Sunday, March 20, 2011

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? (March 21, 2011)

It's Monday, What are you reading is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
It’s Monday!  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 good week this week. The weather was acceptable. The Braves were on MLB.TV a couple of times. I had my taxes done and the State and Federal governments both owe me money. And I read some good books. 

I'm preparing this on Saturday night because tomorrow I get to go to a Timberwolves game with 90 other people mostly 6th and 7th graders who won tickets to the game by completing the Timberwolves Read to Achieve Contest. Luckily, we have a nice assortment of parents going along too. We will be leaving in two coach buses at noon and returning home some time in the neighborhood of 8 PM. I'm bringing my Kindle and hope to get a lot of reading done on the bus rides. 

And now, have you seen this quiz? Here is what I learned:
You Are an eBook

You are ultra modern and cutting edge. You don't want to have to wait for anything if you don't have to.

You love technology, and you always are up for trying out the latest and greatest gadget.

Your tastes tend to fall outside the mainstream. You often can't find what you're looking for at a regular store.
You aren't the most patient person in the world. If you see something you want, you've got to have it as soon as possible! 

Well, maybe. It is actually a pretty good description of me as a reader. But I also love hardcover books, paperbacks and ARCs.

Last week I read:
I read The Vampire Voss by Colleen Gleason. This is a historical fiction/vampire story that will be coming out from Harlequin on March 29. I had the eARC from NetGalley. It was very entertaining. It also begins a series. I have The Vampire Dimitri on my Kindle waiting its turn in the queue. My review is here.

Steam & Sorcery by Cindy Spencer Pape is also an ebook. It is published by Carina Press and is also a historical fiction/paranormal. I really liked this romance between a Knight of the Round Table who, in Victorian England, is a magic user who polices other magic users and the governess he hires to take care of his five wards. She just happens to be part fairy. Great romance. My review will be posted on March 23.
Also on the Kindle, I read a free bonus story called Fallen from Grace by M. J. Putney. This story is in her Dark Mirror world and gives background on the love interest of that story's main character. I have a few other bonus stories on the Kindle and plan to do a group review when I have read them and the books that go with them.

Skyblaze by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is the annual Christmas chapbook that the authors do each year. This year the story was delayed because Steve had a number of serious medical problems. This tells the story of a peripheral character in the Liaden Universe books. It gives us a look at Surebleak from the underside and tells us about a character who got caught in the chaos that was Korval. It made me want to re-read all of my Liaden Universe books really soon.
I finished my week by reading A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness. I was originally intimidated by the sheer size of this tome -- 579 pages. But once I began it, I didn't want to stop reading for anything so mundane as eating, sleeping, or working. I really enjoyed it. I liked the story of a scholar who had been used to hiding her heritage as a hereditary witch and the vampire she meets and falls in love with. It all starts when Diana finds a magical book and all sorts of witches and vampires have their own notions of what should be done with it and are willing to go to great lengths to have their viewpoints prevail. Caution: it does end on a major cliffhanger. I can't wait for more books to be published. My review will be posted on March 24.

I am currently reading:
The Fires Beneath the Sea by Lydia Millet. This is a middle grade book that I received as a part of LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. The book won't be published until mid-May but I wanted to read it now because I won it in the January batch of books. The book I won in February just arrived and I don't want them to pile up.

Next week:
I have two more adult review books that will be published in March. I have Spirit Dances by C. E. Murphy on my Kindle from Luna Books via NetGalley.

I also won Night Road by Kristin Hannah from a sweepstakes at Shelf Awareness. 
These are young adult books that I have for review that I need to read soon.

Savannah Grey by Cliff McNish will be published on April 1. I have the Adobe Digital Editions file on my computer from NetGalley.

Angel Burn by L. A. Weatherly won't be published until May but my Adobe Digital Edition is going to expire in 22 days. I need to read it soon too.

The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group by Catherine Jinks will be published on April 4. That one is one my Kindle.

Analyzing my last week and upcoming reads, I find that four out of five of next week's books are ebooks and three out of five of last week's books were ebooks. I guess I do read a lot of ebooks. What about you? What did you read last week and what's on the stack for this week?


  1. OOH you did have a good week! I posted a form for those interested in Minnesota meet ups - its linked to the Monday post if you want to sign up to get notifications :)

  2. I took the quiz which says I am a Hardcover Book, which explains why I have not heard of these titles, but I shall read about them, I need to broaden my selections. Have a wonderful week reading. My Monday:

  3. It's still Sunday here and I'm going to finish Black Wings by Christina Henry before I go to sleep tonight. Yesterday, I finished Lover Avenged - trying to catch up on the BDB before the new book comes out. I loved it, but man was it ever long. It's been a good reading week. I also finally read Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles and promptly ordered the second book, Rules of Attraction.

  4. Kristin Hannah is always good. I want to read Night Road.

  5. Angel Burn was pretty good. Read that through NetGalley!

    Here's my Monday wrapup

    Have a GREAT week!

    Jessica@a GREAT read

  6. I have two new projects coming up. My reading load will be out of control next month. Come see what I read.

  7. Night Road is on its way to me...I can't wait! Hope you have a great reading week.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. I've heard mixed reviews of A Discovery of Witches, can't decide whether I should read it or not! Glad you liked it :)

  9. I look forward to your review of A Discovery of Witches. I am currently on a long waiting list for it at my library. I just got The Dark Mirror today so I will have to check out that short story.

    I hope you get caught up on your reading too. Sometimes the review books do pile up! I am trying to not look at my stacks/e-arcs. The paper ARCs are actually hidden in my desk so I can pretend I'm more caught up than I am :)

  10. I keep seeing The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group everywhere. I'll be interested to know what it's like, since the only knowledge I have of it is seeing it on shelves in stores. Happy reading! :)


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