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:


( is loving you – that is two weeks in a row… I dont think that has ever happened before :D)

For those of you who do Easter – Happy Easter!  I had a wonderful day of church and then spending the day with my hubby, enjoying good food and a good movie.  Lets just say… I need to get back to the gym tomorrow.  😀

This week was ok for reading and blogging – here is what I posted:

Six Years by Harlan Coben (WOW OH WOW OH WOW!!!)


The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantine  (it’s been a while since I have read this level of creepy crazy)


A new read a long for April:  The Hobbit (looking for joiners!) 😀


Little Women by Louise May Alcott ( a March read-a-long that includes in my opinion what Marmee should really say to her daughters…)


I completed my first 7K for the year (pics of all the people!!!)



Not too bad a week.  I am in the middle of three audio books that I feel like I have been listening to FOREVER.  I am going to need a shorter audio when I finish these for a break 😀 

Here is what is on the reading agenda this week:



An all-expense-paid week at a luxury villa in Jamaica—it’s the invitation of a lifetime for a group of old college friends. All four women are desperate not just for a reunion, but for an escape: Tina is drowning under the demands of mothering four young children. Allie is shattered by the news that a genetic illness runs in her family. Savannah is carrying the secret of her husband’s infidelity. And, finally, there’s Pauline, who spares no expense to throw her wealthy husband an unforgettable thirty-fifth birthday celebration, hoping it will gloss over the cracks already splitting apart their new marriage.

Languid hours on a private beach, gourmet dinners, and late nights of drinking kick off an idyllic week for the women and their husbands. But as a powerful hurricane bears down on the island, turmoil swirls inside the villa, forcing each of the women to reevaluate everything she knows about her friends—and herself.

Oh sweet Martha’s cookies!  I am so enjoying this one.  I love Sarah’s writing and I am reading this one every chance I get!





Kate Vaughan is no stranger to tough choices.

She’s made them before. Now it’s time to do it again.

Kate has a secret, something tucked away in her past. And she’s getting on with her life.  Her business is thriving. She has a strong relationship with her family, and a devoted boyfriend whom she wants to love with all her heart. If Kate had ever made a list, Rowan would fill the imagined boxes of a perfect mate. But she wants more than the perfect on paper relationship; she wants a real and imperfect love. That’s why, when Kate discovers the small velvet box hidden in Rowan’s drawer, she panics.

It always happens this way. Just when Kate thinks she can love, just when she believes she can conquer the fear, she’s filled with dread. And she wants more than anything to make this feeling go away. But how?

When the mistakes have been made and the running is over, it’s time to face the truth. Kate knows this. She understands that a woman can never undo what can never be undone. Yet, for the first time in her life she also knows that she won’t fully love until she confronts those from her past. It’s time to act.

Can she do it? Can she travel to the place where it all began, to the one who shares her secret? Can the lost ever become found?

SO excited about this one… starting it later this week.





Ruth Reichl, world-renowned food critic and former editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, knows a thing or two about food. She also knows that as the most important food critic in the country, you need to be anonymous when reviewing some of the most high-profile establishments in the biggest restaurant town in the world—a charge she took very seriously, taking on the guise of a series of eccentric personalities. In Garlic and Sapphires, Reichl reveals the comic absurdity, artifice, and excellence to be found in the sumptuously appointed stages of the epicurean world and gives us—along with some of her favorite recipes and reviews—her remarkable reflections on how one’s outer appearance can influence one’s inner character, expectations, and appetites, not to mention the quality of service one receives.

I read this one a few years back but now I am reading it for book club… I am excited to freshen up this review.

Thats the weeks plan.  My week is not too busy so should be doable.  I am curious what you are reading….   Add your post to the line below where it says click here.

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About Sheila (Book Journey)

Bookaholic * Audio Book Fan *Bike Rider *Rollerblader *Adventure Seeker *Runner*Coffee lover *Fitness Fan * Movie junkie

Posted on March 31, 2013, in Its Monday What ARe You Reading and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. These all look soooo good, especially The Best of Us. I have enjoyed another book by this author and would love to try another. Thanks for sharing, and have a great week!

  2. I’m especially interested in And Then I Found You since it’s based on a true story from the author’s life.

  3. Happy Easter to you and yours Sheila. I liked The Best of Us but found a particular aspect distasteful. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  4. Belinda D Hanson

    The Best of Us sounds really good!

  5. Seemed like a good week for you. I like it when a book makes me go “WOW OH WOW OH WOW!!!”

  6. We must be kindred book spirits. 🙂 The Guilty One and The Best of Us are already on my TBR list. And Then Came You looks fantastic. I moved it up on my TBR list. 🙂 And Six Years was added because of you.

    I’m currently reading She’s Gone Country by Jane Porter.


  7. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    Congrats on completing your first 7K. I am looking forward to reading The Best of Us next week.

    Have a wonderful day!

  8. Congrats on your first 7K! That’s an awesome accomplishment 😀

    I also have a copy of And Then I Found You that I have to get to (next week though) I hope you like it!
    Come see my It’s Monday Post 🙂

    Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

  9. And Then I Found You sounds particularly interesting. Hope your weather warms up soon.

  10. Happy Easter to you. I will come to this meme a bit late as I am in transit right now and reading your blog! nice books here.

  11. Your reading list looks really good for this week. The Best of Us sounds really good. Have a great week!

  12. Congratulations on the 7k, loved the reviews this week, I’m catching up on some Harlan Coben myself and am listening to The Woods, I also really liked your Little Women and what Marmie should have said. I have visited at least 10 , I keep forgetting to come back and say that.

  13. I am new to reading your blog so forgive me if this has been answered in the past. Where do you get your audio books? Are you using the library or is there a website service that you use/have used that you would suggest? Thanks and I am loving all of the book ideas!!

  14. Your reading week looks excellent!

  15. There is something wonderful about foodie memoirs. I haven’t read one in a long time. Need to see if there is anything good out there. Thanks for the reminder.

  16. Three yummy books especially the one about four friends.

  17. And The I Found You looks really good. I hope you have a good reading week.

  18. I’m reading The Best of Us right now – it’s so good!

  19. Looks like you have some great books going on right now, Sheila! I read Ruth Reichl’s first memoir, Comfort Me with Apples, and really enjoyed it. I would love to read Garlic & Sapphires.

    Enjoy your books this week –


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  20. I love Spring Break because I get to troll all these awesome blogs. So finally, after weeks of rarely commenting at all, I made it to about 20 blogs. 🙂 Thanks for hosting this each week! 🙂

  21. You have some GREAT reading there, my friend! Enjoy!

  22. These look like great reads! I think I will try to link up today. I’m on book overload!!!

  23. I haven’t read any of these. Thanks for the reviews–and thanks for hosting the meme. It is always great fun to see what everyone is reading.

  24. I’ve got the Coben book coming to me on audio via the library!

    A 7K, where do you find the energy? I could sure use some of it 🙂

  25. They all look good. Love the covers of the first two!

  26. I see I won again this week, that hasn’t happened to me ever. It is fun I will have to say. I am going to try again.
    I have visited twenty blogs again this week and left a message on each one.That does take a little time to do that.
    I started a new book last week called Fat Profits. So far so good.

  27. I’ve been listening to really long audio books too. I switched to a short one this weekend and it was very refreshing — I’m almost finished!

  28. Congrats on the 7K! The books up for this week look awesome.

  29. 7K is intense! You’re a total inspiration.

    Looking forward to your review of Garlic and Sapphires 🙂

  30. Looks like you have a lot of great books coming up this week. Hope you enjoy them. And congrats on your first 7K of the year. I’m not doing so great on the challenge, but I did turn over a new leaf on my eating today. 🙂

    Have a great week, Sheila!

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