Monday, July 27, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 27, 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...

I hit a milestone of sorts this week when I put gasoline in my car for the first time. I bought my new car on March 7 and then the Stay at Home orders began. Even before that, I didn't drive much but the pandemic kept and is keeping me mostly housebound. I finally got down to just above a quarter of a tank and had a coupon from Cub Foods giving me $.20 a gallon off which would expire at the end of July. I have a whopping 260 miles on my car now. At this rate, I won't need to fill my car again until November.

I listened to two very long Honor Harrington books this week. I added the companion series to my collection this week and have decided to listen to the rest according to the internal chronology of the series which means I'm currently listening to Crown of Slaves which is the first in the Crown of Slaves trilogy. While it takes place in a different place than the main series, there is some overlap in characters and some of the incidents in the main series are recounted from a different viewpoint in these. I found an internet site that listed all of this series in order of internal chronology which was helpful since War of Honor referred to a number of things that I'm reading about in this new book. I was almost tempted to stop reading War of Honor in the middle until I read Crown of Slaves but decided to finish one before starting another.

I expect my listening to drop quite a bit now that the baseball season has finally begun. I can read a print book while watching baseball but I can't listen to one and watch at the same time. And the David Weber books are all long! The shortest on my TBR stack is 16:38 and the longest is 37:19. There isn't really a rush to get to these since the first of the reviews for the ones I still want to listen to isn't scheduled until October 8. But I am enjoying the series and want to keep reading.

I was invited to do some reviewing for Minotaur books this week and received my first book from them for review in October. It is the 22nd in the Andy Carpenter series and should be something of a challenge since I recently read the first two but none of the others in the series. I have liked quite a few books from the publisher that I got for review from Edelweiss and NetGalley though I tended to avoid the ones deep in series I hadn't read.

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.)

  • Ashes of Victory by David Weber (Mine; Audiobook) -- 9th book in the Honor Harrington series. 25 hours and 45 minutes of action, adventure, space battles and political intrigue. My review will be posted Dec. 2.
  • War of Honor by David Weber (Mine; Audiobook) -- 10th book in the Honor Harrington series. 35 hours and 15 minutes of mostly political intrigue. My review will be posted on Dec. 9. 

  • Murder in the East End by Jennifer Ashley (Review; August 11) - This is the 4th historical mystery involving cook Kat Halloway. I like the characters and the setting of this series. My review will be posted on July 30.
  • Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau (Mine) - This contemporary mystery has been on TBR mountain since Oct. 31, 2013. It begins a series and was both engaging and humorous. My review will be posted on August 1.
  • Cold to the Bone by Emery Hayes (Review; August 11) - Introduces a female sheriff in rural Montana who investigates the murder of a 14-year-old tourist which leads to a medical conspiracy and an encounter with the man she fled Denver to escape along with her small son. My review will be posted on August 5.


  • Crown of Slaves by David Weber & Eric Flint (Audiobook) - I am just starting Chapter 30 at the 11 hours and 40 minutes mark with 7 hours and 38 minutes to go.

Next Week

Reviews Posted

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What was your week like?


  1. Always like to hear some positive things as a result of the virus! It was strange to watch a baseball game with no one in the seats.

  2. Seems like a pretty good week, and yeah you got to use the coupon before it expired! And go Patricia Briggs books! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  3. I haven't listened to audio books in so long. I used to have a six-disc player in my old SUV, but this one only has a one-disc player, so it's not as convenient as it used to be.

    Hope you like the books you receive from Minotaur.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful variety of books! I enjoyed reading your post!

  5. I have the Hannah Dennison book to review too. It looks like a good one. I was thrilled to have baseball back this past weekend, but now the virus has struck and our game has been postponed for tonight. Scary times.

    It's been the same with me for gas in my car. I filled up around the time the pandemic started and now I need gas again. I have a feeling it's going to be like this for awhile.

    I hope you have a great week and enjoy your books.

  6. LOL on no gas until November!! Sounds good to me!! :)

    MURDER IN THE EAST END should be good.

    ENJOY all of these books, and have a wonderful week, Kathy.

  7. Oh nice! These are all new to me reads. I hope you enjoy your picks for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. I don't watch any sports, so that loss I haven't noticed during the pandemic, but I'm sorry for everyone who has been missing them! Your list is as impressive as ever! I have a coworker I need to tell about Little Falls and Death at High Tide looks good to me. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  9. You had another great week. Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    Enjoy driving your new car now and then! LOL

  10. I have been driving a LOT less as well, it's so weird! Saving money on gas though I guess lol. And yay for baseball! A desperate Place looks good.

  11. Haha, congrats on the gas milestone! I haven’t driven since April, so I haven’t been using gas either. I hope you’re having a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  12. I love the look of Death at High Tide, I may investigate that one. It’s good the sports are getting back to normal, my husband loves football but its so strange seeing them play in empty stadiums.

  13. I last filled up my car months ago, too. Your new car is going to have a great resale value when you get ready to get another.

    We were excited to see our nephew pitching the opening game for the Red Sox. Probably not your favorite team!

  14. I've done a small amount of travelling to work and back but I've only needed to top my car up twice since March, normally it would be every week.
    You seem to have had a great reading week - hope this week is just as good to you!


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