Monday, March 9, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 9, 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.

Last week's quiet schedule let me get a lot of reading done. I didn't have any meetings or appointments and could just go home after work and cuddle into my couch. Since we had some really cold days last week, that was just what I wanted to do.

This coming week is filled with reading distractions. Monday evening we have Parent-Teacher conferences until 7:30. Wednesday evening a friend and I are going out to celebrate her birthday (at Texas Roadhouse). On Thursday afternoon, I need to go to Conciliation Court to try to resolve the problem with our townhouse association's delinquent tenant. That means writing sub plans so that a substitute teacher can cover my Thursday afternoon classes. This is only tricky for the 4th grade but still will take some extra time to do.

We have Friday off to compensate for working Monday evening but I decided to try to fill it up with an oil change appointment and an appointment to get my taxes done. Also, Friday evening our girls' basketball team is playing for the section title. It should be a really exiting game because we've played our opponent twice and split the games.

I am really looking forward to next weekend for some relaxing and reading time.

Read Last Week
Skandal by Lindsay Smith is the sequel to Sekret and continues Yulia's adventures as a teenager with psychic powers. It is set in 1964 and the time period is really well done. I enjoyed this story. My review will be posted on April 9.

The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook: Wickedly Good Meals and Desserts to Die For edited by Kate White arrived in my mailbox for review this week. I liked the variety of recipes and loved the gorgeous photos of many of the recipes. The introductions of each recipe by the author who submitted it were also interesting. My review will be posted on March 25.
I read The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg from my TBR mountain this week. I thought they were both wonderful and original fantasies and can't wait for the third book in this trilogy to be released on June 2.  My review for The Paper Magician will be posted on April 4 and my review for The Glass Magician will be posted on April 9.
I read two more books from my YA review stack.

The Pretty App was a contemporary novel by Katie Sise. I enjoyed it but think I would have liked it better had I read The Boyfriend App first. My review will be posted on April 11. 

Dream a Little Dream by Kerstin Gier begins a new trilogy. I really liked the main character in this one and thought both the paranormal aspects and the mystery were well done. My review will be posted on April 8.
Finally this week I read Lion's Share by Rachel Vincent. She self-published this first book in a spinoff series from her popular Werecats series. I enjoyed the romance and I enjoyed a chance to visit the world again. I look forward to more books in this series. My review will be posted on April 11.

Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt is the next book on my YA review stack. This middle grade novel is told in letters and takes place in 1948. I have just read the first letter and look forward to knowing more about the main character.

Next Week
All three of the adult books I have on the stack for this week are from my TBR mountain and were purchased in 2015.

I chose Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar and Demon Hunting in Dixie by Lexi George because they are the first and third books in a series. I have already read book two and want to complete this trilogy.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop was a Kindle Daily Deal. I had seen this book around before and was interested. The only problem is that it is the first of a series and two more books are available. Reading one and buying two doesn't help me lower TBR mountain. In a way, I hope I don't like it so I won't want to read the others.
The three young adult books on my stack are all review books that will be released in April.

Archie Greene and the Magician's Secret by D. D. Everest is a middle grade fantasy that will be released on April 21.

Every Last Promise by Kristin is a young adult contemporary that is also scheduled for an April 21 release.

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver is another young adult contemporary that will be released on April 28.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I still have 12 TBR mountain additions from 2015 to fit into my reading calendar. I need to keep reminding myself that Kindle Daily Deals aren't deals if I don't have a plan for when I can read the book.

How was your week? Leave a link and I'll stop by.


  1. A very busy week ahead for you, just as well you had a chance to relax last week. I've been curious about the Magician series for a while.

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  2. I'm curious about the Holmberg books--I'll have to check those out. Hope you find some reading time in the upcoming busy week.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Oh.....I hear you about those lesson plans. It is more work taking a day off than going in to teach. I would spend more time making detailed plans when I needed a substitute.

    I hope you get everything done on your Friday off.

    Ooooo...I see you received The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Very nice.

    Love the covers on The Paper Magician and The Glass Magician.

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

  4. Busy, busy ... bring on the weekend :)
    I like the cover of Dear Hank Williams and the Magician series looks good too. Happy reading!

  5. I like the variety of your books. Enjoy!

  6. I've been wanting to get that cookbook. Look forward to reading your review.

  7. Oh, I hate those heavily scheduled days...and nights! And because I long for fewer things to do, my friends call me a hermit...LOL.

    But it is so blissful to just relax and read. Enjoy, and I hope your next week is better. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. You sure got a lot of reading done even though you were so busy! I haven't read Lion's Share yet, but I'm desperately trying to work my way through my tbr pile to it. I love the Shifters series, and Jace is my favorite character, so you can see why I'm so anxious to read it. I'm looking forward to Dream a Little Dream, too. Have a great week, HERE'S what I'm reading.

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

  9. Yes I know that problem of the TBR pile, good on you for endeavouring to read everything you buy in 2015! I have Written in Red in audio to listen to, if reviews by others is any indication we'll be obtaining books 2 and 3!

  10. Oh nice! I STILL need to read Lion's Share! I need to get it updated too since I bought it straight away and Rachel has already made some corrections to it!

    Ooh Dream a Little Dream! Curious about that one! Still need to read the Ruby Red trilogy too! And oooh Written in Red! That's my current read and it's kicking my butt format wise! It's just taking me sooo much longer to read it since it's tiny text and super single spacing between the lines! I'll be lucky to finish this this week and my next read which has the same formatting issues! Hopefully I maybe might get halfway done with that one...or at least start it! ;)

    Happy Reading!!

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  11. Oooh, that cookbook looks great! I'll have to see if I can get my hands on a copy!

  12. Glad you get a relaxing week in between busy ones!

  13. Good luck with all the fun school stuff!

  14. The Paper Magician has been on my TBR list pretty much since it came out. Somehow I totally missed the next book in the series, though! I'm glad to hear they were both wonderful. I can't wait to read them and check out your reviews!


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