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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Sunday Post August 29, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday August 30, 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.

Goodbye August Welcome September | Welcome september, September pictures,  New month wishes

This past week was better than the week before - on our home front anyway. God has wonderful timing and our closing schedule calmed down while we sorted out and got caught up. Heather got clearance to come back to work but she is not supposed to be using her left arm. I noticed it was swollen on Friday afternoon and figured she was moving it more than she should.
I spoke for a realtor lunch on Friday and felt that went well (especially since we had a business referral Friday afternoon).
This is a picture of the new flooring we had installed a month or so ago. It replaces an old teal carpet that was pet stained. We really like the wood look.

We continue to have rain every afternoon but I think it is cooling ... a little.
Meanwhile, our prayers are with Louisiana as hurricane Ida goes through and we are collecting supplies to be taken over on Monday night. .

I enjoyed my listening again this week, finishing two audiobooks and I finally finished my ebook.  I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

 I visited 17 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to GETTING YOUR READ ON. Aimee likes to review clean books in genres from fiction to non-fiction, YA, MG and even picture books.

Audible offerings for free children's titles ended June 30. is still sharing some free listens for children.

These were last week's posts:
  • A2021- Audio Review: Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas; Genre: Historical Romance, Regency Romance; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.5; Narration 4.75.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
The Bone Farm  By  cover art

The Bone Farm: A Jane Hawk Case File
By: Dean Koontz
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers , James Anderson Foster
Series: Jane Hawk, Book 0.5
This is a pretty gritty, good thriller.
Source: August 2021 Audible Plus.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Infinity Blade: Awakening, Brandon Sanderson

Infinity Blade: Awakening
By Brandon Sanderson
Narrated By: Samuel Roukin
Duration: 4 h 41 min
Good fantasy and I want to continue with the rest of this series.
Source: 3/28/2020 Two For One Credit

Click on book title for full description.

3. ebook/NetGalley App on Phone (NG2021)

The Keepers
by Jeffrey B. Burton
This is so engaging.
I will continue with the series.

Source: NetGalley 7/11/2021.

Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)
Penny Preston and the Silver Scepter  By  cover art

Penny Preston and the Silver Scepter
Misaligned, Book II
By: Armen Pogharian
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Release date: 06-02-21
I liked the first book in this series and am enjoying this second book too.
Source: Audible Code from the Narrator.

Publisher's Summary
When Penny solves the riddle of an unbreakable knot in time, she unwittingly releases two time travelers from the distant past into Piper Falls. The town is plagued by a series of baffling events related to the appearance of a strange elf-like creature. Penny's science teacher and mentor, Mr. Myrdin, recognizes him as the Coch Coblyn, an evil spirit from Celtic myth with a penchant for igniting city-destroying fires.
Compounding the mystery is the discovery of a prehistoric scepter, made of impossibly pure silver that's intertwined with Seneca creation myth and Master Poe's past. The silver scepter draws the sole survivor from the ancient civilization that created it to Piper Falls. After traveling forward thousands of years in time, he plans to take the scepter back to his own time and save his people from the cataclysm that destroyed them.
Stumped by the escalating pranks of the Coch Coblyn, the Deputy Sheriff contacts his good friend, Darin Kolchak, a paranormal investigator. Kolchak answers the call by bringing the latest in ghost-hunting technology to town in his refurbished U-Haul. Kolchak's methods may not be conventional, but they lead him dangerously close to the truth. Penny and her friends race to unravel the secrets of the artifact, dodge detection, and prevent either of the new arrivals from using it to return to power.
©2021 Armen Pogharian (P)2021 CamCat Publishing

2. ebook/PDF on Computer (NG2021)
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1. Serenade
by Script by Victoria Maderna, Federico Piatti and
art by Victoria Maderna, Federico Piatti
Europe Comics
I am just starting this.
Every now and then I like to throw in a graphic novel and this looks like a good one.
Source 2021 NetGalley.

Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)

The Dauntless
Written by Alex Kings
Narrated by Mark Boyett
Run Time 8h 34min
I am in the mood for a space adventure.
Source: November 8th, 2020 Chirp Purchase $1.99.

Publisher Description An alien fugitive carrying a secret. A mob of relentless assassins sent to stop her. A million-year-old ship from a dead civilisation.
Captain James Hanson of the Solar Alliance Vessel Dauntless knows he has to help. But soon he finds the conspiracy goes deeper than he ever imagined. Hunted down by his own government, he scrapes together a ragtag team and goes hunting for the truth.
He’s hounded on every side — from the authorities, from alien warriors, from mysterious, faceless soldiers. From the criminal backwaters of the galaxy to idyllic colonies hiding dark pasts, he uncovers a threat to the entire galaxy. A damaged, renegade ship and its unlikely crew of fugitives, mercenaries, and principled officers is all that stands between mankind and its destruction.

August 29, 2021 - I remain on track. I love seeing new things each time I read the Bible. I am glad to still be current with morning reading. 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.
I really liked this 5-day study shared with other ladies from our church: The Armor of God.
I may join in another study this week.

I completed three books to review this week.
NetGalley shelf is still at 3 old titles. 
Now five author titles are in queue. I'll be working on these next soon.
(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, me and new to the team, Velvet at vvb32reads. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Two new audio review books this week.
I picked up Two for One Credit titles at
I picked up four Audible titles on 'flash' sale. I missed the first two days and limited myself to four on the last two days.
I also selected three audios from Audible Plus Catalog.
Three 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
8/26/2021 Audible Code Recieved from the Narrator for Review:
Penny Preston and the Silver Scepter  By  cover art
Penny Preston and the Silver Scepter
Misaligned, Book II
By: Armen Pogharian
Narrated by: Michelle Babb

Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
I enjoyed book one. More information see Currently Reading above.

Penny Preston and the King’s Blade  By  cover art
Penny Preston and the King’s Blade
Misaligned, Book III
By: Armen Pogharian
Narrated by: Michelle Babb

Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Release date: 08-24-21


8/28/2021 Two for One Credit at
The Original
The Original
By Brandon Sanderson and Mary Robinette Kowal
Narrated By: Julia Whelan
Duration: 3 h 30 min
This sounds interesting.

Artificial Condition
Artificial Condition
By Martha Wells
Narrated By: Kevin R. Free
Duration: 3 h 21 min
I have wanted to continue this series.

8/28/2021 Audible Flash Sale $5.00:
Sky in the Deep Audiobook By Adrienne Young cover art
Sky in the Deep
By: Adrienne Young
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Release date: 04-24-18
This has been on my wish list for a while.

8/29/2021 Audible Flash Sale Three titles $19.00:
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints Audiobook By Larry Correia, John Ringo cover art
Monster Hunter Memoirs: Saints
By: Larry Correia, John Ringo
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
Release date: 07-03-18
I like this series and like to have a book available when I get the mood for monster hunting.

The Day After Never Bundle (First 4 Novels) Audiobook By Russell Blake cover art
The Day After Never Bundle (First 4 Novels)
By: Russell Blake
Narrated by: John David Farrell
Length: 32 hrs and 34 mins
Release date: 04-24-18
This post-apocalyptic was in my wish list.

The Proposal Audiobook By Mary Balogh cover art
The Proposal
By: Mary Balogh
Narrated by: Rebecca De Leeuw
Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
Release date: 05-01-12
I have this on Kindle but audio always is faster for me.

I was looking for books to share with my Ladies Book Club staring again in September. I found these three titles free in Audible Plus Catalog
Ragged Hope  By  cover art

Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices
By: Cynthia Ruchti
Narrated by: Susan Hanfield , Alex Hyde White

Fault Lines  By  cover art

Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe
By: Voddie T. Baucham
Narrated by: Mirron Willis

The Coming Apostasy  By  cover art

The Coming Apostasy: Exposing the Sabotage of Christianity from Within
By: Mark Hitchcock , Jeff Kinley
Narrated by: Paul Christy

Three Free Kindle Titles
My August Prime First Reads pick:

by Matthew FitzSimmons

These two titles I found while looking for book club titles:

God Yes, Atheism No: A Philosophical Journey to Christian Faith
by Steve Lagoon

In Defense of Christmas: An Informative and Inspirational Defense of the Christmas Holiday
by Steve Lagoon

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


  1. We have a similar flooring in our house, it brings a lot of warmth to it. It's certainly lovely in your room!

    I need to continue with the Martha Wells series, I had really enjoyed what I read of Murderbot. Have a great week and happy reading!

  2. That floor looks fantastic. Carpet is nice but it sure has drawbacks. Happy reading for coming week. Hope Heather's arm is okay.

  3. Poor Heather :(
    I’d love wooden floors, they look lovely.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  4. The scenes from Louisiana really aren't good, I feel so badly for everyone caught in Ida's path. But I do love the new flooring, I'm a big fan of wood flooring everywhere. 'Hematite' looks lovely! My "reads" this week are also from the Audible sale. I hope you have a great week :)
    Welcome back and I'm glad you gave yourself the rest and break you needed! Ghost Forest does look amazing and I'm adding that to my list ASAP! I've also heard good things about The Push so I hope you enjoy it. I think Elatsoe looks like it will absolutely ensnare me though, so I'm going to have to hunt that one down. I hope you have a great week :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  5. I love the new flooring. Is it LVP? We put that down in our kitchen/family room several years ago - wasn't sure at the time but now am so glad we went with it. Still looks great.
    The Balogh is on my TBR list. I'm about due to escape into a good historical. Have a good week, Martha!

  6. Great photos! I also love wood floors.

    Enjoy your week and your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  7. Nice looking flooring. Do you find your house noisier after installing it? I did when I switched from carpet to wood and ended up putting down an assortment of throw rugs. Nice looking assortment of new books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. I agree with everyone else that the new floor looks good and so much easier to keep clean if you have pets.

    I haven't read a Dean Koontz book for years, but I do like the sound of The Bone Farm.

    I also have my eye on the Mary Balogh book, so I hope you enjoy that one.

    Autumn is definitely on its way, here in the UK, just in time for the mass return to school this week. Our daily new Covid cases are already through the roof, so everyone will be watching the next couple of weeks with bated breath.

    I hope that referrals keep coming in for you and that the business continues to flourish.

    Take Care and Happy Reading! :)

  9. Your new floor looks great. Love wood instead of carpet.

    Enjoy your week....lots of books to choose from.

  10. The flooring looks great! Glad your week calmed down some. Happy reading this week, I like Mary Balogh's romances. I'm trying to get through my NetGalley books also, I have several left to read.

  11. Love the new flooring. It looks amazing.

    We have had some rain as well. I finally made it out to the garden, though.

    Great books this week. The Keepers and The Proposal need to go on my wish list. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog last week.


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