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!)

Last weeks winner: Lisa from Lisa’s World Of Books!!!

Congratulations!  Please choose a book or bookish item from the Reading Cafe!  And for those of you waiting on a win, the book room as you will see below is now done so I can find the books to mail you 😀

What a great and crazy week!  The construction finished on Wednesday for the book room, I set up and had a family reunion at my house on Saturday and I am tired but now geared up for Banned Book Week!

Here are the posts worth checking out from this past week:


We Need To Talk About Kevin – book and movie reviews – I read this book so long ago but it still haunts me


There And Back Again by Sean Astin – an interesting take on being a hobbit and the working behind the scenes of the Lord Of The Rings


Defending Jacob by William Landay – OOOHHHHHH lets just say….oooooohhhhh!!!!


Back Seat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson – wow!  I think I found another author to wacth!


SSSQQUUEEEE  The book shelves are finished!!!!  Here are the pics and the final room look!


PREP by Curtis Senterfield – my first banned book review and a giveaway of a gift card!  (OOH – everyone likes gift cards!)


Banned Book Blog Hop is going on and I am doing a giveaway as well as many MANY more blogs check it out – its a good week to win some great books!


Banned Book Week kicked off on Sept 30 and I will be hosting blogs and giveaways all week long!  Here is the first post and amazing book giveaways you will not want to miss!



It was a great week but thank goodness for audio because I have been not getting any book time lately.  I set the book room, cleaned the house and garage all to audio.  Because of this I am ahead for banned book week with two more banned audio books to review and a third being listened to right now.

So as I said, it is banned book week and if you know me – you know I love chatting Banned Books!  Here is what I will be reading/listening to this week:


In a world with no poverty, no crime, no sickness and no unemployment, and where every family is happy, 12-year-old Jonas is chosen to be the community’s Receiver of Memories. Under the tutelage of the Elders and an old man known as the Giver, he discovers the disturbing truth about his utopian world and struggles against the weight of its hypocrisy. With echoes of Brave New World, in this 1994 Newbery Medal winner, Lowry examines the idea that people might freely choose to give up their humanity in order to create a more stable society. Gradually Jonas learns just how costly this ordered and pain-free society can be, and boldly decides he cannot pay the price.

A banned book and one that has graced me shelf way too long unread.




Long before saving the earth became a global concern, Dr. Seuss, speaking through his character the Lorax, warned against mindless progress and the danger it posed to the earth’s natural beauty.

One of the funnier banned books – I want to review book and movie.




On the night of October 6, 1998, a gay twenty-one-year-old college student named Matthew Shepard was lured from a Wyoming bar by two young men, savagely beaten, tied to a remote fence, and left to die. Gay Awareness Week was beginning at the University of Wyoming, and the keynote speaker was Lesléa Newman, discussing her book Heather Has Two Mommies. Shaken, the author addressed the large audience that gathered, but she remained haunted by Matthew’s murder. October Mourning, a novel in verse, is her deeply felt response to the events of that tragic day. Using her poetic imagination, the author creates fictitious monologues from various points of view, including the fence Matthew was tied to, the stars that watched over him, the deer that kept him company, and Matthew himself. More than a decade later, this stunning cycle of sixty-eight poems serves as an illumination for readers too young to remember, and as a powerful, enduring tribute to Matthew Shepard’s life.

On October 6 I am going to break away from the banned books to review this sad book about Matthew Shephard on the anniversary ate of his brutal murder.


Ok I plan to fit in more banned books but we will see how this week goes.  Now I am so excited to see what you are reading!  Please add your link below where it says click here.  😀



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

  1. I loved The Giver! I still need to read the rest of the books in the series.

    I want to read Backseat Saints after reading your review! It sounds like a book I’d love. We Need to Talk About Kevin looks good too. My book discussion group might like it.

  2. October Mourning sounds like a powerful book, Sheila – and definitely needed right now. Will look for that title in our libraries. “The Giver” is one of my favorite books. In fact, I selected it for discussion in our bookclub several years back – the sequel “Gathering Blue” is how we came up with our website name, GatheringBooks. 🙂

  3. I looked for The Giver for Banned Books Week at my library, but it was checked out. Bad for me, good for banned books! Enjoy your week!

  4. Another jam packed, fun filled week for you Sheila 🙂
    I wanted to see The Lorax at the movies but never got around to it, noone would go with me lol
    Happy reading!

  5. I read banned books. I also encourage my children to read them. Maybe I’ll pull out our copy of The Lorax for my daughter to read for school this week.

    My favorite book this week was Dr. Seuss: The Cat Behind the Hat by Caroline W. Smith. Please come see what I’m reading now.

  6. I love The Giver, it’s one of my absolute favorite books and I still have a hard time believing people would want to ban it. So sad. 😦 Also, can’t wait to hear what you think of October Mourning, it’s so good.

    Have a fabulous reading week and enjoy all of those banned books! 🙂

  7. I should probably check out the list of banned books and choose something to read from it as I’m sure I have a whole bunch of candidates sitting patiently on my shelves!

  8. Oh, but of course The Giver would be banned… >.> It’s too awesome not to. LOL. I’ve read it last month and now am buying it to everyone I care about so they can read it, too. 🙂 You’ll love it!

  9. Oh dear – I saw the Banned Book post on top and never saw the Monday post beneath it last night. I finally went to bed around 10. Wow – your bookshelves look great and I am going to show my DH all of YOUR books and then maybe he’ll get off my case about my books. 🙂 Or at least he will see that I am not the only one!
    I read The Lorax with the grandkids last year.
    I had never heard of The Giver but now I want to read it!
    Have a great week!

  10. Sheila, I don’t know how you do it all. The past few weeks have been physically exhausting and emotionally draining for me. I come to your blog and read all the things you are doing and I am just in awe. You GO GIRL!!! I will live vicariously through you for awhile until things calm down around here 🙂

    Visited 10 so far!

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