It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  (Ok really it is Sunday when I am posting this but I am in Florida and I fly home tomorrow morning – 3 planes, and … well, you get the point… 😀

What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

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.  You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Last weeks winner (using Random.Org) was:

Mardel S

Congratulations!  Please choose an item out of the PRIZE BOX and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!  :)

*** And a note on this – I will be adding to the prize box soon!  Just need to get home and do a bit of organizing!

This past week has been crazy between work and life and this trip to Florida when I left home Thursday morning to visit my son in the Navy.  As crazy as it was…. with planes and beach time (pause for dramatic effect….. I do love the beach) I was able to get a bit of reading in:

Pondering Moment:  What Was That Book That Totally Pulled You In?

Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer (smoking good book with incredible characters)

Finally Changed The Blog Name! Memers – do not panic, no changes to the meme or linking will take place – all stays the same 🙂

Brava Valentine by Adriana Trigiani (If you are not a Trigiani fan – you should be – check out this author!)

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (our April Book Club read)

Sand In My Bra and by Funny Women From The Road (a great read for travelers!)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (if it is not on your TBR – put it there!)

Whats On Brew This Week?

I am going to try (try) to be realistic this week.  I am possibly…. probably running a 5K this Friday with my friend Heidi so my reading time this week may be a bit of training time.  On Saturday my friend Amy and I are driving to the cities and on Sunday we are biking the Ironman bike ride in Lakeville.… our goal is the 65 mile route. I am going to get reading in…. after all I do have the plane ride tomorrow….

Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend’s suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn’t die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid’s descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid – and Caitlin herself

Yes – yes – yes, you have seen this one on my list before.  It has become the book that I just do not get too and now I am (hopefully) reading it (maybe) this week.

Yet today you will hopefully stop in to see my wonderful author chat with the fascinating Kay Cassidy about her newly released book, The Cinderella Society!  I am so excited to chat with her and I really hope you will stop in and learn more about Kay the book, and what’s next!  Oops – did I say too much?  😉

Ok – don’t forget to sign the McKlinky so I and hopefully many of you, can stop in and see the other Monday memers!

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109 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Oh, I’m so glad you’re early, because I just finished my post and I was hoping to link before I finish up for the day!

    Great books on your stack…as usual!

    Have a safe flight back.

  2. You have a busy week planned. I am impressed with your activity, biking and running…whew!
    Running is not for me, i wish you well with the 5K, just thinking of it hurts my sides. 😉

    Hold Still looks interesting. I look forward to seeing what you thought of this one.

    Fablehaven…don’t we all have the one book that keeps being pushed aside for another, yet it is still a book that we want to read? I know that I do. Why is that, I wonder.

    1. ibeeg, it is like my cryptonite (SP) book….. I just keep sliding to the bedside, to by reading chair, the table….. I didn’ even bring it on this trip – but when I get home…… 🙂

  3. Hold Still sounds really interesting, I look forward to seeing what you think of it.

    I love that planes allow for so much reading! It’s possibly the only good thing about waiting around at the airport, lol.

    Good luck with the biking and 5K! Very impressive 🙂

  4. Wow – I sure wish that I could get in as much physical stuff as you do each week! That is amazing! (Time to get those audio books!) Have a great week!

  5. I tried reading Fablehaven once before but wasn’t able to get into it. I will have to try reading it again someday. Hold Still looks like a fantastic and sad book.

    I will have to check out your review of Hex Hall. I just read it last week and need to write my review soon too.

    Have a safe trip back from Florida. I hope you have a great week!

  6. Hi Shantal! I dont read much this past few weeks. I manga to read two Blue Moon by Alison Noel and Country Brides by Debbie Macomber. I wish I could read more than that. And now I’m reading aother YA book Saga of Darren Shan and I tell you, this one really makes me absorbed..Totally love it. Fablehaven sounds great and Hold Still too. wish I could get my hands on that too. *LOL* happy MOnday!

    1. Hi Whitney – I should have it done today. I started it last night in the hotel and it will be the book on the plane, that and 100 Cupboards that I am just finishing up as well.

  7. Wow another full on week! and you got an amazing amount of reading done last week. Hex Hall is definitely going on my wishlist thanks to you 🙂 and I’ll be very interested to see what you think of Hold Still; looks like another emotional read.
    Happy reading, running and biking!

  8. Hey, sent you an e-mail (thanks for the win! I’m excited). And I put my link up for this week. I actually read two books this week. TWO. 2, that’s pretty good for the way I’ve been lately! I’m laughing because I used to read 4 books a week. It was hard keeping myself in books then, and now that I have more books at my disposal, I find my reading slowing down. Figures.

    1. Hi Mardel – woo hoo on the win 🙂 I seen your email and will get that out this week.

      My book counts vary. I am hoping this year with the audio books I will be able to keep on track but I have weeks none get done. 🙂

    1. HI Jan – I hate to run so we will see.

      The iRonman is only biking – they call it the Ironman because in Minnesota the weather could be crazy and they go anyway. Last year was my first year doing it and it was 30 degrees and storming out. They were treating people for hypothermia and that is when I quit last year, at 45 miles.

      This year looks like the weather is going to be good (knock on wood) 🙂

  9. My kids have Fablehaven ever since an author school visit a couple of years ago and I don’t think they’ve gotten to it either (nor have I if I’m honest).

  10. I bought Fablehaven for my 11-year-old cousing for Christmas, hoping that I could borrow it when she finished it. That plan hasn’t panned out yet! 🙂 Enjoy your books this week!

  11. Glad to hear your trip went well. I am still trying to catch up from my trip over a week ago! In fact, I did manage to post my Monday list this morning (from the dentist’s waiting room!), but I totally forgot to enter it here until just now. On the plus side, I’m down to less than 300 unread e-mails…yeah, not much progress, huh?

    Anyway, glad you found some time for reading. My 15-year old son LOVES the Fablehaven series! Hope you enjoy it –


  12. I have Fablehaven I hope I get a chance to read it soon. You had a great week of reading…Thanks for the recommendation of Hex Hall! Hope you enjoy your week.

    1. Hi Heidi – hope you love Hex Hall! I finished Hold Still on the plane and I am just finishing up 100 Cupboards – then I am full speed ahead on Fablehaven 🙂

  13. Looks like you had another good week. I hope your travel home was safe and smooth. I had to laugh – I looked at least three times trying to figure out from the feed e-mail whether you had changed the blog name or if that was the name of a book.
    I do like the shorter name and the great logo! Well Done!

  14. you do a lot! i’m exhausted reading about your life.

    just finished The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. awesome. on to Father of the Rain by Lily King. Ironman bike ride — go, girl.

  15. Wow! Thanks for these recommendations. I’m really drawn to “Fablehaven”! I’ll have to do some more research on this little gem and see what the scoop is, I’m just loving the cover art! =)

    My ‘What are You Reading” selection is Confucius Jade by Frederick Fisher. It’s narrated by a female descendant of Confucius and revolves around a jade carving of Shou-Xing Lao – Chinese God of longevity. What I love about the book is its nuggets of philosophical wisdom scattered throughout and the idea of transcending greed in our modern day society. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a page turner too!

    Happy reading everyone, and thanks for the recommendations!

  16. Great reading list/suggestions. Thanks! Wildflowers of Terezin sounds very interesting and similar to a book I am reading by Francine Rivers only in her story the focus is on four generations of women and begins at the turn of the century, and ends up in the WWII era. Some historical dramas have really bored me, but this one is good and holds my attention. The name of the book is Her Mother’s Hope. You should check it out!

    1. HI Audrey – is that a newer Francine Rivers? I don’t think I am familiar with that one. I have read many of her books and loved them. Have you read Redeeming Love?

      1. Yes! This is the new Francine Rivers book. Francine has not put anything out since 2003, so this is exciting. Loved “Redeeming Love.” Her writing just draws you in that you never want to leave the places she takes you to :}.

  17. Panting…I’m here, I’m here! Better later than never is my motto! I’m sorry I’ve missed a couple of weeks, but I’ve got my new post up!!

    Have a wonderful trip and soak up the sun, sister!

  18. I’m just sitting here waiting to hear what you think of Fablehaven!

    Hold Still looks good, off to look it up on Goodreads!

  19. I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing vacation, Sheila! I’m glad you liked Hex Hall – I’ve heard a lot of good reviews on that one. Have a fun reading week! 🙂

  20. Hi Sheila,

    This was my first meme and I had a great time. I stopped by eleven blogs and added way too much to my TBR pile but I really enjoyed myself.

  21. Hi Sheila,

    This was my first meme and I had a great time, so thanks for hosting. I stopped by eleven blogs and added way too much to my TBR pile but I really enjoyed myself.

  22. So exciting about the 5k and the Ironman bike ride! My hubby is a marathon runner and is really interested in getting into triathlons. Good luck with it! I can’t wait to hear how you do, hopefully you can listen to some good audiobooks while training!

    Hope you have a fabulous week and enjoy FableHaven, my mother in law said she loved this last one!

    (I visited about 15 blogs today.)

  23. Hope your plane ride provided pleasant reading time. Enjoy your week. I wish I had the endurance to do an ironman and a run like yours. I must return to the gym.

  24. Don’t be surprised if I join you one Monday for this meme…life is settling and I rearranging things. 🙂 Loved this meme and curious to see what everyone is reading.

  25. It was a busy weekend and I didn’t get to my computer enough to keep up.
    I was reading BREAKING DAWN by Stephenie Meyer. I have since finished it. I think I liked it best of the four books. I like that things were nicely tied up, but the door was left open for future books if she so chooses.
    I am not getting as much reading done now that I am home all the time. I always had a book at work I was working on, an audio book in the car, and one at home. Now it is just the one at home. I’ve just started a new book, IMPATIENT WITH DESIRE by Gabrielle Burton about the Donner Party. I am really curious about this one.

    1. The book about the Donner Party sounds interesting…. I may need to look for that one. Right now I have so many library books that are late ….. I really need to return them but I also really want to read them 🙂

  26. Oh, by the way, you need to get to FABLEHAVEN. We listened to it on CD and the grandsons loved it. It is a good junior level book. Book 5 just came out and is the conclusion to the series. One grandson has read 2 more of the books. The other really liked the books but is dyslexic. I am looking for a way to get the books on CD without paying a fortune. We got Book 1 on CD at the library. None of the libraries in the area have Books 2 or 3 and one has Book 4. $45 for an audio book is just too much.

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