It’s 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.

This past weeks winner:

Sharon’s Garden Of Book Reviews

Congratulations!  Please email me your book choice out of the recently cleaned up and LOVELY Reading Cafe at journeythroughbooks@gmail.com. 

holy smokes!  I bet you were wondering where I was!  Just a week or so ago I was saying how since I took over this meme in February 2010,  I had never missed a Monday!  And then…. this… I almost missed it.

SO… if you followed my posts going into Saturday morning you know I was going to the cabin on the North Shore with our College son Justin.  We left Saturday morning, and the plan was to come back this late afternoon (which we did).  However – I also brought laptop along – and while I do not have internet at out cabin, we planned a couple outings that would have internet and I was going to put up an abbreviated Monday What Are You Reading as I just did not have enough time to prep it before I left.

On Sunday afternoon we landed in Ely Minnesota at a fun little cafe – WIFI accessible and I grabbed a coffee, Justin a hot cocoa and I pulled out the laptop I had just carried up and down the streets if Ely while we checked out stores, and looked for a place to land.  I could not get their internet to connect.  No worries I thought, we are having dinner in Schroeder Minnesota at Blue Fin, they will have internet!  And they did, but I could not hook up to it.  It just would not connect.

Now while this disturbed the anal OCD side of me…. it was also a life lesson.  I never go unplugged and get away from it all.  I take laptop anywhere and have sent posts and Monday memes from Florida, Chicago, Wisconsin, and frequently Honduras.  Being forced to unplug….

was actually nice.  😀

I sat back and enjoyed 100% my time with my son. 

Now home, I have put in a load of laundry, completed unpacking, did the dishes, started supper and NOW am sitting down feeling satisfied, relaxed and ready to chat with all of you and catch up on emails and comments and visits… and yeah….. 😀

So – now that you know where I was and what I was doing – here is what happened here last week:

Lets Pretend This Never Happened by Jennifer Lawrence

The Chaperone By Laura Moriarty

Viola In The Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani

An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner

 

Over the weekend we (son and I) finished an audio book we listened to and from the cabin) and I finished a book for a tur later this week.

As for this week… here is what I have planned:

 

Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Virginia plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is put on trial and convicted of madness. It is the only reasonable explanation the court can see for her willful behavior, so she is sent away to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good, compliant woman. Iris knows, though, that her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of disagreeing with him on notions of justice, cruelty, and property. On this remote Florida island, cut off by swamps and seas and military blockades, Iris meets a wonderful collection of residents–some seemingly sane, some wrongly convinced they are crazy, some charmingly odd, some dangerously unstable. Which of these is Ambrose Weller, the war-haunted Confederate soldier whose memories terrorize him into wild fits that can only be calmed by the color blue, but whose gentleness and dark eyes beckon to Iris. The institution calls itself modern, but Iris is skeptical of its methods, particularly the dreaded “water treatment.” She must escape, but she has found new hope and love with Ambrose. Can she take him with her? If they make it out, will the war have left anything for them to make a life from, back home?

 

 

Anne Blythe has a great life: a good job, close friends, and a potential book deal for her first novel. When it comes to finding someone to share her life with, however, she just can’t seem to get it right. When her latest relationship implodes, and her best friend announces she’s engaged, Anne impulsively calls what she thinks is a dating service—only to discover that it’s actually an exclusive, and pricey, arranged marriage service. Anne initially rejects the idea, but the more she learns about the service, the more she thinks: Why not? After all, arranged marriages are the norm for millions of women around the world; maybe it could work for her.

A few months later, Anne is traveling to a Mexican resort, where, over the course of a weekend, she meets and then marries Jack. And initially, everything seems to be working out. . . .

 

 

 

That brand-new physique you’ve been waiting for, the leaner, fitter, healthier body you thought you’d never had. Eat This, Not That! 2011–the latest, most up-to-date book in the best-selling weight loss franchise–is ready to start stripping extra pounds from your body today. And once you lose that weight, you’re going to keep it off. Forever.
 
That’s because Eat This, Not That! is a tool. It’s designed to make smart food choices easier, no matter where you’re making them. Consider just a handful of real stories from real people who’ve shed 25, 50, 75 pounds–or more!–and you’ll understand why Eat This, Not That! is “The no-diet weight-loss solution”:

* Michael Colombo of Staten Island, New York, shed 91 pounds in just over 8 months and conquered life-threatening sleep apnea, after picking up a copy of Eat This, Not That!. “My confidence has sky-rocketed!” he says.
* Erika Bowen of Minneapolis, Minnesota, dropped 84 pounds–without dieting. “I feel like I’ve always wanted to feel,” Bowen reports. Once she discovered the truth about her food, she learned she could lose weight and never feel hungry.

Hiking into the remote Utah canyonlands, Aron Ralston felt perfectly at home in the beauty of the natural world. Then, at 2:41 P.M., eight miles from his truck, in a deep and narrow slot canyon, an eight-hundred-pound boulder tumbled loose, pinning Aron’s right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Through six days of hell, with scant water, food, or warm clothing, and the terrible knowledge that no one knew where he was, Aron eliminated his escape option one by one. Then a moment of stark clarity helped him to solve the riddle of the boulder–and commit one of the most extreme and desperate acts imaginable.

That’s the week… not sure what next weekend holds yet, so far I don’t think we have plans… but haven’t chatted with hubby yet since my return today as he is still at work.  I am however hoping some of you still will link up this late and I hope to stop by and see what you are reading!  Add your link below where it says click here.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hello and welcome to another fun addition of 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.

This past weeks winner:

Debbie Nance!

WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!   journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

Is anyone else wondering what happened to this past week?  I seriously feel like I ran from one thing to the next all week.  My book life was null but audio time (during cooking, cleaning, relaxing) scored big!  Here is the week:


shots from the day after Thanksgiving and pictures of what I got at crazy hours of the night!

Bookish Gifts For your Bookish Friends (gifts for Christmas!)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (audio review – my first Gaiman!)

I also finished the audio books of Killing Lincoln and Ready Player One – reviews to come over the next few days.

So I suspect more out of me this week including clean up of books from last week and these additions:

For Donia Bijan’s family, food has been the language they use to tell their stories and to communicate their love. In 1978, when the Islamic revolution in Iran threatened their safety, they fled to California’s Bay Area, where the familiar flavors of Bijan’s mother’s cooking formed a bridge to the life they left behind. Now, through the prism of food, award-winning chef Donia Bijan unwinds her own story, finding that at the heart of it all is her mother, whose love and support enabled Bijan to realize her dreams.

From the Persian world of her youth to the American life she embraced as a teenager to her years at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris (studying under the infamous Madame Brassart) to apprenticeships in France’s three-star kitchens and finally back to San Francisco, where she opened her own celebrated bistro, Bijan evokes a vibrant kaleidoscope of cultures and cuisines. And she shares thirty inspired recipes from her childhood (Saffron Yogurt Rice with Chicken and Eggplant and Orange Cardamom Cookies), her French training (Ratatouille with Black Olives and Fried Bread and Purple Plum Skillet Tart), and her cooking career (Roast Duck Legs with Dates and Warm Lentil Salad and Rose Petal Ice Cream).

An exhilarating, heartfelt memoir, Maman’s Homesick Pie is also a reminder of the women who encourage us to shine.

I am really excited about this one!

 

 

 

The tree is decorated, the cookies are baked, and the packages are wrapped, but the biggest celebration this Christmas is Gaby Summerhill’s wedding. Since her husband died three years ago, Gaby’s four children have drifted apart, each consumed by the turbulence of their own lives. They haven’t celebrated Christmas together since their father’s death, but when Gaby announces that she’s getting married–and that the groom will remain a secret until the wedding day–she may finally be able to bring them home for the holidays.

But the wedding isn’t Gaby’s only surprise–she has one more gift for her children, and it could change all their lives forever.

This is for our book club read for December.  Every year I gripe about how fluffy Christmas reads are… I am hoping this one has a good story!

 

 

 

When a white servant girl violates the order of plantation society, she unleashes a tragedy that exposes the worst and best in the people she has come to call her family.

Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction. Lavinia finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When she is forced to make a choice, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare, and lives are put at risk.

On sale this week at audible.com for $4.95!

 

 

And that’s the plan!  I am anxious to see what you are reading this week!  Be sure to add your What Are You Reading link below where it says:  Click here.

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Hello and welcome to another fun addition of 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.

Two weeks ago winner:

Martha E from Martha’s Bookshelf!

and the previous weeks winner while I was in Honduras:

Jackie

WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!   journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

I just returned from Honduras after 7 days in the wee hours of Saturday morning.  It was a good trip but a full one and most of my reading happened on the plane.  That said, I did finish two books and an audio and felt accomplished with that.  While I was away a group of fabulous book bloggy friends covered the blog here keeping my virtual plants watered and greeting visitors with fun posts.  Here is what did get posted since last Monday:

Danielle from There’s A Book gives us some of the best Children and Middle Grade books she has experienced this year

Here you can catch some pics of me eating and drinking some authentic Honduran food (the pics are fun because the food didn’t go down so well 😉  )

Sharon from Sharon’s Garden Of Books gives her thoughts on the book Mrs. Tom Thumb (I must read this one!)

My good buddy Alison from Alison’s Book Marks shares my thoughts exactly when she says “Don’t Miss This Book!”

Vicki From I’d Rather Be at The Beach shares her thoughts on The Help Movie

The Sinking of The Eastland by Jay Bonansinga (Incredible true story of the sinking of a great ship in Chicago in 1915)

 

The Team that I went to Honduras with: Back Left: Boris, Jay Haugh, Dima, Eric Crabtree, (Front: Left) Mark Bjorlo, Me, Al Steiff, and Julie Steiff

Thank you to everyone who shared a post here while I was away and thank you to those who visited and gave them some comment love… 😀  I still have reviews to write for books I finished in Honduras.

Now for this week…

At twenty-two, just out of college, Molly Birnbaum spent her nights reading cookbooks and her days working at a Boston bistro, preparing to start training at the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. She knew exactly where she wanted the life ahead to lead: She wanted to be a chef. But shortly before she was due to matriculate, she was hit by a car while out for a run in Boston. The accident fractured her skull, broke her pelvis, tore her knee to shreds—and destroyed her sense of smell. The flesh and bones would heal…but her sense of smell?And not being able to smell meant not being able to cook. She dropped her cooking school plans, quit her restaurant job, and sank into a depression.

Season to Taste is the story of what came next: how she picked herself up and set off on a grand, entertaining quest in the hopes of learning to smell again.

This one has been on the dock before but was set aside for life stuff…. and now is back again.  I started it yesterday.

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets

First of all… SSSQQUUUEEEEE to the 80’s flashbacks!!!!  SO AWESOME!  I can not wait to start this!

Sam Travers is an ordinary guy desperately trying to preserve his sense of purpose in the months following an accident at work that has left him disabled. Still his life is good with a loving wife and young daughter who adores him like only a little girl can. But one morning, an unexplained gun shot that leaves no physical evidence sets into motion a series of events that puts Sam on a collision course with a darkness that has been brooding in the quiet rural hills for at least 150 years.

This one I am reading as an INSPY Award judge. 

A Captain’s Journal is a personal account of events from Balad Air Force Base Hospital in Iraq during a six month period from 2006 – 2007. The stories are told from the personal perspective of Eric Charles, an Anesthesiologist. Eric recounts his patient encounters that range from pleasant to gut-wrenching and from laughable to tear-jerking. The descriptions of the events are occasionally graphic, but strike a realistic chord. Eric also weaves into the narrative many personal and philospohical interactions from the every day events of living in the midst of the Iraq War.

The cool thing about this one is Eric “Charles” is Eric Crabtree, who is pictured above and was on the Honduras Mission Trip I just returned from.  He gave me this copy of his book this morning.  😀

So that is what is on the plate 😉  It feels like it has been forever since I have been able to get around and chat with all of you and see what you are reading.  Please add your What Are You Reading link below where it says “click here” and I am planning to get around to all of you and I am excited to do so!  😀

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Hello and welcome to another fun addition of 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.

Last weeks winner:

Angie from By Book Or By Crook!

WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!   journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

So here we are heading towards the end of October at lighting speed.  Can you even believe that?  I always feel I should be getting more reading done but I have had some pretty active evenings lately involving friends and family and good events so I cant complain…. here is what I did accomplish this past week:


The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (audio review!)

I am an INSPY award judge!  (what that means and what books am I reading for this)

Don’t Blink by James Patterson (he finally puts out an audio that disappoints me….)

Read a Thon recap for me…. what I accomplished… what I didn’t…

Weekend Cooking – Quick Dump Chili and Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Book/audio completed during read-a-thon but not reviewed yet:

Shelter by Sarah Stonich

Sleeper’s Run by Henry Mosquera

Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian (audio)

Looking forward, this week I have Monday, Tuesday evenings as pretty low key, but Wednesday and Thursday plans both evenings and then Friday evening I leave for the cabin with a group of girls that I do the MS bike ride with for a weekend R & R.  Then things will go a bit crazy as the following week on November 5, I leave for Honduras for 6 days.

OK…. one thing at a time…. 😛  This week I plan to read:

 

Lily at 80 reflects on her life, beginning with her daughter days in 19th-century rural China. Foot-binding was practiced by all but the poorest families, and the graphic descriptions of it are not for the fainthearted. Yet women had nu shu, their own secret language. At the instigation of a matchmaker, Lily and Snow Flower, a girl from a larger town and supposedly from a well-connected, wealthy family, become laotong, bound together for life. Even after Lily learns that Snow Flower is not from a better family, even when Lily marries above her and Snow Flower beneath her, they remain close, exchanging nu shu written on a fan. When war comes, Lily is separated from her husband and children. She survives the winter helped by Snow Flower’s husband, a lowly butcher, until she is reunited with her family. As the years pass, the women’s relationship changes; Lily grows more powerful in her community, bitter, and harder, until at last she breaks her bond with Snow Flower. They are not reunited until Lily tries to make the dying Snow Flower’s last days comfortable.

I started listening to this yesterday and wow… I am already immersed in China’s culture, foot binding, match makers, oh my!  Enjoying it so far…

**I am thrilled to be participating in an event coming up called Laotong Nights where my friends and I will see an advanced copy of Snow Flower and The Secret Fan!  (SQQUUEEEE!!!)  We will also participate in the Laotong Night event which I post on later.

What is a a Laotong Night?  Click here for some things you could do, trust me my mind is already flying through the ideas! ….  and then watch for a future post in the next couple of weeks where not only will I review the movie but also have three copies of the book to give away!  😛

 

Narrated by the youngest son of a Puerto Rican father and white mother from Brooklyn raising their three young sons in upstate New York, the novel is comprised of vignettes detailing moments spent in the eye of the ferocious bubble of home. Torres paints a large picture through diminutive strokes, evoking envy for the couple’s passion and fear for just how easily that passion turns to rage. The brothers wrestle, fight, cry, and laugh as their family is torn and repaired over and over again.

This one came in the made from Blackstone audio and you know I was curious about it and hey, I don’t turn down audio 😀

 

Honestly, I am not going to start any new books this week… I have several not finished that I want to pay attention too like Monsters Of Men.

I have lots of reviews lined up for this week including a couple giveaways to go with the reviews…. as well as my review of the upcoming release of Water for Elephants on DVD, so really … stop by often this week 😀

Now I want to see what you are reading this week.  Be sure to link your It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading? to the linky below where it says “click here”

 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Hello and welcome to another fun addition of 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.

Last weeks winner:

Lori at Dollycas’s Thoughts


WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!   journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

Note:  I am behind on a few weeks of books mailings and I apologize for that – everything is packages up and hitting the post office today.  😀

I had a very productive week for banned books week.  I stuck to reading all books on the banned book list this past week, however my audio listening was my regular listens and I am thrilled to say I finished two audios, almost a third and fourth… and all those reviews will be up this week.  As for what I did post this past week:

SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson (Banned Book)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Banned Book)

A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving (Banned Book and my crazy attempt at a vlog)

A WHOLE lot of links to other banned book related posts for the big giveaway! 

 

Also – winner of the Banned Book Week Giveaway package is:

Nise from Under The Boardwalk

 

YAY Nise!!!  Shoot me your address and I will get that out to you!

As I mentioned above I also finished the two audio books but will post about them this week… I wanted to keep this past week all banned… all week.

That said, Banned book Week was fun but also a lot of work so I am glad to be free to read what I want to and need to read this week.  I am keeping it simple….

Ok… ha ha… maybe this book does not qualify for”keeping it simple” but October is Classic Month for our book club and this is the classic for October 11th and from the groans I am hearing from the rest of the Bookies, I had better get on this… plus – we are dressing up for the review so I must get some insight!  😀

Ahhh…. but of course Pride and Prejudice is most likely not a sit down and read in one sitting style book so I am hoping to break it up with the final book in the trilogy I have been reading.  SO EXCITED to get into this one!

AND – this is the week my review is due for the local Her Voice Magazine…. it is due in by the 5th on a Christmas/holiday read…. my choice…. curious what I picked?  😉

I have a pretty solid week, we are serving for IHN this week which I coordinate, and the reads I picked will keep me busy in between work and all of that.  As for audio, I am hoping to finish The Night Circus this week so I am not adding any new audio to the week.  😀

SO there it is and I am so excited to see what you are doing for Fall reads…. please link up your Monday What Are You Reading post below where it says click here.  😀  Have a super week!!!

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  D  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.

Last weeks winner:

Lori – Dollycas’ Thoughts


WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!   journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

In case you wonder why I offer a book giveaway for those who visit others who do this meme, it is because I LOVE community.  This is not a Blog Hop – this is hopefully, you checking out what people are reading and maybe finding new blogs you would enjoy visiting.  Book Blogging is all about sharing our love for books with one another.  By visiting some of the other participants – you never know where you may find that next awesome read – or a blog that becomes one that you want to read more often.  :D

What a fantastic weekend.  I had such an insane week I can not even tell you… but the goal – was the weekend and I made it… and it was fab.  I really wanted to spend some time reading and relaxing and that is exactly what I was able to do…. here is what was accomplished last week:

Tick Tock by James Patterson (the continuing series of Michael Bennett – audio LOVE!)

Winter Garden by Kristen Hannah (an audio that caused a meltdown in my kitchen!)

Escape by Barbara Delinsky (book review – good read but not a great read)

The Alchemist by Paul Coelho (audio review – and wow wow wow – I think audio made the difference…)

So I think another productive week!  I have two more reviews to post from this past weeks reading a more to come this week!  Here is what is on tap:

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I have been drooling over this one since the end of May at BEA – and I have had it for just as long but held out waiting… waiting for almost release time.  Well – the time has come and this baby is on the reading shelf for this week!  😀

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… this past weekend I read the first book in this series, The Knife Of Never Letting Go and let me say… WOW.  I am running full steam ahead in to this second book in the series.

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I have been wanting to read this book for a while now!  I am hoping to get to it this week to review for next weekends Weekend Cooking. 

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I started listening to this audio this weekend on my way tot he North Shore and back ( that’s about 7 hours of audio time!)

That’s what is new this week… I am finishing up a book  from last week too so I should be plenty full 😀  I am excited to see what you are reading this week so please add your Monday What Are You Reading post to the link below where it says “click here”  I hope to get around to all of you this week and see what you are reading!  😀 

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday!  What Are You Reading is where we share what we read this past week, what we hope to read this week…. and anything in between!  D  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.

Last weeks winner:

Lydia – The Lost Entwife


WOO HOO!!!!  Please choose an item out of the Reading Cafe Grab Shelves  and email me your choice with your mailing address as well!   journeythroughbooks@gmail.com

In case you wonder why I offer a book giveaway for those who visit others who do this meme, it is because I LOVE community.  Book Blogging is all about sharing our love for books with one another.  By visiting some of the other participants – you never know where you may find that next awesome read – or a blog that becomes one that you want to read more often.  :D

What a week.  I was at camp from Monday afternoon until Friday afternoon of this past week which was AWESOME and did not interfere with my reading whatsoever.  In fact I posted quite a bit this past week:

After by Amy Efaw (audio review and giveaway!)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audio review – SO GOOD!!!)

Cut by Patricia McCormick (book review)

Recap of my Camp experience – where I was and what I did

Meet My New Laptop  – Asus (Ah – uess)

Secrets Of Longevity by Dr. Moa Shing Ni (book review)

On top of all that I have two books almost completed and three audio that will end within the next day or two.  It really was a productive book week!  😀

For this week I am super excited.  I finally feel I am over that “book hump” where I just wasnt finding the time to read.  In fact I am tackling a series this week…. check it out. 

 

 

Chased by a madman preacher and possibly the rest of his townsfolk as well, young Todd Hewitt flees his settlement on a planet where war with the natives has killed all the women and infected the men with a germ that broadcasts their thoughts aloud for all to hear. This cacophanous thought-cloud is known as Noise and is rendered with startling effectiveness on the page. The first of many secrets is revealed when Todd discovers an unsettling hole in the Noise, and quickly realizes that he lives in a much different world than the one he thought he did.

Sometimes….. sometimes, it takes a swift crack to the head to get my going…. 😛  This past week I seen the third book in this trilogy and read a review on it that knocked my socks off.  Since then I have heard chatter about how awesome this series is and how you need all three and well – I bought all three.  😀 

 

 

 

 

Todd Hewitt, 13, is locked in a tower in New Prentisstown, a space colony, and separated from Viola, after the dramatic cliff-hanger in The Knife of Never Letting Go (Candlewick, 2008). Tracked down by the manipulative mayor of the all-male community he escaped, he is unaware that Viola is also under guard and recouping nearby. The noise that clatters through men’s minds makes it difficult for Todd to keep any secrets about his intentions to find Viola and accompany her on a mission to contact her people, who are on their way to colonize this unsettled and fractured new world. The previous war, which killed most of the women and made slaves of the aboriginal alien Spackles, has pitted the survivors against one another. The “Answer,” composed of women and a few men who lost daughters and mothers in the war, come to blows with the “Ask,” the mayor’s group of fundamentalist men and their Spackle slaves.

Yup -book two… I hope I love these… I could use a real strong series…. 😀

 

 

 

 

The genocidal tyrant Mayor Prentiss leads an army on one side, the terrorist healer Mistress Coyle heads a band of revolutionaries on another, and a massive legion of native Spackle threatens from a third. All three sides see only the complete annihilation of the others as the sole option for victory and survival, and they might be right, no matter how Todd and Viola use their formidable wills to advance peace as an influx of new colonists nears. It’s a thick book, approaching Russian-novel territory, but it rarely feels bloated; and readers invested in the story will likely concede that Ness has earned the space. His rapid-fire litany of impossible choices makes for captivating thought fodder, and what has already been a potent display of the power of voice to drive, amplify, and transform a story gets a third, unexpected soloist. And in so doing he shows just how deep and complex, as well as how versatile, a symbolic narrative device like Noise can be.

so.. the plan is – I love this series so much that I fly through them one after another.  At least… that s the plan.  😛

 

 

 

 

Many years have passed since civilization’s brush with apocalypse. The world’s greatest threats have all been silenced. There is no anger, no hatred, no war. There is only perfect peace… and fear. But a terrible secret has been closely guarded for centuries: Every single soul walking the earth, though in appearance totally normal, is actually dead, long ago genetically stripped of true humanity.

Fleeing pursuit, with only moments to live, a young man named Rom stumbles into possession of a vial of blood and a piece of cryptic writing. When consumed, the blood will bring him back to life. When decoded, the message will lead him on a perilous journey that will require him to abandon everything he has ever known and awaken humanity to the transforming power of true life and love.

But the blood will also resurrect hatred, ambition, and greed.

Yup – here I go, Dekker again.  This is for the next Faith In Fiction read. 

 

 

 

Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” the alchemist replies. “And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

I have never experienced this read – and have to admit… I didn’t even know what it was about.  Already listening to it. 

 

 

Thats my week – I think I will be plenty busy with these and thank goodness for the long weekend coming up 😀

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