Monday, August 5, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 5, 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 another mostly nice week. I celebrated my birthday on Friday. It was a quiet celebration. My brother and I had gone out to eat earlier in the week. But we did have pineapple upside down cake on the day.

We came out from the restaurant Wednesday to find someone waiting to talk to us. His wife had bumped my car when she was trying to get into a parking spot. We were legally parked and away from the car when the accident happened. So I spent part of the week talking to my insurance company and getting an estimate to repair the damage. My car is pretty new being a 2018 model so I don't like the idea that it was damaged. Since it is mostly paint scrapes, I likely wouldn't have done anything if they hadn't stayed and given me their insurance information. I carry a pretty high deductible. I'm told that my insurance company will be going after their insurance company to cover the whole cost. I'll be curious to see if it ends up costing me anything to fix it. We are just glad they stayed. We might not have noticed the damage for days since it was the driver's side front by the headlight. It seems that I mostly approach my car from the back both in my garage and when I park it in various parking lots. It would have been quite a mystery as to when it was damaged.

I don't know how much reading I'll get done next week. I have a friend coming to stay with me most of the week. My schedule otherwise is very open except for a lunch with about 25 of my fellow 1968 high school grads on Wednesday. It is nice to get a chance to see some of my schoolmates more often than our official reunions. It is at a restaurant I haven't been to in many years so I'm eager to go for that reason too.

Even with some cloudy and partly cloudy days this week, we still managed to produce about 256 kWh of electricity with our solar array. We've already produced 98 kWh in August and it is just Saturday noon.

July Reading Report

I read 31 books in July. Twelve were mine including two rereads. Eighteen were review books. One was borrowed from the Public Library. I read a total of 11,006 pages. Eight of the twelve I read from the TBR pile had been on the stack for at least six months. In fact, the first five books of the Julia Spencer-Fleming series had been on the stack since 2009.

I added 34 new books in July including 4 audiobooks from SYNC and fourteen review books. Twenty-two of the books were Kindle copies. Twenty-nine of the books are still unread.

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.)

  • Fatal Cajun Festival by Ellen Byron (Review;  Sept. 10) - Entertaining contemporary mystery that is 5th in a series. My review will be posted on Sept. 5.
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop 
  • Save Your Breath by Melinda Leigh (Review; Sept. 17) -This thriller is also the fifth in a series and was packed with suspense. My review will be posted on Sept. 10.

  • Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop
  • The Dry by Jane Harper - This was a great mystery set in rural Australia. I loved the characters. My review will be posted on Sept. 7.
  • Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop 


Next Week

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What was your week like?


  1. Happy Belated Birthday! Sorry your car got damaged, but you were very lucky they didn't just drive away. Have a wonderful week! I think you should celebrate your birthday all month long-that is what I do in July.

  2. The Babysitter's Coven looks interesting, I look forward to finding out what you think! I also love that series by Anne Bishop. Have a great reading week.

  3. Very nice to hear about the couple that stayed behind after damaging your car. Happy belated birthday to you. Just finished the 2nd book in Morgan Dane series. Gotta get #3. Your July was a great reading month! Have a great week.

  4. Happy birthday!

    I am glad the couple waited to let you know about the damage to your car. That sort of thing gives me hope for the world, since it would have been very easy for them to skip out.

    All those Anne Bishop books look fun. I hope you enjoy them!

    Have a great week.

  5. Happy birthday! Gawk! You just reminded me that I haven't yet read Time's Convert. Bad me!! Enjoy the time with your friend.

  6. Happy Belated Birthday! You had a great July. I hope August is just as good. Have a great week!

  7. Your insurance should cover the total cost of the car and not touch your premium because you weren't at fault. So hopefully. I had anew 2018 and less than a month in I scraped it against a pole in hospital underground carpark and got it mended and my premium of course did change as my fault. By the way I think you'd love Under Currents by Nora Roberts, I loved it, it does have domestic mean abuse but I love how it turns out.

  8. Happy Belated Birthday!!

    Nicely done with the reading! I see you're re-reading The Others again! That's a fun series! I hope you enjoy your reads lined up for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. Happy birthday! Glad those people stayed- it's nice to know there are still honest people around.

  10. Happy Belated Birthday 🥳 I’m glad it wasn’t spoiled by a hit and run.

    Have a great reading week and enjoy your guest, and your reunion Kathy.

  11. Rogue Princess looks good. Happy belated birthday. Sorry about your car. My weekly updates

  12. Happy birthday! I hope your insurance is successful in getting payment from theirs.

    Enjoy your week.

  13. So sorry your car got banged up, but so nice the people stayed around and took responsibility.

    Friday was my birthday, too! Hope you have a lovely week.

  14. Happy Belated Birthday! My husband's was on Sunday! :) I am sorry to hear about your car though. :(

    The Babysitter's Coven looks good!

  15. Happy belated Birthday!! Sorry about your car. And that was a lot of books read!!


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