Monday, October 16, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Oct. 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.

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...

One down and one to go! The closing on the Locust Street house finally happened on Friday and the checks went into the bank on Saturday. Now I just need to find someone to buy my townhouse which had all new carpeting installed on Tuesday.

I was going to wait until I had sold my townhouse to buy a new, Duluth winter appropriate car but with cooler weather and morning frost my brother and I decided to use some of this house money to buy now. My brother and I will be test driving the kind I think I want next week when he has a couple of weekdays off. I'm looking at a Subaru Crosstrek with all wheel drive to deal with the hills in Duluth and, in particular, our hilly driveway.

I'm trying something new, and a little scary, on my blogs. Since I don't have very many review books for November and December, I am digging into my TBR mountains. I usually have my whole calendar filled and posts started at least a month ahead. What I am trying is to choose something that catches my attention, read it, and write the post after I finish. What I'm afraid of is that I'll read a page or two of a book and ditch it for something else if it doesn't catch my attention. That makes a lot of books sampled but not a lot of books finished. It could also mean that I will discover a lot of books that I am no longer interested in for my donation pile which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Since I've been home, I have been on a quest to find the best hamburger in Duluth, Minnesota. I joined a group called Nextdoor Kenwood which gives recommendations, local news updates, lost and found, etc. and asked for recommendations. My brother and I had tried lots of the places recommended but went out to one new to both of us on Thursday and had the best hamburgers in Duluth so far. We will be trying a few more of the recommendations as we get time because I like to go out to eat and it is nice to have someone to go with.

Read Last Week
  • In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan - enjoyable middle grade fantasy. Review posted Oct. 27.
  • India Black by Carol K. Carr - wonderful historical mystery that had been on TBR mountain since March 14, 2011. Review posted Nov. 1.
  • Much Ado About Murder by Elizabeth J. Duncan - entertaining cozy mystery, 3rd in a series. Review posted Nov. 2.
  • The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress - on TBR mountain since Dec. 12, 2012, steampunk, girl power and adventure. Review posted Nov. 1.
  • Unholy City by Carrie Smith - intriguing mystery title, 3rd Claire Codella mystery. Review posted Nov. 4.
  • Long Way Home by Katie McGarry - emotionally intense contemporary romance/thriller. Review posted Nov. 4
A Spoonful of Magic by Irene Radford begins a new urban fantasy series. It will be release Nov. 7.

Next Week
Reviews Posted

On Ms. Martin Teaches Media:
On Inside of a Dog:
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
New Review Books:
What was your week like?


  1. Congrats on the house sale...and finding a great burger!

    I want to read Fragments of the Lost; I've enjoyed the author's previous books.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog. Have a great week.

  2. Great news on the house sale! I know what you mean about winter-apropriate cars... all-wheel drive is a must around here, too. Luckily I'm not as worried about it now that we've been spending our winters in Florida ;-) Have a great week!

  3. It is always a good thing when you can read off the TBR mountain! Hope you find some goodies upon it. Congrats on the sale of one house and sending best wishes for the sale of the other!

  4. that cat book looks good! I love cats so much so i would read anything with a cat in it! I am glad your house was sold. I know you were frustrated before with it but it seems things are moving forward for you!

  5. Great that one house is sold. All the best for your apartment. Hpe the TBR pile works out and really it is a good opportunity to get stuck into it. Just going to take a peek at your Secrets in Death review.

  6. Congrats on your new home! Trying new things are sometimes scary, but it's also very rewarding to try new things too. I really enjoy reading cozy mysteries, and J.D. Robb is one of my favorites. Happy reading!!

  7. Congrats on selling your home, and good luck with the car.

    Hamburger hunting sounds fun.

    I like that group you joined...have fun.

    Have a great reading week, and I hope you don't have to "ditch" too many books.

  8. OOoh nice! I still need to read Amanda Bouchet's second book as well! LOVED the first one! Hope you will enjoy this one once you read it!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. I look forward to your review of In Other Lands. Congrats on the house sale!

  10. Congrats on closing! My parents live half time in the mountains and Subaru is a popular brand of car up there for the snow and mud. Thanks for stopping by earlier.

  11. I remember seeing India Black around and thinking it looked good. Glad it turned out well! And congrats on getting the house sold- good luck now w/ the townhouse.

    A quest for the best burger- that sounds pretty good. :)

    Fragments of the Lost I'm curious about.

  12. Hi!

    I'm curious about Fragments of the Lost. Looks great. Ha! I just noticed Greg above me has just said the same thing! :)

  13. Congrats on the sale of the house! Woohoo!!

    The weather is so crazy lately it's probably good you are looking at a car now. Better to be safe!

    City of Lies looks good!

  14. Glad to hear the house finally sold. Hopefully the townhouse will follow quickly. Good luck finding a new car. Have a great week.


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