Monday, December 20, 2021

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 20, 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 an interesting week weatherwise. We have been having abnormally warm temperatures for December and even set a temperature record by reaching 49 degrees one day. 

Then a storm rolled through which began with rain and thunderstorms and even a potential for severe weather. Overnight, the rain turned to snow and the temperatures dropped rapidly which raised the potential for black ice on the streets. The storm also brought strong winds and power outages, but ours was only out for a brief time. 

Most of the storm's impact was south of us. I think we only got three inches of snow when all was said and done. We even missed most of the ice. However, temperatures have become more December-like with highs in the 20s and lows approaching zero. 

I've been content to stay at home while my brother is working every day until Christmas. He began this schedule with no days off on Friday. Only two of his eight shifts before Christmas included working until midnight but all of them having him working 8-hour days. It is crazy trying to plan dinners together when he starts work anytime between 7:30 AM and 3:30 PM. After Christmas his schedule resumes a more normal pace with him having two days off a week.

I've finished all of my January review books and will probably begin reading February books this week. I did some work on my February calendar and filled in books around the review books that were already scheduled. I tried to lean heavily to audiobooks and also added some older titles. I am very, very gradually reducing my TBR mountain. 

I hit my newest Goodreads goal (365 books) this week and will likely read about a dozen more books before the year ends. 

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.)
  • Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop (Mine; Audiobook, Reread) -- This finishes up the five-book The Others series and was a wonderful story. I've read it many times and listen again when I need a comfort read.
  • High Jinx by Kelley Armstrong (Mine; Kindle) -- This is the second is Armstrong's new urban fantasy series featuring curse workers and immortals who were once the Greek gods. It was a fun story. My review will be posted on January 19.
  • Mariana by Susanna Kearsley (Mine since 2012; Kindle) -- This was another engaging story by one of my favorite newly discovered authors. My review will be posted on January 20.)
  • The Body Reader by Anne Frasier (Mine; Kindle and audiobook) -- Excellent thriller set in a slightly alternate Minneapolis about a homicide detective who was abducted, tortured, and held captive for three years before escaping and who resumes her life a very changed woman. My review will be posted on January 22.
  • Summer Days by Susan Mallery (Mine since 2012; Paperback) -- Engaging contemporary romance set in Fool's Gold, California. My review will be posted on January 25.
  • Barbarian Alien by Ruby Dixon (Review; January 25) -- Second in the Ice Planet Barbarians series. This is erotic romance and light science fiction. My review will be posted on January 20.
  • Undercover K-9 Cowboy by Addison Fox (Review; January 25) -- I read 30% waiting for something to happen either with the mystery or the romance, but I waited in vain. 
Next Week
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

I took advantage of lots of sales this week. All are Kindle copies.
What was your week like?


  1. I recently enjoyed another Joanne Fluke Christmas book (Christmas Dessert Murder), and I like the look of Christmas Cupcake Murder.

    Enjoy all of your books and have a great Christmas!

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  2. It's been much the same here w/ weather. We got that nasty wind storm too and a wee bit of snow but not much.

    I always think those Joanna Fluke books look fun. :)

    Have a merry Christmas!

  3. Great you are done with January's books. I always like to be ahead too.

    Glad you had some nice temperatures.

    I hope you like The Christie was a bit slow, but I learned some things.

    Have a wonderful week, and Merry Christmas.

  4. I'm always amazed how organized you are. Already done with your January books. That's great! Your books look really good. I hope you enjoy them. Merry Christmas!

  5. It’s definitely been a weird month for weather that’s for sure lol! I hope you enjoy having your brother on a more normal schedule next year!!
    And congrats on finishing January review books already! I haven’t even started haha! Have a great week!

  6. The weather is crazy! I don't think it matters where you are at. We were in the 70's yesterday and in 40's today. I love how organized you are with your books. Happy reading and Merry Christmas.

  7. We got lucky this time with the drastic weather change and didn't have any storms. Glad to hear you were safe too!

    Happy Reading this week! See some familiar titles and some that are in my own TBR pile!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. I hope you and your brother are staying safe.
    We had a rain storm bring in the cold... but only to the mid 40s, which is cold for us. :-)
    I can't imagine being a month ahead on reading and reviews. Good for you! No re-reading for me but The Others is a good series if you like to re-read.
    I have been eyeing The Body Reader.
    So many good books to come for you.
    Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!

  9. Congrats on your reading goal! Your love of The Others series got me started on it. I am on the third book. Merry Christmas!

  10. I'm always amazed at how organized you are and how well you stay on top of your reviewing schedule. Happy holidays!


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