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!

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Shirley from My Bookshelf

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I felt like I had a pretty good week this past week… had some wonderful audio times periods and even a couple good reading evenings. It felt good to have some time to actually get into a book!

Here is how last week shaped up for me:

The Priest’s Graveyard by Ted Dekker:  If you have not read Dekker, you need to and this would be a good one to start with 🙂

Heart Of Deception by ML Malcolm: This sequel is smoking and I am bummed I didn’t read the first book in this series….

The Sandalwood Tree by ElleNewmarkBook review and book tour – a treasure for the imagination!

Sunday at Tiffany’s by James Patterson: Our Bookies book club read for April and our book review (of course there is food!)

Little Princes by Conor Grennan:  This book is one of the best books I have read this year!  WOW WOW – DOUBLE WOW!

Open House by Elizabeth Berg – audio review:  Berg puts together a story of divorce, despair, and making new life

Yeah… it was a book tour heavy week but for the most part I had the tour books read before this week.  I also had book club this week which was FUN and this weekend seen Rick Springfield in concert… but more on that later this week 😀

This week is a meeting heavy week early on but Thursday and Friday are looking good and then being Easter weekend the only big thing on my agenda is the big “YAY” Justin is coming home for Easter!  That said here is what I plan to read this week:

In the three years since the tragic accident Mia barely survived in If I Stay, she and high school ex-boyfriend Adam have lived separate lives on opposite coasts. But then Adam, now the dissatisfied front man of popular LA-based band Collateral Damage, stops over in New York City for one night before kicking off the European leg of his tour. It happens to be the same evening that Mia, now well on her way to becoming a renowned cellist, is performing at Carnegie Hall. Adam buys a ticket, planning to slip in and out, but Mia spots him and for the first time in years they’re face-to-face with each other and their shared past. Over the course of one evening, as Adam and Mia traverse the city’s streets, they relive the four days Mia spent in the intensive care unit as well as her departure to Juilliard and from the life she knew.

Yeah – like I need another New York read but after having read If I Stay for book club I have to admit I am curious as to where she went.  😉

Shallow, poorly educated Kitty marries the passionate and intellectual Walter Fane and has an affair with a career politician, Charles Townsend, assistant colonial secretary of Hong Kong. When Walter discovers the relationship, he compels Kitty to accompany him to a cholera-infested region of mainland China, where she finds limited happiness working with children at a convent. But when Walter dies, she is forced to leave China and return to England. Generally abandoned, she grasps desperately for the affection of her one remaining relative, her long-ignored father. In the end, in sharp, unexamined contrast to her own behavior patterns, she asserts that her unborn daughter will grow up to be an independent woman.

I suspect I will finish the Meadow Massacre this week so this is what is going on my IPOD next.  I picked this one up on sale at, hoping it is a good one!

During the last days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, three young women, members of a conservative, pious Catholic family, who had become committed to the revolutionary overthrow of the regime, were ambushed and assassinated as they drove back from visiting their jailed husbands. Thus martyred, the Mirabal sisters have become mythical figures in their country, where they are known as las mariposas (the butterflies), from their underground code names. Herself a native of the Dominican Republic, Alvarez ( How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents ) has fictionalized their story in a narrative that starts slowly but builds to a gripping intensity. Each of the girls–Patria, Minerva and Maria Terese (Mate) Mirabal–speaks in her own voice, beginning in their girlhood in the 1940s; their surviving sister, Dede, frames the narrative with her own tale of suffering and dedication to their memory. To differentiate their personalities and the ways they came to acquire revolutionary fervor, Alvarez takes the risk of describing their early lives in leisurely detail, somewhat slowing the narrative momentum. In particular, the giddy, childish diary entries of Mate, the youngest, may seem irritatingly mundane at first, but in time Mate’s heroism becomes the most moving of all, as the sisters endure the arrests of their husbands, their own imprisonment and the inexorable progress of Trujillo’s revenge. Alvarez captures the terrorized atmosphere of a police state, in which people live under the sword of terrible fear and atrocities cannot be acknowledged. As the sisters’ energetic fervor turns to anguish, Alvarez conveys their courage and their desperation, and the full import of their tragedy.

Wow right?  I think this one will take some concentration!

Mickey Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers – they’re all on Mickey Haller’s client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence, it’s about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it’s even about justice.

A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney’s dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career. Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal – this time to save his own life.

I seen this movie a few weeks back and yeah.. this is a little backwards but I was so enthralled by the movie…. I am interested in seeing what I really missed. 

I am thinking this is more than enough to keep me busy and out of trouble!  I am excited to see what you have been reading!  be sure to add your link to your What Are You Reading post below and I will do my best to stop by and see you.  😀

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

  1. I really liked your review of Open House and I plan to read that one too. I also liked your review of Little Princes. I own a copy that I won in a giveaway but I haven’t had time to read it yet.

    Your books for this week look pretty good, especially Where She Went. Have a great week and a Happy Easter!

  2. I’m not that into If I Stay. But I still want to read Where She Went. I hope I get my own copy soon. Happy reading. I am waiting for your thought about it.

    have a great monday

    1. If I Say made for a good discussion at book club Aleetha… we all discussed what we would do and it brought out some interesting talk… and a few tears. While I did not find the book overly impressive, I did like the different swing on the topic…. it is curiousness that moves me on to this next read 😀

  3. Sheila, I am so glad to play along this week! Last week my blog was moving over from blogger to wordpress and it was all kinds of craziness around Hands and Home!

    I am also reading Where She Went this week. I was #1 on the waiting list at my library and just had to wait for thier copies to come in (yes… small town libraries are a little bit slower getting the new books)! I am SO excited to read it. Happy reading!!!

  4. Oh I am pleased to see you enjoyed the books last week. The only two I have not read are Dekker’s and The Sandalwood Tree, the latter is in my queue. You have another wonderful week lined up. Enjoy!

  5. I haven’t seen the Lincoln Lawyer movie or read the book, but I am intrigued. I look forward to hearing what you think of the book. I think I’d prefer to read the book first.

  6. Green with envy that you have Where She Went, hope it’s awesome, I loved If I Stay! I read The Painted Veil a couple of years ago, it’s a quick read!
    Haven’t seen The Lincoln Lawyer at the movies but I’d like to 🙂
    Hope your Easter is blessed!

  7. Glad to know you enjoyed Little Princes, but I can’t imagine not enjoying reading about any volunteer work really. I read your review. I liked Maugham’s Painted Veil very much. Someone told me they changed some things in the film but I hope you enjoy it, whichever form you try. I’ve read a couple of Connelly’s book but not The Lincoln Lawyer. My son did, I’ll have to see what he thought of it. You did a lot this week. Happy reading.

  8. Looks like you have been really busy. Lots of different books too. Little Princes sounds very interesting.
    I hope this week is another good week for you.

  9. Absolutely loved Little Princes. I’m so impressed at what you got read too. Think I managed only the one book this week, but I’ll put my post up come Monday in truth (aka, when I get up).

  10. I caught sight of where she went on a random blog and didn’t realise it was a sequel.
    Will have to put If I Stay on my to read list!
    Happy reading
    Lettie xxx

  11. you ALWAYS have very interesting looking books on your blog. great covers, titles…you must have a lot of fun reading. I almost got through two books this week. almost! 🙂

  12. How exciting to hear that your son is coming home for Easter. Our son is staying in Omaha this year since we just saw him 6 weeks ago. It will be strange – the first holiday that we are truly alone (our friends here are going home). Don’t worry about us though – as long as it doesn’t rain it will be a lovely day. Love Easter!

    Enjoy your reading this week, you have some great books. Nice to see you are still reading Berg too.

  13. I just picked up another Elizabeth Berg book – We Are All Welcome Here – I got it in audio and am looking forward to listening to it…thanks for turning me on to Elizabeth Berg!!!

    Have a great week!

  14. Several of your books to read this week look good from here! The Painted Veil is intriguing (I love China), and I *loved* the movie In the Time of the Butterflies (haven’t read the book). Hope the Connelly lives up to the movie for you (sounds like a good break from the seriousness of the other two).

  15. So … totally put off on Dekker by reading Thr3e, I’m attempting to give him another shot with “Black”, but I’m waiting for my yuck feeling to go away (especially since I have The Boneman’s Daughters on my TBR shelf as well). I’m going to be reading The Sandalwood Tree myself this week. I still need to buy If I Stay, which will be closely followed by Where She Went (as soon as my TBR pile actually fits into it’s bookcase). I actually have the movie “The Painted Veil” (which I haven’t watched yet), and not the book … which is odd, because it’s usually the other way around. In the Time of Butterflies … that looks so good … I haven’t seen it before; will be checking it out. You’ve had a great reading week with some more ahead of you! Enjoy! Off to read some of your reviews and such!

    1. Julie I think you are safer with Black then you are with this one…. I am so thrilled that I understood this one I rated him high, but it is still got a gore factor that unfortunately, I have begun to accept in his writing as of late.

      (I watched Thr3e from Netflix last week and I was freaked out….) The Black series (Red, White, Black, Green – I own but have not read yet however I hear they are wonderful)

  16. I don’t have a blog for Mr. Linky but I will share what I am reading. I am reading You Can’t Hide by Karen Rose. I am part way through Surrender The Dark by LA Banks but I ended up putting it aside because it just wasn’t connecting with me. I plan to read it more after Easter. I don’t have an ebook picked out yet for this week but I have some options. They include Borrowed Time by CJ Lyons, Catch Her When She Falls by Missy Martine and Almost Perfect by Julie Ortolon. I plan to by a copy of The Iron King by Julie Kagawa this week. I just need to decide paper or ebook.(This comment was also posted at Books and Needlepoint).
    Looking over your list of books and the prior comments, I am going to add The Little Princess to my wish list. I already have Where She Went as well as If I Stay on my list.

    1. Thanks Jen – I appreciate you sharing your reads here. 🙂 I want to read the Iron King (and follow up books) really bad… just need to make time.

      Have an awesome week and thanks for stopping in 😉

  17. Man, my mind wandered. I meant Little Princes not The Little Princess. Though, my 9 year old would be so proud of me!

  18. Looks like another good reading week for you, Sheila!

    I haven’t read The Painted Veil, but I LOVED the movie adaptation. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the book.

    And I’ve enjoyed all of Grisham’s books – hope you enjoy The Lincoln Lawyer.

    Enjoy your books this week –


  19. I try not to get book jealous because I’m swimming in books as it is, but I missed the tour for The Priest’s Graveyard and i LOVE Ted Dekker and I’m dying to read that one!

    Michelle V

  20. I’m glad you enjoyed The Sandalwood Tree as it’s in my TBR pile waiting for me.

    I enjoyed If I Stay so Where She Went is in my wishlist (I’m trying not to buy books at the moment, but I’m not being very successful with that!).

    I haven’t read The Painted Veil, but I have got the DVD (I quite like Ed Norton). In fact, I nearly watched it a few evenings ago. I hope you enjoy it.

  21. Nice job on the reads last week! Way to go. This week….ooh, the new gayle foreman book is suppose to be good. and I love the cover on the butterflies book. Happy reading!

  22. Made it to visit 22,life was crazy here today,grrrr, I hate it when life gets in the way of my reading,blogging and visiting. Sadly I didn’t even add a pin to my map last week, either.


  23. I need to hurry and read “the Lincoln Lawyer” before the movie gets here. One advantage of living in a small town…we don’t get the movies when they first come out. Oh wait…that is NOT an advantage…except in this case, because I want to read the book.

  24. The Lincoln Lawyer is one of those books I am kicking myself for not reading back when it first came out. Now I have to quick read it before I see the movie – which must have been great if it moved you to read the book AFTER!

    Have a great week, Sheila!

  25. This is my first time joining in on this meme. I have not started checking other blogs and commenting but I will and I will check back with a number!

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