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 am not a fan of most fiction, but I love memoirs so I thought I would give James Patterson by James Patterson a chance.  I enjoy learning how authors got to be so good at what they do, and it is always the same- they write- and write and write. James Patterson worked in advertising writing ads for years but spent every spare moment writing novels.

And all my puzzle loving friends are going to love The Puzzler by A,J. Jacobs. He researched all kinds of puzzles-jigsaw, crossword, rebus, cryptograms, mazes, etc.  I found it interesting to learn the history of so many kinds of puzzles and fun facts. For example, there is a really hard jigsaw puzzle called Olivia the Octopus that can be put together 9 different ways, but only one is correct showing Olivia in a certain spot.

The Puzzler is also filled with all kinds of puzzles for the reader to try including a really tough one from The New York Times. The book makes a good point that puzzles should be used more often in schools to teach problem solving skills.

  Happy 4th to all our U.S. friends!

Rosie or Elvira will be here tomorrow. As we all know Penny always gets the Tuesday off after a Monday holiday.




  1. I’m reading 2 books actually and they are: A Certain Darkness by Anna Lee Huber & The Darkest Hour by Lauren Smith. These books are the type of book you either hate or love

  2. I read a lot of mysteries, but I haven’t read that much by James Patterson. I’ve been hearing good things about his memoir, however. Hope you enjoy.

  3. The James Patterson memoir sounds good, I don’t read a lot of memoirs but do enjoy them when I do.

  4. Wow, what a great idea for a book. Mama is still deep in Hercule Poirot but almost finished with ALL of them! Then she is moving to a novel by an Italian woman entitled All Our Yesterdays. A couple of unforgettable books on her list are Fresh Water for Flowers, and A Manual for Cleaning Women. Would love your book list, no matter how long!

    1. Thank you. I have a big list on Goodreads you can check out. 🙂 XO

  5. I love all sorts of puzzles so would enjoy the Puzzler book. For some reason though I can’t really get my head around Sudoku. I leave that for hubby!

    1. You would like this book then. I can’t complete even one of the sudoko. XO

  6. I’ve read quite a few of James Patterson’s books. He is a really good writer. Happy 4th! xo

  7. I didn’t know all this about Patterson. I’ve read many of his books though.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. Happy Independence Day, Ellen. Scritches to all the kitties. ♥

  8. I love doing all sorts of puzzles, so I think The Puzzler would be so much fun to read to learn more about them. Thank you for sharing about it!

    Wishing you all a happy and safe Independence Day!

  9. Mew mew mew it allwayss comess down to ritin an ritin an doin MORE ritin Aunty Ellen!!!
    Did mee meow to you BellaSita Mum finished “Broadchurch’? Shee did an shee was so sirprized who THE bad man was! Mee was two!

    Now she iss reedin “Anything You Do Say” bye Miss Gillian McAllister…
    Aunty it ISS AMAZIN! It iss so clevurrlee ritten.
    THE premise iss you get innto a BAD situation & you have 2 pathss you can take. So 1st chaptur iss CONCEEL an then 2nd chaptur is REVEEL an reepeet as story unfoldss…..well it iss like 2 storiess inn 1 😉

    Wee are enjoyin THE story so much….it REELLY makess one think about what 1 action wee due can change THE rest of our livess….
    It iss a crime drama with fillysophical thottss.
    **nose kissess** BellaDharma an {{{huggiess}}} BellaSita Mum

    1. Anything You Do Say sounds really different and fun. Glad you both enjoyed Broadchurch. XO

      1. BellaSita finished “Anythin gYou Do Say” Aunty an shee iss sorta confused shee iss goin to ree-reed THE last few chapturss to compare THE 2 endinss of THE 2 storeyss! Mew mew mew……

  10. I love puzzles! That’s why I got into IT – close enough to being paid to solve puzzles – LOL! Have a fun read and a wonderful 4th of July everyone.

  11. Nice looking books! I’ve read a few by James Patterson. I also enjoy puzzles and am curious about that book. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

  12. I haven’t read James Patterson’s books in a long time, but I always enjoyed them. I should check out his memoir. Happy 4th!

  13. I’ll bet that is a good book. Can you imagine how much he earns with all those books?!?! Happy Independence Day!

  14. Watched an very old Laurel and Hardy film, where a jigsaw puzzle is the center of all the shenanigans!
    Hilarious, even after all of these years.

    1. I will have to look for that. I think you will love this book. 🙂

  15. Oh so adorable with the books and flag ~ sweet kitties ~ Xo

    Thank you for your warmth and caring for my loss of Angel ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  16. James Patterson is one of my favourite authors. Hope you have a Happy 4th.

  17. I just finished the James Patterson book co-authored with Dolly Parton, Run Rose Run. It was good. And I love puzzles so I must look into The Puzzler! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Penny getting a four day weekend makes me giggle. You and yours are a treasure, my dear. ~hugs~ That octopus puzzle sounds fascinating! Sad to say, my Internet security seems to be blocking me from your awesome puzzles. I’ll have to ask my IT guy about it. lol Best wishes!

    1. Penny gets her work ethic from me. 🙂 Sorry you are being blocked from the puzzles. XO

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