It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Happy December! 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.

This past weeks winner:

shelleyrae @ Book’d Out!

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

I have to say…. my audio book time is saving me from putting up a goose egg in my reading for the week.  😀  Seriously, sitting down and reading time has been few and far between but audio has followed me throughout my day.  Here is what I put up this week:

Went to The Capital website to see what district I would be in for Hunger Games!

The Killing Of Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly (Love Lincoln!)


Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (OH MY!!! BEST audio of the year!)

The Atonement Child by Francine Rivers (an author everyone should spend a little time with 😀 )


When Authors Attack (a flashback to a review that now, more experienced, I have some thoughts… 😀 )



This week I am working on the ISPY awards and have something every evening until Thursday.  That said, I need to finish the book club book this week and new to the table (and the cd player) are:

Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

Told in journal entries, this is the heart-pounding story of Miranda’s struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar world.

Who knew I would be such a dystopia fan?  My friend Amy talked this book up to me quite a while ago… its about time I enter this world!




Susan Beth Pfeffer’s Life as We Knew It enthralled and devastated readers with its brutal but hopeful look at an apocalyptic event–an asteroid hitting the moon, setting off a tailspin of horrific climate changes. Now this harrowing companion novel examines the same events as they unfold in New York City, revealed through the eyes of seventeen-year-old Puerto Rican Alex Morales. When Alex’s parents disappear in the aftermath of tidal waves, he must care for his two younger sisters, even as Manhattan becomes a deadly wasteland, and food and aid dwindle.
     With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

I want to follow up with the above book, with the second in the series, in audio form!  I alredy have this checked out from the library!





In the year that has passed since a meteor collided with the moon, Miranda’s friends and neighbors have died, the landscape has frozen, and food has become increasingly scarce. The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda’s father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda’s complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.

… and with a little luck I will get into this third installment of the series in audio this week as well!  The audio is only about 6 hours. 




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

  1. I’ve put my sister’s boyfriend Ready Player One for Christmas because I think he’ll really like it but I might have to source the audio copy just for me! 🙂

  2. Oh this dystopia series looks like one I would like too. I will have to see how I can add it to my list for next year! Now I have to check out some of your posts for this week.
    I did some judging back in September and October and it was fun but pushed time for review books.
    Have a great week!

  3. I’m glad you’re finally doing this series, Lori P. and I have been talking about it for the last year already! 😛

  4. I absolutely loved Life As We Knew It, but I haven’t read the other books yet. Yet another YA series I need to get on the ball with. Seriously, though, it was creepy how much I started to feel like the things in this book were actually happening while I was reading it!

  5. It is December! I love the holiday’s, especially the week before Christmas… when my son comes home! 🙂

    I hope your keeping busy while your husband’s away. Does he get to come home for the weekend?

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. HI Mari, actually he is home! He came home on Friday. They did a poor job of fudging how long the project would take and they finished in a week. CRAZY.

      He is back to regroup and may go again on a different project. 😀

  6. Oh I was so surprised to see my name! Thank you – sending you an email!

    I really want to read Ready Player One

  7. Hi, Sheila! It’s my first time participating in ‘It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? I haven’t really tried getting into audio books, although I have thought about trying it once–I just have to know where to get them in our country (the Philippines). 🐱

    You have an interesting reading list for this week. I liked the premise for all three books. I just added Susan Beth Pfeffer in my author watch list.

    Have a great week! Cheers!

    –Hana 🐱

  8. You sound just like me, I have one more book for INSPYs plus half a dozen or more discussions over the next week or so for Cybils too. Crazy crazy time of year! But I do love it! 🙂

    Hope you have a fabulous reading week!

  9. I adore Dystopia, will definitely be keeping an eye out for this series. Thanks Sheila. I love audio too, so I’m off to check out your review of Ready Player One.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  10. When authors attack was a very interesting and thought provoking post, Sheila. Thanks for that. 🙂

    Have a great reading week.
    I am going to be really selfish this week and read whenever I get the chance. I will pledge not to waste time on the TV this week. My ‘me’ time is precious at any time of the year but with lots to do for the 25th, it is much rarer. 🙂


    1. Thank you Carol… it was a post on my mind so I put it out there 🙂

      My selfish week comes up the first of the year, I read the books I have been dieing to read… I even make a big deal out of the first book I read in the new year. 😀

  11. I read the first two. Found them heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. Makes you appreciate what we have though, and worry about what me might lose, or how we would deal. It would be tough!

    I am joining in another Monday post – 🙂

    happy reading everyone!

  12. I know…isn’t this just a crazy busy time of year?? I never even got around to putting up Christmas decorations this weekend…sigh.

    I haven’t heard of the Pfeffer trilogy yet, so I look forward to hearing what you think! There are sooo many new dystopian novels/series out now…The Hunger Games really kicked off a trend.

    Enjoy your audios this week –


  13. Life as We New It is definitely on my list – I don’t think I realized it had follow up books! Good to know. I’m going to try listening to audiobooks while doing household chores and on my short comute twice a week. I hope it can help me sneak in a little more “reading” time. Great way to use resources!

  14. I must have visited more than 10 blogs. Can I just mention that the snow on your blog makes it really hard to scroll up and down . I like snow but the script is messing with your blog , that is one reason why I don’t use it . There must be one that doesn’t do that ?

  15. I loved Ready Player One, one of my favourite books this year & I’m glad you loved it 😀 Still haven’t gotten around to the Pfeffer’s trilogy, but it’s been on my reading list for a long time 🙂 Happy reading (a.k.a listening) & have a great week!

  16. Visiting this week is fun, I keep getting sidetracked signing up for 2012 challenges!!! I know I am not going to get all 50 states this year on my map but have made it to 36 so far and 6 overseas but this year I can just testing to see how many I could get from normal reading I would have done anyways. Look out 2012 I will be aiming for all 50!!!

    Have a great week.
    I have visited 21 so far!!

  17. Yup, listening to Ready Player One right now and it’s awesome! Not something I’d typically pick up but boy am I glad I did. Have a great reading week!

  18. Thanks goodness for audio books! My only problem is then I stick the CDs somewhere that makes sense in that moment, but can’t find them later.
    That series sounds really good. Hope you get to it in the midst of your crazy week!

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