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:

Samita at Book Purring

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!

Wow…. it probably looks like I have not been reading this week but I have.  😀  I have just been posting like crazy all things BEA related while they were fresh in my mind and before it was all old news.  Believe me…. I have posts backing up over here which is kind of exciting.

So speaking of the crazy posts I put up this week…. you really will want to check some of these out:

From Books To Broadway – a review of Mary Poppins

Dinner with Beth Hoffman (Author of Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt)

Almost Home by Mariah Stewart (yes – a book review!!!)

The Crocodile Hunter meets BEA Box #1 (If you want to hear me make a complete idiot of myself… you have to see this…)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (yes – an actual book review!  :D)

Box 2 from BEA and what was in it

What I Learned at Book Blogger Con (BBC)

Touring Greenwich Village and Lunch With Adriana Trigiani

Harry Potter Exhibition and why I can’t let go (I can’t… I just can’t… I’m not ready yet… *sob*)

Weekend Cooking:  Spiced Almonds
(a treat from New York!)

BEA – That’s a Wrap – The Final Post of BEA 2011

So as you can see – I have been busy posting posting posting about BEA.  😛

Moving forward for this week I think the biggest thing I want to tell you is that Thursday is my 2 year Blogiversary.  If you attended last year, you know I go all out – as you the readers are what makes me want to share bookish stories and reviews.  If you want to see what was given away and what fun happened here (of the comments are as fun as the post) check it out here And know that this year will be more of the same – big giveaways, and hopefully a lot of fun comments from the party attendees and you are all invited!!!

Other than the blogiversary – it is also Audio Book week!  I have many audio reviews and audio related posts lined up for this week, and even if you are not a fan of audio I am going to ask that you check out what I am posting, you just never know :D. 

Mary Beth Latham is a happily married woman entirely devoted to her three teenaged children. When her talented daughter Ruby casually announces she’s breaking up with her boyfriend Kirenan, a former neighbor who’s become like family, Mary Beth is slightly alarmed, but soon distracted by her son Max, who’s feeling overshadowed by his extroverted, athletic twin brother Alex. Quindlen’s novel moves briskly, propelled by the small dramas of summer camp, proms, soccer games and neighbors, until the rejected Kirenan blindsides the Lathams, and the reader, with an incredible act of violence. Left with almost nothing, Mary Beth struggles to cope with loss and guilt, protect what she has left, and regain a sense of meaning.

I had this one at reserve at the library and have already started listening to it.




With her older sister, Emma, planning a wedding and her younger sister, Sophie, preparing to launch a career on the London stage, Lulu can’t help but feel like the failure of the Atwater family. Lulu loves her sisters dearly and wants nothing but the best for them, but she finds herself stuck in a rut, working dead-end jobs with no romantic prospects in sight. When her mother asks her to find a cache of old family recipes in the attic of her childhood home, Lulu stumbles across a collection of letters written by her great-great-grandmother Josephine March. In her letters, Jo writes in detail about every aspect of her life: her older sister, Meg’s, new home and family; her younger sister Amy’s many admirers; Beth’s illness and the family’s shared grief over losing her too soon; and the butterflies she feels when she meets a handsome young German. As Lulu delves deeper into the lives and secrets of the March sisters, she finds solace and guidance, but can the words of her great-great-grandmother help Lulu find a place for herself in a world so different from the one Jo knew?

I was soooo excited to pick this up at BEA!



I don’t know a lot about this one and Amazon did not have a good description.  I picked it up at BEA from my good friends at Blackstone audio and thought I should really give it a try for audio week. 

I think that is about as much as I will get done this week unless I get into more audio.  I have a bike ride this coming weekend – a 150 mile for MS and I will be leaving Friday for the cities for that ride which will take place on Saturday and Sunday – 75 miles each day.  HOPING for good weather 😉

In the mean time – I am UBER excited to see what you are all reading as we enter into June.   Please add your link to your Monday What Are You Reading post below where it says “click here”. 

Have an awesome week!  😀

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

  1. I enjoyed reading about your trip to BEA, the authors you met, and the Harry Potter Exhibit. Thanks for sharing that magical experience with us 🙂

    The Little Women Letters is one I’ve got on my TBR list and I look forward to hearing what you think.

    Happy Blogoversary! I hope you have a fantastic week!

  2. Thanks for sharing your BEA trip with us! The Little Women Letters is on my radar. Looking forward to the Audiobook Week fun.

  3. Looking forward to audioweek, I do love audiobooks but they’ve been a little neglected since getting addicted to my kindle lol.

    Woohoo will be back for your blogoversary, off now to check out some of your posts and reviews. Have a wonderful week and hope the weather is great for the MS ride 🙂

  4. I hate to say it, but I have never finished Little Women. I think I read as far as…the sad part… but then I gave up when I was little. I do have it here in my stacks waiting to be tried again! I did love Little Men though. That said, the Little Women Letters sounds really good! Maybe it will give me the push I need to try again!

    Good luck with your bike ride this weekend, and happy blogoversary!

  5. Oh – Audio Week ! Glad I am always reading Audios. I plan to post a couple Audible reviews this week so that should work.
    The Maltese Falcon is a classic mystery. I believe Humphrey Bogart was in the movie.
    I do hope the weather holds good for your bike ride.
    I hope you enjoy your listening week and I will be there for your Blogoversary Day!

  6. I’ve only read on Dashiell Hammett book and that was The Thin Man. I’ve wanted to read The Maltese Falcon for years and having it on audio, read by those actors would be so cool. I’m litterally green with envy right now. Hope you love it.

    Have a great week!

  7. Wow! You’ve had some fantastic posts this week! I’m going to go back and comment on a few. But seriously, 150 miles on a bike? WOW! Good luck. My hubby would really like to train for that and loves tri-athalons, but has only done short distances since our kiddos are still quite small. Hopefully when they get older!

    And Happy 2nd Blogiversary!!! I can’t wait to see what you post this week I’m sure it will be fantastic!

    Have a fabulous reading/listening week! 🙂

  8. I’ve been wanting to see Mary Poppins for a while now…hopefully this summer!

    The Little Women Letters sounds really good – looking forward to reading your review.

    Have a great week!

  9. I am between finishing Better read than dead by Victoria Laurie and also on A Charmed Death by Madelyn Alt.

  10. I am afraid to read your HP Exhibition article. In fact, I delayed reading the last two books for years because I just did not want it to end. Reading the last page was like saying goodbye to friends — how sad is that? (sob)

    Needless to say — same reason I haven’t seen the last few movies. I’ll see them when I am good and ready. (Oh man, don’t I sound like the sad sort..)

  11. I just added Little Women Letters to my TBR list and Every Last One is already on my list. Looks like a great week! Enjoy!

  12. Hi Sheila,
    Have been away from my blog most of the week, so will catch up with your posts now.

    Lunch with Beth Hoffman, Fantastic!

    All best wishes for the bike ride.


  13. The Little Woman book looks really interesting.
    Hope you found the answer to your twitter question 🙂
    Have a great week!

  14. So out of it that I forgot to add my links to your list this morning, after going to the trouble of posting my Monday updates – duh!

    I’ve been wanting to read Every Last One for a while now – can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

    Enjoy your books this week!


  15. Sheila, what a fabulous list you’ve got this week. I want to read The Little Women letters. How excited are you that you brought a copy home from BEA!!!

  16. I had to go read all your posts of the week that I had missed so am now caught up. Crocodile hunter turned BEA box hunter….dadadada….so cute!

    Enjoy the Maltese Falcon. I think I saw the movie years ago and would love to read the book. Have a great week and a good ride!

  17. I wish I could’ve gone again to BEA again this year but it fun to live vicariously through your posts.

    And early congratulations on your blog anniversary! 🙂

  18. I am actually embarrassed by my visiting today, trying to juggle, blogging, grandson (sitter was off today), and graduation stuff, plus our last athletic banquet in about an hour and I only visited 14 blogs. I promise to do better in the future!!!

  19. The Maltese Falcon – unbelievable, but here is one where I’ve actually seen the MOVIE, but never read the book! I think audio enjoyment relies so much on the quality of narration – I hope this one is great for you! Off to check out some of your posts (so I can live my BEA fantasy vicariously through you!) 🙂

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