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

First off – I did write last weeks post!  I did!  From that Little Cafe in Ely Minnesota – I wrote it and I scheduled it to go live on Sunday late afternoon…. and…. crickets.  😦  I dont know why it didnt go , but clearly it did not.

Along with last weeks post (yeah yeah… the one that wasn’t but was) I had planned a giveaway $10 Amazon Gift card…sort of a “while I am away” plan.  Since no one knew about the giveaway because the post was like a bad stick of dynamite and never went off…. I would like to extend that to this week instead – AND to be entered leave a comment here and for a BONUS point, leave a comment on my adventure post I put up earlier today… my one post this week:

Home. Pictures. Update.



As for this week I do have a few things going on (YES!):


To save her mother’s life, Clary must travel to the City of Glass, the ancestral home of the Shadowhunters—never mind that entering the city without permission is against the Law, and breaking the Law could mean death. To make things worse, she learns that Jace does not want her there, and Simon has been thrown in prison by the Shadowhunters, who are deeply suspicious of a vampire who can withstand sunlight.As Clary uncovers more about her family’s past, she finds an ally in mysterious Shadowhunter Sebastian. With Valentine mustering the full force of his power to destroy all Shadowhunters forever, their only chance to defeat him is to fight alongside their eternal enemies. But can Downworlders and Shadowhunters put aside their hatred to work together? While Jace realizes exactly how much he’s willing to risk for Clary, can she harness her newfound powers to help save the Glass City—whatever the cost?

I whipped through the second book while in the boundary waters and now have dived into this book #3.  The Mortal Instrument series is giving me a good Harry Potterish fix 🙂





This one, needs no introduction. 🙂  This was my “comfort listen” while I drove the 5 hours to Ely this last week and then 5 hours home I enjoyed a good listen to an awesome favorite series.  A little bonus, it is on the banned book list and of last week was banned book week.





Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

I am fascinated with the premise of this book… bringing back the little boy from The Shining all of these years later is BRILLIANT.  I started listening to this one today.  So excited!!!



That’s where I am spending my time this week. How about you?  What are you reading and listening too?  Please add your link below where it says “click here” to link up your own What Are You Reading post.

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

  1. The Mortal Bones series is on my TBR stack, just haven’t found the time to get started. Have a great week and happy reading and enjoy the slightly slower pace lol

  2. Glad you had a great time away !
    and listening while driving is a fave for me too 😉
    2nd Last day in the Fall into Reading read a thon – I’ve actually met my goal + 1 xtra, so pretty stoked about that – especially with this week being slim for reading time…

    Thanks for posting! and the giveaway is def a bonus ! TY !!

  3. I liked the first three Mortal Instruments books. I started rereading City of Bones last month after seeing the movie but I had to put it aside to catch up on other reading.

    I love listening to the Harry Potter audio books on long drives. I am currently listening to Goblet of Fire.

  4. I’m so excited to get my hands on Doctor Sleep! I’ll be looking for your review. I keep asking my sister to let me borrow City of Bones (or whichever one is first in the series) and she keeps forgetting to get it to me. I should just go by the library. Enjoy your week!

  5. Glad to see you back safely.
    I read one of the Mortals out of order… I probably should go back and start at the beginning. But meanwhile I have some other audio series I am really enjoying!
    Happy Reading/Listening.

  6. Ooh, how is the audio for Doctor Sleep? I’m reading the print version, but I heard the audio for The Shining was excellent and the same narrator is doing Doctor Sleep right? I hope you are enjoying Doctor Sleep as much as I am.

  7. Glad you enjoyed your time away. You were missed. I love King and read The Shining/saw the movie. I have Doctor Sleep on my wishlist and it seems everyone is reading it. I am sure you will enjoy it! Have a great week.

  8. I just hate it when I have the presence of mind to preschedule something and it doesn’t post. It’s so rare that I manage to be so prepared that I’m sure the internet gods are laughing at me when they withhold it. 😛

  9. I’ve been a Stephen King fan since reading and watching Carrie when in my late teens in the late 70s. I used to catch everything as soon as it hit the library shelves but in the last ten years I’ve missed several. I missed 11-24-63. And all of the Dark Tower books after #4. Bur I recently read Joyland and really enjoyed it and that made me want to catch up and also reread favorites. I guess I need to start with the Shining now.

    As for The City of ____ series, I’ve not taken the plunge yet but have noticed how ubiquitous they are on the book blogs and how they almost never get negative reviews so I’ve teetering toward them for sometime now. How many are in the series and is it complete or are more planned?

  10. I’m listening to Doctor Sleep now and – dare I say it – I’m liking it better than the The Shining, which I liked a lot. Yup, I said it!

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