It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Coming in a little late today – I got caught up in the previous post tonight and well…. yeah.  😀

Welcome to 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:

Lydia from 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!

I did not accomplish all I had hoped I would this past week.  Even with the week off I spent a lot of time writing, not so much reading – and I was gone with friends over the weekend crafting at our cabin.  That said – here is what did happen…

Divergent by Veronica Roth (First book of the year!!!  And it is a good one!)

Introducing …. a new blog with a different focus:  Team Kickin It!  (Stop by and say hello!)


Folly Beach by Dorthea Benton Frank ( good beach read!)


Boo by Rene Gutteridge (fun audio that oddly gave me Twilight flashbacks of Bella’s dad….)


Cook Yourself Thin Faster by Lauren Deen  (good recipes – easy and fast to make and low cal too!)


My How Book Blogging Has Changed... (my thoughts on some not so positive changes to the book blogging community over the past year)


This week I have some catching up to do… and a busy week ahead – work, evening commitments and Navy Son is home for a couple weeks!  SSQQUUEEE!!!!

I do have a few things planned though…

Whether as New Year’s resolutions, birthday wishes, or daily promises, most everyone vows at some point to make a major life change. But change is easier said than done, especially when it comes to better managing our wellness amidst the chaos of everyday living. Fortunately, wellness coach and award-winning writer Brett Blumenthal has devised a way to inspire and motivate her readers to live healthier and make positive changes in their lives. Although Blumenthal’s method is not a quick fix, it is a surprisingly simple one: make one small change per week, for fifty-two weeks, and at the end of a year, you’ll be happier and healthier. After all, it is the small changes that are the most realistic, instead of trying to overhaul your lifestyle all at once. 52 Small Changes addresses all areas of wellbeing, including nutrition, exercise, stress management, mental wellness, and even the health of one’s home environment. By guiding readers through these changes at an easy, manageable pace, Blumenthal provides an engaging roadmap to lasting results and “a happier, healthier you.”

I haven’t looked at this one yet but I am excited to check it out!

After her boss is caught in a political scandal, fledgling Washington lobbyist Dempsey Jo Killebrew is left broke, unemployed, and homeless. out of options, she reluctantly accepts her father’s offer to help turn birdsong—the fading Victorian mansion he recently inherited in Guthrie, Georgia—into a real estate cash cow. but birdsong turns out to be a moldering Pepto-bismol-pink dump with duct-taped windows, a driveway full of junk, and a grumpy distant relation who’s claiming squatter’s rights. Stuck in a tiny town where everyone seems to know her business, Dempsey grits her teeth and rolls up her sleeves, and begins her journey back to the last place she ever expected: home.

Mary Kay Andrews is a hoot – I look forward to listening to this one!

In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of “why I did stand-up and why I walked away.”

Emmy and Grammy Award winner, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Martin has always been awriter. His memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly amusing, and beautifully written.

At age ten Martin started his career at Disneyland, selling guidebooks in the newly opened theme park. In the decade that followed, he worked in the Disney magic shop and the Bird Cage Theatre at Knott’s Berry Farm, performing his first magic/comedy act a dozen times a week. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. The dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly early age and never wavers or wanes.

Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. It took Martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin also paints a portrait of his times — the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the seventies.

I loved Steve Martin as a kid!  Had to give this one a try 🙂




I’ve experienced a lot the last few years and I have a lot to share. So I hope that you’ll take a moment to sit back, relax and enjoy the words I’ve put together for you in this book. I think you’ll find I’ve left no stone unturned, no door unopened, no window unbroken, no rug unvacuumed, no ivories untickled. What I’m saying is, let us begin, shall we?

A Christmas gift!  Cant wait to read!



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

  1. Wow! Can’t believe I was first! I’m glad you liked Divergent too! Now I am excited to hear how you like your books this week. I like 52 Small Changes. Two comedians – should be fun! Have a great week and I will try to visit at TKI too.

  2. I’ve seen 52 Small Changes on a few blogs and thought it looked good. I like the idea of small changes, more chance of success 😉
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  3. Wow!! I’ve been thinking about reading The Fixer Upper for a very long time, and just recently Born Standing Up and Seriously…I’m Kidding.

    Great choices!

  4. Oh! I loved The Fixer Upper! I hope you enjoy the audio, it’s such a good laugh. 🙂

    Also love the new site! My hubby and I just started P90X and it’s kicking my rear end, but it’s good.

    Hope you have a fabulous reading week! 🙂

  5. Hi, Sheila! I finally ordered Divergent, so I can finally read it (when I receive it), 😉 so I’m glad it’s good 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy the Fixer Upper. Still haven’t read it, but it’s on my tbr list & her books are lots of fun. 🙂 Have a great reading week!

  6. Awww – your post tag said “I am sad” – don’t be sad, at least for too long. Hope you feel better about things soon.

    I almost didn’t even post tonight because I have menopausal brain memory – it’s almost like having pregnancy brain, only I’m not looking forward to a baby at the end of the menopause crap. LOL

    Have a good week, please. I’m going to try even though I have to go back to work from a two week break. Needed three weeks, I think.
    Happy Reading!

    1. HI Mardel – I am sad about some of the people who have gone away from blogging, and some of the disheartening word throwing going on between authors and book bloggers (a few – not many)…. but I know that said, I will go on as much of you had stated – happy to be talking books and keeping out on the “bad alleyways: 😀

  7. I love crafting weekends with friends. Lots of fun. I like the sound of Steve Martin and Ellen’s biographies. Two comedians I like a lot.

  8. 52 Small Changes sounds wonderful (and doable). I decided this year to make mini-resolutions for each month. For example, this month’s resolution is to drink enough water each day .. after a month of doing it, I expect it to become a habit. Next month’s resolution is to make certain I eat a decent breakfast each morning. Little by little is always better, I say! Enjoy your reading week!

  9. Wow! I’m still reading the comments on your last post. Great thoughts! I have no idea what drama you are referring to since I barely have time for Twitter. As someone fairly new to book blogging and someone who was recently semi-complaining about lack of time, I do realize I am fortunate to have the opportunities to read as many books as I do. I just need to find a better work/life/blogging balance.

    Can’t wait to see your review of 52 Small Changes. It sounds interesting.

    Back to those comments now…

    1. LOL – I have not been on Twitter that much either dixie, I heard about it second hand and heard that a few people stopped using Twitter due to the negativity….

      I hope to review 52 small changes on Tuesday 🙂

  10. oooh…looks like it’s celebrity comedian memoir week for you! I am a big fan of both Steve Martin and Ellen Degeneres (watching Ellen right now, in fact, while I browse Monday posts!).

    I keep hearing about 52 Small Changes – looks like the perfect read for January!

    Shoot, I just realized I wrote my blog posts first thing this morning but forgot to add them to the Linky list until just now. By the way, it is very kind of you to visit both of my blogs every Monday, but you don’t need to. I use the same Monday post because they generally attract two different audiences (though there is a little overlap). Anyway, thanks for your support!

    Enjoy your books this week –


    1. LOL – I didn’t even notice that when I picked the books/audio this week 😀

      When I visit both your blogs – I try to point out two different things that I find interesting 😀 I dont mind….

  11. Those all look like good reads. I fell off of blogging last week, maybe because I didn’t finish any books, but I am working on getting back on track this week!

  12. Over the holidays I did a lot of reading: A Cedar Cove Christmas, by Debbie Macomber; Eyes Wide Open, by R. K. Livingston; and The Joy of Writing, by Pierre Berton.

    I’ve only seen Ellen Degeneres on television a few times and haven’t read her book.
    What’s the Fixer Upper about? Is it fiction or nonfiction?

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