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!

Home again!  Home again!  Jiggity jig!  I am home!  After 17 days traveling Minnesota to Australia to New Zealand I am HOME!!!  It was a wonderful trip that I will be talking about for a long time.

Here is what I have posted since I came home Friday morning:


The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin

A Real look at the Hobbit Movie Set in New Zealand!!!

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Best Audio Books Of 2014 Giveaway – join in and win!


I also want to take one more moment and list the posts of the guest bloggers who came and visited here while I was away.  The posts are a lot of fun so check them out if you have not already!

Judith from Leswammes Blog talks about the books we should look at again

Florinda from the 3 R’s Blog talks about CHOCOLATE and War… what is it good for?

Elizabeth from Silver’s Reviews digs into the books we have both enjoyed

Candace from Beth Fish Reads is all about Australia!

Laurel Rain Snow Talks about Books and Movie – Oh My!!!

Kathryn From Book Date Takes Us To The Beach

Ryan from Wordsmithonia Pulls Our The Big Guns To Find The Secret Garden

Lori from Escape With Dollycas hashes out Gone Girl

Donna from Writer Side UP! takes care of the cobwebs in my archives

Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness brings tea and discusses non fiction reads

Laura Fabiani from IRead Book Tours comes over and starts a FIRE!

Sue from Book by Book chats about Author Justin Cronin

Jennifer from Literate Housewife discusses Team Mockingjay or Not

Elizabeth from Silvers Reviews Talks about The Hotel On The Corner Of Bitter and Sweet

Stacy From The Novel Life Talks Coffee and Books


This week should be a good reading week.  My schedule is light.  I have a few projects to work on but nothing overwhelming.  Here is what I plan to do:


For My Ears

Love Life

In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.



Cody and Meg were inseparable. Two peas in a pod. Until… they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything – so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, and some secrets of his own. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open – until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.




Unbeknownst to most of humankind, a powerful network of witches thrives within the shadows of society, using their magic to keep the world in balance. But they are being eliminated – and we will all pay if their power falls… When Elyse MacAllister’s great-aunt Eleanora, the woman who raised her, becomes deathly ill, Lyse puts her comfortable life in Georgia on hold to rush back to Los Angeles. And once she returns to Echo Park, Lyse discovers her great-aunt has been keeping secrets – extraordinary secrets – from her. Not only is Lyse heir to Eleanora’s Victorian estate; she is also expected to take her great-aunt’s place in the Echo Park coven of witches. But to accept her destiny means to place herself in deadly peril – for the world of magic is under siege, and the battle the witches now fight may be their last…



For My Eyes


After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything…but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget…and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.



What do a cup of coffee and cockroach pheromone have in common? How is Fix-A-Flat like sugarless gum? Is a Slim Jim meat stick really alive? If I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter isn’t butter, what is it?

All of these pressing questions and more are answered in This Is What You Just Put In Your Mouth? Based on his popular Wired magazine column What’s Inside, Patrick Di Justo takes a cold, hard, and incredibly funny look at the shocking, disgusting, and often dumbfounding ingredients found in everyday products, from Cool Whip and Tide Pods to Spam and Play-Doh. He also shares the madcap stories of his extensive research, including tracking down a reclusive condiment heir, partnering with a cop to get his hands on heroin, and getting tight-lipped snack-food execs to talk. Along the way, he schools us on product histories, label decoding, and the highfalutin chemistry concepts behind everything from Midol to Hostess fruit pies.
Packed with facts you’re going to want to share immediately, this is infotainment at its best—and most fun!—which will have you giving your shampoo the side-eye and Doritos a double take, and make you the know-it-all in line at the grocery store.


It probably looks like a heavy week but I am almost done listening to Mr. Mercedes.  I will be in the house most of the week so audio will be playing and late afternoons after my work is done I plan to read.

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

  1. I’ve been meaning to catching up on my Stephen King backlog for quite some time, but he writes faster than I can read them all. Maybe audio is the way to go!

    Can’t wait to read some of your Australia posts!
    The 26th Jan is Australia Day – we’re off to see some old cars and fly-by’s in the rain!

  2. Welcome back! I’m looking forward to hearing all about your trip. I’m interested to hear if Mr. Mercedes works as an audio. Sometimes it’s difficult with that type of genre. Have a great week!

  3. Oh wow just went over to read your Hobbiton post, missed it earlier. I never knew any of that and I live here in the north island but not near Matamata. One day I must go visit, that is a great story thanks for sharing.

  4. I’m glad you had a great time on your trip! And got to visit the filming location of The Hobbit. Very cool!

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on I Was Here. It sounds like a really emotional book.

  5. Welcome back, Sheila! I look forward to hearing about your trip. Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your blog while you were away.

    The non-fiction book about what we put in our mouths caught my attention. I love learning new things!

  6. Glad you had a fabulous trip, loved the Hobbiton post (awesome!) and the guest posts were nice. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip and have a great week.

  7. Sounds like you had a great trip. Really like the sound of Amber Benson. Not sure I want to know what’s in the food I eat, or the coffee I’m currently sipping! Have a good week.

  8. What a great list of books. Will look them up. I think I’ll need a light fun read after I finish the book I’m reading now – UNBROKEN – which is beautifully written and amazing. Welcome home – what a trip. I imagine you had lots of time to read on those looonnngg flights.

  9. I liked Mr. Mercedes (though I read it)…I did hear the audio was good too! I think This is What You Just put in Your Mouth sounds interesting and also kind of terrifying! I stopped drinking Coke when my brother told me keeps it in his boat at all times because pouring it over something (the battery, maybe) cleans something out or kills rust or something like that (ha – I clearly don’t know what I’m talking about!)?? Anything that is strong enough to be “kept on an old boat at all times” for engine trouble should probably not also go in my body!

  10. Very early this morning I finished Sophie Nicholls’ The Dress. That book was so wonderful I’m not sure what’s next. Cozies, Non Fiction, memoirs?

  11. This is What You Just Put Into Your Mouth looks like the type of quirky and fascinating books I would love. That and the seven years I spent working in the food and beverage industry. I will definitely be looking for this one!

  12. “This is What You Just Put Into Your Mouth” looks awesome.. but also might make me a little squeamish so I am not sure if I am up for something like that just yet. Looks like a great week queued up for your first week home from vacation!

  13. I am glad you had such a wonderful trip Sheila, I might be repeating myself from last week but New Zealand is such a gorgeous country, I look forward to more about your trip and am just off now to read your post about Hobbiton! I hope you have a really good week. I plan to read more Stephen King this year as I’ve only read 11.22.63 but I loved it. Lindsay

  14. Sheila, your schedule is amazing to me–how do you get in so much reading and listening and blogging. And you just returned from your trip! ( I drink coffee, too, but it only helps me so much.) Anyway, I look forward to your next review. 🙂

  15. Your trip sounds like an amazing dream trip!! How cool to visit the Hobbit set!!!!

    The Witches of Echo Park sounds like a book I would love. The one about what you put in your mouth…sounds interesting but I might never eat anything again if I read it! Lol.

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