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: Lori from Escape With Dollycas!!!


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 :D

I am coming in a little later on this one today.  Usually I post on Sunday evening for all of you who live outside the US and my Sunday is your Monday… however,

I am currently in Mankato Minnesota where yesterday morning I biked with friends for the Mankato Ramble, and then I spent the rest of the day with College Son and stayed at his place.  I never get to Mankato – it is a 3/12 drive from my home in Brainerd coming this weekend to ride bike one last time this year and see my son was so worth it.  We went out to dinner last night, and then to a movie.  By the time we got in I was wiped out and knew this post would have to wait…

BUT  – here it is and if you hung out here at all last week didn’t we have a great time with Banned Books Week?  And if you did not hang out here last week then this is all the awesome stuff that was going on:

PREP by Curtis Sentenfield (Banned book with a giveaway!)


The Giver by Lois Lowry (banned book with a giveaway copy!)


The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky ( banned book and now a movie!)


Sad Desk Salad by Jesse Grose (a book tour)


The Chocolate Wars by Robert Cormier – a banned book and a giveaway


The LORAX by Dr. Suess (discussed for Banned book week – yup – it is banned!)


October Mourning by Lesea Newman -(a book surrounding thoughts on the terrible murder of Matthew Shepard)



If there is one thing banned books do for me, is they give me an incredible reading list for a week each year,  There are so many great books to chose from and if you scrawl through my posts of last week you will see all the wonderful book bloggers and authors who also tied into banned books week with reviews, talks, and giveaways.

So this week is going to particularity crazy – today when I get back to Brainerd I need to change out the Banned Book Window in the library.    I think I am going with a theme of “Spooktacular” Reads and going with a shelf of good books for October – one shelf for kids, one for MG, one for YA, and one for adults.  Any thoughts on what those titles may be – please feel free to give me ideas in the comments 🙂

Then tomorrow is book club – we are dressing up and reviewing The Wizard of Oz! Wednesday I work with students after work until 8 pm and Thursday I am leaving for the cabin with friends to have a crafting weekend.  Coming back on Saturday evening.  😀

So – knowing that I will not get a lot of reading in this week – here is my lay out:



I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve…I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God.

I have heard this is excellent and I have had the audio for a while.  It is my “listen: on the way home today.  It is also a movie now!





The brutal murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998 in Laramie, Wyoming, brought violence based on sexual orientation to public view. His mother, determined that Matthew’s life should have meaning, has become an activist for the inclusion of sexual orientation in hate crime legislation (the federal act, named for Matthew, was enacted in October 2009) and for gay rights in general. Judy Shepard’s narration is consistent with her statements in the book that in various public situations she is determined not to break down–as she wants the focus of the story to be Matthew, not her. Matthew’s father delivers the statement he made at the trial of one of the assailants. Both parents read in tightly controlled voices that are poignant and, by the absence of dramatization, tell a haunting story.
This past Saturday was the anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s beating that led to his death.  Above, I had read October Mourning but thought it was going to be more about his life and story – it was poetry and I did not know that going in.  However, I have had this one on my shelf for awhile, written by Matthew’s mom. 




That is probably all I am going to list from Mankato.  😀  Once I get home I may see something in my notebook that I am supposed to read this week so I am going to keep this the way it is. 

Now it is your turn!  What are you reading these fall days?  Has your reading style changes as summer came to a close?  I would love to know!  Please link up your Its Monday What Are You Reading here below where it says click here:


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

  1. Always special to have time with sons who aren’t at home. Ooh crafting weekend, my eyes just lit up … have fun and I can’t wait to see pics. I’m hoping to have a week or two of spooktacular reads later in October although the way time is flying, it’ll be Nov before we know it!
    Happy reading 🙂

  2. A ride and a college child visit? I’m impressed you managed to get the post up at all. I know that would have wiped me right out. Happy reading this week.

  3. You are one busy women. I linked to your blog in my Saturday Surfin’ post so my readers would see the awesome job you did for banned books week.

    Have a great week!!

  4. Your banned book week was great! I’m hoping to find some time later today to visit more of the posts.

    In Fall my review copy reading slows down a bit and I dig into my own collection more. Although with the rate I’ve been checking books out of the library… well I may need to shift gears so to speak and make a decision about what I have time for – library books or my books. 🙂 There are just so many new books out right now that I want to read (like JK Rowling’s).

  5. So appreciative of your talk about books, Sheila, and then the new one about Matthew Shepherd. His death hit many of us very hard here in Colorado, too. The poetry book is outstanding I hear, too. Thanks for the banned book work. I always read The Lorax to my students & they are astounded it is on the list.

  6. I have tended to stay away from books that deal with the Matthew Shepherd murder. It hits too close to home for me and now that I’m a father, I can’t imagine the pain Judy Shepherd must still be feeling.

  7. Wow, you really read a lot of banned books! Good for you! I was happy to manage two of them – thanks for hosting the fun week!

    My all-time favorite Halloween read is Little Witch by Anna Elizabeth Bennett, an old MG novel that I loved as a kid and read to my kids. It’s out of print now 😦 but the library should have copies of it. Here are some other books I recommended a few years ago for Halloween (kids/teen/YA):

    Enjoy your books this week –


    Great Books for Kids and Teens

    Book By Book

  8. It has been busy for you (and seeing your son would have made it all worthwhile). Your bike ride sounds exhausting to me! I am not good on the exercise front at all. Enjoy this week.

  9. Book Review The Wayward Child by Rita Lowther
    This is such a beautifully written memoir of a little girl growing up with all the good times and the appalling affliction of being sexually exploited. I sobbed openly and I laughed out loud and got so angry with her, sometimes my husband thought I was losing my mind. I wasn’t “losing it” I was just enjoying a book more than I had in a very long time. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put it down, I would race through whatever I had to do to get back to reading. Please do yourself a favor, purchase this charming book and start on a sometimes beautiful and sometimes very difficult journey

  10. I didn’t read about Matthew Shepard last week, but I did read another coming out story. It was fiction, but it pulled some tears from me. I was a senior in high school when Matthew was killed, and most of my friends had come out to me recently, so it was something that hit me pretty hard. I think of him every time I drive through Laramie.

    I did quite a bit of reading on my overseas trip too!

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