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!

I had a busy week but do not think that apply’s to my reading and listening to audio.  I was buried in projects, building websites, working with both of my non profits… and well.. here is what I posted:


The Mystery Writers Of America Cook Book edited by Kate White


The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos


The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerald Kelly


First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (with a recipe!)


A Day InThe Life Of A Book Blogger (you may have seen this fun meme around the past few days) I was late, but I joined in!


That’s my week.  It may look like i did ok but in all honesty I have had the Writers Cook Book and The Precious One done for a while – I was just waiting for their release date.


This week will be another busy one.  Remember that little fun interview I get to do this week?  Well that will take me out of town Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening. My reading I plan on is this:


For My Ears


There have been many books – on a large and small scale – about Steve Jobs, one of the most famous CEOs in history. But this book is different from all the others.

Becoming Steve Jobs takes on and breaks down the existing myth and stereotypes about Steve Jobs. The conventional, one-dimensional view of Jobs is that he was half genius, half jerk from youth, an irascible and selfish leader who slighted friends and family alike. Becoming Steve Jobs answers the central question about the life and career of the Apple cofounder and CEO: How did a young man so reckless and arrogant that he was exiled from the company he founded become the most effective visionary business leader of our time, ultimately transforming the daily lives of billions of people?

Drawing on incredible and sometimes exclusive access, Schlender and Tetzeli tell a different story of a real human being who wrestled with his failings and learned to maximize his strengths over time. Their rich, compelling narrative is filled with stories never told before from the people who knew Jobs best and who decided to open up to the authors, including his family, former inner circle executives, and top people at Apple, Pixar, and Disney. In addition Brent knew Jobs personally for 25 years and drew upon his many interviews with him, on and off the record, in writing the book. He and Rick humanize the man and explain, rather than simply describe, his behavior. Along the way the book provides rich context about the technology revolution we all have lived through and the ways in which Jobs changed our world.

Schlender and Tetzeli make clear that Jobs’ astounding success at Apple was far more complicated than simply picking the right products: he became more patient, he learned to trust his inner circle, and he discovered the importance of growing the company incrementally rather than only shooting for dazzling, game-changing products.


For My Eyes


Molly Bloom reveals how she built one of the most exclusive, high-stakes underground poker games in the world—an insider’s story of excess and danger, glamour and greed.

In the late 2000s, Molly Bloom, a twentysomething petite brunette from Loveland Colorado, ran the highest stakes, most exclusive poker game Hollywood had ever seen—she was its mistress, its lion tamer, its agent, and its oxygen. Everyone wanted in, few were invited to play.

Hundreds of millions of dollars were won and lost at her table. Molly’s game became the game for those in the know—celebrities, business moguls, and millionaires. Molly staged her games in palatial suites with beautiful views and exquisite amenities. She flew privately, dined at exclusive restaurants, hobnobbed with the heads of Hollywood studios, was courted by handsome leading men, and was privy to the world’s most delicious gossip, until it all came crashing down around her.

Molly’s Game is a behind the scenes look at Molly’s game, the life she created, the life she lost, and what she learned in the process.


I have other books I am listening to and reading that I mentioned last week.

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34 Comments on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. Is there a lot of difference between this Steve Jobs book and the Isaacson biography?

  2. Sounds like a good week ahead! and a getaway is always a break I enjoy – looking forward to mine end of April down to Grnd Forks ! whoohoo – clean highways hopefully 🙂 !

  3. Busy Busy! The Steve Jobs audio sounds great, will wait for your review but I love books like that.

  4. Good reading ahead for you, hope you’re stocked up on coffee! I knew you liked it, but didn’t realize how much you drank until I read your day in the life post. I didn’t know in time, and my weekend days are even more boring than my weekdays, so I thought I would wait and write about Monday. Do you think tomorrow is too late to join in? Will people be done going through the Linky?

  5. Sounds like another busy week for you, Sheila! I missed A Day in the Life, so was glad to hear Trish plans to do another one this fall.

  6. I am reading the first to of Heather Black that very good tThe characters are well developed. They are light and fun to read. I find myself smiling.

  7. You’ve been busy with life and your blog. I enjoyed your Day in the Life post. Have a great week and happy reading 🙂

  8. Want to read Holly’s Game, even though I have the worlds worst poker face. Emma

  9. It seems like all I’ve been getting through lately are audio books – work has been so busy that I haven’t had time to just sit and read! Thank goodness for audios!!! Have a great week!

  10. Sounds like you’re still busy this week. Happy reading!

  11. Sheila, I know you listen to a lot of audio books. Do you feel you get as much out of a book by listening as you do reading. Do you get easily distracted and miss parts of the book? What are your ideal circumstances for listening to them? (In the car, while vacuuming, etc.)
    Do you take notes?

    • LOL – great questions! To all of the questions it honestly depends on the book. I am getting pretty good at picking audio I will enjoy. Narration is huge – if the narrator feels like he/she is reading or is not right for he voice of the book I can not get into it.

      However – here is the great things about audio. Great audio with great narration is excellent. I get lost in the words and audio can make mundane jobs like washing dishes, folding laundry, dusting, mowing, and for me even cooking, become enjoyable to do as I listen. I always have one going in my car, in a CD player in the house, and on my phone. I listen to audio every single day.

      With a busy lifestyle, sometimes it is audio that keeps y blogging because honestly I can not always pick up a book and sit and read. I have written many posts on the best audio books, how to listen to audio, how to choose audio, etc….

      I do not take notes, sometimes I probably should. 🙂

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  14. Two very different books this week. I like to do audio too, but mostly in the car and on a CD player in the house. I haven’t ventured into the phone or MP3 player in my ear. Someday I will. Enjoy your busy week.

  15. Morning Sheila! I am gonna be sooo happy(!)when the bed- that- costs- more- than- my -first- car comes (T minus $700 and counting) because I was up at 4:30am cause my hip hurt on Top of the cold in my shoulder (Arrrgh!). So, this morning I FINISHED book 61 towards the 225 for the year! Billionaire Bqlend by Cleo Coyle.

    This week has 4 actual ARC books that came in last week that I set aside for Fifth Gospel which was a tough read, and nothing like Rule of Four. It could be about 100 pp shorter,but it’sa fav so far this year.

    Library pile grows up, Madamoiselle Chanel and Vanessa and her Sister. I have another Cleo Coyle, some Laura Childs, and then aTerry Pratchett……

    Think I need some more COFFEE

  16. I just read your review of The Precious One, it sounds amazing. Isn’t she a phenomenal author? I feel inspired when I read her, too. Happy reading!

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  18. Molly’s Game looks very interesting! I’m afraid I probably won’t get much reading done this week, as it’s a deadline-filled week. I’m hoping I might be able to get through some of the comics in my TBR stacks!

  19. I loved your list Sheila! 🙂 I’ve never read them but you make me want to.
    😀 I’m in between books actually: The someday Series by Melanie Shawn and The Watcher Chronicles by S.J. West.
    Anyone else do that?

  20. I missed your day in the life post but just reading it now made me feel super envious that you have such variety in your day.

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