Monday, July 1, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?!


The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine
Whew! Is there a narrator of a book out there anywhere who is more savage, more self-satisfied, and more manipulative than Rosa Achmetowna...more

The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide

A bit mysterious. A bit about fairies. A little scary. Perfect for kids.

The Obituary Writer

Ann Hood...Anita Shreve...Anne Tyler...We all have our favorite authors. You know you will get a good book from these authors, though you never know exactly...more

The Soul of All Living Creatures:
What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

Virga shares little stories and philosophical observations about animals he has encountered from his twenty-five years of work as a veterinarian...more

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
What a fun book. With panel drawings and illustrated recipes, Lucy Knisley tells the story of the big events of her life through the stories of the food...more

The New Kings of Nonfiction

How can you go wrong when you include in an anthology of recent nonfiction the work of such greats as Susan Orlean and Malcolm Gladwell and David Fost...more

Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song

What a partnership! Get Martin preaching and get Mahalia singing and what do you get? Magic. Pure magic. 

Duel With the Devil:
The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton 
and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on 
America's First Sensational Murder Mystery

A young woman, Elma Sands, is found dead in a well and all fingers point to her suitor, Levi Weeks. The unlikely team of political opponents...more

Bad Boy:
My Life On and Off the Canvas

I don’t follow art, but I’m intrigued by art. So I chose to read and review this book without any knowledge whatsoever of Fischl or his art...more

The Vast Unknown:
America's First Ascent of Everest
In 1963, America was dazed: the Cold War was in full swing and America was falling behind. What to do to restore American pride? Why not try to beat R...more

Hold Fast
by Blue Balliett
If you are like me and you have almost begun to think that there aren’t any functional families out there, then you need to read this book. At the heart...more 

The Road to Burgundy: The Unlikely Story of an American Making Wine and a New Life in France

Ray Walker didn’t even like wine until he took a sip of an amazing wine in Italy. Then he was hooked. He single-mindedly began a quest to learn...more

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!  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 Book Journey loves to encourage you all to go and visit the others participating in this meme. Book Journey offers a weekly contest for those who visit 10 or more of the Monday Meme participants and leave a comment telling BJ how many you visited.


  1. Nice! These are all new to me! Hope you have a good week!

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  2. A nice varied mix of books. The Spiderwick Chronicles are on my TBR stack and Relish appeals to me.
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  3. I am curiou about The Obituary Writer, having known a few... Also the Road to Burgundy looks like a great trip.

  4. All new to me and like the sound of the Burgundy book very much!

  5. Looks like you had a pretty awesome week. I'll have to get The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Gp://">Girlxiuide for the kids.

    Tanya Patrice

  6. WOW, there seems to be a lot of great books on your list - I'm checking out your reviews next to see which ones I'll add to my TBR.

    Thanks for stopping by my It's Monday! post earlier.

    Happy reading.

  7. Nice list! My hubby would like The Vast Unknown I'll have to tell him about it. Thanks.

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  8. Great list and some good reviews. Happy Reading this week.

  9. As always, a bunch of variety in your reads. The s[iderwick Chronicles look interesting.

    P.S. I've just come back after an absence and have yet to see this new layout of yours for It's Monday.. I'm liking it!

    My Book Bubble

  10. I have The Obituary Writer on Sparky...looking forward to reading it soon.

    I selected too many review books last week, so I'm about to be bombarded with them before I can grab one of my

    Enjoy your week. Here's MY MONDAY READING POST

  11. Wow! You were on a roll last week! What are you reading now? I've just finished Help Thanks Wow by Lamott.I think I'll start on What It Is by Lyda Barry or reread Bird by Bird. I hope you're enjoying your summer.

  12. What a nice mixture of books! I hope you'll enjoy your books this week.

    My ereader is almost out of power and I can't find the lead. Help! :-)

  13. I'm still experimenting with this format.

  14. Wow, you read a lot this week! I really want to try the Spiderwick Chronicles, but still haven't.

  15. I wanted to read The Obituary Writer, but three "bees" doesn't sound too promising. THANKS for your thoughts.

    ENJOY your week. It looks like a good one.

    Silver's Reviews
    My It's Monday, What Are You Reading

  16. Duel with the devil sounds very interesting, I love true crime, especially 19th century crime. And the rest of your books also seem great, so I hope you ejoy them.

    Have a great week & kind regards,

  17. I always used to think that other families were way more functional than my own, or the one we all grew up in....

    but then I noticed that whenever I got to really know someone, I would find out the weird that was a part of their lives...

    so either every family has a certain degree of disfunction or I attract disfuncitonal people as friends. LOL

    Books look interesting - going to take a look at some of them. :)

    Have a great week

    My Reading Week

  18. Your comments about The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cusine have me intrigued!

    Wishing you a great week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  19. They all sound good, especially The Road to Burgundy. Have a great week!


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