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Sunday, December 12, 2021

Sunday Post December 12, 2021/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday December 13, 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.

Your Christmas Countdown 2021 | Days Until Christmas | Sleeps To Xmas

I am starting to stress (just a little) about trying to get much done before the end of year.
I have three new appointments for four days this coming week although the work will likely have to wait until 2022. I have a hotly contested trial coming up in mid January and have to plan on probably two to three days in preparation time.
At least I did most of my Christmas shopping this weekend - GCs with a few specific items too.

♪'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas'♫.
I missed getting my nails done for October so mid November I went straight to holiday nails. I really love this simple holiday design!

It looks like we will have nice weather this week with temperatures from low of 45 to high of 80. I am enjoying wearing my seasonal tops. I may not get cold weather to wear my holiday sweaters.

I enjoyed my listening last week but only finished one audiobook. I posted two reviews and my usual memes.

I only visited 12 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to ONE READER'S THOUGHTS. Emma says: "When I’m done with a book, I’ll share my thoughts, good, bad or indifferent. The books might be new, old, fiction or non-fiction."

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

These were last week's posts:
  • ATBR- Audible Book Review: The Ranch: Jack Sterlings Legacy by Sean Liscom; Genre: Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.25.
  • ATBR- Audio Book Review: Mistletoe Miracles by Jodi Thomas; Genre: Christmas, Contemporary Romance, Western; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.5.
Finished Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)

By: David Gerrold
Narrated by: Andy Caploe
Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
This is tough reading with a little bit of philosophizing.
Source: November 2021 Audible Plus Catolog - in library only until 12/30.

Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)
The Brass Queen Audiobook By Elizabeth Chatsworth cover art

The Brass Queen
By: Elizabeth Chatsworth
Narrated by: Michelle Babb
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
This has been a fun listen.
I have 2.5 hours remaining.
Source: 11/28/21 Audible Code from narrator

Click on book title for full description.

2. ebook/Kindle App on Phone (ebTBR)

A Place Called Armageddon: Constantinople 1453
by C.C. Humphreys
Not much progress this week, but I still like this. I do wish that my kindle reading time was more stable -sometimes it opens and sometimes it doesn't.
Source: 2012 NetGalley.

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3. Audible/Smartphone (A2021)
Every Day in December  By  cover art

Every Day in December
By: Kitty Wilson
Narrated by: Katy Sobey, Joe Jameson
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
I'm ready for another holiday romance.
Source: 11/30/2021 Audible Book Sale $5.00

Publisher's Summary
Two people. One month to fall in love.
Belle Wilde loves December. Yes, she’s just lost her job, and Christmas is not a good time to find yourself ‘financially challenged’. And yes, her parents are still going on about the fact that she really should have it all together by now. But Belle believes that in December, magic can happen.
Rory Walters hates December. Whilst it looks like his life is together, he’s still reeling from a winter’s night five years ago when his life changed forever. Now back at home, he’s certain that this will be yet another Christmas to endure rather than enjoy.
But as midnight on December 31st draws closer, Belle and Rory’s time together is coming to an end. With a little help from a Christmas miracle, could Belle find the one thing she really wants underneath the mistletoe?
©2021 Kitty Wilson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

With only a few weeks left in the year, I hope to get in a few more Christmas books and not sure what else.

December 12, 2021 - I continue on track, enjoying Amos, Revelation, Psalms and Proverbs. 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 Anticipating Christmas: A 5-Day Advent Plan this week.

I completed only one book for review to post this week.
My NetGalley shelf now has two old ebooks titles and one new audio.
I still have two author titles remaining in queue. Looks like they will go into 2022.
(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.

Totally empty mailbox for me this past week! No time this past week to be searching to use my credits.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

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  1. Sorry to hear you are feeling stressed. We were blessed with 10 days of quarantine, so I couldn't get much done since most of it was outside of the house. At least my online shopping and some book reviews were finished.

    Love your nails. Mine have snowflakes this week.

    Every Day in December sounds good. Hope you snag some reading time in between preparing for your trial and holiday prep.

  2. A hotly contested trial coming up sounds a little daunting. Lovely Christmas nails. Holiday romances for this time of the year help us get in the spirit of of the season.

  3. I love the holiday nails! I hope you have a great week! Good luck with the appointments.

  4. I hope you find some stress-free days ahead. Getting holiday nails should help!

    Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  5. It sounds like your end of the year is quite full! So glad you have most of your shopping done and those Christmas nails are so pretty - love that bow! God be with your during the trial!
    I so love reading holiday books at this time of year! Take good care!

  6. Pretty nails!
    Honestly no month passes faster than December!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  7. This is such a busy time of the year with trying to finish things up. I'm glad I've retired! I started The Brass Queen on audio but quit listening. I'll have to give it another try one of these days. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  8. Clever and cute nails! Happy holidays.

  9. The holidays tend to stress me. I enjoy giving my family gifts though.
    Love the nails.

  10. I hope you can find some time to relax.

  11. Nice nails.

    I am jealous of your temperatures. :)

    I hope your week is going well.


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