It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 19 February 2018

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Hosted by Kathryn from Book Date, this is a weekly event to share what we’ve read in the past week and what we hope to read, plus whatever else comes to mind. Here is what I read the week ending 12 February 2018. To learn more about each book, just click on the book cover!

Reading is still slow-going these days, but Jim is back and that means another pair of hands and set of eyes to watch the pup. I plan to make up for lost time here!


Year One by Nora Roberts Jackaby by William Ritter Beastly Bones by William Ritter

Nora Roberts has upped her game with her latest novel and the first in a trilogy. Gone is the familiar story sequence fans all know and love. There is no pairing up of couples, very little sex, and no clear quest for our little group to achieve (at the end of book three). There is magic, which she does so well, but this first book is oh-so dark. And bloody as well as deadly. I can see this one going one of two ways for fans – they are either going to love it or hate it. I personally loved it. It is not a feel-good, fun adventure story with some fantasy thrown into the mix. This is a down-and-dirty dystopian/fantasy novel where the end is not a foregone conclusion. Not that you can decipher what is coming because she throws more twists at you than I have ever seen her write. I loved this new dimension to her writing. I love that she was willing to change things up and I love that she took a chance on something so dark and mysterious. I, for one, am going to be waiting anxiously for the next book in the series.

I read the first novel in the Jackaby series as a galley and loved it. I had always meant to continue the series, but time and other review copies got in the way. With some free reading I could finally get around to catching up on this delightful series. With the final book out, it is the perfect time to do so. Fun, funny, entertaining, and easy to read, these are the perfect books when my attention span and time is limited.


That’s the beauty of reading your own books.


The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell Ghostly Echoes by William Ritter


White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

I made progress on this one this past week. Still fascinating stuff.


The Dire King by William Ritter

March Review Copies:



So, what are you reading?

11 Responses to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? – 19 February 2018
  1. Kay
    February 19, 2018 | 8:25 AM

    I’m glad to know your thoughts on the Nora Roberts book. I think I agree that this one will be hit or miss with fans. Have seen some thumbs down and also some thumbs up. I have a copy and will get to it at some point. With her trilogies, I often wait until closer to the second or even the third book to start them. I’ve also thought about reading the Jackaby series. Maybe in the future.

    • Michelle
      February 19, 2018 | 11:18 AM

      I am actually glad I waited to read the rest of the Jackaby series because now that all the books are out and the series is over, I can read them all in a short time frame and move on. They are what I would call light and fluffy, but I enjoy them so much that they are the perfect reading material as I head into the next few weeks.

  2. Sarah's Book Shelves
    February 19, 2018 | 11:32 AM

    We’re reading different stuff this week but interesting to hear how the Nora Roberts is! I used to sneak her romances when I was young and sounds like she’s evolved considerably since then. Glad you enjoyed it!

    • Michelle
      February 20, 2018 | 2:51 PM

      I will be starting my March review copies this week, so I’m sure we will have some common reads once you see that.

  3. Amanda
    February 19, 2018 | 12:00 PM

    Thanks for the Jackaby reminder! I had the Dire King on hold and never picked it up. Back to the library website I go. I thought these were great.

    Also agree on Nora- this was so different and that made it wonderful! I am excited to see where this series goes. I almost wish I’d waited to read it so I could get another book sooner. I read this when I had a terrible cold though and let me tell you how scary that was. I was sure my whole family was getting sick with the book.

    • Michelle
      February 20, 2018 | 2:57 PM

      I’m starting The Dire King tonight after work. The end of the third book was fantastic, and I have high hopes for the end of this series!

      I know what you mean about wishing you had waited. Me too. I have at least two of her most recent trilogies and more than a handful of her recent stand-alone novels to read, and I ended up selecting the one for which I am now going to have to wait. It was so worth it though.

  4. Amanda
    February 19, 2018 | 5:18 PM

    For whatever reason, I can’t comment on your Sunday Reflections post! It keeps erroring out when I try to go to that page, telling me it has too many redirects. I thought I’d let you know in case anyone else is having a problem. I thought it was my computer at first but I waited a day, restarted for some windows updates, and it still gives me trouble. Wont’ do it on my phone either. anyway, I hope Jim got home safe and all yesterday!

    • Michelle
      February 20, 2018 | 3:15 PM

      Hmm. No one has said anything. That’s weird.

      Jim is home and started his new job today (Tuesday). Life just might be returning to normal, just in time for competition season and a complete lack of normalcy!

  5. Kailana
    February 19, 2018 | 7:17 PM

    I really enjoyed the Jackaby series so far. If I can ever get my reading back on track I would like to read on. lol

    • Michelle
      February 20, 2018 | 3:16 PM

      I finished book three last night and was a bit too excited to go to bed, so I started the final book. It is so much fun!

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