It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  D  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited.  **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.


Last weeks winner:

Dollycas from Dollycas’s Thoughts

Congratulations!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!   journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

**Updates have been made to the Reading Cafe Grab shelves!

Due to a crazy pinched nerve in my back that slowly took me out of the game this week… I managed a LOT of reading time.  I made it through books over the past four days that I have been wanting to get to for awhile.  And those I have not posted yet I do have the reviews written so really…. I feel GOOD!

Here is the week in review:  (dim the lights please)

Book Bloggers Beware!!! (my trips to the chiropractor this week led me to a discovery and this could happen to you too!)

Massacre At Mountain Meadows (audio on a real massacre in the 1800’s….)


My Girls Weekend and Rick Springfield concert

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (My first Dessen and not my last that is for sure!)


Hate List by Jennifer Brown (I do not know what took me so long to read this… everyone told me too… and WOW)


The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne (oh …. wow.)


I also read and reviewed CLOAKED by Alex Flinn and I will link to that when it shows up on the Fairy Tale Fortnight site.


I have more book reviews written just not posted yet.  Going into this next week there should be a pretty steady flow.  :D  Here is my plan for the week:

After a thrilling trip to South America, Jen, Holly, and Amanda, three Manhattanites in their mid-twenties, decide to climb off the career ladder for a year to travel the world. Inspired by The Flame Trees of Thika, Jen has always longed to see Kenya, while Holly wants to study yoga in an ashram in India. Amanda has dreams of pursuing a career as a freelance travel writer, but when she takes time out from their adventures to work on articles, it grates on the nerves of Jen, who is hoping to truly immerse herself in their surroundings. Though the three encounter snafus on the way—Holly initially finds the rigors of the ashram disheartening, the girls find themselves trapped in a car with a frightening taxi driver in Vietnam—there are many rewards on the journey, most notably when the three friends organize a group of Kenyan girls to perform a play about an influential Kenyan woman. For those with similar wanderlust, Jen, Holly and Amanda’s lively accounts make for the ideal armchair journey.

Blog tour this Tuesday….. grab your hat – we are going on an adventure!  :D


For everyone who has received an invitation to their high-school reunion and broken out in a cold, clammy sweat, Berg nails the experience: the dread that morphs into downright fear; the bouts of self-doubt that coalesce into prolonged periods of self-loathing; the internal inventory that comes up short in the bragging-rights column. Of course, there’s just as much potential for life-affirming and life-altering revelations. Glory days can be relived, damaged reputations repaired, lapsed friendships restored, lost loves rekindled. As Dorothy, Pete, Mary Alice, Candy, and Lester consider returning to Clear Springs for their fortieth high-school reunion, each contemplates the chance for redemption and revenge, renewal and retribution. Ultimately, they are then surprised to discover how much they have yet to learn about human nature and their own capacity for joy and forgiveness.

This is the WORDSHAKER on line book group read and I am so late on this it is embarrassing to even post it (I am the host of this on line group and really should be hung up by my toe nails and force fed orange peels….)


Their Eyes Were Watching God, is an enduring Southern love story sparkling with wit, beauty, and heartfelt wisdom. Told in the captivating voice of a woman who refuses to live in sorrow, bitterness, fear, or foolish romantic dreams, it is the story of fair-skinned, fiercely independent Janie Crawford, and her evolving selfhood through three marriages and a life marked by poverty, trials, and purpose. A true literary wonder, Hurston’s masterwork remains as relevant and affecting today as when it was first published — perhaps the most widely read and highly regarded novel in the entire canon of African American literature.

This one is new to me…. I am drawn to it… I dont know why.

AND… another audio but it is a mystery to me… I have several requested at the Library, just depends on what comes in first :D

So there it is … the plan :D  I am super excited to see what your plan for this week is :D  Please add your Monday What Are You Reading post to the Linky below and I as well as others will come and check out what you are reading :)  I love this part of my week!  :D


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Posted on April 24, 2011, in Its Monday What ARe You Reading and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 103 Comments.

  1. I too thought both Hate List and The Boy in The Striped Pajamas were WOW reads. Glad you enjoyed them.

  2. You have an excellent week planned. I adored Their Eyes Were Watching God. Happy reading and enjoy your week Sheila.

  3. I hope you have a wonderful week and happy reading.

  4. Your chiropractor discovery sounds awful, I’m so sorry you’ve been in so much pain! Thank you for sharing with us, hopefully that’ll prevent this injury in other people.

    I’ve only read one Sarah Dessen as well, but I loved it and plan to read more in the future. She’s an incredible writer :)

  5. i watched the movie of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas before I read the book too – both were brilliant. Their Eyes Were Watching God sounds like one to look out for.

    Hope you’re starting to feel more comfortable – sounds agonising.

    • Oh I agree Cat :) I am a bit better tonight… I am still taking medicine but I can sit in a chair and walk without a lot of pain yay – going to hopefully go roller blading tomorrow afternoon :)

  6. I don’t know how I missed your post about your chiropractor visit! Yikes! I hope those exercises work for you.

    The lost girls looks like fun I’m adding it to my TBR list!

  7. I hope your back is getting better. I’ve had that problem and it isn’t fun. The only good thing is getting to read more. :-)
    You had a good week.
    I understand about the bookclub.. I lead the reading group of my church ladies and everyone finished the last book but me. Yikes!
    Have a great week this week.

  8. Glad you ‘re able to do some things without pain , take it easy despite how tempting it may be to dive back in :)

    I’ve read 3 or 4 Dessen’s and enjoyed them all and The Boy In The Striped PJ’s was heartbreakingly good! I think I have Hate LIst on audio, will have to check on that since its also a “wow” one!

    This visual – “really should be hung up by my toe nails and force fed orange peels” had me giggling, thanks Sheila

    • LOL Sheree…. well, I am behind… torture should be involved right? :razz:

      I am trying to slowly get back into things but yeah… I really want to get back to kick boxing and I am afraid so I may wait until Wednesday on that….

  9. I hope you’re back to normal soon! That sounds terrible!

    I thought about reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas for my Holocaust Remembrance Week event next week, but I don’t think I’m going to get to it. Maybe next year! I’ve heard lots of good things about it! The Lost Girls sounds great. I look forward to seeing what you think of it!

  10. Hope your back improves rapidly!

    You should really like The Last Time I Saw You….and then you can get the NEWEST Berg book….

    Enjoy!

  11. I remember watching the trailer for the movie of the Boy int he Stripped Pajamas and it just looked so sad, I could never bring myself to read or watch the movie :(

    I hope your nerve gets better :D sends good vibes ~

  12. I’ve heard of so many people who like Dessen I might hace to try her. Looks like you had a great (reading) week. Glad to hear you’re doing better.

    I visited 17 of the blogs that linked in and there is some good books that are going to be read this week!

  13. Hope you had a Happy Easter and are feeling some better. Happy Reading!

  14. Well, despite your not-so-great week health wise you seemed to have had a fantastic time reading! I really hope you’re feeling better! Even reading your post about your neck had me adjusting my sitting position while reading it. I can definitely see how sitting, doing what we all do could lead to some potentially bad things physically. Thank goodness for good doctors & preventative measures! Thank you for sharing that, really!

    Hopefully you have an even better week this week! I’m really looking forward to reading Bitter End by Jennifer Brown, hopefully it will be just as fantastic as Hate List.

    Have a fabulous reading week! :)

    • I am looking forward to Bitter End as well Danielle :) SO many authors I enjoy and they have a new book and I just keep adding to my ever growing list :D

      Glad you liked the chiropractor post…. I keep adjusting as well :)

  15. I loved The Last Time I Saw You…it was my first Berg book and I am hooked on her now.

    Have a great week and hope your neck is doing better!

  16. If I am not mistaken I have seen that Elizabeth Berg cover few weeks ago. Do you re-read it?

    • No – this is where my walk of shame is Aleetha, on this particular book (read my comments under the book synopsis above) :D … I never did get to it. That happens occasionally…. I do try to get to the books I say I can read that week but sometimes they carry over into the next week and sometimes it can be longer due to book tours, life happenings…. GAH! :razz:

  17. I’m on a bit of a chick lit fest at the moment – please don’t think badly of me!!

  18. You have quite a nice read there. Not my kind of read but I like reading the excerpt of each book.

  19. Congrats, Lori!

    I have lots of catching up to do after a week away.

    Enjoy your reading week, Sheila.

    carol

  20. I’m tempted by The Hate List.

    • Ellie I am glad you are – I found it to be a very interesting read and a different take on this topic. I sent my copy home with my college son… he is a bog reader too when he can find time.

  21. the last lines of zora neale hursten’s their eyes were watching god are some of my favourite in all of literature! have a lovely week!

  22. I didn’t get through many books this week, but I’m hoping for some quicker reading in the week to come

    • I still have a small group of books that I started and have not finished yet…. that is so crazy I know but I do that sometimes… when I get back tot hem I should finish each of them with in an hour…

  23. I visited ten lovely blogs and am so happy to have done it. I love this weekly meme. Thanks for sponsoring it. Belle

  24. Isn’t “Their Eyes Were Watching God” the story about the woman whose husband had rabies? Or is that another Zora novel?

  25. Looks like you’ve got some good books coming up this week :) I hope you enjoy them!

  26. Glad you finally read a book by Dressan. She is a terrific writers. Also love Berg and need to get some of her books as I have not read one of her books in a while. Hope you have a wonderful week!

  27. I really need to catch up on some reviews this week.

  28. I read Their Eyes Were Watching God in college, and then we read it as one of our first book club books – loved it both times.

    I will have to add The Lost Girls to my list, sounds like a book right up my alley.

  29. I hope your back/neck are feeling better. I’m preparing to take muscle relaxers tonight, for the first time ever… I’m nervous but my left leg has to relax to recover and the twitching is driving me craxy :).

    You and I are in the same boat… I need to sit, focus and knock out some reviews!

    Have a wonderful week (ps: I hope you had a wonderful Easter holiday weekend)

    • Thanks Mari – Easter was wonderful. College son was in town and spent time with him… I read a lot as I stuck in the recliner with my back but still…. was nice not to push myself as hard as I tend to do sometimes :)

  30. Sheila –

    I am so sorry to hear your back is giving you problems, but it’s good you can look on the bright side and enjoy the extra reading time!

    Looks like you’ve read some great books this past week and have an eclectic line-up for this coming week! I’ve been interested in reading the travel book myself.

    Enjoy your books, and I hope your back is doing better!

    Sue

  31. You had a much better week than I did. Enjoy your new books. I love Their Eyes Were Watching God when I read it years ago.

  32. These all sound great Sheila! Well, I have finally participated in this meme and my first post is here:

    http://jo-jolovestoread.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-are-you-reading.html

  33. I am definitely going to bump up The Lost Girls in my list as seen it on a couple of other blogs also.

    Hope your back gets back to normal real soon :D

  34. I enjoyed the movie,’ The boy in the stripped pajamas.’.
    after seeing the movie I don’t know if I want to read the story. The movie was heartfelt. I just watched it for a third time, this time with a teen group for discussion.

  35. They all look good to me. I can’t wait to see what you think of The Last Time I Saw You.

  36. I loved Boy In The Striped Pyjamma’s. Sobbed through it mind you.

    • How can you not? My son looked at me last night after it was over and he said in a kidding voice, “What is wrong with you? It is Easter!”

      Yeah well… so my timing was off…. :razz:

  37. Your post on RSI really scared me… I spend hours and hours sitting behind a computer too :( At work, we’ve all got special gelpads for our keyboards and mice, hopefully, they’ll help a little bit. And er, yoga, lots of it to loosen up that terrible stiff back & neck :(

    Anyway, commiserating with you!!

    The Lost Girls looks like a book I would enjoy, but the others look very promising too. Have a wonderful week, Sheila!

    • I was kind of hoping it would scare some people as I was in a lot of pain – tears kind of pain…. I have heard of strains but that was out of this world… I could not even sleep.

      I am hopeful that this will be a lesson to those who do a lot of computer time and reading time that we need to be sure we are sitting right. :)

  38. I am so thrilled to win. I have to tell you that you have created a map monster, lol, I am choosing books based on where they take place as the first criteria and is it my kind of story second :) Will be adding 2 more pins this week!!

  39. I’m sorry about your back and neck troubles. There are so many warnings about our posture as we work at the computer and at our desks, but it isn’t really untll somethng happens that we take them seriously, isn’t it? Enjoy your reading week. Looking forward to adding Elizabeth Berg’s novel to my list.

  40. Visited 22 and now I must push away from the computer and read, read, read!!

  41. Looks like some great stories for you this week!!

  42. I loved Boy in the Striped Pajamas!!!

  43. Oh wow, you did have an amazing week! I have to say sometimes I like being sick or what ever so I can get some serious reading done. :) Although, its not always fun, but I like those personal days. :)

    Hope youhave a wonderful week this week and your back feels better.

  44. You have some great books! Hope you feel better very soon.

  45. Coming up I’ll be reading a Harry Harrison book, more manga, more assigned reading for school and whatever else strikes my fancy. Come see what I finished this week.

    I visited 90 participating sites today.

  46. Back pain is the worst! I hope you’ll be feeling better soon, and thanks for the warning. I started doing neck exercises as soon as I read your post. ;)
    The extra reading time is a nice silver lining though. My quake-induced reading slump is finally over and I’m so glad to be reading again.

    • I keep doing them all the time now and am very conscience of my posture when I blog :D

      I am so glad you are reading again too and hope things are settling down a bit in your part of the world. *hugs*

  47. Fancy that – I actually visited ten sites so far. Yeah! Now to go do some editing.

  48. I have always enjoyed Elizabeth Berg so i will be curious to see what you think of that one! Here is what I’ve been reading:

    http://jo-jolovestoread.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-are-you-reading.html

  49. I vividly remember the day I was home sick and finished reading The Boy in the Striped Pajamas…definitely a WOW book! Here is what I’m reading:

    http://jo-jolovestoread.blogspot.com/2011/06/what-are-you-reading_27.html

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