It’s Monday, what are you reading? (10/18/21)

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. The weather here in Nashville was gorgeous and I did get outside quite a bit, which meant I slowed down on my reading a little. I’ll catch you up real quick.

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I am a huge fan of Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series but have put off listening to these short stories despite having purchased the audiobook. It does include the origin story of Briggs’ Alpha and Omega series and how Charles and Anna first met. I’ve heard that story before and looked forward to hearing it again. There were a couple that weren’t as interesting to me, probably because I couldn’t remember how the characters had interacted with Mercy’s stories but some were quite interesting and I enjoyed them tremendously! All in all a really good book!

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I’m a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong and after being selected to read the ARC of the second novel in this series I realized I had never read the first! I used an Audible credit and am so enjoying this book! It’s a mystery/time travel/love story and the narrator has done an excellent job giving all of these characters their voices. I’m almost done with it and am looking forward to reading that next novel!

I hope you all had a great weekend! If you’d care to share what book you are reading, please do!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (10/11/21)

Last week was a busy one with three ARC’s (Advanced Reader Copy) due so my reading choices were not my own. Well, technically I did sign up for those reviews, but it’s always nice to read because you feel like reading, not because you have to read something because you said you would. I’m sure you all feel the same way. So without have a clock ticking on my reading habits, what did I do? I read ahead to an ARC that’s due on 10/19. LOL. To be fair this was a book where I like the series and was looking forward to reading the most recent book, so it wasn’t really a hardship. Let’s catch up! Here are the books being checked off my TBR.

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I’m drawn to this series because they are lighthearted romances set in a little town that puts on an annual Renaissance festival. Well Met was the first book and I loved it. I’ve gotten to know these characters so I’m pretty invested even though books 2 and 3 have not been quite as good as the first. Well Matched was Mitch’s story and I was curious how it would play out. You’ll have to read my review to find out!

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This novel was written in 2019 and has been on my library TBR since I saw a blogger write about it. I like to read young adult books occasionally for a change of pace and this story about a deaf high school student who moves across country and has to go to school in a regular school sounded like it might broaden my horizons a little. I, too have a small hearing problem, and while I am not deaf, just hearing impaired, I enjoy reading true representation stories and am curious to see how she learns to navigate high school life with this kind of challenge. I just started it and will add it to my review. Stay tuned!

This week is going to have its own challenges and having a good book waiting for me at home helps me get through the long days. Do you feel the same? Which book is waiting for you to pick it up after a long day at work?

Happy Monday and happy reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (10/4/21)

This weekend I read a romance, a fantasy, and listened to one of my all time favorite women’s fiction novels. What a great weekend of reading! Let’s get down to it!

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I love Margaret Rogerson’s novels and while this one started a bit slower and was a LOT darker, I really loved the unlikely heroine that Artemisia ended up being. I wish I knew who the cover artist is so I could throw out a big kudos. This cover got the feeling of the novel, spot on!

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This is the second novel in the Kingdom of Cards series and it’s just as magical as the first. It starts off quickly and I’m not having trouble picking up where the story leaves off.

If Monday is your favorite day of the week, kudos to you! I hate Mondays because most of the time I’m in the middle of reading a book and I’d much rather stay on the couch finishing up that novel. What book is pulling your attention away from work today?

Happy Monday!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (9/20/21)

I love it when I have a couple or weeks between ARC’s and I can read any book I want with no restrictions. I’ll sometimes read the strangest things just because I was curious. I read Regine Abel’s 2nd novel in the science fiction Prime Mating Agency. It was a little out there with the alien race being snake humanoid’s and guys it was a romance. Kind of wild! LOL. I also read an older Jill Shalvis novel that has been on my TBR. What else did I read? Check it out, below!

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The second novel in the River Rain series. This book just came out at the beginning of the month and as I do almost all of her books, I pre-ordered it. I really enjoyed the heroine and this story. Sometimes you don’t know what you’re going to get with a Kristen Ashley novel. Well, let me re-phrase. You know you’ll get sex scenes but you don’t know if you’ll get a good story to go with them. Chasing Serenity had a great story too! yay!

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I just realized I didn’t read the pre-quel novel to this one. Stop the presses! I have started this book but I’m going to put it down and pick up Just Folking Around. How did I miss this one?

Penny Reid writes the most charming novels so really no-harm no foul.

What books are you reading? Anything you’d like to share?

Have a great Monday!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (8/16/21)

This past week saw my first foray back into an office environment. Although my company has opted for a hybrid setting, two days in the office and one day at home. It was good to see everyone face to face, although really we only see people’s eyes nowadays since we’re all masked up in person, but that camaraderie is hard to replace over a Zoom call. LOL. I don’t know about you, but I must be one of the few who enjoy working at home more than I do in the office. I relish the quiet and being able to make a business call without having 20 people listen in on my phone conversation. What does this have to do with what I read this week? Well, I used my audiobook to cut out the conversation around me and finished up a fun science fiction novel. Let’s get to discussing books!

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I previously read this novel but listening to it was a lot of fun too. It’s very fast-paced and our main character is troubled but has a great heart. She grew a lot in this novel, but having read the series I know that her future also has a lot of person growth which I love. There is also a romance component to this series, which adds some sizzle, but honestly the action scenes were what I loved about these novels the most. Check it out if you haven’t read it, this series is a blast!

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This novel is falls into the romantic suspense genre, which was a perfect sequé from the action-packed fantasy novel I had just finished. I’m about 40% into it and the story starts out fast which our heroine under fire. I have recently discovered Adriana Anders with the first novel in this series and really enjoy her quick and easy style of writing! This is book two so look up the first “Whiteout” if you want to jump into the series. It’s good!

You can see I’m all about the action this week! What genre of book has caught your attention this week? Is it good? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Happy Monday and happy reading!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (7/19/21)

Yesterday I seemed to have spent most of my time in the kitchen, baking a bit and then cooking for the family. I spent most of the time by myself and finished up an audiobook I’d been listening to, and blew through an Arc by Evie Dunsmore that was entertaining. I stayed up way to late reading it. Let’s just get down to it.

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I am in serious infatuation with this series. These books are technically historical romances but because they are set during the Women’s Suffrage Movement the author has enriched each story with the hardships each woman faces. In this case, Hattie was seen leaning into her Scotsman and showing interest in having a kiss. Something that tarnishes her reputation and can only be fixed by her marrying him. While her new husband now has wealth, he grew up in a coal mine town and his rise to good fortune is due to his need for revenge against the man who sired him. There is so much to this book, and I know I’ll be reading it again soon.

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I am re-listening to a series that I’ve read before but not in awhile. I’ve been doing that a lot with Ilona Andrews books lately. Some of these series are tied together by characters and its fascinating to find those intertwining moments. This series has connections to their Innkeeper series, which is one of my favorites.

What books are you reading? Are they an old favorite like mine or something brand new? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

Happy Monday!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (7/12/21)

HI everyone, happy Monday! This week is going to be a busy one but I always have time to read. I finished three books this weekend, LOL. I have a week between ARC’s and decided to just let my feelings pick a book, or a few books. Here’s what is on my radar for the week.

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Kind of a mixed bag, right? LOL I have continued my obsession with audiobooks and I’ve been listening to the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series narrated by the amazing Davina Porter. Each of the books in this series moves the characters forward in their development. Soo good!

Deep is book #4 in the Stage Dive series. This was also an audiobook and one I’ve been putting off listening too. I think Kylie Scott is an awesome writer and I’ve enjoyed this series. Although I’ll admit that I have waited a long time between each novel. Luckily I catch up with the characters pretty quickly. These characters were side notes in other novels and truthfully, not very interesting. However, the author did a great job holding my interest.

Duke of my Heart was an impulse through the library. I really enjoyed the authors more recent novel The Paris Apartment which was not a regency style romance and I thought I’d see how her writing translates to a more traditional historical romance. I was really surprised! The plot was atypical and the characters interesting! It’s the first in a series and I may read the second. Still deciding.

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I’m trying to do a better job of reading ahead on my ARC’s and Wait for It comes out next month. I just started it yesterday but so far so good!

Now that you know what I’m up to, I’d love to hear what you’re reading too! Please let me know in the comments.

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (6/21/21)

I’m going to fess up I have not actually read any books this week. I have listened to one and am listening to another. I’m not sure if anyone is still interested because both books are from Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series. LOL. Has anyone else found that when they have a stressful work week a previously read book is a great comfort? That’s what I’m going through right now. So, listening to the Kate Daniels series makes me feel good. For what it’s worth here is what’s currently on my shelf.

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Technically this book is it’s own series but it falls between book #9 and book #10 in Kate Daniels and it’s content was relevant to the series. This book is the beginning of Hugh’s story and is meant to be read before the final Kate Daniels novel. I think it’s the third time I’ve listened to this novel and it still takes me over half the book to forgive him for what he’s done in the other series. He is one seriously bad dude.

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After finishing Hugh’s novel I quickly start Magic Triumphs which wraps up the series. It is so good.

What books are you finding comfort reading this week?

Happy Monday!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (6/7/21)

I am still all wrapped up in listening to the audio books for the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. When you listen one after another you really catch some of the nuances you missed when reading the books initially. Despite the time sucker of listening to audio books I did finish reading one book. I need to get back on track with my reading this week and have a favorite author that will help me get started.

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Despite being lectured by the author through the characters about adults not being the target for ya novels (I am one myself!) I liked this story. I don’t think this was an original story but it was entertaining.

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Ah Rachel Morgan, I wonder what she will be up to in this novel. I do love my journey into the Hollows.

What books are you reading this week? Or what book do you want to read this week? A good book can make the week go by faster. Have a great Monday!

Deb

It’s Monday, what are you reading? (5/31/21)

If you are reading this and you are in the US, I hope you have a nice day off for Memorial’s Day. Thank you to all of our troops who have served for our country including my own father and grandfather.

I was on vacation last week and took a break from writing posts, but I didn’t take a break from reading books! I have continued to listen to Ilona Andrews Kate Daniels series and I have to say that I read each of these books as they came out but you really see how they tie to each other when you read or listen to them in consecutive order back to back. I am not only listening to these books but am also reading because I have had a couple of ARC’s due that I needed to review. Two from last week! See below to catch up!

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This YA historical romance was a fun change from all of the darker urban fantasy novels I’ve been listening to. I really enjoyed this story and the sassy heroine. If you’re looking for a quick, PG-13 rated read, pick this one up. It’s fun, easy to read, and the characters are charming.

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A witch whose magic is tied to the weather. This book seems to have it all. A fight of good against evil, losing in love, falling in love, and saving the world. What else do you want out of an epic fantasy novel?

Are you spending your time reading today? If so, what book has captured your interest? Do you look for a certain genre or does a cover call out to you? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Monday!

Deb