Monday, March 2, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 2, 2015)

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 a good reading month in February. I read a total of 19 books. Twelve were review books and 7 were from my TBR mountain.

Last week is kind of a blur in my memory. The Voice started and I spent two evenings watching the judges pick new teams for this season. There are lots of people with really amazing voices and stories out there. This week will be another two evenings of judges picking their teams.

Things have come up at work which leave me contemplating retirement. I am considering retiring and then coming back to work on a part-time basis. I met with the superintendent this week to talk about it. I have a meeting in a couple of weeks with a retirement counselor to see if that is a wise option for me. I like what I do but wouldn't mind doing it for fewer hours a week. I'll be eager to see how the numbers work out.

The coming week looks like a normal one. My calendar is free of extra meetings. I really should make an appointment to do my taxes which means I need to find all the various papers I need. I have been procrastinating.

Read Last Week
The Cemetery Boys by Heather Brewer was an interesting YA novel with a touch of the paranormal and a touch of horror. My review will be posted on March 28.

Teacher Beware by Charlotte Raine was a romantic suspense title from my TBR mountain. It was okay but felt a little rushed to me. My review will be posted on March 28.
Thrown by Colette Auclair was a romance from my TBR mountain. I enjoyed the characters and the setting of this one very much. My review will be posted on April 2.

Lies I Told by Michelle Zink was from my YA review stack. This was a contemporary story told by a girl who has been raised in a family of grifters. My review will be posted on April 2.
The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre was my favorite YA book of the year so far. I loved the characters and the romance. I've already ordered a copy for my high school media center. My review will be posted on April 4.

I read Echoes by Laura K. Curtis. This review book was a romantic suspense title that had a vintage feel for me. I liked the characters and will be looking for more in this series. My review will be posted on March 12 for this March 17 release.

Next on my YA review stack is Skandal by Lindsay Smith. I read Sekret last year and liked the combination of paranormal and historical fiction.

Next Week
For my adult blog, I have decided to read two books that I bought in 2015. After reading The Midnight Mayor by Kate Griffin, I will have read 12 of the 13 adult books I bought in January.

I bought The Trouble with Magic by Patricia Rice on February 1. I have 9 other February books to read. Two of them are novellas which shouldn't take too long.

I really want to try to keep up by reading what I buy this year. It has made me more hesitant to buy which can't be a bad thing when I already have more than 1000 books on TBR mountain.
My YA books are from my review stack. These books will be released in April.
Reviews Posted
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  1. Looks like you enjoyed lots of good books last week! Good luck making decisions with the future.

  2. Some interesting reads there! Hope your retirement plans work out the way you'd like them to.

  3. I remember very well reaching that point where retirement seemed like it should happen soon...and I also did the part-time thing for a while after retirement. And then I did three years with a private agency, which was enough different to re-energize me...LOL.

    Enjoy your week...I like the look of Echoes.


  4. Nineteen books in one month is amazing.

    Best of luck with your retirement planning. It is a difficult decision, but when the time is right, you will know it. So you would do some subbing work for part time?

    I retired from teaching three years ago and am happy with my decision. Best of luck.

    ENJOY this reading week.

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

  5. I'm looking forward to Cemetery Boys, Lies I told and The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things. I hope you enjoy this weeks reads!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My It's Monday! post.

  6. All the best with your decision about retirement. I am really enjoying the current series of The Voice over here in the UK.

  7. Can understand as a teacher that call to retirement. I worked on in my last year but the fatigue got to me and I was so happy to retire. I hope the numbers work out for you. Some part time hours would be great as you will have so much expertise. Ah.... think of all the books! Going to check out the Patricia Rice book although... I do have a large TBR pile to, probably not over 1000 but bad enough.

  8. OOooh very nice! Dream a Little Dream looks intriguing! I still need to read Gier's first trilogy though!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  10. I'm in awe of the number of books you read last month and what an impressive TBR pile! Happy reading!


  11. Lots of great looking books and they're all new to me. Enjoy!

  12. I've been watching The Voice, too. I like that it's a positive show, not about all the drama (I get enough of that in my classroom! :) Enjoy your reading!

  13. Wow, awesome books. I had been contemplating whether to request the ARC for Dream a little dream or not. I hope you enjoy iy.

  14. I hope you are able to work out a semi retirement if you choose to, though I'm guessing you will find plenty of ways to keep busy :)

    Have a great week,
    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  15. What a wonderful reading list. Love the cover art on the Patricia Rice book! Happy weekend!

  16. Oh, I hope you enjoyed Lies I Told and The Cemetery Boys! And yeah that you did enjoy The Queen of Shiny Things! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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