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Sunday, May 31, 2020

Sunday Post May 31, 2020/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 1, 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.

It seems stange to think we start June tomorrow. This has been such a strange year.
I actually took Monday off and did no work. Unfortunately, it made the rest of the week seem behind even though I managed to put out some work every day.
Hubby continues to cook every few dinners as I pick up take out the other nights. I did have to make a grocery run which is not my favorite thing to do.

This week I have a picture of our hydrangea bush.
Our weather continues to warm up with regular afternoon showers. The temporary office developed another leak.
My heart hurts for the family of George Floyd and then for other innocents who have senselessly lost their lives and lost their businesses through the rioting.
Reading and listening were good last week. I finished three books to finish the month of May: two audiobooks and one ebook. I posted two reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 17 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Simply Angela. Angela describes herself as: "...a voracious reader and veracious reviewer as well as an Anglophile who lives in an old Victorian house... When not reading, I’m normally in the kitchen whipping up some tempting treats, working on my next DIY project, or creating a new piece of jewelry."

Don't forget- Audible is offering free children's titles during these days at home. is also offering free listens for children.

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: After It Happened by Devon C. Ford; Genre: Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi; My Rating: 4.75 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.75.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Memory Man by David Baldacci; Genre: Crime Action, Detective, Mystery; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2020)
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Deal with the Devil: A Mercenary Librarians Novel
by Kit Rocha
I really liked this post-apocalyptic biotech action/romance and will want to read more in the series.
Source: NetGalley 2020.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Paradise audiobook cover art

Expeditionary Force, Book 3
By: Craig Alanson
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
This is a space military adventure series that I really enjoy. 
Source: March 2019 Audible Credit.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

By: Roxane Gay
Narrated by: Roxane Gay
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
This was not what I expected, but very interesting in its own right. Source: 05/25/2019 Audible Daily Deal $.99
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG2020)

Vanishing Girls: A totally heart-stopping crime thriller (Detective Josie Quinn Book 1)
by Lisa Regan
I am just starting this one.
Source: NetGalley 2020.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

By: R. R. Haywood
Narrator: Carl Prekopp
Duration: 12 hrs and 40 mins
This is a new-to-me series from my TBR.
Source: September Audible Daily Deal $2.95.
Publisher's Summary
In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world.
A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.
Safa Patel is an elite police officer, on duty when Downing Street comes under terrorist attack. As armed men storm through the breach, she dispatches them all.
'Mad' Harry Madden is a legend of the Second World War. Not only did he complete an impossible mission - to plant charges on a heavily defended submarine base - but he also escaped with his life.
Ben Ryder is just an insurance investigator. But as a young man, he witnessed a gang assaulting a woman and her child. He went to their rescue and killed all five.
Can these three heroes, extracted from their timelines at the point of death, save the world?
©2016 R. R. Haywood (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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: C  D  E  F  G  H  K  L  M P  Q  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  R  S  T  U  V  W X  Y  Z

May 31, 2020 - I got behind a couple days but caught up this morning. 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 will be starting a new study this week. I haven't picked which.

I completed three books and posted two reviews. That keeps me up to date.
My NetGalley shelf is still at 8, plus the four titles from 2012-13 which I still hope to read this year.
I still have one carry over author ebook and two new author ebooks. I expect to pull one of these soon. I have one audiobook from an author and now I have 1 other new audiobook left of four. I need to ger caught up on these reviews.
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 review books this week.

I still have to check the email requests I have been receiving. {Sigh.}
I picked out my second Audible Original for May and one Chirp title.
I remembered to select my Prime free kindle title for May. 
I added twelve free Kindle titles this week. I haven't taken time to view the free offerings due to work and limited energy at night.
(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


05/30/2020 Chirp $3.99 I have eyed this for a while at Audible so I am pleased to pick it up at a good price at Chirp.
Book cover for Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke with limited-time offer bannerJesus > Religion
by Jefferson Bethke
Run Time 4h 12min
Release Date: October 13, 2013

05/30/2020 my second May Audible Original selection.
The Flying Flamingo Sisters audiobook cover artThe Flying Flamingo Sisters
By: Carrie Seim
Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan, Bill Andrew Quinn, Jessica Almasy, Carrie Seim, Kevin Pariseau, Dina Pearlman, Khristine Hvam
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
Release date: 12-12-19

I Borrowed the two Audiobook SYNC files from Week 5.
May 28 – June 3
IN SEARCH OF US by Ava Dellaira, narrated by Adenrele Ojo (Brilliance Audio)
SERPENT & DOVE by Shelby Mahurin, narrated by Holter Graham, Saskia Maarleveld (HarperAudio)

Amazon Prime Pick:
52650580. sy475 Legacy of Lies: A Legal Thriller (Bocephus Haynes Book 1)
by Robert Bailey 

I added 12 free Kindle titles to my Kindle library this week. Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Honestly, where did the year go? We are already halfway through June and you're right that it feels strange. Enjoy your new books and audiobooks!

  2. Short weeks always make me feel like I am running behind, too. What a beautiful hydrangea. I'm not sure how ours will fair this year. Grocery shopping is my least favorite thing to do.

    Vanishing Girls and Jesus > Religion both sound great. Hope you have a good week.

  3. Re Roxane Gay, I've enjoyed her voice both in print and in the world. What did you expect of Ayiti and in what way was it different?

  4. Sorry your day off meant a catch up for the rest of the week. Love that hydrangea so pretty.

  5. Hi Martha,

    We are still having the hottest spring on record, here in the UK. Temperatures are more like the middle of summer and I can't remember the last time we had rain! It is due to break a little on Wednesday, but that only looks like a temporary glitch!

    Thank you for sharing your diverse reading choices, although true to form, I have picked out a couple of thrillers for my list, partly because they sound so good and also because you have featured the first book in each series, which means I won't end up by dipping in and out of a series reading random episodes.

    My choices are 'Vanishing Girls' and 'Legacy Of Lies', both by new to me authors.

    Thanks for sharing and enjoy your reading this week :)


  6. It’s been both an endless and evaporative year!
    My husband doesn’t cook, and I can’t afford takeaway so sadly cooking is all on me.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  7. Those hydrangeas are gorgeous!

    Enjoy your garden and your books. I am eyeing Vanishing Girls.

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  8. I'll have to take a closer look at the post-apocalyptic books you mentioned. Next month my book club will select its next 10 books and I have no idea what to suggest.

  9. I felt a day behind and an hour short all week! LOL I do think May passed faster than April. Let's hope June rocks!

  10. Hopefully you are getting some time to relax and read a few books. Life is much more pleasant when the weather is warmer. We have just started winter here but I can't complain our winters are always mild.

  11. The year is half over....I don't know where the time goes.

    ENJOY your books, and Happy June!!

  12. What a pretty flower! We’re finally starting to get some flowers here. I hope you have a great week.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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