Monday, July 22, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 22, 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 week has been a big blogging week. Since I'm nearing the end of my August calendar (except for It's Monday posts), I filled in my September calendar and did as much of each post as I could do before reading the books. I have quite a few review books. I've read one and have ten more to go. I filled in the blank spots with some recent arrivals and with continuing the Mary Russell series by Laurie R. King which are rereads and the Susan Elia MacNeal books which I'm reading for the first time.

I'll be concentrating on reading review books for a while before I can try to lower my TBR mountain.

We've had a mostly cloudy but very warm week. Luckily the rain that swept up the Mississippi River valley as the remainder of Barry didn't make it all the way to Duluth. Yesterday there was baseball sized hail just a few miles south of us. All we got were a few sprinkles and overcast skies. My car was in the garage but my brother was very grateful because his 20 year old sportscar was parked outside his place of employment. Parts are hard to find for a car of that age.

Solar Power: We went over 1MWh while I was writing this post. We've produced 788 kWh so far this month. We should be getting our first power bill since we went solar soon. I'm eager to see what it does to our bill.

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.)

  • Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Mine) - This is the latest Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne mystery. My review will be posted on October 17.
  • The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker (Review; August 13) - Intense contemporary thriller that harks back to the noir detective stories of the 1940s. My review will be posted on August 10)
  • Cold Woods by Karen Katchur (Review; August 13) - Twisty thriller about what happens when 30 year old bones are unearthed. Lots of flashbacks. My review will be posted August 11.

  • How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne (Review; Aug. 27) - Entertaining historical romance with a touch of mystery too. My review will be posted on August 24.
  • Stolen Things by R. H. Herron (Review; Aug. 20) - Intense thriller where a police dispatcher picks up a 911 call and hears her daughter begging for help. My review will be posted on August 17.
  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (Review; Sept. 3) - Entertaining historical romance that deals with women's suffrage and social classes. My review will be posted on August 27.


Next Week

Reviews Posted

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



What was your week like?


  1. I love how organized you are with your reviews. I need to get that way. That new Paige Shelton book looks really good. I hope you have a great week!

  2. Looks like some great summer reading!

  3. I look forward to reading your review for Stolen Things. I'm always drawn to intense thrillers, but they're sometimes too intense for me! The Harp of Kings looks interesting as well!

  4. The Harp of Kings look really good. I love the cover!! You read so much last week 😱 Happy Reading!!

  5. OMGOsh, baseball sized hail? That is loco. Thanks for the tidbit on Diesel. I liked the mystery in book one so I'll continue further.

  6. Ooh nice! Those are some new to me reads here! I hope you enjoy this week's selections!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  7. I'm impressed by all your planning ahead on reviews! I do everything last minute :) It would be nice to have some posts ready to go.

    Glad the hail missed you, and I understand your brother's worries. I have a 27-year old car, and it's getting VERY hard to get parts!

    Looks like a great array of books you have lined up - an amusing mix of dark thrillers and sweet romances! Cold Woods and Stolen Things both sound intriguing and chilling.

    Enjoy your books this week and stay cool!


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  8. I'm also focusing on my August ARCs and have one more to read.

    I like the look of Stolen Things.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  9. Glad to hear that you missed any bad weather! We did have a terrible storm the other night, and many around us are still without power. Thankfully the heat wave has passed though!

    I am excited to hear more about your solar panels as well!

  10. Until recently I was as prepared with my reviews as you are. Now I'm only writing one or two weeks ahead. My weekly updates

  11. I think Bringing Down the Duke and Well Met look especially interesting to me. Be sure to let us know how your solar panels work out. I’m very curious about that. Have a great week!

  12. I hope you have a nice surprise with your electric bill.

    Lots of good books here.



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