Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 26, 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 Side: I am still regaining my strength and recovering from my surgery. School starts Monday for teachers and we have three heavily scheduled and long days to begin the year. To add to that the temperatures are supposed to be in the 90s with high humidity. I can't say that I am looking forward to leaving my air-conditioned house even to go to my air-conditioned schools. 

I expect this will be a slow reading week because I will be working both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings as well as all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Luckily, we have Thursday, Friday, and the Labor Day weekend to recover before we start with students on September 3.

Last week I read:
A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway - This one was an entertaining historical mystery/steampunk story that begins a trilogy. It was very long and printed in a small font which got my reading week off to a slow start. My review will be posted on August 29.

Don't Look Now by Michelle Gagnon is the sequel to Don't Turn Around and is a young adult technothriller. This one is the second book in a trilogy and is filled with action and danger. My review will be posted on September 4.
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black was an very interesting addition to the vampire genre. I really liked the main character and the world that Black created. My review will be posted on August 31.

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales was an excellent story for all those people who didn't fit in while in high school and who dance to the music of a different band. Elise Dembowski finds her passion as a DJ at an underground dance club and changes her life. My review will be posted on September 5.

The Edge of Normal by Carla Norton was a thriller starring a young woman who had been abducted at age 12 and kept captive for almost four years while suffering torture, sexual abuse and starvation. Now 22, she gets involved in the case of another girl who was abducted and attracts the attention of the criminal mastermind who planned the abductions. It was a great story of recovery and strength and had some very chilling parts. My review will be posted on September 5.

Coming up this week on Inside of a Dog are reviews for Biting Bad by Chloe Neill, A Study in Silks by Emma Jane Holloway, and Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich. Coming up this week on Ms. Martin Teaches Media are reviews for Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. I will also be interviewing Sarah Beth Durst on Wednesday.

Next week I have these review books on my Read Now stack:
Death Never Sleeps by E. J. Simon
Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves
The Impersonator by Mary Miley
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

What do you have planned for this week?


  1. OOoh nice! Was curious about A Study in Silks and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown! Might have to look into those!

    I LOVED The Clockwork Scarab! Thought Colleen wrote an amazing story there! Hope you enjoy it too!

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  2. Looks like you have a fair bit planned even with going back to school. Happy reading this week!

  3. You have a long list! I am more of a classics person right now. I have heard of Steampunk from another blogger that I have met but not sure if I would like them or not. Will have to look into them more soon I guess. Happy Reading@

  4. I'm glad you are recovering, take it easy.

    Have a great reading week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  5. I hope you are feeling better before the students arrive.

    Here's to a great school year. I retired after 34 years. It is nice, but I miss it at times.

    Enjoy your books when you can get to them.

    THANKS for stopping by my blog earlier.

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

  6. Sending good thoughts that you feel up to the craziness of the first week of back to school! I read a few Michelle Gagnon adult suspense books, then lost track of her. I guess because I didn't realize she moved to YA suspense. Good author. The other books I haven't read, but look forward to your reviews whenever you get a moment or two. Good luck with new school year!

  7. This Song Will Save Your Life looks intriguing...enjoy your reads and getting your strength back. Ease into things....


  8. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is one that is on my list too - sounds really good. I'll be sure to check out your review for it soon!

    Zareena @ Books and Books

  9. Your lineup of books appeals to me a great deal. I hope that you enjoy your books.
    What I'm Reading...

  10. As always, you had a great reading week! I'm really looking forward to the reviews of these books, and you have some good ones planned for this week.

    Happy reading.

  11. I am really curious about The Coldest Girl in Town, as I have seen both positive and negative reviews about it, but I tend to enjoy Holly Black's books myself :)

    I'm glad you are continuing to get stronger, but I can totally get that it will be hard to have to leave your house in that heat! Our summer seems to be more or less over already, and it has only been summer for the past two months.

    Good luck on getting back into a rhythm, but still getting some time to read!

    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

  12. I hope you have a smooth transition into your school year schedule.
    I have Mister Max on my tbr list. I will be interested to see what you think!

  13. Sometimes the longest days are the inservice days!

  14. Looks like a great week of reading!

    Cynthia @ The Things You Can Read

  15. Good luck with the new year! That's great the students won't arrive until after Labor Day. In the mean time, you have an excellent lineup of books.

  16. Boy - I need to read something by Holly Black, something that's not elementary age. :)

    Small print has been getting to me, I find my self having to rely on reading glasses more than ever before. getting old, it's not for the faint hearted (or is that feint hearted?)

  17. Might have to check out Covet, pretty cover. And The Edge of Normal got my attention, it sounds intense. Hope your return to work isn't too taxing, take care and happy reading :)

  18. It looks like you had a pretty good reading week, and some good one's coming up! I CANNOT WAIT to read This Song Will Save Your Life!! Thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday!


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