It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Happy day after Christmas!

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:

Deb Nance

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 hope everyone had a happy Christmas/Holiday/Weekend.  I sure did. College Son has been all ours all weekend and that’s rare and nice.  We watched movies, are WAY too much and had a great time. I thought I would put this post up last night like I usually do… but honestly – I just took a day off from the internet and the blog and being unplugged ….

was nice.  😀

As for what I read and accomplished this past week:


Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

Pumpkin Rolls recipe (so good!!!)

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (this time on audio!)  – a little recap before the movie comes out!


The Christmas Cookie Club by Ann Pearlman with giveaway!


Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell (not reviewed yet)

Two challenges hosted here – its not to late 😀  : 

The 2012 WHERE Are You Reading Challenge (Map out where your books are from)

The 2012 Dystopia Challenge (care to give it a try?  :D)


I did not get as much book time in as I had hoped but plenty of audio while cooking cleaning, gift wrapping, and tree assembly 😀

So this week I am hoping to clean up several books I have lying around that I would like to clean up before we go in to the new year.  Because next week…. next week I am treating myself to a week of books I have waited too long to read!

However – I am adding a little audio to my week and here is what is either playing now… or playing soon:


“The murderer is with us–on the train now . . .”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again . . .

Ok…. perhaps a little cheesy, but I have never had the pleasure or reading or listening to an Agatha Christie book and I really wanted to do so before the end of 2011.




Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can’t figure out if it’s for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn’t answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

I read Hush Hush (the first in this set of books) over a year ago.  It has taken me way too long to get to this one! 





The biggest thing to happen to Skary, Indiana, is renowned horror novelist Wolfe Boone–or, “Boo,” as the locals fondly call him. For the past sixteen years, the reclusive writer has been the town’s greatest attraction, having unintentionally turned the once-struggling Skary into a thriving tourist-trap for the dark side: from the Haunted Mansion restaurant, famous for its “bloody fingers” (fries splattered with ketchup) to Spooky’s Bookstore (where employees dress like the walking dead).

But when a newly reformed Wolfe suddenly quits the genre and subsequently starts to pursue Skary’s favorite girl-next-door, Ainsley Parker, the little town made famous by his writings becomes truly horrified. Soon, a scheme is plotted to put the fright back into Skary–and get their most famous resident out of love and back into the thrill business.

I read Rene Gutteridge last winter and enjoyed her… now looking through the audio at my local library I find her again and this book is the first in a trilogy…. I am…. curious… 😀




So that I think is safely it.  I want to go into 2012 really clean on half read books so my work is cut out for me this week 😀  I have so much to do this week with a year-end recap of what was great this past year, Challenge results, and a couple great challenges I am hosting myself.  It all should be a good time.  😀

I look forward to seeing what you accomplished this past week.  😀  Add your post below where it says “click here” 

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

  1. It is great to hear how wonderful your celebrations were! Ours too. My daughter loves the “Boo” books. I hope to finish up some audios taking down all the decorations this week.

  2. Good luck on finishing up those reading leftovers this week! I can’t do that. I am one book at a time girl myself. I have to read it, review it, and move on. Have a great week!

  3. Wow, I am #13 on the list this week – that’s unheard of! I’m usually way down at the bottom.

    Glad to hear you had a nice Christmas, Sheila. Same here – very nice holiday weekend. All the Christmas prep the past few weeks means I’m way behind on blogging but I also hope to catch up a bit this week….and to also consider some challenges. There are quite a few dystopian challenges to choose from now!

    Nothing cheesy about Agatha Christie at all! She’s a excellent writer – I read a whole bunch of her books when I was in high school.

    I listened to Hush, Hush on audio last year, too, but don’t really feel compelled to follow up with book 2. I liked it well enough but it’s not my usual sort of fare. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of book 2.

    I can’t wait to read some of my new Christmas gifts!! Enjoy your books this week –


  4. I took a day away from the internet yesterday too. Today we have our grandson with us who has been sick on and off all weekend and the cold I held off all last week is threatening to attack. lol

    We had a wonderful Christmas, glad you did too.

  5. So glad you had a nice family Christmas. We enjoyed our day with our daughter and her family then did evening skype visit with our son and his wife. Enjoy you last week of 2011 reading!

  6. The AC audio would be lovely to listen to whilst getting through the chores! I am coming to the meme a bit later as my book reading has to take a back seat. I arrived on the 23rd and the library is closed till the 28th morning! Back to books tomorrow.

  7. I’m so glad you had a great Christmas! Our nephew left today but our son’s still here, so my blogging and reading have taken a real hit. That’s fine with me, though, because they’re so much more fun.

  8. I’ll be curious to see what you think of the Agatha Christie book. I’ve only tried to read/listen to one of hers and it was a Hercule Poirot story (not that particular one) and I was bored to tears. I’m going to try reading a Miss Marple sometime soon to see if I like that better.

  9. We had a fun Christmas – getting together with family and a few friends. The grandchildren were suitably spoiled – the rest of us made do with only Secret Santa picks for gifts – but then Christmas is really about family and getting together, and spoiling the younger kids if at all possible. For us anyway. 🙂 Even though I say we SPOIL the kids, we don’t go overboard – the kids aren’t getting insane amounts of toys, or expensively priced items. It’s more about getting them things they’re going to have fun with and watching them open their gifts.

    Of course, I still haven’t read much in the past few days – first it was work and shopping and today it was recuperating.

    Happy New Year everyone!

  10. Hi Sheila,

    joining you late this week (we had Boxing Day on Monday).

    I seem to have several books to finish up this week. Reading has been sporadic and with a new baby in the family (my kindle), my reading routine is out. 🙂

    Wishing you all the best for 2012!


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