It’s Monday December 22nd, What Are You Reading?


Happy vacation time, ladies and gents! I know, I know…not everyone is on vacation (my husband has to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day this year), but I’m a little excited about my two weeks off. So excited that I decided to jump into my most anticipated book of 2015, A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It’s not out until March, but it’s a long one and I wanted a good chunk of time to sit down with it. I’m glad I made that decision, too, because it’s just incredibly absorbing. Before picking it up, I finished Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle and Zealot by Reza Aslan, which were both great. A copy of Wendy C. Ortiz’s Excavation just arrived for me, but I think I might end up too trapped by A Little Life to read both.

I had decided that I wasn’t going to do any challenges in 2015, but Sheila at Book Journey won me over with the 2015 Library Challenge, since it’s been part of my plan to use the library more often next year. I think I’m going to aim for 23-27 checkouts read, which would be an improvement from this year. We’ll see!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • A Little Life sounds amazing…a little bit like The Interestings maybe? I just requested it on Netgalley based on your comments!

    • Also – I finished The Wife last night….I can’t believe it took me so long to read it (I had it on my Kindle for months!!). I absolutely loved it. The writing…just wow. And I loved how things turned out.

    • I loved Yanagihara’s first novel (last year! I don’t know how she already has a second), so when I saw the summary of this one I was totally sold. It reminds me a little of The Interestings, but with more challenging bits of life thrown in, and a little of The Goldfinch in its scope. I adored both books, so it’s a great combination for me and the writing is just mindblowing.

  • Susan W

    I’m so jealous that your reading A Little Life, I cant wait for that one. I’m about half way through Wolf in White Van. Trying to sneak in as many Tournament of Book contenders as I can, as I have only read about 10 on the long list.

    • I’m a Tournament of Books junkie (I’ll have a post up tomorrow!), so I’m totally trying to catch up on some that I’ve missed, too.

  • Cheers to two weeks off! I have to pull it out until noon tomorrow, but then I’m DONE til the 5th.

    • Why is your uni the worrrssttt? I hope there’s not much for you to do before tomorrow and then you have a glorious vacation :)

      • Haha! My boss came in this morning all, “So what’s on your to-do list?” So I rattled off some crap. Might get around to it. Might not.

  • Elena

    Happy Christmas! I hope you get to enjoy your free time and get to read a lot. Now that you mention that challenge, I should join as well. However, my main problem is that I live in Spain but read in English, which is not so common, so I don’t have access to a library of books in English. Anyway, it’s a lovely way to start 2015 :)

    Also, sorry for your husband working. Mom is nurse, I know how it goes…

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    Enjoy your time off and your eagerly anticipated read. I haven’t signed up for any challenges this year, but the library one does look like a good one.

    Here are


  • Beautiful display of books, and they all look so good.

    THANKS for sharing.

    Merry Christmas.

  • Vasilly

    My break started last Friday and I am so happy! I can actually relax. :-) Happy reading.

  • Jill

    I’m on vacation from work too! I am reading The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant. It’s really starting to pull me in. Zealot is loaded to my eReader. Maybe one day I’ll read it.

  • You are tempting me so much with A Little Life! I’m trying SO hard to wait until it’s actually 2015 to read it.

  • looking forward to reading your thoughts on Excavation

  • Nise’

    Enjoy your time off, hope it includes lots of reading! Shelia’s Library Challenge is no challenge for me as I am there at least twice a week. I am joining her other two challenges.

  • I’m so interested in Zealot, glad to hear you liked it!

    A library challenge! That’s a fantastic idea and the kind of challenge I could get behind.

    Happy vacation :D

  • AnnabelSmith

    I heard an interview with John Darnielle on KCRW’s Bookworm podcast, which made me really keen to read it. I’m reading AM Homes’ This Book Will Save Your Life. Loving it.

  • Irene McKenna

    These look interesting. I’m going to check out Wolf in the White Van and Zealot.

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