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Sunday, October 25, 2020

Sunday Post October 25, 2020/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday October 26, 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 did enjoy our surprise Pack & Go trip to Denver. Two of my staff had never flown before. Here is the link to our trip photo album. I have to have them upload the few pictures from my phone.
Here is a stream that three of the ladies climbed down to as we traveled to Boulder falls:

Hubby went to the election office on Thursday afternoon when few people were there. He was pleased they had chairs available for people like him. They had masks available for those who might need them and they handed out a separate pen to each person. I was going to wait until November 3 but hubby fussed at me to go early, so Saturday I went out in a drizzle. Unfortunately it turned into a deluge so I waited in the parking lot for a break and ran in to vote.  There was no crowd during the rain. :-)
Our Florida weather is set to be cooler this coming week - in the 70s.

My reading week was good - extra time on the flights. I finished four audiobooks. I posted four reviews and my usual memes. 
I started FraterFest on 10/15 running through 10/24. I finished six books.

I visited 16 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Wishful Endings. Tressa has been an avid reader her whole life. She has had her blog since 2013.
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: Chase Darkness With Me by Billy Jensen; Genres: Forensic Science, Journalist Biography; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.25.
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Genre: Classic, Horror, Sci Fi; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0.
  • A2020- Audible Book Review: Psycho Inside Me by Bonnie R. Paulson; Genre: Dark Fiction, Horror, Psychological, Teen and Young Adult; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0. #Fraterfest.
  • A2020- Audio Book Review: The Book of Riley by Mark Tufo; Genre: Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0; Narration 4.0. #Fraterfest.

Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street audiobook cover art

Carniepunk: The Demon Barker of Wheat Street
By: Kevin Hearne
Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
Release date: 09-09-14
I enjoy the Iron Druid Series and the short novellas that add to the series.
I held this to read as #Fraterfest.
Source: 12/13/2019 Audible Member Sales $.94.

Publisher's Summary
From the New York Times best-selling author of Hounded comes an Iron Druid Chronicles short story in the captivating Carniepunk anthology.
The ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan gets more than greasy corn dogs and flat soda when he visits a carnival in Kansas to which his apprentice, Granuaile, drags him. He runs across a barker with a strange power over the crowd: attractive women leave their men and disappear into an unmarked tent, never to be seen again, and the men wander away, forgetting that they ever had girlfriends or wives. When Granuaile falls under the barker’s influence and enters the tent, Atticus isn’t about to forget it and move on. He and his Irish wolfhound, Oberon, pursue her and discover the horrifying secret to the carnival’s success.
©2014 Kevin Hearne (P)2014 Simon & Schuster Audio

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

By: Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Narrated by: Phoebe Fox, Rose Leslie, David Tennant, David Horovitch, James Wilby, Susan Wooldridge, Hannah Genesius
Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
Release date: 10-27-15
This is a twisted Vampire short story. I saved this for #Fraterfest too.
Source: 10/23/2019 Audible Original.

About This Audible Original
Their house guest is beautiful and charming, but she carries a dark secret—one that could prove deadly. It’s time for gothic horror fans to sink their teeth into one of the very first vampire thrillers ever written. David Tennant (Doctor Who, Harry Potter), Phoebe Fox (Life in Squares, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death), and Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones, Downtown Abbey) breathe new life into J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s classic horror story, Carmilla.
It all begins when Laura’s widowed father finds Carmilla stranded in the forest after a carriage accident and takes her in. The young women develop a fast friendship which turns into a passionate meeting of souls. A relationship of vampire and prey, the story is told through Laura’s eyes as she is drawn further into Carmilla’s terrifying world of pleasure and pain.
A masterpiece of erotic gothic horror, Carmilla encompasses mystery, suspense, forbidden lust, violence...and blood. This audio adaptation of Carmilla has been dramatized by Robin Brooks, an actor, dramatist, and author who has been working as a playwright for over 25 years. Carmilla was directed by Fiona McAlpine of Allegra Productions for Audible Originals. David Tennant, Phoebe Fox, and Rose Leslie bring their talent and gravitas to this Audie nominated performance (Original Work), making it an exhilarating listening experience.
©2015 Audible Ltd. (P)2015 Audible Ltd.

3. Audio/Smartphone (A2020)
Manners and Monsters

Manners and Monsters
Written by Tilly Wallace
Narrated by Marian Hussey
Run time: 7 hours and 31 minutes
I love this cover and totally enjoyed the story.
I plan to get more in the series.
This is another #Fraterfest listen.
Source: 4/22/2020 Chirp purchase $.99.

Guys and ghouls, gather round for this grisly romp… (that’s a thing, right?) After a gruesome crime ruins her friend’s engagement party, Lady Hannah must use her knowledge of the occult to help boorish viscount Wycliff find the murderer — that is, if the two don’t kill each other first. Great for fans of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies!

4. Audible/Smartphone (A2020)

Zombie Fallout: Zero
By: Mark Tufo
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Series: Zombie Fallout, Book 0.5
Length 2h 44m
I liked this military based addition explaining the beginning of the Zombie Fallout. This is another listen for #Fraterfest and Z in Alphabet.
Source: September 2020 Audible Plus Catalog.
Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NGTBR)

The Uninvited: Book 8 in Krewe of Hunters series
by Heather Graham
I am enjoying this though still slow reading on my phone.
Source: Would you believe 2012 Netgalley?

Click on book title for full description.

2. Print (Author2020)

The Prepared Investor: How to Prevent the Next Crisis from Affecting Your Financial Independence
by Christopher Manske

I'm starting this even if it takes a little longer to read print.
Source: I was pleased when the author offered this for my review.

Why do some crises affect the stock market far more than others? When faced with disaster, why do investment advisors keep telling clients to just be patient? Christopher Manske reveals that investing through crisis is very different from the standard dogma accepted today. Like Outliers showed a different way to look at success and Nine Lies About Work turned the establishment upside down on leadership and teams, The Prepared Investor demonstrates how readers can protect and grow their net worth in the face of calamity. By offering a new lens to examine major catastrophe, Manske gives a compelling and instructive approach to maximizing one’s portfolio despite tomorrow’s uncertainty. Using twenty specific action steps that highlight how different crises affect investors, readers will see how a few National Guardsmen sank the entire stock market, how the secret Napoleon knew explains investors’ selling behavior, and why a simple statement from particular leaders can be just as much a crisis as an airplane flying into the World Trade Center. Manske shows readers how foolish it is for Wall Street to approach all types of calamity with the same “just hold on” solution.

3. Audio/Smartphone (A2020)
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Murder's a Witch
Written By: Danielle Garrett
Narrated By: Amanda Ronconi
Duration: 6 hours 49 minutes
I am getting good use of my one credit for Audiobooks Mystery Book Club. This is a fun listen so far.
Source: 10/2020 Mystery Audiobook Club.

Holly Boldt has a secret . . .
Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It's her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn't easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch.
When a grisly murder rocks the small town of Beechwood Harbor, Holly finds herself unwillingly entangled in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she's forced to abandon her new-found home. But with a paranormal investigator tailing her every move, a civil war brewing between her vampire and shifter roommates, and her ghostly landlord on the edge of a breakdown, she can barely think in complete sentences. How is she supposed to track down a murderer?
Holly has to make it work, or risk losing everything . . . again.

I'm keeping track of my Alphabet here as I finish the books. These are the letters that remain:
NETGALLEY:  H  M  U X  Y and Z
AUDIO:             X  and  Z

October 25, 2020 - I continue enjoying reading first thing each morning, even this week while away.
I am still 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 didn't do an extra study last week but will look for one this week.

I completed four books, posted four reviews and will have 4 do this upcoming week.
My NetGalley shelf remains at 4, one current and three remaining titles from 2012-13 which I still hope to read this year. Still one more that would be good for October.
I have added no new author review titles this week. I still have one carry over author ebook left. I have one more audiobook from an author.
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 author review title received this week.

Someday I'll check the email requests I have been receiving. {Sigh.}
I selected added four more free Audible Plus titles.
I picked my October VIP choice.
No 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

The Prepared Investor: How to Prevent the Next Crisis from Affecting Your Financial Independence Hardcover
by Christopher Manske
I was pleased when the author offered this for my review.
See more under current reading above.


NONEOne Vote Away  By  cover art

Four Audible Plus Catalogue titles added this week:
Baron Steele  By  cover art

Baron Steele
By: Rhett C. Bruno , Jaime Castle
Narrated by: R.C. Bray

The Peculiar Patriot  By  cover art

The Peculiar Patriot
By: Liza Jessie Peterson
Narrated by: Liza Jessie Peterson

Hold Your Breath  By  cover art

Hold Your Breath: A Novella
By: Wendy Walker
Narrated by: Dylan Baker

August Heat  By  cover art

August Heat: An Inspector Montalbano Mystery
By: Andrea Camilleri , Stephen Sartarelli (translator)
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Series: Inspector Montalbano, Book 10 (I think earlier books are available too.) VIP for October:

Alliance Stars

Alliance Stars
By Michael Wallace

This looks like a good sci fi and struck me more than the other choices.

No free Kindle titles 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. The Heather Graham book looks good.

    ENJOY all of your books and your week.

  2. Flights always go quickly for me because I make sure I have a book or audiobook with me. Looks like you guys had a lovely trip!

  3. I haven't had time to dive into the Audible Plus titles but I'm sure that will change if covid numbers rise (as we're told they will with cold weather) and we have to shelter at home. Enjoy your cooler temps!

  4. Sounds like you had a nice time.

    Our weather will be cooler and wetter this week.

    Hope you enjoy your books. Murder's A Witch sounds cute.

  5. Your books look good! Enjoy your week and congrats on voting early.


  6. Good that you both got your voting in, certainly don't want to be standing in long queues. I put one Audible plus book into my listening line up but haven't got to it yet.

  7. So organized! I love both the Iron Druid and the Zombie Fallout books on audio, but am behind on both series. Your other books all look good to me, too! I haven't given in and bought an Audible subscription yet, but get my audiobooks through the library where not everything is available.
    My week is at

  8. A mystery destination sounds like fun and I’m glad everyone enjoyed the trip. Plane trips are great for getting some reading done. The prepared investor sounds like a good read.


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