Monday, May 25, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 25, 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...

Happy Memorial Day weekend to those in the US! So many celebrations are going to be virtual this year since only small gatherings are allowed here in Minnesota. And, of course, rain is predicted for each day of the long weekend.

Even though things are opening up in my state, I'm still content to spend most of my time at home. It looks like June 1 will be another milestone date since that is when salons can open again. I think restaurants can open to some inside seating then. This week they were allowed to open for outside dining with limited numbers of people at one time. Of course, many don't have an outside area that they can use for patrons and our weather doesn't make outdoor dining possible every day. There are still a lot of things that have to happen before a complete reopening. For one thing, Minnesota is still waiting for cases to peak. Hopes are that reopening won't cause a major surge in cases.

I did get outside and walk a couple of days since the weather was warm and it was sunny. Rain is forecast for the whole Memorial Day weekend which will likely keep me inside. I can just see rain beginning to fall when I am at the farthest point of my walk!

After watching a Zoom from Penguin Books last night with Jim Butcher and Patrick Rothfuss, I realized that I had missed one of the Dresden Files books. I knew that a book in the series was coming out in July - a first since 2014, but didn't know there would also be a second Dresden book later in 2020 too. I bought a copy of the first Dresden book from Audible so that I can revisit the world before the new books come out.

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.)
  • Lady Rights a Wrong by Eliza Casey (Review; June 2) - England 1912. Lady Cecelia Bates investigates the death of a woman in charge of a suffrage group. Interesting story with lots to think about regarding the choices women had at that time in history. My review will be posted on May 28.
  • Mouse & Dragon by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Audiobook; reread) - Daav and Aelliana don't have smooth sailing after meeting and falling in love in this sequel to Scout's Progress. I recently reviewed this one.
  • Death of an Aristocrat by Anya Wylde (Review) - This second Lucy Trotter mystery was humorous but less silly than the first in the series. I liked Lucy with her determination to be able to take care of herself. My review will be posted on May 30.
  • Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Audiobook; reread) - This is the second book in the Mercy Thompson urban fantasy series and features all sorts of trouble for Mercy when vampire Stefan calls in his favor. My review will be posted on June 9.
  • Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Audiobook; reread) - The third Mercy Thompson story concerns the fae and some puzzling murders. My review will be posted on June 24.
  • The Girls Weekend by Jody Gehrman (Review; June 9) - Tense locked room thriller about five women who had been college best friends getting together for a reunion weekend where all sorts of formerly hidden issues are revealed and one of the women dies. My review will be posted on June 2.
  • The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes by Leonard Goldberg (Audiobook) - I picked this at Audible since I'm a huge fan of any story featuring Sherlock Holmes. It was okay but the characters seemed awfully one-dimensional to me. My review will be posted on June 17.
Next Week
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

  • Catalyst by Sarah Beth Durst (June 9)
  • Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King (June 9) - print ARC from the publisher
What was your week like?


  1. Oooh nice! Do you know if Anne is writing another World of the Others book? I haven't heard anything lately and was wondering if she was continuing her spinoff.

    Hope you enjoy your reads for this week!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  2. I haven't read Mercedes Lackey in years, I do love her work. I've seen the Ilona Andrews book appear on a few blogs and it sounds good.
    Thanks for visiting my blog x

  3. Good luck with the reopening; like you, I will stay home most of the time, although I could use a haircut and styling. But there is too much proximity in salons for my comfort level right now.

    Enjoy your books. Hideaway is one I am eyeing. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  4. It's good you're getting out but like you I feel the need for caution is still important. Too bad The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes was a little disappointing. Enjoy your reading week!

  5. Dean Koontz is actually originally from a town close to me! Enjoy :)

  6. I worry because active cases in our small town were down to 2 and now, within a matter of days, have risen to 13. I think you are wise to stay home as much as possible.

    Enjoy all those books!

  7. Things are starting to open up in parts of Oregon, but not where I live yet...which is fine with me. My family plans to continue to social distance for a while!

  8. I need to give Jim Butcher another try and also gt back to Patricia Briggs. I'm anxious to get out for more outdoor exercise, but wish we could still do our dance weekends. But I guess it's going to be a while before large gatherings happen again!
    My Monday reading...

  9. I've been recklessly adding books to my Kindle and am way behind my reads. I've started reading some of the classic vintage books as well so that increases the waiting time! Happy reading with your lot.

  10. Just took a quick look at your Hideaway review for Nora R. I am looking forward to that one and want the audio version. And that's good because no waiting around for a bookshop to have it!

  11. I need to start watching some of these author Zooms. They sound cool!

    And enjoy your walks. We are still sticking pretty close to home as well. :)

  12. From June 1st we will essentially be operating ‘normally’ but we have so few cases nationwide now the risks are as low as possible.
    I’m looking forward to Dresden s new book too.

    Wishing you a great reading week

  13. I tried to post last night, and I couldn't seem to (here or on my own blog)... You have several books listed that look intriguing, but I'd say I'm most excited to read Spy, Spy Again. I haven't really loved the last couple (though they weren't bad), so I hope this one is awesome.

    Happy Reading!

  14. Things are opening up here too, which is scary for me. I guess I'll just stay in our little bubble awhile longer. I read a couple of Jody Gehrman's books years ago and she kind of dropped off of my radar. The Girls Weekend sounds good. I may have to check it out. Have a great week.


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