Monday, July 29, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 29, 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 has been a quiet week filled with reading and baseball. I did get out to exercise three times but have otherwise been enjoying my air conditioned house. I should finish all of my September review books this week. I'm planning to try to read more in series that I have been gathering after I finish the review books.

This is also the week that I do my State of the Stack post about my review books. It would be nice to have all the September review copies finished before I write it. Instead of reading books in order of their appearance on my calendar I might read the review ones first.

We got our first power bill since we installed solar and it is roughly half of what we paid during the same time period last year. We were hoping for more but are pretty satisfied. My brother is going to call the power company for help interpreting the bill since he thinks it is still too high. We'll see where that takes us.

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 Long Call by Ann Cleeves (Review; Sept. 3) - This is the start of a new mystery series set in Great Britain. I liked the characters and found the plot intriguing. My review will be posted on August 28.
  • Vendetta in Death by J. D. Robb (Review; Sept. 3) - This 49th book in the In Death series was another excellent mystery. I love the characters. My review will be posted on Sept. 1.
  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca (Review; Sept. 3) - This was an entertaining contemporary romance by a debut author. I liked that it revolved around a Renaissance Faire. My review will be posted on August 31.

  • The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier (Review; Sept. 3) - This is the first book in a new epic fantasy by the author. I liked the characters and the worldbuilding. My review will be posted on August 29.
  • Remembering the Dead by Elizabeth J. Duncan (Review; Sept. 10) - This tenth Penny Brannigan mystery worked well for me even though it is the first in the series that I read. The plot was well developed but I didn't feel much suspense. It seemed like Penny just fell into the various clues. My review will be posted on Sept. 3.
  • Ice Cold Heart by P. J. Tracy (Review; Sept. 10) - The latest in the Monkeewrench mysteries was the usual thrill ride. Multiple plot threads were woven together into a satisfying whole. My review will be posted on Sept. 4.


Next Week

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What was your week like?


  1. I think a 50% drop in your bill is wonderful. Our bills here in Texas are always high in the heat of the summer, but we are hoping our new double-paned windows will drop them some.

    I'm very curious about Tamiko and the Two Janitors and Ask Me No Questions. I can't wait to hear more.

    Have a great week!

  2. Wow!!! I haven’t read a Dick Francis book FOREVER!! LOL!!

    Nice post and many good books.

    Great on the electric bill.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog post, and have a great week.

  3. I'm with Deb: a 50% drop sounds good to me. Hope you love Jane Harper as much as I do.

  4. Nice about the solar! That's awesome- and even more if it goes even lower.

    I still need to try Ann Cleeves.

  5. What a great bunch of books! I'm hoping to get my hands on Well Met soon.

  6. Mmm a new J D Robb book, I still have to read the one that came out previously. Should get my skates on. Interesting about the power bill.

  7. Oh nice! Those are all new to me ones! I hope you enjoy your reads for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. Nice selection of books. For this year's releases, I'm still back in May and June. My weekly update

  9. I need to do get back to exercising. I've been too busy enjoying reading by the a/c :) Hope you enjoy your books and have a great week!

  10. I hope you enjoy The Dry, I’m curious to know what readers outside of Australia will think of it.

    Wishing you a great reading week


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