Monday, May 21, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 21, 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... 

It is a misty, gloomy Saturday morning here in Duluth but I'm stoked. I've been up since 4AM watching the Royal Wedding and basking in British sunshine and pageantry. What a lovely ceremony! Of course, now I could use a nap and, having nothing else on my calendar for the day, may just take one.

Otherwise I've had a quiet week with some reading, some walking and some baseball watching. We broke our temperature record for the date on Monday with a high of 88 degrees but then the next day the high didn't get out of the lower 50s. Only the heartiest trees are showing a blush of new green leaves here in the Northland but I have hopes of warmer temperatures soon.

This week I skipped around on my calendar to choose what I'd read rather than reading them in order of date I plan to review them. I started out with the idea of reading all the review books on the calendar first but got hung up on My Plain Jane which is going to be read in chunks around other books. I read a July release from Penguin's First to Read program because I get paranoid that the book will expire before I get to it if I don't read it immediately. It was also a book I've been really anticipating. I also wanted to clear the way to read the Divergent trilogy back to back.

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.)
  • Death and a Pot of Chowder by Cornelia Kidd - A cozy mystery set in Maine. My review will be posted on June 9.
  • Override by Heather Anastasiu - middle book in a YA dystopian trilogy that has been on my TBR pile since Feb. 14, 2013. My review will be posted on June 8.
  • Ruthless Magic by Megan Crewe - a new YA that begins an urban fantasy series. My review will be posted on May 28.
  • A Merciful Silence by Kendra Elliot - the latest in her Merci Kilpatrick mystery series. My review will be posted on June 14.
  • Girl with a Gun by Kari Bovee - new historical mystery starring Annie Oakley. My review will be posted on June 16.
  • The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold - new novella in the Vorkosigan series. I don't plan to review this one on my blog but recommend it for fans of the series.
  • I hope this is the week I binge read the Divergent series by Veronica Roth.
  • I am also reading My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows because, while I am enjoying it, the constant use of parentheses is getting on my nerves and pulling me out of the story.
Next Week
  • Insurgent by Veronica Roth - TBR since Dec. 12, 2012
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth - TBR since Sept. 8, 2013
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth - TBR since Oct. 22, 2013
  • A Rumor of Bones by Beverly Connor - TBR since Oct. 26, 2010
  • Foolproof by Barbara D'Amato, Jeanne M. Dams, and Mark Zubro - TBR since Dec. 3, 2010
Reviews Posted

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

New Review (All from NetGalley this week):
What was your week like?


  1. I loved Divergent. The second book was excellent as well. Hope you enjoy them!
    Laura :)

  2. The Joanne Fluke book caught my eye...I love that show on Hallmark.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  3. I woke up at 4, went back to bed until 6, and then watched all day. Lovely, lovely affair.

    It is nice to skip around sometimes with the plan for reading. :)

    ENJOY your week, and thanks for coming by my blog.

  4. I still haven't read the Divergent series. Maybe someday. I also recently bought Motherhood is Murder. I enjoyed the first book of the series, but the library didn't have the second so I was glad to see a Kindle deal. Have a great reading week!

  5. I listened to the Divergent series. I really liked book one, liked book two, and didn't book three I'm afraid; you may feel differently. You've got some great covers here.
    I have to exercise; I don't like feeling chunky and I want to be as healthy as I can because my ohana needs me and I need to take care of my heart. I prefer to get it done first thing in the morning otherwise I'll whine and moan and make up excuses.

  6. The royal wedding was nice to see. And 88? Wow. We haven't gotten that warm yet but I can relate to the temp fluctuations, we've had some 70's and then down to 40's, lotsa rain also.

    I liked the first two Divergent books but never finished the third, I really should. and Ruthless Magic looks fun.

  7. Oh nice! Mostly new to me ones here except for Divergent of course! I really did enjoy that series! I hope you will too!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. I like sleep too much, so I didn’t get up for the wedding, but I saw the highlights. It was so pretty! Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  9. Wow, so many good books for you! And a great variety, too. Hope you enjoy the Divergent trilogy - it's all good, though I liked the 3rd book best because you finally get some explanation of the background! Enjoy!

    And Heather Anastasio is a friend of mine :) Glad to see you enjoy her books!

    Have a great reading week!


    Book By Book

  10. I didn't manage to get up to watch the wedding although I intended to. Lol. I love Harry and Meghan! So happy for them. :) And I love that her little rescue beagle got to attend. :)

    Ruthless Magic looks really good!

  11. The expiring of egalleys was part of the reason why I stopped accepting any. My weekly update

  12. I thought about Girl with a Gun -- the setting, characters, etc. are appealing, but in the long run I decided to pass. I'll await your thoughts.

  13. I'm excited for the Ashley one. Hoping to get to it this week :) Hope you enjoy all of your reads! (and some nice weather)

  14. I hope you enjoy My Plain Jane, I did :) And so many great books this week, I can't list them! But Little White Lies, yeah, really can't wait for it! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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