Sunday Post December 26, 2021/It’s Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday December 27, 2021

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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.

It is hard to realize that this is the last Sunday/Monday of 2021. May you have a Safe and Happy New Year!

Heather and her three joined us on Saturday to celebrate our Christmas early with a ham dinner/lunch.
Then we had a lovely Christmas Eve service.
Santa found the Illinois grandkids at our house but I still haven’t gotten a picture of everyone together. 
I haven’t been reading as much with the kids here. Instead we have played Uno, Crazy Eights, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Go Fish, and Clue.

I get to celebrate a birthday into a new decade on Monday. For the next 6 months my husband, siblings and I will all be in our 70s. Hubby is the oldest of our ‘generation’ of family and I am the youngest.

We are expecting lovely weather this week from 65 to 78.

It still feels like I am not getting much reading done. Still I enjoyed my listening. I finished two audiobooks. I posted one review and my usual memes.

I again visited 15 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to ENTERING THE ENCHANTED CASTLE. Lori says “I love reading, writing, and everything we can learn and experience through the magic of words.”

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

These were last week’s posts:
Sunday Post December 19, 2021/It’s Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday December 20, 2021.A2021- Audible Book Review: The Brass Queen by Elizabeth Chatsworth; Genre: Fantasy, Gaslamp, Steampunk; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.25. Martha’s Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway December 24, 2021. Open Worldwide. Ending 12/30/2021. Merry Christmas 2021. Sunday Words of Encouragement December 26, 2021. Finished Reading:

1. Audio/Smartphone (ATBR)

The Atrocity Archives
By Charles Stross
Narrated By: Gideon Emery
Publisher: Recorded Books
Duration: 11 h 1 min
This is a fun story of an unexpected ‘hero’ in a covert agency hunting mysteries and monsters.
Source: 3/28/2020 Two For One Credit.

2. Audio/Smartphone (A2021)

Sleigh Spells
Author Bella Falls
Narrator: Johanna Parker
Duration: 6 h 10 min.

This is a delightful story with an extra short incuded.
Source: 12/12/2021 Two for One Credit.

Have yourself a very Merry Witchmas in Holiday Haven, where the magic and mystery of Christmas is snow joke!
Aurora Hart hates everything Christmas, but how could she turn down the opportunity to serve one year of probation in Holiday Haven versus a full sentence for her crimes? Saddled with a talking squirrel roommate, Aurora is doing her best to keep a low profile as she bides her time. Everything is going fine . . . until Santa’s sleigh gets stolen.
Now, all eyes are on her and the other town Humbugs, and it’s up to Aurora to keep her behind from ending up back in jail. With the help of a very important person from the North Pole, she finds herself hot on the trail of the real culprit. But it will take her having to do something she’s never done before-accepting new friends and their assistance. Only then will Aurora be able to turn not only her own life around but also Christmas for the entire world!
Will Aurora be able to solve the mystery of who stole Santa’s sleigh in time? Or will the culprit get the final sleigh?…

Currently Reading:

1. Audio/Smartphone (A2021)

Christmas In Evergreen
by Nancy Naigle
Read by Kathleen McInerney
Run Time 6h 34min
My son reminded me that I hadn’t finished my color challenge so we went on a hunt for a color.
Source: 12/4/2021 Purchase at Chirp for $.99

Publisher Description
Evergreen, Vermont is about to be in the rearview mirror of Allie Shaw’s vintage red pickup truck. It’s hard to say goodbye to her small town and her veterinarian practice, but she’s moving to Washington D.C., where her big-city-loving boyfriend lives. Ever since Ryan Bellamy’s wife died, he hardly knows how to celebrate Christmas. He’s decided to take his daughter Zoe to Florida, and Evergreen is just a quick stop on the way to the airport. While they’re there, Zoe partakes in a local tradition, making a Christmas wish on the snow globe at the town diner. But neither Allie’s nor Ryan’s Christmas goes as planned. They’ve checked their wish lists twice, and they didn’t say anything about meeting someone new…or about a fresh chance at love. This sweet holiday romance includes a free Hallmark original recipe for Vermont Christmas Card Cookies. Includes an exclusive preview of Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa, book two in the Christmas in Evergreen series.

I might get one more short story before 2022. We’ll see.
I have to get a picture ready for my First Book of the Year.

Whenever: ebook/Kindle App on Phone (ebTBR)

A Place Called Armageddon: Constantinople 1453
by C.C. Humphreys
Not much progress again this week. I am likely to set aside kindle reading until I can make it easier on phone or tablet. We’ll see. 
Source: 2012 NetGalley.

Click on book title for full description.

December 26, 2021 – I continue on track, reading through Zechariah and Revelation.  I continue to love seeing new things each time I read the Bible. 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.
No more studies planned for 2021.

I completed two books making three reviews 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.

No new review books.
I didn’t purchase any audiobooks but I did choose my two December Audible credit titles.

I picked my December VIP selection at
I got two Kindle books.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles





I picked my last two Audible credits for 2021. One series to finish and another to continue.

Home Coming
The Survivalist Series, Book 10
By: A. American
Narrated by: Duke Fontaine
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins

Galaxy’s Edge, Part II
By: Jason Anspach, Nick Cole
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins


December VIP Selection from

The Alpha Enigma
Author W. Michael Gear
Narrator: Alyssa Bresnahan
Duration: 16 h 36 min

Two kindle titles through Facebook links.

Wolves What Follows Fall
by R.L. Hemlock

by Kevin Simington

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

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