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:

Sabrina from Thinking Out Loud

WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!

**Updates have been made to the Reading Cafe Grab shelves!

Last week is kind of a blur as from Sunday evening on I was traveling to New York from the Book Expo (BEA). running around BEA, and then the Book Blogger Convention, and then dragged a very tired version of me back home yesterday afternoon.  All this next week I will share with you posts on authors and bloggers I met, two author events, Publishing events, and the Book Blogger Convention with highlights.  I hope you will tune in for some of these posts as I am a huge fan of BEA and if I can generate enough excitement for you to consider going as well…. I will have succeeded.  😀

With my running around New York this past week while I am on the verge of ending two audio and a couple of books, I have very little to show reading wise for the week.  Here is what I did post:

BEA – Update 1 and a story about overtaking the Info Booth + dinner with Beth Hoffman (TRUE STORY (razz))

Small Update from New York (and a picture with Harlan Coben – SSQQUUUEEE!!!)

BEA update 2

What Do You Look For In A Book Review?

Stop over and see my interview with the Minneapolis Examiner by the wonderful Linda White



So as you can see uhhhh…. not a whole lot of reading going on.  This week however I am hopeful to do a  little catching up with some great reading.  Here is the plan:



In the waning days of the Ottoman Empire, a young Orthodox Jewish woman in the holy city of Jerusalem is expected to marry and produce many sons to help hasten the Messiah’s arrival. While the feisty Esther Kaminsky understands her obligations, her artistic talent inspires her to secretly explore worlds outside her religion, to dream of studying in Paris—and to believe that God has a special destiny for her. When tragedy strikes her family, Esther views it as a warning from an angry God and suppresses her desires in order to become an obedient “Jerusalem maiden.”

But when a surprising opportunity forces itself on to her preordained path, Esther finds her beliefs clashing dangerously with the passions she has staved off her entire life—forcing her to confront the most difficult question of all: To whom must she be true?

This little gem is for a book tour on Wednesday… I met author Talia Carner at the Harper Collins Book Blogger Reception and look forward to reading her book. 




D.D.’s former partner and one-time lover, Det. Bobby Dodge, of the Massachusetts State Police, asks her to look into what appears to be a clear-cut homicide case. The evidence suggests that Tessa Leoni, a state trooper colleague of Bobby’s, shot and killed her abusive husband, Brian Darby, who may have kidnapped her six-year-old daughter, Sophie. But Tessa won’t talk about her bruises, her husband, or what might have happened to her child. D.D. examines every detail about the family, while Tessa uses her skills to manipulate the investigation. From Tessa’s point of view, we learn about her and Brian’s courtship, his affection for Sophie, and how the marriage began to disintegrate.

I know.. thats a pretty bad synopsis that I pulled from Amazon.  In my own opinion, I adore Lisa Gardner and look forward to this suspense novel on audio.




And finally… drum roll please….

In Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Uhhhh thats right… super SSSQQQUUUEEEE!!!  Look what I picked up at BEA!!!  I can not wait to read this.  AND (and this is important!) I have an extra copy that I will be giving away on June 9th (mark your calendar!) for my Blogiversary!



That is the reading plan for the week.  As I said above I have a few I am finishing up so I am hoping to have a bit review week as well as the BEA posts.

Now….. I want to know what you are reading!  Add your What Are Your Reading post to the linky below (where it says click here!)  I can not wait to come and visit you!  😀


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

  1. I haven’t read any of these books Sheila but they all look fabulous! Can’t wait to read your reviews, I think you are going to have a great reading week!

  2. Love You More is a fast & furious read, enjoy. I can’t wait for Forever. I will be on the edge waiting for your thoughts.

  3. OMG I just about turned green with envy that you have Forever! Cant wait to read it.
    You sure had a full-on week, cant wait to hear more about BEA. Happy reading 🙂

  4. I’m beyond jealous of you meeting up with Beth Hoffman this week! One day! Seriously though, so glad you had such a fabulous week! I can’t wait to go myself, hopefully soon. 🙂

    Hope you have a relaxing and fabulous reading week this week!

  5. I haven’t even read Shiver yet! I’m hoping to fix that really soon though. I keep hearing so many wonderful things about the series. Enjoy Forever 🙂

    1. Hi Jackie – you can make a post on your own blog or site and then link it here by taking the URL off the top of your page and pasting it into the linky spot above where it says “click here”

      Hope that helps! 😀

  6. Trying to pick and chose out of my library book pile before I go on holiday – the rest will have to go back to the library unread (gulp!)

  7. I’m a bit jealous 😛 I can’t wait to read Forever! I hope you like it, and I’m excited to hear your thoughts on it! 😀

  8. Maggie Stiefvater’s book is really famous. I have seen many book blogger reading it. I am curious but afraid it would be like Twilight.

    Would love to join the give away but I assumed this isn’t the first book in the series.

    Love You More sounds really intriguing. Would love to read that one. Happy Monday to you 🙂

  9. I’m thinking that not many people with high schoolers or even any students get a lot of reading done in the last week of May (or for some, the first week of June). All that end of year thing.

    Happy reading for next week. I start my summer break so I’m looking forward to much more reading time….last words…LOL

    1. HI Mardel – I remember when the boys were graduating…. GAH – I wish I had been into audio then…. I thin before the grad parties I had painted rooms, retiled a bathroom floor, shampooed carpets… I tend to over achieve on some things 😛 Hope you have an awesoem week!

  10. That drum is the best! You must have taken Forever back in your suitcase? I have one in my box, but I’m not counting on ANYTHING till I actually get the box and open it! LOL

    1. I actually did mail it back to me Jill…. I expect it Friday or Saturday – either way I am thinking it is a one day read as I am that pumped.

      Ugh…. I hope everything arrives ok… it did last year. 😀

  11. Hi there, this is the first time visiting, and leaving a comment. I would like to participate in Monday’s meme, What Are You Reading. at

    I plan or reading Jerusalem’s Wife in a couple days as well after I finish what I am reading. Look forward to reading your BEA experience.

  12. Wow, great-looking set of books! I really need to read Maggie Stiefvater’s series…I’ve heard so many great things about it. Happy reading 🙂

  13. Visited 10so far, major cleaning and stuff happening around me to get ready for the graduation party on the 11th.

    I really need to participate next year in Armchair BEA!! Was just a spectator this year.

  14. Totally jealous that you snagged a copy of Forever! I’ll have to wait for it to actually come out before I can read it.

    I hope you have a great week finally catching up on your reading, and I’m glad we got a chance to meet face to face 🙂

  15. Hi Sheila – So glad you had a wonderful time last week.
    I am linking late today as I have spent time with family yesterday and today which is a nice change for me. 🙂
    I have several Lisa Gardner suspense books in my TBR. Looks like a good choice for audio.
    I hope you have a good week reviewing and reading.

  16. I’m currently inbetween books, having just read & reviewed Passion by Lauren Kate. Looking at my TBR pile, I think it’s more urban fantasy for me!

  17. You have some good-looking books to read! I’ve been meaning to start The Wolves of Mercy Falls series.

    This is my first week participating. Looking forward to many more.

  18. So how are you doing on your reading list of the three books you have chosen? I am done with one book moving on to the next.

    1. I started Jerusalem Maiden this evening… it is good. I have not started the audio yet and Forever is coming in my BEA boxes – hopefully here by Friday and I plan to read it right away 😀

  19. Sheila you amaze me… keep on keeping on as you read and share for all of us to enjoy.

  20. I had a great reading week! And almost forgot it was Monday (I was traveling and got confused because of the holiday weekend–lol ) but I still made it.
    Have a great week Sheila—oh,and am so looking forward to your posts about BEA.

  21. So jealous you got to go to BEA again, Sheila!! You know I enjoy living vicariously through you!

    Very sick at the moment so not much time online, but I am looking forward to catching up on all your BEA posts – thanks for making the effort to share your experiences with all of us!


    1. Sue I wish you could go but until then – I am happy to bring as much of it back to share with you as I can 😀

      Sorry you are still feeling ill 😦

      Hopefully you will be back to feeling good again soon. 🙂

  22. Thank you for sharing your experience at BEA and BBC. I have wanted to go each year, but always excuses.

    I am sure what a experience. I want to go just once to meet the publishers, and authors, and network with book bloggers. But, it does seem a bit overwhelming. How did you know what to pick and choose. Hotels, etc. Was there a blogger that gives the ins and outs of the BEA.

    It seems like it is very overwhelming for a newbie. I think that may be one of the reasons I chose not to go this year. I am planning on going to SIBA( Southern indepenedent book seller ). I have been told it is less overwhelming. It probably a good idea for me to start small, and then get ready for BEA.

    I am 100 pages in Jerusalem Maiden and enjoying it.. I will be looking forward to reading your post about it. Maybe we can link up to each other if you would like.

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