Monday, September 23, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 23, 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...

Well, this has been a week! I brought my brother to Urgent Care on Tuesday because he had a backache and pain in his chest. He thought it was bronchitis or walking pneumonia. No, it wasn't. They decided that he had had a heart attack. He was admitted to the hospital and scheduled for a angiogram on Wednesday mid-morning. His heart stopped twice while he was having the procedure. He spent the night in cardiac intensive care and had a triple bypass Thursday morning. He is doing better now. Currently he is in intermediate cardiac care and will be there for a couple more days.

I have been making a couple of trips to the hospital each day to see him which is complicated by the fact that I don't drive in the dark. Luckily a friend of mine came to stay with me for the weekend to provide some emotional support, company, and night-time driving. I also had a cousin's wife keep me company while my brother was having his open heart surgery. It is difficult since there are just the two of us in our family.

We are looking at a long recovery which will bring big changes for both of us. I'll be doing the driving for a while and shopping and everything. He can't lift  anything over a couple of pounds for six weeks and only slightly heavier things for an additional four to six weeks. He figures he'll be out of work for at least three months.

Needles to say, my reading, exercising, and baseball watching have been very disrupted. I haven't finished a book since the 18th and don't remember much about the book even though I finished it.

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.)

  • Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (Mine; Reread) - This one spans from Japan to Oxford and deals with a case for Crown Prince Hirohito of Japan. My review will be posted on Oct. 27.
  • Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King (Mine; Reread) - This one has Sherlock and Mary in Morocco. My review will be posted on Oct. 20.
  • All the Things We Do in the Dark by Saundra Mitchell (YA Review; Oct. 29) - First person story told by Ava who is dealing with having been raped and assaulted as a nine-year-old and who has now discovered a body of another girl who was also assaulted. My review will be posted on Oct. 23. 

  • The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (YA; Mine) -- Middle book in the Shades of London trilogy. I liked the characters and the paranormal mystery plot was entertaining too. My review will be posted on Oct. 22.
  • The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (YA; Mine) -- This finishes the Shades of London trilogy and was a good conclusion which seems to leave room for more books with these characters. My review will be posted on Oct. 24.

Next Week

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
  • New Spring by Robert Jordan (Mine) was free from and is a prequel to the Wheel of Time series which I have not yet read. 
  • Penny for Your Secrets by Anna Lee Huber (Review; Oct. 29) is the third book in the Verity Kent historical mystery series. I got an ARC from Amazon Vine.
What was your week like?


  1. Oh my goodness. You have had a difficult time. I do hope your brother is getting stronger every day. Aren’t you glad you took him into the facility so that he could be seen?

    Sometimes we have to set aside other things to care for those we love. It can be stressful to go through these difficulties, though.

    Sending good wishes and prayers your way.

  2. I hope your brother recovers.

    Enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. Oh wow! I hope your brother will be better and back home with you soon. Hope you have a good week!

  4. Nicely done! I was always under the impression that the Shades of London series was meant to be a quartet. Goodreads had a book 4 up for the longest time, and yet it has gone ignored for years now. So I'm thinking the series is officially canceled. :(

    Hope you enjoy your reads for this week!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  5. Oh what a shock. I had a bypass myself a couple years ago now and was totally not expecting it- my only symptoms were shortness of breath. The heart cath caught it though! Sending lots of prayers and well wishes to you and your brother- it's a long road but it gets better.

    Love those Huber books!

  6. I'm sorry to hear about your brother. My grandmother went through the same thing about thirty years ago. I ended up living with her for a month to help her recover. I was in high school at the time.

  7. What a scary thing to have happen when you were expecting it to be something other than a heart attack. Glad you have each other and that his recovery goes as expected.

  8. Oh wow what a week. Isn't it good you were there and had moved to join up with him. Yes I don't like driving in the dark either. All the best for the road ahead, will be busy.

  9. Oh my gosh! I am so glad though that you went in and they were able to take care of things right away! I find it so hard to read too, when I am under stress. Best to you all, for a speedy healthy recovery.


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