Monday, September 24, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Sept. 24, 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...

Fall made what I hope is a brief appearance this week. We had a cold, grey, rainy last half of the week. The furnace is on at my house but I'm not ruling out turning the AC back on if we get a warm stretch.

I did get out the the Mall for walking a couple of days this week but mostly spent the time quietly at home reading. I passed my Goodreads goal and added 50 books to it which should still be very doable given that I'm 46 books ahead of even that schedule already.

I said last week that I had twelve books at NetGalley that I've had for more than three months and that I wanted to work on lowering that number. I'm down to seven with five of them being November releases, one December, and one January. I'm still reading October releases but have a gap this week that I filled in with some books from TBR mountain.

I usually try to read books in the order that they appear on my calendar but this week I did something different. A Sorrow Fierce and Falling was so emotionally wrenching and melodramatic that I needed to take breaks from reading it. So when I had reached saturation point with that book, I read something else from my calendar. In fact, I read three other books before completing it. Luckily, they were quite different genres and didn't lead to plot confusion. Hopefully, this week I return to being a one-book-at-a-time reader.

The baseball season is winding down but, barring a total collapse, my Braves will be playing in the postseason this year. And The Voice starts again this week. I see myself doing some channel flipping and the like in order to watch both things I really want to see. I'm glad I don't watch my regular television. I couldn't deal with the stress.

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.)
  • The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney - TBR mountain, book 2 in Iron Witch YA trilogy. My review will be posted on Oct. 8
  • The Stone Demon by Karen Mahoney - TBR mountain, book 3 in Iron Witch trilogy. My review will be posted Oct. 15. 
  • The Hour of Death by Jane Willan - Review (Oct. 9) - Cozy set in Wales with a nun as the amateur detective. My review will be posted on Oct. 10.
  • A Murder By Any Name by Suzanne M. Wolfe - Review (Oct. 9) - Elizabethan mystery. My review will be posted on Oct. 13.
  • The Guggenheim Mystery by Robin Stevens - YA Review (Oct. 16) - Mystery with an autistic middle grader as the detective. My review will be posted on Oct. 12.
  • A Sorrow Fierce and Falling by Jessica Cluess - YA Review (Oct. 16) -- Emotionally wrenching conclusion the the Kingdom on Fire trilogy. My review will be posted on Oct. 10.
  • Six Cats a Slayin' by Miranda James - Review (Oct. 23 - 10th Cat in the Stacks cozy. My review will be posted on Oct. 17.
Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter concludes the Embassy Row trilogy.

Next Week
Reviews Posted

On Inside of a Dog:
What I've Done by Melinda Leigh
Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

On Ms. Martin Teaches Media:
The Grand Escape by Neal Bascomb
The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead
Chasing Truth by Julie Cross

Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
  • Stray Magic by Kelly Meding - another Kindle Deal in a genre I like by an author I haven't tried
  • Vendetta by Iris Johansen - Review (Oct. 23) request from the publisher
  • Inventing Victoria by Tonya Bolden - YA Review (Jan. 8) in my mailbox from Bloomsbury
What was your week like?


  1. Lots of great books this week! NetGalley sometimes stresses me out!!! I think I have 5 books to review on there. Have a great week!

  2. It's chilly here now, but I haven't thought about the furnace yet. Maybe in mid-October? I still have windows open, despite the dip in night temperatures.

    Yay on catching up with NetGalley and with meeting your Goodreads goals

  3. I loved The Lies We Told...and I want to catch up on the Melinda Leigh series. Take the Key and Lock Her Up looks tempting.

    Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Six Cats a Slaying is killing me. And I love the Stephanie Plum books!

    My list!

  5. We have neither AC nor furnace but we might need to use the gas fireplace in the next week or so. My weekly updates

  6. Nice! I really enjoyed A Sorrow Fierce and Falling as well! Hope you enjoy your reads lined up for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. We're done with AC for the season, I'm sure, but I try not to turn the furnace on until October. We'll use the gas fireplace if it's too cold in the early morning. So far I've resisted even that, lol! I'm always amazed at the number of books you're able to get through.

  8. I've not been able to get my three month over list at Netgalley down. I should be a bit more disciplined and read the lot before starting on the newer reads.

  9. We've had some more fall-ish type weather too! And I love that title Six Cats A Slaying. :)

  10. Congrats on reaching your goal and adding to it! Looking forward to Eve and Roark.

  11. So many great looking books!! I need to get cracking on my own Netgalley list.

    We must have gotten your rain, it is a downpour here this morning! Hopefully you get a few more sunny warm days! :)

  12. You're doing great on Netgalley! That's awesome :)

    We're having a cooler snap here, too. But still just a td too warm during the day to put the AC off for good. But it's so nice! Hope you have a great week :)

  13. I'm really interested in Not if I Save You First! I look forward to your thoughts on that

  14. I loved The Calculating Stars and its sequel. I still need to get the novella that started the series (but is actually the end). See what I read this month at Girl Who Reads


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