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.

Under the new and hopefully improved 2013 guidelines, the winner each week will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.  This past weeks winner is:Kacy from Meandering

Kacy from Meandering Home!!!!


Well I did not mean to be MIA this weekend.  I was at a Board Member/ Leadership Retreat for Camp Benedict and I was half way there on Friday when I realized that my laptop was still at home.  So, you didn’t hear from me this weekend.  And then I got home and was exhausted.  We stayed up until 2:00 am on Friday and I was up after 1:00 am on Saturday, enjoying the company of some awesome people.


Before I left, here is what I did accomplish book wise this week:


The Chocolate War – book VS. Movie


Audio Books – Abridged and Unabridged, whats the difference?


A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard (the true story of the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard)


January Recap, with link up for those of you participating in the WHERE Are You Reading challenge


Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah


Kick Off to the 12K Challenge!



I have a couple more reviews to write yet and I hardly read at all this weekend.


For this week I will be reading:


August 18-20, 1955: Three terrifying days and nights still remembered with awe in the Delaware River valley. Record-breaking rainfall from hurricanes Connie and Diane abruptly ended a withering drought, but the relief was short-lived. It was soon overshadowed by terror and destruction that tore away bridges and ripped houses from their foundations.

From the river’s headwaters in the Catskills and through the Poconos, excessive runoff surged down steep slopes and through valleys on both sides of the river. Tributaries swelled unbelievably, some rising thirty feet in fifteen minutes. Eventually, they all poured into the Delaware, transforming the usually placid waters into a raging, uncontrollable beast.

Mountain resorts were inundated, leaving cars upended in swimming pools. Entire summer camps were washed away. More than 400 children were evacuated by helicopter from island camps in a tense, unprecedented operation.

In the end, nearly a hundred people were dead and hundreds more homeless. Dozens were missing, some ripped–still sleeping–from their beds in the middle of the night. Victims’’ bodies were still being recovered thirty years later — some were never found.

Devastation on the Delaware follows the true stories of survivors and eyewitnesses to bring these events to chilling life. More than 100 historical photos and a dozen maps illustrate this narrative nonfiction account of a tragic event that changed life in the Delaware Valley forever.

This is our book club read for February.





McNees lightly imagines the life of Louisa May Alcott, whose Little Women has enjoyed generations-long success. The story begins with a 20-year-old Louisa unhappily moving with her family from Boston to Walpole, N.H., where her Transcendentalist philosopher father pursues a life sans material pleasure. Louisa, meanwhile, plans on saving enough money to return to Boston and pursue a career as a writer. Then she meets the handsome and charming Joseph Singer, who stirs up strong emotions in Louisa. Not wanting to admit that she is attracted to him, Louisa responds to Joseph with defensiveness and anger until, of course, she can no longer deny her feelings and becomes torn between her desires and her dreams.

I have been wanting to read this one for awhile!


MacKayla “Mac” Lane is a small-town southern girl living a life of suntans and shopping. All that changes when her sister dies in Ireland and a cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone raises disturbing questions about the nature of her sister’s death. Mac follows the lead to Dublin and the strange life her sister led, on to the darkly dangerous book-dealer Jericho Barrons, and a burgeoning war with deadly Fae that humankind doesn’t even realize has begun. Time-travel-romance maven Moning reshapes her Celtic lore for a radically different and engaging new dark fantasy series. Mac’s first-person narrative is more than point of view; it’s a true recounting of how a sheltered young girl grows to accept the role fate has dealt her.

Picked this one up from


Few pastors or Christian writers have dared to approach the subject of how proper eating and an active lifestyle can affect how we serve God. Author Gary Thomas does just that. And he reaches all the way back to the apostle Paul, who wrote that we need to prime our bodies to become, ‘an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.’ To illustrate the body/soul correlation, Thomas presents engaging and diverse stories that include a young mom who got fit through volleyball and reaped spiritual rewards in her marriage, a 300-pound pastor who realized his obesity was eroding his ministry impact, and a woman who gained the spiritual strength to survive a contentious divorce by training for a marathon. In every instance, Thomas makes a direct connection between the physical challenge and its spiritual consequence. This book is a must read for anyone seeking new and compelling motivation for strengthening their bodies and fortifying their souls.

We are reading this one as a staff for my work. 

I leave tomorrow morning for a staff retreat yes that is two retreats in a row.  I will be back home on Wednesday early afternoon but I do plan this time to remember my laptop 😀

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

  1. Sounds like you had a fun week. Devastation on the Delaware sounds intense, a bit too close to home right now but I think I’d like to read it. Happy reading 🙂

  2. What a great couple of weeks! Sounds like a great way to get away. Minus the missing laptop of course. LOL

    I feel like I haven’t participated in this is far too long. I need to get back into things!

    Hope you have a fabulous week at the second retreat and are able to find some down time at some point. 😉

  3. Sounds like you had a fun weekend. I’ve been wanting to read the Karen Marie Moning books for awhile, too, but still haven’t gotten around to it. Hope you have a great week!

  4. Sounds like you had a good weekend, with purpose! Love it. You know what I did all weekend, plan and started to train. 🙂 I LOVE preparing/training for events.

    I hope you enjoy the Ascott book. It’s good. Have a great week Sheila

  5. Some great picks this week. I’m particularly interested in The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott. I love Little Women (I plan to reread it soon as it was a few years ago now that I read it). I think it’ll be interesting to see how McNees imagines her life.
    Enjoy your books 🙂

  6. Hmmm…Devastation on the Delaware sound sinteresting. We live along the DE River, in Wilmington, DE (a bit downstream from where it sounds like the flooding was the worst) – but we’ve only loved here 20 years so I hadn’t heard about these storms in 55. Maybe my book group should read that one!

    Enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  7. have to pick that up Alcott book myself – love her..
    and would like to be entered in the drawing for this week..
    also have a giveaway on my blog – so do check it out when you can..

  8. Enjoy your time away from the web. Sometimes it’s absolutely necessary and you’ll feel refreshed again. I can’t remember if I watched and/or read “The Chocolate War” because I know I picked it thinking it’ll be about something else. The Kite Runner and The Cider House Rules are two books and movies I’ve enjoyed as separate entities.

  9. I’m really interested in reading DarkFever. Heard of the author never read her books. I did read Louisa Mae Alcott, The Lost Summer. I love any fictional book written about LMA. I would love to visit her house. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the bookbloggers could take literary trips around the United States? I also would like to see Emily Dickinson’s house and Frederick Douglass’ home because he was a great author, and believe it or not I would like to see Anne Rice’s home in Savannah, Georgia. I wonder how many literary trails are in our country. I know Edgar Allen Poe’s house, I think, use to be in Phila. Then, some authors began to mention his grave and home are in Baltimore, Maryland. Wish we could……:)

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