Monday, January 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Jan. 16, 2017)

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 have felt like a prophet of doom all week as I have been constantly reminding my students that the end of the semester is coming and they have missing work. Our semester ends this Friday. Monday is a work day/inservice day and then the second semester begins. I will be seeing a whole new bunch of students. I'm saying goodbye to my fifth, third and second graders and hello to Kindergartners, first graders, fourth graders and sixth graders. I'm also saying goodbye to my half-time schedule and going to full time for the first time since the 2014-2015 school year. This week will be filled with meetings and report cards (upwards of 240 of them).

After a (relatively) warm and sunny weekend, we are supposed to begin the coming week with a "wintry mix." We still haven't lost the ice from the last time. Freezing rain on Monday and Tuesday ought to make the driving miserable. I'm forever grateful that my longest commute is 3/4 of a mile.

I bought myself a present this week - a paper shredder- and have gleefully been going through my file drawers in my quest to be more organized and have less stuff in 2017. I searched online to see how long I should be keeping papers. I was pretty sure I didn't need my first pay stub from 1976 but didn't want to get rid of it prematurely.

Read Last Week
Beauty and the Wiener by Casey Griffin was a cute romantic suspense title with cute dogs. My review will be posted on Feb. 4.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh was a chilling suspense novel, told from multiple viewpoints, that kept me up reading late into the night. My review will be posted on Feb. 16.

Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop has finally reached to top of my Review stack. I got the eARC on Nov. 9 and had a hard time waiting for it to have its turn.

Next Week
Next are two more from my review stack:
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
For my review stack:

Just because:
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (Kindle)
  • The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman (Print - It's joining the first two books in the series on TBR mountain.)
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 soooo need to get caught up in Anne's series!! Love those books yet I still need to read book 3!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. I liked the Clare Mackintosh book myself. Your week sounds really really busy. I hope it eventually eases off.

  3. Impressive schedule and reading! I chuckled at your pay stub comment. You never know what might turn out to be valuable to the historic record!

  4. We have a lot of the same books on our lists! The Bone Witch is new to me -- I love the cover!

  5. Haha - a paper shredder; I was just saying last week how I need one of those also.

    I hope you enjoy all your upcoming books!

  6. Oh, I love my paper shredder! The first one I bought was inadequate, so I got a bigger one...and that was years ago. It is still going strong. Knock wood!

    I recall shredding stuff from years ago...and feeling so virtuous afterwards.

    I loved I See You...hope you did, too.

    I want to read Hidden Figures...saw the movie, and loved it!

    Thanks for sharing, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  7. I will never understand how administrators can decide to have a half-time librarian. Do we ever have a half-time football coach? Not in Texas!

  8. Those look like some great books. I read I Let You Go by Clare Macintosh last summer and loved it. Enjoy your reading this week.

  9. Those look like some great books. I read I Let You Go by Clare Macintosh last summer and loved it. Enjoy your reading this week.

  10. I have an ARC of "I See You" to get to soon and I'm glad you enjoyed it. I liked Mackintosh's first book; in a year of reading crummy thrillers it was my favorite of the genre.

    I still need to read "Queen of Blood"! I actually had it checked out from the library but thanks to procrastinating on reading ARCs I had to take it back unread. :( I'm super excited to read "A Perilous Undertaking" -- and I will most definitely NOT be taking that back unread when I get it. I LOVED the first book -- it was just so much fun, and had a good mystery too. It was my first Deanna Raybourn and I was pleasantly surprised! I'm also hoping to get to the second The Others book soon. One of my goals for the winter is to work on series reading.

    And, like you, I always feel a need to clean and organize at the start of a new year. I didn't shred any papers, but I did clean out my email inbox yesterday!

    Good luck transitioning to full time!

  11. Love your blog, lots of information that I can use.

  12. I commend you on your shredding. I want to do the same thing, we have so many papers filed like old electric bills for 25 years, etc.

  13. Beauty and the Wiener sounds really cute! I've never read an Anne Bishop book, but I'm thinking this is the year I should change that. And I'm really curious about Elementary, She Read - I love all things Sherlock related.

    I went to follow you and realized I'm already following! I got out of the habit of commenting last year, but getting back into it this year, so you'll see me again. Good luck with your busy week! :-)

    ~Marie @ Ramblings of a Daydreamer

  14. I'm also working on getting organized and having less stuff this year. It will take a lot of time to sort through everything, but will be totally worth it in the end. I really want to read, and see, Hidden Figures. Hope you enjoy your books this week.

  15. I love that you had your first pay stub! Lol. I have a hard time getting rid of things, although I am trying. :)

    Elementary, She Read sounds really good! My cousin is a major Sherlock anything fan, and talks about it so much that now I am wanting to read anything Sherlockian too. Have a great week!

  16. Best of luck as you go to full-time! A few years ago I upgraded my shredder and shredded about 20 years of stuff! I am now up-to-date and only have to shred a year at the beginning of a new one! Glad you got Orphan X and hope you love it as much as I did.

  17. Stay safe on the roads. Yep, I think that paystub can go. I've taken to scanning papers I may have hoarded for memory sake and then shredding. It has helped to clear out the paper clutter.
    I like your new books. I will have Elementary She Reads for review in March.
    I trust Hidden Figures will be wonderful.
    Happy Reading!

  18. LOL, had to laugh on your fastidious organization. I, too, have copies of my Income Tax Returns going back to age 15! I can probably shred those as well, but I'd like to save digital copies :)

    I really need to get caught up in The Others series. I loved the first one. I have Macintosh's I Let You Go on my iPod waiting to be listened to, but now I need to track down I See You! Thanks for putting that one on my radar. Have a great week!

  19. I'm up to book 4 of the Others, though I haven't started it yet. It's a great series though. Happy reading! :)

  20. Beauty & the Wiener sounds so adorable. I'll be watching for your review.

  21. Sorry I'm late in visiting. I hope you're second semester is off to a good start. I hate winter and ice is the worst. Glad you don't have to drive very far.

    I will have to check out your review of A Perilous Undertaking. I read the first book. I am a fan of hers though I'm not sure about this series yet. I can't wait to read The Burning Page. I loved the first two books.


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