Monday Memes: What are you reading? What’s in your mailbox?


Hosted by: The Book Date

What I read last week:

When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica

I just finished this on Sunday and don’t know what to think.  There was one heck of a twist at the end and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Lincoln’s Last Trial: The Murder Case that Propelled Him to the Presidency by Dan Abrams and David Fisher

Although I don’t often read a lot of nonficiton, this was an interesting recreation of the last murder trial Abraham Lincoln attended as a laywer before running for president.  I learned a lot about Lincoln as well as the way the law worked back in his time.  Some things surprised me while others didn’t.  We’ve progressed a lot since then.

What I’m currently reading: 

Because of my above-mentioned wishy-washyness, I have several I started this past week.

Saddle Up by A M Arthur

Yeah, I’m still working on this.  I think I’m officially over m/m romance for the time being.  Nothing against this book becuase I like both Miles and Reyes and the author’s writing style is fun and easy, but I’m having a hard time sticking with it.  Which is funny because I still write one heck of a lot of this kind of fiction.  Yeah, I know, I have issues.

Dates From Hell by Kim Harrison, Lyndsay Sands, Kelley Armstrong, & Lori Handeland

Not sure I’ve opened this back up since the last time.  Oops.  Maybe once I get some of these others cleared up?  *crosses fingers*

Coffin Road by Peter May

This is a buddy read for a group I belong to and, although I’m only about 30% in so far, it’s really intriguing. I love a good amnesia-based thriller.

What I’m reading next (hopefully):

Dodging and Burning by John Copenhaven

Asking for Truffle by Dorothy St. James

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

This is going to get thrown out the window though.  The above books are my goal but I have two more that just came up on hold from the library. Why do I do this to myself?  *sigh*


Hosted by Mailbox Monday

I’m going to fess up right now.  I’m scatterbrained and disorganized.  That said, I hope no one minds if I combine two memes into one becuase I really do love both of these ideas.  Especially since between Amazon and PaperbackSwap, I tend to get more books in the mail than I should.

Cloche and Dagger by Jenn McKinlay is the only thing to land in my mailbox this week.  It’s the first in her Hat Shop Mystery series and looks really cute.

Next week ought to be more exciting. I have two books on the way via Paperback Swap, one from Amazon and a mystery box being sent by a friend.  Friend said, “Oh, I threw a few James Patterson ones in there and a couple others I thought you might like.”  So yeah, if I didn’t have to work, you know I’d be standing at the window all day until they arrived.  I also may have ordered a tarot deck off eBay but WE’RE NOT TELLING ANYONE THAT.

Happy Momday everyone!

23 thoughts on “Monday Memes: What are you reading? What’s in your mailbox?

  1. That ending to When the Lights Go Out set me back! I felt disoriented…and a little bit duped. LOL.

    I see Sharp Objects there…I just finished watching the show…and wow! Even though I had read the book a few years ago (2012), I had forgotten some of the details, so I was stunned…and then not so surprised, as it all started coming back to me.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.


    1. I KNOW. I was sitting there Sunday morning and was like… wait. Still not sure I like it.

      The show is what pushed me to pick it up. I loved the first 80% or so of Gone Girl but the ending ruined it for me. So, I was reluctant to pick up another of her books. But, I have a couple friends who have been loving the show and thought I’d try it. I can’t wait to dig in now!

      Thanks and you as well! ❤


  2. Mary Kubica is a new to me author and I have to say that I really like the sound of ‘When The Lights Go Out’, despite your comments. I might give it a try for myself, although I just know I shall be disappointed if the ending is as unsatisfactory as you found it. Still, ‘one man’s meat is another man’s poison’ and all that!

    I also like the sound of ‘Cloche And Dagger’, although I don’t tend to read too many cozies, as they can get a bit samie.

    I don’t think I have ever marked a book DNF, as I am a stubborn cuss and will work my way through a book, even if I am really struggling with the storyline or writing style.

    Thanks for sharing your current pile and have a great week 🙂



    1. Oh, it was an excellent book and I’m sorry if I led you to believe otherwise. The twist at the end threw me though. It’s definitely worth the read because she has a way of making you want to know what the heck is going on. It is one heck of a wild ride. I hope you love it if you pick it up.

      Agreed on the cozies, but I love it when the theme is something I know nothing about. It’s fun for me to learn about new stuff.

      I have very, very rarely ever DNF’d a book. I’m like you plus I’m always worried that it’ll get better and I’ll miss something.

      Thanks for stopping by, Yvonne!


  3. I read When The Lights Go Out, but I forget the ending. LOL!! I will have to look back.

    ENJOY your books and your week, and thanks for coming by my blog.

    Nice to see you joined in the fun.


    1. Hah – I’m guilty of that way too often these days.

      Thanks! I’m not a hard to please reader so I tend to enjoy them all.

      I love these things and it’s so much fun to interact with others and see what they’re reading as well. 🙂


  4. When The Lights Go Out looks pretty good, and I’ve been kinda wanting to try a Mary Kubica thriller after seeing some good reviews. And of course Sharp Objects- I still need to read Gillian Flynn too, especially with the HBO series out!


    1. Her books are really pretty good. I liked most of Gone Girl (the end wasn’t to my taste) so I’m really anxious to read Sharp Objects. Hopefully soon so I can watch the show when it hits DVD!

      Thanks for stopping by!


    1. That’s usually when I resort to I got lucky and someone had a copy ready to swap. This will be my first by her, so I hope I love it!


  5. I’ve been seeing Mary Kubica’s name everywhere over the past couple of weeks! I guess that means I need to read one of her books. Have a great week!

    Sherry @ Ubiquitous Grace


    1. I enjoyed her other book, The Good Girl, and this one was really good, too. I hope you enjoy it if you read it!

      You too and thanks for stopping by!


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