March 2022 books I plan to read

Three new books I’m excited to read when I can get a copy!

I keep a list each year of new books scheduled for publishing that sound interesting to me. I add to it as the year goes on. The following books are from that list.

I used to put lots of books on this blog list each month I knew I’d never get a chance to read. In the last few months I’ve started only adding books to this monthly post I know I will read or at least start to read. (Every year there are books that sound good, but either don’t fit my mood, cost too much or have things about them I don’t like.) I also start books, but don’t always finish them if they’re not keeping my interest or have other issues I don’t like.

The three books on my list this month are all books by authors I’ve read before and I’m excited they’re going to finally be published!

March 8

Crowbones

by Anne Bishop

Series: The Others #8

Published by Ace

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Vampires

384 pages

Synopsis: Crowbones will gitcha if you don’t watch out!

Deep in the territory controlled by the Others-shape-shifters, vampires, and even deadlier paranormal beings-Vicki DeVine has made a new life for herself running The Jumble, a rustic resort. When she decides to host a gathering of friends and guests for Trickster Night, at first everything is going well between the humans and the Others.

But then someone arrives dressed as Crowbones, the Crowgard bogeyman. When the impostor is killed along with a shape-shifting Crow, and the deaths are clearly connected, everyone fears that the real Crowbones may have come to The Jumble-and that could mean serious trouble.

March 15

The Kaiju Preservation Society

by John Scalzi

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Science Fiction

272 pages

Synopsis: When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda and they’re in trouble.

March 29

Sea Storm

by Andrew Mayne

Series Underwater Investigation Unit #3

Published by Thomas & Mercer

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

302 pages

Synopsis: A distress call draws rescuers Sloan McPherson and the Underwater Investigation Unit to a cruise ship off the coast of Fort Lauderdale that’s sinking from a mysterious explosion. When it appears to be the work of an ecoterrorist and other ships are threatened, it becomes a race against time. More clues are discovered, and evidence is in danger of being washed away by a coming tropical storm. Sloan grows concerned that key details are being ignored, and a strange lack of urgency by authorities sets off alarms.

As the troubling questions compound, Sloan is determined to chase down every lead she has. Her persistence is getting her closer to the truth: that there’s something far more troubling at play than the official explanation.

What March books do you want to read?

Sunday Post: Spring is here

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

Yesterday we had our first real spring day–up to 74 degrees! And then last night we had thunderstorms most of the night and woke up to the alert for a Tornado Warning. We got up, but by the time we checked the weather on the TV the storm had moved so fast it was past us. We got quite a bit of rain and it was windy, but we didn’t get the brunt of the storm. I haven’t heard that anyone in our area actually had any damage.

No problems this time, but spring is here with it’s changeable weather (more cold temps next week), thunderstorms (more thunderstorms tonight) and possible tornadoes.

Alaska

Our two daughters are in Alaska so my husband and I are cat and dog sitting! The girls are spending about a week in Anchorage. The Iditarod starts this weekend. This is the 50th running of the Iditarod Trail Dog Sled Race. The race commemorates the freight route to Nome, Alaska and the way sled dogs contributed to the settling of Alaska. For example, sled dogs were used in 1925 to deliver serum to Nome when a diphtheria outbreak threatened Nome and the surrounding area. The dog teams that delivered the serum and saved the area from an epidemic were hailed as heroes. (Sorry about all the history and lore here. I’ve always loved stories about sled dogs starting when I was a preteen and read Jack London’s The Call of the Wild–though I cried and cried as I read it. After that I read other happier stories about sled dogs!)

My daughters are loving their time in the Anchorage area. They’ve met up with relatives who live in Alaska and they’ve seen some of the wildlife, had great meals, done a little shopping and seen the start of the race.

My hand is healing

I’m still wearing a splint and my hand hurts at times–especially where the pins poke out of my hand or I’ve used my hand too much. My doctor says I should get the pins removed in about a week. I opted to have the pins removed in the doctor’s office rather than in the operating room where I would have to have anesthesia and spend hours at the hospital. I have to admit I’m a little anxious about the pin removal. The doctor says it will hurt, but I figure three pins shouldn’t take more than a minute or two to remove so it should get done fast (I hope)!

Blog

I haven’t done very much on my blog. I’ve been tired lately so I take naps almost every day. Some days I don’t even open up my computer which is kind of amazing to me.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • March 2022 books I plan to read
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Quarter Share by Nathan Lowell
Books read
  • Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide (to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons) by Quenby Olson
  • The Only Survivor by Katherine Pathak
New books

What are you doing these days? Are you getting spring weather coming where you live?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Catalogue of Catastrophe by Jodi Taylor

Science fiction, adventure, time travel, history, good characters, good story telling

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

A Catalogue of Catastrophe

by Jodi Taylor

Series: The Chronicles of St. Mary’s #13

Published by Headline

Publishing date: April 14

Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel, Historical Fiction

416 pages

Synopsis: When all is lost. When everything is ending. When there’s no hope. When you can’t win. That’s when you attack.

Punching well above their weight, Max and Markham set out to bring down a sinister organisation whose roots might be firmly embedded in the future but whose focus is the past.

Max’s focus is staying alive long enough to reunite with Leon and Matthew – alternately helped and hindered by St Mary’s. Who aren’t always the blessing they like to think they are.

And that’s not all. Are the effects of constantly leaping around the timeline beginning to make themselves felt? Is Max going mad? Or are the ghosts of the past finally catching up with her?

………………………………..

This series is one of my favorites though I’m several books behind. I hope to read a few more of the books this year.

If you haven’t read any books in this series you should start with book 1, because lots has happened since that first book!

Sunday Post: Birthday

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

My kids are all here to celebrate my February birthday. What a treat and birthday present that is! So fun to be together. I went to the doctor earlier in the week and the doctor removed my stitches. I got a new bandage for my hand so more of my fingers are out of the bandage.

Blog

I have orders to use my fingers more so I hope to get more posts done and do more blog visiting.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

February books I plan to read
What I’m reading
  • Miss Percy’s Pocket Guide (to the Care and Feeding of British Dragons) by Quenby Olson
Books read
  • Evil Intent by Jane Isaac
  • Shrill Dusk by Helen Harper
  • Brittle Midnight by Helen Harper
  • The Fields by Erin Young
New books

What have you been up to and what are your plans for next week?

Sunday Post: Cold, snow and sun

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

We got a big snow storm towards the end of this week. I think we got a little more than eight inches of snow. However, it was hard to get an accurate measurement since the wind was blowing hard during the storm and there was lots of drifting snow. After the snow stopped, it turned very cold with temperatures near zero each night and bright clear cold sunny days.

An accident

I did not post last week because I tripped and fell resulting in a black eye, broken glasses, a bruised face and two broken bones in my dominant right hand. I had surgery on Tuesday to put 3 pins in the bones on my right hand (held in place by a cast). I am already tired of having this cast, but will probably have it for the next 6 to 8 weeks (which will limit my ability to post each week). My face is still bruised and turning different colors!

A thank you

Thank you to my husband for typing a lot of this post for me and for all he’s doing now: cooking, grocery shopping, feeding the cats, cleaning the litter box and so much more!

Television

Since there are a number of things I can’t do at the moment I’ve watched more TV than usual. We’re watching David Tennant in Around the World in 80 Days. So far we’ve watched four episodes and we’re enjoying it. We have Acorn TV and are watching several shows we’re enjoying: Kingdom, Murdoch, Madame Blanc and Dalgliesh. We’ve also watched some of the Olympics.

Cat photos of the week

Blog

I won’t do many posts the next few weeks or comment on many blogs since typing with my left hand doesn’t work so well! My left hand and arm are already sore at being used so much

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • February 2022 books on my list
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Evil Intent by Jane Isaac
Books read
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • Into the Dark by J.A. Sutherland
  • The Hiding Place by Paula Munier
  • The Mutineer by J.A. Sutherland
  • Shockwave by Lindsey Buroker
New books
  • Saving Time by Jodi Taylor (ebook, purchased)
  • Evil Intent by Jane Isaac (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
  • Deadly Night by Vanessa Nelson (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
  • Mutineer by J.A. Sutherland (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
  • License to Howl by Helen Harper (ebook, Kindle Unlimited)
  • The Hiding Place by Paula Munier (ebook, Library)

What have you been doing this week?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers

A robot on a quest to figure out what humanity really needs!

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy

by Becky Chambers

Series: Monk & Robot #2

Published by Tordotcom

Publishing date: July 12

Genre: Science Fiction Novella

160 pages

Synopsis: After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home.

They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe.

Becky Chambers’s new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?

…………………….

I read the first book in this series and it was both a lot of fun and also thought-provoking. And I love the cover of this book!

Top Ten Tuesday: The favorite new-to-me authors I discovered in 2021

Ten new authors I’m glad I read last year

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/) in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m trying to do more on my blog this year so I occasionally plan to participate in Top Ten Tuesday. I won’t do it every week since sometimes I can’t think of any answers for some of the topics!

In 2021 I read books by 28 new-to-me authors.

My ten favorite new authors in 2021

Science Fiction

  • Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Fantasy

  • The Case of the Dragon-Bone Engine by Galadriel Coffeen
  • A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
  • The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
  • The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar by Seana Kelly
  • The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster

Mystery

  • Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  • The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne
  • Cry Dance by Kirk Mitchell

Romance

  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Who were your favorite new authors in 2021?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

This is my jam–a time travel, historical mystery by Kelley Armstrong!

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

A Rip Through Time

by Kelley Armstrong

Series: A Rip Through Time #1

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: May 31

Genre: Historical Mystery, Time Travel

352 pages

Synopsis: In this series debut from New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, a modern-day homicide detective finds herself in Victorian Scotland—in an unfamiliar body—with a killer on the loose.

May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She’s drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness.

May 20, 1869: Housemaid Catriona Thomson had been enjoying a half-day off, only to be discovered that night in a lane, where she’d been strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one-hundred-and-fifty years before Mallory was strangled in the same spot.

When Mallory wakes up in Catriona’s body in 1869, she must put aside her shock and adjust quickly to the reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. She soon discovers that her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has just taken on an intriguing case, the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope is that catching the murderer can lead her back to her modern life . . . before it’s too late.

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Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors and I’m always awestruck by the many different types of books she writes.

This sounds so good and I definitely Can’t Wait!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 releases I wanted to read. . .

Ten 2021 books I thought I would read as soon as they were published

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/) in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I haven’t done any Top Ten Tuesdays for a couple of years, but I’m trying to do more on my blog this year. I won’t do it every week since some I can’t think of any answers for some of the topics!

A Marvellous Light

by Freya Marske

The Last Binding #1

Historical Fantasy

Reason I haven’t read it: Digital edition still on hold at my library

Miss Moriarty, I Presume

by Sherry Thomas

Lady Sherlock #6

Historical Mystery

Reason I haven’t read it: Digital edition still on hold at my library

Array 2781

by Janet Edwards

Drago Tell Dramis #3

Science Fiction

Purchased, but need to wait for the “right” mood to read it

Down a Dark River

by Karen Odden

Inspector Coravan #1

Mystery, Police Procedural

No digital editions at my library & “too soon to put this new physical book on hold” according to my library

Saving Time

by Jodi Taylor

Time Police #3

Science Fiction, Time Travel

I bought the audiobook, but then forgot to listen to it

The Hiding Place

by Paula Munier

Mercy Carr Mystery #3

Mystery

My library finally got a digital edition. It’s on hold at my library.

Between Family

by W.R. Gingell

The City Between #9

Urban Fantasy

I’ve a DL of the Kindle Unlimited book, but not read it yet. I think this series is coming to an end and that’s hard for me since I’ll miss the characters.

Between Kings

by W.R. Gingell

The City Between #10

Urban Fantasy

I still need to read book #9 (see above)

Project Hail Mary

by Andy Weir

Science Fiction

I had a digital copy from my library, but didn’t feel like reading it before I had to return it. I’ve checked it out again.

The Unkindness of Ravens

by M.E. Hilliard

Greer Hogan Mystery #1

Mystery, cozy

Another book that had to be returned to the library before I had a chance to read it. I’ve checked it out again.

What 2021 books did you forget to read or didn’t have time to read or just couldn’t read in 2021?

Sunday Post: A weekend of dogs

Connecting with others to talk about books plus a little about our personal lives

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

A great start to a cold beautiful winter day

I forgot it was Sunday and got busy doing stuff so forgot to finish my Sunday Post!

Weekend with the dogs

We took care of my daughter’s dogs this weekend since she was out of town. We kept the dogs at her house since she has a fenced yard. We went to her house several times a day and spent yesterday afternoon and evening at her house with the dogs.We had a fire in her fireplace which felt great on a cold winter day and evening.

As you can see in the above picture the winter storm that went through the Midwest this weekend missed the Indianapolis area. Indianapolis has received the least amount of snow of any winter since 1941. According to the weatherman we’re in a “snow hole!” And I hope those of you who’ve gotten or are getting snow, ice, wind and other winter weather are staying warm and safe.

Blog

For quite a while now I’ve only done one or two posts a week, but I’ve decided to try to do more posts some weeks. When I can think of answers or have ideas about books I plan to do some “Top Ten Tuesday” posts and discussion posts. (I signed up for the 2022 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.) I still am not going to review books, but I hope to talk about books.

Posts last week
Posts for next week
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Can’t Wait Wednesday
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • The Man Who Died Twice by Richard Osman
  • Into the Dark by J.A. Sutherland
Books read
  • Promised Land by Connie Willis and Cynthia Felice
New books

What are you doing?