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Sunday, September 25, 2022

Sunday Post September 25, 2022/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday September 26, 2022

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 got lost for several reasons. I was juggling at the office as I prepared to go out of office Friday for a GFWC Florida Board of Directors conference in Orlando.
Heather ended up going home with a fever on Wednesday and is still running a fever today. The minute clinic said it is a viral infection but that shouldn't last a week.

I went to Orlando with two other members of our local club. Saturday was a full day of workshops which I found very informative.

I continue with my previous prayer lists. Adding Canada as well as Puerto Rico... and of course we are praying this week that Tropical Storm Ian goes back to sea.

Last week we had little rain again, but we are expecting rain (if not more) at the end of this week.  Day temps will range from 71 to 93.

This week I only finished two audios, one long and one short. I didn't have much listening time during our trip since I was navigator and shotgun rider to help keep the driver alert. I didn't get any reviews posted with late nights at work taking priority (plus one night of picking audios on sale). So I only have four posts last week: Sunday post, two additional posts, and Friday Pick.

I visited 16 blogs again last week, but no shout out today.

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

These were the posts last week:
Finished Reading:
1. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)
Ruins of the Galaxy  By  cover art

Ruins of the Galaxy
Ruins of the Galaxy, Book 1
By: J.N. Chaney, Christopher Hopper
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
Release date: 04-28-20
This is entertaining although similar to other space sci fis.
Source: 12/27/2020 Audible Two for One Credit Sale.

Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)
The Science of Sci-Fi audiobook cover art

The Science of Sci-Fi
From Warp Speed to Interstellar Travel
By: Erin Macdonald, The Great Courses
Narrated by: Erin Macdonald
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
I found this interesting even if I didn't grasp all the true science.
Source: 3/28/2020 Free Audible Original

About This Audible Original
Science fiction allows listeners to go places they can only dream of seeing—other worlds, distant stars, entirely different galaxies. While not every story is concerned with the hard science behind space travel and other futuristic ventures, fiction can give listeners an amazing insight into what people could be capable of and what people dream of doing.
In the 10 lectures of The Science of Sci-Fi: From Warp Speed to Interstellar Travel, Professor Erin Macdonald interweaves real science and the achievements of the imagination to reveal the truth that underlies favorite stories and sheds light on what the future may hold. From faster-than-light travel to journeys through time itself, science fiction makes humanity seem limitless. So, what scientific boundaries are people pushing against while seeking to fly among the stars?
Beginning with an overview of the physics of time and space, Professor Macdonald shows how stories extrapolate current knowledge to create visions of the future and how likely—or unlikely—these fictional journeys could be. What would happen if a spaceship flew into a wormhole, as it does in the film Galaxy Quest? Or, what would happen if someone fired a rocket launcher on the Moon like the soldiers of Mass Effect? Could someone ever break the bounds of light speed as they do in Star Wars and move across the universe without spending decades trying to make it to a distant exoplanet? Is the transporter technology of Star Trek really possible?
As listeners look closely at artificial gravity, inertial dampeners, tachyons, red matter, time dilation, and other sci-fi mainstays through the theories of some of science’s greatest thinkers, they will find that their favorite science fiction stories become even more astonishing.
©2019 Audible Originals, LLC (P)2019 Audible Originals, LLC

Currently Reading:
1. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

Lovelight Farms
By: B.K. Borison
Narrated by: Pippa Jayne
Series: Lovelight, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
I am ready for a lighter holiday title.
Source: 2022 NetGalley.

Publisher's Summary
A pasture of dead trees, a hostile takeover of the Santa barn by a family of raccoons, and shipments that have mysteriously gone missing—Lovelight Farms is not the magical winter wonderland of Stella Bloom’s dreams.
In an effort to save the Christmas tree farm she’s loved since she was a kid, she enters a contest with instafamous influencer Evelyn St. James. With the added publicity and the $100,000 cash prize, she might just be able to save the farm from its financial woes. There’s just one problem. To make the farm seem like a romantic destination for the holidays, she lied on the application and said she owns Lovelight Farms with her boyfriend. Only there is no boyfriend.
Enter her best friend Luka Peters. He just came home for some hot chocolate, and somehow got a farm and a serious girlfriend in the process.
Lovelight Farms is a romantic comedy featuring a handsome freckled data analyst, a messy, optimistic Christmas-tree-farm owner, and a small town with the best hazelnut lattes on the east coast.
This sweet and steamy romance is a holiday happily ever after and the first book in a series of interconnected standalones following the three Lovelight owners.
©2021 B.K. Borison (P)2022 Dreamscape Media, LLC

I haven't picked my next audio yet.

September 25, 2022 - I remain current and enjoying the reading. I get excited watching the devotion videos.  The Bible Reading Plan is: BibleProject | One Story that Leads to Jesus. It really soothes me to read/listen to the pieces each day.
I was invited to do a three day study this week: The Names of God.

I added two more titles I still need to review: 8 10 books plus 7 children's books. I keep working on these. :-)

NETGALLEY STATUS-- Two new audio titles I'll be listening to soon.
My NG shelf still has 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 but I may be getting one this week.
(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 titles from NetGalley and a pdf review request this week.
I got caught up with the Audible sale picking up titles for under $3.50 and trying to keep the number reasonable. I limited the first set to 10 and then picked up 3 historical romance from an author I like. I'll list the romances next week along with some Audible plus titles I picked up too.
No free Kindle titles this week.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

***ATTENTION: Mailbox Monday is looking for a new host! If you’re interested, please email savvyverseandwit AT gmail ***

Review Titles
I agreed to review this title as it is a topic of interest for me:
As part of the 9/26 release launch, there is a 99c promo on the Kindle edition.

Stumbling Toward the Sacred: An Unexpected Journey to Personally Knowing God by [Jeremy Downs]

Stumbling Toward the Sacred: An Unexpected Journey to Personally Knowing God
by Jeremy Downs
Source: Archangel Ink Outreach

I received two Holiday audio titles through NetGalley:
Lovelight Farms
By: B.K. Borison
Narrated by: Pippa Jayne
Series: Lovelight, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins

I am ready for a lighter holiday title.

Santa's Little Yelpers
An Andy Carpenter Mystery
By: David Rosenfelt
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Series: An Andy Carpenter Novel, Book 26
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins

I always enjoy the legal process and police procedures of this series.


9/20/22 Ten books under $3.50 each.
2 Series I’ve wanted to continue:

Beastly Bones By William Ritter
Beastly Bones, A Jackaby Novel
By: William Ritter
Narrated by: Nicola Barber
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins

Hell Divers II: Ghosts By Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Hell Divers II: Ghosts
The Hell Divers Series, Book 2
By: Nicholas Sansbury Smith
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins

2 Alternate History - a genre which I like.
Stars & Stripes Forever
A Novel of Alternate History
By: Harry Harrison
Narrated by: Robin Bloodworth
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins

By: Robert Conroy
Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins

2 different Fantasy titles
Cyperpunk Fantasy

Farmer, Light Online Series, Book 1
By: Tom Larcombe
Narrated by: Derek Shoales
Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins

Fairy Tale Retelling
Beauty, A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast
By: Robin McKinley
Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins


Please Stop Helping Us
How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed
By: Jason L. Riley
Narrated by: J. D. Jackson
Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins

3 Sci Fi Titles
Military in Space (Recommended by my son)
Phule's Company
Phule's Company, Book 1
By: Robert Asprin
Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins

Sci Fi, Space Opera
Deathstalker Legacy
Deathstalker Reborn Series, Book 1
By: Simon R. Green
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 22 hrs and 53 mins

Classic, Sci Fi

Beginner's Luck, Character Development, Book 1

By: Aaron Jay
Narrated by: Rhys David
Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins


No titles 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. Lovelight Farms looks like a cute one. Enjoy. -vvb32 reads

  2. I am hoping Ian stays at sea for everyone. So many to pray for. Hoping this week isn't quite as hectic.

  3. Sounds like a real busy week, good that it was useful. Yes my word we all need to pray for storms and more. Hope Heather gets well soon. Lots of good audio, I did get a couple in the recent Audible sale.

  4. Santa's Little Yelpers made me smile. I hope you enjoy it.
    I hope Heather feels better each day. Praying for Ian to weaken.
    Mary @Bookfan

  5. The SF audios sounded interesting to me. Happy listening this week! My update is here:

  6. Nice looking assortment of books. Beauty is my favorite by Robin McKinley. I've read it quite a few times. I should get the audiobook. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Sounds like you had a hectic week. Hope Heather is feeling better soon.

    Great group of books this week. Lovelight Farms, The Science of Sci-Fi, and Stars & Stripes Forever caught my eye. Hope you enjoy your week.

  8. Those are interesting books you got. Hope you enjoy them.
    Have a great week.

  9. I hope Heather eels better soon. I'm also hoping Ian changes course soon.

  10. Fun on visiting 16 blogs...I try to visit everyone.

    Enjoy your week and your books, Martha.

  11. Storm Ian didn't go back out to sea, but it sure did ruin my vacation plans for early October.


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