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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Sunday Post May 16, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 17, 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.

We are still busy in office but the girls were happy to have a Disney break this weekend. The Friday visit to Animal Kingdom had us all exhausted by 4pm. Two of us returned to the room to crash. The other three went to outlet mall for shopping. We are going to Epcot on Sunday.

My stock account and crypto went down then recovered at least half of the loss.  We'll see how this week goes.

This is one photo from our Friday visit to Animal Kingdom.
I hope to upload more pictures from our "adventures".

The weather was good -not too sunny and breezy - for our park adventures.

Reading was still slow other than listening. I finished two audio books and one ebook. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 17 blogs last week.
No Shout Out this week since I had four days out of town so didn't get to search new-to-me sites.

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:
  • A2021- Audible Book Review: Malice in Miami by Barbara Venkataraman Genre: Amateur Sleuth, Cozy Mystery, Woman Sleuth; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.5.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)
Zero Day Code  By  cover art

Zero Day Code
End of Days, Book 1
By: John Birmingham
Narrated by: Rupert Degas
Series: End of Days, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
I was in the mood for an EOTWAWKI story
and this fiction is scarily possible.
Source: February Free Audible Catalog.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Book cover for One Hit Wonder by Kristi Rose with limited-time offer banner

One Hit Wonder
by Kristi Rose
Narrated by Jennifer Stoneking
This is a quick, light, character driven mystery.
Source: October 2020 Purchase at Chirp $.99

Publisher Description
Do your job or move along already. Trouble is, I’m in too deep to do either one.
A year into Samantha True’s forensic photography classes she knows three things:
1. Crime scenes are messy.
2. Especially when you throw up on them.
3. She may not be cut out for this.
When the police drag her to an investigation, she’s just as baffled by the scene. With clues like superhero masks, disco balls, and Bigfoot, are they ever going to find who did it?
As she digs deeper into the photographic evidence, she realizes her small town is full of secrets. And she might be happier staying in the dark.
A laugh-out-loud mystery that will keep you guessing and quickly turning the pages. One Hit Wonder offers the just right reader escape, but fair warning, this book leaves readers wanting more.

3. eBook - Adobe Digital App on Computer (2021)
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Save Me (Broken Idols #2)
by M.C. Frank
Reading on my computer has been slower because I do it at the end of the evening and I am tired then.
Source: Received from Author.

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Currently Reading:

1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
The Traveler Series audiobook cover art

The Traveler Series
A Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure: Books 1-3
By: Tom Abrahams
Narrated by: Kevin Pierce
Length: 21 hrs and 56 mins
Release date: 03-06-19
I wanted a little longer audio for the trip.
I will probably finish this by Monday.
I like this genre and it is a "T" title for audio alphabet.
Source: November 2019 Audible purchase $7.49.

Publisher's Summary
The first three books in the Traveler series in one bundle!
Book One: Home
He thought he was prepared. He thought his family was safe. He was wrong.
Five years after a pneumonic plague killed two-thirds of the world’s population, army veteran Marcus Battle is isolated. He’s alone with his guns, his food, and the graves of his wife and child.
Unaware of the chaos that’s befallen everything outside of his central Texas ranch land, Marcus lives a Spartan life. If anyone steps onto his property he shoots first and never ask questions.
But when a woman in distress, chased by marauders, seeks asylum, Marcus has a decision to make.
Does he throw her to the wolves to protect himself, or does he help her and leave the shelter and protection of home?
Book Two: Canyon
He’s homeless. He’s on the run. and he wants revenge.
Marcus Battle has left behind his home.
Now he’s on a seemingly impossible mission to find a missing child. But can he balance that responsibility with his deep, primal desire to exact revenge on the men who destroyed his solitary existence?
The world he discovers on his journey isn’t the one he remembers before a pneumonic plague called the Scourge killed two-thirds of the world’s population. It is lawless, depraved, and far deadlier than the disease which created it.
Battle made a promise to find that child. It’s a promise he regrets more acutely with every step of the journey where he is as much the hunter as he is the hunted.
Book Three: Wall
He survived the scourge. He escaped the cartel. Now he faces the wall.
In the chaos of a global plague, evil took hold. Governments fell, the good became servants, and the Cartel rose to power.
A wall was built to contain the wasteland and keep the evil at bay. Now an organized resistance wants change. They're willing to fight for it and they've asked Marcus Battle to help.
The last thing Battle wants is another war. But if that's what it takes to gain freedom and safe passage to the other side of the wall, he'll take aim and fire.
©2019 Piton Press LLC (P)2019 Piton Press LLC

2. NetGalley; Adobe Digital (NG2021)

The Madman's Library
The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities from History
by Edward Brooke-Hitching
This looks really interesting! I expect to start this Monday night.
Received 4/4/2021 from NetGalley Read Now.

Click on book title for full description.

I will be picking another audio but I don't know which yet.

May 16, 2021 - I love seeing new things each time I read the Bible. I am glad to still be current with morning reading. (I got one day behind but and caught up again.)
I am reading/listening to the NLT Tyndale version of the Bible on You Version App so Hubby and I are reading the same passages each day.
No new study again this week.

I completed three books to review this week.
NetGalley shelf is still at 6.
Four author titles remain in queue. I'll be working on these next.
(Plus a few that I received from facebook links and 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: Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and (yours truly). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

As for MM, we’re looking for someone to volunteer to take over some MM duties.. We’re unsure what is going on with Leslie, but we have not heard from her since November 2020. We need someone who is familiar with Mr. Linky and the WordPress platform. Sunday evenings are when we post MM for overseas participants and BTCOE posts go up on Friday afternoons. If you have interest please email: savvyverseandwit [at] gmail [dot] com.

One new author ebook for review which I hope to read for July review posting.
I added 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
Received from the Author:
The Alchemy Thief by [R.A. Denny]
The Alchemy Thief
by R.A. Denny
This looks like an interesting time travel, Christian historical.



I added two free Kindle titles this week - found through Facebook again.
Exercise Is Murder: A classic whodunit mystery with more twists and turns than a roller coaster. (Smiley and McBlythe Mystery Series Book 1)
by Bruce Hammack

The Realm Between: The Curse: A LitRPG Saga (Book 1)
by Phoenix Grey

Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. A trip however short will be lovely right now. We in the middle of lockdown and then quite rigid restrictions.

  2. Sounds like your weekend was fun one! Enjoy your reading and have a great week, Martha.

  3. Sounds like your time together away has been really good. Nice to take time to do something other than work.

  4. Fun on the Animal Kingdom trip.

    ENJOY your reading week, Martha.

  5. Oh! How I do miss our annual three week holidays in WDW, we had some great family time and made some lovely memories. However, I think that given our age now and how long it is going to take the resorts and parks to recover to anything like the 'normal' we remember, I think that we are better off sticking with the great times we had and moving on!

    It is so good just to be able to do the odd 'normal' thing though, isn't it, and it sounds as though you had a great time!

    Bruce Hammack is definitely a new to me author heading straight for my 'wish list', as this series is just my kind of reading, so thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy the rest of your week :)

  6. A visit to Animal Kingdom sounds like a great day out. I think I would be into hitting the mall to finish a good day out. There is always some energy left for shopping. :)


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