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:

Jayne’s Books

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 have had a  week where everything is on the verge of finishing… 3 audio books, 2 books… but nothing finished.  Here are my posts for this past week:

Team Kickin It:  Lets Get This Party Started – 2012 Active Events!

Carry The One by Carol Anshaw ( my only review this week!  😯 )

Moneyball Movie Review

Choose The Book I Read and win it for yourself!  (This is open until Tuesday morning!)

Hunger Games The Movie (oh yeah… it is good!)

It seems like I have been in this book drought for weeks!  I just cant seem to fit the books in, but I am making progress slowly.  I am close to finishing many so this week I feel there is going to be a breakthrough and a rush of reviews.  Seriously.  😀

So that said….

In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone informs each, “Remember you must die.” Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled by these seemingly supernatural phone calls, and in the resulting flurry many old secrets are dusted off. Beneath the once decorous surface of their lives, unsavories like blackmail and adultery are now to be glimpsed. As spooky as it is witty, poignant and wickedly hilarious, Memento Mori may ostensibly concern death, but it is a book which leaves one relishing life all the more.

AH….. the books I would never find on my own!  Thank Amy from My Friend Amy for this one!

Loviah “Lovie” French owns a small, high-end dress shop on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Renowned for her taste and discretion, Lovie is the one to whom certain women turn when they need “just the thing” for major life events—baptisms and balls, weddings and funerals—or when they just want to dish in the dressing room. Among the people who depend on Lovie’s confidence are her two best friends since boarding school: Dinah Wainwright and Avis Metcalf.

Outspoken and brimming with confidence, Dinah made a name for herself as a columnist covering the doings of New York’s wealthiest and most fabulous. Shy, proper Avis, in many ways Dinah’s opposite, rose to prominence in the art world with her quiet manners, hard work, and precise judgment. Despite the deep affection they both feel for Lovie, they have been more or less allergic to each other since a minor incident decades earlier that has been remembered and resented with what will prove to be unimaginable consequences.

These uneasy acquaintances become unwillingly bound to each other when Dinah’s favorite son and Avis’s only daughter fall in love and marry. On the surface, Nick and Grace are the perfect match—a playful, romantic, buoyant, and beautiful pair. But their commitment will be strained by time and change: career setbacks, reckless choices, the birth of a child, jealousies, and rumor. At the center of their orbit is Lovie, who knows everyone’s secrets and manages them as wisely as she can. Which is not wisely enough, as things turn out—a fact that will have a shattering effect on all their lives.

I am hoping this one will be good!

“Community, Identity, Stability” is the motto of Aldous Huxley’s utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a “Feelie,” a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today–let’s hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren’t yet to come.

This was in my recent library purchases and was the first comment I drew as a winner… Ryan at My Life In Books chose this for me to read and so… well, I bought it… guess I should try to read it.  😛

From a distance, Michael and Joleen Zarkades seem to have it all: a solid marriage, two exciting careers, and children they adore.  But after twelve years together, the couple has lost their way; they are unhappy and edging toward divorce.  Then the Iraq war starts.  An unexpected deployment will tear their already fragile family apart, sending one of them deep into harm’s way and leaving the other at home, waiting for news.   When the worst happens, each must face their darkest fear and fight for the future of their family.  An intimate look at the inner landscape of a disintegrating marriage and a dramatic exploration of the price of war on a single American family, Kristin Hannah’s HOME FRONT is a provocative and timely portrait of hope, honor, loss, forgiveness, and the elusive nature of love.

In eight incantatory sections, The Buddha in the Attic traces their extraordinary lives, from their arduous journey by boat, where they exchange photographs of their husbands, imagining uncertain futures in an unknown land; to their arrival in San Francisco and their tremulous first nights as new wives; to their backbreaking work picking fruit in the fields and scrubbing the floors of white women; to their struggles to master a new language and a new culture; to their experiences in childbirth, and then as mothers, raising children who will ultimately reject their heritage and their history; to the deracinating arrival of war.

And the end of this week is Bloggiesta!  If you are not signed up, you will want to be!

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

    1. Thanks Kathy, yes the three audios look as though they will finish right around the same time. I have cds left of the one in the car, 3 cds left of the one in the kitchen and about and hour and a half on the IPOD one.

  1. I don’t have a blog…I just like reading them…lol
    I am currently reading two books.
    The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. This is definetely one that needs to be read in big chunks. Not something you can put down and pick up when you want. I am enjoying it though, now that things are coming together and making sense.

    I am also reading Paris in Love by Eloisa James.
    I received this as an Early Bird Read and I am really enjoying it!
    She is an entertaining writer and I love the style. I feel like I am looking at snapshots of her time in Paris, not reading about it.

    Memento Mori sounds interesting, I need to look into that one!
    Enjoy your week!

  2. I want to read Home Front soon. I bought it but haven’t had time yet. I’m too busy trying to catch up on other books first 🙂

    I hope your reading drought ends soon and you get a lot of reading and reviewing done.

    1. I think it was the increase in house Christina, I have been covering hours while the office manager has been on maternity leave which took me from 25 a week to 40. She comes back to her regular hours this week and we will see if that make s a difference 🙂

  3. Glad you loved Hunger Games. I have been trying to decide if I need to read it, I don’t have any desire to read it… but the hype has me curious.

    After listening to many interviews today (on TV), I have decided to watch the movie, pass on the book. I’m okay with that 🙂

    I hope you like Buddha in the Attic, I loved it.

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games although I don’t know if we’ll see it at a theatre or wait for DVD.
    You have an interesting selection to read! Enjoy your week.

  5. I haven’t gotten much reading or blogging done in the past few weeks. I’m putting it down to spring fever. It’s hard to read or blog when the sunshine is calling your name…

    I love the cover of The Buddha in the Attic! I hope you break through your reading drought this week!

  6. You’re not alone with the the slow progress through books but you can only do what you can do 🙂
    Loved, loved, loved The Hunger Games movie.
    Have a great week Sheila and happy reading and balancing it all lol

  7. You don’t find it difficult to read so many at once?
    I have a hard time reading two. I prefer to read just one at a time. I think I would get confused with characters, etc.
    I guess I can only focus on one or two tops.
    I also have a neurological condition that likes to play with my short term memory…so that may be a part of it too…lol

    1. I hear that often Rose, but some how it works for me and I keep it straight 😉

      The books I usually read one at a time, except I do have Jane Eyre going on the side… but I need to read her in small doses. 😛

  8. The Buddha in the Attic sounds good! The nice weather and kids and all sorts of other stuff have kept me from reading much lately. I can’t complain too much about those things,though 🙂

  9. I went to bed last night and forgot to link up. Where was my brain? Must have been darn tired, lol

    1. not my day, made it to 16 and my computer is doing some automated thing and the pages keep locking diving me crazy. I think it is telling me to go read so that’s what I am going to do. tee hee

  10. Good luck with the Huxley. I didn’t make it. But it was a long time ago. If properly motivated (like having a blog reader pick it for me 🙂 ), I could probably get through it now.

  11. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on Gossip – I’ve had my eye on that one for a little while! 😀 And seriously, you haven’t read Brave New World? Sheila – *tsk tsk*. Ok, I’m completely joking, but I do hope you love it – I read it ages ago and it became a fast favourite.

  12. I listened to Brave New World on audio and disc two was troublesome because the narrator has to switch back and forth between three different conversations and I had difficulty keeping everything straight. I’m interested to hear your thoughts. It’s a scarily on-target book considering it’s age!

  13. I’m reading old books (A Beautiful Mind by Slvia Nasar, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and the Golden Notebooks by Doris Lessing . And I added Moby Dick since a friend of mine told me she is reading slowly.
    I like to read several books at the same time. It seems to help when one book passes through dry periods.

  14. Hi, Sheila –

    Busy here, too – no time at all for reviews last week! My son’s World Lit class is reading Brave New World soon – I thought I would read it, too, since I never did in school (we read Orwell’s 1984).

    I have been hearing a lot lately about Home Front and Buddha in the Attic – looks like both of them are major best-sellers right now. They both look interesting.

    Enjoy your books this week –


  15. My only review for the past couple of weeks (I’ve been super busy) was for “Carry the One” as well! I’m going over to compare notes!

    I have Brave New World as a book to read next month (I think I have an online book club discussion on it). Home Front – I think I have that one … I know I’ve bought a couple of Kristin Hannah books after I read Night Road … I will have to look.

    Have a wonderful reading week!

  16. I hope you love Buddha In The Attic as much as I did! It was sooo good!
    I visited 11 blogs this evening – well, 12, with yours! 🙂

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