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!
It’s hard to believe I have only been home a little over a week. When I think of it that way I guess I have accomplished a bit since my return. Considering I have been tired and the last couple of days not feeling so awesome, I did ok. 🙂
Here is what I posted this past week:
Off The Beaten Page by Terri Peterson Smith (books and traveling – oh my!!)
In A Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
Witches Of Echo Park by Amber Nelson
Anything That Moves by Dana Goodyear (talk about EXTREME eating!)
A little food recap of what we ate on vacation (DO NOT view if you are hungry 😉 )
Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire by JK Rowling (finally! I have finished the 4th book for the readalong!)
This may look like a bit, but this would also be reviews I could not post while I was away. I did not get much reading done this past week so I do not have much to add from last weeks plan however this is what is new:
For My Ears
In 1844, Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Four years passed before their parents permitted them to wed, and the groom’s abolitionist family refused to attend the ceremony.
Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. Jule guarded her mistress’s closely held twin secrets: She had perilously poor vision but was gifted with prophetic sight. So it was that Jule became Julia’s eyes to the world.
And what a world it was, marked by gathering clouds of war. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks—becoming general in chief of the Union Army—so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children, facing unreliable transportation and certain danger to be at her husband’s side.
Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. While Julia spoke out for women—Union and Confederate—she continued to hold Jule as a slave behind Union lines. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right, taking the honorary title Madame. The two women’s paths continued to cross throughout the Grants’ White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant’s Tomb.
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?
I have not started either of the books i mentioned last week so will not add any more books this week. 🙂
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68 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”
Am keen to hear what you think of The Girl on The Train. It’s been getting rave reviews – likened to Gone Girl etc…
I enjoyed it though the ending annoyed me a little.
I will be reviewing it soon. I am almost done.
I have a number ARC to read. Just finished reading SURVIVING HENRY by Erin Taylor Young
Surviving Henry sounds good!
I have heard alot of good things about The Girl on The Train. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great week!
I am just finishing it… I have mixed thoughts 🙂
Reading STILL ALICE–both moving and terrifying, at the same time. Alzheimer’s is such a horrible disease.
Yes! We read that one as a book club – good discussion but a hard one too.
I am so excited about reading The Girl on the Train soon…hope you love it.
I would like to read your thoughts on it too Laurel, I am just about done with it.
Looks like you had a great week after getting back into the ‘usual’ groove. I’ll be interested on your thoughts on The Girl on The Train too.
So glad you had a great trip and the food looks yummy!
Thanks, it is so good to be home 😉
I loved The Girl on the Train and hope you do too!
You’ve been busy! The Girl on the Train sounds good. I hope you feel better!
Thanks Jen, I think I am feeling better tonight.
The Girl on the Train is everywhere right now… hope you like it.
Thanks, it will be an interesting review. 😉
I’m listening to The Girl on the Train this week, I only finished 1 book last week so I’ve got some catching up to do. Hope you’re feeling better this week and happy reading 🙂
I am listening to it on audio as well. 😀
Can’t wait to hear what you think about The Girl on the Train. I really want to read it!
I am liking it.. but I have some issues with it. 😀
The Girl on the Train sounds really good. And just reading the book description makes me want to find out what happens!
I am curious how I would have felt about it if I had read it – I am struggling with the narrator – I think it is just me 😉
I can’t wait to read The Girl on the Train. I have heard such great things about it.
That’s why I read it – I kept hearing the hype 😀
I’ve been hearing and reading some great things about Girl on the Train.
And I’m delighted you loved our chips! We think they’re pretty good too 🙂
I miss them….LOL
The blurb for Girl on the Train sounds intriguing, especially since the main character is a regular commuter. 😀 Happy reading.
No time this week to do the meme. Enjoying visiting blogs. It’s late Monday here and am exhausted. Heat has been killing
I hear you – I have been gone all Monday just got home and it is almost 9 pm…. EXHAUSTED
I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts on Girl on the Train. I thought it was really strong on the psychological piece, but weak on the thriller part.
Yes – I have some thoughts… not all good. 😉
I might be the only book person on the planet who has just about zero interest in The Girl on the Train. Hope you are enjoying it though! I think I need to flip back to The Last Good Paradise, which I set aside to pick up Men With Balls (in honor of the Super Bowl), since I am enjoying the former a lot more than the latter.
I am due for a good read for sure! 😀
The Girl on the Train has such positive buzz. I will be looking forward to your thoughts on it. Have a great week.
The Girl on the Train! Wheee 😀 I just LOVED that book to bits. I think it’s going to be one of the big ones this year.
I wish I would have read it – I think the narration is basing part of my opinion.
I have both your audio books in print – can’t wait to read them!!! Hope you’re feeling better!
Thanks 🙂 I do feel better.
Seems like everyone is reading the Hawkins book now (well, not me, but everyone else!) :–)
I wish I would have read it and not audio.
I enjoyed The Girl.. with a couple of quibbles about it but overall a compelling story. Happy reading this week 🙂
I will have to read your review.. I too have a couple “quibbles”
I really need to pick up The Girl on the Train!
Pick it up in book format!
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule looks quite interesting. Isn’t she the author who wrote a series of quilting mysteries?
She is 🙂 I have enjoyed her writing.
I have Girl on the Train on my shelf but I’ve been waiting for the buzz to die down a bit – it seems that everyone is talking about it right now. I’m better off if I wait.
Book it for sure… I am struggling with the audio.
Two awesome books. I have The Girl On The Train on hold at the library. I hope I get a chance to read it. 🙂
I love Jennifer Chiaverini. I am sure Mrs. Grand and Madame Jule is quite good.
ENJOY, and have a great week.
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Thanks Elizabeth 🙂
I need to get back to reading Jennifer Chiaverini. I have a few of her Elm Creek Quilts series to finish. I really like her writing. And I am intrigued by The Girl on the Train.
I have enjoyed her books too!
I’m looking forward to reading The Girl on the Train as well! It’s next on my to-read list.
I hope you enjoy it!
Sheila, I, too, look forward to your review of The Girl on the Train. I have not started my next book yet–but that will end very soon! 🙂
I hope you enjoy it!
I so want to read The Girl on the Train! Sounds so good. Emma
I think everyone wants to read it 🙂 I hope you enjoy it – I am not so sure for myself 😉
Ok, it seems I will be the last person in the world to read The Girl on the Train….
Mmmmm… not the last – some will not be reading it 😀
I have been seen The Girl on the Train around. I am sure I will read it at some point. 🙂
I am glad I read it, but I didn’t love it.
I picked up The Girl on the Train, but I only read a few pages, so I stopped. Thinking I need to pick it up again.