Monday, July 20, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 20, 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...

Although I did spend most of the week at home and reading, I also spent an hour and a half in a socially distanced line at the DMV renewing my driver's license. It only took about 15 minutes once I got inside the office. Luckily, it was a very pleasant day to stand around outside. Unfortunately, I hadn't planned ahead and brought my Kindle with my latest audiobook with me.

After the DMV, I treated myself to lunch by going through the drive-thru at Culver's. I even splurged and bought myself a scoop of their ice cream flavor of the day - butter pecan.

The weather this week was hot and there were a few threats of severe weather. It looks like all of the thunderstorms happened after I was sleeping and left us a nice amount of rain. We missed out on the very strong, straight line winds they were predicting. Last time we had that kind of weather was 2016 and we ended up without power for a couple of days and lost enough shingles that we had to put a new roof on the house. I'm not sorry this event missed us since we just put a new roof and solar panels on this house last year.

We didn't make as much electricity as last month but I'm fairly sure we still made more than we used. Of course, we have been running the air conditioning a lot. I'll be eager to see this month's power bill when it finally arrives.

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 Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson (Review; August 4) - Fun romance filled with all sorts of romance tropes. She even indexed the tropes for us. My review will be posted on July 28.
  • An Accidental Corpse by Helen A. Harrison (Review; August 4) - Entertaining historical mystery built around the death of American artist Jackson Pollack. My review will be posted on July 29. 

  • Honor Among Enemies by David Weber (Mine; Audiobook) - This was 19 hours and 21 minutes of space battles and political intrigue and the 6th book in the Honor Harrington series. My review will be posted on Nov. 11.
  • In Enemy Hands by David Weber (Mine; Audiobook) - This one was 19 hours and 24 minutes of the Honor Harrington series. My review will be posted on Nov. 18.
  • Echoes of Honor by David Weber (Mine; Audiobook) - They keep getting longer! This episode was 26 hours and 45 minutes long. As usual it contained all sorts of political wrangling and a few assorted space battles. My review will be posted on Nov. 25.


  • Ashes of Victory by David Weber (Mine; Audiobook) - This is the 9th book in the Honor Harrington series and is 25 hours and 45 minutes long. I've currently listened to 12 hours of it.
  • Murder in the East End by Jennifer Ashley (Review; August 4)

Next Week

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What was your week like?


  1. Your DMV visit does sound good, and so does that butter pecan ice cream.

    Enjoy your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. Thankfully in the UK you only have to renew your driving license when you get to 70. You just post it off if you need to change any details on it.
    I've mentioned before that I'm not a huge audiobook fan, but the David Weber books look really good, so I must look for the ebook edition.

  3. Butter Pecan is one of my favorite flavors. I'm glad you treated yourself.

    Great books this week. I've seen Paris is Always a Good Idea on a lot of blogs lately. Cold to the Bone and Little Falls also look good.

    Hope you have a great week.

  4. I now bring my Kindle with me when I go out so that I can read while waiting in line. I'm curious about Murder in the East End. Have a great reading week!

  5. Mu husband has to renew his license soon - I am not eager for him to go. :(

    Murder in the East End looks good - and I am behind on Patricia Briggs!

  6. We're able to renew our licenses online, which I love for the convenience. As someone who worked at an eye doctor's office for a decade, the idea terrifies me! Vision can change so fast! We used to joke that our parking lot was the most dangerous place in the city!

    I'm almost caught up on the Mercy Thompson series but I've only read one Alpha & Omega book. At least I know I have plenty of books left that are set in that world! Enjoy your week!

  7. Nice! Mostly new to me ones here. I hope you enjoy your reads lined up for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. A Kindle or book is a must if you go to the DMV. It sounds like you did well, though. Your books look good. I hope you enjoy them. Have a great week!

  9. Small things, like treating yourself to ice cream, mean a lot right now. I hope I don't have to go do any thing that requires going inside a building. I asked to have my voting tablet brought out to me. I still have a cough.

    I bet you are so pleased that you got the solar panels. They are going to pay off for you.

    Now I need to go see your review of Paris is Always a Good Idea.

    Have a good week and take care.

  10. Because of the virus, I got to renew my license online. I was super happy about that. It’s so cool that you have solar panels. If I had more money, I’d get those for sure. Have a great week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  11. Glad you treated yourself. Our DMV is by appointment only so the wait time now is for an appointment. Mine is in Sept!!! A few of your books are on my want to read list.

  12. The Love Scam sounds like a fun one! Little Falls appeals to me, too, as does butter pecan ice cream!

  13. Yeah for the DMV being ok, boo for no book! And sounds like you had a good week, books wise! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  14. I'm jealous of the Kowal -- I need to get a copy of that.


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