It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


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.

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:

Rose Milligan

Rose, shoot me your email and I will get that sent off to you journeythroughbooks @

The Girl Who Married A Eagle by Tamar Myers



The Magic Circle by Jenny Davidson


Confessions Of A Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim (Oh wow!!!)


The Bremer L3 Project for our Library – I graduated!!!



HER by Christa Parravani (a memoir of loss that didnt quite fit for me)



It was a fairly good week.  Now as I prepare to start my journey to New York Monday evening, I am taking only one book and my phone with audio on it. Here is what will be accompanying me this week:




Grace Alban has spent more than twenty years avoiding her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior, for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter back, she finds more is haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House than her own personal demons.

Long-buried family secrets, a packet of old love letters, and a lost manuscript plunge Grace into a decades-old mystery about a scandalous party at Alban House, when a world-famous author took his own life and Grace’s aunt disappeared without a trace. The night has been shrouded in secrecy by the powerful Alban family for all of these years. Her mother intended to tell the truth about that night to a reporter on the very day she died—could it have been murder? Or was she a victim of the supposed Alban curse? Grace soon realizes her family secrets tangle and twist as darkly as the mansion’s secret passages.

My book club is reading this as this is one of our authors for Wine and Words in August.







In this luminous debut, Margaret Wrinkle takes us on an unforgettable journey across continents and through time, from the burgeoning American South to West Africa and deep into the ancestral stories that reside in the soul. Wash introduces a remarkable new voice in American literature.

In early 1800s Tennessee, two men find themselves locked in an intimate power struggle. Richardson, a troubled Revolutionary War veteran, has spent his life fighting not only for his country but also for wealth and status. When the pressures of westward expansion and debt threaten to destroy everything he’s built, he sets Washington, a young man he owns, to work as his breeding sire. Wash, the first member of his family to be born into slavery, struggles to hold onto his only solace: the spirituality inherited from his shamanic mother. As he navigates the treacherous currents of his position, despair and disease lead him to a potent healer named Pallas. Their tender love unfolds against this turbulent backdrop while she inspires him to forge a new understanding of his heritage and his place in it. Once Richardson and Wash find themselves at a crossroads, all three lives are pushed to the brink.

Holy smokes…stumbled on to this one on audio and so far WOW!


From the unique perspective of David Sedaris comes a new collection of essays taking his listeners on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler’s experiences. Whether railing against the habits of litterers in the English countryside or marveling over a disembodied human arm in a taxidermist’s shop, Sedaris takes us on side-splitting adventures that are not to be forgotten.

I heard about this one in the car on the way back from the conference I was at this week.  Both the ladies I was riding with had been reading this and were raving about it.  I just started listening to it on my IPOD and it is good!




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About Sheila (Book Journey)

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Posted on May 26, 2013, in Its Monday What ARe You Reading and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 36 Comments.

  1. Have a great time in New York!

  2. Love the cover of The Fate Of Mercy Alban, gorgeous! Have a fantastic time in NY, lucky ducky 🙂

  3. Have a safe and FUN trip! I am a bit jealous. 🙂 Your reading choices this week look really interesting. Enjoy.

  4. Happy Monday! Have a great week!

  5. I loved David Sedaris’ new book, I’m happy that you’re enjoying it. Have a great time in New York!

  6. These all look fabulous! I saw David Sedaris speak one time and decided that I had to listen to his books rather than physically read them. He is such a great narrator. I just cackle as I listen to him!

    Enjoy your week at BEA!

  7. Have a fab time at BEA ! safe journeys and enjoy it ALL !
    doing the armchair version so will get in on some of the fun & that’s great for this gal 😉

  8. The Fate of Mercy Alban sounds interesting, I’ll be curious to see what you think.

    Hope you have an amazing time at BEA!!! I’ll get myself out there some day!

  9. I adore the cover of The Fate of Mercy Alban….looks soooo good. Enjoy your trip!

  10. I haven’t heard of any of those but I hope you enjoy! Happy Reading and enjoy your trip.

  11. Wow, that’s quite a list of books you read last week, Sheila! And I would totally not bring many books to BEA. I hope you’ll have a great time there 🙂 Please take some pictures and share with us 🙂

    Here’s my It’s Monday… post for this week.

  12. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    I have yet to read anything by Sedaris though I do meant to eventually. Have a great time at BEA!

  13. The Fate of Mercy Alban sounds like a really interesting read… I look forwards to your thoughts on that. But most importantly I look forward to hearing all about the BEA on your return!
    Have a safe journey and enjoy! 🙂

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  14. Love the cover of the first book!

  15. Eveline @ Eveline's Books

    Lovely books!

    Eveline’s Books

  16. I read and really enjoyed The Fate of Mercy Alban…hope you enjoy it too!

    Have a great time in NY!!!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  17. Have a safe trip and thanks for high lighting some interesting reads. I’ve visited 10 plus blogs this week

  18. There’s nothing like David Sedaris on audio! I’ll only be taking one book with me to NY and once I get there, it probably won’t be cracked open.

  19. The Fate of Mercy Alban sounds amazing. Have fun at BEA. Happy reading!

  20. I’ve Been curious about David Sedaris’s new book – didn’t think about getting the audio. I’ll definitely look for that!

  21. Wow, you had a good blogging week!

    I love listening to David Sedaris read his own essays – he can have you tearing up one minute and laughing like crazy the next – he’s such a talented writer and a great performer, too. I would love to see him live sometime.

    Enjoy BEA and NYC!!


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  22. Enjoy BEA! I’ve heard Wash is phenomenal.

  23. I wish I was going to BEA. Can’t wait to read your posts! Hope you have a blast!

  24. I am interested in your thoughts on Mercy Alban – I read it recently too.

  25. I’ve been meaning to read Wash for months now. I hope you enjoy it. Have fun in New York!

  26. I’ve never read a David Sedaris book, and now I’m real curious about him. Have fun in New York!

  27. Have a great time at BEA! Can’t wait to see what goodies you bring home!

  28. The Fate Of Mercy Alban sounds like my kind of book. Wish list! Thanks for sharing!

  29. I want to read the book by Alison Arngrim. I remember reading an interview with her when Little House on the Prairie was still on the air, and she talked about her love for stand-up comedy.

    Here’s my It’s Monday! for 5/27.

    Jane @ Jane Reads

  30. Would love to get to NYC one of these days. I’m looking forward to ALA in Chicago this year though! 🙂 I went around and commented on 10 blogs this week (yay for days off!).

  31. The Fate of Mercy Alban sounds terrific! Hope you enjoy all your books. Have a great week!

  32. Rose Milligan

    The cover for The Fate of Mercy Alban is awesomely beautiful. I’m still reading The Host and Anna Karenina on my kindle. I visited 86 sites and commented on 85. I enjoyed seeing what everyone was reading this week.


  33. The Bremer L3 Project wrap up was hilarious! I love reading all your bookish adventures!

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