Monday, February 18, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 18, 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...

It snowed last Sunday, last Monday, and last Tuesday which kept me at home. The sun came out on Wednesday and I managed to get to Curves four days in a row. It snowed again Thursday afternoon but didn't begin until I was home from my exercise session.

My brother and I went out to dinner on Thursday to a place that has been around for years and years but had sort of slipped our memory. Bridgeman's is a local ice cream parlor but also sells food. We both had burgers and fries and one of Bridgeman's famous malted milks. He had strawberry and I had chocolate banana. I brought more than half of my malt home and stored it in the freezer for another day. Maybe today's the day! We decided that we had to come back again soon. They had so many interesting things on the menu.

I'm counting down the days until the beginning of baseball's Spring Training. I think the first game will be on TV next weekend. The Voice is set to begin a new season next week too. I'm also excited about that.

After another DNF on my review stack this week, I was wishing that a person could read a brief sample of a book before selecting it for review. It wouldn't have taken much from the one I DNFed to know that I wasn't going to get along with the style.

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.)

  • Cast in Oblivion by Michelle Sagara (Mine) - 14th in the Chronicles of Elantra. My review will be posted on March 2.
  • Trouble on the Books by Essie Lang (Review) - So-so cozy mystery. Lots of inconsistencies in plot and characterization. My review will be posted on March 3.
  • The True Queen by Zen Cho (Review) - Historical fantasy with engaging plot and characters. My review will be posted on March 5.

  • Murder in Belgravia by Lynn Brittney (Review) - Historical mystery set in 1915 which begins a new series. My review will be posted on March 9.
  • Navigating the Stars by Maria V. Snyder (Mine) - Classic space opera with aliens and romance. My review will be posted on March 7.
  • Murder from Scratch by Leslie Karst (Review) - Entertaining cozy culinary mystery. My review will be posted on March 10.

The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees (Review) - I quit this one at 14%. I didn't enjoy the writing style which was too "Literary" for me. There were lots of lush descriptions and a confusing plot. 

Sherwood by Meagan Spooner (Review) - I grew up on The Adventures of Robin Hood and am enjoying this reimagining of the story.

Next Week

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  1. Sounds like you needed to get out after all of that snow.

    The restaurant sounds lovely, and the malt sounds delish. :) ENJOY when you go back again.

    I haven’t DNF’d a book for a few months, but at one point I did almost six straight in a row. Yikes!!

    I like the looks of UNDER THE TABLE and THE TEAHOUSE DETECTIVE. :)

    I see you mentioned you write your reviews right after you read the book. That is the best way. I actually write as I am reading. :)

    Have a wonderful week, stay warm, and thanks for coming by my blog.

  2. I LOVE the Peter Grant series on audio! I can't seem to find #6, The Hanging Tree, on OverDrive or on CD at any library I have access to, so I may have to break down and go to Audible for it. Must listen to it one way or another.
    The Maria Snyder SF book sounds intriguing. Adding it to my TBR list now...

  3. OOh nice! I LOOOOVED Navigating the Stars! Though I love all Maria's books it seems, so that was no surprise! Lol!

    Sorry to hear The Waking Forest was a DNF. That was one I was skeptical about. I'm excited for The Devouring Grey which I got last week, hopefully I can squeeze it in next month!

    Hope you enjoy your reads for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

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  4. I almost started The True Queen today, but went of a contemporary middle grade book instead. I'm not sure if I have a copy of the Waking Forest, but if I do, I'll go in with low expectations.

  5. It's always nice to go to an old favorite restaurant or place like that. :) And sounds like you've had quite the snow last week. It's still hanging around here too.

    I'm hoping The Devouring Gray turns out to be good.

  6. Read on Arrival looks good. Great job getting to Curves so many days in a row. I wish I could be so motivated or have any motivation at all.

  7. I have been disappointed with a couple of my book choices this past two weeks...I kept reading, but if I had to do it over, one of them would have been a DNF.

    I love the sound of the Burgers, fries, and malted milks. Yum! It's been a long time since I did that.

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

  8. Trouble on the Books is on my wishlist. I will keep your thoughts in mind when I read it. My weekly updates

  9. The Devouring Gray has a beautiful cover. I may have to add that one!

  10. We had that same weather, snow, snow and more snow. Then sunshine. Sorry about the DNF book, I agree about the reading sample. Have a great week.

  11. Trouble on the Books and Sherwood both look like good reads.

  12. We've been lucky...although the forecast says snow we haven't much to talk about yet. Your cozies look so good. Have a great week!

  13. Three days of snow nearly did me in. I'm not sure i could survive a whole winter of off and on snow. I lived in Illinois for a couple years as a kid, but that was a long time ago. Happy reading.

  14. I enjoyed Geekerella. Very cute book. I also got Witchmark. Hope it is a good one.

  15. A great selection of books, as always! I'm looking forward to the new Anna Lee Huber book as well. Thanks for visiting my blog this week!

  16. Wow, I;m jealous of how many books you can read in a week! How wonderful :) I had In the Dark here from Shelf Awareness but I chose a different book for my Feb review.

    Your local burger, fries & malt place sounds wonderful!! Yum! We have a place like that around here, too - so good.

    Enjoy your books this week - and that leftover malt!


    Book By Book

  17. Oh that's too bad on the DNF. It really would be nice to be able to read a sample first. We've had rain like your snow. Whew! Hope yall have a good week!

  18. It seems like Mother Nature is making up for a lack of snow most of the winter around here. Every week we have a storm lately.

    Sorry to hear about the DNF book. That's always a bummer. Looks like you've got some neat ones coming up, though. Hope you had a great week.


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