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Sunday, October 3, 2021

Sunday Post October 3, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday October 4, 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.

Last week was full of appointments and day to day work.  

Here is a picture with one of the local fawns who still has her spots (to the left of the shed). This group of six (one behind the shed and another further to the right) were under our bedroom window in the back yard.

Our Temps hit in the 90s last week but this coming week the temps are supposed t range 63 to 85.

I enjoyed reading and audio this week, finishing one poetry and two audiobooks.  I posted two reviews and my usual memes.

I visited only 16 blogs again last week.
Shout Out this week to THE READING BUD. Heena, aka Crazy Cat Writer, the founder and admin of The Reading Bud, is an author and editor who spends her free time “reading tons and tons of books and reviewing them!”

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

These were last week's posts:
  • Author2021- Poetry Book Review: Palm Lines by Jonathan Koven; Genre: Emotion, Nature, Poetry; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0.
Finished Reading:
1. PDF/Compter (Author2021)
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Palm Lines
by Jonathan Koven
This has beautiful imagery.
Source: 7/14/2021 I accepted an Author request to read and review.

My review is linked above.

2. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)
Best in Snow: An Andy Carpenter Mystery

Best in Snow
(Andy Carpenter #24)
by David Rosenfelt
Narrated by Grover Gardner
6 hours and 52 minutes
As usual
with this series, I enjoyed the legal aspects and mystery... and dogs.
Source: 9/9/2021 from NetGalley.

Click on book title for full description.

3. Audio/Smartphone (A2021)

Bunker (Book 1)
Written by Jay J. Falconer
Narrated by Gary Tiedemann
Run Time 3h 46min
I have had this series in my Wish List and decided to try the first book before buying a bundle.
I like the hero and I like the beginning with the suspected EMP strike. (I purchased more in the series.)
Source: 9/5/2021 Chirp Purchase $.99.

Publisher Description
Cyber-Attacks. EMPs. Invasion. War. When the end comes, few will have the ability to survive.
When a coordinated attack takes out the nation’s power grid, a small town finds itself at ground zero of an all-out invasion.
With limited options and no time to prepare, the citizens have no choice but to turn to a mysterious drifter, Jack Bunker, for help.
The former combat engineer has the skills to keep them alive, but he won’t be able to do it alone, not against an overwhelmingly superior force. Somehow he’ll have to find a way to transform the mild-mannered townsfolk into military-grade warriors and lead them into battle, despite his dark past that leads some to wonder whose side is he really on?
The Bunker series is a 5-part explosive, high-octane thriller. If you like pulse-pounding action, resourceful warriors, and deep political intrigue, then you’ll love this bestselling tale of true grit. It’s Rambo versus Red Dawn, only amped-up with one thrilling scene after another.

Currently Reading:
1. ebook/Kindle App on Phone (ebTBR)
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The Duke and the Spoiled Wallflower
by Tessa Brookman
I am 25% in and interested to see how it proceeds.
Source: Received from author team for review.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)
Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, P.W. Singer, August Cole

Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
Written By: P.W. Singer, August Cole
Narrated By: Rich Orlow
Duration: 14 hours 28 minutes
It's October so I am beginning "ghost" stories and mysteries. :-)
This one is actually suspense -- and scary as I am three hours in.
Source: 1/24/2020 January Free VIP selection.

The year is 2026. China has taken over as the world's largest economy, while the United States, mired in an oil shortage, struggles to adjust to its diminished role. Then, a surprise attack throws the U.S. into a chaos unseen since Pearl Harbor. As the enemy takes control, the survival of the nation will depend upon the most unlikely forces: the Navy's antiquated Ghost Fleet and a cadre of homegrown terrorists. Ghost Fleet is unique in that every piece of technology featured in the novel already exists or is in the works. Peter W. Singer is Senior Fellow and Director of the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution and a consultant for the US Department of Defense and FBI. August Cole is a journalist and writer specializing in national security issues and is an Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project.

October 3, 2021 - I am 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 finished the five day study: The Great Surrender.

I completed three books and have two still to review this week.
My NetGalley shelf remains at 1 new children's title and 3 old ebooks titles, one of which I plan to read this month. 
I have two author titles remaining in queue. I'm still working on reading these.
(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.

I received no new review title this week.
I picked up five titles at Chirp.
I resisted other audios this week.
Seven free Kindle titles.

(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


10/2/2021 Chirp Purchase Five books $11.95.
- I picked up books 2 through 5 of The Bunker series:
Bunker (Book 2) Dogs of War
Written by Jay J. Falconer
Read by Gary Tiedemann
Run Time 4h 40min

Book cover for Bunker (Book 3) by Jay J. Falconer
Bunker (Book 3) Code of Honor
Written by Jay J. Falconer
Read by Gary Tiedemann
Run Time 5h 50min

Book cover for Bunker (Book 4) by Jay J. Falconer
Bunker (Book 4) Lock and Load
Written by Jay J. Falconer
Read by Gary Tiedemann
Run Time 6h 45min

Book cover for Bunker (Book 5) by Jay J. Falconer
Bunker (Book 5) Zero Hour
Written by Jay J. Falconer
Read by Gary Tiedemann
Run Time 6h 22min

The Zodiac Boxed Set Books 1-3
Written by Paul Sating
Read by Paul Sating
Run Time 21h 37min

Seven Free Kindle Titles Found through Facebook:
The Brave Heart (Listen to Your Heart Book 1)
by Margaret Lake

Once Upon a Townsbridge Story: The Townsbridge Prequel
(The Townsbridges)
by Sophie Barnes

Beyond McCarron's Corner: Sassy's Story
(McCarron’s Corner Book 1)
by Sharon K. Middleton

Slow Burn (Lost Kings MC® #1): A Motorcycle Club President Romance
by Autumn Jones Lake

Under Color of Law (Trevor Finnegan Book 1)
by Aaron Philip Clark

Immortal Killers (Nathan K Book 1)
by Stuart Jaffe

Courted by a Cowboy: Small Town Contemporary Romance
(Texas Sweethearts Book 1)
by Mindy Neff

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


  1. Best in Snow looks good and what a cute title. Those deer are amazing in your back yard. I bet they keep you entertained.

  2. I love the picture of the deer, how lovely that they can roam like that! 'Palm Lines' looks great and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes I'm a bit hesitant with poetry because I can't always get into it, but when it hits home, it really does so. I hope you have a lovely week :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  3. Thanks for highlighting the books you find on Chirp and Amazon. I'm not on FB so I think I miss a lot of deals.
    Do the deer munch on end of season flowers or just grass?

    1. Just grass but they do show up the first couple days after I fill the bird feeders with wild bird seed that includes corn.

  4. Omigosh I love the deer in your backyard! That must be so cool to see! Great looking bunch of books - hope you enjoy your current reads!!

  5. I admire your ability to resist audio titles! :) My TBR pile would appreciate it if I could do the same... Have a great week!

  6. Enjoy your books! You have some tempting titles...and a great photo.

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  7. The fawn is so sweet.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  8. My favorite part of living where we do is the woods behind our house are fun to walk in and are home to all kinds of pretty creatures.

    Best in Show caught my eye this week. Hope you enjoy all your books.

  9. I am enjoying David Rosenfelt's books even though I keep forgetting his name. I liked Best in Snow too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  10. Best in Snow looks so adorable. Deer are fun to watch as long as they stay away from the roads!

  11. Our temperatures were summer-like, but have cooled down.

    Happy Reading for this first week of October.

  12. We are due to have a few days of 'Indian Summer' at the end of this week, which will be quite nice after the torrential rain and gales which lashed us overnight!

    We are seeing more and more urban deer over here as we destroy much of their natural habitat, although as Kimberly pointed out, that means that they are more likely to be on the roads, which is not so good!

    I shall be interested in what you think of 'Ghost Fleet', as that story may not be too far removed from the truth and reality of the not too distant future. Fuel shortages over here, have seen queues miles long at petrol stations with the pumps running dry for days on end. Troops were brought in to help with deliveries to the forecourts, but of course now the inevitable 3p a litre price hike is kicking in!

    I hope that all is well with you, have a great week and Happy Reading :)

  13. I'm reading ghost related this stories this month too. Happy reading.

  14. I always enjoy your pictures, and this one is no exception! Lovely fawn. :) Have a great week!


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