Monday, January 18, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Jan. 18, 2021)

 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... 

There wasn't much other than reading this week. I'm in between sports seasons. I did watch a couple of football games just to have the TV on. My team is finished for the year. I will be watching the Green Bay game later today even though they are bitter rivals to my Minnesota Vikings. 

I lowered the review stack quite a bit this week by finishing all the February 9 releases. The next couple are not releasing until Feb. 23. I even put one March release on this week's plan. I've been trying to alternate audiobooks with print books just to have some variety. If my reading follows the plan I'll only have two more books to read to finish my February calendar with scheduled review posts.

I added quite a few to TBR mountain but many were not totally new to me. I've read the Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine as review books and decided to buy my own Kindle copies and audiobooks for a repeat reading. It is the same with the Carousel Tides series by Sharon Lee. I read them but now want to listen to the audiobooks. I also bought the short story collections set in that world which will be new reads for me. 

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.)
  • Finlay Donovan Is Killing It by Elle Cosimano (Review; Feb. 2) - Nice contemporary mystery with more than a dash of humor. My review will be posted on January 28.
  • Rafael by Laurell K. Hamilton (Review; Feb. 9) - The latest urban fantasy from this prolific author has all her usual elements but is much shorter than her usual which was a good thing. Great story still. My review will be posted on Feb. 4.
  • Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine (Mine; Audiobook) - I missed this one when it was published but wanted to do a combo read/listen before I tackled the last in the series which is on my review stack. Excellent thriller. My review will be posted on Feb. 9.
  • The Iron Raven by Julie Kagawa (Review; Feb. 9) - This return to the world of the Iron Fey is told from Puck's point of view and was excellent. Great characters, descriptions and worldbuilding. My review will be posted on Feb. 3.
  • Hide in Place by Emilya Naymark (Review; Feb. 9) - Great thriller about a woman who is a retired police officer and who needs to search for her kidnapped son. Lots of information about why she left the force which is part of the reason her son was kidnapped. My review will be posted on Feb. 2.
  • A Lady's Formula for Love by Elizabeth Everett (Review; Feb. 9) - This historical romance/mystery was filled with interesting characters, a great romance, and an intriguing mystery plot along with great period details. My review will be posted on Feb. 6.
  • The Awakening by Nora Roberts - I bought the hardcover on release but wanted to listen as I read so bought the audiobook this week. This begins a new fantasy series for the author.
Next Week
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Bought for Kindle
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Review Books
What was your week like?


  1. Nice! I look forward to your thoughts on Finlay Donovan is Killing It! I'm so behind on my Cosimano books but this adult debut looks fun!

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  2. Goodness you got through a lot of books! Nora Roberts is one of those authors who lives on my TBR list but that I've still not read. I shall be interested to see what you think about the book! Have a great week.

  3. Oh I love Nora Roberts!! Such a great writer, with fun, easy reads. I hope you are enjoying it! Looking forward to the review for that one!

  4. I tend not to reread. I'm a one-and-done kinda reader, but I do love series! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great reading week :)


  5. Great list of books. I haven't read Nora Roberts or Lori Foster in a long time. I always enjoyed their books. Have a great week!

  6. I am looking forward to reading Finlay Donovan is Killing It. It sounds like such a fun mystery. A Lady's Formula for Love sounds good too! I am glad you enjoyed both and your other reading as well.

    The Awakening has been on my radar since I first heard about it. I've only read a couple of her books under her J.D. Robb pseudonym, but I would like to try her other work at some point. I hope you have a great reading week, Kathy!

  7. Wow, you had a great week of reading and reviewing! We still have football on in the background here, but I haven't been following it much. Have a good week.

  8. I enjoyed Bellewether especially since the history takes place partly in Quebec. Have a great reading week!

  9. Great looking books! You are doing well on your review books, which reminds me to read my one February ARC soon! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  10. Yes! Cheer the Pack! I live in a divided household. The kids and I are Packers fans and my husband is a Seahawks fan. I'm just relieve that those two teams didn't have to face off this year because my husband loves to trash talk! - Melinda @ A Web of Stories

  11. Wow!! I can't believe how many books you have up for the week! Wow!! I've been trying to get to the Stillhouse Lake series forever! Good luck getting all of your reading done Kathy!📚💞🙋

  12. I think the only one I've read out of all your books is Magic for Liars. I don't watch any sports, but I still don't get that much reading in in a month, never mind a week! I should give up Facebook, Twitter, etc. And you do so many reviews, too! My week is here

  13. Such a great variety of books! I need to branch out a bit. Looking forward to the Nalini Singh book and got the Lori Foster one on audio. Have a great week. The football games are always on, but I usually read. LOL Have a great week.

  14. I do so like the sound of the Naymark and Everett books. I am so sorry to see that the Kerry Greenwood book is already archived on Netgalley, though it has a date of 1st June 2021????

  15. The Packers are doing well!
    I am always surprised how far ahead you have read. :-)
    So many new books too. I need to start the Rachel Caine series.
    Have a good week. Stay warm and happy reading!

  16. I haven't watched football in ages and I kinda miss it. Nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon. :) Your books look good, especially thrillers- I've been reading lots of those lately.

    Have a great week!

  17. I wish I was as organized and on top of things with my for review books! But yeah for February being almost done! Sounds like a good reading week! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  18. I'm not a sports fan but my husband is. He loves the Dolphins. I asked him if it's a relief when his team is finally out of the running for playoff positions and he was offended! :-D I can't imagine why. ;-) I even know the Dolphins have been terrible for decades so this is the first year that I've seen my husband obsess over their record and who has to win or lose for his team to make it to the playoffs and on and on. My head was spinning with it all. I'm sorry your team is out of the running though.

    Enjoy your week!

  19. You always have such great looking books! Enjoy your reads and stay warm and safe!

  20. Congrats on finishing your review stack! My sport (hockey), just started, so I’m loving life right now. I hope you’re having a good week!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  21. I've been eyeballing the The Awakening series. I'll be interested in what you think. Happy reading!

  22. I need to catch up on the stillhouse lake series.

  23. I am a bit jealous how far ahead you are. I am always behind. Eager to read your thoughts on A Lady's Formula for Love.

    Thanks for visiting my blog on Monday.


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