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:

MarthaE from Martha’s Bookshelf

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

What a great week!  I read and I listened to audio and well, for the first time in a long time I pretty much made it through everything I said I was going to read and listen to!  😀

My awesome week looked like this:

Bennys Angel by Laura Allen Nonemaker (A cute little story about Believing!)


Hometown Girl by Mariah Stewart (book tour and sweet read)


Bookies Book Club Christmas Party!


The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson (Bookies book club review and my threats to take out a character)  😯


Happy Accidents by Jane Lynch (wonderful audio memoir)


The first of my Secret BOOK Santa Gifts!

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night by Mark Haddon (oh, is that what the fuss was about all those years ago?  LOVED IT!


I Am Ready To Answer Your Questions (opened up the blog to all your questions… and oh what fun questions were asked!  😛 )

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer  (what would you do if life as you knew it ended today?  Fantastic read!)


Responses to your questions (you asked, I answered… on books, on life, on balance, on crazy things, and my dream spot!)


Maman’s Home Sick Pie by Donia Bijan ( a delicious read with a couple of recipes for you!)


See?  Told you I had a great week!  😛  My audio time was awesome and my evenings were not as heavy this week so I got in some good reading time too!

Now – this week I thought I would have a little fun with my reading… tis the season and all that 😀

Every year at Christmastime, Marnie and her twelve closest girlfriends gather in the evening with batches of beautifully wrapped homemade cookies. Everyone has to bring a dessert and a bottle of wine, but this year, it’s their stories that are especially important. Marnie’s oldest daughter has a risky pregnancy. Jeannie’s father is having an affair with her best friend. Taylor’s life is in financial freefall. Rosie’s husband doesn’t want children, and she has to decide, very soon, the fate of her marriage.

On this evening, at least, they can feel as a group the impulses of sisterly love and conflict, the passion and hopefulness of a new romance, the betrayal and disillusionment some relationships bring, the joys and fears of motherhood, the agony of losing a child, and above all, the love they have for one another. As Marnie says, the Christmas Cookie Club, if it’s anything, is a reminder of delight.

This is the perfect week to read this one!  Afterwards I am going to give my copy away 😀

All She Wants For Christmas Is…

If Amber Taylor doesn’t find a way home for Christmas, her mother is definitely going to disown her. Unfortunately, there’s no way she can afford to buy a plane ticket on her paltry salary. Luckily the universe obviously has her back. Why else would a single, drop-dead gorgeous actor suddenly show up on her doorstep and offer to drive her cross-country for the holidays?

A Happily Ever After…

Hunky Scott Cardoza was everything Amber desired in a boyfriend–except that he definitely had heartbreaker written all over him, which is why Amber promised herself that their road trip was going to be anything but romantic. Yet being cooped up in a tiny car for three days with the man of her dreams was turning out to be quite a challenge. Good things rules were meant to be broken…

Ok, a little out of my genre style but I picked this up at the library sale this fall and it is Christmas related… sort of… I think… maybe… 😯

A teen idol at fifteen, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at twenty, and one of Hollywood’s top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences as a painfully misunderstood child actor in Ohio uprooted to the wild counterculture of mid-seventies Malibu, where he embarked on his unrelenting pursuit of a career in Hollywood.

The Outsiders placed Lowe at the birth of the modern youth movement in the entertainment industry. During his time on The West Wing, he witnessed the surreal nexus of show business and politics both on the set and in the actual White House. And in between are deft and humorous stories of the wild excesses that marked the eighties, leading to his quest for family and sobriety.

Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last twenty-five years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.

I have been listening to this one for a couple of days now and WOW… this is so much more than I expected – cant wait to review!

Hopefully, this one needs no introduction.  Yes, I read this a couple of years ago, but now as the movie inches closer and closer I am going to treat myself to it on audio!  😛

Thats my week!  I have a Christmas Party on Monday evening but other than that my evenings are free for the week! (Well… sort of… I still need to put the tree up, shop, figure out Christmas dinner…. LOL)

So what are you reading this week?  ARE you reading this week?  😀  Cant wait to see so add your link below where it says Click Here! 

Oh, and in case I don’t get another chance to say it to you this week… Merry Christmas.  May your holiday be wonderful and full of good memories. 

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

  1. I really want to read the Rob Lowe book. I loved him in the eighties, but I enjoyed him even more on Brothers and Sisters and other TV shows.

    You have a fun collection of books this week.

    1. I cant say enough good about this one Laurel… I am just so over the top impressed… I knew it would be about the 80’s dude I knew but really… I had no idea. Can I say I cried a couple times while listening?

  2. Oh! What a surprise to win! Thank you. I’ll try to pick a book this week instead of waiting a month. 🙂
    You did have a swell week. I don’t really have much interest in the Lowe book but I’m glad you enjoyed it.
    I think you will really enjoy The Hunger Games on Audio. I’m looking forward to the movie too.
    Have a beautiful week and blessed Christmas.

    1. It took me awhile to decide if I wanted to read the Rob Lowe book Martha… I went back and forth on it, thinking it was just someone I remember from my youth…. but I am so glad I chose it as I LOVE IT!!!

  3. Will you be hosting this on Christmas next week ? …. thanks for the Miracle of Santo Fico book . I hope to be reading it next year sometime amidst all the reading challenges. I also visited more than 10 sites so far ….It sounds like you are sooo busy and I have yet to try audio books. It’s sounds expensive though .

    1. Jackie, I will be hosting next week too 🙂 I suspect we may be a smaller group next week… but thats ok 😀

      I go through and they download to ITUNES then you can put them on your IPOD. The first two audios are free, then it is like 7.99 a month for any audio of your choice… I highly recommend it. My library has audio too so that helps 🙂

  4. Wow! You had a fabulous week! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed Maman’s Homesick Pie, it really was an enjoyable read I thought as well. And oh! I’ve been wanting to read The Christmas Cookie Club for awhile now and this is the perfect time of year for it. Enjoy!

    Can’t wait to check out your Q&A from this week! I’m intrigued. 😉

    Have a fabulous reading week and a very very Happy Christmas!

  5. The Rob Lowe book sure does look interesting…and he is soooo handsome! Is he the narrator as well? I may have to check out the audioversion of this one as well.

  6. Wow, you will be busy this week.

    I’m going to treat myself to The Hunger Games on audio too. I’ve been wanting to read it and just haven’t been able to fit it in. I like to experience the book before the movie.

  7. I am glad you enjoyed The Curious Incident. It’s been a while since I read it, but I know I enjoyed it! And what a delight to delve into The Hunger Games again. I listened to the audio on the first go round. Now might be a good time to read it. I can’t wait for the movie.

  8. Wow, you managed to read all that and write all those blog posts in the week before Christmas?? You never cease to amaze me, Sheila! You are a wonder!

    I’ve been reading some holiday-themed books, too.

    Enjoy your books and your holiday preparations!!


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