Monday, August 20, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 20, 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...

This was another quiet week. It seems like the summer is just flying by. Next week, weather permitting, landscapers will be here to redo a sagging retaining wall and plant a variety of new shrubs and trees. I'm supposed to get two apple trees but that may have to wait until Spring if my landscaper didn't remember to tag them when I accepted the bid in June.

We have been low on rain lately. My brother has been watering the lawn. Of course, with the landscapers scheduled, we have a 90% chance of rain on the day they are supposed to begin. Since I've already been waiting for them to be able to fit me in for a couple of months, I'd rather have the rain and delay the landscapers a couple of days.

I've been making steady progress on lowering my review stack and building up my cushion. I was worried about the nonfiction books I received but am pleased to say that I have really been finding them fascinating and readable. I wish nonfiction had been like that when I was a child. It would have given me a more favorable outlook on nonfiction.

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.)
  • In Cold Chocolate by Dorothy St. James - Review cozy mystery. My review will be posted on Sept. 5.
  • The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney - YA Urban fantasy from my TBR mountain. My review will be posted Sept. 5.
  • Read and Gone by Allison Brook - Review cozy mystery. My review will be posted on Sept. 6.

  • Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel Jose Older - Review Middle Grade historical fantasy. My review will be posted on Sept. 7.
  • Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima - Review thriller. My review will be posted on Sept. 8.

DNF - The Splintered Light by Ginger Johnson. This was an unsolicited review copy from Bloomsbury. It was compared to The Giver by Lois Lowry which made it a negative for me since I hated The Giver. I read a few pages and just wasn't interested.

Red Waters Rising by Laura Anne Gilman is a recent arrival on my TBR mountain. I am eager to begin this conclusion to the Devil's West trilogy - a Western fantasy.

Next Week

These are mostly from my review stack of September releases.
Reviews Posted

On Inside of a Dog:
On Ms. Martin Teaches Media:
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
  • Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon - free ebook from
  • A Dangerous Duet by Karen Odden (Nov. 6) - review print copy of a historical mystery from the author. 
  • Past Due for Murder by Victoria Gilbert (Feb. 12, 2019) - review copy from NetGalley
What was your week like?


  1. Good luck with the review pile. I'm liking the quiet weeks when they happen here. lol Hope you have a great week :)

  2. I just picked up Looking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James from the library on Friday! It looks really cute, so I'm hoping it's good.

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  3. What I've Done looks good. I need to catch up on Melinda Leigh's books. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  4. Looks like you read some good cozy mysteries last week. Good luck with the landscaping project!

  5. I do hope you get the much needed rain. We are needing it here as well. Always nice to be ahead of the reviewing schedule. I took most of the summer off so I could reduce my own piles!

  6. There are a few cozy mysteries on your list that are on mine too. They all look so good. Hope you have a great week!

  7. I didn't like The Giver that much either but so many rave about it! Hope you get the rain, in summer it always hides! At the moment winter here and it is pouring down, heavily.

  8. Nice! Those are some new to me reads there! A few sound familiar but can't be sure that I ever read any! hope you enjoy all your reads for the week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. I can't believe how fast the summer went! Blink and it's gone. I am glad you are enjoying your nonfiction - it can be hit or miss for me as well. :)

    Have a great week, and fingers crossed that the rain stays away the day your work begins!

    Erin @ Cracker Crumb Life

  10. Whoa! Wait a minute...did I read you right? You gave up on The Giver? No, no, no, tell me it isn't so!

    Please put it right back in your stack and give it another try in a few months. It is brilliant.

  11. I hope the landscaping goes well. I badly need some landscapers at my house. The yard is ugly and has been taken over by wasps. Have a great week.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  12. I love the cover for Ignite the Stars. I almost picked that one up for myself. Can't wait to hear what you think. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great week!

  13. I see a bunch of familiar titles. We are waiting to hear back from a landscaper. My weekly updates

  14. I don't have access to many books but am happy with those I get. Those Anna Lee Huber books are the ones I have been eyeing for weeks!!!

  15. Good luck with the landscaping! I have a few projects too that need to get done before the cold weather. Read and Gone and The guilty Dead both look good to me. Also a new Jenna Black? Hmm.

  16. Oh, Acheron is such a great book, in an amazing series! And sounds like a good week, yeah! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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