Monday, February 15, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 15, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

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.

Other Than Reading... 

This was a quiet week spent nursing my cough and cold. My energy is minimal so I've been going to bed early and just vegging out on the couch when I'm not at work. That should be an opportunity to read but I've been playing mindless video games instead. Part of that was because the book I should have been reading wasn't keeping my attention. I thought it was poorly written with awful dialogue. When one of the characters supposedly died, I just about cheered only to be disappointed when I learned it wasn't him. Now, I'm not sure how much of the issue was the book and how much was just my mood. After struggling with it for three days, I abandoned the book 150 pages in and tried something else which was much more readable.

This coming week is a busier than normal one. Our townhouse association meeting is on Tuesday evening and our rescheduled Continuing Education Committee meeting is on Thursday after school. The good part about that meeting is that I can count the time spent as hours for the snow day make-up I have to do.

Read Last Week
I read Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella which was an entertaining urban fantasy about a young woman who sees ghosts. My review will be posted on Feb. 24.

I'm currently reading The Skeleton Garden by Marty Wingate. This is a cozy mystery which will be released on March 15. It stars a gardener who keeps stumbling across dead bodies.

Next Week
Dragon Harper by Anne McCaffrey and Todd McCaffrey is from my TBR mountain. I've had it since May 8, 2008.

Tumbled Graves by Brenda Chapman is the next book on my review stack. It's a mystery which will be released on February 27.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I added three books to my collection that I have already read. I got a Kindle copy of The Final Encyclopedia by Gordon R. Dickson and a Kindle copy of Restoree by Anne McCaffrey. I also got a print copy of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold because I can never have too many versions of a favorite book. (I already have the eARC and the ebook.)

I took advantage of some Kindle Deals too.
Her SEALed Fate by Lori Ryan sounded good and certainly has a nice cover.

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters in the first book in the Cadfael historical mystery series which I have been meaning to try for year.
Mr. Churchill's Secretary by Susan Elia Macneal is also a book I have been meaning to read for a long time.

Night Owls by Lauren M. Roy was an impulse buy since I like urban fantasy and couldn't pass up the good deal.
A Lady in the Smoke by Karen Odden is new to my review stack. I got this historical mystery at NetGalley. It will be released on March 29.

State of the 2016 Additions to my Stack - I have added a total of 62 books already this year. 32 are review books. 20 are young adult books. 49 of the books are still on TBR mountain - but this includes a lot of review books. There are 24 books which don't have a place on my reading calendar yet.

To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.


  1. I really enjoyed Mr. Churchill's Secretary, and when I checked my review on Goodreads, I see that I read it in 2014! It seems like just a short time ago, but then again, time flies.

    Hope you feel better this week, and I had a book this past week that I spent way too much time on before abandoning.


  2. I've been fighting off a cold, myself, so I know how you feel. It took me a long time to get into a book that I ended up loving. Of course, it's well written and I love the characters, so it may be totally different! Have a great week, happy reading!

    Michelle @ Michelle's Minions

    My It's Monday! post

  3. I like looks of The Skeleton Garden and Mr. Churchill's Secretary.

    ENJOY your books and your reading week.

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

  4. A Lady in the Smoke looks like a good one

  5. A Lady in the Smoke looks like a good one

  6. I haven been wanting to read the Marty Wingate series. It sounds so good. Have a great week!

  7. All the books that you mention are new to me.
    I´m currently reading The Exiled Queen.
    Have a great week!

    Thanks for stopping by My It’s Monday!

  8. I hope you are feeling better! All these books sound good, but I especially like the sound of the Skeleton Garden since I like gardening and mysteries. I'm not sure I want to turn up any bodies, though, when I turn up the soil!

  9. I hope you get over that cough quickly. It sure runs a body down. I see a couple of books that I want to check out. Have a great week.

  10. I hope you are feeling better now! We've had the crud going around my house, too. :(


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