Monday, January 30, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Jan. 30, 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...

This was a crazy week. Monday was a workshop/inservice day to get ready for the second semester. Tuesday I got a chance to meet 7 of my 16 new classes of students. Wednesday was a snow day since I woke up to 10 inches of heavy wet snow. It was like March snow. Once the plow guys finished the sun came out and melted the areas they cleared down to pavement. Overnight, the melt froze and we had a two hour late start on Thursday.

On late start days, I need to be two places at once. Not having a time twister or the ability to be two places at once means that the Elementary Art teacher takes my first grade classes while I finish teaching the sixth grade at the Middle School/High School. I met the other two sixth grade groups on Thursday and I met my other two Kindergarten classes and one more fourth grade class once I got to the Elementary.

I had my annual physical on Friday afternoon. The Elementary Art Teacher subbed for me. I think, by the end of the day on Monday, I will have met 15 of 16 of my new classes. The class of fourth graders I missed won't have media until Friday of this coming week.

Since our teaching contract requires teachers to make up the hours missed on snow days, I went to the MS/HS once my driveway was plowed out and spent a couple hours readjusting plans and developing lessons for the second semester. I also went in at my normal time on Thursday and made up two more of the required hours.

This week I'll be working 7:30 AM until 7:30 PM on Monday as we have some parent-teacher conferences at the MS/HS especially designed for those kids who didn't do well first semester. I don't expect to see anybody since I wasn't at the MS/HS first semester but have to be there anyway. I have pretty much run out of things to plan. I need some time with students so that we can actually do things.

This working full-time is really messing up my schedules. I don't think I visited anyone's blog except for the people who left me a link this past week. I'm not even sure I posted to any of the usual memes. By the time I got home, all I wanted to do was play computer games and nap. I need to get my second wind and figure out when I can fit in both reading and blogging.

Read Last Week
Justice Calling by Annie Bellet begins a new urban fantasy series. This was only 120 pages long but was long enough to make me want to read more in this series. Luckily, I have books 2 & 3 of this 7 book series already on my Kindle. My review will be posted on March 4.

Elementary, She Read by Vicki Delany was from my review stack. I enjoyed this mystery about a woman who runs a Sherlock Holmes-inspired bookstore on Cape Cod. I really enjoyed the main character in this one. My review will be posted on March 9.

My next book is also a mystery from my review stack - Purr M for Murder by T. C. LoTempio.

Next Week
Keeping in the mystery/thriller genre, the next two on my review stack are:
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
A busy week kept me from shopping. I only added Break Me by Tiffany Snow when I saw it on an email from Entangled Publishing. I'll be reading it soon since it will be released on March 14.

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


  1. It looks like you have some really good books. I added a bunch to my TBR list on goodreads!

  2. I have Elementary She Read on my TBR and Purr M for Murder looks so cute! Sounds like you've got a crazy week of work ahead of you! I hope you're able to get a little reading and relaxing time in.

  3. Thanks for stopping by! I'll have to look into those cozy mysteries. I've been on a kick lately :)


  4. It's tough to find reading/blogging time when work is crazy! It's been busier than usual at work lately and I took on a few freelance projects and my blog has been much quieter than I would like.

    I hope you enjoy your books and that your crazy schedule quiets down soon!

  5. Working in snowy country is really challenging! I had no idea, but of course, it makes sense that you would have to make up lost time.

    Sorry you are running out of steam by the end of the day. I can relate to that, though, from when I was working. Although we didn't have snow. Just families in crisis all the time...

    Enjoy those books. I like the look of Elementary, She Reads.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. I'll also be reading Cutaway this late winter/spring. You asked about Beatriz Williams. I'd start with A Hundred Summers. It's so wonderful. Some familial ties run through several of her books, but you can skip around after that if you wish, or read in order of pub date. Enjoy!

  7. Your week does sound like it was crazy! I am glad you got a little time in for some relaxing. Enjoy your week!

  8. Your week sounds like it was manic! I'm sorry it's been such long days and it's interfering with you evenings too!

    I was glad to see you enjoyed Dawn Study (as did I!)

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I hope you have a good week!

  9. I didn't realize that teachers had to make up snow days. I figured you make them up at the end of the year if there are too many snow days.

  10. I recently went back to work and it played havoc with my reading and blogging time. After three months I'm starting to get back into the swing of it. I hope the craziness settles down and you get to enjoy some quality time with your books!

  11. Eek! Hate craziness sometimes! It can be good when its productive in the long run, but yeah, I would need a break after all that! LOL! Hopefully your reads for the week will provide that break! Hope you enjoy this week's reads!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

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  12. Wow, 10 inches of the wet stuff. I hate that! We're supposed to get snow tonight (I wonder if it's rolling through your area today?). Sounds like you have a long day today.

    I see The Reluctant Queen and The Burning Page on your TBR sidebar thing. Both of them look good to me.

  13. I have the same problem! Working full-time and being a single mom leaves little time for reading, much less for blogging! I find it a very tough balance. I think blogging definitely cuts into my reading time, but it's a labour of love! Enjoy your week, and I hope you find a better balance. Long days are hard!

  14. You have such an incredibly busy schedule. I don't know how you do it.

  15. Wow, you did have a busy week! We've had that same crazy weather with more on the way. The Cutaway sounds like my kind of book.

  16. Sounds like you've been busy. I have Elementary She Read and Purr For Murder to read. They look so good.

    Have a great week!

  17. Sounds like you had a crazy week Kathy! Hope things settle for you soon. Purr M For Murder looks like a good read hope you enjoy it!
    Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday Post

  18. Wow on making up all that time.

    I hope the rest of the week is better.

    I like the cozies.

    Have a good rest of the week.

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


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