It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Hello!  Welcome to It’s Monday What Are You Reading?  The meme that we use to share what we read this past week and what our plans are for the upcoming week.  It’s a great way to see what others are reading and add to your own To Be Read list. 😀  You never know where that next great read may come from!

Finally feel like I am getting ready for Christmas.  Wrapped gifts this afternoon, finishing touches on shopping, and even turned on the Christmas tree lights!  So excited that in a few days the boys will be here hanging out at the house… good food, good games, movies and just being together.  These are my absolute favorite times!  😀

*Quick note on the late posting…. uhh… yeah, sorry about that.  We were out with friends last night and when I got home I was just too tired to put this post together. 


Here is what I posted this past week:


Brutal Youth by Anthony Breznican


My Living Room Facelift (Color makes a difference!)



The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham


2014 The Books That Made My Year!


The Innovators by Walter Isaacson


What I Know For Sure by Oprah WInfrey



As for this week…


For My Ears


Stuck in a job he no longer found fulfilling, journalist Mike McIntyre felt his life was quickly passing him by. So one day he hit the road to trek from one end of the country to the other with little more than the clothes on his back and without a single penny in his pocket. Through his travels, he found varying degrees of kindness in strangers from all walks of life-and discovered more about people and values and life on the road in America than he’d ever thought possible. The gifts of food and shelter he received along the way were outweighed only by the touching gifts of the heart-the willingness of many he met to welcome a lonely stranger into their homes…and the discovery that sometimes those who give the most are the ones with the least to spare.




Goodnight Moon is an adored childhood classic, but its real origins are lost to history. In Goodnight June, Sarah Jio offers a suspenseful and heartfelt take on how the “great green room” might have come to be.

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amid the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown – and steps into the pages of American literature.


For My Eyes


Everyone who lives at 23 Beulah Grove has a secret. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be renting rooms in a dodgy old building for cash—no credit check, no lease. It’s the kind of place you end up when you you’ve run out of other options. The six residents mostly keep to themselves, but one unbearably hot summer night, a terrible accident pushes them into an uneasy alliance. What they don’t know is that one of them is a killer. He’s already chosen his next victim, and he’ll do anything to protect his secret.



Also.. do not forget the First Book Of The Year!  This is going to be a lot of fun!  If you are signed up remember to send me your pic this week of what you will be reading and if you are not signed up, it is not too late and this is a pretty cool thing to do to kick off the New Year!  Check it out here.


I think that is the plan.   What are you reading/listening to this week?  Is this a good reading week for you with the holidays or is it a hard week to read with everything going on?  I will have a mix of quiet days and crazy days… but all should work out to a good week to read 🙂

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

  1. I’m hoping to sneak in some reading time, but have a few gifts to finish making (crocheting) and I still need to wrap all my gifts. I’m heading out of town on Wednesday for 2 days to my in-laws and then have my family coming on Saturday for the day. But, since I’m driving by myself (hubby is heading straight from work) I have at least 3 hours of quality audio book time!!!

    I have Goodnight Moon on my book shelf and am hoping to get to it soon. I loved The Look of Love – it was my first Sarah Jio book!

    Merry Christmas and enjoy your time with your boys!!!

  2. Definitely mostly crazy days here, but i will still make time to read! We had to cancel our trip to Florida after Christmas because of my son’s concussion, so things will be very quiet here next week. On the plus side, I can now do your First Book of the Year challenge/meme since we’ll be home now!

    The Kindness of Strangers and Goodnight June both sound very intriguing.

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

  3. I loved Goodnight June…and The Killer Next Door sounds really good. Enjoy! I hope to get some reading done this morning, but then will be hanging out with my grandson Noah this afternoon. Sometimes we both read, which is kind of fun.

  4. I just set aside my third book ( out of 203!) this year. I’d even beta read it, but right now, it won’t kerp my interest. Despite our packing up for apt work, I did hit my GoodReads goal of 200 during last week. Have set my goal for 2015 and chosen Alison Weier’s Tudor Rose for my first book of the year. We have a lot more adventures in plastic bin land over the next few weeks, but right now “Armed and Fabulous” and “The Angry Woman Suite” are qued for the week. Happy Holidays Sheila and we’ll get those pix to you ASAP

    1. YAY!!! So glad to have you on the First Book Challenge again! (The jury is still out on The Kindness Of Strangers, while it is kind of what I thought it would be… there are some odd scenarios here and I am not sure what I am going to think in the end…)

  5. I too am feeling almost ready for Christmas. Only one stop at See’s Candy tonight and the gifts are done. Last minute food will be picked up tomorrow after work. Looking forward to the day with family.

    1. That’s about where I am… I have a couple of gift cards to pick up today and tomorrow I will brave the rush of what we will be eating…. Maybe I will do that today… now really committed to what I am planning yet 🙂

  6. Hi Sheila,

    I must say I am looking forward to just being done with work tomorrow so that I can focus on the holidays and try to fit in some reading. I am almost done with Ticker, and have started Rooms, but I am taking it slow. I am not sure what kind of week I am going to get, but I think it will be too crazy to read much the next few days. Hopefully I will get some in today and then probably not until Friday. Have a Happy Holiday and Happy Reading!

    1. Thanks! This is the first year I can remember where I am not working hard before the Christmas break… I spent 14 years at Walmart (RETAIL!) and then 10 years working in a church office (CHURCH!) so Christmas has always been busy… this year it is really nice to just plan for it at a slower pace. 🙂

  7. I’m not reading much, just too much going on with Christmas… The Kindness of Strangers and Goodnight June both sound good. I keep hearing good thing about Sarah Jio and that book looks interesting to me, I may try it.

    Have a merry Christmas!!

  8. I may forget to tell you often, but I love this weekly meme and your blog!! I love how you love books, libraries and your friends. Have a Merry Christmas!!

  9. I loved Goodnight June! It was so warm and fuzzy and I loved the book references. I finally have my book picked out for first book! I’ll be sending you a picture soon but I’m waiting for the cold of death to pass so I don’t scare everyone! Enjoy your reading/listening! The Killer Next Door looks great!

  10. I’ve just added my name to your first book of the year meme. We will be away, but getting an email prompt from you will remind to take a photo and send it in (hopefully:-)

    Merry Christmas

  11. I loved, loved, loved Goodnight June, hope you do too Sheila. Have a joyous Christmas, enjoy the festivities and family time. Things have been a tad crazy in the lead up to Christmas so I’m looking forward to reading and relaxing in the New Year lol,

  12. Ha! I didn’t get time to finish mine yesterday so decided to give it a miss this week, so can understand your lateness. Enjoy the holiday season!


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