Monday, December 6, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 6, 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 mixed bag of a week. I went to the garage to make a quick trip to the grocery store only to find out my car wouldn't start. My brother jump started it and we let in run in the garage for 45 minutes. (I used his car to go to the grocery store!) 

A couple of day later I took my car to my car dealer to find out why a 2020 car with only 1500 miles on it wouldn't start. Seems I need to drive it more to keep the battery charged. Great advice, but with our first snowstorm of the season predicted for Saturday night through Monday morning, not very practical for this fair weather driver. At least the trip to the dealer, which included an oil change, didn't cost anything thanks to my Maintenance Plan.

My brother works 4PM until Midnight Sunday night which should be in the peak of the storm which is supposed to dump somewhere between 5 and 10 inches of snow and include strong winds. He's a much braver driver than I am but has some doubts about how busy Target will be that night. He also starts work rather early on Monday and hopes the neighbors won't be too disturbed by someone running the snowblower either 1 AM Monday or 6 AM.

I'm pretty content to hunker down for the winter and stay really, really close to home!

November Report

I read 39 books in November. Twenty-one were mine; eighteen were review books. Fourteen of mine were audiobooks. Total pages were just over 12000. Hours spent listening were about 131. There were 4 rereads this month and I managed to lower my TBR pile by six books. My reading was heavily slanted to mysteries and thrillers this month.

I added 82 books to TBR mountain including 40 new audiobooks and 25 new review books. 54 are still unread. 

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.)
  • The Family Way by Jayne Ann Krentz (Audiobook) -- Reread of a contemporary romance I read years ago. It held up pretty well. My review is scheduled for February 8.
  • Pistols and Poinsettias by Bruch Hammack (Mine; Kindle, Free when I got it) -- I was looking for something Christmas-y and found this one on my Kindle. My review will be posted on December 30.
  • Garden of Sins by Laura Joh Rowland (Review; January 11) -- Sixth in the Victorian mystery series. My review will be posted on January 5.
  • Betwixt by Darynda Jones (Mine; Kindle & Audiobook) -- First in a contemporary urban fantasy series. It had lots of humor and great characters. My review will be posted January 4.
  • A Three Book Problem by Vicki Delany (Review; January 11) -- New book in a long-running cozy mystery series. My review will be posted on January 6.
  • The Seventh Sinner by Elizabeth Peters (Mine; Kindle & Audiobook) -- The first book in the Jacqueline Kirby cozy mystery series written about 1972. This is a reread of something I read long ago. My review will be posted on January 6.
  • The Siren of Sussex by Mimi Matthews (Review; January 11) -- Nice historical romance with culture clashes. My review will be posted on January 8.
  • Bewitched by Darynda Jones (Mine; Kindle & Audiobook) -- Second in a contemporary urban fantasy trilogy. Loved the characters. My review will be posted on January 18.
  • Three in Death by J. D. Robb (Mine; Kindle) -- Collection of three novellas set in the In Death universe. All were enjoyable but I don't plan to review it.
Next Week
Reviews Posted

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

Added to TBR Mountain
What was your week like?


  1. I'm not looking forward to winter, either. Way too cold up here. My husband bought a portable battery charger for his car that he does use all the time. It doesn't take the place of driving it all the time, but it does help. Eventually, the battery won't hold a charge and it might need to be replaced.

    I love looking at book covers with animals on them. How to Book A Murder caught my eye this week, too. Hope you enjoy all your new reads.

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  2. I am amazed at how many books you read each month! I also want to read more of Melinda Leigh's books.

    Enjoy your week, and hopefully your car will start when needed!

  3. One thing about your TBR mountain - you do get through reading quite a few of them. Oh dear, so a downer when you jump into the car and it doesn't start! I know from experience! Seems like you are in for lots of snow.

  4. Wow! Thirty-nine books in November. Even if you hunker down, I honestly don't see how you could read more than that in a month!

  5. You had such a great reading November. So many great looking cozy mysteries on your list too. Enjoy and have a great week!

  6. Wow, what a great month of reading! Sorry about the car frustration though... guess you should just run it for a while every so often, even if you're not going out. I don't miss winter driving at all. Take care!

  7. I love that you are able to read so many books! I think I literally missed November sliding into December as I usually count how many books I read at the end of the month. Have a great week.

  8. One of my favorite things about homeschooling Wyatt these past two years is that we don't have to do that rush around in the morning in the winter. I am really embracing the winter coziness these past few years.

    My friends are all about those Ice Planet Barbarian books right now!

  9. Wow. That's some weather. Our weather here is being really wonky, usually we're in nice colder temps, but we keep getting sporadic days of 70s. I love the cold weather, but yeah, not that much snow either.

    Hope you enjoy your reads this week! All are totally new to me ones. Happy Reading!

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  10. Sorry for your car troubles - glad it turned out to be minor. I understand because we are down 2 cars right now ... and one needs a new engine!!

    Wow, you read 39 books in ONE month?? That's amazing! I'm happy if I can finish 7 or 8 in a month.

    Hope that December is another great reading month for you!


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  11. Bah, snow! I don't have a car so I bike to work, and it's not much fun with snow! But sounds like a pretty good reading week and month! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  12. Living in a country with no distinct seasons. Our rains are heavy but short, and its hot most of the time, I love the way you have to adapt to seasons from your home to your clothes to almost everything around you. Put away so much stuff and pull out others. Fascinating.


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