It’s Monday, March 16th. What Are You Reading?


I’m just going to come out and say it…I think Spring is here. We’ve had a string of upper-60 degree days, I’ve had my windows open and even did a little yard work yesterday. I see some porch reading in my very near future. I finished up last week’s books and also read The Listener by Rachel Basch, which I really enjoyed. Now I’m moving on to Jennifer Jacquet’s Is Shame Necessary?, which seems like it will be an interesting contrast to the new Jon Ronson book that’s been getting a great deal of attention, and The Lost Boys Symphony by Mark Andrew Ferguson. March is still going strong and these seem like they’ll hold the trend!

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


  • The Lost Boys Symphony looks interesting! As for me, I’m starting the week off with Still Writing, by Dani Shapiro. It’s been on my TBR for a while now!

  • Oooh, porch reading! I’m kind of bummed that mine is an enclosed porch, but I should probably move a couple of chairs out there within the next couple weeks. I’m ready for (kind of) outside.
    Is Shame Necessary? sounds super interesting and relevant. I’m intrigued!

  • I didn’t realize that Ronson has a new book coming out. What can i say, I’m a sucker for his work.

    • I’ve definitely liked his stuff in the past, and I’m interested in this one, but I think there’s more than one side on this one, too.

  • I’m beyond jealous of your 60’s days! I’ve been super happy with mid-40s here – ha! Mercy Louis has a healthy dose of the shame thing going on….would be an interesting fiction companion to Is Shame Necessary, I think. I need to check out Jon Ronson.

  • I’m currently reading “The People in the Trees.” by Hanya Yanagihara, which I discovered through your site! I’m also reading Little Women :) And we would love your 60 degree weather to roll right on in to our neck of the woods!! I live in Dallas and it snowed in March!! Unheard of here! Thanks for your post :)

    • Oh, I was a huge fan of The People in the Trees! I can’t believe Texas was hit so hard this year – here’s hoping things turn around quick!

  • Lindsey Stefan

    Thank goodness for some sunshine and warmth finally!

    I will be interested to see what you think of Is Shame Necessary? I just finished reading Brene Brown’s Daring Greatly and she had a lot to say about guilt and shame.

    • I really liked Daring Greatly, and this has been an interesting comparison. Similar definitions, but different outcome.

  • Wesley

    I really hope that spring is here (my spring is more like a string of 40s) but I’m still not taking my “in case I slide into a ditch emergency bag” out of my trunk just yet!

  • I love the cover on The Listener; I’ll have to check into this one! Yesterday was absolutely lovely; I, too, had my windows open and took my dog out for a long walk along a local trail. I’m hopeful that Spring is finally here!

  • I’m so jealous of your spring weather! It got up to 50 on Friday (bliss), but we’re still mainly stuck in the 30s and low 40s. I’m SO tired of wearing boots! I’m desperate for the ground to be dry enough to break out my Toms.

    • I wore mine for the first day yesterday! It’s still been pretty wet here, though, so it’s mostly boot time for a little bit. Hope things warm up a little more for you.

  • Have you read the Jonson book? Is it worthwhile?

    You have a knack for getting the social scientist in me all aflutter over new reads. :)

    • I’ve read some of his other books, but not this newest one…though I did read excerpts he published a few places online. In theory I agree with what he has to say, but I think he makes it a little too easy for us to excuse bad behavior (we don’t HAVE to share everything on the internet…and we should probably own up to it when we do). So, I’m interested in the opposite viewpoint, too ;)

  • All of those books sound quite interesting!

  • I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think about the two shame books. I think people use that term very loose and fast and I’m curious as to what the authors have to say about a word that I’m seeing bandied about constantly lately ;)

  • I love the title AND the cover on The Listener.