Monday, November 4, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 4, 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...

With the World Series finished, I have entered into my annual television drought. I think the only thing I'm watching now is The Voice. Maybe, I'll also watch the Minnesota Vikings play football. This should allow for a lot more reading time which I need since I'm falling behind on my self-imposed reading goals.

This week it snowed a couple of times but nothing is lasting yet. It is cloudy and snowing lightly as I'm writing this on Saturday afternoon. Bill and I are planning our menu for the week. We have picked out an old favorite recipe for Shrimp Creole that we are planning to make as healthy as we can by eliminating a lot of the sodium and most of the saturated fat.

I attended a class at Bill's cardio rehab this week that was given by the dietitian and am adding one more thing to my "reduce this in your diet" list - sugar. I hadn't known that sugar consumption could have an effect on cholesterol and triglyceride levels. I knew it had an effect on weight. So now Bill and I are watching out for saturated fat, sodium, and sugar and trying to reduce all three in our diets. There is a class in a couple of weeks that will specifically target sodium which I'll be curious to attend.

I'm still going with Bill when he goes to his cardio rehab and walking the skywalks connecting all the hospital buildings. These walks are a good way to get at least 6000 steps in three times a week. We have also been doing some mall walking. Days he doesn't have rehab are harder because I am quite content to sit at home and read or play computer games.

October Reading Report

I read 20 books in October with a total of 6477 pages. Fourteen of them were mine and seven of those were re-reads. I read six review books which included one October release and five November releases.

I added 21 books to my LibraryThing account including eleven new review books. Nineteen of the new arrivals 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.)

  • Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Mine) - This was a reread. It is a science fiction romance. 
  • A Cowboy Like You by Donna Grant (Review; Nov. 26) - I didn't care for this romance that read too much like a report on domestic violence for me. My review will be posted on Nov. 21.
  • Whisper of Bones by Melinda Leigh (Mine) - This was the third Widow's Island novella and was filled with action and adventure. My review will be posted on Nov. 3. 

  • Bred in the Bone by Kendra Elliot (Review) - 4th Widow's Island novella deals with a hit-and-run and finally solves a twenty year old mystery. Lots of action packed into very few pages. My review will be posted on Nov. 3.
  • Penny for Your Secrets by Anna Lee Huber (Review) - 3rd Verity Kent mystery. I liked the characters and the post World War I setting. My review will be posted on Nov. 16.
  • Under Currents by Nora Roberts (Mine) - Another excellent romantic suspense title by one of my favorite authors. My review will be posted on Nov. 20.


  • Trust Me by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Mine)

Next Week

All books from my review pile.

Reviews Posted

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What was your week like?


  1. I added Penny for Your Secrets to my TBR. I haven't read much in terms of historical mysteries this year, and your description makes it sound interesting! Shrimp creole sounds yummy, glad you and your brother are adapting to the new diets! Have a great week.

  2. OOh nice! Mostly new to me ones here! I had to DNF A Madness of Sunshine as it was going a little too slow for me. I hope you enjoy it and your other reads lined up for the week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

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  3. Lots of great books - will need to check several out.

  4. Wow, 20 books in October! That's great - way to go!

    Funny, you aren't watching anything on TV now - we love the fall TV season and are juggling about a dozen shows! TV just keeps getting better & better - there are so many outstanding shows now. Two of our favorites now are The Rookie (in its 2nd season) and Stumptown (new).

    Good for you for eating healthy & exercising! I have the opposite problem and need to eat a HIGH-sodium diet :) My BP drops when I stand up, so I need lots of salt. But I try not to eat sugar and we go easy on saturated fat, too (but you need a little butter in that Shrimp Creole for flavor! lol)

    And snow??? Wow.

    Enjoy your books this week and keep up th good work for your health!


    Book By Book

  5. I hope the rehab continues to go well. Have a nice week. My weekly update

  6. I love baseball. I watched the series even though my team was eliminated. Now, I wait for spring :) Your books look great. I have Thin Ice, too. Hope you have a great week!

  7. It is amazing the information that is out there for healthier eating, and it can be overwhelming too. I had to make lots of changes! Good luck with your adjustments!

    It's been pretty cold here also.

    A Study in Murder looks fun.

  8. All the folks around here near Houston are sad about the World Series. I think everyone is quite surprised at the turn of events.

    What a great month you had! Twenty books. Wow!

    Have a great week.

  9. I enjoy Hank Phillippi Ryan's books.

    It's great that you can get in your exercise while waiting for your brother.

    Enjoy your week.

  10. I watch very little TV any time of year! Good way to get exercise in walking the skywalks at the hospital. My copy of Penny for Your Secrets came in today's mail so I'm excited to get started!

  11. I am trying too with the lesser sugar but failing miserably.

  12. I remember all the adjustments my uncle made when he had his heart issues - they went from meat and potatoes to the whole heart healthy diet - and this was 30 years ago, so I am sure things are even more refined now, with all sorts of new information and recommendations. Good for you for walking all those steps!!

  13. I’m looking forward to reading A Madness of Sunshine.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  14. Please tell me how to reduce sugar in your diet. I struggle so much with that. Hubby has been on a low fat, low sodium diet for a while, but I can't seem to let go of the sugar.

    You read a lot this past week. Dangerous Alliance and Dreaming Spies look really good.

    Thanks for visiting my blog last Monday.


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