Sunday Post: June already?


Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

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We had a great visit with my sister-in-law last week. Lots of good time visiting. And we went to see Beauty and the Beast and loved it.

The weekend

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My younger daughter–Jo–and I went on a road trip for a long weekend visit to my father-in-law and several other family members on Thursday and Friday and then to visit my older daughter–Ky–on Saturday and Sunday. Fun to visit everyone.

We found a bunch of old family photos which was exciting since I’m working on family trees for both my husband and me. I took a few pictures with my cell phones, but we plan to scan the photos and add names to the ones we know. It’s great to find the names on some of the photos and match them to people I have found on Ancestry or in family notes.

We brought Jo’s dog Bailey with us. She loves car rides as long as we keep the air conditioning running! When we got to Ky’s house she had bought a huge beanbag chair which Bailey chose as wonderful nap chair.


I actually completed five posts this last week! Considering that I’ve managed only two posts for several weeks I’m very happy about that.

Blog posts
Blog posts planned
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • WWW Wednesday
  • Review: A Peace Divided by Tanya Huff
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading

A Second Chance by Jody Taylor

Queen of Hearts by Rhys Bowen

What I’ve read

Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

Some books I got recently

A Second Chance by Jodi Taylor

Dry Bones in the Valley by Tom Bouman

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Crime on the Fens by Joy Ellis

Sync Audiobooks

Every week until August 16 two young adult audiobooks are free to download. These books are young adult titles so if that’s your favorite genre check them out.

Audiobooks available June 1 – 7

Beast by Donna Jo Napoli | Read by Robert Ramirez

Published by Recorded Books

Young Persian Prince Orasmyn lives a peaceful life of quiet duty and thoughtful obedience. Tending his fragrance garden gives him much more pleasure than the bloody royal hunts staged by his father. But a single wrong decision sets in motion an ancient curse that changes Orasmyn’s fate forever. Told he will be killed by his own father, he is transformed into a lion on the day of a great hunt. The prince has no choice but to flee beloved Persia and his precious family. Balancing his fading human memories with his new beastly impulses, he makes his way to Europe-where his destiny awaits in the person of a French beauty named Belle. Donna Jo Napoli once again weaves the magic she has shown in books like Crazy Jack and Zel, transforming a well-known fairy tale into an unforgettable epic of duty, love, and redemption. Robert Ramirez’s narration captures all the anguish and struggle of Orasmyn’s quest to regain his humanity.

Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay | Read by Julia Whelan

Published by Tantor Media

It’s pointless. Hopeless. Even if she weren’t afraid of me, we’ll always be enemies at the core . . .

In the city of Yuan, the blind Princess Isra is raised to be a human sacrifice. Her death will ensure her city’s vitality.

In the desert, a mutant beast named Gem fights to save his people, known as the Monstrous, from starvation.

Neither dreams that, together, they can return balance to their worlds. When Gem is captured for trying to steal Yuan’s enchanted roses, he becomes a prisoner of the city. Isra enlists his help, and soon begins to care for him—and to question everything she has been brought up to believe.

She’s a queen; I’m her prisoner. I am her monster and she is mine.

Audiobooks available June 8 – 14

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama | Read by Julia Whelan

Published by Elizabeth Fama

A dying wish. A family divided. A love that defies the law. Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays, who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol concocts a plan to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to take the baby to visit her dying grandfather. Sol’s violation of the day/night curfew is already a serious crime, but when her kidnap attempt goes awry, she stumbles on a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population. Sol escapes the authorities with an unexpected ally: a Ray who gets in her way, a boy she might have hated if fate hadn’t forced them on the run together—a boy the world now tells her she can’t love. Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day/night divide, Elizabeth Fama’s Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.

If I Run by Terri Blackstock | Read by Nan Gurley

Published by Zondervan

Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore. But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run? Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices: the girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

What did you do last week? What did you read? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

8 thoughts on “Sunday Post: June already?”

  1. I got those two audiobooks free last week too but I forgot to mention them. Hurray to audiobooks in the month of June!


    1. Oh, good, Stormi…I’m glad you like Crime on the Fens and the series. I like getting personal recommendations. Thanks!


  2. I’m glad you enjoyed Beauty and the Beast so much – we also loved it when we went to see it. I hope you’re enjoying the Jodi Taylor books – I think this series is amazing. The family history project looks fascinating – we have a hefty collection of old photos in our family and I must get my mother to name all the folks she knows… Have a great week:)


    1. Yes, Beauty and the Beast was good. And I am enjoying the Jodi Taylor books plus I’ve gotten my husband reading them! He’s reading the second book now.

      Having family photos is so wonderful–especially if you know who the people in the photos are…lol.


  3. Hi Jan! You had a busy week and weekend, those photos are great! I love looking at old photos of family members, I try to find a resemblances.


    1. Yes, so wonderful to find family photos and to have my father-in-law identify some of the people. I seldom can find resemblances though!


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