Monday, November 9, 2020

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 9, 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... 

November 4
What a difference a week makes! All the snow is gone and the temperature is nearing 70 degrees today. Yesterday's temperature was also 70 and we're supposed to have temperatures in the high 60s for the next couple of days too. 

Saturday: We actually had temperatures in the 70s including 75 degrees on Friday which broke an all-time record for November in Duluth. It does look like reality will be returning next week as we look forward to possible snow on Tuesday.

This week has been a fascinating look at democracy in action as many of us have been glued to the TV watching and waiting for votes to be counted. This afternoon Joe Biden was determined by the media to be the winner. Of course, Donald Trump hasn't conceded and is planning challenges through the courts starting on Monday. 

There are still votes to be counted and races to be decided but it seems, as CNN says, to be 99.7% certain that Joe Biden has won. My twitter feed seems even more excited about Kamala Harris as the new Vice President. She is quite a record breaker being the first woman, the first woman of color, the first South East Asian to hold this high office. 

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.)
  • A Brush with the Moon by Raquel Lyon (Mine) -- This is a self-published urban fantasy that I bought this year. I liked the worldbuilding. My review will be posted on November 21.
  • Dragonwriter edited by Todd McCaffrey (Mine) -- I grabbed this print copy from my TBR shelves while I was waiting for my Kindle to charge. It contains all sorts of essays by authors and others who knew Anne McCaffrey. I found it full of interesting information by an author I enjoyed. I don't plan to review this nonfiction title.
  • Grave War by Kalayna Price (Review; Nov. 24) -- The final novel in the urban fantasy Alex Craft series was a great conclusion to the series. I loved the worldbuilding and will hate saying good-bye to Alex and her colleagues. My review will be posted on November 24.
  • Murder Is a Must by Marty Wingate (Review; Dec. 1) -- This cozy mystery stars the curator of a First Editions Library of Mystery novels written by women in the 1930s. It was a fun story with engaging characters. My review will be posted on November 26.
  • The Cousins by Karen M. McManus (Review; Dec. 1) -- This YA thriller was an entertaining story told in three points of view in the present and one point of view from the past. The characters were engaging and the mystery was excellent too. My review will be posted on November 28.
  • The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley (Mine; Audiobook) -- I both read and listened to this marvelous historical fantasy. I have become a real fan of this author. My review will be posted on December 12. 
  • Bright Shining World by Josh Swiller (Review; Nov. 24) -- I was completely turned off by the main character of this YA humorous thriller. I totally missed the humor and found the main character very annoying. 
  • Tie Die by Max Tomlinson (Review) -- This is the second Colleen Hayes historical mystery. I am enjoying this return to the 1960s.
Next Week
Reviews Posted
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What was your week like?


  1. I am happy to have the election behind us and feel certain that the challenges will come to nothing.

    Enjoy your books...I am eager to read The Cousins.

    I also want to add some new cozies to my shelves.

    Enjoy that gorgeous weather!

  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog and the lovely comment.
    I think you have a great week of reading here. Both past and present and including future.

    Keep on reading.

  3. Our weather has been great, too. It gave me a chance to get out into my garden and to the final things that needed to be done before winter.

    I'll be glad once all the election nonsense is over and we can all move forward--hopefully with some peace and kindness reigning across the country.

    Looking forward to reading your review of The Cousins. A Pretty Deceit and Deck the Hounds sound good. Hope you enjoy all your books.

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. Hope you have a nice week.

  4. We've had record-breaking war weather for days. So strange in Nov. But it is nice to be getting extra sunshine and warmth for a few estra days. What a great list of books. Will have to check out Price's series - haven't read any yet. Kearsley is my absolute fav. author - I'm read The Deadly Hours now. Happy reading

  5. I'm glad you've had some nice weather! I've read a couple of Kearsley's books, including The Winter Sea, and enjoyed them. I really need to seek out more of her work.

    The Ruthless Lady's Guide to Wizardry and Cocaine Blues catch my eye. I like watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries.

    Enjoy your week!

  6. I've been meaning to read The Winter Sea. I have it on my bookshelf. Happy reading!

  7. Ironically our weather has been pretty terrible! We're in the upper 70s and tomorrow we'll be over 80 degrees. This is not how I wanted my Fall weather to go. Apparently I'm one of the oddballs who enjoy the cooler temps! Lol!

    Nice reading lineup! I read Grave War not too long ago and loved how it ended! Now I just hope Kalayna gets back to her vampire series! I thought she said she would, she just has to re-read her books again!

    Happy Reading!

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    Have a GREAT day!

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  8. What crazy weather! One week you had snow and now temps in the 70's. I hope the 70's continue :)

    Your books all look great especially the cozy mysteries.

    Thank you for your kind thoughts about the loss of my kitty. I appreciate them very much.

    Have a great week!

  9. It's been much warmer at home this year than normal. And here we are out in Arizona and what happens when we are hiking? It starts snowing!

  10. It's ben warm here too- wow. 70's in November. And I'm happy with the electon too- hopefully all the post election wrangling won't be too much of a problem.

  11. Hi Kathy,
    So wonderful to read your blog again. We here in Canada are happy with your election results at the same time as we worry about how the transition will go.
    I find that while I still read picture books and some middle grade, more and more I pick up adult and or YA. I don't really like the teen angst in YA, but there are a lot of great titles.
    Thanks for the heads up about Dragonwriter. My library has a copy as an ebook which I've added to my for later shelf.

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