Monday, May 31, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 31, 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 a very mixed week. We had near freezing temperatures overnight a couple of days and made the most solar power on any single day so far this year on another day. Needless to say, I didn't get outside for walking at all this week. The temperature didn't get to 50 any day this week. I did finally leave the house to go grocery shopping one day which gave me some steps. It is weird to go places and see so many people without masks!

I spent most of the week finishing my reread/first listen of the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie R. King. I'm caught up now until the new one on June 22 which I have already read in ARC and have the review scheduled. 

I'm not sure which audiobook I'll choose next. I got a bunch of new ones this week when Audible had a $5 sale but only Hidden Figures is unread. All the rest were already in my collection as print or Kindle books. 

I'm starting to read my July releases from my Review stack but have enough time to fit in rereads or even books from my TBR mountain. I'm hoping to be able to go for walks and listen to audiobooks this week too.

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.)
  • Death in Bloom by Jess Dylan (Review; May 25) -- Sierra is back home working in a flower shop when her boss disappears and an attendee at a workshop dies of poison. Nice story with engaging characters. My review was posted on May 26.
  • Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King (Mine; Kindle and Audiobook) -- 12th Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes takes place in Morocco where Mary suffers from amnesia and both reunite with Mahmoud and Ali who are on mission from Mycroft.
  • Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King (Mine; Kindle and Audiobook) -- 13th Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes takes place in Japan and England where they solve a problem for the Emperor of Japan and find a blackmailer. 
  • The Murder of Mary Russell by Laurie R. King (Mine; Kindle and Audiobook) -- 14th Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes is concerned with Mrs. Hudson's past. 
  • Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King (Mine; Kindle and Audiobook) -- 15th Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes finds them in Venice. Mary is trying to find the aunt of one of her college friends and Sherlock is looking for Fascists on behalf of Mycroft.
  • Murder at Sunrise Lake by Christine Feehan (Review; June 29) -- Feehan's romantic suspense has a paranormal twist when Stella has nightmares about a serial killer. She and her friends need to find and stop him before too many people die. My review will be posted on June 23.
  • Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King (Mine; Kindle and Audiobook) - 16th in Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series takes Mary and Sherlock to the Riviera. Mrs. Hudson also stars. 
  • Get a Clue by Jill Shalvis (Mine) - Romantic suspense heavy on the romance and light on the suspense stars Breanne Mooreland who, after being stood up at the altar, decides to go on her honeymoon alone and ends up stuck in a house with a quirky staff and a man in her shower in the middle of the snowstorm of the century. Then a body is found in the wine cellar... My review will be posted on June 26.
Next Week
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

  • Island of the Mad by Laurie R. King (Kindle and Audiobook)
  • Riviera Gold by Laurie R. King (Audiobook since I already owned the Kindle)
  • The Vanishing by Jayne Ann Krentz (Audiobook since I already owned the Kindle)
What was your week like?


  1. Those are some new to me ones. I hope you enjoy your reads for this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. One day I will indulge in a re-read of all my Anne McCaffrey books. I do enjoy her work - or at least I did when I read the books many years ago! Have a great week and I hope the weather warms up for you.

  3. I wonder if you do much rereading or if you prefer to read new books. Do you ever read nonfiction? Or do you just stick with fiction?

    Freezing temperatures last week? Wow!

  4. The weather has been all over the place for me as well! We actually had snow one day this week!! Crazy!
    Great list of books! Hope you have a great week :)

  5. You have many tempting books! Enjoy, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  6. Same here with masks. So many people are not wearing them here now. I know with the new guidance people are relying on that but I still wear mine. I even had a guy ask me why the other day. *rolls eyes*

    Hope you have a nice Memorial Day!

  7. Lots of great books this week. Hope it warms up again soon there!

  8. Those books by Laurie R. King look quite good. Gorgeous covers too.

    I still wear my mask - I think it’s still a little too early to stop wearing them.

    It has been quite chilly here for is finally in the 70’s. All the freezing weather overnight slowed the growth of the seeds I planted.

    Enjoy this week, and I hope the weather for both of us improves.

  9. So many great books on this list! I'm intrigued by Death in Bloom. And Orphan X has been on my TBR list for awhile now.

  10. I haven't heard of any of those authors or books. I used to watch Miss Fisher's Murders Mysteries on PBS and now I'm curious about your book series. I wonder if we can get those books in the US.

    Thank you for visiting my blog. I bet you will like Anxious People, as most people do. I'm just going through a bad time right now and this wasn't the right match for me. Let me know what you think when you finish.

  11. So many great looking books. Death in Bloom is on my list to eventually read. I hope you have a great week!

  12. We just happened across Enola Holmes on Netflix last week and watched it, not realizing it was a "family" movie. It was pretty good! I love the Mary Russell series, although I'm not particularly a mystery or a Sherlock Holmes fan. I need to get back to it as your Monday posts have been reminding me lately!

  13. What an amazing week of reading. I must check at the library for Death at the Crystal Palace, even though it will be awhile before they get it I need to get on the reserve list!!

  14. All these Sherlock Holmes inspired books are really calling to me! I need to add them all to my list!

  15. I'm thinking I might start the Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes books one I catch up with the series I'm currently reading. They look fun! - Melinda @ A Web of Stories

  16. Yeah, we got snow in mid-May, and just last week it got pretty cold, but it's warmed up now! And sounds like you're on top of your review copies! Hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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