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Sunday, July 17, 2022

Sunday Post July 17, 2022/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday July 18, 2022

Sunday Post #318 Chairs, Compliance, and Storms
I am linking with Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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.

I've felt some stress trying to get caught up this week. Fortunately another of my litigation files settled and two are moving forward well.
We have some employee applications but need time to interview. Then we will need time to train. It is a never ending cycle.

I was home after 7:30pm every night last week. That is adding to my fatigue I think.
I attended our women's club Summer Charity Tea on Saturday. I enjoyed it a lot but, again, it made me tired.

I cooked patty pan squash again, this time sauteed with onions and spinach, and sprinkled with mixed cheese and a touch of Parmesan. That was a veggie dish with my pigs in a blanket wrapped with Havarti cheese. I do love my cheeses!

I continue with my previous prayer lists.

We did have some heavy rains this past week. The coming week is scheduled to be a little hotter (low 90s) with more thunderstorms likely.

I continue to enjoy my audios. I finished two audios and well into a third. I posted two reviews, and my usual memes.

I visited 16 blogs last week.
A Shout Out today to CAROLE'S RANDOM LIFE. Carole loves to read and loves a surprise in her reading. I like the image on her 'About' page. Go by, check it out and say "Hello."

Audible offerings for free children's titles ended June 30, 2021. is still sharing some free listens for children.

These were last week's posts:
  • NG2022: #NetGalley Audio Book Review: Just Tyrus: A Memoir by Tyrus; Genre: Biography, Memoirs; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.0.
  • ATBR: Audible Book Review: End of Summer by S.M. Anderson; Genre: Adventure, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.5; Narration 4.5.
Finished Reading:
1. Audioble Smartphone Soundwise or on Computer (AT2022)

Man of War
The Rebels and Redcoats Saga Prequel
By: T.J. London
Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton, Kathryn Vinclaire, Patrick Zeller, John Hartley, Tara Langella, Jason Clarke, Dryw McArthur, Marnye Young, James Cheatham
Length: 22 hrs and 52 mins
This is strong, engaging historical fiction.
Source: June 2022 audio received for Blitz and Review through Caffeinated PR.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible Smartphone (A2022)
The Plus One Pact Audiobook By Portia MacIntosh cover art

The Plus One Pact
By: Portia MacIntosh
Narrated by: Karen Cass
Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
This is a sweet story with some miscommunications.
Source: 2/19/2022 Audible Plus Catalog.
(The availability to listen expires 7/27/2022.)

Click on book title for full description.

Currently Reading:
1. Audible Smartphone(AT2022)

Christmas Every Day
By: Beth Moran
Narrated by: Helen Keeley
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
This is a sweet (but emotional) story I picked this week because it will no longer be available after 7/26.
Source: October 2021 Audible Plus Catalog. (The availability to listen expires 7/27/2022.)

Publisher's Summary
When Jenny inherits her estranged grandmother’s cottage in Sherwood Forest, she has nothing to lose - no money, no job, no friends, no family to speak of, and zero self-respect. Things can only get better....
Her grumpy but decidedly handsome new neighbour, Mack, has a habit of bestowing unsolicited good deeds on her. And when Jenny is welcomed into a rather unusual book club, life seems to finally be getting more interesting.
Instead of reading, the members pledge to complete individual challenges before Christmas: from finding new love and learning to bake to completing a daredevil bucket list. Jenny can’t resist joining in, and soon a year of friendship and laughter, tears and regrets unfolds in the most unexpected ways.
Warm, wise, funny and utterly uplifting. What one thing would you change in your life before Christmas comes around?
©2019 Beth Moran (P)2019 Boldwood Books Ltd

2. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)
Forget Nothing audiobook cover art

Forget Nothing
By: Jason Anspach, Michelle C. Meyers
Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
I am ready for a Space Adventure.
Source: 6/20/2020 a free Audible title.

About This Audible Original
She Chose the Hardest Way
The daughter of a Legion war hero, fighting was in Andien Broxin's blood. But the battles Republic marines face on strange and alien worlds are a far cry from the vaunted, brutal, no-holds-barred conflicts fought at the edge of the galaxy by the elite legionnaires.
Until a devastating war erupts right in the Republic’s stellar backyard.
Newly stationed on a mid-core planet being harassed by terrorist revolutionaries, Andien and her fellow "hullbusters" find themselves right in the middle of a desperate fight for survival. All their training, standards, discipline—all the hard paths—have led to this. If she and her fellow marines are to come out of this alive, Andien will have to find out who she truly is...and what she can become.
Best-selling military science fiction author Jason Anspach and USMC/US Army veteran Michelle C. Meyers explore the rigors of combat, survival, and the human will in this edge-of-your-seat account set in the Galaxy’s Edge universe.
©2020 Galaxy's Edge, LLC (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC.

3. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)
After It Happened Audiobook By Devon C. Ford cover art

After It Happened
Publisher's Pack 3
By: Devon C. Ford
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
I want to read more Post-Apocalyptic and I am continuing a series that is part of my TBR.
Source: June 2021 Audible Credit.

Publisher's Summary
This publisher's pack contains Sanctuary (book 5) and Rebellion (book 6) of the After It Happened series.
Set in the UK in the immediate aftermath of a mysterious illness that swept the country and left millions dead, the series follows the trials facing a reluctant hero, Dan, and the group he forms around him. They must battle the elements, find sufficient supplies and equipment to survive, and protect themselves against the most destructive force on the planet: other people.
Sanctuary, book 5: Scattered, the group must come to terms with their new reality. They face more danger than they can deal with. They have no idea if they can win the race against time before one of them becomes critical. Meanwhile, back at home, a plan is hatched to overthrow a tyrannical rule.
Rebellion, book 6: Steve, now recovered from his horrific injuries, forms a plan to restore the balance of power in their camp, but his opposition is also playing a dangerous game. Meanwhile, Sanctuary reveals its secrets to Dan and the others, and they find safety and comfort behind the high walls. But safety is an illusion, and there are forces converging on them with a malevolence that they have not battled before.
©2017 Devon C. Ford (P)2018 Podium Publishing

July 17, 2022 - I am continuing on track and continue to enjoy the informative videos in The Bible Reading Plan is: BibleProject | One Story that Leads to Jesus. I am enjoying keeping up with my reading each day.
I finished and enjoyed the seven day plan: Seek in Seven.

I completed two books and have two reviews to write and post again this week. 
NETGALLEY STATUS-- My NG shelf is back to the three old ebook titles. I will probably end up letting A Place Called Armageddon go as DNF.
I don't have any author reviews in my queue right now.
(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.
No new review or NetGalley titles this week.
I selected my two June Audible credits and used a $7.00 credit for another audio.
Only one free Kindle title added again to my Kindle TBR library.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles


7/17/2022 I used my two June Audible Credits for these two titles, one in a series and one thriller:
Krondor the Betrayal
Book One of the Riftwar Legacy
By: Raymond E. Feist
Narrated by: Peter Joyce

Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
I've been drawn to dragons.

Sworn to Silence
A Thriller
By: Linda Castillo
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney

Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
This thriller set in Amish country sounds good to me.

7/17/2022 I got a $7.00 credit so this book from my wish list ended up costing $.49 since I already had the Kindle copy.
Robinson Crusoe 2244
By: E. J. Robinson
Narrated by: Malk Williams

Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
I have been eyeing this partially due to the title. :-)

One free Kindle title this week:
A Summer of Surprises by [Judith Keim]
A Summer of Surprises
Judith Keim
(Thanks to Cheryl at The Book Connection for this summer title.)

One Free title added to Kindle library. Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Book Adrenaline, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. It's been so hot the Christmas cover looks so Sorry work is keeping you so late. I do hope you catch a break soon.

  2. Your patty pan squash looks delicious! I've never read Raymond E. Feist but I know he is a popular fantasy author, I might have to try one of his books one day. Have a great week and happy reading!

  3. Heat and rain, we're having the same here.

  4. Yum those dishes look very very tasty. Good that you are enjoying your audio. Do take some time just to decompress though, those are late nights getting home.

  5. You definitely need a day off, though I know that sometimes isn't possible. I am enjoying all the Christmas books coming out!

  6. Such long days, make sure you take some time to relax!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  7. That does sound like a very busy week, I hope you get some down-time/early nights this week. Your dinner looks delicious btw and I'm completely with you on the cheese, cannot not eat cheese! Your reads look delightful as well! I hope you have a lovely week and that you enjoy your new reads :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  8. I love the heat. :)

    The patty pan squash looks good.

    Have a great week.

  9. I hope you can get a bit more rest this week. Your food sounded yummy and quick - my kind of prep, ha. Enjoy your reading. Nice that the audios list the exp. date. I'll have to check if any of mine have gone away!
    Mary @Bookfan

  10. I keep adding audiobooks to my TBR mountain but choosing old favorites when looking for an audiobook to listen to. I really should try something new one of these days. I read Sworn to Silence and enjoyed it. I hope it is a good audio experience. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  11. Too bad work is so tough right now. I hope you find some wonderful candidates to help hare the load. That patty pan squash looks delicious!

  12. It seems to be the time of year for long hours. I sympathize with you.

    Your meals look delicious. I am a big cheese fan, too.

    Nice group of books this week. Nice to see the Christmas ones coming out.

    Thanks for visiting my blog this week.


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