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:

BLKosiner’s Book Blog

**PS I am a little (ok a lot) late on getting winners out as of late. I hope to get all packages out this week.

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

Coming in a little late with this post on Sunday evening… I had a busy day, floor hockey this evening and Amazing Race (had to watch it!) and then well… here I am.  😀

While my week had slowed down last week (thank you thank you!) I am still catching up on my reading.  Here is what was accomplished this last week:

Thoughts on the Oscars and Angelina’s leg… 😛

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben (audio)

Mental Floss The Book (a history of listory 😉 )

February Recap and Challenge Updates

Heartbreakers by Pamela Wells (YA audio)

I seem to be struggling a bit in the reading department… there is a book I am trying to get through but every time I pick it up I only manage a few pages.  Normally I would just pass on the read, but this one if for a tour so I am determined to come up with something out of it.  😯

New for this week however is:

Gabriel McQueen has only just arrived home on holiday leave from the service when his county-sheriff father sends him back out again with new marching orders. A brewing ice storm, and a distant neighbor who’s fallen out of contact, have the local lawman concerned. So he enlists Gabriel to make the long haul to the middle of nowhere, and make sure Lolly Helton is safe and sound. It’s a trip the younger McQueen would rather not make given the bitter winter weather–and the icy conditions that have always existed between him and Lolly.

But there’s no talking back when your dad is the town’s top cop. And there’ s no turning back when night falls just as Gabriel arrives–and discovers that the weather outside isn’t the only thing that’s frightful. Spotting strangers in Lolly’ s home–one of them packing a weapon–is all it takes to kick Gabriel into combat mode. And his stealth training is all he needs to extract Lolly from the house without alerting her captors. But when the escape is discovered, the heat–and the hunt–are on. And the winter woods are nowhere to be once the ice storm touches down, dropping trees, blocking roads, and trapping the fleeing pair in the freezing dark.

I am almost through this on audio… and I have thoughts… lots of thoughts… and not necessarily good ones…





I’m pushing aside
the memory of my nightmare,
pushing aside thoughts of Alex,
pushing aside thoughts of Hana
and my old school,
like Raven taught me to do.
The old life is dead.
But the old Lena is dead too.
I buried her.
I left her beyond a fence,
behind a wall of smoke and flame.

OOH – I am craving Dystopia and this hot little number waits for me on the table!




In 1937, Shanghai is the Paris of Asia, a city of great wealth and glamour, the home of millionaires and beggars, gangsters and gamblers, patriots and revolutionaries, artists and warlords. Thanks to the financial security and material comforts provided by their father’s prosperous rickshaw business, twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May, are having the time of their lives. Though both sisters wave off authority and tradition, they couldn’t be more different: Pearl is a Dragon sign, strong and stubborn, while May is a true Sheep, adorable and placid. Both are beautiful, modern, and carefree . . . until the day their father tells them that he has gambled away their wealth and that in order to repay his debts he must sell the girls as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides.

As Japanese bombs fall on their beloved city, Pearl and May set out on the journey of a lifetime, one that will take them through the Chinese countryside, in and out of the clutch of brutal soldiers, and across the Pacific to the shores of America. In Los Angeles they begin a fresh chapter, trying to find love with the strangers they have married, brushing against the seduction of Hollywood, and striving to embrace American life even as they fight against discrimination, brave Communist witch hunts, and find themselves hemmed in by Chinatown’s old ways and rules.

At its heart, Shanghai Girls is a story of sisters: Pearl and May are inseparable best friends who share hopes, dreams, and a deep connection, but like sisters everywhere they also harbor petty jealousies and rivalries. They love each other, but each knows exactly where to drive the knife to hurt the other the most.

I read Lisa See earlier this year and really look forward to this one!




For twenty-five years, a reclusive American novelist has been writing at the desk she inherited from a young Chilean poet who disappeared at the hands of Pinochet’s secret police; one day a girl claiming to be the poet’s daughter arrives to take it away, sending the writer’s life reeling. Across the ocean, in the leafy suburbs of London, a man caring for his dying wife discovers, among her papers, a lock of hair that unravels a terrible secret. In Jerusalem, an antiques dealer slowly reassembles his father’s study, plundered by the Nazis in Budapest in 1944.

Connecting these stories is a desk of many drawers that exerts a power over those who possess it or have given it away. As the narrators of Great House make their confessions, the desk takes on more and more meaning, and comes finally to stand for all that has been taken from them, and all that binds them to what has disappeared. Great House is a story haunted by questions: What do we pass on to our children and how do they absorb our dreams and losses? How do we respond to disappearance, destruction, and change?

I have always thought this one looked interesting!


So that’s the plan… and to catch up on the books.  I hope you have some great books planned for this week! Please add your link to your Where Are You Reading post below where it says “click here” 

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

  1. Ha- I jumped off to look at some of your posts. 🙂 I think I would like to read the Oliver books. I have to get some dystopia soon. Need to cut back on other review books and give myself some room for pulling in things I want to read/listen too.
    Have a great week.

  2. I loved Delirium and can’t wait to read Pandemonium; hope it’s awesome! This week, life got in the way of reading and blogging, I got the bare minimum done.
    Have a great week, happy reading and good luck with that pesky tour book 🙂

  3. The week that passed I read a book by Kate Morton “The Secret House riverton” and this week I am goingt to read “The Lord of the Flies” by William Golding.

  4. LOL – regarding Ice. It’s of course, very dangerously cold, and there’s probably a part where they’ll have to take off their clothes to share body heat, which will necessatate them having sex, to, y’know, Keep Warm! And Gabriel probably spends some time either angry or terse, because he’s forced to go rescue the girl.

    I’ve enjoyed a few of Linda Howard’s books, though at times the events are predictable.

    Shanghai Girls sounds very interesting.
    Happy reading!

  5. I’ve been wanting to read Pandemonium. Sometimes I hate having to wait in between books. Makes me want to wait until the series is done before starting if that makes sense. Enjoy your week!

  6. I really enjoyed Shanghai Girls. I’m sure you will too! Be ready to read the next one, though, because Shanghai Girls ends in a big of a cliffhanger.

  7. I am chuckling and can’t wait for your thoughts on Ice. I can guess ;o). I want to get to Pandemonium, but have read mixed reviews, oh well. That second book in a series is always tricky. I am in a bit of dystopia withdrawal, need to get back!

  8. Glad things slowed down a bit for you this week, Sheila. Looks like you have lots of good audios lined up for this week. I want to read a Lisa See book but haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    Enjoy your books this week!


  9. I have Shanghai Girls on audio, can’t wait to read your thoughts! I’m saving it for a time when I’m less stressed and can focus. My librarian also suggested the follow up book Dreams of Joy.

  10. I bought Pandemonium last week too and I can’t wait to read it. I want to read Hana first though! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it 🙂

  11. You accomplished quite a bit for a slow week 🙂

    I have visited 21 so far and my daughter called to have me watch my grandson. Can’t get everyone to understand how busy my Mondays are, then again they just think I sit at the computer or read all day.

    Have a great week.

      1. LOL Lori – I chalk Mondays up to my “no, I am busy day”. When I take on blog tours I always tell them no Mondays. In a few weeks I will be back to Mondays off (currently working 8 -4)and then I can get back to the fun of commenting on all the posts 🙂 I miss that.

  12. I am so glad that I am back in the swing of blogging this week. Being sick threw me off and I missed it! I am jealous that you are reading Pandemonium! I can’t wait for my library to get a copy. I enjoyed Delirium very much.

    This week on my blog I posted a review of The Lorax. I am kind of conflicted because of all the commercial tie-ins associated with this film.

    I also started work on my new blog, No Drama Coaster Llamas.

    Stop my blog if you have a moment to check it out!

  13. I have read one Lisa See book, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, and it was very good, although somewhat depressing. I do want to read the rest of her books, though. I have not read Delirium yet, but I keep hearing about Pandemonium wherever I go on the blogosphere…that must mean I am missing out!

    I have visited 10 sites so far!

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