Sunday, August 5, 2012

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? Aug. 6, 2012

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.

Even though I am obsessed with the Olympics, I did manage to get some reading done this week. Here are the books I finished:
When Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews arrived, I had to drop everything and read it. I really like Andrews' urban fantasy which combines magic and shapeshifters and mystery in an Atlanta where magic comes and goes with no pattern. This is a spin-off of their Kate Daniels series and Andrea is a kickass as Kate but in a different way. My review will be posted on August 22.

Chilled (A Bone Secrets Novel) by Kendra Elliot was a review book I got from Amazon Vine. This is the second in the Blood Secrets series. This one features a nurse on a search and rescue operation and a former US Marshal who is also very interested in the plane crash. This one has all the elements needed to send chills up the spine - a serial killer who is focused on the heroine, extreme weather including an avalanche, and lots of danger and excitement. My review will be posted on August 29.
The Templeton Twin Have an Idea by Ellis Weiner was a middle grade book I got from Amazon Vine. I thought it had tons of middle grade humor and age appropriate adventure. But I wonder why middle grade books have to be so silly. My review will be posted on August 22.

I got Thirteen by Kelley Armstrong from the publisher. Since I had already bought my own, I found myself with two finished copies of the book. I loved this conclusion to Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series and plan to share the love. My review and a giveaway of my extra copy will be posted on August 15.
I got The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton from Amazon Vine for review because I have met her and liked her first book. I really liked this young adult combination of horror and romance. I can't wait until it is published at the end of August to get a copy for my school media center. My review will be posted on August 25.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama is a review book I got from Macmillan. This was also an intriguing story that moves from the past to the present and is about mermaids and curses. I was especially fond of the main character. My review will be posted on August 18.
I am currently reading another review book. Tears of the Jaguar by A. J. Hartley is from Amazon Vine. It is a thriller based around an archaeological discovery that draws all sorts of characters out of the woodwork.

Next week a bunch of my pre-orders from Amazon will be arriving which will no doubt mess up my reading plans. These are the ones that are currently in the plans:
I would like to read Kitty Steals the Show by Carrie Vaughn which is the latest in a series I really enjoy. I also have Garment of Shadows by Laurie King on my review stack. I really like her historical mysteries featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes.
The next two on my young adult stack are review books from Macmillan. Outpost by Ann Aguirre is the sequel to Enclave and will be published on Sept. 4. My Book of Life by Angel written by Martine Leavitt is also a Sept. 4 release. This one is a gritty contemporary about child prostitution that sounds like something I needed to read. 

I am expecting an exciting interruption to my reading week as I plan to travel to the Twin Cities on Friday for a book signing by Heather Anastasiu for her debut novel Glitch at The Red Balloon Bookshop and staying over to attend a signing of Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway on Saturday at Uncle Hugo's Bookstore. From there I will be heading to my school year home to drop off a load of stuff before returning to my summer home in Duluth for my last couple of weeks of summer vacation.

You might have noticed that my reviews won't be showing up for a while. I managed to get a month ahead on my blogs. My August calenders are almost completely scheduled. I needed to do this for two reasons. I have eighteen books to read and review in September and school starts again for me on August 27 and for kids on Sept. 4. I am massively busy at the start of each school year and needed to remove one pressure point - review books - from the equation. 

Last week I reviewed Glitch by Heather Anastasiu, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, and Skylark by Meagan Spooner on Ms. Martin Teaches Media and Sweet Talk by Julie Garwood and Off the Grid by P. J. Tracy on Inside of a Dog. Click on the titles to see what I thought of these books.

That was my week. What was your week like?


  1. Not all middle grade books are silly. My favorite read last week was My favorite read last week was I Was Told There'd Be Cake by (audio) by Sloane Crosley which I listened to on my way to and from work Please come see what else I'm reading.

  2. I have to pick up a copy of Gunmetal Magic soon, I love the Kate Daniels series

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out

  3. 'Chilled' and 'Monstrous Beauty' both look really good! You got so much reading done! I've mainly been cheering for the athletes! ;)
    My Monday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. Middle grade books I read are either very silly or horribly sad. Personally, I prefer very silly!

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I hope you will stop by!

  5. OOh nice! Loved Thirteen! Still need to read Enclave myself--so very far behind on too many books!

    Happy Reading!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. I just started Gunmetal Magic - I've been enjoying all of their books, both series. They make a great writing team.

    You have some interesting books listed to read - hope you enjoy them.

    My Monday Reading

  7. My comment was eaten and it was a big one all about the love of having scheduled posts far in advance yadda yadda yadda Yay!
    (*I won't repeat it in case it miraculously reappears!)
    Thanks for visiting!

  8. My Book of Life by Angel sounds like something I would like to read (hard to say enjoy when it deals with such a dark topic).

    I thought Shadow of Night was a slower read, too. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, until I saw your comment about it being a dense read. There was a lot of stuff to absorb. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Girl Who Reads

  9. I'm so looking forward to Thirteen, but I've stalled on Haunted. Keep meaning to pick it up and get going but I keep getting distracted by other books!

    The George R.R. Martin books are pretty huge, but now that I've got into the series I'm really enjoying them :)

  10. Mysterious Beauty looks so stinkin' good :) Hope you enjoy it!

    Happy reading this week!!!
    Check out what I'm reading and enter for a giveaway!

  11. Have a great time at the signings! Bookish outings are always so much fun!

  12. The Templeton Twin Have an Idea has such a cute cover! Does it have illustrations inside?

    And is it just me, or are there a lot of mermaid novels floating around currently? :)

  13. I'm finally getting a little ahead in my blogging--it is nice to know that something will show up periodically even if I don't have time to read or write this week.

  14. I'm good at getting ahead with my books, but I find I sometimes have trouble sitting down and writing all of those reviews.
    Enjoy your book signings!

  15. I'd love to get organised and be ahead with my blogging/reviewing schedule ... way less pressure. Well done. I think Chilled sounds fantastic, adding it to my wishlist.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  16. That's a big list of books you have there :) I hope you're enjoying them!

    Have fun in the Twin Cities, we must be nearly neighbors!

    Happy Reading :)

  17. I love having reviews scheduled so far in advance. It seems to take make everything blog-related run so smoothly. Have fun in the Twin Cities! And have a great week!

  18. I LOVED Monstrous Beauty! I am almost done with Gunmetal Magic, so good. Good luck with your reading this week.

  19. These are all new to be - but that's because I don't tend to read YA books. A few do look interesting and perhaps I'll give them a try.

    Have a great week and thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

  20. Wow, lots of great books mentioned! Chilled looks really good and I'm looking forward to the Laurie King book too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, happy reading!


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