It’s Monday, May 11th. What Are You Reading?


So, we’re back at Monday, eh? It feels like we were just here. I think the weeks are flying by because I feel like I’m running out of time—my research job is coming to a close as the project ends and I’m now pretty deep in the hunt. I’m still throwing around the possibility of a PhD (yet again!), but I wouldn’t be able to start until January and…well, my mortgage doesn’t pay itself. If you know anything about a mortgage that does, though…

Last week was a pretty strange one in Readingland. After the initial excitement of picking it up, I had a rough time getting myself motivated to read Kate Atkinson’s A God in Ruins. In hopes of shaking things up, I wound up reading about half of Missoula in a single sitting, but it’s just as infuriating as you would expect. Thankfully, it was different enough to help me finish A God in Ruins and move on to Hannah Rothschild’s The Improbability of Love, which I’m reading for an assigned review. It’s not out until November, but it’s 100% in my wheelhouse and I’m already intrigued.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?


  • Both books sound intriguing, although, like you, books like Krakauer’s usually infuriate me more than inform me :-/

  • Kay

    I’m wanting to read the Missoula book, but I think I will listen on audio. I suspect it will make me made and so the audio might be better as I do that in small doses. LOL

  • Job hunting is the worst. Best of luck!

  • I saw Krakauer on a morning show discussing his book and was intrigued. I know I’m going to get outraged reading it, but I also know it will be informative. Good luck with the job hunt – I’m in the same boat. Fingers crossed for the both of us :)

  • Missoula sounds really interesting, though not my normal read. Just the description has wound me up.

  • I saw your tweet about the dream job you applied for. I’ve got my fingers crossed for you!

    Sorry to hear things got funky in Readingland. Here’s to a better week!

  • Gina

    I have been seeing Missoula everywhere! Two of my nephews recently graduated from University of Montana. I want to read it, but I am also nervous to read it. The Improbability of Love sounds in my wheelhouse, too. Can’t wait for your review!

    • It’s funny, I don’t think I ever heard of anyone who went to that school until this book came out…and now I’m seeing people EVERYWHERE. It’s really, really interesting, but definitely hard to read.

  • Shannon, I hadn’t heard about The Improbability of Love until now; I’m going to have to look this one up! Um, if you find out anything about that pre-paid mortgage arrangement, I’m all ears – ha! I hope things work out for you and that you are able to find something to, if nothing else, tide you over until school begins. I’ve often thought about returning to school but, as you’ve just mentioned, there is that little matter of the bills. Ugh. Being an adult sucks, sometimes -ha! Hope your Monday is off to a good start!

    • It’s a bummer that the timing is so bad, because I could likely get a stipend for school…but I need something to do until January! Ideally, I’d like to work for a year or so and save up some money and start the following Fall. We’ll see!

  • Hope the hunt goes well, transitions are so hard! Missoula is going on the TBR, but hard to say when I’ll get to it. I’m reading A Little Life, and am around page 200. Some stuff is happening, and I’m taking tentative steps forward. :)

    • I think you’ve kind of hit the mark where you start to learn more about Jude’s backstory…and it’s some madness from there.

  • I’m glad you enjoyed Missoula – I’m planning to read it for Nonfiction November (I love Krakauer and am really interested in his investigation of this topic in particular)…if I don’t end up picking it up before.
    Sounds like you have a ton going on – good luck with everything! Don’t we all want more time :)

  • I’m contemplating trying Missoula on audio, but worried it might make me too angry while driving around (most of my audio listening is on the 50-mile stretch of highway it takes me to get to meetings in Baltimore, Washington, or Annapolis). I saw some of your tweets on A God in Ruins and I’m interested to discuss once I read it. Definitely looking forward to a TSS discussion there…

  • Girl, if you find the mortgage that pays itself LET ME KNOW. I don’t think I can read Missoula, if it’s that infuriating. Not in the mood right now! Improbability of Love looks interesting though.

  • Ciska van der Lans

    oww mortgage… the horror!!
    It is so nice when you get to read a book you are anticipating that much!!

  • MISSOULA is killing me slowly. I made it through part I last night, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I slept poorly, woke up feeling off, and ultimately stayed home for the day. As always, the line between bearing witness and practicing self-care is fuzzy, at best.

    • Ugh, me too. I read through like 150 pages on Saturday, but haven’t been able to pick it up since. Sadly, nothing is particularly shocking, but it’s just so draining to see the environment around it remain the same.

  • Vasilly

    Good luck on the job hunt. Fingers crossed that you’ll find something soon. I haven’t heard of Missoula before, but your comment and another blogger’s makes me curious now. Have a good week.

  • I’m with you on Missoula. I’ve been listening on audio, about 45 minutes at a time, and that’s about all I can take. What’s striking about it is that none of these cases are “shocking” — every rape, no matter how simple it seems, has such ranging consequences. And the way the victims are treated… ugh. Just, yeah, many thoughts.

  • I’m reading A God in Ruins now, and having a hard time getting into it. I’m only about 40 pages in so far. It’s also making me wish I had a better memory for things I’ve read previously – or at least that I had time to re-read Life After Life before diving into this one. I think I’m going to get Missoula on Audible soon.

  • Job hunting is the worst, or maybe interviewing and not getting it. Either one…no good. But a self-paying mortgage, I can get behind that.