It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? The 100th IMWAYR post with BONUS giveaway!

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:

Jennifer at Rundipinne

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

In case you wonder why I offer a book giveaway for those who visit others who do this meme, it is because I LOVE community.  Book Blogging is all about sharing our love for books with one another.  By visiting some of the other participants – you never know where you may find that next awesome read – or a blog that becomes one that you want to read more often.  :D

As I said in the post title this is the 100th It’s Monday What Are You Reading post that I have done since I inherited this meme from J Kaye’s book blog in February of 2009.  At that time I was about 8 months into book reviewing and blogging and when J Kaye asked me if I would take over this meme I was so shocked and honored!  Certainly there had to be participants who had participated longer than me!  I graciously accepted feeling it was a no brainer to accept… after all, this would bring new readers to Book Journey, and allow me to meet others as well.  I had no idea if it would work but I jumped in.  I was actually on vacation that first Monday What Are You Reading.  I have left it almost exactly the same as J Kaye had done, except I added the incentive to look at other participants posts.  I wanted people… to meet people.  😀

That all said – please see below for the additions I am making to this weeks post to celebrate.  There is a chance at a Gift Card as well as an extra opportunity to grab a book out of the Reading Cafe.  There are a couple new secret titles I added for this week only and they will be pulled once the winners have chosen what book they want.  Winners will be announced Wednesday at the Morning Meandering right here.

Ok – as far as this past week.. what a bust.  I feel like I hardly made a dent in any of my reading…. here is the little that was accomplished:

Working It Out by Abby Rike (book review – a non fiction story of triumph over unthinkable tragedy… you may recognize Abby from The Biggest Loser show)

The Devil In The White City by Eric Larson (Our August book club read that may very well have taken the best Book Club read so far this year spot.  FANTASTIC!)

The Help movie review…. (Grab some popcorn and get to this movie!!! :razz:)

The Bookies Book Club celebrates 10 Years!!!!  (walk down memory lane with me as I explain how Bookies came to be…. )



That’s it.  That’s my week.  I didn’t think it would be so busy but I guess between the bookies anniversary, a surprise party for Sharon (Bookie gal!), going opening night to The Help movie, working an additional shift this week at work, a baby shower, a house-warming, watching I Am Number 4 with hubby, and College Son stopping in to visit on Sunday…. yeah…. reading went to the way side.  😯

As for this week… I am hoping to do a little late summer-house keeping and catch up on some of the books I announced I was going to be reading here and have yet to do so…. those books would be:  (click on any book cover to go to Amazon for a synopsis of the book).


and…. I think I should have two audio end this week (if not three) so next up for audio will be:

That’s the start tot he plan.  I like it!  😀  Now I am really excited to see what you are reading!  I did not make it around last week but this week I will!

The 100th post bonuses this week are:  Every person that links a Its Monday What Are You Reading post to the linky below where it says “click here” will go into a drawing for a $20 amazon gift card that will be emailed to the winner this Wednesday morning. 

Also – for those in a separate comment leave the name of a blog that they were introduced to through this meme and that they frequent now beyond the meme, will go in to a drawing for a chance to choose a book or bookish item from the Reading Cafe.  (Check it out – there are some fun things I have added this week.  😀

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136 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? The 100th IMWAYR post with BONUS giveaway!

  1. Congratulations on this being the 100th It’s Monday What Are You Reading! I am honoured to have won this week. It looks as though you had an exceptional week and oh Uncle Tom’s Cabin is such a brilliant choice. Have a wonderful week Sheila and enjoy your books.

  2. So glad to know that you loved The Help! I plan to take my grandmother to see it soon. It’s a huge deal–she doesn’t get out much, but she loved the book so much that she’s excited to go with me!

    Congratulations on 100 Mondays! You’re a wonderful host!

  3. Congrats on 100 posts! It looks like I picked the right week to join in. 🙂 I’ve got my post set to go up tomorrow and then I’ll stop by to link up.

  4. My mother had an old copy of Uncle Tom’s Cabin that I read and reread as a child. I’m going to check out that copy on Amazon.

    Congrats on the 100th post!

    There have been many bloggers I’ve met through this meme, whom I still visit.

    Staci, at Life in the Thumb comes to mind.

  5. Contrats on number 100!! This is my favourite meme and I have been introduced to so many fabulous blogs because of it. Namely Helen’s Book Blog.

  6. I need to go see The Help, I really enjoyed the book!

    Uncle Tom’s Cabin is one of my all time favorites, I hope you enjoy it 🙂 I can’t believe it’s been 100 posts already!!!

  7. Wow! It’s been that long? Crazy! I found There’s A Book through this meme, which I love cause she covers a broad range of books and I just love her site. 🙂

  8. Congratulations on the 100. Last week was really bad so I could not visit many links. Hope today is better as I love visiting blogs. Thank you for being so generous to your visitors!

  9. Yay for 100 IMWAYR posts! I have found many blogs through this meme. I regularly visit: Dollycas’s Thouhgts, Puss Reboots and others.
    Your upcoming reads look interesting… Enjoy the week!

  10. Congratulations! How exciting to have been doing this for so long! Isn’t it funny how things sneak up on you like that? It’s hard to believe it’s been that long, but I guess it has! 🙂

    And yay! I’m not the only one with a “slow” week last week. It just didn’t come together the way I planned, but that’s okay because from the sound of it both of us were doing things we loved. 🙂

    Have a fabulous reading week and congrats again!

      1. Well, I didn’t make it all the way around this time, but I did get to about 40 blogs this week. Considering I had kiddos crawling all over me most of the day, I think that’s a pretty good accomplishment. 😉

        Love that you asked about everyone’s blog they were introduced to! It made me so happy to see my blog listed among some that were mentioned, really made my day! Thank you!

        1. Oh good Danielle, that is what I was hoping for. Monday What Are You Reading is not a blog hop but a way of hoping that other participants will visit other blogs to find ones they like to visit more often than once a week…. I was thrilled at how many people answered my question. 😀

  11. One blog I was introduced to from this meme…it would absolutely be Jennifer from Rundipinne! I’m so happy it was her blog too, because I almost always find something to love and she’s been a great source of strength to me. So thank you for bringing us together!

  12. Ever since I first saw you post something about Quarantine, I’ve been waiting for the review. Can’t wait to see what you made of it.

  13. Congrats on the 100th post of It’s Monday…I love participating in this meme for a few reasons – it helps me keep track of where I am and what I need to do as far as reviews and I love visiting all the other blogs to see what everyone else is reading/listening to.

    As a result of participating in this meme, I’ve come across quite a few blogs that I now follow, but the one that stands out is Dizzy C’s Little Book Blog.

    Have a good week!

  14. Congrats on the 100th edition of this meme! Visited 30 blogs.
    Love Tana French. Just finished her book Faithful Place but my favorite of hers is The Likeness.
    Have a good week!

  15. Congratulations on the 100th post of this meme!

    No need to enter me, I just wanted to say hello & say I’m also hoping to read Quarantine soon.

  16. One of the blogs I found through this meme was Yvonne @ Socrates’ Book Reviews, back when I was posting on my previous blog, “Reading At The Beach”.

    I loved Working It Out. I watched Abby on The Biggest Loser, she’s amazing! Uncle Toms Cabin has been on my list of classics to read for many years.

  17. Congrats on the 100th post for this meme, I love participating 🙂

    You’ve had another jam packed week! Can’t wait to see The Help at the movies, it was one of my favourite reads in 2009

  18. That was a full week, I can see why there was no room for reading!

    I am hoping to go and see The Help. I am not one for films after books but I have to see if this has transferred to the big screen well.

    Congrats on your 100th edition of It’s Monday…..

    Rundipinne’s blog is just one of the many blogs I have found and follow thru this Monday meme.

    Have a good week

    1. Thanks Carol – yes see The Help. I am currently listening to the audio and as it goes I now am picking up on differences between movie and book that I had forgotten as I read The Help almost a year and a half ago…. but I still loved the move and thought they did a wonderful job.

  19. I am currently reading The Help because I really want to see the movie, but want to read the book first. Your books for this week loot intriguing especially, Quarantined and In the Woods. Hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful week.

  20. Congratulations on your 100th Monday post. You are doing a fab job. I didn’t read as much this week either. I blame very small text. I have always meant to read Uncle Tom’s Cabin. I keep hearing mention of it lately which I should probably see as a sign. Enjoy!

  21. Wow, 100 Mondays! That is a great commitment. I didn’t get a great deal of reading done last week either, but I did spend a lot of time deliberating if I should by a Kindle and an Ipod. I am 99% sure I am going to, but since it is a large purchase for me I am thinking about it for a few more days to be sure. I know you post that you use for audio books, did you join their monthly club? Do you like it? Is it easy to use? Right now I just borrow audio CDs from the library and I saw they do have downloadable books too, I just can’t seem to make a decision.

    Great job with the meme!

    1. Hi Jill – I do like audible a lot. I like that you get one free in the beginning and then it is 7.99 an audio for the first few months, but then does not go up much. I also like that you can quit any time, no contract.

      Out of the two you mention – I would go IPOD for reading just for the size of it. 🙂

  22. Congrats on the 100th post Shelia! All three of your books has my interest.

    Well, I’ve got to know this book lovin’, bike ridin’ lady named Shelia through this meme! LOL As well as Jennifer from Rundipinne, Yvonne from Socrates, Gautami Tripathy from Everthing Distils Into Reading, Brook from Bluestocking and many more!!!

  23. Congratulations Sheila! I have participated in this weekly meme since J Kaye had it and you have done a fabulous job and keeping it going! I have found so many great blogs thanks to you and this meme – here are just a few that I keep up with: Under The Boardwalk, The Book Nympho, A Book Obsession.. and Book Purring.
    Keep up the great posts!

    1. Thank you Laura. I loved J Kaye’s blog – visited it every day and really learned th have “blog conversations” through how she ran her blog. She was very kind to me and I still miss her chats! 😀

  24. 100 posts!?! It’s Monday What Are You Reading, you don’t look a post under 50. :D. Congrats, Sheila!

  25. I’m not able to do an “It’s Monday” post today because my mother-in-law is very ill on Hospice, and I’ll be spending the day with her. But, I wanted to congratulate you on 100 posts. I love the Monday fun, so thank you for hosting it.

  26. I read Uncle Tom’s Cabin many years ago, when I was a kid. I remember crying a lot while reading it, but I wonder if reading it now would make me feel frustrated – at the slavery, at the man’s acceptance, of the whole situation. No denying that the book was well written though, and must have been very controverial when first published.

    Please enter me in the regular contest – I’ve visited at LEAST 12 blogs. 🙂 I also hope I’m entered in the special contest – I already left a comment for that one. 🙂 I have hardly entered any contests this year – this will be the second or third contest, all year long.

    Happy reading and hope your hand is feeling much better!

  27. Congratulations, Sheila! As you know, I participate in the Monday meme every week – I love hearing about what everyone is reading. And it does create a lovely sense of community.

    Something Inside of Me sounds very, very interesting – I look forward to hearing what you think of it.

    Enjoy your books this week!


  28. Wow, congratulations! 😀 Sheila, this is my favourite meme, I’m always looking forward to Mondays and the It’s Monday posts 🙂

    I discovered so many great blogs thanks to you!

    Some I visit often:

    Inside a Dog
    The Introverted Reader
    The Elliott Review

    Congrats again and I hope this meme will go on for a long time! 🙂

  29. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! There are so many blogs and bloggers I have met through this meme to pick one is pretty difficult. Cmash Loves to Read, but she doesn’t participate here anymore but we have grown to be great friends. I love your blog and I always try to visit but I really like to Visit THERE’S A BOOK because she not only great books for me but also my grandson.

  30. Happy 100th “It’s Monday! What Are you Reading?” Anniversary 🙂 Thanks for choosing me as a winner last week…much appreciated 😀

    I’ve so far gone through 30 blogs…yet to do more tomorrow so will update my post.

  31. Congratulations! It’s been a fun journey with you! (Pun darn well intended 🙂 ). You’ve got a great line-up of books this week. Hope you’ll feel like you accomplished more at the end of it.

    And….honestly, not just because she’s mentioned as a winner, Jennifer at Rundpinne was the first blogger that I met through this meme and whose blog I visit on a regular basis.

  32. congrats!!! You have a bunch of interesting books lined up for this week.. Quarantine and small town sinners sound like stuff I like reading.Have a super reading week.

  33. Big congrats on the 100! This is one of my favorite weekly memes. I LOVE it! Thanks so much for hosting each week.

  34. Congratulations, sweet girl! You have done a marvelous job with this meme and I’m so proud of you!!!!

    I have found so many great blogs from following this meme around – hard to name just one! I love Laurel’s blogs and read them often!

  35. Congratulations on the BIG 100.

    I don’t play along, but I do visit a lot of bookies who do play. So many books to view and decide do I want to add them to my TBR list. It is getting much to long.

  36. I loved In the Woods! I bet it would be pretty good on audio with those nice accents.

    Since I’m a fairly new book blogger, I’ve discovered loads of blogs through this meme. Some faves include Rundpinne, Leeswammes, Thinking About Loud!, No Page Left Behind and Bookworm with a View.

    Happy 100th! Have a great week!

  37. OMG there are SOOOO many blogs that I’ve subscribed to thanks to this meme, I just don’t recall which one so I’m gonna go to my Google Reader/email to check it out LOL

  38. Congrats on #100! Looks like you have some great reading ahead. I’m glad you loved Devil in the White City. I love it and I think it made me appreciate that some non-ficition really is fun to read.

  39. Sheila I’ve visited and commented on 70 blogs and 3 blogs that I have subscribed to from this meme are:-

    Librarian Mouse
    Teen Reader’s Diary
    Book Belle

    I’ll post more up if I can think of more 😀

  40. wow! 100! that is quite a marker. gratz! =D

    I have In the Woods by Tana French on my TBR pile too. I look forward to seeing what you have to say about it.

  41. Hi Sheila 🙂 I am sorta new to this meme.Been following for three weeks now. Today I visited 20 new bloggy friends. I am actually very glad that I did, I definitely have found some reading material (not that I was ever short to begin with) but yes, new books and hopefully some new bloggy friends to discuss the finer side of a YA love triangle, I love em but I hate em. I think was the first time I saw this meme and I’ve been participating for the last three weeks. I think its such a stellar way to recap your week and to see what everyone else was up to.

    You have such a eclectic grouping of books, you are my hero. And congrats on the 100Mondays, it’s bitchin 🙂

  42. Congratulations!!! YAY! I’m very impressed with the 100th Monday post. Cool. 🙂 I remember Abby from her season on Biggest Loser too. Such a sad, but inspiring story. It definitely left a huge impression on me. Have a marvelous week!

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