Monday, June 2, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (June 2, 2014)

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.

Last week was great. The weather was beautiful and school is winding down. My students have finished all their projects. All I have left to do is fill out the report cards. We have four days left this coming week and then a final work day before summer vacation begins. I really should start packing and deciding which books I am going to carry home with me for summer reading. 

I hope to leave on Saturday and will be able to spend most of the summer up in Duluth. Right now, only one trip back here is planned for the summer. I'll be here for one night early in July as I pick up a friend and we head to Michigan for NerdCampMI.

It is hard to overestimate how eager I am to get to my summer home and be able to live without a schedule.

Read Last Week

I had a week that was very unusual for me. Every book I read was from my TBR mountain. In fact, I even took the time to re-read one of my favorite series.
Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts is the second book in her Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy. It suffered from Middle Book Syndrome but was still an entertaining story. It is Nora Roberts, after all. My review will be posted on June 19.

The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer begins a new YA series for her. This alternate history/steampunk story was also entertaining. My review will be posted on June 19.

The Collector by Nora Roberts was an excellent romantic suspense title. I loved the main characters and their relationship. My review will be posted on June 21. 
I am also re-reading the Theo Waitley novels. Theo is an interesting side character in the Liaden Universe. I began with listening to the audiobook of Fledgling by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller but switched to the print book at chapter 13. I've decided that audiobooks are okay for car trips but I don't want to listen to them when I am just sitting around at home. They go too slow!

And, like potato chips, I couldn't stop at one book. I also re-read Saltation which is the second book in the series and Ghost Ship which is the third book. I have previously reviewed these books here and don't intend to do so again. 

I am currently reading the latest book in the Theo Waitley series - Dragon Ship by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. I am kind of on a Liaden Universe kick and may read some of the other books in the series again. While I don't intend to read the whole series, I might. I really love this world and these characters. 

Next Week

This week will be a mix of my books and review books as I finish up June and start July titles.
I just got Skin Game by Jim Butcher which is the latest in the Harry Dresden urban fantasy series. I plan to read that first this week. 

Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton is a review book that I won from Penguin's First to Read program. It will be released until July 1. It is the most recent in the Play by Play series. If it follows the trend, it is a spicy romance with professional athletes. I have read all but one of this series and may read the missing book before I get to this one since my review isn't on my calendar until the end of June.
I have three YA ebooks for review this week too.

The Things You Kiss Goodbye by Leslie Connor, On the Fence by Kasie West, and The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson are late June/early July releases. All of these came to me via Edelweiss.

Reviews Posted


  1. Is "The Collector" a new Nora Roberts novel? I used to devour NR books and this doesn't ring any bells. :) I should probably check this book out.

    I need to tackle my TBR mountain too :D Here's my goals for this week

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader

  2. A summer home with no schedule sounds like HEAVEN!! I'm really glad to see you enjoyed The Collector. I added it to my list last week. Can't wait to see your review!

  3. Nice line up of books, Kathy. The Collector is on my wish list.

    My Sunday/Monday post:

  4. It's such a shame when a bok is hit by Middle Book Sndrome! And I definitely want to read 'The Inventor's Secret! NerdCampMI sounds like fun! And yes, Brennan's third one is up and I've requested it, so I'm hoping I will get accepted! I might cry if not xD Thanks for stopping by :) I hope you have a great week!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  5. So happy for you that the countdown to summer has begun! I hope you have a great one. It looks like you had a great reading week.

  6. I can't wait to read The Collector...and Shadow Spell. But first I have to read my copy of Dark Witch...duh.

    Thanks for sharing...and enjoy. Here's MY WEEKLY SUNDAY/MONDAY UPDATES POST

  7. OOh niec! Hope you enjoy all your reads this week! And that you enjoy the start of your summer vacation!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. I can't remember when I have been so eager to have summer begin!

  9. Thanks so much for stopping by the Lair. I have several of your books on my tbr list and when I went to check out the Theo Waitley novels found out I have the first one!

    Looking forward to your reviews, especially On the Fence, and Straddling the Line

  10. It feels good to get some books off your TBR stack, doesn't it?

  11. I am so with you on getting to that summer home!
    relaxation & BOOKS !
    have a wonderful trip & fine time =)

  12. Can't wait to read The Collector. Enjoy your summer break and happy reading :)

  13. You had a great reading week! So many books, and from your TBR as well. The Inventor's Secret looks pretty interesting.

    I bought Skin Game when it game out, but am waiting for my boyfriend to finish reading it first. I have so many other books partly read at the moment.


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