It’s Monday: What Are You Reading?—September 25th, 2023

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet and share what you have been and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit, comment, and add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.

Jen Vincent, Teach Mentor Texts, and Kellee of Unleashing Readers decided to give It’s Monday! a kid-lit focus. If you read and review books in children’s literature – picture books, chapter books, middle-grade novels, young adult novels, or anything in those genres – join them.


  • Applying for scholarships is tedious (and yes, I said that). But Miss B has been applying for every single one she sees, and hopefully, we will get something.
  • Miss R is killing it at school. She got her 3-week progress report home last week. She got 3 A’s (all 95 and higher) and one B (over 85).
  • We are still monitoring Miss B’s health. It hasn’t gotten worse, but it hasn’t gotten better. I will be calling midweek to schedule an appointment to talk to the doctor about a referral to a cardiologist.
  • Mr. Z joined the tabletop D&D club at school. They are meeting after school on Wednesdays. Since I will be a half-hour away (Miss R’s riding lessons), we signed him up for Uber Teen. This Wednesday is going to be his first time using it.
  • Speaking of afterschool, Miss B has joined the prom committee. They are starting to meet after school. Her National Beta Club and National Technical Honor Society will also have after-school meetings. I am happy to see the schools returning to what they were like pre-Covid.
  • BK’s birthday was on Saturday. He turned 50, and Miss R delighted in teasing him about how old he is now….lol. The kids and I got him a new Kitchen Aide stand mixer, which he loved.


  • I was finally able to read three books from my reading challenges. I truly felt like I accomplished something.
  • As for my review reading, I am right about where I want to be with that. I am slightly ahead, with one review to write.
  • My NetGalley total went up. I was sitting at 55 (and very proud of myself for that) when I got emails from St. Martin’s Press and Random House. After I downloaded those books, my total went up to 58. One step forward, two steps back.

What I am Reading Now:

The battle for The Capitol has begun.

Logan and Reina have revealed the truth of what The Circle has been doing for a century. Citizens now realize that their beautiful utopia was built upon their stolen dreams. With The Circle unmasked, everyone now has a choice of whether to rise up against them for their tyrannical crimes, or stand aside.
Despite being seemingly defeated, The Circle has one more card to play: their martyr, and Logan’s best friend, Jonas Basker.

As the face of propaganda against Anyone, the late Jonas still has some pull amongst the people. That is why Logan and Reina must prove Anyone’s innocence by showing citizens how subverted The Circle really is. Luckily, their new friend has a secret worth going to the grave for.
With the government’s covert archives being targeted for destruction, time is running out to save what little remains of the good still left in Logan’s world.
Can The Circle truly be stopped?

Books I plan on reading later this week:

Peace comes with a price.

A new day is dawning on the liberated Capitol. Logan and Reina have worked hard to free the minds of everyone under The Circle’s rule. No longer is it a world of haves and have nots. People can now make their own choices and forge a future for their land as they deem fit.
But having grown weary of the battle, Logan and Reina aren’t ready to lead. Who, then, is worthy? The last thing the couple wants is their new regime to end up in unrest again.
Their only choice may be turning to the last person standing within The Circle– a scientist and inventor who holds the secrets of the past.
Lasting peace is within sight, but at a grave cost.
Will turning over their brave new world really be Logan and Reina’s best option?

Decades after events during the Gulf War that left two men for dead, William Paradise and John Brazer are in the U.S. planning revenge against the man that ordered the hit on them.

These men risk everything they have in order to bring down their former General.

Sometimes the “Good Guy” doesn’t always win.

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