Sunday, September 15, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Sept. 16, 2013)

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.

On the Personal Front: There really isn't much to report. I am settling into the school routine and I have passed the time limit on my lifting restriction. It was hard to go for a month without lifting, pushing, or pulling more than 10 pounds. On Saturday, I went grocery shopping and replenished my stock of Diet Pepsi which I always buy in 24-packs. Now, I can lift them without guilt.

Our weather has taken a turn toward Fall the last couple of days and we actually got some rain. I don't recall any rain to speak of since I got back here on July 29. We really needed it and could use a lot more than the overnight rain we got.

Last Week:

This is the order I read them in.
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu was a middle grade fantasy. I enjoyed the characters and the writing. My review will be posted on Sept. 19.

Getting Rowdy by Lori Foster was a romantic suspense title that I didn't want to put down. I have been curious about Rowdy since he walked on in an earlier book in this series and was glad to find out more about him. Both the romance and the suspense were great. My review will be posted on Sept. 21.
The Contagious Colors of Mumpley Middle School by Foster DeWitt was a nice middle grade story that will especially appeal to science nerds. My review will be posted on Sept. 28.

Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers was another romantic suspense title on this week's stack. This one is for a blog tour on Sept. 26. I thought the fact that we were following three relationships and two mysteries made the story a little unfocused. I am eager to read the earlier Sharpe & Donovan stories though.
Dick Francis's Refusal by Felix Francis was a book from my TBR mountain. I was pleased that Felix revisited one of Dick's best loved characters when he chose to make Sid Halley the hero of this novel. I liked it a lot. My review will be posted on Sept. 28.

Last this week, I read Unbreakable by Kami Garcia. I picked up this ARC at ALA this past June. I liked the characters and the writing in this story. The only fault I can find with the book was that it is the first in a series and, therefore, leaves a number of important questions unanswered. My review will be posted on Sept. 26.

I am currently reading Ritual Magic by Eileen Wilks which is the latest in her urban fantasy series. These are always enjoyable and action-packed stories. 

Next Week:
I have a bit of a gap in my review calendar for adult books. I decided to read The Curse Keepers by Denise Grover Swank which won't be released until November 19. It is an Amazon Vine book and they require that received books be read within 30 days of receipt. I won't be posting the review on my blog until November though I will post at Amazon, LibraryThing, and GoodReads as soon as I finish the book.

I also want to read Grand Forks: A History of American Dining in 128 Reviews by Marilyn Hagerty. I think this is likely a book I will read over some time - maybe a review or two a day. 
Having finished all the September releases that will fit on my blog calendar, I am starting on October releases on my YA blog. 

Teardrop by Lauren Kate wouldn't necessarily be next but it is another Amazon Vine book that has been on my stack for almost 30 days. It will be released Oct. 22.

Fire Storm by Andrew Lane is the latest in the Young Sherlock Holmes series. It will be released on October 1.
Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier and Will in Scarlet by Matthew Cody are both October 8 releases. Emerald Green finishes the trilogy that began with Ruby Red. Will in Scarlet was a book I was pre-approved for from NetGalley that sounded good. 

That was my week. Leave me a link and I'd be glad to check out yours.


  1. OOoh nice! I still need to read Ruby Red! Won a copy of that a year or two ago when it first released! And now the trilogy is nearly at an end! I fell so behind!!

    Nice list of reads there, hope you enjoy all your upcoming ones!

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  2. Declan's Cross is on my wishlist. Thanks for sharing these interesting titles.

  3. It is so hard to go that long without picking up something heavy. After my last baby they told me I couldn't pick up anything heavier than a gallon of milk. That's not an easy way to run a household. I'm glad you can start lifting again!

    I hope you have an excellent week. You are always reading the most wonderful books.

  4. I have Getting Rowdy on my shelf just waiting to be read and I can't wait to get to it. The Carla Neggers' book looks interesting - haven't read her in a while!

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  5. I have an ARC for Getting Rowdy, I'm glad to know you enjoyed it, Kathy! I haven't really heard much about Unbreakable yet, but I have enjoyed other books by Kami Garcia, so this is a must! Thanks for sharing it.

    I'm glad you're finally able to lift things again. And that you've settled into school life.

    Have a great week and happy reading.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  6. You have a nice variety of books...and many lovely covers. Enjoy!


  7. Good you can pick up heavy things again...just take it easy. Good to hear you are into the school routine. It is so difficult.

    Weather is too cold here for me. I want the HEAT back. :)

    ENJOY your books and your week.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  8. Grand Forks looks like a lot of fun! Have a wonderful week and enjoy those books!

  9. Lauren Kate gets awesome covers, doesn't she? Enjoy your week!

  10. I was very encouraged to find this site. I wanted to thank you for this special read. I definitely savored every little bit of it and I have bookmarked you to check out new stuff you post.



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