Monday, December 19, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading (December 19, 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...
We've received 30.3" of snow since Tuesday evening! Tuesday: 0.8", Wednesday: 11.5", Thursday: 10.8", Friday: 3.4", Saturday: 3.8".
I spent most of this week watching the snow fall. It was really pretty, and I could appreciate it because I didn't have to go out and remove it from our driveway. My brother was lucky that the guy who plows for the lady across the street was nice enough to move the snowplow ridge from across the front of the driveway for him - twice. The snow was very heavy and wet on Wednesday and Thursday. Our snowblower got a real workout - and so did my brother. He only missed one day of work since he was previously scheduled to have Tuesday and Thursday off. Our street hadn't yet been plowed on Wednesday when he was supposed to work from 3:30 until midnight.

I got lots and lots of reading done. Since I had recently received the newest book in Charlaine Harris's Gunnie Rose series, I decided to listen to the previous books before reading the new one. I was very impressed with the worldbuilding in this alternate history with magic series. For some reason not readily apparent to me, these books triggered a desire to listen to Lois McMaster Bujold's romances from the Vorkosigan series. I finished Shards of Honor and am well into Barrayer. Then I plan to skip ahead many years in the internal timeline to Komarr and A Civil Campaign before I get back to reading books from my review 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.)
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (Kindle & Audiobook) -- This light science fiction story was great fun to read. My review will be posted on December 31.
  • The Last Exit by Michael Kaufman (Mine) -- This is the first in the Jen Lu mystery series. It takes place in a future dystopian US. It is partially narrated by Jen's computer implant Chandler. My review will be posted on December 28.
  • The Villa by Rachel Hawkins (Review; January 3) -- This contemporary Gothic was a treat to read. I liked the way it combined two stories from two different time periods into one thriller. My review will be posted on December 29.
  • The Last Resort by Michael Kaufman (Review; January 10) -- The second Jen Lu mystery was another great story. My review will be posted on January 3.
  • An Easy Death by Charlaine Harris (Audiobook Reread) -- The first Gunnie Rose story introduces Lizbeth Rose who is a gunnie living in a broken United States. It has wonderful worldbuilding and interesting charactere.  Here's my review from January 2018. My new review will be posted on January 3.
  • The Game Is a Footnote by Vicki Delany (Review; January 10) -- The latest in the Sherlock Holmes Bookshop Mystery series was another fun adventure. My review will be posted on January 4.
  • A Longer Fall by Charlaine Harris (Audiobook Reread) -- In the second Gunnie Rose story, Lizbeth travels into Dixie to deliver a mysterious chest. Here's my review from January 2020. My new review will be posted on January 5.
  • The Russian Cage by Charlaine Harris (Audiobook Reread) -- This is the third book in the Gunnie Rose series and is set in San Diego where Lizbeth goes to rescue her partner, Eli. My review will be posted on January 10. I also reviewed this one on February 16, 2021.
  • Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (Audiobook Reread) -- This is probably my all-time favorite of the Vorkosigan series. Here's my review from January 14, 2021.
  • The Serpent in Heaven by Charlaine Harris (Kindle & Audiobook) -- The newest in the Gunnie Rose series shifts the focus to Felicia Karkarova and her life in San Diego. We learn a lot about her past when it comes back to cause her problems. Great worldbuilding. My review will be posted on January 12.
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  1. Some tempting books! Enjoy the holidays.

  2. That is a lot of snow. We are expecting a storm at the end of the week. Whether it is rain or snow is still uncertain. So glad you had a chance to get some reading done. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Wow, that's a lot of snow! I'm glad you were able to get some reading done. That's a good thing :) Have a great week and holiday!

  4. Snow is a perfect excuse to stay inside and read. Unfortunately, I'm usually the one who gets stuck shoveling. :) Have a great week!

  5. I want to read Twelve Slays of Christmas, but probably not until next year. Wow, that is a lot of snow!! Send some my way, please! :-)

  6. Oh wow. That is a lot of snow! We're expected to get some Thursday, but nowhere near that amount! I think it looks like maybe somewhere between 3-5in which will cause a grocery store panic for sure! Lol.

    Ooh nice lineup of reads! I'm just starting Rachel Hawkins' adult series. I still want to read Charlaine Harris' new series, but I also want to finish the Midnight Texas books too! I'm just behind on all the classic authors! Lol.

    Hope you enjoy your lineup of reads this week!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. We've had a ton of snow too but not as much as you! It is beautiful this time of year. Midwinter Murder is one I think I'm gonna get. :)

  8. I hope the snow doesn’t become too problematic.

    Wishing you a great reading week and happy holidays!

  9. Snow. I don't know if it's the worst, or if it's the cold. And yeah for all that reading! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

  10. Snowfall is beautiful...from the inside! We're expecting a winter snow tonight. I'm not sure if it is going to be snow, sleet, freezing rain, or what...but I'm making sure to get all my errands done early so I can stay home. Merry Christmas! - Melinda @ A Web of Stories

  11. Yuck, snow! I wouldn't mind it if I could stay inside a nice toasty house but I had to be at work no matter what before we started traveling, and now that we travel in our RV, it's definitely no bueno. Most of these things, ours included, are not insulated for temperatures that lead to snow.

    Happy holidays!


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