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 is just me or did that Monday come around fast?

I had a great week here finishing up the audio month posts and then a good quick trip the cabin that turned out to be a great time to do some serious reading!  Here is what I posted this past week:

The Narrator Life by Patrick Lawlor

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Watts

The Art Of Secrets by James Klise

The Best Part Of Narrating by Narrator Ellen Archer

Get In SYNC!  Two free audiobook downloads a week!

That’s Narrating!  By Narrator Khristine Hvam

Audio Book Month Wrap Up Post w/ Giveaway

And thanks to this weekend, I have about 5 reviews to write.  Yippy!  I love good reading weeks 🙂 .


So this week here is what I am reading:


For My Ears:



Grace Reinhart Sachs is living the only life she ever wanted for herself. Devoted to her husband, a pediatric oncologist at a major cancer hospital, their young son Henry, and the patients she sees in her therapy practice, her days are full of familiar things: She lives in the very New York apartment in which she was raised, and sends Henry to the school she herself once attended. Dismayed by the ways in which women delude themselves, Grace is also the author of a book You Should Have Known, in which she cautions women to really hear what men are trying to tell them.

But weeks before the book is published a chasm opens in her own life: A violent death, a missing husband, and, in the place of a man Grace thought she knew, only an ongoing chain of terrible revelations. Left behind in the wake of a spreading and very public disaster, and horrified by the ways in which she has failed to heed her own advice, Grace must dismantle one life and create another for her child and herself.



The Third Plate is chef Dan Barber’s extraordinary vision for a new future of American eating. After more than a decade spent investigating farming communities around the world in pursuit of singular flavor, Barber finally concluded that – for the sake of our food, our health, and the future of the land – America¿s cuisine required a radical transformation.

The revelations Barber shares in The Third Plate took root in his restaurant¿s kitchen. But his process of discovery took him far afield – to alternative systems of food production and cooking that maximize sustainability, nutrition, and flavor. Barber explores the traditional farming practices of the Spanish dehesa, a uniquely vibrant landscape that has been fine-tuned to produce the famed jamón ibérico. Along the Atlantic coast, he investigates the future of seafood through a revolutionary aquaculture operation and an ancient tuna fishing tradition. In upstate New York, Barber learns from a flourishing mixed-crop farm whose innovative organic practices have revived the land and resurrected an industry. And in Washington State he works with cutting-edge seedsmen developing new varieties of grain in collaboration with local bakers, millers, and malters. Drawing on the wisdom and experience of chefs and farmers from around the world, Barber proposes a new definition for ethical and delicious eating destined to refashion Americans¿ deepest beliefs about food.

Traditionally, Americans have dined on the “first plate”, a classic meal centered on meat with few vegetables. Thanks to the burgeoning farm-to-table movement, many people have begun eating from the “second plate”, the new ideal of organic, grass-fed meats and local vegetables. But neither model, Barber shows, supports the long-term productivity of the land. Instead, he calls for a “third plate”, a new pattern of eating rooted in cooking with and celebrating the whole farm – an integrated system of vegetable, grain, …



Say you want to start going to the gym or practicing a musical instrument. How long should it take before you stop having to force it and start doing it automatically?

The surprising answers are found in Making Habits, Breaking Habits, a psychologist’s popular examination of one of the most powerful and under-appreciated processes in the mind. Although people like to think that they are in control, much of human behavior occurs without any decision-making or conscious thought.

Drawing on hundreds of fascinating studies, psychologist Jeremy Dean busts the myths to finally explain why seemingly easy habits, like eating an apple a day, can be surprisingly difficult to form, and how to take charge of your brain’s natural “autopilot” to make any change stick.


For My Eyes:


The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hockey star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.




When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he’s plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.

The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.

The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.


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

  1. I’m starting Northganger Abbey by Val McDermid. It’s part of a project where different authors are rewriting Jane Austen books. I’m liking it so far!

  2. I’m keen to see what you think of The Fever, this little germophobe loves a good contagion story 🙂 Have a great week and happy reading!

  3. I know that the author of two of my favorite books about happiness, Gretchen Rubin, is working on a new book about happiness through establishing habits. I am looking forward to that.

    Have a great reading week!

  4. I read the first chapter of You Should Have Known and downloaded it to my kindle. Now I need to find time to get back to it 😉

    I listened to a book called The Power of Habit a year or so ago – fascinating stuff. I’ll bet Making Habits, Breaking Habits covers a lot of the same ground. Hope you enjoy it!

  5. Morning friend! Reading “A Hardboiled Murder” one of the Aggie Underhill cozies. And I have 4 GoodReads wins coming in the mail and got a buncha books at the Library Sale this weekend. I’m 98 out of 200 books goal and well into the Read your Freebies challenge

  6. Making Habits, Breaking Habits might be a good follow-up to The Power of Habit that I read last year. It was good, but light on the “how-to” part. It’s been useful to realize how much of what I do is habit.

  7. I had no idea there was a meme like this! Awesome! I’m reading I AM THE MISSION by Allen Zadoff and I hope you enjoy THE FEVER! Looking forward to that one!

  8. What a fantastic month you hosted, Sheila! WOW! Thanks for all this enlightening info and the delightful behind-the-scenes peeks with such talented narrators 😀

  9. Oh, shoot, did I miss the entire Audio Book month? Looks like I did. I still have another tab open on my browser with your Intro to Audio Book Month post! Just an indication of how hectic things have been here. Ah, well. There’s always next year…

    Glad you had a good reading week and got some relaxed time away. Enjoy your books this week, too!


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