It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hello and welcome to another fun addition of It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading?

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:

Angie from By Book Or By Crook!

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

So here we are heading towards the end of October at lighting speed.  Can you even believe that?  I always feel I should be getting more reading done but I have had some pretty active evenings lately involving friends and family and good events so I cant complain…. here is what I did accomplish this past week:

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audio review!)

I am an INSPY award judge!  (what that means and what books am I reading for this)

Don’t Blink by James Patterson (he finally puts out an audio that disappoints me….)

Read a Thon recap for me…. what I accomplished… what I didn’t…

Weekend Cooking – Quick Dump Chili and Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Book/audio completed during read-a-thon but not reviewed yet:

Shelter by Sarah Stonich

Sleeper’s Run by Henry Mosquera

Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian (audio)

Looking forward, this week I have Monday, Tuesday evenings as pretty low key, but Wednesday and Thursday plans both evenings and then Friday evening I leave for the cabin with a group of girls that I do the MS bike ride with for a weekend R & R.  Then things will go a bit crazy as the following week on November 5, I leave for Honduras for 6 days.

OK…. one thing at a time…. 😛  This week I plan to read:


Lily at 80 reflects on her life, beginning with her daughter days in 19th-century rural China. Foot-binding was practiced by all but the poorest families, and the graphic descriptions of it are not for the fainthearted. Yet women had nu shu, their own secret language. At the instigation of a matchmaker, Lily and Snow Flower, a girl from a larger town and supposedly from a well-connected, wealthy family, become laotong, bound together for life. Even after Lily learns that Snow Flower is not from a better family, even when Lily marries above her and Snow Flower beneath her, they remain close, exchanging nu shu written on a fan. When war comes, Lily is separated from her husband and children. She survives the winter helped by Snow Flower’s husband, a lowly butcher, until she is reunited with her family. As the years pass, the women’s relationship changes; Lily grows more powerful in her community, bitter, and harder, until at last she breaks her bond with Snow Flower. They are not reunited until Lily tries to make the dying Snow Flower’s last days comfortable.

I started listening to this yesterday and wow… I am already immersed in China’s culture, foot binding, match makers, oh my!  Enjoying it so far…

**I am thrilled to be participating in an event coming up called Laotong Nights where my friends and I will see an advanced copy of Snow Flower and The Secret Fan!  (SQQUUEEEE!!!)  We will also participate in the Laotong Night event which I post on later.

What is a a Laotong Night?  Click here for some things you could do, trust me my mind is already flying through the ideas! ….  and then watch for a future post in the next couple of weeks where not only will I review the movie but also have three copies of the book to give away!  😛


Narrated by the youngest son of a Puerto Rican father and white mother from Brooklyn raising their three young sons in upstate New York, the novel is comprised of vignettes detailing moments spent in the eye of the ferocious bubble of home. Torres paints a large picture through diminutive strokes, evoking envy for the couple’s passion and fear for just how easily that passion turns to rage. The brothers wrestle, fight, cry, and laugh as their family is torn and repaired over and over again.

This one came in the made from Blackstone audio and you know I was curious about it and hey, I don’t turn down audio 😀


Honestly, I am not going to start any new books this week… I have several not finished that I want to pay attention too like Monsters Of Men.

I have lots of reviews lined up for this week including a couple giveaways to go with the reviews…. as well as my review of the upcoming release of Water for Elephants on DVD, so really … stop by often this week 😀

Now I want to see what you are reading this week.  Be sure to link your It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading? to the linky below where it says “click here”


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

  1. I loved Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. I am glad you are enjoying it so far. I want to watch the movie too though I know it is very different from the book. I will have to check out your review of The Night Circus. I loved Jim Dale’s narration in the Harry Potter books.

    Have a great week! Looks like you have a lot going on 🙂

  2. You always astound me with how widely you read. I used to as well, but I haven’t had time or really thought to. The readathon got me out of my reading slump, so that’s good! That and my upcoming book talk on our readers’ choice award nominees. 🙂

  3. Sorry to hear you didn’t like Don’t Blink. My DH and I listened to that on a trip and we thought it was entertaining. I liked the humor and the mystery. Ah well… we don’t all read alike and different moods effect our listening pleasure too!
    Snow Flower sounds quite interesting. Have a great week!

    1. I did like the humor Martha, I forgot to mention that in my review – that was something I found new in Patterson and liked it. I dont know why it didnt sit right with me but in the end all the “happenings” made it a bit too much for me 😉

  4. I think I have Snow Flower and the Secret Fan around here – bought it on impulse one day. Different cover though. I think this one has had quite a few covers. Looking forward to your review.

  5. Yes! Absolutely focus on The Monsters of Men! I’m dying to know what you think of how it ends. It completely took my breathe away. I hope you enjoy it!

    And wow! A trip to Honduras? I can’t wait to hear more about that too!

    Have a fabulous reading week and enjoy getting caught up. 🙂

    1. Thanks Danielle – yeah, a missions trip coming up quickly and I am sooooo unprepared. I have a lot to do yet to get ready… 😀

      I am so looking forward to time with Monsters of Men… I am only about 50 pages in so far.

  6. A holiday in Honduras sounds wonderful! I hope you enjoy it and your reading this week!

    I just commented on 30 linky posts

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d out

  7. You had a busy week and you still finished all those books! I was lucky to get one audio book completed.

    I picked up a copy of Snowflower and the Secret Fan at a library sale a few weeks ago. I’m anxious to read that one, everyone seems to like it.

  8. This is the first week Leah (my co-editor) and I are posting at Chick Lit Reviews and News for this “officially”. I always participate, but Leah and I decided that with our new look it was something we wanted to participate in. I’m so excited! 🙂

  9. Snow Flower is on my TBR list, guess I need to get to it before the movie. Blink was not one of my favorites, easily forgettable. Off to see what others have read!

  10. Fabulous choice with Snow Flower and the Secret Fan! I have only ever heard great things about it! 🙂 This is my first time ever that I have actually commented on 10 or more blogs for this meme,YAY! lol. Everyone had such a great list of books this week 🙂

    Happy Reading!!

  11. Oh I really enjoyed reading Snowflower…I hope you do too!! I wish I had made it to the theatre to see the movie…but that’s always a challenge these days!! I’m reading “Next to Love” by Ellen Feldman.

  12. I can’t wait to read your thoughts on We the Animals. Kathy’s right about the foot binding part in Snow Flower. It’s stomach-turning but important for readers to know about.

  13. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan is one of my favourite books. You are so lucky to be able to see the movie early. I’m definitely waiting for that one to come out!

  14. I have a Lisa See novel sitting up on my shelf that I’ve been meaning to get to for ages! I keep hearing what a great novelist she is, so i will have to get to that one soon.

    Enjoy your books and your busy week!


  15. Hey Shelia
    I am doing the Warrier Dash next April. Any advice? I am starting training now. I do cardio six days a week and weight/exercises three days.
    Thank you

  16. The Laotong Nights event sounds awesome, hope you have a heap of fun, I’m going to check out your other post. I usually do the Oct readathon but completely forgot about it this year, not that I was probably up to participating anyway … always next year 🙂
    Have a great week and happy reading!

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