Monday, April 30, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 30, 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...

We had a nice week with almost all of our snow melting until Friday when it snowed again. Luckily, even though snow fell for hours, none of it stayed on the ground. Thursday had some excitement too. There was an explosion at the oil refinery across the lake in Superior, Wisconsin, that dominated the news all day and included a mandatory evacuation of anyone within three miles of the refinery. There was a large cloud of very black smoke hovering over the fire all day. My brother and I didn't see it until we went out to lunch though. Our house is over the top of the hill in Duluth. We don't have a harbor or lake view that would have shown it. By Friday morning, things were under control and people were able to go back to their homes.

I spent some time this week thinking about my blogs and planning my June posts. I like being ahead with lots of scheduled reviews but I don't think I need to be a whole month ahead. I have been posting a couple of reviews a week on Ms. Martin Teaches Media most weeks. I have decided to start posting three reviews a week on that blog. Mondays will mainly be for books from TBR mountain. I used a very scientific method of choosing the first books I'd read and review. Well, actually I didn't. I just chose the first four books on the top shelf and two more from the beginning of the third shelf for my first choices. Shelf two starts with some books from deep in a series that starts on the other end of the first shelf. Right now, my plan is to read orphans and singletons and save the series I have on the shelves for later.

I plan to still continue reviewing at least three books a week on this blog. Given that I'm reading about a book a day and write reviews for everything I read for the first time, this should be a very doable pace. If I ever want to get a handle on my adult TBR mountain though, I need to stop accepting so many review books. There are just too many tempting new titles for me to choose. This was also the weekend I prepared my State of the Stack post on Ms. Martin Teaches Media which details my progress with the review books I accept. It will be posted on May 1.

Read Last Week

If you can't wait until the review shows up on my blog, reviews are posted to LibraryThing and Goodreads as soon as I write them (usually right after I finish reading a book.)
From my Adult TBR Mountain:
From the YA Review Stack:

From my YA TBR Mountain:
  • Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson - added to my stack on Feb. 20, 2012; review will be posted on May 7
  • Swipe by Evan Angler - added to my stack July 1, 2013; review will be posted on May 14
Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke - first published in 2011, Scholastic sent me this review copy for its April 24 re-release.

Next Week
From my YA TBR mountain:
From my YA Review stack:
From my adult review stack:
Reviews Posted

On Inside of a Dog:
Beyond the Pale by Clare O'Donohue
Pairing a Deception by Nadine Nettman
Better Off Read by Nora Page

On Ms. Martin Teaches Media:
The Outcast by Taran Matharu
The Lies They Tell by Gillian French

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

The Last Moriarty by Charles Veley - Kindle
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro - free SYNC audiobook; Amazon
The Great War by David Almond et al. - free SYNC audiobook; Amazon

Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (April 24)
The Banker's Wife by Cristina Alger (July 3)
A Double Life by Flynn Berry (July 31)
The Griffin's Feather (Dragon Rider) by Cornelia Funke (July 31)
Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill (August 14)

What was your week like?


  1. That is a lot accomplished during the week. I have put off everything and now need to get my act together.

  2. Oh jeez that is awful about the oil refinery! :(

    So many books! I tried to schedule stuff out on my blog but it never works. Lol. Now I do a sort of flexible plan, and it is a start at least. :)

    Have a great week!! So many awesome looking books, as always.

  3. It is hard to choose what to read next, and I find myself grabbing newer books and ignoring the ones that have been on the "mountain" for a while. Review books also get picked regularly.

    Enjoy your week...I like the look of The Lies They Tell.


  4. I hope the environment wasn't hit too hard from that explosion. How scary to think about that and its impact. How organized you are about book reviews.
    I understand how it one can be particular about a genre. I've seen some hardcore reviews on fantasy books on GR.

  5. You've had a busy week and reminded me I've got a copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child sat on my bookshelf unread!! As for my unread ebooks...far to many to admit too. Have a great week Kathy.

  6. I see you have some intresting YA books, including one by Marissa Meyer!

  7. It was snowing in central NY again over the weekend... 3" on the ground Sunday night. So glad I'm still in Florida. A book a day is amazing!

  8. Oh nice! I read Enthralled so long ago, but I remember enjoying it for the most part! Also really enjoyed Stars Above!

    Just finished Wild Hunger and it was awesome! I hope you will enjoy it too! Happy Reading this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. I have yet to read a Cornelia Funke book. I need to!!! I have heard great things. Enjoy all your books.

  10. Great list of books. I love the look of the cozy mysteries. Have a great week!

  11. Wow, glad that explosion wasn't more serious! Sounds like it was bad enough. Love the cover of Sweet Black Waves, and The Lies they Tell is one I'm looking forward to.

  12. I hope the pollution from that explosion doesn't affect the wildlife too much. I see you have The Last Moriarty. I've already read 2 books in that series and loved them. Have a great reading week!

  13. Goodness re the explosion. Glad you weren't closer. Happy end of the month. Come see what I'm reading.

  14. I think it's wonderful that you have so many posts typed up and scheduled. I wish I had all my ducks in a row like that. I usually format and schedule my posts every week. I need to get in the habit of getting more scheduled to go live so that I have more time to do other things.
    Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous

  15. So is this new Funke book just the second in the series? I read (and loved) the first book when it was originally published.

    You are doing a great job reading a book a day. Who needs a readathon when you keep up that daily pace?

  16. So sorry to hear about the oil refinery. I recall it in the back of my mind, but it's been crazy lately with work. So glad the snow didn't stick around long. I never stayed on top of The Lunar Chronicles and I wish I had. Not likely I'll catch up with it any time in the near future. Good luck with your blogging goals. Thanks for visiting me.


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