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!

I am late I know … I know.  I was gone this weekend at our cabin and came straight form Finland Minnesota to a work retreat in Crosslake Minnesota.  A 5 hour road trip and a long snowy drive…  there is a lot more to this day (including a locksmith) but I will save that for later this week.

Anyhoo… this past week was not a big reading week.  With a game night, an author event, and planning to leave for the weekend.. her is what I did manage to post this past week:

The Wrong Girl by Hank Philippi Ryan

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Author event with Wendy Webb

Captain Phillips Movie Review


I don’t have a really big plan for this week.  I will be at this retreat until Tuesday afternoon and then possibly going to an author event Tuesday night.  Life will slow down after that, the rest of the week being mellow. I am too tired to come up with a real reading plan here…I can say I have this going on:


It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them.  

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape. 
A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

Ok… this is a gratuitous listen… I listened to this audio a couple of years ago and it still ranks as one of my favorite all time audio books.  If you have not read or listened to this book and you are a product of the 80’s… YOU MUST listen to this audio.


They live among us.

They are our neighbors, our mothers, our lovers.

They change.

When government agents kick down Claire Forrester’s front door and murder her parents, Claire realizes just how different she is.

Patrick Gamble was nothing special until the day he got on a plane and hours later stepped off it, the only passenger left alive, a hero.

Chase Williams has sworn to protect the people of the United States from the menace in their midst, but he is becoming the very thing he has promised to destroy.

So far, the threat has been controlled by laws and violence and drugs. But the night of the red moon is coming, when an unrecognizable world will emerge…and the battle for humanity will begin.

Minnesota author I have been hearing good things about. 😉

I am sure more will hit the radar as the week goes on.. 😀

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

    1. Thanks Laurel – I am just starting it. I am on my look out for authors for Wine and Words and I am reading him to see if he is a good fit. I watched an interview on YouTube of his and loved his way of speaking.

  1. I still need to listen to Ready Player One but I did love it in print. I’ve been telling my husband ever since it came out that he needs to read it so I finally bought it for him for Christmas and made him read it. He loved it! You don’t know how big a deal this is. I don’t think he finished one book last year. Not one! I’ve got two new books lined up for him to choose from next. He’s not so great at choosing his own. Or else he needs a push to actually pick one up. 🙂 Enjoy your week!

  2. Ready Player One was fun but I’ll bet it’s really good on audio too. A locksmith huh? Sounds like there’s a story there… 🙂 Have a great week!

  3. I’m going to listen to Ready Player One after I finish Elizabeth Chadwick’s The Summer Queen, hope I love it as much as you did. Sounds like you had an eventful trip. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  4. I’ve been thinking just this weekend how nice it would be to re-read Ready Player One (but scary, too: what if I don’t like it quite as much? I loved, loved, loved this book the first time around). I don’t really have the time to read it soon, but maybe in a few months…

    I hope you enjoy it as much as before!

  5. I’ve justBuffalo Calf Road Woman by Joe and Rosemary Agnito ( this was my spouse’s first book of the year and I’ve been reading it in bits since we posted it). The big thing this week is that I have REAL live BOOKS as I’ve realized that I have 4 of the Cleo Coyle coffeehouse cozies to catch up on, and I’ll never win a copy of either The Perfume Collector or The Ghost Bride, so I got them from the library….read and reviewed Eggs in a Casket, the new Cakleberry Club cozy by Laura Child too. So, I’m taking a break from the Read Your Freebies challenge and digging into a few on the wish list. Stay warm everbody!

  6. I have read 2 joshilyn jackson books in the past few days ,Someone Else’s Love Story, followed by Backseat Saints. So now I want to read gods in alabama!!!

  7. I can’t believe it’s already the last week of January! I love your blog and this link up because it keeps me accountable to finish books throughout the week! Thank you for that! 🙂

  8. So Ready Player One is a book that I finally have on my to-read-this-year list. I haven’t managed to get to it before now. And now I am wondering if I need to figure out a way to listen to it… Although I really never listen to audio books. Hmmm. Something to consider since I don’t actually own the book yet.

  9. Ready Player One sounds so very interesting. I often wonder just how these virtual realities are going to impact society as they become more and more realistic.These science fiction writers are so often at the forefront of ideas, trends, and of course dangers.

  10. Is that a new Evanovich book? Not her Plum series right? I’m in the middle of a couple of books and just wish I had more time to spend with them. Good stuff – one is by Jojo Moyes!

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