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.


Jennifer from The Relentless Reader!!!

Congratulations!  Please email me your book choice out of the Reading Cafe at **And note, once I get the new shelves in there will be a lot of additions to the giveaway shelves.

I was out of town all week and weekend and missed my morning Sunday Salon so here is a little recap of my week here.  Camp was a great time… beautiful weather, new friends and old ones, an awesome week.  This weekend Al (hubby, hubster…) took me to the State Fair.  I was tired and wiped out from the week at camp but really who can turn down the opportunity for strange and fried foods on a stick?  Al tried the breaded meatball surrounding a hard boiled egg on a stick.  He said it was good… I am just going to take his word for that.  😛 

Last night we stayed at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake MN and that was an experience.  Our room was amazing with a jacuzzi and a little living room area.  We are at the casino buffet but unfortunately we were too full from the greasy stuff we tried at the State Fair to really enjoy the dinner. 

We got back in town early afternoon and I have been relaxing and catching up on a little post writing.  Here is what was posted here this past week:

Muckruckus pics that I forgot to post of the mud run!


The Crying Tree by Naseem Rahka  (a Bookies book club review)


An Abundance Of Katherine’s by John Green


A Recap Of My Week At Camp Benedict


Waiting On John Green (Write John Write!!!)


Not too bad considering the week I just had!  I am on the verge of finishing my audio in the car and in the CD player in the kitchen and will have some good audio time in the car this week when I head up to our cabin on Wednesday morning for the Labor Day weekend.  I am heading to the cabin two days before Al and our friends to get in a little down time before I gear up again for the fun weekend!  This will also mean some reading time (YAY!) so here is my plan for this week:


History is broken, and three kids must travel back in time to set it right!

When best friends Dak Smyth and Sera Froste stumble upon the secret of time travel — a hand-held device known as the Infinity Ring — they’re swept up in a centuries-long secret war for the fate of mankind. Recruited by the Hystorians, a secret society that dates back to Aristotle, the kids learn that history has gone disastrously off course.

Now it’s up to Dak, Sera, and teenage Hystorian-in-training Riq to travel back in time to fix the Great Breaks . . . and to save Dak’s missing parents while they’re at it. First stop: Spain, 1492, where a sailor named Christopher Columbus is about to be thrown overboard in a deadly mutiny!

This will be my first James Dashner.  He made such an impression on me at BEA this year I am excited to read this book that will be released this week!




James Nealy is haunted by irrational fears and inescapable compulsions. A successful software developer, he’s thrown himself into a new goal—to finally conquer the noise in his mind. And he has a plan. He’ll confront his darkest fears and build something beautiful: a garden. When he meets Tilly Silverberg, he knows she holds the key…even if she doesn’t think so.

After her husband’s death, gardening became Tilly’s livelihood and her salvation. Her thriving North Carolina business and her young son, Isaac, are the excuses she needs to hide from the world. So when oddly attractive, incredibly tenacious James demands that she take him on as a client, her answer is a flat no.

When a family emergency lures Tilly back to England, she’s secretly glad. With Isaac in tow, she retreats to her childhood village, which has always stayed obligingly the same. Until now. Her best friend is keeping secrets. Her mother is plotting. Her first love is unexpectedly, temptingly available. And then James appears on her doorstep.

Away from home, James and Tilly forge an unlikely bond, tenuous at first but taking root every day. And as they work to build a garden together, something begins to blossom between them—despite all the reasons against it.

I am on tour with this one for this coming Thursday!





Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school’s production of Moon Over Mississippi, she’s a terrible singer. Instead she’s the set designer for the stage crew, and this year she’s determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn’t know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage AND offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier! Following the success of SMILE, Raina Telgemeier brings us another graphic novel featuring a diverse set of characters that humorously explores friendship, crushes, and all-around drama!

Another one coming out this week! 




In the late summer of a long-ago year, a killer arrived in a small city. His name was Alton Turner Blackwood, and in the space of a few months he brutally murdered four families. His savage spree ended only when he himself was killed by the last survivor of the last family, a fourteen-year-old boy. Half a continent away and two decades later, someone is murdering families again, re-creating in detail Blackwood’s crimes. Homicide detective John Calvino is certain that his own family — his wife and three children — will be targets in the fourth crime, just as his parents and sisters were victims on that distant night when he was fourteen and killed their slayer. As a detective, John is a man of reason who deals in cold facts. But an extraordinary experience convinces him that sometimes death is not a one-way journey, that sometimes the dead return. Here is a ghost story like no other you have read.

I do love Dean Koontz…. have not read him in awhile!


That’s the plan for this week.  How has this past week been for you?  How is this coming week looking for books?  I would love to see what you are reading!  Please add your What Are You Reading link to the place where it says “click here” so we can come and see!  😀  Also be sure to use the hashtag  #IMWAYR for your Twitter connections!

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

  1. The Crying Tree sounds really good. I’ll have to suggest it to my book group. The Unfinished Garden also looks like something I’d enjoy.

    I like fair food though it doesn’t always like me back 🙂 This year I got to go to a fair for the first time since I was a teenager and I had a French Waffle and ended up spilling powdered sugar all down my shirt. Thankfully it was the end of my shift (the library had a booth). I don’t think I’d be brave enough to try what Al ate 🙂

    Have a great week!

  2. Oh yay, that is ME 🙂 Thanks a billion Sheila, I’ll email you soon!

    I like to hear about your doings in Minnesota, we’re neighbors! I’m a Wisconsin girl 🙂

  3. I’m keen to see what you think of The Unfinished Garden, I nearly requested it on NetGalley. Sounds like you had a fantabulous time on camp and the fair sounds great. I love greasy ‘show’ food but my tummy doesn’t thank me if I indulge lol.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂

  4. Our fair starts in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait! I don’t really go for any of the fried food on a stick. I’m a little afraid I’ll actually like it! O_o Enjoy your time at the cabin!

  5. I haven’t read a Dean Koontz book in a loooooong time because it seemed that they had gotten too farfetched, but this one looks interesting. In face I haven’t really read a mystery in awhile-need to remedy that. 🙂

    Have you read any of Emily Griffin’s books? I just read my 1st one-Love the One You’re With. I love her writing style and the contemporary fiction (?) that she writes. Ready to move on to another one by her!


    1. HI Shannon! I agree, Dean got a little out there and I actually prefer his books that came out in the late 80’s, early 90’s. I have read Emily Griffin… a couple of them and can not recall titles now… seems like the word “blue” was in the title. 😀

      1. Yeah, I think you’re right. I know the front covers of her books are usually pastel and titles are lowercase letters. Funny the things that catch our attention!

  6. Looks like you have a GREAT reading week ahead of you. I also have The Unfinished Garden. My daughter really wants to read Drama and I love time travel so I will be looking for your reviews on these books.

  7. Sounds like you had a great week away. And meatball / hard boiled egg on a stick certainly sounds interesting! I’d probably just take his word for it, too.

    1. I am excited about both. I need to find my copy of Infinity Ring, with all my books unshelved for the room remodel it is quite a trick to find a specific book. I went through them once now I need to go in again… I must have missed it as I know I have it 😀

  8. The Koontz title looks interesting. I haven’t read him since he was one of our book club books years and years ago!

  9. The Unfinished Garden sounds like a good read. I also wanted to tell you how inspiring your work with Camp Benedict is. It’s a good reminder that we all need to give back more. Thanks for sharing your stories with us!
    Rebecca @ The Key to the Gate

  10. The Unfinished Garden really takes my heart. Would love to read it. I bought my first ever Dean Koontz novel a few weeks ago simply because there are yellow labs in the novel. My son has a chocolate lab. THE DARKEST EVENING OF THE YEAR. Might save it for Halloween. Enjoy your week of reading.

  11. I enjoyed A Mutiny in Time much more than I thought I would. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the series has in store!

    Drama is on my near-future reading list as well. I can’t wait to get to it.

  12. I just read Drama recently and enjoyed it, but I haven’t had time to write a review yet – just got my oldest off to freshman year of college this weekend and my youngest to his first day of high school today!! Hopefully, that will mean more writing time 🙂

    I LOVE time travel stories – will have to check out the Dashner.

    Enjoy your books and your bit of downtime this week –


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  13. Drama sounds like a great read to this girl! I majored in theatre in college and remember all of the drama of theatre in jr. high and high school.
    Happy Reading!

  14. What a fabulous weekend! Sounds like you have such a fun life 🙂 And although I didn’t comment then, I completely agreed with your John Green post last week. I want another John Green book NOW! Did you see him at BEA? Total cutie.

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