Its 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.


Mardel from Rabid Reader!!!

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Last week was busy (no surprise there…) and fun. I had something going on every night except Tuesday but Thursdays double booking on dinner with one group and a movie with another made up for my little Tuesday break.  😛  I left on Friday for Wisconsin (Dress, WI.) for the Muckruckus on Saturday which was a blast but kicked my butt (literally)…  it was a 10K through mud and I certainly was not ready for it… but will be next year.  😛 

So here is what I posted this past week:

The Confession by John Grisham ( a fiction read that I kept feeling it must be non fiction it read so true!)

The Goodbye Summer by Patricia Gaffney

Hope Springs (My thoughts on the movie)

Here’s The Story by Maureen McCormick (the true story behind Marcie from the Brady Bunch)

Pictures from last weekends 173 mile bike ride!

Yes CHEF by Marcus Samuelsson (food memoir at its best – do not miss this great read!)


Not too bad a week and I think now my reading will start to pick up.  This is the first Sunday I have been home in a long time and it was nice to actually read, nap, and I emptied the book room (no small task!) for the new shelves coming this week.  SSSQQQUUUEEE!!!!
Here is what I plan to be reading this week:

The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his hands to touch light switches, doorknobs, and faucets.

Sammy’s mother, Beth, already coping with the overwhelming responsibility of raising three sons alone, watched helplessly as her middle child descended into madness. Sammy was soon diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and later with Tourette syndrome. Unwilling to accept the doctors’ prognoses for lifelong mental illness and repeated hospitalizations, Beth fought to uncover what was causing this decline. Racing against time as Sammy slipped further from reality, Beth’s quest took her to the center of the medical community’s raging debate about whether mental illness can be caused by infection. With the battle lines firmly drawn, Beth searched until she found two cutting-edge doctors who answered that question with a definitive yes. Together, they cured Sammy. Five years later, he remains symptom free.

This was the only new audio I had downloaded on my IPOD this week when I was mowing the lawn.  When I started listening to it I became so intrigued I couldn’t stop listening!




When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Yes, it is time for another John Green…..  I miss him 😛




Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

I just recently read Gillian Flynn with Gone Girl which was so fantastic.  My friend Heidi reminded me that she had given me a copy of Dark Places by her and that I should read it.  This will be my pleasure red this week after I finish the book club read for Tuesdays meeting.


That should be good for this week.  What have you been reading  What do you plan to read? Please share your Its Monday What Are You Reading by linking below.  Oh and don’t forget to chat us up on Twitter by using the hashtag #IMWAYR


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39 thoughts on “Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Dark Places sounds really interesting! I’ve heard that Yes Chef is excellent and I’m glad to see you enjoyed it. I’ll have to check out your review of Hope Springs as it is a movie I’d like to see. Have a great week!

  2. I just wanted to invite people here who also tweet to use hashtag #IMWAYR when they share their posts! It’s always fun to see what people are recommending!

  3. Hi there Sheila, it’s my first time to join your meme. It looks like you’re doing a fabulous thing here, and most of the books that you mentioned are quite familiar to me as well, which is a good thing. I’ve only read one John Green book “Looking for Alaska” and I’m hoping to read more of his works. I haven’t heard of Saving Sammy yet, and I find the storyline intriguing and interesting as I am a clinical psychologist and would like to see how ‘infection’ has been interwoven into the narrative. Thank you for sharing all these titles. It’s my first time to hear of Gillian Flynn’s book as well. Have a good week ahead of you! Will come back to let you know how many people I managed to visit this week. 🙂

    1. HI Myra and welcome! We have a lot of fun here 😉 You must read more John Green! I am addicted now…LOL 😀
      I bet you would really get a lot out of Saving Sammy… I am amazed and feel for the mother, I think I would just collapse!

  4. I like the sound of Saving Sammy, I find that type of story gripping and very moving. A few weeks ago I read January First, a memoir about a family who’s 6 year old was finally diagnosed with child schizophrenia, it blew me away! Hope Dark Places is as good as Gone Girl.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  5. You had a very busy week. Saving Sammy sounds good also. MAN! 173 miles of bike riding – amazing. congrats

    And thanks for the book win – always exciting for me. 🙂

  6. Last week I read Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green and Wanted (Pretty Little Liars Book 8) by Sara Shepard.

    Today I should be finishing up Fifty Shades Freed, and start Falling for Me by Anna David. After that I’m not sure what I might start. I have to make a trip to the library to return a pile of books so I might check out what they have, or continue to work on clearing my shelf!

  7. I had The Confession here on my to-read shelf but my husband ran off with it and didn’t return it. Had to go look, it’s on the keeper shelf so that tells me he liked it and I need to read it too.

  8. The kids and I listened to An Abundance of Katherines on the way up to the cottage and the two older kids promptly checked several John Green books out of the library up there as a result.

  9. I enjoyed An Abundance of Katherines – my only John Green novel so far! And I have Gone Girl sitting on my shelf…waiting…really want to get to it soon!

    Glad you had a nice relaxing Sunday for a change!

    Enjoy your books this week, Sheila –


  10. I love John Grisham! I will be adding that one to my TBR/Wishlist.

    Happy reading!

    Ashley @ Dr. Pepper Diva

  11. saving sammy sounds amazing.

    I read a Gillian Flynn several years ago. I can’t remember the title but I remember how enthralled I was and how I frantically read as my sister and husband transferred my stuff from our car to her’s for the second leg of my trip to Mom’s. I was still more than fifty pages out when I had to leave it in my vacated seat for my husband to return to the library at home. I knew there was a copy in the Longview library and my sister promised to pick it up for me but I think I had to wait until Monday as we were traveling on Saturday and the library wasn’t open on Sunday. Long wait. At the time there was only one other title by her and neither library had it. Neither of the titles you mentioned are familiar so that means there are at least three Flynns for me to get my hands on.

    I have a review and giveaway up and my first author interview which was so thrilling for me. at least after I got over my initial nerves.

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