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.
Ok…. a few housekeeping things. First, I was missing last Sunday and that was just crazy…. I forgot to write the post. 😯 Yes my first week of January was incredibly busy and I have been so tired… an I just forgot. Three years of doing this meme (this is actually the 170th time I have done this meme), and never once forgot, not even while I was in Honduras. I still can’t believe I forgot. 😛
Secondly, for those of you who have won the giveaway on this meme recently you have probably noticed I am extremely slow at getting the books to you. Life again…. so going into this new year I want to tweak how I do this giveaway – I am no longer going to do the books giveaway as it is just too much work to keep up on and not fair to you to have to wait on me. Instead, each week will be a chance to win a $5 gift card to Amazon that I will email to you.
Same opportunities apply as last time – comment on 10 or more of the links below and let me know in the comments to be entered into the drawing. Occasionally I may offer a book I have read as well.
I haven’t posted much this past week… errr… two weeks, but this is what has happened here:
Sadly, this is the first year since I can remember that I did not have a first book of the year show up on January 1st. In fact, I have not read a page in the last week. I hope to correct that in the next two days as I have them off. 😀
Ok.. so here is what I am reading (starting to read) and listening to on audio:
All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and to find closure.
But some questions are better left unanswered.
After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother—only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: Her mother was the only victim ever to escape a killer who has been hunting women every summer for decades. But Sara soon realizes the only thing worse than finding out about her father is him finding out about her.
What if murder is in your blood?
This may very well be the first book of the year. Apparently… my year starts on January 7th. 😀
For 10 years Arlene has kept her promises, and God has kept His end of the bargain. Until now. When an old schoolmate from Possett turns up at Arlene’s door in Chicago asking questions about Jim Beverly, former quarterback and god of Possett High, Arlene’s break with her former hometown is forced to an end. At the same time, Burr, her long-time boyfriend, has raised an ultimatum: introduce him to her family or consider him gone. Arlene loves him dearly but knows her lily white (not to mention deeply racist)Southern Baptist family will not understand her relationship with an African American boyfriend. Reluctantly, Arlene bows to the pressure, and she and Burr embark on the long-avoided road trip back home. As Arlene digs through guilt and deception, her patched-together alibi begins to unravel, and she discovers how far she will go for love and a chance at redemption.
I started this one yesterday and I am enjoying it.
Both of these authors I read for the first time in 2012 and enjoyed their books.
Now… what are you reading this beginning of the new year? Please add your What Are You Reading link below where it says click here and then others can come and see what you are reading as well. You never know where that next great read may come from….
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