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.

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 – Escape With Dollycas


**Note – new guidelines:  When I took this meme over 3 years ago from J Kaye’s Book Blog, I thought it would be fun to customize it a bit to be my own.  That is when I added the additional giveaway of what once was a book from a selection I had, and then moved on to the gift card.  The point of doing this was to encourage you to go and visit other participants blogs.  I think the community of the bloggers is so important and seeing what other people are reading and enjoying (or not enjoying) does indeed not only add to community but also to your book wish list. 😀

However, now as my life has become busier and my online time has actually lessened, I find I just do not have the time to always sit down and  send out the gift cards in a timely manner. It takes a lot of time each week to look through the comments – write a number to each person who said they visited 10 or more blogs and commented, give them their correct points, and then run it through to come up with a winner.   I know as winners this can be frustrating to you as you may think I have forgotten, but it is mainly because the email I use for my bookish communications I do not have the time to look at every day and even when I do, I am on it so shortly that I plan to get back to it and complete the gift cards and I just don’t. 

All that said – as of this posting of Its Monday What Are You Reading, I am going to eliminate the giveaway for commenting on other participants.  I am very hopeful that you will do so anyways as it builds community and it leads people to your blog as well when they see you are a presence on the internet.  I am hopeful that you will all continue to do the IMWAYR without the incentive  of a gift card. 😀

As for those of you with pending gift cards, when I get back home later tonight I will sit down and finish them and get them sent.  It you have been a w inner and have not received your card by Wednesday morning, please email me at

Thank you – all of you for participating.  I really enjoy doing this meme. 😀



Ok, on to whats happening here…. I am coming in so late today as I did not get home from the North Shore until 8 pm last night.  I had a blast hanging out with friends – we walked, hiked, bikes, toured and had a great time! 

Here is what happened this past week here on Book Journey (as it was audio book week last week many of my posts were directed that way)


WASH by Margaret Wrinkle (*fascinating audio!)


Me Talk Pretty One Day by Davis Sedaris (Audio review – he is so hilarious!)


Quiet The Power Of Introverts  (audio review – SOOOOOO GOOD!)



and if you missed out on the thoughts of audio book week you can catch my opinions here:


How to get into audio books and when you can find ways to listen when a book would just be impracticable!


What I am currently listening to


What do I do while I listen to audio


Where do I find the audio I want to listen to



This week will be interesting.  I have a pretty mellow next two days here but Wednesday is our annual meeting at work which will be a long day and on Thursday I have a house party here for Lisa Jackson’s Tell Me Summer Secrets party.  It should be fun – I hope its nice where we can sit on the deck and enjoy our time.  Saturday is a rock festival I am hoping Al and I can go too.  😀



SO that all said –

Here is what is currently going on here:


Discover the North Shore of Lake Superior you haven’t seen! Highway 61, from Duluth to the Canadian border, is peppered with tourist hotspots that Minnesotans love. But even the most devout traveler doesn’t know Lake Superior like Kathryn and William Mayo do. These explorers and residents of the region outline the best sites you may not know about. Get 61 Gems on Highway 61 for your next North Shore adventure. With this book in hand, you’ll experience the beautiful region in a whole new way.

Our cabin up North is right off HWY 61 so when I picked this book up this weekend I was thrilled about it.  We actually hit some of the spots yesterday before I cam e home which I will chat more about when I review the book.





In the heart of Italy, Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno.

Against this backdrop, Langdon battles a chilling adversary and grapples with an ingenious riddle that pulls him into a landscape of classic art, secret passageways, and futuristic science. Drawing from Dante’s dark epic poem, Langdon races to find answers and decide whom to trust . . . before the world is irrevocably altered.

Just started listening to this one on the recommendation of a friend.  SO good so far.  I have enjoyed Dan Browns writing in the past.



I have other things I hope to start but I feel I am (again behind on my reading.  If all goes well today I will have some time this afternoon to sit out on the deck (that will be the first time this year!) and read a bit in the sun.  Looking forward to it. 😀

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

  1. Oh, better late than never! lol I read your post about not taking laptop to the cabin, so I figured you would be later than usual.

    I think 61 Gems looks intriguing…and how interesting that you have a connection to the Hwy. 61 in the book. Enjoy!

  2. Glad you had a busy but fun weekend! I need to get into audio books, but just haven’t made the leap there yet. I have Inferno on my kindle but haven’t read it yet. I have visited more than ten blogs and am now getting more coffee before going on 🙂 Enjoy your week of reading/listening!

  3. I am curious to see how you like Inferno, I read it a couple of weeks ago, and it is a good thriller, although I did have some problems with it.
    I read your post about going to the cabin, so I was not worried when I did not see the ‘its monday’ post this morning, just hope you had a great time.

    Have a good week & kind regards,

  4. Ah, well, you’re being late today worked out well for me because I was even later! I had finally gotten both my kids breakfast, done the dishes, started the laundry, and sat down to write my Monday post at 10 am, when a guy called from the gas company to remind me he’d be here at 11 for an inspection…so I had to drop everything and go run my errands so I could be back by 11! Fascinating, huh?

    I love the sound of the Rt. 61 book – we LOVE long road trips so I always enjoy books that tell me about out-of-the-way places I might not find on my own. Check out the Roadfood series of books for great food stops!

    I am going to check out some of your audio tips, since it takes me so long to finish an audio book.

    Enjoy your week and your books –


    Book By Book

    Big Book Summer Challenge

  5. My husband and I were talking about Inferno yesterday. He’s read Brown’s other novel but is on the fence on whether to get this one. I haven’t read any of his books but told him I’d watch for blog reviews and let him know what the “pros” think 😉

  6. Hi Sheila, I can understand how doing giveaways each week can be time-consuming. I think you’ve done an amazing job through this meme and with your online presence of helping build a fun community where we can check out what we are reading. Thanks for your generous spirit.

    I’d love to listen to Inferno on audio. I’ll wait to see what your review says about it. Have a great reading week!

  7. Its Tuesday morning and I am still trying to get round the jet lag. Its getting more and more difficult for me these long plane rides. Still got out of Melbourne’s freezing weather was a good thing. I like the sound of Inferno. Will be looking out for your thoughts on that one.

  8. Your cabin getaways sound like so much fun! Quiet Power Of Introverts caught my eye, that’s definitely me so I’ll be checking it out. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  9. Sheila, I hope you have more time to read this week (or listen to audio books). It really is wonderful to sit outside with a book at this time of the year! 🙂

  10. Reading and almost done with Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol…I’m hooked and will be reading INFERNO. First though I have Iris Johnsen’s trilogy (Eve Duncan character base) which I have been waiting for summer to delve into. I have faithfully been following this story line through all 10+ books over the last decade or so and this latest trilogy promises to be the Best yet!!! Hoping also to add in some Elin Hildebrand and anxiously waiting for Sparks latest this September. Oh and I just finished re-reading Gatsby last month before watching the epic film release. Let’s just say I was not disappointed.

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