It’s Monday, May 18th. What Are You Reading?


Much like I expected it would, the weather here went from somewhat chilly Spring to “Woah, it’s almost 90!” in the span of about a week. While it made for good reading and romping time in the backyard with the pup, we were somewhat limited by our ability to withstand the heat. My husband worked all weekend and I knocked out a bunch of the things I had to do (primarily groceries and yardwork) pretty quick, which left me with some time to tackle long overdue, tedious blog tasks. Broken links, tags, things I keep trying to pretend don’t exist. I’m nowhere near done, but I did get a good start.

I’m still reading The Improbability of Love (it’s a long one!), but started and finished So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson for my book club. There’s a ton to turn over with that one. I don’t agree with him on everything, but the book definitely had me going back and forth with a few of the situations. I’ve also just started Sarai Walker’s Dietland, which is wickedly smart and strange so far. I can’t wait to see where it goes. Appropriately enough, its cover is a bit of a play on the typical chick lit cover, no? We’re discussing that term, what we think it means and how we feel about its use over at The Socratic Salon if you’d like to join in.

It’s Monday, What Are You Reading?

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I’ve read some interesting things about So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. I would love to see what you and your books club think!!

  • Ti Reed

    I am reading A Little Life and will be starting All The Light We Cannot See for book club. A Little Life is really grabbing my attention though.

  • It sounds like So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed will make for a good book club discussion! Mine just read The Book of Unknown Americans and is reading All the Light We Cannot See next month.

  • Chick Lit is exactly what I thought when I first saw Dietland’s cover…then, I looked a little closer. It’s kind of brilliant…cupcake as grenade! I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts. Will check out the Salon discussion as well…

  • Amanda

    Yay! I was just trying to organize my thoughts on Dietland and wishing I could talk about it! Now I can actually contribute to something at the Socratic Salon. Definitely a book I’m still thinking about.

    • We haven’t made it a pick (yet!), but I’ll definitely recommend it if it sounds like one that has a ton worth talking about.

  • I’m very interested to hear what you think about So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed; such an thought-provoking topic and I was curious about this when I first found out about it. Dietland sounds very interesting, too!

    • Publicly Shamed had me going back and forth with some moral battles, for sure! It’s a really thought-provoking read.

  • I wasn’t too enthralled by Ronson’s Psychopath Test, so I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts on this one before I contemplate picking it up. You do have me intrigued about Dietland, however. As a cover nerd, I totally wrote it off based on that “chick lit”-esque art work (UGH, I have to go get in on that discussion). Maybe your review will learn me a lesson on judging books by their covers. :)

    I’m finishing up The Truth and Other Lies, which I’m loving, but a friend didn’t like it, so I’m half waiting for the end to tank. Fingers crossed we just have a difference of opinion. I also finished Freedom’s Child, which I really kinda liked.

    • I thought the same thing about Dietland until it showed up at my house with a great recommendation – it made me take a closer look, for sure.

  • Lisa Almeda Sumner

    I always like books that make me think, or books that I have ambiguous responses to–So You’ve Been Publicly shamed might be a good pick for me. Right now I’m rereading Trollope’s The Warden, and dipping into his Autobiography.

    • Publicly Shamed did exactly that! There were a few cases in the book where my opinion flipped back and forth about three or four times.

  • AnnabelSmith

    I just finished Benjamin Percy’s The Dead Lands which didn’t quite hit me where it hurts. Didn’t really add much that was new to the apocalypse genre.