It’s Monday December 8th, What Are You Reading?


It was a busy little weekend, but I’m glad I can finally share all the happenings! I made a quick trip back to Michigan to surprise my sister for her baby shower, so I was a little absent from the internet for a few days (and it was wonderful). I didn’t have quite as much reading time as usual, but I did get several things started in airports and on planes. Earlier this week, I started and finished Butterflies in November by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir, along with a single-sitting read of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. While I was traveling, Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things finally started calling to me, so I picked it up to read alongside Bastard Out of Carolina and Meredith Mayhew Bergman’s Almost Famous Women.

Yesterday was the final day of voting for Book Blogger Top Picks, so I”ll be sharing the winners tomorrow!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Elena

    I’m always in awe of people who can read in cars/buses (maybe you travelled by train, there I can read!). I hope you had a great weekend with your sister and congratulations to her! I love the title “Almost Fabulous Women”, might need to check it.

    • It was a plane trip, which made it a little easier, but I’m lucky that I can read in cars, too. My husband can’t, though, so I totally understand!

  • Wesley

    How fun to go back home AND for it to be a surprise. I’m sure she was thrilled to see you! I’m reading your pick, “Unnatural Selection”. It’s so interesting but heartbreaking and infuriating. I was like weepy Hulk and I’m only 100 pages in. Can’t wait to talk about it with you!

  • As the Crowe Flies

    I’m making my way slowly through the Faber. Not because I’m not liking it, but because this time of year is so busy at work that I barely have energy to be civil to my family when I get home before falling asleep!

    • I took my time with it over the weekend, too, and I’m still just about 100 pages in. I’m enjoying it, but feel like I’m doing some unfair comparison to The Sparrow…really curious where it’s headed.

  • Looks like you have some great reading in the works. I hope you’re enjoying Bastard Out of Carolina and I soooo want to read The Book of Strange New Things. When I start reading novels again, that is.

    • I’m definitely planning to devote some more time to Bastard Out of Carolina this week…it seemed like one that deserved a little more of my attention than what I was able to give it over the weekend!

  • Laurel-Rain Snow

    Oh, a lovely book haul! Hope you enjoy them all…they are new to me.

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  • Susan W

    I have added Butterflies in November to my list, so thanks for that ;) I’m reading The Laughing Monster, but also started The Complete Sherlock Holmes. This will be on going for quite a while, as the cover boasts – 56 stories and 4 novels!

  • I’m so looking forward to reading The Book of Strange New Things and Almost Famous Women. Hope you’re enjoying them!

  • Ahh Bastard Out of Carolina, that’s an oldie … but an intense read. I read that in the 90s I think and was a bit scared out of my wits. Some good writing though.

  • Aw, your sister must have been so thrilled to see you! Was a good time had by all?

  • AnnabelSmith

    I’ve heard mixed reviews of the Book of Strange New Things so i’ll be interested to hear your thoughts. I’m reading Rick Moody’s The Ice Storm, a book I’ve wanted to read for eons, but I must admit it’s not reeling me in so far. It’s probably at a disadvantage for having to compete with House of Cards which I’ve just started watching and am completely addicted to!

    • I just got my parents hooked on House of Cards over the weekend! I had watched the whole thing when both seasons first showed up on Netflix, but made them start watching it and re-watched the first six or so episodes over the last few days. It’s a great show!

      • AnnabelSmith

        We’ve just started Season 2. It’s getting pretty hairy!