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...
My second full week of vacation was lovely. The weather was great - warm enough to have the windows open and but not so warm as to need the air conditioning. They are predicting possibly severe weather yet today but we only have gray skies so far.
I spent some of this week working on my blogging calendars and plans. I chose the books I'll be reading for August and prepared the posts as far as I could without having yet read the books. (I have three books to read before my July calendar is filled and scheduled.) All my Teaser Tuesday and Friday Memes are finished and scheduled. I've also made neat stacks of the print books I'll be reading and made sure that the books were on my Kindle if I didn't have the print copy.
I didn't manage to get all the books I brought home on the calendar but comfort myself with the fact that I should have read most of September's books before my vacation ends. I need to get far ahead because the beginning of the school year is not a time to have to stress over reading and reviewing books.
Read Last Week
- Bay of Sighs by Nora Roberts - second in the Guardian trilogy and a nice paranormal romance (July 21 review)
- City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong - beginning of a new series about a hidden village where people who need to can disappear. Our heroine is a police detective who is admitted because of some murders that have been committed there. (July 23 review)
- The Temptation of the Night Jasmine by Lauren Willig - 5th in the Pink Carnation series and a nice historical romance (August 3 review)
- Gone Too Deep by Katie Ruggle - third novel in the Search and Rescue romantic suspense series. This had a sweet romance and gave some clues to the mystery that is spanning the series. (August 2 release date, July 27 review)
- The Bluebonnet Betrayal by Marty Wingate - cozy mystery in which gardener Pru has to find out who murdered the president of the Austin Rock Garden Society. I love the characters in this series and enjoyed learning more about the Chelsea Flower Show too. (August 2 release date, July 28 review)
I'm finishing up my current YA read and haven't started anything new.
- A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet - This August 2 release is a romantic fantasy I got from NetGalley
- The Widower's Wife by Cate Holahan - This August 9 release is a mystery I got from NetGalley
- Enemy Games by Marcella Burnard - This science fiction romance was added to the stack on July 8, 2013.
- Front Runner by Felix Francis - This is the second mystery starring Jeff Hinkley and was purchased last March
- The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig - This is the sixth in the Pink Carnation series.
- Boundary Born by Melissa F. Olson - final book in the Boundary Magic urban fantasy series released on June 21.
- Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg - fantasy releasing on June 28
- Seconds to Live by Melinda Leigh - third in Scarlet Falls romantic suspense series releasing on June 28
There are lots of Kindle impulse buys on my stack this week.
Allison Gordon Two-Book Bundle - I like mysteries and I like sports and I like spending $.99 to get two books.
Hunter, Hunted by Ashley Meira - This new urban fantasy sounded good.
Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold - This is the second novella Bujold has released starring this main character.
The Star King by Susan Grant - This was a free science fiction romance.
- The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst - She emailed me and asked if I want to review this one. I have enjoyed everything else I've read by her and gladly said yes. This book will be released on September 20.
- Living Spectres by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro - This was a Read Now selection at NetGalley. I read the first book which had a major cliffhanger ending. I have to read this one in hopes of some resolution to the mystery. It will be released on November 1 (link goes to NetGalley as Amazon hasn't heard of this one yet.)