Monday, June 20, 2016

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

I am finally at my summer home! After medical tests on Monday, I didn't feel well enough to come home until Wednesday. I'm all unpacked and settled for a summer of reading and relaxing. I've been out to eat twice since I got home - once alone and once with my brother. I still have leftovers from the second outing.

Today is Grandma's Marathon day in Duluth. It is my intention to go nowhere near it. I don't want to deal with the traffic or the tourists today. I am, however, considering interrupting my reading with a little baking today.

I am trying something new and actually writing this post on Sunday afternoon. It has been my custom to write this post after work on Fridays and to just update the links on Saturday morning. This week I made it to Saturday morning. Maybe next week I'll get all the way to Sunday.

Read Last Week
I read Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. This is the fourth book of at least five. It is filled with twisty plots, growing relationships, and great characters. My review will be posted on July 9.

Flying by Carrie Jones is a review book that will be released on July 19. It is a contemporary paranormal starring a cheerleader who ends up battling aliens. My review will be posted on July 13.
Trapped by S. A. Bodeen is also a review book. This is the third in a middle grade science fiction/adventure series. It was exciting but really short and ended with a cliffhanger. My review will be posted on July 20 for this July 26 release.

I read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell from my TBR mountain. It has been forever since I read FANGIRL so I came to this book like a new reader. After spending about a quarter of the book feeling like it was just a Harry Potter rip-off, I became engaged with these characters and their problems. All in all I enjoyed it. My review will be posted on July 16.

I am currently reading The Ministry of SUITs by Paul Gamble and am finding it really silly so far. This his middle grade humor and middle grade adventure complete with footnotes. It will be released on July 26.

Next Week
I'm starting the new week planning to read two from TBR mountain and one from my review stack.
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld - I've had this autographed book and the rest of the series on my stack since October 2010.
  • Seizure by Kathy Reichs - This second book in the Virals series has been on my stack since October 2011.
  • The Gilded Cage by Lucinda Gray - I got this review book in print from Macmillan. It will be released on August 2.
Reviews Posted
  • All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - Book 3 in The Naturals series
  • The Marked Girl by Lindsey Klingele - review book released June 7
  • The Secret Fire by Whitaker Ringwald - review book third in Secret Box series releasing June 21
Want to See What I Added to My Stack Last Week?
While browsing around Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore killing time until the author signing began, I stumbled onto a copy of A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin. I have been seeing this around on the blogs I follow and was curious about it.

The Kindle Daily Deal on Saturday included Sarafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty. This is another that I became curious about when I saw it on so many blogs.
I added both SYNC audiobook titles to my collection this week. The links go to the SYNC download pages for each book.
I also received an autographed ARC of Finn's Choice from the author Darby Karchut. I have been following Finn's adventures since the beginning and find this ending book bittersweet. It will be released on September 20.

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


  1. I liked A School for Unusual Girls and I have the sequel on my TBR pile at the moment. Hope to read it soon. I want to read Flying. It sounds fun and entertaining. I also want to give the Throne of Glass series a try after enjoying A Court of Mist and Fury.

    Hope you have a great week!

  2. Isn't it fun to be able to have time to read so many books? You should start including your baking recipes on your blog! Then we could have treats & cookies! ;-) I have Leviathan on my kindle, but haven't read it yet. Flying & Carry On look like good choices, too. Have a wonderful week relaxing, baking, and reading!

  3. Wow! You read so many diverse titles. I need to check out the Trapped series for my son. Thanks for all these great titles to consider.

  4. I'm not a fan of reading history, but found myself wanting to remember my high school classes when I read Leviathan. Something about steampunk makes the real historical details more interesting for me!

  5. I read Carry On a while ago- I shared the same "Harry Potter rip-off" feeling for a while. I wasn't too impressed with the ending, but the plot was interesting.
    Happy Reading!

  6. I have Carry On, but need to start it, have so many here at home that I haven't read yet! Your lists give me new ideas, so thanks for that. Hope you are feeling better & enjoying being back to the summer home!

  7. Ooh nice! Hope you enjoy our summer break! Nice reads too! Some new to me ones this week! Happy Reading!

    Here's my Monday Wrap-up

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  8. I havent' read Serafina yet, but it's probably one I should add to my list.

  9. Serafina is one that I have seen many times but haven't gotten to. I really thought How it Went Down was a well done and timely book. If you like that one, I think All American Boys is another similar book and is also excellent.

  10. Kathy you are such an amazing reading machine! I hope you enjoy Serafina. It has just the right amount of scariness for middle grade readers. I tried Carry On, but couldn't get into it, but then I'm not into Harry Potter either. Hope you enjoy the Leviathan series as much as I did.

  11. Yup. Bittersweet. That sums up my feelings as well, Kathy. Thanks for being such a good friend to Finn and Gideon!


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