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Sunday, June 28, 2020

Sunday Post June 28, 2020/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 29, 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 is hard to realize it is the end of June already. How did that happen?
I have been churning out work trying to have things done before I travel up north.
Our daughter-in-law's surgery went well. Sounds scary though. They did get clear margins and were able to work around the nerves in her tongue and shoulder. However, they had to cut a piece of nerve from her leg to replace one they cut in the side of her face. The doctors say it will be a very long recovery time. We are still planning to arrive about the time she will be coming home this week.

No photo today. I wish I had taken a picture mid-day. I went to the mailbox to get the mail. Ususally the dogs love to jog out to the edge of the road with me. Today they sat by the car and watched me. I guess it was too hot for them.

We had several days in the mid 90s this week and it was 95 today. I am hoping the weather won't be too hot for our drive and that all will be safe. This is one of the first times I have felt some fear traveling across our own country. 

I finished 4 books again this week: three audiobooks and one ebook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 20 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to BookerTalk. BookerTalk is self-described as: "It’s a melting pot of reviews, discussions and interviews. A space where as avid readers we can indulge in our favourite topic."

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- Audio Book Review: A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin; Genre: Teen; Sci-Fi & Fantasy; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: Radiance, Wraith Kings, Volume 1, by Grace Draven; Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.5.

Finished Reading:
1. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Seven, Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Susan Yankowitz

Written By: Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Susan Yankowitz
Narrated By: Anna Deavere Smith, Alex Kingston, Shannon Holt, Sarah Shahi, Annet Mahendru, Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris, Emily Kuroda, Jossara Jinaro
Publisher: LA Theatre Works
Duration: 2 hours 11 minutes
I appreciated this for increasing my awareness of the struggles of other wormen. This book tells the struggles of women from seven countries who sometimes didn't even know that freedom and education were available to women.
Source: 7/5/2018 One of Eight titles won from through Beth Fish Reads
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Plan Z audiobook cover art

Plan Z: How to Survive the 2009 Financial Crisis (and even live a little better)
by Robert Pagliarini
This has some good recommendations.
Source: Free 2009 Audible.
Click on book title for full description.

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

The Genesis Fleet, Book 1
By: Jack Campbell
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
I really enjoyed this colonization sci-fi.
Source: 12/6/2019 Audible Free Titles for Settlement.
Click on book title for full description.

4. eBook/Kindle (NG2019)

The Jumpgate
by Robert Stadnik
I enjoyed this space exploration adventure too.
(I made the mistake of having two space sci-fis going at the same time as that does call confusion.)
Source: NetGalley 2019.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Orion Colony
An Intergalactic Space Opera Adventure
By: J.N. Chaney, Jonathan Yanez
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Series: Orion Colony, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 2 mins
I was ready for another space sci-fi story and this is being a fast listen.
Maybe I'm always ready for space stories.
Source: 11/2/2019 Audible Daily Deal $2.95.
Publisher's Summary
Humanity's Exodus is about to begin.
When half of mankind revolts and demands more opportunity, those at the top decide on a compromise: They will build the first colony ships and allow the rest to discover new worlds and start over.
Twelve ships are built. The first is called the Orion.
Many are eager to go, but only 100,000 are chosen for each vessel. Far from Earth, a new life awaits, and it promises the prosperity they've always wanted.
But still, resistance stirs.
There are those who are eager to sabotage this new expansion effort, threatening the promise of a new life. As Orion moves through the void of space, towards a distant world, its passengers must fight for survival in an unprecedented conflict.
Win or lose, their future will be forever changed.
Experience a sprawling galactic tale in this first entry to The Orion Colony series. If you're a fan of Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, or Indiana Jones, you'll love this epic, space opera adventure.
©2018 Variant Publications (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

2. eBook/Kindle (NG2020)

The Crushing Depths (Coastal Guardians Book #2)
by Dani Pettrey
I like this author for romantic suspense with faith elements. This has started with good suspense.
Source: 2020 NetGalley book for July Partners in Crime Tour: My posting date 7/8.
When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker on the first drilling platform off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. Tensions surrounding the oil rig are high and the death has everyone on edge. Environmental activists are threatening to do whatever it takes to stop the structure from being completed, while rumors are being whispered about ancient curses surrounding this part of the ocean.
Mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all. Was he killed by one of the activists or, perhaps more frighteningly, a member of his own crew? Rissi and Mason have to sort through not only a plethora of suspects, but also their own past and attraction to each other.
Just as the case seems like it'll break open, worse news arrives. A tropical storm has turned their way and soon they're cut off from any rescue--and right where the killer wants them. It's a race to discover his identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.

I know I will pick up more audios this week but I haven't decided what yet. Maybe a couple of shorts to finish out June.
When I get with the grandkids I expect to be reading/listening to children's books.

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 G  H  K  L  M P  Q  R  S  T  U  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  W X  Y  Z

June 28, 2020 - I need to do better to keep up daily. I keep going two days behind and then catching up. I need to be in the word every day. 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 now doing a six-day study: Ordinary Moments: Small Prayers That Can Change The World.

I completed four books and posted three reviews, putting me one behind.
My NetGalley shelf is now at 5, plus the four titles from 2012-13 which I still hope to read this year.
I'm resisting adding any more NetGalley titles until I get some of my review titles done. 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 get caught up on these books.
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 again this week.

I still have to check the email requests I have been receiving. {Sigh.}
I picked out my VIP free title at 
I chose one June Credit at Audible and bought one book at Chirp. Then I picked up 5 free Audibles and 2 at SYNC.
I only added 1 free Kindle titles this week. I haven't taken time to view the free offerings due to work and trading studies 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


6/28/2020 One June Credit at Audible
From Here to Equality audiobook cover artFrom Here to Equality
Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century
By: William A. Darity Jr., A. Kirsten Mullen
Narrated by: JD Jackson
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
Release date: 04-20-20
I've been looking for resources that offer background and solutions. This one seemed like it would suit those requirements.

6/28/2020 Chirp purchase $4.99
Book cover for The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo with limited-time offer bannerThe Relic of Perilous Falls
Will Wilder
Written by Raymond Arroyo
Read by Raymond Arroyo
Run Time 7h 54min

I borrowed the two Audiobook SYNC files from Week 9.
June 25 – July 1
THE SILENCE BETWEEN US by Alison Gervais, narrated by Chloe Dolandis (Blink)
MEXICAN WHITEBOY by Matt de la Pena, narrated by Henry Leyva (Brilliance Audio)

6/28/2020 June VIP Choice from
Crown Tower, Michael J. SullivanThe Crown Tower
Written By: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated By: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Publisher: Recorded Books
Date: August 2013
Duration: 12 hours 51 minutes
I like this author, these characters and the adventures they have.

6/28/2020 Free title at Audible.
Beginning with Gratitude audiobook cover artBeginning with Gratitude
By: The Big Quiet
Narrated by: Jesse Israel
Length: 6 mins
Release date: 06-22-20

Free for June Audio month at Audible:
In Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer audiobook cover artIn Search of Black History with Bonnie Greer
By: Bonnie Greer
Length: 5 hrs and 30 mins
Release date: 12-19-19

Once More upon a Time audiobook cover artOnce More upon a Time
A Novella
By: Roshani Chokshi
Narrated by: Rebecca Gibel, Shiromi Arserio, Vikas Adam
Length: 3 hrs and 26 mins
Release date: 06-04-20

Nut Jobs: Cracking California's Strangest $10 Million Dollar Heist audiobook cover artNut Jobs: Cracking California's Strangest $10 Million Dollar Heist
An Audible Original
By: Marc Fennell
Narrated by: Marc Fennell
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
Release date: 06-01-20

Beyond Strange Lands audiobook cover artBeyond Strange Lands
An Audible Original
By: David Peterson, Simon Taylor
Narrated by: Amy Ingram, Michael Fryer, Lisa Hickey, Kevin Spink, Liam James, Sacha Horler, Peter Phelps, Anna McGahan, Richard Davies
Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
Release date: 06-04-20

June First Reads through Amazon Prime (there were several good ones so it was a hard choice).
49541770Find Me (Inland Empire Book 1)
by Anne Frasier

One free kindle this week:
Promotions & Poisons: A Presley Thurman Cozy Mystery Prequel
Laina Turner
I picked up only 1 free Kindle title 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. Your daughter-in-law is very courageous. That is quite a complex surgery. I hope she recovers well. I'm trying to resist adding books to my Netgalley shelf until I read the ones already there.

  2. That sounds like serious surgery, she sure will need your help and support when she comes out. All the best for the work that needs doing before you go.

  3. I am glad that the surgery went off well. I hope and pray for a good recovery.

  4. My sincere good wishes for your daughter in law.

    Safe travels and have a great reading week

  5. That's good your daughter in law's surgery went well, prayers for a speedy recovery. Safe traveling! I know, it's a scary time now but hoping things get better and stay that way.
    Happy reading, reading 2 space sci-fi's at once would totally confuse me lol.

  6. I hope your daughter in law has a speedy recovery.

  7. I'm glad your daughter-in-law's surgery went well, it does sound like scary stuff. I wish her a good recovery, I'm sure they'll be glad for your help. I heard great things about The Crown Tower, I read another series by the same author and really enjoyed it.

  8. Several titles look appealing. Thanks for sharing, and I'm glad to hear that things went well in surgery.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. That does sound like a scary surgery. I hope she heals quickly. Have a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  10. Well, you are getting a lot accomplished in the reading realm. I am always impressed by what you post.

    I pray your daughter's recovery goes well.

    I snagged Promotions and Poisons, too. Hope you have a nice week.

  11. I hope your trip goes well and your daughter in laws recover is smooth.

  12. I hope your daughter-in-law is recovering well.

    We have had 90-degree days all week and more coming for another week. I LOVE the hot temperatures, though.

    ENJOY your books.


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