Monday, August 7, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 7, 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.

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...

This was a pretty quiet week. My brother and I took a quick day trip on Wednesday, which was also my birthday, down to pick up the boxes I had forgotten at my townhouse. We had lunch at one of our favorite Italian restaurants in Rochester, picked up my stuff, dropped off the YA books I wanted to donate to the high school media center, and drove back to Duluth. We stopped at Coldstone Creamery in Duluth to use a gift card I had and get an ice cream treat to celebrate the end of our long drive.

It took me a couple of days to recover both because of the long day and because of late baseball games. I took a few naps and read lots and lots. We are in the waiting phase of our house sales. The items we needed to fix for the Locust Street house are done and now we are just waiting for the closing at the end of the month. The inspection was done on my townhouse in Eyota on Friday but I haven't heard yet if there are things I need to fix. I should hear this week. The closing for that one is set for Sept. 1.

I don't have anything on my agenda for this week and hope to read lots of the September review books I have on my stack.

Read Last Week

I began the week by reading the next four books on my review stack.
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg tells the story of 9-year-old genius Shelby Holmes as she solves middle school mysteries. My review will be posted on Ms. Martin Teaches Media September 4.

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee is about Genie Lo, average Chinese-American girl, who finds herself fighting demons from Chinese mythology. My review will be posted today on Ms. Martin Teaches Media.
On the Chase by Katie Ruggle was an entertaining romantic suspense title that I got from NetGalley. My review will be posted on this blog August 31.

Her Dark Half by Paige Tyler was also a romantic suspense title from NetGalley. It is deep in a series which I haven't read but stood up well as a stand-alone. My review will be posted on this blog September 2.

I listened to the author Sharon Lee read a chapter of Mouse and Dragon and got sucked back in to reading the Liaden Universe books. One thing led to another until I found that I'd read six of them. I needed to keep reading until I got to the most recent book which is making me very hungry for Neogenesis which will be coming out sometime in 2018. I did skip most of the Theo Waitley books (12, 14, 15, and 17 in the internal series order) because I was following Daav and Aelliana's story but will probably read them this coming week.
Scout's Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Amazon | Review)
Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Amazon | Review)
Necessity's Child by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Amazon | Review)
Alliance of Equals by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Amazon | Review)
Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Amazon | Review)
The Gathering Edge by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Amazon | Review)

I have Nyxia by Scott Reintgen from my YA review stack next.

Next Week

I have a bunch more September releases on my review stack this week. First the Adult books:
All the Secret Places by Anna Carlisle (Sept. 12)
Body on Baker Street by Vicki Delany (Sept. 12)
Sleep Like a Baby by Charlaine Harris (Sept. 26)

Then the YA books:
The Equals by Daniel Sweren-Becker (Sept. 12)
The Exact Location of Home by Kate Messner (Sept. 12)
A Poison Dark and Drowning by Jessica Cluess (Sept. 19)
Murder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones (Sept. 19)

Reviews Posted
Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Dead Man's Bridge by Robert J. Mrazek
Hunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima
In Some Other Life by Jessica Brody

Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
  • The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg - I got book 2 for review and want to know what happened in book 1.
  • Refuge for Masterminds by Kathleen Baldwin - I read books 1 and 2 a while ago and want to know what happens next.
  • Mind Game by Iris Johansen (Oct. 24) - I was approved for this thriller by a favorite author at NetGalley.
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Lee (August 8) - This was a surprise package from Amulet Books.
What was your week like?


  1. I love the look of The Epic Crush and Nyxia! They both seem like my kind of books so will be looking into them!

    Have a good reading week!

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  2. Sleep Like a Baby looks good...I enjoy the Aurora Teagarden series on Hallmark, and want to read the books.

    Good luck on all the house stuff...enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  3. Wow, lots of good books, including a new Charlaine Harris! Glad you finally got your boxes.

  4. Happy Belated Birthday! Sounds like a pretty good week. I've had Coldstone Creamery Ice Cream only once, but it was so good! Enjoy your week!

  5. Happy Belated Birthday! And ooh nice! Lots of new to me ones here! Though I did read A Poison Dark and Drowning a month or two ago! It was really good! Hope you enjoy all the reads for the week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  6. Happy belated birthday. I'm looking forward to the newest Shelby Holmes mystery. I'm adding The Exact Location of Home to my wishlist.

    Come see what I'm reading.

  7. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a pretty productive day.

    Some of the books you have listed sound interesting, so I'm going to check them out and add them to my TBR. I'm a big fan of romantic suspense, and slowly working my way through Paige Tyler's 'X-ops' series. Also interested in the Katie Ruggle books.

    Happy reading!

  8. Wow! That's a lot of great books you got there! The Shelby Holmes book looks really interesting!

    Here’s my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? !

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  9. Happy belated birthday! I hope you get much rest and reading time this week!

  10. Happy late birthday. Have a great week :)

  11. Happy belated birthday! Hope you enjoy your week Kathy!

  12. You really are very good with mixing up different genres and get the best out of them! Guess it comes with years of practice...!

  13. Sounds like a nice day trip! Happy little late birthday (we share our birthday month!). Love Paige Tyler. I've not read in that series yet. Hope you enjoyed it!


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