Monday, March 12, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 12, 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...

My house closing went well on Monday despite the fact that they were having a snowstorm in Rochester that made driving interesting. The money showed up in my checking account on Wednesday. I had my taxes done on Thursday. I was a little worried about the effect of selling the house I owned with my brother but good record keeping actually made the sale show up as a loss which I could claim on my taxes. I owed a small amount of money to the State but got a big Federal refund which almost tempts me to go to my income sources and reduce the amount withheld. However, I think I'll wait a year because of the new tax laws. I'd much rather get a large refund than have to pay in for taxes.

My plan this week is to take the money from our house sales and pay off the mortgage on the house where we are living. I am looking forward to being mortgage free. I am also looking forward to Spring. The weather report for the coming week looks like we will have lots of melting going on. Last week's predicted snowstorm missed us completely as the wind off Lake Superior pushed it around us. I was a little disappointed but my brother who is the one who does the shoveling and snowblowing wasn't.

This week I also plan on concentrating on YA books since I got a little ahead on my calendar with reading a variety of adult books and need to catch up.

Read Last Week

  • A Glimmer of Hope by Steve McHugh - urban fantasy for my Kindle First pick this month. My review will be posted on March 27.
  • The Stone Girl's Story by Sarah Beth Durst - middle grade fantasy that was excellent. My review will be posted on April 3.
  • Bad Neighbors by Maia Chance - cozy mystery and second in a series. My review will be posted on April 4.

  • Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs - latest by a favorite author. My review will be posted on April 14.
  • The Shadow of Death by Jane Willan - cozy mystery whose main character is a Welsh nun. My review will be posted on April 5.
  • Hot and Badgered by Shelly Laurenston - humorous paranormal romance. My review will be posted on March 22.

  • Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton - 2nd in series of mysteries solved by the personal chef to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge telling of murders committed in Kensington Palace. My review will be posted on April 7.
  • Collecting the Dead by Spencer Kope - fascinating main character with unique psychic gift in this police procedural mystery. My review will be posted on April 9.
  • Whispers of the Dead by Spencer Kope - 2nd mystery starring Steps Craig as he and his team track down another serial killer. My review will be posted on April April 12.


I haven't decided which of the YAs on next week's plan I'll start with.

Next Week
From YA TBR mountain:

From my YA Review Stack:

Adult books:

Reviews Posted

On Inside of a Dog:

On Ms. Martin Teaches Media:

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


For my Keeper Shelf:

Review Stack

What was your week like?


  1. I like your planning. re the house and taxes.

  2. Congrats on the sale of the house and I'm glad that you got some back from taxes. I tend to subscribe you your philosophy as well, better to get a refund.

    Lord of the Pies-I should read it for title alone.

  3. Yay on the house! What a relief. Phew. I really enjoy Patricia Briggs too.

  4. THE FINAL SIX IS EXCELLENT!! I entered a contest to win Lethal in Old Lace and I think I would read almost all of these books here!! Congrats on your house!!

  5. Good news on the sale...and the taxes.

    I love Lisa Gardner's books, and hope you enjoy Find Her.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. I haven't read any Patricia Briggs books but I've seen Burn Bright all over the place. Windwitch has been on my shelf for awhile but I am skeptical and The Cruel Prince is a book I want to read but don't own it yet. I've pretty much given up on Alwyn Hamiltons Rebel of the Sands series after book two. I recently finished Written in Red of The Other series and it was good. I hope and wish you the best with your house. I'm done with my taxes this year too.
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  7. Yeah that all the house stuff and money things worked out! And Lake Silence and Burn Bright! Yeah! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  8. Congrats on all the house stuff. :)

    Looks like you will be having some good reading coming up.

    ENJOY your week.

  9. I haven't visited for a little while so it is great to hear that your houses have successfully moved ownership, what a huge relief. Your tax system sounds complicated, but you seem to be on top of it. I look forward to listening to the new Anne Bishop book, I'm a little nervous now that its taking a new tack but I suspect i'll be hooked in quick enough!

  10. I'm glad everything went well for you in regards to the house selling. How great to have immediate transfer to your bank account.
    I will be checking out some of your titles. I know I have Windwitch on my TBR. I like Shelly Laurenston's writing. Her character are really funny. I'm reading Jay Kristoff's Nevernight which I'm finally getting into.

  11. OOh nice! Quite a few new to me ones but see some familiar ones too that I either loved or can't wait to read! Happy Reading this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  12. Oo I love Mary Stewart! I reread her books a lot. And I almost picked up Gemina when I was in the library the other day. It's on my list!

    Congrats on the house sale - and on becoming mortgage free! Woohoo!

  13. It looks like you have some interesting YA books picked out. I need to reread Gemina before I move on to the next book. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  14. Hi Kathy Thanks for stopping by! So many books, so little time! =D

  15. Interesting that your home sale didn’t cause you to pay more in taxes! You must be doing something right.

  16. Oh what a relief! Glad things went well with the sale!

  17. I'm always amazed at the number and variety of genres you read. Impressive. Hope the weather stays relatively nice for you. Have a great weekend and happy reading.

  18. Great news on the house sale. I definitely need to start reading PNR. Hope this week has been good to you too.


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