Monday, September 13, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 13, 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...

It has been a nice, quiet week with lots of reading time.

As I'm writing this, CNN is on in the background doing all kinds of 9/11 tributes. It brings to mind the day for me. I was a school librarian and caught the television coverage in the backroom of my Media Center. I remember the confusion about what was going on. I saw the second plane hit the tower and a little while later saw the towers collapse. I was perfectly safe in a small town in Minnesota but remember feeling uncertain and less safe. 

I have decided to take the month of September off from reading review books. I have finished all of my September and October review books and have my calendar filled until almost the end of October. It seems like a good time to read what I want and get a few books off my TBR pile. I started with two hardcovers that have been there since 2013 - Saint's Gate and Heron's Cove by Carla Neggers (links below). I had reviewed books three and four in the series in 2013 and 2014. After reading the first two, I decided to read the rest of the series which meant a trip to Amazon to purchase the rest - including books 3 and 4 which I wanted to reread. I'm currently reading the 6th book in the series with three novels and one novella to go. As a consequence, I'll be posting six reviews a week instead of four for a while.

I also found someone who has a Little Free Library in front of her house to take all my bags and boxes of books I no longer want. My home library looks much neater without those bags and boxes and I'm hoping that others will get a chance to enjoy the books I gave her. She said I can call her if or when I have more books to move out of my house. 

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.)
  • A Dragon of a Different Color by Rachel Aaron (Mine; Audiobook) -- The Fourth Heartstrikers story continues many storylines in this engaging urban fantasy series. My review will be published on September 30.
  • Last Dragon Standing by Rachel Aaron (Mine; Audiobook) -- Final Heartstrikers story wraps everything up. My review will be posted on October 7.
  • Saint's Gate by Carla Neggers (Mine since 2013) -- Begins the Sharpe & Donvan series and introduces ex-nun, now FBI Agent Emma Donovan and undercover FBI Agent Colin Donovan. My review is posted. The link is below. 
  • Heron's Cove by Carla Neggers (Mine since 2013) -- Second in the Sharpe & Donovan series. My review will be posted on September 28.
  • Declan's Cross by Carla Neggers (Mine; Reread) -- This was the first Sharpe & Donovan story I read. I had a review copy in 2013. Here's my review.
  • Harbor Island by Carla Neggers (Mine; Reread) -- This is the 4th book in the Sharpe & Donovan series which I read as a review book in 2014. Here's my review. Note: I liked it better this time because I had the background knowledge gained from all the earlier books. 
  • Keeper's Reach by Carla Neggers (Mine since 2016) -- Fifth Sharpe & Donovan mystery. My review will be posted on October 12.
  • Forgotten in Death by J. D. Robb (Mine) -- 53rd in the In Death series was another entertaining entry into this long-running series. My review will be posted on September 13.
Next Week
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

Bought (all for my Kindle):
What was your week like?


  1. I don't think I will ever forget what I was doing when that happened, such a major event in our lives. This was the first year my grand-daughter really studied it in-depth at school, she spent the day and night with us on Saturday and wanted to learn more so we watched all the CNN coverage while working a puzzle on the table.

  2. I had just retired from my long term job earlier that year, so I was sleeping in. I then drove to the post office and heard the events on the radio. Meanwhile, my son was visiting from Prague and working in the yard, so he hadn't heard either.

    We spoke of nothing else for days!

    Nothing felt the same afterwards...ever.

    Meanwhile, books help. Enjoy! Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  3. Those are new to me reads! I hope you enjoy them all this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. How awesome to be able to give books to the Little Free Library. I wish we had one around here! I avoided watching/reading things on 9/11. I was teaching Pre-K in NC when it happened and the teacher next to me was flipping out, she had her family from NC calling her. Parents started picking up their kids early, such a hard/confusing day.

  5. Good idea to take a month from reading review books. I did that in August but not organised like you and now having to er... catch up on them! Hmm reminding me of the Sharpe and Donovan Neggers books - I did read a couple of those and enjoyed them.

  6. Good luck with the Neggers books- they do look good.

    The Aaron books continue to sound good to me.

  7. I remember the day so clearly. Everything stood still and though we were very far away, the actual event was heart breaking as if it happened here.

  8. I love those Little Free Libraries! I spend a few days a month driving around and putting books in a few near me. I asked my husband yesterday if he would build me my own, that would be so much easier!

  9. Awesome on the Little Library...I'm sure she and the folks who use her library truly appreciate all of the books.

    Best of luck reading books that are not for review.

    I like to be way ahead so I am still reading my review books.

    ENJOY your week...Happy Reading!!

  10. That's so nice of you to donate your books to a Little Free Library. It always seems like the ones I stop to look at usually only have self-help books that no one will ever want to read.

    I can't even manage to get one week ahead. I can't imagine being a month+ plus ahead on my blog!

    Enjoy your week!

  11. I was working in a hospital (secretary) on Long Island at the time. It was all so scary since nobody knew what was going on and we were all put on emergency status. What a horrible time that was.

    I haven't read a Carla Neggers book in years. Those look good. I should see if my library has them.

    Hope you have a great week!

  12. I find it amazing that JD Robb is still going with that series! Especially seeing as she has just as many books under the Nora Roberts name as well.

  13. Sounds like some pretty great reading and review week! And yeah for free book libraries! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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