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. While I am no longer offering up the giveaway incentive, I do hope you will still see the value of visiting other participants and seeing what they are reading- be warned though… this meme tends to add to your reading lists :D

Well if you are a regular tot his meme you know I totally missed last weeks post and that is rare.  I was out of town, out of internet range and once home… flat out too tired to post. 😀 

I actually posted this week a couple of times, here is what is new this week:

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Another one to check out!)

The White Princess by Philippa Gregory (audio baby and it was FANTASTIC!)

Why Do We Choose The Books We Do?



As for this week I am reading and listening to:


Don’t Sweat.  Don’t Laugh.  Don’t draw attention to yourself.  And most of all, whatever you do, do not fall in love with one of them.

Gene is different from everyone else around him.  He can’t run with lightning speed, sunlight doesn’t hurt him and he doesn’t have an unquenchable lust for blood.  Gene is a human, and he knows the rules.  Keep the truth a secret.  It’s the only way to stay alive in a world of night—a world where humans are considered a delicacy and hunted for their blood.

When he’s chosen for a once in a lifetime opportunity to hunt the last remaining humans, Gene’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble around him.  He’s thrust into the path of a girl who makes him feel things he never thought possible—and into a ruthless pack of hunters whose suspicions about his true nature are growing. Now that Gene has finally found something worth fighting for, his need to survive is stronger than ever—but is it worth the cost of his humanity?





In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.




2c“Jacob was time out of sync, time more perfect than it had been. He was life the way it was supposed to be all those years ago. That’s what all the Returned were.”  

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old. 

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he’s their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.




It feels good to be getting back into some sort of groove again.  So what are you reading?  Add your link below.

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

  1. I need to read The Twelve and The Returned. Can’t wait to see your reviews of them. I’ve had The Twelve sitting on my TBR for a while, but I just wasn’t that crazy about the first book. Maybe I was the only one.

    Have a great week!

  2. I will also be reading The Returned, but not for a couple of weeks yet. It’s getting closer to the top of my TBR pile! This week I am reading Breathless by Anne Sward, Duke by Kirby Larson and if am really ambitious and get those done I will be starting I Kiss Your Hands Many Times: Hearts, Souls, and Wars in Hungary by Marianne Szegedy-Maszek.

  3. Good to see you back. I liked The Returned and I have The White Princess on audio too … can’t wait!! The Hunt appeals to me but I’ll wait for your thoughts, I haven’t seen it around.
    Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  4. I would like to read The Returned, it sounds intriguing. I am reading Here We Are and There We Go about overseas teachers who traveled with their family to various countries. It’s quite interesting and I love reading about family life in other cultures. I’m also listening to One Year to an Organized Life because I REALLY need to get my house better organized! Check out my Small Victories Sunday post where I linked to my free weekly printable planner too, my first step to getting control of my goals and time.

  5. The Hunt sounds exciting! Also have The Returned on my wishlist. I have The Twelve on my kindle, after reading The Passage, which I really liked, but I am daunted by the size of it and have put off reading. Also a lot of time has passed and I will have to refresh my memory as to what happened since first book released. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Nice to see you back, Sheila! I missed you and your Monday meme last week.

    I hope you are reading The Twelve and not listening to it on audio. I just read it this summer, as part of my Big Book Summer Challenge, and I found it very complex and confusing at times – I think it would be really tough to follow all the switches in narrator and perspective and time on audio. It’s also best if you read it soon after reading The Passage – I ended up looking for a plot synopsis online to refresh my memory of all the characters and plot points. Oh, and there is a helpful list of characters at the back of the book…which I didn’t discover until I finished it!

    Anyway, despite all that, I enjoyed it very much and was glad to have read it – if you liked The Passage, you’ll want to know what happens next. Here’s my review (no spoilers):

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Great Books for Kids and Teens

    Book By Book

  7. Glad to hear you liked the White Queen. I’m very intrigued by that one, lots of buzz and I like dense historical books from time to time. I don’t listen to very many audiobooks but this might be one to try… thanks!

  8. Glad you’re back! Looks like some good reading. I just started Clean by David Sheff, as recommended by book bloggers!

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