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text 2017-08-07 13:00
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? | 8/7/2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It's a great post to organise yourself.  It's an opportunity to visit and comment, and er... add to that ever growing TBR pile!  So welcome in everyone.  This meme started with J Kaye's Blog and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey.  Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date.  And here we are!

I sometimes fall off the grid of blogging for a few days at a time.  Whether for real life business or just because I'm not feeling up to blogging... or maybe I just don't have anything to blog at the moment.

This time around, it really was just a combination of things:

I didn't feel like blogging anything, but I also didn't really have anything to blog.  I probably would have had something to blog, but I had made a decision to commit a combined series review for the last three Steele Street books I just finished reading.  So no book updates or reviews were scheduled for posting.

Not even for the one audio book I also finished, Mystique by Amanda Quick... mainly because I wasn't in a reviewing mood and couldn't really think of much to say about Mystique except that it had it's flaws and I got frustrated with some of it, but it was enjoyable overall.  How do you even create a formal, or even informal, review for that?  (Although to be fair, every time I say that I can't think of what to say, I sit down and start typing, and the next thing I know, I've got at least three paragraphs.)

Anyway, I'm still sort of nursing a Book Game Hangover with the ending of Booklikes-opoly.  And even while COYER is still in play, I hadn't really felt like writing anything since those last few posts on July 31st.  My monthly wrap ups are usually pre-drafted, so they don't really count.

So here I am, hijacking a book meme for the purpose of updating anyone who cares about what's been going on... which really has been a whole lot of nothing, but working and reading and sleeping, and generally just lazing around when I'm not working or reading or sleeping.

I probably won't continue this meme on a weekly basis, but there's no doubting that it's a nice way to make an update on the blogosphere!  The 'It's Monday!' meme might make another appearance if I ever seem to be on a blogging slump.



What I Read Last Week


I'm including all the books I had read starting last Monday to this Sunday.  Technically, I started reading Cold Memory prior to last week, but I spent a good portion of my time finishing it over that weekend and didn't quite finish until last Monday.

And as I'd stated, I just recently finished the last three Steele Street books, an audio book that was quite intriguing (Amanda Quick, after all), and a short story I squeezed in last minute on the 31st.

Cold Memory and Dream a Little Dream (in the A Christmas to Remember anthology) are the only two books I've posted a review for so far.



What I'm Currently Reading


I have a thing about having at least one audio book, one physical book, and one e-book going simultaneously.  It guarantees me options no matter where I am.  Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt is an audio book I decided on as a last minute whim after finishing Mystique.  Thicker Than Water by Maggie Shayne has been on my TBR and a specific planned read for August since last week.  I still need an e-book, which brings me to what I plan to read next...



What I'm Planning to Read Next


I've had Once in a Lifetime sitting on my Kindle as a borrowed library e-book for about a week now, and it's probably past time to get it read.  I'd been holding off on it for a while because my main goal was to get the last three Steele Street books finished first.

If I manage to do so, I will be starting the next Mordecai Young book, pending my completion of Thicker Than Water.  Since my average is usually about three books a week, I don't expect that I'll be able to start the third (and last) Mordecai Young book this week, but if I do, it'll be a bonus.



Other Plans On the Blog


I haven't done a whole lot of planning for my blog in a long time--Booklikes-opoly was a very "blog as you go" type of reading game, and pretty much all my book selections were unplanned and a lot of blog updates and book reviews weren't exactly scheduled.

Nonetheless, I'm going to try to give my blog more of a structure once again, although the only real post I have planned is my review for the Steele Street series.  And then, depending on when I finish Thicker Than Water, or Once in a Lifetime, I may have a review out for one or both books this week... maybe not.

Once again, the truth is, I'm really using this weekly bookish meme as a reason to post an update.  If I had thought of it ahead of time, I would have done a Sunday Post yesterday.  But I didn't, so we get this "It's Monday!" post instead.  Which really works the same way, right?



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text 2015-12-07 09:46
It's Monday! What are you reading?
The Lies of Locke Lamora - Scott Lynch

So, last week I set out to read yet another Nobel prize winning author. But soon it turned out I really wasn't in the mood for a depiction of rural China. For the first time ever I got the winter blues. I coudn't go on reading.

So I picked up something to cheer me up, and that was Harry Potter. I finished that in no time, so this Monday, I'm reading the second installment of Harry Potter, The Chamber of Secrets. I remeber enjoying this more than the first book back when I first read the series in 1999. Remember how it was not knowing how everything would turn out?


The other book I'm reading now is The Lies of Locke Lamora. I must say I'm not so much into it as I'd expected. I somehow managed to ignore all the comparisons with Oceans Eleven. I mean, I love a good heist story, but this is so much darker than I want right now. But I queued up for it at the library and now that it's my turn, I don't want to let go without trying.


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text 2015-11-30 10:15
It's Monday! What are you reading?
Dragons at Crumbling Castle - Terry Pratchett
Soul Mountain - Gao Xingjian

I started listening to the audiobook for Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Sir Terry Pratchett. It's a collection of early short stories and they all feel very familiar. Stefan Kaminski reads them as expected with full verve. His imitation of an arrow hitting the ground is pure perfection. So, entertaining, if not as masterful as Pratchetts' later works. Short and fun.


Later today I want to start with my last Nobel Prize laureate for 2015, Gao Xingjians' Soul Mountain. I don't know that much about it, but I'm glad to tackle another of my tbr books if nothing else.

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text 2015-09-14 20:25
It's Monday! (week 38)

Good Afternoon All :D


Hope everyone had at least a decent weekend :D


I finished a few books this weekend, i'm going to hopefully have some time to write a few reviews this week. I need to get on it bad!





I got further along in a few other books on my Kindle as well.


I have one week left til i leave for PA to do more job training :D


So i hope to get some books read before i have to take them back!


What did you read this weekend??




Tuesday's New Releases

Friday's Library Haul

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text 2015-09-07 20:34
It's Monday! (Week 37)


To those who "celebrate" labor day.




I woke up to a voicemail from my job saying they called off our shift because of lack of work for tonight.


So hello random 4 day weekend :D




This weekend i finished a few books for once!




Maybe with my extra free time tonight, i might get some reviews written :D



This week i hope to get some reading done, but we'll see!







Round 5 Voting! GO VOTE!

Tuesday's New Releases

Side Effects May Vary Review!

ARC Review of Everything Everything!

August Wrap Up

Personal Update





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