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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Sunday Post June 18, 2017/It's Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 19, 2017.

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading now at The Book Date.
Thank you to Sheila for the years that she handled this meme.
Thank you to Kathryn for taking up the baton.
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 had a busy week of catch up at the office particularly and we got to have our granddaughters several evenings. I suffered backache and migraine nausea on Friday and Saturday. It carried over to today so I think it might have been a bug of some sort. Extra naps helped.

I enjoyed my reading this week. I finished one ebook and two audio books. I only posted two reviews and a narrator interview with giveaway, along with all of my usual memes.

I visited about 29 blogs last week.
Shout out this week is to Herding Cats & Burning Soup Blog - Love the cat graphics.
Thank you to all the nice people who visit me.

These were last week's posts:
  • AAuthor Tour- Audible Book Review and Feature: Hounds Bite by E.J. Stevens; Urban Fantasy, Paranormal; my rating 4.25.

Finished Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (NG Tour)

Infinity (Horizon)
by Tabitha Lord
This is another sci fi action and emotional read.

I received this through NetGalley for tour review through iRead Book Tours. My review will post 6/20.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/mp3 (TBR)

The Ghost Brigades
Written by: John Scalzi
Narrated by: William Dufris
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
I enjoyed the plot and the narration on this sci fi.
Click on book title for full description.

3. Audible/MP3 (TBR)

You Will Not Have My Hate
Written by: Antoine Leiris
Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
This is very well written and narrated. 

Poignant in it's message.
This is from my TBR for "Y" in Alphabet Challenge.
Publisher's Summary
Number one international best seller
"On Friday night you stole the life of an exceptional person, the love of my life, the mother of my son, but you will not have my hate."
On November 13, 2015, Antoine Leiris' wife, Hélène Muyal-Leiris, was killed by terrorists while attending a rock concert at the Bataclan Theater in Paris, in the deadliest attack on France since World War II. Three days later Leiris wrote an open letter addressed directly to his wife's killers, which he posted on Facebook. He refused to be cowed or to let his 17-month-old son's life be defined by Hélène's murder. He refused to let the killers have their way: "For as long as he lives, this little boy will insult you with his happiness and freedom." Instantly that short Facebook post caught fire and was reported on by newspapers and television stations all over the world. In his determination to honor the memory of his wife, he became an international hero to everyone searching desperately for a way to deal with the horror of the Paris attacks and the grim shadow cast today by the threat of terrorism.
Now Leiris tells the full story of his grief and struggle. You Will Not Have My Hate is a remarkable, heartbreaking, and indeed beautiful memoir of how he and his baby son, Melvil, endured in the days and weeks after Hélène's murder. With absolute emotional courage and openness, he somehow finds a way to answer that impossible question: How can I go on? He visits Hélène's body at the morgue, has to tell Melvil that Mommy will not be coming home, and buries the woman he had planned to spend the rest of his life with.
Leiris' grief is terrible, but his love for his family is indomitable. This is the rare and unforgettable testimony of a survivor and a universal message of hope and resilience. Leiris confronts an incomprehensible pain with a humbling generosity and grandeur of spirit. He is a guiding star for us all in these perilous times. His message - hate will be vanquished by love - is eternal.
©2016 Antoine Leiris (P)2016 Penguin Audio

Currently Reading:
1. eBook/Kindle (eNG)

Dear Heart: The Courting Letters
by Judith Pinkerton Josephson (Author), Kirsten Josephson (Illustrator)
I am enjoying this sweet read;
received through NetGalley.
Click on book title for full description.

2. Audible/mp3 (Author tour)

The Zoo at the Edge of the World
Written by: Eric Kahn Gale
Narrated by: Julian Elfer
Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
This story shows the genre as ages 5-7 but so far I am finding it engaging and good beyond those ages. This is from my TBR shelf for "Z".
Publisher's Summary
Marlin is not slow or mute; he is a stutterer, and that makes it impossible for him to convince people otherwise. He is also a Rackham: the youngest son of the world-famous explorer Roland Rackham, who is the owner and proprietor of the Zoo at the Edge of the World, a resort where the well to do from all over the world can come to experience the last bit of the wild left in the world at the end of the nineteenth century.
In order to impress a powerful duke who comes to visit the zoo, Marlin's father ventures into the jungle and brings back a mysterious black jaguar, now the only one in captivity. Everyone is terrified of the jaguar, including Marlin - until one night when the jaguar confers upon him a powerful gift. Soon Marlin finds himself with a difficult choice to make and, finally, something to say. If only he can figure out how to say it.
©2014 Eric Kahn Gale (P)2015 Recorded Books

3. eBook/Kindle (NG)

When the English Fall
by David Williams
I like the premise of this book
and look forward to reading it.
Received from the publisher through NetGalley.
A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and nonviolent community can survive when civilization falls apart.
When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community.
Seen through the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob as he tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don’t, can they survive?
David Williams’s debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of “civilization” and what remains if the center cannot hold.

4. Audio/MP3 (ABJ)

Mission Impawsible: Paws & Claws Mystery Series, Book 4
Written by: Krista Davis
Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
This sounds cute. 
I received this from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.
Publisher's Summary
Holly Miller and her grandmother, Oma, are working their tails off to prepare the Sugar Maple Inn for an upcoming matchmaking event for pet owners. While Holly has no interest in pairing up, Oma plans on playing Cupid and finding someone to warm her reluctant granddaughter's heart. Unfortunately, one man Holly does meet is cold - dead cold - and he has a personal letter from Oma in his pocket. As suspicion is cast over the inn's guests, Holly - with the help of her furry friends, Trixie the Jack Russell and Twinkletoes the cat - must fetch the real killer, or she may soon have a date in court.
©2017 Cristina Ryplansky (P)2017 Tantor

June 18, 2017 - I am a day ahead in the One Year Bible; reading along with my husband and others from our church. I hope to take more time this year, staying on the day and listening to the companion commentary online.

Some of my reading time is going to a Wednesday night study we are doing called Freedom Course.

I completed three books and posted two reviews; this means I have five reviews current and one for later release. I still need to add the children's books at Goodreads and get other reviews linked.
I am still at 11 NetGalley Titles and 10 author titles in my queue.

This week we will upload Parrots of the Caribbean children's story at eTreasure's NetGalley page.

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: Leslie of Under My Apple Tree, Serena of Savvy Verse & Wit and (yours truly).  
Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
I got one audio review title this week.
I resisted all the Audible Daily Deals again this week but picked up a couple of $.99 Kindle titles.
I also picked up more free kindle titles as usual. (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
I picked up an Audio Book from the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox.

Mission Impawsible: Paws & Claws Mystery Series, Book 4
Written by: Krista Davis
Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
See full description above under current reading.


I purchased two Kindle titles for $.99:

The Economic Collapse Chronicles Three-Book Box Set: 
A Post-Apocalyptic Novel of America's Coming Financial Downfall
Mark Goodwin

The Summer Hideaway: Lakeshore Chronicles Book 7 
(The Lakeshore Chronicles)
Susan Wiggs

I picked up Week Eight SYNC Audio titles:
THE SOULS OF BLACK FOLK by W.E.B. Du Bois, Narrated by Rodney Gardiner (Dreamscape Media)
THE RED UMBRELLA by Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Narrated by Kyla Garcia (Ideal Audiobooks)

Here are five of my Free Kindle Picks: (most of these may still be free)

Read, Write, Love at Seaside (Sweet with Heat: Seaside Summers Book 1)
Addison Cole

Under a Black Sky (Part of the Daniel Trokics Series)
Inger Wolf

Terminus (Fringe Worlds #1)
Kevin Hardman 

Cruising for Death: Kate Jones Thriller #5 (Kate Jones Thrillers)
D.V. Berkom

I added another 45 free Kindle titles to my library this week. Titles found linked through Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Free Par-tay, Ignite Your Book, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.


  1. I found Infinity to be an emotional read too. I'm looking forward to her next book. Have a great reading week!

  2. John Scalzi books are always fun on audio. Sorry you haven't been feeling well. I hope it passes quickly. Glad you got to spend time with your granddaughters.

  3. Ah not being well puts a dent in reading time. Hope you are now 100% well or close. Nice to see you picked up a Susan Wiggs book, I read right through that series.

  4. Nice to spend time with grand daughters.

  5. That's a typo on the Zoo at the Edge of the World. It's grades 5 to 7, not ages 5 to 7.

    Summer vacation has begun and so has the extreme heat. Come see what I'm reading.

  6. I think I read the Wiggs - did a bit of a binge of that series a while ago. Hope you enjoy it. And I hope you feel better. Migraine and backache is a painful combination. Have a good week, Martha.

  7. You must be a fast reader! I hope you're over whatever was bothering you.

  8. Aw thanks for the shout out, Martha! I'm totally tickled with my new graphics :)

    Mission Impawsible looks adorable! And Dear Heart has me very curious :) Happy reading this week!

  9. The Summer Hideaway sounds like a good summer read. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

    Enjoy your week!

  10. I have four Scalzi books on TBR mountain but not this one. I hope you are feeling better now. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  11. I hope you feel better.

    ENJOY this week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Mailbox Monday

  12. When the English Fall looks fascinating. I'm always good for a Susan Wiggs book

  13. Glad to hear you enjoyed your books last week. I didn't have a good reading week unfortunately but I've just finished a series I loved, so it's great. I hope you enjoy the books you're currently reading and planning to read. Have wonderful week and happy reading. :)

  14. Mission Impawsible looks great. Love that cover. Thanks for visiting The Busy Mom's Daily.

  15. Some interesting books. Happy reading.
    sherry @ fundinmental Sunday Memes


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