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Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

Welcome to It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading!  This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited.  **You do not have to have a blog to participate! You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.


Mardel from Rabid Reader!!!

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Last week was busy (no surprise there…) and fun. I had something going on every night except Tuesday but Thursdays double booking on dinner with one group and a movie with another made up for my little Tuesday break.  😛  I left on Friday for Wisconsin (Dress, WI.) for the Muckruckus on Saturday which was a blast but kicked my butt (literally)…  it was a 10K through mud and I certainly was not ready for it… but will be next year.  😛 

So here is what I posted this past week:

The Confession by John Grisham ( a fiction read that I kept feeling it must be non fiction it read so true!)

The Goodbye Summer by Patricia Gaffney

Hope Springs (My thoughts on the movie)

Here’s The Story by Maureen McCormick (the true story behind Marcie from the Brady Bunch)

Pictures from last weekends 173 mile bike ride!

Yes CHEF by Marcus Samuelsson (food memoir at its best – do not miss this great read!)


Not too bad a week and I think now my reading will start to pick up.  This is the first Sunday I have been home in a long time and it was nice to actually read, nap, and I emptied the book room (no small task!) for the new shelves coming this week.  SSSQQQUUUEEE!!!!
Here is what I plan to be reading this week:

The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his hands to touch light switches, doorknobs, and faucets.

Sammy’s mother, Beth, already coping with the overwhelming responsibility of raising three sons alone, watched helplessly as her middle child descended into madness. Sammy was soon diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and later with Tourette syndrome. Unwilling to accept the doctors’ prognoses for lifelong mental illness and repeated hospitalizations, Beth fought to uncover what was causing this decline. Racing against time as Sammy slipped further from reality, Beth’s quest took her to the center of the medical community’s raging debate about whether mental illness can be caused by infection. With the battle lines firmly drawn, Beth searched until she found two cutting-edge doctors who answered that question with a definitive yes. Together, they cured Sammy. Five years later, he remains symptom free.

This was the only new audio I had downloaded on my IPOD this week when I was mowing the lawn.  When I started listening to it I became so intrigued I couldn’t stop listening!




When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun – but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Yes, it is time for another John Green…..  I miss him 😛




Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” As her family lay dying, little Libby fled their tiny farmhouse into the freezing January snow. She lost some fingers and toes, but she survived–and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, Ben sits in prison, and troubled Libby lives off the dregs of a trust created by well-wishers who’ve long forgotten her.

The Kill Club is a macabre secret society obsessed with notorious crimes. When they locate Libby and pump her for details–proof they hope may free Ben–Libby hatches a plan to profit off her tragic history. For a fee, she’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club . . . and maybe she’ll admit her testimony wasn’t so solid after all.

As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the narrative flashes back to January 2, 1985. The events of that day are relayed through the eyes of Libby’s doomed family members–including Ben, a loner whose rage over his shiftless father and their failing farm have driven him into a disturbing friendship with the new girl in town. Piece by piece, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started–on the run from a killer.

I just recently read Gillian Flynn with Gone Girl which was so fantastic.  My friend Heidi reminded me that she had given me a copy of Dark Places by her and that I should read it.  This will be my pleasure red this week after I finish the book club read for Tuesdays meeting.


That should be good for this week.  What have you been reading  What do you plan to read? Please share your Its Monday What Are You Reading by linking below.  Oh and don’t forget to chat us up on Twitter by using the hashtag #IMWAYR


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Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

WOO HOO!  Another week – and more books/audio to add to my “read list”!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling me how many you visited.  You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Last weeks winner:

Shirley  from My Bookshelf

Congratulations!  Please choose an item out of the PRIZE BOX and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!


I am still kind of flying high from Saturdays Polar Plunge!  It was a much-anticipated (and feared) event.  That went off pretty slick and the friends I made and the memories – soooooo worth it.  😀

So let’s do a recap of what went down here this past week:

The Oracle Of Stamboul by Michael Daivd Lucas – fabulous taste of fantasy

Miss Scarlets School Of Patternless Sewing – book review and GIVEAWAY!

Rockin’ The Red Pumps (which I later fall in…. but that’s another story 😛)

Wench by Dolan Perkins-Valdez – Bookies book review for March!

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (audio with Steve Fry – oooohhhhh so good!)

39 Clues by Rick Riordin (fantatsic adventure read for middle grade – and a bit of history too!)

Pictures from the Polar Plunge event ( oh yeah….. these are good memories!)

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SO that was my week.  I took a couple extra audio along with me for my drive this weekend to Eden Prairie but alas, the one I am currently listening to is the one I listened to all the way there and all the way back.  Its good – so it was a great ride.

This week I am keeping it low as the first one of these I need to finish by next Tuesday and it is 600 + pages….

Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics—their passion for the same woman—that will tear them apart and force Marion, fresh out of medical school, to flee his homeland. He makes his way to America, finding refuge in his work as an intern at an underfunded, overcrowded New York City hospital. When the past catches up to him—nearly destroying him—Marion must entrust his life to the two men he thought he trusted least in the world: the surgeon father who abandoned him and the brother who betrayed him.

An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.

This was a “bonus read” for our book club that we are doing a food review a week from this Tuesday.  At 600+ pages I need to set page goals and work on completing this one this week 🙂

In a middle-class neighborhood of Iran’s sprawling capital city, 17-year-old Pasha Shahed spends the summer of 1973 on his rooftop with his best friend Ahmed, joking around one minute and asking burning questions about life the next. He also hides a secret love for his beautiful neighbor Zari, who has been betrothed since birth to another man. But the bliss of Pasha and Zari’s stolen time together is shattered when Pasha unwittingly acts as a beacon for the Shah’s secret police. The violent consequences awaken him to the reality of living under a powerful despot, and lead Zari to make a shocking choice…

This book has waited on me a LLLLOOOOOONNNNGGGGGGG time.  Now, thanks to my finding a second copy this past week at the Brainerd Library sale, I offered up a contest and this is the book my winner, Sarah E chose this book.  This means I will read this book, hopefully this week and then pass it on to her.  😀  Next week I will run this contest again as it will help me to get through my book piles!



Berg’s sweetly understated dramatization of the Nativity story casts Mary and Joseph as provincial teenagers who try to honor family tradition in spite of challenging circumstances. Alternating between the voices of the holy couple, Berg relates a romance that blossoms at the wedding of relatives between the 16-year-old carpenter from Nazareth and the comely 13-year-old girl originally from Sepphoris. Mary, dreamy and intractable, already entertains notions of miraculous circumstances surrounding her own birth to her barren mother, Anne. Joseph is instantly smitten and engenders the trust of both families for a betrothal, yet Mary holds back, cherishing a sense of greater destiny. Escaping a near rape by a Greek man by the river, Mary then receives the angel’s message that she will bear an extraordinary son, despite never having known a man; the sadly unwed Mary must return to Joseph, who repudiates her until he, too, is visited in a dream by an angel directing him on the honorable course. With Herod’s decree that everyone return to their hometowns to register for the census, Joseph and the near-term Mary set off on their arduous and momentous journey to Bethlehem.


On this one, lets say I am cautiously optimistic?  I am reading through Berg and when I picked this one up at the library I really had no idea what it was about.  When I read the back I was surprised – but interested.  This is a short 4 hour audio that I hope to get to later this week when my current one ends.


That is it for goals.  I am finishing up two that need to go back to the library soon so I will be working on those as well.  I really am looking forward to what you are reading this week and hope to get around to visiting your posts.  Please add your link below where it says “click here”

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Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

What Are You Reading, is where we gather to share what we have read this past week and what we plan to read this week.  It is a great way to network with other bloggers, see some wonderful blogs, and put new titles on your reading list.

I love being a part of this and I hope you do too!  As part of this weekly meme I love to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme.  I offer a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment.  You receive one entry for every 10 comments, just come back here and tell me how many in the comment area.

Last weeks winner (using Random.Org) was:

Jennifer (Rundpinne)

Congratulations!  Please choose an item out of the PRIZE BOX and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!

This week went by so fast!  On the bright side I did finish up a few reads I had going and have a couple more on the brink of being finished too!

Normally this is where I would recap post by post what went on here last week, but I am not going to do that tonight.  Instead, as I am putting this post together from my hotel room in New York, I am going to recap my first day here:

  • Reagan (Miss Remmers Reviews) and I arrived in New York at 10:45 am after catching our 6 am flight out of  Minneapolis (up at 3 am….. GROGGY)
  • Upon arriving at our hotel we discovered we could not check in until around 3 pm, they allowed up to leave our luggage and we took the streets.
  • First lesson:  If you need to use a restroom – do not wait until the last minute.  We went into three different Star Bucks that all has a suspiciously familiar sign – “Sorry Temporarily out of order.”.  Yes three different Star Bucks!  We tried a market place, Right Aid, two Subways, Walgreens…. they were either out of order or they said they did not have one.  By this time – we are having a code orange level restroom emergency.  Finally, FINALLY – we hound a Star busks that had a working restroom.
  • Second Lesson:  When cruising by foot down the streets of New York, occasionally look up and see what street you are on.  You know… just once in a while.  After walking for many blocks we found Central Park which was AMAZING.  After exploring it a bit, we could not find the road we had came down to get to the park and wound up walking 40 blocks out of our way.  No exaggeration.  Cardio for the day?  Check.
  • Aha moment.  New York hotels are not like Minnesota hotels.  I was so excited for this hotel room and once inside and seeing the tiny lobby I became a bit nervous.  The small elevator added to my level of anxiety and once to our floor and seeing the narrow hallways, I was nervous to put my key into the door……  yep.  One double room – tiny.   Space in New York is a premium.
  • After a nap and a bit of reading I felt myself again and we walked around Times Square taking in the sights (watch for pictures popping up all week on the Morning Meanderings posts!)
  • Joining us at 8:30 this evening was Esme from Chocolates and Croissants who will be a roomy for the week. We all  went out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday – and had amazing salads, YUM!
  • Now we are all having a Norman Rockwell meets Jane Austen moment as we are all in our room jammy blogging.

What’s The Special Brew Of The Week?

So glad you asked!  I am only going to list a couple going on here this week because – well, I am at BEA and who knows how much reading (or lack there of) I will get done!  However – there will be reviews each day.  I have many to catch up on.

Currently reading:  The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen (and LOVING IT!!!)

Just finished :  Kite Runner on audio and prep yourself for an emotionally charged review!  🙂

Next Up: Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral by Kris Radish This is our book club read for June.

I am excited to see what you are reading this week and plan on popping in as I can.  Please link to the Linky:

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Its Monday! What Are You Reading?

Yes I am on vacation but really – the book reading does not stop for that!  🙂  I packed several books….  ok… 11 actually, for the trip.  I have a bit of down time and looking forward to just me and a book.  🙂  Thank you to J Kaye for this wonderful weekly meme that lets us share what is on our reading plate for the week!

Last week:

The Fruit Of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina

War Child by Emmanuel Jal

Becca By The Book by Laura Jensen Walker

I joined the 2010 A Buck A Book Challenge

A Black Tie Affair by Sherill Bodine (With a giveaway!)

The Mercy Seller by Brenda Ruckman Vantrease

Oh and that idea of Book Blogger Convention Maybe?  Well it now is a yes!  Thanks to Kim from Sophisticated Dorkiness who is going to share a room with me for the 2 days after BEA so we can both attend the convention!

So what is in store for this week?

Yes – 5 books all planning to be read this week.  Can I do it?  I believe I can….  Beguiled is actually up for review here today – I just have a few pages to finish.  With Al at the auction on Tuesday and on Thursday that gives me almost full days of reading.

How about you – what are you reading this week?  I would love to know and if you write a post be sure to link it at J Kaye’s Blog so we can all take a peek at your reads!

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!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading/Listening To?


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!  🙂

As it tends to be in my life, I have to say “Thank God For Audio!” or I would not be reading much.  I have been bouncing around the book sale this week for the Friends Of The Library, and now I am heading into the Gatsby event…. there is little time to sit down and enjoy a book but I have been able to put on an audio as I drive around or work on things in the house.

This week I posted:


Level Up.  Beyond The Turning Of A Page.

The Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (AUDIO!)

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (AUDIO!)

The EX by Alafair Burke (this is a great example of my reading time, I have been reading this one for three weeks!)


For this week I have planned:

For My Ears

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Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon – the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell”. But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

I just started this one this morning and really enjoying it to far!  Narrated by George Newbern




10Becky is on a major rescue mission! Her father has vanished from Los Angeles on a mysterious quest with her best friend’s husband. Becky’s mum is hysterical; her best friend, Suze, is desperate. Worse, Becky must tolerate an enemy along for the ride, who she’s convinced is up to no good.

Determined to get to the bottom of why her dad has disappeared, help Suze, contain Alicia, and reunite her fractured family, Becky knows she must marshal all her trademark ingenuity. The result: her most outrageous and daring plan yet!

But just when her family needs her more than ever, can Becky pull it off?

I started this one in the car a couple of days ago and the narration by Clare Corbett is excellent!




I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out, a collection of true narratives, reflects the dynamism and diversity of nurses who provide the first vital line of patient care. Here, nurses remember their first “sticks”, first births, and first deaths and reflect on what gets them though long, demanding shifts and keeps them in the profession.

The stories reveal many voices from nurses at different stages of their careers: One nurse-in-training longs to be trusted with more “important” procedures while another questions her ability to care for nursing home residents. An efficient young emergency room nurse finds his life and career irrevocably changed by a car accident. A nurse practitioner wonders whether she has violated professional boundaries in her care for a homeless man with AIDS. And a home-care case manager is the sole attendee at a funeral for one of her patients.

Looking forward to starting this one later this week!




For My Eyes


They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

Hmmmmm?  Sounds good right?  Found this recently at a book store!


That’s it for me.  Hope everyone has a great week!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


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 wanted to post last night but yeah….. life and all of that.  🙂    Here is what I posted over the past week:

the good liar by nicholas searle – Good stuff

Gretal and The Case Of The missing Frog Prints by P.J, Brackston  – let’s just say…unmet potential

MISSOULA by Jon Krauker – This was an AMAZING listen.


It was a fairly good week but a lot of computer work has kept me from picking up much for books.  This week, I hope that changes a bit.  My plans are:

For My Eyes


Set in the most magical parts of Manhattan—the Upper West Side, Central Park, Greenwich Village—The Ramblers explores the lives of three lost souls, bound together by friendship and family. During the course of one fateful Thanksgiving week, a time when emotions run high and being with family can be a mixed blessing, Rowley’s sharply defined characters explore the moments when decisions are deliberately made, choices accepted, and pasts reconciled.

Clio Marsh, whose bird-watching walks through Central Park are mentioned in New York Magazine, is taking her first tentative steps towards a relationship while also looking back to the secrets of her broken childhood. Her best friend, Smith Anderson, the seemingly-perfect daughter of one of New York’s wealthiest families, organizes the lives of others as her own has fallen apart. And Tate Pennington has returned to the city, heartbroken but determined to move ahead with his artistic dreams.

Rambling through the emotional chaos of their lives, this trio learns to let go of the past, to make room for the future and the uncertainty and promise that it holds.

TLC Book Tour this week.



For My Ears


When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.

I am almost finished with this one and WHOA WHOA WHOA!




On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every fourteen years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.

Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.

Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and  Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.

I am into this one now…. not sure yet where it is going or how I feel about it.




Into Thin Air is the definitive, personal account of the deadliest season in the history of Everest by the acclaimed journalist and author of Eiger Dreams and Into the Wild. On assignment for Outside magazine, Krakauer, an accomplished climber, went to the Himalayas to report on the growing commercialization of the planet’s highest mountain. Everest has always been a dangerous mountain. From the first British expeditions in the 1920s until 1996, one climber has died for ever 4 who have attained the summit. This shocking death toll has not put a damper on the burgeoning business of guided ascents, however, in which amateur alpinists with alarmingly disparate skills are ushered up the mountain for a $65,000 fee. To ascend into the thin, frigid air above 26,000 feet – the cruising altitude of a commercial jetliner – is an inherently irrational act. The environment is unimaginably harsh, the margin for error miniscule. Krakauer examines what it is about Everest that has compelled so many people – including himself – to throw caution to the wind, ignore the concern of loved ones, and willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense. Written with emotional clarity and supported by his unimpeachable reporting, Krakauer’s frank eyewitness account of what happened on the roof of the world is a singular achievement.

I just watched the movie Everest over the weekend and wow.  I honestly thought I had read this book, but if I did it was pre-book journey and I can not find any record of it.  After seeing the movie and realizing that author Jon Krakauer was on this trip … I want to listen to it even if it is “again.”




Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he’s heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him.

In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can’t stop looking over his shoulder. The problem with hidden bodies is that they don’t always stay that way. They reemerge like dark thoughts, multiplying and threatening to destroy what Joe wants most: true love. And when he finds it in a darkened room in Soho House, he’s more desperate than ever to keep his secrets buried. He doesn’t want to hurt his new girlfriend – he wants to be with her forever. But if she ever finds out what he’s done, he may not have a choice….

If you look above in this list you will see the book YOU by this same author.  This is the 2nd book in this series and what luck – it is released tomorrow, the 23rd.  Thanks God!  YOU is amazing and creepy…. and well, watch for that review.


There is my week.  It may look like a lot of audio but I actually just finished YOU about an hour ago and Nightfall is in my car.  I hope you have wonderful reading planned for this week.  Please connect at Book Date to see what others are reading.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


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 have not been as consistent on this meme as I hoped to be, but I am working at it.  This past week here is what I posted:

What Was Mine by Helen Klein Ross ( holy wow!)

Girl Through Glass by Sari Wilson (new fiction TLC tour)

Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova (interesting Paranormal YA)

Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (meh)

in a dark, dark wood by ruth ware (ooh!!!)

Not a bad reading week, actually not a bad audio week.  I have really been flying through the audio while working on house projects.


For this week….

For My Eyes

5aWidower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.

 Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

 For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

For My Ears

3Each of the three Schuyler sisters has her own world-class problems, but in the autumn of 1966, Pepper Schuyler’s problems are in a class of their own. When Pepper fixes up a beautiful and rare vintage Mercedes and sells it at auction, she thinks she’s finally found a way to take care of herself and the baby she carries, the result of an affair with a married, legendary politician.

But the car’s new owner turns out to have secrets of her own, and as the glamorous and mysterious Annabelle Dommerich takes pregnant Pepper under her wing, the startling provenance of this car comes to light: a Nazi husband, a Jewish lover, a flight from Europe, and a love so profound it transcends decades. As the many threads of Annabelle’s life from World War II stretch out to entangle Pepper in 1960s America, and the father of her unborn baby tracks her down to a remote town in coastal Georgia, the two women must come together to face down the shadows of their complicated pasts.

Indomitable heroines, a dazzling world of secrets, champagne at the Paris Ritz, and a sweeping love story for the ages, in New York Times bestselling author Beatriz William’s final book about the Schuyler sisters.


That’s my plan for now.  It is Book Club this week and a Great Gatsby meeting.  I do love bookish weeks 🙂

Be sure and add your Its Monday What Are You Reading to the sign up link here, or at least let me know in the comments what you are reading this week.

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?


A reminder –It’s Monday! What Are You Reading has a new home!  Kathryn at The Book Date has graciously taken on the meme to keep the torch going strong.  YAY  Kathryn!!!

So…. what am I reading?  I am actually excited to let you know that I AM READING.  That may seem like no big deal but I have been listening to a lot of audio this year and very little reading books.  Thanks to that Arizona trip a couple of weeks ago I needed a book for the plane and I found one…


Wildalone is a little bit YA… a little bit paranormal…. and interesting.  I am enjoying this “escape” read.


As far as audio…. well, I am almost always listening.  Here is what is currently “ON” either in my car, on my phone, or in that old school CD player I keep on the kitchen counter because that is just how cool I am.  😉


I have never watched Mindy Kaling on tv.  I have heard of her, and heard good things about her book so here goes.  Or I guess I should say “hear goes”as I am listening to this one.



My fascination with Steve Jobs continues.  I know he wasn’t always the nicest man… but he sure was a brilliant one.


As for what is next up… honestly I don’t know.  I have so many “I want to” reads… and my life… well I just don’t know day to day so keep things pretty low key and try to take it quite literally one day at a time.  The fact that I am even participating in It’s Monday is a “yay” for me. 🙂  Lets just say I had a little encouragement yesterday in an unexpected way that told me I needed to write.  This… is writing.

At least it is a beginning.  And I am DOING.

Please go and check out what others are reading by looking at It’s Monday What Are You Reading.  I know I need to go and see what the books are that are AWESOME this season.   I am sooooo out of the book loop 🙂

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. 🙂