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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! 😉

December.  Seriously?  When did that happen?  HOW did that happen?  And for that matter… how is it Monday again?

Actually it felt like a long week mainly because I have not been feeling the best but I feel like I am over that hump and starting to regain my energy…  and thank goodness… that sitting around while enjoyable with a book yes…. gets old fast.  😀

So what did I post this last week?

 

The Secret Life Of Cee Cee Wilkes

 

First Book Of The Year Challenge  (this one is easy!)

 

2015 WHERE Are You Reading Challenge

 

The Library Challenge 2015 – spend more time with your local library!  They need us book lovers!

 

Moving The Needle by Joe Sweeney

 

The Look Of Love by Sarah Jio

 

The Chamber Of Secrets – yes it is crazy to think we have already posted about the second book for the readalong but we have and it was GOOOOOOD!

 

There Are Three Challenges I am hosting for 2015…. The Library Challenge, The First Book Of The Year Challenge, and The WHERE Are You Reading Challenge.  Check out the details for each here.

 

As for this week…

 

For My Ears

 

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Kelley Quinn is the owner of Nantucket’s Winter Street Inn and the proud father of four, all of them grown and living in varying states of disarray. Patrick, the eldest, is a hedge fund manager with a guilty conscience. Kevin, a bartender, is secretly sleeping with a French housekeeper named Isabelle. Ava, a school teacher, is finally dating the perfect guy but can’t get him to commit. And Bart, the youngest and only child of Kelley’s second marriage to Mitzi, has recently shocked everyone by joining the Marines.

As Christmas approaches, Kelley is looking forward to getting the family together for some quality time at the inn. But when he walks in on Mitzi kissing Santa Claus (or the guy who’s playing Santa at the inn’s annual party), utter chaos descends. With the three older children each reeling in their own dramas and Bart unreachable in Afghanistan, it might be up to Kelley’s ex-wife, nightly news anchor Margaret Quinn, to save Christmas at the Winter Street Inn.

Before the mulled cider is gone, the delightfully dysfunctional Quinn family will survive a love triangle, an unplanned pregnancy, a federal crime, a small house fire, many shots of whiskey, and endless rounds of Christmas caroling, in this heart-warming novel about coming home for the holidays.

 

 

 

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From the screenwriter of the Oscar-nominated House of Sand and Fog comes a fierce, elegant, page-turner about race, money, and the American Dream.

JW is a small-town banker; his specialty, teaching other bankers in towns near Indian reservations how to profit from casino deposits without exposing themselves to risk; his problem, he lost his son in a car accident a year ago, he’s depressed, his wife is leaving him, and he can’t stop gambling.

When he is caught embezzling funds to support his addiction, JW’s boss offers him a choice: he can either accept responsibility and go to prison or use his talents to sabotage a competing Native American banker named Johnny Eagle. With the clock ticking, JW moves into a trailer on the reservation within sight of his prey. But as he befriends Eagle and his son, JW finds that his plan to reclaim his freedom will be more dangerous than he ever could have imagined.

 

For My Eyes

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 We’re not talking about rooms that are just full of books. We’re talking about bookshops in barns, disused factories, converted churches and underground car parks. Bookshops on boats, on buses, and in old run-down train stations. Fold-out bookshops, undercover bookshops, this-is-the-best-place-I’ve-ever-been-to-bookshops. Meet Sarah and her Book Barge sailing across the sea to France; meet Sebastien, in Mongolia, who sells books to herders of the Altai mountains; meet the bookshop in Canada that’s invented the world’s first antiquarian book vending machine. And that’s just the beginning. From the oldest bookshop in the world, to the smallest you could imagine, The Bookshop Book examines the history of books, talks to authors about their favourite places, and looks at over three hundred weirdly wonderful bookshops across six continents (sadly, we’ve yet to build a bookshop down in the South Pole). The Bookshop Book is a love letter to bookshops all around the world. — “A good bookshop is not just about selling books from shelves, but reaching out into the world and making a difference.

 

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Orange Beach, Alabama is a simple town filled with simple people.  But like all humans on the planet, the good folks of Orange Beach have their share of problems – marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy, as well as the many other obstacles that life seems to dish out to the masses.

Fortunately, when things look the darkest – a mysterious man named Jones has a miraculous way of showing up.  An elderly man with white hair, of indiscriminate age and race, wearing blue jeans, a white T-shirt and leather flip flops carrying a battered old suitcase, Jones is a unique soul.  Communicating what he calls “a little perspective,” Jones explains that he has been given a gift of noticing things that others miss.  “Your time on this earth is a gift to be used wisely,” he says.  “Don’t squander your words or your thoughts. Consider even the simplest action you take, for your lives matter beyond measure…and they matter forever.”

Jones speaks to that part in everyone that is yearning to understand why things happen and what we can do about it.

 

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Posted on December 7, 2014, in Its Monday What ARe You Reading and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 49 Comments.

  1. I find it tough to read a lot when I’m under the weather. I’m glad you’re on the mend!

  2. Yep, having to sit quietly and read does get old when that’s all you are allowed to do. I had that kind of week too. Winter Street was not a favorite, but did enjoy Erin Bennett’s narration. Have a great week.

  3. I have Winter Street on my stack to be read soon, I hope. Enjoy your week….

  4. Ohh, The Noticer is a good one. It’ll get you thinking 🙂

  5. The Bookshop Book sounds really sweet! Have a good week of reading!

  6. Glad you’re starting to feel better… The Bookshop Book is on my wish list!

  7. I just finished First Impressions by Charlie Lovett and loved it. I started Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet this afternoon. It’s very different from what I usually read and a little on the snarky side.

  8. Thanks so much for hosting. I love new books on my list so I love your Mondays 🙂 I posted my list for December this week.

    http://www.theprairiemom.com/blog/reading-list-for-december/

  9. I couldn’t leave a comment earlier – not sure what I was doing wrong! I love the sound of The Noticer. I also love the title!!!

  10. The Bookshop Book sounds great, looking forward to hearing about that one! I joined the 1st book 2015, was such fun last year I can’t wait to do it again. Hope you keep getting better. Happy reading 🙂

  11. Yes, how can we already be so close to Christmas? I’m sure we’ll all somehow get ready for the holidays, though 🙂
    You have some interesting books on your list here, Sheila. The Hildebrand one looks especially good.
    Have a fantastic week!

  12. I think Winter Street looks great. It’s defiantly on my winter reading list 🙂

  13. Winter Street sounds good, so does The Noticer.
    Have a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  14. I’m reading The Elephant in the Garden, by Michael Morpurgo. He writes the kind of children’s/YA literature that entrances adults as well.

  15. Bookshop Books looks good. Hope that you enjoy and have a good week.

  16. Lots of great titles in you queue for this week. Glad you are feeling better, no fun to be under the weather this time of year. I really want to read Winter Street. Hope you enjoy it.

  17. Just a heads up before you get to the end of Winter Street….it is the first book in a trilogy. A whole bunch of people got really confused by the way it leaves you hanging at the end. Elin Hilderbrand cleared it up via twitter 🙂 I think The Bookshop Book looks great although it’s going to make me want to go to England (I think that is where most of the shops are located?).

    • Oh good to know! I did not know that going in… I wish they would be more clear about that… I can not name how many times I have been surprised or started reading something in the middle of a series 🙂

  18. Andrea (aka rokinrev)

    Finished my LAST major ARC of 2014: Marianne Tambour by David Ebsworth! ( does happy dance) and now I get to read “junque” until First Book of the Year. Double Dip by Gretchen Archer, a few Christmas themed books from Regency to Amish to Contemporary ( to theology- sh!! don’t tell) as we start the major work towards the first treatment for those ugly bugs…

  19. Good to hear you’re starting to feel better. Winter Street sounds like a perfect holiday season book.

  20. Reading Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs. It’s really good!

  21. I really enjoyed the audio of Winter Street and hop you do as well! Happy reading/listening

  22. Some great reads to add the the ever growing want to read list.
    Presently I am reading The Fallow Ground of Hugo Hunter, Prayer by Timothy Keller, A Movable Feast(a collection of short stories) and for my ears Timbuktu.
    I am curious to know—how do you read/listen to so many books in one week? I was pretty impressed with my yearly number but you’ve got 100 books on me! How do you do it???

    • I am alone a lot in the house so while I cook or clean or even browse the internet I usually have audio on. I also listen to audio in my car as apposed to music. I probably average between 2 and 5 hours of audio a day – sometimes less sometimes more 🙂 As for books, I enjoy reading in the evening while my husband watches tv. My book count this year I think is a record for me. 🙂

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