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:

Jennifer from Rundipinne

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

I feel really good about this past week.  I dont know what really changed but I feel like I put in some good reading time in the quiet evenings after everyone was asleep.  I also had a couple books that I could hardly put donw, so that often helps too!

Here is the week in review:

Bloggiesta Finish Line (last weekend completed the first Bloggiesta of the year and I accomplished a few things)


Clementine Friend Of The Week by Sara Pennypacker (A sweet MG read!)

True To Form by Elizabeth Berg (ahhhh… my second read into Berg and I am working on a third!)

Christmas In January – my friends and I get together for a belated Christmas exchange!

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater (A fantastic sequel to Shiver and a great middle book as I anticipate the coming of Forever!)

Table Of Contents by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp (OH WOW!!!  This book is authors thoughts and recipes and wow!!!)

The LOST Encyclopedia (yes friends – I have finally completed the LOST seasons and my reward was to read through this book I purchased weeks ago!)


January Recap with WHERE Are You Reading map update too!

If  I Stay by Gayle Forman – read and reviewed but review help until the Bookies Book Club meeting on February 8


This Book Is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson – 3/4 of the way complete


Certain Women – just getting started

as well as a few others with a bookmark stuck in them….

Anyway…. the week felt GOOD and I am hoping to keep up the momentum I had in January as I just hummed along many good books and audios!  Here is what is on for this week:

Fifty-four-year-old Laura Bartone, the happily married mother of two, is looking forward to her annual family reunion in Minnesota. But her vacation plans are marred when her father is felled by a stroke, and her sister, Caroline, at the urging of a therapist, confronts Laura and her brother with disturbing information about her relationship with their mother. As she details the verbal and physical abuse she was subjected to, Laura and her brother are tempted to write Caroline’s confidences off as just another example of her histrionics. Because if what she says is true, what would that mean about their complicity in the family dynamics?

Yes… my Berg fest continues and you just watch – if this one is as awesome as I think it will be -I am having a Berg Fest….  you just wait and see!

Chris Astor is a man in his early forties who is going through the toughest stretch of his life. Not long before, Chris’ world sparkled – he was doing significant work, he had a good home, and his young daughter brought him more joy than he ever could have imagined. Now, divorce and estrangement have left him confused and all too often alone.

Becky is Chris’ fourteen-year-old daughter, a girl who overcame enormous challenges in her early years to become a vibrant, vital young woman. Her parents’ divorce has left its mark, though, most significantly in her relationship with her father. Once, they told remarkable stories together. Now, they barely speak. Emotional detachment from Chris is not Becky’s biggest concern, though.

Miea is the young queen of a fantasy land that Becky and Chris created when Becky was little – a fantasy land that has developed a life of its own. Miea knows nothing of Becky and Chris. She only knows that her beautiful kingdom – a place of remarkably varied flora, dignified and distinctive fauna, and an ecology that works in symphonic majesty – is in terrible, maybe fatal trouble.

At the most challenging junctures of their lives, Becky and Miea discover each other and Miea shares this discovery with Chris. For Becky, it is nearly inconceivable that a place she created has come into existence. For Miea, it is nearly inconceivable that a child created her land. For Chris, it is beyond inconceivable that he is again sharing something important in his daughter’s life. For all of them, it as though a world of opportunity has opened up before them.

But time is not on their side. In fact, time might be running out.

Together, they need to uncover a secret. The secret to why these worlds have joined at this moment. The secret to their purpose. The secret to the future. It is a secret that, when discovered, will redefine imagination for all of them.

I am reviewing this book for the publisher and  am curious as to what I will think of it.

Would you risk everything for someone you just met?

What if he had a secret worth killing for?

Welcome to a future where water is more precious than oil or gold…

Hundreds of millions of people have already died, and millions more will soon fall-victims of disease, hunger, and dehydration. It is a time of drought and war. The rivers have dried up, the polar caps have melted, and drinkable water is now in the hands of the powerful few. There are fines for wasting it and prison sentences for exceeding the quotas.

But Kai didn’t seem to care about any of this. He stood in the open road drinking water from a plastic cup, then spilled the remaining drops into the dirt. He didn’t go to school, and he traveled with armed guards. Kai claimed he knew a secret-something the government is keeping from us…

And then he was gone. Vanished in the middle of the night. Was he kidnapped? Did he flee? Is he alive or dead? There are no clues, only questions. And no one can guess the lengths to which they will go to keep him silent. We have to find him-and the truth-before it is too late for all of us.

This  one is for a book tour in February and I admit I started it and have been enjoying it so far.

Since novelist Helen’s husband, Dan, died a year ago, she’s been unable to write, and though her publisher and agent aren’t worried, she is, particularly after a disastrous performance at a public speaking engagement leaves her wondering if her writing career will be another permanent loss. Meanwhile, daughter Tessa is getting impatient as Helen smothers her with awkward motherly affection. Tessa longs for distance and some independence, but Helen is unable to run her suburban Chicago home without continually calling on Tessa to perform the handyman chores that once belonged to Dan. And then Helen discovers Dan had withdrawn a huge chunk of their retirement money, and Helen’s quest to find out what happened turns into a journey of self-discovery and hard-won healing.

Yes, yes… Berg alert.  I hope to be starting this audio by the mid to end of this week as I finish up Testimony.

That’s my plan!  I don’t think it is too large as two of them are audios coming in to replace the audios that are finishing up I suspect soon.  Cleaning my bedroom (bedroom audio) and working in the kitchen (kitchen audio) really moved two of my current audios forward considerably.

And with that – my report has come to an end and now it is your turn!  I am super pumped to see what you have been reading!  Please add your post to the linky area below where it says click here.  I look forward to stopping by and seeing what you have been reading!  😛

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

  1. What a great week! I’m STILL on the list for linger at the library and must admit am getting a tad impatient! Off to put my Monday on the linky list!

  2. I like the sound of The Water Wars, looking forward to your thoughts on that one. I’ve read Home Safe and thought it was ok but the comments on my blog assured me that others were better … so I’m keen to read The Art of Mending and the one you read last week or the week before (can’t remember name lol)
    Have an awesome week and happy reading 🙂

  3. here we ago again 🙂
    How times fly away

    Elizabeth Berg. I have seen many books of her. But I have read none. I wonder why local publisher has not printed any book of hers.

    I also wonder how can you write many post in a week.
    I wish I can learn it from you

    Will be right back to tell you how many blog that I have visited for this meme

    1. Aleetha you are probably seeing a lot of Berg around here… I seem to be on A Berg kick 🙂

      I write my posts for the morning very early and I write my book reviews at night to go live the next afternoon…

  4. The only book I know from your list is Linger and I haven’t gotten to it yet. Soon, soon! If only there were more time in the day. Or a way to pay bills without working…. I hope your momentum continues!

  5. Looks like we’re both going to be reading Water Wars this week. Yay! I’m really interested to see what it’s like since the reviews have been quite mixed. Should be interesting!

    So glad to hear you had a great week! I had the same kind of experience. Though I felt a little overwhelmed at times, I still managed to get a TON done and it feels great! Lots of reviews written and I actually read way more books than I thought I could. Great week!

    Hope you have another fabulous reading week! 🙂

  6. Looks like you had another good week. When is reading ever a bad week though? *G*
    I like the sound of The Water Wars too – will look for the reviews you and Danielle are doing.
    Guess I’ll have to pull my Berg off the shelf and see if I can get to it! Have a wonderful week heading into February!

  7. Water Wars looks really interesting, and very plausible. I can imagine that within fifty years or so we’ll battle more for water than for anytihng else. Plus, love the cover.

  8. Those 2 Elizabeth Berg books look really good…I’ve never read anything by her before and am going to check her out.

    I’ve done the audio thing in the house, too – around Christmastime, when I was busy baking/wrapping gifts, I listened to a few audio books…my next move to is find some books to download to my ipod so I can listen while I’m at the gym on the treadmill!

    Have a good week!!

  9. This is my first It’s Monday..What are you Reading post!! You’ve had a great reading week. Elizabeth Berg is a favorite author of mine, Home Safe is wonderful. I don’t think I’ve read Art of Mending. I need to go back and catch up on her older books.

  10. Have another great week of reading. I just loaded a Berg novel on my iPod, it will be my first audio, second book. Off to check your LOST review. I think it is something my sons and I would enjoy as huge fans as we are.

  11. I have added Elizabeth Berg to my authors to read list.
    Is it wrong to be disappointed when you start a book and realize you have already read a book set in that state and that after you finish you won’t be adding another pin to your map or looking at where a story takes place as much as what the story is about? I think your challenge has added a new obsession to my reading life. lol

    Don’t forget to fill out your January Just For Fun form too!


  12. Wow, you are on a total Berg kick! It’s fun to discover an author only to find that they have written several books… I haven’t ever read any Berg books, but maybe I will soon! Oh and that Water Wars cover just really jumps off the screen… plus, it sounds like a plausible premise down the road, unfortunately! Yikes, I look forward to your thoughts.

  13. I hope you enjoyed If I Stay. I read & reviewed it last year. There’s a sequel out too, but I’ve yet to read that one.

    Right I’d best go put together my It’s Monday post! 🙂

  14. Wow! You are a busy woman! How do you do it?
    I am wondering what The Water Wars is about. I’ll have to watch for your review.
    Have a great week!!
    Natalie :0)

  15. I’ve been interested in reading The Water Wars. I love the cover of Home Safe. I’ve never read any of Elizabeth Berg’s books. I’m looking forward to reading Linger.

  16. I am currently reading Blue and am enjoying it very much. The Water Wars is another that I would love to read, as soon as I find the time. Enjoy your books this week!

  17. I’ve been out of the blogging loop for a week due to computer problems, so I have a lot of catching up to do! Glad to hear you had a good week. I will definitely take a look at some of your reviews next.

    Glad you took my advice on The Art of Mending – I hope you enjoy it! I’ve been wanting to read Home Safe – looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    I am WAAYYY behind in my reviews.


  18. Gah, I swear I posted earlier … sometimes my comments go off to never-never blogland.

    I’m STILL trying to through New York: The Novel. This book is taking me forever and I hate sitting on one book for a long time!! I’m finally in the 1920’s (flappers!!) so I’m closer to the end than the beginning. 🙂 My next read will be an easy one – James Patterson. He’s a pallet cleanser for me.

    Elizabeth Berg sounds like an author I’d like to read…off to find some of her books…

  19. I am back. Just stop by to say that I visited around 30+ blog. I wish I could do better than that. Since the list in Mr Linky is getting longer.I’d still want to see another blogs but the report keep calling me back.

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