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! 😉

CRAZY busy week…. which is funny… I did not anticipate it being that busy.  Last weekend my son and I worked on setting up my home office – I put the finishing touches on it today:

Then I spent the week between Library commitments, Wine and Words planning, and working on the book.  On Friday I left for Wisconsin with friends to do the Mud Run on Saturday for MS, and then headed to Crosslake Minnesota where I stayed overnight Saturday to Sunday for the AIDS bike Ride Fundraiser which I am on the board of.  *whew*

Sunday afternoon I worked a bit on the book, cleaned up my house, and prepped for a meeting I have tomorrow with the Friends Of The Brainerd Library.  Here is what I managed to post this past week:

Little Lies by Author Heather Gudenkauf

Brown Bag YA Author – Johnathon Friesen

Brown Bag Author Terri Peterson Smith

The One and Only by Emily Griffin (audio)

I Don’t Know What You Know Me From by Judy Greer (audio)

Books in the house… probably mud too… 😉

I have a few books yet to write reviews for and I think a couple more Brown Bag Authors.  For this week the plan is:

For My Ears


Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse….

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance. Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Not only is this our book club read for this month but the author will be speaking in town here on the day of our book club meeting so we are all going out to dinner and then to see the author speak.  Yippy!




Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).
Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.
New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.
Listening to this currently and really enjoying it!

Lauren Elliott has waited years for her long-term boyfriend, Todd, to propose, yet he seems more focused on his career than their relationship. When Lauren learns that her younger sister is pregnant before she herself even has an engagement ring, she feels overjoyed yet disheartened. Knowing she can’t put her future on hold, Lauren prepares to make a bold choice—one that leads her to a man she never dreamed she’d meet.

Newly married to her second husband, Max, Bethanne Scranton is blissfully in love. But with Max’s job in California and Bethanne’s in Seattle, their long-distance marriage is becoming difficult to maintain. To complicate matters, Bethanne’s cunning ex will do anything to win her back.

Lydia Goetz, too, is wonderfully happy with her husband, Brad, though lately she worries about the future of A Good Yarn. As she considers how to bring in business, she discovers that someone has beaten her to the punch. Baskets of yarn are mysteriously popping up all over town, with instructions to knit a scarf for charity and bring it into Lydia’s store. Never before has her shop received so much attention, but who hatched this brilliant plan?

Started this one in the car and really am getting into it!

For My Eyes

Still finishing up California (I know… I know….)


So what are you reading this first week of August?  What did you finish up July with?  Please share your Its Monday What Are You Reading using the link below where it says click here.  I am curious about what your choices are as head into Fall!



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

  1. I just finished reading Big Little Lies last week – loved it and posted my review of it today! I also loved Orphan Train and had the opportunity to meet Christina Baker Kline last year.

    Have a great week!

  2. I read Don Wallace’s The French House this weekend. Fantastic memoir! Right now I’m reading a lite Gemma : Hollywood Headlines. I also have two Maria Grazia Swanns and a me our on Romania Orphanages to read

  3. THE SPIRIT KEEPER by K. B. Laugheed, 2013. The very first sentence of the book grabbed me, partly because it’s an Irish tale, and partly because it takes place in my home state, I live only 3 hours upstate from Lancaster. Here it is by the way:
    “This is the account of Katie O’Toole, late of Lancaster Co. PA, removed from her family by savages on March the 2nd in the year of Our Lord, 1747.”

  4. Looks like you will listening mostly this week. I am interested to know what device you use to listen to you audio books. Also are they format. I tried listening on my Kindle and it was so cumbersome that it was almost a chore.

    1. Listening is easier to do when I am busy 🙂 I do use audible a lot – I love the downloads on my phone as it is easy to take wherever I go. 🙂 I have never tried listening on my kindle yet.

  5. I enjoy Liane Moriarty books. I had not seen Big Little Lies. I’ll have to look for it.
    This week I need to focus on audiobooks. I have some wonderful choices in several genres.

  6. Orphan Train sounds good–and how cool is it that you get to discuss it with your book club and the author! I’ve had some Debbie Macomber books donated to our Little Free Library. I may have to peek into one before they get taken. My reading for August is shaping up to be quite work related, but I’m looking to find some just for fun, too.

  7. I hope you take pictures of your new home office!

    It looks like you have some great reading ahead of you. I have no idea what I’m going to read for fun. I need to read some of your reviews to get some ideas. Have a nice week.

  8. Looking forward to your thoughts on Big Little Lies. I’m thinking audio is the way to go for me too. It’s taking me two weeks to finish a print book. I can’t sit still long enough to read, I’m always doing something – like washing the outside of the house. Yeah, I really did that and still listened to an audiobook. 😀

  9. Big Little Lies sounds good. I’m just tipping my toes in the water when it comes to that sort of genre, but I’m enjoying it. I look forward to seeing the final review.

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