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!

Late one coming up tonight… busy weekend and came home this afternoon to a bit of a yard mess, apparently while we were away someone ran off the road yesterday, took out our mailbox and a few trees on the edge of our property.


Here is what I posted this past week:

The 50 Mile Bike Ride

Book Exchange – How It Works and Why It Is Awesome


Lethal by Sandra Brown

Ugh… what a week.  Apparently I posted pretty much nothing.  Hopefully this week will be a better one.  I am on the verge of a couple of audio books ending and I did finish a book tonight.  July has turned out to be just a hard month all around and my focus has been off.

Here are my plans for this week:


For My Ears:

Currently I am listening to two different audio books and both are dragging.   😦  The one in the car is almost over and I will then tune in to:


When high school senior Paul Wagoner walks into his school library with a stolen gun, he threatens his girlfriend Emily Beam, then takes his own life. In the wake of the tragedy, an angry and guilt-ridden Emily is shipped off to boarding school in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she encounters a ghostly presence who shares her name. The spirit of Emily Dickinson and two quirky girls offer helping hands, but it is up to Emily to heal her own damaged self.

I hope this one is good… I am a bit concerned that it is written in verse and prose…. we will see.




For My Eyes:



I am still reading California.  I don’t think it is the book – I think it is me…. I am just not focusing and it is s-l-o-w going.  Onward!  🙂




Always let the meat rest under foil for at least ten minutes before carving… Meet Lizzie Prain. Ordinary housewife. Fifty-something. Lives in a cottage in the woods, with her dog Rita. Likes cooking, avoids the neighbours. Runs a little business making cakes. No one has seen Lizzie’s husband, Jacob, for a few days. That’s because last Monday, on impulse, Lizzie caved in the back of his head with a spade. And if she’s going to embark on the new life she feels she deserves after thirty years in Jacob’s shadow, she needs to dispose of his body. Her method appeals to all her practical instincts, though it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Ok somebody reviewed this in recent months… Kathy was it you?  I thought it sounded funny – plus it might scare Al.  😉


and if all goes well….


Off The Beaten Page encourages avid readers, particularly those in book clubs and in other groups, to leave the security of their living rooms and seek to experience in person the places they’ve read about. Inspired by years of excursions with her own book club, award-winning journalist Terri Peterson Smith offers lively, expert guidance through fifteen US destinations ideal for anyone eager to mix their love of travel and quality time with friends or family with their desire for meaningful cultural experiences.

Off the Beaten Page includes

– Ideas for simple literary field trips close to home

– Practical advice for planning stress-free group travel

– Thoughtful essays describing each destination’s literary heritage and attractions


I have been chatting with author Terri Peterson Smith for a few months now and she spoke at our library last week.  She is fun and full of energy and she makes you want to pack your bag and have what she is having!  Cant wait to dig in!



This week is one that you would think would be a little quieter for me as I just left my job of 10+ years… but no… it’s actually a CRAZY week.  Today I am trying to complete setting up my home office (the desk is a pain in the butt!), and I have an author at the Library I need to introduce and then College Son is in town so we are meeting for lunch and hanging out this afternoon and catching up – I have not seen him since May when he graduated.

Tuesday I plan to be using the office I am working so hard to finish today and breaking out that manuscript that has sat around for far too long.  Tuesday evening I have our last Wine and Words meeting where we will walk off the site and lay out the final plans.

Wednesday and Thursday should be mainly in the office (I am trying to set up a routine and not break from it), and one of those evenings I need to connect with a friend of mine who had a birthday last week.

Friday, at some point I am leaving for Wisconsin with friends to do the mud run for MS on Saturday morning… then I am back to Brainerd Saturday afternoon and go directly to Camp Benedict to participate in the 2nd day of the AIDS ride, the first time in 5 years that I have missed part of this but had a double commitment.

Yup, this week is wild but next week should hopefully start to feel a bit more normal and not as much going on next week during the days.

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

  1. Oh, my, that’s sad, but it seems whoever it was was also able to leave, so although a dead mailbox and trees are NOT a good thing, thank God it wasn’t a life, right? At least that’s what we can assume, anyway! Hope your weekend was great 🙂

      1. I was just thinking, when you look at it, it looks like the trees were run OVER, not just hit, so it had to be a sizeable vehicle/truck ’cause typically, trees hurt cars, not the other way around! Glad it wasn’t too bad 🙂

  2. Hey, as long as you are ok. Things are replaceable, people…not so much. Reading REAL books this week: The Summons by John Grisham, Paris in Love by Eloise James, 2 amish genre a Jude Deavereux and a Steve Martin

  3. Oh…what a mess to come home to! I feel this has been a tough reading month for me, too. Just too many other things going on. Hoping August is a bit better!

    Hope you have a great week!

  4. What a mess, thank goodness nobody was hurt. And hey be kind to yourself Sheila, busy life means blogging sometimes has to take a back seat … remember lol
    Take care 🙂

    1. 😀 In my “plan” I want to be in my office from 9 -3 each week day. I have plenty to do so that should not be a problem. I am hoping the earlier morning will still be coffee, devotion, a work out and a blog post 😀

  5. BAD GIRL CREEK by Jo-Ann Mapson, 2002. A National Bestseller, about a 38 year old woman in a wheelchair who inherits a flower farm.

  6. Oh yikes! Thank goodness they didn’t really get beyond the edge of your property and you guys are safe! The house I grew up in Kansas sat at the intersection of one street that used to be a river and worked as a flood run off, so the curbs were really high. The other street was two really steep hills that met at the river. LOL that meant we had cars in our yard OFTEN. Thankfully, we were up high enough and had a secondary wall but yikes. Scary. My sister nearly got hit by a wayward car when she was walking on the sidewalk.

    I always felt busier when I wasn’t working at a 9-5 than when I did!

    Enjoy your reading!

    1. Thanks Jamie! Traffic moves pretty fast out here – we are right off of a state highway so they are usually going 50+ miles per hour. I do not go to get the mail when traffic is passing. Of course right now… I do not have to get the mail at all as my mailbox is in the garage. 😉

    1. Most audio I love but the one in the car is a bit disconnected (or I am with it…) and the one in the house is interesting but just talking a LONG time to get anywhere… I prefer more things happening at a faster pace 🙂

  7. Wow, what a mess! Ugh but at least no one was injured. Off the Beaten Path looks interesting to me. Not sure I will pick up California after all if it is slow-moving. That is the kiss of death for me. Have a good week.

  8. I saw the photos of what happened to your mailbox on FB. Wow!! That is quite a bit of damage. Glad no one was hurt. Could have turned out a different way.

  9. Off the Beaten Page sounds like so much fun!! When I finally start a book club I am going to have to really investigate that one! 😉 Thanks for always hosting this link up, it’s my favorite!

  10. I like Off the Beaten Page very much. If only I could talk my husband into using it as a guide to our vacation planning!

  11. Busy week coming up, have fun and the mud run sounds fun (sorta). 🙂 Wow, whoever went off the road did a number on those trees! Glad no one was hurt. Hope the audio books pick up, hate it when a story drags…

  12. Hope your week goes as planned. Goals are good, but be kind to yourself. Glad you got your road cleaned up. Unexpected messes are always a little off putting.

  13. I can’t believe I didn’t comment last week. 😦 And We Stay sounds like a really good book, I like that it’s told in verse and involves Emily Dickinson. I’ll have to add that one to my TBR lsit.

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