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 do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Last weeks winner:

Laurel from Laurel Rain Snow

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Coming off a readathon weekend is always exciting as there are books galore in the Monday posts and I am so excited to get around and see what everyone is reading!  😀

I had a great week of getting in some good reading… but I was not the best review writer and have many I am going to work on over the next few days – but seriously…. so worth the wait 😀

Here was my week:

Good Bye to Sookie Stackhouse  (Review of Dead Before Dark)- my adventures into this series was short-lived…. Sookie and I have agreed to disagree and I have shown her the door.

A BEA (Book Expo America) Scholorship Opportunity hurry and check this out – you could win a chance to go!  😛

What is your most treasured book? I love the comments that are shared here about the book(s) on your shelves that you cherish the most and why…. mine is one I can not even read.

Little Princes by Connor Grennan – review this week

Sunday at Tiffany’s by James Patterson – Bookies Book Club read and review coming on Wednesday

Open House by Elizabeth Berg – review this week

Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (my first Dessen!!!) review this week

Hate List by Jennifer Brown – review this week

So…. this weeks looks like it will be strong for reviews – thank you to the Dewey read-a-thon… always a great time to work on catching up and reading – and I LOVE that we all stop and read all over the world for this event 🙂

So… moving forward this week… what’s on deck?

“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”

I am in the mood for some Hobbit – no idea what brought this on other than the fact that I have not read these books in years and as I was looking for new audio this week… I felt this one may be fun.

The search for God in the midst of horror, disaster, and loss has confounded believers for centuries. How does belief actually matter in the lives of those who suffer? Yancey, popular journalist and public speaker, travels the world and attempts to make some theological sense of the hurting people and devastated places he observes, from Virginia Tech to Mumbai.

This is for our Faith In Fiction group read and I have read and enjoyed Yancey in the past (In fact I taught a class on Grace for a couple of years based off one of his books, What’s So Amazing About Grace.)

Teenaged Johnny works as a cobbler in his mother’s shoe repair shop in a posh hotel in South Beach. He spends his days with his friend Meg and designs his own line of shoes while dreaming of wealth to free his family from the confines of poverty. Unexpectedly, the striking Princess Victoriana of Aloria comes to the swanky Miami hotel for a royal visit. The super-hot partying princess pleads for Johnny’s help in finding her missing brother, and offers of money and a royal marriage convince him to take her seriously-even when she explains that the prince has been turned into a frog. With the aid of a magical cloak and some headphones that allow him to hear animals speak, Johnny embarks on a journey wherein he encounters talking swans, a fox named Todd, and two angry giants. When he lands in hot water with an evil witch bent on destroying him, Meg comes to his rescue. The pair journey from South Beach to Key West, to Europe, and to Manhattan; and in the end, Johnny finds wealth, fame, and true love.

Ok… LOL…. I know…. this one if for The Fairy Tale Fortnight that is coming up and hosted by Misty, The Book Rat) and Ashley from Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing… more on that coming soon… 😉




Two abandoned souls are on the hunt for one powerful man. Soon, their paths will cross and lead to one twisted fate.

Danny Hansen is a Bosnian immigrant who came to America with hopes of escaping haunted memories of a tragic war that took his mother’s life. Now he’s a priest who lives by a law of love and compassion. It is powerful men and hypocrites who abide by legal law but eschew the law of love that most incense Danny. As an avenging angel, he believes it is his duty to show them the error of their ways, at any cost.

Renee Gilmore is the frail and helpless victim of one such powerful man. Having escaped his clutches, she now lives only to satisfy justice by destroying him, regardless of whom she must become in that pursuit.

But when Danny and Renee’s paths become inexorably entangled things go very, very badly and neither of them may make it out of this hunt alive.

Judge not, or you too will be judged.


This one is for a blog tour on Tuesday…. Dekker has been hit or miss the last few years… I am curious where this one will land.

I need another audio to start too…. but will wait and see what comes in from the library.  😀

So that’s about it.  I am looking forward to what you are reading as now that I have cleaned up my library books… I am itching to check out more.  Add your What Are You Reading Post to the linky below and I as well as others will be able to come and check out your post and add to our own reading lists…. that I am sure.  😀

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

  1. You know I love True Blood but have only read the first book in the series. To be honest Bill drove me nuts, and if I was being even more honest, he drives me nuts in the show as well lol.

  2. I hope you love The Hobbit. I have such wonderful childhood memories around the book and a puppet show I used to watch at the Iowa State Fair. Lots of fun.

  3. The Hobbit is the only Tolkien that I genuinely liked. And I consider myself to be a fantasy reader! Too much detail in LOTR. I’ve been working on some books for fairy tale fortnight as well. Enjoy your week!

  4. I’m curious as to what you think of The Hobbit reading. I intend to reread those as well, but haven’t gotten to it. I haven’t read them for a few years.

    I really love Sarah Dessen, I keep meaning to pick more of hers up as well!

  5. kadybug

    I see a Dekker on your list. I love him! And Cloaked looks, ummm, intersting! lol Can’t wait to see your review on THAT one!

  6. Yancy is one of the Christian theologians I can still tolerate or as you might say ‘i still have ears to hear’.his voice. His Soul Survivor: How My Faith Survived the Church helped me a great deal at time my faith was flummoxed by ‘church’ disputes and hypocrisy. I own Soul Survivor. I look forward to what you have to say about this latest and to our library system acquiring it.

  7. I loved your Book Treasures post. Very intense story. It’s amazing how books can touch us on so many different levels. Thanks for posting that.

    I’ve been working through my library books as well. It’s weird though because I’ll read one and three more take its place…weird…

    1. Thanks about Book treasures – it has double power when I blog about things like this… first i like to see what others have in their “treasures” and enjoy the discussion, and two… it puts the book into the blog which is like a bonus keepsake for it… now I have it locked in these pages as well, along with its story for me… my family… and whoever 🙂

  8. You did get a lot of reading done this weekend. One of these years I am actually going to get to participate in the Read-a-thon! I spent my weekend at my daughter’s dance competition instead. ::sigh::

    1. Its hard to free up the day Kristen…. I have no idea why but when someone says “READATHON!” suddenly the day fills with “to do’s” LOL….

      I continued my reading into Sunday just because I felt I was “robbed” on Saturday…LOL 🙂

  9. I’m sorry Sookie was a disappointment, but you have some amazing titles. Can’t wait to read your review on Dessen! I have one on my shelf (don’t even remember which) but haven’t read it yet.

    Happy Reading!

  10. Oh I loved the Hobbit, I bet that one’s neat to listen to on audiobook! 😀

    Yay! You’re starting Cloaked! 😀 I hope you like it. 🙂

    Happy Reading!!!

  11. lissijo

    Thanks for stopping by!

    I can’t wait for the Jane Eyre movie; it looks like it will be fairly true to the book, and I love a good classic film. The Hobbit was a great book, but I still love the trilogy more; they are definitely in my top books of all time!

  12. Thank you for your comment. I’ve listened to “Lord of the Rings”, but “The Hobbit” is on my list:-)

    The Toni Morrison-book was a great disappointment, but I’m determined to read other books by Morrison. They can’t all be bad.

  13. I have a big crush on Eric…without giving too much away, if it’s Bill that’s annoying you most…read a bit further on. Dead to the World is my favourite book and I believe the main storyline is going to be the next True Blood season…fingers crossed at least!

    1. I have heard that about Eric…LOL….. Sookie really bugs me too, she is so simple minded – and maybe it is the narrators voice for her but she just seems dopey…. I have no connection to her at all.

      I have also heard others say dead To The World is the best book of the series 😀

  14. The Priest’s Graveyard sounds good (and I like the cover too!).

    Can you belive I don’t think I’ve ever read any J.R.R. Tolkien books? Shocking, I know!

    Life has now quietened down, so I’ve managed to join in today and hopefully I’ll get more reading done this week than I’ve managed in the last couple of weeks!

  15. I hope you will give Sookie another chance. I felt the same way when I read Dead Until Dark. I was like.. I don’t get it. I don’t get the hype. But someone else had pressed me on to give the second book a try and it was the second book that hooked me!

    I looked at Dead Until Dark like a TV Pilot. How often are pilots truly thrilling? It’s usually the pilot that is just good enough.. and the best episodes are thereafter.

  16. I’m looking forward to your review of Little Princes 🙂 Hm, wondering what The Hobbit on audio is like?
    Ah, stayed home today because of hay fever, so yay, had time to go around and comment 😉 I left 20 in total. Have a wonderful week, Sheila!

  17. Wow, lots of reading and lots of reviews, Sheila! I ad never read Tolkien before until I met my husband. Shortly after we got married and moved here to DE, we read The Hobbit aloud together, alternating chapters. Lots of fun! Since then, with 2 teen boys in the house, I have heard/seen various versions of it on screen and in audio, but I have wonderful memories of reading it together.

    The read-a-thon always sounds like fun but seems like a fantasy to me! Can’t imagine being able to set aside an entire weekend for reading – what a lovely dream! Hope you enjoyed it!


    1. Hi Sue – how fon to read The hobbit with your hubby…. my hubby is not a reader so that is the fantasy for me. 😀

      The readathon is only one day – Saturday….you should try to find time to put part of it when they do it in October…it is so much fun! 😀

  18. Can’t wait to see what you think of your first Sarah Dessen book. I bought two but haven’t had a chance to read them yet.

    I’m excited about your review of Sunday’s at Tiffany’s. I want to read the book but the problem is I saw the movie during christmas time and it kind of ruined reading the book for me because I know how it ends 😦

    I haven’t read the Sookie Stackhouse books or watched True Blood. I just can’t seem to get into it, it doesn’t really catch my attention.

    Happy Reading 🙂

  19. The Priest’s Graveyard sounds good – it is kind the mood I am in, reading wise, for some reason lol. I participated in the meme for the first time today, fun stuff! I enjoyed visiting a bunch of different blogs and checking out what they were reading too.

  20. 30 this week. I think I went through withdrawal last week missing everyone!! Darn hospital thought my laptop would keep me from relaxing, I WOULD have been more relaxed if they would have let me have my computer. Can you believe a nurse actually tried to take my book away too? I was not very nice. TV was o.k. but my book and laptop were distracting. lol

  21. I LOVED The Hobbit .. I have some more Dekker titles on my shelves, but I had such a dislike of Thr3e and although I’ve opened and started reading Black, I decided to wait until I got over the disappointment of my first Dekker so that it would not spoil my next. The cover of Cloaked is gorgeous, and I’m happy to see that I may not be missing anything by not having read any of the Sookie Stackhouse books yet! 🙂 Enjoy your reading week!

  22. Now at 20+, not that it’s a race! 🙂 I am surprised at how many versions of Jane Austen related books are out right now. Must be one of those new things. Could this possibly replace all the vampire books? tee hee

  23. Thanks for the comment!

    I know! COFA! My Teaser Tuesday tomorrow is gonna be from it.

    I’ll have to check back to see what you thought of Cloaked.

    Did you read Alex Flinn’s Beastly? I thought it was a cute read.

  24. I missed out on Its Monday! What are you reading? This week because my blog was in transition from blogger to wordpress. I loved The Hobbit! I really should read it again sometime.

  25. The Hobbit is one book that I would really like to re-read. Maybe when my son gets a little older we can read it together.

    I am really jealous of the Ted Dekker book!

    Happy Reading!

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