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.
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Lots of reading completed this week as I could squeeze it in but really need to catch u on my reviews this week and my goal is to a book review a day.
Here is this week in review
Life Sentences by Laura Lippman (audio review) Not my favorite Lippman but I have not given up!
Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (book review) LOVED this book about a food critic!
Book Blogger LOVE and a Pistachio Thumbprint cookie recipe
I have read none of what I said I would last week, because Tuesday I thought about it and decided it was INSANE to be reading all these other books on the week the theaters release Deathly Hallows . SO…. I tossed my book list out and instead I have been re-reading The Deathly Hallows. (Seen the movie Sunday afternoon – review coming up later on Monday!)
This Weeks Reading Plan
I leave for Honduras in 9 days so I am going to try to keep my plan real….
I met author Selene Castrovilla in New York in May and I am so excited to read her book!
Just a few months ago Jesse was junior class president, a star baseball player, the newspaper editor, and the crush of every girl at Midland Prep in Manhattan. Now he is fighting a rare cancer with only a 4 percent survival rate. When Samantha, his best friend and next-door neighbor for the last 15 years, turns her compassion for Jesse into a relationship, the teens fight the unknown with their growing love. Sam’s wavering voice, at times mature beyond her years and other times still needing her mother’s comfort, gives readers insight into both Jesse’s burden of dying and her own story of being the one left behind.
I met author Rhonda Hayes at BEA in New York in May as well, and can’t wait to read this delightful looking read!
Fifth-grader Abbie Adams is a witch in a family of witches. When her father, who is trying to find a cure for Witch Flu, brings home a kitten, she realizes that there is something strange about it. It turns out that the cat is Thomas Edison. Her parents do everything they can to make him comfortable while they try to find the right spells to break the curse and get him safely back to his own era before history is changed forever. Abbie is a likable character, and readers should relate to her. She loves her little brother (even when she has to clean up his magical messes), is nervous about her first school play, and wishes she didn’t have to keep secrets from her non witch friend.
Oh! You have no idea how excited I was to get this one in my mailbox for review! Seriously I have been drooling over this when I seen it on other blogs!
A volunteer for a French relief organization, Elsa Murphy, a young nurse, has left her tragic life behind in Boston in the hopes of finding a purpose by providing aid and medical care in Afghanistan. Living without running water and on rationed kerosene, the one comfort from home Elsa allows herself is lipstick, which helps her retain her identity behind the veil she wears. Elsa’s work engenders two relationships that will change her life: a friendship with Parween, a young, strong-willed Afghani widow whose hatred of the Taliban is born out of unimaginable loss, and a romance with Mike, a handsome, brave U.S. soldier with flashing blue eyes. Though the Taliban have largely been driven out by the soldiers, Elsa learns they are still very much a presence.
I think with the Thanksgiving weekend this list is pretty doable…. we do not have a lot going on during the holiday. College son will be home on Thursday for the day but has to go back to Mankato to work the weekend. Chance will be staying with us but he is super easy, so I anticipate a weekend of movies and board games… and of course a few books to! 😀
Now for my favorite part…. checking out what you are reading! Last week I found five books by reading all your posts and four of those five are currently in my home thanks to my library! Please add your link to your post below where it says “click here”.
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68 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”
Lipstick sounds awesome. I’m glad to hear you liked the Reichel; I haven’t read this one yet but her first book, TENDER AT THE BONE, is one of my all-time favorites. Happy reading and have a wonderful trip!
Ooh thanks Marie, I will probably have to look for Tender At The Bone with that high recommendation!
I’ve been seeing Lipstick in Afghanistan all over the place. I hope you enjoy it!
I hope so too Alita – I love the synopsis and the cover!
The Witchy Worries looks like fun…You’ve been busy, as usual.
Thanks so much for the prize! I sent you an e-mail with my choice.
Have a great week!
Of course Laurel, thanks for always checking out the other blogs 😀
My husband has the whole week off and our nephew will be here for the holiday weekend, so I suspect my reading will really suffer, but I’m not complaining one bit!
Sounds like a fun week Kathy and company too! Enjoy the holiday! 🙂
Laura Lippman is an author I really want to try next year, I think I may go for her new one.
Lipstick got my attention also, it sounds really good.
I am excited about this one too Marce! 😀
I really enjoyed Lipstick in Afghanistan, I hope you do as well. Have a wonderful week and a delightful Thanksgiving.
Thanks Jennifer – you too 😀
Yay! I’m so excited to see WItchy Worries on your list. It was one of my favorites from the year and I absolutely adore Rhonda, she’s incredible! I hope you love it as well.
Have a fabulous reading week, a wonderful Thanksgiving and I can’t wait to hear about your upcoming trip! 🙂
Danielle, Chance is staying with us and we were digging through the BEA box (yes its true – I have one that is still unpacked ) looking for a read for him when I pulled Witchy Worries out too. 🙂
Just letting you know this meme has officially become my favorite one.
Well thank you! I am glad you enjoy it 😀
Haven’t read any of those, but I hope you’llenjoy them 🙂 Happy reading!
I hope so too Aleksandra! 😀
The Girl Next Door sounds sad and reminds me of A Walk To Remember. Why are you not doing Harry Potter re reads! We are in full fledged Harry mode!!
This past week I read “From Gatekeeper to Trusted Advisor” by Andria Corso. Now this is a business book for HR professionals, business leaders, and those who are aspiring to be one of those (like me!). It is one of the few HR books (maybe the only HR book) about the actual practices and behaviors required for HR to be true trusted partners to business leaders. It has a lot of checklist and templates for HR professionals to utilize in their organizations. So if you are interested in being a business leader, you will want to check that out.
Stephen I would love to be in full fledge re-reads of all the Potter books but so any books are waiting on me to be read. I just can’t indulge in that at the moment.
I am reading The Dark Hallows on the side though…. 😀
The Girl Next Door is one I’d love to read and I’ll be watching out for your review of Lipstick in Afghanistan.
Hope your Thanksgiving is truly blessed. Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂
Thanks! I am excited for both of these reads as well. Happy Thanksgiving to you! 😀
Interesting looking books. I finished a whole book this past week! 🙂
Awesome Mardel! Have a great week this week too!
Reading the summary for Lipstick in Afganistan I have to admit it sounds really good, and I can see why you are excited about reading. Witichy Worries sounds very cute. Hope you enjoy all your reads this week, and also have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Thanks Jan – you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too!
Great list you have this week – The Girl Next Door is being added to my list. Sounds like a very emotional read.
You can find out what I am reading at
Oh good Pixie – I hope you enjoy it 🙂
The Girl Next Door sounds really good! I’m super excited to see the new HP movie – hope you enjoyed it! 🙂
It was awesome Sami – I hope you love it too!
I haven’t hear of Lipstick in Afganistan but now definately have to read it! Will be checking for your reveiw 🙂
Doesnt it sound awesome? OI cant wait to read it too!
Oooh, I really like the sound of Girl Next Door, I’m looking forward to seeing what you think of it.
I’ll have to read your HP post too!
Thanks Crystal – I am too 🙂
The Girl Next Door sounds super intense, and pretty intriguing 🙂
And The Witchy Worries of Abby Adams looks like it should balance out the intense reads you’ve got there 🙂
Happy reading, and have a Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
Thats what I am hoping for Ambur – a nice mix 😀
To counter balance the large number of academic journal articles I’m reading, I read a bunch of books off my wishlist. I also finished up some text books. Here’s what I’m reading this week.
YAY – love wish list books 🙂
All your books sound so good and I envy your travel plans. I am unveiling a new challenge for 2011 tomorrow and it is because of this meme that I am issuing/hosting this challenge. I hope everyone from this meme signs up. I am very excited about it, if you can tell. lol
OOH – I am interested to see what you will be doing Lori!
Good selection I hope you enjoy! As for me yes I have finally decided to crack the binding on Twilight I have the movies but I have held watching them until I finish the books…After reading the first chapter I’m kicking myself for not reading it sooner…Good stuff!
Heidi the books are better than the movies… definitely!
Lipstick in Afghanistan sounds fascinating — I’m putting it on my to-read list.
Oh good Suzanne! I hope you enjoy it!
It looks like you’re reading some interesting books at the moment. I have read a few reviews of Lipstick in Afghanistan and it certainly sounds like it’s a good read. I hope you enjoy it!
I’ve realised it’s been a few weeks since I last joined in with It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? However, this week I have joined in and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone else is reading 🙂
That’s good Nikki-ann, glad to have you back. I am glad to see life is crazy for other people too…. I wish I had more time to get around to see everyones post s but seems like life just does not slow down! 😀
‘The Girl Next Door’ is one book which I would like to have at home and I was a total fool [duh ! whats new ] to pass it off at my bookstore three days ago.
It sounds like a really simple story but when you think of the tragedy behind losing a loved one to the dreaded 6 letter word, then your living seems like death in its absolute cruelness. What really touched me were the words:
Jesse’s burden of dying and her own story of being the one left behind
That somehow made me feel the pain in it all which can only be felt by those who live and yet who have lost a part of themselves in the ones who go away.For it is true is it not that , the dead go away to a better place and the ones who really suffer are the ones the dead left behind. Separation is the real misery in life and the real cancer. I know you will do justice to this one when you read it.
Enjoy your sons short visit and happy reading !!
Thanks Fiza – it will be good to hang out with him on Thanksgiving – we usually eat a lot of junk – watch movies and play board games!
Those look like such interesting books. I love the cover of The witchy worries! I have posted on 10 so far but got to get to bed sometime lol!
I love that cover too Tracy! I think it will be a fun read!
Happy Thanksgiving, I am really like the look and summary of The Witchy Worries.
Made it to only 10 blogs and my non-computer life is slapping me in the face. Will try to get back here later.
Lori I have had a “non computer life” day….. just ran from one thing to the next… now that I am home I am looking forward to catching up!
I just brought The Girl Next Door home, but it will be a few days before I get to it. Have a wonder Thanksgiving with your family.
Probably a few days for me too Nice – but I cant wait to have time to dig into it! 😀
Thanks for the reviews, Sheila! Right now I’m finishing up a great book by Kris Sedersten called Mojo. It takes the reader on a descriptive scenic tour through a haunted plantation deep in the Louisiana countryside and has tons of surprising twists and turns. It would be a great book to read over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend!
Oh that sounds good Clark!
This is my first What are you reading Monday’s and finding some great books as I make my rounds.
Welcome Donna – I hope you enjoy 😀
Thank you I am 🙂
I am late to the party but at least I made it:) You have a great list this week and I have added The Girl Next Door to my reading list. This week I am reading I’d Know You Anywhere. You really intrigued me with your review and I decided to finally read it. Sometimes I have problems with sensitive subject matter so I am hoping I won’t struggle with it, lol:) Have a great week Sheila!!
No worries Bobbie, door is always open. 😀 I am running late myself….
I hope you enjoy I’d Know You Anywhere… its not too bad in the disturbing areas.
Enjoy your week too!
Hi – Looks like I got my post up Sunday night and then forgot to come link it. 🙂 You have diverse books this week. I hope you enjoy each one.
And have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Thanks Martha – I like diversity other wise genres tend to bog me down…. I get caught up in all mysteries, or non fiction,. or YA and suddenly I am overdosed on the genre. 😀
Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
This is my first time participating It’s Monday! What Are You reading. I can already see a whole new realm of books to be explored! 🙂
First post is up.