Sunday, November 27, 2011

It's Monday! - What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! - What Are You Reading? is hosted weekly on Mondays 
by Sheila from "One Person's Journey"

Post the books you read last week, books currently reading, and books you plan on finishing this week.

Books I Read This Week:

"Unlikely Friendships"
By: Jennifer Holland
Written by National Geographic magazine writer Jennifer Holland, Unlikely Friendships documents one heartwarming tale after another of animals who, with nothing else in common, bond in the most unexpected ways.

Ms. Holland narrates the details and arc of each story, and also offers insights into why—how the young leopard, probably motherless, sought maternal comfort with the calf, and how a baby oryx inspired the same mothering instinct in the lionness. Or, in the story of Kizzy, a nervous retired Greyhound, and Murphy, a red tabby, how cats and dogs actually understand each other’s body language.

"Chasin' Eight" By: Lorelei James
Bull rider Chase McKay has finally landed in a pile too big to charm his way out of. Caught with his pants down, he finds himself bucked right off the PBR tour until he can get his act together.
Hollywood actress Ava Cooper became the tabloids’ favorite target when her longtime boyfriend was outed as gay. Now she wants a place to lay low and a chance to prove to herself that she can satisfy a red-blooded man between the sheets. The sexy, rugged cowboy she finds holed up in her Wyoming hideaway seems like the answer to her every fantasy.
But Chase has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first.
When they take to the road to get Chase more hands-on bull riding experience, they have every intention of keeping their hands off each other. But the two headstrong stars quickly end up riding a hot and heady rodeo circuit all their own—until the press gets wind of their affair. When the dust clears and the lights of the paparazzi fade, are they ready to give up chasing the dream for a chance of finding forever?

 "In Bed with a Highlander" 
By: Maya Banks
Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his—until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan’s clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

The illegitimate daughter of the king, Mairin possesses prized property that has made her a pawn—and wary of love. Her worst fears are realized when she is rescued from peril only to be forced into marriage by her charismatic and commanding savior, Ewan McCabe. But her attraction to her ruggedly powerful new husband makes her crave his surprisingly tender touch; her body comes alive under his sensual mastery. And as war draws near, Mairin’s strength, spirit, and passion challenge Ewan to conquer his demons—and embrace a love that means more than revenge and land.
Books I'm Currently Reading:

"Pears on a Willow Tree" 
By: Leslie Pietrzyk
Pears on a Willow Tree is a multigenerational roadmap of love and hate, distance and closeness, and the lure of roots that both bind and sustain us all.

The Marchewka women are inseparable. They relish the joys of family gatherings; from preparing traditional holiday meals to organizing a wedding in which each of them is given a specific task -- whether it's sewing the bridal gown or preserving pickles as a gift to the newlyweds. Bound together by recipes, reminiscences and tangled relationships, these women are the foundation of a dignified, compassionate family--one that has learned to survive the hardships of emigration and assimilation in twentieth-century America.

But as the century evolves, so does each succeeding generation. As the older women keep a tight hold on the family traditions passed from mother to daughter, the younger women are dealing with more modern problems, wounds not easily healed by the advice of a local priest or a kind word from mother.

Amy is separated by four generations from her great-grandmother Rose, who emigrated from Poland. Rose's daughter Helen adjusted to the family's new home in a way her mother never could, while at the same time accepting the importance of Old Country ways. But Helen's daughter Ginger finds herself suffocating within the close-knit family, the first Marchewka woman to leave Detroit for the adventure of life beyond the reach of her mother and grandmother.


  1. Pears on a Willow Tree looks really good! Love the cover and the blurb.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and yes, I really enjoy Carrie Fisher!

    Have a great week.

  2. I like the look of all the books you have listed - especially Unlikely Friendship. It looks sooo cute! Hope this week is good to you.

  3. SQUEE! Lorelei James is major guilty pleasure of mine, though I've only read the first 5 of the Rough Rider books :)

    Only one problem: I can never remember who's who--too many Chases/Cords/Camerons/Carters/Confusings! Hehe!

  4. Unlikely friendships looks so sweet! Pears on a Willow Tree looks interesting - I hope you enjoy it!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  5. Chasin' Eight sounds like one that has to go on my list. You certainly read an interesting variety of books. Have a great week!

  6. The cover of Unlikely Friendships is so cute! I must have that book for it's cuteness! I've always found it fascinating when animals from different species, especially ones that would eat each other any other time, develop a strong connection. A lot of people could learn from that.

    My reading post if you're interested (although you've already visited me ;) ).

    Hope you enjoy all your books and have a great week.

  7. I have Pears on a Willow in the "someday" stack in my garage. If I read a good review, maybe I'll move it. Mount TBR is way too high!

  8. I love the Highlander tv shows how was "In Bed with a Highlander"? Hope you have a great reading week.

  9. Pears On A Willow Tree sounds great, I'll be keen to see what you think of that one. Love the cover of Unlikely Friendships ... how adorable!
    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  10. I've saw that image from Unlikely Friendships all over the net. Didn't realise it came from a book.

  11. Unlikely friendships looks so cute! enjoy your week!

  12. Oh my gosh, that Unlikely Friendship cover is soooo adorable. I know others have already said this, but I'm gushing at the pure sweetness. I wish I had a baby monkey like Abu from Aladdin :)

  13. Aww, just seeing the cover for Unlikely Friendships got me a little teary - what a sweet book! Hope you enjoyed it :)

  14. Wow! The Highlander book looks like a really sexy book! Enjoy your reading this week!

  15. I have to say, the In Bed with a Highlander book looks pretty good! I will have to read Pears on a Willow Tree; I live in an area near Detroit that is very Polish in heritage and culture. Have a great week!