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:

Lori from Escape with Dollycas!

(Congratulations!  I will email you the gift card)

It was a busy week but with Book Club and a snow storm… I did get some reading in 😀  Here is what I posted this week:


The Best Of Us by Sarah Pekkanan (SSQQQUUUEEE!!!)


The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult ( her latest – and this one is different!)


Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (Bookies review – and yes, we dressed up as food critics in disguise!)


Minnesota Book Awards... I went and I had a blast!



This week I am hoping to get some good reading in.  I am finally finishing up the three audio books I feel like I have been listening to FOREVER!  So… I will be able to move on to some new things:  😀



When the concierge of The Alexander, a historic Atlanta apartment building, invites his fellow residents to join him for weekly screenings of Downton Abbey, four very different people find themselves connecting with the addictive drama, and—even more unexpectedly—with each other…

Samantha Davis married young and for the wrong reason: the security of old Atlanta money—for herself and for her orphaned brother and sister. She never expected her marriage to be complicated by love and compromised by a shattering family betrayal.

Claire Walker is now an empty nester and struggling author who left her home in the suburbs for the old world charm of The Alexander, and for a new and productive life. But she soon wonders if clinging to old dreams can be more destructive than having no dreams at all.

And then there’s Brooke MacKenzie, a woman in constant battle with her faithless ex-husband. She’s just starting to realize that it’s time to take a deep breath and come to terms with the fact that her life is not the fairy tale she thought it would be.

For Samantha, Claire, Brooke—and Edward, who arranges the weekly gatherings—it will be a season of surprises as they forge a bond that will sustain them through some of life’s hardest moments—all of it reflected in the unfolding drama, comedy, and convergent lives of Downton Abbey.





Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has transformed. The nascent rebellion that was underway in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven. Pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels.

As Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain of the Wilds, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancée of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena and Hana’s points of view. They live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.






Hildy Good is a townie. A lifelong resident of an historic community on the rocky coast of Boston’s North Shore, she knows pretty much everything about everyone. Hildy is a descendant of one of the witches hung in nearby Salem, and is believed, by some, to have inherited psychic gifts. Not true, of course; she’s just good at reading people. Hildy is good at lots of things.  A successful real-estate broker, mother and grandmother, her days are full. But her nights have become lonely ever since her daughters, convinced their mother was drinking too much, staged an intervention and sent her off to rehab.  Now she’s in recovery—more or less.

Alone and feeling unjustly persecuted, Hildy needs a friend. She finds one in Rebecca McCallister, a beautiful young mother and one of the town’s wealthy newcomers. Rebecca feels out-of-step in her new surroundings and is grateful for the friendship. And Hildy feels like a person of the world again, as she and Rebecca escape their worries with some harmless gossip, and a bottle of wine by the fire—just one of their secrets. 

But not everyone takes to Rebecca, who is herself the subject of town gossip. When Frank Getchell, an eccentric local who shares a complicated history with Hildy, tries to warn her away from Rebecca, Hildy attempts to protect her friend from a potential scandal. Soon, however, Hildy is busy trying to cover her own tracks and protect her reputation.  When a cluster of secrets become dangerously entwined, the reckless behavior of one threatens to expose the other, and this darkly comic novel takes a chilling turn.

YAY for new audio!  I am now wondering what you are reading this week.  Please add your link to your What Are You Reading post below…


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

  1. I really liked While We Were Watching Downton Abbey. I posted my review of it this past week. It is a fun book but if you haven’t watched the first two seasons, beware of spoilers!

    I enjoyed your review of The Storyteller and hearing about your experience at the Minnesota Book Awards.

  2. We were gifted with a little bit of snow this morning and then sunny and 50 this afternoon! Always crazy here in MI. I am looking forward to Requiem. I had every intention of reading The Best of Us last week, but didn’t work out like I planned. Have a great week.

  3. I’d love to read While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, I’ve heard good things about it. I reviewed The Best Of Us last week but don’t think I was quite as smitten lol. So many good books and so little time, I loved Delirium but I still haven’t read Pandemonium. Off to check out your review of The Storyteller. Happy reading 🙂

  4. Sounds like you did have a fun week. At least the snow gets you inside for reading.
    I still have to get to the Oliver series. Happy reading!

  5. “While We Were Watching Downton Abbey” is such a fantastic title! The premise reminds me a bit of The Jane Austen Book Club…
    I’m finishing up a Pratchett book, and then on to Fellowship of the Rings next. I’ve never read Lord of the Rings, so it’s quite the big deal read for me! 🙂

  6. I didn’t find The Best of Us quite as exciting but I did think The Storyteller was a fascinating read.
    Have a great reading week!

  7. I just finished Requiem. It was not very closure-ful if you know what I mean. But still fun hope you like it

  8. I picked up two Wendy Wax books last week – While We Were Watching Downton Abbey and Ocean Beach. I just jumped on the whole Downton Abbey bandwagon, watching all three seasons and absolutely love the show. Can’t wait to read the book!

    Have a great week!

  9. As a huge lover of Downton Abbey (who could you not be really?) your first read certainly sounds interesting. I’d love to see an upcoming review on that.
    I hope you enjoy your reads this week 🙂

  10. I”ve been wanting to get to Requiem but haven’t gotten a chance yet. I’m one of the few people in the world not watching Downton Abbey. I will definitely catch up in the summer! I’m starting Henrietta Lacks this week for book club. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it!

  11. Love the concept of the Downton Abbey book — I’ll have to look into that.

    I left 10 comments this week, for the first time in a long time. What fun! I especially loved Shelleyrae’s birthday cake at Book’d Out.

  12. I’ve been recommended Requiem several times but not sure if I’m interested or not.

    I managed to leave 13 comments this week a record for me. I’ve never managed to enter before. Thanks for hosting this meme, it’s so much fun.

  13. Great audio books I’m adding While we were watching Downton Abbey to my tbr pile, sounds great !

    I’ve visited more than 10 blogs this week, keep forgetting to come back and say that ! lol

  14. I would really like to read The Best of Us and really need to see Downton Abbey to see what the fuss is about! 🙂 I visited 20 blogs today and commented, so many great books around the blogosphere. Thanks for hosting as always! I love visiting and meeting new bloggers. It’s my first blogaversary and I’m doing an Amazon Gift Card Giveaway so hope you’ll stop by and enter for a chance for me to give back to you! 🙂

  15. I seem to be stuck on the same audio (and an ebook) for ages so I can sympathize. It sounds like you’re close to finishing though and I look forward to your reviews 🙂

  16. I have The Best of Us on my Kindle but just haven’t gotten to it yet. When I went to bed last night I didn’t think it would ever stop snowing. It’s been snowing since last Wednesday or Thursday…enough I say!

  17. I read your review of The Storyteller, just didn’t get a chance to comment. It just may be my first Picoult. That’s two authors you have got me interested in, Picoult and Harlan Coben. Thanks!

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