Morning Meanderings… the Thrilling Dangers of Blog Reading

Morning all!  Hope this Tuesday finds you all in happy places.

This morning I want to do something I have been thinking of doing for some time now, just hadn’t been organized enough to pull it off.  😉

As you probably know Mondays are the big What Are You Reading posts that J Kaye from J Kaye’s Blog kindly left in my hands when she stepped away from her book reviewing to concentrate more on her writing.  I was (and still am) so excited for this to be entrusted  into my care.

I love that many readers from all over the blogosphere as well as from homes all over the world, stop in and share what they are reading.  It amazes me to see how alike, and how different the reads can be.

That said, I have been meaning to highlight some of my finds while I stop and say hi to these “Monday Memer’s”  There are so many good book out there but there are usually a few that stop in my tracks and cause me to write a title down – or quickly reserve it on my online library reserve link (which is always up and ready to go while I explore the blogs.

So…. let me share with you what I found yesterday among what you are reading:



First off, over at Book Addict’s Book Reviews I found this book, Clay’s Ark.

The cover… blows me away.  Seriously.  And the title draws interest….  I want to look more closely at this book.


Then at alita.reads, I found Rebecca.  Rebecca was on my “must read list” for summer.  Um……  last summer.  And I never got to it.  Then I see this review and realize I am still missing out on a great read.  I know I am!

Have you read Rebecca?  Am I missing out on something wonderful?


Over at Friday Friends I found a book that I did not see the review on it yet, but on cover love alone (ok and maybe title) I was drawn to Baking Cakes in Kigali.

I wonder what is in the pages?  I have to look into this one more and am looking for it at my library.


And then – totally not book related…. well, wait.  That’s not true…. over at Booking Mama, Julie was showing in a post a gorgeous bracelet based off the book, To Kill A Mockingbird.  Also on my to be read list.  Also – still unread.  The Boo Radley charm bracelet is so cute and it actually makes me want to read the book more…. you have to stop by and see the bracelet  and there is a necklace too.

Love this cover – can’t wait to read the book.  can’t believe I haven’t yet.


and then ( oh yes, there is more!) I was at Everything Distils Into Reading, and seen Stolen.  And then after that I seen Stolen on a few other blogs too, and knew this one had potential.

Love the cover…. not sure why….


Then at Linus’s Blanket I seen the book Yummy, The Last Days Of A Southside Shorty and not only looked for it at my library, but when I did not find it I filled out the form to request that it is purchased.  This book is one I know will be a powerful read.

Would you, could you, read this true story?


Then finally, at Memoirs Of Life I seen another read… one that I could not pass up.  Left To Tell is another book that drew me right in and I do have this one ready to be picked up at my Library today.

In a word, wow.


And that is what I love about the Monday What Are You Reading and why I encourage  participants to check out a few of the other blogs.  You never know what book might cause you to write down the title… look for it at your library or in a store…. you never know what book could be THE BOOK that you will be talking about for the next year.


Happy reading friends!  I work today, I play kick ball tonight.  DO NOT LAUGH.  Ok…. laugh a little.  It’s my third year on this team.  It’s not pretty.  I am out more often than not… but it’s fun.

73 thoughts on “Morning Meanderings… the Thrilling Dangers of Blog Reading

    1. Carrie it is so fun to see what people are reading! I sometimes travel off the path and a few of these are not from the Monday meme but from blogs I like to read. 🙂

  1. I just read To Kill a Mockingbird a couple of years ago and loved it. I haven’t played kickball in ages but I bet it’s fun! Have a good time!

    1. Jo-Jo, I usually do. Its funny I am pretty active so I have never been hurt but almost every year a few of our players pull hamstrings by kicking too hard or running too fast.

      Good grief! 😛

  2. I read To Kill A Mockingbird at the beginning of this summer. It’s fantastic! Have fun with kickball – brings back memories of jr. high 🙂

  3. Rebecca is on my list of books I want to read this year. Hopefully I will be able to read it.

    When I look at the Monday meme I always have another window with my Goodreads page so I can look up books and add them to my TBR list. My TBR list has grown immensely since I started participating in this meme!

  4. You’re right, Sheila…finding new books is a definite upside to visiting blogs on Monday!

    I bought TKAM this week…it wasn’t on my Monday post because I’m not reading it yet, but it’s definitely one I’m looking forward to…and I was reminded of this book by visiting blogs.

    1. Laurel that happens to me all the time. I find a book that I want to read and then sometimes… forget about it.

      Then I see it again and I am reminded how interested I was! 😀 (or that it is on my shelf…..)

  5. Rebecca is soooooo good. I really hope you like it. It is one of my favorites and there is nothing like the first time you read it and think, WOW! Thanks for all of the other bookish links. I’m hoping to hit up my library at lunch!

      1. I laughed when I read this Hannah…..

        My friend Amy (not our blogger, My Friend Amy, ha ha but I do think of that every time I write that now) decided three years ago to put together a team to play kick ball – its part of our Parks and Rec offerings for fall – they have seasonal opportunities for the community to play sports.

        SO…. she asked, I said yes, and we have a group of assorted players of assorted ages that gather once a week every fall for about 7 weeks and we kick a ball.

        There have been a couple horrid teams in the past who were bad sports, foul mouthed, and not a pleasure to play against at all. This year – they were asked not to come back and some of the rules have been tweaked against such behaviors (yay!)

        It really isn’t my thing, I don’t like to run…LOL But when the players are good sports and we just have fun, it can be a blast. Like last night. 🙂

  6. My Monday morning question (left over from Sunday) was “What’s waiting on your to-be-read shelf?”

    Your blog post is much more action oriented with all the present-tense call to action what what IS being read instead of what WILL (might?) be read.

    Brava!

    1. Howard, great question!

      I have so many on the TBR, both personal books that I have chosen, as well as books I have agreed to read for publishers, authors…

      Each week I choose a mix of one from my personal library, as well as at least one that is a publisher/author review read. I do pretty good at reading what i say I will read…. occasionally the book takes me longer than the week I had hope to read it in, but I get it done.

  7. I love this post — I could spend hours browsing blogs!

    And you must, must, must read Rebecca — it’s such a fantastic book. Definitely one of my desert island pics. Gothic-y, dark, twisted…so good!

  8. I love kickball, how did you find a team? My TBR pile grows daily and must have over 100 books on it. So much to read and not enough time!!!!! To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic, you must read it sooner rather later. You will love it!!

    1. We play through our Brainerd parks and rec teams. They have fall sports. My friend is a team captain and I have played on her team for three years now.:)

      I will read Mockingbird soon – maybe next week and I can make it a “Mocking theme” as i will be reading Mockingjay as well. 😀

  9. I have never read Rebecca either. I have heard it is really good. I own a copy. It is pretty old. but in mint condition. I found it at a thrift store for a quarter. I believe it was printed in 1975 or 76. It was printed by Avon, and the pages have reddish edges. It is definitely an oldie. I should read that one soon.
    I have also never read To Kill A Mockingbird. I felt a bit of relief when I read that you have never read it either! I thought I was the only one!!

  10. The problem with all these great Book Blogs is that my wishlist just gets longer. I need to read twenty three hours a day I think 🙂
    I think you will enjoy Rebecca, hope you get to it soon Shelia

  11. I read REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier over 50 years ago, so details escape me. (Wonder why?) Maybe it’s time to read it again. Maybe, but when will I find the time?

    I have TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee beside my bed right now, mainly because I just read the new SCOUT, ATTICUS & BOO (published this month), which celebrates 50 years of this classic novel.

  12. You are too right! Looking around other blogs…you never know what book you will discover next! It could be the wrong fit for you, but it could just be the PERFECT fit too! Of the ones you show in this post…I have TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD in my TBR as well. Gotta celebrate it;s 50th anniversary and all. Happy reading!

  13. Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a comment!

    I just got around to reading To Kill A Mockingbird last fall and wondered once I finished it why I’d never read it before. I really enjoyed it! Now I want to see the movie, which I’ve heard is just as good as the book (a rare occurance).

    I read Rebecca years ago. When I saw another Du Maurier in the bargain bin at B&N I decided to give it a try. (My Cousin Rachel) It wasn’t as good as I remembered Rebecca being.

    1. Thanks Kelly! I will read To Kill a Mockingbird very soon and I will follow up with the movie. I just did this a few weeks ago with The Color Purple and really loved both.

  14. If we could all have full time jobs reading, we would be so happy! Kickball… I’m not laughing. If you had said Dodgeball, I might have chuckled. 🙂 Have fun!

    1. Jill that would be my ideal job! 😀

      Thank you for not laughing… as it was, it sort of was dodgeball when I got hit in the side running for third….. GAH! 😛

  15. Hope you had fun with kick ball. Highlighting books is a fun idea. Since I no longer book blog, I don’t hang out like I use to. GoodReads is about my only connection to bookish folks, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking at my book shelves. It’s my mission to get this obsession for collecting books under control…lol.

  16. I’ve got TKAM on my TBR shelf. I really need to read it someday.

    Baking Cakes in Kigali has been on my radar since it first came out, or maybe before that. I really want to read it.

  17. I read Rebecca a long time ago but I remember loving it so I’ve been thinking about re-reading it lately. I love jewlery and stuff inspired by books. I could spend all day on Etsy.

  18. That cover on CLAY’S ARK certainly asks all kinds of questions. I’m going to google it just to find out what the book is about. Very different.
    As for REBECCA, I have several copies and have read it several times. Our oldest daughter is named Rebecca which is why I read it the first time. Du Maurier’s books have a very period feel to them – part gothic, part mystery, part suspense (sort of an Alfred Hitchcock feel). I have many of her other books and one of these days plan on having a Du Maurier Fest and read them all.
    BAKING CAKES IN KIGALI sounds interesting (checked on Amazon).
    I am also guilty of not yet having read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. I am still digging through my books hoping I have a copy before I run out and but one.
    STOLEN is a YA read I could like. Interesting plot.
    YUMMY should probably be required reading for all educators, social workers and government officials. I read the blurb about the book and can relate. I worked in a desegregation program in New York in 1967-68 and it is a different mindset that must be understood if you want to improve life for all concerned.
    LEFT TO TELL should be a powerful read.

    Again, my Wish list grows and my time to read does not : (

    1. LOL Pat – well I am glad you continue to stop by as your comments are so insightful and I just enjoy chatting books with you 😀

      You add to me TBR as well!

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