Monday, December 30, 2019

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Dec. 30, 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 a pleasant, warm week but things are changing. We even has rain on Christmas Eve. As I sit here on Saturday afternoon, we are waiting for a snow event that will last into Tuesday. Because we might be on the rain-snow dividing line, we might get snow, ice, or rain. They are predicting anywhere from 6 - 18 inches of snow depending on which side of the line we end up. This would be okay with me because I don't have any need to leave the house. However, my brother begins work again on Monday and has to be able to get out of our cul-de-sac in order to get there.

We grocery shopped yesterday and planned meals through Tuesday. I'm baking bread right now and intend to try a new recipe for garlic bread tomorrow to go with our spaghetti and meat balls.

You might notice that my pictures don't look the way the usually do. For some reason Microsoft Snip & Sketch has stopped working. I reset it, uninstalled and reinstalled it, and it still doesn't work. I will either have to learn to live with the problem or bring my computer in for repair. If I bring it in, I'll have to go through "computer withdrawal" until they can fix it and get it back to me. I don't know if I can do that. I'm on my computer for at least a couple of hours a day.

I couldn't convince my brother to join my fitness club so I quit that one and joined the one he is joining. It has about the same hours, is located in the Mall, and is much closer to our house. I'm losing access to a pool but I hadn't intended to swim anyway. Of course, now that I've joined, the weather isn't going to cooperate with me being able to get there.

I'll be doing my end of the year reading summary next week because I'm still hoping to finish a couple more books before 2019 ends.

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.)

  • Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (mine) - reread
  • Spitfire: A Livy Nash Mystery by M. L. Huie (Review; Jan. 7) - This mystery is set just post World War II and stars a young woman who is finding life flat after spending the war undercover with the Resistance in France. When she is offered a chance to serve again by Ian Fleming, she is eager but finds the new political situation difficult. My review will be posted on Jan. 7.
  • A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (Review; Jan. 14) - This is the second in the Gunnie Rose series which is post-Apocalyptic, takes place in a shattered United States with magic, and stars a young woman who makes her living as a guard who isn't hesitant to shoot. My review will be posted on Jan. 8.
  • The Last Sister by Kendra Elliot (Review; Jan. 14) - Elliot begins a new suspense series set in Oregon. A hanging of a black man and the gruesome murder of his wife brings in the FBI. Emily Mills called them when it looked like the local sheriff was getting things wrong and because it brought back memories of her father's hanging when she was a child. This was entertaining and thought provoking. My review will be posted on Jan. 11.
  • Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara (Review; Jan. 28) -- This is the most recent in the Chronicles of Elantra which is an epic fantasy series. Kaylin and her companions have to help a sentient building throw off the evil fief lord who is trying to conquer it. My review will be posted on Jan. 23.
  • The Prized Girl by Amy K. Green (Review; Jan. 14) - I got to 28% of this dual narrative about the murder of a fourteen-year-old former beauty pageant contestant. It is told from her viewpoint and the viewpoint of her older half-sister. I couldn't engage with the older sister who was really messed up by her neglectful childhood and own romantic choices. 

Next Week

From my own TBR pile this week:

Reviews Posted

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

  • Boundary Haunted by Melissa F. Olson - next in an urban fantasy series I'm reading. 

What was your week like?


  1. I’m glad you and your brother settled on a gym. I hope the weather doesn’t get too bad.

    Wishing you a great reading week and a Happy New Year Kathy

  2. I need to start that Charlaine Harris series -- I usually like her and I like dystopian. yay for a gym membership -- sure beats trying to walk outside in the winter!

  3. I'm happy you and your brother settled on a gym you both like. I would definitely want to use a pool though.

    Here's hoping the weather won't be tooo bad.

  4. I have enjoyed some of Charlaine Harris's books, but haven't read from the dystopian series.

    Enjoy your week. I hope we both find solutions for our image issues!

  5. That Harris series sounds intriguing! Some great reads this week. Happy New Year!

  6. OOh nice! I still need to finish Midnight Texas before I let myself start Charlaine's new series! Hope you enjoy the reads for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. I hope your weather won't be too bad. I know snow can look pretty, but when you have to go to work, not so much. Hope you have a great week and Happy New Year!

  8. Urban fantasy is my favorite type of fantasy. I've been listening to the Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch on audio until I couldn't find The Hanging Tree (#6) available on audio from anywhere but Audible. For humorous fantasy right now I'm listening to No Country for Old Gnomes (#2 in the Tales of Pell sequence) by Delilah S. Dawson and Kevin Hearne.

  9. We are in the path of a storm too 6 to 8 inches are expected. Looking forward to the Kendra Elliott new series. Happy New Year.

  10. Being at the same gym and closer must at least make things easier travel wise - when you can get there. Ouch technology woes, something that works then doesn't - so annoying!

  11. I hope you end up liking the new gym as much as you did the old one.

    My Mac went in for a keyboard replacement and I had to wait ten days until it was returned. It was agony.

    Here's to a wonderful new year, Kathy!

  12. These swings in weather are crazy! We had rain all day yesterday - this morning it is snowing. I love snow but I hate my husband driving to work in it. :(

    Have a happy new year!!

  13. I think I'm going to cancel my gym membership as it is a 35 minute drive to get there and I just got a used treadmill. Stay warm and safe!


  14. I bought an exercise bike with the money I earned from my workplace's wellness program and I used it quite a bit when I first got it but then somewhere I stopped but I need to get back to it so I can earn this year's wellness bonus. See what I've been reading at Girl Who Reads

  15. I have yet to read anything by Charlaine Harris, but I'm hoping to rectify that this year. Hope you enjoy your books!


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