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:

Kristen – Bookworming in the 21st Century

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

It really has been quite the week around here.  I was not overly busy on the home front so was able to get a bit of reading in AND get my work outs back on track.  I already can feel my energy level going up!  😀  Here’s what bookish things  happened this past week:

Author Chat with Lauren Oliver, author of Before I Fall (SQUEEEEEE!!!)

I am Registered for BBAW – Book Blogger Appreciation Week

At Witt’s End by Beth Solheim – review of a cozy mystery written by a Minnesota author

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler – book review – and ooh, what a review!

Step On A Crack by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge – Audio review

Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci, available for giveaway in Hard Cover, and in Audio format.

Word Shaker On line Book Club has been dusted off, tuned up – and is finally ready to go!  What are we reading?  Check it out!

Born Under A Million Suns by Andrea Busfield (review coming up this week)

D U F F by Kody Keplinger (review coming this week)

Between Sisters by Kristen Hannah (still reading)

I am feeling good at this pace.  I have petty much given up on Summer TV (I can never find anything on anyway) so my reading in the evenings has increased and I am really enjoying it! So whats brewing this week?  PLENTY of EXCITING STUFF!!!

A World War II story told through the eyes of a young German Girl.

A pink apron came with this review book…. I am thinking I may have to wear the apron and make some cupcakes for this review

My conversations with this author alone have been funny – I am curious to see what this book has in store…

I have to admit, this book scares me a little.  I am a huge animal lover and I just have this feeling that this one is going to be good, but also pull at my heart-strings.  This review will also have a giveaway of a copy of this book.

Oh, and watch this weekend for Bookworming in the 21st Centuries Book Extravaganza – I am participating and think it will be a lot of fun!  😀

As if the books are not going to be a fun enough week, Tuesday is also my book clubs annual Queen Event and I am so excited!  We dress up in formal wear and have speeches of why we should be Queen.  (This is out of the book Same Sweet Girls by Cassandra King).  We potluck and have a blast!  I am the reining Queen and I will be passing on my crown, scepter and throne (which is a gold spray painted port a potty because that is just how classy we are! 😀 )  I love my book club and I can not wait to see what talents we have this year!  **Watch the Wednesday post for the recap of this event!

Books I won and am giving away at our Bookies Queen Event - they each come with a Dairy Queen Gift certificate! Oh.... and whats that t shirt I am wearing? That would be my Edward from Twilight T shirt I won from I'd So Rather Be Reading Blog

Ok – enough chatter – I am ready to see what you are reading this Monday!  Please enter your link where it says “click here” and I as well as hopefully many of the other wonderful Monday memers will stop in to say hi and peek at your books!  😀

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

  1. I love that you got a pink apron with that book, that is just adorable!

    The Queen Event idea, it sounds like so much fun!!!

    And the title for The Accidental Adult, it’s so apt…I feel like most of us ended up adults accidentally, lol. Sometimes I wonder how it all happened!

    Have a great week 🙂

  2. I liked your review of Twenty Boy Summer and I loved your interview with Lauren Oliver. I look forward to hearing what you thought of The Duff.

    I am kind of glad that there isn’t much in the way of summer TV because it means more people might read or do other things. Of course this weekend I haven’t done much reading since I’ve been watching the Harry Potter marathon on ABC family but that’s book related (sort of). I hope you have a great week!

  3. Awesome week, I’m off to check out your review of Twenty Boy Summer, I loved it so hope you did too.
    Even the cover of Blind Hope made me feel sad, looking forward to your thoughts on that one! Have a wonderful week and enjoy your reading Sheila.

  4. You had a brilliant week. I have Blind Hope to read and I am concerned I shall cry my way through it. I will be heading off to see your reviews in a moment. Have a wonderful week reading.

  5. Hi! That’s a lot of exciting news for you. 🙂 And the pink apron that came along with the book…quirky! Hope you’ll be baking delicious, mouth-watering cupcakes.

    Happy reading!

  6. What a great week you had. Blind Hope looks wonderful but I’d definitely be stocking up on the tissues. Animal stories really get to me.

    Happy reading!

  7. Hey Sheila:) All of your books sound good:) If you make any cupcakes send them my way. I am doing the extravaganza this time to. Very excited for it:) Have a great reading week!

    1. Oh good Bobbie – what genre are you doing> Are you doing one of the giveaways? I hope to have time to get around to see what everyone is doing 🙂

  8. Looks like a great week for you Sheila! I finished “The Forgotten Garden” but Kate Morton. Now I plan to read “The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives” by Lola Shoneyin and “Thirteen Reason’s Why” by Jay Asher this week. Can’t wait to read your review for “Blind Hope”!!

    1. OOH – Thirteen Reasons Why! I so look forward to your review. I found that to be a really good book!

      Oh and I read your review of Forgotten Garden – WOW. Cant wait 😀

  9. Looks like you had another great week. Oh how I wish I could always get the reviews done the same week. *Sigh* I do like the look of Blind Hope. Have a great week.

  10. Ahhh…now I really want to read Twenty Boy Summer! I loved your review and I have seen it all over, but just didn’t get it until I read your review. Definitely going to have to pick it up now!

    Fab week ahead of you too! I can’t wait to see the pics from your book club meet up. Sounds like a blast!

    Have a fabulous reading week!

    1. Danielle – that is awesome- I am thrilled to read that you are going to give Twenty Boy Summer a try!

      I am excited to do the pics for our Bookies Queen Event – always so much fun 🙂

  11. You had a great week! I loved Twenty Boy Summer! And you may think I’m organized.. but… usually I don’t get to half my list lol. 😀

  12. That’s cool that a pink apron came with that book. The perfect exscuse to cook something. Happy reading. 🙂

    1. aprilnichole I love it when the authors/publishers think of a unique way to market the books. I received an apron with the Julie and Julia review book as well. 😀

  13. Great interview with Lauren Oliver, you had a fabulous week…If it wasn’t for PBS Masterpiece Theater I wouldn’t be tuning in to summer TV. I hope you enjoy your week…

  14. I’ve commented on 19 so far. I’m waiting for more bloggers to post theirs! 😀 Jennifer Ross’ book with the cupcakes looks nice. I’m getting hungry just looking at the cover! Hope you have a nice week. 🙂

  15. The Accidental Adult! How could you resist reading a book with a title like that?

    I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you though of it, Sheila.

    I’ve got a rant in my week’s It’s Monday.

    Viva la TRASH!

  16. I really want to read 20 Boy Summer, but as with lots of books it’s on the list, however after reading your review I may have to move it right up. Hope you have another great week!

  17. I ordered Twenty Boy Summer yesterday. After your review, I just had to read it. Icing on the Cupcake looks like a good read as well. Cupcakes are such a happy treat. I am currently reading Any Minute by Joyce Meyer. It’s worth reading if you haven’t read it yet. Happy Monday!

  18. Have you been to your cabin? You mentioned the cabin last week – I miss the idea of a cabin in MN. We didn’t have one, but almost everyone we know does. Living in MN… we really appreciate summer!

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Mari, nope change of plans later afternoon on Friday. *sigh* Road tripped to Duluth on Sat instead, dinner with friends, and then road bike and went to a movie on Sunday. It turned out to be a decent weekend 🙂

  19. I contemplated buying “the cupcake” book when I as at the crack house..erm Books-A-Million on Saturday…However I managed to spend $87.00 while I was there, so that one had to wait. Part of that 87 was my membership renewal though…so I don’t feel too awful.

      1. They had a buy 2 get one free table and their sale books really can’t be beat. then I had a coupon. I meant to only spend 50 but then my nephew coerced me into buying him a stuffed red panda and I found an awesome tote bag set..and seriously that store is my crack house!!

        I’m still trying to figure out why a 25 year old wants a red panda.

    1. Kristen I really am surprised they do it. 🙂 The first year I was sure it would only be myself and one other member who would dress up, but when we got to the park – they all had done it. It has become such a fun event!

  20. I am really interested in auf Wiebersehen. I really love historical novels, especially novels that are written as first-person accounts like that. Bound to make you cry I expect too.

    I will probably visit at least 20 blogs today as I have time. Enjoy your reading week!

  21. I have Blind Hope to read also – and I am the “mom” of a dog who has just recently gone blind so it is probably going to pull at my heart strings too!

  22. I have also read couple of books with pets as one of the most important characters in it. The books as such are always good – so good in fact – to the point that they made me wept! I’ll be anticipating your review on this one. Perhaps it’ll be something I’d love reading as well!

  23. The Queen Event – how funny! Your book group sounds like a lot of fun!

    I’ve been wanting to read that Dairy Queen book – looks good.

    Your giving up on summer TV is inspiring me! There’s nothing good on, but we still sit here in the evenings and flip channels. I think I’ll try to read more, too.


    1. LOL The bOok Maven – as long as you leave it at the linky spot up in the post where it says “click here’ thats the only place I really need the link 😀

  24. Wow you have had a great week as usual. I would love to find a book club to join around here much less one that is so fun! Have a great week!

    1. Deb I got lucky – they are such a fun group 🙂 We actually had to put a freeze on membership as right now we are at 17. Getting to big for some places to meet.

      1. I think I visited pretty much ever blog on the list before me tonight! Out of those I commented on 60 blogs… Wow, I best get on with writing my review for The Wings of Leo Spencer, so I can read If I Stay!

  25. Hi Sheila,
    I got my free book that I won, Ironweed by Willam Kennedy. Thanks so much! Can’t wait to start reading it. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  26. You got an apron with Icing On The Cupcake??? WAAAA!!! I wanna apron….

    Girlfriend, you have got an impressive list of books for this week…and I love the book for your book to get one of those too!

    I’m here, as usual, late, but I’m here!

  27. Hi Sheila !
    I’ve been down with fever for many days and so could not even leave the bed , let alone put my mind to reading. Now only a cold and a painful throat remains and so I can look forward to some good reading like you.

    ‘Blind Hope’ I think is going to make me cry and ‘The Icing On The Cupcake’ is already making me hungry. You are going to make cupcakes……I think I should join you [ I am mad about cupcakes and so are my cats ].

    Right now I am reading Michael Crichton’s ‘Sphere’ and uptil now it is really-really interesting.It seems you have had a really interesting week……too bad I missed it…..but these new books on your list are good and real eye catchers………those cupcakes are making me hungry !

    Enjoy your ‘Queen Event’ but in my eyes, any woman with a good book in her hands and a cup of creamy coffee next to her is already a ‘Queen’. Have a great day !

  28. I know it’s late in the day – these days of summer are FLYING by!

    I couldn’t catch the name of the WWII book you have listed up there. When you get a moment, could you let me know the title/author. I have a passion for books set in this time period!!

    I don’t know when I’m going to get to this meme again – I have very busy Mondays from here on out…so my What Are You Reading? this week is a bit, um, crowded. I didn’t even include the Cassandra Clare books that are in my beach bag OR the audio downloads that are on my iPod. I might have bitten off more than I can chew…

  29. Summer TV is the worst!! Even my husband, who has very low standards, can’t find anything to watch.

    And I love the photo of you in your Edward shirt! Too cute!

    I’m curious to hear about “The Accidental Adult.” Great title!

    1. Jenners – I don’t even go downstairs anymore at night (where the good tv is!). Instead I go in my reading room and relax in the recliner with lap top and surrounded by several books 🙂

  30. Accidental Adult intrigues me. And I love the cover on auf Wieberschen and since throughout my teens I was obsessed with stories that took place on the home front during WWII or by/about non-combatants during the war, I’m sure I”d be interested in it. Reading Anne Frank and Corrie Ten Boom got me started on that between age 14 and 16 and the obsession carried into my twenties but tho it lightened up a bit the interest is still strong.

  31. I am sort of in between books at the moment. I’ve been reading some Harlequins and Silhouettes I had in a box, then I can get rid of them. It is my junk food kind of fix. Short and sweet and no brain power needed. It opens room for all those other books I have that I should be reading. Am still trying to decide what will be next: non-fiction, historical fiction, historical romance, suspense, or paranormal. Probably won’t start anything substantial until next week .

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