It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

Last week’s reading goals went…pffffttt!  Out the window!  I wanted to read The Ledge (which I did), The Family Fang (which I got 1/3 of the way through), and finish Unbroken (which didn’t even get in the CD player.)  So in other words…almost epic fail!

This week I am scaling back my reading goals to something a bit more manageable.  I will finish reading the Family Fang, but Unbroken will go back to the library until after the new year.

IF I finish The Family Fang I will read The Courage Tree by Diane Chamberlin:

Eight-year-old Sophie Donohue just wanted to be like every other little girl. Which is why her mother, Janine, reluctantly agreed to let her go on the weekend camping trip with her Brownie troop. But when Janine arrives to pick up Sophie after the trip, her daughter is not among the others. Somehow, along the forested route from West Virginia, Sophie has disappeared.

Sophie is no ordinary 8 year old. She suffers from a rare disease, and Janine has recently enrolled her in an experimental treatment as a last effort to save her life — despite the vehement objections of her ex-husband, Joe, who believes conventional medicine is the only route to take. The only person to support Janine in her decision is Lucas Trowell, someone familiar with the herbs used in the treatment. Lucas has been encouraging Janine to keep Sophie in the program, and, indeed, the little girl has been showing remarkable improvement.

All her mother’s instincts tell Janine that Sophie is alive, but time is running out. Without her treatment, it’s only a matter of days before Sophie’s illness will claim her life. As Janine, Joe and Lucas embark on a desperate search to find Sophie, envy and suspicion grow between the two men, casting doubts on each other’s true motives for helping Janine.

Deep in the forest, another drama unfolds. Sophie has found refuge in a remote cabin inhabited by a woman who wants nothing to do with the little girl. She’s desperate to help her own daughter, who has been wrongly imprisoned for murder and who, after escaping, is on her way to join her mother. Sophie’s arrival puts in jeopardy her daughter’s future, but the mysterious woman is as determined to save her daughter as Janine is to save Sophie.

Only one of them can succeed.

My personal goals for this week are to finish  start my Christmas shopping, get up my Christmas tree, decorate the house,  make my pasties for Christmas Eve, plan my Ad Altare Dei lesson for my religious emblem class, catch up on my Boy Scout Blog (I’m 3 meeting posts behind!), birthday shop for my hubby,  go to our book club Christmas party/baby shower, make praline cheesecake for our last Revelation Bible study session, cheer on my winning Minnesota Wild Hockey team (my true passion) and plan my menu for my New Year’s Eve party.  It’s going to be a fun (and exhausting) week!  Have a great week everybody and keep those pages turning!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading is a weekly meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.


13 responses to “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

  1. The Courage Tree sounds so suspenseful! I can’t help thinking that you need to slow down or you will burn out. Don’t forget to take care of yourself.

  2. It’s always a tough time in the lead up to Christmas so don’t be too hard on yourself. Scale back your expectations until after the ‘silly season’ is over 🙂

  3. shelleyrae @ Book'd Out

    The courage Tree sounds fabulous – I have Chamberlains Secrets She Left behind from the library to read. Oh and I failed to – its that time of year!

    Wishing you a great reading week!
    Shelleyrae @ Book’d Out

  4. The Courage Tree looks wonderful! And West Virginia would be a great one to check off the 2012 map. For the record… I havent started Christmas shopping either…. 🙂

  5. Ok your week of Christmas activities, can I say WOW 🙂 Enjoy

  6. I had The Courage Tree but didn’t read it. I’ll be curious how you like it.
    Have a great week.

  7. Enjoy your book. I haven’t heard of it but it has a pretty cover.

    I’m officially on vacation and I’m starting to wonder if I’ll complete the GoodReads challenge. Come see what I’m reading.

  8. Te Courage Tree sounds really good. Sounds like you have a hectic week ahead!!

  9. This time of the year is really rough! I always make the mistake of overthinking, over scheduling, and just overwhelming myself! I hope you have a good reading week but also a good week in general! 🙂 Happy Reading!

  10. I love the cover of The Courage Tree! I think I mostly finished my Christmas shopping this evening. Yay! But it seems like I always think of something I’ve forgotten. Oh well. Enjoy your week!

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  12. The Courage Tree was enjoyable. I have not started my Christmas shopping either, but I do work good under pressure ;o)

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