Monday, July 28, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 28, 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.

I had another, and I'm afraid the last, quiet week when I didn't have anything to do but read. I am feeling pretty good about my reading goals and am getting ahead on my daunting September review stack. 

Of course, just to keep it interesting, my laptop is starting to have some serious problems. It looks like this coming week will include shopping for a new one. That's okay. I think my current machine is over five years old. But I have lots of files I have to get off it including iTunes and OverDrive files that make the idea of switching computers a little intimidating.

I am also planning a road trip to attend an author event on Friday night and going to my winter home for a quick overnight this week.

Read Last Week
Mercy Burns by Keri Arthur has been on my TBR stack since 2011. It was a pretty average urban fantasy/paranormal romance. It was about dragons which made it more interesting because dragons aren't the usual paranormal being found in urban fantasy. My review will be posted on August 20.

No Limits by Lori Foster is the first in a new romantic suspense series. I really liked the characters in this one and appreciated getting to see characters from earlier series. too. My review will be posted as part of the blog tour on Sept. 11.
Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes is a YA contemporary review book. The style of writing with a very tight first person narration made this one a little hard to get into for me but the ending redeemed both the main character and the story for me. My review will be posted on August 20.

The President's Vampire by Christopher Farnsworth has been on my TBR stack since 2011. I enjoyed this book which combines a political thriller with the paranormal. My review will be posted on August 23.
Starry Night by Isabel Gillies was a YA review book about first love and changing friendships. The narrator was an interesting character who seemed younger than her 15 years. My review will be posted on Aug. 28 for this Sept. 2 release.

Books Can Be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay is a cozy mystery that had been sitting on my TBR mountain since March 2, 2012. I enjoyed the library setting, the librarian main character, and the other quirky characters. I laughed out loud and had a chill up my spine when the mystery got tense. My review will be posted on August 28.
The Jewel by Amy Ewing is a YA dystopian story from my review stack. It is the story of a future society where poor, young girls with physic powers are raised and trained to be surrogate mothers for royalty. Violet is one of those girls. My review will be posted on August 27.

Eight Million Gods by Wen Spencer is from my TBR mountain. This is an urban fantasy set in Japan about a young woman who has OCD and a compulsion to write who is running away from the mother who wants her medicated and institutionalized. It is filled with characters and creatures from Japanese mythology and has a nice romance too. My review will be posted on August 30.
Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson is a YA contemporary review book about a girl who has some mental problems. The main one is her fear of touching or being touched. This becomes a problem when she wins the role of Ophelia in the school play and has to touch the cute boy who is playing Hamlet. My review will be posted on August 30.

I am currently reading Wood Sprites by Wen Spencer. This is a review book that I thought was YA. However, despite the 9-year-old main characters, this is an adult story. The plot is long and complicated; the magic is also complicated. It is also the 4th in the Elfhome series. 

Next Week

Since I am waiting for a couple of adult books that I want to slot into my book review calendar, I'll be concentrating on reading the YA books I have on my review stack until I get them. These are all September releases.
Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley
Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
Blackbird by Anna Carey
The Vault of the Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I have read 32 of 52 of the books I brought home from my TBR mountain to read this summer but now I'm going to be concentrating on reading the YA review books on my stack. I may be able to read a couple more of the adult books I brought home for summer reading but I also want to read some new books that will be arriving in the next week or two.

What was your week like?


  1. Isn't it lovely to have time to simply read. I know what you mean about fearing getting a new computer- mine's as old (if not older) than yours but so far it seems to be holding out.

  2. The summer is going really fast! It's great that you could have a few weeks just to read. I hope your get your computer issues worked out. Enjoy your reads this week!

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  3. Ooh, I see several that look intriguing...Don't Touch is one I'm going to check out. Enjoy! And thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. You had a great week, and some more nice reads upcoming.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  5. Wow, you went through quite a pile of books there! Have another happy week of reading! I'm going to be needing a new computer soon, too...

  6. Switching to a new computer is so intimidating... when I got one last year, I actually paid to have them move everything over for me.

    The summer is passing too quickly. Enjoy your last week of lots of reading - looks like you have some good books ahead.

  7. Sorry about your desktop is ready to retire, I think, and I really want/need a powerful laptop soon. You have many interesting books to read coming up, so enjoy yourself!

  8. As always, looks like you've got some great selections coming up this week. Can't wait to see what you have to say about Don't Touch, The Vault of Dreamers, and The Scandalous Sisterhood. :) Happy Reading!

  9. You did get a lot of books read last week! Good for you!

  10. Nicely done! I loved Get Even! And The Vault of Dreamers was definitely an interesting start to a trilogy! Hope you enjoy all your new reads! Hope you have fun at your author signing! Wish I could go see Chloe this year, but don't think I can get the time off despite it being a Saturday. Too much driving for one short weekend. :/

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  11. I think Get even looks good, I liked the Gretchen McNeil book I read so may tackle that one too. Good luck computer shopping!

  12. You are so organised with your reading and reviewing, well done. Hope the laptop update is hassle free.
    Eye-catching cover on Evidence of Things Not Seen , I don't even know what it's about and I want to read it lol

    Enjoy your new reads and the author event :)

  13. You gotta love weeks like that! I am hoping that next week is a week I can just kick back and read. :)

    Starry Night and Anatomy of a Misfit both sound good!

  14. I wish iTunes made it easier to transfer things over when you get a new computer. I usually ask my son to do it for me! Glad you enjoyed No Limits, I am looking forward to it.

  15. Always a tough time - changing computers. At school my students mucked up the iPad and now have to reset whole thing - will lose everything. Told them they will have to wait till I have time! I so want to read some of those Lori Foster books and I know if you like them then i will too. Have a great reading week.

  16. I'll wait for your reviews on Anatomy of a Misfit, Starry Night and The Jewel. :) Oh and good luck with the transferring of files. It can really be a hassle.

  17. The Scandalous Sisterhood looks like fun. I will have to look into that one!

    Have a fantastic week and I hope the computer transition goes well!


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