Monday, February 5, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 5, 2018)

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...

Well, our nice warmup didn't last. We spent most of the week back in the deep freeze. I did make it to my medical appointments without having to deal with snow. I was back home for an hour before the snow began. We only ended up with about an inch of new snow. It snowed again on Friday and Saturday but we didn't get much accumulation. Just enough to make the roads slippery.

I have my annual physical this coming week but otherwise I am appointment-free. I'm working my way through my review stack tackling my March releases. Last week I added bunches of books to my review stack including a box from Macmillan and a bunch of YA titles from Edelweiss. Adding books to my Review stack is a complex process for me but no review book should ever slip through the cracks no matter if the publication date is tomorrow or six months from now.
  1. Add the book to Amazon Review collection
  2. Add the book to LibraryThing
  3. Add the book to my Review books spreadsheet
  4. Add the book to my monthly State of the Stack Post
  5. Add the book to my Google calendar
It took a couple of hours over two days to get all 24 new review books entered everywhere.

January Report

I read 35 books in January. 
  • Five of them were novellas including two from my review stack. 
  • Of the twelve books that were mine only one actually lowered my TBR mountain. 
  • (I've decided not to count a book as from TBR mountain if I've had it for less than six months.) 
  • I reread six of my own books this month. I am a huge fan of The Others series by Anne Bishop.
  • I read 23 review books this month. The reviews for all of them are written and posted or scheduled.
I read 11,738 pages this month. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman was the longest at 544 pages.

Read Last Week
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman - The Feb. 27 release is the long-awaited return to the world of Seraphina. I enjoyed this coming of age tale about one of Seraphina's younger half-sisters. My review will be posted on Feb. 23.
  • Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson - The mystery has it all: a boarding school, a young detective, and an intriguing crime. It also has a cliffhanger ending which makes me want books 2 and 3 NOW! My review will be posted on Feb. 28.
  • Collision Point by Lora Leigh - This romantic suspense title says it starts a new series but most of the characters first appeared in her Elite Ops series. I enjoyed it and it reminded me that the Elite Ops series is on my TBR mountain. My review for this Feb. 27 release will be posted on Feb. 22.
  • Close to the Edge by Dawn Ryder - This is also a romantic suspense title from my Review stack. It is the 5th in a series but stands alone well. 
  • The Policeman's Daughter by Trudy Nan Boyce - This is the third book in a series but a prequel to the first two. It tells how the main character in the first two books became the person she is. It is the story of a police officer patrolling a drug-infested, poverty-stricken section of Atlanta who gets involved in solving the mystery of the death of one of the people she has known since she began patrolling. My review for this Feb. 27 release will be posted on Feb. 28.
  • Hooked on a Phoenix by Ashlyn Chase - This paranormal romance features a family of phoenixes. Gabe is a phoenix and a firefighter who is asked to look after his best friend's sister. She has really grown up since he saw her last and tests his resolve not to fall in love. My review of this March 6 release will be posted on March 1.
  • Dark in Death by J. D. Robb - This 46th book in the In Death series has Eve investigating a series of murders that are based on a series of books and committed by a deranged fan of the author. Great futuristic police procedural. My review of this book going on my Keeper shelves will be posted on March 21.
Next up on my review stack is The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller (March 6). This is a middle grade contemporary story.

Next Week
Reviews Posted

On Inside of a Dog:
On Ms. Martin Teaches Media:
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

Live Wire by Lora Leigh
Wake a Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh
The Seven-Percent Solution by Nicholas Meyer
Dark in Death by J. D. Robb
Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Nemesis by Brendan Reichs
The Battlemage by Taran Matharu
The Inquisition by Tatan Matharu
The Novice by Taran Matharu

Review Copies

Macmillan sent me a box of review copies this week. They group their ARCs and it looks like I didn't get my first choice box. There are way too many YA contemporaries in the box I got. I've starred the ones I wouldn't have chosen and will try - but not too hard.
The Outcast by Taran Matharu (May 1)
Mayfly by Jeff Sweat (May 8)
The Game Can't Love You Back by Karole Cozzo (May 15)
 *Airports, Exes, and Other Things I'm Over by Shani Petroff (May 15)
*How We Roll by Natasha Friend (June 5)
Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez (June 5)
When Life Gives You Demons by Jennifer Honeybourn (July 17)
Between Frost and Fury by Chani Lynn Feener (July 24)
*The Impossibility of Us by Katy Opperman (July 31)
Edelweiss (mainly from HarperCollins). I usually just go to Edelweiss and click on the Review Copies tab. But this time I went to the Publisher Catalog and clicked on the Review Copies tab there. I didn't know there were review copies scattered around Edelweiss that didn't show up on the home page Review Copies tab. I know that I used to be approved for HarperTeen titles before this new version of Edelweiss and thought I lost that privilege when they switched to the new version. It was a wonderful surprise since there are lots of good ones available to me.
The Final Six by Alexandra Monir (March 6)
Elementals: Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman (March 27)
Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett (May 15)
 Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson (June 5)
The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen (June 5)
Now You See Her by Lisa Leighton & Laura Stropki (June 26)
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows (June 26)
The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas (June 26)
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James (July 3)
Contagion by Erin Bowman (July 24)
Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (July 31)
The Girl You Thought I Was by Rebecca Phillips (July 31)
Nine by Zach Hines (August 7)
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (August 7)
The Truth Lies Here by Lindsey Klingele (August 21)

What was your week like?


  1. Tess of the Road keeps calling to me. I'd better make sure I get to it.

  2. I need to read Truly Devious! I've heard good things! Have a good week :)

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  3. Wow, impressive reading! 35 books!

    I want to read Look for Me...I feel as though I've been waiting forever.

    I like your control over the review books. I have my own practice, involving a notebook and one of my blogs.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. We're back in the deep freeze too, and it snowed enough on Saturday that now we have bad roads and snow everywhere. *sigh* winter continues. :)

    I have This Fallen Prey to read next (can't wait) and Truly Devious as well.

  5. I am amazed that there are now 46 books in the In Death series! I started reading them maybe 10 years ago, but stopped after book 4 or 5. I should pick up where I left off and try to catch up. Have a great reading week!

  6. Ooh nice! I can't wait to read Maureen's new book! I have it! It's just a matter of getting around to reading it! Lol! Hope you enjoy the reads lined up for this week!

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  7. You got a great amount of reading done in January. I read just six books over the month but I am happy with that, especially since most of my time was taken up with projects around the house. Have a great week.

  8. I am impressed, you got a lot of reading done in January.

  9. Wow! Lots of awesome books you got this week! I really want to read Tess of the Road since I enjoyed Seraphina!

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    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  10. 35 books! You review schedule always impresses me!

  11. Wow, 35 books in a month is impressive. I wish I could read that much. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  12. My review process used to be as complicated. Now it's just a Goodread's wishlist, a spreadsheet of suggested dates when I think I want to post a particular review, and a file of reviews either written or needing to be written. This week's post

  13. Your books look so good. Enjoy and have a great week!

  14. Wow! 35 books! Reading is your full-time job? Lucky you. :-) I would love to be able to read more.

  15. That's a lot of books! You certainly keep meticulous records.

  16. Oooo I am so glad to hear Truly Devious was so good! I really want to read it - it hits a lot of what I like in a book. Lol. We have had so much snow this week! It is crazy! Stay warm!

  17. So looking forward to Dark In Death! Hope the check up goes well! Have a great week of reading.


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