Monday, May 29, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 29, 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.

With retirement comes some changes. I will be combining my YA and adult reading and purchases on this one weekly roundup. YA and middle grade reviews will still be posted on  Ms. Martin Teaches Media - my other blog.

Other Than Reading... 

With just four more student-contact days of this school year and my teaching career, this almost-last week was busy with school activities including getting a start on my report cards. Next Monday is the final teacher day. We have a district breakfast with awards and a general celebration for the end of the year. We also have work time to finish report cards, clean out desks, classrooms, and files, and close up for the summer. I hope to be out of there by noon so that I can get started on the last details at home that I need to accomplish before moving.

The painter came last week and the whole house is looking clean and fresh. The carpet cleaner is schedule for June 12 once the moving van has come and the house is empty. My realtor will let him in and check on his work since I'll already be at my new house. I'll be meeting with her on Tuesday to sign papers and hand over keys. I hope to have the house on the market soon. She also said something about wanting to measure rooms and take pictures. She'll probably have to wait until after the 8th for pictures because my stuff is piled in the middle of most of the rooms. The painter was kind enough to move furniture to more normal positions in the rooms I'm using. It was weird living with all the furniture pulled two feet away from the walls and bunched in the middle of the rooms all week.

I'm spending the Memorial Day weekend here at my new house where the carpenter has finished and installed all the new bookshelves I had him build. Once my brother gets home and I can get some batteries for my camera, I'll take a couple pictures of all the empty shelves. I can see that the kitchen/dining room lights have been installed along with my new vanity in the bathroom. I'm eager to chat with my brother to find out what non-visible things have been accomplished since I was last here.

My living room which will house my TBR piles:
My Library with shelves on three walls:

My spare bedroom:
I'm also moving five bookshelves that are about 4 feet wide and 7 feet tall that will find new homes in my brother's man cave. We should certainly have enough shelf space for our book collections. I'll be setting myself a goal of unpacking 6 - 10 boxes of books a day until everything is filled.

Read Last Week
The Fallen Kingdom by Elizabeth May completes her historical fantasy trilogy that began with The Falconer. It was a satisfying conclusion with lots of action and great characters. My review will be posted on June 8.

Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance begins a new cozy series. The characters are quirky and the mystery was satisfying by providing a host of suspects. I liked Agnes's voice as she told the story about finding out who killed the first victim to keep herself and her great-aunt out of jail. My review will be posted on June 8.

  • Come and Find Me by Hallie Ephron from my TBR mountain for my adult pick
  • Want by Cindy Pon (June 13) from my review stack for my YA pick
Next Week
From my YA Review Stack:
From my adult Review stack:
Reviews Posted

In the order I read them,
 Say You're Sorry by Melinda Leigh
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
The Girl with the Ghost Machine by Lauren DeStefano
The Frog Princess Returns by E. D. Baker
Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

Other by Karen Kincy - I know I read this one but don't seem to have a copy and I have books two and three on my TBR mountain. Besides, it was free for the Kindle.

Review Stack
 City of Angels by Kristi Belcamino (May 18) - gift from the author after her publisher alerted her I had featured her book on Waiting on Wednesday - YA
More of Me by Kathryn Evans (June 13) - YA
 The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka (June 13)
UNSUB by Meg Gardiner (June 27)
Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (July 11)
Stolen Secrets by L. B. Schulman (Sept. 19) - YA

What was your week like?


  1. Oooh! I am liking your library setup! This is how I envision doing my own place whenever I get one! Lol! These are some new to me reads but I hope you enjoy them this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. How exciting to move. I moved house (into a flat) for the first time last month. I thought I will be unsettled as I have always lived in a house with a garden etc but I did not miss it a little bit!

  3. WOW! Look at all of those shelves! :) I have major bookspace envy right now. That's going to be so great.

  4. Those shelves! I am in love!

    I hope the last four days aren't too crazy!

  5. Hi,
    Haven't read any of your books, but I'll be checking them out. Have a great day!

  6. Your new house is actually a library, I think! Lol. Enjoy your last few days of work.

  7. Awesome to have all those built-in shelves in several rooms! I am envious. May the move go smoothly.

    Enjoy setting up...and your books, too. I loved Come Find Me...and I'm eager to get Bad Housekeeping.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  8. Oh wow, how I wish I had space for all those beautiful book shelves!! Living the dream!! :-)

  9. Look at all those shelves just itching to be filled.

  10. What a great selection of books. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  11. LOVE the the set up.

    ENJOY, and enjoy all of your books featured here.

    Have a wonderful last week of school.


  12. Oh my, what impressive bookshelves, I so admire them. All the best for the last days of school. A huge change coming up.

  13. Oh my gosh - look at all those shelves. They are going to be so awesome filled with books. I'll bet you are going to love that room! Good luck with your move and selling you house. Congrats on your retirement, mine's just a few more years down the road. Happy reading!

  14. You sound super busy, but that can be a good thing, as having nothing to do is horribly boring. Man, your new library area looks absolutely awesome. It would be so fun to fill it up with books. One day I hope to have a dedicated room for my books, right now they are scatter about the house on various different crappy shelves. Enjoy your week!

  15. Your shelves seems really nice, you can put so many books on it, i need one. Thanks for stopping on my blog and have a nice week.


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