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! 😉

*Whew!*  Big week!  I was crazy busy all last week, gone over the weekend to our cabin and pretty much relaxed as much as possible today as this week will be BIG again with helping a friend, movie tomorrow night, a birthday dinner for a friend on Tuesday, City Library board meeting on Wednesday, and Thursday – Saturday the fall library book sale which should be a lot of fun and I have a few things up my sleeve to keep it REAL.  Oh, and it is Banned Book Week which I love and we have some exciting giveaways happening here this week.


So what was posted?


Library Friends Networking


Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis


Early Decision by Lacy Crawford


Banned Book Week is on!  Learn about it here!


Lord Of The Flies by William Golding (Banned Book Review and Giveaway!)


Of Mine And Men – a story of banning in my home town posted at Books Are My Thing


And this week will be all about the Banned Books – reviews, other blogs chiming in… it is going to be fun.  For Real.  😉

Here is what I have planned:


1a“Community, Identity, Stability” is the motto of Aldous Huxley’s utopian World State. Here everyone consumes daily grams of soma, to fight depression, babies are born in laboratories, and the most popular form of entertainment is a “Feelie,” a movie that stimulates the senses of sight, hearing, and touch. Though there is no violence and everyone is provided for, Bernard Marx feels something is missing and senses his relationship with a young women has the potential to be much more than the confines of their existence allow. Huxley foreshadowed many of the practices and gadgets we take for granted today–let’s hope the sterility and absence of individuality he predicted aren’t yet to come.




1aThey are an unlikely pair: George is “small and quick and dark of face”; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “family,” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.

Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.




1aOn November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.




1aThis is the tale of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled, manipulative daughter of a wealthy plantation owner, who arrives at young womanhood just in time to see the Civil War forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of tangled passion and courage, in the pages of Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell brings to life the unforgettable characters that have captured readers for over seventy years.



1aIn 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write “something new–something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned.” That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald’s finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s–and his country’s–most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning–” Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.


(ok, I know i can not get through all of these in the week… but these are what I hope to start 🙂  )


For My Ears:  (non banned book items)



In 2005, Odeo was a struggling podcasting start-up founded by free-range hacker Noah Glass and staffed by a motley crew of anarchists. Less than two years later, its days were numbered and half the staff had been let go. But out of Odeo’s ashes, the remaining employees worked on a little side venture . . . that by 2013 had become an $11.5 billion business.

That much is widely known. But the full story of Twitter’s hatching has never been told before. It’s a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles, as the founders went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities featured on magazine covers, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Daily Show, and Time’s list of the world’s most influential people.

New York Times columnist and reporter Nick Bilton takes readers behind the scenes as Twitter grew at exponential speeds. He gets inside the heads of the four hackers out of whom the company tumbled…




Darcy Anderson’s husband of more than twenty years is away on one of his routine business trips when the unsuspecting Darcy looks for batteries in the garage. Her toe knocks up against a hidden box under a worktable and in it she discovers a trove of horrific evidence that her husband is two men—one, the benign father of her children, the other, a raging rapist and murderer. It’s a horrifying discovery, rendered with bristling intensity, and it definitively ends “A Good Marriage.”


Thats the plan 🙂


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

  1. You’ve been planning your banned books for a while! I tend to wait to the last minute and grab a bunch of short ones. I have Brave New World but I don’t think I’m going to get to it for this year. There’s always next year! I disliked Of Mice and Men in high school but I’ve kind of started loving Steinbeck now that I’m older. I should probably give it another try. Enjoy your week!

  2. Oh- Thank you for the reminder! I had Brave New World audio in line for Banned Book Week but I forgot to list it. I also had Fahrenheit 451lined up as I thought that fit the week too. Not sure I can fit both in this week though.
    I hope you have a lovely week.

  3. I look forward to reading your Banned Books Week posts. Last year I did a display for my library and this year the teen librarian put one together. I have to put up a display tomorrow for Hobbit Day instead.

    I still haven’t read The Great Gatsby and I was thinking about making it the classic novel that I read this year. I have challenged myself to read a classic novel every year that I haven’t read before. Last year was really hard with Les Miserables so maybe this year I will try something a little shorter 🙂

  4. Hey Sheila! Such a crazy week last week that I totally missed hopping on your Banned Week invitation. I will have to make an effort to post about it though. I’ve read several of the banned books on the lists out there.

    By the way, we missed you on the show on Friday. Hope everything went well for you up North. We’ll have to take a rain check to do another fun activity together! :-))

  5. You do have a busy week coming up! Hope it’s a good one. I should read Brave New World, and i want to read Lord of the Flies after reading your review. Enjoy Banned Book Week.

  6. My number 4 from the bottom Daughter was named after Scarlett O’hara. Loved Brave New World, and my banned book post I sent in on your form is auto scheduled for the 27th. 🙂

  7. I’ve read all but two of the banned books you feature. I’ll probably pass on In Cold Blood (it might give me nightmares!), but Brave New World is one of those books I’ve wanted to read and haven’t gotten to yet. The Twitter book looks fascinating. I wonder if our library has it on Overdrive? I’ll have to look for it. Enjoy your busy week! I love library book sales.

  8. I’m reading Crossing the Line by Frederique Molay. It was offered to me by NetGalley and since I thought that I had a free day or two, I accepted. It’s pretty good. I’m also reading a sci fi short story collection, Upgraded, and listening to I am Pilgram by Terry Hayes. So I don’t have much time to do anything else this week, but unfortunately I have a lot of things to do. Oh well, I think I’ll manage somehow.

  9. I am always amazed (again and again) at the books that make it onto the banned books list. In Cold Blood, seriously? I remember that being a true crime story, and I read it in high school. It did give me nightmares though.

  10. Wow, that’s quite a line-up you have this week – for events and books!

    I’m excited about Banned Book Week, too. I just finished The Catcher in the Rye and loved it – hadn’t read it since I was 16.

    Have a great week and enjoy all your activities and your books –


    Book By Book

  11. Wow – I had no idea all those books were banned at some point! That is amazing! I wrote my high school junior year term paper on In Cold Blood in 1995….absolutely loved that book and it turned me onto crime/thrillers..and onto Capote in general!!

  12. OMG A Good Marriage sounds crazy intense … it’s going on my read list. Can’t believe I didn’t take note of Banned Book Week 😦
    Sounds like you have a fun week coming up … enjoy & happy reading 🙂

  13. I think I have read all of those at one time or another. My daughter just had Of Mice and Men as one of her summer reading books for sophmore english. She liked it a lot. She will be reading several of the others this year. I am still deciding on reading for this week.

  14. Hatching Twitter looks seriously amazing and I will definitely be reading that soon! Looks too good to pass up 😀

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