Sunday, February 12, 2012

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.

What I Read This Week...

"Beautiful Disaster"
By: Jamie McGuire

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn't drink or swear, and she has the appropriate percentage of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance between her and the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend America, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs--and wants--to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the charming college co-ed. Intrigued by Abby's resistance to his charms, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis' apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

"Unafraid of the Dark" 
By: Rosemary Bray
In her deeply affecting, vividly written memoir, Rosemary L. Bray describes with remarkable frankness growing up poor in Chicago in the 1960s, and her childhood shaped by welfare, the Roman Catholic Church, and the civil rights movement.

Bray writes poignantly of her lasting dread of the cold and the dark that characterized her years of poverty; of her mother's extraordinary strength and resourcefulness; and of the system that miraculously enabled her mother to scrape together enough to keep the children fed and clothed. Bray's parents, held together by their ambitions for their children and painfully divided by their poverty, punctuate young Rosemary's nights with their violent fights and define her days with their struggles.

This powerful, ultimately inspiring book is a moving testimony of the history Bray overcame, and the racial obstacles she continues to see in her children's way.

"Winter Garden"
By: Kristin Hannah

Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last time—and all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya’s life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother’s life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.


  1. Interesting selection of books.

    I caught the flu on Wednesday. I spent much of the weekend in bed reading. Please come see what I've read.

  2. Unafraid Of The Dark looks fantastic! I hope you enjoy the books this week!

  3. All of those books are tempting!

    Wishing you a great reading week!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

  4. Great book covers! Hope you have a great week of reading!

  5. Unafraid of the Dark looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing. I loved Winter Garden. Enjoy your week.


  6. Unafraid of the Dark sounds really good!

    Have an awesome week!

  7. Wow - all three books sound very engrossing. Hope your next week's read are just as interesting. :)

  8. The Winter Garden looks really good:) I do want to read that one:)
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  9. I've got Winter Garden on my reading pile, but the other two on your list look great. Have a wonderful week and happy reading :)

  10. Sorry I'm replying so late - I came down with a bug a few hours after posting my It's Monday... and haven't been online since!

    These all look like incredible reads but I really want to read Beautiful Disaster! It looks like you are going to have a great read week.

    Bonnie @