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:

Laura @BurgandyIce

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

Mid February already, can you believe it?  My week was busy, but I think they always are…. yet I did get in some book time!  Here is what happened this week:


Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles (great debut author’s work!)

A chance to win Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children (extended to Tuesday!)


Life Is A Trip by Judie Fein (with a giveaway extended to Tuesday!)


Bitter Melon by Cara Chow (sometimes, it is good to be mad….)

The Eyre Of My Ways.… yes… I am going there… and yes, I am going in alone.  😯


SPIN by Catherine McKenzie ( new release, fun read…. yes, there is a bit of gushing 🙂 )


It was a pretty good week, I did not turn the tv on at all and spent my evenings reading until I went to bed.  Probably pretty “Little House On The Prairieish” , but it works for me.  I have another book I will have finished soon and 11-22-63 on audio is going to end this week as well.

So this week here is what I am planning:

When fifteen-year-old Jake Bergamot receives—and then forwards to a friend—a sexually explicit video that an eighth-grade admirer sent to him, the video goes viral within hours. The scandal that ensues threatens to shatter his family’s sense of security and identity—and, ultimately, their happiness. This Beautiful Life is a devastating, clear-eyed portrait of modern life that will have readers debating their assumptions about family, morality, and the choices we make in the name of love.

Wow right? 





The Angelini Shoe Company, one of the last family-owned businesses in Greenwich Village, has been making exquisite wedding shoes since 1903 but now teeters on the brink of financial collapse. To save their business from ruin, thirty-three-year-old Valentine Roncalli—apprentice to and granddaughter of master artisan Teodora Angelini—must bring the family’s old-world craftsmanship into the twenty-first century. Juggling her budding romance with dashing chef Roman Falconi, her duty to her family, and a design challenge presented by a prestigious department store, Valentine returns to Italy with her grandmother in a quest to build a pair of glorious shoes to beat their rivals. And in the course of discovering her true artistic voice and so much more in la bella Italia, Valentine will be turning her life and the business upside down in ways she never expected.

This is my book club read for February.  I read this a few years back but am excited to read and review again.  After all… its Adriana!  😀





This moving, coming-of-age story follows a young white girl who overcomes family prejudice and cultural differences when she befriends a black girl in a small working-class town.
Twelve-year-old Cassie narrates the dramatic events that unfold when Jemmie, an African-American girl, and her family move in next door. Despite their parents’ deeply held prejudice against each other’s family-exemplified by the fence Cassie’s father builds between their two houses-the girls find they share more similarities than differences. Mutual interests in reading and running draw them together, and their wariness of each other disappears. But when their parents find out about the burgeoning friendship, each girl is forbidden to see the other. A family crisis and celebration provide opportunities for the families to reach an understanding.

I cant wait to dig into this one!





The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen The White Queen tells the story of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the success of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown to this day.

I do love Philippa Gregory’s writing and it has been a long time since I indulged in her books!





As a big-time New York sports agent, Myron has a professional interest in Brenda. Then a personal one. But between them isn’t just the difference in their backgrounds or the color of their skin. Between them is a chasm of corruption and lies, a vicious young mafioso on the make, and one secret that some people are dying to keep–and others are killing to protect.

I adore Coben… no secret there!





So that’s the weeks plan.  I already started the Coben audio – SO GOOD!  And will be looking for more good audio at my library on line later tonight. 

– I will try to stop in and have a cup of coffee with you and see what you are reading 😀

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

  1. I still haven’t read anything by Adriana Trigiani though I hope to read Very Valentine and her new book that is coming out this spring. I liked your review of Bitter Melon. I’ll have to check it out sometime. Good luck with your Jane Eyre project!

  2. I read The White Queen last year and really enjoyed it. I started The Red Queen last summer but can’t quite get as into it… I think that I need to start over from the beginning in a few months! 🙂 I hope you enjoy your reads this week!

  3. Very Valentine has been on my TBR list for awhile, I might have to make room for it soon!

    I haven’t read this Philippa Gregory, I have mixed feelings about her. I like her more when I don’t know much about whatever it is she’s writing about. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

  4. I like your great mix! I peeked at some of your posts. 🙂
    Good luck with your Eyre plan.
    Oh wouldn’t I be distracted in that restaurant too!
    Have a lovely week – stay warm!

  5. Crossing Jordan looks good – like it needs to be in our school library good.

    I didn’t do so well reading this week. Finished one book though. I’m averaging about five books a month. Ha ha. Somthing tells me I won’t surpass last years total of books read. 😉

  6. I love Philippa Gregroy and I have that one in my TBR pile. I have read something by Adriana Trigiani but I can’t remember what it was. One False Move looks really good. Hope you enjoy them!


  7. I love the Myron Bolitar series. Harlan Coben was one of my favorite authors before I even began blogging and reviewing books. I picked up the first book in the series and was hooked.

    1. I love the Myron Bolitar series. Harlan Coben was one of my favorite authors before I even began blogging and reviewing books. I picked up the first book in the series and was hooked.

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  8. I loved all the foodie references in Very Valentine. I took the sequel out the library last year but never got round to it. Good light reading though. I have a bunch of The Cousins War books to read, including a non-fiction accompanying the series. Need to find time to read these, I lover Philippa Gregory’s research.

  9. Wow, you read so much last week! That is a great idea – a TV-free week. I should have done that since my husband was out of town. Watching a favorite show together after the kids go to bed is our “together time,” though we also always read before bed.

    Looks like you have some good ones lined up for this week, too – enjoy!


    P.S. I totally forgot it was Monday, until this afternoon!

  10. All your books look great! I’m a Coben fan too, glad you’re enjoying the audio of One False Move. I enjoyed The White Queen but The Red Queen even more so. Very Valentine has been on Mt TBR for ages and This Beautiful Life sounds like a moving read.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂

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