Monday, April 26, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (April 26, 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...

This was rather strange weather week. I woke up this morning to snow covered ground and continuing snow until about 10:30 AM. It's 2:10 PM now and there is no snow anywhere. Just a couple of days ago I walked outside with the temperature in the lower 60s. The day before that I woke up to a dusting of snow on the ground. I guess this is really typical April weather here in northern Minnesota but I'll be glad when the temperatures are consistently in the 60s or higher.

I haven't gone anywhere but the grocery store all week. I've been spending my time reading and listening to books and watching baseball on TV. I did bake bread today for the first time in a few weeks. I really do like the scent of fresh bread filling the house. We had been subsisting on store-bought bread for a while since I wanted to have some varieties that I don't bake - like rye bread and fancy whole-grain breads - for a change. 

Next week looks to be more of the same. The books on my stack are all review books with June releases. My May blog calendar is all scheduled except for these It's Monday posts. I currently have 34 posts scheduled for later publication and also 34 in draft mode. 

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.)
  • Legacy by Nora Roberts (Review; May 25) -- The latest in the authors standalone romantic suspense novels tells a great story with Roberts' trademarks: great friendships, great romance, and great dialog. This one even has cute kids and cuter dogs. My review will be posted on May 19.
  • Carousel Tides by Sharon Lee (Mine; Audiobook) -- This book begins a contemporary fantasy trilogy set at an amusement park in coastal Maine. It is filled with interesting magic and wonderful characters. My review will be posted on May 18.
  • Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwood (Review; June 1) -- This is the 21st in the Phryne Fisher mystery series and was a great addition. I love the 1920s time period and the Australian setting. My review will be posted on May 25.
  • Carousel Sun by Sharon Lee (Mine; Audiobook) -- Middle book of a contemporary fantasy series has the main character learning more about her powers and building her relationships with her land and her new boyfriend. My review will be posted on July 3.
  • The Gift of Magic by Sharon Lee (Mine) -- Two short stories set in the same world as the Carousel Tides trilogy.
  • Spell Bound by Sharon Lee (Mine) -- Two short stories set in the same world as the Carousel Tides trilogy.
  • Surfside by Sharon Lee (Mine) -- Two short stories set in the same world as the Carousel Tides trilogy.
  • Carousel Seas by Sharon Lee (Mine; Audiobook) -- The conclusion to the Carousel Tides trilogy was filled with action and magic. This is an engaging contemporary fantasy series set in a beach town in Maine. My review will be posted on July 13.
  • A Rogue's Company by Allison Montclair (Review; June 8) -- This historical mystery set in the aftermath of World War II has great characters and a nicely twisty mystery too. My review will be posted on May 27.
  • Undercover Wolf by Paige Tyler (Review; May 25) -- This is the second in a series and, apparently, it is really necessary to read the first one before this one because I was totally lost trying to follow the story and the characters.
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  1. My Carousel Tides reminds me a bit of one of Joe Hill's short stories, Dark Carousel. It also makes me think of the town of Old Orchard Beach, where my husband and I spent the summer in 2019. It has an oceanfront amusement park with a beautiful old carousel.

    Enjoy your week!

  2. So many tempting books! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog. I'll bet you'll be glad when the snow leaves!

  3. You read such a great mix of books - Death in Daylesford has really caught my eye.
    I adore freshly baked bread, though it's always done in a bread machine at our house. Hope things warm up soon!

  4. I love both the smell and taste of freshly baked bread! Haven't made any in ages... might have to remedy that this week.

    A Rogue's Company sounds good. I seem to be on a WWII kick at the moment. Have a good week!

  5. The weather is the same in Colorado. It was in the 70s over the weekend, but it’s going to snow again this week. It’ll probably snow on and off until the end of May. I’ve lived here for most of my life, so I’m used to it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. Your books always look so good. These do too. Enjoy them and have a great week!

  7. Kathy, you are a reading machine. Wow. All those posts scheduled. Amazing.

    I'd be dismayed if I had to face snow in April. It's beautiful here in Texas...

  8. Wow. Snow then 60 degrees? That sounds like St. Louis weather if I didn't know better! Lol!

    Nice selection of reads! Hope you enjoy them this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. Oh in that short review of Legacy you have hooked me into really looking forward to it, via audiobook I plan to read it.

  10. I love the smell of bread being baked. And oh wow snow and then warm temps- or relatively warm. It got close to 70 today here and I hope we have more of that!

    Sherlock Holmes: Sign of seven looks promising.

  11. I don't envy you the cold weather. I loved the smell of fresh baked bread when Hubby used to make it.
    I didn't realize the Laurie R. King Mary Russel series was up to 17! Enjoy your week and your reading!

  12. I'm jealous of your home-baked bread! Sadly, we are dieting and delicious homemade bread is never on the menu these days. I keep meaning to try Kerry Greenwood's books!

  13. I'm always behind on my reviews. I haven't finished April books as yet and have one March one still to read. I wish I could get more organized on the reading. The weather sounds so good. I'll do practically anything to get some cool here!

  14. Maybe April snow showers bring May flowers? Hopefully? :)

    That Carousel series looks really good! I am definitely adding it to the list.

  15. I have to catch up on the last few Liaden books (by Sharon Lee with her husband) and then I hope to go back to read her Carousel stories.

    And it looks like I've fallen behind on the Laurie King Sherlock Holmes fanfiction books. Lots of good stuff here!

    I picked up a Paige Tyler book (from a grab bag the library was handing out) and struggled with it. I could keep track of the people and the world, but the protagonist had a problem that meant occasionally she'd be possessed by a demon and try to kill all the people around her. And when a friend offered to hang out with her so if it happened while she was near vulnerable people she wouldn't slaughter nearby children she refused because "she couldn't live in fear." And I was like: Welp, can't read this during the current pandemic, thanksverymuch!

  16. Oh, I love the smell of freshly baked bread! I would make some myself, but I'm sure that I'd just eat it all immediately (well, I think my whole family would fall on it like a pack of wolves!).

  17. Well, I hope if you pick up book 1 in the series, you enjoy it and then can pick up and finish book 2, because I read her X-Ops series, and I hope to enjoy SWAT series as well! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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