Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 15, 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.

I was a reading machine this past week. I finished eleven books and am well into a twelfth. Here is what I read.

Adult Books:
Dark Waters by Toni Anderson was an excellent romantic suspense title. I got this ARC from Amazon Vine. The book will be released on August 6 and my review will be posted on August 3.

I finished Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen and really enjoyed it. I like Jane as a main character and love the paranormal aspects of this thriller. My review is here
Saving Paradise by Mike Bond was a book I got for a book tour. I found the pace frenetic and the number of characters and red herrings overwhelming. The ecological message almost overshadowed the plot too. My review will be posted on August 1.

The Resurrectionist by Matthew Guinn was a book my friend chose for me at ALA. I really enjoyed this story even though I can't really define its genre. My review will be posted on July 27.
Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben is the first Myron Bolitar mystery. I liked the characters and thought the story was entertaining. My review will be posted on August 8.

Young Adult Books:
I am a fan of Three Little Pigs variations and had to get The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague to read to my students. There were some moments of laugh out loud humor is this fun story.  I won't be writing a review of this one though.

Raven Flight by Juliet Marillier was an excellent epic fantasy novel. It stood alone quite well even though it is the second in a series (and I have but haven't read the first.) My review will be posted on August 1.
I also read two middle grade ARCs that I got at ALA. Both of these will be released on August 1.

Hunter Moran Hangs Out by Patricia Reilly Giff was for younger middle graders. It has slapstick humor and typical middle grade reasoning. My review will be posted on July 22.

The Misadventures of the Magician's Dog by Frances Sackett is a debut novel and has more depth than I usually find in middle grade books. It is the story of a boy, a talking dog, and some difficult choices. My review will be posted on July 24. 
Runt by Nora Raleigh Basking was another ARC I got a ALA. I was disappointed in this story which does show bullying from the side of the bully and the victim because it seemed more like a series of vignettes than a novel. My review will be posted on July 25.

On the other hand, When the Stars Threw Down Their Spears by Kersten Hamilton might well be the best book I have read so far in 2013. This August 6 release is the third and final book in her Goblin Wars series and was amazing. I loved the characters! I read the ARC but have already ordered a keeper copy for my shelves. My review will be posted on August 3.

I am re-reading Judgment in Death by J. D. Robb. This is book number 11 in the In Death series of futuristic mystery romances. I have the paperbacks (and hardcovers) but am just now buying them for my Kindle. I re-read the first ten last summer and bought the next five yesterday. 

Next Week:
Betrayal in Death by J. D. Robb is the twelfth book in the In Death series. 

Affliction by Laurell K. Hamilton is the most recent book in her Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter series.
All my young adult choices next week are August release review books.

Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick is an ARC I got at ALA.

The Deepest Night by Shana Abe is an eARC I got at NetGalley and the sequel to The Sweetest Dark (reviewed here).

Charmed Vengeance by Suzanne Lazear is also an eARC that I got at NetGalley. It is the sequel to Innocent Darkness (reviewed here).

I haven't put very many books on my stack for next week because company is arriving this afternoon. A friend is visiting for our annual True Blood marathon. I have the DVDs of season 5 for us to watch. We will also be doing touristy stuff while she is here which will cut into reading and blogging time. It should be fun though. 

What is on your agenda for the week?


  1. Thats a massive amount of reading done! congratulations.

  2. Affliction is on my must buy list, I am still an Anita fan!

    Read on!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  3. I keep hearing about The Resurrectionist and the synopsis does sound good. I'll have to check out your review when you get it up.

    Here's my Monday Post.

  4. Dark Waters and Eight Days to Live sound like my kind of books! Looking forward to your reviews.

  5. I haven't read a lot of the newer Anita Blake books, maybe I will try to finish that series up. :) Have a great week!

  6. Wow! LOTS of books! Thanks for the heads up on the middle grade novels. I will add them to my TBR pile!

  7. Enjoy your books and have fun with your visit with your friend :)

  8. Lots of great-looking books...I can't wait to resume reading the In Death series.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and have a great week.

  9. Nice list! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week.

  10. The Resurrectionist has me intrigued. Off to the tbr list! :)

  11. Another week, another ton of books polished off by you. The middle grade arcs both look interesting, and adventurous!

    My Book Bubble

  12. That are some great looking books. The Resurrectionist and Eight Days to Live are one a straight line to my TBR. And welcome in the Bolitar trap which will keep you reading for the coming period.
    Have a great week!

  13. Wow, you really are a reading machine! The Resurrectionist caught my eye as soon as I read the synopsis. Did you enjoy it?

  14. As always, you had an amazing reading week :D I still haven't read any of these, and I'm so behind on the In Death series, I think I will never catch up.

    Happy reading!

  15. Ooh very nice! Haven't heard of many of these! Hope you enjoyed them and enjoy your reads for the coming week!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  16. Dark Waters looks like something right up my alley-- yay for suspense. I am intrigued by the YA book in the Goblin Wars series by Ms. Hamilton. I will check it out further to see if it is appropriate for my eldest granddaughter who reads above level. She loves mystical magical tales. Enjoy your week reading!

  17. I have a Robin Hobb book "Ship of Magic" that I have yet to read. Well it's close to J.D Robb :p I don't know why I never choose popular author reads. I'm going to switch my tactics.

    Have a nice day!

  18. Wow, 11 books in one week, that's nuts! Well done you. :)

    Oh I was hoping Runt would be better than that. How disappointing. I've never read the Goblin Wars books but you've got me curious. Have a great week!

  19. What a lot of reading! I am reading through the J D Robb books for the first time! I made a goal to get through at least five of them this year. Onto my fifth one soon, Conspiracy in Death. The best thing is I don't have to wait!

  20. Oh my goodness! Reading machine is the right expression for sure! I hope you'll get lots of great reads in this week as well :)

    Thanks for stopping by my Monday post earlier.

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  21. Oh, my! You did TONS of reading! Kersten Hamilton - loved Tyger, Tyger ... couldn't even understand much of what went on in the second book, even though I'd read the first (heaven help anyone reading the second without even having read the first) ... I hope the third is up to the standards of Tyger Tyger. I also have "Saving Paradise" in my review pile ... I will be reading it soon ... hope I have a better time with it than you did :) Enjoy your reading week!

  22. I feel like I've been waiting FOREVER for Raven Flight! I can't wait to get a hold of a copy to read it! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    Ashley @ Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous

  23. So many great books! The Harlan Coben is one I've been wanting to read too. Enjoy!

  24. You WERE a reading machine! Eleven books, wow! I feel like such a slacker - LOL.

    Enjoy your company! Thanks for visiting Jane Reads!

  25. Wow, that's a lot of books! Great week! I think the Goblin War book 3 looks interesting, I'll have to look into those.

  26. "When the stars..." has a cool cover :)

  27. Ooh love True Blood, enjoy the series marathon and friend time. Your reading is so impressive, I'm sure you'll squeeze something in lol. The book I'm most looking forward to next is The Deepest Night.

  28. What a great week.

    Continue to enjoy!!

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

  29. The Ressurectionist sounds interesting so I can't wait for your review. I hadn't heard of that one yet.

  30. The middle grade books look interesting. I'm always on the lookout for more for my daughter to read.

  31. Dark Waters and Eight Days to Live plus the Harlan one look good. I love suspense/mystery for adult books which reminds me that I haven't read one in awhile! :)


  32. thanks for stopping in at FHC, Kathy. appreciate your comments and sharing your amazing reading results!
    well done - carry on!

  33. Wow - you had a lot of reading done! I've heard some good buzz about Dark Waters. And I really need to catch up on my Iris Johansen reading - I like her a lot but haven't read her books for a couple of years. (Too many review books each month, don'tcha know!)


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