It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! 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!

I had a busy busy week.  Once every 4 months I am part of a group that houses the homeless for a week.  We stay in the downstairs of a local church and use the Sunday school rooms as bedrooms.  We provide meals and a place to sleep for 7 days.  This past week was our week and while I have many volunteers that take a ton of the work load off of me…. it is still mentally and physically exhausting – so reading time this week was not as productive as I had hoped.

Here is what I managed to complete:

Symptoms of a bookaholic….

The Boneman’s Daughter by Ted Dekker (Dekker is a suspenseful author who required attention)

Eyes Of Darkness by Dean Koontz (an old favorite author but not the best he has delivered)

Vampires, Werewolves, Sea Monsters, and Me (thoughts on paranormal in the classics)

I caught a break on Friday morning and went biking with my friends

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (this book surprised me!)

Ok, looking at that…. my week doesn’t sound so unproductive in my book world.  🙂  Bottom line, I did not get through the books I had hoped to so bringing back for a “take two”:

Duff – waiting for me on my kitchen table….

Choices, I am just starting this one.

The Michael Sullivan Series is going to be completed this week.  Seriously – I have taken way too long on this….

It is also Audio Book week and I am a big supported so I will be filling in audio wherever and whenever I can 🙂

So that’s the week – I cant wait to spend some time seeing what you have going on in your books!  Please link to where it says “click here” and add your link to your Monday What Are You Reading Post.

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

  1. Wow, lots of reading!

    Choices sounds really good…I’m eager to read your review.

    Oh, I am so excited about winning last week, so I’m going over to the Prize Box now.

    I can’t believe I’m the first one on Linky this week!

    1. Have you heard Sean Mangan narrate Matthew Reilly’s books? Or Stephen Fry read the Harry Potter series? They are awesome awesome awesome to listen to

  2. I just finished “A Bad Day for Pretty” by Sophie Littlefield and reviewed it at The Blood-Red Pencil blog. I read everything, but love mysteries and thrillers the most.

  3. I just finished a book, “Quaker Summer” which made me think of you and the way that you offer your time to help others. This book touched me on many levels and I’m in awe of all that you give and still find time for yourself too, which is very important.

    Hope you get read all the books you want this week 😀

  4. I loved your review of Before I Fall and your post about classic mashups.

    The Duff is on my TBR list so I look forward to hearing what you think of it. The cover of Choices reminds me a lot of the cover from After by Amy Efaw. Both involve teen pregnancy and have images of a female character leaning against the wall.

    Have a great week!

  5. Can’t wait to read your review of Before I Fall.

    Wow you read a lot this week. I am averaging reading one book every two weeks but I do have a 24 hour roadtrip this week so I will get caught up. That said, I do listen to about a book a week.

    My Monday post is set to post just after midnight so I did sign mr linky a few hours early after seeing your post link on twitter 🙂

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Hi Mari – summer takes a tole on me some times…. busy times but I love to read in the sun and cant wait to get there…. I see my deck and know I will be there … with a book…. some day soon 🙂

  6. Wow! Shelia, you were incredible this week! I love that you do so much for the community and others by hosting that event. So thoughtful and giving. You’re amazing! And…you still did accomplish a lot on the site, though, I’m sure to you it doesn’t seem like as much. Have a relaxing week this week and take a breather! 🙂

    1. Thanks The1stdaughter. I love doing these community things but they really zap my energy. I have no big commitments this week and I am thrilled about that 🙂

  7. Thank you for the review of Boneman’s Daughter I might hold off on this one, but the Before I Fall I’m going to grab a copy!

    I hope you enjoy your week!

    1. Heidi I just struggled a bit with Boneman, but a friend of mine on Facebook gushed about it saying it was a wonderful portrayal of family love. I am wondering if I was in the right mood to fly into a Dekker book? 🙂

  8. I’ve finally managed to get a What are you reading post up! Woohoo!! Hoping to get back tomorrow to visit some other blogs.

  9. Hi Sheila !
    I am reading ‘White Night’ by Jim Butcher and am enjoying it in a way.
    Today my first set of results came in and I have aced it with a 41/50 in the English Exam and a distinction in the rest.(that is an A+ thing……yahooooooooooooo)
    YES !!!!!! I am so happy my hard work paid off. Now for the rest of the results………God am I nervous !!!!!! Thanks for your prayers and best wishes.
    My interview is on Wednesday……and I am a bundle of nerves.

  10. Hey Sheila and everyone! I love Mondays because of this meme.. ok. I don’t really like getting up to go to work on Mondays, but I do look forward to finding out what everyone’s reading.

    1. Hi Amanda, I look forward to Mondays because I get to chat with all of you. I don’t get to check out all the blogs as often as I used to and that kind of bums me out. I try to do as much of that as I can on Mondays 🙂

  11. You had a very productive week in more ways than one.
    I love audio books, I’m a new convert too. Have you listened to any of Neil Gaiman’s YA novels he narrates and his voice is like warm honey!
    Before I Fall is on my wishlist. Happy reading this week.

    1. Teddyree, I have not listened to Neil Gaiman. What does he read? Is it a certain author or genre?

      I am so new I dont have audio people yet to choose from…. mine are like whoever is reading the Patterson books – AWESOME. And the author of the Kite Runner read his book on audio and that blew me away.

  12. Just read your Symptoms (of book addict) post – so apt. I think it ties in neatly to B.A.D.D. We might have a lot of Multiple book disease symdrome! Addiction, B.A.D.D., There has to be more book related syndromes out there!

  13. You had a great reading week. It has been awhile since I read a Dean Koontz book. I may have to try one again for something different.

    My reads are up and considering I saw Gordon Lightfoot this past week and took a friend and her daughter to a small petting zoo, I think I did good.!

    My reads are here

    Happy Reading Sheila 🙂

  14. I haven’t heard of a LOT of those books that you’ve read and/or are reading this week. I need to catch up! I have BEFORE I FALL, but haven’t read it yet, though! 🙂

  15. Technically I’m reading Child Star by Shirley Temple Black, Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler, Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine, and the Blood Lite anthology. However, I haven’t picked any of them up recently.

  16. As I was reading your post today, (I’m new here) I was wondering how does she get so many books read in a week, AND THEN, I noticed the smily face that asked the same question, so of course I went and read why you can read so many books in a week. I feel great if I get two read in a week. It was fun reading and viewing your blog.

    This week I am reading “Sing” by Lisa T. Bergren, and hopefully I will be able to read some of Sarah Strohmeyer’s book “The Penny Pinchers Club.” Reading is also my favorite pastime.


    1. I guess I did do better than I thought I had Natalie. I have been reading late at night which I am sure has attributed to my complete exhaustion – LOL

  17. Hi, Sheila –

    Your program for the homeless sounds wonderful – exhausting, yes, but also wonderful – I’ve read about similar programs. I’m always inspired by your volunteering. My illness limits what I can do, so I like to live vicariously through you!

    A friend of mine loves Dekker – am looking forward to see what you thought of him. I haven’t read a Dean Koontz book in ages but used to read him a lot – great suspense!

    Have a great reading week!


    1. Sue it is wonderful and carries a 92% success rate that once the people in the program are back on their feet that they are able to maintain housing and not fall back into being homeless. I have always had a passion for helping others Sue so this just feeds that passion. 🙂

      Enjoy your week too 🙂

  18. Sheila, Neil Gaiman is the author of adult and YA fiction, American Gods is one adult chunkster I have on my bookshelf but the YA I’ve got on audio … The Graveyard Book (loved it) & Coraline (did you see the movie?) and they are two that he narrates himself.

    1. Thanks Teddyree. I have wanted to read the Graveyard book but have not made it there yet. I did see Coraline. Thanks for the heads up – I am going to look for these at the library 🙂

  19. Guess I’ll have to pick up Before I Fall. I love surprises! I’m reading Driftwood Summer, but only read two pages last night and was out like a light. I am one of those rare people who falls asleep when reading in bed even if the book is really good. 🙂

  20. I viewed several blogs; but only commented on ten of them. Oh, and I like the “spoiler button” feature. That’s a great idea.

  21. This comment is not about reading and/or books – sorry. I happened across your personal blog and read some of your adventures to Honduras. I sent you a message on Facebook today with a few questions I have about an upcoming missions trip we are taking to Talanga. But what a lucky thing that I came to this blog! I love to read and am always looking for a good book. I will definately be coming back!!

    P.S And thanks to any answers/help you can give to me about Honduras.

  22. Have had a lovely morning looking through other peoples What are you Reading Monday posts. Added a few new blogs to my list, joined another meme – very pleasant! Have made 14 comments and counting!

  23. I didn’t know Dean Koontz had a new book out — I’ll have to put it on hold at my library. And Dekker is a new one for me — thanks for much for shining a light on someone I think I should know! My book for the week involves spiritual self-help. It’s “Streetwise Spirituality” by Carol Marleigh Kline and it’s a guide to dealing with all kinds of things: difficult relationships, feelings and other personal and professional disasters. Life not giving you what you want, despite such things as a great job, cute body, great smile, even though “society” thinks that’s all there is to it? It gives you true stories (I love those, as they really help me to relate) to help illustrate larger truths, and it asks you to use your hard times to create better ones, not just rise above it all. I’m a perfectionist, as well, and this book is helping explain to me why perfectionists, and “pleasers” experience so much pain in life. Good read!

  24. I started THE FORBIDDEN ROSE by Joanna Bourne. Picked it up and read only 2 pages and decided that was to be my next read. However, A DUKE OF HER OWN by Eloisa James was on the table near the sofa when I sat down to eat breakfast, and that is what I got into. I don’t think I have read any of her books before. I like her characters, not cookie cutter types, and am enjoying it. I know many don’t like romance, but there are some good authors out there who write good stories with suspense, well developed plots and well drawn characters. I prefer historicals that have been well researched and are accurate.

    I am currently listening to THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett. It is excellent.

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