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!

What a week!  You ever have those times when you are reading and or listening to audio and everything is just about finished but not quite?  That’s the week I had.  I two audio books I am finishing and two books I am finishing.  I hoped to have one more complete today but after staying up too late watching True Blood (I just started watching the series last night and the jury is still out on how I feel about it),I fell asleep in the chair this afternoon while reading.

Here is what was posted this week:

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Bookies Book Club Thoughts on Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain (w/ discussion questions for your groups!)

American Sniper – The Movie

One Step Too Far by Tina Seskis

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

E Readers and Books… What Will Make It To The Next Level?  (weigh in on this one!)


Ok, I guess I read more than I thought I had.  Not bad for it being my birthday this week, my son was in town for two days, and I had book club on Tuesday!


This week should be a good one.  My week is quiet, I have some writing to do, but not a lot of running around to do.  I plan on:

For My Eyes


Irrepressible Biddy Leigh, under-cook at forbidding Mawton Hall, only wants to marry her childhood sweetheart and set up her own tavern. But when her elderly master marries young Lady Carinna, Biddy is unwittingly swept up in a world of scheming, secrets, and lies. Forced to accompany her new mistress to Italy, she documents her adventures and culinary discoveries in an old household book of recipes, The Cook’s Jewel. Biddy grows intrigued by her fellow travelers, but her secretive and unconventional mistress is the most intriguing of all.

In London, Biddy finds herself attracted to her mistress’s younger brother. In France, she discovers her mistress’s dark secret. At last in Italy, Biddy becomes embroiled in a murderous conspiracy, knowing the secrets she holds could be a key to a better life, or her downfall.

Inspired by eighteenth-century household books of recipes and set at the time of the invention of the first restaurants, An Appetite for Violets is a literary feast for lovers of historical fiction. Martine Bailey’s novel opens a window into the fascinating lives of servants, while also delivering a suspenseful tale of obsession and betrayal.



Strong-minded and ambitious, Madeleine Karno is eager to shatter the constraints of her provincial French upbringing. She wants to become a pathologist like her father, whose assistant she is, but this is 1894, and autopsies are considered unseemly and ungodly, even when performed by a man—hence his odious nickname, Doctor Death. That a young woman should wish to spend her time dissecting corpses is too scandalous for words.

Thus, when seventeen-year-old Cecile Montaine is found dead in the snowy streets of Varbourg, her family will not permit a full post-mortem autopsy, and Madeleine and her father are left with a single mysterious clue: in the dead girl’s nostrils they find a type of parasite normally seen only in dogs. Soon after, the priest who held vigil by the dead girl’s corpse is brutally murdered. The thread that connects these two events is a tangled one, and as the death toll mounts, Madeleine must seek knowledge in odd places: behind convent walls, in secret diaries, and in the yellow stare of an aging wolf.



For the readalong 😉  Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord’s return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort’s savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time. These new editions of the classic and internationally bestselling, multi-award-winning series feature instantly pick-up-able new jackets by Jonny Duddle, with huge child appeal, to bring Harry Potter to the next generation of readers. It’s time to PASS THE MAGIC ON .


* I am late on this book… fell behind on my own read along!  Sheesh!  🙂  Here is the link to link up your posts on this book.  I will be there soon!



For My Ears


Once a respected member of the Sorcerer Council and now an outcast, Blaise has spent the last year of his life working on a special magical object. The goal is to allow anyone to do magic, not just the sorcerer elite. The outcome of his quest is unlike anything he could’ve ever imagined – because, instead of an object, he creates Her.

She is Gala, and she is anything but inanimate. Born in the Spell Realm, she is beautiful and highly intelligent – and nobody knows what she’s capable of. She will do anything to experience the world…even leave the man she is beginning to fall for.

Augusta, a powerful sorceress and Blaise’s former fiance, sees Blaise’s deed as the ultimate hubris and Gala as an abomination that must be destroyed. In her quest to save the human race, Augusta will forge new alliances, becoming tangled in a web of intrigue that stretches further than any of them suspect. She may even have to turn to her new lover Barson, a ruthless warrior who might have an agenda of his own…





He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers.

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

A native Texan who learned to shoot on childhood hunting trips with his father, Kyle was a champion saddle-bronc rider prior to joining the Navy. After 9/11, he was thrust onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and soon found his calling as a world-class sniper who performed best under fire. He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war – of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.


I think it should be a good reading week!  How about you?  Big reading plans this week?  One in particular?  Please share!  Add your Its Monday What Are You Reading to the link below.



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

  1. Everyone I know who’s seen American Sniper has said great things about it, so I’m keen to see the movie. I don’t tend to go to the cinema much nowadays – so guess I’m a bit more select about what I do see.

  2. I read Doctor Death. It was different. Took a bit to get into it, but the ending was good.

    I have my review along with a giveaway for Doctor Death on my blog tomorrow.

    Will be looking for your thoughts on it.

  3. Love the cover of An Appetite for Violets. American Sniper sounds very real – and a little/lot scary and emotional.

  4. I want to read An Appetite For Violets. It sounds really fascinating so I can’t wait for your review! Doctor Death sounds really creepy but also kind of interesting.

  5. An Appetite for Violet and Doctor Death look good! I did not care for the True Blood HBO series even though I enjoyed the book. I hope this is a good week for you. Happy Reading!

  6. Happy birthday! I liked your ereader vs books post- I’ll be a book first all the way, but I also am using my Nook more to actually read, and they definitely have their uses. I know I’ll only use it more as time goes on.

  7. Doctor Death sounds good! I started Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warnings in print and Jonathan Kellerman’s Victims in audio (it turns out I’ve listened to it before – I do all the Kellerman books in audio – but I can’t remember who did it, so I figure I’ll keep listening until I do!).

  8. One of these days I will finish Harry Potter series. I’ve only read the first 3 books. It’s been a little over a week since I finished American Sniper on audio, and I’m still thinking about it. It’s a great one to listen to.

  9. A real mix and some interesting sounding reads. I’m interested in American Sniper but think may end up watching vs. reading this one. Emma

      1. Really? That’s very interesting. How do authors get away with naming books with the same title. Can you remember if you enjoyed yours?

  10. First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

    Second, this will be a quiet week….It’s currently -17° in Siberacuse. I have a bunch of TBRs but have put Olive U and some OpenRoad publishing for this week, and two Ruth Davis books. I left a FaceBook group this week over an attrmpt at “thought policing” so I’m still a bit in mourning…I liked that group :_( .

    Stay warm and be careful out there

  11. I just finished readign Beyond Reach by Siobhan Davis yesterday evening and will be starting Owl and the Japanese Circus next. On my ipad I am still reading Shadow Study and am planning to read The Best Laid Plans by Amy Vastine next.
    I hope you have a great week and enjoy those books!

  12. I had a really good reading week last week and now I am trying to decide to read next… I had planned to do that last night, but ended up watching the SNL 40th Anniversary instead. 🙂

  13. Hi! This is my first time participating in this meme. I am going to love to see what everyone has posted. We just went to see American Sniper this past weekend. Wow!

    Happy reading everyone!

  14. Haha! I’ve watched two episodes of True Blood. I wasn’t sure either. The concept was intriguing but I wasn’t too sure about Sookie. 😛 Keep us updated on what you think of it!

    Gosh, The Sorcery Code’s blurb sounds just marvelous. Enjoy!

  15. I do indeed have a big reading plan this week – I need to finish C J Sansom’s Lamentations (the latest in his Shardlake historical detective fiction series). The library will not allow me to renew and this is more than 600 pages…..

  16. These all look good. I love the cover of An Appetite for Violets. I am very curious to hear what you think of Chris Kyle’s book. Some people have said it is poorly written, but after seeing American Sniper, I am interested his perspective on his experiences.

  17. Quite the mix of books, everyone is reading Doctor Death. Hubby and I both liked American Sniper. Enjoy a relaxing week 🙂

  18. Just about to start The Vacationers and finished when you reach for me… what did you think of harold fry? I started to read Queenie Hennessy and I just wasn’t getting into it as much as I loved Harold. Do you think you would read Queenie’s story?

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