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?”
As usual a nice selection of reads. I was happy I was able to link up unlike last week. I just couldnt get the linky to accept me!
Odd… I wonder why it was being troublesome? Glad you are able to this week 🙂
I am just finished An Unwilling Accomplice by Charles Todd. I like the Bess Crawford series and have read all of them. This one of the best.
I have not started this series but heard it was good.
I’ll have to check your review on Moriarty. I hope you enjoy this week’s selections too. Happy reading.
Not my favorite by her but still a good read 🙂
I have The Good Girl on my reading list this week, too. Can’t wait!
I just started it and I am enjoying it.
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.
I am loving this break Greg. Today, after two days of pretty much lounging… I am going to help out a couple of friends – one with her website and one with labeling honey for next weekends craft fair.
Have a great Labor Day!
I have The Good Girl on hold at my library. It is pretty popular so I probably won’t get to read it till later this fall.
I was not sure about it but I keep hearing so much thought I would give it a try.
I’ve heard good things about Liane Moriarty and am keen to read The Good Girl!
You must read Moriarty – start with her newer reads – Big Little Lies, The Husbands Secret…. so good!
Sometimes staying home can be the best thing. Enjoy your books and have a great week!
Its actually been really nice – I have caught up on housework – but at my own pace 🙂
Planning to read Provence 1970!
I was listening to it for a couple of days and then switched to The Good Girl as Provence seems to drag out. I am sure it is good… I am just not in the mood for a dragger… I will go back to it. 😀
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!
I was uncertain about The Good Girl too… we will see. 😉
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.
Have fun 😀
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?
Nice! I love alone time too 🙂 I have not read as much as I thought I would this weekend… mostly audio while I do other things. I have not read Follett’s trilogy – someday I hope to! 😀
I bet The Good Girl is a great listen!
So far so good 😀
I really liked the audio of Provence, 1970 and hope you do too.
It was moving a little slow so I moved away from it – but I will go back to it 😉
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.
It is my friend who has the hives – I have just been helping her 🙂 She told me this morning that we have 6,000 bottles. Holy cow! Or Holy Bee! 😛
Looks like a great selection. I will look forward to your reviews.
Thank you Pat 🙂
I am about to start Shadows in the Vineyard
I hope you enjoy it – I thought it was fascinating!
I like the looks of Provence 1970.
How are you liking That Night?
Happy Labor Day! What fun do you have planned even though you aren’t going anywhere? 🙂
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?
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.
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
I love that Sue – I am doing that right now… my kitchen smells wonderfully clean and I have the back deck door open as it is beautiful out today.
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
Invisible City sounds interesting!
Provence 1970 sounds great!!
I think it can be… I just think I am not in the mood for such a slow paced audio.
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.
LOL, I think you may find the book humorous.
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!
I really like the Barter cover… curious about it!
I just put The Good Girl, The Cherry Cola Book Club and Early Decision on my wishlist. You had a wonderful week, book wise and also with Wine and Words and making honey 🙂 Glad you are having a restful staycation.
Awesome! Happy reading! 😀
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!
Nice selection of reading! 🙂
So many people have loved Provence. I hope you do too.