Monday, August 3, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 3, 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...

I think this past week was the last one this summer when I could binge on reading. I will have company arriving this week to help me celebrate my birthday. I turned 65 on Sunday.

We have planned a marathon video watching session when we will be watching the final season of True Blood and the first season of Kelley Armstrong's Bitten. Weather permitting we will also be doing some touristy stuff like a trip up the North Shore to Gooseberry Falls with a stop at Betty's pies. We may also get a chance to do some of the Lakewalk and maybe visit a casino or two.

I don't think that there will be much time for reading until very late in the week. I am sure that my lists below are very optimistic.

July in Review...

During July I read 50 books for a total of 16,553 pages. I read 23 YA/MG books and 27 adult books. I read 30 review books.

I also added 66 books to my stack including 10 audiobooks from SYNC, 13 new review books, and 37 books for my Kindle. Thirty of the new additions were tagged YA but this includes the SYNC audiobooks. Currently 54 of them are still unread.

Read Last Week
This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee was the only YA book I read this week. It was a reimagining of Frankenstein and was a very engaging story. I loved its steampunk elements and engaging characters. My review will be posted on September 26.

I had a sudden influx of adult books that are being released in August and September this week. Instead of getting even further ahead on my review books, I concentrated on reading those this week. 

I got A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston from NetGalley for review. This fantasy will be released on October 6.

Next Week

I am beginning to read the October releases on my review stack. These are the next four. Three of the four are sequels to books I also read for review. The fourth is from an author that I have also read before.
The White Rose by Amy Ewing
Spinning Starlight by R. C. Lewis
Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch

Reviews Posted
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
This week's new SYNC audiobooks were Courage Has No Color by Tanya Lee Stone and John Ball's In the Heat of the Night adapted by Matt Pelfrey. You have until Thursday to get your own copies.
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby was a Kindle Daily Deal on Friday. I have heard good things about this one but am not sure it is for me. At Daily Deal price, I was willing to take a chance.

The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent arrived this week too. I am a fan of her writing and can't wait to read this one.

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


  1. Happy belated birthday! I hope you enjoy your birthday celebration :)

    50 books is impressive! I think I managed 15 which is a lot for me. I have an ARC of Ice Like Fire too. I loved Snow Like Ashes. I want to read Spinning Starlight and A Thousand Nights looks interesting. I really liked The Wrath and the Dawn which is another retelling.

  2. I thought Bone Gap was phenomenal. Still my favorite read of 2015. I can't wait to read your This Monstrous Thing review!

  3. Happy late birthday and many happy returns to you! =) Kudos to you for reading 50 books in a month! Wish I could binge-read like that, too! I am very interested in The Monstrous Thing, and the cover of A Thousand Nights remind me of the cover of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (although the latter is not fantasy!). Thanks for sharing your amazing reading progress! =)

  4. This Monstrous Thing surely is an interesting read. I like Frankenstein, although others do not. You've read so many this week, wow. I hope you have a nice extended birthday celebration with your company!

  5. OOoh nice! I can't wait to read This Monstrous Thing and Ice Like Fire!! Still need to read The Stars Never Rise myself!! So behind!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)


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