Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's Monday what are you reading? #23

It's Monday What are you Reading? Is a weekly bookish meme where we get together to share what books we've read in the past week, what books we're currently reading and what new books we're planning on reading in the coming week along with any reviews or interesting posts. It's hosted by Sheila @One Person's Journey through a World of Books

Just Finished:


She spent the summer in The Refuge. Now, she’s come home. Within days she realizes: She wants back in.

Only two things stand in her way. The sister Narissa has protected for years can’t decide if she wants to go with her. And, of course, Narissa has no idea how to return to the splinter reality.

Complicating matters, Narissa discovers she can no longer avoid the problems her unexpected trip allowed her to escape. Through it all, there’s one thing that keeps her going. She’s not the only person to have left The Refuge.


James Qwilleran and his famous felines, Koko and Yum Yum, are back for another mystery-solving stint in the beloved bestselling Cat Who . . . series.

In Qwill's opinion, "A town without a bookstore is like a chicken with one leg," and since the late Eddington Smith's bookstore burned down, the town of Pickax has been somewhat off balance.

To the rescue comes the Klingenschoen Foundation, manager of Qwill's estate, which considers a new bookstore a worthy investment. Delighted by their good fortune, the people of Moose County prepare to celebrate the gala groundbreaking of the store on the site of the old. But no one is prepared for the discovery of the body of a man shot execution style in a wooded area on the very same day. Now Qwill and his clever cats have their work cut out for them.


"Alvirah Meehan, the lottery winner turned amateur sleuth, teams up with private investigator Regan Reilly to solve another Christmas mystery.

In Deck the Halls, they rescued Regan's kidnapped father. This time they get in the middle of a case involving a beautiful eighty-foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree. The folks who picked the tree don't have a clue that attached to one of its branches is a flask chock-full of priceless diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, had hidden there over twelve years ago."

"An excited Packy breaks his parole and heads to Stowe, Vermont, to reclaim his loot. Once there, he is horrified to discover that his special tree will be heading to New York City the next morning. With a bumbling crew consisting of Jo-Jo, Benny, and an unsuccessful poet, Milo, he knows he has to act fast."

What Packy does not know is that Alvirah and Regan are on a weekend trip to Stowe with Alvirah's husband, Willy; Regan's fiancé, Jack; Regan's parents, Luke and Nora; and Alvirah's friend Opal, a lottery winner who lost all her winnings in Packy's scam.

On Monday morning when they're suppose to head home, they learn that the tree is missing, Packy Noonan may be in the vicinity, and Opal has disappeared.


I loved this one it was great as the Rilley's and Meehan's head on a maiden voyage called The Santa Cruise. Just when they think they can relax trouble stirs when the nephew of the owner is sneaking criminals aboard the ship to smuggle them to their destination, Eric is quick to hide them here and there when he thinks no one is looking.

Aboard the ship are 10 Santa's for a getaway for their hard work during the Christmas season but are met with 2 missing Santa costumes. Eric used the two suits to hide his guests.

I really enjoyed reading the mystery and adventure and look forward to a time when the group gets back together again!


Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected--and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What--or who--will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn’t by Lena--and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually loosing pieces of himself--forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and most days he’s too afraid to ask.

Sometimes there isn’t just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.


The merry atmosphere in Pickax is dampened by the death of an out-of-town actor and the theft of a rare book. Qwill finds himself distracted from the events by his finicky pal Koko, who's been acting more fishy than feline. Has Koko gone bananas, or is he trying to let the cat out of the bag to solve the dual mysteries?


And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.



For Cassie Beaumont, it's meeting her perfect match. Cassie, at thirty-three, wants a husband and kids, and so far, nothing's worked. Not blind dates, not the Internet and certainly not leaving love to chance.

What's left? A professional matchmaker. He's Simon Dodson, and he's very choosy about the clients he takes on. Cassie finds Simon a difficult, acerbic know-it-all, and she's astonished when he accepts her as a client.

Claiming he has her perfect mate in mind, Simon assigns her three tasks to complete before she meets him. Three tasks that are all about Christmas: being a charity bell ringer, dressing up as Santa's elf at a children's party and preparing a traditional turkey dinner for her neighbors (whom she happens to dislike). Despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie does it all --- and she's finally ready to meet her match.

But just like the perfect Christmas gift, he turns out to be a wonderful surprise!


Gracious living can be murder. First in an all-new mystery series— includes delicious recipes and great tips on entertaining!

Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight—and Sophie's husband—but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient.

But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victim's car, Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder—or she'll be serving up prison grub.

Currently Reading: 

Up Next: 

Through Library Thing I have won lots of Indie Books and will be working on those here they are:

Angel Evolution by: David Estes
Bound by Fire by: Ronald Craft
Grave Situation by: Alex McLean
Hellsbane by: Page Cuccaro
Infinite Sacrifice by: L.E. Waters
Irreparable Harm by: Melissa F. Miller
No Time for Games & Other Stories by: Aman­da Lawrence Au­verigne
Practice Cake by: Dalya Moon
Sink or Swim by: Stacy Juba
The Enchanted Book by: Kelvin O’Ralph
Touch of the Angel by: Ros­alie Lario
Under The Moon by: Na­tal­ie J. Damschroder

What are you reading this week?
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11 shout outs:

Kathy Martin said...

Wow! You had a very impressive week. I am tempted to go looking for holiday reads too. My report is here. Happy reading this week!

Jackie said...

woooo! you read lots! I'm giving away The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark along with 3 other christmas books if you'd like. Everyone who enters also gets a surprise at Christmas . Anyway I am interested in Santa Cruise too . I have some Debbie Macomber books too that I haven't read . Have a great week!

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Cantrip sounds really good! Enjoy the books this week!

The Brunette Librarian said...

Someone's in a cat who mood! :)

Have an awesome week!!

Anonymous said...

Wow - that is an impressive reading list and I see you are in the festive spirit!
I hope you enjoy your upcoming titles!

Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

Melissa Wiebe said...

Impressive list. Hope you have a good monday :) Here is my list:

Anonymous said...

That's a load of books! I am in total awe. I surprise myself when I finish two books in one week. :lol:

Yay for 'The Cat Who' books! I have two of them here which I 'should' really start reading soon.

Have a great week! =^-^=

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Wow! Lots of great seasonal reads for you!

Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

Kate said...

Looks like you've got an interesting selection there. Good job reading Christmas books for the holiday season!

Thanks for stopping by!

pussreboots said...

I read most of the Cat Who books when I was younger. They were fun.

Finals week has kept me busy. Please come see what I'm reading.

Teddyree said...

Wow, I'm in awe of the amount you read. I finished Beautiful Chaos and I have to pick a couple of Christmas reads for the coming weeks ... Debbie Macomber is always a fave!
Have a great week and happy reading :)