Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Dec. 18, 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...

The last of the things I ordered as Christmas gifts are trickling in. I have one more book for my brother that has to arrive before I wrap up the quartet of books he asked for. I also did some baking. Not Christmas cookies but two kinds of cookies that we like. We tried another new recipe this week for a quick carbonara made with ground beef and mushrooms which got added to our keeper file.

The Christmas tree is assembled and partially decorated. I was artistically putting on an ornament or two while waiting for each pan of cookies to come out of the oven. I left some so that my brother could do some of the decorating too. If he doesn't get it done today, I might finish up for him. We also have to get the tree in its correct location. We are going to be putting it in a corner but left it out so that we could decorate all the way around it.

I have a bit of interest in my townhouse finally. I am hoping for an offer on Monday. The people did two tours of the property spending about an hour and a half looking it over. Getting an offer would make a wonderful Christmas present. Of course, an offer isn't a sure thing. I've already had two where the buyer backed out. But it would be a hopeful sign.

Read Last Week

I have listed the dates the reviews will be posted on my blog. I have already reviewed them at GoodReads and LibraryThing.
What Doesn't Kill You by Aime Hix - review to be posted on Jan. 10
Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner - review to be posted on Jan. 10
A Treacherous Curse by Deanna Raybourn - review to be posted on Jan. 11
Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead - review on Jan. 12
Frostbite: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead - review on Jan. 12
Shadow Kiss: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead - review on Jan. 12
Year One by Nora Roberts - review on Jan. 20
Deadly Summer by Denise Grover Swank - review on Jan. 9
A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot - review on Jan. 13
Let's Talk About Love by Claire Kann was a DNF. I thought it was an iffy book when it arrived with my most recent Macmillan bundle. Everything else was a mystery or a fantasy except for this LGBT contemporary story. A story that focuses on LGBT issues as its major plot just doesn't interest me.

Cast in Deception by Michelle Sagara is a review book that is also book 13 in the Chronicles of Elantra.

Next Week

The Last Girl on Earth by Alexandra Blogier (Jan. 23)
Layover by Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer (Feb. 6)
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (TBR mountain since Jan. 13, 2010)
Magic of the Moonlight by Ellen Schreiber (TBR mountain since Jan. 3, 2013)

 Final Girls by Riley Sager (review book being released in paperback Jan. 23)
Baby, I'm Howling for You by Christine Warren (Jan. 30)
Heat by Donna Grant (Jan. 30)
Final Siege by Scarlett Cole (Jan. 30)

Reviews Posted

On Inside of a Dog:
Killman Creek by Rachel Caine
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
Crimson Death by Laurell K. Hamilton

On Ms. Martin Teaches Media:
Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
Almost Everything by Tate Hallaway

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

New Purchases (mostly Kindle Daily Deals)
 Beauty by Robin McKinley (I already have the paperback and a hardcover but didn't have the ebook)
Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley (my only print book of the week)

New Free:
 Christmas Wolf by J. K. Harper
Bullet Drop by BJ Bourg
Pilfered Promises by M. Louisa Locke
Into the Shadows by Carolyn Crane
Wild Irish Heart by Tricia O'Malley
Capital Kill by Mark Rainer
New Review:
 Final Girls by Riley Sager (Jan. 23)
Shattered Fear by Tara Thomas (novella; Feb. 6)
Darkest Night by Tara Thomas (Feb. 27)
 Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase (March 6)
City of Bastards by Andrew Shvarts (YA; June 5)
 Deadly Summer by Denise Grover Swank (Jan. 9)
A Merciful Secret by Kendra Elliot (Jan. 16)

And one of my most anticipated books of 2018:
Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (March 6) - I'm giving myself this book as a Christmas present and plan to read it on Christmas Day.

What was your week like?


  1. OOoh nice!! I need to get caught up with Warren and Bishop's series! So behind in them!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. I hope you enjoy the book you’re currently reading and the ones you’re planning on reading this week. Happy reading and have a wonderful week, Kathy. ❤️😁

  3. I admire your progress and organization. I hope your townhouse sells soon! Is the carbonara recipe something that has a link?

  4. So many tempting books! I am curious about Year One.

    Good luck on getting an offer on the townhouse. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Have a great holiday!

  5. I'll cross my fingers for you that the offer goes through on your townhouse!

  6. Here's hoping you get an offer today! That would be a wonderful Christmas present. Wow, what a list of books. Enjoy your week!


  7. Good luck on getting an offer! Deadly Summer looks good. I really liked Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

  8. There are a few books I have down to review over the next week or two. I hope you manage to get a buyer for your home. Have a great week, Lynn (Ellesea)

  9. Lovely books! I am reading and loving A Treacherous Curse now! Gotta love that meanie Stoker!

  10. Wow! So many books on your list! Enjoy!

  11. Wow, you read a LOT of book last week - and quite a variety too! AJ Fikry is one of my all-time favorites so definitely make time for that one.

    About the same with holiday prep here - we put up the tree and decorated it, plus got other decorations up. And I do all my shopping online, so most of mine have arrived, too - a few last stragglers.

    Enjoy your books this week and enjoy your Christmas celebration with family!


    Book By Book

  12. Good luck with your house, I hope the offer comes thru for you. Amazing books on your post this week. I am particularly interested in the Roberts and Swank books. I'll be looking forward to your reviews. Happy reading and Merry Christmas!

  13. Good luck on the townhouse. All those books look so good. Enjoy them and have a great week!

  14. Good luck on a townhouse offer, that would be a nice christmas present I imagine! And Layover is one I had my eye on. City of Bastards too, although I haven't read the first one. I have a few presents to go yet but I'm close.

  15. Good luck on your townhouse. We are meeting with a builder next week. We hope to move to the Delaware Beaches area in the late spring early summer! As for your books. I absolutely loved the Storied Life... and I highly recommend another book by Zevin called Elsewhere. I loved that also. I read Beauty a while ago. Its a good retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Great reads. I love YA lit comes from my teaching years (or else I am a child at heart!)

  16. So nice that you've had some time for decorating.
    (I'll say a prayer or two for success on getting a contract for the townhouse.)
    Your book listings remind me I have the first Chronicles of Elantra book on my Audible shelf. I may just download that to listen to.
    You have sooo many tempting titles. Happy Reading!

  17. Glad to hear you are finding more recipes to have again in the future. I love trying new recipes and finding ones that we want to eat again and again. Good luck with the townhouse.

  18. Some good looking reads! And cookies. Always a good thing. Hope things work out with the offer!

  19. Yay for cookies and Christmas trees! My litle guy loves our tree the best thing of all this year. I am pretty sure I am going to have to read Baby I'm Howling for You - it looks like a great read.

  20. Deadly Summer looks interesting- I love books with graphic titles! Sorry for getting back to you so late, I had a busy week!

    Hope you had a good one!


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