It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  D  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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:

Jennifer from Rundpinne

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

**Yes, I am behind again on my mailing of books – they are going out this week… 😀

Here is what I accomplished this past week:

Jimmy by Robert Whitlow (incredible (but underdeveloped) audio about a young handicapped boy with huge faith

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese (Bookies book and food review – awesome book, AMAZING food – and I added recipes!)

Weekend Cooking:  Crock Pot Pizza Pasta (oh yeah…. I said it….  recipe is here!)

The Handmaid and The Carpenter – Elizabeth Berg comes through with this short audio about the courtship and marriage of Mary and Joseph


Dracula by Bram Stoker (mmm  hmmmm, first time :D)

It was not the successful reading week I had hoped for… I had plans to crack open a couple other books and it just did not happen.  So… I will try again this week.  😀

Here’s is what is hopefully brewing over here this week:

I am not even going to give you the synopsis on-line or from the back of the book because really – it does do this book justice.  Basically – Jane has an imaginary friend names Michael… Jane’s life as a child is a mess.  Her mothers ego and riches outshine everything and she really has little time for her slightly pudgy daughter – including forgetting her birthday.  Jane’s dad is barely in the picture showing up on major holidays but really having no clue as to who his daughter is and with his new wife and life… does not have the time to learn about her.

Jane’s only real friend…. isn’t real at all.  Michael is her constant companion, always there to encourage her, to laugh with her – to share life with her.  Jane adores waking every morning knowing she will “see” Michael again.

And then on Jane’s 9th birthday Michael tells her that it is time for him to go.  Heartbroken Jane begs for him to stay but Michael says that the rules are he can only stay until the 9th birthday.  He tells her not to worry thought as tomorrow she will wake up and not remember him…

Flash forward twenty years…. Jane now works for her mother in a large successful production company.  She has a loser for a boyfriend, and still battles self-esteem issues.  As Jane goes about her life writing and producing the play she always had hoped to, unfortunately with her mother’s money backing it up as well as her mothers opinions, Jane has no idea that she is being watched….

He can not believe it is her.  It has never worked this way before, but yes, he is sure it is her… her walk, the way she pushes her hair back… it has to be Jane.  Michael can not believe his luck.

Hmmm?  Sounds good doesn’t it?  This is our Book Club read for April and I am digging into it already and all I can say is so far – WHOA!  I am liking this!  😀

And really – this is pathetic… but I am not starting anything new beyond this as I have to catch up on the books I have said I was going to read for the past two weeks.  Truly…. I must 😀

HOWEVER – I am excited to see what you are reading!  Add your link to your post of It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading and I will try to get over and see you and encourage you to check out some of these posts as well – they are fun to read and you may just find a blog or two you want to follow.

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

  1. Wow, that James Patterson book sounds really good to me! Not like his usual suspense at all. I will have to add this to my TBR list!

    I enjoyed reading your review of Cutting for Stone. I haven’t read that one yet either. I have to admit to a little bit of envy over your book club. I used to be part of a book club (I helped start it at my old library) and we used to make food to go along with the theme of the book we discussed. It was so much fun and I miss it a lot. I am glad you are part of such a great book group and I enjoy reading about your discussions (and the food!).

    Have a great week!

    1. Every once in a while James P comes up with a surprising heart touching read…. when I read Susanne’s Diary For Nicholas a few years ago I read it in one sitting and cried and cried…. 😀

  2. I thought the Patterson book was good, but I am more partial to his thrillers. Hope you get caught up on your reading, Sheila!

  3. I liked how JP changed it up with Sundays at Tiffany’s. He should do it more often. I printed out your Crock Pot recipe and look forward to trying it out on the family.

  4. It’s awesome that you read Dracula. It’s one of my all-time favorite books, and I was lucky enough have it as assigned reading in two college classes. Have a great reading week!

  5. I just emailed that crockpot recipe to my husband! It is something i can make, but I run out of the house too fast in the mornings to have time to throw something together in the crockpot.

    I did like Dracula. Glad you did too! The only thing that really irritated me was how they put Mina up on such a pedestal like she was such a fragile little thing. A sign of the times, I guess.

    Enjoy your week!

  6. I’m kind of playing catch-up, too, since I’m still reading one of my books from last week…

    I enjoyed Sundays at Tiffany’s….a nice change of pace for Patterson.

  7. Totally with you on the best laid plans, I’ve added nothing new to my list this week because I MUST read the boks I’ve had going the last few weeks. I was a bit disappointed in Sunday’s at Tiffany’s but hope you enjoy it. Happy reading this week 🙂

  8. Not a successful week? Looks good to me! ^_^ Best of luck on the James Patterson one….suppose to be moving, but good. Happy reading!

  9. I have read that JP book – very different from his usual style. I must admit to going off his books as they are all to much of the same thing – possibly he is churning out too many books each year now. I read a JP one this week too – but it was just a Quick Reads title.

  10. The James Patterson book sounds really good, but it reminds me a bit of the movie “Drop Dead Fred” in a more romantic way. You know? Still, very interesting. I’ll be waiting to see what you think about it!

    And yes, I’m so behind too, but not in reading – in reviewing. I can’t stop reading long enough to write a review and I am SO behind it’s ridiculous! So *fingers crossed* we both get to move forward a bit. 🙂

    Have a fabulous reading week Sheila!

  11. Patterson book sound amazing and despite the fact tha I rarely read adult books anymore I really think I would love this one. I will be anxious to read your review and then maybe I will go out and treat myself to an adult read. Have a wonderful week!

  12. I’ve got the week off work, so I’m hoping to get in some more reading time than usual.

    Enjoy Dracula. I’m trying to think if I’ve read it or not. Something is telling me I have (donkeys years ago!)… I know I’ve seen the film and played the computer game (again yeeeeeeaaaars ago!).

  13. I love James Patterson and have read almost all his books. I hope you enjoy Sundays at Tiffany’s!

    Have a great week – while I do plan on getting through two or three books this week, I have plenty of catching up to do, too!

  14. I am currently reading Blue Nude by Elizabeth Rosner. Friend recommended it to me last week, I finally got it Saturday and I can’t put it down! It has a poetic style to it, so lyrical. I’m not done with it but I would recommend it to anyone.

  15. Hi!
    I read Sunday at Tiffany’s last year. Really enjoyed reading it. Something totally different from the James Patterson I’m used to reading. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  16. At the insistence of a first cousin, I am on book 4 of
    Janet Evanovich ‘Stephanie Plum’ series. Don’t know how much longer I can keep going with this series. It’s fast reading though, you can do one book a night if need be. My cousin dares me to go to book 14. Hmm…probably not.

    1. I quit at 12 Kitty…. probably too many books in…. 12 really bothered me and I decided I was done…. plus in many of these long running series these days, the subject line gets a bit … worn. 🙂

  17. I had a very slow reading week too. I did not get near what I wanted to done. It’s all the White Worm’s fault. That book was only 120 pages or so and it took forever!

  18. I didn’t really accomplish much this past week , same current reads, so I’m not participating in the meme in my usual fashion. I will try to visit several here, though. Please stop by, when you have a chance, to see all the books I received, bought or was gifted last week! I got quite the haul! 😉

      1. I have visited just a bit over 10 blogs for the It’s Monday meme and have to call it a night. I’ll be back, perhaps tomorrow. I love to see what everyone is reading!!

        Perhaps I should spend less time here and more time reading. 😉

  19. I’ve been put off James Patterson since I found out he has a writing team and just comes up with ideas. That and I never finished the one book of his I did try and read.

    1. Hi Ellie, I knew he teamed up with other to write but did not know all of this you said. It probably wont be a deal breaker for me as I do enjoy much of his work, even with a team.

      I would recommend the Michael Bennet series (I think the first is Step On A Crack), they are good clean mysteries and I listened to them on audio and loved them.

  20. Ah, Sheila – you are nowhere near pathetic!! You’re too hard on yourself – I think your reading habits are absolutely amazing – I’m always impressed by how much you read and how you are able to keep your reviews up to date. I really got overwhelmed with other stuff in my life last week and had to take a blog break, so I need to go catch up on your posts.

    I’m not really a big fan of James Patterson, but this book does sound intriguing.

    Enjoy your books this week!


  21. I know what you mean about catching up. I just now got all the books that I have been trying to read read and or listen too..yaaaaaaaa Now I am on a new batch of books..LOL

  22. I have a copy of this one that I picked up for 50 cents…a hardcover too can you believe it?? I watched the movie on Lifetime and thought it was adorable.

  23. Hi Sheila – I understand completely as I feel I am always playing “catch up” – for the reviews if not for the reading. 🙂 Hope you make headway this week.

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