Monday, October 1, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Oct. 1, 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...

The seasons are really changing now. I woke up to a temperature of 30 degrees F this morning. I think the high should reach 50 today. What I am really noticing though is how short the days are getting. It is getting dark by 6 PM. The short days are the worst part of fall and winter for me. I don't drive in the dark if I can avoid it which means I'm housebound earlier and earlier as the end of the year approaches. Since I spend most of my time indoors, the cold and the snow don't really affect me too much, but the short days do.

My baseball season is winding down. As I write this Saturday morning, I'm looking forward to only two more regular season games for my Braves. They have earned a spot in postseason play. I do have more baseball with my Braves to watch as long as they last in the playoffs.

It is hard to believe that it is the end of September. The year is just flying by. I need to prepare my monthly State of the Stack report for posting on Monday. I read a bunch of review copies and added a bunch this past month too. I think I pretty much broke even with a big bunch to read in November and fewer (so far) for December and January.

Today my classmates and I are going out to lunch to wish our "snowbirds" well before they all fly south for the winter to Florida, Texas, and Arizona. I love that I am connecting with some people I haven't seen for years.

Monthly Report

This month I read 27 books with a total of 9740 pages. Twenty of the books were review copies. The other seven were mine but only one fit my definition of coming off TBR mountain because I've had it for more than six months. I've been trying to read newer arrivals to try to keep up a little better.

I added 43 books to my collection this month. Nineteen were review copies. Thirty-seven of the books were Kindle books and one was an Adobe Digital Edition. That means my physical shelf grew by only 5 books. Unfortunately, 37 of this month's additions haven't been read yet.

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 Lies We Told by Camilla Way - psychological thriller. My review will be posted on Oct. 18.
  • Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter - Finale of YA thriller trilogy. My review will be posted on Oct. 17.
  • Leverage in Death by J. D. Robb - most recent Eve Dallas/Roarke futuristic mystery. My review will be posted on Oct. 20.
  • The Shapeshifter's Secret by Heather Ostler - YA that had been on TBR mountain since June 8, 2012. My review will be posted Oct. 19.
  • Vendetta by Iris Johansen - thriller from my Review stack. My review will be posted on Oct. 23.
  • Archangel's Prophecy by Nalini Singh - newest Guildhunter urban fantasy from Review stack. My review will be posted on Oct. 24.
Nemesis by Brandon Reichs - TBR mountain; YA thriller that begins a trilogy. My review will be posted on Oct. 22.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black - YA TBR mountain since Jan. 29, 2018

Next Week
Reviews Posted

On Inside of a Dog:
A Knife in the Fog by Bradley Harper
Uncompromising Honor by David Weber

On Ms. Martin Teaches Media:
Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

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

TBR Mountain:
New Review:
What was your week like?


  1. I have wanted to read that Holly Black book forever! I am excited for Broken Things by Lauren Oliver. I love all her books.

  2. I like Holly Black, but haven't gotten to that one yet. I am sooooo behind in the In Death books.

  3. You're reading Holly Black. :) I saw her at the NYA LitFest (in Preston, England) early this year and she held the audience with her love of fairytales. She's a really captivating speaker.

  4. I loved The Lies We Told...and I'm curious about Little White Lies.

    Enjoy your week, and here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  5. I love me a good cowboy romance, so A True Cowboy Christmas caught my eye!

    My roundup!

  6. I'm soooo behind on The Guild Hunters series! Still need to read The Darkest Part of the Forest too! Hope you enjoy this week's selections!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. I've requested for The Lies We Told and hope I'll get that. Your selection of reads is so wide there is something for everyone!

  8. The Lies We Told looks so good. All of your books do. Enjoy them!

  9. You got a lot of reading done this month. Our weather is cooler, but luckily, no frost yet. Have a great week!

  10. Nemesis looks good to me, I think I need to look into that one more. And wow is the weather ever changing! The shorter days are the one thing I don't like about fall.

  11. Love the character Catherine Ling, so will be reading Vendetta.


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