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Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sunday Post May 9, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 10, 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.

Happy Mother's Day 2021 Images, Quotes Pictures | mother day message, mothers  day poems, happy mothers day

Heather is managing on antibiotics while still waiting for the custom solution. It has helped a lot to have her in the office.
I have to go to a conference next Saturday in Orlando so of course the office staff have planned a Disney trip around my event. We are set to go to Animal Kingdom on Friday (my first visit to that park) and then Epcot on Sunday. We will be out of office Friday and Monday and the staff need this break.
Depending on how much I can prepare this week, I may take a weekend break from posting.

I sure wish I had bought more Etherium last year when I first opened my account. My return on that alone is up 2,401%.

These are the flowers my hubby got me for Mother's day even though I told him not to.

A flower stem broke off so I put it into the little vase in front.

We've had on and off rain but temps are starting to run in the 80s every few days.

Reading was slow other than listening. I have been pushing work late so I have crashed at 12pm every night.  I finished two audio books and am half way through another.  I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I only visited 17 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Lisa Loves Literature. Lisa is a high school librarian who says "authors are her rock stars...".

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:
  • PTBR- Book Review: The Faith of Condoleezza Rice by Leslie Montgomery; Genre: Biographical, Black & African American Woman, Christian Faith; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
The Kasari Nexus audiobook cover art

The Kasari Nexus: Rho Agenda Assimilation, Book 1
by: Richard Phillips
Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
Series: Rho Agenda Assimilation, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
I was ready for a sci this is a "K" audio.
This is full of interesting alien and human challenges. It is first in a spin off series, not the first with the characters.
Source: 3/18/19 Audible purchase for $1.99 since I had the ebook.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (2021)
Malice in Miami Audiobook By Barbara Venkataraman cover art

Malice in Miami
A Jamie Quinn Mystery
By: Barbara Venkataraman
Narrated by: Fay Annette
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Release date: 04-28-21
This is a quick, easy and fun listen of a story about
life with a touch of mystery.
Source: 5/4/2021 Audible Code from Author.

Publisher's Summary
Reluctant family law attorney Jamie Quinn is loving life - and why wouldn't she? Her boyfriend Kip is back from Australia, her long-lost dad finally has his visa, and she's about to start her dream job at an art foundation.
But it all falls apart when Jamie is accused of stealing priceless art from a rare book collection. If she can't find out who framed her, she can kiss her dream job goodbye - and her law license, too.
Meanwhile, Kip has problems of his own. Now an environmental activist, he uncovers a deadly secret - one that just might get him killed. Jamie's in trouble, Kip's in danger, and Duke Broussard has gone AWOL. How could Jamie's favorite PI abandon her at a time like this? ©2020 Barbara Venkataraman (P)2021 Barbara Venkataraman

Currently Reading:
1. 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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2. 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 is a "Z" audio.
Source: February Free Audible Catalog.

Publisher's Summary
Every modern city has one week’s worth of food to feed itself. Then it will collapse.
Cut off the resources to New York, Sydney, or even a mid-size metropolis, and millions will soon starve. In Zero Day Code we see those immense and open, hyper-complex, networked supercities of the new millennium die. And in the last moments we see their vengeance take form as all the best and worst traits of humanity bubble to the surface.
Zero Day Code is set in a realistic near future with dwindling global food supplies under increasing pressure from worsening droughts, floods and extreme weather events. Written by prolific Australian writer John Birmingham, the thriller follows a handful of survivors from the first day of society’s descent into violent, uncertain futures.
James, a consultant to the US National Security Council, is the first to suspect that the worldwide emergence of a crippling computer virus is actually a cover for something else - a devastating cyber-attack by China on the food distribution system of the United States. The attack is a bid for the Middle Kingdom to distract America as it seizes the food bowl of South East Asia and feeds its starving population. But Beijing has miscalculated.
Follow the missions of an embittered activist chasing salvation, a single mum rescuing her child from a frantic San Francisco and an army veteran who has long retreated from society, as the world they knew crumbles around them.
Please note: this audiobook contains mature content and listener discretion is advised.
©2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd. (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

3. 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 didn't start yet.
Received 4/4/2021 from NetGalley Read Now.

Click on book title for full description.

May 9, 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 this week.

I completed two books to review this week.
NetGalley shelf is still at 6.
Three author titles remain in queue - I did one this week on audio. Now to get tot he rest.
(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 author new review audio - which I listened to.
I selected my two April Audible Credits.
I selected two for one credit at
I received three free audiobooks from an Author on facebook.
I added the May free title to my library.

I added 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
5/4/2021 Audible Code from Author:
Malice in Miami Audiobook By Barbara Venkataraman cover art
Malice in Miami
A Jamie Quinn Mystery
By: Barbara Venkataraman
Narrated by: Fay Annette

Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Release date: 04-28-21


5/5/2021 Two April Audible Credits:
The Monster in the Hollows Audiobook By Andrew Peterson cover art
The Monster in the Hollows
The Wingfeather Saga, Book 3
By: Andrew Peterson

Narrated by: Andrew Peterson
Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
Release date: 01-05-21

The Warden and the Wolf King Audiobook By Andrew Peterson cover art
The Warden and the Wolf King
The Wingfeather Saga, Book 4
By: Andrew Peterson

Narrated by: Andrew Peterson
Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
Release date: 01-05-21

5/8/2021 Two for One Credit Deal at
The Yankee Widow
The Yankee Widow
By Linda Lael Miller
Narrated By: Jack Garrett

Duration: 14 h 37 min

Snow Melts in Spring

Snow Melts in Spring
By Deborah Vogts
Narrated By: Emily Durante

Duration: 8 h 19 min

5/7/2021 Free Audiobooks from Author:
The Lost Heir (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1)
Jake & The Giant (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 2)
The Dark Portal (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 3)
The Lost Heir (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 1)
Jake & The Giant (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 2)
The Dark Portal (The Gryphon Chronicles, Book 3)

May Free Download at
Free Audiobook of the Month
All of Grace
Author C.H. Spurgeon
Narrator Simon Vance

Runtime 3.3 Hrs. - Unabridged

I added no free Kindle titles this week. Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. Beautiful flowers! I've seen Save Me around this week, maybe I need to check it out. Have a great week!

  2. Must be great to have Heather about, I do hope she heals. Enjoy Orlando and er... Disney!

  3. Beautiful flowers!!

    Nice mailbox....enjoy the books and your week.

  4. Have a good time in Orlando. We visited Animal Kingdom and Epcot the last time we were there - 15 yrs ago! Very enjoyable. Lovely flowers from your husband.

  5. Gorgeous flowers! Enjoy them and your books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  6. I think I read Snow Melts in Spring-- I know I've read and enjoyed something she wrote. Hope you like it.

  7. I bet you are your staff are really looking forward to Orlando. You have been so busy! Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. What pretty flowers. Hope you all enjoy your Disney trip. I like Animal Kingdom and Epcot, but nothing beats the Magic Kingdom for me.

    The Madman's Library still catches my eye. I also would like to read The Yankee Widow.

    Hope you enjoy all your books. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.


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