Monday, January 31, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (January 31, 2022)

 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...

I had company this week when a friend drove up from Southern Minnesota to spend a few days with me. We did lots of talking and laughing ... and eating! She brought me a bag with 12 wrapped books. I'm supposed to choose, unwrap, and read one a month. My first pick was The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman which I have not read before. I'm looking forward to having a surprise each month.

We mostly stayed at home during her visit, but we did take my brother along to Texas Roadhouse Saturday evening. It was really, really crowded and some of the crowd were high school students all dressed up formally for Sno Ball at a local high school. We had called ahead to get put on the wait list and really didn't have a long wait before we were seated.

The weather was cold but there wasn't any snow while she was here. We lucked out on the weather.

I was able to get an eARC of Fair Trade by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller January 26. I wanted to listen to the first two books in Jethri's story arc before I read it. I pushed everything else on my plans back so that I could do that, and now I'm ready to read the new story. It won't be released until May but I can't wait to read it. As a side note, I pre-ordered the hardcover on October 19, 2021.

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 Night Shift by Alex Finlay (Review; March 1) -- Excellent thriller about the connections between two murders fifteen years apart. I really enjoyed this one. My review will be posted on February 24.
  • Buried Bones by Melinda Leigh (Mine; Kindle) -- This is the 7th novella in the Widow's Island series. I enjoy the characters and the mystery was nice too.
  • The Lost Bones by Kendra Elliot (Mine; Kindle) -- This is the 8th novella in the Widow's Island series. It also had great characters and an interesting mystery.
  • The Far Side of the Stars by David Drake (Mine; Paperback, Kindle & Audiobook) -- This is the third in the Daniel Leary/Adele Mundy space opera series. I've had the paperback since 2008. This is an entertaining series that has taken me too long to start. My review will be posted on March 10.
  • Balance of Trade by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Mine; Kindle & Audiobook) -- This is the first book about Jethri Gobelyn who is a Terran who is adopted into a Liaden Clan in order to learn to be a trader according to the Liaden tradition. Here's my review from April 5, 2020.
  • Trade Secret by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Mine; Kindle & Audiobook) -- This is the second book in the Jethri Gobelyn series which takes place early in the Liaden Universe timeline. Here's my review from April 14, 2020.
  • Deep Night by Ambrose Ibsen (Mine; Kindle & Audiobook) -- This mystery was an Audible Daily Deal that I listened to with a friend. I wrote a review for Goodreads and LibraryThing but won't be reviewing it on my blog.
Next Week
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

What was your week like?


  1. I love the idea your friend had and what fun that will be for you!

    Here is my link:

  2. Sounds like a delightful week! I am looking forward to The Night Shift.

    Have a great week.

  3. I love the idea of giving mystery reads as a gift. What an amazing way to show that you care about someone. I will possibly add this to my grands list and a friend as well.

  4. What fun it will be to unwrap a mystery book every month! Such a unique idea! Must have been fun to see all those high school students dressed up for their dance... those were the days, lol!

  5. Oh wow, that is awesome that your friend did that for you!! So fun to have a surprise read each month! I hope you enjoy them all. Have a great week.

  6. How nice of your friend to give you a surprise like that! One branch of our library is doing something similar next month. They are wrapping books for patrons to take and be surprised with the book they got.

  7. That book idea is so neat! And I haven't been to the Raodhouse in ages,

  8. Oh that's a fun idea! What a great friend!

    Nice lineup too! These are all totally new to me ones but I hope you enjoy them all this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  9. What a lovely idea by your friend. It will be difficult to only unwrap one per month.

  10. What a cool gift. I hope you enjoy unwrapping your new books once a month.

    I think we got all your snow. Wow, it was a white weekend.

    The Night Shift is on a lot of blogs lately. I need to check it out. Don't Get Close and Citizen K-9 also look good.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog today.

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  12. I like the ideas of listening to an audiobook with a friend and the Random Read Challenge gift!
    Your list looks like a lot of great reading! Mine is here

  13. The Anna Lee Huber and Susanna Kearsley books are what caught my eye. Both not on Netgalley but I am keeping an eye out for them.

  14. wow, the random book bag is such a great idea!
    I'm actually preparing to do something a bit similar for myself, starting in April - before that, I'm quite busy with Japanese lit

  15. How nice that you had a chance to spend some time with your friend. I hope you had a wonderful visit. Have a great week!

  16. What a fun idea for a challenge!

  17. I love your friend's idea! How thoughtful! I would be dying of curiosity throughout the year. It reminds me a bit of the "blind date with a book" that my local bookstore does. I only bought one but really liked it and it's something I wouldn't have picked up on my own. I should go by the next time I'm back home and get another one.

    Enjoy your week!

  18. Yeah for a friend visiting, and that's such a thoughtful and great gift! And looks like a great reading week! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  19. It sounds a like great visit with your friend and what a great gift! I really like that idea. Front Page Murder looks really good! I hope you are enjoying all of your reading.


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