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 had a weird and somewhat stressful news this past week.  Its nothing I want to get into, but I think you can relate to the times when you really can not focus on reading let alone blogging?  Yeah – it has been like that.  I think some decisions I make this week will move this ball of anxiety along… but in any occasion, here is what I posted this past week:

Bookies – The Annual Book Exchange (you have to try this!)

Bookies Queen Event (yes, it is that time of year again!)

Summer Reading Giveaway Package!

The Beekeeper’s Lament by Hannah Nordhaus (fantastic read!)

The Hurricane Sisters by Dorthea Benton Frank (SO AWESOMELY Gush Worthy!)


That’s the posts.  I still have a few reviews to write and hopefully will have them posted this week.  Lots of good stuff to share 🙂


As for this week… here is the plan:


For My Ears:



Devin doesn’t remember life before the world got hot; he has grown up farming the scorched earth with his grandfather in their remote valley. When his grandfather dies, Devin heads for the city. Once there, among the stark glass buildings, he finds scores of children, just like him, living alone on the streets. They tell him rumors of a place for abandoned children, with unlimited food and toys and the hope of finding a new family. But only the luckiest get there.

An act of kindness earns Devin an invitation to the home, but it’s soon clear that it’s no paradise. As Devin investigates the intimidating administrator and the zombie-like sickness that afflicts some children, he discovers the home’s horrific true mission. The only real hope is escape, but the place is as secure as a fortress.



DAMIEN ECHOLS and LORRI DAVIS met in 1996, and were married in a Buddhist ceremony at Tucker Maximum Security Unit in Tucker, Arkansas, in 1999. Echols spent nearly eighteen years on death row until his release in 2011. He is the author of the New York Times–bestselling memoir Life After Death (2012). For more than a decade, Lorri Davis spearheaded a full-time effort toward her husband’s release from prison, which encompassed all aspects of the legal case and forensic investigation and, with Echols, served as producer of the documentary West of Memphis. Echols and Davis live in Massachusetts.




A savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime – one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in.

Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.



For My Eyes:


The world Cal and Frida have always known is gone, and they’ve left the crumbling city of Los Angeles far behind them. They now live in a shack in the wilderness, working side-by-side to make their days tolerable in the face of hardship and isolation. Mourning a past they can’t reclaim, they seek solace in each other. But the tentative existence they’ve built for themselves is thrown into doubt when Frida finds out she’s pregnant.

Terrified of the unknown and unsure of their ability to raise a child alone, Cal and Frida set out for the nearest settlement, a guarded and paranoid community with dark secrets. These people can offer them security, but Cal and Frida soon realize this community poses dangers of its own. In this unfamiliar world, where everything and everyone can be perceived as a threat, the couple must quickly decide whom to trust.



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

  1. All the best for this week Sheila, hope the anxiety lessens, will be thinking of you across the oceans. I am just about to begin listening to Save the Date this minute as I go out for a walk.

  2. Looks like you had a good week even with your stresses. Glad you enjoyed your reading. One Safe Place looks good to me. I hope this week is smoother for you. 🙂

  3. Blogging can be just another stress when life throws a curve ball, hope things are more settled for you this week Sheila. I’ve heard good things about Save the Date. I’m off to check out some of those reviews. Thinking of you and sending hugs

  4. I liked Save the Date. I haven’t tried any of Mary Kay Andrews’s books on audio yet but I will have to do that sometime.

    I think it is so cool that your book group elects a queen. While I don’t think that would work with my library book groups, I may try that book exchange idea for the holidays.

    I want to read The Hurricane Sisters. I think I am on the waiting list at my library.

  5. I hope California; Lepucki lives up to the hype. Anxious to try it. Have a great week.

  6. I have to move Hurricane Sisters up on my list. I see you have a post for it. Will check it out shortly.

    California sounds good. Lots of good reads for you.

    Have a another great week.

  7. I hope whatever news you got won’t stress you too much! And I know what you mean, reading can be such a chore! ‘The One Safe Place’ sounds as a really creepy but interesting read! I hope you enjoy that one! ‘California’ also sounds really good! Thanks for hosting 🙂
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  8. Hope you are able to get a handle on the stress. There’s nothing worse…we have been going through some crazy stress over here in our house. I find a good walk helps me!

    I loved The Hurricane Sisters – and loved getting to meet Dottie at BEA!!! I need to get Save the Date on audio – hoping my library gets a copy soon!

    Have a great week – sending lots of calming thoughts your way! (((hugs)))
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  9. Hope this week is less stressful! 🙂
    I’m toggling between GRAND CENTRAL – short stories by authors I adore – and THE CITY – Dean Koontz creepiness.

  10. You have a lot to listen to this week. I really wanted to read California but I have read mixed reviews about it…so I need to wait…thoughts that your stress can be dealt with safely and speedily! Take care! I am not good with any kind of stressful news so my thoughts are truly with you.

  11. Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Taking a few minutes and
    actual effort to create a great article… but what can I say… I
    put things off a lot and never seem to get anything done.

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