Sunday Post May 8, 2022/It’s Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday May 9, 2022

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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.

I am finally back on line with internet reinstalled on 5/6/2022. As I posted this morning,  my husband left this temporary home to be at home with Jesus last Sunday morning.
The trauma of grief has had us all disoriented and tired.
I will be working slowly to get reviews and giveaways (Friday Pick and Sharing Beyond Books) going again.

I had a lovely, if bittersweet, morning with family attending church with me this morning.

I continue to pray for the people and situation in Ukraine and for world leaders. I am adding Sri Lanka to these prayers per the request for another blog friend. 

We have had some heavy rains, but mostly our weather has been nice.

I have continued my listening over the last several weeks.  We are looking at the problems with my cell phone before I start reading on the phone again. Over the past two weeks I finished three audiobooks. I posted the Sunday/Monday Post two weeks ago, two reviews and my sad news this morning.

I am looking forward to starting to visit blogs again this week.

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:
Sunday Post April 24, 2022/It’s Monday! What are You Reading? Plus Mailbox Monday April 25, 2022.ATBR: Audible Book Review: Inside Jobs, Tales from a Time of Quarantine by Ben H. Winters; Categories: Literature & Fiction, Anthologies & Short Stories; My Rating: 4.25 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.25; Narration 4.25. ATBR: Audible Book Review: Polar Vortex by Matthew Mather; Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Suspense; My Rating: 4.0 of 5.0 Overall; Story 4.0, Narration 4.25. Sunday News of Sorrow and Joy. Finished Reading:
1. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

The Keeper
A Novel
By: Suzanne Woods Fisher
Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
Series: Stoney Ridge Seasons, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
I decided on a change of pace and a “K” title in the mixed Audio goal.
Source: 4/18/17 Audible Sale $5.95.

Click on book title for full description.
2. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

Wild Swan: A Story of Florence Nightingale
By: Patti Callahan
Narrated by: Cynthia Erivo
Series: Audible Original Stories
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
I enjoyed learning about this strong, brave woman through this short historical fiction. Source: 12/14/2020 Audible Plus Catalog.

About This Audible Original
In this captivating historical novella narrated by Tony Award-winning actress Cynthia Erivo, New York Times best-selling author Patti Callahan Henry celebrates the life of the mother of modern nursing and one of history’s greatest heroines: Florence Nightingale.
Wild Swan introduces listeners to the Lady with the Lamp long before she became a legend. In this poignant story, a young woman has just discovered her divine purpose to become a nurse, and struggles to make that dream a reality. While traveling abroad with her close friend, Selina Bracebridge – another strong woman living an unconventional life – a rare opportunity arises for Florence to practice medicine. Intellectually gifted with an advanced education thanks to her father’s progressive political views, can the daughter of a prominent English family defy Victorian societal expectations to fulfill her destiny?
Over the course of a few short years, Florence remains brave and determined in the face of all obstacles, pursuing her passion against her family’s wishes. From her parent’s luxurious countryside estate in England to her travels abroad to the German medical institute where she first began her training and fell in love with her work, we follow Florence during these pivotal early years of her extraordinary life.
©2020 Patti Callahan Henry (P)2020 Audible Originals, LLC

3. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

Prador Moon: A Novel of the Polity, Book 1
By: Neal Asher
Narrated by: David Marantz
Length: 7 hrs and 15 mins
I picked this as the “P” for my Alphabet Series goal.
Source: July 2021 Audible Plus Catalog.

Publisher’s Summary
Neal Asher takes on first contact, Polity style. This original novel recounts the first contact between the aggressive Prador aliens, and the Polity Collective as it is forced to retool its society to a war footing. The overwhelming brute force of the Prador dreadnaughts causes several worlds and space stations to be overrun.
Prador Moon follows the initial Polity defeats, to the first draws, and culminates in what might be the first Polity victory, told from the point of view of two unlikely heroes.
©2006 Neal Asher (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Currently Reading:

1. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

Lee Harden, Book 5
By: D. J. Molles
Narrated by: Christian Rummel
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
I felt the need to pull in a familiar series.
Source: 10/17/2021 September Audible Credit.

Publisher’s Summary
The United Eastern States has fallen. Lee Harden and a band of survivors have escaped President Briggs’ invasion force. Their only options are to attack Briggs while his forces are delayed on the East Coast…or admit that they’ve been beaten and go into hiding. For Lee Harden, the decision seems obvious. But as disparate forces, factions, and loyalties begin to converge under the pressure cooker of all-out civil war, Lee is forced to confront not only insurmountable odds, but also the darkest parts of himself that he has left buried in the years since this all began.
©2020 D.J. Molles (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

2. Audible Smartphone (ATBR)

Quest of Heroes, A & Slave, Warrior, Queen Bundle
By Morgan Rice
Publisher: Findaway Voices
Duration: 16 hours 28 minutes
I plan to read only Quest for Heroes at this time as a “Q” title.
Source: I’ve had this on Kindle since 2003 (it’s still free). I picked up the audio at May 2020 bundle for $.99.

In the #1 Bestseller A QUEST OF HEROES, Thorgrin, a special 14- year old boy, the least loved of his father, learns he has powers he does not understand. An outsider, he must fight for acceptance as he strives to become a warrior, to join the King’s Legion, and as he falls in love with the king’s 16- year old daughter. Most of all, he must learn who he really is, and why his destiny is so important.

May 8, 2022 – I’m glad to be able to listen to my Bible reading as well as read it. I have to go back and watch the connected videos I haven’t been able to watch since April 20 in the Bible Reading Plan: BibleProject | One Story that Leads to Jesus. I know it won’t match my Hubby’s reading but I wanted some different insights/devotions and I am enjoying the devotion video project. I am enjoying keeping up with my reading each day.
I’ll look for a new study soon.

I completed two books for review. I have six outstanding reviews to post.
My NetGalley 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 books.
I picked my VIP April title before the end of April and used an expiring credit for Two for One deal at this week.
I added one ebook to my Kindle TBR library today.

Are your mailbox and TBR piles blooming?

Review Titles





May 5, 2022 Two for One Deal Credit use at (I had to make a point to go online while at work before I lost a credit.)

The Keeper of Lost Causes
Author Jussi Adler-Olsen
Narrator: Erik Davies
Duration: 15 h 37 min

A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking
Author T. Kingfisher
Narrator: Patricia Santomasso
Duration: 8 h 30 min


April 27, 2022 VIP free pick at

Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction
Author Michelle Nijhuis
Narrator: Christina Delaine
Duration: 10 h 28 min

5/8/22 I picked up one free kindle titles to add to my library.

Ancient Souls – Karma’s Return (Ancient Souls Series Book 1)
by Elin Peer and Pearl Beacon

One Free title when I got internet again. Free titles often found at Bookbub, Bookfun, Book Adrenaline, Ereader News Today, Inspired Reads, Pixel of Ink or Kindle ebooks.

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