It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? (Sept. 13th)


Blood of the Demon by Diana Rowland — this is the second book in Rowland’s Demon series. The third is due out in January. I really like the way the characters are developing. Kara, the main character, feels very real to me in her interpersonal reactions. The world building/demonology is cool too, different from a lot of other paranormals I’ve read.

Slacks and Calluses: Our Summer in a Bomber Factory by Constance Bowman and Clara Marie Allen — This book was very awesome! It is about two young school teachers who spend their summer vacation building B-24’s during WWII. It is told with great humor and though a little repetitive it paints a vivid picture of an aspect of the war that I hadn’t read a lot about.

This book completes my Women Unbound Challenge! I said that I’d read five books, at least two of them Non-Fiction. I read 3 non-fiction, 1 picture book, and 1 poetry book.  I’ve actually read a few others, which I need maybe 50 or 100 pages here and there to finish. The curse of reading too many books at one time is a few (even if you are enjoying them) always slip through the cracks.

I think that what was best about the Women Unbound Challenge is that inspired me to start the Women’s Book Salon which has met 4 times since the beginning of the year. Each meeting we select a topic and everyone reads a book of their choice around that topic.  Slacks and Calluses is the title I read for our latest meeting about Women During World War II.

I am behind on my Science Book Challenge, but hope to catch up soon.


I am in the middle of so many books now I’ve no idea what I’ll be reading this week! Just to name a few:

Blood Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar
Trouble in Triplicate by Rex Stout
Comfort Prayers collected by June Cotner
Beauty and the Beast by Arnold Arluke and Robert Bogdan


How To Sue A Telemarketer arrived in the mail today. I won this title in a giveaway at My Book Retreat.  Thanks Julie!

A reading copy of The Power by Rhonda Byrne arrived. Shh, don’t tell anybody, but I haven’t read The Secret.

All the Things We Didn’t Say by Sara Shepard was on my Book Mooch wish list, so when it became available I had it sent to me. Though when I received it and read the back, I have no idea why I wishlist-ed this book. It sounds so depressing and I hardly ever read depressing unless I don’t know it before hand.

Other News:

Missouri School Board bans Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie: I simply don’t understand this. This is a great book! It is smart and funny. It is a little messy and crude, but hey so is life, and so are the boys who’d probably get a kick out of reading it and it’s funny cartoons. Girls too! When will people get it through their heads that banning a book isn’t the answer. This is a story about a kid struggling to break free of a difficult environment and to do better for himself despite all the challenges put in front of him by life.  It is full of heartache and humor. If you haven’t read it, I would recommend it.

Also, check back on Tuesday for my very first author interview, 5 Minutes with Pamela Binnings Ewen.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is organized by Sheila over at Book Journey. Be sure to stop by her site and read the great blogs of the other participates.

( On a personal note I’d like to thank St. Jude, St. Rita, the Blessed Mother, and Heavenly Father for all the prayers they’ve answered in the last month and to continue to ask for their help and blessings.)


11 Responses

  1. I also read too many books at once and I agree some do fall through the crack or just sit on my desktop awaiting me to complete them..

    Blood Smoke and Mirrors by Robyn Bachar

    I do have that book – I look forward to your thoughts on it… I love the covers image and was intriqued by the blurb..

    happy week my dear…

    Here’s my Monday post..


  2. Hi Anna Marie,

    I was just reading back over your last week’s Monday post, as the Diana Rowland books (and your comments about them) caught my eye.

    I’ll give the first one a try.

    Also noted your news on The Windup Girl. I was listening to this as an audiobook, but I abandoned it because the prose was just so good, it needed to be savoured as a book. So I’ll be putting it back on the TBR list, and having a big Steampunk read up in a couple of months.

    • If you are at all curious about the seed bank parts of the Windup Girl there are some interesting videos on the TED website. I thought is was amazing (and a little ” in a what if dystopia horror story sort of way” unsettling) that they are building a huge seed bank right now.

      Very interested in your Steampunk read. I will have to check that out.

  3. Thanks for visiting my blog, was interesting 13 Reasons Why being required reading in your area, can’t wait to read it. Rowland’s Demon series is on my tbr pile.
    Have a wonderful week and happy reading 🙂

  4. Interesting list of books! Happy Reading!

  5. How To Sue a Telemarketer looks so great! I have been trying to win a copy! You got lucky!

  6. I can’t believe books are still being banned in today’s day and age! In any case, when children/teenagers are banned from reading books then they often rebell and try to get their hands on a copy anyway to see what all the fuss is about!

    Anyway, happy reading!

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that has problems getting into a book. I’ve started that book, When Blood Calls, 3 times and keep picking something else up. 🙂

    Looks like you had a great week, always nice to knock off a challenge. Happy Reading!!

    Sherri at Urban Girl Reader

  8. Thanks for dropping by my blog! Glad to hear you enjoyed The Sugar Queen.

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