It’s Monday November 3rd, What Are You Reading?

mondayOne of the best things about this month is that along with Nonfiction November,  I’m also moving into the time of year for Free Range Reading. I tend to do more backlist reading and picking titles at whim as the year comes to an end, which is part of why I finally picked up The Golem and the Jinni. My other motivation is that Helene Wecker won VCU’s First Novelist Award and will be here in Richmond tomorrow with her editor and agent to talk about the book. I also just opened up Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality by Danielle Allen, which is my first official read for Nonfiction November. We’re off to a great start so far!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • You have such great bookish opportunities in Richmond! Enjoy hearing Wecker speak! The Declaration title sounds fascinating. My dad always carried a little copy of the Declaration and the Constitution in his briefcase. :) I might have to get this for him for his birthday.

  • Oh, I’ve had The Golem and the Jinni on my list for awhile . . . I’ll look forward to hearing what you think!

  • debnance

    Oh yeah! I love that phrase. I’m doing that, too. Here’s to Free Range Reading!

  • That’s exciting – enjoy meeting Helene Wecker!

  • Love the name: Free Range Reading! I started something similar for myself but call it “Backlist Bliss”
    The Golem and the Jinni is a book club pick for February, so I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    • Silver’s Reviews

      I need to check out your Backlist Bliss. I have tons of books that are waiting. :)

      ENJOY your reading week.

  • Susan W

    I’m also about 20% into Golem and the Jinni. I’ve had it forever but my book club has chosen it for December, thankfully forcing my hand. Great idea picking a month and dedicating it to backlist books. A lot of great books get lost with the constant enticement of new releases.

    • I’m glad someone else is catching up on it, too! I’m hoping to do a discussion post on it later this week, since so many other people have already read it.

  • Silver’s Reviews

    Going to check out what you mean by Free Range Reading!! That sounds interesting.

    ENJOY your reading week.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My It’s Monday, What Are You Reading

    • It’s definitely a fun way to go about doing things!

      • Silver’s Reviews

        Sure looks like it. I have to find a book to read all for myself. :) :)

        I love doing the reviews and I am sure I will do one for the “myself” book too. :)

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    A great month ahead! Enjoy…and here are


  • Holly @ guninactone

    Oh, I am glad you posted about Helene Wecker in RVA – I think I will try to go to that tomorrow! That means I should start reading the Golem and the Jinni tonight, which I’ve had on my Kindle for awhile. Of course, you are cutting into my planned Nonfiction November reading with this news!

  • Amen to Free Range Reading! Make it a movement!

  • Karsyn Smith

    Didn’t know there was a name for how I read. I never ever have a plan, and just read what I want, always. It still amazes me that people actually pick out weeks or months of books at a time, I could never do that. I thought they were the weird ones, but perhaps I am, if free range is a thing. That’s just me. :) Here’s my It’s Monday! What are you Reading? post.

    • I never read in a specific order (I’m far too moody for that), but if I’m reviewing books I like to have them reviewed near their publication date.

  • I love the sound of Non-fiction November!
    I do AusReading month, but a number of my books are non-fiction – I might have to check this out too.

    PS I’ve heard lots of great things about the Golem and the Jinni in the past year – I hope you enjoy it too.

  • The Golem and the Jinni was quite a read! It took me a long time to work my way through it but it was a pretty incredible story in the end. I just finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane and now I’m reading Charlotte and Leopold: The True Story of the Original People’s Princess so I guess I’m doing my part for non fiction November after all.

    • It took me a little to get into the first bit, but I’m nearing the 200 page mark and it’s starting to come together now. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes!

  • AnnabelSmith

    I’m reading the final part in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy – Acceptance. I rarely read non-fiction but I just picked up Davy Rothbart’s book of essays My Heart is an idiot as well as The Collected Letters of John Steinbeck which I’ve read before but am looking forward to dipping into again.

    • I really enjoyed My Heart is an Idiot, though I also had some location-based nostalgia for many of the places in the book ;)

      • AnnabelSmith

        They are places you’ve lived? or just visited?

        • I grew up not too far from him in Michigan, so he talks about many of the places I remember from my childhood.

  • I’m reading Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, an absolutely lovely YA novel I read about on Rolling Stone’s website, of all places. I’m going to finish it this evening, and then I have a great big stack of excellent new library books to try out!

    • I heard a ton of great things about that one! I don’t read much YA, but I was definitely interested in checking it out.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Hooray for backlist reading! I have been meaning to read The Golem and the Jinni for a while so I’m excited to see what you think of it.