Monday, August 24, 2015

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 24, 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 my last full week of summer vacation. Next week I'll be packing up and moving back to my school year home. That means a day mostly spent driving back home, unpacking, grocery shopping, cleaning, and a dentist's appointment. I do plan to fit in reading around those other activities. I may also try to stop over at school on Friday to see if I can get class lists.

This week was a cold one here in Duluth. I was almost tempted to turn on the furnace on a couple of our chilly mornings. But it did mean good reading time. My brother and I went out to lunch for the last time this summer. We hit Shorty's in Superior, Wisconsin, because it had been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. This one was a complete success. We were both happy with our sandwiches and the french fries were the best I've ever had.

Also to get ready for the busier school year, I spent Saturday setting up blog posts for November and early December. I currently have 57 scheduled posts and have set up the review posts for the next sixteen books on my stack. On my stack are some non-review books that I have been eager to read once my review books were caught up.

Read Last Week

Newt's Emerald by Garth Nix was an enjoyable Regency mystery/romance infused with magic. It reminded me of the books by Georgette Heyer but with magic too. My review will be posted on October 10 for this October 13 release.

Dead Investigation by Charlie Price was an entertaining mystery featuring a world weary Deputy and a teenager who can talk to ghosts. My review will be posted on October 14 for this October 20 release.

A Sliver of Stardust by Marissa Burt was an entertaining middle grade fantasy in which two 11-year-olds who are academic rivals are recruited into a magical organization. I liked Wren who was the female lead because she grew and changed during the story. My review will be posted on October 15.

Losers Take All by David Klass has something for everybody. It has sports, humor, and romance and a healthy dose of social commentary too. I liked it very much for its well-rounded characters. My review will be posted on October 17.
These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly was a historical mystery that spent as much time on the roles of women in 1890 as it did on the mystery. It was an engaging and thought-provoking story. My review will be posted on October 22.

Cold Burn of Magic by Jennifer Estep is from my TBR mountain. It is an urban fantasy that begins a new series for this author who writes both for adults and young adults.
Next Week

I'm still working away at my review stack. Including these, I have only 12 review books still on my stack and three of those are for my other blog. Of course, I also got the Macmillan email this week about their next catalog and asked for quite a few that are releasing from January through April. But I don't need to count them until they actually arrive, right?
The Anatomical Shape of the Heart by Jenn Bennett is being released on November 3.

Young Widow's Club by Alexandra Coutts is a November 10 release.
The August 5 by Jenna Helland is also being released on November 10.

Finding Fortune by Delia Ray is also a November 10 release.

Reviews Posted

Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
I added Court of Fives by Kate Elliott because I have heard so many great things about it.

I also added The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst after she sent me an email asking if I would like to read and review it. It will be released on November 3.

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


  1. Glad to see another Garth Nix novel - he is so prolific. Will have to read his Abhorsen trilogy very soon.

  2. Best wishes as you journey home, Kathy. Lots of good reads here, lots to put on my long, long list. Thanks.

  3. Wow! Blog posts set up well into the fall. Very, very impressive! Lots of great titles here. Adding some to my TBR list.

  4. I am totally in awe that you have that many posts set up. I'm intrigued by the Jennifer Donnelly title. I've enjoyed her books.

  5. I am excited to see this Garth Nix title, since I've just finished Sabriel. It's now on my to read list. Your organizational prowess is awe inspiring!

  6. OOh nice! I enjoyed Cold Burn of Magic! Thought it was a spunky little read and can't wait for the next book in October! Hope you enjoy the reads!

    Here's my Monday Wrapup

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  7. I do not know any of these books! Thank you for sharing them with me :)

    Happy reading this week!
    Kellee @

  8. I didn't know most of these books, but I know Court of Fives was just reviewed by one of our co-bloggers over at Rich in Color and she loved it. Have fun with the new school year!


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