Monday, June 10, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 10, 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, I had a very interesting week. Suffering from chest pains took me to the ER where they determined that I wasn't having a heart attack and everything looked OK with my heart and lungs. They sent me on to my own doctor with a prescription for oxycodone to manage the pain. When I finally saw her -- five days later -- I had a full-blown case of Shingles. This came as a surprise to me since I had the vaccine at my annual physical in December 2011. But, after some discussion and looking at the risk factors, I could understand why I got them. I hit on three of the four risk factors! Lucky me.

So my summer vacation began early. I missed the last student day, went in to finish reports and stuff on the first workday taking care to stay away from any of our multitude of pregnant teachers, and will miss the last two workdays today and Tuesday.

I came home so that my brother can take care of me. My rash is itchy and totally inaccessible to me. There is no way I can contort to spray calamine location between my own shoulder blades. Luckily I was sent home with two medications that should clear this thing up. Meanwhile, I am aching and itchy and sleep deprived. I keep nodding off when trying to read.

I did finish four books this week.
I read Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts and really enjoyed this romantic suspense title. Nora Roberts never disappoints me. My review will be posted on June 13.

I also chose Full Blooded by Amanda Carlson from my TBR mountain. This debut novel read like one. There was some stilted dialog and some occasions of the author telling rather than showing that could have been done better. I did enjoy the story and the world. The cliffhanger ending means I have to read book 2 (now downloaded on my Kindle.) My review will be posted on June 15.
I read the eARC of The Pirate's Wish by Cassandra Rose Clarke and enjoyed this second book in a fantasy series. This one has great characters and tons of adventure. My review will be posted on June 13.

I chose The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson from my TBR mountain because I have been curious about this mystery. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the sequel. My review will be posted on June 15.

I am currently reading the eARC of Ink (Paper Gods) by Amanda Sun which sees a grief stricken Katie moved to Japan to live with an aunt she barely knows stumble into something magical. I am liking it so far.

Next Week:
There are two more YA review books in my plans for next week. Beautifully Broken by Sherry Soule is the first book in the author's Spellbound series. It was released June 26, 2011.

Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner is a futuristic paranormal that I got from Macmillan. It will be released on June 25.
My adult choices this week are two books by favorite authors that I have been wanting to read for ages. Since they were just released, I had to wait.

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead is the first in a new series. 

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh is the twelfth book in her Psy-Changeling series.

I am hoping to read a couple more books this week but haven't decided what they will be. I brought home two grocery sacks of books from my TBR mountain -- one adult books and one YA books -- so that I have lots of choices.

What are your plans for the week?


  1. I am so sorry to hear about your shingles. Hope you are feeling better soon. I am looking forward to Whiskey Beach, glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Oh, no! So sorry about your case of the Shingles...I also got the vaccine earlier...hope it works!

    I wish you the best as you work your way through it...I know it has to be difficult.

    I want to read The Name of the Star.


  3. Oh no :( I've heard that shingles are awful. I hope you're not in too much pain and that you heal up quickly!

    Enjoy your upcoming books. I hope you have a much better week this time around :)

  4. I hope you feel better! I am sorry that you got sick at this time of year especially after having the vaccine.

    Looks like you have some good books to help keep your mind off things.

  5. I hope you feel better, and that the itching will just stop! Interesting week, indeed... I hope this week will be a little less interesting - at least health-wise!

    I have Heart of Obsidian on my list for this week as well - I can't wait to dive into that :) I need to check out several of the ones you read last week, and I really look forward to INK as well.

    Here's my It's Monday... post for this week. Happy reading.

  6. Oh, I'm so sorry you have to go through that. Shingles is not fun! Get plenty of rest and I hope you feel better soon. Thank goodness for our love of books to help pull us through rough spells.

  7. I can sympathize. I had shingles a couple of years ago. They started ed in my ear. It was one of the times I was thankful me right side was partially paralyzed because the pain was numbed just a bit due to that. Take care and don't overdo because even after the rash starts to fade your body will still need rest.

    Perfect excuse for curling up with good books :)

  8. Sorry to hear about your Shingles, I hope your better soon. Thank you for stopping by my blog. You got some good reading time in last week and I hope this week you can manage it, even when ill. I've not heard of any of those titles so thank you for introducing me to them.

  9. I'm sorry to hear that about your health, I hope you'll get better soon.

    And I hope you'll enjoy Hot Blooded when you get to it, I loved it more than Full Blooded :)

    Happy reading!

  10. You've got some great looking books lined up. Have a fab week! See what I'm reading here.
    Tasha @ A Trillian Books xxx

  11. I am sorry to hear that you have been having health problems! I hope you feel better soon. :)

    I have been wanting to read Whiskey Beach, I think I am going to have to move it up my list! And I loved The Name of the Star, but I still have yet to read the sequel.

    Hopefully you have a healthier week!

  12. Enjoy your books this week, I hope they manage to distract you a bit from the itch.

  13. So sorry to hear about the shingles, and it sounds like getting a diagnosis was quite an ordeal. Hope you're feeling better soon! Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm interested in reading Richelle Mead's new book, and the cover for Ink is so gorgeous I need to check it out. Maybe I'll enjoy Cassandra Rose Clarke's fantasy series more than Mad Scientist's Daughter.

  14. Oh my! That's terrible that you got Shingles! Hope you heal quickly!

    Looks like you had some good reads lately and some more to come! Hope you enjoy them all! Happy Reading! ***And here's wishes for a speedy recovery!***

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  15. My husband gets shingles now and then. He says it is very painful. I hope your case is light, that it clears up quickly, and that it never comes back!

  16. I have The Name of the Star on my tbr list! I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it.
    I hope you feel better very soon!

  17. How awful about the shingles! I hope you are feeling better!

    Have a great week!

  18. Oh no Kathy! My husband got Shingles in his eye last year and it was terrible. Take care of yourself

    Read On!
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  19. I'm interested in reading those books by Cassandra Rose Clarke and Maureen Johnson. I'm very intrigued by the settings in both.

    I'm glad nothing was wrong with your heart, and hope you get well soon!

  20. I've never had shingles (knock on wood), but my bf gets them now and again. Seeing what he goes through totally makes me sympathize with you. Get better soon! I'm going to have to look up that new Richelle Mead series!

  21. I'm curious about Gameboard of the Gods, would love to hear your thoughts on that one. I've had The Name of the Star for a while now but keep forgetting about it! oops. Have a great week Kathy, and I hope you get better soon - it sounds pretty painful, you have my sympathies.

  22. I look forward to your review for Name of the Star. Thanks for stopping by my Monday post.

  23. Nicely planned week for you. Looking forward to your review of THE NAME OF THE STAR. Love that cover.

    ENJOY your week.

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

  24. So sorry to hear about your Shingles Kathy. My aunt had it (very often) so I have my fingers crossed for you. I hope you feel better soon. I do hope you enjoy your books this week.
    Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday Post this week :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages


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