It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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:

Hardcover Feedback

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

Well, the week wasn’t all that I had hoped book wise.  I actually had a FULL week of long work hours and evening plans every single night Monday thru Friday.  So busy in fact, I hardly made it around to see any of your posts. I had little book time until these last couple of days which has been wonderful.

Henry’s Sisters by Cathy Lamb (our book club read, a lot of good food…. and a little bra burning…)

Murder On The Orient Express by Agatha Christie (audio and GOOD audio!)


52 Small Changes by Brett Blumenthal ( a wonderful book for making changes for the good)


Born Standing Up by Steve Martin (good, but not great and left me hanging…)


at Team Kickin’ It:

Weekly Check In


When Its Hard To Find Time To Work Out


52 Small Changes – the book and The CHALLENGE


The week was skimpy but I have plans for this next one.  While I will have evening events Monday and Wednesday and possibly Thursday… I should get a little time during the week, late evenings and over the weekend. 

The plan?

Doc Hendley never set out to be a hero. In 2004, Hendley-a small- town bartender- launched a series of wine-tasting events to raise funds for clean-water projects and to bring awareness to the world’s freshwater crisis. He planned to donate the proceeds through traditional channels, but instead found himself traveling to one of the world’s most dangerous hot spots: Darfur, Sudan.

There, Doc witnessed a government-sponsored genocide where the number-one weapon wasn’t bullets-it was water. The Janjaweed terrorists had figured out that shooting up a bladder containing 10,000 liters of water, or dumping rotting corpses into a primary water source is remarkably efficient for the purposes of mass extermination. With limited funds, Doc realized that he couldn’t build new wells costing $10,000 a pop, but he could hire local workers to restore a damaged well for a mere $50 each. He’d found his mission. Today, Doc and Wine to Water continue to help stricken peoples repair and maintain water- containment systems in places like Darfur, Cambodia, Uganda, and Haiti.

Doc is a regular, rough-and-tumble guy who loves booze, music, and his Harley- but he also wanted to help. Wine to Water is a gripping story about braving tribal warfare and natural disasters and encountering fascinating characters in far-flung regions of the world. It is also an authoritative account of a global crisis and an inspirational tale that proves how ordinary people can improve the world.

This book is seriously right up my alley and I can not wait to read and chat with you about it!




Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Ok… we will see on this one.  It may be a genre stretch but I LOVE this cover!
The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.
While still listening to the second in this series, Crescendo, Reagan from Miss Remmers Reviews raved to me about the third book. Silence…. so…. onward we go! 😀
After graduating from Emory University in Atlanta in 1992, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska, where he went to live in the wilderness. Four months later, he turned up dead. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to survive, apparently stranded by an injury and slowly starving. They also reflect the posturing of a confused young man, raised in affluent Annandale, Va., who self-consciously adopted a Tolstoyan renunciation of wealth and return to nature. Krakauer, a contributing editor to Outside and Men’s Journal, retraces McCandless’s ill-fated antagonism toward his father, Walt, an eminent aerospace engineer. Krakauer also draws parallels to his own reckless youthful exploit in 1977 when he climbed Devils Thumb, a mountain on the Alaska-British Columbia border, partly as a symbolic act of rebellion against his autocratic father.
A book I have wanted to read for years… and never had.  Until now.
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94 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. I just finished Cinder this past week and loved it. I hope you will enjoy it too 🙂 Science fiction isn’t usually my thing but as this is also a fairytale retelling…

    I will have to check out your review of Murder on the Orient Express. Have a great week!

  2. Sorry that Steve Martin wasn’t as fun as it could have been.
    Wine to Water sounds wonderful! I agree that the Cover of Cinder pulls me in too. That is one I will add next month when I have open time. 🙂
    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Steve did leave a little something to be desires although I did learn a bit about his early years in the business.

      Cinder has me so interested… I cant wait to dig in but I have a book to finish, then Wine To Water, then Cinder 😀

  3. I really enjoyed Cinder, outside my comfort zone but such a fun read, hope you like it! Silence is on my mammoth tbr pile 🙂
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  4. Thanks for hosting this! It’s only my second week of participating but it;s been fun. I just visited the 30 blogs ahead of me on the linky list and it was fun to see all the variety of books being read!

  5. LOL – I complain about being too busy if I have to just go to work! add a trip to the store and it really makes me feel abused! LOL

    Have a good week, I finally was able to finish reading a couple of books! so happy about it. 🙂

  6. I think you will LOVE Cinder; I really liked it from beginning to end. You have a quirky, sarcastic android, a horrible stepmother, a handsome prince, and a kick-butt cyborg. 🙂 My review is here: if you’d like to read it.

    Wine to Water has been on my list since the first time I aw it .. once my book-buying ban is over, it will likely be one of the first books I buy.

    Have a wonderful reading week!

  7. Cinder is totally awesome! I loved it mucho!

    I read Into the Wild and if you’re reading it because you liked the movie be prepared to be disappointed. I loved the movie and had a real emotional connection to it, but the book reads like an encyclopedia article. No connection to the characters what-so-ever.

  8. My main problem with Cinder is that it is written to be read as part of a trilogy and doesn’t work as a standlone book. It seems to be a common occurrance in YA books but I find it frustrating, especially if the end isn’t planned til 2015!

    1. You are right Ellie, that is a common occurrence in YA. In some cases I like it, when the book is really good I like that I do not have to let go of the characters yet…. but I do hate waiting for the books and anything beyond 4 books gets to be too much.

  9. Ordered an Agatha Christie for my Kindle thank to you, lol!!

    Visited about 25 today but have been called into grandma duty and I can’t refuse.

    Have a wonderful week!

  10. Oh good! You are reading Cinder! I want to read your opinion as I just read and reviewed it on My Bookshelf about a week or so ago. My daughter is currently reading Silence. She read the first two and really enjoyed them so she received Silence in her stocking. It’s taken her a while to get around to it but she says she is enjoying it.

    Have a terrific week!

  11. It’s been busy around here, too, Sheila, but you always still manage to keep your blog active!

    Wow, Agatha Christie – I read lots of her mysteries in high school but haven’t read one in years – thanks for the reminder!

    I have enjoyed some of Steve Martin’s novels but haven’t read his memoir. He comes across as sort of odd sometimes – he’s such a funny goofball on screen, but interviewers always say he is super serious in person. Maybe he’s trying to overcompensate!

    I LOVED the movie adaptation of Into the Wild and have also been meaning to read the book for a long time. My son read it for American Lit but said he didn’t like it …but I still want to try it!

    Enjoy your books this week, Sheila –


    Book By Book

    1. I think he has matured (Steve that is)… I did the math – he is 65 this year and I suppose those early lean years must seem like a lifetime ago.

      I haven’t seen the movie yet – but I will Sue 🙂

  12. Sheila, I’ve visited and commented on at least 10 book blogs tonight and hope to fit some more in yet. What a wonderful selection I am seeing today!

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