Monday, July 11, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 11, 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...

I had a quiet 4th of July holiday and a quiet week too. We have had some strong thunderstorms in the area with strong winds and damaging hail but the first storm went just north of us and the second storm went just south of us. All we got here in the city of Duluth was some rain and some truly epic thunder.

Read Last Week
I began the week by reading two more books in the Pink Carnation series. I have these planned out to be reviewed on Wednesdays until I finish the series.

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig takes place in India and introduces a few more flower spies. My review will be posted on August 10.

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig was one of the funniest of the series so far. It takes place around Christmas time and stars "Turnip" Fitzhugh who prides himself on not thinking but who turns into quite a hero anyway. My review will be posted on August 17.
I needed a book to take with me out to dinner and wanted something on my Kindle instead of in print. I chose Penric and the Shaman by Lois McMaster Bujold which is her most recent novella in the World of the Five Gods. I enjoyed Penric's second adventure and always enjoy Lois's writing. I won't be reviewing this one on my blog but you can see my GoodReads review here.

Thrill Kill by Brian Thiem is my second mystery by this author. It also stars Matt Sinclair who works homicide in Oakland, California. This was a good police procedural that had a nicely twisty plot. My review will be posted on August 11.
I read The Crepes of Wrath by Sarah Fox from my review stack. This was an entertaining cozy and had some tasty sounding recipes too. My review will be posted on August 20 for this August 16 release.

To celebrate the publication of Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller, I decided to re-read this book which I had read in an eARC version at the end of March. The book stands up well to re-reading and I enjoyed it very much again. My review from the first reading is here.

I will be starting Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton next. I won this review copy from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program.

Next Week
My assortment for next week includes:
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I bought The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross after seeing a great review online and because I have been curious about the author.

I also bought both a hardcover and a Kindle copy of Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.
I added two books to my review stack:
To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.


  1. Lots of good books! I haven't ead an Evanovich in a while! Hope you have fun with the new books.

  2. I have never read Lauren Willig, but I think I must.

    I loved House Rules...and I'm curious about Curious Minds. Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your week.

  3. The Crepes of Wrath cracks me up... love cozy mystery titles. Have a great week :)

  4. I like the look of your to read this week stack. I want to read more of Willig. I have only sampled her in The Forgotten Room and only guessed at which writer she was. I have one of hers on my Kindle to sample. Happy reading!

  5. You are really working through Lauren Willig's books and have me envious. The Crepes of Wrath looks really cute and fun, and I'm always up for an Evanovich novel. Have a great week, Kathy. :)

  6. Curious minds looks good. I always love Janet Evanovich. I can't wait to read The Crepes of Wrath.

    Have a great week!

  7. The Crepes of Wrath and The Mischief of The Mistletoe look great. You have been busy.

  8. I am planning to read Curious Minds too. Glad you are enjoyed the Pink Carnation series. Have a great week.

  9. Looks like you have lots of good looking reads on your list. Have a great week!

  10. The Pink Carnation series looks good, but I'm not ready to follow another series yet. I'll check out Lauren Willig's other historicals. Enjoy your books!

  11. The Crepes of Wrath...I never know whether or laugh or roll my eyes at all the pun-tastic cozy titles, but they're so much fun.

    Quite an interesting array of books you've got lined up!

  12. We had the same storm system blow through here as well - downed trees, hail, it was crazy! Glad you were safe.

    Crepes of Wrath - love it! I will have to look it up!

  13. I'm curious about Curious Minds. I'll look for your review. Happy Reading!

  14. Both the covers of the Willig books are gorgeous and make me want to read them! Looks like a great reading week!

  15. We have had a few drops of rain which has increased the heat. Not helped at all.
    Very heavy mailbox! enjoy them all and have a good week.

  16. I love your MM posts because you are an eclectic reader like me and there is always a few books that catch my eye. I love historical fiction so I was drawn to those titles. Enjoy your new books!

  17. We got some crazy thunder by us too! I think the kids and adults alike were startled.

    It's so fun to read Christmas stories during the summer! I'm glad you enjoyed The Mischief of the Mistletoe.

  18. Happy Christmas in July! I actually randomly picked up "The Mischief of the Mistletoe" at the library several Decembers ago and have been meaning to read the rest of the series for ages! I've actually picked up the first two books secondhand but haven't read them yet.

    You can just send some of that thunder and rain our way! It hardly ever rains (at least, not more than drizzle or sprinkles) on our side of Oahu and I have been desperately craving a gloomy curl-up-with-a-blanket reading day. I miss thunderstorms! (Though I do have to say that on the very, very rare occasion that Hawaii does have thunderstorms, they are epic!)

  19. Curious Minds looks like a really great book! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


I love getting comments. Let me know what you think.

This blog is now officially declared an Award Free zone! I do appreciate your kindness in thinking of me and I am humbled by your generosity.

Your comments are award enough for me. Comment away!