Monday, November 19, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 19, 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 a quiet week as Duluth settles into winter. We have snow but not very much. It has all melted from out south-facing driveway but lingers in shaded, grassy areas. The temperatures have have been cold but we are expected some warming (which means temperatures in the 30s) for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

I have been getting out every day but Sunday for exercising and additional walking. With these reasons to leave home, I have finally surpassed 2000 miles on the car I bought October 2017. As long as the roads stay clear, my new pattern should continue.

I have been making some changes on my blog. For years, I've set up my calendar at least a month in advance and then read what was on my calendar. This week I removed everything from my YA December calendar except for review books. I am still going to read what I put on my calendar for adult books in December. When it comes time for January, I'm going to leave lots of blanks around the review books I have chosen so that I can do some impulse reading from my massive TBR mountain. This will likely mean that I won't be posting three book reviews a week on my YA blog since I have fewer books I'm excited to read in that genre.

I should also go through my physical stacks of both YA and adult books and remove books that I'm no longer interested in reading. The problem is that I don't have a way to get rid of books I no longer want to read. I have too many to drop off at the various Little Free Libraries in Duluth. I could turn them in at used bookstores but that will just give me credit that I never end up using. I could also donate books for the Friends of the Library annual sale that our public library sponsors each year but don't know how to do that in Duluth. I have offered my YA titles to the high school where I attended but haven't heard back from the librarian. I was thinking of shipping them off to the library where I used to work but the shipping costs are daunting.

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.)
  • Lake Silence by Anne Bishop - urban fantasy from my Keeper shelves; reread. I reviewed this one March 3, 2018 and have read it quite a few times since.
  • Murder on Black Swan Lane by Andrea Penrose - historical mystery from my TBR pile. My review will be posted on Nov. 29.
  • Murder at Half Moon Gate by Andrea Penrose - historical mystery purchased this week and sequel to Murder on Black Swan Lane. My review will be posted on Dec. 12.
Next Week
Reviews Posted

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

TBR Pile:
Review (Two from favorite authors):
What was your week like?


  1. You could (I did) start at LFL of your own. Then you could add books to it slowly.

  2. How kind of you to offer the books to the high school, hopefully they will get back to you. Maybe Toys for Tots or a group collecting for Christmas gifts for kids would want them. It would be nice to have kids reading instead of playing video games. Have a great week!

  3. Those are all good places to check with for donating your books.

    I have been giving them to friends, and they are passing them on to their friends.

    I have also given quite a few to the hospital’s library.

    ENJOY this reading week, and Happy Thanksgiving.

  4. The cozy books on your list sound good. I love the ones set around the holidays. Enjoy and have a great week!

  5. Allowing more time for impulse reading is always a good thing! Glad you're still getting out to exercise despite the cold :)

  6. I like your reading and reviewing plan. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  7. I think you'll enjoy being more relaxed about your reading. Have you tried donating books to a senior center, retirement home/village, women's/family shelter? Even the prison system will sometimes take books.

  8. OOh nice reads! I still need to make time for Shades of Wicked! Have been dying to read this one. Yet I really really need to work on my TBR challenge! Getting close to the last month of December and I still have like 10 books to go!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. I am sure you will find a place that will be thrilled to take your donated books! Looking forward to Shades of Wicked. Have a great Thanksgiving.

  10. Ooh, you got some snow, too. We very rarely get snow so it was only cold where I am. I wish I had a solution for you for donating books. Maybe the library can tell you another place to donate?

  11. I used to read by a schedule. I ditched it completely in 2009 and it was so liberating. I still have a review schedule for when I plan to post things but that one I adjust frequently. My weekly updates

  12. I see you're reading historical mysteries. I find that's a genre I enjoy very much. We have tons of snow here now (Montreal, Quebec) and getting more.

  13. Yay for impulse reading! I never used to plan, but I do a little bit now. I try not to have more than 4 review books a month, at the most. I don't have as much time to read anymore and I want to be able to throw some other reads in there.

    Hmm. Maybe someplace will pick the books up? Like a veterans group or something? I saw there is a thing called that will pick it up if they are in your area?

  14. Good luck finding a good home for your book. How generous of you! Every once in a while I try to step back from reviewing books so I can focus on my personal books. It works for a bit but then there are always new books I want to read. Good luck with that. Happy reading.


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