It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


I feel….


Like, I have a little spark in me today that is both a little exciting and unfamiliar.  I have been so worried about what my life holds now that I really have no idea what I want to do or the desire to do it if I even knew what it was.  Heartbreak and grief coat my days.

And then…

there is a spark.

This morning as I am in my usual spot drinking my COFFEE looking out the window, I find my mind thinking about the upcoming Book Expo in Chicago in a few weeks… and who will I see, what will it be like, and planning (yes planning!) an itinerary and thinking of organizing my contacts for the different publishing houses as I have not done that in two years….

and I am thinking about my day today… a lunch date, planning things for the library, and tonight…. trivia at Prairie Bay and putting the message out to the team to make sure everyone can make it, and this weekend Justin’s benefit which is crazy cool and crazy hard and makes me happy and sad all rolled into one but- there are things to do and I am so thankful that people do want to get together to honor my son….

A spark….

AND of course this.  I LOVE It’s Monday, but I rarely do it anymore.  I think about it.  Then I don’t do it.  So what is this?  This morning I am writing this post in my head… and then I thought…. how about I ACTUALLY write it?


here we go.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a place to meet up and share what you have been, are and about to be reading over the week.  It’s a great post to organize yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment, and er… add to that ever-growing TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started with J Kaye’s Blog from 2006 -2009  and then was taken up by me here at Book Journey from Feb 2009 – Fall 2015 and then I passed it to Kathryn at the Book Date.  We have worked to keep the torch of It’s Monday burning!  :)


I am posting.  Not as frequently as I wish I was… but I am posting.  Here is what managed to get on here this past week:


No One Knows by J T Ellison and narrated by Terri Schnaubelt and Nich Podehl 

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Bookies Book Club review!)

I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out by Lee Gutkind and narrated by Tavia Gilbert  (this narration is up for and audie award!)

Farewell, Sweet Prince (Minneapolis, the day that Prince died)

Almost Interesting by David Spade and Narrated by David Spade ( this narration is up for an audie award!) 

Well, I guess that is not a bad week.  The whole list is audio books, yes I am reading but have for sure been listening to more audio lately with the Audie Awards coming up (SQQQUUUEEEE!!!!!) that I will be attending…. (SSSSQQQUUUEEE!!!!) in Chicago (SSSQQUUUEEE!!!!)

For this week here is what is on my end table and in my car and on my phone and well… you get it.



alegiant, divergent, movie, book journey, audio

What if your whole world was a lie?

What if a single revelation – like a single choice – changed everything?

What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

Yes, yes, I am embarrassingly behind on this last book on the trilogy.  I found this as a down load from my library and figured it was time to finish this so I can watch the movie 🙂



furiously happy, book journey, audio, audie award, Some people might think that being ‘furiously happy’ is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he’s never particularly liked kangaroos. And that would be ridiculous because no one would invite a herd of kangaroos into their house. Two is the limit. I speak from personal experience. My husband says that none is the new limit. I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos.

I have listed to Jenny before, years ago with her first book.  I have met her and respect her as a fellow blogger.  This one is up for an audie award…. lets see what happens 🙂

texts from jane eyre, book journey audie award, mallory ortberg

Everyone knows that if Scarlett O’Hara had an unlimited text-and-data plan, she’d constantly try to tempt Ashley away from Melanie with suggestive messages. If Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, his ardent missives would obviously be in all-caps. And Daisy Buchanan would not only text while driving, she’d text you to pick her up after she totaled her car.

This one is also up for an audie award… and just sounds like good fun.


auntee lees chilled revenge, tour, book journey,

Rosie “Aunty” Lee—feisty widow, amateur sleuth and proprietor of Singapore’s best-loved home cooking restaurant—is back in another delectable, witty mystery set in Singapore.

Slightly hobbled by a twisted ankle, crime-solving restaurateur Aunty Lee begrudgingly agrees to take a rest from running her famous café, Aunty Lee’s Delights, and turns over operations to her friend and new business partner Cherril.

The café serves as a meeting place for an animal rescue society that Cherril once supported. They were forced to dissolve three years earlier after a British expat killed the puppy she’d adopted, sparking a firestorm of scandal. The expat, Allison Fitzgerald, left Singapore in disgrace, but has returned with an ax to grind (and a lawsuit). At the café one afternoon, Cherril receives word that Allison has been found dead in her hotel—and foul play is suspected. When a veterinarian, who was also involved in the scandal, is found dead, suspicion soon falls on the animal activists. What started with an internet witch hunt has ended in murder—and in a tightly knit, law-and-order society like Singapore, everyone is on edge.

Hmmmm…. we will see 😉


end of your life book club, will schwalbe, book journey, bookies book club

During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two was born. Through their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne—and we, their fellow readers—are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact with the world around us. A profoundly moving memoir of care giving, mourning, and love—The End of Your Life Book Club is also about the joy of reading, and the ways that joy is multiplied when we share it with others.

I have been curious about this one for awhile.  Now my book club is reading it and I am hoping it is a great one!



That’s the plan.  To be a part of Its Monday!   What Are You Reading, stop in and check it out at The Book Date.  You never know where you may find that next great read!

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

  1. Sheila, this is so uplifting to hear from you. YOUR spark is gradually returning, and that would make Justin SO happy 😀 And though it’s not exactly the same kind of spark, the first thing that came to mind is basically what I consider my personal theme song. Not sure which link will work, so here’s both :D…

  2. Sparks are good! I hope you will have more and more of them.

    I’d love to meet up at BEA. I’ve never been but I’m going this year. I wonder if there’s a place bloggers meet up?

  3. So wonderful to notice that spark of energy and life. Relish them – as you do, when they appear. Oh the BEA will be wonderful I am sure. Yay for going. Your first two books I want to read when I get a space. Wasn’t going to read the Ellison one, but Debbie Haupt persuaded me so there you go. Bloggers!

  4. Your audio books look amazing. The Texts from Jane Eyre sounds hilarious and I loved Furiously Happy! I’d love to listen to it in audio. I think it’d be even better. The Aunty Lee series looks great. I’ve seen some fantastic reviews for it and it looks like a fun read. Yay for the spark! I’m so glad you’re embracing it!

  5. I was so happy to see your Monday post show up in my feed! You’ve been missed. So glad you are starting to feel that spark and slowly coming back to life. And so many fun things to look forward to!

    I have heard great things about A Man Called Ove. And Allegiant was good on audio – hope you enjoy it!


    Book By Book

  6. Just finished A Man Called Ove. Loved it. 4/4. Started Princess by Jean Sasson today. The true story of a female member (obviously) of a Saudi Arabian royal family. It examines the male-dominated nature of Saudi Arabia back in the 60s and 70s (and now). 100 pages in. Very interesting.

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