It’s Monday, March 23rd. What Are You Reading?


Quite the whirlwind of a weekend! For the past few weeks, April from The Steadfast Reader, Catherine from The Gilmore Guide to Books, Jennifer from The Relentless Reader, and Monika from A Lovely Bookshelf and I have been working on a new group blog called The Socratic Salon. We wanted a place that would allow us to talk about books a little differently, while still maintaining the blogs we love, and I think it’s headed in a great direction. We have an introduction post with information up today if you want to find out more! Thankfully, it’s also Bloggiesta, so that gives me an excuse to focus on the behind the scenes blog work this week.

As for the books? They took a bit of a backseat, but I did get a small start on H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald, which I’m loving. I also have plans to pick up The First Bad Man by Miranda July, which is my book club is reading this month.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Heather

    I started reading Lisa Genova’s new novel ‘Inside the O’Brien’s’ this morning (I got a copy off NetGalley – YAY!). I’m about five chapters in and I can already tell I’ll be in tears by the end of it.
    I’ve seen lots of people reading ‘The First Bad Man’ lately – I think I need to add it to my TBR list/pile. It looks really good.

  • I love that I discover new books on your blog.

  • The Socratic Salon sounds like it will be such fun! I haven’t read Hausfrau yet but hopefully I’ll be on board with some of the other ones.

  • The Salon is a fabulous idea! Glad you’re reading H Is for Hawk, it’s wonderful.

  • Just checked out the Socratic Salon – I love the idea!! On your “evidence” mentioned there, my Girl on the Train spoilers post has done better than any other post on my blog ever (by far) and there have been a fair number of commenters talking about how they were finally glad to find a place where they could talk about specifics without worrying about spoiling the book! And – I definitely want to discuss Hausfrau (I finished it this weekend) – will check back on Weds.

  • I look forward to your review of H is for Hawk & I’ll see you around the Bloggiestsa traps :-)

  • The Socratic Salon sounds delightful; I’m definitely going to check it out, Shannon!

  • olduvai

    Off to check out the Socratic Salon! And ooh, H is for Hawk! I want to read that!

  • Can’t wait for the Salon to get started! Trying to finish Housfrau audio before the discussion starts. I have had H is for Hawk sitting waiting patiently and can’t wait to get to it. It’s interesting to me on many fronts (dated a guy in college who trained hawks – don’t hear that very often, do you?), plus it is part of my goal to read more Australian authors this year. Curious to hear what you think about First Bad Man, so I can shove it up or down the list accordingly!

    • On the surface, H is for Hawk totally wouldn’t work for me, but I seem to really enjoy memoirs that focus on specific events through a narrow lens.

      • I thought I wouldn’t enjoy The Hare With Amber Eyes, as it’s got the similar “narrow focus” but it’s possibly my favourite book ever – or one of em (who can pick a favourite?)

    • Is it H Is For Hawk you’re referring to re Australian authors? As Helen MacDonald is English. I’m also waiting for news The First Bad Man, so I can do the same as you!

      • You are correct, I misspoke. I first read about H in an Australian publication and for some reason that stuck in my head. Thanks for keeping me straight!

        • It’s just been everywhere here so you can’t miss it – plus I think she’s a lecturer at Cambridge!

  • I’ve been reading about the Socratic Salon and think it will be great!

  • I’m intrigued by H is for Hawk. But there are so many other books on my list that I just don’t know where the hours will come from!

  • I picked up The First Bad Man but am not sure when I’ll get to it. I finally got my hardcover of Hausrau in the mail today and plan to bump it up and start it tomorrow. I’m so excited to read that book, I took two days off work. Shhhh….don’t tell. Congratulations on the Socratic Salon!

  • Julie @ Smiling Shelves

    The Socratic Salon sounds like a great idea! I’m eager to check it out!

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  • I want to read both of these – and the Socratic Salon sounds fab. H Is for Hawk has been out here – UK – for a year and I’ve not read one bad review, or heard of anyone who didn’t adore it! It may not sound like “your thing” people but I suspect you’ll love it! Lots of mentions of Hausfrau; I’ve still to read and review mine. I need to get a move on!

  • Jennine G.

    Will you all be doing mostly new releases for Socratic Salon?

    • We’re aiming for a good mix! Definitely not going to do anything until at least a few weeks after publication. Right now the books are relatively new, since that’s what most of us had been reading, but we’re working backlist into our reading so we can start adding those books to the discussion.

  • I’ve heard only good things about H is for Hawk. I’m bummed my library doesn’t have it, but I’m hoping I will get around to requesting they buy it soon.

  • AnnabelSmith

    I picked up a copy of The First Bad Man in a bookshop and was annoyed to discover that there was not one word of description about the book – only raves by writers such as lena Dunham. I don’t care how many people have said a book is great – I want to make up my own mind about a book by learning at least something about it.

  • Gooooosh I love Miranda July and need to read that book ASAP. Her short story collection is so beautiful you will want to cry. I’m reading The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Sum before my copy expires, and Akira (it’s manga).