It’s Monday December 29th, What Are You Reading?


I hope you all had a great holiday! Everything was pretty low-key here, which means I had a ton of time for reading. I finished everything I started last week pretty quick, but felt a bit of a gut-punch after reading a A Little Life and definitely count it as a book hangover. Even though I enjoyed A Bad Character, Binary Star and Wolf Winter, which I read through next, I didn’t feel totally invested in another book until I picked up Beloved (yes, for the first time!). I think I needed another brilliant story to shake me and Beloved is totally doing the job. I also just started reading How to be both by Ali Smith, which is my book club’s pick for January. It’s such a unique book and I can’t wait to see how the different structure impacts our opinions. I still have another week off work full of reading ahead of me, but everything is fair game! I don’t really know what I’ll be picking up next.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • You’ve got me excited about A Little Life…I keep checking my inbox for the NetGalley approval :) I’m pretty sure I haven’t read Beloved either. Enjoy your week of reading – I’m jealous!!

    • It’s hard for me to say that A Little Life will be a book that will be universally loved (it’s definitely long and very difficult), but I think it’s just an incredible piece of work. I hope you’re approved soon!

  • Awesome variety of books! Enjoy!

  • I’m experiencing a book hangover from A Little Life, too. Powered through to the end on Christmas night. Jude is a character who will stick with me for quite a while.

    Hope your club enjoys the Ali Smith. Is your group evenly divided between who reads which narrative first?

    • I definitely haven’t had a reading experience like that in a long, long time.
      Yep, we’re splitting up How to Be Both pretty close, so I’m really curious how it’s going to go!

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    I am curious about How To Be Both….I read a book by Ali Smith called The Accidental, and it wasn’t a favorite, in that I felt a little frustrated afterwards, but maybe that’s why I am still thinking about it. Hmm. Thanks for sharing…and here are


  • Jennine G.

    Ok, same answer I gave on Fourth Street Review, because I’m reading more books than usual, so it’s a long answer! I’m strangely reading three books right now. Start With Why is a book on leadership, good, but I can only read so much at a time. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I started last night, but I scare easily and I’m thinking the creepy pictures won’t do for me at night, so it’ll be a daytime read (pathetic, I know). So the third book I’ll read before bed most likely is The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults, which comes out Jan 6th. As a mother and teacher of teens, I couldn’t pass it up.

    • I have a copy of The Teenage Brain that I picked up and read the first few pages of and want to go back to, it just felt a little too much like homework for me at the time. I think it might be one of those books that needs the right mindset!

  • I’ve never read Beloved, although I know I should. I did see the movie, which freaked me out and, frankly, I didn’t really completely understand….so perhaps I NEED to read the novel!

    • I haven’t seen the movie, either (though I do want to watch it now!), but I can see how it would be confusing if you didn’t have all of the different pieces to hold everything together.

  • Wolf Winter was on my most anticipated list! I’m glad you liked it. I’ve been avoiding actually reading it because it is so wintry (snowy, with a high of 4) here right now that I don’t think I could mentally handle the additional description.

    • It does have a very chilly atmosphere! Some of the threads in the mystery were a little hard for me to believe toward the end, but it definitely kept my interest.

  • Ahhhh Beloved was amazing. It’s been SO long since I read it (maybe 1995 or so?). But I remember it put me on a huge Toni Morrison kick.

  • I’ve heard A Little Life is a tough read so I have to ask- what do you mean by a book hangover? That good? I have it but won’t get to it for awhile.

    I’m starting Vanessa and Her Sister because I want to be reading something great at year end and I pursued a few pages and was hooked.

    • I think book hangover can mean different things for different people, but for me it’s what happens when I’m so fully invested in a story that it takes me some time to let go enough to be able to properly enjoy another book.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I feel like that’s a big part of being a reader – you kind of float through a lot of books until you find one that knocks your socks off.

    I will be really interested to see what you think of How to Be Both. I haven’t read it yet!

  • Beloved is definitely a great book when you want something to shake you!

  • Beloved gave me ALL the feels. Amazing, amazing writing in that one. It left me with a book hangover earlier this year.

  • crimeworm

    Be interested to hear your thoughts on How To Be Both – I’ve tried reading two Ali Smith books previously and could not get into them…maybe third time lucky??

  • Yes, I read Beloved but it’s been awhile. Powerful is what I recall. I picked up Rene Denfeld’s The Enchanted and am liking it so far … Have you read it?