It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

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



I recently finished reading Nobody Will Tell You This But Me by Bess Kalb.  It is written by a granddaughter in her dead grandmother’s words. I was immediately pulled into their story because it reminded me of the closeness between my niece and her her grandmother ( my mom). The granddaughter is around the same age  as my niece ( 32) and got married in 2013, the same year as my niece.

I was turned off by one part. The grandmother, named Bobby kept telling Bess her to get rid of her cat. I wanted to hate the grandmother for that, but I couldn’t. I know she was misinformed and only had the best interest of her future great grandchild in mind. Plus Bess ignored her wishes as far as kitty was concerned. The book is a nice mix of memoir and telling of the family’s history along with  references to many, many voicemails the grandmother left her over the years. I felt bad that the granddaughter didn’t have a child until after her grandma had passed. I know from seeing my mom with her two great granddaughters that there is nothing so special as enjoying your grandchild’s children.

Joanie hopes she is awww.. worthy for today.

Penny will be here with another tip tomorrow.



  1. The Human just finished Uncanny Valley, a memoir by a woman who was one of the few female workers at several start ups in the past five years or so. Very enlightening! Me, I like the comics.

  2. Ohh that sounds like an interesting book. We’ll tell mom about it. Right now she’s reading a book called The Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker! Here’s from the back cover: Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic and dies at sea on the voyage from Poland. Chava is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York harbor in 1899.

    Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire born in the ancient Syrian desert, trapped in an old copper flask, and released in New York City, though still not entirely free

    Ahmad and Chava become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

    Mom is reading it to us and it’s really really fun!

  3. That sounds like a nice book. I am glad the granddaughter kept her cat.

  4. Sounds like a good story with a lesson………..and Joanie is definitely awwwww-worthy!

    Hugs, Pam

  5. All your kitties are awww worthy. Always. Some people don’t understand how wonderful kitties are. We know, but many don’t and the old tales about kitties isn’t true.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week, Ellen. Scritches to all your babies. ♥

  6. I’m reading ” No ordinary Summer” by Linda Barrett it is #2 in the Pilgrim Cove Series of 3.
    Most of what I read either has cats or dogs in it. This series Jessie, retired Search and Rescue Golden Retriever,
    Hugs Cecilia

  7. Sounds like a good read. I’m glad Bess did not get rid of the kitty as her grandmother told her.
    Happy Monday xo

  8. Your book sounds good. I’m currently reading a book called Betting on Paradise.
    Joanie we are glad the grandmother didn’t get rid of the cat.

  9. I’m glad she didn’t listen to that piece of advice – I don’t understand how people get rid of their pets just becaue a child came along.

  10. When my mom was pregnant with me her mother-in-law suggested she get rid of her cat (my eventual best friend Patch) because he would steal my breath. Needless to say they didn’t get along very well!

  11. I love great grandmother/grand daugher relationships. Oh I can see how the cat part didn’t go down well with you.

  12. Joanie! Totally Awe Worthy. I had a great relationship with my grandmother. She had early onset Altzheimers and my Grand Parents moved so she could get the care she needed. She passed away far too young. Neither of my sisters remember her at all. I shall have to see if I can find this book. Thanks for the review!
    Ciao Barb

  13. Joanie, you are showing us what looks to be a nice book to read, thanks for the ‘review’!

    While I knew my grandparents and saw them a few times, they lived in Europe, while we were far away on the other side of the pond…When I was a baby my Mom had me and my sister there for about 3 months. They , being my dad’s parents came to Canada for a long visit too, when I was not yet born, and another time when I was a baby.We all were there again when I was seven, this time with my then three year old brother, for about 2 months. My maternal Opa and Oma never came to Canada. I went back in 1975, 1981 and 2008. Now all my grandparents, uncles and aunts are gone, I only have many cousins there.

    But my Mom made sure to speak of her parents often there were many pictures going back and forth, as well as phone calls. They would have enjoyed the perks of Technology if they were still with us today, such as Skype and Zoom:)

  14. Ellen,

    Thanks for sharing your book review. I mainly read blog content. Occasionally I’ll read articles online for research or recipes. I like checking out yummy recipes! Even more, I like making yummy new recipes!! Have a good week. Stay safe and be well. Thanks for visiting, my furriend!

  15. I tend to read a lot of health books. I am currently reading a book called Super Human by Dave Asprey. So far it seems pretty interesting and informative.

  16. Sounds like an interesting ‘read’ Ellen!
    I am reading yet another murder mystery…what’s new???
    The book is titled “Our Little Secret” by Roz Nay a Canadian author…I admit I’ve not heard of her til now & I am REALLY enjoying the book. In fact, we KNOW there has been a murder but it is the story centers on the person the Police suspect committed the murder & her telling of her story to the Detective. It has proved interesting so far!
    Happy reading Ellen!!
    ((hugs)) Sherri-Ellen & **purrss** BellaDharma

  17. This sounds like a very sweet read, though I’d agree that giving up the cat is never the right thing to do. I’m glad the granddaughter disobeyed her grandmother in this one regard. Joanie, you are always awww worthy! Purrs and prayers to all of you!

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