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 telling me how many you visited.  You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Last weeks winner:

Beth  from Library Chicken

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

Another week has flown by.  Did this week seem fast to anyone else?  I can not even believe it is Sunday afternoon here and I am once again typing up the Monday What Are You reading post.  Last weeks post was so incredibly annoying as my laptop chose to go in a coma while I was prepping the post.  I then moved on to my hubby’s lap top which is set up for Internet Explorer and I struggled for hours with the post, the pictures, and the links – to the point that for the first time since I took over this meme (over a year ago now) that I was unable to post until Monday morning central standard time.

Since then, my laptop came back to life Tuesday afternoon (so weird…) and now again today – has gone on to other worlds.   GAH!  I am back on hubby’s laptop hoping that I can get this up at a decent hour with little to no (*fingers crossed*) trouble.

Yes – I am looking into purchasing a new laptop but had false hope when my previous one came back to life with no signs of future trouble….

Ok… enough grumbling about laptops.  😛

Here is what happened here last week:

LISTEN by Rene Gutteridge (I really enjoyed this book and found the message about how we use our words to be a pretty good one)

Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg (I have heard good things about this one but I struggled with it a little bit)

Author Chat With Cheryl Lu-Lein Tan – author of A Tiger In The Kitchen (oh how I loved the book, and Cheryl was awesome to chat with!)

The Year Of Pleasures by Elizabeth Berg (yes the journey through Berg continues and sometimes.. its not an easy road…)

The Eyes Of The Heart by Frederick Buechner (Read a long of a new author to me and this one moved me)

1st To Die by James Patterson (yes – pretty old school of me but I wanted to try this series and yipes!  I liked it!  :D)

Oh and another fun thing, Cheryl at CMash Loves To Read featured me in her Sunday Shining Star post.  It was fun to chat with her.  😀

So that bring me to this week….

Have you seen this book around?  I have wanted to read it so badly and seen it on so many other blogs.  When it was offered to me for review it was with a huge YES that I responded.  😀

In search of adventure, 29-year-old Conor Grennan traded his day job for a year-long trip around the globe, a journey that began with a three-month stint volunteering at the Little Princes Children’s Home, an orphanage in war-torn Nepal.
Conor was initially reluctant to volunteer, unsure whether he had the proper skill, or enough passion, to get involved in a developing country in the middle of a civil war. But he was soon overcome by the herd of rambunctious, resilient children who would challenge and reward him in a way that he had never imagined. When Conor learned the unthinkable truth about their situation, he was stunned: The children were not orphans at all. Child traffickers were promising families in remote villages to protect their children from the civil war—for a huge fee—by taking them to safety. They would then abandon the children far from home, in the chaos of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu.

For Conor, what began as a footloose adventure becomes a commitment to reunite the children he had grown to love with their families, but this would be no small task. He would risk his life on a journey through the legendary mountains of Nepal, facing the dangers of a bloody civil war and a debilitating injury. Waiting for Conor back in Kathmandu, and hopeful he would make it out before being trapped in by snow, was the woman who would eventually become his wife and share his life’s work.

Last weekend ago I read and LOVED LISTEN by this same author.  Having checked out several of her books from the library (which are bcoming dangerously close to being overdue…) I want to read at least one more of hers before they go back.

Convinced he has a greater chance to die–of boredom–at his desk job than he ever faced in narcotics, Las Vegas police sergeant Ron Yeager agrees to slip off the retirement track long enough to head up an undercover task force designed to combat the recent surge in auto thefts.

Then he meets his inexperienced team of officers, most of whom seem completely incapable of infiltrating the seamy underbelly of Sin City. In particular, Mackenzie “Mack” Hazard’s determination to wear her faith like a badge threatens to send Yeager’s blood pressure skyrocketing. And then there’s maverick Jesse Lunden, who thinks he’s learned all he needs to know in his three years of undercover work.

As Yeager gambles his reputation on transforming this group of egos and eccentrics into a force to be reckoned with, he stumbles onto a much bigger scheme than anyone expected. This could be the showstopper of their careers–if his back doesn’t give out first.

I do not even recall how this one got on my radar.  It is in the pile of library books i checked out but I can not recall now if I seen this somewhere, heard about it – or just thought it looked interesting….  (I feel much like my computer that maybe my own brain is being fried as well and I too am not loading up properly :razz:)

Welcome to Bluford High. This widely acclaimed teen series set in an urban high school features engaging, accessible writing and appealing, contemporary storylines.

A new life. An new school. A new bully. That’s what Darrell Mercer faces when he and his mother move from Philadelphia to California. After spending months living in fear, Darrell is faced with a big decision. He can either keep running from this bully–or find some way to fight back.

I have been fascinated with these books since I first heard of them but have never taken the time to try them.   I picked this one up on sale at and started listening to it a but this morning.

What would happen if you discovered that your family was one of the most powerful in human history? What if you were told that the source of the family’s power was hidden around the world, in the form of 39 Clues? What if you were given a choice – take a million dollars and walk away…or get the first Clue? If you’re Amy and Dan Cahill, you take the Clue – and begin a very dangerous race.

I also need to finish the Michael Sullivan series this week and I will be in need of a new audio book too, just need to see what comes in from the library.  😀

Last week with all the computer “opportunities” it became near impossible to visit all the posts but I do hope this week will be much different and I will get around to visiting all of you – it really is a favorite part of my week and I pick up such good reads from you who love books just as much as I do.

Be sure to add your link to your Monday What Are You reading post below where it says click here.  See you out on the blogs!  😀


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

  1. You had a brilliant week. I will try not to forget to come back and mention how many sites I visit. Mr. Linky half cooperated with me last Monday. You are in for such a treat with Little Princes. Enjoy your week Sheila.

  2. Sorry about your computer troubles. My husband had to buy a new one on Friday. His mother board was done mothering. At first the computer tec could not find his files *gasp*, but they were hidden in a file. All is saved.

    My daughter loved Snitch as well as Scoop and Skid. Enjoy.

    1. I know it is just a matter of time Nise – I am back on mine now… I have learned that if I unplug it and the battery runs low it will pop back on…. odd 😛

      I am thrilled to get a chance to read Snitch.

  3. You had a good week. So glad you liked the Women’s Murder Club. I love the series.

    Your books this week look like an interesting mix.
    I won the first 5 books of the 39 Clue series. I was hoping to read them with my grandson but he isn’t quite old enough yet.

    I am so glad you posted early so I could link up and crawl back to bed to try to sleep off the cold crud.
    Hope you have a great week.

  4. Oh, I am so excited for you to have the opportunity to review Little Princes! Like you, I have been dying to read it!!

    I linked up and have a contest. It’s my first!!

  5. Computers! you can love them and hate them all in the same day … sometimes even the same minute 🙂
    Little Princes sounds like it will be an emotional read, looking forward to your thoughts on it. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  6. I am sorry about your computer troubles!
    You’ve had a great reading week. I bought my first Elizabeth Berg novel recently. Hopefully it will be good!

  7. The Bully looks good and I keep meaning to get the Rick Riordan books for Aidan but I always forget about them when I go to the store. Have a great week!

  8. You’re going to LOVE Little Princes! I convinced my book group to read it and can’t wait to see what they think of it. And, a Bluford High book, it’s all good

    1. I was going to nominate it last month Helen but it was still in hardcover and we have a rule that our books have to be paperback (cost purposes) I am nominating it this month though as it is now in paperback.

  9. Computers are such a necessary evil, and sometimes just the slightest (or not) thing, like the kind of web browser you have can make such a difference.

    I love my Firefox, and whenever I think I have to use IE for any reason, I get very frustrated.

    Hope you find a great computer soon…and in the time that you had your reprieve, I’ll bet you backed up files like crazy.

    1. I was just telling hubby tonight how annoying IE was…. he did not agree he has no trouble with it for what he uses it for. 🙂

      Oh and I have moved everything off this one so if it needs to go… I will have at least felt I had time to say good bye. 😛

  10. I have Little Princes on my list – it sounds wonderful so hope you enjoy iy.

    And I’m another one from Down Under that really appreciates the posting time. 🙂

  11. Oh my gosh….look at me! It’s Sunday Night at 10:19 and NOT MONDAY night at 10:15!
    I feel good!! lol
    I’ve seen “Little Princes” around the book blogs too–it should be a good read.

  12. Little Princes in on my radar too. I have not read one bad thing about it, but like every other popular book, I will probably be the last to read it!
    Happy Monday–

  13. I’m picking up Rick Riordans fourth book about Percy Jackson today, but I’m interested in other Riordan-books too. “The 39 Clues” sounds interesting:-) Have a good week, Sheila!

  14. The Bluford High series is one of the most popular series I have in my classroom. The books are short, fast-paced and very realistic and my 8th graders devour them, especially my reluctant readers. Have a great week!

  15. I’ve wanted to read the Women’s Murder Club series for years, but still haven’t. I’ve had my eye on the 39 Clues series also, so I hope you’ll enjoy the 1st book! Happy reading & have a great week!

  16. I’m so glad you loved First to Die…it’s one of my favorite series. I am reading my first Elizabeth Berg book – Last Time I Saw You – and I am loving it!

  17. As always, your variety and the sheer numbers of books you go through are amazing. Meanwhile I seem to just get slower and slower….:)

  18. I have been waiting for my hold to come in at the library for Little Princes – it looks so good. My husband and I are in the process of adopting, and in our journey researched every country out there, including Nepal. We learned that it is also maybe a little sketchy to adopt from there, because of all the things going on behind the scenes, so we ended up finally choosing the USA. Anyway, this book looks fabulous and I can’t wait to read it.

    The kids at my school also love the 39 Clues Series – I have only read the first, but I enjoyed it as well.

  19. Wow, you posted a lot of reviews last week! I’ll have to go take a look at them (with two sick kids last week, I hardly had any time for blog reading).

    Sorry to hear of your laptop problems – boy, can I relate! I went through that last month, and I know how frustrating it is. Amazing how much we come to rely on our computers, isn’t it?

    i hope this week will go more smoothly for you!


    1. So far so good Sue – I am on my laptop now… it works.. and then it doesnt….. it seems like if I let the battery go down… then it works better…fully charged, it dies…. what is that about? 😀

  20. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on the 39 Clues! I love that series! The Bully looks interesting. Can’t wait to read your thoughts on it too. Happy reading!

  21. Sheila, I’ve visited and commented on 11 so far! I’ll continue to visit throughout the week, time permitting. The Paris Wife seems to be quite popular right now. Have you read it?

  22. Hi Sheila,
    You had a very productive week with the books. I read your review of James Patterson’s book. I’ve so wanted to read those books, but like you I didn’t want to start another long series. But I think I’m going to have to now since reading your review. It sounds like an awesome series and I love a good mystery. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  23. I LOVE the 39 Clues series (I’m kind of happy that I have a middle reader in the house; I get to read so many good ones with him!) Little Princes is one of my review books that was “borrowed” (now I hide them inside my desk) by a friend before I realized it. She has my notes inside it, so I haven’t been able to properly review it yet, but it’s awesome!

    I’m off to read some of your reviews!

  24. My computer and internet haven’t been giving me fits all day so far and it was time for Kaden to go to the sitter’s for my 2 hour peace and quiet break when we remembered the sitter is taking today off, so this afternoon/entire day has not gone as planned. I am a bad grandma and have put a movie in and put Kaden in front of the t.v. so I can visit a little as long as this $%^& computer cooperates.

    Congrats on being Cheryl’s Shining Star and yes last week went way too fast!!


  25. Yikes, there must be something in the air. My computer was giving me fits so I finally broke down and purchased a new MacBook Pro. I love it but am still figuring out how to use it! Hope you resolve your computer issues soon!

  26. Thus far I have visited 50+ blogs. *1-32 and 68-96 for certain making 50. 🙂 I shall continue on, I am finding excellent books to add to my TBR list.

  27. I am a little late to the party today (work was a bear…no time to play on the blog–how dare they make me earn my money 🙂 ?)

    Your line-up looks really interesting this week! Happy reading!

  28. I think I saw the Conor Grennen story on TV some time ago. Probably on Oprah. It had me in tears. I’ve just ordered it in large print from our library system.

  29. I read Neil Gaiman’s new book. Very exciting book! I can not get tired. Maybe I’ll read it twice. www. konyv-konyvek. hu/book_images/15a/999639415a.jpg

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