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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Puss Reboots from A Book Review A Day

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What a week…. I feel 1,000 percent better with my back and back to my old ways of reading, roller blading, biking, and kick boxing (actually I go back to kick boxing tomorrow).  I did get in some good reading time – not as much as I would have liked but I have had such a nice reading run as of late that I just thirst for more booktime 😉

Here is what  last week looked like:

The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, Amanda Pressner, and Sheila DeChantal ok….. not me … but a girl can wish 😀

The Lincoln Lawyer by Matthew Connelly – yes to the book – yes to the movie 😛

Where She Went by Gayle Forman – sequel to If I Stay

Harry Potter – My History and a new movie trailer too!

Review of Cloaked by Alex Finn and a giveaway too!  (You have this week yet to sign up for the free book!)

What Good Is God by Philip Yancey (our Faith N Fiction group review – LOVE YANCEY!)

What Is With Me And All The Berg Books….  ( the answer to why so frequently I have Berg on tap :razz:)

I have a couple of audio ending here shortly and I am looking forward to pressing on from there… here is what looks like will happen this week:

Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it’s almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is–and what he’s willing to do to make her stay.

Now Clara has left the city—and Christian—behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won’t let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough….

Ok like…. everyone is reading this!  Seriously…a round the blogs this is popping up so I had to see what is happening here with Deb Caletti!

It’s really going to happen. They said it would, but this is quicker than anyone thought. Everyone has to die. We all know it. With only a few months of life left, sixteen-year-old Tessa knows it better than most. She’s made a list, though ten things she wants to do before she dies. Number one is sex. Starting tonight. But getting what you want isn’t easy. And getting what you want doesn’t always give you what you need. And sometimes the most unexpected things become important.

I found this on my weekend adventures to the library.  I know nothing about this author or the book other than the synopsis.  Sounds like a perfect way to get into a read.

In many ways, Jack is a typical 5-year-old. He likes to read books, watch TV, and play games with his Ma. But Jack is different in a big way–he has lived his entire life in a single room, sharing the tiny space with only his mother and an unnerving nighttime visitor known as Old Nick. For Jack, Room is the only world he knows, but for Ma, it is a prison in which she has tried to craft a normal life for her son. When their insular world suddenly expands beyond the confines of their four walls, the consequences are piercing and extraordinary.

I read and reviewed ROOM last year.  It is on my list for this week because my book club will be reading it for our May 10 meeting and I need a little refresher course.  If you have not experienced ROOM…. you need to and hopefully my book club review will light a fire to make that happen….  paperback edition comes out on May 18.

It took only one look for Genna Hastings to make up her mind about her new next-door neighbor, J. J. Hennessy. She knew his type all too well: Jared Jay Hennessy was tall and handsome, a man who thought he was God’s gift to women. From the pink flamingos dotting his front yard to the all-night boozy barbecues, he threatened to disrupt Genna’s peaceful summer off from teaching. But beneath his carefree smile and teasing nature, J.J. was a man as serious about the future as he was about Genna. He’d come to this quiet Connecticut town to change his life, and he challenged Genna to help him become Mr. Right. It was a challenge she knew she’d be smart to refuse . . . and one J.J. knew she couldn’t resist.

Not my normal type of read but I found this at the library and I am interest in this book by Tami Hoag as 1) she is a Minnesota author and 2) she usually writes good mysteries…. nothing like this…. so we will see 😛

In the fall of 2002, 41-year-old Kate Cypher, a divorced Seattle school nurse, returns to New Hope, the decaying Vermont hippie commune where she grew up, to visit her elderly mother, Jean, who’s suffering from Alzheimer’s. Kate has avoided New Hope since the grizzly, unsolved murder of her fifth-grade friend, Del Griswold, 31 years earlier. Kate fears she betrayed Del, a free-spirited farm girl. Did her betrayal cause Del’s death? Who killed Del? Another local girl is murdered in a similar manner at the time of Kate’s return. Could the killer be loose again? Meanwhile, Jean appears to be possessed with Del’s spirit and may have the answers to these questions. As Kate investigates, she learns stunning truths about many events and people from her youth.

Oh yeah….. this one I have been waiting for!  This is for a blog tour this Tuesday. 

So that’s my week… I am a little heavy on the audio as I will get in a bonus 6 hours when I drive to the bike ride in the cities next Saturday morning. 

I am excited to see what you are reading this week!  I hope to get around to all of you so be sure to link up below where it says “click here”  have a super reading week!

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

  1. Glad to see you’re back at full speed 🙂
    Stay was brilliant, hope you love it. I have Room and Before I Die on my bookshelf to read soon and I’m looking forward to your thoughts on Promise Not To Tell, it sounds good.
    Have a great week and happy reading!

    1. Thanks Sheree… I feel awesome… I did a little rollerblading and biking this week (before the weather turned to crud again) and tonight played floor hockey and feel good!

      I am excited about Stay! 😛

  2. I hope you like Stay. I haven’t read the other books on your list yet. I enjoyed your review of Lost Girls and your Harry Potter post. It brought back some good Potter memories of my own.

    Have a great week! Glad you are feeling better!

  3. Tami Hoag writes excellent mysteries but I’ve never read a romance by her and Promise Not to Tell is also on my list of ones I want to read! Have a great week!

  4. I love the book Room. I can’t help but convince others to read it so I can discuss it with them. one of my book groups will be reading in this year. I am so looking forward to discussing it.

    I have added Promise Not to Tell to my list of books to read…sounds very good!

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. My book club was nervous Jen but as they are reading it they are finding out it is not gorey or creepy – there is no child abuse or neglect (other than the fact that they live in the ROOM)…. but really, the little boy is quite content.

  5. So, I seriously loved your Harry Potter post! I cannot wait for the last movie, but know I’m going to be a wreck. I mean, I cried seeing this most recent trailer! LOL I can’t wait to share them with my kiddos though…just a few years from now!

    SO glad to hear you’re feeling better and I hope you have another fabulous week!

    1. Hi Danielle…. I am right there with you. Harry Potter has played a roll in my kids and my life…. he really opened them both up to reading again at ages when they really were not interested.

  6. Looks like you’ve got a good week ahead of you there. Lots of bookish goodness from what I’ve been hearing on those titles. Enjoy! ^_^

  7. Wow I am loving some of the books you have on tap this week. Your library find for one and Promise not to Tell for another. Hope you enjoy all your books and have a wonderful week!

  8. I read Before I Die when it was first released. It was sad but not sure if I like it. The main character is a little bratty (although understandably so).Took me a while to decide if I like Room because it was so disturbing but I did. Hope you enjoy the rest of your reading week.

  9. Room seems intriguing..why are they stuck in one room with one visitor? for years? very weird…is this a mystery? a fantasy? I can’t stand books where children are victims…it’s nothing like that is it? hate being ambushed with child abuse books (where it comes out of nowhere with no warning…)
    Is it a sad book? funny? moody? a novel of strength? is the mom CRAZY? or agoraphobic? Man, now, i’m probably going to HAVE to read it (but wouldn’t mind some spoilers….in an email perhaps?) 🙂

    1. HI Mardel – ROOM is about an abduction of a young girl (well.. teens) who is taken and kept in a room for I think it is 5 or 6 years. She has a son during this time (yes he is the abductors) and the son, Jack knows nothing of the outside world… he thinks the room is the world and what he sees on tv (they have a tv in the room, is fake. Its actually a well thought out intriguing read.
      Yes – the only visitor is the abductor who brings them food.

  10. I think it’s normal for me to want to read everything by an author I like. Those that I’ve read everything of tend to be series writers though, Kelley Armstrong, Karin Slaughter, Mo Hayder…but I do try and read their standalone work too. The most prolific writer I’ve done this with is Terry Pratchett but there’s a few books I’ve missed.

    1. I used to be like that Ellie….. when I found dean Koontz I kept a list of the books of his I had read so I could find the rest… for a while I had read pretty much everything he had written. 😀

  11. Yet another great week to look forward to and i am itching to see your book club review for Room – have you still not got it in PB yet?

    The Lost Girls is ones that i want to get my hands on also but that will happen all in good time!
    The Caletti book i have seen pop up in various places so it will be nice to see what you think about it.

    Hope your week goes smoothly 😀

    1. Paperback comes out May 18…. I know… it has taken forever. I picked up my copy at BEA last year. I had no idea what it was and then when I started hearing about it I thought, “wait a minute… i think I have that one…” LOL

  12. My book club met last week (we were discussing The Forgotten Garden) and we picked Room to read for our June meeting – we pick a book two months ahead of time.

    I think I mentioned a while ago that Elizabeth Berg is coming to the bookstore near me – well, this is the week!!! I just picked up her new book, Once Upon a Time There Was You…I can’t wait to meet her!

    1. Kristen that is awesome – my book club read Forgotten Garden in January…. its fun to see your group choosing some of the same books as they are reading ROOM now.

      OOH have fun meeting Elizabeth Berg – I hope you get a picture!

  13. I am so glad you are feeling better. In answer to your question below about trying to read all books by an author. I have been trying to read all Mary Daheim B&B Series since last year and am not doing so well.

    I have visited and found 2 new blog I really like, thank you for having this meme.

    Now to go put out some fires on the home front. Have a GREAT WEEK!!

  14. Wow, you have been reading a lot!! I’m so glad to hear that your back is feeling better – that’s great news!

    Sounds like you have some good ones on tap for this week – a nice mix of titles. I don’t know how you manage to read so many each week with such a busy life – you must read fast!

    Enjoy your books this week and your car ride (and kick-boxing) –


  15. I’m glad you’re feeling better, there is nothing like neck and back pain to take one out of commission.

    Lots of great books on tap for you….I seriously enjoyed Stay; it was my fave of the week when I read it; my review goes up on Wednesday. Room is one of those books that, at least for me, I liked when I read it, but liked much better after I thought about it, because it does stay on your mind.

    I’m off to read some of your reviews.

  16. I commented on 20 blogs 🙂

    You have a great list this week! I just received Promise Not to Tell and I am dying to read Room. The Lost Girls sounds great too 🙂

  17. Congrats on co-authoring The Lost Girls! Oh wait…I just reread that…Congrats on reading The Lost Girls! 😉 Glad to hear you’re feeling well and getting to do some fun activities (and of course read).

  18. Sheila! I finally made comments on at least 10 posts – I’m usually only able to hit around 8 posts. But I think I’ve exceeded ten so far. It’s been a long time, but I actually get to enter your weekly contest. 🙂 Thanks for hosting your weekly contest, by the way. I like seeing the winners every week – (geeky? lol, oh yeah)

  19. I finished A Witch in Time by Madelyn Alt now trying to decide between No Rest for the Wiccan or Home for A Spell. Of course I have more books than these but love the Bewitching series and want to stick with it.

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