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.
- I brought Vinnie (our Bengal mix) to the vet on Friday. He had been coughing since Monday/Tuesday, and his breathing sounded awful on Thursday. He ended up with pneumonia and a pretty nasty ear infection. He was on steroids for his breathing and a general antibiotic for the pneumonia. I am happy to report he is feeling better!!
- Miss R participates in the school district’s Elementary Battle of the Books (Ebob). They pull her out of class during Intervention time (to read, which is awesome). So far, she has read: Amari and the Night Brothers, Where the Watermelons Grow, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, Linked, and Root Magic.
- Friday was our town’s Christmas parade. For the first time in 4 years, we missed it. But our excuse was pretty good (keep reading).
- Saturday, we traveled to Cullowhee, North Carolina, to attend an Open House for Miss B. We had to leave by 6 am in order to get to Western Carolina by 8:20 (that’s why we didn’t attend the Christmas parade). I absolutely loved the campus!! People were so friendly (professors and students). I hope that Miss B gets in (keeping my fingers crossed).
- I am slowly but surely catching up with my reading. Right now, I am behind four books. But, unlike last week, I have decided not to stress about it. My schedule is very light for December (I did that on purpose), and I will catch up then.
- I am behind two reviews, which is pretty good. Again, I’m not stressing (see about for reasons).
- I am under 60 books on NetGalley (whoop! whoop!) I am hoping to get it close to fifty by the end of the week.
What I am Reading Now:
The third and final delightful installment in the Merriwell Sister’s Regency rom-com series.
Miss Venus Merriwell has been waiting for her prince to come since the tender age of fourteen. She wants a man who is selfless, academic like her, and free from all the wretched vices her gambler father enjoyed far too much before he left the Merriwell sisters practically destitute. Unfortunately, after a slew of romantic disappointments, there is still no sign of that prince at twenty-three and the only one true love of her life is the bursting-at-the-seams orphanage in Covent Garden that she works tirelessly for. An orphanage that desperately needs to expand into the empty building next door.
For Galahad Sinclair, gambling isn’t just his life, it’s in his blood. He grew up and learned the trade at his grandfather’s knee in a tavern on the far away banks of the Hudson in New York. But when fate took all that away and dragged him across the sea to London, it made sense to set up shop here. He’s spent five years making a success out of his gaming hell in the sleazy docks of the East End. Enough that he can finally afford to buy the pleasure palace of his dreams—and where better than in the capital’s sinful heart, Covent Garden? The only fly in his ointment is the perfect building he’s just bought to put it in also happens to be right next door to the orphanage run by his cousin’s wife’s youngest sister. A pious, disapproving and unsettling siren he has avoided like the plague since she flattened him five years ago…
While Venus and Galahad lock horns over practically everything, and while her malevolent orphans do their darndest to sabotage his lifelong dream, can either of them take the ultimate gamble—and learn to love thy neighbor?
Books I plan on reading later this week
Bridgerton meets Agatha Christie in Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Lord, a dazzling first entry in a terrific new Regency-era mystery series with a feminist spin.
When Lady Petra Forsyth’s fiancé and soulmate dies just weeks ahead of their wedding, she makes the shocking proclamation—in front of London’s loosest lips—that she will never remarry. A woman of independent means, Petra sees no reason to cede her wealth and freedom to any man now that the love of her life has passed, nor does she intend to become confined to her country home. Instead, she uses her title to gain access to elite spaces and enjoy the best of society without expectations.
But when ballroom gossip suggests that a longtime friend has died of “melancholia” while in the care of a questionable physician, Petra vows to use her status to dig deeper—uncovering a private asylum where men pay to have their wives and daughters locked away, or worse. Just as Lady Petra has reason to believe her friend is not dead, but a prisoner, her own headstrong actions and thirst for independence are used to put her own freedom in jeopardy.