Monday, April 12, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 12, 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...

Happy Monday! This past week has been filled with rain and thunderstorms which has made for a lot of good reading time. I did manage to lower my stack of review books early in the week but then replenished the stack again later in the week. 

The week was quite quiet with some baseball games to keep me occupied. Of course, watching baseball has lowered the number of audiobooks that I listened to. I did get a new one - The Beekeeper's Apprentice by Laurie R. King - because I follow her on Twitter and she has been posting messages about that book. She does have another about Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes coming out June 8 and I'm sure these posts are building interest. I've read the book a couple of times but this is the first time I'm listening to it. I also have an eARC of the newest on my Review stack. 

Saturday was my brother's birthday. He worked so we didn't have dinner together. I did stop at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery and buy him a slice of French Silk pie. It is his favorite variety of pie. I used to bring him pies from Bakers Square each time I came to Duluth when I lived near Rochester. Those locations have closed and I haven't been back there since I retired anyway. The nearest now are in the Twin Cities which is a good seven hour round trip. He'll have to make do with the Perkins version. 

This week is completely free of appointments and, since Covid-19 numbers are increasing here in my county, I plan to stay close to home. I am two weeks past my second Covid-19 vaccination but I'm not eager to take chances. 

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.)
  • Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold Cookbook (Mine) was filled with interesting recipes with a little too much goat cheese and cilantro to tempt me. There was also a story woven between the recipes. 
  • Thief of Souls by Brian Klingborg (Review; May 4) -- A mystery set in modern day China with all sorts of insight into Chinese culture. My review will be posted on April 28.
  • Wicked All Night by Jeaniene Frost (Mine) -- Third in an urban fantasy series that I've been reading. My review will be posted on May 1.
  • A Trail of Lies by Kylie Logan (Review; May 11) -- This was a very entertaining cozy mystery that is third in a series. My review will be posted on May 5.
  • City of Dark Corners by Jon Talton (Review; May 11) -- A hard-boiled mystery set in Phoenix in the 1930s filled with police corruption, mob bosses, and murders. My review will be posted on May 4.
  • The Last Scoop by R. G. Belsky (Review; May 5) -- Clare Carlson finds a mystery while looking into the last story her mentor was working on before he was killed. My review will be posted on May 6.
  • Shadowed Steel by Chloe Neill (Review; May 4) -- Third in the Heirs of Chicagoland series was an exciting, fast-paced story. My review will be posted on April 27.
  • Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill (Mine; Reread) -- The first in the Chicagoland Vampire books was a fun reread.
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What was your week like?


  1. Every time Covid seems to just about be under control those numbers start to creep back up. Give it another week or two and your vaccines should keep you safe.
    I've never heard of French Silk Pie - we either call it something else in the UK or you can't get it here - I hope your brother enjoyed it.
    Have a good week and stay safe!

  2. Happy birthday to your brother! It was nice of you to get him his favorite pie, even if it wasn't from his favorite place.

    I read The Beekeeper's Apprentice years and years ago and liked it but just sort of forgot about the series (I do that more often than I would like). I should re-read it and continue on.

    Enjoy your week!

  3. I'm feeling tired today after getting the J&J vaccine a little over 24 hours ago. My usual caffeine intake hasn't seemed to do the trick! I listened to all of the Mary Russell books on audio right up through the pirate one and then I never went back to it. I should!

  4. Hope your brother had a happy birthday... so thoughtful of you to bring him his favorite pie! Sorry to hear the Covid numbers are rising in your area. Glad you are vaccinated. I got my second shot last week and had more of a reaction this time. Looking forward to some low risk activities after the two week mark... can't wait to eat outdoors at a restaurant. The Beekeeper's Apprentice looks good.

  5. I don't blame you for wanting to continue to stay close to home. I'm getting my 2nd shot this week, but I know we still have to be careful. All those cozies look so good. I hope you enjoy them and have a great week!

  6. Our COVID numbers are rising here too, and I don't know why. Next week, everyone 16 and up is eligible to be vaccinated, so I'm hoping that the numbers start to fall soon. I'm getting my 2nd shot a week from Thursday, and I will be so relieved when I'm past the 2 week mark! - Melinda @ A Web of Stories

  7. I always prefer a birthday pie over birthday cake!

  8. I tend to enjoy a cookie cake over birthday cake myself! Lol. Though my niece shares my birthday (though she usually gets a cookie cake too) but my sister's birthday is the previous month of mine, so I can usually have birthday cake then too! Lol.

    Nicely done with the reading! I loved Wicked Night and Shadowed Steel myself! Hope you enjoy your reads lined up for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. Happy belated birthday to your brother! And sounds like some really great great reads this week! Go Chloe Neill! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  10. Happy birthday to your brother! The slice of pie sounds yummy.

    I'm fully vaccinated, too, but I still don't want to be around people who are not.

  11. The increasing cases makes me nervous, too. I haven't been vaccinated yet. My hubby finally got his.

    I haven't caught a game on TV yet. The Red Sox play the Twins tomorrow.

    So many great books on your list this week. The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels sounds fabulous.

    Hope you enjoy your week. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. Our Perkins here went out and I miss that place! Their pies weren't bad and we went there to eat after church or just whenever a lot...

    It's been raining here a lot too...

  13. Happy belated birthday to your brother! I am sure he appreciated his treat. See many more books to add to my TBR pile! Have a great week.

  14. I love Perkin's French Silk Pie. I think the nearest Baker's Square to where I live is in Brookfield (WI) unless it closed since the last time I was there. I still have to finish the Chicagoland Vampires series so I can move on to the Heirs of Chicagoland books.


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