It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


This meme is used 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 has been a pretty full week with my “need to can” mode going on.  Not a lot of time for reading barbecue I am usually on the move, mostly audio happening here.  Here is what I posted this past week:


Lock In by John Scalzi

Dirty Chick by Antonia Murphy

Departure by A G Riddle


This week will be a lot more canning so more audio for me!  I am planning on listening to:



America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.

These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d’oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.

Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members—many speaking for the first time—with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband’s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.


and other than that… pretty much Gone With The Wind for book club.


What are you reading this week?  What did you read last week?  I look forward to seeing what are the books everyone is talking about.  Add your Its Monday What Are You Reading here where it says click here:

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

  1. loving all the canning you’re doing, I’m hoping to do some once we get a crop from our vege plot in the local community garden. The Residence sounds quite fascinating.

  2. The Residence sounds fascinating! I will have to check it out sometime.

    I never learned how to can but it seems to be something many people in rural Ohio learned how to do at a young age at least among my friends and acquaintances. In my family we freeze produce but it doesn’t always turn out well and often ends with freezer burn. Good luck with all your canning!

  3. Ugh, canning. I used to help my grandparents with it in the summers and it’s not anything I’ve felt the need to take on as an adult. It was always so hot, even when we set up shop outside instead of in the un-air conditioned house! Good luck!

    The Residence sounds like a US, real-life version of Downton Abbey. I’ll be curious to see what you think of it. Enjoy your week!

  4. I bought the ingredients to put up some peach salsa. First time I’ve tried making peach salsa. We’ll see.

  5. I’m, as usual, up to my eyeballs in NetGallies and have vowed no more browsing until I clear the backlog! I am halfway through a book I’ve opened and discarded five times: The Scent of Secrets…not too shabby. Finished Sibyl Johnson’s :”Paint the Town Dead”, which will be out later this fall…next is a book about Mary Shelly. Have reached the over 200 mark on mt GoodReads challenge this year too!

    BTW”Upstairs at the Whte House”, which is actually a book from my youth, was the basis for that movie that Oprah was in last year…..the author served five presidents and it sure doesn’t reads as a non fiction book.

    And with a few big books being released this week, I get to clear out a few reviews from my harddrive

  6. When the mad rush of canning is over, you will be able to enjoy your apple jam, and more free time, to read your books. The Residence is one I’ve heard of, and wondered about. Sounds really interesting, because it is an “exotic” setting for most of us– what goes on behind those closed doors?
    Have a good and peaceful week, Sheila.

  7. I completed reading one of the best books I read this year, The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. He is a brilliant author, the plot is set post apocalypse and centers around a guy named Hig.
    I am reading Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope, another excellent book.

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