It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

Hi everyone! We are joining Book Date’s It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading? and Comedy Plus’ Awww… Monday Blog Hops.

While Joanie is on hiatus from her role on The Codd Mother, she will continue with her book reviews.


This one is good idea, every year only 12 weeks long so that means we will have Christmas every 12 weeks.

Thank you Joanie. I really enjoyed The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lenington. This book came out in 2009 so I am a little late to the party, but it is definitely worth a read. They explain how we accomplish so much from October through December because we are at the end of the year and running out of time so if we think of a year as 12 weeks we will start to accomplish more all the time. They explain how to break down goals into tactics to accomplish them and how to keep score.

I also enjoyed comedian Kevin Hart’s memoir, I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons. I had actually never heard of him before, but I like memoirs so I gave it a shot and was pleasantly surprised. Kevin Hart is a comedian so there was some vulgar language, but overall it was a nice book. He writes about all the hard work he had to put in to become a comedian. So many people think they are funny and can just get up on stage and tell jokes, but it is so much more than that. He has also learned a lot from his mistakes and shares that information too.



  1. If we have Christmas every 12 weeks, does that mean Mom and Dad have to leave the Christmas tree up ALL THE TIME? Do I get presents every single day? Oh boy!

    Hugs, Teddy

  2. I’ve not read either of those books but they sound good. Personally I like a good psychological thriller and am presently reading a great Jeffrey Deaver book. I like biographies too but haven’t read the Kevin Hart one. I’ve read a few comedians’ biographies but mostly British comedians as that’s where I live.
    That’s Purrfect

  3. Treating time like it is running out does make us want to accomplish more. So often we think we have plenty of time, it adds to procrastination. That does sound like a great book.

    Yes, being a comedian is hard work, Uncle P does stand up comedy as a sideline and he is always working and refining his routine.

  4. Christmas every 12 weeks would be – exhausting! But fun too. I just finished a science book called “The Evolution of Beauty”. I was read for some fiction so now I’m re-reading Babbit by Sinclair Lewis.

    1. Those sound interesting. I was thinking of you today, one of our monarchs came out of the chrysalis.

  5. Joanie is a cutie pie too.

    I love having Christmas every 12 weeks.

    I’m currently reading Seeing Red by Sandra Brown.

    Have a purrfect Awww Monday. My best to your mom. ☺

  6. Both books are new to me. I don’t think I would want Christmas every twelve weeks. I am not a fan of the holiday. Those twelve weeks are often too stressful. I like a slower pace. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  7. Our Mom thinks the 12 week year book sounds very interesting, probably because she’s one to rush to get things done most of the time. Currently, she’s reading her original copy of Stephen King’s It and noticing more than ever the writing style of back then (when character development was key before any real action – 100-150 pages of character building) to the current writing style of mandatory action within the first paragraph (with character development coming in short, to-the-point, well-chosen sentences peppered here and there). Mom’s a fan of character development, not car chases and crashes in the first five sentences.

    Of course, we’re all characters here and yes, some mornings, we begin her day with crashes and bangs and chases up and down the stairs. Hey, you think maybe that’s why she’s not a fan of those days?

    1. Character development is definitely more important. She is brave to read Stephen King, I am a big chicken.

  8. Hi Joanie! We would love Christmas every 12 weeks. The treats! The toys! The lady gets tired just thinking of it.

    You’re looking cute!

  9. Mee-you that 12 weeks book soundss purrty kewl……LadyMum sayss shee doess way too much fur those 2 monthss an then iss sick fur weekss aftur…. This year will bee diffyrent shee says (mee wait an see on that!)
    As fur reedin books wee finished Jo Nesbo’ss “Cockroachess” an it was a toetall sirprize at thee end! The wee red “Think of Thee Children” bye Mistur Kerry Wilkinson. It was a good story all tho a bit jagged inn sum placess an confusin….It was a 7/10 sorta book!
    Katurday nite wee started reedin “All Thee Colorss Of Darkness” bye Mistur Peter Robinson. This iss one of thee ‘Innspecktur Bankss’ seiress that wee watch on Tee Vee (iss a British drama).
    Wee are berry much inn to thee story all ready! Reedin iss pawsum isn’t it Phoebe an Lady Ellen????
    ~~tummy tickullsss~~ an ***paw kissesss*** Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    1. WOW! You and your Mum have been very busy reading. Reading is good, but going outside is much more fun than anything. XO and paw kisses and tee-hee tummy tickles, I am so very ticklish my love.

      1. LadyMum reedss befur bed while wee play toyss. Sumtimess mee just playss with toyss bye meeself an then shee reedss to mee. Today shee found a Rebecca Tope book frum thee seriess wee collectin! WOO HOO!!
        An yur rite walkin iss fun (well sumtimess!) Mee went out yesterday an today an was more at ease….mee iss gettin Bach’ss efurry nite so mee finkss it iss keepin mee sorta
        mell-oh. An mee wantss to bee mell-oh….. πŸ˜‰
        Dubbull ~~~tummy tickullsss~~~ an ***paw kissesss*** Yur well red Purrince, Siddhartha Henry xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

        1. I want you to be mellow too my love. Tee-hee, tee-hee I am so ticklish. XO and paw kisses
          I am glad you are so clever and well read.

          1. Mew mew mew mell-oh iss all ways good Phoebe gurl.
            Wee are 3/4’ss thru thee Inspecktur banks crime drama an wee fink wee know what happened to thee 2 men who gotted deaded….there are ‘spookss’ inn thee story…no, not ghosts but actual SPIESS!!!
            ^^^blushie earsss^^^ yur well red Purrince x0

  10. Ummmmm, we’re not sure about the 12 weeks thing. Mumsy is already older than dirt, so….. but we do like Kevin Hart a lot! He makes us laugh πŸ™‚
    Hugs to you all!

  11. I haven’t seen too many of Kevin Hart’s movies, but I do enjoy listening to his stand up sometimes. I have good things about his memoir. I am glad you enjoyed it.

  12. I love Joanie’s reviews. She is straightforward. You have to respect that. I have heard of that book, but have not read it. Our library will be having a sale in October. I wish you were here! HUGS!

  13. I love the review. I just finished 2 books…my DIL lent them to me. A small series and very enjoyable requiring no thoughts and deductions although one, the last one had a hugely surprising twist.

    Joanie..good job, xxx

  14. Mum loves to read, so she might check out this book. She needs to be more organized πŸ˜‰
    Right now, she is doing some “light” reading.(cozy mysteries)
    She is reading the series”The magical cat mysteries” By Sofie Kelly.
    It is quite entertaining with 2 pawsome cats and a really friendly town.
    Purrs Georgia,Julie and JJ

    1. I have never seen him anywhere, but I just ordered his comedy shows from the library.

    1. I am glad you are going to read it. I always Procrastinate- is this book title too? Joanie thanks you πŸ™‚

  15. Mee-you thee Spiess came after Inspecktur Bankss an Mistur Derek an thee Spookss killed Mistur Derek an told Inspecktur Bankss hee had to ‘walk away’ as they saved his life….it was dramatick mee can tell you…
    So thee last paragraff Innspecktur Bankss iss walkin down an English country road inn thee rain all bye himself back to his littul house…it was so sad. LadyMum said sumfing like that wood happen. Shee sure was rite!!!!!
    All mee **paw kissess*** an LUV, yur well red Purrince xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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