Monday, November 28, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (Nov. 28, 2016)

It's Monday, What Are You Reading? is a meme begun by Sheila at Book Journey. Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts have given it a kidlit focus.

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.

Other Than Reading...

Well, my Thanksgiving plans were derailed this week. After three years of remission, I had a Crohn's flare up. I spent 6 hours in the Emergency Room on Monday and then rested at home the rest of the week. I saw my gastroenterologist on Friday and have begun a course of steroids to try to put the disease into remission again. I have twelve weeks of the steroid and then more tests in March. If this treatment doesn't work, we'll have to reassess.

On the positive side, I got a lot of reading done both in waiting rooms and at home. This week I should finish my whole 2016 calendar since the books I'm planning to read will show up on my blogs late in December.

We finally had our first measurable snowfall this past week but warm temperatures have melted it away. Our ground is bare as I'm writing this. We are even expecting a couple of sunny days and warmer than average temperatures for the next few days. I am not a big fan of winter driving and appreciate any snow-free day we manage to have. Winter in Minnesota is long enough even without snow in November.

Read Last Week
Forest of Ruin by Kelley Armstrong completes a trilogy. I had a little trouble getting into this one since it has been quite a while since I read the first two books. I did like the way the series resolved. My review will be posted on Dec. 3.

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima was an entertaining contemporary fantasy with a male main character. I enjoyed it and will be reading the rest of the series eventually. Quite a few of them are already on my TBR mountain. My review will be posted on Dec. 8.

Boys That Bite by Mari Mancusi was an entertaining teenage vampire novel. The main character and narrator had a great teenage voice. My review will be posted on December 10.
Tattoo by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was also an entertaining paranormal story about a group of girls who get tattoos that let them battle an ancient evil. While the girls were stereotypes - the klutzy one, the nerdy one, the tomboy, and the fashionista - the story was engaging. My review will be posted on Dec. 15.

Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne was a paranormal story about werewolves hidden among us which happens to be one of my favorite tropes. Kayla, attempting to come to terms with the traumatic death of her parents when she was a child, discovers that they were werewolves and that she is one too. I thought it resolved too quickly and easily but can certainly see how YAs could enjoy the romance. My review will be posted on Dec. 17.

The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee is my only December review book. It is next up on my stack.

Next Week
I'm back to books from TBR mountain to finish out the year. These are hardcovers that will be donated to my Middle School/High School Media Center once I finish them.
Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I took advantage of a couple of Kindle Deals this week.

I haven't yet had a chance to read more than Divergent in the Divergent series but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to get Four by Veronica Roth which will join Insurgent and Allegiant on my Kindle.

I also purchased The Distance Between Us by Kasie West since I enjoy a good contemporary romance every once in a while.

You can check Inside of a Dog (my other blog) to see what adult books I read, reviewed, and plan to read. 


  1. Yikes, so sorry to hear about your illness flare up, fingers crossed the steroids get everything settled down.

  2. Oh my, not what anyone wants during a holiday weekend! Glad you were able to look on the bright side with your reading.

  3. Ooh nice! I struggled a bit with Kelley's books too since I read them all so far apart, but I still enjoyed it to a point though! See lots of upcoming reads that I still need to read myself too! Hope you enjoy them all!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  4. I didn't know Four existed. I finished the series long ago. I will have to grab that one. I just finished Secret of a Heart Note to review too and I enjoyed it.

  5. Here's hoping you feel better soon. Great to see Crooked Kingdom on your list - I love that novel.


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