Monday, April 2, 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...
"Taking A Shot"
By: Jaci Burton
If you want to score, you have to get in the game...
The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she's stuck running the family's sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she's vowed to never fall for a jock-even one as hot as Ty.
Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty's insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too...
But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all-including Ty...

"I Like Old Clothes"
By: Mary Ann Hoberman

I like old clothes, / Hand-me-down clothes, / Worn outgrown clothes, / Not-my-own clothes. . . . Originally published by Knopf in 1976 (with illustrations by Jacqueline Chwast), this poem—an exuberant celebration of hand-me-down clothes—is just as relevant and accessible today as it was over 30 years ago.  Children's Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman offers a bouncy, fun-to-read-aloud text and a refreshingly agreeable, resourceful protagonist who likes old clothes for their "history" and "mystery." Illustrator Patrice Barton brings new, contemporary life to the poem, with an adorable little girl and her younger brother playing dress-up, making crafts, and happily treasuring their hand-me-downs.

What I'm Reading Now...

"Fifty Shades of Grey"

By: E.L. James

When literature student Anastasia Steele is drafted to interview the successful young entrepreneur Christian Grey for her campus magazine, she finds him attractive, enigmatic and intimidating. Convinced their meeting went badly, she tries to put Grey out of her mind - until he happens to turn up at the out-of-town hardware store where she works part-time. Erotic, amusing, and deeply moving, the Fifty Shades Trilogy is a tale that will obsess you, possess you, and stay with you forever.

"Daughter of the Saints"
By: Dorothy Allred Solomon

"I am the daughter of my father's fourth plural wife, twenty-eighth of forty-eight children—a middle kid, you might say."

So begins this astonishing and poignant memoir of life in the family of Utah fundamentalist leader and naturopathic physician Rulon C. Allred. Since polygamy was abolished by manifesto in 1890, this is a story of secrecy and lies, of poverty and imprisonment and government raids. When raids threatened, the families were forced to scatter from their pastoral compound in Salt Lake City to the deserts of Mexico or the wilds of Montana. To follow the Lord's plan as dictated by the Principle, the human cost was huge. Eventually murder in its cruelest form entered when members of a rival fundamentalist group assassinated the author's father.

Dorothy Solomon, monogamous herself, broke from the fundamentalist group because she yearned for equality and could not reconcile the laws of God (as practiced by polygamists) with the vastly different laws of the state. This poignant account chronicles her brave quest for personal identity. Originally published in hardcover under the title Predators, Prey, and Other Kinfolk. 


  1. Oooh, Fifty Shades of gray seems to be a big thing, can't wait to see what you think and look at those abs!

    Pieces of Us was a really difficult, disturbing read and I feel weird for loving it, but I really did. Review will be up in the morning.

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Daughter of the Saints looks fascinating.

  3. That Jaci Burton book looks good :) I see that you are reading the now infamous book. I'm afraid it's never going to live up to all of it's hype for me. It doesn't help that I'm oh-so-jaded and hard to shock. I'm interested in reading your thoughts on it.

  4. Be interested to hear what you think of Shades of Grey - still deciding whether I want to go there or not!

    And those abs *fans self*!

  5. Whew! that is one man candy of a cover! ;o). Have a great week of reading.

  6. I can't wait to read your review of "Shades of Grey", so I'll be back.

  7. Are you liking Shades of Grey? It seems like everyone is going bananas over it, but I'm still not sure why :)
    Happy readings!

  8. Love the Jaci Burton cover -- and the concept. I've always thought sports bars were great places for great characters.

    The Daughter of the Saints cover is terrific, too, in a completely different way. What a fascinating story!

  9. Daughter of the Saints sounds like a difficult one. I grew up in Utah, knew polygamist families, and it's amazing to me how it's so overlooked there. The women and children are so mistreated, it's heartbreaking.

  10. Looks like you read a nice mix of titles this week and accomplished quite a bit.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to comment.

    Enjoy your books this week!


    Book By Book

  11. Taking a shot provided a very nice visual for your blog! Not sure I would ever get around to opening the book! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. Fifty Shades of Grey was my favourite book last year, enjoyed the trilogy overall but fell in love with this one and not my genre, totally blew me away, hope you love it.

  13. I've been wanting to read Jaci Burton's books, but haven't gotten around to it. I'm on the waiting list at the library for Fifty Shades of Grey for my Nook. Hope you have a great week!

  14. I've read a couple of good stories based on fictionalised accounts of polygamy but I'll be keeping an eye out for your review of Daughter of the Saints.

    Have a great week and happy reading :)

  15. Fifty Shades of Grey looks intriguing...and I Like Old Clothes seems precious. Thanks for sharing.


  16. I LOVE the variety in these book selections. I've heard great things about Fifty Shades of Grey and Daughter of the Saints looks intriguing as well! Enjoy your reading week!

  17. Fifty Shades of Grey is getting a lot of hype! I'll have to look for I Like Old Clothes. Sounds like a cute read.