Monday, July 13, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 13, 2015) #IMWAYR

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...

This was a quiet reading week for me. Since my review of Truest will complete my August calendar, I spent some time setting up all of my posts for September. With 11 review books still to read for September, I know what I need to read and when I plan to post the reviews. I also finished and scheduled all of September's Teaser Tuesdays and Friday Memes. At the rate I'm reading, I could have September posts all written and scheduled before August 1.  I currently have 44 scheduled posts and 28 more in draft form.

This coming week should be quiet too. I have to drop my car off at a body shop Monday morning to have a parking lot ding repaired. They want to keep me car all week. No car handy gives me a great excuse to have my own readathon.

Read Last Week
Enchanted Glass by Diana Wynne Jones was a nice middle grade fantasy in which an orphan finds a home and he and his new guardian defeat an evil being from the land of faerie. This book had been on my stack since April 2010. My review will be posted on August 15.

A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton was an engaging YA urban fantasy story set in a future New Orleans now owned and controlled by vampires, witches, demigods and shifters. I enjoyed the story and romance enough to purchase the next two books in the series which destroys my goal of actually lowering my TBR stack this summer. This one had been on the stack since January 2012. My review will be posted on August 20.
Talker 25 by Joshua McCune was an excellent science fiction story about a future when Earth has been invaded by dragons. It was gritty and intense and definitely for older YAs. I also immediately ordered the sequel after I finished it. My review will be posted on August 19 for this book I actually bought in 2015.

Hunter by Mercedes Lackey is a review book that I got from NetGalley. I was a little hesitant to begin it because the author doesn't usually write YA and the dystopia field is so crowded but it was excellent. This dystopia adds magic and creatures from world mythology which makes it different. It also begins a series and I can't wait to read more from the author and in the world. My review will be posted on August 22.
I finally read Legend by Marie Lu. This book had been sitting on my TBR stack since April of 2013. While I enjoyed it, I don't think I need to read the rest of the trilogy. My review will be posted on August 26.

Bridget Wilder: Spy-in-Training by Jonathan Bernstein was a middle grade book from my review stack. This one is pure wish fulfillment as 13-year-old Bridget who was adopted learns that her birth father is a spy and she also gets to be a spy complete with cool gadgets. My review will be posted on August 27.

I just started Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers and was pleased to see that it is set in my home state of  Minnesota. The narrator is a preacher's kid but that is all I know so far. This is a review book from Edelweiss which will be released on September 1.

Next Week

There are mostly review books on my stack for this week and for the next few weeks too. I still have 15 September releases and then 11 October releases before things slow down a little. These are listed in alphabetical order, not reading order. 
Dreamland by Robert L. Anderson is an eARC from Edelweiss that will be released on September 22.

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal is the last book I'll be able to read from my TBR mountain until I conquer the review stacks for September and October. I got this one on April 26, 2012.

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty is also an eARC from Edelweiss. This mystery will be released on September 15.
Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas is also from Edelweiss. This Cinderella retelling will be released on September 1.

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales is from Macmillan. I have both the print and eARC of this one. This contemporary novel will be released on September 15.

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa is also an eARC from Edelweiss. This contemporary novel will be released on September 8.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?

I sort of really blew my goal of lowering my TBR stack with this week's purchases. There were some good Kindle deals and some sequels I had to have. Unfortunately, my reading calendar is full until November. I have no idea when I will actually get a chance to read any of these.
After reading Talker 25, I had to buy Talker 25: Invisible Monsters by Joshua McCune. This one is a Kindle book because I think some of the situations might be more mature than I want in my High School Media center which serves students from grade 6 up.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven was a Kindle deal this month. It was $2.99. I've been hearing good things about it but passed it up when I had a chance to get a review copy.
Heart of Stone by Kelly Keaton is the 4th book in her Gods & Monsters series. I bought a copy for my Kindle. I had to get more books in the series after reading A Beautiful Evil. (Book 3 was ordered in hardcover through Amazon Marketplace and will be arriving in due time.)

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron was an impulse purchase for my Kindle. I followed one of those "You might also like" links. It is steampunk and a mystery and was also $1.99.
The two SYNC audiobooks this week sounded good. You have until Thursday to get your copies.

I downloaded Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and The Explorers Club by Nell Benjamin for my future listening pleasure.
I bought An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because Amazon named it the best book of the month. I had already been considering it because of all I have been hearing about it, but that was the tipping point.

My copy of The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson arrived this week too. I was supposed to get an ARC but it never arrived. I liked the first book in the series and need to know what happens next.
The Kindle Daily Deal on Saturday was the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor. I have the first as a free SYNC audiobook but decided that I wanted the whole series for my Kindle. This is one of those series that I keep meaning to read but can never fit in. Now I will have them in a convenient format on my Kindle.

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


  1. I loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone but haven't read the rest of the series. I was going to buy them on Saturday but I decided I didn't want to own them that badly. I try to only buy books I know I'd reread.

    I have been pretty bad about requesting review books lately. I still need to get caught up on the ones I have including some from last year! I haven't read Legend yet but I do have The Young Elites for review (it came out last October) and I plan to read that soon.

    Enjoy your extra reading time this week!

  2. Wow congratulations on all your advance posts! While I have scheduled blog posts for the entire July - I am still working on August - how amazing that you're now in September! I admire your dedication.
    I also own the complete physical copies of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and I do look forward to reading them soonest. Enjoy All the Bright Places - one of my great reads this year.


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