It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


Happy Monday!  If you notice above.. that is not my meme button, and that would be true… in fact, it is the meme button for Katherine at Book Date who graciously has offered to take up this meme for me.  It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading will continue at her blog and I hope you will join in there.


still come visit me 🙂


What have I been reading?  In my case it has been more listening…. working on fall projects has kept me moving but I have been enjoying audio and that is what I will share here.

This past couple of weeks I have listened to:



Interestingly enough I have never been a Joan Rivers fan, but was curious about who she really was and how she became… well, Joan.  Review to come this week




A Middle Grade listen that was interesting and definitively I have some things to say about… review to come this week



OOH I enjoyed this one very much!  Cant wait to tell you all about it!


I am behind on reviews… there are more that this, but these are the latest listens.


Listening to currently….



Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.


I just started this one yesterday while buzzing around my kitchen making dinner and cleaning up from canning.  So far… so good!




An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.


Listening to this one in the car and enjoying the narration and story line.



How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living?
Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can’t help but feel she’s right back where she started.
Her body heals, but Lou herself knows that she needs to be kick-started back to life. Which is how she ends up in a church basement with the members of the Moving On support group, who share insights, laughter, frustrations, and terrible cookies. They will also lead her to the strong, capable Sam Fielding—the paramedic, whose business is life and death, and the one man who might be able to understand her. Then a figure from Will’s past appears and hijacks all her plans, propelling her into a very different future. . . .


I read and LOVED Me Before You with my book club.  Now this interesting sequel has made it’s may into my audio listening. 



a week+ ago I showed pictured of my haul from our fall library sale and offered you to pick my next read and to win the book you picked if I chose your name.  The winner of this first round for the books is Michelle from Book Chat who chose ‘The House Girl’ out of the pile.  SO…. this week I will start The House Girl and then pass it to Michelle when I am done.


The House Girl, the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.

Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the pre–Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer, The House Girl follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.


That is my reading.listening plan for this week.  I will be finishing up canning in the next couple of days here and then putting away all of great grandmother’s canning gadgets for another year.  This week I will transition out of the fall preserving of the crops to refinishing an old table for a friend, cleaning out the garage, and preparing for (hopefully) my first crocheting lesson.  EEP! Between that there will be meet up with friends, a lunch date or two, and some planning for 2016 events.  All good things to keep my mind busy and my heart full.

Have an awesome week everyone and please link up your own It’s Monday post to Book Date and cheer Katherine on as she makes this meme her own. 🙂

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

  1. The House Girl was my first read for 2014. I will be interested in reading your thoughts about it. I just added After You to my ‘ToRead’ list. I will be interested in your thoughts about that as well. Kathryn’s Book Date was a great choice for this meme. I’ll still follow your blog though as well. Have a great week Sheila!

  2. You have lots of books to listen to plus you have been listening to lots! I need to rethink my views of audio especially during cleaning and driving times…I read The Admissions and loved it!

  3. I’m currently reading The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicels #1) by Rick Riordan. I feel too old for it but I’ll see how it goes 🙂

  4. I’ve been flying through the audio’s since doing so much walking and gardening. I really really enjoyed After You, hope you do too. Love the cover on The Admissions. Happy reading Sheila!

  5. I also loved Me Before You. And I have to say that, 3/4 of the way through After You, Moyes has done a very good job of following up a great book with a very good book.
    I liked The House Girl quite a bit, too.

  6. The Conspiracy of Us looks interesting! I am reading 11 books – insane as always! Just started The Invasion of the Tearling and She’s Not There by P.J. Parrish. Read March by John Lewis this weekend and it was amazing, as was We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

  7. I LOVE audio, but my phone has decided not to keep a charge—I have 3 more weeks until my time period is up (to get the new phone at no cost),so I am limping thru carrying my big laptop wherever I go. (sigh), anyway—you really turned me on to audio. You have some great books there. I can’t wait to read Me After You.

  8. You still amaze me in all the reading you get done! I really need to get a better venue for audio. That may mean upgrading my phone, or getting blu tooth speakers for my Kindle. We listen while on road trips and sometimes at home while in our hobby rooms, but not usually otherwise.

  9. I enjoyed The Conspiracy of Us on audio – good suspense. Hope you like it, too.

    The House Girl is a great choice! We read it for my book group a couple of years ago, and everyone liked it. In fact, it is one of the books I just gave my step-mom for her birthday!

    Enjoy your books this week –


    Book By Book

  10. I am not sure if I liked Joan Rivers or not. She was brash and her jokes were “ouch” but I do admire her and I think there was more to her. I want to read this one and I look forward to your review. I did watch her Fashion show on E and did enjoy it!!

  11. Thanks for all the years you hosted IMWAYR! And Kathryn will do great, also.
    I can understand the curiosity some have for Joan Rivers, brash humor but also an emotionally private person who had her demons too.
    I really want to read The Admissions and have it on my wishlist. Have a peaceful week, Sheila.

  12. Wow, some great audios! I am looking forward to your thoughts on The Book of Joan. I’ve got The Admissions in print, but may want to think about listening instead. Same with After You. So glad you are doing things to keep you busy and your heart full!

  13. I really, really need to start listening to books. Do you ever find you lose concentration if you are doing chores etc, or do you sit quietly and listen?

  14. Love the books your reading. I would like to read the Joan Rivers book. She could always make me laugh. Hoped that she would recover from that last illness. Went through so much when her husband died so tragically.

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