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:


Beth at Free Spirit Books!!!!


This week was a pretty busy one and I did not get a whole lot of reading done.  After back to back retreats (through Wednesday afternoon, I picked up my College Son Justin in Mankato on Friday morning to bring him back home for the weekend.  He had broken his right foot and it unable to drive for 6 weeks.  As long as I was hanging out alone all weekend I though he could join me…. we have watched many many episodes of LOST. 😛

Then I was going to take Justin home this afternoon and we got hit with a major snow storm – about 7 inches fell here in Brainerd Minnesota over about 4 hours time and we were in, and still are a Severe Storm Warning.  So instead, we stayed here and I am taking him back to Mankato in the morning, about a 3+ hour drive….

Here is what I did review this past week:

The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski

Peaches For Father Francis by Joanne Harris

Eat and Run by Scott Jurek

Giveaway:  SHRED Revolutionary Diet by Ian K Smith MD


I did get a few things done. 😀  This week and weekend I should have a little time to read, Book Club is on Tuesday.  Here is what I hope to fit in this week, which will mainly be audio as I have a few books I hope to finish:


A riveting historical narrative of the shocking events surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the follow-up to mega-bestselling author Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln.

More than a million readers have thrilled to Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Lincoln, the page-turning work of nonfiction about the shocking assassination that changed the course of American history. Now the anchor of The O’Reilly Factor; recounts in gripping detail the brutal murder of John Fitzgerald Kennedy–and how a sequence of gunshots on a Dallas afternoon not only killed a beloved president but also sent the nation into the cataclysmic division of the Vietnam War and its culture-changing aftermath.

In January 1961, as the Cold War escalates, John F. Kennedy struggles to contain the growth of Communism while he learns the hardships, solitude, and temptations of what it means to be president of the United States. Along the way he acquires a number of formidable enemies, among them Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, and Alan Dulles, director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In addition, powerful elements of organized crime have begun to talk about targeting the president and his brother, Attorney General Robert Kennedy.

In the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down by an erratic young drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The former Marine Corps sharpshooter escapes the scene, only to be caught and shot dead while in police custody.


A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it’s there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey’s strong and big-hearted grandmother, whose maternal love braids together the strands of the women’s shared past – and who will stop at nothing to defend their future.


In the 1980s, Elton John saw friend after friend, loved one after loved one, perish needlessly from AIDS. In the midst of the plague, he befriended Ryan White, a young Indiana boy ostracized by his town and his school because of the HIV infection he had contracted from a blood transfusion. Ryan’s inspiring life and devastating death led Elton to two realizations: His own life was a mess. And he had to do something to help stop the AIDS crisis.

Since then, Elton has dedicated himself to overcoming the plague and the stigma of AIDS. He has done this through the Elton John AIDS Foundation, which has raised and donated $275 million to date to fighting the disease worldwide.

Love Is the Cure is Elton’s personal account of his life during the AIDS epidemic, including stories of his close friendships with Ryan White, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Elizabeth Taylor, and others, and the story of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. With powerful conviction and emotional force, Elton conveys the personal toll AIDS has taken on his life – and his infinite determination to stop its spread.


As preparations for her daughter Joy’s bat mitzvah begin, everything seems right in Cannie’s world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own conception — the story her mother hid from her all her life. When Cannie’s husband surprises her by saying he wants to have a baby, the family is forced to reconsider their history, their future, and what it means to be truly happy.

Thats whats on the agenda….. audio audio!  How about you?  What does this second week of February bring your way in books?   Please add your link to where it says “click here” below.

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

  1. That’s a lot of snow! I like that much when I don’t have anywhere I have to be 🙂

    I’m sorry to hear about your son’s broken foot! That’s got to be tough.

    Good luck with your reading this week, I haven’t ever read Jennifer Weiner but I keep meaning to!

  2. I hope your son is healing all right. I hope you are staying safe through the snow storm. Aren’t audio’s great to help read when you are busy? Enjoy your listening.

  3. i have been wanting to read A Grown Up Kind of Pretty for a while now. Besides the fact that the cover just screams out “read me” it sounds like such a lovely story! I hope you enjoy it Sheila!

  4. Nice to spend time with your son, even though it’s due to injury 🙂 Safe driving tomorrow with all that snow and ice around. A Grown Up Kind Of Pretty appeals to me. Have a wonderful week and happy reading!

  5. My son just moved to Boston – got there right before the big Nemo hit…now he’s having fun in the snow, very deep snow.

    Even one or two books getting read is good. I managed one this week, and one last week. 😉

  6. I listened to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty and really enjoyed it. I now want to listen to some of her other books. I have the book version of Killing Kennedy and can’t wait to read it. Will be interested in seeing what your thoughts are of the audio version.

    Have a great week!

  7. Aw, sorry to hear about your son’s foot, but it’s nice that you picked him up for the weekend. Lost is perfect for a housebound weekend when you need some distraction!!

    Looks like you have some good reading going on, too – enjoy your books and your book group this weekend –


    Book By Book

  8. We are still burying out from under the 28 inches of snow we were hit with over the weekend and it’s still snowing! Sorry to hear about your son’s foot and hope it heals quickly.

  9. I commented on 13 linked-up blogs. Not sure if this is where I need to write that. I’d like to read some Jennifer Weiner books, I haven’t read any of hers yet. Thanks for the great meme, love seeing what other book bloggers read and recommend!

  10. Peaches For Father Francis sounds like a book I might enjoy. I didn’t realize it was a sequel/companion to Chocolat, which I hadn’t seen the movie even though it’s one of those films that no one ever seemed to have a bad thing to say about.

  11. grown up kind of pretty does look good..:) have to yet start on audio books.. 🙂
    no snow here in San Francisco..hope your son is better soon
    .. am in for the giveaway this week..

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