Monday, November 29, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 29, 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.

Want to See What I Added to My Stack? links to Stacking the Shelves hosted by Marlene at Reading Reality.

Other Than Reading...

This was a quiet Thanksgiving week. My brother and I shared out the cooking duties for our Thanksgiving dinner with me doing the dessert and the sweet potato casserole and him doing the turkey breast, Stovetop stuffing, gravy from the gravy packet included with the turkey, and vegetables. It turned out to be a nice meal with a planned repeat today (Saturday) which should take care of most of the leftovers. 

I did a lot of adding to my TBR mountain this week between Audible's Black Friday sale, the Audible Plus catalog, and checking Amazon for audiobooks included in my membership. I also got a few books I had preordered and took advantage of a few deals from Amazon, BookBub, and The Fussy Librarian emails. 

For my reading this week, I did manage to read two books that have been hanging around on TBR mountain since 2008. I still have 43 books that are on that list but am gradually chipping away at it. I have been trying to read one or two each month along with newer additions to TBR mountain and my review books. It's lucky that I read fast because I seem to be adding to the TBR pile even faster. 

My brother got his new work schedule for the week starting December 5 and, as we had anticipated, four of his five shifts have him working until Midnight. Apparently working that late isn't a popular shift. He stays up late anyway and doesn't mind. Of course, he also sleeps in the next day. He doesn't often wander out of his room until 10 AM or so if he doesn't have to work an earlier shift. It does mean that we aren't able to eat dinner together on those days and means that I have to cook for myself. Bummer!

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.)

  • Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case by Kristen Painter (Mine; Kindle & Audiobook) -- This was a fun paranormal mystery. The audiobook was free when I got it last January. My review will be posted on December 30.
  • The Missing by Shiloh Walker (Mine since December 23, 2008) -- This was an intense paranormal thriller packed with emotion and danger. Reading it removed one more book from my Added in 2008 collection. My review will be posted on December 28.
  • Murder at Greysbridge by Andrea Carter (Review; November 2) -- This was a nice mystery that is 4th in a series starring a solicitor and set in Ireland. My review will be posted on January 15.
  • Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews (Mine) -- This new short novel is set in the Kinsmen universe and was an entertaining science fiction romance. I reviewed it on LibraryThing and Goodreads.
  • In Every Generation by Kendare Blake (Review; January 4) -- This YA title returns the reader to the universe of Buffy the Vampire Slayer but starring the next generation of slayers. Fun story with lots of the elements that made the original a cult classic. My review will be posted on December 29.
  • Last Girl Gone by J. G. Hetherton (Mine; Audiobook) -- This thriller was a reread for me. I had the review book a few years ago. Here's my review from June 7, 2018.
  • Close Up by Amanda Quick (Mine; Audiobook) -- This was a reread of one of Quick's Burning Cove stories. I love the 1930s setting. I reviewed this one April 30, 2020. Here's the review.
  • Bread Alone by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Mine) -- This is the latest collection of Liaden stories which includes three reprints and one new story. I reviewed this one on Goodreads and LibraryThing.
  • Pistols and Poinsettias by Bruch Hammack (Mine) -- I was looking for something set around Christmas. This one was free this week. 
Next Week

One more from my stack then it's time to start the January review books.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

This was a massive week for me as I explored Audible's Black Friday sale and the Audible Plus catalog.

Added to TBR Mountain
  • Star Rebels by Audrey Faye - BookBub Free
  • The Body Counter by Anne Frasier - Kindle Daily Deal for $1.99; the audiobook was $1.99 too
  • The Body Keeper by Anne Frasier - Kindle Daily Deal for $1.99; the audiobook was $1.99 too
  • Girl, Alone by Blake Pierce - Chirp Audiobook was $.99; the Kindle was $2.99
  • The King of Koraha by Maria V. Snyder - this was preordered since it is by a favorite author and is 3rd in a series which I own by haven't started yet
Bought and Already Read
  • Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley -- Kindle Daily Deal for a book I reviewed last March and loved.
  • The Emperor's Wolves by Michelle Sagara -- Audible sale title of book I reviewed in October 2020.
  • Fated Blades by Ilona Andrews -- preorder from a favorite author
  • With the Lightnings by David Drake - free Kindle and cheap audiobook for a title that has been on my shelf since 2006.
  • Close Up by Amanda Quick - Audible Black Friday Sale
  • Bread Alone by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller - latest Kindle release by favorite authors
What was your week like?


  1. That Audible sale looks dangerous. LOL. Sounds like a nice Thanksgiving.

  2. We had a quiet Thanksgiving too. Your books all look so good especially the cozies. Enjoy and have a great week!

  3. I am impressed at how you work through your TBR pile! We just finished our leftovers too! Have a great week.

  4. I like the title of A Three Book Problem...sounds fun.

    Last Girl Gone looks good.

    Enjoy your week.

  5. Wow! What a list! Glad you were able to add to your collection and get a few books of your TBR mountain!

  6. Nice! I'm super excited for In Every Generation! Hope you enjoyed it and enjoy your reads for this week!

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  7. You are SO organized! I envy you all of your reading time, too; plus you certainly make the most of it. I never remember to read the ebooks I buy!
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  8. Your Thanksgiving sounds wonderful, and how great that you are whittling away at the TBR mountain. Enjoy your week.

  9. Ahh yes no one likes the midnight shift lol! I'm sorry you have to miss dinner together those days! Glad you are able to chip away at your TBR pile!! Hope you have a great week :)

  10. Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. We finished off leftovers tonight too. Sorry to hear about the late hours but hopefully won't be too long.

  11. Yeah for Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving leftovers! And chipping at long-held TBR books! Sounds like a great reading week, for Fated Blades and others! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!


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