It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? Week 1

It's Monday What are You Reading

In an attempt to get my book blogging life back up and running more regularly, I decided to add a weekly meme or two to my schedule. I like the idea of this meme because it focuses on what you’re reading and I can make that as quick as a bulleted list or embellish as much as time permits. Here’s a little more about It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? from the current proprietor, Book Date:

“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 and then was taken up by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at the Book Date. And here we are!”

This week I’m going to keep it simple, most especially since I’ve really just started most of my current reads. I’ll break it down by medium:


I currently have two audiobooks in progress:

Cover of Travels

Travels by Michael Crichton is the last title I need to listen to in order to judge the Autobiography/Memoir category for Armchair Audies. I’m about 2 hours in and it has thus far revolved around Crichton’s time in medical school. The jury is still out as to whether I want to spend 14 more hours with this. There are moments I’ve enjoyed, but we haven’t left Boston. Christopher Lane is a new to me narrator and I’ve enjoyed his performance, especially when there was pot smoking involved. He’s very convincing.

Cover of We the Drowned

I started this 25+ hour audiobook just before Armchair Audies began. This probably wasn’t my smartest move, but I love Simon Vance and I have no self control when it comes to his audiobooks. We, The Drowned by Carsten Jensen tells the story of Marstal, Denmark, a port town beginning in 1848. The story is narrated by the town (which I love), but has thus far focused primarily on the men of the Madsen family. This is the title I listen to when my Armchair Audies title is on CD or when I’m doing laundry. I would do laundry all day, every day, if Simon Vance were reading to me. Shh… don’t tell my family. They’ll only make more. I’ll finish up when Armchair Audies season is over and I’m looking forward to it.


I use my iPad mini as my eReader. More often than not, eBooks are my reading material of last resort. In the car I read audiobooks. When there is light available, I read in print. So when there isn’t light or I don’t have my print read with me, that’s when I read an eBook. Case in point: yesterday. I took what I thought was a quick trip to pick my daughters up from their riding lessons. I knowingly left my book at home. Their trainer has been sick, so they asked if they could stay longer to bag bread. I was proud of them for wanting to help her out, so I agreed. As I result, I started The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell. So far, so good. I’m curious to see how this story takes shape.

Cover of The Madwoman Upstairs


I just finished – and loved – Immaculate Heart by Camille DeAngelis Sunday afternoon, so of writing this post, I haven’t officially started Shelter by Jung Yun, but I’m very excited to do just that. I picked it up with a Barnes and Noble coupon and I’ve heard good things about it. It’s about a couple who have lived beyond their means and it catches up with them. The very idea of financial insecurity fills me with anxiety. Given my recent experience with Everybody Rise, this should be an adventure for my heart.

Cover of Shelter

That’s what I’m reading. Are you reading anything good?


  • At 2016.04.11 06:57, Rhapsodyinbooks said:

    I love this: ” I would do laundry all day, every day, if Simon Vance were reading to me. Shh… don’t tell my family.” I was just debating with my husband yesterday about what circle of hell would be for washing and folding his undershirts all the time! LOL Maybe I just need Simon Vance… (NOT to wash his undershirts, but to listen LOL)

    • At 2016.04.11 07:29, Jennifer said:

      Let’s not be so hasty. It would also be nice to have Simon Vance do our laundry, too. He could tell stories while we sip our adult beverages and relax…

      • At 2016.04.11 08:07, JoAnn @ Lakeside Musing said:

        I have a couple of B&N coupons that I’m itching to use… Shelter is high on my list, too. Enjoy!

        • At 2016.04.11 14:15, Jennifer said:

          I will let you know, but I have a feeling it was very much coupon worthy. 🙂

        • At 2016.04.11 08:19, Nadine said:

          I’m reading Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson (should be required reading for everyone living in the US) and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin.

          • At 2016.04.11 14:16, Jennifer said:

            I will have to check out Warmth of Other Suns. I’ve not heard of it. Thanks for the tip!

          • At 2016.04.11 08:23, Susan said:

            I’m listening to Daring, the second book in Elliott James’ Pax Arcana series, and am reading Classified Woman by Sibel Edmonds on my Kindle. Just downloaded Diana Gabaldon’s Virgins on Kindle and hope to get to it soon (yeah, that and the other 2000 books I have in the cloud & all the books on my shelves…I’m at 46 books so far this year, most of them audiobooks. So many books, so little time!) Simon Vance IS wonderful…am I the only one who Googles narrators to see what they look like? Roger Wayne, who narrates the Pax Arcana, is hot enough to be ON the covers as well. Authors and narrators are my rock stars!

            • At 2016.04.11 14:19, Jennifer said:

              You are not the only one to Google narrators. LOL! I’ve met Simon twice in person and have interviewed him a few times. It’s always a special experience. Narrators really are my rock stars. Going to the Audies last year was one of my best memories as a reader. Deon Graham is a big charmer, too. 🙂

            • At 2016.04.11 08:52, Rachel @ R Squared said:

              I really should pay attention to the narrators of my audiobooks. I primarily get audiobooks from the library and they do not always list the narrator. Thank you for the reminder. I love listening to audiobooks while doing housework or running errands! It makes everything so much better.

              • At 2016.04.11 14:24, Jennifer said:

                I am more likely to remember the narrators name from an audiobook than the author. That’s probably not good, either. 🙂 Even if your library doesn’t list the narrator, you can always look up the narrator on Audible or Downpour. They have most every audiobook listed and they do provide information on the narrator. I find it useful to document the narrator I love (I usually don’t need to document them. I remember them like long lost friends) as well as those who didn’t work as well for me. That helps me decide whether to read an book in audio or print.

              • At 2016.04.11 09:20, Kym said:

                We, The Drowned sounds intriguing! I have to admit I don’t listen to audiobooks often, but I may have to listen to a sample of something Simon Vance is reading if he is so highly recommended! Here’s what I am reading this week: http://justasecondblog.blogspot.com/2016/04/what-im-reading-april-11-2016.html

                • At 2016.04.11 14:25, Jennifer said:

                  If you haven’t read Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, give that a try in audio. Simon Vance narrates those and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was the audiobook that made them click for me (just get through the first section until Lizbeth Salander hits the scene).

                • At 2016.04.11 11:45, Majanka said:

                  Shelter looks intriguing. Enjoy your books this week!

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                • At 2016.04.11 12:11, Lisa said:

                  Congrats on getting your reading and blogging back on track I think we all fall off the wagon a bit as life gets busy. And props for the loooong audio book Oh My! It would take me forever to get through that!

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                  • At 2016.04.11 14:26, Jennifer said:

                    Thanks! My blogging has been pretty much tanked for the past year. I’m hoping little weekly activities like this get the juices flowing again.

                  • At 2016.04.11 14:44, Patty said:

                    I have yet to actually listen to a book!
                    I loved Shelter.

                    • At 2016.04.14 17:01, Elizabeth (Silver's Reviews) said:

                      Travels sounds good.

                      I hope you have had a good week.

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