Monday, June 17, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 17, 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.

My first week of vacation was a good reading week. I think I'm getting into my summer groove. My shingles are improving. I seem to be alternating between itching and aching but neither one is too bad. I've finished the anti-viral the doctor prescribed and have a few days of the nerve pain meds to go.

Here is what I read (in order of their arrival on my TBR mountain):
I received a NetGalley invitation to read and review Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping by Melanie Watts. My students and I love Scaredy Squirrel so I had to accept. I enjoyed this one and know my students will too. It doesn't really fit in for review on either of my blogs but I did review it on Amazon, LibraryThing and GoodReads. 

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh is a book that I had really wanted to read. It was definitely worth the wait. While not for newcomers to the series, devoted fans will love it . My review will be posted on June 20.
Ink by Amanda Sun was another much anticipated title. I got this eARC from NetGalley and have to say that I was a little disappointed. It was good but not amazing. My review will be posted on June 20.

Famous Last Words by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski was an ARC I received from Macmillan. I thought it was an excellent YA contemporary. I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. I can't wait to add this one to my high school media center collection. My review will be posted on July 29. (This was my only July release review book!)
I have been wanting to read Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series for a while. This week I started with I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You. I thought it was very good and can't wait to read the rest of the series. My review will be posted on June 27.

Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner was another ARC I received from Macmillan. I enjoyed this science fiction story and thought the world building was great. I was a little disappointed by the abrupt ending. Their is lots of room for a sequel. My review will be posted on June 22.
River Road by Suzanne Johnson is the second in the Sentinals of New Orleans urban fantasy series. I enjoyed the story very much and can't wait for the third book to be out in August. My review will be posted on June 27.

Cold Days by Jim Butcher is the fourteenth book in the Harry Dresden series. I thought this one was amazing. I really like the world that Butcher has created and his characters are so interesting. My review will be posted on June 21.

I am currently reading:
Luck of the Dragon by Susannah Scott. I applied to be on the blog tour for the book but the slots were all filled. However, I was sent a PDF in case I wanted to review it. How could I refuse a paranormal romance with dragons?

Next Week:
It is summer. I am sort of going with the flow. I know I have to read The King's Deception by Steve Berry which I got from Meryl Moss Media Relations. I said I would post my review on July 3. 

After that I will be choosing from books in the two bags I brought home from my TBR mountain.

Here are the adult books I brought home with me. Most of them are books by some of my favorite authors including Dick Francis, Jaci Burton, and Iris Johansen.
Here are the YAs that appealed to me when I was packing to come home. Most of them are fantasies since that was the mood I was in when I packed. 

I am getting excited about going to ALA. A week from today I'll be heading back to my school year home to pick up a friend and drive to Chicago. It should give us lots of road time to listen to some of the SYNC audiobooks we have been downloading. We are both so excited about connecting with publishers and meeting authors. 

I want to get my blogs all set up with scheduled posts through July 6 when I plan to be back here at my summer home. I'm doing pretty well. I'm scheduled through June 29 on Ms. Martin Teaches Media and through June 28 on Inside of a Dog. 

What do you have planned?


  1. Oh wow, you got through a lot of books last week! I read Heart of Obsidian as well, and I loved it! Especially because the overall story-ARC and plot really progressed a lot in this one.

    Too bad Ink was disappointing... I'll still read it, but sometimes, it's good to have lower expectations when starting a book...

    I'm glad your shingles are not causing you as much pain and trouble anymore!

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

  2. Oh, my. What a great set of books. You have your work cut out for you. Love them all!

  3. Impressive stack of books! Enjoy....and thanks for sharing.


  4. Wow! What a great reading week! I do love the Dresden series. I somehow did not get a favorable impression of "Ink" based on the synopsis, so I turned that one down for review - looks like a good decision! I know you don't have it listed here, but I can't wait to see what you think of "Golden" once you read it. I think it definitely fits in for your high schoolers as well! Enjoy all of your lovely reads!

  5. I *adore* the Harry Dresden series. Fourteen books in and the story remains as strong, if not stronger, than it was at the beginning, while the characters are amazing in their complexity and development. It is one series for which I will drop everything and read. I have no idea what is going to happen next or how the series is going to end, and I LOVE that.

  6. We love Scaredy Squirrel at my school too. And guess which author I recently got to meet?

  7. The cover of Neptune's Tears is stunning! My maiden name is Waggoner. I rarely see that name, that spelling isn't common and it's cool to see it :)

    Have a fabulous week of reading Kathy!

  8. Glad to hear the shingles are getting better, great range of books you've read. I'm a huge fan of Steve Berry, looking forward to your thoughts on it.

  9. I looks like you had a great week of reading with great reading ahead as well.

    I need to start the Harry Dresden series. I know I would love it.

    The Sentinels of New Orleans series sound very interesting as well.

  10. Wow nice list. There are some lovely covers up there.

  11. You have a great TBR pile there and have been busy reading, I see :)
    I read the first of Suzanne Johnson's New Orleans trilogy last year and enjoyed it. I like the looks of Neptune's Tears and might check it out. Happy reading this week!

  12. Busy summer! and off you go in a week - enjoy!
    best on those autoposts ...

  13. I am so glad you are feeling better and have some wonderful books to read.
    Hope you have a wonderful week!

  14. Sounds like you are planning a wonderful trip! =)

    Im new to your blog, it looks great!

  15. Glad you're feeling better. My son loves Scaredy Squirrel which we've also read in French. Looks like you have some good books in those bags that you've brought with you. Enjoy your summer reading this week!

  16. You did some great reading here! The new Steve Berry could be interesting, I am curious to see how you like it.

    Thanks for stopping by and have a great week,
    kind regards,

  17. You always read so many books in a week it is amazing. The Scaredy Squirrel sounds like fun! Have a great week.

  18. I envy you your time to read...That is a lot of books! I have not heard of most of them, and I am wondering how keep everything straight in all those series you are reading through? Have a super week--

  19. Check out all those books!! I would probably start getting a little tense knowing all those books were waiting for me =)
    Here's My Memes Post.
    Have a great week!

  20. Wow you read a lot last week! Famous Last Words looks like one I should mention to my daughter.

  21. Ooh nice! I would recommend reading any of the Richelle Mead books from your TBR pile! Or The Iron Wyrm Affair--I still need to read that one myself and would love to read a review on that one! ;)

    Hope you don't have troubles picking your reads! Happy Reading!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  22. Looks like you had a good reading week. Hope you have another good one ahead!

  23. I'm reading Ink just now and it's not holding my attention at all which is such a shame as it was one I was really looking forward to. Have just picked up Royal Street from the library so glad to hear there's a sequel!

  24. You definitely had a good week. ENJOY this week as well.

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

  25. Thanks for stopping by - Butcher and Berry are two authors who are all over my TBR list.

  26. Great stack of books! Enjoy them!

  27. Wow! Impressive stack of books! Have a great week of reading. =)

  28. You got through so many books! I hope your reading goes just as well this week!

  29. Wow impressive reading, glad you're making the most of holidays. I love Nalini Singh's Psy/Changeling series but I'm not caught up yet, glad Heart of Obsidian lived up to expectations :)
    Have another great week and happy reading!

  30. A lot of reading done and to be done there - I am looking forward to your review of Ink as I have heard great things so will be interesting to read your POV. I hope the rest of the books are enjoyable :D

  31. I also schedule blogposts when I'm going away. It's so nice to know the blog goes on while I'm not around.

    I hope you have a wonderful time at ALA and a great drive up to it.

  32. I'm glad you're a little bit better :)

    And wow, you're on a roll :) I'm yet to try Steve Berry & Nalini Singh's books.

    Happy reading!

  33. I love the Scaredy Squirrel books. The crack me up. I'm glad you are enjoyed the first Gallagher Girl books, I adore that series. I also have an ARC for famous last words that I need to get to. And finally, have fun at ALA. I will be there too and I can't wait. I'm having my husband do the exhibit hall while I'm in session. It's the only way I end up with the ARCs I want.

  34. I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You is one i own that I still need to read. Good to hear you liked it :)
    Here is my Monday .


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