Monday, January 4, 2010

It’s Monday! There’s a Carnival and ReBooWee.

The holidays have come and gone. It’s Monday already and a new year has begun. It’s time for two of my favorite Monday activities, a new event and a reminder.

It's Monday! What are you reading this week? is a weekly event hosted by J. Kaye of J. Kaye's Book Blog to list the books completed last week, the books currently being read, and the books to be finished this week.

My list hasn’t change very much from last week. However, by next week maybe that will be different. Here we go:

Books I finished last week:
Hearts of Courage by John Tippet (Check back Wednesday, Jan. 6, for a review of this most interesting true story.)

Currently Reading:
Girl with Skirt of Stars by Jennifer Kitchen
Regression by Kathy Bell
The Solomon Effect by C.S. Graham
Corrigan’s Pool by Dot Ryan

Books to Finish this Week:
Corrigan’s Pool by Dot Ryan
The Solomon Effect by C.S. Graham

Today also marks the end of the fifth week of ReBooWee, a challenge to read at least one book a week. The challenge is being hosted by The-Writing-Bug

Participants are asked to sign up and then each week follow up with their progress. In doing so, participants are also asked if they finished a book, what did they read and can they share one sentence about the book or how the book effected them.

It’s a fun challenge. During the holidays it was difficult for me to find time just to sit and read. I hope now that the holidays are over and life is getting back to normal (whatever that is), I can begin reading more.

Check out The-Writing-Bug blog today to see what books the other participants have read and what sentences and thoughts are posted in regards to the books read.

It Blog Carnival time.

There is a Blog Carnival going on today at Mysteries and My Musings. You ask, “What is a blog carnival?”

According to the blog information: Blog carnivals are where someone takes the time to find really good blog post on a given topic, and then puts all those posts together in a blog post called a “carnival.”

Image one place to go each month for book reviews on mystery, crime fiction and suspense books, as well as author interviews and writing tips and advice.

Blog carnivals are a great way for bloggers to recognize each other's efforts, organize blog posts around important topics - like the Mystery Genre, and improve the overall level of conversation in the blogosphere. The fact that carnivals are edited (and usually annotated) collections of links lets them serve as "magazines" within the blogosphere.

Sounds like a great place to browse. Check it out.

The last bit of news for today is a reminder that the contest to win a free Nook  ends tomorrow, Jan. 5. Be sure to check out the information on the right-hand sidebar for the entry guidelines.

Did the holidays slow down your reading? What about books, did Santa bring you some new ones?

I received a box of audio books from my friend in Houston. Can’t wait to start listening. I also received a copy of Stephen King’s Under the Doom. That one will time some time, but I understand it’s quite good.

How’s your Monday going and what are you reading today?


  1. Ooooh! Lots of goodies today, Mason! Thank you for getting around the blogworld for me. I'll check out all of those links.

    A while ago you asked me about guest blogging in February - yes! Just give me a date and I'll be there. Or here, actually.

    Last week I finished A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny, and now I am reading In The Woods by Tana French. I used to read multiple books at once. But I have upped my blogging/social networking and am trying to up my something had to give! (I can't believe it was reading!)


  2. Last week I finished Pretty is as Pretty Dies by Elizabeth Spann Craig & Treason by Peter David. Currently I'm reading Pearl Cove by Elizabeth Lowell. I'm back to work now so I won't get as much reading done :(

  3. I LOVE audio books. I am reading an old book -Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott because I watch a PBS special about her. I love the classics and read a lot of those. I finished Pretty is as Pretty Dies during my break too.


  4. I'm reading...oh gosh, I've forgotten the name of it! It's a new release, debut mystery. Newspaper reporter investigating the murder of 4 drug pushers? I'm going senile...

    Mystery Writing is Murder

  5. Michele, I'll check my calendar and be in touch. Looking forward to you posting here. The book by Louise Penny sounds interesting. I'll have to check into that.

    Jemi, I loved Myrtle in Pretty is as Pretty Dies. I hope to be like that in my old age, determine and feisty. I understand about work, it seems to cut in on reading time - not fair.

    Teresa, audio books are great for traveling back and forth to work. I've so that I don't listen to music in the car must anymore. I find the books help with road rage. As long as I'm listening to a good book, slow traffic doesn't bother me.

    Elizabeth, not senile - just over multi-tasking. I pretty much do that with most books I read. I can remember part of the title and can tell you what it's about. But when it comes to the correct title, I have to look at the book.

  6. Lots of books on your plate there! I hope that you enjoy them all! Have a great reading week! :D

  7. Great Monday so far. I'm reading a book by a writer friend, Nancy Glass West, called Forever Fatal.

  8. I just finished Cat Sitter on a Hot Tin Roof by Blaize Clement - I love the series, and this one was particularly good. I'm currently reading Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen. I liked two other books by the same author but wasn't sure I could get into this one, but so far, so good!

  9. Ruth, thanks. I just hope a get a chance to read. There never seems to be enough time.

    Carol, love the name of the book you're reading. I'll have to check on that one.

    Ingrid, I haven't read any of Blaize Clement's books but they do look interesting. I love the titles.

  10. Mason, I do read a lot, or at least something everyday. Currently reading Rescue Me, Christy Reese. But I don't have time to read as I used to. A book I could knock out in a day now takes me three or four.

    Between my blog, my own writing schedule, and life on a small ranch, I'm lucky to get in a book or two a week. The good news is, I'm always reading a book. I finish one, I change genres and read something new.

    What a lovely and informative site you have here!

  11. Sia, thank you for the kind words about the site. Thanks from stopping by and following. I understand about at one time reading a book in a day or two now taking a week or longer. Seems like life just keeping getting in the way of our reading. :)

  12. Mason - I just stopped by and noticed that the comment I left you this morning never posted!! AARGH!! Anyway, I just wanted to really say that it sure seems you're reading a lot of very interesting and varied books. I admire that. Thanks, too, for the useful blog carnival info. I learn every time I stop by.

  13. Margot, I've been having problems with the net today too. For someone who loves mystery and suspense, I seem to be reading everything else. But, it's been interesting so far and that's what I like. Glad I can be of help. I've come across some very interesting things at various sites and enjoy sharing those.

  14. Lots of useful information here. Thanks for assembling it all. I'm reading one of my many how-to books, it's one of my favorites, Plot and Structure by James Bell. Learn something every time I pick it up. Oh, I always click over to the Animal Rescue site with each visit. A worthy cause.

    Best Regards, Galen.

    Imagineering Fiction Blog

  15. I finished Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati and also finished Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle - loved Holiday Grind. This week I'm reading Tragedy at Two by Ann Purser. I like reading the next adventure with Lois Meade.

  16. Galen, thanks for stopping by and thanks for clicking on the Animal Rescue site. I'm working on making that a pop-out button so you don't leave the site when you click on it. I enjoy books that you can get something new from every time you read them. I guess each time we're just looking at the subject matter a different way.

    Ann, I enjoyed Holiday Grind too. The Coffeehouse Mystery series is one of my favorites. The Tragedy at Two sounds interesting. Hope you enjoy, let me know how it is.

  17. Because of my lovely quiet holiday, I read three books last week: "Dark Harvest" by Lynda Hilburn (vampires) and two suspense novels by Harlan Coben, "Gone for Good" and "The Woods." I haven't decided what to read next, but am thinking maybe "Hush! Hush!" a YA novel by Becca Fitzpatrick.

    "Under the Dome" is a big book. I think I'll read it after ReBooWee is over. I suspect it will take me two or three weeks.

  18. Patricia, three books in one week - WOW. I haven't done that in a very long time. They all sound good. As for "Under the Dome," I'm afraid that will probably take me several weeks at least so I know I won't start it till much later.

  19. Sorry for being so late to comment. The reading challenges I'm hosting has me running behind. Hope you have a great reading week!

  20. J. Kaye, no problem. I completely understand. Thanks for stopping by any time.


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