Monday, March 1, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (March 1, 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... 

Last week was filled with medical appointments and much busier than usual for me. Both went well and, thankfully, I don't need to have another colonoscopy for five years. Actually the anticipation and preparation for the colonoscopy is the worst part, the actual procedure is done under deep sedation. The worst part the day of the procedure was getting the IV for the anesthesia. My veins are hard to find and tend to roll away from the needle. Then I went to sleep and woke up in the recovery room. 

I had talked about getting vaccinated with my Primary Care doctor when I saw her on Monday. She said that they were contacting their patients using a lottery since they were getting too few doses for all their patients. I said that I had already registered through the State system. She recommended that I see if there was a registration process through my County. I was content to wait until my turn came up and thinking that it would be quite a while before my turn cane around. So I was excited to get an email from my State last Wednesday saying I could register for the Coronavirus vaccine at the State vaccination site right here in the city where I live. I did that immediately and am scheduled for my first dose of the Moderna vaccine Sunday, Feb. 28 at 10:50AM. They also scheduled the second dose for March 28 at the same time. By the time this is posted I'll be half-vaccinated.

Other than getting a shot, the rest of this coming week is appointment-free. I'm looking forward to reading and listening to some great books. The weather is getting nicer, baseball season is getting closer, and The Voice starts a new season this week too! 

February Report

I read 26 books this month. Seventeen of them were audiobooks. Six others were review books. My reading totaled 9244 pages including my audiobooks. I spent almost 140 hours listening to audiobooks. 

I added 43 books to my TBR mountain in February. Thirty were audiobooks. Four were review books. Thirty-eight of my new arrivals were Kindle books. Eight of the Kindle books don't also have audiobooks on my stack right now. Five were audiobooks where I already own the Kindle. Only one of my new audiobooks doesn't have a corresponding print or Kindle copy already on my stack.

I've already read ten of my new arrivals but 33 are still waiting on TBR mountain. Total TBR mountain including pending review books is 2278 books. I have 66 on TBR mountain from 2021.

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 Hot Zone by Jayne Castle (Kindle and Audiobook) -- Another excellent futuristic paranormal romantic suspense title with dust bunnies. I reviewed this one at LibraryThing and Goodreads.
  • The Bone Maker by Sarah Beth Durst (Review; March 9) - Excellent standalone fantasy about what happens after the heroes win the day but the story doesn't end. My review will be posted on March 6,
  • Minimum Wage Magic by Rachel Aaron (Kindle and Audiobook) -- Entertaining urban fantasy with great worldbuilding. My review will be posted on March 18.
  • Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha (Kindle and Audiobook) -- Entertaining post-apocalyptic thriller/romance. My review will be posted on March 13.
  • Spellmaker by Charlie N. Holmberg (Review; March 9) - Second in historical fantasy duology. Entertaining characters and worldbuilding. My review will be posted on March 9.
  • Siren's Call by Jayne Castle (Kindle and Audiobook) - Entertaining futuristic paranormal romance/thriller set on Harmony and featuring dust bunnies. This is such a fun series. I reviewed it on LibraryThing and Goodreads. 
  • Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley (Review; March 16) - Excellent YA thriller set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and starring a young woman torn between the White culture of her mother and the Native culture of her father. My review will be posted on March 10.
Next Week
Reviews Posted
  • Lies by Kylie Scott (Audiobook)
  • Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay (Review)
  • An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn (Review)
  • Blood Ties by Kay Hooper (oldie from my TBR mountain)
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

  • Legacy by Nora Roberts (May 25) - I'm really excited about this one. I was turned down at Edelweiss but then got an email from NetGalley making it available to the first thousand(?) who asked and I got it. 
What was your week like?


  1. It sounds like February was quite an impressive reading month! I hope March is just as good!
    140 hours! Wow!! That's amazing!
    How are you feeling after the vaccine? I know someone who said they felt absolutely no different after, and someone who experienced not so great side effects :( So I have been interested to see how people are feeling! Most often, I hear that people just have a sore arm.
    I hope you have a great reading week! Good luck with that TBR mountain lol!!

  2. So pleased to hear about your medical results. I had to smile that despite reading 26 books you've still added more to your TBR than you read. I'm avoiding adding much to my TBR at the moment, I need to get it under control!

  3. Good news on scheduling your shots!

    I, too, thought the colonoscopy prep was the worst part.

    Enjoy your books and your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  4. So glad you were able to sign up for the vaccine! Hope you're not feeling too bad today after the first dose. My husband was mostly just tired after his. I'm hoping that once there's a good supply of the J&J vaccine, things will really open up.

    Congrats on a great reading month, too!

  5. Wow on 26 books!! That is amazing.

    Scheduling shots here in PA is very frustrating and time-consuming, but we thankfully did get one. They need an easier system and one that is less stressful.

    I’ll have to check out your review of EVERY LAST FEAR.

    ENJOY your week, and stay safe.

  6. I'm so glad that you were able to get your first shot and that you are scheduled for your second shot. Wonderful news.

    Love seeing all the books you have read!

  7. Yay for round 1! That's awesome!

    Nice round of reads too! New to me ones but I hope you enjoy your picks for this week!!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. So glad to hear your colonoscopy went well. It's so true that the prep for it is the hard part. Wonderful to hear that you were able to get your first shot.

    Your books look good. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

  9. You always have such great books on here!

    And I am so happy you got your shot, that is awesome news! My mom gets her second one tomorrow. I am hoping to get mine this summer. :)

  10. You are so organized with your reading. Every week, I'm always impressed. I love the Garth Nix title "The Left-Handed Booksellers of London"! My It's Monday post is here:

  11. That was nice to get Legacy. Yes prep for a colonoscopy is yuck to say the least. Good to hear about the deep sedation. They didn't do that for me and I hope I never have another!

  12. I’m glad your procedure went well, and great news regarding the vaccine!
    43 books are a lot to add to your TBR!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  13. Congrats on the vaccine! That's awesome news. I need to read a Krentz

  14. I love how organized your posts are. Glad to hear all is well healthwise and the vaccine.

    Hope you are enjoying all the books you've read since last week. I will be back again to check out your latest posts.

    Thanks for visiting my blog.


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