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!

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


Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King


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?

  1. 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.


  2. 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!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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 🙂

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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! 🙂

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