Monday, July 4, 2016

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? July 4, 2106

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a
Happy 4th of July!

And now, let's talk books!

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 an opportunity to visit other blogs and to comment on their reads. And ... you can add to that ever growing TBR pile! So welcome 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 past week has been rough one. A very dear, dear friend of mine passed away on Wednesday. She has been living with cancer for 9 years and finally her body said 'Enough!'. I have known her for 18 years and we met because of books. When I moved to town and didn't know anyone, I would sit in my car during my son's soccer games and practices. Sometimes the Huskers football games were on the radio too, so there was some multi-tasking going on. Well, anyway, Kris noticed me reading and came over and introduced herself. She figured we could be good friends since we both loved to read and that was the beginning of a wonderful friendship. We actually started a book club together with some other friends and The Book Bags have been meeting every month for over 10 years now. Through her, I met a lot of other wonderful women whom I now call my friends. She is going to leave a big hole is a lot of people's hearts. Please keep Kris in your thoughts this week as we celebrate her life and say our final farewells.  

The Book Bag (circa 2014)

What I'm currently reading/listening to

by Jane Green
New to me author and I am loving it so far!

The Tumbling Turner Sisters
by Juliette Fay
I am super excited that I was able to get a copy of this. I've just started it but I am hooked already.

What I recently finished

Gitchie Girl: The Survivor's Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the Heartland
by Phil Hamman and Sandy Hamman
This was given to me by a friend and it's a true crime account of what happened in the area in 1973. The authors will be visiting my local library later this month. 

Crushed (The Heart of Napa #1)
by Deborah Coonts
Great start to the series! My thoughts will be posted later this week.

Look Again
by Lisa Scottoline
This author has gained another fan! I'll post my thoughts soon.

What I am going to read next


The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
Believe it or not, I have not read a book by this author yet.

I really love my reading life!

What are you reading this week?

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  1. I am so sorry about the loss of your friend! How tragic.

    1. Thanks so much, Cynthia. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading this week!

  2. I'm so sorry that you are grieving the loss of your friend. But it's lovely to hear that you were brought together by a shared love of books!

    1. Thanks Lindsey. She is going to leave a hole, especially in our book club but I love that books brought us together. Happy reading!

  3. Beautiful and sad story about your Book Bag friend. What a wonderful way though to meet and establish an unforgettable relationship.
    I hope to read Falling before the end of the year!

    1. Thanks Kathryn! I am loving Falling and we had such a busy weekend that I didn't get much reading time in. Oh well, I am savoring the story this way, I guess. Thanks for stopping and happy reading!

  4. Sorry about your loss of your friend. I am glad that you were able to meet your friend through the love of books. I am sure you will have some good memories.
    Gitchie Girl looks like a good one and I have falling on my list wich I hope to read this year. All books look good I hope you enjoy them. I hope you have a good week.

    1. Thanks for the kind words, Stacey. I think I am going to highly recommend Falling, I am loving the story. Have a good week and happy reading.

  5. Sad to lose a dear friend. My sympathies.

    1. Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by. Have a good week and happy reading!

  6. I'm sorry to hear about your loss :(

    1. Thank you, you are so sweet. Have a good week and happy reading.

  7. So sorry to hear about your friend. My sympathies!


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