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Sunday, January 24, 2021

Sunday Post January 24, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday January 25, 2021

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.

I am busy at the office and glad everyone is back at work. I have reporting due in two weeks for an organization I belong to and that will be taking up hours of time over the weekends and end of my work days this week.

This was my breakfast one morning last week. One of my favorites: chipped dried beef (aka sos) with eggs and homemade hash browns.

We are scheduled to have warmer days this week: 36 to 76 with two days of rain.

I enjoyed the three audiobooks I finished last week while I continue reading an ebook and print. I posted four reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 20 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Musings of a Bookish Kitty. Wendy describes herself as "a fabulavore" who "has required a steady supply of books to provide her sustenance."

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:
  • NG2020- #NetGalley Audio Book Review: The Salvage Crew by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, Narrated by Nathan Fillion; Genre: Humorous Sci Fi; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.25.
  • NG2020- #NetGalley Book Review: The Pugly Duckling by Carla Siravo; Genre: Animals, Children; My Rating: 3.25 of 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Galaxy's Edge audiobook cover art

Galaxy's Edge
By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 17 hrs and 22 mins
Release date: 02-20-18
I enjoyed the military action in these books.
Source: 3/8/2020 Two For One Credit Sale at Audible.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Death at the Gazebo  By  cover art

Death at the Gazebo
Mirror Pond Cozy Mysteries, Book 1
By: Minnie Crockwell
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 5 hrs
Release date: 12-22-20
I liked this easy listen, cozy mystery.
Source: 1/8/2020 Author Audible Code

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3. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Junkyard Cats audiobook cover art

Junkyard Cats
By: Faith Hunter
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
Release date: 01-02-20
I decided to slip in a quick listen to finish three this week. This is an intense sci fi listen.
Source: 1/11/2020 One of Two Free January Audible Originals

About This Audible Original
From the author of the best-selling Jane Yellowrock and Soulwood series comes a tough new heroine who is far more than she seems.
After the Final War, after the appearance of the Bug aliens and their enforced peace, Shining Smith is still alive, still doing business from the old scrapyard bequeathed to her by her father. But Shining is now something more than human. And the scrapyard is no longer just a scrapyard, but a place full of secrets that she has guarded for years.
This life she has built, while empty, is predictable and safe. Until the only friend left from her previous life shows up, dead, in the back of a scrapped Tesla warplane. Clutched in her cold fingers is a note to Shining—warning her of a coming attack.
With dread, Shining realizes: someone knows who she is. Someone knows what she is guarding. Will she be able to protect the scrapyard? Will she even survive? Or will Shining have to destroy everything she loves to keep her secrets out of the wrong hands?
©2020 Faith Hunter (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Computer (NG2020)
Came A Horseman: A Hard Ride in a Fierce World by [Paul McHugh]

Came A Horseman, A Hard Ride In A Fierce World
by Paul McHugh
I've gotten to a better point of interest as this turns into a murder investigation.
Source: 2020 NetGalley.

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2. Paperback(PTBR)

Noah - Another Storm is Coming
by Ellen G. White
I pulled this from my TBR.
Source: My own bookshelf; gift from a church friend.

A worldwide, catastrophic flood. It reshaped the face of the planet. It killed millions of animals. It ended the lives of countless men, women, and children. Why would anyone believe a God of love would punish the world like that? You’re not alone. Questions like this one have mystified honest, searching people for thousands of years. Skeptics discredit the event as a mere myth, proof that God is nothing more than a cruel tyrant invented by men, while believers struggle to harmonize the love of Jesus and this frightening Old Testament story. There is an answer that actually makes sense that will help you understand the mind of God when it comes to evil, sin, suffering, pain, and punishment. Table of Contents Part 1—The Real Story: “As in the Days of Noah . . .” 1. The Building of the Ark: The Flood—Part I 2. Destruction by Water: The Flood—Part II 3. The Rainbow Sign: After the Flood 4. Skepticism

3. Audio/Smartphone (A2018)
Red Winter audiobook cover art

Red Winter
Red Winter, Book 1
By: Annette Marie
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
Release date: 01-03-17
I figured this could count for a color and Winter season.
Source:  May 2018 Audible Daily Deal for $3.95.

Publisher's Summary
Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end, and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess - and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.
Shiro is a yokai, a spirit of the earth, an enemy of the goddess Emi will soon host. Mystery shrouds his every move, and his ruby eyes shine with cunning she can't match and dares not trust. But she saved his life, and until his debt is paid, he is hers to command - whether she wants him or not. On the day they meet, everything Emi believes comes undone, swept away like snow upon the winter wind. For the first time, she wants to change her fate - but how can she erase a destiny already wrought in stone? Against the power of the gods, Shiro is her only hope...and hope is all she has left. ©2016 Annette Marie (P)2017 Tantor

January 24, 2021 - I have been enjoying reading/listening to the Bible passages every morning.   I am reading/listening the NLT Tyndale version of the Bible on You Version App so Hubby and I are reading the same passages each day.
I hope to pick another short study this week.

I completed three books and posted four reviews to remain up to date.
NetGalley shelf is: 14.  (I didn't look this week so I wouldn't be tempted.)
Three author titles in queue as I accepted a new graphic title and am listening to the author audio.
(Plus a few that I received from newsletter sign-ups, not specific review requests.)
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 titles for review.
I used one credit at for the two for one credit Mystery deal. I still have the VIP to pick for January which I will decide on this week.

I picked up four free plus catalog Audible titles.
Two 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


Two for One Credit Mystery Deal at
Girl Behind the Red Rope, Rachelle Dekker, Ted Dekker

The Girl Behind the Red Rope
By Rachelle and Ted Dekker
Narrated By: Sandy Rustin

Duration: 10 h 6 min

Scents and Sensibility, Spencer Quinn

Scents and Sensibility
By Spencer Quinn
Narrated By: Jim Frangione

Duration: 9 h 30 min

I added four more Plus Catalog Audibles to my library. Thanks to Book Date for the heads up that these were available!
I have been eyeing the Haunted Library series for several years so I am glad to get these!
Death Overdue Audiobook By Allison Brook cover art
Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery
By: Allison Brook
Narrated by: Mia Gaskin

Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
Read and Gone Audiobook By Allison Brook cover art

Read and Gone: A Haunted Library Mystery, Book 2
By: Allison Brook
Narrated by: Mia Gaskin

Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
Buried in the Stacks Audiobook By Allison Brook cover art

Buried in the Stacks: A Haunted Library Mystery, Book 3
By: Allison Brook
Narrated by: Mia Gaskin

Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins

Twelve Slays of Christmas: A Christmas Tree Farm Mystery
By: Jacqueline Frost
Narrated by: Allyson Ryan

Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
(I read this one through NetGalley and am glad to get the audio.)

Two 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. oh, curious about Scents and Sensibilty. Enjoy.

  2. Red Winter sounds like an interesting fantasy, thanks for sharing

    Wishing you a great reading week

  3. You read such a diverse lot of genres. I like the sound of Death at the Gazebo. I’m aiming to start reading more cozy crime this year.

  4. This breakfast looks good, as well as all these cozy mysteries. They are perfect for this time of the year. Have a great week and happy reading!

  5. Death at the Gazebo looks good. I need more cozy mysteries in my life! The breakfast looks tempting.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Thanks for introducing me to the Audible Plus Catalog. My TBR mountain just grew! Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. We are to get more snow. I wish we were going to be warmer.

    ENJOY you books and your week.

  8. Hope you enjoy the Haunted Library books, I have book 3 sitting ready in my library - after that I have to buy them!! That looks like a substantial breakfast and sounds like you'll need ones like that again for all the work to be done.

  9. Thanks so much for the tip re: free kid listens on Audible! My boys will be so excited! :D

  10. Hi Martha,
    We had about 2 inches of snow over the weekend, but now the forecast is back to the usual wet and dreary winter 'non weather', with not a drop of sun or brightness forecast for the next couple of weeks, making week 5 of lockdown number 3, even more depressing!

    We are nowhere near being scheduled for our first jabs yet and then there is another 12 week wait for the second, so we'll see you all out and about by around Christmas time with any luck!!

    Your breakfast looks good, but that would be a main meal for me, or a 'holiday' breakfast. Cereal, orange juice and a big mug of black coffee, is my regular.

    I liked all 6 of your new books this week, but I really can't add any more to my TBR right now, as I am dong my best t rationalise and downsize the list, then see where I go from there.

    Enjoy your reading and have a good week :)

    Yvonne xx

  11. I love that Allison Brook series and it's so great on audio! Twelve Slays of Christmas is on my list as well. I have an Audible subscription but I may have to add Audible Plus. I used to have it when it was something else but stopped using it. Looks like I need to check it out again. Have a great week!

  12. Lots of great things here as usual, though your curent reads all sound quite intense!r
    I'm also listening daily to the Bible, in my project to relisten to all of it. I'm almost done with the Book of Job. I use the recordings on youtube by Alexander Scourby, who was the first to narrate the whole Bible in the 50s. Here is the playlist:
    For deuterocanonicals, I usually use this narrator

  13. So many great looking books on your list. I will have to go read your review of Death at the Gazebo. Noah is one I bet I would like.

    Hope you have some nice weather. Thanks for visiting my blog on Monday.


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