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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sunday Post March 22, 2020/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday March 23, 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.

We only had two of us in the office by the end of the week, with two out sick (ear infection and cold bug) and one on preplanned vacation. I expect to continue with less than full staff as we have other vacations planned this week as it is part of the scheduled spring break. We are taking more phone consults and only opening the doors to scheduled appointments. I am not sure what will occur if they direct nonessential businesses to close. Although we are continuing to schedule closings I think they may not consider real estate closings and legal work as "essential".
It turns out that there is a case of coronavirus in our community. We do not know the person but he is a cousin of a person we engage with at work. The family is being cautious and appears to be remaining at home.

Princess (our 12 year old 'queen') has decided that hubby's pillow is her pillow when he isn't in bed.

We had warmer and sunny weather most of the week, then heavy rain over the weekend.
May everyone stay calm and healthy in these uncertain times.
I had another good week of mostly listening. I finished two audiobooks and one ebook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited only 14 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Shaz's Book Blog. Sharon and Emma share reviews. Sharon is a bookworm who tends to read women's fiction, crime fiction & psychological thrillers with the odd historical saga thrown in for good measure. Emma reads mainly women's fiction, historical timeslips & sagas.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audio Book Review: Light of the Last by Chuck Black; Genre: Christian Action, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 3.75.
Finished Reading:
1. Audio/MP3 (ATBR)
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Olivia Twist
by Lorie Langdon
Read by Pearl Hewitt
Young Adult • 9.5 hrs. •
This is a fun read.
I bought the print book for Ladies Book Club. We are reading for discussion this next month.
Source: June 23 SYNC Audio 2019.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
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Nice Dragons Finish Last
Heartstrikers, Book 1
By: Rachel Aaron
Narrated by: Vikas Adam
Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
Release date: 11-18-14
I did get to really enjoy this story with a nice dragon who has to prove his worth.
Source: 10/30 Audible Daily Deal $4.95.
Click on book title for full description.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
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Archangel Rising
(released January 14, 2020)
by Evan Currie
I enjoyed the strategies, space battles and tension in this second book.
Source: 2019 NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)
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Coding Capers
by Angela Cleveland and Tamara Zentic
Illustrated by Juan Manuel Moreno
(Released 21 Nov 2019)
I had hoped to start this tonight but found that the adobe digital code had expired.
I thought I had already opened the book but apparently not. 
I have ordered a print copy which I can give to my granddaughter after I read it.
Source: NetGalley 2019.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
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The Queen and the Cure
The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Series, Book 2: Booktrack Edition
By: Amy Harmon
Narrated by: Steve West
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
Release date: 06-12-18
I had forgotten how lyrical this author is. I am engaged from the moment it started.
Source: Purchased at Kindle for $.99, then Audible at $7.99.
Publisher's Summary
The Queen and the Cure: The Bird and the Sword Chronicles Series, Book 2: Booktrack Edition adds an immersive musical soundtrack to your audiobook listening experience!*
There will be a battle, and you will need to protect your heart.
Kjell of Jeru had always known who he was. He'd never envied his brother or wanted to be king. He was the bastard son of the late King Zoltev and a servant girl, and the ignominy of his birth had never bothered him. But there is more to this man than his parentage. More to this man than his blade, his size, or his skills, and all that Kjell once knew has shifted and changed. He is no longer simply Kjell of Jeru, a warrior defending the crown. Now he is a healer, one of the Gifted, and a man completely at odds with his power.
Called upon to rid the country of the last vestiges of the Volgar, Kjell stumbles upon a woman who has troubling glimpses of the future and no memory of the past. Armed with his unwanted gift and haunted by regret, Kjell becomes a reluctant savior, beset by old enemies and new expectations. With the woman by his side, Kjell embarks upon a journey where the greatest test may be finding the man she believes him to be.
*Booktrack is an immersive format that pairs traditional audiobook narration to complementary music. The tempo and rhythm of the score are in perfect harmony with the action and characters throughout the audiobook. Gently playing in the background, the music never overpowers or distracts from the narration, so listeners can enjoy every minute. When you purchase this Booktrack edition, you receive the exact narration as the traditional audiobook available, with the addition of music throughout.
©2017 Amy Harmon (P)2018 Novel Audio Inc.

3. eBook/Kindle (NG2020)

Who Rescued Who
by Victoria Schade
(Releasing 24 Mar 2020)
I am looking forward to starting this.
I saw this at Bookfan and immediately wanted to get it.
Thank you Berkley Publishing and NetGalley.
Source: NetGalley Requested 2019 but Received 2020.
Where can you turn when the world turns against you? When Elizabeth Barnes’ life fell apart she never imagined that she’d be rescued by a new friend on four paws.
The plan was simple: Elizabeth would ignore the fact that she was unjustly fired from her dream job, fly across the pond to settle an unexpected inheritance in her father’s home country and quickly return to reclaim her position among the Silicon Valley elite.
But when Elizabeth stumbles upon an abandoned puppy, she’s shocked to realize that her brief trip to England might turn into an extended stay. Her strict itinerary is upended completely by the pup’s dogged devotion, and soon the loveable puppy helps her to connect with a tight-knit community of new friends on two legs and four, from the aunt and uncle she didn't know existed, to a grumpy coffee shop owner to two very opinionated sheep. Along the way Elizabeth is confronted by long-kept family secrets, hard truths about her former life and a new romance that might lead her to question everything she knows about love. Because sometimes rescue magic happens on both ends of the leash.

I'm keeping track of my Alphabet here as I finish the books. The cross-outs aren't easy to see, so I made the completed letters blue.
NETGALLEY: B  C  D  E  F  G  H  J  K  L  M  N  O  P R  S  T  U  V  W X  Y  Z
AUDIO:            A  B  C  D  E  F G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W X  Y  Z

March 22, 2020 - I am again enjoying the 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 three weeks into the 41 day Lent study: Lent: With One Voice.

I completed three books and posted three reviews which keeps me up to date.
My NetGalley shelf will be at 14 now, plus the four titles from 2012-13 which I still hope to read this year.
I still have one carry over author ebook, one new audio author title, and two new author ebooks. I expect to pull one of these soon.
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.
No new review titles this week.

I picked up one Chirp title fo $.99 and used a credit for an 2 for 1 deal. 
I got one daily deal and two titles for one credit at Audible sale. I also picked one of the two free Audible Originals
I added 13 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


3/21/2020 Chirp deal $.99.
A Death at EastwickA Death at Eastwick
Written by L.C. Warman
Narrated by Brooke Myers
Release Date: October 23, 2019
Publisher: Greenleaf & Plympton
Run time: 5 hours and 4 minutes

3/21/2020 deal Two for One Credit
With You Always, Jody HedlundWith You Always
By Jody Hedlund
Narrated By: Susan Hanfield

Duration: 11 h 1 min

Dangerous Legacy, Elizabeth Camden
A Dangerous Legacy
By Elizabeth Camden
Narrated By: Morgan Hallett

Duration: 10 h 43 min


I added 13 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 would think legal work given it is time sensitive, would be an essential service. Though in a lockdown I don’t imagine there would be much property selling.

    Wishing you a great reading week, be well!

  2. Sounds like a good reading week to me!!

  3. I think legal work will be considered essential but don't know that many people will be looking at houses. We closed our business but may reopen for curbside sales since the governor has temporarily changed the law. Stay safe!

    Princess is adorable - I'd let her use my pillow! :)

  4. Hang in there, and yes, legal work seems necessary.

    I see that your books look like fun. Enjoy!

  5. I read "A Dangerous Legacy" recently and loved it! I hope you can stop by:


  6. This is quite an uncertain time for most of us. I hope things go well for you and Covid-19 keeps its distance. We had our first confirmed case in my county over the weekend. Luckily, it's a big county but, with so many tests not yet done, I am expecting more confirmed cases here soon. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. We are in the same boat for real estate. Hoping Governor Baker follows suit with CT making all of us essential business. I am definitely spending more time at home, but need to work.

    Great list of books. Olivia Twist seems fun.

    Praying you stay safe and healthy.

  8. Hi Martha,

    In effect from today, the UK is on semi-lockdown, with all but essential retail shops being forced to close, along with all leisure facilities. Open spaces will remain open for exercise for the time being, but if people gather in more than groups of two, this will be up for review!

    Non-essential business was not directly asked to close, so no-one seems to know where they stand on that one!

    Hibbie works for the government and is classed as a front line essential worker, but due to underlying health conditions, has been advised to self isolate until this is all over - he is happy in some ways obviously, but feeling so guilty for his colleagues, who are still customer facing without protection, almost to the point that he is thinking of going back and taking his chances!!

    Can't really concentrate on reading now, even though I had great plans for my enforced isolation. I do like the sound of all your new MM books this week though and it is an added bonus that they are all the first books in their respective series.

    Thanks for sharing and I hope that MM manages to keep going through these troubled times. Stay Safe :) xx


  9. I hope we can all recover from this when we come out the other side. Four of my six children no longer have work to go to. One was had his hours cut and the other works in the head office of a large retail company so she will be fine. I know we are not alone in our circumstances.

  10. Olivia Twist looks cute :) Our county is coming up on 500 cases, I think, so I'm sure I know someone, but won't really hear much til after the governor's lockdown. I've been struggling to focus on reading, but getting more done than I thought I was. Take care of you and yours!


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