Monday, November 30, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 30, 2015)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? was a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. She has decided to pass it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.

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.

Other Than Reading... 

How did it get to be the end of November already? My part of Minnesota is still snow-free which makes me really happy. Our weather has been bright and sunny for a good part of this Thanksgiving weekend. It was a little rainy and gloomy Thanksgiving Day but, as I didn't have to travel, that was all right too.

It has been nice having a couple of extra days off this week. I've been cooking and reading and playing on my computer. I've caught up on posting my Amazon reviews and I've been working on my review book calendar.

I haven't left the house this weekend. Black Friday shopping doesn't appeal to me at all. Besides not wanting or needing anything for myself, I haven't heard from anyone yet about what they want for Christmas. I wait because I don't want to buy something they don't want or need. I'm all about not adding more clutter to my life or anyone else's life.

Read Last Week
Last week I was working on books from my review stack.

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima begins a new mystery series staring a female police officer and her K-9 partner who live and work in a small town in Colorado. I enjoyed they mystery and loved the relationship between Mattie and her dog Robo. My review will be posted on December 17.

The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag was a great thriller too. It stars Riska and Kovac and intertwines two cases that are 25 years apart. This was a gritty, intense thriller leavened by some great dialog and cop humor. My review will be posted on January 7.

Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy was also an excellent romantic suspense title that begins a series. The characters were interesting people and the romance was well done too. My review will be posted on December 24.
I also read two shorter works this week.

I got Game of Lies by Tess Diamond from the author on GoodReads. It is the second book in a trilogy and is a thriller. I liked everything about it except the cliffhanger ending. Luckily, the final installment will be released on Dec. 3. So I don't have to wait too long for resolution. I won't be reviewing this one on my blog but have already posted my reviews to GoodReads, Amazon, and LibraryThing.

Penric's Demon by Lois McMaster Bujold is a novella set in her World of Five Gods series of stories. It stars Penric, an earnest young man, who finds himself accidentally possessed by a demon. It was a very engaging story and so well written. Of course, I don't think it is possible for Bujold to write badly. Again, I won't be reviewing this one on my blog but have already posted my reviews to GoodReads, Amazon, and LibraryThing.

The 8th Circle by Sarah Cain is another thriller from my review stack. I got this eARC from Crooked Lane books via NetGalley. It will be released on January 12.

Next Week
I am continuing to read January review books. Both of these are by authors who are on my must-buy list.

Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye is the second book in her Bannerman Boru urban fantasy series. It will be released on January 19.

Night Study by Maria V. Snyder is the latest book in her Study fantasy series. It will be released on January 26.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I took advantage of some sales on Kindle books this week and added:
And I added two to my review stack from NetGalley:
To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.


  1. Black Friday shopping doesn't appeal to me either, but I found out that the grocery store was almost empty on Friday, so that was perfect timing! ;-) Quite an assortment of titles on your reading list - many of them look interesting to me. Thanks for visiting my list!

  2. No snow in central NY either...very unusual, but I'm not complaining. I avoided shopping over the weekend, too. Always do. We spent a lot of time with visiting family and had a lot of fun. I picked up a few books, too - lots of ebook deals right now!

  3. Love that idea of a four day weekend. You are certainly organised with your reading, and you'd need to be as you get through so many. I am not sure if I will read the second Tearling book yet, will wait until a few more reviews are around.

  4. The Tami Hoag book looks good. Most of your other books are out of the genre I read.

    I didn't go out Black Friday Shopping either. No appeal to me. Too crazy. :)

    ENJOY your reading week.

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

  5. Oh nice! I LOOOOOVED Night Study, but that's not surprising as I love Maria's books in general! LOL!

    Black Friday...I'm a bit of mix when it comes to that! Lol. I'm usually just trying to buy my DVDs that I basically wait all year for! Sure the TV shows come out in fall right before the new season starts, but I like paying $10 for those $40-50 shows! I rewatch them a lot as I exercise every morning! Lol. So in a the sales (mostly online ones mind you) is beneficial to my health! LOL!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. Maybe because we do not have it, I am fascinated by Black Friday, Cyber Monday etc!!! the hype the excitement !!!

  7. I don't venture out on Black Friday either. It always seems like a good day to sit and read instead of braving the insanity!

  8. I'm not into the whole Black Friday thing here either. I stayed in for most of the holiday weekend. We've been having great weather for this time of year.

    Hope you have a great week!

  9. That's great you've had such nice weather. I haven't done much holiday shopping either. I avoided the Black Friday crowds this year.

  10. It's great you were able to get many things done last week. I so not go near stores after Thanksgiving. Can't stand the crowds. I'd rather pay that little extra when everyone else is at work during the weekdays.


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