It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Seriously did that feel like 7 days to you?  I think we skipped a day or two because here we are at Monday again and I feel like it is Friday.  😛

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:

Jennifer at Rundpinne

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


So lets see what happened in my little corner of the blogosphere this past week:


Why I participate in a bike ride for a camp for people with AIDS

I wrote a guest post for Trisha at Eclectic Eccentric while she is away and I played “Housekeeping for her blog”… embarrassing pictures and all….


Review:  White Ghost Girls by Alice Greenway


Review:  Thumbing Through Thoreau compiled by Kenny Luck


The Island by Elin Hilderbrand Audio Giveaway


Review: Between Sisters by Kristin Hannah


Long Overdue Winners Post


I guess not such a bad week.  I have several reviews still to get posted and that is really where I am at right now.

Reviews yet to post:


Summer At Tiffany by Marjorie Hart (this will go up with the online book club review)

Clementine, Friend Of The Week

The Evolution of Shadows by Jason Quinn Malott

Eat The Cookies, Buy The Shoes by Joyce Meyer (book and audio reviews)

Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch  (audio review)

auf Wiedersehen by Christa Holden Ocker

Blind Hope by Meeder and Sacher (with giveaway!)

BUT – looking ahead here is what I have brewing for this week:

I recently asked on a giveaway post for readers to recommend great summer reads for me.  I still want to get my “summer on”.  Hannah from Word Lily recommended Sarah Dessen as that was enough of a push for me to pull this book off my shelf.  This is the only Dessen I own and I have been wanting to try this author for some time.


I LOVE this cover…. I so want to know what’s inside and can not wait to give this book a try!


The book chosen through the “Choose The Next Book I Read” post.  Using random.org, the winning # was 9 and that was Julie at My Book Retreat pick.  I will read this one and pass it on to her.

That’s my reading plan this week.  I have a bike ride on Saturday and Sunday afternoon I leave for a Leadership Retreat until Tuesday afternoon.  I will have the Monday What Are You Reading post up before I go….


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About Sheila (Book Journey)

Bookaholic * Audio Book Fan *Bike Rider *Rollerblader *Adventure Seeker *Runner*Coffee lover *Fitness Fan * Movie junkie

Posted on August 15, 2010, in Book Stuff and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 125 Comments.

  1. I really enjoyed Thumbing Through Thoreau also. I hope you have a great week Sheila!

  2. I’m interested to see what you think of Noah’s Castle – Ryan over at Wordsmithonia had a bit of a tussle with the publisher in his comments over the reviews – kind of put a bad taste in my mouth about it (although the cover IS marvelous)

  3. Yay! Hope you enjoy Along for the Ride!

  4. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Magnificent.

  5. I love Sarah Dessen’s books. My favorite is Just Listen but I did enjoy Along for the Ride. If you haven’t read it yet, I’d also suggest another YA book, Sarah Ockler’s Twenty Boy Summer. Noah’s Castle looks really good too. I look forward to your review.

    I did like your review of Between Sisters and I might give that one a try.

  6. Oh, and thanks for your review of The Opposite of Me. I finally got to read the book this weekend and I thought it was fantastic!

  7. I think you’ll like The Mermaid Chair. I love the cover…and the bike riding book looks like it’s made for you.

    I had the same feeling this week…I, too, thought we must have skipped a day!

    Have a great week….

  8. I’m reading Summer at Tiffany this week!

  9. I need to get through my library books before the textbooks arrive. Here’s what I’m reading this week.

  10. I have to go and read a few of those reviews now.

  11. I really really liked Along For The Ride, in fact, there were a ton of Sarah Dessen books at Costco this past week and I came really close to buying them all! I hope you enjoy it 🙂

    • New territory for me Crystal but I am glad to finally read her. There a re a few authors out there I can not wait to try and never seem to get to them…

  12. Sarah Dessen is always fun (my students LOVE Along for the Ride)!

  13. Oh yay I won!! I do like books!
    You had a fabulous week! The Mermaid Chair is an excellent book, enjoy!

  14. You had a great reading week! I’m reading Summer at Tiffany now for our discussion next weekend. Sarah Dessen is a fantastic author. Just Listen is one of my favorites by her.

  15. I have Mermaid Chair on audiobook, waiting to be listened to. I loved her first book and cannot wait to read this one as well. Maybe I’ll try to give it a listen this week 🙂

  16. Ooh, Noah’s Castle does look great – very dark and mysterious. Hope you enjoy your retreat – from my experience those things can either be brilliant or excruciating, never anything in between. 🙂

    • Its a work retreat. We have to be there Sunday by 5 pm (its a 4 + hour drive from my home) and then we are in classes all day Monday and Tuesday until noon.

      I am just wining now…. its at a beautiful camp and on a beautiful lake. I will probably have a blast. 😀

  17. I’ve been wanting to read a Sarah Dessen book too. I have two of them and will hopefully get to try one while it’s still summer! Looks like you’ve got a lot of reading done!

  18. I too, am planning on reading Summer at Tiffany this week. Nothing like waiting till the last minute. How do you keep up with this EVERY day?

    • I have a magic troll doll Debbie.

      LOL – I just enjoy this so much Debbie. I do reviews as I finish the books (or try) so they are always prepped and ready to go, and the Morning Meanderings – thats my morning time before life starts moving so I just share with all of you whats happening over here. 😀

      Hope you enjoy Summer At Tiffany – with a little luck questions will go out today to those who are reading this.

  19. YOu had a busy week! Noah’s Castle looks good I hope you enjoy your week…

  20. Another terrific week. Hope you enjoyed the bike ride. this week looks like some good reads are in the offering too. Love Dessen and Noah’s Castle looks to be a spooky read. Enjoy!

  21. I have a rather vague memory (it’s been over 15 years) of reading a book by Kristin Hannah long ago. I can’t remember the name, only something about a single mom with an apple orchard, a drifter who stops at her place and gets a job with her, apples and trees (apple trees), and they fall in love, although at first the woman doens’t respect the guy. I’m pretty sure she had a father that was more levelheaded than she was at first. It was set either during the depression or in the very early 1900’s. Vague enough?

    I remember it being a very good book, and this would have been one of Kristin Hannah’s first books.

  22. I loved Along for the Ride – I have enjoyed all Dessen’s novels. I hope you do too!

  23. I really like Sarah Dessen’s books, I think I’ve read 3 and enjoyed them all. I still haven’t read The Secret Life Of Bees, another one on Mt TBR 🙂
    Have a great week, enjoy your ride and happy reading

    • Teddyree – The Secret Life Of Bees, thats the other Sue Monk one isnt it? I can not recall if I have read that or not. I am remembering that we read a bee type book for bookclub a long time ago….
      hmmmmm……

  24. Wow! You had a busy reading week! Eat the Cookies, Buy the Shoes sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for visiting my Mailbox Monday!

  25. Looks like a week of some good reading. I have Just Listen by Sarah Dessen on my TBR shelf. After reading Christina T’s post, I might read that this week. I plan on starting At Home in Mitford. My aunt mailed it to me this weekend. It’s the first book of the Mitford series which she said is very good. Happy Monday!

    • Jill I read some of the Midford books a long time ago and it is a good series. They are fun light reads – if I remember right the books center around a Pastor. I hope you enjoy them! 😀

      • Thanks! Good memory, the main character is Father Tim. When I questioned people about this series everyone responded with “You haven’t heard of that. It was such a good series.” I guess I missed that band wagon. 🙂

  26. Sheila: It amazes me, week after week, how much you accomplish. I have so much respect for you. My list is posted here.
    CMash

  27. Noah’s Castle really looks spooky…I’d save that one for awhile! That looks like a Halloween read to me. If that makes any sense. I’ve been contemplating reading Sarah Dressen’s books for ages…she’s been on my wishlist forever.

    • I cant wait to see what it is about Andrea! I won the Dessen book a while back thats how I have one on my shelf. I cant wait to read her either! 😛

      • I know there’s collection of Sarah’s books on the Books A Million website for an insanely cheap price…I keep meaning to buy it…then other things jump in my cart. I’m weak as water when it comes to book buying.

      • That would have been awesome Andrea! A whole set! LOVE Books A Million!

  28. Hello Sheila:) Hope you have your coffee cup in hand:) sorry i have not been around, things are very hectic. However, I have been reading all your reviews when they hit my mailbox:) I have added a lot to my TBR pile, including Noah’s Castle. That one sounds really good!! Have a great week friend!

    • Hi Bobbie – hope all is well! I have been busy around here too so I know what you mean. 😀

      And yes, Coffee Cup is right here by me in desperate need of a refill. 😀

  29. I agree, that did not seem like a week, more like a couple of days! Sarah Dessen’s books are great for summer, although Along for The Ride is not one of my favorites. Loved The Mermaid Chair. Enjoy.

  30. The Mermaid Chair is certainly an interesting title. Love that book cover too. Happy reading!

  31. Sheila, I know what you mean about it being Monday already. Where did the week go? I think for me it was because the first week of Aug I was in Illinois visiting family and we got back to Montreal late Monday night and Tues my son wanted to go to his swimming lesson (because he missed a week) and from then we were go go all week.

    Lets hope that this week will go a little slower. Fingers crossed.

    Starting Sept I think I will be taking part in this weekly meme. I keep reading your post and always say I should do this but never do.

    Have a great week 🙂

    • Hi Cindy – I hope you do join us and I think you did once or twice. 😀 We have a lot of fun and my TBR has never been the same LOL 😛

      Here’s to slower weeks and more time just to read! 😀

  32. Looks like a good week of reading ahead. Hope you enjoy your summer read.
    You can see what I am reading at – http://www.pageturnersblog.com/2010/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading_16.html

    ~Pixie

  33. I can’t wait to read your review about Thumbing Through Thoreau. I want to read and look at that book so badly. Well, I’m ready for Monday’s Mime.

  34. I wish Along for the Ride would have been my first Sarah Dessen. I read Lock and Key first and couldn’t really figure out why everyone loved her so darn much, then I with a friend’s pushing I read Along for the Ride and totally fell in love. I’ve got This Lullaby on my TBR pile right now and I’m looking forward to it. Looking forward to your thoughts.

  35. I’ll be interested to read your review of auf Wiedersehen!

  36. From one coffee lover to another, awesome job with this blog! I am a newbie here but I am so glad that I found you! It looks like you have a fantastic week ahead of you. I am planning on starting Sarah’s Key by Tatiana Rosnay to start off my week. I have a few pages left in Emma, only my 50th time reading this, but I can’t put it down without finishing it, and then I am ready to start.

    • Thanks Sarah! *clicking coffee cups together in a cheers fashion*

      Sarah’s Key is a pretty good read I hope you enjoy it. I have never read Emma but you have now inspired me to get with it – 50 times? WOW! 😀

  37. Great reading week. I read The Mermaid Chair right after I had my second son in 2005 and absolutely loved it. I know some didn’t like it as much as her first book, but for some reason it really resonated with me at the time. Hope you enjoy it.

  38. I am reading a Sara Dessen book this week too! Hope you have a great week!

  39. Every week when I check your post my wish list grows and grows, but that’s a good things right!!!

    I’m hitting the cozies this week! And need to post my August giveaway.

    Dollycas

  40. Enjoy Along for the Ride! I loved it!

  41. Thanks again BookJourney & Zia for helping to spread the word about ‘Thumbing Through Thoreau’! http://www.thumbingthroughthoreau.com

    Best wishes,
    Nicole
    Tribute Books

  42. The cover of Noah’s Castle does look intriguing – hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  43. Wow, you had a very productive week! No wonder it seemed to go by fast to you.

    Very busy week here but still enjoyed some reading, as always! I’m interested to hear what you think of The Mermaid Chair. I loved The Secret Life of Bees but haven’t read Mermaid – I heard mixed reviews of it.

    Have another good week!

    Sue

  44. I loved your guest post … and the photos were the best part!

  45. So far today (and the day is young) I visited 1-22 (well 22 is me) and 63-90.

  46. They all look good. Noahs Castle really interests me. I’ll have to check it out!
    Have a great week :0)
    Congrats to Jennifer too!

  47. Made it to more than 20 but less than 30 before my grandson hit me because there are no cookies in the cookie jar. He’s on time out and I need to get to my non-computer life.

    Happy Reading EVERYONE!!

    Dollycas

  48. Stopping back cos I hit 10 this week 🙂

  49. Can’t wait until you post what you think of the Sarah Dressen novel. i’ve often wondered about her and thought I should add her to my list of authors. Curious to see what you think.

    Also, its my first week that I’ve been able to visit 10 blogs, since I can only blog at home in the evening. Also, thanks for the ones that visited me and left a comment.

    Sherri at Urban Girl Reader

  50. Hi Shelia
    I can’t get Mr. Linky to work so here is the link to my post for this week:
    http://abookloverforever.blogspot.com/2010/08/its-monday-what-are-you-reading-august_16.html

    I thought Along for the Ride was good too. 🙂

  51. You’ve had a fantastic week!

    I’ve heard really great things about Along For the Ride, so hopefully you’ll love it just as much as everyone else.

    It looks like you are starting to get into my predicament…too many books to post reviews about and not enough days in the week. Where do I put them all?!

    I hope you have a fabulous reading week and thank you so much for stopping by earlier! AND thank you for hosting this, I really do love it!

  52. The Mermaid Chair and Noah Castle seems like very interesting =) Thanks for visiting me at my blog. I’m very lousy. I’m doing okay and hope you too =) (I think you are doing better than I am. LOL)

  53. The Mermaid’s Chair is excellent tho maybe not as stunning as The Secret Life of Bees.

    I didn’t get to read much this past week and it’s looking problematic for this week too. I’m so looking forward to getting back home where I have more control over my time and hours long reading sessions are a regular part of my week.

    • I hear you there Joy Renee. I just found out yesterday that kickball starts tonight. Already? So there goes two hours tonight for back to back games.

      Sigh

  54. over 100 comments?!?! Goodness… I’m reading Finny – remember meeting the author at BEA? I also went to the local bookstore when he was promoting the book so I bought a copy and gave my BEA copy (actually the author sent it to me) to a friend and it’s good. I just finished Overboard which was amazing and need to write that review. I’m all caught up on reviews but have them scheduled so I can finally relax on my blogging tasks. Have a fab Tuesday! I’m off to go meet a blogger friend for lunch today.

  55. I like the cover of Noah’s Castle, and I’ve heard good things about The Mermaid Chair. Enjoy your week!

    I decided to join the competition this week, so I’ve been commenting on 10 wonderful blogs.

  56. Good list of books. I hope you enjoy Noah’s Castle more than I did. Terri liked it so I’m sure I’m in the minority on this one. Have a great rest of the week.

  57. I like the looks of NOAH’S CASTLE. Dark and brooding sounds good to me. Haven’t had time for serious reading. Have finished A Harlequin Intrigue and started another one. Both Colby Agency books by Debra Webb. Am still working on ISADORE’S SECRET. Not much time to read right now.

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