Monday, October 24, 2022

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday - Oct 24

Welcome to It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Mailbox Monday.   


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 organize 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.   

Well, here we are closing in on the end of October. Halloween is just a week away, and stores and Instagram reels have been sharing winter holiday inspiration, décor, and DIY ideas. Here in New England, we are watching the leaves change and fall. 

Snapped this as I walked through a new construction area in Hampden County. 

Speaking of winter holidays, Hallmark Channel started their 2022 Countdown to Christmas this past weekend. Great American Family also began their holiday line up titled, Great American Christmas. Good Housekeeping shared their "15 Best Movies to Watch During Hanukkah with the Whole Family" list here

I remain optimistic I will get some down time to deep clean the house and get the bonus room organized, but the last few weeks have been a mad rush of listings, open houses, traveling to see the Lil' Princess, outings with her while she was home, completing the extra content for my next children's picture book coming out in 2023, and meetings. 

Now, let's talk fun stuff...books and reading!

My review of this great young adult novel, the first in a new series, appeared at The Children's and Teens' Book Connection

My review of this historical novel, second in the series, appeared here on Friday. 

I highly recommend both of these books and look forward to more from these talented authors. 

Look for my review of Stephanie Ziebarth's spiritual mentorship book this Friday, October 28.

I opened this Sheila Roberts book over the weekend because I have a review coming in November.

I also will be reading this time travel novel for a November review. This is the second in a series. I read the first and loved it. When that happens with a genre I don't read often, that is a plus. 

I need to read this one next. 

Though I had others on my list, I've removed them for now. The last quarter of the year is a time for me to go through my shelves and decide what I am keeping and what I will give away. That might change what I want to read.  

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

This book arrived in my mailbox and is now available for purchase. I've enjoyed Karen Whiting's books in the past and look forward to reading this one. 

I also grabbed these two Kindle freebies over the weekend. The Lightbound Saga will be going on a virtual tour in November and December with Pump Up Your Book. You can check out the tour page here.

That's it for me this week. I plan to dedicate time to the two editing projects on my desk. Maybe I will sneak in a couple of first chapter reviews. Hope you have a fabulous week! 


Mary (Bookfan) said...

Looks like you have some good books to read! Beautiful pic. My hubby and I got out for a hike yesterday. I'll have to post a pic next week. Our colors are especially gorgeous this year.
Have a good week!

Kathy Martin said...

Fall is a lovely time of year in my part of Minnesota. Our past week had lovely Indian summer weather. Nice looking assortment of books too. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Your books look good. The Little Bookstore Murder is calling to me.

Deep cleaning is something I need to do more of...LOL.

Cheriee Weichel said...

Thanks for the heads up about Grady Whill and the Templeton Codex. I'll be looking for it.

Greg said...

I do like when the holiday movies start to come out. :)

Kathryn T said...

Good idea to cull your books and decide what you are really going to read. I have heard New England in Fall is just beautiful. I love Autumn leaves.

Cheryl said...

Definitely plenty to read considering all my new purchases, Mary. Looking forward to seeing your fall photos.

Bet it is beautiful where you are, Kathy.

I thought of you when I grabbed The Little Bookstore Murder, Laurel. Seemed right up your alley.

Cheriee, hope you get a chance to read it. Really good!

Greg, so do I. Not that I watch much on TV these days, but I enjoy them.

Kathryn, I am glad to live here this time of year. My daughter in NC says it just doesn't seem like fall to her.

Thanks for stopping by, all. Hope you have a great week.

Melinda said...

I love the fall pictures! We had about a week of really nice colors (which came late this year since we had such a warm, dry early fall) and the rain the washed them all away. Oh well! - Melinda @ A Web of Stories

Unknown said...

Love the fall colors.
So many good-sounding books. I was able to get the Bookstore Murder book - thanks!
Another end of month is slipping up on me.
I hope you have a good week and Happy Reading!

Unknown said...

Rats - I forgot to leave my name on that "unknown". It's MarthaE. :-)

Savvy Verse & Wit said...

Fall colors are in full swing in Maryland. I can't believe it is nearly November. I can't wait. We'll be visiting some family in Massachusetts for the holiday next month. It will be a nice change of pace.

Emma at Words And Peace / France Book Tours said...

I like the title The Little Bookstore Murder. It starts cute, and then boom, the big word murder! I hope it's a good one