Monday, August 26, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 26, 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...

I had my semi-annual gastroenterology appointment last Tuesday which essentially told me to keep doing what I'm doing. Tests were all good and my symptoms are well-controlled with my medication. I don't have to see him again until February.

I got to Curves three times this week but otherwise spent a lot of time at home reading and watching baseball. I also set up all my blog posts for October this week. Right now I have 38 draft posts including this one and 41 that are scheduled.

I am taking a break from my reread of the Mary Russell series until I catch up a little to my calendar. Any more that I would read would be reviewed in late November because those are the next open dates on my calendar. I have a bunch of review books to read for October release books. I only have two books to read to finish out my September calendar and I'm at 80% of the one I'm currently reading.

Next Tuesday is my semi-annual dentist appointment. I have a feeling that I'm looking at replacing a crown that I have had for years.

Solar Production

Here's a look at the sunshine this past week.
We hit peak production every day but Friday was the day it stayed at peak the longest. I'm pretty sure this is the week that our next power bill should arrive. Our billing period ended on the 17th. I'm really eager to see this one since it is the first full month where we produced some electricity every day.

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.)

  • Locked Rooms by Laurie R. King (Mine) -  This is the 8th book in the Mary Russell series and takes place in San Francisco. Mary and Sherlock uncover some of the past that Mary had forgotten. My review will be posted on Sept. 19.
  • In a Badger Way by Shelly Laurenston (Mine) - This new release is the author's latest in her humorous paranormal series. My review will be posted on Oct. 15.
  • The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King (Mine) - Sherlock and Mary are back in England and helping Sherlock's son Damian find his missing wife and child. My review will be posted on Oct. 5.

  • The God of the Hive by Laurie R. King (Mine) -- This is the direct sequel to The Language of Bees and is very exciting. My review will be posted on Oct. 26.
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Mine) - This was also a reread. I got the audiobook this summer from SYNC and combined listening and reading. This is a great YA paranormal mystery with a wonderful main character. My review will be posted on Sept. 25.


  • Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia - I quit this one at 22% I'm having trouble getting into YA lately and this one was a little too slow-paced for me. I also didn't feel engaged with the main character. 


  • The Mary Russell Companion by Laurie R. King - I am dipping into this one to read more about the books I've already read. I've set it aside until I have time to read more of the novels.
  • The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer - This has been on my Kindle since Jan. 29, 2018. I'm reading it now because I have the next on my review stack.

Next Week

Reviews Posted

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


  • Fuzzy Navel by J. A. Konrath - This was a Kindle Daily Deal and joins the first three books on my Kindle. I'm waiting for a deal on the 4th book in the series.
  • The Mary Russell Companion by Laurie R. King - This fits in nicely with my current reread of the Mary Russell books. Unfortunately it is only available for the Kindle which makes the maps a bit too small for easy viewing.
  • Cruel Fate by Kelley Armstrong - This is a Kindle copy of a book previously published in hardcover by Subterranean Press. While I wanted to read it, the price for the hardcover was more than I wanted to pay.

  • Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong - This is a Kindle copy of a book previously published in hardcover by Subterranean Press. While I wanted to read it, the price for the hardcover was more than I wanted to pay.
  • The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King - This is a trade paperback of a book I already have on my Kindle. 
  • Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King - This is a trade paperback of a book I already have on my Kindle. 

  • Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts - This is the second in her futuristic dystopia. I read the first book but wasn't blown away. I was waiting for this one to be less expensive. I bought it when it was a Kindle Daily Deal.
  • O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King - This was also a Kindle Daily Deal. I already have both a hardcover and a paperback.


  • The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz (Jan. 7) -- Last evening there was a knock on my door. When I got to the door, I saw an elf in brown heading back to his UPS truck and found an intriguing package leaning on my porch. I found a print ARC of this book. I think I won a giveaway at Goodreads or at the publisher's site but I'm not sure which. I had entered at both places and asked for the book at NetGalley which shows how much I want to read this one.
  • Pretty as a Picture by Elizabeth Little (Feb. 25)

What was your week like?


  1. So many tempting titles. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. Enjoy your week.

  2. Very nice week and very nice assortment of books.

    ENJOY your last week of August. Hard to believe isn’t it?

  3. I love Kelley Armstrong! I wish I could be so organized. Maybe if I ever decide to retire. :)

  4. Glad your checkup went so well. You are prepared for fall!

    The Cybils Awards are seeking judges for the 2019 awards. They are especially in need of bloggers (and others who review children's and young adult books on social media) in the categories of nonfiction (all ages), poetry, YA, and middle grade fiction. I'd love it if you'd pass along the word, and I hope you will also apply.

  5. Ah a JAK fan, I haven't read one of hers for awhile but I do like her books. I didn't read that Nora Roberts trilogy as it just didn't appeal. So interesting seeing your solar panel journey.

  6. That's exciting about your solar power! I think that is such a cool thing to do. A Quiet Life in the Country looks like a good read! Have a great week. :)

  7. That's awesome scheduling-wise! I used to have a lot of posts scheduled but I've been slacking lately lol.

    The Name of the Star looks interesting. I've only read one Maureen Johnson book but I liked it.

  8. Sapphire Flames looks like a good book! I envy your organizational skills, I only have three future posts scheduled. Have a great week!

  9. So many of these books sound interesting, Kathy! I mainly read non-fiction so I don't have as much experience with novels; I love getting recommendations from others who do read a lot of fiction.

  10. Thanks for stopping by my post about reading and I hope that you now follow my page. I think many of these books sound very interesting.

  11. All those books look so good. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

  12. You look like you have a great reading selection. And I'm excited to hear about the solar power and it's influence on your bill as well...

    Happy Reading!


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