It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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:


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

This week went by so fast!  On the bright side I did finish up a few reads I had going and have a couple more on the brink of being finished too!

Here is what was completed here this past week:

Read, Remember, Recommend and Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens by Rachel Roger’s Knight (super cool journals for your all your book needs!

Worst Case by James Patterson (audio review) – I love this series!!!

Create Your Own Book and Title – Chance to win a $10 Gift Card

April Recap and winners!

Deadly Deals by Fern Michaels (Audio Review)

Titanic 2012 by Bill Walker (Oh my!  I really enjoyed this one!)

Choose My Next Book and win it for yourself! Its that time again and there are good choices here!  Winner will be announced this Friday!

The Threadbare Heart Mother’s Day Giveaway I encourage you to try your hand at this one!  I would love to see what you come up with and you have a chance to not only win Jennie Nash’s book signed for yourself, you could win the grand prize book club package!

Caught by Harlan Coben – review up tomorrow

What’s The Special Brew Of The Week?

Columbine by Dave Cullen: 1/2 way through….  this one is hard to put down

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull:  3/4 way through…. and wow!  That’s all I can say right now 🙂

House Rules by Jodi Piccoult (audio- in IPOD) just started

Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (audio in car) just started

The Girl She Used To Be by David Christofano (Book Club read for May)

Love In Mid Air by Kim Wright ( Review with Kim later this week!)

My week might seem lofty but I don’t think so.  I am loving the Jodi Piccoult audio and suspect I will have that done in the next couple of days.  I have a bike ride this Saturday which will put me on another road trip tot he cities and that should help me listen to most of Kite Runner.

As always, I am looking forward to seeing what you are reading this week!  Be sure to link your post to the Linky here!  😀

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

  1. I’ve been wanting to read the Columbine one for awhile now. Sounds like it would be a hard one to put down.

  2. I couldn’t put Columbine down either, and it’s not a short book! But I was so enthralled with the details and wanted to know everything that happened…RIGHT THEN. You would think that people wouldn’t still be interested in Columbine after all these years, but they (we) are. The author wrote to me and thanked me for my review. I thought that was so cool 🙂

    Enjoy, Sheila. I think I read that book in like two days, I loved it so much.

    1. Lynne, my husband I were talking about it tonight over a game of cribbage. While he dealt cards, I read out loud. The details behind what happened are so raw to me still. I have already cried twice –

      Once when the principal gets up in front of everyone after it happened,
      and secondly when I read about Erik and Dylan’s funerals.

      I cant wait to review it!

  3. Wow, you are juggling a lot of books this week! I am interested in hearing your thoughts on Columbine. I’ve read some good reviews of it. I’ve read House Rules and I also want to know what you think about how it ends.

    I will have to give Fablehaven another try sometime. I started reading it but I didn’t finish it because I had other books I wanted to read more and I ran out of renewals.

    I loved The Kite Runner. I found it to be very moving. It is the first book I’ve read that made me cry. (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the second)

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. HI Christina, I am liking Fablehaven but admit I did put it down to read Columbine. I had just read a fantasy read and needed something else…. Columbine is doing the trick.

  4. I adored The Kite Runner and read Love In Mid Air. I have been wanting to read House Rules I need to just order the book. Happy reading this week.

  5. I’m so glad to see that you are reading Columbine. I really couldn’t put the book down either. The details given are so shocking at times, and I’ve asked ‘Why’ so many times through the book. Reading it made me wish we could go back in time and correct the mistakes. Like it happened in The 13th Hour. So many clues … so many things ignored.

    Can’t wait to read your review!! Have a good week!

  6. You have a lot going on, as usual. I hope you enjoy The Kite Runner, I loved it, though it must be quite a different experience on audio. I’ve missed posting but I always read your Monday posts-and all your tweets- so packed with information. I’ve posted and linked for this week. I read some really great books recently. Am off to read your Titanic review and check out choose your next book. And congratulations Dollycas.

    1. Sandra, On audio it is read by the author so that is kind of cool. Jury is still out if I like it on audio. It is still warming on me. 🙂

      Thanks Sandra! 🙂

    1. Thanks Becky,

      I just love the networking part of this meme and hope that you and everyone visits other blogs and maybe find one or two you really enjoy as well as great reads! 😀

  7. Did you enjoy Caught? I have it on audio and wonder whether I should push it up the list? Will try to remember to pop back for your review 🙂

    I really liked House Rules but it wasn’t my all time favourite Jodi Picoult.

    You’ve got a great line-up of books Sheila, have a wonderful reading week!!

    1. I liked the story line Teddyree, but struggled with the reader. I would love to read your review with the audio as well….

      You have a great week too!

      1. just an idea for the mr linky… it would be great to add genre to blog name. Just helps with the click through. This is done for the hop and I love this add!

        ie: Bookworm with a View (literary fiction, YA, Sci-Fi, etc)…

  8. Just finished reading Warriors, which is a collection of short stories and novellas that came out recently, edited by George RR Martin. Some good stuff!

    Not sure what I’ll be reading next. Probably The Folding Knife, by KJ Parker.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving a comment! I’ll definitely bookmark ya and pop in regularly to see whats up…


  9. Columbine has been on my to read list since it came out. I haven’t actually gotten round to reading it because it’s so different to my normal reads and looks like it’ll be a heavy one. I’m really looking forward to your thoughts on it.

    1. Manda,

      It is reading fast and I know it isn’t light, but some of the chapters are filled with police reports, family info… background life…. I think this helps it from being overly heavy.

  10. I won’t be participating this week as I’m still reading the latest Dresden Files book “Changes” by Jim Butcher. As I tend to read when I go to bed it can take me a bit to get through a book, even though this is one I don’t want to put down 🙂

  11. I have now finished and reviewed Human Traces by Sebastian Faulks.

    A completely different change of pace this week with ‘how to Talk to A Widower’ by Jonathan Tropper.

    1. Mel, it is just such an amazing horrifying part of our history…. to read this about how it all went down…. I am just in awe, what was missed…. what was done wrong…. what could not have been prevented…

  12. Hi, I am new to this book meme, but i am a avid reader. I am looking forward to your review on the kite runner. I have had several people read it and i have not decided yet if it is something i want to pick up.

  13. Ever the multi tasker aren’t you…alot of books this week…should make for amazing reviews. I think the Kite Runner is fab!

    I’ve ben eeing up Titanic 2012 but am a bit unsure…your review ma say me…can’t for it 😀

  14. I am reading IMPATIENT WITH DESIRE by Gabrielle Burton. It is about a woman who was part of the Donner Party. It wasn’t a good week for reading. I got so much more read when I was working.

      1. I had to shift gears when I started it. It is written as a journal with flashbacks. Once I got into the rhythm of the book, it read better. It is a good view of the events from the viewpoint of an intelligent woman. The story touches on the planning for the trip, her youth, and the day to day existence on the trail. Most importantly, this is all taking place after they have become snowed in and are struggling to survive. It is a well done look at a woman’s attempt to keep her family’s spirits up and to keep them alive. I’ve not gotten to the point of the infamous cannibalism but things are desperate. Oddly, they had a pet dog and were taking care of it. Sorry, but I would not have take food from my children to feed a pet. He would have mysteriously vanished and ended up in the stew pot as a rabbit. I’ve eaten dog. It is quite tasty.

        It is a short book. I read half of it while waiting to have my car’s oil changed. I just have not had a chance to do much reading.

      1. It is fiction. She was known to keep a journal which was never found. This is based on the facts of her life and the Donner Party’s experience. It appears to be an attempt to represent events in as accurate a way as possible. It really is a good book. I just need a block of time to read this type book. I don’t like to just grab it and read a few pages when I have a free minute like I do with a romance or a suspense. It deserves a different type of attention than that.

  15. I’ve had The Kite Runner on my TBR pile for awhile, but I keep putting it off because I know it’s going to be hard for me to get through. I like the idea of listening to it instead, maybe I’ll do that! Hope you like it.

    Have a great week 🙂

  16. I LOVED House Rules so much. Definately one of her better novels.
    I have a copy of the Kite Runner, but I haven’t had the chance to read it. I’ll have to read it for school junior year, though, so I think I’ll just wait til’ then.

  17. Wow, I don’t know how you can have so many books going at once! I usually manage just one to read and one to listen to. Sounds like you have a great reading week ahead – I can’t wait to read the new Jodi Picoult – it sounds great.


  18. I hosted a House Rules Book Club Party last Saturday! I haven’t read the book yet and I’m looking forward to your review.

  19. I’m a big fan of Columbine. Such an incredible book.

    I visited 50 blogs and left comments today! So many good books out there.

    1. Lydia, I was talking about it with a friend of mine this morning and I started crying while I told her about it and made her cry too!

      Woo hoo on the blog visits! You Rock!!!

  20. I read Kite Runner last year and thought it was fantastic. I need to try another Jodi Piccoult. I read Change of Heart and didn’t think it was that great.
    Now, I need to look up Columbine. Sounds like an interesting read.

  21. I am wanting Worst Case by Patterson and have print book Deadly Deals by Fern Michaels in my TBR..

    nice to see so many books on so many blogs though that have not read and read the reviews to help me sort out what is good to try…


  22. The Kite Runner is a heartbreaking story. I read it a couple of years ago and loved it. A Thousand Splendid Suns was also good, but I didn’t enjoy the story as much.

    1. Sharazad, I have heard amazing things about the book – purchased it right away and there it sits. I am hoping to correct that this week 🙂

  23. The Kite Runner was very good. Intense story. I would love to read Columbine next. Thanks for the great list! I just finished a new one by author, Mike Hogan, called, “The Ovary Wars.” If you enjoy medical thrillers this book will get your attention for sure. It was so realistic and thought provoking I couldn’t put it down. I’m looking forward to more of his books in the future.

      1. The title did catch my eye at first. It’s a great read, though. It’s not too often I find a good thriller that’s so well thought out.

  24. OMG! I won, WOW. I love your blog and this meme, I have found such wonderful blogs because of it and made new friends. I’ll check out your prize box and then get visiting, got a late start today, lol


    1. Dollycas I did a little happy dance for you this morning in celebration 😀

      Congratulations. I have books I need to add to the prize box so if you do not see anything hold out a day or two…. I need to fill the box!

  25. I bow to you Shiela:) I wish I could keep up with your schedule. You always read such wonderful books. I know I drink as much coffee as you so that cannot be your secret;) Wanna let me in how you do it? haha! Stop by and visit me soon my friend.

    1. Bobbie – you are sweet…. I will be popping in today as soon as I get some time. I am hoping to complete some office work and if the weather holds go biking or blading for a little bit this afternoon.

      No secrets really… if anything the coffee hinders me because I have to go to the bathroom so much 😀

      1. lol, me to. I drink decaf before bed and then wonder why I am up and down all night. But I can’t help it, I just love coffee. Have fun with whatever activity you do this afternoon:) It is supposed to rain and storm here so I am sitting in front of the computer.

    2. Bobbie I just came home and did nothing. Looked like the sun was coming out but that was apparently not true. 🙂 I worked out this morning at the gym so that will have to be good for today.

      Mondays I would rather just read blogs anyway 😀

  26. I visited 11, but life keeps getting in the way today, don’t people realize I have blog work today, between the phone and people at the door you would think I was a lady of leisure, lol, will try to visit more but grandson will be home soon and unless I let him type, computer day is over. What a day!!

  27. I always enjoy seeing what your Monday bring for reading. I really enjoyed The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. They make you think.
    I’m currently reading an interesting fiction medical thriller called “The Ovary Wars” by Mike Hogan. The government is trying to find out what is destroying women’s ovaries; it is biological, terrorism or something else… I like a mix of genre.

    1. Thats so crazy Betty – it you read the comments above Audrey is also reading that book! This is the first time I have heard of it.

      I like a mix in genres too 🙂

  28. I’m doing terrible with commenting recently! I’m so so sorry!

    Glad to see you are loving Fablehaven! I’m really interested to see what you think of House Rules…I reviewed it over at a few weeks ago, but I won’t ruin the ending for you!

    Have a fabulous reading week!

    Oh, I got to about 10 sites during the day, but I’m planning on more tonight!

  29. I was thinking of ordering Fable haven for the library – (k-8th)

    I’ll be interested to find out what you think of it when you’re done reading it. though “wow” kind of gives me a clue. 🙂

  30. I actually participated this week! And I visited 10 other blogs! Ambitious, huh?! LOL!

    I so want that Read, Remember, Recommend book…it’s at the top of my wishlist. 🙂

    You sure do read a lot! Are you a speed reader? I wish I could read like that!

    1. That was just a lucky week Michelle! Two of the reads were audios – Worst Case has been playing in my car for over a couple weeks, and the Fern Michaels was short. Sometimes I get lucky and several partial books I am into get finished 🙂 Theres always a few of those going on.

      Sweet about joining in this week! 😀

  31. Thanks for all the people expressing interest in my book, Columbine. There’s a lot more info about it at the link that might help you decide. Your best bet is probably the 3-minute book trailer, that will give you a good idea whether or not you’ll like it.

    I’d love to hear from you if you do. I’m also doing call-ins to book clubs, and we now have Instructor Guides for teachers and profs.


    1. Hi Dave, thank you for stopping by. I am still reading Columbine and I am totally engrossed in it. What a sad account – I have cried several times already and thank you Dave for putting together such a book.

  32. Thanks, Dave, for posting your trailer link. I just watched it and am looking forward to reading your book and learning more about this tragedy.

    1. HI Audrey, I was just wishing I had time just to sit down and finish it! Life has been busy and I am hoping after this weekends bike ride I will have time on Sunday to do that! 🙂

  33. Can’t wait to hear what you think of House Rules by Jodi Picoult. I’m coming back later to try and pick your next book. That’s a cute idea.

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