Monday, July 20, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (July 20, 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...

There really wasn't anything else but reading this week. My car was in the shop for some minor repairs from Monday morning until Wednesday afternoon giving me a perfect excuse to stay home and read.

Read Last Week
I read Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers and enjoyed it. I liked the Minnesota setting. I liked the main character who was busy trying to hold on to the way things are in a summer when things are changing despite her efforts. This one has a love story that seems achingly real. My review will be posted on August 28.

I also read Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal and loved it. It had been sitting on TBR mountain since April of 2012 because I was afraid that it would be too much like Jane Austen (I've tried to read her many times and bounced off her prose each time.). This was more like Sorcery & Cecilia which I loved. I loved the combination of manners and magic. My review will be posted on September 2.
Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa was a heart-breaking but hopeful contemporary story. Three misfits band together in hope of surviving high school. My review will be posted on September 3.

Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas was a fantasy that combined a number of fairy tales as the main characters were trying to escape the fates the Story had in mind for them. It was complex and lyrical and very engaging. My review will be posted on September 5.
Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales was a contemporary story about a girl who falls in love with a boy she only knows from her blog and changes her life when she meets him. My review will be posted on September 9.

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty was an excellent contemporary mystery with characters who share the names and some of the traits of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes characters. It is told by Mori who is dealing with the death of her mother and her father's new penchant for abusing his children. My review will be posted on September 10/

Next on my review stack is Dreamland by debut author Robert L. Anderson. This is a paranormal story which will be released on Sept. 22.

Next Week

All of the books on my stack for next week are review books being released in September.
The Fall by James Preller is a middle grade contemporary about bullying and suicide. It will be released on Sept. 22.

Connect the Stars by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague is also a middle grade contemporary story being released on Sept. 22.
Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate is another middle grade contemporary but with some fantasy elements. It too is being released on Sept. 22.

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson begins a new trilogy that combines historical fiction, fantasy and romance. This is still another book that is being released on Sept. 22.

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
After reading the second book in the Gods and Monsters series by Kelly Keaton, I decided that I needed to keep reading the series. I bought The Wicked Within and put it on TBR mountain.
I also downloaded the two free SYNC audiobooks that were this week's offerings.  As always, you have until Thursday to download your copies.

Crows and Cards by Joseph Helgerson

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


  1. So many interesting books on your list! I can't wait to read Walk on Earth a Stranger. I loved her Girl of Fire and Thorns series.

  2. Just when I think I am pretty knowledgeable about books, I read a post like yours that introduces me to all new books and authors that I want to explore! Ash and Bramble in particular caught my eye!

  3. Do you know I have Sorcery & Cecilia on my Kindle but since they are there permanently I never seem to get to them. When they sound like fun! And ooooh, a new Rae Carson. Must add that to the TBR list. Lock & Mori also look super interesting. Anything Sherlock related is at least an automatic must try. I loved Crenshaw for the brave portrayal of a family in crisis ... but I could have done w/o the magic cat. Oh well. It's still a great book.

    Angie from MsOReadsBooks

  4. All of these titles sound really interesting! I will have to look for Shades of Milk and Honey. It sounds like it is exactly my kind of read! Have a great reading week!

  5. A lot of these are ones I've looked at. Ash and Bramble seemed too YA for my crown, but they do love her other books. I liked Crenshaw but agree with Ms. O. on the cat. While I've been off my feet, I've thought about you and retirement. I just don't know that retirement would work for me! I miss school so much right now!

  6. OOoh Ash & Bramble!! I can't wait to read that one! I love fairy tale stories! Look forward to your review!

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  7. I'll look for The Fall and Connect The Stars, Kathy. You did do a lot of reading this week! Others look good too, but I only choose a few for the 'big' pile! Thanks!

  8. What I like most about coming to your site is that I know I will be introduced to new books I have never heard before. It's always a delight to get new reading ideas. I have heard of Crenshaw, (is there anyone who hasn't?) but alas, I have to wait for it to be published.

  9. I have Connect the Stars to read - I'm excited to read this one from a husband/wife team!

  10. I keep bumping into The Crenshaw - I'll have to move that up my TBR pile!


  11. What a wonderful stack of books you have here - quite a few too that I am unfamiliar with! Connect the Stars caught my eye - sounds like a special book. :)


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