It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Hey there!  Welcome to 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. Fair warning… this meme tends to add to your reading list!

It was a pretty great week!  I worked, I volunteered, I got things done. 😀  I posted yesterday that we had our Holiday Open House at the Library on Saturday and I put together a book tree.  I promised to post a pic earlier today and then I forgot so here it is now… Wala:


It was fun to put together but a lot more work (and books!) than I thought it would be.

I posted quite a few things this week too and that I feel is awesome… I so feel like i have my groove back!  “Hello Stella!”

The 2014 Bucket List Challenge (something a little different that I am excited about!)

WHERE Are You Reading Challenge 2014 ( I have hosted this challenge since 2011, it seems like the appropriate  challenge to go with our What are you reading meme.)  Check it out!

What Alice Forgot by Alice Moriarty (WOW!  I am loving this author!)

GONE by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge (love this series!)

First Book Of The Year Group meme and YOU are invited!  😛

Holiday decorating at the library! 

The Coldest Girl In Cold Town by Holly Black (if there is a “meh” of the week… this is it.)

City Of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare (*sigh*  LOVE!)

As for what I will be reading this week:


Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life–and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.
Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Ok, this one sounds a little different to me but people are raving so in I go.  I started it today.


Brooke has been happily married to her college sweetheart for fifteen years. Even after the C-section, the dog poop, the stomach viruses and the coffee breath, Scott always winks at her in just the right moments. That is why, for her beloved, romantic, successful husband’s fortieth birthday, she is giving him pictures. Of herself. Naked.

Newlywed Samantha learns of her husband’s cheating heart when she finds the goods on his computer.

High-powered career woman Katherine works with heartbreaker Phillip, the man who hurt her early on in her career.          

Brooke, Samantha, and Katherine don’t know each other, but their stories are about to intertwine in ways no one could have imagined.

And all three are about to discover the power of friendship to conquer adversity, the satisfaction of unexpected delights, the incredible difference one human being can have on other lives–and that they have all they could ask for, as long as they have each other.

Doesn’t this sound fun? 


Four Days in November is an extraordinarily exciting, precise, and definitive narrative of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, by Lee Harvey Oswald. It is drawn from Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy, a huge and historic account of the event and all the conspiracy theories it spawned, by Vincent Bugliosi, famed prosecutor of Charles Manson and author of Helter Skelter. For general readers, the carefully documented account presented in Four Days is utterly persuasive: Oswald did it and he acted alone.

OOh .. right?

I think that’s where I am at for the week.  I am excited to see what you are reading and or listening to.  Please add your It’s Monday What Are You Reading post to the link below where it says click here.

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

  1. Woohoo to getting your groove back! All You Could Ask For sounds great, look forward to your thoughts on it. I loved What Alice Forgot too but The Husband’s Secret is still my fave 🙂
    Have a great week and happy reading!

  2. Aw what a bummer you didn’t like the Coldest Girl. I really liked it, and so did my husband. He listened to the audio as well. I loved that Tana did not worship the vampires, and was independent and kind of tough. It was kind of anti-Twilight in a way. 🙂

    I think we are going to make a book Christmas tree as our home tree this year! 🙂

      1. Lol!! A lot of people I know liked Twilight. 🙂 I read them all (Team Jacob!) but Bella drove me nuts. She was so helpless and suicidal without a man, I just really didn’t like her. But I did like learning how all of them became vampires, and the werewolf lore. 🙂

  3. I’m anxious to read your review of What Alice Forgot. It’s in my TBR pile and I don’t know when I’ll get to it. You have been busy just writing this post. I’m new here but if you lost your groove (which I wouldn’t know that you did), you have certainly gotten it back.

  4. Great book tree! I have Coldest Girl in my book pile – heard mostly good reviews, but your perspective is interesting. Eleanor & Park was my fav Rainbow Rowell book, but I liked Fangirl a lot, too. I didn’t know much about fan fiction, so I liked learning more about it. Happy reading!

  5. I read the Mike Greenberg book…it was surprising and good…I liked it. Fangirl…not yet but I have only read awesome things about it…love the book tree! God job!

  6. I’m waiting patiently to read FANGIRL. I wrote Harry Potter fanfiction in high school and I’m told that’s the fandom Rowell based the book on. I’m excited to see if I qualify as a fangirl.

  7. I love the tree – looks great!!! I love James Patterson’s Michael Bennett series – still need to read Gone, along with a few other of his books in his other series – I’m a huge JP fan! I just read my first Liane Moriarty book (The Husband’s Secret) and was blown away – I need to read more of her books. Did you listen to What Alice Forgot – I’m wondering how the audio is?

    Have a great week!

  8. The book tree looks fantastic! I put one up at work this past week and it took me a day and a half and way more books than I thought it would.

    I loved Fangirl though I think Eleanor & Park is a better book. I hope you enjoy it too.

  9. What a beautiful book tree! I will have to see if our library does something similar.

    Thank you for pointing out so many fun challenges and memes. I am thinking about joining the First Book of the Year one! 🙂

  10. My dd told me she found an awesome book at Barnes and Noble called Fangirl. I had never heard of it. I’ll be looking forward to a review when you finish.

  11. So many books I have added to my TBR this year… ugh.
    I started reading “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything” by Christopher Hitchens.

      1. Not crazy about the title. The two phrases don’t go together. It’s the author’s assumption that because religions poison everything, that God has something to do with it, and in a negative way. That’s one I won’t be bothering with.

      2. I haven’t read too much of it. I know it’ll be an interesting read, just because of who the author is. Stay posted for a review 🙂

          1. He’s was a well-known author/atheist. But it can definitely be an interesting read if you’re into reading other persons views and religious opinions.

  12. That’s a lot of work in that book tree, but it is great. Quite a diverse selection of book titles too. I’ve seen a lot of buzz about Fangirl and all you could ask for. Hope you like them. I might have to read Parkland…I was a senior in HS in November of ’63.

  13. Glad to hear you have your groove back Sheila! Nice to see all your reading challenges. We’ve hosted the award-winning-books reading challenge for two years in a row now, we are still thinking of a grand new concept for 2014. It is challenging to host these challenges, so good luck to you for hosting not just one but two! Wow! 🙂 The book tree looks great. Holly Black is a hit or miss for me – didn’t quite get into her doll bones as well.

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