Monday, April 6, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 6, 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...

This has been another quiet, stay-at-home week. It was also the last week my brother worked before he took his 30-day paid leave from Target. I don't recall leaving the house once this week. It snowed a couple of times which also kept me from wanting to leave home.

I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks and even walked on my treadmill three times while listening. I'm eager for the start of Spring here in my part of Minnesota so that I can take some walks outside in my neighborhood. However, I'm waiting for less snow and much warmer weather.

This was a good week for review books. I got an email saying that I had won a copy of Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King. I had been checking NetGalley and Edelweiss hoping an ARC would be available ever since I heard about the book. I love the series. I was told that physical ARCs were not being sent but eARCs were available if I was interested. I replied that an eARC was fine and then waited a couple of days. When I didn't hear anything, I went to NetGalley and saw that the ARC was available from Berkley for Request. I requested and was granted access the next day.

I also got an email from Sarah Beth Durst offering me an ARC of Race the Sands which is her newest standalone fantasy. I replied that it sounded good and a couple of days later a physical ARC showed up in my mailbox. I have read everything this author has written and have enjoyed them all.

This coming week has doctor's appointments for both Bill and me. Both have been confirmed and not cancelled. I have to take Bill to his because he will have his eyes dilated so that they can check on the progress of retina repair. Mine is easier since I just need to second shingles shot and hope to be in and out in very few minutes.

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.)

  • Balance of Trade by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Mine; audiobook) - This story is out of the main sequence of the Liaden Universe books. I've only read it a couple of times and not for years. It tells the story of young human trader who is taken as an apprentice by a Liaden trader and has lots of secrets both about trade and about the young trader. My review will be posted on April 9.
  • Trade Secret by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (Mine; audiobook) - This is the sequel to BALANCE OF TRADE and has the further adventures of Jethri Gobelyn. It has even more political maneuvering and secrets than the first. My review will be posted on April 14.
  • A Stroke of Malice by Anna Lee Huber (Review; April 7) - This is the 8th book in the Lady Darby historical mystery series. My review is linked below.   

  • Wolf's Curse by Kelley Armstrong (Mine) - YA urban fantasy sequel to Wolf's Bane. This self-published spinoff of her Otherworld series tells about a few days at a leadership camp attended by a variety of supernatural teens that goes horribly wrong. My review will be posted on April 7.
  • Written in Red by Anne Bishop (Mine; audiobook reread) - This is one of my favorite books. I've lost count of the number of times I've read it. This is the second time I listened to the audiobook. My review will be posted on April 15.
  • Redemption Prep by Samuel Miller (Review; April 14) - I quit this one at 10% since it had switched viewpoints at least three times and I still had no idea what the story was about. 


Next Week

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What was your week like?


  1. I'm so happy your brother has started his leave! I know that eases both of your minds to not have to worry so much.

  2. Ooh nicely done! Some new to me ones here. I hope you enjoy your reads for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  3. I haven't started Wolf's Curse yet so looking forward to your review. I hope you get warmer weather soon so you can get outside for your walks.

  4. Race of the Sands sounds really good! We're staying home too, I think it's been two weeks since we went outside our house or yard. Have a good week!

  5. Glad you were able to stay at home all week... certainly much safer that way. Having so many great books to read is an added bonus. Stay well!

  6. I haven't left the house either. Congrats on winning the book! I hope you enjoy it and have a great week!

  7. Lots of great books to investigate. Only one I've read is Mureder of Crows - loved the whole series.

  8. Wow! That's a lot of books! I'm intrigued by the Anne Bishop audiobook, Written in Red, and several others too. We have no snow here in Massachusetts but the weather hasn't really gotten warm yet.

  9. It is great that you have access to review books and can enjoy reading them during the isolation.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  10. Glad you have been able to stay home and stay safe.

    Written in Red looks good. I was glancing at Redemption Prep, but not too sure about it since you couldn't get through it. Each time I see The Body in the Garden it makes me think of Flowers in the Attic.

    Hope you have a good week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  11. Hi Kathy! Sounds like you had an amazing reading week! I think audio books are a great way to utilise time, although I am still getting used to them! Where do you usually get your audiobooks from?

    - Aayushi,

  12. I’m also waiting for spring to start. I walked the dog this morning, and it was so cold! I hope you’re having a good week.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  13. I'm so glad your brother is now at home with you. I wouldn't even get out to a doctor's appointment unless it was an emergency. I had to mail some family masks at the post office and I thought I was going to lose it, with the people chit-chatting while I stood there waiting.

    I'm glad you still have lots of great books to read. Books have been difficult for me, but they have also been a comfort through this.

    Stay safe and take care.

  14. I'm glad that your brother is able to get some paid leave during this time. It looks like you've been getting quite a bit of reading done. I will admit, I haven't been reading as much as I thought I would. I guess I'm just so distracted by everything else going on that I can't concentrate.


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