Monday, June 27, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 27, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is now hosted by 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... 

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
From my TBR mountain, I read:
  • 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)
From the Review Stack, I read:
  • 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.

Next Week
First I'll be reading two from my review stack:
  • 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
Then I'll be reading from TBR mountain:
  • 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.
Reviews Posted
All review books this week.
  • 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
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

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.
I added two to my review stack too this week.
  • 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.)
To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.


  1. I am amazed that you get so much read and done. Do you read a book and write a review right away? Then schedule it on your blog? Do you review directly to your blog or in another program like Word or Goodreads and then copy to your blog. I have trouble with the reviewing part.

  2. I love how organized you are!! And your weather sounds perfect. We have had the most oppressive heat for three days. :( I am hoping today is better!

    City of the Lost sounds cool - I love Kelley Armstrong. The Queen of Blood looks good too!!

  3. I'm trying so hard to get organized in my reading before the start of the school year, which is so time consuming. Sadly, I'm not doing very well on getting ahead on my reading. I've still June books to read and review, and July is already upon us. I envy your tenacity in getting so much read AND done. I really need to get back in the game of reviewing as soon as I read a book instead of moving on to the next.

  4. I would love to schedule my blog posts so far ahead. Good job, Kathy!

  5. You are so organized when in comes to blogging... I suspect it carries over to the rest of your life, too. Most of these books are new to me. Happy reading!

  6. Tempting books! I'm curious about The Widower's Wife. Enjoy!


  7. You are very organized (well, teachers tend to be organized, lol) and I see so many new-to-me title that look amazing that I'm grabbing my pen and paper now to make notes.

    Thanks so much for sharing all these!

  8. You have been very busy. I look froward to the Nora Robert's book review.

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am so impressed with your organization of your blog posts and reading plans. I have always kind of planned a little and just let my reading desires take me to what I wanted. I'd like to have a bit more of a plan...LOL.

  10. Good for you with the blog organization! I keep meaning to make a to-do list for mine and can't even seem to manage that! I'll have to go check out your review for "Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet." That looked like a fun read. I haven't read Nora Roberts in years, but all of a sudden I keep seeing her "Bay of Sighs" everywhere. Maybe I need to see what the fuss is about!

  11. Good for you with the blog organization! I keep meaning to make a to-do list for mine and can't even seem to manage that! I'll have to go check out your review for "Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet." That looked like a fun read. I haven't read Nora Roberts in years, but all of a sudden I keep seeing her "Bay of Sighs" everywhere. Maybe I need to see what the fuss is about!

  12. Congratulations on getting so organized. I am just beginning to work on blogging ahead.

  13. I'd love to be organized. I'm sure it would help in getting my reviews written and posted. Lots of interesting titles in your summer reading pile. Enjoy!

  14. You did get a lot done last week.

    ENJOY this summer. :)

    Thanks for coming by my blog earlier.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  15. The Nora Roberts series is on my wishlist. It looks good. I love the summer time for reading. Have a great week!

  16. City of the lost sounds intriguing. Happy Reading!

  17. Good for you for being so organized! Definitely necessary when the beginning of the school year rolls around. I love Lauren Willig's Pink Carnation series! Enjoy!

  18. I love being organized. Great job on that. All your books look great. I hope you enjoy them. Have a wonderful week. Happy reading.

  19. Holy cow, you are one organized lady! I feel proud if I have the next week or so mapped out. Can you send some of that organizing power this way?? :)

    Have a great week and I hope you love The Widower's Wife and your other books!


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