Monday, May 2, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (May 2, 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...

Welcome to May! Unfortunately, Duluth hasn't let go of April's cold and rainy temperatures. It is raining as I'm writing this, but the coming week is looking better. We might even make some solar power!
April was colder and wetter than usual.

I'm ready for some better weather!

I didn't do much this week. I did leave home once to pick up a prescription but my brother drove me. My car is getting almost no use but I hope to drive more once the weather gets better. I've been reading and watching a lot of baseball. 

April Reading

I read 30 books in April for a total of better than 11,000 pages. Among the 30 were 14 audiobooks, 22 review books and 18 of my own. Only one came from my TBR pile. Eight of the books were rereads. I have read 125 books so far this year. 

I added 46 new books to my collection including 13 new review books and 16 new audiobooks. Thirty-two of my new books are still on TBR mountain. Five of my new audiobooks will be rereads since I already have and have read the print versions.

Here's my State of the Stack post showing the review books I read, DNFd, reviewed, received, and still have on the stack. 

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.)
  • Wood Sprites by Wen Spencer (Audiobook; Mine) -- This was a reread since I decided to reread the whole series from the beginning. All of the stories are intertwined. I wanted to have the whole picture. 
  • The Lady with the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood (Review; May 17) -- Fifteen short stories in the Phryne Fisher series. Most were quite short. This is likely for the completist since so many of the cases were similar. My review will be posted on May 12.
  • Harbinger by Wen Spencer (Mine; Reread) -- The rereading brings me up to date on the Tinker series and leaves me wanting the next book which the author is in the process of writing.
  • Contempt by Michael Cordell (Review) -- This was a 2020 release which I recently received for review. I really enjoyed this fast-paced legal thriller with intriguing characters and a really twisty plot. My review will be posted on May 14.
  • A Borrowing of Bones by Paula Munier (Mine; Audiobook) - This story introduces Mercy Carr and her dead fiancé's service dog Elvis as they solve a mystery back home. Great characters and interesting plot. My review will be posted on May 12.
  • Nightwork by Nora Roberts (Review; May 24) -- Another excellent standalone by Roberts! Harry Booth becomes a thief at age nine to keep a roof over their heads when his mother is diagnosed with cancer. The book tells about his life and love over the next twenty or so years. Great characters. My review will be posted on May 17.
  • A Daring Pursuit by Kate Bateman (Review; May 24) -- Entertaining historical romance with well-developed characters. My review will be posted on May 18.
  • Like a Charm by Elle McNicoll (Audiobook; Mine) -- Recommended by Stephanie Burgis, this middle grade fantasy was filled with magic, adventure and interesting characters. My review will be posted on 
  • From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper (Review; May 17) -- This sounded good but by 5% it hadn't yet arrived at the story suggested in the blurb. I found the beginning confusing and boring. 
  • Midnight Dunes by Laura Griffin (Review; May 24) -- This looks like it might be my next DNF. I've started and stopped it three times and only gotten to about 10%. I'll try once more today and decide if I want to spend more time on it.
  • The Emperor's Wolves by Michelle Sagara (Mine) -- I read this as a review copy a couple of years ago and want to refresh my memory before I tackle the sequel.
  • Sword and Shadow by Michelle Sagara (Mine) -- Sequel to The Emperor's Wolves and a recent addition to my TBR mountain.
Next Week

And more review books...
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
What was your week like?


  1. Seeing your review of LIKE A CHARM reminds me that I should check out more of the Audible Originals. I've listened to a few and enjoyed them!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  2. I hope you get that sunny weather!

    Wishing you a great reading week

  3. You have some tempting titles. I am curious about the Nora Roberts's been a while since I read one. Enjoy them all, and I continue to be amazed at how many books you read each month!

    Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

  4. You have lots of great titles in your stack. Happy reading and I hope you get that warmer weather and sun this week!

  5. Same here in Pittsburgh….chilly temperatures, but it was sunny today.

    Wow on 30 books for April….that is terrific.

    Have a great week and a great May.

  6. The Kelley Armstrong one looks promising.

    Same here with the weather. It's been pretty chilly and rainy most of April. Let's hope it warms up some in May here!

  7. Nice lineup! Mainly new to me ones though I did read Kelley's newest book as well! It was pretty good! I'm a fan of hers and have enjoyed just about everything she's written!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. Cooler and wetter than usual here in April, too, though not as cold as where you are!

    Looks like a wonderful variety of books for you, as usual. Hope you enjoy them all ... and get some sunshine!

    Book By Book

  9. 30 books for the month is fabulous!! Wow. I hope your weather dries up soon! Happy reading!

  10. All of your books look so good. I hope you enjoy them. Have a great week!

  11. 30 books in a month is unbelievable! Enjoy your week!!!

  12. It is definitely time for some nice weather. We went to Fenway a couple weeks ago. First game of the season for us.

    At least you're not using gas if you aren't driving.

    Your books this week look great. The Marlow Murder Club, From Bad to Cursed, and Proper Scoundrels caught my eye.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog today.

  13. I knew there was a new Nora Roberts, but I hadn't paid a lot of attention to what it was about. You made it sound so good!

  14. Bah about cold weather, but yeah that's it's warming up! Sounds like a pretty great reading week! Hope you enjoyed A Rip Through Time! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  15. I hope you do get a chance to get out more once the weather gets better. I don't know how you do it...I would feel so shut in during the cold weather!


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