Monday, January 7, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Jan, 7, 2019)

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.

Other Than Reading...

This was a quiet week. Our New Year's Eve celebration was quiet and at home. The snowy roads didn't make going out very enticing. Also New Year's Eve and New Year's day boasted the coldest temperatures and windchills of the season so far. Those same snowy roads meant I didn't get out to exercise as often as I should have.
Sunday Evening Forecast
My town is right in the center of the picture. It looks like we have another snow event coming in Sunday night into Monday which might mess up next week's exercise plans too. Right now on Saturday afternoon we have temperatures warm enough to melt the snow on our driveway which is nice even though it will just make way for the next snow. The city was out clearing the snow from the sides of the streets on Friday. I got behind the process and got to watch the major snowblower fill the dump truck with snow before I could get around it. It is nice that they do this since the large banks of snow at intersections make turns an adventure. Our street is quiet but to get anywhere requires joining a much busier one.

I spent some time this week setting up my reviews and other posts for February. Now I just have to read the books. It was also time to set up the 2019 reading log and the next State of the Stack post. I set my Goodreads goal to 240 books thinking that I'll probably be increasing it twice before the year is over.

January is a quiet month for TV watching for me. I don't watch any series television. I'm just waiting for the baseball season to start. I'll probably watch some football but without any emotional attachment since my team didn't make the playoffs.

My calendar is almost completely appointment free but I do have my annual physical and mammogram later in the month.

It looks like it will be a good time to hunker down and read.

Year End Report

This year I read 353 books. One hundred fifty-one of them were mine which includes re-reads, recent purchases, and books which have been languishing on TBR mountain for a while. I read 202 review books this year. I read a total of 122,454 pages. I averaged reading 29 books a month.

My Kindle got a workout. I read 274 ebooks this year. In fact, I bought a new Kindle on Prime Day because my old was was looking worn out.

I read 128 YA books this past year. I keep track of some of the categories I read. This year mysteries/thrillers topped my list clocking in at 168 books.

I added 486 books to my LibraryThing account. 364 were Kindle books. 201 were review books. Right now, 218 of my additions are still marked TBR.

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.)

  • One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh & Veronica Chadwick (Jan. 29) - Romantic suspense review book that was more erotic than romantic. My review will be posted on Jan. 23.
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer (Feb. 5)  - Excellent YA retelling of Beauty and the Beast with wonderful characters. My review will be posted on Jan. 24.
  • Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch (Mine) - next in Peter Grant/Rivers of London urban fantasy series. My review will be posted on Jan. 26.

  • Watcher in the Woods by Kelley Armstrong (Feb. 5) - Fourth book in the Rockton thriller series. My review will be posted on Jan. 30.
  • Heir to the Shadows by Anne Bishop (Mine) - 2nd in Black Jewels Dark Fantasy series. My review will be posted Jan. 13.

  • Stolen Time by Danielle Rollins (Feb. 5) - YA time travel story with a post-apocalyptic future. My review will be posted on Jan. 29.
  • Queen of the Darkness by Anne Bishop (Mine) - Conclusion of the first Black Jewels trilogy. My review will be posted on Jan. 20.

The Invisible Ring by Anne Bishop is the 4th book in the Black Jewels series and a prequel to the first trilogy.

Next Week

Reviews Posted

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What was your week like?


  1. I had to laugh at your "need" to get a new Kindle. I need to get back to that Kelley Armstrong series. I read the first one, and didn't realize she was already up to four! Stay warm!

  2. I have become such a weather wimp since moving to Phoenix. Over the holidays, the temps were in the 50s and I thought, "That's way too cold to go out and get some exercise..." The outskirts of the city did get a little "snow" last week, though I think it was more like falling slush.

    Have a great reading week!

  3. Wow, you read a lot of books. Enjoy the New Year and everything it brings. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Happy New Year to you. We had mild weather for NYE and to start the New Year. You had a great year of reading. Looking forward to Watcher in The Woods.

  5. Congrats on reading so many books! I hope you will be ok during the snow storm. I live in Iowa and we haven't had much yet for snow.

  6. Sounds like you had a great reading year in 2018 and now 2019 is off to a strong start. I like the sound of The Au Pair. Hope the next snow event isn't as bad as predicted!

  7. Wow! I envy your reading speed! Mine sucks in comparison! Lol! Nice set of read for the week! Seeing some that are in my TBR or review pile that I can't wait to get to as well! Hope you enjoy your picks for this week!

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  8. Well done! You read one more than I did and a ton more of ebooks than I did. I read maybe a couple dozen in ebook form and another dozen as audiobooks. First update of 2019

  9. You had an amazing reading year. I hope 2019 is a good one for you. I enjoyed The Au Pair. My review goes up tomorrow. I have a few of the books on your list to read too. Have a great week!

  10. Oh, my gosh, you are amazing. I am so jealous of the number of books you read. I'm happy to make 50 these days. Try to stay safe and dry this winter. We have been having unseasonably warm temps, but that changed yesterday and winter is truly here.

    Hope you enjoy all your books this year. Love how organized you are.

  11. If you can read numbers of books like that in a year, maybe harsh winter weather is what we need in America. Amazing!

  12. You guys are really getting hit with the weather! We are so unseasonably warm right now - fifty degrees today, when we are usually buried in snow.

    An open calendar and cold weather defintely says hunker down and read!! And you have some great looking books to do that with. I loved A Beautiful Poison. And I want to read A Curse so Dark and Lonely. I read that the main character has cerebral palsy, just like me son, so I am intrigued. :) Have a warm, safe week!

  13. An impressive reading figure for 2018 and plenty of interesting books on the horizon. Enjoy your week.


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