It’s Monday, January 26th. What Are You Reading?

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So, it’s Monday and the reading is slow. Not bad, but slow. I still don’t feel like I’ve completely hit a groove yet this year and though there’s been one or two standout titles, nothing is catching me the way I’d hoped it would. So, I’m doing some serious mood reading and jumping into I Am Radar by Reif Larsen, which is a chunkster I’ve been pretty excited about. On the other end of the spectrum, Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis is a title that hadn’t been on my radar until just recently. I’m hoping its creepy little cannibalistic story can pull me in the way I’ve heard it has for others.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Bibliodaze is doing a really interesting survey of the online book community. If you have a few minutes, head over and check it out.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • 2015 has been a slow year for reading for me. Most of what I’ve read has been kind of ho-hum. I’m starting to get out of that now and it’s about time!

  • I recently saw Bones & All somewhere else for the first time and immediately thought “that’s something Shannon will read” -ha! Not that I think you have cannabalistic tendencies or anything :) I just finished My Sunshine Away and absolutely loved it – slump is officially broken!

    • Ha! Well, I did freak out and think “I have to read that!” as soon as I heard it was about a girl that eats people, so you’re pretty spot on.

  • Wesley

    I’ve got a few too many books going right now but the best one of the group is Mary Roach’s Gulp. Right now I’m on a chapter all about items in rectums so it made for an interesting read last night (not a book I’ll read while eating)

  • Emily@As the Crowe Flies

    Ugh — I got totally exasperated with I AM RADAR and quit it about 125 pages into. Which would normally be a good percentage of the book, but as you say, this is a chunkster, so it was maybe 1/6 of the way through. Hope you like it much better than I did!!!

    • I’m just over the 100 mark and really enjoying it, but I’ve heard that the character map starts to spread pretty wide. I’m really curious where it’s going.

  • I’m intrigued by I Am Radar! Hope you hit your reading groove soon.

  • Love the cover of Bones and All!

  • I’m having the same problem. I feel like I have had a great reading month numbers’ wise but only one or two have hit a sweet spot for me. I’m hoping my book mojo sorts itself out soon and I hope you find your reading groove!

    • It’s always frustrating when it gets like this. I think Andi from Estella’s Revenge called it the “Sea of Threes” last year…and it definitely feels that way!

  • Bones & All is something that is outside what I normally read, but now I’m really curious… can’t wait to hear your thoughts on it! Maybe I’ll step outside my comfort zone and give it a read.

    • It’s a little outside for me, too (they’re calling it a YA crossover), so I’m hoping it ends up sparking something!

  • Irene McKenna

    Cannibalism! Hmm … intriguing. :-)

    • Megan Folse

      I was thinking the same thing. Except my first thought was “Ew… How creepy”. But yesterday I was reading an article on how human skin and pig skin are so similar that you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the two if you were eating both of them side to side. Very gross.

  • Megan Folse

    I have a HUGE TBR list, but unfortunately I’ve banned myself from reading until I’ve written my review of ‘The Art of Asking’ by Amanda Palmer. I was so inspired by the book; I don’t think I can do it justice. But the next book I plan on starting is “The Radical Housewife’ by Shannon Drury.

    • Glad to hear you found an inspiring read! I have some reservations about the way she approaches the idea of asking from a place of privilege, but I think it’s great to her that it’s encouraging for people.

      • Megan Folse

        Did you read it/review it? I’d be interested to see what you thought about it. And I think I understand what you’re saying about asking from a place of privilege, but could you clarify in case I’m misinterpreting?

        • I haven’t read it, but this review pretty well summarizes what seemed slightly off about the idea since I first heard of it: http://www.npr.org/2014/11/20/363835448/theres-more-to-asking-than-just-art I think it’s a great thing that she’s encouraging people to be vulnerable and ask for help (I actually loved Daring Greatly by Brene Brown who wrote the introduction), but just feel like there are some societal structures she’s ignoring.

          • Megan Folse

            Thank you for sharing that article with me. I hadn’t read it, yet. And now I have an angle for my book review that’s better than “I like this book because…”.
            I think Annalisa Quinn missed the point Amanda Palmer was trying to make in her book. I actually wonder if she sat down and read the book or just skimmed it, because a few of the arguments she makes (like the Boston Marathon bombing tweets and the entire 3rd paragraph of Quinn’s article) are wrong or take sentences out of context to suit the point she’s trying to make.
            If you do read this book, I can’t wait for your review. I love NPR, but in this instance I think they got this wrong.

  • Oooh! Interesting!

    Also, question: Howwww do you make time to read all these things? I have a post coming up on the blog soon asking for tips but now that I’ve taken on a full time job my reading has just dropped off immensely and I hate it so much. -___- I need some time management wizardry.

    • Whenever people ask, I’m not sure how to respond! I feel like I don’t spend a TON of time reading, but maybe I do? I definitely don’t spend watch as much TV as I used to and I usually read for about 45 min – 1.5 hr. in the evenings (not usually at once, but broken up). I think it helps that I’m a fairly quick reader, too.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I Am Radar sounds fascinating. I’m trying to not go too crazy with the tbr list so I will wait and see what you think of it. :)

  • I feel like we’re in the same boat…and it’s sinking! Maybe that’s extreme but it’s taking on water in that I’ve yet to read anything that really stuck with me. I’m not familiar with either of your titles but really hope they provide excellent reading for you!

  • I wasn’t reading anything particularly good on Monday, but now it is Tuesday and I’ve discovered that Rose Lerner, one of my favorite romance authors, has a new book out. So that’s what I spent today reading. It was a lovely treat. Apart from that I’m reading my history of Namibia, which is getting extra interesting as we get closer to the turn of the (twentieth) century.

  • I’ll be so interested to hear what you think of I am Radar – I have it as well but haven’t started yet. I loved TS Spivet so much.

  • BWB

    Those books sound interesting…