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:

Aleluialu from Bookend Crossing

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


My past week started out kind of slow… I had several books/audio at the point of being done… but nothing done.  Then midway through the week the dam broke and everything started finishing up one after another.  Here is what my week looked like:



Could I Please Get A Huck Finn Lite? (My thoughts on the changes that are being made to the Mark Twain books)

Audio Suggestions (A master list of what you think the best audio books around are)

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (The Bookies book club January read and review)

365 Thank You’s by John Kralik (an inspirational book that put me on the path of a personal challenge)

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg (My first Berg… and not my last….. oh wow.)

I signed up for a Polar Bear Plunge in March… in Minnesota…. in a tiara and prom dress.  TRUE story

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich (A visit back to a series I used to never miss)

It’s not too late to join the WHERE Are You Reading Challenge

The Nineteenth Element is still up for a signed copy giveaway!

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers – review up on Tuesday

As  for this week I have some good things happening I am pretty excited about!

Yes… another Berg.  My second.  The first went so smoothly and left me admiring this author enough to reserve four more of her audio (all of which are now on my kitchen table).  This one currently resides in my car cd player.


Last Monday I was at a loss of what to listen to on my IPOD so I asked you what you would recommend.  Between the Monday post and the Audio Suggestion post I ran on Tuesday, the suggestions flew in.  This was one of them and having started it yesterday I have to say I truly love this story so far being told by the dog, Enzo.   I am finding it funny and sad all rolled into one.



My friend Angie from the Bookies book club suggested this one and I know a recommendation from Angie has to be good.   This one is just starting in my Kitchen CD player.  It sounds fascinating!  (click on the picture and read for yourself!)


The Butterfly Garden is the book I am starting today.  I discovered it at Wal-Mart and after reading the back about the author being raised falsely as the child of a man on America’s Most Wanted, I knew I had to know more.


And finally this book was recommended by my friend Wendy when we were at Barnes and Noble last week.  I know many of you have read this book.  I have not.  But… I will.



I have a few I hope to finish up from past weeks, in the event I finish up the reading I have listed here.  And one more thing… if you are  not aware, or in case you forgot, this weekend is the BLOGGIESTA and it is not too late to sign up.  I have participated each time and always come out learning something new or updating a blog project that I have put off.  Stop by to check it out, it is not too late to sign up.

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

  1. Good job on getting to The Forgotten Garden! I was thinking of reading it soon, but just kind of didn’t. I did read some other really great books though. Enjoy what you have coming up!

  2. You had a great week!

    I’m attempting audio (again), this time in my car, and so far it’s working for me! Yay! I’ll look for Racing in the Rain on audio next. I’ve heard so many great things about that book.

  3. Enzo…what a wonderful narrator. I really loved this book, too. And Night is an amazing story! Our 10th graders read it and it is one of their favorites, though parts of it are difficult (obviously, it’s the Holocaust)

  4. I’m glad you picked up Testimony. I hope I didn’t lead you astray. Night is excellent but difficult to listen to in parts. The Butterfly Garden is one I recommended at book club several months ago but never got around to reading it. I’m anxious to hear if it’s any good.

  5. The Elizabeth Berg books – that is what I am waiting to read about. My Mailbox is also up. It is a different meme with the same theme – should I link up?

    1. HI Mystica – I will have to look…. it you are doing your Mailbox meme that is Kristi at Story SIren and that is for what arrived in your mailbox or in your home this week. This one is for what you are reading currently and what you have read last week. 🙂

      Some people combine the two memes into a post too..

  6. Looks like a good week last week. And this week you have some “emotional” reads. Testimony sounds very interesting… not sure I would want to read it though. I read Night years ago – a powerful little book.
    I have Open House by Berg on my shelf…maybe I’ll pull it out to read sometime sooner than later.
    Have a great week.

  7. Oh! I loved Night, such a good read. I read it quite a long time ago and it still has stuck with me. So so good. I hope you really enjoy it!

    Also, so glad things picked up for you! My reading did this week, but not so much on the writing front. 😛 Oh well! There’s always next week!

    Have a fabulous reading week!

    1. I am actually taking a weekend to write in the next couple of weeks here Danielle – going up to our cabin alone with my lap top, a notebook, pen and my recordings….

      I hope to knock out some really good writing then.

  8. I have read several of Berg’s books and never been disappointed by any of them. I checked out your blog about choosing audio books and can highly recommend:
    Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
    Soulless by Gail Carringer
    and all of the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

    Also I agree with not changing a writer’s work to be politically correct in our era.

    I posted this comment on another post accidentally, sorry!

    Have a great week!

  9. How can it be Monday again already?

    Fab review of We are all welcome here. thanks.
    I happened to see this in the library yesterday, but left it there as I was picking up 2 reservations.

    Def going on my wishlist.


  10. Wow the week flew by! I’ve just picked up The Art of Racing in the Rain … can’t wait to start on it.
    Have a wonderful week Sheila and happy reading of course 🙂

  11. I am new to Elizabeth Berg as well and so far have loved the two that I’ve read. Testimony is a good audio, it takes a few chapters for you to learn the characters, but then it takes right off. Enjoy.

  12. I’ve heard some great things about Elizabeth Berg, I remember one of my coworkers when I worked at the public library was constantly trying to get me to read one. Maybe I’ll pick one up one of these days. 🙂 Enjoy.

  13. Wow, what a good reading (and listening) week you had! I really enjoyed The Art of Racing in the Rain, as did my book group.

    I’ve found Elizabeth Berg is sort of hit or miss. I have loved some of her books and others are just so-so. My favorites are The Year of Pleasures and The Art of Mending (which I think was set in MN):

    My son has read Night for school (twice!), but I haven’t read it yet.

    Enjoy your reading week!


    1. OOH!!! I have both of those waiting on my table Sue – i had no idea they were centered around Minnesota (boogas however for my map as I already have my Minnesota peg….LOL)

      I think The Art Of Racing In The Rain would make for an awesome book club discussion.

  14. I have both Night and The Forgotten Garden sitting on my shelf; in fact, they’re sitting side by side waiting to be read. One of my resolutions this year is to read more off my shelf and I’ve ordered my books in preference of what I want to read first. Both of those books are in the top ten, along with Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series.

    Enjoy your reading week!

  15. That Garth Stein book is on my reading wish list as well….I read anther book by the author (Raven Stole the Moon) and thoroughly enjoyed it. Loving the cover on The Butterfly Garden too. What I’m Reading this week (or now at the very least)….ARC eBook of Broken by Susan Jane Bigelow (YA sci-fi/dystopian novel….pretty good so far, can’t wait to see how it turns out) and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (my first zombie novel…should be interesting). Happy reading! ^_^

  16. Late start today, had a doctor’s appointment this morning, got my med situation back under control which should help my reading situation too as my arms hurt a lot last week, even to hold a book.

    The Art of Racing in the Rain in on my TBR stack and will probably be one of my Just For Fun books.

    Off to visit.

  17. Night is on my I-Must-Read-Before-I-Die list .. I’m definitely getting it this year (after I see a noticeable difference in my TBR piles). The Butterfly Garden sounds great; I’ll be looking for your thoughts on that. I’m off to add my link and to read some of your reviews and such!

  18. I am reading ‘Oh Beautiful’ by John Paul Godges. It is a family roots memoir, beautfully written. My only complaint is that it heavy to hold.


  19. My reading of the Plum series has slowed way down–although I’m still reading it. I’m just about two books behind, number wise. A few more if you count the in between books (which I don’t know why I keep reading).

    Night is such a powerful book. I hope you find it worthwhile!

    Testimony is one I want to read as well. I think I might have packed it away though. 😦

  20. Elizabeth Berg is a great find!! I can never remember which books of her that I read though for some reason … the titles just don’t stick with me. She wrote one books about a woman whose friend is dying of breast cancer that just tore me up … so so well done and so so sad. I would highly recommend it but I cannot remember the title.

  21. I enjoyed Testimony, so I will be curious to see your thoughts on it. I know that it got some mixed reviews when it first came out. It was my first Anita Shreve.

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