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!

A great week… a busy week, I did not get many post up but here they are:

The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd


What Makes A Book Club Work?


Bookies Book Club Review and Book Club Ideas for The Secret Life Of Bees and tasting coke and salted peanuts… hmmmm

March cokew peanuts

Irish Eyes by Mary Kay Andrews (fun!)



So that was my week. 🙂  This next one will be pretty crazy as it is the spring book sale (WOO HOO!)  I am helping with set up tomorrow afternoon and Wednesday and working the sale Thursday – Saturday, a 5k run Saturday evening and a board meeting for camp on Sunday… probably not a big reading week coming up for me but here is what I hope to get to:



A wondrous and redemptive debut novel, set in a stark world where evil and magic coincide, The Enchanted combines the empathy and lyricism of Alice Sebold with the dark, imaginative power of Stephen King.

“This is an enchanted place. Others don’t see it, but I do.” The enchanted place is an ancient stone prison, viewed through the eyes of a death row inmate who finds escape in his books and in re-imagining life around him, weaving a fantastical story of the people he observes and the world he inhabits. Fearful and reclusive, he senses what others cannot. Though bars confine him every minute of every day, he marries visions of golden horses running beneath the prison, heat flowing like molten metal from their backs with the devastating violence of prison life.

Two outsiders venture here: A fallen priest and the Lady, an investigator who searches for buried information from prisoners’ pasts that can save those soon-to-be-executed. Digging into the background of a killer named York, she uncovers wrenching truths that challenge familiar notions of victim and criminal, innocence and guilt, honesty and corruption – ultimately revealing shocking secrets of her own.

Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted reminds us of how our humanity connects us all, and how beauty and love exist even amidst the most nightmarish reality.

Thanks to Trish Collins post on Facebook abut this one.




The town of Henbane sits deep in the Ozark Mountains. Folks there still whisper about Lucy Dane’s mother, a bewitching stranger who appeared long enough to marry Carl Dane and then vanished when Lucy was just a child. Now on the brink of adulthood, Lucy experiences another loss when her friend Cheri disappears and is then found murdered, her body placed on display for all to see. Lucy’s family has deep roots in the Ozarks, part of a community that is fiercely protective of its own. Yet despite her close ties to the land, and despite her family’s influence, Lucy – darkly beautiful as her mother was – is always thought of by those around her as her mother’s daughter. When Cheri disappears, Lucy is haunted by the two lost girls – the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t save – and sets out with the help of a local boy, Daniel, to uncover the mystery behind Cheri’s death.

What Lucy discovers is a secret that pervades the secluded Missouri hills, and beyond that horrific revelation is a more personal one concerning what happened to her mother more than a decade earlier.

OOH right?


That’s it, probably sticking with audio this week and finishing up book I already have going.  How about you?  Add you Its Monday What Are You Reading post to the link below where ti says click here.

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

  1. They both look really good. I’m on the hunt for a new audio – thinking it will be a continuation of my love affair with Tim Winton as his new book Eyrie is avaliable for audio download from my library. The Enchanted especially has grabbed my eye! Off to add my link to Mr Linky. Have a great week.

  2. Hi there Sheila, I read your post about your book club with interest and what makes it work as I have two book clubs here in Singapore (one with adults, and another one with young kids at the public library). This is the first I’ve heard of The Enchanted and it also sounds like my kind of read. Thanks for sharing that. I also love how you blog about your running, such fun! I try to do a 5km run around two-three times a week as well. 🙂 Have fun with your reading!

  3. Glad you had a good week. I think I will add Irish Eyes to my next listen list in Audible. Your selections this week look interesting. Enjoy!

  4. Nice post this week on your book club- sounds like a great one. Is there anything better than discussing a good book with good friends? Good luck w/ the book sale and happy St. PAtrick’s Day!!

  5. The Weight of Blood sounds awesome. As for what I’m reading, because of lent I opt to read only Christian/Catholic books for these 6 wks. (aside from the book club book of course.) So I have started Made for More by Curtis Martin and The Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen. This is a way for me to grow spiritually and deepen my relationship with Christ. It’s a tradition I have come to love and look forward to anually. Have fun at the book sale!

  6. Both sound really good but I find myself attracted to THE ENCHANTED because it seems like it’s one of those books that make us realize truths about the human condition, and the different ways that people cope with reality. Good luck at the book sale! I have not been to one in a while.

  7. I don’t know how you have so much energy to do all the things you do. Our Friends of the Library is getting busy too- but I may say that all the time. We have a fundraiser at a local restaurant, our spring book sale, our annual meeting, a special fundraiser walk with a local author, another fundraiser, and a summertime commitment all lined up. And, it’s crazy trying to promote it all but fun once it’s over with and successful.

  8. Ooo I agree about Weight of Blood!

    I am going to have to read all of your book club posts you linked. I love seeing what other book clubs do! 🙂

  9. I am actually taking a bit of a break from my “formal reading” after being blown away by The Fever Tree, and now I’m reading Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrant, a book I picked up at the swap shelf on Campus. After that, I’m going to read Dickens’ Old Curiosity Shoppe and have 2 non-fictions on archecture and wallpaper to read

  10. Yeah I think Trish put The Enchanted on everyone’s tbr list! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it. The Weight of Blood sounds like another excellent read. Have a good week.

  11. Now you have me intrigued to find The Enchanted–great review. I also have The Weight of Blood on my kindle and will certainly be starting it soon 🙂 Have a great week reading.

  12. I am not all that excited about any of the books I am reading at the moment but they have to be read. Life After Life (Atkinson) is for book club. It’s not that remarkable. if you ask me. I am reading The Museum of Extraordinary Things, which is better, but still…now wowing me. And Orfeo, gawd… will I ever be done with that one?

    I clearly need a book to take me out of this funk I am in.

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