden is finally going topside with his fellow Project Hometown Coordinator, Terrence "Tex" Lehy. Lee wants to ally the UES with Texas, in order to combat the threat of a powerful oil cartel to the south. But Tex's methods raise serious questions, and Lee quickly discovers that Texas has its own set of problems.
In the Fort Bragg Safe Zone, the conflict with the Lincolnists is rapidly escalating. Master Sergeant Carl Gilliard has just returned, and he’s intent on destroying the Lincolnists, using whatever means are necessary.
Angela is caught in the middle, unable to reconcile her sense of civil morality with her desire for justice. One thing remains certain: before there is peace, there will be blood.
©2019 D.J. Molles (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

January 12, 2020 - I have started another year of devotions and readings with the One Year Bible plan through You Version App. I considered changing but this is the reading group that is closest to my husband's reading so we can sometimes discuss the same passages.
I am on day 10 reading a 15-day plan New Year, New Mercies to start the New Year!

I completed four books and posted three reviews. I am current on reviews.
My NetGalley shelf is now at 21, plus the four titles from 2012-13 which are now planned for 2020.
(I now have 21 toward Alphabet letters.)
I have two author titles carried 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.
I received three NetGalley review titles.

I have two new free audios. I chose one free Audible but haven't chosen any others yet. I also have to pick out December credit titles this week.
I added only 2 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
NetGalley selections (I was working on filling my alphabet goal with NetGalley titles):
Three more titles requested 2019 but received 2020.
(I was going for "K" and got two. :-))
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The K Team
by David Rosenfelt
I enjoy the Andy Carpenter series and am pleased to try this spin-off.
Releasing March 24, 2020

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by Karen Tuft
This sounds like a Regency romance I will like.


Vanishing Girls: A totally heart-stopping crime thriller (Detective Josie Quinn Book 1)
by Lisa Regan
A "V" titled thriller that sounds good.


1/12/2020 Audible Daily Deal $4.95. (I was resisting DDs until now!)
A Fire Sparkling audiobook cover artA Fire Sparkling
By: Julianne MacLean
Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor, Sarah Zimmerman
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
Release date: 08-01-19

1/11/2020 One of Two Free January Audible Originals
Junkyard Cats audiobook cover artJunkyard Cats
By: Faith Hunter
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Release date: 01-02-20
Language: English

1/11/2020 Free Member download at
Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media AgeCompeting Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age
Author Tony Reinke
Narrator Tony Reinke
Runtime 3.33 Hrs. - Unabridged

I added only 2 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. Some really interesting reads! Will check them out. Hope your hubby is out soon and recovers quickly.

  2. Oh my goodness Kathy, wishing your husband a speedy and full recovery!

    Your granddaughter looks so cute.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  3. Ah looks like a good daily deal actually. Sorry your hubby has taken another hit, must be tiring for you travelling to the hospital. Yes Mary Balogh's Someone... books have been great.

  4. I love alphabet challenges. They are always fun. I hope your hubby is home soon and recovers well.

  5. Sorry to hear about your husband. I hope he gets to come home soon!

  6. The twins are adorable...cute ladybug outfit.

    Hope your husband is better soon.

    Enjoy your week.

  7. What a bummer that your first book was a disappointment! I guess the good news is that 2020 reading can only go up from there!

  8. Someone to Honor sounds great. It has been quite a while since I read that author. I hope your husband gets home soon and has a quick recovery. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  9. I hope your husband heals quickly! That’s a scary situation.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  10. Adorable photo of the chef. :)

    ENJOY this upcoming week.

  11. I hope your hubby is home resting now. Praying for a swift recovery.

    Sorry to hear your first book of the year wasn't what you expected. Seems like you have a ton of other great possibilities. Hope you enjoy them.

  12. Too bad your first book of the year was disappointing. It must have been scary for your hubby to go into emergency surgery. I hope he comes home soon. Enjoy your new books!


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