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.

Since I was out of town last weekend I never got the previous winner posted so this is the two week ago winner and this past weeks winner using (because that is how I roll!)


Two weeks ago winner:  OOH Jenkies!

Last weeks winner;  Julie at Knitting and Sundries!


Ok, bear with me today.  I had a crazy busy work week planning for todays tailgate party and a meeting I have coming up this Wednesday.  After being in “tailgate” mode from 6 am this morning until 3 this afternoon… I am a bit tired and goofy.  I am relaxing as much as I can now because my next week looks like this:


Monday – work out, work, set Banned Book Week Window at Library, participate in Book Blogger Appreciation Week, Friends Of The Library Meeting


Tuesday – work out, work, pick up secret book club item, hope that books shelves are coming today, make dinner for Al, Book Club


Wednesday – work out, work, big meeting that may just keep me at work all day through the evening


Thursday – Day Off!  WOO HOO!!!  work out, Birthday dinner with friends


Friday – Day Off!  WOO HOO!!!  work out, Al’s (hubbies) birthday, out with friends


Saturday – morning meeting, leave for cities to have dinner with Sandra Brannan



Yeah….  So I dont want to think about this coming week right now so here is what is true of this past week:

Banned Book Week!  Looking for Blogs to participate in this awesome event that takes place Sept 30 – Oct 6.  I think this could be out best year yet, many are signing up to read a banned book and I am offering prizes!  Please check it out and help Banned Book Week this year be AMAZING!!!


Heading Out To Wonderful by Robert Goolrick – fantastic audio book and I bet it is just as good in book format!


DRAMA by Raina Telgemeier – a wonderful middle grade read!


September came and the book blogging world exploded, BBAW, Bloggiesta, Diverse Universe, Banned Book Week, and more all happening in September – check out this post to see what you may want to get involved in!

The Unfinished Garden by Barbara Claypole White – A wonderful read!!!



Not a bad week – most of the reading I completed over last weekend but I have read a couple more as well, out book club read that will go live this week and the Bel Canto Read A long which is coming up this week too!

For this week I am planning:


Early on the morning of February 17, 1970, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Jeffrey MacDonald, a Green Beret doctor, called the police for help.  When the officers arrived at his home they found the bloody and battered bodies of MacDonald’s pregnant wife and two young daughters. The word “pig” was written in blood on the headboard in the master bedroom. As MacDonald was being loaded into the ambulance, he accused a band of drug-crazed hippies of the crime.

So began one of the most notorious and mysterious murder cases of the twentieth century. Jeffrey MacDonald was finally convicted in 1979 and remains in prison today. Since then a number of bestselling books—including Joe McGinniss’s Fatal Vision and Janet Malcolm’s The Journalist and the Murderer—and a blockbuster television miniseries have told their versions of the MacDonald case and what it all means.

Errol Morris has been investigating the MacDonald case for over twenty years. A Wilderness of Error is the culmination of his efforts. It is a shocking book, because it shows us that almost everything we have been told about the case is deeply unreliable, and crucial elements of the case against MacDonald simply are not true. It is a masterful reinvention of the true-crime thriller, a book that pierces the haze of myth surrounding these murders with the sort of brilliant light that can only be produced by years of dogged and careful investigation and hard, lucid thinking.

By this book’s end, we know several things: that there are two very different narratives we can create about what happened at 544 Castle Drive, and that the one that led to the conviction and imprisonment for life of this man for butchering his wife and two young daughters is almost certainly wrong.  Along the way Morris poses bracing questions about the nature of proof, criminal justice, and the media, showing us how MacDonald has been condemned, not only to prison, but to the stories that have been created around him.

Starting this one tonight, it is for a book tour on Wednesday.  I have always enjoyed (ugh.. thats seems like the wrong word) true crimes and this one shocked me when I read about.





Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

Every parental instinct Andy has rallies to protect his boy. Jacob insists that he is innocent, and Andy believes him. Andy must. He’s his father. But as damning facts and shocking revelations surface, as a marriage threatens to crumble and the trial intensifies, and as the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own – between loyalty and justice, between truth and allegation, between a past he’s tried to bury and a future he cannot conceive.

Award-winning author William Landay has written the consummate novel of an embattled family in crisis – a suspenseful, character-driven mystery that is also a spellbinding tale of guilt, betrayal, and the terrifying speed at which our lives can spin out of control.

I have been wanting to read this one for awhile now!




Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts; she leaves behind her affectionate family in South Bend, Indiana, her head filled with images from the school’s glossy brochure, in which boys in sweaters chat in front of old brick buildings, girls hold lacrosse sticks on pristine athletics fields, and everyone sings hymns in chapel. As Lee soon learns, Ault is quite unlike anything she has previously experienced, a self-enclosed world populated by jaded teenagers whose expectations, values and social rituals are utterly unfamiliar to her. At first an observer of, then a participant in the hyper-vigilant, intricately demarcated life of the school, Lee eventually finds her own place in the pecking order – until a single act of spontaneous folly shatters her carefully honed identity.

I started this one over a year ago in book format, got busy… didnt pick it back up.  Found the audio at a garage sale this summer, going to try again 🙂



There is is, thats the week.  How about you?  How was your reading this past week?  How does the week to come look?  What books are you eagerly awaiting to dive into?  Add your What Are You Reading link below where it says click here.  I get so many great read ideas from what you post about!  😀  Also, when you Twitter about what you are reading be sure to use the super awesome hashtag #IMWAYR


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

    1. I dont know when that will happen around here Kathy…. September is busy and October has another bike ride lined up, a girls weekend…. November I am going to Florida with my youngest son to hang out with Navy son for a few days 😀

  1. September is such a crazy month for me but when I read about what you do I don’t feel like I’m the only one running around like a chicken without a head! I’m reading The Unfinished Garden right now and enjoying it. Enjoy your audio books!

  2. Maybe with your banned books week I’ll find a banned book that looks like I want to read! I’ve never really had the urge to pick any of them. I see the graphic up of the Anne Frank one, that’s the only one that caught my eye as a possibility. With all the review books piling up on me, thinking of adding another book to the pile would be silly anyway. Can’t wait to get to that point where I can read what I want to. Enjoy your crazy busy week!!

  3. I like the looks of the new version of the Jeffrey MacDonald story. Defending Jacob is another one on my list.

    I think it’s interesting that so many of the books I loved growing up (GWTW, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn) are or were banned books.

    I’ll be reading Catcher in the Rye. Somehow I didn’t read that when I was younger.

  4. I always feel like I’m so busy but then I come here and see everything you manage to do! You’ve always got me beat! I’m not sure how this week will shape up. I’m traveling for the very first time for work–by myself no less. I don’t know if that will translate to lots of “me time” in the evenings or what. We’ll see! Enjoy your week!

  5. Fatal Vision is one of the first true crime books I ever read and McGuinniss had me so convinced that MacDonald did it I don’t know if anyone would be able to change my mind so I’m eager to see what you think of this book. I liked Defending Jacob a lot and I think you’ll enjoy it as well.

  6. You always seem to have such busy weeks and read so many novels (or listen) I feel positively LAZY in comparison. But not enough to change my lazy ways – *g*. I’m working again, and doing things like watching Hell’s Kitchen and playing computer games. In addition to reading – though I’m no where as busy or productive as many of you on these blogs. i just plug along… happily being lazy. 🙂

    Glad you had a great week, hope we all have nice weeks with good books – I am actually looking forward to a few rainy weekends, in bed with a book. How weird is that, to look forward to a rainy book weekend? LOL

  7. Wow! Sheila you have a busy week ahead of you. Try to squeeze some time in there for yourself and a good book. I am reading The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay, very interesting as it is based loosely on her great, great grandmothers life as a doctor helping poor women who turn to the streets to make a living and young children who are homeless.

  8. Your upcoming week looks a lot like mine….BUSY! 🙂 I thought when school started back I might get back to a regular schedule but it seems like it is more hectic than ever! 🙂 I do love the cooler fall weather we are having though….if I could just find some time to slip out on the front porch with a good book it would be perfect! (I have a couple of new books I am dying to start reading). After reading your review, I’m going to add A Wilderness of Error to my “to read” list after reading about it on your blog too. Thanks for helping add to my huge list. Wink. 🙂 I’m currently reading Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross….hoping to finish it today if I can sneak in some “free” time. 🙂

  9. This is a busy month. It’s as if everyone waits until September to schedule things!

    Defending Jacob is on my to-read list. I’ll be interested in hearing if the audio is good.

  10. I really need to read Defending Jacob. When it came it sounded like a few others I had just read so I put it off for awhile but now need to get at it.

    Have visited 20 so far!

    Have a great week!!

  11. Sheesh, you had a crazy week. Love your reading picks this week. I am currently reading The Restorer by Amanda Stevens and re-reading The Shining by Stephen King..since i read it in oh 79 and want to refresh my memory before the release of book two in February. I will be reading David Bell’s Hiding Place later this week and am excited about that one. Hope this week is lovely, and loved your interview for BBAW today!

  12. Fall always seems to be crazy busy, doesn’t it? Glad to hear Heading Out to Wonderful is good as I have it sitting here to read too.

  13. I’m dying to read Defending Jacob – sounds so good! I think I will buy it for my husband’s birthday in a few weeks (sneaky, I know!, but I think he will really like it, too).

    Busy here, too – I always mean to plan ahead for BBAW and then it sneaks up on me…again!

    Enjoy your books and activities this week –


  14. I’m currently reading ‘Lonely Werewolf Girl’ by Martin Millar, and REALLY enjoying it =D It’s got some black humour, and I just love the whole idea of a family of Scottish werewolves sitting around in a castle.

  15. I’m so impressed at how much you get done through the week!

    Have a great reading week
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  16. I hope you do a giveaway for A WILDERNESS OF ERROR. I want to read that.

    Right now I’m reading A THOUSAND CUTS by Simon Lelic. It’s not as good as all the raves it got last year.

  17. I’ve had a couple of crazy busy weeks and then I visit your blog and think, hmm my weeks are not so bad LOL.Defending Jacob is one I’d like to get to eventually. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

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