Monday, November 14, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 14, 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...

Grades are done and the second quarter has begun. We are still basking in unusually warm weather for November in Minnesota. There are some long range predictions that this could all change for Thanksgiving Break, of course. It's still a week and an half away and I'm hoping the predictions are wrong.

It wouldn't be Thanksgiving without some difficult driving conditions though. I am planning to go home to Duluth for the long weekend which actually begins for me at noon on Tuesday of Thanksgiving week. It will be nice to see how my brother has settled into our new home and what we still have to do to sell our old house.

This will be the first Thanksgiving in a few years that I have actually traveled. I'll have a stack of books going home with me for some reading time since I don't plan to do any shopping. Black Friday crowds will get along without me again this year. This should be the last year I'll have to worry about traveling for Thanksgiving since I should be all retired and settled by this time next year.

Read Last Week
The Elizabeth Papers by Jenetta James was an engaging story that defies categorization. It is a romance, mystery, historical fiction story. I was totally engaged despite never having read PRIDE AND PREJUDICE which was the source of the historical characters. My review will be posted on Nov. 25.

Lone Wolf by Sara Driscoll was a romantic suspense title I got from NetGalley for review. It had both engaging characters and a really suspenseful plot. My review will be posted on Nov. 23.

Penric's Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold was the latest novella in the World of the Five Gods. I grabbed this one because I wanted something short to read on my Kindle while I was waiting to vote and running errands. As usual, Bujold's prose is masterful. I was less enamored of the cliffhanger ending. I reviewed this one at LibraryThing.

I am reading Dragonheart by Todd McCaffrey. It is my goal to finally finish all the Pern novels. I think I read the first one somewhere around 1970. I just have a couple more to go.

Next Week
Then it is back to review books. These two will be released in December.
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

I got a little carried away again this week. I bought:
I added these to my review stack:
  • Legacy by Hannah Fielding (July 28, 2016)
  • A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn (Jan. 10) - I was turned down for this one at NetGalley by was able to get it through Penguin's First to Read Program.
These all were added when publicists asked if I'd like to read them.
I may have done a little happy dance when I got these two.
To see what Young Adult books I have been reading and plan to read, check out Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.


  1. Nice list. I can usually only get to one book (maybe two) per week. Kids, business, etc. You read three last week - I'm kind of jealous. :-) I'm currently trying to finish Inferno before seeing the movie. Thrillers aren't my think but I do love Dan Brown's brand.
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  2. We have been having wonderful weather too.

    Sounds like a great Thanksgiving planned for this year and especially NEXT Thanksgiving. :)

    ENJOY your books and your week.

    Silver's Reviews
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  3. The Elizabeth Papers sounds like an interesting one. I love stories that defy categorization!

    I'm not a Black Friday shopper either. It's perfect reading time or this year, Gilmore Girls watching time!

  4. My girls got their report cards last week and both got all A's! So proud :) Enjoy your reading week!


  5. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving holiday...I'm intrigued by the idea of your "new" home, for post-retirement. You are planning well, I think.

    I also avoid Black Friday shopping! I cringe whenever I think of it. lol

    Enjoy your books, and I'm curious about the thrillers.


  6. We have good weather in the sense that it is raining! we also have a super moon today which looks magnificient.
    Enjoy the break with family. I have no idea of what Thanksgiving is about other than the food looks glorious!

  7. Time of Death and At What Cost both look interesting. Have a great week!

  8. Ooh nice! I'm steadily reading A Darkness Absolute but am also battling a head cold. Reading progress today was just terrible! Hope you enjoy all your reads this week!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  9. I need to catch up Bishop's The Others' series! You have a great selection of books there, enjoy!

  10. I hope you get to read a lot over Thanksgiving.

  11. Hoping you have good traveling weather for the Thanksgiving weekend. Quite of few of your books are on my stacks. I am looking forward to A Perilous Undertaking. No Black Friday shopping for me either. I plan to read.

  12. Looks like you have a nice selection of books coming up. Etched In Bone looks good, seen it on some other blogs.

  13. I can't imagine driving in snowy weather. I bet it is wonderful to contemplate what it will be like this time next year!

  14. I really can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving. You have some great books on your list. Have a great week!

  15. oooo - you have some interesting books here on your list. Time of Death and Killing Jane intrigue me. I hope you enjoy your Fielding book. I sure am liking the one I just started. Have a great week and happy reading.

  16. It's been a nice fall here too, including last week. Although the cooldown comes this weekend with possibly (gasp) snow! Noooo... hope your thanksgiving travel is free of bad weather.

    Lone Wolf and A Perilous Undertaking both look nice.

  17. Nice haul! I've read Immortal Writers and found it enjoyable - I hope you'll like it too! Such a nice premise.

    Safe travels for thanksgiving!

  18. I can't believe it's almost Thanksgiving! Sounds like you have a good plan to enjoy yourself. Enjoy and safe travels.

  19. It sounds like chilly fall weather has finally arrive for you all on the Mainland, right in time for Thanksgiving! My parents in Colorado and my relatives in Indiana both had their first snows this week.

    I keep resisting requesting the new Deanna Raybourn. I LOVED "A Curious Beginning" and I really want to read an actual finished hardcover copy of the second book. I'll tolerate e-books, but it's definitely not my preferred reading experience. But... but... I also want to read it NOW!


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