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:

Megan from Hardcover Feedback

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

**New books added today to the Reading Cafe giveaway!

I am really excited about this weeks meme!  Mainly because as of this afternoon I completed a hard and busy two weeks of projects that had left me with minimal time to visit what you are reading, let alone read much myself.  Here is what I did manage to finish this week:

Escape From Zobadak by Brad Gallagher (book review – MG)

The Secret Lives Of The Four Wives by Lola Shoneyin (book tour and review)

Bloody Jack by L A Meyer (audio review – first in the series… and ooh… you are not going to want to miss this one!)

Candy Freak by Steve Almond (audio review with addition to review since posted *see below)

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (audio review out of my norm for the Shaken Not Stirred Challenge)



Oh and I forgot to post a picture to go with my Candy Freak post… the review explains what is happening in this pic… and the result…;)

mmm hmmm.... I kind of get into my reviews. Click pick to go to story

Another strong audio week which really is a sign of summer…. I can listen to audio while grilling, cleaning, mowing the lawn, when on the go – this is a great way to still get your “reads in”.  😛

That said… here is what I have happening now and on going through this week…

Those parts of Medium Raw–more of a collection of essays than a streamlined narrative–that seemed to grow out of that celebrity, such as Bourdain’s feuds with food critics and celebrity chefs, impressed reviewers the least. But they still found much to savor, particularly Bourdain’s biting personality, his own humorous self-deprecation, his ability to bring out the unknown elements of the restaurant industry, particularly the kitchen and service staff who might otherwise be ignored, and, not least of all, the well-written (if often vulgar) and compelling stories.

I seen a couple of episodes of Bourdain’s tv show a while back and was fascinated by his travel and food experiences.  Yes, he is rough around the edges and that is even more apparent in this audio that I am about an hour into, but if you can over look the roughness – there is an interesting tale underneath.  At least so far.




Even on their wedding day, John and Irene sensed that they were about to make a mistake. Years later, divorced, dating other people, and living in different parts of the country, they seem to have nothing in common—nothing except the most important person in each of their lives: Sadie, their spirited eighteen-year-old  daughter. Feeling smothered by Irene and distanced from John, Sadie is growing more and more attached to her new boyfriend, Ron.
When tragedy strikes, Irene and John come together to support the daughter they love so dearly. What takes longer is to remember how they really feel about each other.

I had started this book a while ago… sat it down… renewed it at the library… and now have picked it up again and am sailing along. 😀





The night is not safe for mortals. Denise MacGregor knows all too well what lurks in the shadows — her best friend is half-vampire Cat Crawfield — and she has already lost more than the average human could bear. But her family’s past is wrapped in secrets and shrouded in darkness — and a demon shape-shifter has marked Denise as prey. Now her survival depends on an immortal who lusts for a taste of her.

He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human — even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.

Yes…. my reading and audio is all over the grid this week.  😛  This audio was one I picked up through Blackstone audio at BEA and thought I could give it a try.  So far…. hmmm…. it is… a love story… and really, not so bad.  Does anyone else think this dude on the audio cover looks like a young Timothy Hutton?  Anyone?  Anyone? 





When Madeline Stone walks away from Chicago and moves five hundred miles north to the coast of Lake Superior, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she isn’t prepared for how much her life will change.

Charged with caring for an aging family friend, Madeline finds herself in the middle of beautiful nowhere with Gladys and Arbutus, two octogenarian sisters-one sharp and stubborn, the other sweeter than sunshine. As Madeline begins to experience the ways of the small, tight-knit town, she is drawn into the lives and dramas of its residents. It’s a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but friendship, community, and compassion run deeper. As the story hurdles along-featuring a lost child, a dashed love, a car accident, a wedding, a fire, and a romantic reunion-Gladys, Arbutus, and the rest of the town teach Madeline more about life, love, and goodwill than she’s learned in a lifetime.

Late!  Late tour review.  Last weeks CRAZINESS caused me a miss on this one and gah… catching up 😀

That’s whats on the barbie..  I am still finishing the Harry Potter Books, and listening to the second in the series Bloody Jack audio too. 

I have requested and received all the Mondays in July off from work!  WOO HOO!!!  This is a much-needed break from life happenings and with busy weekends, Monday is a great recoup  day.  It also means I will have more time to explore what all of you are reading and for the first time in weeks I am going to get around and see you and what is trending through the book blogs!  😀

Be sure to add your What Are You Reading post link below where it says click here, so I as well as others can find their way to you!  😀



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97 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You reading?

  1. I enjoyed your reviews this week, especially Bloody Jack and The Secret Lives of the Four Wives. South of Superior sounds really good too.

    I hope you have a great week! Are you planning to go see Harry Potter this coming weekend? I think I am going to wait till the following weekend.

  2. Looks like you had a fun week.
    I can see the young Tim Hutton on the Frost cover.
    Have good reading this week with your varied selection.

  3. I’m jealous about you having Monday’s off in July – I’d totally do the same thing if I could!

    That Elizabeth Berg book sounds sad, I think it would make me cry, lol. But it does sound good too, maybe I’ll have a peek at it.

    1. July is probably the slowest work month of the year for me… June is big with year end stuff and annual meeting, August starts revving up for fall…..

      currently my boss is on vacation and the other two I work with are also toned down in things going on in July. I love just being in my home with no commitments 😀 So rare!

  4. I will have to check out the Elizabeth Berg book…and my Mom would love the Anthony Bordain book. She & my stepdad went to see him live and she just loves him! You are right on about the roughness…it could really turn people off so good thing you warned them 🙂
    Have a great week!

    1. Thanks Loren – yeah he is really rough and its too bad because I want to hear the underlining story about his travels and the food… to some that may be his appeal…. but I think he could still have the cocky attitude without all the language 😀

  5. That’s awesome that you have Monday’s off now! I can definitely understand needing a day to recover from things, though I’m not sure how I put in my notice for that. LOL

    I can’t wait to hear what you think of South of Superior! I received a copy last week and I can’t wait to read it!

    Hope you have a fabulously relaxing and wonderful reading week! 🙂

  6. Hope all your Mondays are wonderful for you. The Secret Lives of Four Wives sounds interesting, I think I want to read it.

    I put up my post – loving this meme, sometimes it’s the one weekly item that I do on my blog. 🙂 Or rather, this weekly event helps to keep me centered (timewise).

  7. I almost picked up South of Superior at the bookstore yesterday but decided to wait…I have so many books sitting on my shelves that need to be read.

    Enjoy your Mondays off – I love using Monday as a day to catch up on my blog and visit other blogs.

  8. These look like some great books Sheila! I’ve enjoyed Elizabeth Berg in the past so that one interests me. Of course I would also love to read South of Superior as I live on Lake Superior…I will be curious to hear your thoughts on that one as I may have to present that one to my book club!

    1. This is Berg’s newest and it is good, not a fav of mine of hers, but good.

      I was up in FInland Minnesota a couple of days ago…. just a few miles off lake Superior. It is always interesting to watch the temperature drop as I get near that lake. We left Brainerd and it was 86 degrees, three house later as we are driving alongside Superior it is 68 degrees. 😛

    1. I hope so Carol… it is amazing how the days fill up. As of yesterday i thought my week was low key… by this morning I realized i have book club on Tuesday, rollerblading with Wendy on Wednesday, and dinner on Thursday with my gal pals.

  9. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve been wanting to add video to my blog for a while. It was harder than I thought, but not so much that I won’t be doing it again.

  10. I’ve just downloaded Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost on audio. I’m looking forward to starting it but working on Storm Front by Jim Butcher first. AND thanks to you, I found the first 8 (?) of the Bloody Jack audiobooks available at my library; they’re now on my wishlist 🙂

  11. Congrats on receiving all the July Mondays off! Both Once Upon a Time There Was You and South of Superior sound like terrific reads. I enjoyed your review of 007 the other day! Have a great week!

  12. I just started your meme and am still trying to get through everyone’s blog post for Monday and catching up with your reads!! I already have a huge list of TBR and I can see that the list will only get longer!

    I have read Elizabeth Berg once, but loved it. And the rest of your reads sound wonderful also!

  13. That’s quite an eclectic group of books you’re working on, Sheila! I like that – keeps reading interesting, right?

    I am re-reading Harry Potter #7 in preparation for the movie release and am already having trouble putting it down!

    Glad to hear you got Mondays off for the summer – enjoy your books this week –


    1. Hi Sue! Yes… I do like variety in my books. 😛

      I am hoping to get to Harry Potter 7 this week…. my evenings are filling up and I had not intended for that to happen. I have one to finish, one to start and finish, and then Potter 7. 😀

  14. Visited at least 20, keep getting distracted today, was looking for a widget source too, that have buttons that include Goodreads and Amazon, found exactly what I was looking for a The Novel Nymph, I hope she responds to my email as I have been driving myself crazy trying to find one and that one is perfect. lol Plus I added way to many books to my wish list again today. Enjoy your Mondays off. I don’t have a job away from home and still l run out of time to do enough visiting.

    Have a great week!!!

    1. You have been busy Lori – now I am curious as to what this widget will look like! 😀

      I have spent the day blogging, reading Monday posts, commenting, sitting on the deck, reading, a little kitchen clean up, audio, and a nap. 😀

  15. I love your bookjourney blog! Especially “It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?” I am intrigued by the books on your list. Oh, and I am reading the Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. My son read it after it won the Newberry & has been telling me to read it ever since. I don’t normally read children’s lit but here I go! 🙂

      1. Ah, yes, Sheila – so many good books, so little time! I guess that is why it has taken me 3 years to read this one. 😉 I only ended up starting it bc I didn’t get to the library to pick up something new today & am in between reads. So with the thunder & lightning tonight, I decided why try not a ghost story? I think I may be up way past my bedtime with this one!

  16. Wow, you’ve got a ton of reading going on! I tried to read Bourdain’s early book (can’t remember the title right now) and although it was entertaining, I just lost interest after a while.

    1. He is a little long winded Alyce, I find I have to pick and choose what I am hearing in his book. This one has a lot of interesting facts about the economy and how that affected upscale restaurants but I have to filter through a lot of his language to get to the heart of the story. 😀

  17. South of Superior and the Berg both look very enticing. I’d rush to the online library catalog if I weren’t leaving town for three weeks next Sunday.

      1. Longview WA on the Columbia River to my Mom’s to stay with her while my sister takes her son to Seattle for the five day Creation Festival–Christian Rock and Praise music. She has been Mom’s caregiver since Dad died in 05 and since Mom’s stroke during surgery for her broken hip in late 08 she can’t be left home alone.

        This will be my second time doing this for my sister and Mom. We are both legally blind so we both wear bells. 🙂

        That’s next week but then I’m staying for my nieces wedding July 30. In between those our foster sister has another surgery the same week as the surgery she had while I was up there last summer and ended up in ICU for a month. We are praying that all goes smoothly this time.

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