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 has been a pretty busy week following last weekends event and then away at the cabin until Monday.  However our plans to return to the cabin this weekend fell through and honestly I have been basking in hanging around the house and laying low while I rejuvenate. The fact that we went no where this weekend I think actually worked in our favor.  I caught up on house projects and Al has caught up in the office and we have been spending our evenings watching movies and grilling good food.  I am really thrilled to have a bonus relax day this week.

As for the blog… here is what I have posted:


Will Grayson Will Grayson by John Green

Shadows in The Vineyard by Maximillion Potter

Cherry Cola Book Club by Ashton Lee

Wine and Words event recap

The Girls of August by Anne Rivers Siddons

The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty (if you have not read Moriarty yet you are missing out!)


I have spent a lot of time in the “Honey House” this past week bottling honey and as I am usually alone while doing this I listen to audio, thus the large audio book contribution this week… 7 hours of audio a day makes for fast audio listening. 🙂


As for what I am currently working on:


For My Ears:



“I’ve been following her for the past few days. I know where she buys her groceries, where she has her dry cleaning done, where she works. I don’t know the color of her eyes or what they look like when she’s scared. But I will.”

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn’t show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, at first Colin Thatcher seems like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia’s life.

Colin’s job was to abduct Mia as part of a wild extortion plot and deliver her to his employers. But the plan takes an unexpected turn when Colin suddenly decides to hide Mia in a secluded cabin in rural Minnesota, evading the police and his deadly superiors. Mia’s mother, Eve, and detective Gabe Hoffman will stop at nothing to find them, but no one could have predicted the emotional entanglements that eventually cause this family’s world to shatter.





Provence, 1970 is about a singular historic moment. In the winter of that year, more or less coincidentally, the iconic culinary figures James Beard, M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, Richard Olney, Simone Beck, and Judith Jones found themselves together in the South of France. They cooked and ate, talked and argued, about the future of food in America, the meaning of taste, and the limits of snobbery. Without quite realizing it, they were shaping today’s tastes and culture, the way we eat now. The conversations among this group were chronicled by M.F.K. Fisher in journals and letters—some of which were later discovered by Luke Barr, her great-nephew. In Provence, 1970, he captures this seminal season, set against a stunning backdrop in cinematic scope—complete with gossip, drama, and contemporary relevance.




Working one-on-one with Tiger-mothered, burned-out kids, Anne “the application whisperer” can make Harvard a reality. Early Decision follows five students over one autumn as Anne helps them craft their college essays, cram for the SATs, and perfect the Common Application. It seems their entire future is on the line—and it is. Though not because of Princeton and Yale. It’s because the process, warped as it is by money, connections, competition, and parental mania, threatens to crush their independence just as adulthood begins.

Whether you want to get in or just get out, with wit and heart, Early Decision explodes the secrets of the college admissions race.




The Barter is a ghost story and a love story, a riveting emotional tale that also explores motherhood and work and feminism. Set in Texas, in present day, and at the turn of the twentieth century, the novel follows two young mothers at the turning point of their lives.

Bridget has given up her career as an attorney to raise her daughter, joining a cadre of stay-at-home mothers seeking fulfillment in a quiet suburb. But for Bridget, some crucial part of the exchange is absent: Something she loves and needs. And now a terrifying presence has entered her home; only nobody but Bridget can feel it.

On a farm in 1902, a young city bride takes a farmer husband. The marriage bed will become both crucible and anvil as Rebecca first allows, then negates, the powerful erotic connection between them. She turns her back on John to give all her love to their child. Much will occur in this cold house, none of it good.


I suspect that is more than enough to keep my busy this week!  SO what are you reading?  I feel like I have not visited much these past few weeks so I am eager to get a peek!  Please add your It’s Monday! post to the link below where it says click here:


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

  1. Happy Labor day, enjoy the long weekend. We’re just relaxing at home this weekend too, and it’s kinda nice. 🙂

    Wine and Words looks like a great event, very nice pics.

    Provence, 1970 I’ll bet is an interesting read- such a different time.

  2. A weekend at home relaxing sounds perfect. I’m undecided about reading The Good Girl, will wait & see what you think. Totally agree if you haven’t read Liane Moriarty, you’re missing out. Have a great week & happy reading!

  3. I looks like you have your listening cut out for you. You amaze me!. Have a great relaxing day today. We still have company in town, to celebrate our youngest great grandson’s 1st birthday. Pretty much tied up with that, not much reading time.

  4. I read The Good Girl and loved it. I would imagine it would be great on audio, too! I had a quiet weekend at home, too. I love when I can get huge chunks of audio time in – back in April I drove from NY to GA by myself – 13 hours each way…got through a whole audio book each way!

    Hubby was off sailing in his 1st off-shore race Friday-Sunday, so I took advantage of the quiet time to read Fall of Giants…quite a chunkster, but I got through it. Can’t wait to start Winter of the Worlds. Have you read Ken Follett’s Century trilogy?

  5. You bottle your own honey? Be still my beating heart!!! I read Early Decision last year and enjoyed it although it made me a little bit sick to my stomach too since I have two kids (senior and junior this year) going through the college decision process right now.

    1. I read That Night a while back, before the book club. I hope they enjoy it. It was not my favorite of Stevens but it was good. 🙂
      I have been hanging out with my hubby in the evenings – grilling and watching movies… tonight we are going to go out to eat. Other than that… hanging around the house and loving it 😀 How about you?

      1. It wasn’t my favorite either. Too much of the beginning….the ending was good.

        Just hanging around. I was visiting my son in New York, and he drove back for the weekend. Left this morning and is sitting in traffic. He left early thinking he would avoid it, but I guess New Jersey/New York traffic is never good.

  6. A similar quiet holiday weekend for me – I was actually home alone for two days for some much-needed alone time and catch-up! With no one else at home, I have also been listening to a lot of audio!

    I keep hearing great things about The Good Girl. Can’t wait to hear what you think.

    Enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  7. Have 5 books in my current reading pile: Unattended Sorrow by Levine, Invisible City about the holacaust are the two Ikeep putting at the bottom…and I edThe Patron Saint of Ugly, my current ARC, and was hooked three paragraphs in…..Read. This. Book

  8. As the parent of a high schoo junior, I’m almost scared to read Early Decision. I see the pressure she is already putting on herself, and the Ivy Leagues are not even on our radar. last week I enjoyed my first Lisa Scottoline book, Save Me. I’ll definitely read more of hers.

  9. Ooh! I want to join in on the fun! also, the Good Girl looks good! and the Barter cover makes me want to read it without even reading what it’s about!

  10. The Good Girl looks REALLY creepy! I saw that you posted a review on Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I listened to the audio and laughed out loud all the way through it. I loved it!

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