It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

The Mondays come around fast don’t they?  I was gone all weekend and just popped in the door around 4 pm on Sunday afternoon.

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:

Lynne – Lynne’s Book reviews

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

As I was saying above, I just came home Sunday afternoon from our cabin up North where I spent the weekend hanging out with a couple of wonderful friends.  We had wonderful weather as we did some exploring, road carts down a ski hill and even went to a Library Sale.  (more details on all this with pictures on Tuesday during the Morning Meanderings.  🙂


I did not get squat down for reading this weekend but did a little during the week:

Review:  Seven Year Switch by Claire Cook (I sooooo enjoyed this fun beachy read!)


Author Chat with Claire Cook (how fun is this woman?)

Review:  The Icing On The Cupcake by Jennifer Ross (a sweet read that didn’t quite hit the mark for me)

Review:  The Accidental Adult by Colin Sokolowski (a humorous closer look at the guys who struggle passing into adulthood)

(I have a few reviews I need to get posted too)


That’s it.   Not the most productive week I have had but that’s summer.  😀  I am going to set my goals lower for this week as I have a few books to finish up on and if all goes well I am going to the cabin this next weekend alone to do some cleaning so I will get in some good reading time as well if that happens.   Here is my new books I plan to start this week:

Yes, another Claire Cook book.  I am anxious to read her again!

One that has been on my shelf too long…

Another one from the TBR shelf…. my friend Angie (By Book Or By Crook) was recently reading this one and spoke highly of it at our last book club gathering.


This one is on my personal book shelf – unread but it needs to be so it is coming on the list!


So that is the lofty plan.  I hope to read each night this week and really have a pretty open week to do just that.  If I go to the cabin alone, that gives me 3/12 hours audio each way so that helps too.

I can’t wait to get around and see what you are reading!   Enter the link to your Monday What Are You Reading below where it says Click Here.  Have a good week with great reads!  :D

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137 Comments on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Life As We Knew It is a well done. So well done in fact that it made me anxious. I couldn’t bring myself to finish the series. It is on a school reading list in our area and I image that the kids will have a lot to discuss if they have any memories of being in the area during Hurricane Katrina. Have a great week. I can’t wait to see what everyone is talking about this week.

    • amcatoir, I have a friend who is reading another book along this same line except it has to do with complete loss of all electronics…. I cant remember the title but it sounds really interesting!

  2. Sounds like a great weekend, Sheila…I’m looking forward to reading your review of The Wildwater Walking Club.

    Your other books look good, too.

    Have a great week!

  3. Happy Monday, a bit early! Just finished Seven Year Switch and Wildwater Walking Club, both by Claire Cooke. Loved them both and just what was needed for a HOT week in Ohio! Also completed Life Without Summer by Lynne Griffin–sad, but engrossing first novel. I’m listening to Little Bee by Chris Cleave–troubling but timely. I am now turning pages fast in Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. It’s been quite a reading week for me! Your choice Sold by Patricia McCormick is an important read and its writing style is beautifully simplistic and poetic. I’m going to put your other two choices on my TBR book.

    • Wow Linda you are doing a lot of reading! SOLD has been on my list to read for too long. I do hope to complete it this week.

  4. Sounds like you had a fun girl’s weekend, love seeing the photos. Another Claire Cook novel so soon, that’s recommendation in itself, I’m keen to read Seven Year Switch.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  5. I enjoyed your review of Seven Year Switch. I definitely plan to read it. The Wild Water Walking Club looks good too. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week!

    • Helen I bought this books after seeing a review of it on Chocolate and Croissants blog last fall and then never got it. I cant believe I have waited this long!

  6. I was disappointed The Icing on the Cupcake didn’t live up to it’s cover. I love the cover, but your review of it left me lukewarm on reading it. Have a great week!

    • Kylie – thats how I felt about it. I hate to discourage anyone from reading a book, but there were some gaps in the story that didnt fit and I had to mentio that. I have seen reviews that loved this book, and some that are like mine so it could go either way 🙂

  7. I am glad to hear you had a lovely weekend. Seven Year Switch was delightful and I too will be reading The Wildwater Walking Club. Have a wonderful week reading.

  8. I am going to put The Wildwater Walking Club and Sold on my TBR and Wish list.

    • HI Esme! Now I have to check my notes because I thought I heard about SOLD originally from you. 🙂 I think I know who it was now….

  9. Hope you have lots of fun on your trip.

    Life as We Knew it is intense. I read that and the second (The Dead and the Gone). I want to read the third one, but it’ll be a while.

    I had a rather small week, for reading. 🙂

  10. Sold looks really interesting and I hope you enjoy it. I am somewhat behind in my reading, but that is life in the summer. I can’t seem to stay focused and besides, the weather has been beautiful and there is so much going on right now.

    Enjoy your reading week and your trip!

    • I thought I would get more done this week Stephanie but it didnt happen….. your right – SUMMER! 😀

  11. Claire Clark sounds like my kind of author I miss a good friendship read I’m going to have to get some of her books….Life as we knew it sounds interesting also I hope you enjoy your week and your time at the cabin!

    • Heidi V I hope you do get a couple of Claire’s books. I have only read the one so far but I hear she is a consistent author.

  12. Hi Sheila,

    Anything about walking or running will get me in, so The Wildwater Walking Club sounds utterly fab.

    I’ve posted my Monday – and this week, I promise it’s rant free!

  13. Your weekend sounded like fun, and I liked reding your thoughts on the Accidental Adults. I am pretty sure you will love Life as We Knew It and I am anxious to hear what you think of Sold. Have a terrific week.

    • Hi Jan – I think SOLD is probably going to just blow me away. I have read many books on different cultures and they just amaze me.

    • Petty Witter, that one has been hanging out here for awhile now but it was Angie’s raving on the book that got it off the shelf. Sometimes I need a good kick in the shelf. 😀

  14. ‘Sold’ looks like a real heavy read………to bad the ‘Icing On The Cupcake’ was not up to the mark.
    Sold is based in which country by the way ?

  15. You had another great week. I really enjoyed your author chat with Claire Cook. Her book is in my review pile and I can’t wait to read it.
    CMash
    My Monday list is here.

  16. my monday list is up here. I think I compensated for your not reading this week. Now if I could only keep it up another week, I might get some more books to goodwill.

    • Oh good Andrea thanks for picking up the slack 😀

      Have fun picking up the books too. I need to do some organizing around here.

  17. Like Andrea, I compensated for your not reading. Day 1 of my vacation and 2 books down! Wish I had a fun bunch of friends with which to vaca, but I’m here in Maine with my extended family.

    • Elizabeth that is awesome! I love those kind of vacations. I am hopeful this next weekend I will be able to make a nice dent 🙂

  18. I posted my weekly plans! I’ve got two books that I’m reading on a slow pace (ongoing reads) and two that I want to read this week!

  19. Hi everybody,

    I’m having link troubles. Don’t worry about stopping by. I don’t want you to be as lost as I am at this moment. (smile)

  20. Sold is something I’m definitely going to look into. Sounds like a very important read.

  21. Glad you had a fun weekend. Last week I hardly read at all as well, not the norm for me!

    • Nise, I know those weeks when I can not get behind a book are not my norm either. I need the books 😀

  22. I like the cover for The Wildwater Walking Club…interesting title. I am reading Summer at Tiffany and loving it. I’m also reading Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind after my aunt recommended it. It’s a funny read. Have a great week!

  23. Thank you yet again! I look forward to this each Monday — so many people reading some excellent books! Sadly, every Monday I add a few more books to the tbr pile…sigh.

    • NancyO – I add books each week too. 🙂 I keep a link open to my Library reserve account.

  24. I love The Wildwater Walking Club by Cook. It looks like a self discovery, friendship book. I love those books. I’m curious about the Whiskey Gulf. I love the color of whiskey. That deep, rich color. I always wanted to name a baby, a cat, a dog Brandy. Never have had the chance. Good books. Thanks for coming by.

    I got off to a rocky start this Monday Morning.

  25. I have Life As We Knew It on my list for this week too-it’s one of my book club’s August picks. My friend said that reading it made her want to stockpile supplies in a shelter under the house, but we are reading another book about the end of civilization as well for August, so maybe she’d just hit her apocalypse threshold.

    • LOL Heather! There are a few out there right now that really make you think. Even as I listen to The Passage which is about as far out there as I get…. in the back of my head I am thinking what if……

  26. I am normally very not domestic, but the idea of going to a cabin by myself for a weekend to clean sounds wonderful. Of course, I would probably spend two hours cleaning and the rest of the time reading, so perhaps I just like the idea of going to a cabin by myself. 😉

    • I am not either Trisha but this last weekend was fun but I was busy the entire time. If I go back alone I can get the cabin cleaned up – wont take long, and spend the rest of the time reading and maybe go and blog a bit in a coffee shop. Totally selfish – me time 😀

  27. Ah, your weekends at the cabin sound heavenly!! Both those with friends and the one coming up alone. A weekend alone in a cabin? Wow, sounds great (I’d skip the cleaning, though…)

    Enjoy your books this week!

    Sue

    • LOL Sue – the cleaning is a must! We had not been there in awhile and I have traces of a mouse. GAH! First time! So I need to go clean out the cupboards and unfortunately set a trap or two 😦

  28. Life as we Knew It was an amazing read. I still need to read the companion to the story in that one. I’ve read The Dead and the Gone too and really enjoyed it. Have a great reading week!

  29. I want to read the Seven Year Switch so bad, everyone really seems to have enjoyed it. I also need a weekend in c cabin, but that’s not going to happen, so I’ll have to live vicariously through you 😉 .

    Dollycas

    • I hope you can get your hands on the book Dollycas – I would love to read your thoughts on it!

    • I hope so Pixie. If it all works out where I go I will need to be back on Saturday as we move my son to college on Sunday.

  30. I had to be quick today, doctor’s appointments and stuff soon. Visited many but only left comments on 10. I hope everyone has a wonderful week reading!!!

    Dollycas

  31. Yay for me!

    I would love to read Love Has a Face. Looks like a good one. You could have probably picked out my book for me all on your own…lol

    I’ll send you my address in a sec.

    Thanks so much Sheila.

    • I could have picked that one for you Lynne! It is an interesting story and I will be thrilled to read your thoughts on it 🙂

  32. I wasn’t too productive in reading this week either. I think it’s because 3 were PDF. It seems like those always take me so much longer.

    Anyway, have a great reading week 🙂

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  33. I’ve got The Wildwater Walking Club on my TBR list for this summer, too. Sounds like a wonderful read.

    Hope you enjoy all your reading this week!

    • Hi Zee! I have been trying to do more author interviews. That was a goal at the beginning of the year and I kind of let it slide. When I went to New York in May and met so many authors I was reminded how much I enjoy chatting with them 😀

  34. That road cart thing looks like fun … but also potentially dangerous!!!

    And congrats to Lynne!! : )

    I want to read “Life As We Knew It” too … everyone seems to just love that series .. but get completely freaked out by it.

    • Oh yes Jenners – we sign a release form before we can ride. It was a blast and you do have some speed control. I actually did a little flip video of the ride but not sure if it is “blog worthy” or not 😀

  35. Your picture is probably from Lutsen! We did the alpine slide one summer when visiting. I was too chicken to go too fast, I think I held up the people behind me. Have a fun weekend by yourself.

    • Hi Darla – it is! How crazy fun is that ride! 😀 We bought the bracelet for 5 rides which was enough. It gave us a chance to have that initial “what have I gotten myself into” ride…. then the little more relaxed ride, then by the third time it is the “can I catch air if I go faster over the dips” and 4 and 5…. well, its time to quit or we are going to get hurt! 😀

  36. Only a couple of hours left of the day here in the UK, but I finally got my post done!

    I’m glad to hear you had a great weekend 🙂

    I’m hoping to catch up on my reading this week, after doing very little last week.

    Take care 🙂

  37. Loved Life As We Knew It as well as the second book – The Dead and the Gone. I have an e-galley of the third book – This World We Live In, but I am not good with ebooks. . . Happy reading!

  38. Sorry I didn’t get around this week…time just got away from me! I’ll be back next week though! Have a good reading week!

  39. Thanks for fixing my link when you visited! I was running late to work and wanted to get it posted. That is what I get for rushing. Can’t wait to see what you think about Life as we Know it. I’ve also heard really good things about it. I’ll check back next week!

  40. Thanks for hosting this, it was fun! Last week I didn’t comment others, but this week I did ten and it was definitely more fun to see what others are reading! Have a great week!

    Danielle

    ps:thanks for commenting my blog!

    • Oh good Danielle – thats my favorite part of this is the community building – meet others, share reads 😀

      • Thanks for stopping by, as far as the pictures on the side bar, I just put the ones of hubby and I. My daughter pointed out to me that I had the kids there but not one of us…I got about 50 pages into Dracula In Love and it is starting out pretty good!!!
        Have a grea week!!!

  41. OK… I’ve been a very good girl this week, Sheila. I’ve visited 32 blogs so far for It’s Monday!. Phew!!

  42. I love the covers on The Wildwater Walking Club, Life as We Knew It and Sold. They all make me want to pick them up and start browsing. The first two give off a warm and fuzzy feeling but Sold does not. Definitely not. A bit disturbing in a way hard to articulate which makes the draw even stronger.

    Have a great reading week. Spending a day alone in a cabin sounds delicious. I could really go for that about now. Time alone is as necessary as water and breath for me and I’ve had very little of it in the last two weeks.

  43. I have read a couple Harlequin Intrigues. My “junk food” summer reading. There are several authors I like in this line. They are quick reads which this time of the year is about all I can handle. I brought a tub of books with me on the trip, but don’t think I’ll get much read. Finished an Intrigue last night. I brought several anthologies and will probably start one tonight. I am reading ISADORE’S SECRET by Mardi Link. It is a non-fiction account of a nun’s murder in a remote Northern Michican town in 1907 and the secretiveness surrounding the case even today.
    We started IN A SUNBURNED COUNTRY by Bill Bryson in audio book on the drive to Nashville. It is a 5 hour drive. My husband took it back with him, so I’m not sure when I’ll hear the rest of it. He is funny and enjoyable. If you haven’t read any of his books, you should.

    • Thanks for the tips Pat – I am going to look into this audio and I am really interested in Isadore’s Secret.

  44. I know that my list included the last couple weeks and not one week like yours, but do you mind if I do a little happy dance because I was able to read more? Seriously, I don’t know how you do it, week in and week out. You work, have a much busier social/family life than I do and you consistently amaze me. Keep it up, I like being amazed:)

  45. Have checked into other blogs and left comments on 10 of them this week! Keep reading!

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