It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? October 15th Edition


It’s Monday! What Are you Reading? is hosted by Shelia of Book Journey. It is a chance to share what you have read and what you plan on reading in the upcoming week. I enjoy seeing what everyone’s reading plans for the week. I always find some titles that I just *had to add to my TBR list.

Accomplishments/Reviews Since Last Posting:

Rules of Civility – Amor Towles   (My Review)

Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women’s Literary Society – Ann Hill Hearth (My Review)

The Secret Keeper – Kate Morton  (My Review)

Wringer – Jerry Spinelli  (Tommy’s Review)  – Reading in White Bear Lake is very excited to introduce our newest book reviewer, Tommy. Tommy is the youngest son of Jen C. Tommy is a 5th grader, who loves reading, soccer and hanging out with friends. His favorite series are the Percy Jackson and Harry Potter books. Look for more reviews from Tommy in the future. Leave a comment to encourage our young reviewer!! He would love to hear your feedback. – I have finally found time to sit down and start using the website  Wow, I wish I would have taken the time earlier when a friend mentioned the site to me.  I love it!!  NetGalley is a service to promote and publicize forthcoming titles to readers of influence. If you are a reviewer, blogger, journalist, librarian, bookseller, educator, or in the media, you can use NetGalley for FREE to request and read titles before they are published.  I have been reading a number of wonderful book from this site!  I have discovered some new favorite authors as well.  If you are a professional reader, you are really missing out if you haven’t checked out NetGalley.   All you need is a electronic reader such as a kindle and you are on your way to discovering some amazing new books!

Our Reading Plans for This Week:

Finish Reading: (Jen C)


Goodnight, Beautiful by Dorothy Koomson  (Book Club Read)

Eight years ago, Nova Kumalisi agreed to have a baby for Mal and Stephanie Wacken. Halfway through the pregnancy, the couple changed their minds and walked away, leaving Nova pregnant, scared and alone.

Eight years ago, Stephanie was overjoyed at the thought of becoming a mother – until she found a text from Mal to Nova saying, "Goodnight, beautiful". Terrified of losing her husband to his closest friend, Stephanie asked him to cut all ties to Nova and their unborn child.

Now, Nova is anxiously waiting for her son, Leo, to wake up from a coma, while childless Stephanie is desperately trying to save her failing marriage. Although they live separate lives, both women have secrets that will bind them together for ever

Tommy – is reading


The Mark of Athena – by Rick Riordan  (Tommy’s Current Read)

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.


Listening To: (Jen C)


Casual Vacancy – J.K. Rowling (

When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils…. Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town’s council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? Blackly comic, thought-provoking and constantly surprising, The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults.

Next Up ??

7331435 A Visit From The Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan (

Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive. Sasha is the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. Here Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, A Visit from the Goon Squad is a startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.


Frozen  – Mary Casanova (Netgalley)

Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose hasn’t said a word in eleven years-ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen.

Set during the roaring 1920s in the beautiful, wild area on Rainy Lake where Minnesota meets Canada, Frozen tells the remarkable story of Sadie Rose, whose mother died under strange circumstances the same night that Sadie Rose was found, unable to speak, in a snowbank. Sadie Rose doesn’t know her last name and has only fleeting memories of her mother-and the conflicting knowledge that her mother had worked in a brothel. Taken in as a foster child by a corrupt senator, Sadie Rose spends every summer along the shores of Rainy Lake, where her silence is both a prison and a sanctuary.

One day, Sadie Rose stumbles on a half dozen faded, scandalous photographs-pictures, she realizes, of her mother. They release a flood of puzzling memories, and these wisps of the past send her at last into the heart of her own life’s great mystery: who was her mother, and how did she die? Why did her mother work in a brothel-did she have a choice? What really happened that night when a five-year-old girl was found shivering in a snowbank, her voice and identity abruptly shattered?

Sadie Rose’s search for her personal truth is laid against a swirling historical drama-a time of prohibition and women winning the right to vote, political corruption, and a fevered fight over the area’s wilderness between a charismatic, unyielding, powerful industrialist and a quiet man battling to save the wide, wild forests and waters of northernmost Minnesota. Frozen is a suspenseful, moving testimonial to the haves and the have-nots, to the power of family and memory, and to the extraordinary strength of a young woman who has lost her voice in nearly every way-but is utterly determined to find it again.

These are my reading plans for the week. What are you reading plans for the week??? Join in with Shelia at Book Journey and share your reading plans for the week!!

Happy Reading!






  1. Nise' Avatar

    Love Netgalley too. Have a great week.

  2. Martha Eskuchen Avatar

    I'm glad you liked The Secret Keeper. I like NetGalley too.
    Happy Reading.

  3. Unknown Avatar

    I keep hearing good things about The Secret Keeper – must put it on my TBR list. The Casual Vacancy was one of finishes this week. You can check out my Monday here

  4. Deb Nance at Readerbuzz Avatar

    I'll be looking forward to see the reviews from your newest reviewer!

    Here's my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? I hope you will stop by!

  5. Kristin Avatar

    I'm looking forward to reading The Secret Keeper – I loved The Forgotten Garden and have her other two books on my bookshelf just waiting to be read!

    Goodnight Beautiful sounds like a very intriguing read – I'm going to have to check that one out!

    Have a great week!
    ~Kristin @ Always With a Book

  6. Unknown Avatar

    Frozen is in my TBR list! I hope you enjoy it. And I am totally a Netgalley STALKER!
    Here's what I'm reading

  7. The Relentless Reader Avatar

    Yay for Netgalley! I look forward to hearing what you think of Good Squad 😉

  8. Shan Avatar

    Goodnight Beautiful sounds really good. I haven't used Netgalley yet, I should check it out but I think it may make getting through my to read pile harder!

  9. Unknown Avatar

    I got The Casual Vacancy in the mail a couple of weeks ago, I plan to read it in the next few weeks. Hope you're enjoying it!!!

  10. Beautiful Day Avatar

    I just love the sound of where you live! I've been reading Casual Vacancy, and I find it amusing. Goodnight Beautiful sounds interesting but exhausting – too much tragedy! And I love the sound of the quirky Frozen – I'm adding that to my list! 🙂

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