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:

Heather from Based On A True Story!

Congratulations!  Please email me your book choice out of the recently cleaned up and LOVELY Reading Cafe at 

I had moments this past week where I wondered if I would ever review a book again!  😛  It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, I just felt (and still feel a bit_ so behind!)  I have a list of reviews to do that is currently 9 long of unreviewed but read/listened to books.  Mainly – this week has been a whirlwind of activity… Monday I was in Duluth at the book sale, Tuesday was book club, Wednesday I had a friend over to help me with the BEA book boxes, and another friend over for dinner, Thursday I had a birthday dinner for a friend, Friday I had company for dinner, Saturday Al and I went out to dinner for Fathers Day.  And each of those days (other than Monday and Saturday) I worked at the office as well.  😯

Due to that… I hardly reviewed books at all this week.

BUT here is what did go up:

The final BEA (Book Expo) recap

Rebecca Read-A-Long!  Come on and join in!

The Bookies book club new idea for a July read

The books I brought home from the Book Expo in New York

Come Home by Lisa Scottoline (yes, same author as my book club read this week)

BLOGIVERSARY party!!!!  (The comments are hilarious!!!!)  The giveaways were awesome!)

127 Hours by Aron Ralston (the true story of the guy who caught his arm between a rock and a wall while hiking and actually cuts his own arm off to get free and survive. 

Look Again by Lisa Scottoline (book review and Bookies book club review)


How To Build A Better Blog (just my thoughts…. :razz:)


I am also running a Blog Survey this week that will end next Friday.  I would love it if you could give me some feedback – the survey is only a couple minutes long, mostly multiple choice.


Ok..looking at all that, I guess maybe I did have a busy blog week too.  While all my posts were not reviews… I did have some big posts between the BEA books and recaps, a read a long and a blogiversary.  😀


Looking at this week, here is my plan:

Everything is about to change. The government has seized control of every aspect of society, and this is the astonishing testimonial of Wisty and Whit Allgood, a sister and brother who were torn from their family in the middle of the night, slammed into prison, and accused of being a witch and a wizard. Thousands of young people have been kidnapped; some have been accused; many others remain missing. Their fate is unknown, and the worst is feared–for the ruling regime will stop at nothing to suppress life and liberty, music and books, art and magic . . . and the pursuit of being a normal teenager.




When Shaw McBride and Romeo Zderko drive into the small town of Brunswick , Georgia, their only thought is to fix their car’s leaky right tire and continue on to Key West, Florida, away from their dead-end jobs as computer technicians in Ohio. But when Shaw discovers that the 318 million dollar Georgia State Lottery has just been claimed by an ordinary Georgia family, he sees an opportunity – he and Romeo will blackmail the Boatwright family for half their winnings and ditch their deadbeat lives for good.

Disguised as a state lottery representative, Shaw enters the Boatwright’s home and holds the family hostage, while Romeo patrols the town, staking out the homes of the family’s loved ones, should the Boatwrights refuse to comply with their demands. But Shaw isn’t your average criminal out to make a quick buck. Instead, he has a grand messianic vision and he’ll stop at nothing to see it through — and soon, the Boatwrights find themselves living a Flannery O’Connor American nightmare from which they can’t properly awaken.




An ancient prophecy divides two sisters–one good, one evil.

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, they find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.


I am still working on cleaning up some books this week so I am going to leave it at that. 😀  I am excited to see what you are reading!  Please link up below where it says click here!  Checking out what others have to read this week is part of the fun!


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

  1. Hello All:

    I am new to your Book Journey Blog, and I am so happy I found you. You always have something interesting going on.

    I am currently reading, and am almost ready to do a review…a few more pages to go…THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE by Courtney Miller Santo.

    It is WONDERFUL!!!!

    Silver’s Reviews

  2. Loved Witch and Wizard. I listened to it on audio as well. Phrophecy of the Sisters was really good also. Haven’t read Ravens yet tho.

  3. Antyime the name of Flannery O’Connor is invoked, I get curious and apprehensive. I will wait to see what you make of the book.

  4. I’ve loved the cover for Prophecy of the Sisters for awhile, I can only imagine that goodness will come from that! And I’m excited that it’s read by Eliza Dushku, who has been in several of my favorite TV shows 🙂

    I was proud of myself this week, I actually made some progress in Jane Eyre!

  5. I wish I could do audio books. I can never seem to find time to do them, since my kids are always around and I don’t want them listening, and I kind of hate my headphones. Grrrrr.

    I skipped last week because I was so far behind, but I’m back in this week! Excited about my books 🙂

    And how fun that Eliza Dushku is reading Prophecy of Sisters! I was a huge Buffy/Dollhouse fan, and I even watched Tru Calling for a while. That one will be fun!

  6. I know exactly what you mean about the pile of reviews Sheila! Boy was BEA fun, but I hate to say this, but I think I read too much and reviewed too little while I was away. Eeck! Lets hope we both can get caught up quickly!

    Have a fabulous reading week! 🙂

    1. LOL Shannon, I hope you figure it out! 😀 I seen to find ways to make mine more complicated…. adding links, the map, others who have read the book as well…. the linking takes me about as long as writing the review!

  7. I am always at least a handful of reviews behind, I can read faster than I can type. I really enjoyed reading your post on How To Build A Better Blog and want to wish you happy anniversary!

  8. I always find it overwhelming when I’m behind with reviews (I’m quite the expert in review backlog LOL) don’t worry you’ll get back on top of things. I enjoyed Prophecy of the Sisters but still have the next 2 in the series on my TBR mountain.
    Have a great week and happy reading and catching up 🙂

    1. Ugh… its a series Sheree? 😯 Ok.. I can do this. Actually I found on the series I have tried recently that the first book was enough for me and I had no desire to go on. Not saying I never will… just had no sense of urgency to do so… we will see how this one grabs me 😀

  9. I’m always behind on my reviews and when I do manage to catch up, I find myself behind again…I used to stress over it, but have decided it is what it is and the reviews get up when I get to them!

    I quickly scanned your post on how to build a better blog and when I have some time later this week, I plan on going back to really read it. It looks really good, though, and I saw some ideas I might be able to use, so thank you!

    Have a great week!
    Kristin @ Always With a Book

    1. I will catch up (I think)… looking at last week I posted a lot of BIG posts. This week should go a little easier and other than tonight, I have no evening commitments this week which will help as well 🙂

  10. Hi Sheila- My book club read Aron Ralston’s book several years ago and liked it as well but as you mentioned it is quite graphic. I loved your recent post on building a better blog. Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and experience with us newbie bloggers!

  11. With your schedule, I don’t know how you got so many posts up this week! I’m sure you will catch up on your reviewing. Enjoy your listening and reading week.

    1. Laura… I dont know either now Laura…LOL. I looked at that list and thought , wait… I worked all day, I bought groceries, I had company or places to go… I was rarely in the house before 8 pm…. this may explain why I stayed up so late each night last week 😛 BLOG COMA!!!

    1. I was hoping tonight Kathy, then a friend invited me to their Pampered Chef party…. I love Pampered Chef and have not been to one in years! GAH… what to do??? LOL Oh well, so far the rest of my week is free other than work and it looks like rain (again!) all week.

  12. I haven’t read any of those, not even sure I have heard of them. That is one of the things I love about reading other people’s blogs, seeing book titles I might not have heard of before and finding out I might be interested in reading said books.

  13. I finished “Some Lie and Some Die” by Ruth Rendell yesterday and am listening to (CD) “Harm Done” by Ruth Rendell (both Inspector Wexford mysteries), and reading “The Icing on the Corpse by Mary Jane Maffini. This is my 2nd and the author’s 2nd in the Camilla MacPhee series I like this series but have to include that both this book and “Harm Done” are focused on a heavy topic. Spousal abuse.

  14. I’m amazed by how much you got done this week – my week has been so lazy and unproductive. I’m going to try and make a real effort to get a bit more done this weekend – and spend less time just browsing blogs & pinterest!

    Thanks so much for hosting – this is my first time participating and I’ve got some great new books to add to my list from reading everyone else’s responses!

    I’ve visited 10 posts today too by the way. I’m a UK reader though, so I understand if that means I’m eligible 🙂

    1. I have not been on Pinterest since before I left for New York! 😀 SO pretty much…. not at all in June. 😀 I have just been too busy with other things to get there. I have gift cards I can email for those outside of the US if you are my winner 😀

  15. Oh Sheila, I have missed visiting your blog! I just love summer. I finally get caught up and guess what, I even got around to 10 blogs and commented! WOooot! I read your building a better blog post and loved it. Definitely gave me some great ideas to implement this summer!

  16. Belated Happy Blogoversary!
    Blogging opens up so many opportunities and brings some wonderful readers together.

    My blog is keeping me very busy with my review list. So much so I have not been very sociable on the scene and was determined to come over and join in today.

    Have a great week


  17. I need to get this meme going, especially with all the reading/listening I’m doing lately!! I have to tell you, my last minute call on the John Green book, The Fault in Our Stars, for my ride into NYC was perfect! Now I’m listening to The Eleventh Plague, which has been on my TBR list for a while, and reading THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY which I highly recommend (so far, it’s fantastic). Happy reading!

    1. OOH -sounds like you have some good listening going on Alison! I am listening to The Magicians which was recommended by John from Brilliance audio and really enjoying it. Your books sound good and I have yet to listen to the Fault In Our Stars but I want too 🙂

  18. I need to do some cleaning up too…I have a couple half read books I need to finsih, not because they’re not good, but just…because.
    Have a great day Sheila…hopefully no rain for you this week.

  19. Even without reviews, you have been a super-busy blogger! I can’t wait to see what you think of your Patterson novel; I’ve been considering this one for myself. “The Prophecy Sisters” – for some reason, that cover reminds me of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” (which might be enough on its own to get me to pick it up) – it sounds sufficiently creepy to make me want it even more.

    Enjoy your reading week!

    1. I just finished the Patterson one today… it was more Middle Grade then I was expecting, but I believe middle grade students would enjoy it.

      You are right about the Prophesy Sisters cover, now that you mention it – I see that too!

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