Monday, December 26, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (December 26, 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 hope everyone had a great Christmas. I'm now stocked up on gift cards from Amazon and eager to shop. 

I spent this week mostly listening to my favorite audiobooks from the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujold and watching the weather. We had a little more snow, but I didn't notice the blizzard that was supposed to accompany it. It was pretty windy here and my brother tells me that the roads and visibility as he went to work weren't great, but from inside my living room it didn't look bad. We've had a total of 43.1 inches of snow so far this December which is about 30 inches above normal. The main problem this week was the bone-chilling cold and the strong winds. 

I watched my Minnesota Vikings win a very exciting close game on Saturday and plan to watch the Green Bay Packers play later today. My brother is in charge of dinner - baked ham, a hash brown casserole, and some sort of vegetable to be named later.

I need to get back to reading books from my review stack since I have quite a few January releases on it.

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.)
  • Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold (Mine; Audiobook) -- This is another of my favorites from the Vorkosigan series. It is the story of building a marriage and building a world. I've read this one multiple times but haven't actually reviewed it on my blog.
  • Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold (Mine; Audiobook) -- Miles Vorkosigan falls in love and solves his first case as an Imperial Auditor with lots of help from his new love Ekaterin. I don't seem to have ever written a review on my blog for this one either.
  • A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold (Mine; Audiobook) -- Miles's romance with Ekaterin doesn't run smooth as he secretly courts her (secret from her!), deals with political infighting, and deals with his brother Mark's latest entrepreneurial venture which includes butterbugs. Here's my review from 2011.
  • Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Mine; Audiobook) -- Lord Ivan Vorpatril has been a side character in most of the Vorkosigan books. He finally gets his own story. Even though I've owned it since 2012 and read it a few times, it looks like I've never actually reviewed it. Maybe later, my January calendar is full.
  • Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold (Mine; Audiobook) -- This is the finale of the Vorkosigan series. It is a great culmination. I reviewed this one back in 2016.
  • River of Fallen Angels by Laura Joh Rowland (Review; January 10) -- Seventh in a series of mysteries set in London in the early 1890s. The discovery of a torso in the Thames leads Sarah and her crew to a serial killer. Great period detail and realistic relationships are hallmarks. My review will be posted on January 5.
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What was your week like?


  1. Nice! I know some people don't like giving gift cards but I love receiving them! I honestly see them as thoughtful, if you're buying the right card for the right person! I buy my mom one to her hair salon so she can get her hair done when it's that time, I like getting my B&N ones so I can buy books throughout the first few months of 2023, lol. They can be very thoughtful when you put some thought into them! Hope you get lots of awesome new reads with your Amazon ones!

    Nice lineup too! Some new to me ones here. I'm hoping to read Maureen Johnson's series in the next month or so, I've put it off for too long!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  2. I hope you stay safe in your storms, and enjoy your lovely books.

  3. That sounds like a lot of snow to me.I'd love snow at Christmas, unfortunately we get baking sun! Nice but doesn't feel like the "read deal". Enjoy spending those Amazon vouchers, great gift.

  4. The cold is definitely the issue right now. Though that much snow so early in the year doesn't sound like this winter will be kind. Hope you all stay safe and warm.

    I hope you enjoy shopping for and reading your books in January. Against the Currant sounds good.

    Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

  5. Amazon gift cards are my favorite gift. I always enjoy picking out my own books. I hope you have fun choosing yours. I hope you and your brother stay safe in this horrible weather. Have a great week!

  6. Wow that's a lot of snow. We got a lot here too but not as much as you did. We did get some of the blizzard but survived it. :)

    Hope you had a nice Christmas!

  7. My husband is a Dolphins fan and finally had to walk away from the Packers game before he started yelling in the middle of my family's Christmas gathering. :-)

    My dad was actually just talking about Duluth yesterday. Apparently it was colder at his house in North Carolina one day recently than it was in Duluth, according to The Weather Channel. We are not built for that kind of cold! Thankfully we don't have to worry about surpassing your snowfall totals.

    Stay warm!

  8. I've been doing a ton of cooking! I told my husband the rest of the week the cooking is up to him. ;) We have some leftovers that should last a while, too.
    We only got rain and high winds, no snow, so I guess we were lucky. The wind did some heavy damage in places, though!
    Lucky you, with your gift cards! I didn't get any of the books on my wish list. I'm going to have to buy them for myself now! ;)

  9. Yeah for a good Christmas! And for missing out on the predicted bad weather! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading! Happy New Year!


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