Monday, February 3, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Feb. 3, 2020)

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...

Another quiet week that was mostly gray and gloomy. I think I stayed home all but one day when my brother took my out to exercise. I've been reading, playing on the computer, and watching TV. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's Super Bowl because I want Kansas City to win. I also want to see the clever commercials.

I made spaghetti sauce for a spaghetti supper yesterday. There's enough sauce left that I'm planning on making a pan of lasagna tomorrow. Today is my brother's day to cook and he's trying out a new recipe for baked chicken strips to go along with baked potatoes and squash. We haven't been as good as we were at writing down our menus. I think we'll try harder in February. It was useful to be able to look back and be reminded of recipes and meals we wanted to have again and also those recipes that we definitely didn't want to try again.

I baked bread twice last week. I used a couple of slices of the Italian bread I made to make garlic toast to go along with our spaghetti last night. Since that almost finished the loaf, I baked a honey whole wheat last evening for today's sandwiches. Bill will also need a lunch one day this week to take with him to work. His other shifts are shorter and don't have lunch breaks. He will be working over the dinner hour three times this coming week which means I'm hoping for leftovers to carry me through. I don't like making a whole dinner if I'm the only one home to eat it.

January Reading

I read 21 books this month with a total of 7847 pages. These books included 7 rereads and 7 review books. All of them were ebooks.

I added 29 books to my book collection including 5 review books and two finished copies of books I either reviewed or read in a different format. Twenty-six of my new books are still unread but three are on my calendar to read in February.

I'm trying to add some of my own books to my reading plan since I have 97 books I received in 2019 still to read which is about 1/3 of all the books I added in 2019. Of course I still have books I added to my collection earlier including 76 from 2008 to read. I'm thinking that it would be a good idea to take at look at those and decide if I still want to read them or have already read them but not reviewed them. I'm sure some could go in the bags of books I have ready to donate.

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.)

  • The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James (Review; Feb. 18) - I really enjoyed this mystery complete with ghosts and a dual timeline. My review will be posted on Feb. 11.
  • Belladonna by Anne Bishop (Mine) - I enjoyed this second in her Ephemera fantasy series. It had a good romance and great world building. My review will be posted on Feb. 12.
  • Bridge of Dreams by Anne Bishop (Mine) - Finishes the Ephemera trilogy with Lee's story. Also a great romance with terrific worldbuilding. My review will be posted on Feb. 13.


Next Week

  • The Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop (Mine) - First in a new-to-me trilogy. I'm catching up on a favorite author's backlist.
  • Still Life by Louse Penny (Mine) - I hope to finish this first in a series mystery that I set aside a couple of weeks ago.

Reviews Posted

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



What was your week like?


  1. The Sundown Motel was great, right? Such a unique story. And yay, KC! Great Superbowl.

  2. OOh nice! I'm curious about The Sundown Motel, yet I want to read the other St. James book I have first before I go adding another one to my stack! Lol.

    Happy Reading!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. I have enjoyed three Louise Penny books, including Still Life. Enjoy your books!

  4. Your homebody time makes me jealous! I've been running around here there and everywhere. January used to be a quieter time, but apparently not any more! I listened to the Hank Green book on audio, but can't remember if I finished it or not! Guess the story didn't stick with me. I love the Louise Penny books on audio!

  5. I’m impressed with how much reading you got done in the last month, I hope February is as fabulous.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  6. Your dinners sound good! You had a great reading week. Thanks for sharing.


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