Monday, October 7, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Oct. 7, 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...

We seem to be getting into our new routine after my brother's heart attack and triple bypass. I drive him to cardio rehab on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and walk the skywalks between the hospitals while he exercises. Then we usually wander through some grocery stores to get more exercise and look for ingredients for whichever recipe we've decided to try. We met with a dietitian on Friday to get some more food ideas and got lots of good tips.

Otherwise, this has been a good week for watching playoff baseball games and The Voice. I do walk in place during commercials to try to get some more exercise while catching my favorite shows. I can't seem to fit in visits to Curves. It doesn't help that they are closed from 12:30 to 2:30 M-Th and close for the day at 2 on Fridays. My Curves location is closing at the end of October and the other Curves in town has even less convenient hours. I will be canceling my membership for now at the end of October. Hopefully when spring arrives and Bill can drive again, I'll be able to rejoin. I'm also looking into joining the YMCA which is building a brand new facility complete with water park near me.

I had more success with finishing books this week after a couple of false starts. I abandoned Echoes of the Fall by Hank Early which was on my review stack. I knew it was the third book in the series but didn't know that I absolutely had to read books one and two before this one made sense. I also decided to stop my re-read of the Mary Russell mysteries for a while. I found The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith and Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong when I was checking my Kindle for something to read for those spots on my calendar and enjoyed both of them.

Our weather has been gray, rainy and foggy all week which has really lowered our production of solar energy. I'm hoping for some sunny weather to elevate my mood and lower my electric 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.)

  • I started but did not finish Echoes of the Fall by Hank Early. It is the third in a series and isn't a good place to start. I couldn't understand what possible motivation would allow the main character to hide the body of a man murdered on his land. 

  • Poppy Redfern and the Midnight Murders by Tessa Arlen (Review; Nov. 5) - This was an entertaining history mystery set in England during World War II. My review will be posted on Nov. 2.
  • The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (Mine) - After sitting on TBR mountain since July 17, 2013, I thought it was time to finally read this one. I enjoyed this thriller and really liked the main character. I have the rest of the series and plan to read it soon. My review will be posted on Nov. 3)

  • Tracking Game by Margaret Mizushima (Review; Nov. 12) - This is the fifth book in the series and was a great addition to this mystery series. My review will be posted on Nov. 6.
  • Lost Souls by Kelley Armstrong (Mine) - This long novella adds an interesting story to the Cainsville urban fantasy series. My review will by posted on Nov. 5)


  • Artifacts by Mary Anna Evans is a contemporary mystery and a recent arrival on my TBR mountain.

Next Week

  • Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers (Mine) is a Kindle copy of a book I read many years ago. It will be a perfect read while I'm waiting for my brother to finish his cardio rehab.
  • This Side of Murder by Anna Lee Huber (Mine) - First book in a new historical mystery series from a favorite author.

Reviews Posted

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What was your week like?


  1. Ooo I am intrigued by Lost Souls. I loved the Cainsville books.

    I am glad that you are getting into your new routine, and that even while you are not as able to get to the gym that you are still keeping healthy. I plan on integrating some working out time into my day as well, now that my kiddo is in school half days part of the week. :)

  2. Sorry to hear about your brother....I must have missed it before. I”m glad you both are working on staying healthy.

    The Anna Lee Huber books look interesting. LOVE the covers.

    ENJOY your week!!

  3. It is so challenging to change routines and foods we eat when there are health issues. I've had to do the same. Good luck!

    Enjoy your books and your week.

  4. I hope your brother is doing well.

    Your books look so good, especially the Anna Lee Huber book. Hope you have a great week!

  5. Ooh nice! I am so behind on my Kelley Armstrong novella reads! I've a ton of them in my TBR pile! Hopefully I can get to them sometime soon!

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  6. Hope your brother is doing well.
    I haven't read any of the books you listed - will definitely check some out.

  7. A good routine with exercise is good for all of us. I need to try a Kelly Armstrong book. I hear they are so good.

  8. Glad the change in routine is going well. I brought home This Side of Murder last week. Hope you see the sun this week. Enjoy your reading.

  9. The Cuckoo's Calling has been on my TBR for a long time. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it! It sounds like you're making a great effort to slip exercise into your daily routine. I try to walk every day too, because the gym is also inconvenient for me. Have a great week!

  10. Glad to hear you're both getting into your groove. I hope he's doing well after his surgery. I've been out of the loop for a bit.

    Rain and fog here too. Leaves are changing.

    Anna Lee Huber's books all seem right up my alley. Hope you enjoy your books.

  11. I'm glad you are getting into a new routine with your brother. I joined the Y about seven or eight years ago, and it has been a wonderful experience for me. In a couple more years, my membership will be covered by insurance, and that will be nice, too. Maybe your brother will join with you.

    Your books all look perfect for fall reading. I hope you enjoy them all!

  12. Best wishes for your brother in his recovery!!

  13. Good for you for working so hard to fit in exercise! My husband and I both enjoyed The Cuckoo's Calling, but we haven't read the other books in the series yet. Glad you liked it, too!


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