Sunday Post June 20, 2021/It’s Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 2, 2021

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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.

Work goes on. I had one staff member out one day due to family injury. This coming week two of the girls will be going out of state to represent us all at a wedding of a former employee.
We’ve brought a dehumidifier into the office to help minimize moisture due to roof leaks. Hopefully it will help the girls (esp Heather) to lessen sinus aggravations.

Our grape vine is looking full of growth so I checked today and found some clusters like this:

I’ll keep an eye out but usually I see green grapes like this and next thing I know they are gone. Squirrels? Birds? Some critter gets them.

Our weather been hot this week with 91 degrees when I am leaving the house at 9am. We had our first tropical storm of the season go through this weekend with wind and rain.

Listening was good this week; reading not so much.  I finished four audio books. I posted three reviews and my usual memes.

I visited 17 blogs last week.
Shout Out this week to Tessa Talks Books. Check out her “About Me” page to find out the cute reason she is called Lady Tessa!

Don’t forget- Audible is offering free children’s titles during these days at home.
Audiobooks.com is also offering free listens for children.

These were last week’s posts:
Sunday Post June 13, 2021/It’s Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday June 14, 2021. NG2020- #NetGalley Book Review: Day Zero by C. Robert Cargill; Genre: Dystopian, Robots, Sci Fi; My Rating: 4.75 of 5.0. NG2021- #NetGalley Audio Book Review: The Library of the Dead by T. L. Huchu; Genre: Ghosts, Urban Fantasy; My Rating: 4.5 of 5.0 Overall; Content 4.5; Narration 4.5. Martha’s Bookshelf***Friday Pick Giveaway June 18, 2021. Open Worldwide. Ending 6/24/2021.ATBR- Audible Book Review: Sovereign by Jeff Hirsch; Genre: Adventure, Children’s Audiobooks, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Space; My Rating: 3.75 of 5.0 Overall; Content 3.75; Narration 4.0. Sunday Words of Encouragement June 20, 2021. Finished Reading:

1. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

After It Happened
Publisher’s Pack 2
By: Devon C. Ford
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
Release date: 10-24-17
I liked this a lot and picked up the next bundle, 5-6.
Source: May 2020 Audible Credit.

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2. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Quest for the Diamond Sword
A Minecraft Gamer’s Adventure
By: Winter Morgan
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: An Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 23 mins
This is a quick story that definitely brings to mind an old time computer game.
Source: 2020 Free Audible Plus Catalog.

Publisher’s Summary
Steve lives on a wheat farm. He has everything he needs to live in the Minecraft world: a bed, a house, and food. Steve likes to spend his mornings in the NCP village and trade his wheat for emeralds, armor, books, swords, and food. One morning, he finds that Zombies have attacked the villagers. The Zombies have also turned the village blacksmith into a Zombie, leaving Steve without a place to get swords. To protect himself and the few villagers that remain, Steve goes on a quest to mine for 40 diamonds, which are the most powerful mineral in the Overworld. He wants to craft these diamonds into a diamond sword to shield him and the villagers from the Zombies.
Far from his home, with night about to set in, Steve fears for his life. Nighttime is when users are most vulnerable in Minecraft. As he looks for shelter in a temple, he meets a trio of treasure hunters, Max, Lucy, and Henry, who are trying to unearth the treasure under the temple. Steve tells them of his master plan to mine for the most powerful mineral in the Overworld – the diamond. The treasure hunters are eager to join him. Facing treacherous mining conditions, a thunderstorm, and attacks from hostile mobs, these four friends question if it’s better to be a single player than a multiplayer, as they try to watch out for each other and chase Steve’s dream at the same time. Will Steve find the diamonds? Will his friends help or hinder the search? Should he trust his new treasure hunter friends? And will Steve get back in time to save the villagers?
©2014 Hollan Publishing, Inc. (P)2014 Audible Inc.

3. Audio/Smartphone (AC2021)

Apocalypse
Written by Kyle West
Read by Graham Halstead
Run Time 7h 32min
I thought to try another post-apocalyptic, new-to-me author.
Source: 5/23/2021 purchase at Chirp for $2.99.

Publisher Description
Alex Keener has lived all of his sixteen years underground in U.S. Bunker 108. When he goes on his first recon into the Wasteland, he will find out exactly why.
Outside, Alex discovers a harsh landscape twisted by the impact of the meteor Ragnarok in 2030. Besides Raiders, dust storms, and cold, a new threat is evolving-the xenovirus, which twists men and animals into deadly monsters.
When the xenovirus invades Bunker 108, Alex must fight for survival. Joined by a beautiful ex-Raider and an idealistic scientist, Alex discovers that he and his friends might be the only ones standing between the world and a second apocalypse.

4. Audible/Smartphone (ATBR)

Full Share
A Trader’s Tale from the Golden Age of the Solar Clipper, Book 3
By: Nathan Lowell
Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
Release date: 08-16-16
I enjoy this character driven series. It makes a quick listen.
Source: August 2020 Audible Credit.

Publisher’s Summary
If there was ever a time to “Trust Lois…”
The Lois McKendrick runs headlong into trouble when a routine in-system transit goes bad. Ishmael and the rest of the crew must scramble to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it in order to keep the ship alive.
Learn more about the officers and crew of the Lois McKendrick as they struggle to keep their ship, and discover how Ishmael finds out how wrong he’s been about what it means to be a spacer in this latest Trader’s Tale.
©2013 Nathan Lowell (P)2016 Podium Publishing

Currently Reading:

1. Kindle App/Smartphone (NG2020)

Aftershocks
Christians Entering a New Era of Global Crisis
by Jeff Kinley
This is moving slowly on my kindle app which isn’t too reliable on my phone. I will read on my Fire Kindle this week which should do better.
Source: 2020 NetGalley.

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2. Print (2021)

The Iron Triangle: Inside the Liberal Democrat Plan to Use Race to Divide Christians and America in their Quest for Power and How We Can Defeat Them
by Vince Everett Ellison
This is my fiction book for June.
I am
still engaged by the arguments.
Source: Purchased in March 2021.

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3. Audio/Smartphone (AC2020)

Radioactive Evolution
Written by Richard Hummel
Narrated by Armen Taylor & Anneliese Rennie
I am trying to pick TBRs and new-to-me authors in between fav series.
Source: October 2020 Chirp $2.99

Publisher’s Summary
How far would you go to change humanity’s fate?
Jared Cartwright grew up in a loving, caring community, completely isolated from the horrors of the outside world. When tragedy leaves him alone and untethered, Jared sets out to explore the unknown: a world where twisted, scarred creatures roam an earth ravaged by nuclear war while the rich fled to the skies on floating utopias, escaping destruction and leaving the rest of humanity to die.
To face his new reality, Jared must learn to survive in a cold, harsh world. A twist of fate changes Jared’s destiny when he discovers dragons are real. The dragon unlocks a hidden technology within his body, giving him powers he never imagined existed.
With deadly adversaries above and below, he must evolve beyond mere human limitations to defeat the powerful rulers of the cities and the rabid beasts lurking in the shadows.
Amazon number-one best seller in Post-Apocalyptic & Cyberpunk!
©2018 Richard Hummel (P)2019 Richard Hummel

June 20, 2021 – I am on track again. I love seeing new things each time I read the Bible. I am glad to still be current with morning reading. (I got one day behind but and caught up again.)
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 enjoyed the study last week: What Does God Really Expect From You?

I completed four books to review this week.
NetGalley shelf grew last week but I have listened to two and am reading one this week. That puts me back to five on the shelf.
Four author titles remain in queue. I’ll be working on these next soon.
(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 and (yours truly). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.
As for MM, we’re looking for someone to volunteer to take over some MM duties. Sunday evenings are when we post MM for overseas participants and BTCOE posts go up on Friday afternoons. If you have interest please email: savvyverseandwit [at] gmail [dot] com. No new review or NetGalley titles this week.
I selected one title at Chirp.
I selected my two May Audible credit picks this week and downloaded three free short titles.
No free Kindle titles this week.
(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

NONE

Won

NONE

Purchased

6/18/2021 Two Audible Credits used for series I want to continue:

Defiant
Lee Harden, Book 4
By: D. J. Molles
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
Release date: 06-23-20

After It Happened
Publisher’s Pack 3
By: Devon C. Ford
Narrated by: R.C. Bray
Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
Release date: 01-10-18

6/18/2021 $5.95 Audible Purchase to start a new series.

Chaos Rising
An Edge of Collapse Prequel
By: Kyla Stone
Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
Release date: 12-31-19

6/19/2021 Purchase at Chirp $2.99.

Elatsoe
by Darcie Little Badger
Read by Kinsale Hueston
Run Time 9h 2min
This paranormal mystery looks very interesting.

Free

6/18/2021 Three Short, Free Audible titles:

A Fairytale
By: Dina Gregory
Narrated by: Holli Dempsey
Length: 7 mins
Release date: 05-22-20

The Ant and the Butterfly
By: Dina Gregory
Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
Length: 4 mins
Release date: 05-22-20

The Haberdasher Prince
By: Dina Gregory
Narrated by: Joe Jameson
Length: 4 mins
Release date: 05-23-20

No free Kindle titles again this week.
Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.

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