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.


Last weeks winner: West Virginia Red Reads

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**Please note I am way behind on sending out books so if you are waiting on a book from me I do apologize.  I am planning on packaging and taking a trip to the post office this Tuesday so be sure if you are waiting on a book from me that you have sent your mailing address (not PO box numbers) to my email at

I have still not surpassed that reading slump.  I don’t even think “slump” is the right word because its not that I don’t want to read, its that time has not allowed for reading and by the time I get home from whatever I am too tired.  That should change a bit this week as I leave for Florida on Thursday morning and will have plane reading time and a little down time too while there with College Son visiting Navy Son through the weekend.  😀

Last week here are the posts I put up:

Good In Bed by Jennifer Weiner

Building a Pole Barn to survive a Zombie Apocalypse

I Michael Bennett by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge



SO here is what is on the reading plan for this week:

The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

This is out book club pick for November.

Nashville music star and family man, Cole Michaels, is persuaded to embrace an ‘American Dream’ theology that promises comfort, happiness, and success. But when the unimaginable happens, Cole blames God and abandons his faith. More vulnerable than ever, he is clueless that an evil character with an unspeakable secret is using every available resource to find him.

Can two old sages, a beautiful blonde, a violin called the Mysterious Lady, and a Triumph motorcycle help prepare Cole for his ultimate trial?

Many years ago I fell in love with Randall’s writing – I devoured the three books he had out and waited and waited for more but nothing came…. here is where blogging gets cool – when he wrote this book – he found me, emailed me and asked me to review it.  😛

Based on more than forty interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, and when societies around the world are trying to build digital-age economies, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology. He built a company where leaps of the imagination were combined with remarkable feats of engineering.  

Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off-limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against. His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.

Driven by demons, Jobs could drive those around him to fury and despair. But his personality and products were interrelated, just as Apple’s hardware and software tended to be, as if part of an integrated system. His tale is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.

Just a book I have really been interested in.





In search of a place to call home, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to America. But lacking a written language of their own, the Hmong experience has been primarily recorded by others. Driven to tell her family’s story after her grandmother’s death, The Latehomecomer is Kao Kalia Yang’s tribute to the remarkable woman whose spirit held them all together. It is also an eloquent, firsthand account of a people who have worked hard to make their voices heard.

Beginning in the 1970s, as the Hmong were being massacred for their collaboration with the United States during the Vietnam War, Yang recounts the harrowing story of her family’s captivity, the daring rescue undertaken by her father and uncles, and their narrow escape into Thailand where Yang was born in the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp.

When she was six years old, Yang’s family immigrated to America, and she evocatively captures the challenges of adapting to a new place and a new language. Through her words, the dreams, wisdom, and traditions passed down from her grandmother and shared by an entire community have finally found a voice.

I met Kao this past week at a literacy conference and she blew me away… I could not wait to read her book!




That’s the plan – what is yours?  I would love to see what you are reading and what you read this past week as well.  Please link up your What Are You Reading post below where it says click here.  I am going to try to get around to your posts as I can this week. 

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

  1. Have a great time in Florida! I hope you find a book that pulls you out of the reading slump too. I’ve heard good things about The Language of Flowers and plan to read it someday.

  2. The Late Homecomer sounds fascinating. The Language of Flowers is lovely – I hope you enjoy it

    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  3. The Language of Flowers is a nice and easy read. Probably just the right thing for your “slump”.

    Hey, I notice the button for the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop in your side bar – it’s the old one from June, but nice to see it anyway.

    Have a great week!

    1. OOH I am glad to hear that Judith 🙂 Thanks for the reminder about the button… I just talked about having clean and up to date side bars during the Bloggiesta challenge and look at mine lol….. 😛

  4. I loved The Language of Flowers – such a beautiful story! Have fun in Florida with your sons! I am feeling much the same way you are – not in a reading slump, but just no time to read…hoping that since I foresee being stuck inside during this crazy storm we are having on the East Coast that I get some reading time in.

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  5. I hope you get some down time with a book or two. I didn’t read AT ALL this weekend, was kind of busy (though I’m never ever busy like you are), and I even straightened up my bedroom a little bit. i.e. moved some clothes around – lol.

    Here’s hoping we all get some reading time. : )

  6. Hi there Sheila! I always enjoy reading your exuberant posts – so filled with life. The Late Homecomer sounds like something that would appeal to me. 🙂

  7. Looks like you have some great books lined up for this week, Sheila – I hope you have plenty of time to read them! I am still focused on spooky reads for Halloween and really enjoying them.

    We are hunkered down to ride out Hurricane Sandy – it’s supposed to come right thru our area tonight – looks like it’s on a direct path to northern DE!


  8. We all go through slumps and then have weeks like I had last week. I was trying to catch up from having that darn cold. Guess what, woke up sick and nauseous today. The kids had the flu last week and I think I am catching it. DAMN!

    Have fun with your son!!!

  9. I’m going to be listening to the Steve Jobs book next month for book club. I’m sure it will be interesting. I thought you read Language of Flowers already. I mostly enjoyed it. Be prepared to want to yell at Victoria a few times though!

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