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:

Lydia – The Lost Entwife

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

What a week.  I was at camp from Monday afternoon until Friday afternoon of this past week which was AWESOME and did not interfere with my reading whatsoever.  In fact I posted quite a bit this past week:

After by Amy Efaw (audio review and giveaway!)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audio review – SO GOOD!!!)

Cut by Patricia McCormick (book review)

Recap of my Camp experience – where I was and what I did

Meet My New Laptop  – Asus (Ah – uess)

Secrets Of Longevity by Dr. Moa Shing Ni (book review)

On top of all that I have two books almost completed and three audio that will end within the next day or two.  It really was a productive book week!  😀

For this week I am super excited.  I finally feel I am over that “book hump” where I just wasnt finding the time to read.  In fact I am tackling a series this week…. check it out. 



Chased by a madman preacher and possibly the rest of his townsfolk as well, young Todd Hewitt flees his settlement on a planet where war with the natives has killed all the women and infected the men with a germ that broadcasts their thoughts aloud for all to hear. This cacophanous thought-cloud is known as Noise and is rendered with startling effectiveness on the page. The first of many secrets is revealed when Todd discovers an unsettling hole in the Noise, and quickly realizes that he lives in a much different world than the one he thought he did.

Sometimes….. sometimes, it takes a swift crack to the head to get my going…. 😛  This past week I seen the third book in this trilogy and read a review on it that knocked my socks off.  Since then I have heard chatter about how awesome this series is and how you need all three and well – I bought all three.  😀 





Todd Hewitt, 13, is locked in a tower in New Prentisstown, a space colony, and separated from Viola, after the dramatic cliff-hanger in The Knife of Never Letting Go (Candlewick, 2008). Tracked down by the manipulative mayor of the all-male community he escaped, he is unaware that Viola is also under guard and recouping nearby. The noise that clatters through men’s minds makes it difficult for Todd to keep any secrets about his intentions to find Viola and accompany her on a mission to contact her people, who are on their way to colonize this unsettled and fractured new world. The previous war, which killed most of the women and made slaves of the aboriginal alien Spackles, has pitted the survivors against one another. The “Answer,” composed of women and a few men who lost daughters and mothers in the war, come to blows with the “Ask,” the mayor’s group of fundamentalist men and their Spackle slaves.

Yup -book two… I hope I love these… I could use a real strong series…. 😀





The genocidal tyrant Mayor Prentiss leads an army on one side, the terrorist healer Mistress Coyle heads a band of revolutionaries on another, and a massive legion of native Spackle threatens from a third. All three sides see only the complete annihilation of the others as the sole option for victory and survival, and they might be right, no matter how Todd and Viola use their formidable wills to advance peace as an influx of new colonists nears. It’s a thick book, approaching Russian-novel territory, but it rarely feels bloated; and readers invested in the story will likely concede that Ness has earned the space. His rapid-fire litany of impossible choices makes for captivating thought fodder, and what has already been a potent display of the power of voice to drive, amplify, and transform a story gets a third, unexpected soloist. And in so doing he shows just how deep and complex, as well as how versatile, a symbolic narrative device like Noise can be.

so.. the plan is – I love this series so much that I fly through them one after another.  At least… that s the plan.  😛





Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace… and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.

But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

Yup – here I go, Dekker again.  This is for the next Faith In Fiction read. 




Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” the alchemist replies. “And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

I have never experienced this read – and have to admit… I didn’t even know what it was about.  Already listening to it. 



Thats my week – I think I will be plenty busy with these and thank goodness for the long weekend coming up 😀

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Posted on August 28, 2011, in Its Monday What ARe You Reading and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 102 Comments.

  1. You had an awesome week Sheila and this one looks quite interesting. I have Forbidden on my shelves and I look forward to your thoughts on the Ness series. Have a wonderful week.

  2. That Patrick Ness series sounds absolutely amazing. I’ll be putting them on my tbr pile for sure, and am looking forward to your reviews.

    Happy reading!

  3. You have some great books coming up to read. Have a great week.

  4. Those should keep you busy for a while! I’ve just started Domestic Violets and it’s really good so far. I’m not sure what I’ll read next – maybe The Mailbox. Have a great week, Sheila!

  5. Wow, what an intriguing series! Hope you enjoy it!

  6. Be prepared to be a bit shellshocked after the Ness series. It’s fantastic but definitely made me think!

    I hope you have a great week, Sheila!

  7. I still need to read the Chaos Walking trilogy too. I look forward to reading your thoughts!

    I am eager to try The Help on audio after reading the book and watching the movie. I really liked Octavia Spencer’s portrayal of Minnie in the film so I am excited to hear her give voice to the character on the audio.

  8. I loved The Alchemist so hope you enjoy it too.

  9. I loved The Alchemist back when I read it, way too many moons ago. 😉 I’ve heard great things about the Chaos Walking series. I hope you enjoy!

  10. Our library is closing in mid september for a month to do some new wiring and carpeting (they are adding an entire wing – so exciting!) So anything we check out now we get to keep until Oct 24 – so I just picked up the three Patrick Ness books on audio tape! I also have Forbidden to read on my Nook for next month! Happy reading!

  11. I have Patrick Ness’s series on mt tbr, have heard so many good things about it and The Alchemist is another one I’ve been meaning to read for ages. Hope you have another productive week 🙂

  12. Hi Ms. Sheila! You really did have a great book week. Not to mention a great blog week!

    I just wanted to take a minute to say you are a wonderful blogger and a huge inspiration to all of us bloggers out there in the blogosphere. Keep up the great work! We ❤ you!

  13. I saw the adaptation of The Help last weekend and loved it! I hope to read the book soon. Have a great week of reading!

  14. I have seen this series too. I hope you enjoy it. I’ll be reading Forbidden in September. Now I have to go see your new computer. 🙂
    Have a great week!

  15. Wow! Ambitious book week. Have fun!

    • Well – its a win win for me Angie…. if I drive to the cabin (3 1/2 hours) we listen to audio… if Al drives I read… either way thats 7 hours of bookish time this weekend for sure – plus cabin laziness….LOL

  16. Oh you are in for such a huge treat with the Patrick Ness books! I remember reading the first few chapters of the first book and thinking, “Has everyone gone mad? People actually like this book?” but sticking with it because I trusted everyone who recommended it to me. Shortly thereafter I was hooked. 🙂

  17. I need to read the Patrick Ness series! I have only heard great things about it.

    Tia @ Falling For Books

  18. Yes! I cannot wait to hear what you think of The Chaos Walking series! Wow. Just wow. They are unbelievable. Now, that being said…if for some reason you can’t get into the book version, well, and even if you do…you have to have to listen to the audiobook versions! The narrator, Nick Podehl, is one of my all time favorites. He really brought the whole series to life for me. You’ll love them! I can’t wait to hear what you think though! Enjoy!

    Have a fabulous reading week! 😉

  19. The Alchemist for me was a tough one (to read and understand fully). I do hope I get to The Help sometime.

  20. Still on the light and fluffy books this week!!

  21. Great variety of books. I kept with my current obsession this week – SciFi, specifically dealing with space travel and drama. So much drama. 🙂

  22. Glad you liked The Help. One of my favourites this year. Such a good book. I have passed it round all my friends. I have read the first book by Patrick Ness and loved it. Hope you enjoy.

  23. The Ness series look amazing! Hope you enjoy your books. Happy Reading!

  24. You had a great week. I’m on the waiting list at the library for The Help. I’m glad you liked it.

  25. I’ve heard good things about the Chaos Walking series, so hopefully you’re plan is right on! Have a great week! 🙂

  26. You will like the Chaos Walking series. I am on book 3 and have really liked them! I was a bit aprehensive as I’ve been disappointed lately by the last book in a trilogy, but so far so good! Looking forward to Forbidden.

  27. These look like some pretty intense books you have coming up!

  28. I LOVED the Chaos Walking Series and just finished Forbidden too! Enjoy! You are in for some great reading. :0)

  29. Looks like you should have a good week. Enjoy!

  30. I’ve been meaning to read that Chaos Walking series for awhile too, just haven’t gotten to it yet. Hope you enjoy it, I hear some fabulous things!

  31. I have the Chaos Walking series sitting on my bookshelf and have wanted to read it for quite a while, but something always pulls me from it. I hope you enjoy it as I’ve heard great things about it. I’m off to explore some sites, so enjoy your reading week.

  32. WOW, You had a great week!!!! The Help is on my TBR stack but I have until the DVD comes out to read it, lol

  33. The Chaos Walking series sounds good! I have that now on my Want list! Good luck!

  34. I’m crazy about the Chaos Walking series. I hope you like it as much as I did.

  35. I didn’t love The Knife of Never Letting Go enough to read the trilogy back-to-back though it’s by no means bad! I’m sure I’ll pick up the rest of them at some point.

  36. You always have such good books on your posts! have added a couple more to my wishlist!

  37. I read the Alchemist for the first time just a year or two ago. It was interesting. I’m sure it would have been a nice book to listen to. That series of books you found by Patrick Ness sounds excellent – and I don’t generally like YA. I’m adding them to my list of books to check out.

  38. These are all new books to me. Looking forward to the reviews.
    Cana (Giveaway going on!)

  39. I’ll be curious to see what you think of The Alchemist. Personally I loathed it when I read it years ago. It’s one of the possible summer reading books for my kids for 8th grade and two years running now I have insisted that they go with the other option because I refuse to endure the whining I know this one will result in (plus I won’t read it again to help them out in any way, shape, or form).

    • I am listening to it on audio and enjoying it but I have a feeling if I had read this one I would not feel as connected…. some times the narration (story telling) is really what does it for me 😀

  40. I haven’t heard of any of these books, so I am looking forward to your reviews of them. I had a pretty slow reading week last week and am hoping this week it picks back up.

  41. Enjoy your books. I visited 40 sites today. Even with homework, I did manage to meet last week’s reading goals. Please come see what I finished and what I’m reading now.

  42. I had to read the Alchemist my freshman year of high school. I will be interested to see what you think of it. Happy Reading!

  43. This day just slipped away and I only made 22 stops and now I have to get off this computer. I can’t believe how fast time flew!! Have a great week Sheila!!

  44. I just finished Forbidden. Loved it! My review will be up tomorrow.

  45. Congrats, Lydia.

    I have The Knife of Never Letting Go. I hope to read it and the rest of the series.

    Have a great week.

  46. I hadn’t heard of that series yet – looking forward to hearing what you think!

    I read The Alchemist years ago for a book group and enjoyed it. Very thought-provoking. Lots of quotes made it into my quote journal!

    Enjoy your books this week!


  47. The Ness series are on my wishlist, and I can’t wait to read them one day. They sound awesome!!

  48. It seems my comment didn’t go through…a busy week Sheila 😀

    Visited & commented on 40 blogs so far 😉

  49. i’ve made it to 10 with commenting ~
    really great to have visitors commenting at FHC as well ”)

  50. I made it to 11 this week. Yeah. Thanks for being an incentive.

  51. Wow! Sounds like you are reading some pretty dark stuff this week. Hope you dont have nightmares!

    I still need to read The Help.

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